e may hav ? re easem WHAT MAKES A RIVALRY?
y e They may be 'little brother,' but the Spartans,
Ys sespecially after their third-straight win over
Michigan, is a true rival, writes Ryan Kartje in
the SportsMonday column.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Only debate of gubernatorial
race offered contrast between
By MIKE MERAR
Daily Staff Reporter
Democratic candidate for governor Virg Bernero
and Republican candidate Rick Snyder took the floor
last night at the only Michigan gubernatorial debate
of the midtermelection season, sparring on issues that
ranged from higher education funding, to affirmative
action, to the state's budget.
Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit
News, and Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor
of the Detroit Free Press, moderated the debate, which
was hosted by the Center for Michigan and aired live
from Detroit Public Television's Wixom studio.
Snyder began the debate by stressing his new vision
for the state, which focuses largely on job creation.
"It is time for the era of innovation," he said. "I've
got a 10-point plan that really focuses on jobs."
During Bernero's opening statement he elaborated
on his current position as mayor of Lansing, adding
that if elected, he hopes to recreate the flourishing
Michigan that existed when he was younger.
"I've got a plan to turn Michigan around," Berne-
ro said. "The Michigan I grew up in is a Michigan of
opportunity. That's the Michigan I'm fighting for."
Amid a $1.6 billion state deficit, the two candidates
were asked if they would be willing to forgo their sala-
ry should they become governor. Both said they would
make significant sacrifices. However, Bernero said he
wouldn't be able to completely omit his salary, as he
needs to support his family.
The candidates also discussed tax incentives to
See DEBATE, Page 6A
Monday, October 11,2010
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during Michigan's 34-17 loss to Michigan State at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. For more coverage of the game, see SportsMonday, inside.
Robinson shows he's human
t was already bad enough.
There were ill-timed penalties,
missed tackles and even a blocked
field goal for good measure.
Perhaps worst of all for the Wolver-
ines, the one player they had come to
rely on didn't have a tremendous game
against Michigan State. In fact, sopho-
more sensation Denard Robinson was
mediocre by his own standards. The
early Heisman frontrunner looked
We don't need to dwell on Robin-
son's stats from oof quarterback and beg the question:
last week or last Pat White who?
month. We know Robinson's early critics cried out
what we saw - an about his fragility. Could he carry
incredible athlete the ball 20-plus times per outing and
blessed with fast- survive the 12-game regular season?
er-than-everyone- Through a few big hits and five games,
on-the-field speed NICOLE the answer was yes.
and improved AUERBACH The critics changed tactics - they
passing ability. argued that Robinson hadn't faced
He was on pace a good defense yet. Michigan State
to shatter college would be his first test.
football records, re-define the position I'm no professor, but I don't think
I'd give him an A+.
Yes, he accounted for 301 yards
(215 passing, 86 rushing) and ran for a
touchdown. That's a pretty good day
for any quarterback, especially when
you consider he didn't break any big
But Robinson also threw three
interceptions (after throwing just one
through the first five games), two of
which were in Michigan State's end-
zone. That's 14 points right there, not
See AUERBACH, Page 5A
CAMPAIGNING ON CAMPUS
Campus groups criticize
housing canvassing policy
LSA senior Andrew Silapaswan rallies on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing Friday to voice support for stronger bullying laws.
Armstrong incident a trigger for
anti-bullying rally in Lansing
Interim policy allows
students to canvass
only in residences in
which they live
By CLAIRE GOSCICKI
With less than one month before
Election Day, campus political
organizations are voicing concern
about an interim University Hous-
ing policy that allows students to
only do political canvassing in the
residence halls in which they live.
Since 2008, only students cam-
paigning for positions in the Michi-
gan Student Assembly and LSA
Student Government and repre-
sentatives of Voice Your Vote - an
MSA commission that encourages
non-partisan voter registration -
have been consistently allowed to
engage in pre-approved canvassing
in University residences, according
to University policy. In the last few
years, University Housing has not
implemented a permanent policy
about student canvassing for politi-
cal causes and elections.
University Housing spokesman
Peter Logan wrote in an e-mail
interview that the current interim
policy allows students to engage in
political discourse without com-
promising their privacy and secu-
"The residence halls and under-
graduate apartments are not 'open
territory' for non-residents to
engage in political canvassing or
any other form of soliciting resi-
dents," Logan wrote. "University
Housing embraces the fundamen-
tal principle that residence halls
are our student's homes. We strive
to ensure that their environments
remain conducive to studying, rest-
ing, relaxing and socializing."
Political organizations on cam-
See CANVASSING, Page SA
cAMiU A AVIsM
Sinclair praises Ann Arbor's pot laws
By RACHEL BRUSSTAR
LANSING - With the issue
* of cyberbullying garnering
increased attention across the
country and on campus, students
and LGBTQ rights activists gath-
ered here on Friday asking policy
makers to do more to stop harass-
ment on the Internet.
Supporters of the LBGTQ
community and the student-run
organization Expect Respect in
Michigan assembled on the steps
of Michigan's state Capitol on Fri-
day to voice support for Michigan
Student Assembly President Chris
Armstrong and to advocate for
stricter anti-bullying legislation.
Ross School of Business gradu-
ate student Adrian Delmont, who
is a member of Expect Respect in
Michigan and who helped orga-
nize the event, said the group
held the rally to expose the trag-
ic repercussions of bullying in
schools and urge supporters of the
LGBTQ community to speak out
against cyberbullying and student
About 60 people gathered at the
Capitol to advocate for the cause,
and five speakers gave personal
testimonies of their experiences
with bullying at school and work
because of their sexual orienta-
Speakers at the event includ-
ed Michelle Brown, a member
of the Board of Directors of the
See RALLY, Page 6A
At co-op, activist also
says Detroit, Flint
hurt by capitalism
By NATHAN RANNS
For the Daily
Marijuana legalization activ-
ist John Sinclair urged students to
ignore material pursuits in favor of
activism during a talk on Saturday.
Sinclair, a poet, activist and self-
proclaimed performer, met with
students at the Luther Coopera-
tive House on Hill Street to speak
about his life, values and issues
facing Detroit. The open question-
and-answer session was coinci-
dentally held on what would be
the seventieth birthday of former
Beatles member John Lennon, who
played a large part in Sinclair's life
- helping to shorten his jail sen-
tence by more than seven years.
In 1969, Sinclair was sen-
tenced to 10 years for handing
two marijuana joints to an under-
cover policeman in Michigan. He
garnered many supporters who
opposed his sentence - includ-
ing Lennon, who performed the
song "John Sinclair" at a rally in
Ann Arbor in December 1971 that
was organized to raise awareness
about Sinclair's sentence. Three
days later, Sinclair was released
after the Michigan Supreme Court
ruled that the state's current laws
regarding marijuana were uncon-
The rally became the basis for
"Hash Bash," a gathering of mari-
juana legalization advocates that
takes place in Ann Arbor every
See SINCLAIR, Page SA
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