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The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Monday, April 12, 2010 - 7A
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will translate to increases in the
number of underrepresented
minorities who are admitted and
ultimately end up enrolling at the
Sullivan added that interna-
tional applications are up for the
second year in a row. Though
specific numbers haven't yet been
released, applicants from China
and India made up the largest
increase in last year's internation-
al application pool.
"We also had an increase in
international applicants again,
which is still kind of surprising to
me," Sullivan said. "But that was
Medical School early, despite not yet
having a bachelor's degree.
"It's a little odd, but at the time,
you could get into medical school
with 90 credits undergrad," George
said in an interview on Friday. "That
was a little unusual. Most applicants
finished undergrad, but I was doing
well, and it's like, 'Why spend anoth-
er year in LS&A?'
After graduating from the Uni-
versity's Medical School in 1982 and
completing his residency in anes-
thesiology, George and his family
moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., where
he practiced medicine full-time.
George said his wife Sandy- agrad-
uate of both LSA and the Ross School
of Business - was largely respon-
sible for his eventual involvement in
"It was actually Sandy who was
the one who was politically active,"
George said. "She was the College
Republican, and I really wasn't, and
Iwasfocused on medical school,you
know, it takes up aslot of time."
Though George said he was ini-
tially a "tag-along" to his wife's
* political involvement, he gradually
became more interested in politics.
His interest culminated in a bid for a
seat in the state House of Represen-
tatives in 2000.
Since then, George has spent two
years asa representative in the state
House and eight years in the state
Senate. In his bid for the Repub-
lican nomination, George faces
competition from Oakland County
Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ann Arbor
businessman Rick Snyder and Mich-
igan'Attorney General Mike Cox,
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Nicholas Koenigsknecht, team
captain for the Football Family
team, described how he and a few
football players came up with the
idea to form a Relay team.
"I just noticed that really none
of the athletic teams have been
involved in Relay for Life, and there
are over 135 teams. And then once
I heard Phil Brabb's story, it kind
of just motivated me to really kick
things off," said Koenigsknecht,
who was on the football team last
year. "He's been very positive
toward a very negative thing in his
life, and it's really just an inspira-
tion for alot of us."
Zac Ciullo, an offensive lineman
on the football team and a mem-
ber of the Football Family, said in
an interview at the event that the
football team hoped to get more
involved on campus this year and
kind of unlooked for last year and
that trend has continued."
Both Coleman and Sullivan said
they expect the traditional ratio of
resident to non-resident students
to remain constant for next year's
incoming class as well. Typically,
two-thirds of admitted students
are from Michigan, while one-
third is from out-of-state.
"I don't think there's going to
be any change to the usual admis-
sions formula, which is roughly
two-thirds (in-state), one-third
(out-of-state), adjusted for the
yield because our yield is generally
lower on non-resident students,"
Coleman acknowledged, how-
ever, that there have been discus-
sions regarding altering that ratio
During his time in public office,
George has also continued to prac-
tice medicine part-time, most
recently workingtwo24-hour hospi-
tal shifts during Easter weekend.
Since he joined the state legis-
lature, George said he has used his
knowledge of the medical world to
try to fix the state's budget crisis,
which he believes to be the biggest
problem in Michigan. George said a
large part of the state's deficit comes
from health care spending, which
he said is currently more expensive
because of the way the government
provides health care coverage.
"The government programs that
are intended to increase access
involve giving people a (Medicaid)
card," George said. "That sounds
great, you know, we're giving peo-
ple access, but the truth is, health
and health care spending are more
determined by your behavior. So giv-
ing people a card and simply access
without askingthem to change their
The high cost of health care
spending in Michigan has led the
legislature to cut funding to other
important sectors, including educa-
tion. George said the funding cuts,
though unpleasant, were necessary
to balance the state budget, which is
strainedby Medicaid costs.
"(Funding cuts) were unfortu-
nate, and that is a very worrisome
trend," George said. "If Michigan is
going to be competitive, we're going
to have to fund our universities and
education in general, and we have to
George said the federal govern-
ment's recent health care bill - a
part of which increases Medicaid
coverage to uninsured Americans
- will exacerbate this problem by
simply adding more dependants to
said that participating in Relay for
Life would help it achieve that goal.
"We're going to try to get more
involved in the community, so we
did this," Ciullo said. "We did really
well on Mock Rock this year and we
hope to keep itcgoing."
To raise money, the football team
set up an auction on a site hosted
by eBay called MissionFish, which
helps nonprofit organizations raise
The auctioned-off items includ-
ed field passes to the football team's
spring game next Saturday, as well
as autographed helmets and foot-
balls. The team also offered the
opportunity to have "Coffee with
Coach Carr." According to Koenig-
sknecht, the auction raised about
On the day of the event, Football
Family raised money by allow-
ing students to attempt to throw
a football through a swinging tire.
Football coach Rich Rodriguez
also stopped by for a few minutes
as a means to increase revenue, as
out-of-state students pay higher
tuition rates. Tuition for full-time
lower division LSA students is
$17,374 per semester for the cur-
rent academic year for out-of-state
students, compared to $5,735 per
semester for in-state students.
"I don't see any big change,"
Coleman said. "It's a possibility for
the future, but it's not something
we're contemplating right now."
Coleman added that the Uni-
versity wouldn't alter its academic
standards in order to alter the
ratio of in-state to out-of-state stu-
"One of the things that I always
want to be aware of is that we
never want to have somehow
worse academically prepared stu-
dents from out-of-state than in-
state," Coleman said. "That's not
With the rise in applicants in all
categories, the quality of the appli-
cant pool has increased as well,
"It's encouraging because
we always want Michigan to be
a school that people aspire to
attend," Coleman said. "As far as I
can tell, I don't have any detailed
breakdowns yet, but I've been told
that the quality is very, very high.
(Incoming) students are extreme-
ly well prepared."
University officials are
expected to release final figures
regarding the composition of the
incoming freshman class within
the next few months.
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SWOG spokesman Frank
DeSanto said in an interview
with The Michigan Daily that
the grant will focus particu-
larly on cancer treatment trials,
though SWOG also does cancer
"SWOG focuses on adult can-
cers and pretty much the entire
range of adult cancers," DeSanto
DeSanto said before receiving
the grant, which is a renewal of
a grant administered previously,
the University had to go through
"a competitive renewal" process.
"You have to prove what
you're doing and if your work is
worthy of being funded again,"
He added that Universi-
ty researchers put the most
patients in SWOG studies.
"It's in a way very fitting that
SWOG is headquarted here,"
DeSanto said. "It's certainly a
pride for us."
Before presenting the grant,
Dingell said the funding would
help fight cancer and continue
making the University one of the
greatest research institutions in
"It means a huge amount
to everyone concerned, and it
shows the remarkable strength .
.. of the University of Michigan,"
In an interview with the Daily
following the presentation, Din-
gell said the grant will not only
help to make great strides in sci-
ence, but will also benefit the
"First, this is a tremendous
research project," he said.
"Second, this will support tre-
mendous amounts of research
and tremendous amounts of
Republican candidate for governor state Sen. Torn George.
an already costly government pro-
gram. To fix the costs, George said
the structure of Medicaid must be
changed, such that individuals are
"incentivized" to engage in healthier
He added that to change the
structure of health care, and the
inefficient state budget in general, a
new state constitution mustbe draft-
ed this year. The last time the consti-
tution was drafted was in 1963, when
Michigan adopted its fourth consti-
If elected governor, George said
he alone would not be able to remedy
the structural budgetary issues, as
they are inherent in the current con-
"I would recommend drafting a
new constitution, because the one
we have now is outdated, and it has
Saturday afternoon, and students
could pay $2 to have a picture
taken with him. According to Koe-
nigsknecht, the team raised $120
in a half hour from the picture
However, the football team did
have some problems in raising
money for Relay for Life, due to
restrictions set by the National Col-
legiate Athletic Association.
Zoltan Mesko, a graduating
punter for the Michigan football
team, said because members of the
group consisted of athletes, they
had to follow NCAA rules relating
to fundraising, which made things
a bit more difficult.
According to the NCAA's web-
site, student-athletes are allowed to
participate in fundraising activities
as long as they get written approval
from their school's athletic direc-
tor, their likeness isn't use to pro-
mote a commercial entity and they
meet other guidelines.
"A lot of the things we had to go
created a government that is too
expensive," George said. "If we want
to open Michigan up for growth, if
we want to be economically com-
petitive, a mechanism to do that is
by redrafting our state constitution."
To modify the state constitution,
citizens must vote in favor of making
a change and then elect delegates to
draft a new document. The citizens
must then vote again to accept the
George has a lot to think about
over the next few months: a race to
become Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm's successor, an increas-
ingly expensive state budget and the
patients he still makes time to see on
the weekends. But for now, George
said he is just focusing on graduating
college next month and finally get-
ting his LSA degree.
through, compliances and a lot of
things, were kind of hit and miss
on whether they were complying
with NCAA rules, and whether we
were still athletes," Mesko said in
an interview Saturday.
Though the football team's goal
was to raise $35,000 for the Ameri-
can Cancer Society, the Football
Family raised $7,300.
Other student participants said
they were happy about the football
team's contribution to Relay for
LSA senior Mike Roth, who was
at the event with the MRun team,
said he thinks it is a good idea for
sports teams to get involved with
Relay for Life and that more ath-
letic teams should participate.
"Most of the teams, the actual
varsity teams, aren't out here, and
it'd be nice to see some of their sup-
port," Roth said.
- Hillary Bok contributed
to this report.
remains in the past has always
POWWOW been one of the many factors con-
From Page 1A sidered when selecting the pow-
wow's venue. She said tension
said. between the University's Office of
Hosted by NASA, the event Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and
spanned two days and offered NASA concerning event manage-
Native American music and danc- ment was the primary complica-
ing, as well as an array of ven- tion when determining a suitable
dors selling traditional clothing venue.
and memorabilia like sculptures, According to the press release,
drums and beaded necklaces. the powwow had become the
Dancers also competed in con- University's "diversity show-
tests and showcased their skills in case," /which contributed to the
exhibitions. decision to host the powwow off-
During Grand Entry ceremo- campus for the first time last year
nies held Saturday and Sunday, and shift responsibility for plan-
powwow participants gathered in ning the powwow from MESA to
the auditorium to collaborate in NASA.
song and dance under the direc- Pasfield said, though, that
tion of Head Dancers and a Head despite the tension between the
Veteran - three chosen par- two groups, they are "making
ticipants who are responsible for progress" and moving in the right
overseeing the powwow. Comple- direction.
tion of each Grand Entry marked When asked if the powwow will
the beginning of a new powwow be back on campus next year, Pas-
session. field couldn't provide a definite
Though the event has been answer, but she said she is hopeful
hosted at the University's Crisler that issues keeping the powwow
Arena in the past, last year off-campus will be resolved soon.
marked the first time NASA LSA sophomore Alys Alley, the
used Saline Middle School as the external co-chair of NASA, wrote
event's venue. in an e-mail interview that the
The decision to use the middle Native American community will
school's facilities again this year later decide where the powwow
is part of an ongoing "protest" by will be held next year.
the Native American community Though Crisler Arena is larger
against the University, according in size than Saline Middle School,
to a press release for the event. Pasfield said she was pleased with
According to the release, the event's turnout this year, in
because the University houses which members of Native Ameri-
culturally unidentifiable Native can tribes from all across the
American human remains in its country came to participate.
Museum of Anthropology, NASA "There was an unbelievable
sought an off-campus venue for turnout," Pasfield said, adding
the second year ina row. that more dancers participated in
Rackham student Veronica the powwow than last year.
Pasfield, the publicity coordinator According to Voss, more than
for the powwow's planning com- 260 dancers attended this year
mittee, said there has recently - nearly 50 more than last year.
been "substantive progress" made George Martin, head veteran
by the University to repatriate the dancer of the weekend, has been
Native American human remains participating in the powwow
to tribes. since its debut in 1972. He said
Last month, the Native Ameri- dancers at the event range from
can Graves Protection and Repa- young children to veterans like
triation Act amended a policy him, adding that the children
that will now require museums to learn the dances by watching
return any "culturally unidentifi- the older dancers and mimicking
able" Native American remains to them.
their tribes of origin. "The dancing just comes natu-
In response, the University has rally," Martin said.
started to formulate a process to Voss, who is graduating next
determine how to transfer nearly month, said organizing and par-
1,400 remains from the Univer- ticipating in the powwow each
sity's Museum of Anthropology year has been "the best thing" he
to Native American tribes by the has done at the University.
time the ruling takes effect in "You never foresee how amaz-
mid-May. ing it's going to be," he said.
Pasfield said the Universi- "Sometimes you just have to step
ty's refusal to repatriate these back and smile."
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