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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


gets record
number of
WVith 6,171 sityProvost Philip Hanlon said
in an interview last month.
new students, "The applicant pool among
non-residents has ballooned,"
freshmen class is Hanlon said. "In fact, we
expect the applicants for resi-
smallest since 08 dents to go down as the demo-
graphics of the state shift."
By PAIGE PEARCY and The freshmen class repre-
PETER SHAHIN sents 1,900 high schools, 46
Daily News Editor and Daily Staff states and 60 countries. At
Reporter press time, the numbers of
freshmen from in-state and
Though a record number of out-of-statewere not available.
students applied to the Uni- A total of 43,426 students
versity this year, the fresh- are enrolled in the University's
men class that started school programs. The total enroll-
in September is the smallest ment at the University set a
it has been in years, according record high this year with a
to the University's enrollment i.7-percent increase from last
data released Tuesday. year, marking the fourth con-
The freshman class is the secutive annual increase.
smallest since 2008 with 6,171 Applications also increased
students, 80 students fewer to a record-high with 42,544
than last year's class and 325 submissions, surpassing last
fewer than 2010's class, which year's record by 7.5 percent.
boasted a University record This spike is generally attribut-
6,496 students. However, the ed to the University's adoption
decrease in students is still of the Common Application,
higher than University's target which two years ago.
number of 5,960 students for Ted Spencer, the Univer-
an incoming class size, Univer- See APPLICANTS, Page 7

L SA senior Amanda Tracy sits in an aisle of Annenberg Auditorium in Weill Hall while watching the final presidential debate Monday night.
Interest wanes in last debate

At watch party,
voters less focused
on policies
Daily Staff Reporter
As an already-decided voter,
the differences between the for-
eign policies of President Barack
Obama and Republican presi-
dential nominee Mitt Romney in

Monday's debate mattered little
to Krystal Williams, a Rackham
graduate student.
In the Annenberg Auditorium
at the Ford School of Public Pol-
icy, most of the 200 students in
attendance seemed to agree with
Williams's sentiment. Compared
to the first debate three weeks
ago, students didn't seem to
engage as much throughout the
last matchup between Republi-
can presidential nominee Mitt
Romney and President Barack
Obama Monday night.
There was less cheering, less

clappingand more side conversa-
tions un-related to the election.
For many, the last debate was
not so much a chance to hammer
out a final decision, but a chance
to affirm a choice they already
made weeks ago.
"By this debate, I already
knew, honestly," Williams said.
"But it was helpful for me to get
a better gist of where they were
individually with their policies."
Only 5 percent of the audience
reported that they were unde-
cided, compared to the majority
of students who responded that

they alreadysupported Obamaor
Romney, according to an iClicker
poll staged by event organizers.
Public Policy graduate student
Haven Allen - chairman of the
Domestic Policy Corp, the group
that organized the watch party
- said he agreed that the dimin-
ished enthusiasm may be due to
the fact that many students have
already determined their vote.
He anticipated that some stu-
dents had grown weary of the
election process, the repetitive
attacks by each candidate and the
See DEBATE, Page 6

Faculty meet
with regent

Senate Assembly
questions three of
10 contenders for
Daily StaffReporter
About 50 members of the
University's Senate Assem-
bly gathered at their monthly
meeting to question candidates
for the University's Board of
Regents at a forum held in
Palmer Commons Monday
Candidates discussed a
wide range of topics, includ-
ing whether the University's
focus should be on research or
teaching, the number out-of-
state students at the Univer-
sity, tuition hikes and the role
of athletics at the University.
While there are 10 candi-_
dates running for positions on
the board, only four attended
the forum: Republican Rob
Steele, Democrats Mark Bern-
stein and Shauna Ryder Diggs,
and Eric Borregard, the Green
Party's candidate. The group
was presented with a ques-

tion and each candidate was
allowed one minute to answer.
Due to the format of the event,
candidates did not get a chance
to respond to each other.
Each was quick to highlight
their connection to the Uni-
versity: Steele, Bernstein and
Diggs are all alumni, and Bor-
regard said his son attended
the University.
The candidates acknowl-
edged that one of the most
important responsibilities as
regent would be to select the
University's next president,
as University President Mary
Sue Coleman plans to retire in
They discussed how the new
president should balance the
diverse needs of the University
and successfully manage the
ever-changing budget. Steele
said the new president must
also provide creative solutions
for declining state and federal
budget appropriations, while
Diggs said he or she must also
lead by consensus and encour-
age efficiency to conserve the
University's resources.
Bernstein said the next
president must address the
transformative changes in
See REGENTS, Page 6

State Rep. Rick Olson (R-Saline) protests the "Republican War on Women"'panel with University students on Monday.
Protest eru-pts in response
to forumo n wo-men's rights

Daily alum,
Leon Jaroff
dies at 85
Notable science
reporter founded
Discover magazine
Daily Staff Reporter
Former Michigan Daily edi-
tor Leon Jaroff, the founder of
Discover Magazine and a former
senior editor at TIME magazine,
died after a four-year battle with
throat cancer. He was 85. Peter
Jaroff, his son, confirmed his
Jaroff, a University alum who
served as the Michigan Daily's
managing editor in 1950, was
known for his strong work ethic
and compassion for reporting.
Jaroff's gusto for writing was
evident in his professional jour-
nalistic success, Peter Jaroff said.
"He loved language, he loved
to write, he really loved his work
and he tried to do something he
always wanted to do," he said.
"He would get very excited about
things he was working on, things
he was writingabout. Itwas ajoy
See JAROFF, Page 6

Panel discusses
'Republican War
on Women'
ManagingNews Editor
At a forum on women's rights
on Monday afternoon, tension
among attendees seemed to
mirror the rising discord and
polarization within Congress
on gender politics this election
A crowd ofabout150 students,

faculty and Ann Arbor residents
packed into the Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library to listen to promi-
nent feminist figures discuss the
plight of American women amid
a transforming political culture.
The event, titled "The Repub-
lican War on Women," spurred
outcry amongstudents and local
officials who expressed concern,
that the University was demon-
strating a liberal bias and defy-
ing campaign finance laws by
using public funding to support
a partisan event.
chair of the University's chapter

of College Republicans, drafted
a letter to University Provost
Philip Hanlon, urging Univer-
sity officials to cancel the forum
and noted that legal action may
be taken against the University.
"As a woman and the chair
of the College Republicans, I
am incredibly offended that
the University of Michigan has
the audacity to promote such a
blatantly fallacious forum," she
wrote in the letter. "This is an
insult to every woman who has
ever supported the Republican
Party and its candidates, and
See PROTESTS, Page 7

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