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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, March 5,2012

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* THREE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Under Beilein, giant
of a program awakens

STATE COLLEGE -
They hopped a plane on
Saturday afternoon,
these Wolverines, and
began the short journey to
Happy Valley, dreams dancing
through their heads uncontrol-
lably, as if they were again the
naive children they once were.
They knew full well what lay
ahead of them, what one more
win - one final triumph in the
long, dark alleyway otherwise
known as the Big Ten confer-
ence schedule, where street
fights masquerade as basketball
games - would give them.
They knew there was a
chance that the countless hours
spent grunting through another
mundane set in the weight
room, the myriad windsprints
that tore at their lungs and the
endless film sessions that some-
times left their heads spinning
would end in their redemption.
There was a chance it would
end in the exoneration of the
sometimes-ascetic life they had

doomed themselves to as Divi-
sion-I basketball players.
Yet it was only that - a
chance. These Michigan players
could do their part by defeating
Penn State, one of the confer-
ence's ugly
ducklings
this season.
But after
that, they
were power-,
less, depen-
dent on their
school's mostB
hated rival to BEN
finish the job ESTES
for them and
elevate them
to a place no Wolverine had
been for more than a quarter of
a century.
It's a cruel fate, not being in
control.
Above all else, athletes crave
the ability to settle matters
themselves.
They need to know that their
See BEILEIN, Page 8A

t BIG TEN
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AM*
RALPH WILSON AND AL GOLDIS/AP
The Michigan men's basketball team (top) finished the regular season in a tie
for the Big Ten title with Ohio State (left) and Michigan State (right).

Michigan wins first
Big Ten title since'86
By LUKE PASCH State each came away with a
Daily Sports Editors share of the Big Ten regular-
L season title.
With just a few ticks left After beating the Nittany
against Michigan State on Sun- Lions earlier in the afternoon,
day afternoon, Ohio State guard the Wolverines downplayed the
William Buford dribbled right- significance of the Buckeye-
to-left along the perimeter and Spartan matchup, noting that
pulled up just inside the top of they did everything in their
the arc for a last-second prayer. power and they couldn't worry
He didn't get a good look at about what would happen.
the basket, fading away with "I've got a five-page paper
Spartan guard Keith Appling to write for tomorrow that I've
in his face, but the shot was really got to start working on,"
pure. Buford, who was money senior guard Stu Douglass joked
throughout the contest, found after the game. "I've got to find
the bottom of the net to lift the my priorities, set them straight."
Buckeyes to a 72-70 win over the But it was clear as soon as
Spartans in East Lansing. Ohio State won what the title
As the senior backpedaled meant to Michigan's players.
with a nonchalant grin on his Senior guard and co-captain
face, the team lounge at Michi- Zack Novak immediately took to
gan's Player Development Cen- Twitter and typed out one word:
ter in Ann Arbor erupted. The "Champs."
Wolverines had just arrived "I think everybody was hold-
home following their 71-65 vic- ing their breath - the room got
tory at Penn State, and with quiet real quickly," said sopho-
Buford's clutch bucket, Michi- more guard Tim Hardaway Jr.
gan, Ohio State and Michigan See MICHIGAN, Page 7A

ANN ARBOR PUBLIC [RANS|T
City Council
to decide on
countywide
transit plan

BUS BACK TO REALITY

Proposal would
increase travel
accessibility for
students
By TAYLOR WIZNER
Daily StaffReporter
An Ann Arbor City Council
vote today to change the city's
transit law and allow for the
implementation of a county-
wide transit system could make
transportation for students
in the Ann Arbor area more
expansive and accessible.
Last fall, the Ann Arbor
Transportation Authority
created a financial task force
composed of business lead-
ers, public officials, Ann Arbor
residents and community
groups. The group worked for
18 months to form the 30-year
mass transit plan, according to
an AATA press release.
The proposed plan will begin
with a pilot five-year transit
program with recommenda-
tions from the task force. Such
improvements and accessibil-
* ity enhancements include bus
replacements, local transit
hubs, park and ride intercept
lots and vanpool services.
Councilmember Sabra Briere
(D-Ward 1) said the group mas-
tered most of what was needed

to move forward with the mass
transit system.
"The financial task force was
asked what they recommend
for the first five years and then
turn around and say how we are
going to get there," Briere said.
"They didn't quite achieve the
last part, but they did achieve
the first part, how many dol-
lars they need over the first five
years with 6 million a year."
According to Briere, there
was significant pressure from
within the community to
expand AATA's current ser-
vices. In response to the input,
AATA researched its legal
scope of service and decided to
make appropriate changes.
"The (mass transit system)
better fit the long-term goal for
AATA of bus rapid transit," Bri-
ere said. "An unincorporated
board was formed that hired a
firm, using grant dollars, to do
the research."
The mass transit plan grew
out of the research conducted
by the firm, the board and from
information gathered during60
to 70 public meetings attended
by more than 1,200 individuals,
Briere said.
Briere said that while AATA
already provides free transpor-
tation for students accessible,
the changes include more fre-
quent transportation that will
allow more access around Ann
See TRANSIT, Page 7A

Students gather their luggage after returning to Ann Arbor using Air Bus services yesterday.
ST AG
Students unite with officials
for medical amnesty Poijcy

'U RESEARCH
Research
team aids
with strep
throat
treatment
Discovery could
kill bacteria
resistant to
antibiotics
By JOSH QIAN
Daily StaffReporter
For students prone to viral
infections, a group of Uni-
versity researchers may have
uncovered more effective
treatment methods that avoid
production of new, antibiotic-
resistant bacteria.
Specifically, the research
team identified a collection
of synthesized molecules
from the University's Center
for Chemical Genomics that
might effectively treat Group
A Streptococcus bacterial
infection, commonly known
as strep throat. The project,
funded by the National Insti-
tute of Health, the Innovation
Partnership - an initiative of
the University's Life Sciences
Institute - and the How-
ard Hughes Medical Insti-
tute, could potentially help
patients battling the illness in
the future.
The research team is co-
headed by David Ginsburg,
a professor of internal medi-
cine and faculty member in
the Life Sciences Institute,
See TREATMENT, Page 7A

State legislators,
'U' administrators
share perspective
on legislation
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
The implementation of a medi-
cal amnesty program on cam-
pus is taking on a two-pronged
approach as University students
commence discussions with Uni-
versity administrators and state
government leaders.
A medical amnesty program
at the University would prevent
underage students who call for
aid in cases of over-consumption
of alcohol from receiving Minor

in Possession of Alcohol citations.
Proponents of medical amnesty
believe the program will lead to
fewer alcohol-related deaths and
injuries and more calls for medi-
cal attention.
State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann
Arbor) said he has been in con-
tact with several students about
this issue and is supportive of
establishing a program at the
University.
"Ithink it's goingto save lives,"
Irwin said. "(It's) definitely going
to make people more willing to
come forward when they think
that friend might be in trouble
and might need some help."
Though Irwin is not a spon-
sor, he said he supports House
Bill 4393, legislation that would
amend the Michigan Liquor Con-
trol Code of 1998 and implement

a statewide medical amnesty
program. Currently, the bill is on
its third read and is waitingto be
voted on by the state House.
"It looks like it's goingto make
it out of the house," Irwin said.
"This idea has been around for a
while. A number of other states
(have medical amnesty) because
it works."
LSA junior Aditya Sathi, vice
speaker of Central Student Gov-
ernment's Student Assembly,
introduced a passing resolution
in January supporting a medical
amnesty program.
"(We're) coming at it from
a top-down and a bottom-up
approach," Sathi said.
Currently, more than 800 Uni-
versity students and faculty have
signed an online petition in favor
See POLICY, Page 7A

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