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from the School of Kinesiology,
School of Art and Design, LSA
and the College of Engineering
The winners include Associate
Prof. MelissaGross,who is appoint-
ed in School of Kinesiology and the
School of Art & Design; Associate
Prof. Anne McNeil, who teaches
chemistry in LSA and macromo-
lecular science and engineering in
the College of Engineering;Associ-
ate Prof. Megan Sweeney, who is
appointed in the LSA departments
of English language and literature,
women's studies and Afroameri-
can and African studies; and Prof.
Michael Thouless of mechanical
engineering and materials science
and engineering. Herrero-olaizola
is appointed in the LSA Depart-
ment of Romance Languages and
Literatures and Phillips is of the
College of Engineering's electrical
engineering and computer science
The professorship is named
after Arthur Thurnau, who was
a University student from 1902 to
1904 and who later endowed the
In interviews with The
Michigan Daily, the professors
emphasized their love for
teaching and excitement to be
named a Thurnau professor.
"I feel like I've learned so
much from my students and
colleagues," Sweeney said. "I
have been inspired by them and it
feels like such a wonderful honor
to be recognized as somebody
who cares a lot about teaching,
who loves doing it and love
learning from my students and
Herrero-Olaizola also named
students as key components of
the classroom community and
"The students really make the
class," he said. "We tend to think
of professors making the class,
but I really think the students are
the ones makingthe class happen.
I see myself more asa facilitator."
Tenured faculty who receive
the title also receive a $20,000
grant to support teaching activi-
ties, such as buying books, travel
and graduate student assistance.
They are also designated as Thr-
nau professors through the dura-
tion of their University career.
Phillips said he will provide
support for graduate student
researchers in his lab. Herrero-
Olaizola said he anticipates using
the money for a bigger projector
and screencapturing tools for his
students' film studies.
The Thurnau Charitable
Trust, established by University
alum Arthur Thurnau, funds the
professorship. He attended the
Universityfrom 1902 to 1904.
Deans, associate deans, chairs
or academic program directors
nominated professors, followed
by an endorsement by each nomi-
neee's overseeing dean and letters
of support from students and col-
leagues. These nominations were
submitted in Decmber 2013.
University Provost Martha
Pollack then recommended recip-
ients to the University's Board
of Regents, who approved and
announced the recipients at their
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-versity's National Pan-Hellenic
and Multicultural Greek Coun-
cils, who has judged the event for
the past three years. She echoed
McPherson's words regarding the
event, adding that it showcases
Profits from the event were ded-
icated to the Piney Woods Country
Life School, a historically Black
boardingschool in Mississippi.
Photonix, a student group who
uses glow sticks, strings and other
devices, won the event after per-
forming an elaborate lightshow.
LSA sophomore Randee Shap-
iro performed with Dance 2XS, a
multicultural hip-hop dance group.
She said events like the talent show
"really bring together a lot of differ-
ent groups and you kind of just see
what other people are working on."
LSA sophomore Charvez Wes-
ley, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi,
said the event is sends an impor-
tant message for the campus com-
"We just wanted to bring out a
multicultural experience on cam-
pus for people to enjoy that," he
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Athletic Director Rob
Rademacher apologized to
the students for the seating
issues and told them they would
have preferred admittance to
the game in a section adjacent to
the student section.
"This is the best and only way
to manage this," Rademacher
said to students. "I can't
emphasize this enough."
In an interview with
The Michigan Daily after
he addressed the students,
Rademacher said he was made
aware of the issue at 6:45 a.m.
and arrived shortly after.
He added that the Athletic
reflects on common seating
issues, such as the exact time
that students can line up,
barrier usage and security
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not politics," Manes said.
"This isn't political. It's about
doing what's best by the student
body," Abraham added.
Manes' involvement in student
government began her freshman
year, serving as an elected repre-
sentative in LSA Student Govern-
ment during her freshman and
sophomore years. She is current-
ly an LSA representative in the
Outside of her involvement in
student government, Manes is the
founder of Students for Choice, a
campus organization dedicated
to advocating for reproductive
Also serving as an LSA repre-
sentative in the CSG Assembly,
Abraham is in the midst of her
first year working in student gov-
ernment. She was appointed in
October after a seat was vacated
and ran a successful campaign in
the December midterm elections.
Despite being relatively new to
the group, Abraham has exten-
sive campaign experience. She
served as a field organizer for
President 8arack Obama's 2012
re-election bid and took her
sophomore fall semester off to
work for the campaign. When
she returned to classes last win-
ter, Abraham helped organize
forUM's 2013 campaign.
Abraham said she is able to
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ple formed teams to fundraise
throughout the year and take
the plunge together.
A team from the University's
Galens Medical Society raised
$37,000 through a bake sale
and soliciting donations from
presence to improve attendees'
"After every game, we sit
down and say, 'How'd it go?
What went well and what went
wrong?' And we'll do the same
thing today," Rademacher said.
"We adjust from game to game."
LSA senior Sasha Shaffer,
president of Maize Rage, also
apologized to students, for
Maize Rage's role in creating the
"This will never happen
again," Shaffer said.
Following the comments by
Rademacher and Shaffer, the
119 sequestered students were
then led to Section 130 in the
lower bowl, commonly referred
to as "The Wedge." The section,
which is part of traditional
student seating, is separate from
Maize Rage bleacher seating
and is behind the hoop instead
of along the court's baseline.
Rademacher said he felt the
section 130 seating was the best
way to resolve the situation.
bring her practical experience
fromworkingonthe Obama cam-
paign to the world of studentgov-
"My tactical skills are my abil-
ity to take everything I learned
during that campaign at a grass-
roots level and bring it to student
government," she said.
Manes and Abraham met on
the Obama campaign, as Manes
was one of the students Abraham
coordinated with. Since then,
they have worked alongside one
another in the CSG Assembly.
During their tenure as repre-
sentatives, Manes and Abraham
organized retreats for CSG rep-
resentatives, which are held each
semester and last three to four
hours each. The events aim help
foster a collaborative atmosphere
within student government.
Transparency is one of forUM's
main platform points, Manes
said. Abraham added that the two
hope to increase communication
between CSG representatives
and their respective schools.
In early February, Manes
said one of her campaign goals
is to add a student representa-
tive to the University's Board of
Regents. The board currently
holds eight representatives who
were all popularly elected by the
voters of the state of Michigan.
"It is a disservice to students
to not have a student voice in the
room when such prominent deci-
sions are being made about where
our money is going, what our
campus life is going to look like,"
friends, Medical student Chris-
tina Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento and Medical stu-
dent Rashmi Patil participated
in a Polar Plunge in Belleville
last year and ran into the Big
House with the team from the
Galens Medical Society.
"This year, it feels like we're
doing it at home," Patil said. "It's
a pretty nice day I think for a
dip. The sun is shining and it's
"You had a group of students
who came to the front of the
line - whether they were first
or not I don't know - but they
were there prior to 7 o'clock,"
Rademacher said. "What I didn't
want to do was take this group of
students and throw them to the
end of the line, then that would
have created more problems. I
looked upon the best solution by
accommodating them in a way
where they still had good seats."
Deyoung said although he
understood the issues the
University Athletic Department
and security faced, he was
disappointed with how the
"I just wish that it was
handled differently up front,"
Deyoung said. "I wish they had
the proper security there. I wish
they had proper guidelines set.
I would like to be reimbursed
in some sort of way because I
spent a lot of money and I was
planning on camping out and
getting the full experience and
While voter turnout for CSG
elections is usually low, Abraham
said she hopes to systemize voter
registration efforts to increase
active student voting turnout.
"Right now, there is no cen-
tralized way for students on this
campus to register to vote and
really engage themselves in the
political process," she said.
The candidates said they are
meeting with upwards of five
student organizations per day
to find out what their needs are
and the challenges that they face.
forUM hopes to work with these
organizations as well to spread
the party's message and cam-
"All students feel empowered
through student government and
can use student government as
a platform for empowerment to
elevate the work they are already
doing in their community,"
Manes and Abraham are also
trying to distance the current
forUM leadership from last year's
nominees and marred election.
forUM's previous nominee for
CSG president, now-LSA senior
Chris Osborn, won the popular
vote but was later disqualified
by the University Election Com-
mission for allegedly influencing
students while they were voting.
Manes said forUM's contro-
versial history is irrelevant to
this year's campaign. Instead of
dwelling on the past election,
Manes said student should focus
In addition to the plunge, the
event consisted of a costume
parade with teams and individu-
als wearing costumes ranging
from Superman, hula girls and
Speedo-clad men. Former Mich-
igan football players Denard
Robinson and Jordan Kovacs,
as well as Michigan coach Brady
Hoke served as the judges for
the costume contest.
I don't feel like I'm going to get
Both Rademacher and Shaffer
told students they would be able
to voice their concerns to Maize
Rage and University Athletic
Department representatives in
In an e-mail interview with
the Daily Sunday afternoon,
Shaffer said she would address
concerns at the next Maize Rage
meeting, which is scheduled for
Monday at 7 p.m.
Rademacher told the 119
sequestered students that they
would be contacted for par-
ticipation in a forum discussing
Sunday's seating issues.
In an interview with the Daily
Sunday afternoon, Business
senior Michael Proppe, CSG
President, said today's compli-
cations illustrate a systematic
problem with student seating.
"The bottom line is that there
needs to be more student seating
in the lower bowl," Proppe said.
"It is kind of insane that people
could get there at 5 a.m. and not
be able to get a bleacher seat."
LSA freshman Eric Montag,
who was one of the 119 seques-
tered students, expressed a sim-
"I think that a lot of the other
big basketball programs wrap
around the entire lower bowl to
some extent," he said. "The fact
that there's just the bleachers
that hold literally 400 people at
the most is just way too small."
Deyoung said overall, the
experience made him feel like
the University Athletic Depart-
ment values profit over student
"I know it's a moneymak-
ing business, but it seems like
they're not trying to serve us as
much as they're trying to serve
themselves and that's frustrat-
ing for me," Deyoung said. "I
think they're going to lose a lot
of support in the future as far as
donations and fans, just because
they treat us like patrons rather
Public Policy junior Carly Manes, forUM's CSG president candidate, hopes to
push CSG beyond politics and refocus on student empowerment.
on her qualifications and goals
"It's really important to look
at the current executives, what
they've accomplished, what they
haven't accomplished and look-
ing at the track records and the
motives of why the people run-
Many participants cannon-
balled, belly-flopped and flipped
into the water. However, as soon
as they resurfaced, participants
ran quickly back into the locker
rooms to change and dry off.
"You forget how cold it is,"
Nursing freshman Ashley Rich-
mond said. "You jump in and
your body goes into shock but it
wears off really fast and it was a
lot of fun."
ning are in the race," she said.
Manes and Abraham bring a
variety of experiences to forUM's
ticket. Abraham said she and
Manes compliment each other
with their different skill sets.
"She's the visionary, and I'm
the executioner," Abraham said.
After drying off and warming
up, participants were provided
a warm lunch in the Jack Roth
"A lot of people think it's
really intimidating getting in
the water but it's for a really
good cause and there's a lot of
great people that come out here
to do it," Richmond said. "It's
a lot of fun and it's definitely
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