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By YARDAIN AMRON
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The pro-
vost's office is on the first floor of
an unremarkable brick building.
The shades are drawn, but just out-
side lies Brown University's Main
Green, the school's equivalent to
the University's Diag. It's noon and
the pathways are bustling with
students between classes, jackets
unzipped under a tall sun.
Brown Provost Mark Schlissel
- who was selected as the Uni-
versity of Michigan's next presi-
dent in January - stands maybe
6-feet-2-inches. His suit is gray, tie
maroon and glasses neither rect-
angle nor oval. His beard is griz-
zly and beginning to lose color. He
gives a firm handshake and says,
"Take a seat wherever."
I took one of 10 seats at a long
mahogany table and looked
around. The office was grand, fea-
turing a large U-shaped desk, used
but tidy, filled bookcases across one
wall, a grandfather clock, a fire-
place with no wood, four armchairs
for intimate meetings and bamboo
shoots for a natural touch. This has
been Schlissel's situation room for
almost three years now.
He must have noticed my eyes
widening because he said, "You
should check this out," and walked
over to a wall and punched what
must have been a button. A 60-inch
television rose from a hidden com-
partment, but before it rose two
inches he clicked again and the TV
"Pretty neat, eh, if anyone needs
togive a presentation." I mentioned
the computer speakers on a nearby
secondary desk, and he said, "Yeah,
I joke I should have a Super Bowl
party in here."
He had missed his last oppor-
tunity, though. On Jan. 24, about
a week before Seattle blew Denver
out 48-7 in Super Bowl XLVIII,
Schlissel was in Ann Arbor accept-
ing the title of 14th president of
University of Michigan.
I asked if he knew he'd be get-
ting an office downgrade when he
arrives at the University.
"Yeah, I've seen President Cole-
man's office. I'm not too worried,"
he said. "Certain things are worth
He took the seat at the head of
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LUNA ANNA ARCHEY/Daily
Public Policy junior Bobby Dishell, current CSG vice president and Make Michigan CSG presidential nominee, debates issues related to this Wednesday's
election with the other CSG presidential candidates Monday in South Hall.
issues before poiis
By KRISTEN FEDOR
The discussion at the Cen-
tral Student Government presi-
dential debate Monday evening
centered on the current state of
student government at the Uni-
versity, but lacked focus on spe-
cific future initiatives.
Public Policy junior Carly
Manes, a FORUM candidate,
LSA junior Ryan Hayes of The
Party Party and LSA sopho-
more Mical Holt of the Defend
Affirmative Action Party all
expressed discontent with the
status quo. Public Policy junior
Bobby Dishell, Make Michigan's
candidate, focused on his role
as current CSG vice president
and how he will expand on that
experience if elected.
In the opening statements,
Dishell specified major plat-
form points of Make Michigan,
such as increased support of
the LEAD Scholars Program to
foster minority enrollment and
the creation of a peer support
network aimed at bettering the
mental health of students across
campus. He referenced these
points several times throughout
Manes reiterated FORUM's
commitment to increasing
diversity on campus and sup-
port of what she referred to as
"student-centered initiatives" in
her opening statement, an echo
of the party's slogan, "Empow-
erment, Not Politics."
Hayes began with a direct
criticism of CSG and said the
way student government has
functioned reveals a lack of
engagement with the student
"We need to open doors,
not have people find our open
doors," he said.
As a single-issue party, Holt's
opening statement reflected
DAAP's focus on increasing
minority enrollment. Through-
out the debate, Holt's responses
circled back to this sentiment
of increasing minority voices on
The CSG budget was the most
divisive issue of the debate.
While every candidate agreed
that student organizations
should see increased funding,
the methods in which this goal
would be achieved and its fea-
sibility given current funding
provided intense disagreement
Manes and Hayes held similar
See CSG, Page 6
f compete for'
provides incentives for
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Between the Dare to Dream grant
program and the Michigan Business
Challenge competition, both spon-
sored by the Zell Lurie Institute for
Entrepreneurial Studies, startups
campus-wide have won over $113,000
to boost their new businesses.
The Michigan Business Chal-
lenge, which initially included only
the Ross School of Business, has been
conducted for 31 years. The competi-
tion's campus-wide scope has encour-
aged the mingling of various colleges
within the University, creating more
diverse, successful entrepreneurial
In addition to the prize money
awarded to the four finalists, other
awards recognize specific strengths
of a team: best-written business plan,
outstanding presentation, participa-
tion, most successful undergradu-
ate team, and the Williamson Award
for the best cross-functional team. A
total of six teams won these awards.
The grand prize Pryor-Hale Award
is worth $20,000, and the runner up
Engineering graduate student
Muhammad Faisal and Rackham
student Daniel Andersen won the
See START-UPS, Page 6
Court will review
on marriage case
Scott Masten, professor of business economics and public policy, was unanimously elected SACUA Chair
at the Fleming Administration Building Monday.
SACU welcomes new
at Shared Services
plan, LSA dean
By ANDREW ALMANI
The newly elected mem-
bers of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University
Affairs attended their first
meeting Monday afternoon.
At the Senate Assembly
meeting March 16, three pro-
fessors were elected to serve
three-year terms on the
Sciences Prof. David Smith;
William Schultz, professor
of mechanical engineer-
ing, naval architecture and
marine engineering and Sil-
ke-Maria Weineck, chair of
the Department of Compara-
tive Literature and associate
professor of Germanic Lan-
guages and Literature.
The committee also held
SACUA officer elections for
the positions of chair and
vice chair. After some dis-
cussion and a quick paper
ballot, Scott Masten, profes-
sor of business economics
and public policy, was unani-
mously elected to the posi-
tion of SACUA chair, while
Astronomy Prof. Sally Oey
was unanimously elected to
SACUA Chair Karen Stall-
er spoke briefly of her private
meeting with University
President-elect Mark Schlis-
sel on March 14 in which they
discussed faculty involve-
ment at the University.
"Overall it was an
extremely positive exchange,
he's clearly interested in
learning about the Universi-
ty from its faculty ... he asked
very informed questions,"
Staller said. "I'm very opti-
mistic about our ability to
form a working relationship
SACUA took time to dis-
cuss Administrative Services
Transition, a part of the Uni-
versity's effort to increase
cost-containment. This con-
troversial proposal would
merge nearly 300 depart-
See SACUA, Page 3
Court of Appeals
ruling may just be a
step towards the U.S.
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily News Editor
On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit
court will hold a hearing concern-
ing same-sex marriage in Mich-
igan--the next step in what legal
experts said will likely be a lengthy
legal battle over the issue.
Late Saturday, following a deci-
sion on Friday by U.S. District Judge
Bernard Friedman to strike down .
Michigan's ban on same-sex mar-
riage, Michigan Attorney General
Bill Schuette requested a stay and
filed an appeal on the case. The U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Sixth Cir-
cuit accepted the stay, temporarily
preventing further same-sex mar-
riage licenses from being issued.
The stay is temporary and may
end Wednesday, pending the Court
of Appeals' ruling. More than 300
marriages that occurred early Sat-
urday are valid under state and
federal law. However, if the stay
progresses through the Court of
Appeals, located in Cincinnati, as
Schuette and other proponents of
traditional marriage hope, there
may be no more same-sex marriag-
es in Michigan for a longer period.
Furthermore, Schuette, repre-
senting the state of Michigan, may
file for an appeal in Friedman's
overturning of the 2004 ban. If the
Sixth Circuit Court rules in favor
of the state, same-sex marriage
will likely become illegal again in
However, Anna Kirkland, asso-
ciate professor in the department
of women's studies, said same-sex
marriage was likely to become
legal in Michigan.
"I think there's a clear path for
victory on this for the same-sex
couples seeking to get married,"
Kirkland said. "The fight is basi-
cally over for conservatives on this
one, I think, but it could still take
a while with some up and downs."
The legal team representing the
plaintiffs in the case, April DeBoer
and Jayne Rowse, has until Tues-
day to respond to the state's request
for a stay.
Kenneth Mogill and Carole
Stanyar, two of the five lawyers for
the plaintiffs, confirmed Monday
the legal team for the plaintiffs will
file the response Tuesday, which
comes in the form of a legal brief.
"All we can do is make the best
arguments we can, which we believe
areverystrong, andthe courtwilldo
what it does," Mogill said.
Sara Wurfel, press secretary for
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, said
the governor is not weighing into
those issues yet.
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