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NDUN ON TRACK
iue to shine on How a trip to Alaska
.lbum. helped Michigan regain
*Iits winning ways.
PAGE*7 PAGE 8

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

michigandaily.com

SUGAR BOWL
13,000
bowl
tickets
sold
'U' has not yet
decided class
attendence policy
due to Jan. 3 game
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily Staff Reporter
Though the Sugar Bowl is on
the eve of the first day of class
next semester, students are
flocking to buy tickets to the
game.
Steve Lambright, director of
ticket operations for the Uni-
versity's Athletic Department,
said that as of 3:45 p.m. yester-
day, his office had sold about
13,000 tickets out of the 17,500
that were allotted to the Univer-
sity for the Jan. 3 game against
Virginia Tech. Students bought
1,800 of those tickets at a price
of $97 each.
Lambright said he thought
the ticket sales on the first day
were "fantastic."
"We didn't make any predic-
tions. We were just hoping for
some real strong sales, and I
think that's what we saw," Lam-
bright said.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the Office of
the Provost is currently look-
See BOWL, Page 5

HOLIDAY HARMONIES

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Guidelines
on diversity
may not have
effect on 'U'

The University Symphony Band plays holiday songs at Hill Auditorium yesterday.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Federal manufactrin
group to meet at NR

Obama's guidelines
to diversify student
bodies could be at
odds with Prop. 2
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
A new set of affirmative action
guidelines introduced by Presi-
dent Barack Obama on Friday
could boost diversity in colleges
and universities across the coun-
try. But the University may not
be one of them.
The guidelines made by the
Departments of Justice and Edu-
cation suggest that higher educa-
tion institutions should consider
criteria such as socioeconomic
status, domestic instability and
the hardships students have
overcome when schools make
admissions decisions. The idea
behind the criteria is that they
will create a diverse student
make-up among these catego-
ries, which will inherently diver-
sify the racial makeup of the
student body. However, the Uni-
versity may not be able to operate
under these guidelines because
of the statewide ban on the con-

sideration of race in higher edu-
cation admissions, which was
decided on by voters through a
ballot proposal in 2006.
Though the 6th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals overturned
Proposal 2 in a 2-1 decision in
July, the court has decided to
review the decision. George
Washington, a lawyer with the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action, Integration and Fight for
Equality By Any Means Neces-
sary, said this means Proposal
2, or the Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative, will be in effect until
judges re-try the case in March.
Washington added that the
guidelines, as a declaration of
Obama's views, could influence
the court's ruling.
"It clearly endorses affirma-
tive action, and that endorse-
ment to us makes clear that state
laws trying to ban it have to
give way to federal civil rights,"
Washington said.
The new guidelines replaced
those put in place by the Bush
administration in 2008. The
Bush era guidelines cautioned
higher education institutions
against selecting students based
on race.
However, in an e-mail inter-
See GUIDELINES, Page 5

Advanced
Manufacturing
Partnership to
talk technologies
By HALEY GLATTHORN
Daily StaffReporter
As the United States man-
ufacturing sector faces an

uncertain future, President
Barack Obama is calling on
the University and other insti-
tutions to revitalize the indus-
try.
The Advanced Manufac-
turing Partnership, which
includes leaders from six
universities in the U.S. and
representatives from several
manufacturing companies,
will meet at the University's
North Campus Research

Complex on Monday to dis-
cuss ways to implement and
improve innovative manu-
facturing technologies. The
meeting will be the fourth
regional event.
The AMP was founded
in June after a report from
the President's Council of
Advisors on Science and
Technology recommended
collaboration between univer-
See NCRC, Page5

CITY COUNCIL
A2 City Council votes against
decrease in public art funding

Amendment would tually voted to keep the funds
at 1 percent and voted against
have reduced installing a three-year time limit
on spending and
funding by half of allocating funds
for public art.
one percent They also voted
against allocat-
By JENNIFER LEE ing funds from
Daily StaffReporter the city's general
fund for public
During a discussion that last- art and voted to eliminate rou-
ed more than an hour and a half, tine sidewalk maintenance as a
Ann Arbor City Council mem- capital improvement, which is
bers voiced opinions about cut- defined as construction or reno-
ting funding used for public art vation of a public facility.
from 1 percent to halfa percent. The discussion was the set-
City Council members even- ond reading of the issues, after

City Council member Sabra
Briere (D-Ward 1) introduced
changes to the public art ordi-
nance at the council's Nov. 21
meeting. The amendments to
the ordinance proposed the
decrease in public art funding
from 1 percent to half of a per-
cent of capital improvement
funds.
Cheryl Elliott, president and
CEO of the Ann Arbor Area
Community Foundation, was
one of many speakers that urged
council members to reconsider
the proposed cuts during the
public hearing. She said pieces
See CITY COUNCIL, Page 2

AUSTEN HUFFORD/Daily
University President Mary Sue Coleman answers students' questions at her Fireside Chat yesterday in North Quad.
Coleman expresses delight over
Sugar Bowl bid announcement

CAMPUS CRIME
Student reports sexual assault in Baits I

'U' administrators
also discuss North
Campus appeal
By KAITLIN WILLIAMS
Daily StaffReporter
While a real fire may have
been missing from Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Cole-
man's fireside chat yesterday,
six high-definition fireplaces

complete with crackling sound
effects were on display.
E. Royster Harper, the Uni-
versity's vice president for stu-
dent affairs, joined Coleman in
a room replete with snacks and
beanbag chairs in North Quad
Residence Hall. The invited
students "in attendance at the
monthly discussion asked
Coleman and Harper about a
variety of topics ranging from
the Sugar Bowl bid to ways
to engage with residents in

Detroit.
Coleman said she plans to
attend the Sugar Bowl in New
Orleans on Jan. 3 when Michi-
gan takes on Virginia Tech.
"If you had asked me a year
ago this time if I thought we
were going to be invited to the
Sugar Bowl, I would've said no
way," Coleman told the group
of about 40 students.
She added that her trip to
Louisiana next month will be
See COLEMAN, Page 5

DPS: Suspect is
acquaintance
of survivor
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily Staff Reporter
A student reported that
she was sexually assaulted in
her room in Baits I Residence

Hall yesterday at about 11 a.m.,
according to a crime alert sentby
the University's Department of
Public Safety last night.
The suspect in the sexual.
assault is a "visiting acquain-
tance" of the survivor, according
to the alert.
DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said in an interview last
night that the suspect did not
forcibly enter the survivor's

room. At the time, Brown said
there was no further information
on the nature of the assault.
The survivor provided a
description of the suspect, and
Brown said DPS officials are
working to identify him. The
suspect is described in the crime
alert as being a light-skinned
black man in his 20s with an
"average build."
See ASSAULT, Page 5

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