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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, August 7, 2006
'U, team wins Collegiate Bridge Championship

Each team member'
earns a $500 scholarship
by edging out Princeton
in a 12-hour final
By Aditya Jain
For the Daily
After competing in three of the last four
championships, the Collegiate Bridge title
finally came into the hands of the Michi-
gan Bridge Team.
The final match between Michigan
and Princeton lasted a grueling 12 hours

before Michigan was crowned champion
by a final score of 70 to 63 International
Match Points, a method of scoring tour-
naments.
Founding team member and University
alum Ilya Podolyako said the competition
required extreme concentration.
"Going into thefinal,I concentratedon
one hand at a time rather than the big pic-
ture," he said. "You had to concentrate for
every minute of every hour because each
hand could cost you the whole game"
During the final, the team had only one
and a half hours of break time.
Bridge is a team card game, similar to
Hearts or Euchre, in which partners sit
opposite one another.

The game is divided into a bidding
period and game play, during which play-
ers try to accumulate the most tricks in
each round by laying cards with higher
numerical value than their opponents.
The championship began in February
with 30 teams.
Eight teams went on to battle in
the finals, which were held in Chi-
cago last month.
In the semi-finals, Michigan defeated
UCLA - the favorite and last year's
champion - by one point.
University alums Podolyako and Jer-
emy Vosko founded the team in 2002.
The Bridge Club is comprised of 20to
25 active members, of which four mem-
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Continued from Page 1
the University's fundraising efforts, said
naming the buildings after donors is
relatively new to the University when
compared to private institutions such as
Harvard or Dartmouth. This has only
become common at the University in the
last 25 to035 years, he said.
May said he thinks naming a pub-
lic university after donors is "extremely
appropriate"
May said that if the University were
entirely state supported,naming buildings
for donors would be less appropriate. But
because the state supplies only about 25
percent of the general fund, the University
must depend on donors for support. May
said it is necessary for the University to
privatize some things, such as fund-rais-
ing to compete with other institutions.
Ifnot,May said,"We could risk becom-
ing a mediocre University"
May defended Wyly, saying he is inno-
cent until proven guilty.
"Sam Wyly is a highly reputable and
successful business person," May said.
"He has done a lot for a lot of organiza-
tions and people"
Business school spokesman Bernie
DeGroat shared May's sentiments. He
said the investigation is unlikely to impact
Wyly's relationship with the school.
May said the University maintains a
very close relationship with the select
group of alumni capable of making large
donations. Because of this, May said, the
University is able to judge the donors'
character before accepting a gift.
The current investigation of the Wyly
family is not the first instance in which a
University donor's financial proceedings
have been called into question.
In 2001, University alum Alfred Taub-
man was convicted of price-fixing and
sentenced to one year in a Minnesota fed-
eral prison and fined $7.5 million.
In total, Taubman has donated $35.6
million to the University. The Taubman
School of Architecture in addition to the
Taubman Medical Library and the Taub-
man Center of University Hospitals all
still bare his name.
"Generally a building is named after
a donor if the donation is a large fraction
of the construction cost, often 50 percent
or more," said Douglas Kelbaugh, dean
of the Taubman College of Architec-
ture and Urban Planning in an e-mail.
"Naming a school typically requires
a larger gift, one thought to be big
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hers are assigned to the team.
This year, the team was Vosko,
Podolyako, LSA senior Kevin Fay and
University alum Jonathan Zimbler.
"This year, we were a top-notch team
and one of the best Michigan has ever
had," Podolyako said.
The team prepared for the finals by
practicing nearly three hours every day
for two months.
Podolyako said the competition
was especially meaningful for him
because this was his last year at the
University. He plans to attend law
school this fall.
"Michigan had an incredible
motivation to win and this could be

seen in the team spirit during the
competition," he said.
As part of the title, each team member
received a $500 scholarship.
But Podolyako said he felt the scholar-
ship was not the true reward.
"When the odds are stacked up
against you, it is incredibly reward-
ing to succeed in the end," he said.
"Ultimately, the final was by far the
hardest intellectual exercise that I
have ever undertaken."
Podolyako said the title will ben-
efit the future of Michigan Bridge.
"It will help us get our name out to
people who want to play but may not
be aware that we exist," he said.

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