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MICHIGAN DAILY EXCLUSIVE
In 2008, walk-on running back Mike Milano was suspended from the Michigan football team
for allegedly attacking hockey player Steve Kampfer outside of a bar. Milano told the Daily
his account of what happened that night as described in his recent book "Michigan Men?"
S TATE APPROPRIATIONS
'U' leaders say
may be unfair
By PAIGE PEARCY
Despite objections from
University leaders, the state is
moving toward implementing
a new funding mechanism for
higher education that's aimed
at increasing the amount allo-
cated to school throughout
The planned release of the
state budget in January will
create a new process for fund-
ing state higher education
institutions. Before the over-
haul, money was distributed
on a school-by-school basis,
but the new budget could pro-
vide a formula that will decide
the amount of money given to
each of the state's public uni-
This year the state allo-
cated about $268.5 million to
the University, a 15-percent
decrease from last year, but
that amount could change
with the implementation of
the new policy.
Despite the difficulty,'
designing a fair allocation
system, State Budget Director
John Nixon said in a telephone
interview he's developing the
formula in hopes of increasing
funding for higher education.
"There hasn't been a sys-
tematic approach, so there's
really no rhyme or reason to
why universities are getting
funding," Nixon said. "Moving
to a formula really will allowus
to bring all the 15 institutions
together, establish a baseline
and then really be able to mark
our improvements, and show
our improvement over time
which I think will hopefully
justify more funding going
into the system."
The University has spoken
out against the new formu-
la because of the variations
between the state's public uni-
versities. In a communication
to the University's Board of
See BUDGET, Page 3A
As you climb to the Cho La pass of the Himalayas, your
body tells you to stop every few steps to catch your
breath. You lift your face to inhale, and a gust of freez-
ing wind smacks you in the cheeks. Then the exhale feels like a
vacuum sucking all remaining oxygen from your lungs.
At 20,000 feet, it's one of Mother Nature's cruelest tricks.
After three weeks of climbing, a beatenup Mike Milano finally
made it to Cho La. He had clambered up snow-covered boulders
and balanced himself alongside narrow cliffs as the wind bullied
him around. He slept on floors that felt, like ice, and because he
couldn't breathe the cold air through his nose, he consistently
woke up with a burning tongue.
His head pounding and his body bone-tired, he realized that
not a whole lot exists at 20,000 feet. No phones, no roads, no
electricity. Not even the occasional dinging cowbell of local yaks
he had heard closer to base camp - once a sporadic assurance
that maybe he wasn't alone.
Milano had teased death every day of the climb, and his only
companion was a hired Sherpa who spoke broken English at
best. Hewondered ifanyone wouldknowifsomethinghappened
Who would tell his family if something went wrong? How
long would it take for news to travelto quaint Rocky River, Ohio?
He worried, but only briefly. He was far from his family. His
body ached. His stomach longed for something that tasted like
home. Yet deep within, Milano has always possessed a stabiliz-
ing sense of calm.
It certainly came in handy half a year earlier, as he stood in
front of a jury, awaiting a decision on his felony charges.
From the middle of the pass, Milano looked up at the Himala-
yas, and he smiled.
I am not perfect. I have manyflaws, some I have confronted,
and some I still deny. I have made mistakes and done things that
I am flat-out embarrassed of or ashamed of doing. Though what
happened in the early morning ofOct.12,2008, is not one ofthem.
Mike Milano isn't a particularly imposing figure. He's stocky,
with a natural, athletic build. But at 5-foot-6, it's hard to believe
the guy was once a running back for the Michigan football team.
Then again, maybe former head coach Lloyd Cafr just had an
affinity for tailbacks with a low center of gravity, as Milano
played alongside the runty Mike Hart.
Milano met with me last month to relive the events of Oct.12,
2008 - a morning that, for better or worse, changed the course
of his life.
It's not a story Milano enjoys telling, though he has spent
years composing a book on the event. In some ways, getting his
words on paper was a solution to avoid discussing it.
"I don't talk about the book," Milano said bluntly. "Since I've
written it, I hate when people ask questions about it because.
what it is is reaching into the most painful memories I have and
reliving theminvivid detail."
See MILANO, Page 5A
'U' purchases adult
names bought to
By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
The University now owns a
number of adult web addresses.
On Dec. 6, the University
bought 21 domain names regis-
tered under the new ".xxx" suf-
fix - an alternative to the more
common .com and .org suffixes
- that was created to distin-
guish between pornographic
sites and others on the Inter-
net. The University decided to
purchase these domain names
to protect the University from
affiliations with pornographic
websites, according to Univer-
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the Univer-
sity, like many other schools
around the country, decided
to buy .xxx domain names for
like "MGoBlue" to protect the
school's name from exploita-
"In one way it's kind of a
routine step, but a very impor-
tant one," Fitzgerald said. "We
think that in order to take the
right steps to protect the repu-
tation and the good name of the
University, (we) kind of look at
See DOMAINS, Page 3A
PETA says cats killed after research
SINGING OUT LOUD
FOIA data shows
By KATIE WILLIAMS
People for the Ethical Treat-
ment of Animals revealed
through documents obtained
by Michigan's Freedom of
Information Act Thursday
that cats used for intubation
training for the University's
Survival Flight program were
euthanized, though University
officials claimed they had been
Mark Lowell, associate pro-
fessor of emergency medicine
and medical director of the
Survival Flight Course - a
University program that trains
flight nurses on efficient meth-
ods of medical treatment while
under pressure during emer-
gencies - originally claimed in
a Michigan Daily viewpoint in
January that three cats used in
laboratory experiments in 2010
obtained by PETA through the
state's open records law and
given to The Michigan Daily
indicates that two of the three
cats used in 2010 were eutha-
nized after training instead
of adopted, unlike previously
In a statement of response
on Friday, the Office of the Vice
President for Research said
the University had previously
corrected an "unintentional"
error on its Animal Research
site in August that incorrectly
detailed the number of cats
euthanized since 2002 - seven
of 23 total were euthanized,
and 16 were adopted.
"The cats were adopted out
whenever possible, but medical
conditions, behavioral prob-
See PETA, Page 3A
Members of the Out Loud Chorus, an LGBT singing group, perform Christmas carols in Nickels Arcade Friday night.
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