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From Page 1
chance of what could've amount-
ed to a miraculous comeback.
"It was a coaching error,"
Beilein said. "That falls on me as
a coach."
Burke sat for much of the first
half and finished the game with
24 points, but no other Michigan
player - aside from Albrecht's
magnificent first half - could
string together any offensive out-
Louisville's stars, meanwhile,
shined when it mattered most.
Siva scored 18 points, and for-
ward Gorgui Dieng registered
eight points and eight boards,
while neutralizing freshman for-
ward Mitch McGary.
In one of the best first halves
in the history of an NCAA Cham-
From Page 1
dition of "The Victors," and one
trio of students paused to polish
the Diag's bronze block "M" with
paper towels.
Between these moments of
reserved spirit, groups formed
and then dispersed, shouting and
encouraging bystanders to "start
a riot." While a few belligerent
students tore down a student
organization poster and called
for others to participation, the
group scattered.
Students looking for drunken
high-fives filed past officers from
half-a-dozen jurisdictions. More
than 20 officers, including some
posted on rooftops with cameras
to oversee the intersection, were
posted on the corner of Church
Street and South University Ave-

pionship, a pair of unheralded,
un-recruited reserves stole the
nation's brightest spotlight in the
opening 20 minutes.
Burke got off to a hot start,
scoring Michigan's first seven
points, to give the Wolverines
a 7-3 lead, but two early fouls
demoted him to the bench for
the half's final 15 minutes. With
the Fab Five looking on from the
stands, Beilein played all five of
his freshmen on the courttogeth-
er for the first time since a Dec. 1
road game at Bradley.
Albrecht came through in the
unlikeliest of ways, knocking
down six of his seven field goals,
including four 3-pointers, for a
game-high 17 first-half points. An
Albrecht layup at the 3:56 mark
gave Michigan an 11-point lead
- its largest of the half. Led by
Albrecht, the freshmen scored
26 consecutive straight first-half

points for the Wolverines.
"The whole world saw what
Spike Albrecht is all about,"
Hardaway said.
Albrecht said his hot shoot-
ing was reminiscent of his high-
school days.
"When I go out there, I'm con-
fident," Albrecht said. "I wanted
it so bad."
Added Burke: "If there was
a point guard I want coming off
the bench, it's Spike Albrecht.
He's going to make plays for you.
He may not win the look test, but
he's going to make plays for this
team.... I wasn't surprised by his
performance today."
But a ferocious 14-1 Louisville
run that included four consecu-
tive 3-pointers from walk-on
forward Luke Hancock gave the
Cardinals their first lead, 36-35,
with 22 seconds remaining. Two
Michigan free throws sent the

Wolverines into the locker room
with a one-point lead.
Despite recapturing the lead,
though, it was apparent Lou-
isville had seized the game's
momentum. With 13:50 left, the
Cardinals regained the lead and
never looked back.
"They gained that momentum
and I think that's a bad idea when
you're playing against a team
with that capability," Hardaway
said. "That's what got them to
win - that momentum going into
that second half."
Burke, expected to declare
for NBA Draft in the near future
said that while he expects some
of his teammates to recover from
this loss in the coming days, it'll
haunthim for a long time.
"It might take two or three
weeks," Burke said. "Sooner
or later, I'll have to get over it,
mature from it and grow."

Al- Qaida
denies its No. 2
in Yemen killed

As of 1:15 a.m., there were no
serious incidents on South Uni-
versity Avenue. The last time
the University won the NCAA
Championship there was around
$80,000 - about $160,000 today
adjusted for inflation - in dam-
age to the area.
On Main Street, fans poured
out of bars with 1.1 seconds left
in the game in low spirits and
turning to one another for a
friendly hug. Despite Burke's
inevitable upcoming departure,
many expressed optimism for
the 2013-2014 season.
"They played their best game
of the season, and sometimes you
don't come out on top," Dental
School student Scott Ribitch said.
Santiago "Yago" Colas, an
associate professor of Latin
American and comparative lit-
erature who teaches a course,
teaches a course on the cul-
ture of basketball. He said the

national championship compe-
tition has brought more basket-
ball excitement to the campus
than any time since the Fab Five
"This particular game, I can't
imagine any Michigan fan that
feels anything less than proud,
regardless of the outcome. The
kind of psychological equipment
to handle that pressure is some-
thing they learn from one anoth-
er," Colas said.
Colas also happens to teach the
basketball team's five freshmen:
forwards Mitch McGary and
Glenn Robinson III, and guards
Caris LeVert, Spike Albrecht and
Nik Stauskas.
"My sense is that it was a
little bit more intense back in
the early 90s, you know? Obvi-
ously, the student body today
is definitely excited, and every-
body's got their maize and blue,
but back then it was such a new

thing," Colas said. "What the
Fab Five were and what they
did went so far beyond just their
efforts on the court and their
representation of the University
- they were a cultural phenom-
Chris Webber, the most suc-
cessful of the Fab Five after
college, made a surprise appear-
ance at the championship game
in Atlanta. In nationally trend-
ing online letter published April
3, Colas encouraged Webber to
attend the game to show sup-
port for the University and the
-Daily News Editor Peter
Shahin and Daily Staff Reporters
Robert Aranella, Giacomo Bologna,
Jen Calfas, Sam Gringlias and
Stephanie Shenouda contributed
reporting from Ann Arbor. Daily
Staff Reporter Will Greenberg
contributed reporting from Atlanta.

Saudi national Saeed
al-Shihri is alive,
according to
militant websites
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Al-Qai-
da in Yemen posted a statement
on militant websites Monday say-
ing that its second-most senior
commander has not been killed. It
was the second time the group has
denied Saeed al-Shihri's death.
The Saudi national, who fought
in Afghanistan and spent six
years in the U.S. military prison
at Guantanamo Bay, is "alive and
in good health," according to a
senior al-Qaida cleric in Yemen
and the group's media arm, al-
Malahem. The cleric, Abu-Saad
Al-Aamly, posted the claim on his
Facebook account.
It came as nine people were
killed in separate incidents of vio-
lence throughout Yemen. Also,
its capital city was without elec-
tricity on Monday after militants
attacked electricity cables con-
necting Sanaa to the province of
Marib, where an oil pipeline was
also blown up.
The impoverished nation at the
tip off the Arabian Peninsula is
awash with problems, including
a rocky transition of power after
the country's longtime leader
was forced to resign during Arab
Spring protests in201L The insta-
bility has emboldened tribes loyal
to the former regime, and al-Qai-
da took advantage of the turmoil
to temporarily overrun entire cit-
ies and towns in the south.
Washington considers the
local al-Qaida branch, known as
al-Qaida in The Arabian Penin-
sula, as the most dangerous and
active of the group's offshoots.
A Yemeni police official told
The Associated Press that securi-
ty forces mayhave been too quick,
announcing al-Shihri's death in
January, based on information
from Saudi Arabia. The official
spoke anonymously because he
was not authorized to release the
information to reporters.
Yemeni security officials had
claimed the al-Qaida commander
was killed by a U.S. drone strike.
The country's state news agency,
SABA, reported in January that
al-Shirhi was in a coma after a
missile attack in late November,
but did not make clear if he had
Yemen had previously

announced al-Shihri's death in
September last year. A DNA test,
however, proved that the body
recovered was not that of al-Shi-
hri. A monthlater, al-Shihri denied
his own death in an audio message
posted on Jihadi websites.
In the northeastern province of
Marib, armed tribesmen were sus-
pected of being behind an attack
on oil pipelines and electricity
pylons that led to a power outage
in the capital, Sanaa.
Sabotage attacks on oil pipelines
are common in Marib, which is
flush with weapons and where the
government has little control. The
more than 430-kilometer (260-
mile) oil pipeline carries around
100,000 barrels of oil a day. Simi-
lar acts of sabotage in December
caused $310 million in losses.
Some of Marib's tribesmen
maintain cordial ties with al-
Qaida, while other tribal chiefs
there are suspected of being allied
with former President Ali Abdul-
lah Saleh. The attacks appear to
be aimed at underminingthe new
government, which has responded
with deadly air strikes.
Four people, two soldiers and
two tribesmen, were killed Mon-
day in Marib when a group of
tribesmen attacked a military
checkpoint in the area of Sarwah,
accordingto security officials.
Officials also said that troops
loyal to the former president
killed three protesters in the city
of Radda, about 160 kilometers
(100 miles) south of the capital.
Two soldiers from the Republi-
can Guard, still led by Saleh's son
Ahmed, were also killed in clashes
with protesters and police.
The Republic Guard is an elite
army unit that was once the back-
bone of Saleh's 33-year rule. The
security force was supposed to be
reorganized and brought under
the control of the Defense Minis-
try according to orders by Presi-
dent Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi,
but those changes have yet to
materialize on the ground.
Officials said that the troops
in Radda forced residents to close
their stores and blocked roads
leading to the city on Sunday,
prompting the protests on Mon-
day. It was not immediately clear
why the troops forced businesses
to close, but security officials
said they suspect it was linked to
efforts by Saleh's loyalists to dis-
rupt a national dialogue aimed at
mapping outthe country's future.
All officials spoke anonymously
in line with regulations.

MHappy month strives to lessen
April stress through events

The Happiness
Initiative planning.
campus eVents
Daily StaffReporter
With the dawning of the end
of the semester and exams on
the horizon, the month of April
is often associated with stress for
Engineering senior Pete
Wangwongwiroj, co-founder of
The Happiness Initiative, is pro-
moting health by implementing
a month-long schedule of events
and activities to help students
relax in a fun way.
"We understand that col-
lege students are under a lot of
pressure to get high GPAs, have
impressive resumes and con-
form to a journey that will set

them up for high achievement,"
Wangwongwiroj said. "It ulti-
mately results in unhappiness,
and people can't enjoy college,
which everyone always says is
the happiest time of your life."
Wangwongwiroj said the goal
of MHappy Month, along with
providing constructive outlets
for stress relief, is to "put stu-
dents in control of their own
happiness" and allow them to
act in "a more proactive way."
MHappy's main event is a
TED-style conference, titled
"What Makes Life Worth Liv-
ing," to encourage interaction
with faculty on a more personal
level. The four-hour event will
take place April 15 at the Rack-
ham Amphitheater.
"We interact with faculty a
lot every day, but we don't really
know them," Wangwongwiroj
said. "Hearing their stories will
allow students to establish a bet-

ter connection and, hopefully,
inspire people to pursue their
passions, which ultimately lead
to happiness."
Other events include yoga in
the Diag and exercise classes
open to students.
Since this program is new this
year, Wangwongwiroj is excited
about its momentum and hopes
it will eventually become insti-
tutionalized as an annual or
year-long University event.
The Happiness Initiative is
being supported from Universi-
ty Health Services, Counseling
and Psychological Services, and
the Central Student Govern-
E. Royster Harper, the Uni-
versity's vice president for
student affairs, said students'
mental and physical health isthe
most important thing: "students┬░,
are worth more than any test

"We are a busy lot. That's the
whole point. We can't take away
the classes; we can't take away
the anxiety that sort of takes us
up, but we can be a loving com-
munity while we go through
that," Harper said. "By loving,
I don't mean a syrupy kind of
loving, but a supportive, caring,
encouraging kind. We're not
going to run out of As. We some-
times behave like there's not
going to be enough As or enough
Bs, and we've got to knock of
each other to get them, and that's
not true."
Harper added that the main
initiative of the program is to
encourage students to be delib-
erate about their happiness and
stress management.
"If the flowers ever pop up,
we can enjoy those too," Harper
said. "We're really trying to be
intentional about the kinds of
things we do."

SACUA appoves diversity statement,
will present to assembly Wednesday

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Lester Monts
speaks to
about diversity
Diversity and inclusivity
were again main points of dis-
cussion Monday as the Senate
Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs voted to endorse
a statement on the topic.
The proposal will be present-
ed to the full Senate Assembly
on Wednesday.
Though the proposal would
have gone before the Sen-
ate Assembly regardless of
SACUA's consent, the faculty
governance body voted to
endorse the proposal in a 6- 1
vote, with one member abstain-
ing. At last week's meeting,
SACUA members requested a
number of revisions to an ear-
lier draft.

The proposal calls for more
socioeconomic and racial diver-
sity in the admissions process.
Because of the ban on race-
based admissions in the state of
Michigan, the University is lim-
ited in its ability to recruit stu-
dents from underrepresented
Biology Prof. Kate Barald,
a member of SACUA, said her
experiences working with
minority undergraduate and
graduate students shaped her
"I interact with these stu-
dents every single day, so I hear
what they have to say about
their own educational experi-
ences at the universities from
which they came," Barald said.
"They feel their voices are sim-
ply not in the discussion."
SACUA Secretary John
Lehman expressed some skep-
"I'm just saying don't get your
hopes up too high that this will
sail through," Lehman said. "I
absolutely think that anything
this historic that comes around

is what Senate Assembly exists
for. It basically allows them to
say: 'Let's debate on this topic."'
It is currently unclear how
effective the proposal would
be. Though John Carson,
associate professor of histo-
ry and a member of SACUA's
Committee on University
Values, feels it is already
become a "de facto alterna-
tiv." and believes the diversity
achieved will likely be socio-
economic, not racial.
Lester Monts, senior vice
provost for academic affairs,
also spoke about diversity.
He said the University faces a
unique set of challenges that
makes it difficult to compare
its admissions system to other
"We are not able to absorb
large numbers of students, and
there are a number of local and
regional issues that we need to
address," Monts said.
Monts said the University
has traditionally drawn a sig-
nificant number of black stu-
dents from the Detroit area,

but since many families have
migrated to the suburbs, some
plans would miss the mark in
achieving an equitable system.
He particularly took issue with
the "Top-10 Percent Plan," used
in Texas, where the top-10 per-
cent of each graduating high
school class in the state auto-
matically receives admissions
offers from Texas state-funded
"If we went with a hypo-
thetical 10-percent plan for all
Michigan high schools, you
would get 10 percent of the
lowest performing Michigan
high schools in Detroit, and we
would miss many of the under-
represented minority students
in the suburbs because many of
them could be admitted under
the holistic approach for admis-
sions," Monts said.
Monts added that this was
a "good effort but the increas-
ingly competitive nature of the
admissions process presented
issues that could need further


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