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STUDENT TICKETS
Athletics
to reduce
football
ticket costs

ALLISON FARRAND/Daily
UPPER LEFT: Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters share a fist bump during Clinton's speech. LOWER LEFT:
Oakland University seniors Flora Ivezaj and Jessie Kaljaj, with matching Hillary t-shirts, were first in line to see the farmer First Lady speak. RIGHT: Former
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about the importance of voting while campaigning for Schauer and Peters at Oakland University Thursday.
inton emphasizes get oUt
the vote, famil in Mih.al

Decision comes as
part of a series of
requests by CSG
By CLAIRE BRYAN
and MICHAEL SUGERMAN
Daily StaffReporters
FLINT, Mich. - Following
Thursday's University Board of
Regents meeting in Flint, the
Athletic Department officially
agreed to a set of policy recom-
mendations made by the Central
Student Government - namely
slashing prices for football stu-
dent season tickets. The 2015
sason prices will be unveiled
next week.
"Michigan Athletics looks
forward to forging a strong rela-
tionship with Central Student
Government," Athletic Director
Dave Brandon said in a state--
ment Thursday night. "This is an
important relationship to us; one
that we need to repair, and one
that will provide mutual support
among all students."
University athletics were at
the center of discussion during
the regents meeting. CSG Presi-
dent Bobby Dishell, a Public Pol-
icy senior, gave a presentation to
the regents and said he negotiat-
ed numerous verbal agreements
with the Athletic Department
based on the results of a CSG sur-

vey distributed Oct. 10.
The survey, which aimed to
assess student experience at
Michigan football games and the
student body's relationship with
the Athletic Department, closed
Tuesday evening with a total of
5,208 responses - roughly 12
percent of the University student
body.
"These past few weeks have
been a troubling time for Michi-
gan students," Dishell said dur-
ing his report to the regents.
"Difficulty in regard to the foot-
ball program, focused primarily
within ..pe Athletic Department's
administration, have made many
students wary of the very thing
that has united them with alum-
ni, family and city residents for
over a century."
He added that current tick-
eting prices have caused a rift
in students' perception of the
Athletic Department, and more
concretely, in many students'
ability and willingness to physi-
cally attend games.
"In one word, students
described the current program
as disappointing, corporate, bad
and embarrassing,". he said of
the survey during his presenta-
tion. "Before coming to the Uni-
versity, students said the word
they would have used to describe
Michigan football was 'tradi-
tion'."
See FOOTBALL, Page 3A

Former Secretary
of State comes as
elections approach
By SHOHAM GEVA
Daily StaffReporter
ROCHESTER, Mich. - A
week after First Lady Michelle
Obama visited the state in a get-

out-the-vote push for Demo--
crats, Hillary Clinton, former
Secretary of State and former
First Lady, spoke at a Democrat-
ic rally at Oakland University's
athletics center, the, O'Rena,
Thursday evening to deliver a
similar message.
Clinton visited Michigan
to campaign for Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Mark
Schauer and U.S. Rep. Gary

Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.),
who is the Democratic candi-
date for U.S Senate. Schauer is
currently trailing incumbent
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in
the latest polls by 3.5 percent-
age points, within the margin
of error. Peters, running for the
first open Michigan U.S Senate
seat in 20 years, enjoys a slightly
less tight race, leading his oppo-
nent Terri Lynn Land (R) by 9

points. During the upcoming
midterm elections in Michigan,
Democrats need to turn out vot-
ers to win, Clinton said.
"You know, midterm elec-
tions, not as many people come
out to vote," Clinton told the
crowd. "You never can tell
what's going to happen in an
election. You can't take any-
thing for granted. You just have
See CLINTON, Page 3A

GOVERNMENT
Snyder touts
Detroit future
to Law School
In a campaign After more than one year in
office, Snyder said he and the
break, governor administration of then-mayor
Dave Bing were not working well
participates in together, forcing him to take
Detroit Month' further action. In April 2012,
the state and city entered into a
consent agreement, in which a
By BEN ATLAS nine-member financial advisory
Daily StaffReporter board, jointly appointed by the
city and state, would control the
Though less than three weeks city's budget. The agreement also
remain until Election Day, required the city to. reach cer-
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder was tain fiscal benchmarks to receive
not touting his work to revital- resources from the state.
ize Detroit to a mass audience at When the city failed to meet
a campaign rally Thursday, but the terms of the agreement after
to a room full of University Law a year, Snyder said he was forced
School students. to appoint an emergency man-
Snyder's address was part of ager, calling it, "the last thing I
the Law School's 'Detroit Month' wanted to do" and "one of the
an effort to facilitate student toughest decisions needed to be
engagement in the city by host- made in this country within the
ing speakers and other events last few years."
throughout October. The gover- Since appointing an emer-
nor used the speech to highlight gency manager, Snyder has been
the city's progress in its bank- criticized for giving such broad
ruptcy proceedings and to defend control over the city's finances
his aggressive and intervention- and operations to an unelected
ist approach. official.
"If you put it in perspective, we However, Snyder character-
needed to do something. The city ized the controversial decision
had been on the path to decline as an objective process that could
for 40 plus years," Snyder said, only be enacted if certain legal
adding that state officials had and financial criteria were met.
ignored the city for too long. See SNYDER, Page 3A

Roger Fisher, co-associate director of the Undergraduate Program of Intergroup Relations speaks about
overcoming discrimination at the Minority Student Achievement Conference in the Rogel Ballroom Thursday.
Conference looks at racism,
'achievement gap'instate

ADMINISTRATION
Board talks
diversity;
endowment
at meeting
Schlissel notes
progress made in
achieving more
inclusivity on campus
By CLAIRE BRYAN
Daily StaffReporter
FLINT, Mich. - Aside from
athletics, the University's Board
of Regents discussed several
other topics at its monthly meet-
ing Thursday, including ongoing
diversity efforts and the Univer-
sity's annual investmentreport
In his opening remarks, Uni-
versity President Mark Schlissel
reviewed actionsthathave already
beentakentoincrease diversityon
campus.
"The University of Michigan
could not achieve true excellence
without leveraging the experienc-
es and perspectives of the broad-
est possible diversity at all of our
campuses," he said. "This remains
a top priority for me."
Schlissel announced he has
formed a leadership committee to
consider the changes recommend-
ed by the provost's faculty-led
committee on diversity and inclu-
sion. Eirlier this month, the com-
See DIVERSITY, Page 3A

Annual event
creates safe
environment for
discussions
By AMABEL KAROUB
Daily StaffReporter
The Union Ballroom was
hushed as members of the
Minority Student Achievement
Network received their hand-
outs entitled, "Guidelines for
Dialogue." The first guideline:

confidentiality.
The 2014 MSAN Student
Conference brought together
250 high school students from
a host of districts across the
country. The conference was
designed to create a safe atmo-
sphere for students to discuss
issues of racism, as well as the
"achievement gap" that has
come to exist in many subur-
ban high schools.
MSAN Executive Direc-
tor Madeline Hafner said this
gap is particularly prevalent in
suburban areas because tend
to foster the greatest contrasts

in opportunity.from student
to student depending on their
background.
The 15th annual confer-
ence was hosted by Farming-
ton Public Schools, but since
it began in 2000, the event has
been held all over the coun-
try, including Wisconsin, New
Jersey, North Carolina and
Massachusetts. Hafner said
student participation in the
network brings greater student
understandingof subjects such
as social psychology, as well as
strong action plans for combat-
See CONFERENCE, Page 3A

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