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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
AAU elects
Coleman as
chair for one-
year term

MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily
Redshirt junior wide receiver Roy Roundtree is smothered by the Michigan State defense in the Wolverines' 28-14 loss on Saturday.
There's still tlme to prove
this yearlisdiffferent

'U' president named
leader of Association of
American Universities
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily StaffReporter
University President Mary Sue
Coleman was voted into another pres-
tigious role yesterday as a result of her
leadership at the University.
Inanuncontested election, Coleman
was elected chair of the Association of
American Universities - a nonprofit
organization comprised of 61 Ameri-
can and Canadian research universi-
ties. Coleman, who was previously vice
chair of the association, will serve a
one-year term, which began yesterday.
In her new position, Coleman will
speak on behalf of the AAU, advocate
or the organizntion and its ideals and
ensure it is operating according to plan.
"The contributions and discoveries
of research universities are integral to
the forward momentum of our coun-
try," Coleman wrote in a University
press release issued yesterday. "I look
forward to giving voice to our impor-
tant work in the upcoming year."
University spokeswoman Kelly Cun-
ningham said the University is excited

about Coleman's new position, and she
expected the announcement since it is
customary for the vice chair tobecome
the next chair of the AAU.
"It's an honor that President Cole-
man was chosen," Cunningham said.
"AAU is a highly regarded organization
made up of the top researchers in the
country."
Cunningham added that she believes
Coleman is "incredibly well suited" for
the position.
The new role will place Coleman
as chair of the association's executive
committee, which functions like a
board of directors, according to Cun-
ningham. Coleman was elected after
the AAU's nominating committee
nominated the positions of chair and
vice chair at the organization's semi-
annual meeting in Washington D.C.
this week, and then all of the associa-
tion's membersvoted on the nominees,
Cunningham said.
Coleman is succeeding Jared Cohon,
president of Carnegie Mellon Universi-
ty, and will be working with new AAU
Vice Chair Scott Cowen, who is presi-
dent of Tulane University.
The University was one of the AAU's
founding members in 1990. Out of 14
founding universities, the University
of Michigan was one of three public
See AAU, Page SA

EAST LANSING -
After three years of torture,
Michigan football fans were
one win away from legitimately
saying their team is for real.
In both 2009 and 2010, the loss to
the Spartans was the beginning of
a second-half collapse following an
undefeated start to the season.
After a 6-0 start this year, Wolver-
ine fans had been forced to hold back
their excitement.
It's like that eighth grade dance,
when you were getting down with
that babe on the dance floor but a

chaperone came over and said, "Leave
room for Jesus!"
You want to get in
there, but there's
that fear of getting
in trouble holding
you back.
Wolverine fans
have had to leave
room in fear of
another second- KEVIN
half disappoint- RAFTERY
ment.
A win against
the 22nd-ranked Spartans, and that

space for Jesus would be non-existent.
You could dance all night, with no fear.
No. 11 Michigan (2-1 Big Ten, 6-1
overall) would be 7-0 and in the driv-
er's seat of the Big Ten racewit~h only
a struggling Purdue team in the way of
an 8-0 start. From there, who knows
what could happen?
Instead, the Wolverines left East
Lansing with their fourth-straight loss
to the Spartans (2-0, 5-1) and a boat-
load of questions.
Is this just another over-ranked
Michigan team who beat a bunch of
See RAFTERY, Page 5A

BOARD OF REGENTS
Board meeting in
violation of Mich.
Open Meetings Act

FASHION READY

Attorney: Changing
0 meeting time
without 18-hour
notice violates law
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
Daily News Editor
The University's Board of Regents
meeting last week was in violation
of the Michigan Open Meetings Act,
according to an attorney familiar with
the act.
The board's regular monthly meet-
ing, held last Thursday at the Univer-
sity's Flint campus, was scheduled
to begin at 3 p.m., but the University
announced that morning that the start
time would be moved to 2 p.m. Under
the Michigan Open Meetings Act, a
public body must post "a public notice
stating the date, time and place" of a
rescheduled regular or special meeting
at least 18 hours before it begins.
In an interview last week, Univer-
sity spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said
the board made the decision to change
the meeting's start time on Thursday
morning. The board posted a notice

to the regents' website and informed
members of the University of Michi-
gan-Flint community of the change,
Fitzgerald said. The regents also noti-
fied select members of the media of the
earlier start time via e-mail at about
9:20 a.m. Thursday.
Southfield, Mich.-based attorney
Lisa Rycus Mikalonis, who specializes
in media and intellectual property law,
said the rescheduling was a "techni-
cal violation" of the law as the purpose
of the Open Meetings Act is to ensure
that people are able to participate in
the meetings and voice their opinions
about decisions the board makes.
"The public bodies are accountable
to us," Mikalonis said. "We live in a
democracy, so the idea is that in order
for a democracy to function, you need
to have access to the decision-making
processes of the public bodies."
However, Fitzgerald said changing
the time of the meeting was legal in the
eyes of the University's Office of the
General Counsel because the starting
time was the only detail changed.
"Our understanding is that for this
particular situation, where just the
starting time of the meeting was all
that was changed, the Open Meetings
See BOARD, Page 5A

UNIVERSITY FACULTY
ECO Girls started by African
Studies department director

POST-GRAD PLANS
Program to
pair Detroit
start-ups with
'U'students
In first year,
Venture for America
recruits students for
two-year fellowship
By CHELSEA LANDRY
Daily StaffReporter
Students interested in entrepreneur-
ship, but notyet readyto take the plunge
to start their ownbusinesses, might find
a fit with a new fellowship program.
The program, Venture for America,
aims to match a group of recent college
graduates with start-up companies in
cities around the country. The fellow-
ship was founded by Andrew Yang, for-
mer president of Manhattan GMAT - a
test preparation firm that focuses on the
business school entrance exam. Yang
said he was inspired to establish the
program after working with graduates
who struggled to find jobs at start-up
companies.
Venture for America plans to select
50 recent college graduates and place
them in emerging companies for two
years. The companies are located in
cities including Detroit, New Orleans
See START-UPS, Page 5A

Program unites girls
in urban cities to learn
about enviornment,
foster friendships
By CECE ZHOU
Daily StaffReporter
Several times a month, a group of
girls from Southeast Michigan cities
retreat from their urban environment
and appreciate nature through activi-
ties such as picking apples or taking a

walk through the Nichols Arboretum.
The girls participate in Environ-
mental and Cultural Opportunities for
Girls, a program for second- through
sixth-grade girls living in urban
Southeast Michigan. Founded by Tiya
Miles, director of the University's
Department of Afroamerican and
African Studies, ECO Girls launched
in September and strives to use activi-
ties focused on environmental health
to foster friendships among diverse
participants.
Miles is a recipient of the MacAr-
thur Fellowship, which she received
See EDUCATION, Page 6A

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