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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Students not
of Snyder as
'U' speaker

LSA sophomore Ethan Hahn promotes the start of Spring Pride Week on the Diag yesterday. Events will take place this week and are hosted by the Michigan
Student Assembly LGBT Issues Commission.
Law School receives $20M
for dormitory renovations

Some to address
regents regarding
graduation choice at
Thursday meeting
Daily StaffReporter
This year's University gradu-
ates may receive their degrees
amid empty seats and outraged
protestors instead of the presi-
dential security and hype that
characterized last spring's com-
mencement ceremony.
Students have expressed
mixed emotions about the
University's decision to have
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder
deliver the Spring Commence-
ment address in the Big House
on April 30, pending approval
by the University's Board of
Regents. Students unhappy with
the University's choice have
voiced disappointment, saying
Snyder is less. impressive than
last year's spring commence-
ment speaker, President Barack
Obama. Other students disap-
prove of Snyder's proposed

funding cuts to higher educa-
tion, saying his delivery of the
commencement address is hyp-
Upset with the selection of
Snyder as speaker, LSA senior
Richard Burance organized an
online petition and future pro-
tests through Facebook. The
protests are scheduled to occur
this week to advocate changing
the speaker.
Within one hour of its cre-
ation, the petition had 380 stu-
dent signatures, and as of 12:30
last night, 2,879 students signed
"We acknowledge that the
governor is a respectable poli-
tician and a good representa-
tive for our state," Burance
said. "(However), we feel at this
time that his actions towards
higher education funding have
rendered his decision to be
commencement speaker hypo-
There are three Facebook
events and one Facebook page
dedicated to protesting Snyder
as speaker. The most popular
of the events had 506 attend-
ing members as of 12:30 last
See SNYDER, Page 2

'U' alum Charles
Munger donates
funds for updates
Daily News Editor and
Famous for its ethereal stone
walls, the Law Quadrangle is a
common site for weddings and

other formal events. But new
renovation plans could make the
interiors of the exclusive Law-
yers Club and John P. Cook Dor-
mitory just as well-known as its
At its monthly meeting to be
held in Detroit on Thursday, the
University's Board of Regents
is expected to approve a $39
million construction project
to renovate two buildings that
are home to about 260 Law stu-
dents. Of the sum, $20 million

was donated by University alum
Charles Munger, vice chair of
Berkshire Hathaway.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman wrote in a press
release yesterday that Mung-
er's donation will help the Law
School's buildings meet the
high-quality standards set by its
"The Law Quad is an icon of
U-M's excellence in legal educa-
tion, and its prominence is now
ensured for future generations

because of Charlie's generos-
ity," Coleman wrote. "I am par-
ticularly pleased because this
gift directly benefits the living-
learning experience for our law
After graduating from the
University, Munger attended
Harvard Law School, which he
graduated from in 1948. He was
awarded an honorary Doctorate
of Law degree at the University's
Winter 2010 Commencement in
See LAW SCHOOL, Page 3

Regents to approve Davis-
Blake as new Business dean

Board to mull
renovations to 'U'
Hospital at meeting
Daily NewsEditor
Alison Davis-Blake, the newly
named dean of the Ross School
of Business and the current dean
of the Carlson School of Man-
agement at the University of

Hinnesota, is expected to be offi-
cially appointed to her new post
by the Univer-
sity's Board of NOTEBOOK
Regents at its
monthly meeting on Thursday,
which will be held in Detroit.
If approved, Davis-Blake's
position as dean will begin on
Aug. 22. University officials
announced last month that
Davis-Blake will succeed cur-
rent Business School Dean Bob
Dolan. Dolan, who has been dean

of the school since 2001, decided
in March 2010 not to pursue a
third term, which is five years
in length. Eugene Anderson, the
senior associate dean for aca-
demic affairs at the Business
School, will serve as interim dean
until Davis-Blake takes her post
pending the regents' approval on
Davis-Blake, who will also be
appointed as a tenured profes-
sor of management and organi-
See REGENTS, Page 2

UMHS treats more than 2,000
patients with ECMO machine

Law Prof. Don Herzog accepted the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching at the 21st annual award ceremony
at Rackham Auditorium yesterday.
'U' Law School Prof. Don Herzog delivers
'Last Lecture,' awarded 2011 Golden Apple

' prof. among
first researchers to
develop device
Daily News Editor
Before her son was even born,
Rosemary Ellinger was told her
baby wouldn't survive without
the support of a medical machine.

Ellinger's son, Mason, was
prenatally diagnosed at the Uni-
versity Hospital with congenital
diaphragmatic hernia -a mal-
formation of the diaphragm due
to a birth defect. Because of this
severe condition, there was a
99-percent chance he would need
extracorporeal membrane oxy-
genation, or ECMO, to live.
The machine is composed of a
pump, an oxygenator and tubing,
which pump blood from the body,

remove carbon dioxide from
the blood and add oxygen to the
blood before pumping it back in.
Rosemary said it became the only
option, but it ultimately saved her
son's life.
Mason, now 3 years old, is one
See UMHS, Page 2

Students drawn
to professor's
interactive classes
Daily StaffReporter
Standing in front of a crowd
of about 200 people, Law Prof.
Don Herzog felt a little out ofhis
element on the stage of Rack-
ham Auditorium last night, not

used to the formal setting for
his lecture.
Herzog is more used to the
front of a classroom as his stage,
where perhaps his greatest
trademark is his active use of
his desk during class.
"He's just all over it," Law
student Jennifer Walker, a stu-
dent of Herzong's said. "He'll
jump on it, he'll jump off it, he'll
jump back on."
Herzog admitted he felt out
of place without his desk.

"I felt confined by the lec-
ture," he wrote in an e-mail last
Herzog - who received this
year's Golden Apple Award - is
one professor who is often the
main attraction when it comes
to his classes. Last night, Her-
zog, the Edson R. Sunderland
Professor of Law in the Law
School and a professor of politi-
cal science, delivered the 21st
annual Golden Apple Lecture.

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