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Friday, October 3, 2014
University Athletic Director Dave Brandon discusses the Athletic Department's recent mistakes, including playing sophomore quarterback Shane Morris at
Saturday's game against Minnesota, during a one-on-one interview at The Michigan Daily Thursday,
AD Br don speaks out
'misake' afte contoversy
personnel have yet to
release a statement
one week after event
By IAN DILLINGHAM
and MAX COHEN
Daily News Editor
and Senior Sports Editor
one week after sophomore
quarterback Shane Morris suf-
fared a concussive hit in the
'Wolverinea' matchup againat
Minnesota, the University Ath-
letic Department has begun to
open up about the incident with
media outlets - including Ath-
letic Director Dave Brandon in
an interview with The Michigan
In addition to Brandon, Uni-
versity President Mark Schlissel
and Michigan coach Brady Hoke
have both addressed the media.
However, as of Thursday, there
has been no communication from
any of the eight team physicians
currently contracted with the
In a 12:30 p.m. Monday press
conference, Hoke told the media
the medical dcpartment would
deliver a statement on Morris'
condition. However, no further
communication was received
until Brandon's 12:52 a.m. state-
ups by medical personnel since.
Attempts by The Michigan
Daily since early Wednesday to
contact the team's eight physi-
cians yielded no responses. Two
of the eight declined comment -
one citing his desire to not com-
ment on the work performed by
colleagues - while the other
six did not respond to interview
In addition to their roles with
the Athletic Department, seven
of the team physicians hold a
professorship in the University
of Michigan Health System. Each
holds a medical degree, unlike
the athletic trainers and athletic
Jeffrey Kutcher, the football
team's neurologist, has been
widely credited as a leader in
concussion research and safety.
His prominence in sports medi-
cine landed him a place as one of
the Team USA physicians for the
2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi,
See CONCUSSION, Page 3
sy of f
says he hasn't resigning. Nor has he consid-
ered firing Michigan football
sidered resiging coach Brady Hoke, he said.
And he admits that the Ath-
after Morris' letic Department made a mis-
take on Saturday.
ConCUSSion Two days after a student
protest called for Brandon's
EGGARNO,JENCALFAS termination, he sat down for
ALEJANDRO ZUNIGA an interview with The Michi-
anagingSection Editors gan Daily Thursday to answer
questions that have been on the
id nationwide controver- minds of members of the Michi-
fans, alumni and students gan community.
g for his removal, Uni- The outcry followed the Ath-
y Athletic Director Dave letic Department's response to a
on has not considered concussion sophomore quarter-
back Shane Morris suffered in
the fourth quarter of Saturday's
football game against Minneso-
ta. Morris was left in the game
for another play after takingthe
hit and was later reinserted for
another snap, apparently not
undergoing evaluation for head
According to NCAA policy,
a player must be removed from
the game immediately if he
shows any sign of a concussion.
But Hoke has maintained that
he, other coaches and medical
personnel did not see the inci-
dent occur in real time.
Brandon said he doesn't
know how Hoke eventually
learned of the concussion. As of
Monday afternoon's press con-
ference, the coach had claimed
he was only aware of Morris'
high ankle sprain, also suffered
"That was just another exam-
ple of the failure of communica-
tion that took place between
among of the doctors, all of the
trainers - in this case, the head
coach - to try to piece together
what happened," Brandon said.
Monday afternoon, Hoke
See INTERVIEW, Page 3
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'Good Kids' workshop or in training."
Set in a Midwestern high
roduction part school, the play is loosely based
on eventsathat occurred in Steu-
new awareness benville, Ohio in 2012 when the
rape of a female high school
campaign student by two football players
was documented and posted on
NEALA BERKOWSKI social media, gaining national
Daily StaffReporter media attention.
Sexual misconduct has also
e University is trying to been a prominent topic on cam-
the conversation about pus in the last year. The Univer-
il assault on campus by sity's response to allegations of
g it to the stage. sexual misconduct is currently
part of the University's under investigation by the U.S.
sexual assault awareness Department of Education's
aign, the School of Music, Office of Civil Rights. Last year,
tre & Dance debuted the University ranked second
ni Iizuka's play, "Good nationally among colleges and
Thursday evening in universities in the number
krthur Miller Theatre on of reported sexual assaults,
h Campus. though officials have attributed
ood Kids" is the first the increase to higher reporting
action from the Big Ten rates.
tre Consortium's New In recent weeks, the Univer-
Initiative. Produced with sity announced plans to hire
ort from the University's a sexual misconduct program
al Assault Prevention and manager and to release a full
eness Center, the play is report on sexual misconduct
of the University's Expect on campus, separate from the
ect: Flip the Script cam- Office of Student Conflict Reso-
ito prevent sexual assault. lution's annual report.
think that theatre as a "We know that sexual assault
e is incredibly powerful happens at the University of
use it transforms an audi- Michigan," Rider-Milkovich
into a story," SAPAC direc- said. "We know that alcohol-
olly Rider-Milkovich said. facilitated sexual assault hap-
ks them to imaginatively pens and we know that students
mplate this happening in are victimized by social media.
own lives or the lives of All those things happen on our
one else. And that is a dif- campus happen too, so it's very
t kind of learningthan in a See SAPAC, Page 3
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney attends a rally in support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate
Terri Lynn Land in Livonia Thursday. University regent candidates Ron Weiser and Rob Steele attended the rally.
Romney campaigns for
Michigan GOP candidates
By SHOHAM GEVA
LIVONIA - A slate of
statewide Republican rallies
received a boost Thursday
morning when former Repub-
lican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney visited the state
for a rally a little more than one
month before Election Day.
Romney, a Michigan native
who lost the state by 450,000
votes in the 2012 presidential
election, spoke at Laurel Manor
in Livonia in support of mul-
tiple GOP candidates, namely
U.S. senatorial candidate Terri
Lynn Land (R) and Michigan
Attorney General Bill Schuette
(R), who is running for reelec-
tion. Both have been within
single-digit margins in recent
polls with their opponents.
Before Thursday's engage-
ment, Romney visited Colo-
rado, which, like Michigan,
features several tight statewide
Republican Gov. Rick Sny-
der, who is running to maintain
his seat in another major state-
wide election, was absent from
the rally. He hosted a campaign
town hall Thursday evening in
"As many of you know, this
could not be amore criticalyear
for Michigan," Michigan GOP
Chairman Bobby Schostak told
the crowd to kick off the event.
"Michigan Republicans have
been working diligently the
past four years to put Michigan
back on the road to recovery."
Romney spoke to the crowd
about his Michigan roots, and
said he enjoyed visiting the
state because of the connec-
tions many of his family mem-
bers have with it, including his
father, a former governor who
served between 1963 and 1969.
. "I have family here, and I
feel like you're family," Rom-
ney said. "I appreciate the
support of people in this great
He said he supports Land
because of the contrast she
represents to the policies of
President Barack Obama and
Senate Majority Leader Harry
See ROMNEY, Page 3
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN
One of Ann Arbor's fledgling
startups is looking to vault its com-
petition by creating an easier, more
social way of storing students'
valuables. Its motto: "Your closet
away from home."
The goal of Vaultd, co-founded
by LSA senior Mikey Shen and
Engineering junior Brett Mecham,
is to provide low-cost storage,
in addition to free drop-off and
pickup capabilities, to students
throughout the year. Shen said
there are currently few storage
facilities in Ann Arbor.
"The options here are pretty.
limited," Shen said. "They do have
self-storage things that are around
here, but most of my friends are
paying a couple hundred dollars a
month for storing whatever!"
Shen said his idea for more
affordable storage came during his
freshman year, when he noticed
how expensive it was for his out-
of-state friends -and international
students to store their belongings
over the summer. He ultimately
started the company in April 2014.
See STARTUP, Page 3
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