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From Page 1A
Stevens is a member of the
Triangle Fraternity. O'Brien
said she has been in touch with

Stevens's parents and that he
has never gone missing before.
"We've been searching cam-
pus all day," O'Brien said.
Ann Arbor Police can be
reached at (734) 994-2911 or
by dialing 911 in an emergency

situation. The AAPD TIP Line
can also be reached at (734)
794-6939 or via e-mail at
-Managing News Editor Adam
Rubenfire contributed reporting.

From Page 1A
tives - Coleman, Ross or Regent
Julia Darlow (D) - appeared
onstage to discuss with students
the impact of their University
experience and the importance
of their overall message.
Engineering junior Hannah
Cheriyan, one of the students
featured in Ross' segment on "big
ideas," shared her experience
working in a University medical
lab. The lab works with ECMO
machines, an artificial respira-
tory medical device that saved
Cheriyan's life as a newborn.
"It was so exhilarating to see
everyone in the audience getting
so pumped up and waving their
lights around (as) I was talk-
ing about a cause I really love,"
Cheriyan said.
In a program largely focused
on showcasing exceptional stu-
dents and the University pro-
grams about which they're
passionate, Cheriyan said effec-
tive storytelling played a crucial
role in connecting with alumni
and potential donors.
That type of storytelling will
play a central role in the fun-
draising campaign's strategy,
especially considering its focus
on student support.
In an interview after the event,
Coleman said the testimoni-
als captured Michigan in a form
"more beautiful" than she could
have imagined.
I think that what this represents,
for me, it was so much about the
energy of the students and what
they can do and how committed
they are, not only to this place,
but to the world," Coleman said.
And after the showcase Friday,
it seems the student's energy -
and the campaign's strategy -
are already paying off.
Jerry May, University vice
president for development, said
in the last few days, scores of
donors have approached him
during kickoff-related events
ready to make contributions.
"The students just knocked
it out of the park tonight," May
said in an interview inside Hill
Auditorium. "I was so proud to
have students being themselves
because it makes me realize why
I do what I do every day, and I'll
guarantee you every develop-
ment officer in the room felt the
same way."
May and development offi-
cials are also relying on the cam-
paign's inclusive nature to drive
giving as well as foster an under-
standing of philanthropy's role at
the University. Though the Uni-
versity hosted multiple alumni
and donor events Friday night,
campaign organizers also prided
themselves on the very public
launch - an unusual platform for
University campaign kickoffs.
One of the Victors for Michi-
gan campaign's vice chairs, Rich
Rogel, who also chaired the

Michigan Difference campaign
from 2003 to 2008, said the event
gave him a message and materials
to take to other donors and sup-
porters throughout the country
and the world.
"It's motivating donors, but
it's also educating people about
what's going on at this univer-
sity - it is incredible what we're
doing here," Rogel said. "I'm over
in China, and they know what
we're doing here more than some
people in the state of Michigan,
Rogel, who donated $50 mil-
lion, added that he expects to be
back in Ann Arbor 10 to 12 times
per year until the campaign ends
to engage with donors, develop-
ment planners and University
Darlow, who spoke about the
campaign's primary goal of fun-
draising for student support, said
after the event that she was proud
to represent the University's gov-
erning board in articulating the
need for affordability.
Darlow added that Coleman's
gravitas with donors and stu-
dents alike helped make the event
a success.
"Mary Sue Coleman, the emo-
tion that she evokes in all of us, it
was really very special," Darlow
said. "The love that was in the
auditorium for her tonight was
Just prior to the main event
in Hill Auditorium, hundreds of
students congregated on Ingalls
Mall beneath strings of holiday
lights and among the scents of
cider and popcorn for the kick-
off's community festival.
LSA freshmen Jennifer Wang
and Puja Nair hadn't heard about
the event prior to wandering
through for cider.
Though they had read the
e-mail from Coleman sent to stu-
dents earlier in the week to pub-
licize the kickoff, Wang and Nair
did not know much about the
campaign prior to the festival.
Engineering senior Michelle
McClaughry also saw Coleman's
e-mail and decided to support the
University's efforts.
"I knew that it was philan-
thropy and donating money and I
knew there was going to be food
but I didn't know it was going to
be like this," McClaughry said.
Still, a handful of students in
attendance hesitated to laud the
campaign's initial efforts.
Steps from a cider stand, two
students handed out flyers pro-
testing the University's Munger
Residence Hall construction, a
project funded by a $110 million
gift from philanthropist Charles
Rackham student Arcelia Guti-
errez said she hopes the Univer-
sity will consider student input in
deciding what the project's dona-
tions will be directed toward, as
some students have expressed
discontent with the new hall's
design and cost.
"We want to have people
thinking more critically about

donations," Gutierrez said.
Additionally, the Coalition for
Tuition Equality, a student group
that presses for granting in-state
tuitiontoundocumented resident
students, placed posters strung
along trees and lamps in front of
Hill Auditorium before the kick-
off. Many of the posters included
the phrase "Victors for Diversity"
- a play on the official campaign
LSA senior Jacob Huston, a
CTE member and speaker for
the Michigan Latin@ Assembly,
said the goal was not to protest
the campaign's launch, but rather
to draw attention to the unmet
financial need of many undocu-
mented students.
"We want them to guarantee
that they'll meet the full financial
need of these students," Huston
said. "In reality, there's probably
not too many of these students
coming to the University, but
still, the need that they have is
very real."
LSA senior Meg Scribner,
along with other CTE organiz-
ers, met with University devel-
opment officials in recent weeks
to discuss aid for minority and
undocumented students. CTE
hopes to encourage financial aid
for undocumented students as
part of the campaign's $1 billion
target for student support.
Because the donors choose the
initiatives to which they gave,
Scribner said CTE plans to work
with development officials to
recruit donors to their cause.
Further down Ingalls Mall,
1969 University alum Richard
Price, Jr. had wandered to the
festival after attending an alumni
function in the Michigan League.
Price has been previously
involved in University campaigns
and said he was invited to attend
the kickoff festivities. He also
lauded the University's top cam-
paign priority: student aid.
"It looks like what they (the
University) are trying to do ulti-
mately is subsidize lots of under-
graduates so they don't have to
pay $50,000 a year," Price said.
"So I think that's awesome."
At the event in the League, Price
said student recipients of financial
aid shared the impact of University
support on their collegiate experi-
ence. He said this strategy was
particularly effective.
But after the lights of Friday's
events go dark, University offi-
cials are tasked with carrying
out the remainder of a multi-year,
multi-billion-dollar campaign.
E. Royster Harper, University
vice president for student life,
said the campaign's $1billion tar-
get for student support makes her
ready to work even harder.
"It's when you have to hit
the pavement," Harper said.
"The real work now is talking to
donors, talking to alums and try-
ing to achieve our goal."
-Daily Staff Reporter Jennifer
Calfas contributed reporting.

From Page 1A
Italy, Germany, the United King-
dom, China and France.
"We're different from a lot of
schools because what we offer
students is many, many oppor-
tunities of all kinds," Holloway
Today, the University offers
students the chance to study in 78
different countries. In compari-
son, Indiana University sends
students to 52 countries, and
UCLA sends students to 35.
The program has also experi-
enced internal growth over the
past 11 years. For students in the
School of Art & Design, study
abroad is a requirement.
Holloway said the School of
Information just launched a new
programto provide students with
study-abroad opportunities, and
the dean of the College of Engi-
neering has begun pushing for all
students to have a study-abroad
"There's really been an explo-
sion in education abroad at the
University of Michigan," Hollo-
way said. "Of course, we always
had programs, we had strong
programs before (Coleman)
came, but when she came and
put a leadership focus on this, it

really made folks stop and think
and take note."
Coleman has also personally
backed the push with her own
money. Along with her husband,
Kenneth Coleman, she has donat-
ed about $1 million to study-
abroad programs during her time
at the University. Both Colemans
studied abroad in their college
During the past 11 years,
overall donations for study-
abroad opportunities have
grown dramatically, according
to Brodie Remington, senior
director of international giv-
ing in the University's Office of
Remington said Coleman's
success in securing a $5 million
challenge grant in 2009 ended
up bringing in $15 million for a
study-abroad endowment. Chal-
lenge grants are a matching dona-
tion scheme meant to motivate
donors to give more.
"Both President Coleman
and Ken Coleman's gift, and the
challenge, really increased the
visibility of fundraising." said
Increasing University stu-
dents' global experiences will
also be a focus of the newly
launched Victors for Michigan
funding campaign.
For LSA senior Antonio Bar-

ron, one of the first recipients of
a scholarship from Coleman's
endowed fund, receiving support
meant much more than just get-
ting financial aid.
"It's allowing you to have this
life-changing experience abroad
that not many students get to
have because of financial costs."
Barron said. "There was a lot of
encouragement I received from
the scholarship and from having
the University support me."
Last spring, the U.S. News
and World Report published its
inaugural ranking of the top 50
study-abroad programs at col-
leges worldwide - based on aca-
demic rigor and student-culture
interaction. Administrators at
thousands of colleges submitted
nominations for the rankings.
Peer institutions including
Indiana University, UCLA, and
the University of Texas made
the U.S. News list. The Univer-
sity did not, which officials say
can partially be attributed to its
focus on co-curricular opportu-
nities rather than credit-granting
Coleman has made engage-
ment with Africa and China a
priority for her administration.
During her tenure, she has also
made trips to Ghana and Brazil,
and is set to travel to India this

From Page 1A
While certain wheelchair
basketball players were physi-
cally disabled as a result of their
services, others played to show
solidarity. In addition, members
of an official wheelchair basket-
ball team were divided between
the Navy and Army teams and
incorporated into the game so
that there would be at least three
veterans on the court at all times.
Although the student veter-
ans and wheelchair basketball
team members did not practice

together prior to game day, Hoff
said he believed that there was an
"instant chemistry" between the
two groups.
"The wheelchair team had
the ability to overcome, whether
it was a serious accident or it
could have been from birth and
that's why they're where they are
today," Hoff noted. "Our military
is the same way - it's about doing
whatever you can to get the job
The event, which was free to
the public, included a National
Anthem performance by the Tri-
Service Color Guard and select
members of the Men's Glee Club.

The University of Michigan
Dance Team and 338th Army
Band held shows between the
Despite the Army-Navy rivalry
that themed the event, Robert
McDivitt, director of the VA Ann
Arbor Healthcare System and vet-
eran ofthe U.S.Army, said the event
was all about camaraderie and hon-
oring the service members.
"It recognizes that it is more
'about ability than about dis-
ability, it recognizes the service
of those that participate in the
game, and I think it is just abso-
lutely the right thing to do,"
McDivitt said.

Coach apologizes for slur

Former Eastern
Mich. coach says he
regrets language
Former Eastern Michigan
football coach Ron English
expressed regret in an interview
with The Associated Press for
using "inappropriate language,"
that included a homophobic slur
during a film session with defen-
sive backs last month.
"As a man who has coached 21
years, obviously, on this occasion
and particular meeting, I lost my
poise,gotupset and usedlanguage
that was inappropriate, particu-
larly as it pertains to homosexual
slurs. I regret that," English told
the AP in a telephone interview on
Saturday, hours after the school
released a statement explaining
why he was firedthe previous day.
"I apologize to the university for
putting it in this position and tar-
nishing its reputation. I look for-
ward to continuing a career that
has been marked by molding men
of integrity, passion, and intensity
for 21 years."
Eastern Michigan athletic

director Heather Lyke, in astate-
ment released by the school Sat-
urday, said she received audio of
English using "wholly inappro-
priate language" while address-
ing the Eagles.
"We hold our coaches and staff
to high standards of professional-
ism and conduct and there is no
place, particularly in a student
environment, where this lan-
guage is appropriate," Lyke said.
"The statements made by Coach
English are absolutely unac-
ceptable. My decision to make a
change in leadership of our foot-
ball program was the culmina-
tion of a lot of factors including
the comprehensive review of our
program, the competitive perfor-
mance and this tape."
English was fired Friday with a
1-8 record this season and an 11-46
mark over five years at the Mid-
American Conference program.
When the school made its decision,
Lyke only said it was necessary to
make a change in leadership of the
football program.
With interim Stan Parrish,
the Eagles beat Western Michi-
gan 35-32 in overtime for their
second win of the season at home

with 2,177 people in attendance
in Ypsilanti, Mich.
"Our primary interest is in
the well-being and success of
our student-athletes and this
will continue to be our priority
in every decision we make and
every action we take," Lyke said
in her statement Saturday. "My
focus moving forward is on the
quality of our student-athletes'
experience as well as the search
process for the next leader of
our football program.
Eastern Michigan was struck
by tragedy on Oct. 18 when
Demarius Reed, a receiver from
Chicago, was found fatally shot
at an apartmentbuilding.
English was hired before the
2009 season, and the former
Michigan defensive coordinator
went 2-22 in his first two years
with the Eagles. Eastern Michigan
was 6-6 in 2011, falling one win
short of bowl eligibility because
two of its victories were against
Football Championship Subdivi-
sionteams.After snappingastreak
of 15 straight losing seasons, the
Eagles were 2-10 last year and lost
eight in a row this season before
beating the Broncos.

Maine congressman says he's gay

Michaud is seventh
openly gay member
of U.S. House
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -
When the intensely private Rep.
Mike Michaud laid bare his pri-
vate life and announced he's gay,
one openly gay congressman
joked that the Maine Democrat
had never registered on his "gay-
As he prepares to return to
Capitol Hill this week as the
seventh openly gay member of
the U.S. House, Michaud said
the decision to come out last
week was a positive experience
that drew support from fellow
congressmen and hundreds of
constituents - even if it was
political nastiness that prompt-
ed his announcement.
"People know me as Mike.
They know my issues are vet-
eran issues, economic develop-
ment, health care and jobs, and
nothing is going to change," he
Michaud, who's engaged in

a three-way race for governor,
used an op-ed provided to two
newspapers and The Associated
Press to disclose he's gay, say-
ing he did so to address "whis-
per campaigns, insinuations and
push-polls" that raised ques-
tions about his sexuality.
He said constituents have
been supportive, with many
finding his honesty refreshing.
Several members of Congress
including Democratic Reps. Joe
Kennedy of Massachusetts and
David Cicilline of Rhode Island
have reached out to show sup-
port, as well.
Among them was Republi-
can Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida,
chairman of the Veterans Affairs
Committee, who works closely
with Michaud, the committee's
ranking Democrat.
"Mike Michaud is my friend
and colleague. He is a strong ally
in advocating for veterans and
his recent announcement does
nothing to change that," Miller
Before Michaud's announce-
ment, there were six openly
gay members of the U.S. House.

Michaud's sexual orientation
was as much a surprise to at least
some of them as it was to Main-
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.,who
is gay, tweeted in surprise after
Michaud's announcement that
"My #gaydar missed it." He also
reached out to lend support.
"I conveyed to him that I felt
it was great that he has this load
off his shoulders and I know
he'll be an even more effective
servant for the people of Maine,"
he said.
Back in Maine, politi-
cal observers said Michaud's
announcement likely won't have
a big impact on the governor's
race. Voters here approved gay
marriage a year ago.
Michaud continued a regular
schedule of public events after
making his announcement. On
Friday, the Maine Association
of Police and the Professional
Fire Fighters endorsed Michaud
over Republican Gov. Paul LeP-
age, the incumbent, and wealthy
independent Eliot Cutler.
Michaud's sexual orientation
was never mentioned.

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