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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

michigandaily.com

ROSS STRIKES AGAIN
ADMINISTRATION
Psych prof.
n -appointed
faculty
mediator

TERESA MATHEW/Daily
Stephen Ross speaks at the Business School in Sept. 2012. Ross' total donations to the University will total $313 million with the gift, according to The Wall Street Journal.

WSJ: Real-estate
tycoon gives
$200M, largest gift
to 'U' in history
By PETER SHAHIN and
JENNIFER CALFAS
Daily StaffReporters
Not to be outdone by Charles'
Munger, philanthropist and real
estate mogul Stephen M. Ross
nearly doubled the size of the
previous biggest donation in Uni-
versity history with a pledge of
$200 million, first reported by
The Wall Street Journal early
Wednesday morning. Ross will

also serve as the chairman of the donation would put Ross sec-
University's upcoming multi- and behind Michael Bloomberg,
year fundraising initiative set to mayor of New York City, who
begin in November. pledged $350 million to Johns
The donation - reportedly Hopkins University earlier this
to be split year.
between A press
the Athletic "I believe you give conference
Department il it fe god " to announce
and the Uni- unt t els good." the donation
versity's -Stephen Ross said is scheduled
business to The Wall Street Journal for 9 a.m.
school that Wednesday
bears his morning with

morning.
In an interview with the
Journal, Ross, 73, said the dona-
tion will "finish the job" in
completing renovations on the
Business School's other build-
ings. In the last fifteen years,
every one of the top 10 business
schools in thecountry has spent
at least $30 million on upgrades
to its facilities. One of the chief
factors in convincing Ross to
give his original $100 million
donation was to help keep Mich-
igan's business school competi-
tive with peer institutions.
"I believe you give till it feels
good," Ross told the newspaper.
Ross is the founder and chair-
man of Related Companies, a
See ROSS, Page 3A

Ombuds serves
as middleman in
faculty conflicts
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily StaffReporter
Bruno Giordani, chief psy-
chologist in the University's
Department of Psychiatry and
professor of psychiatry, neu-
rology and psychology, began
his term as faculty ombuds,
the University's chief media-
tor, Sunday.
A faculty member at the
University for 26 years,
Giordani has a vast array
of experience in academia
and University governance.
Between 2005 to 2007, he was
chair and vice chair of the
Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs and for
12 years was the director of

the neuropsychology section
of the University Health Sys-
tem.
As ombuds, Giordani will
serve as amediator in conflicts
and as a liaison with stand-
ing to recommend changes in
policy or procedures to senior
University officials.
According to the faculty
ombuds website, ombuds -
which translates to "repre-
sentative" in Old Norse - is
a neutral official positioned
outside of an organization's
staff hierarchy. In their his-
torical role, ombuds have
provided a check on govern-
ment rulers in the interest of
a nation's citizens.
In 2003, following the
practice of other universities,
then-Provost Paul Courant
created the position of fac-
ulty ombuds at the request of
SACUA.
See OMBUDSMEN, Page 3A

name - elevates Ross's total giv-
ing to the University to $313 mil-
lion. His new total inches him
up the ranks of top university
donors in the nation. Accord-
ing to statistics compiled by The
Chronicle of Philanthropy, this

Ross, University President Mary
Sue Coleman, Athletic Direc-
tor Dave Brandon and Business
School Dean Alison Davis-Blake.
The Michigan Daily could not
reach the University for com-
ment as of 2 a.m. Wednesday

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
CSG holds first
fall meeting

Assembly resolves
election issues,
clarifies rules
ByAMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR
Daily Staff Reporter
On Tuesday evening, the new
Central Student Government
assembly convened in the Michi-
gan Union for the second time
since the highly contested March
elections.
In additionto introducingnew
resolutions that clarified and
defined rules within student gov-
ernment - and re-addressing an
old resolution that opposed the
price increase to student season
football tickets - the assembly
looked upon a series of agenda
items.
After representatives who
were unable to attend the first
assembly meeting in April were
sworn into their positions, the
assembly voted to resolve the tie
in the election for the singular
representative seat available for
the School of Public Health.
In the March elections, four
students tied for the represen-
tative position, each garnering
one vote from their school. But,

because all four of those students
were absent at the meeting, the
assembly voted to leave the seat
vacant for the remainder of the
semester.
CSG President . Michael
Proppe, a Business senior, also
informed representatives of
developments between CSG and
the University that had taken
place over the summer, including
the push for more student input
in administrative decisions.
Proppe specifically referenced
the new general-admission
policy for home football games,
which was largely implemented
without advisement from Uni-
versity students.
Despite addressing the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents at its
May meeting, passing a CSG
resolution against the new pol-
icy and personally speaking to
Athletic Director Dave Brandon,
Proppe was unable to convince
the department to compromise
on the issue.
However, representatives
from the Athletic Department
will address the assembly on
Sept. 17 to discuss its reasoning
behind the policy and address
concerns.
"The resolution worked,
See CSG, Page 3A

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
CSG adds
two new
boardsto
gov't
Commisions to focus
on Detroit, civic
engagement
By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR
DailyStaffReporter
The Central Student Government
has increased the number of task-
oriented commissions that exist
within its structure in order to grow
its ability to enact change on cam-
pus.
On Aug. 15, Business senior
Michael Proppe, CSG President,
issued executive orders to establish
two commissions - the Voice Your
Vote Commission and the Commis-
sion on Detroit Engagement - based
on the recommendations of CSG
affiliates and student-body mem-
bers.
The commissions, appointed by
the CSG president, exist within the
executive branch to conduct in-
depth studies on campus issues and
recommend solutions for consider-
ation.
After discovering last year's
See COMMISSIONS, Page 3A

Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix Il I(right) weighs in at 342 pounds. That's more than two Dennis
Norfleets. He wont just be one of the Michigan line's biggest tests of the year, but one ofnthe toughest, too.-
'M5 looks for scout-team
player for Nix Or two

The 342-pound
lineman is part of
an elite front seven
By ZACH HELFAND
Daily Sports Editor
No one would ever accuse
Notre Dame defensive tackle
Louis Nix III of being petite,
so Devin Funchess had to

catch himself after practice
Tuesday. The Fighting Irish
defense suffocated Michi-
gan last year, Funchess said,
because of their overpower-
ing front seven.
Funchess, a sophomore
tight end, said Notre Dame's
defensive line in particular
was especially fearsome, and
this year it returns two of
three starters.
"The D-line, all three of

those little guys right there -
" Funchess said, then stopped.
He raised his eyebrows. "Not
little," he said. "They're kinda
big."
Even that underplays the
size of the three Irish line-
men. Defensive end Sheldon
Day, the smallest of the bunch,
is 290, and he is dwarfed by
his teammates. The other end,
Stephon Tuitt is 6-foot-6, 312
See FOOTBALL, Page 3A

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