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ROHAN
From Page 1A
day.
Sophomore quarterback
Denard Robinson, who usually
steals the show, did very little
and the Wolverines' offense
struggled to score. Robinson
turned the ball over four times,
and Michigan coach Rich Rodri-
guez decided to rotate the for-
mer Heisman frontrunner with
backup quarterback Tate Forcier.
That's what this game was com-
ing to.
Adding to your confusion,
Rodriguez said that his defense
tackled well, and redshirt junior
defensive end Ryan Van Bergen
said they were "assignment-
sound for the first time in a long
time." That doesn't sound like
the Wolverines you knew.
And Michigan did this without
two of its best defensive play-
ers: nose guard Mike Martin
and linebacker Jonas Mouton,
who weren't on the field due to
injuries.
There's no question that the
Wolverines' defense won the
game on Saturday. And who
would've thought those words
would have been uttered this
season?
Michigan can take some com-

fort in the fact that its defense
played well, forced five turn-
overs and scored a touchdown to
dominate the game. Its second-
ary that starts three freshmen
might be able to even gain some
confidence.
Don't get ahead of yourself
now though - not everything is
as it seems in the Twilight Zone.
This performance doesn't prove
much, other than that Michigan's
defense took a small step in the
right direction.
Purdue's lack of offensive
talent combined with the poor
weather resulted in some ugly
offense. If it wasn't for Purdue
quarterback Rob Henry, I don't
know if the Boilermakers would
have had a first down. Their
offense looked like Michigan's
circa 2008, when Steven Threet
and Nick Sheridan were rotating
at quarterback for the Wolver-
ines. Third-stringer Sean Rob-
inson split time at quarterback
with Henry, but he has averaged
a meager 3.2 yards per pass
attempt this season.
This had more to do with Pur-
due's ineptness than an amazing
turnaround on the part of the
Michigan defense. It's will take
an improvement on this week-
end's game to convince me that
this was more than an illusion.
Continue to tackle well and, as

VAN HORN
From Page 1A
Horn will be in charge of enforc-
ing NCAA policies in addition to
overseeing South Carolina's sports
programs.
Before her position at the Univer-
sity of Michigan, Van Horn worked
for four years in Michigan State
University's Athletics Department

and eight years in Central Michiga
University's Athletic Department.
In May, Van Horn - a past presi
dent of the National Association fM
Athletics Compliance - receive
the 2010 Frank Kara Leader
ship Award for her leadership an
efforts to promote compliance prt
grams.
Van Horn's replacement at th
University of Michigan has nc
been named.

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Purdue quarterback Rob Henry (15) runs the ball at Ross-Ade Stadium in West
Lafayette on Saturday.

Van Bergen pointed out, main-
tain assignments and stop teams
on third downs (Purdue was
2-of-17) - then we can talk.
Wisconsin and Ohio State are
next, two teams that would likely
square off in a Big Ten cham-
pionship game if it happened
this season. I don't know if the
weather will be a factor, butI do
know there won't be a lack of tal-
ent lining up across from Michi-
gan's defense down the stretch.
Saturday afternoon, you saw

the tale of a defense that showed
it could do all of the little things
it needed to do to win. It hasn't
yet defied the reality that we all
came to believe.
For now it remains another
mystery shrouded in the depths
of the Twilight Zone.
(Cue the music).
Rohan watched re-runs of the
Twilight Zone and the Michigan
game all weekend. He can be
reached at trohan@umich.edu.

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CENSUS
From Page 1A
associate at the University's Popu-
lation Studies Center, wrote in an
e-mail interview that the response
rates can be misleading and should
be evaluated within the context of
previous census results.
"The student neighborhoods
continued to lag behind the city
of Ann Arbor, but there was
improvement over 2000," Neidert
wrote. "The student neighbor-
hoods improved, whereas Ann
Arbor, Washtenaw County, (the)
state of-Michigan (and the) U.S. all
remained at their 2000 participa-
tion rates."
The state of Michigan main-
tained its 77 percent participation
rate from 2000, Washtenaw Coun-
ty participation remained at 79
percent and the city of Ann Arbor
remained at 78 percent.
Neidert explained that over-
all census participation has been
decreasing over time, and the fact
that the University increased its
response rate from the 2000 Cen-
sus is somethingto be proud of.
"The (U.S.) Census Bureau was
very happy with (national and
state responses) 'staying the same,'
" Neidert wrote. "The fact that stu-
dent areas improved is a big plus."
According to Neidert, the Uni-
versity was divided into six cen-
sus tracts, or neighborhoods. Out
of the six, only the North Campus
tract decreased in participation -
from 70 percent in 2000 to 59 per-
cent this year.
Neidert wrote that the large
number of international students
living on North Campus may
be one reason for the disparity
between overall campus participa-
tion and North Campus participa-
tion.
"It is quite likely that this com-
munity was not aware that they
should be filling out census forms
even though they are just living in
Ann Arbor temporarily," Neidert
wrote.
Neidert also explained that the
numbers for the other campus
tracts can be misleading because
students in residence halls did not
receive census forms in the mail
like students living in houses and
apartments.
Instead, students living in resi-
dence halls filled out group quar-
ter forms, which are not included
in participation rate statistics. This
may be one factor that contributed
to the lower response rates on cam-
pus because the percentages don't
include the majority of University
students who submitted forms.
However, Neidert wrote, the
fact that census participation. is

significantly lower among student
compared to the national averagc
cannot be disregarded.
"In general, college student.
have low participation rates with
the census," Neidert wrote. "Thi
is mostly because students do noi
understand that they are respon
sible for filling out their census
forms unless they are living with
their parents and commuting to
UM on a daily basis."
She added that student censuq
participation is necessary because
a lack of responses can be detri-
mental to the University since th
census count is associated with the
distribution of federal funds.
However, Neidert wrote that
University participation was good
compared to other Big Ten schools.
"I was not disappointed with
the UM showing," she wrote. "It
was better than in the past...We
ended up beating Ohio State and
MSU."
Neidert added that the Census
Bureau knew that getting students
to participate would require extra
effort.
"The Census Bureau defined
college students as a hard-to-count
community and prepared mate-
rials to reach students," Neidert
wrote. "They did not do that in the
past."
On campus, University officials
encouraged students to fill out
forms by sponsoring a YouTube
contest that let students make vid-
eos promoting census participa-
tion.
While the Census Bureau also
tried to maximize response rates
by distributing informational
materials to campus communi-
ties, Neidert wrote that the bureau
could improve its strategies. One
way to do this would be to reach
out to the University community
earlier by working with the admin-
istration and student leaders on
campus.
Robert Groves, a former Univer-
sity professor and the director of
the U.S. Census Bureau, has two
sons in college and addressed the
issue of lower participation rates
among students in a 2010 Census
blog post published last December.
While only one census report
is required per household, Groves
wrote that college students "don't
think of themselves as a 'house-
hold."'
"There is no one roommate who
takes on the role of the head of
household," he wrote. "The room-
mates come and go on their own,
rarely eating together, mainly
gathering together on the week-
ends to watch TV sports. They
leave the small amount of mail
they get in their box for several
days before gathering it up."

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