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One hundredfive years
, E. May 8, 1996
I Graduates bid 'U' farewell
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
As about 4,000 University students
sat by in caps and gowns, Spelman
College President Johnnetta Cole told
the soon-to-be graduates about
"Making it Matter to Another Soul."
"Your years at the University of
Michigan will have true and lasting
meaning if every now and then you can
truly say that even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived," Cole told
a crowd of 40,000 on Saturday in
The "Sister Prez" as Cole is called
among colleagues, read Ralph Waldo
Emerson's "Success," among other
works and quotations, at the
University's Spring Commencement. "I
thought I connected, and that's what I
really wanted to do," Cole told The
Michigan Daily in an interview.
Cole praised University President
James Duderstadt for his work toward
racial and gender equity at the
University at the president's last com-
mencement. Duderstadt plans to step
down from his office next montth.
Duderstadt opened the ceremonies
by asking the audience, "Are you excit-
ed about graduating from the
University of Michigan? Do you have a
job yet?" and followed with his own
answer: "Well, I don't either."
One recent RC alum, Marian
Fiona Bouch, spoke at the com-
mencement. Bouch's speech high-
lighted the nostalgic experiences of
her time at the University and antici-
pated the future.
"Ou.r assembly today testifies that we
have taken the exams the University has
asked us to take, written the essays the
University has asked us to write, and
obviously done well enough to sit here,"
Bouch said. "Beyond the walls of this
stadium, the real world awaits us."
Some graduates wore symbols and
phrases on their mortarboards, includ-
ing "Hire Me," "Buh Bye," and "LA
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg told the
graduates, "You will find some doors
open to you -just because you went to
Michigan," and urged graduates to
report back on their achievements
throughout their lifetimes.
Recent LSA alum Farris Alamat
said the ceremony was uneventful but
that he enjoyed it. "It was a pretty spir-
ited crowd. We were having fun out
The graduates packed the front rows
of the stands at Michigan Stadium,
while the regents and faculty sat on a
platform set up on the football field.
Because the field is being resodded,
wooden planks and sand covered the
Members of the University Board of
Regents presented honorary degrees to
Cole and five others at the ceremony:
Polish composer Henryk Gobrecki,
civic leader Jesse Hill, Jr., conductor
Mstislav Rostropovich, United Nations
Population Fund Executive Director
Nafis Sadik and mathematician
Medical Center trims
budget, 1,100 jobs to go
A 1996 University graduate raises her hands in joy at the ceremony Saturday. By Marisa Ma
lDaily Staff Reporter
Griese to appear for
The University Medical Center
annuanced plans April 26 to trim 1,100
jobs from a 8,297-person workforce in
the next fiscal year. The layoffs are part
of the hospital's plan to become more
efficient and competitive with other
An additional 1,000 jobs will be cut in
the following two years under a three-
year plan to save a total of $200 million.
Michael Harrison, a spokesperson
for the hospital, said the cuts are due to
the pressures of managed-care compa-
nies, which force hospitals to become
more cost-efficient and competitive.
"We have to bring the cost of (each
patient's) case in line with other institu-
tions," Harrison said.
The cost-per-patient case at the cen-
ter is about $8,600 - which is $2,000
more than the cost-per-case at compara-
ble institutions. Procedures done at
University Hospitals can cost half that
elsewhere, Harrison said.
Harrison attributed the high costs to
extra duties an academic center has in
addition to providing health care.
"The costs incurred by an academic
center are much higher than other insti-
tutions," he said. "We have to fund the
teaching and research missions."
Harrison also said the University
Hospitals often receive the sickest
patients who require expensive treat-
Of the 1,100 employees expected to
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Daily Ness Editor
Michigan quarterback Brian Griese
is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m.
today for a preliminary hearing for the
damage he allegedly caused to the
Scorekeepers bar on April 7.
The hearing, which was delayed two
weeks, will determine whether he will
ve to stand trial for shattering the
main front window of Scorekeepers. He
faces a felony charge of malicious
destruction of property worth more
than $100 to the Ann Arbor bar.
A bouncer who worked at the bar on
the night of the incident said Griese was
The value of the window he alleged-
ly broke is estimated at more than $800.
If convicted, Griese could face up to
four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
suspended Griese from the team indef-
initely on April 9, two days after the
incident took place.
In an official statement released
April 9, Carr said, "You have to realize
an incident such as this one has an
effect on the entire program, not just
In his arraignment the same day,
Griese pled not guilty to the charges
that were presented to him.
Griese, who will be an LSA senior in
the fall, is banned from participating in
spring football practices.
Mitchell leaves basketball team, Trost joins
By Will McCahill
Da.ilv Sporrts Editor
Lose a player, gain a coach.
A little more than a week after sophomore forward Willie
Mitchell decided to leave the Michigan basketball team, the
Wolverines have hired a new assistant coach, Scott Trost.
Mitchell, who was part of Michigan's highly-touted 1994
recruiting class, is leaving the squad in search of greener pas-
tures elsewhere, according to coach Steve Fisher.
"(Mitchell) is looking for a better situation in terms of a
playing opportunity," Fisher said.
Although he said lie had not talked with the rest of the team
individually, Fisher said he held a team meeting before
Mitchell's departure became public April 23.
"Willie was a two-year member of the team," Fisher said.
"We'll miss him."
Mitchell missed seven games last season because of a knee
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