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From Page 1A
in Sandusky, Ohio. Clark alleg-
edly punched his girlfriend in the
face, and she fell into and broke a
hotel lamp. The victim said Clark
pinned her to the bed, according
to the Register's report.
The victim's brother was alleg-
edly in the vicinity of the incident
and told police he saw Clark grab
her by the neck and slam her to
the ground.
A person staying in a neigh-
boring hotel room called hotel
employees to inform them of
the incident, describing it as
"sound(ing) like a head was being
bounced off the wall."
The police were called at about
10:30 p.m. to respond to an inci-
dent involving a woman passed
out inside a hotel room. According
to the report, Clark had left the
hotel room and was approached
by an officer when he arrived at
the scene.
From Page 1A
ference had been underway for
many months.
English Prof. Anne Curzan,
the University's faculty athlet-
ics representative to the National
Collegiate Athletic Association
and Big Ten conference, played a
major part in bringing such a con-
ference to the University. Curzan
also works as one of the leaders of
LSA's Theme Semester "Sport and
the University."
Her role as facultyliaison to the
University Athletic Department
was a major topic of conversation
at last Monday's SACUA meeting,
in which Schlissel stated that the
department "often tries to keep
her at arm's length." In his inter-
view with the Daily, Schlissel said
his comments were an overstate-
ment and clarified that Curzan
has full access to student-athletes.
Curzan approached Compara-
tive Literature Prof. Yago Colas
last year to discuss the pos-
sible production of a conference
to assess the values of sport to
national universities.
Based on his experience study-
* ing and writing about the culture
of sports, Colas was a logical can-
didate to organize the conference.
He has traditionally taught a sem-
inar-style class at the University
each winter titled The Cultures
of Basketball, which is popular
among athletes and non-athletes
Colas said he supported Schlis-
sel's statements regarding Uni-
versity athletics, adding that he
feels the negative reactions to the
statement detracted from Schlis-
sel's larger goal of improving the
department's connection to the
"I appreciate that he is thinking
critically about sports at Michi-
gan and seems to have a will to
try to make sure that we have our
sports programs serve the educa-
tional mission of the University -
I share that goal with him," Colas
said. "I think - probably out of
inexperience, perhaps, or a lack of
familiarity with the culture here
- he kind of painted too broad a
brush, and was overly general.
"Unfortunately I think that
has created a kind of backlash of

criticism which has caused the
impulse behind his remarks to be
overlooked," he added.
Colas said he envisioned the
conference as an interdisciplin-
ary discussion. For that reason,
he saw it as only logical to ask two
professors from two very differ-
ent disciplines to help co-host the
event with him.
"What is particularly of inter-
est to me was to bring together
humanists and social scientists,"
said Comparative Literature Prof.
Silke-Maria Weineck, a confer-
ence co-organizer. "So just the
fact that this is co-sponsored by

Clark allegedly told the offi-
cer, "I didn't do s--- to her. I
didn't touch that woman. She is a
He added, "I don't know what
they do, what they go through,
I don't know what she's going
through. I know she is going
through some crazy fits, and she
may be pregnant."
According tothe Register, Clark
had a bloody nose and remained
silent throughout followup ques-
tions. The victim did not want to
pursue charges against Clark.
Prior to the Register's report,
Michigan football coach Brady
Hoke released the following
statement: "We are aware of the
report involving Frank Clark. I
have not spoken with Frank but
will at the appropriate time. We
will respect the legal process and
make any decisions once we have
the facts."
The Athletic Department did
not immediately respond to a
request for further comment.
the College of Literature, Science
and the Arts and the School of
Kinesiology, I think is a huge suc-
cess right in itself."
Throughout the conference,
there were no direct suggestions
that intercollegiate sports should
be eliminated, but within each
panel, concerns were raised as to
whether sports are being incor-
porated in the most efficient way.
However, the conference was not
designed to think of solutions, but
rather to foster thoughtful dis-
A Saturday panel focusing on
education featured Colas along
with former Michigan basketball
player Jimmy King, a member of
the "Fab Five," and Psychology
Prof. Robert Sellers. A question
and answer segment followed the
While Colas discussed his
experience teaching about the
topic of sports, King reflected on
his time at the University as a stu-
Colas noted that at the begin-
ning of his course it is impossible
to ignore the divide between ath-
letes and non-athletes.
"The students who are not
basketball players, including
many who are athletes in other
sports, appear starstruk to vary-
ing degrees," Colas said. "Unlike
those athletes from other sports,
the basketball players seem shy
and almost suspicious, or at least
cautious... Perhapsatheyare aware
of their status in the eyes of other
students; aware, I mean, that they
are, on our campus anyway, pub-
lic figures who must weigh their
words and actions carefully."
"Perhaps they have internal-
ized, or at least sensitized, to the
common public view that they
are somehow not 'real' students,"
Colas added. "All in all, that first
day feels tense to me, fraught with
division and a kind of defensive
mutual wariness, that strikes me
as emblematic, if not symptom-
atic of the strain that our model
of intercollegiate athletics, and
the social values it expresses, can
place on education."
As the course progressed,
Colas said he was thrilled with
the apparent decline in divisions
between students based on their
status at the University.

King is no stranger to this dis-
connect that Colas described.
Reflecting on his time on campus,
he believes that it is the Univer-
sity's responsibility to break away
from the barriers that have been
passed down for generations.
"There is no one person in the
classroom that is superior to the
other when it comes to recogni-
tion of being a basketball player
or football player or any kind of
athlete," King said. "When we
recognize that, and we acknowl-
edge that, and we truly operate
from that mindset, we will be
better off as a community as a

From Page 1A
inspired to create the event after
Roda attended an event in New
York hosted by DataKind, a New
York-based nonprofit that has
inspired similar events at col-
leges across the country.
"We've really shifted the focus
a lot towards education and stu-
dents teaching one another and
sharing data manipulation skills,
instead of focusing mostly on
what DataKind does, which is
bringing data analysis service
to organizations that need it,"
Cohen said. "We do that too, but
we're focused on education."
At the event, participantswere
separated into four rooms, each

of which corresponded to one
of the participating nonprofits.
Maintaining a focus on educa-
tion, one room was also specifi-
cally designated for participants
with little to no experience with
formatting data. They were guid-
ed by more experienced partici-
Information graduate student
Hannah Brookhart, who partici-
pated in the education session,
said she appreciated the career
experience the event provided.
"I'm really interested in
archiving data," she said. "I'm
at the School of Information to
become an archivist so I thought
that this would be agreat place to
learn how to manipulate data and
also analyze it. It was really great
actually; I did things that I didn't

think that I could do."
Students with previous pro-
gramming experience also said
they felt they gained experience
from the event. Information
graduate student Madeleine Fil-
loux, who worked with 826mich-
igan during the event, said she
saw A2 Data Dive as a good
opportunity to work with real
data from organizations.
"In class we do projects, but
it's a whole other thing to deal
with data that companies have
actually been collecting because
it might be less well formatted or
more messy," she said. "It's kind
of the real side of data that you
don't always see in class."
Meanwhile, representatives
from the nonprofits involved in
the event said they appreciated

that they were able to help stu-
dents gain experience while also
having their data analyzed.
This was Ozone House's sec-
ond year at A2 Data Dive, and
Allie Schachter, the organiza-
tion's grants and evaluation
director, said they will partici-
pate again.
"[Data Dive] helps us sort of be
able to better show our impact
by building these visualizations
for us that we don't have the
familiarity with, the software
in-house to do," Schachter said.
"It's great data, which we love
to share with the community to
show, you know, representing
issues of young people we see in
the community and who's calling
us, and the ongoing needs of the

From Page 1A
my time as mayor was length-
ened by the recession," Hieftje
said. "I wanted to make sure the
city got through the recession,
and I also wanted to be there to
make sure our new city admin-
istrator Steve Powers got off to a
good solid start."
Hieftje said though he ran for
mayor with significant environ-
mental goals, he was met with

unexpected realities during
his time serving as mayor. And
although his hopes for the city's
future are high, he cautions
councilmembers and Taylor to
make adequate preparations for
the worst.
"I learned that you've got to
follow through with the environ-
mental stuff, and I have and the
city has, but you also need to be
prepared for hard times econom-
ically, and I think that was the
lesson of the 2000s," Hieftje said.
"The city has to remain prepared

for hard times economically."
Early in his time as mayor,
Hieftje focused on reducing the
size of the city's bureaucracy -
a decision he said he has been
grateful for in recent years. Hief-
tje said following the recession,
Ann Arbor lost its largest single
taxpayer when the University
took over what was once the Pfiz-
er property near North Campus.
He added that with the rising
costs of health care, looking for
ways to save money and have a
balanced budget is key for the

success of the city
Hieftje said he will be seek-
ing environmental projects in
the coming year, doing consult-
ing work and teaching a course
on local governments at the Ford
School of Public Policy.
"Students who are interested
in getting into politics at any level
should recognize the fact that alot
of people who are in politics got
their start in local government,"
Hieftje said. "I believe people can
influence the government much
more atthe local level."

From Page 1A
ating, he was commissioned as a
second lieutenant in the Marine
Corps, where he flew more than
100 combat missions in Southeast
Asia during the Vietnam War.
Bolden returned to the United
States and earned his master's
degree in systems management
from the University of Southern
California in 1977.
He joined NASA in 1980 where
his many roles have included
technical assistant to the direc-
tor of Flight Crew Operations,
lead astronaut for vehicle test
and checkout, chief of the Safety
Division at Johnson Space Center
and assistant deputy administra-
In 1994, Bolden returned t
active duty with the Marine
Corps. He served as deputy
commandant of midshipmen at
the Naval Academy and then as
deputy commander of the United
States Forces Japan, among other
leadership positions.
In their communication to the
regents recommending Bolden,
the Committee on Honorary
Degrees highlighted his passion
for ameliorating disparities in
education, heath, employment
and income.
In 2003, Bolden filed amicus
curiae briefs supporting the Uni-
versity's affirmative action policy
during the contentious lawsuits
Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v.
Bolden worked with Univer-
sity President Emeritus James
Duderstadt and the late MIT
President Emeritus Chuck Vest
on diversity initiatives through-
out the 1980s and 1990s. Bolden
also helped in engaging Univer-
sity engineering and science ini-
tiatives to attract more minority
studentsto careersinthese fields.
"You have been an exemplar of

leadership and courage through-
out your illustrious career as a
public servant," the committee
wrote. "You also are admired and
respected for your unwavering
support of diversity, social justice
and programs that encourage
students to study science, tech-
nology, engineering and math-
At the Winter Commence-
ment, Bolden and three others
will receive honorary degrees
from the University. Bolden will
earn a Doctor of Science honor-
ary degree, joined by atmospher-
ic scientist Ralph J. Cicerone and
geneticist Hamilton O. Smith.
Susanne Baer, a judge in Germa-
ny's highest court, will earn the
Doctor of Laws honorary degree.
Susanne Baer
The recipient of the Doctor of
Laws honorary degree is a judge
in the gderk Constitutional
Court of Germany and a pro-
fessor of public law and gender
studies at Humboldt University
of Berlin. Baer earned her Master
of Laws degree at the University.
At Humboldt, Baer directs the
Law and Society Institute Berlin
and co-founded its Center for
Transdisciplinary Gender Stud-
ies. She served as the law facul-
ty's dean of academic affairs and
vice president for academic and
international affairs. She also co-
directs the Law in Context proj-
ect at the Institute for Advanced
Study in Berlin.
Baer works to advance femi-
nist legal theory through her
teaching and writing. Publish-
ing in both English and German,
she proposed allowing women's
groups to file suit against por-
nography that depicts degrad-
ing subordination of women and
The Federal Constitutional
Court hears all cases brought
to it by individuals who believe
their rights have been violated

under the German Constitution.
The German Parliament elected
Judge Baer to a 12-year term in
2011. She is one of five women on
the 16-member court and the first
openly gay member.
She has created opportunities
for University of Michigan Law
School graduates to clerk at the
Federal Constitutional Court of
Ralph J. Cicerone
The Committee on Honorary
Degrees will award a Doctor of
Science to Cicerone, president
of the National Academy of Sci-
ences and one of the world's fore-
most atmospheric scientists.
Cicerone often testifies before
Congress and advises the White
House on issues such as green-
house gases and ozone depletion.
He served, as a researcher
in ck etc eyineering at the
University fron1970 to 1978. In
2007, the University established
the Ralph J. Cicerone Distin-
guished UniversityProfessorship
of Atmospheric Science in his
He spent much of his career
at the University of California,
Irvine. There, he founded the
Department of Earth System Sci-
ence and served as dean of UC
Irvine's School of Physical Sci-
ences from 1994 to 1998 and as
chancellor from 1998 to 2005.
In 2001, Cicerone led a climate
study at the National Academy of
Sciences confirming the role of
human activities in global warm-
ing. He was elected NAS presi-
dent and chair of the National
Research Council in 2005.
Cicerone is a trustee of the
Carnegie Corporation of New
York and was president of the
American Geophysical Union.

Hamilton O. Smith
Smith, a Nobel laureate, will be
the third recipient of the Univer-
sity's Doctor of Science award.
Smith and his colleagues
received the Nobel Prize in
1978 for discovering restriction
enzymes and their application to
problems of molecular genetics.
Currently, he researches genom-
ics at the J. Craig Venter Institute
and is an adjunct professor at
the University of California, San
Diego School of Medicine.
Smith was born in New York
City, received a bachelor's degree
in mathematics from the Uni-
versity of California, Berkeley
and an M.D. from Johns Hop-
kins University. He served two
years in the Navy and completed
his medical residency at Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit. In
1962, Smith began research as a
postdoctoral fellow at the Uni-
versity's Department ,f Human
Apart from his Nobel-winning
research, Smith has made many
important discoveries in the field
of genetics. He found one of the
first types of restriction enzymes,
worked on gene arrangement
and sequence and was part of
the team that sequenced the first
genome of a self-replicating, free-
living organism - the Haemoph-
ilus influenzae bacterium.
In 2002, Smith became the
Venter Institute's scientific
director of synthetic biology and
bioenergy. In 2010, the institute
created the first bacterial cell
running entirely from a chemi-
cally synthesized genome.
Smith was inducted into
University's Medical Center
Alumni Society Hall of Honor
in 2006.

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