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Ann Arbor, Michigan Friday, April 19, 2013

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' GETS $110M DONATION
GIFT IS LARGEST IN UNIVERSITY HISTORY

Billionaire
funds first-ever
graduate student
residence hall
By JENNIFER CALFAS
Daily StaffReporter
At the University's Board of
Regents meeting on Thursday,'
University President Mary Sue
Coleman announced the con-
struction of a new residence
hall for graduate students.
Funded in part by a $110
million gift from University
alum Charles Munger - the
largest single donation to the
University in its history -
the residence hall will focus
on creating a community for
graduate students from mul-
tiple disciplines. The project
will cost $180 million, the
remainder funded by Univer-
sity Housing lease revenue.
Munger is the vice president
of Berkshire Hathaway, a
global holding company. His
estimated net worth as of

2013 is $l.lbillion.
The gift also includes a
$10-million donation for fel-
lowships to help create a resi-
dential society to promote
conversation and collaboration
among students.
The University received a
$50 million donation to the
LSA Masters of Fine Arts in
Creative Writing program
from the Zell Family Founda-
tion in March, making last two
flagship donations dedicated
to graduate programs.
The residence hall will be
home to 600 graduate students
in a 370,000-square-foot,
eight-story building located
on Central Campus between
South Division and Thomp-
son streets - a space par-
tially occupied by the recently
acquired Blimpy Burger prop
erty. The eighth floor will fea-
ture gatheringspaces, a fitness
center with a running track
and a "Fellows' Room" with a
panoramic view of the campus
and downtown.
In an interview Thursday,
Timothy Slottow, the Univer-
sity's executive vice president

and chief financial officer,
said Munger and the Univer-
sity jointly identified the site,
and that the donor has been
actively involved in the proj-
ect design.
Slottow added that discus-
sions of building the new resi-
dence hall began about a year
ago when Munger expressed
his fascination with solv-
ing the challenge of creating
functional graduate student
housing.
"He simply inspired the
idea, and, of course, we were
interested, but we simply could
not do it without his help,"
Slottow said.
He added Munger hopes
to create a unique space for
graduate students since under-
graduate housing has been the
University's primary focus in
recent years.
"Graduate students, as he
says, do have extremely busy
and challenging intellectual
lives which leads to a lot of
solitary study, and having a
high quality living arrange-
ment with high quality living
See DONATION, Page 3

Unisersity President Mary Sue Coleman applauds at Thursdays meetine of the Bsard of Regents,
Unonad re -sace
inupgrades move ahead

Coleman announces
July 2014 retirement

Search for next
president to begin
during summer
By PETER SHAHIN and
SAM GRINGLAS and
JENNIFER CALFAS
Daily NewsEditor
and Daily StaffReporters
At the University's Board
of Regents meeting Thurs-
day, University Presi-

dent Mary Sue Coleman
announced her intention to
retire after her term expires
in July 2014 without seeking
a contract extension.
"Leading the University
of Michigan is the most
challenging and reward-
ing work of my career. It's
a tremendous privilege and
one that continuously ener-
gizes me," she said at the
meeting.
Coleman began her ten-
ure as the University's 13th

president in August 2002,
succeeding Lee Bollinger,
now president of Colum-
bia University. Her succes-
sor will be chosen by the
Board of Regents, which has
already been preparing for
her long-expected retire-
ment.
Coleman is the fourth-
longest serving president in
the history of the Univer-
sity, and the first president
to serve more than a decade
See COLEMAN, Page 3

Regents approve $65
per-student fee to
pay for renovations
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily StaffReporter
Inside the Michigan Union at
Thursday's meeting of the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents, the regents
decided to administer a $65-per-
term student fee to fund renova-
tion of the Union and recreational
sports facilities.
The building, constructed in
1919, willundergo a restoration sen-
sitive to its architectural heritage
and upgrade student organization
offices for a cost of $173 million.
The University will begin assessing
the student fee in fiscal year 2015.
The project will encompass the
Union, Pierpont Commons, North

Campus Recreation Building, Cen-
tral Campus Recreation Building
and the Intramural Sports Build-
ing. The Michigan League will not
receive any funding.
The goals for each building
include repairs and upgrades of
underlying infrastructure and core
systems. The CCRB and NCRB will
each receive some additions. Stu-
dents spaces will be updated in the
Union and improved playing sur-
faces will be constructed at Mitch-
ell Fields on Fuller Road between
the University Hospital and North
Campus.
In a communication to the
regents, E. Royster Harper, vice
president for student affairs, noted
all renovations would take precau-
tions to preserve the 94-year-old
building's history.
The projects will be completed
over a number of years, akin to the
ongoing Residence Hall Initiative

of the past decade. The Board of
Regents will approve each individ-
ual project at future meetings.
The Union was last renovated
in 1994, in a project that encom-
passed the entire building. In 1972,
the fourth floor, which previously
consisted of hotel rooms, was con-
verted into office space for student
organizations.
At most other higher education
institutions, common spaces and
recreational facilities are typically
supported by student fees separate
from tuition and housing charges.
The University worked with
Central Student Government and
the LSA Student Government to
garner support for the project.
Student governments from 15 Uni-
versity schools and colleges have
endorsed support for the plan.
In February, the University sent
out a survey across campus to stu-
See UNION, Page 6

'Positive' outlook
for tuition equality

McGary, Robinson to stay with Blue

Coleman alludes
to impending
recommendation
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter t
Nearly a year ago, students
donning bright maize shirts
attended a University Board of
Regents meeting to show sup-
port of the then-budding tuition
equality movement.
On Thursday, more than
50 student supporters charg-
ing undocumented Michigan
residents in-state tuition rates
attended the last regents meeting
of the semester to show that the
issue has yet to be resolved. But
they didn't leave without a sug-
gestion that the goal may soon be
realized.
"I know well that there is stu-
dent interest in tuition equity,"
University President Mary Sue
Coleman said. "We're looking
very seriously at this issue, and
we fully expect that we will have
a positive recommendation to the
board in the coming months."
In a notable acknowledgement
that wasn't listed on the meet-
ing's agenda, Coleman hinted
that she may advise the Board of
Regents to move a policy change.
Coleman's statement appeared
to tacitly confirm that the Uni-

versity would begin looking at
substantive policy changes in the
near term - even if legal barri-
ers hinder its implementation. A
number of the regents have also
expressed support for the prin-
ciple of tuition equality.
A large number of students
from the Coalition for Tuition
Equality and other groups tried
to attend the meeting, but many
were turned away after the
Anderson room in the Michigan
Union reached full capacity.
Less than 24 hours before,
40 protesters rallied against the
University's current policy of
charging out-of-state tuition to
undocumented Michigan resi-
dents by blocking traffic at the
intersection of State Street and
South University Avenue. After
eight of the protestors refused to
leave the street, they were arrest-
ed by University Police.
On Thursday, the supporters
- staging a "study-in" - stacked
the set-up audience chairs,
instead sitting on the ground to
study. LSA sophomore Connor
Caplis, a member of the board
of the University's undergradu-
ate chapter of the American Civil
Liberties Union, and LSA sopho-
more Ramiro Alvarez, the future
leader of the Coalition for Queer
People of Color, spoke in support
of tuition equality during the
See TUITION, Page 3

Beilein: Freshman
exceeded expectations,
will return with energy
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
It's all settled - no more questions regard-
ing personnel for the 2013-14 Michigan men's
basketball team.
Freshmen forwards Mitch McGary and
Glenn Robinson III announced Thursday
that they will be returning for their sopho-
more seasons at Michigan instead of entering
the 2013 NBA Draft. Earlier this week, soph-
omore guard Trey Burke and junior guard
TimHardaway Jr. announced their depar-
ture from the program.
"We're so thrilled, the teammates are
thrilled to be playing again with these two
young men who, as freshmen, probably
exceeded some expectations that some peo-
ple had for them," said Michigan coach John
Beilein at a press conference on Wednesday.
"They're going to return to this team with
energy, with talent, but most importantly
with attitude that has been so important to
any of the success that we've had."
McGary said he made his decision on
Tuesday after talking with his parents and
the coaching staff extensively, saying it was
"50-50" before he made his choice Tuesday
night. The rising sophomore noted one of the
reasons for returning was because he wanted
"to be a kid for one more year" before going
to the NBA.
McGary was one of the breakout players in
this year's NCAA Tournament, averaging a
double-double (14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds
per game) in the Wolverines' run to the
National Championship game. After show-

1 4R
TERESA MATHEW/Daily
Freshman forwards Mitch McGary and Glenn RobinsonII I announce at Crisler Center on Thursday that
they will be returning to Michigan for their sophomore year and forgoing the NBA draft.

ing improvement over the course of the sea-
son, McGary earned a starting spot entering
the NCAA Tournament, replacing redshirt
junior forward Jordan Morgan.
And as McGary erupted, his NBA draft
stock soared. Some draft projections had
McGary as high as alottery pick after his per-
formance in the tournament, though some
experts thought McGary should remain at
Michigan to continue to develop because he
hadn't been consistent.
With McGary back, Michigan is return-
ing its full backcourt - McGary, Morgan,
redshirt sophomore Jon Horford and red-
shirt freshman Max Bielfeldt - and adding
incoming freshman Mark Donnal. McGary

will likely keep his starting spot he earned at
the end of last season.
"His goals should be to be able to play face-
up, high-post player, but also when they put
smaller playersonhim,togo downontheblock
and just put it in," Beilein said. "He's gotten
much better at that. Habits come and habitsgo,
his footwork - if I could look at his footwork
in October and look at it now, it's a completely
different type of balance he has now."
Robinson took until Wedlnesday night
to finalize his choice, but he said he could't
say how diose he was to leaving because he's
"known" he's wanted to come back to the
University.
See BLUE, Page 3

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