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DPS official:
Fan behavior
tame at game

American Red Cross nurse Esther Carp draws blood from Engineering senior Billy Mayer for the Blood Battle at the School of Dentistry on Friday.
beats U in Blood Battle

With 2,628 pints
of blood, the 'U'
collected 200 more
than Ohio State
Daily StaffReporter
The University's weekend
victory over The Ohio State
University goes beyond the
football field.
For the fourth consecutive
year, the University beat OSU in
the annual Blood Battle compe-
tition. The University collected
2,628 pints of blood - about 200
more pints than OSU - during
the two-week contest, which
ended Saturday. The University
also beat OSU in this semester's
Wolverine-Buckeye Challenge

for Life, a donor registration
drive competition sponsored
by Gift of Life Michigan, by
registering about 49,000 more
donors than OSU.
The University chapter of
Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed com-
munity service fraternity and
the sponsor of Blood Battle,
sought to encourage as many
people on campus to donate
blood to surpass its initial goal of
2,550 pints, said LSA senior Jes-
sie Baker, the Blood Battle chair.
"We wanted to beat OSU, but
our main goal was to collect
blood to save lives," she said.
Blood donation stations -
which were sponsored by the
American Red Cross - were
scattered around campus in
locations including the Michi-
gan Union, Michigan Stadium
and several residence halls.
Baker said promotion of

the event around the Diag and
through local fundraisers led to
a strong turnout at the drives.
She added that she and other
organizers are excited about
the progress that was made by
both schools in the Blood Bat-
tle, especially because there is a
greater need for blood - about
100 more pints than OSU - dur-
ing the holiday season.
"People don't donate during
the holidays, because they're
not around, and (therefore) the
demand is so great," Baker said.
Anne Murphy, an adminis-
trator at the University Hospi-
tal Transplant Center, said that
like the need for blood, there is
also a high demand in the state
for organ, tissue and bone mar-
row donors.
According to University of
Michigan Health System sta-
tistics, each day 19 people die

while waiting for an organ
"We always have a shortage
of donors," Murphy said. "Right
now they're about 3,000 people
in the state of Michigan waiting
for organ transplants."
The Wolverine-Buckeye
Challenge placed the University
and Ohio State in competition
to see which school could gen-
erate the greater number of new
organ, tissue and bone marrow
donors during the 2011 college
football season. The Univer-
sity helped to generate about
109,000 new donor list regis-
trants through the Michigan
Donor Registry, beating Ohio
State's approximately 60,000
new registrants for the second
year in a row, according to Mur-
"Lives will literally be saved
as a result of those people mak-

Rushing the field is
technically against
Big House policy
Daily Staff Reporter
Apart from rushing the field
after the Wolverines' 40-34 win
against the Buckeyes on Satur-
day, Michigan fans at the Big
House remained relatively tame
as they watched the Wolverines
beat Ohio State for the first time
in seven seasons.
Diane Brown, spokeswoman
for the University's Department
of Public Safety, said that consid-
ering the animosity between the
Wolverines and the Buckeyes,
fans were fairly calm on Saturday.
"Indeed this was a high rival-
ry game, and as a result it was a
very large crowd, and it also does
tend to draw out unsportsman-
like behavior that sometimes will
cross lines into criminal activity,
such as assault and battery and
disorderly conduct," Brown said.
"However, for all of those people
that were there and as intense as
the game was, it was a fairly, rea-
sonably well-behaved crowd."
Out of a crowd of 114,132 peo-
ple, five were arrested, seven
were issued citations and 38 were
ejected from the stadium during
the game, according to Brown.
Two of the arrests were for
minor in possession of alcohol,
one for disorderly conduct, one
for resisting a police officer and
one for possessing what was sus-
pected to be marijuana, accord-
ing to Brown. Five people were
issued citations for possessing
alcohol, one for using someone
else's identification and another
for urinating in public. Of the 38
people ejected from the stadium,
17 were asked to leave for using
another person's ID, 16 for alco-
hol possession, four for disorderly
conduct and one for violating sta-
dium rules.
In addition to the disorderly
conduct, 87 people were treated
by emergency medical personnel,
15 of whom were taken to the hos-
pital, according to Brown.
Many of the crime incidents on
Saturday involved students, but
the number of students who were
actually arrested, cited or ejected
has not been made public, Brown
said. She added that crime inci-

dents at the Big House are always
higher at Ohio State games than
at games against other oppo-
"It's a very potent rivalry,"
Brown said.
However, rivalry games
including the Sept. 10 night game
against Notre Dame saw a similar
number of crimes. At the Sept.10
game there were 14 arrests, seven
citations and 20 ejections from
the Big House.
In lapse of adherence to pub-
lie safety, thousands of people
took to the field en masse after
the Wolverines' victory on Sat-
urday, violating a stadium rule
that states "unauthorized entry
onto the playing field before,
during or after the game is pro-
hibited," according to mgoblue.
com. However, there were no
arrests of fans who hopped over
the railings.
Officials were no more con-
cerned about fans rushing the-
field for the Ohio State game than
for any other, Brown said. For
that reason, public safety officials
always have a strategy should
fans choose to rush the field. The
strategy allows fans to rush the
field, but does not allow fans near
the goalposts. Officials could be
seen guarding the goalposts after
Saturday's game.
"We always have to have a
variety of emergency plans in
place for a variety of emergencies
... includingsuch things as people
enteringthe field," Brown said.
The last time fans rushed the
field at the Big House was in 2003
after the Wolverines' last victory
over the Buckeyes.

MSA to host student government
conference for colleges across Mich.

Governments to
discuss ways to
increase student
voter registration
Daily StaffReporter
Though the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly's main focus is
on University issues, it plans to
extend its reach to the state of
MSA will host the Student
Association of Michigan con-
ference this weekend in the
* Michigan Union, where col-
lege student governments from
across the state will meet to
discuss how to increase student
voter registration and SAM's
future events.
Started in 2007, SAM is com-
prised of the student govern-
ments of Michigan's 15 public
universities and represents
more than 300,000 students in
the state. The conferences occur
every month except in Decem-
ber and once every three months
in the summer. Each school
sends a delegation from their
student government.
By bringing student repre-
sentatives together, the group

works to address problems on a
broader scale and pass measures
agreed on by all 15 schools.
"We are representing the
entire state of Michigan," MSA
President DeAndree Watson
said. "That's really when you
get action from the state legis-
At last month's SAM con-
ference, MSA sponsored and
helped pass a resolution in sup-
port of bill in the Michigan
Senate, which requires school
districts to make policies to dis-
courage bullying.
Watson said the assembly
previously passed a similar reso-
lution, but the resolution is not
as effective as the one passed
by SAM. To make the resolution
known, copies of it will be sent
to the media, Republican Gov.
Rick Snyder, Michigan legisla-
tors and state university regents
and presidents.
Independently, MSA doesn't
usually address state-level
issues because it lacks the power
and resources to have a large
influence, Watson said.
"As a student government,
we kind of throw our hands up
because we don't ... really make
a lasting impact," he said. "But
with an organization like SAM
that represents all 15 public uni-
versities, you have a body that

really represents (the students
of) Michigan."
Watson said SAM also recent-
ly discussed an initiative to reg-
ister 30,000 Michigan college
students to vote by February
2012. To reach this goal, SAM
will start a friendly competition
among universities to see which
school can register the most stu-
At their weekend-longconfer-
once this week, SAM members
will also plan its Advocacy Event
- a rally in Lansing in March. In
addition to raising awareness
about student issues during the
rally, SAM hopes to meet with
state legislators one-on-one to
discuss funding reductions to
higher education.
One of SAM's most important
goals is to correct "extraordi-
nary cuts to education," accord-
ing to Sean Wasler, LSA junior
and chair of MSA's external
relations commission. The state
decreased higher education
appropriations by 15 percent, or
$225 million, for the current fis-
cal year.
While MSA was not actively
involved in SAM in the last few
years, Watson said the assembly
is recommitted to SAM's suc-
"We've begun to realize that
SAM is important and that in

order to have a strong student
voice in the state of Michigan,
you need a strong SAM," he said.
Walser added that SAM has
recently gained stability and a
better sense of direction.
"SAM in the past has not done
as much as it could," Walser
said. "But it's really on the right
path now, and it has solid leader-
ship that's making it very worth-
while to be a member."
Nevertheless, not every stu-
dent government is on the samex
page, Walser said.
The student governments of
Eastern Michigan University,
Central Michigan University
and the University of Michigan-
Dearborn were all absent at last
month's conference, according
to Sathi.
"They saw the early stages of
SAM," Sathi said. "They didn't
see how it was going benefit
their school."
Sathi and Walser said they
planned to call each of the stu-
dent government presidents rep-
resented by SAM to encourage
participation at this weekend's
"If they were to have the
opportunity to see this progress,
I think they may change their
mind and start attending SAM
conferences once again," Sathi

Wisconsin gov.
campaigning early
to remain in office

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Democrats, labor
unions circulate
petitions for recall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -
Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker may not face a recall
vote until next summer, but he's
already campaigning to keep his
job in the face of a major chal-
lenge by organized labor and the
Democratic Party.
With petitions for a recall elec-
tion now circulating, Walker is
running television advertising
defending his record during his
first 11 months in office. Soon,
Republican volunteers will begin
going door to door, making phone
calls and writing letters to the
editor arguing that his most
controversial initiative, which
stripped public employee unions
of most of their bargaining rights,
was justified by the state's fiscal
The Walker recall effort,which
will be one of the most fierce-
ly contested races in the 2012
national campaign, will serve as
a gauge of the public's support for
confrontational measures used by
new Republican governors to bal-

ance state budgets. In only two
weeks, petitioners here are on
pace to gather more than enough
signatures to put Walker on the
ballot against a yet-to-be-deter-
mined opponent.
Walker's backers are trying to
take lessons from the only two
successful gubernatorial recalls
in U.S. history - against Califor-
nia Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and
North Dakota Gov. Lynn Frazier
in 1921.
Those governors were too slow
to fight back, said David Schecter,
a political scientist at California
State University, Fresno, who has
studied recall campaigns. Their
races were mostly lost before the
signatures were submitted.
"There's this momentum that
builds and once it builds it's very
difficult for things to reverse,"
Schecter said. "The signature
stage is really the election before
the election. In that stage, vot-
ers are letting their choices be
Walker will try to stop the
recall election, or delay it for
months, by challenging the valid-
ity of signatures that must be
turned in by Jan. 17. Recall sup-
porters must gather 540,000
names of registered voters.

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