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RAFTERY
From Page 1A
soft teams to start the season?
Should we prepare for another
Michigan football collapse?
Is it still OK to call Michigan
State "Little Brother"? Has
Denard Robinson (9-for-24 for
123 yards, one touchdown and
a critical interception) actually
ever thrown a football before?
Or was that Nick Sheridan in
disguise?
These are all valid questions
that deserve to be answered.
The thing is, while they could
have easily been answered after
a win (Answer key: No. No. Yes.
Yes. No - you're welcome), the
questions remain impossible to
answer after this loss (except
maybe questions three through
five, but I'll leave those up for

your own interpretation.)
Yes, it was a fourth-straight
loss to the Spartans. It hurts -
bad. It's like losing to your little
brother in... Eh, nevermind. The
bottom line is, it's embarrass-
ing, really.
Last season, the Wolverines
went 2-5 after the loss to Michi-
gan State. In 2009, they went
1-6. Could this be the start to
another epic second-half col-
lapse? Possibly.
But there's too much talent
on this team, and this coach-
ing staff has brought a winning
attitude that the players have
clearly bought in to.
Only time will tell.
While it was a loss to a bit-
ter rival, it was still just one
loss. It wasn't five. There's still
plenty of football to be played
this season, as Michigan coach
Brady Hoke would love to tell

you.
After a bye week this week,
the Wolverines have home
games against Purdue, No. 14
Nebraska and Ohio State, and
they play at Iowa and No. 16
Illinois.
None of the games will be
easy, especially after Purdue.
Iowa currently may be near the
bottom of the Big Ten stand-
ings, but Kinnick Stadium isn't
exactly a welcoming environ-
ment to play in. Illinois has
played like the real deal this
year. So has Nebraska, despite
a loss to Big Ten favorite Wis-
consin.
And Ohio State - well,
they're still Ohio State.
But if this team is going to
prove it's different from past
years, winning the tough games
is how it's goingto happen. The
Wolverines failed their first big

test, but it wasn't the only one
they'll have.
"I know for a fact this team
will bounce back," said senior
defensive tackle Mike Martin.
"Guys are hungry for the next
game, and that's the biggest dif-
ference in this team."
The players and the coaches
are already saying the right
things, but now Michigan is
going to have to show it.
Starting with a win against
the Boilermakers in two weeks,
you might be able to begin turn-
ing a blind eye to that chaper-
one and make your move.
And who knows, by the end
of the season, maybe you'll still
even get a smooch.
-Raftery never had a good
experience atan eighth grade
dance. He can be reached
at kraftery@umich.edu.

AAU
From Page 1A
institutions.
Coleman and the AAU recently
made headlines when the Uni-
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln was
voted out of the association. Even
though the vote to eliminate
Nebraska from the association was

anonymous, some speculated that
Coleman voted against Nebraska's
membership.
Apart from her work at the Uni-
versity and with the AAU, Cole-
man is on the boards of director
for Johnson & Johnson and media
company the Meredith Corpora-
tion. She also serves as co-chair of
the National Advisory Council on
Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

START-UPS
From Page 1A
and Providence, which are
less expensive to live in than
other typical post-graduate
destinations. Program fellows
are expected to receive a sal-
ary -L ranging from $32,000 to
$38,000 - for their work.
"Our goal is to provide a
recent grad with the network,
the experience, and the training
to enable them to start their own
businesses," Yang said.
Next year, there will be 12
to 15 opportunities at Detroit
businesses, including the popu-
lar Detroit eatery Slows BBQ,
accordingto Yang. VFA will also
work with venture capital firm
Detroit Venture Partners.
Detroit Venture Partners
employee Jim Xiao wrote in
an e-mail interview that the
company is supporting VFA in
Detroit as the fellowship pro-
gram's "primary launch city."
He wrote that Detroit Venture
Partners will assist at least 20
fellows working in Detroit start-

ups, particularly in digital and
web-based companies.
Other companies country-
wide in which VFA will place
graduates are VCharge, a Provi-
dence, Rhode Island-based
company focused on improving
energy efficiency, and Audio-
socket, a music licensing compa-
ny in Seattle and New Orleans.
Yang said he believes VFA
will have a positive effect on the
graduates and the cities they
work in.
"VFA is our chance to build
a bridge between companies
and graduates that will benefit
both sides and the economy as a
whole," he said.
Yang said that he has worked
with many graduates over the
years who didn't know how to
find work with start-ups, adding
that VFA is unique because par-
ticipants gain hands-on experi-
ence developing businesses.
"We know that many Univer-
sity students have interest in
entrepreneurship and start-ups,
but it is difficult to find these
opportunities," he said.
VFA has recruited on cam-

pus, and Yang spoke at Entre-
preneurship Hour, a talk hosted
by the University's Center for
Entrepreneurship. VFA is also
employing similar outreach
efforts at other schools such as
Harvard University, Dartmouth
College and Yale University.
"(The University of Michigan)
is a high priority for us because
it is such an important univer-
sity on the national stage," Yang
said.
Additionally, many VFA
board members are University
alumni, including graduates of
the College of Engineering, the
Ross School of Business and the
College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts.
Engineering sophomore Najia
Yarkhan, project director for
MPowered Entrepreneurship's
1,000 Pitches program, said she
expects VFA to be a popular
program among University stu-
dents.
"(This) sounds like some-
thing I'd be interested in at least
hearing more about," Yarkhan
said.
Yarkahn said the success of

1,000 Pitches, which generated
more than 3,000 entrepreneur-
ial ideas last year, suggests that
many University students are
interested in entrepreneurship.
She added that many MPowered
members would be interested
in gaining hands-on experience
with the start-ups connected to
the VFA program.
"A lot of our members are
interested in going and getting
their feet wet," Yarkahn said.
But not everyone on campus is
certain VFA will succeed. Busi-
ness sophomore Erinn Sandberg
said she thinks the program isn't
applicable to everyone.
"I feel like people here are
very ambitious and might
already have a career path in
mind," Sandberg said.
She added that Business stu-
dents who are interested in
entrepreneurship might be open
to joining VFA, but it's the time
commitment that deters her the
most.
"I would want to work for an
established business (after grad-
uation), then go for my MBA,"
Sandberg said.

BOARD
From Page 1A
Act is silent on that particular
situation," Fitzgerald said. "In
our view, nothing else about the
meeting changed - the location
was the same, the day of the week
was the same."
Additionally, no one had signed
up to speak before the board in
the public comment section of
the meeting, so the rescheduled
start time didn't prevent anyone
from participating inthe meeting,
Fitzgerald said.
The regents allow up to 10 peo-
ple to address the board about any
topic during the public comment
section at each meeting. Anyone
wishing to speak must sign up
with the Office of the Vice Presi-
dent and the University Secretary
by 9 a.m. the day before the meet-
ing.
Even if nobody participated
in the public comment por-
tion, Mikalonis said the public
still deserved the opportunity
to attend the meeting and voice
their opinions about decisions the
board made.
"If there had been people who
were interested, and they didn't
plan to actually participate in
the public comment section, they
were still denied the opportunity
of perhaps going to the meeting,"
Mikalonis said. "So they can say
there was no harm, no foul, but
the rules are there for a reason."
On Thursday, the regents
approved the next phase of reno-
vations to Yost Icg Arena, the
addition of a cardiac catheteriza-

tion laboratory in the new C.S.
Mott Children's and Von Voigt-
lander Women's Hospital and the
update of the University's Central
Campus Power Plant. The regents
also approved the presentation of
honorary degrees for four individ-
uals - including New York Times
Executive Editor Jill Abramson
- at the Winter Commencement
ceremony in December.
If a lawsuit is filed against the
regents concerning the meeting
time agenda, a judge may force
the board to hold the meeting
again in accordance with the
Michigan Open Meetings Act,
Mikalonis said.
"Say the Board of Regents
made a decision that was in vio-
lation of the Open Meetings Act,
and the court ruled there was a
violation, then the remedy would
be (to) re-hold the meeting and
have the decision comply with all
the requirements," she said.
The last accusation of the board
violating the Open Meetings Act
was in February 2010 when Uni-
versity alum Robert Davis sued
the regents over an alleged viola-
tion. Davis claimed that a closed-
door meeting, held by the regents
to discuss an NCAA investiga-
tion regarding whether or not
the Michigan football program
violated NCAA rules limiting the
amount of time a team is allowed
to practice, wasn't in accordance
with the law.
The University and Davis set-
tled the case in June 2010 when
the University agreed to pay
$5,380, according to a settlement
agreement acquired by AnnAr-
bor.com.

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