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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Monday, November 12,2012


A2 officials
dismayed by
rejection of
art millage

City to continue
using Percent for
Art funding model
Daily StaffReporter
City officials said they were
disappointed in the wake of the
rejection by Ann Arbor voters of
a tax for a more comprehensive
public art program on Election
Public art administrator
Aaron Seagraves said he was
surprised the millage was
rejected, and though he could
not speculate on voter senti-
ment, he supposed the new
model of funding could have
drivenvoters away.
"I'm not sure why it wasn't
passed by voters," Seagraves
said. "The Percent for Art fund-
ing could have been preferred
to the funding on the millage.
Maybe that's why the voters
thought they didn't need a new
millage for it."
The millage was an alterna-
tive to the current public arts
funding program Percent for
Art, which has encountered dif-
ficulty in providing public arts

projects under heavy restric-
tions that limit displays to per-
manent art installations on
specified government proper-
ties. Following rejection of the
proposal, Ann Arbor will return
to the previous model; which
utilizes city funding ratherthan
tax money from residents.
The tax would have cost the
average homeowner about $11
a month and was expected to
bring in about $450,000 annu-
ally. The new model for fund-
ing included a mill tax model
for funding public arts in Ann
Arbor. Instead of the current
system, which takes the funds
from different departments in
the city, the funding for projects
would come directly from the
Seagraves noted that lack of
awareness about the proposal
could have added to the dismiss-
al by voters.
"There wasn't a whole lot
of time to go campaign," Sea-
graves said. "Between the idea
of it being on the ballot, it was
probably two months between
Election Day and when it was
put on the ballot."
City Councilmember Chris
Taylor (D-Ward 3) sponsored
See MILLAGE, Page 3A

Junior quarterback Devin Gardner and fifth-year senior lineman Patrick Omameh celebrate during Michigan's 38-31 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
Don, 't ap ologize Ifor 21

he temptation is strong
, to look at how the
game went on Satur-
day afternoon and point to luck
for how Michigan snatched a win
away from Northwestern, for
doing it as quickly and ruthlessly
as the Wolverines did.
It'd be easy to say that Devin
Gardner and Kenny Demens and
Roy Roundtree and company
should be praised les§ for win-
ning and admonished more for
how they let the game nearly

slip away -
how they put
themselves at
the whim of a
miracle to be
able to crawl
away with a
victory. (Mir-
acle or baf-
fling mistake
by the Wild-
cats, however
you want to
look at it.)

It wouldn't be heresy to say
that Michigan had no business
winning this game, that this
team - with all of its champion-
ship aspirations, which it can
still cling to thanks to this win
- didn't deserve its seventh win
based on its performance on Sat-
But don't tell that to them.
"We've got a lot that we didn't
do well, but we did do well when
you win the football game," said
Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

In truth, it'd be hard to say
iwith a straight face that the Wol-
verines played the type of win-
ning football that you needto play
to win.most weeks.
Not when their running backs
averaged 1.8 yard per carry
after you remove redshirt junior
Fitzgerald Toussaint's SO-yarder
from the equation. (Which is the
right move, since it ended in a
backbreaking fumble.)
Not when a normally sound

to hear*
pitch to
" Building a Better
Michigan to
present plan to
update union, gyms
Daily StaffReporter
After spending a year plan-
ning and gathering student
input, Building a Better Michi-
gan - a group of students and
administrators dedicated to
improving the University's
unions and recreation centers
- will take its first steps toward
campus-wide renovations with
its plans to address the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents on
Over the course of the semes-
ter, the group has visited peer
See BOARD, Page 3A

Elementary school
students experience
college life at K-Day

Stephen M. Ross speaks on a panel at the first Michigan Sports Business Conference on Friday.
Alu-ms headline first 'U'
sports business conference

Annual event
unites students
and local youth
Daily Staff Reporter
Though the Diag is usually
filled with 20-somethings on a
typical weekday, about sixty 9
and 10 year-olds took over cam-
pus on Friday afternoon.
K-Day, a collaboration
between K-Grams - a Univer-
sity program that pair~s college
students and elementary-aged
children in a variety of mentor-
ing activities - and the Big Ten
Network, united students from
two local elementary schools
with University students Friday
to partake ina slew of activities,
ranging from a tour of the Uni-
versity of Michigan Museum of
Art to a dance marathon in the
Between games of four-
square and lunch in South Quad
Residence Hall, the third grad-
ers from Ann Arbor's Dicken
Elementary and Detroit's Dixon
Elementary engaged in a jam-
packed schedule filled with
hands-on activities, including
interactive chemistry experi-

ments, an arts and crafts ses-
sion, an athlete meet-and-greet
and atour of the dorms.
In addition to activities
planned throughout the day,
K-grams collected school sup-
plies from University students
to donate to disadvantaged
schools in Ypsilanti and Detroit.
During the field day se*-
sion of Friday's events, kids
jumped rope, chalked the Diag
and received autographs from
various University athletes,
including members of the men's
swimming and diving team, the
women's track team and the
Triathlon Club.
Education senior Roman
Willets, a member of the men's
swim team, said K-Day was a
great way for kids and Universi-
ty students to interact and learn
from each other.
"It's always a lot of fun for
us with the kids," Willets said.
"But at the same time, any time
theycanmeetsome athletes,get
some positive fole models,that's
After Michigan Rhythm per-
formed atap-dance number,the
University of Michigan Dance
Marathon - a non-profit stu-
dent organization that raises
money for pediatric research -
See K-DAY, Page 3A


ephen M. RoSS Auditorium on Friday to convey
the message that "sport mat-
ther industry ters."
Rhodes's address kicked off a
eaders speak day dedicated to analyzing the
sports industry from a variety
By ZENA DAVE of angles and perspectives at
Daily StaffReporter the Michigan Sport Business
Conference, an eight-hour event
siness senior Brandon with a star-studded list of 24
es took the stage at the sporting industry speakers and
School of Business's Blau four discussion panels Friday

More than 500 students,
faculty members, alumni and
industry figures attended the
event, which was created by
Rhodes and University alum
Dustin Cairo. Rhodes and Cario
organized the event in con-
junction with about 30 other
undergraduate students, and
the conference gained popular-



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