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From Page 1A
emergency housing," he said.
"Right now what we have right
now we feel is adequate, and if
for any reason it isn't then we will
work with the Dean of Students
office to find temporary housing."
Many residential hall advis-
ers have been adjusting to the
lessened ability to room swap
by placing greater emphasis on
conflict resolution with room-
mates. According to LSA junior
Zelin Wang, residential adviser
in Stockwell Residence Hall, the
residential staff are trained to
try to resolve roommate compli-
cations through communication
before offering the option of
permanent or temporary reloca-
"In the past when there were
more vacancies, we might be able
to switch rooms or switch room-
From Page 1A
Daily, Regent Kathy White (D),
chair of the University's Board
of Regents, said the University's
president has direct responsibil-
ity over personnel decisions, not
the regents.
"It is the President who has
direct responsibility over the uni-
versity's operations, departments,
and personnel," she wrote.
The governing body's only
direct responsibility with per-
sonnel is selecting and evaluat-
ing the University's president.
The regents appointed Univer-
sity President Mark Schlissel last
January after a lengthy search
White said the University's
president is tasked with managing
the institution's daily operations,
whereas regents act as fiduciaries
that set and approve policies for
the institution as well as direct
and approve major expenditures,
financial management and large-
scale initiatives.
Though the final decision to
terminate a high-level official is
not under the board's jurisdiction,
it does approve administrative
appointments to many high-level
leadership positions, as -well as
tenure-track faculty, within the
University. At their meeting last
April, the regents approved the
University's recommendation to
appoint Andrew Martin to the
position of LSA dean.
It's still possible that Schlis-
sel could solicit counsel from
members of the board. Univer-
sity spokesman Rick Fitzgerald
said Schlissel can consult with
the board on any issue and has
already indicated he intends to
involve the regents in a review
of the University's safety pro-
cedures related to student-ath-
The regents are also respon-
sible for completing an annual
evaluation of the University
President, which could include
consideration of the president's
handling of personnel matters.
Fitzgerald said he has "no
information" as to whether any
personnel changes related to the
incident are being considered.

Schlissel released a statement
Tuesday evening calling for a
review of safety procedures relat-
ed to student-athletes and pledg-
ing to "take all necessary steps
to make sure that occurs and to
enforce the necessary account-
ability for our success in this
Contract agreements
Though Hoke took much of
the initial heat after Saturday's

mates," Wang said. "Since we've
become so tightly packed, we
can't really do that."
Business junior Michael Zhou,
who is also a residential adviser
in Stockwell-Residence Hall, said
because of the extensive training
the residential staff goes through
to deal with all possible conflicts
that could arise in residence halls,
many roommate disputes are
resolved within the halls them-
Logan said that it is up to the
hall director's discretion for
whether or not a student needs to
be separated from their room or
roommates and into emergency
Though Logan emphasized
that over-enrollment has not
impacted the lack of emergency
housing and has not created any
difficulties in replacing rooms
at this time, many University
administrators have announced
concerns over the unusually high

freshman class.'
At the University's Board of
Regents meeting this month,
University Provost Martha Pol-
lack announced her plan to curb
over-enrollment for future fresh-
man classes, such as putting more
applicants on the waitlist and
admitting fewer students during
the early admissions process.
"We have been over-enrolling
every year for the past five years
and we have to stop this," Pollack
said. "I'm not happy about it."
E. Royster Harper, vice
president for student life, also
remarked on the importance of
having enough space for first-year
students for creating a commu-
nity on campus.
"We have to watch it more
closely, and that means modulat-
ing who gets admitted longer,"
she said. "That's not going to feel
good to the incoming freshman
students, but it will allow us to
manage it better."

Center Quadrangle.
Liquor law violations
Liquor law violations Arrests for liquor in d in residence halls


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2011 2012 2013

incident, subsequent uproar has
been focused on Brandon. Some
observers have alleged the Ath-
letic Department was not trans-
parent in its communications
with the public following the con-
troversy and have chosen to call
for his termination.
Brandon's 2012 contract exten-
sion details grounds for the agree-
ment's termination, both "with
cause by University" and without.
The document, signed by for-
mer University President Mary
Sue Coleman, stipulates Bran-
don's term will last through June
30, 2018 with the potential for an
additional, five-year term "upon
mutual agreement of University
and Director."
Grounds for "termination with
cause" includes the director's fail-
ure to "perform in any material
respect any of his duties or obliga-
tions under this Agreement," con-
viction for felony or misdemeanor
charges involving financial or
moral impropriety or for inten-
tional or major violations of any
NCAA conference or University
rule or regulation.
Brandon's contract could
also be terminated with cause
through the broader category that
the "conduct of the Director that
offends against public decency or
morality as shall be determined
by the standards prevailing in the
community, or any other conduct
by the Director that materially
and adversely affects the reputa-
tion or the assets of the University
or one or more of its athletic pro-
If terminated for these rea-
sons or if the director resigns, he
would receive any unpaid base
salary through the date of termi-
However, if the University fires
Brandon prior to July1, 2016with-
out providing sufficient evidence
for cause, he would be guaranteed
payment of his remaining base
salary and remaining deferred
compensation of $3 million
through the date of his termina-
Brandon currently earns abase
salary of $900,000, but that num-
ber is slated to reach $1.05 million
in the final year of his contract.
Michael Bloom is a clinical
assistant professor of law at the
University and in charge of the
Law School's Transactional Lab.
He said morality clauses are com-
mon in sports contracts, whether
with players, coaches or sponsor-
ship agreements.
"It's something that gener-
ally would say that the employer
can terminate the contract in the
event that the employee engages
in immoral behavior," Bloom said.
"It might explain what immoral
behavior means or stay broad and

not get into the details."
One prominent example of the
usage of morality clauses is golfer
Tiger Woods. His 2009 infidelity
scandal led to several companies
terminating sponsorship deals.
The BBC reported in 2010 the ter-
mination was estimated to cost
all parties involved in the Woods
scandal around $12 billion.
Hoke's contract also has a
morality clause, which states
he can be fired for cause if he
"offends public decency or moral-
ity shall be determined by the
standards prevailing in the com-
Termination without cause
means the Athletic Department
would be required to pay Hoke $3
million, accordingto the contract.
And termination with cause,
which the morality clause allows,
stipulates "all obligations of the
University to make further pay-
ments and/or provide any other
consideration under this Agree-
ment ... shall cease as of the date
of termination."
The Rich Rod case
At the University, there is
recent precedent for terminat-
ing the contract of a head football
Jan. 4, 2011, a recently hired
Brandon terminated Rich Rodri-
guez as the head coach of the
Michigan football team.
After Rodriguez finished the
2010 season with a 7-6 record,
including a 52-14 loss in the Gator
Bowl to Mississippi State, he
ended his tenure in Ann Arbor
with a 15-22 record. Most glar-
ing of all, he never beat Michigan
State or Ohio State.
In what could similarly tran-
spire if the University terminates
Brady Hoke's contract, Michi-
gan made the decision to buy out
Rodriguez's remaining three-
year, $2.5-million contract. But
the University's reasons for doing
so extended beyond the team's
performance on the field. The
NCAA punished the University
for practice times that exceeded
the NCAA's weekly allotment.
Rodriguez was also caught lying
about his team's GPA after saying
it was the highest in program his-
A problem to be solved
Brandon and Hoke apparently
contradicted each other in a press
conference Monday afternoon
and a statement early Tuesday
Now, it's up to a president with
little experience in Big Ten ath-
letics since arriving to the Uni-
versity from Brown University in
July. His largest decision thus far
rests in his own hands.

From Page 3A
one was arrested.
Regarding drug use in and
around campus, the report
listed 114 arrests on campus,
three off-campus and 48 on
public property. There were
30 arrests for drugs within the
residence halls. The report did
not differentiate between the

types of drug being used.
There were far more cases
of drug use in which the vio-
lators were referred for dis-
ciplinary action -153 -all of
which were on campus.
DPSS must also report the
number of "Bias Crimes,"
which are incidents that
"manifest evidence of preju-
dice based on race, religion,
sexual orientation, gender,
disability or ethnicity." Over

Design by Anjai Alangaden and Jake Welins
the past' three years, there
was one UMPD report of on-
campus vandalism with a sex-
ual orientation bias, and one
for religious bias. The AAPD
reported one non-aggravated
assault with a sexual orienta-
tion bias.
In 2012 and 2011 there were
eight separate crimes both
The full report is available
on the DPSS website.

From Page 1A
identified as one of the residen-
tial halls that required revamp-
ing. When making plans for the
renovation, housing officials
interviewed students to hear
what they wanted to see in their
new dining center and common
After approval from the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents, con-
struction commenced in May
2013 and was completed prior to
the Fall 2014 move-in date.
With the renovations com-
plete, the dining facility now
includes 10 specialty 'micro-
restaurants,' each with its own
distinct style. Some of these res-
taurants include Olive Branch,
which is inspired by fresh Medi-
terranean flavors, Toast, which
serves breakfast all day and
Smoke, which offers traditional
wood-smoked barbecue.
Schlissel said he was so blown
away with the building's new
architecture that he insisted on
bringing his family on a tour of
South Quad when they were here
in September for his inaugura-
"I snuck them in here to tour
around and make them all jeal-
ous of Michigan," Schlissel said.
"None of them went here for
school, and they all used to be
very prideful of the dining facili-
ties where they did go to school.
But we win."
However, Schlissel did men-

tion that the new dining hall was
so popular that the entryways
were facing overcrowding dur-
ing busy lunch hours.
"But they'll work on solutions
for that," Schissel said. "There
are so many stations of food, that
once you actually get inside, it's
pretty quick and easy."
As per student requests, many
of the restaurants specialize in
personalized meals. Students
have the option to special-order
a stir-fry and watch as their chef
cooks their ingredients in front
of them.
University Housing Spokes-
man Peter Logan said, after
reading student responses, it
was clear that there was a high
demand for fresh ingredients
and made-to-order selections.
"We have a new kitchen downt
in the basement, and the food is
initially prepared down there,
but it is not finished until it is
brought upstairs ... in front of the
students," Logan said.
While the dining hall was the
main focus of South Quad's reno-
vation, the common areas on the
lower level were also redone.
While guests enjoyed appetizers
on the main floor, dozens of stu-
dents occupied the study spaces
LSA freshman Nand Desai
said South Quad was his study
spot of choice, even though he
lives in Bursley Residence Hall
on North Campus.
"I come here and spend time
because it is the best location
on campus for studying, and I

love the food here," Desai said.
"It's, like, the best dining hall on
campus. You have ten different
options to choose from everyday.
And it is open all day. If I have a
break I always come here."
The dining center's staff also
seemed to be pleased with the
renovation's final product. Din-
ing Employee Yolanda Douglas,
who has previously worked at
Mary Markley Residence Hall
and West Quad, said the South
Quad facility is her favorite.
"I love it. This is a wonder-
ful place," Douglas said. "I love
all the recipes; the food is very
exquisite. It is just beautiful. And
we have units and dining areas
for everybody - for quiet people,
for not quiet people. We got fla-
vorshere for everyone. And I
love it because we can see all the
multicultural people here."
Director of Dining Steven
Mangan said he was extremely
satisfied with South Quad's din-
ing hall. While you can find
micro-restaurants at East Quad's
dining center as well, South
Quad is much larger and offers
students many more options for
"This is the nicest dining hall
I've ever been associated with,"
Mangan said. "It really is a
focus on food, costumer service,
fun, interaction with our staff,
learning about food and tasting
things you've never seen before.
Options are unlimited from
where we are today, and it will
be greatto see it evolve into what
it is going tobe."

From Page 1A
copyrighted material such as
music,videos, art or books.
Levy said the issue is predomi-
downloading copyrighted mate-
rial from unauthorized sources
and then sharing those files with
peers. He said a basic rule of
thumb is to remember that if the
file being shared is not specifically
identified as publically available,
the safest thing to do is assume
it is copyrighted and investigate
further before sharing. The Uni-
versity is alerted to the unauthor-
ized download and will punish
students once the files are shared.
Another issue with file shar-
ing sites is that they compromise
computer security. A problem
with P2P programs is that they
may start up when the computer
is turned on and accessing the
Internet without the user's knowl-
edge, Levy said. He said this could

potentially allow other people
to access files from a vulnerable
computer without any warning or
consent, which can lead to unin-
tentional copyright infringement.
University Internet policy
states that users are respon-
sible for file sharing activities of
their computer, even if they are
unaware of the activity. There-
fore, Levy said the safest thing
to do is to encourage students to
be aware of the contents of their
computers so they can avoid
legal issues.
The University has a tiered
punishment process for students
based on the number of copyright
infringement complaints a student
receives. The first alleged offence
results in a notice to cease illegal
activity, the final offence results
in a formal complaint being filed
with the Office of Student Con-
flict Resolution. Copyright holders
may also offer a Pre-litigation Set-
tlement Offer, which would allow
the violator to paya fee in order to
avoid being sued by the copyright

Levy said it was important for
students to be proactive and take
this issue seriously.
"It is important to understand,
U of M students have had to deal
with the negative results of copy-
right infringement," he said. "It is
not something that happens (else-
where), it happens here."
Levy said Wednesday's e-mail
was not in response to any spe-
cific event or even an uptick in
illegal activity. Rather, the pur-
pose of the e-mail sent out was to
educate students on the risks of
P2P file sharing, and emphasize
the importance of taking it seri-
ously. There are alternatives to
illegal file sharing that are effec-
tive and allowed, Levy said, and
violating copyright laws is the
equivalent of theft of another
person's intellectual property.
"In a University like ours," he
said, "respect for the intellectual
property that has been created
by other people is a very impor-
tant fundamental value."

From Page 2A
"At Festifall LSA SG mem-
bers, myself included, went
around to as many organiza-
tions as possible to pass out fly-
ers educating them about our
funding system and upcoming
deadlines," Dabrowski said.
"We also contact all organi-

zations that have regularly
applied for funding for their
events, and also one-time appli-
LSA SG has also begun to use
social media and other online
outlets to better inform student
orgs about the funding switch,
hoping to be able to get in touch
with even more student organi-
zations on campus.
"This year we plan to go
through Maize Pages to contact

even more organizations to get
the word out about LSA SG' s
Budget Allocations process. We
will also be doing a social media
push and are hoping to get the
word out through other offices
and organizations on campus."
Overall, LSA SG members
said they are hopeful that the
changes to the budget alloca-
tions funding plan will encour-
age more student organizations
to apply for funding this year.

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