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UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
Football ticket
prices increase

Individual student
tickets up $2.50

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Daily Staff Reporter

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A volunteer undertakes a prescribed burn at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens yesterday.
CAMPUS SAFETY
S'U'e emergency response
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Though the 2012 Michigan
football schedule features 2
fewer homes games than last
year, students will be paying
more to attend each game this
season for the second straight
year.
Season tickets for students
will cost $195 for six home
games, or $32.50 per game,
with an additional $10 service
fee - up from $250 for eight
homes games, or $31.25 per
game in 2011.
Hunter Lochmann, aenior
associaterathletic director and
the Athletic Department's
chief marketing officer, said
the price increase is necessary
for the Athletic Department
to maintain competitive and
match the price level of other
institutions.
"We realize that we are
a little underpriced in some
areas, and this (raise in ticket
prices) gets us a little closer
to that price (of peer institu-
tions)," Lochmann said.
Lochmann added that

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E-mails, phone calls
and text messages
warned of inclement
weather on campus
By CHARLENE LERNER
Daily StaffReporter
While emergency sirens blast-
ed throughout Ann Arbor last
Thursday amid hail and lightning
to warn locals of a fast-approach-

ing tornado, the University used
its own system to caution campus
of an impending emergency.
The University's Emergency
Alert system, implemented in
February 2008 by the Univer-
sity's Department of Public Safe-
ty, has bridged the gap between
mass-warning signaling and the
lack of informative details. On
Thursday, the system sent e-mails
to all University students, fac-
ulty and staff. Text and voicemail
messages were also sent to those
who registered for the additional

notification service.
The system is the most reliable
communication system in send-
ing direct information to the Uni-
versity community, according to
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown.
"With the emergency alert,
you can send a text message,
voice message and an e-mail mes-
sage so that people can get more
information than they would get
from a non-worded siren," Brown
said.
Though all students, faculty
See EMERGENCY, Page 6A

Notre Dame charges $38 per
game for student tickets and
Ohio State charges $32.
Including the service fee,
student season ticket prices
amount to $2.50 more per
ticket for the 2012 season, and
the team will play only six
games at home instead of the
eight played this past season.
Michigan is scheduled to
play Air Force, Massachu-
setts, Illinois, Michigan State,
Northwestern and Iowa at
home this season.
Marquee games against
Alabama, Notre Dame,
Nebraska and Ohio State will
all be played away from the
Big House this fall.
Lochmann said one reason
prices were raised was to give
students an incentive to arrive

Year
at the stadium prior to kick-
off and not waste their well-
spent money.
"We want more students
who buy their student tick-
ets to come (to home games).
We want them to attend, we
want them to get there early,"
Lochmann said. "So by rais-
ing these prices minimally,
we're definitely not trying to
price anybody out. We want
students to show up early, it's
such a huge home advantage
when they're there early and
loud."
LSA sophomore Kate
Maknev said she does not
think the increase in prices
will impact student atten-
dance.
"Personally I don't think
See TICKET, Page 3A

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Fiercely contested
election nears end

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CSG candidates
make last-ditch
efforts to win votes
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
As of 12:01 a.m. today, the polls
opened for one of the most con-
tested Central Student Govern-
ment elections in recent history
as five pairs of students vie for the
presidential and vice presidential
seats and more than 100 students
seek to fill representative posi-
tions.
CSG President and LSA senior

See who the Daily editorial
board thinks is best suited for
the CSG presidency. Page 4A
DeAndree Watson, who hand-
ily won his election last year, said
this year's election is more com-
petitive than in years past.
"The enthusiasm and the ener-
gy that's present with the candi-
dates in this election definitely
surpasses what I've seen in previ-
ous elections," Watson said.
Watson added that this elec-
tion may attract students who
hadn't previously voted or paid
attention to student government
due to the vast array of candidates
See CSG, Page 3A

Members of Arab Expression, a coalition of Muslim groups on campus, participate in flash mob on the Diag yesterday.
SPEAKERS ON CAMPUS
Obama's half-sister to give talk

LSA-SG candidates
unopposed in election

Canning, Burns
running for
president, VP seats,
19 for reps
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
DailyStaffReporter
Along with Central Student
Government elections, stu-
dents will also vote for LSA

Student Government's represen-
tative positions online today and
tomorrow.
LSA students, who comprise
the University's largest student
body, will elect their student
government's next administra-
tive pair and nine of the 19 LSA-
SG representative positions for
one-year terms.
LSA junior Caroline Canning,
LSA-SG secretary, and LSA
junior Melissa Burns, LSA-SG
See LSA-SG, Page 3A

Soetoro-Ng visit
honors Asian-
Pacific American
Heritage month
By SYDNEY BERGER
Daily StaffReporter
In January, President Barack
Obama visited the University,
emphasizing the importance
of college affordability and
accessibility during his address
at Al Glick Field House. This
Thursday, his half-sister Maya
Soetoro-Ng will be addressing
campus as part of the Universi-

ty's celebration of Asian-Pacific
American Heritage Month.
The University's Asian/
Pacific Islander American Stud-
ies program will be hosting
Soetoro-Ng for a lecture titled
"Education for Peace and Global
Awareness." The lecture will be
delivered at the Michigan Union
and will come in preparation for
Asian-Pacific American Heri-
tage Month, which will be cele-
brated in May. Soetoro-Ng is an
assistant professor of education
at the University of Hawaii -
Manoa and a published author.
"We are extremely honored
tohave her," saidAssociate Prof.
Scott Kurashige, director of the
Asian/Pacific Islander Ameri-

can Studies program. "She is a
very distinguished scholar."
The month of May was offi-
cially designated Asian-Pacific
American Heritage Month in
1992, and it was chosen as the
celebratory month because Jap-
anese immigrants first arrived
in the United States on May 7,
1843, according to a website
dedicated to the month.
Kurashige said there is a need
for greater awareness of Asian/
Pacific Islander American stud-
ies on campus to provide a
new perspective on issues like
gender, sexuality, history and
immigration.
"It's an important time
where people learn about the

significance of Asian American
and Pacific Islander history
and some of the important con-
temporary issues facing Asian
American/Pacific Islander
communities on campus and off
campus," Kurashige said.
Soetoro-Ng has made a large
impact in promoting intercul-
tural awareness through her
advocacy work, in which she
connects her domestic under-
standing of diversity with global
awareness.
"She is well known for
her political activism and for
her writings on education,"
Kurashige said. "Even though
her own work hasn't focused
See HALF-SISTER, Page 3A

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