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NATIONAL CHAMP
Wrestler Kellen Russell won
Michigan's first national
championship of the school year.
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0 Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, March 21, 2011

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STUDYING OVERSEAS
'' 'students
abroad,in
A2 reflect on
Japan quake

CHANTEL JENNINGS/Daily
Michigan point guard Darius Morris is consoled by teammate Corey Person after the Wolverines' 73-71 loss to Duke yesterday. Morris missed a shot in the final
seconds of the third-round matchup that would have tied the game. For more, see SportsMonday, inside.
Michigan s story is told
through the sound of silence

Students relieved
by families' safety,
plan to organize
fundraisers
By CAITLIN HUSTON
Daily News Editor
At first, LSA junior Michelle
Resnick's school day at Doshi-
sha University in Kyoto, Japan
on Friday, March 11 started out
like any other. But as she and her
classmates sat in a school lounge
eight hours from Tokyo, an
earthquake and tsunami were
uprooting the northeastern part
of the country.
Resnick is one of the 10 Uni-
versity undergraduate students
studying abroad in Japan. She,
as well as other Japanese stu-
dents on campus, had a personal
connection to the disaster when
the 9.0-magnitude earthquake
and tsunami hit the northeast
coast of the country, killing an
estimated 18,000 people and
disrupting nuclear reactors at
the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear
power plant.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the 10 under-

graduate students and six grad-
uate students studying abroad
in Japan at the time of the quake
are all safe and were not harmed
by the disaster.
Still in the southwest city of
Kyoto, Resnick said via a Skype
interview this weekend that she
is far from the epicenter of the
destruction and didn't feel any-
thing at the time of the earth-
quake. It wasn't until turning
on the news later that night that
she truly saw the impact of the
disaster.
"I was shocked. This is the
first time I've been even this
close to a natural disaster on this
level. You look at the pictures on
the news and the destruction
especially in Sendai, which is
the epicenter - it was a lot to
take in, honestly," Resnick said.
As she watched the news,
Resnick said the hardest imag-
es to see were people digging
through the rubble looking for
their family members.
While Resnick was watching,
the news in Japan, LSA junior
Tetsuro Matsushima, a one-
year exchange student from the
University-of Tokyo, was in Ann
Arbor, where he avidly moni-
tored tweets and e-mails from
See QUAKE, Page 5A

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -
This wasn't a season that
could be captured in
a still frame. It wasn't
a team that could be defined
in 900 words. And it wasn't a
moment that anyone - not even
Darius Morris - had words for.
No, to understand what hap-
pened in that moment, that
game, that season, you need to
hear to believe.
And few will actually listen
for it, because you would have
to look for those sounds in the

unlikeliest
of places.
You'd have
to listen to
the silences.,
And no one
is looking
there.C CHANTEL
Just like JENNINGS
no one was
looking at
Michigan before this season
started.
All that can be said, explained
and extrapolated about this

team and its emotions were
heard in those silences through-
out Time Warner Cable Arena
yesterday.
It was the sound of silence as
the ball left Morris' hands and
arched perfectly toward the bas-
ket until that idyllic silence was
broken by the ding of the ball
meeting the heel of the rim.
But in that moment of silence,
there was hope - desperate
hope. The hope of a team of
ragtag kids who were under-
recruited and underappreciated.

It was the hope that the team,
led by two Indiana boys in black
sneakers, has held this entire
season. It was the hope of John
Beilein as he leaned forward,
anticipating the exact result he'd
seen in practice so many times
when Morris took that same
shot.
And then came the ding.
There was the silence of the
aftermath. The silence of disbe-
lief. The silence that shook the
team to its core that comes with
See JENNINGS, Page 6A

GRADUATE EMPLOYEES
GEO 'U' bargaining team
sign tentative agreement

Contract to include
more support 'for
disabled employees
By KAITLIN WILLIAMS
Daily StaffReporter
After more than 12 hours of
bargaining, at 2:05 a.m. Satur-
day morning, the University's

Graduate Employees' Organiza-
tion's bargaining team signed a
tentative agreement for its new
contract with the University.
GEO's three-year contract
expired on Friday. The tenta-
tive agreement signed this past
weekend will be brought to
a general membership meet-
ing later this week for a vote
to ratify the contract, accord-
ing to GEO President Robert

Gillezeau, a graduate student
instructor in the Department of
Economics and a graduate stu-
dent research assistant for the
Center for Afroamerican and
African Studies.
Rende Echols, the lead nego-
tiator of GEO and a Department
of English Language and Litera-
ture graduate student instruc-
tor, wrote in an e-mail interview
See GEO, Page 6A

0 STUDENT HOUSING
RHA seeks to create group to
re-examine canvassing policy

Children perform traditional Native American dances at the 39th annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow on Saturday
at the Saline Middle School Feidhouse.
Native American dance, traditions
honored at 39th annual powwow

'U' ACLU aims to
allow campaigning
in residence halls
By SABIRA KHAN
Daily StaffReporter
Canvassers campaigning for
President Barack Obama or his
Republican challenger in the 2012

presidential election may face new
guidelines when soliciting support
in University residence halls.
The University's Residence
Halls Association is aiming to
create a collaborative group com-
prised of members of RHA, Uni-
versity Housing officials and other
student groups, which would
work to create guidelines and a
long-term policy on canvassing
in University residence halls. The

development of the group was
the subject of an RHA resolu-
tion passed by the association last
Thursday.
LSA senior Mallory Jones, chair
of the University's undergradu-
ate chapter of the American Civil
Liberties Union and a former news
editor for The Michigan Daily,
said the ACLU and the Universi-
ty's chapter of College Democrats
See RHA, Page SA

Participants still
acknowledge
tension with 'U'
By BRANDON SHAW
For the Daily
Coordinated dancee, color-
ful regalia, and rhythmic ritu-
als filled a gymnasium adorned
with Native American artifacts

and artwork and people enjoy-
ing traditional food and drink.
The festivities were part of
39th annual Dance for Moth-
er Earth Powwow hosted by
the University's chapter of
the Native American Student
Association. The weekend-
long event, which took place
at Saline Middle School, drew
several hundred attendees and
included three main perfor-
mances by dancers and drum-

mers from across the country
and a multitude of vendors sell-
ing art, handmade goods and
food.
George Martin, the host of
the powwow, has been partici-
pating in the event each year
since its debut in 1972. He said
dancers at the event range from
young children to veterans like
himself.
Rackham student Veronica
See POWWOW, Page SA

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