Monday, June 11, 2012
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Monday, June 11, 2012
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Forys finishes second at the NCAA Outdoors
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Public university funding has too many stipulations
As universities across the U.S. feel the increasingly constrictive
demands of the economic hardships plaguing this decade, so too
does the University of Michigan. With the University's pockets
already tightened by a 15 percent cut in higher education funding from
the state government this past year, the Michigan legislature now seeks
to offset some of these costs with a 3 percent increase in funding. This
minimal increase comes with a stringent set of stipulations that Michi-
gan public universities need to abide by in order to receive the funding.
As the 2013 Education Omnibus Appropriation Bill deeply threatens
universities' autonomy in making crucial financial decisions, Republi-
can Gov. Rick Snyder should not sign it into law.
Though I hate to admit it, net- ed clones with suspiciously private
working scares me a little. The Facebook pages toting resumes
conversations are so contrived, and with 10-point font. It's scary how
I get nervous much time - and money - w
trying to sell spend having some "professional'
myself to some- read over our resumes so our firs
one who is most job at Dairy Queen can turn intoa
likely uninter- "managerial role in which I imple-
ested in what mented new sales techniques to
I have to offer. double revenue." Or we scour the
I've walked out Internet to find the best way to
of networking answer the question, "What is you:
events because biggest weakness?" so that we cat
I couldn't stand ADRIENNE turn that scripted weakness into
the thought ROBERTS some inauthentic positive.
of waiting in a
line to impress
someone in 30
seconds of forced speech. And I feel W ant a job?
guilty about it afterward because
it's become an almost necessary
activity to get aajob.retendyou'e
Networking requires some acting
skills, something I - and many oth- pefect.
ers - don't exactlypossess. So to try
to portray the image that I assume
employers want to see - one of an
organized, type-A power worker But that's the thing - we all hav
- is daunting to me because I'm many weaknesses that make us rcal
simply not any of theshove. I don't people. And being aware of those
think most people are, but some do weaknesses should show employers
possess the ability to make it seem that we know what we're capable o
like they're the perfect candidate as employees and as human beings
for any job. Our first jobs in high school or our
New strategies seem to be internship last summer taught us to
revealed each day on how to get be responsible individuals. Trying
a "leg up" in the job market, from to show how we were a huge benefit
having a QR code on your resume to a specific organization is pretty
so it can be viewed online to mak- unlikely and employers are likely to
ing a million (and annoying, for that be a little skeptical.
matter) follow-up calls to ensure There's a fine line between por-
that your application won't get lost traying yourself as a well-rounded
in the shuffle. It feels like insanity individualandbeingtheexactimage
most of the time, but if you don't do of a "perfect" employee. Employers
it, you run the risk of looking like must realize this, because at the
you're uninterested in the job. And end of the day, they probably want
then someone else gets hired, to work with someone who will feel
We all do it. We really have no comfortable to admit their mistakes
choice. The economy has turned us and who can lighten a dreary day
into cut-throat prospective interns, with some humor.
employees and, sadly, humans. In I got extremely lucky this sum-
the spring, U.S. Senators had the mer. I have an internship that I love
U.S. Department of Justice and the with employees that prohably hire
U.S. Equal Employment Oppor- me over candidates who had more
tunity Commission investigate connections with better-edited
whether employers asking for an resumes.
interviewee's Facebook password But that's precisely the problen
is illegal. Prospective employees - I got lucky. So the millennial gen-
can say "no," but then again, many eration has two choices: We eithei
people would rather give the pass- conform to the heavily edited ver-
word over if it meant that they were sions of our working selves that are
more cooperative than the prior almost a requirement now, or we
candidate. It's just another example take our chances and try to sell our-
of the extreme lengths that people selves- our flaws included - and
are now willing to go to get hired in hope for the best.
The millennial generation has Adrienne Roberts can be reachec
morphed into an army of well-suit- at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
With 400 meters to go, fifth-
year senior Craig Forys was sitting
in fourth place in the men's 3,000-
meter steeplechase at the NCAA
Outdoor Championships in Des
Moines, Iowa on Saturday, look-
ing to pass Ohio State's Cory Leslie
down the homestretch for third
place. Princeton's Donn Cabral and
Texas A&M's Henry Lelei were
strides ahead of the chase pack, so
they had to fight it out for third.
But Lelei tripped over the final
barrier and Forys out-kicked Leslie
to claim second place in his final
race in a Michigan jersey.
Cabral won the national title in a
time of 8:35.44 with Forys just five
secondsbehind, finishingin 8:40.66.
"It felt awesome crossing the
line," Forys said. "I was a little bit
down and out with a few laps to go
so I felt really lucky to pass a few
there and finish behind Donn."
The race began slower than
usual, with a tight pack running a
"The first time anything really
of value happened was with 1,000
meters to go," Forys said. "Donn
Cabral went to the front of the pack
and set the pace. He and Henry
Lelei basically separated right away
from a few of us. I was stuck behind
with a couple of guys doing a chase
Not keeping pace with Cabral
proved a smart move for Forys, as
he ended up having enough left to
out-kick the other runners in the
In addition to winning the 3,000-
meter steeplechase in the Big Ten
Outdoor Championships, Forys
ends his career as a first-team All-
American runner - his second All-
"(My career) was pretty wild
looking back," Forys said. "There
was a while there where it didn't
look like I would do anything with
my career at Michigan. It's great to
turn it around in the past couple of
years and graduate with a few acco-
lades to my name.
"It was a roller coaster ride. Lots
of ups and downs and you never
know what's going to come around
the next corner. There's nothing
else to do but show up to practice."
ARATSU, 4x400 OUT EARLY:
In track, every second counts. And
in the case of sophomore Ali Aratsu,
five hundreths of a second counts,
Aratsu was beaten by Ohio State's
Antonio Blanks in Wednesday's
semifinals of the 400-meter hur-
dles. Blanks edged Aratsu by 0.05
seconds to clinch the last spot in
the finals, but Aratsu's performance
earned him second-team All-Amer-
The Wolverines' 4x400-meter
relay also competed in Des Moines,
placing 19th in a time of 3:07.03.
Nick Neuman, Aaron Taylor, Mat-
thew Campbell and Philip Wash-
ington each earned All-American
Honorable Mention for their perfor-
M' competitors garner All-American honors
The 2013 Education Omnibus
Appropriation Bill calls for a 3 per-
cent increase in higher education
spending, as long as strict stipula-
tions are adhered to. Higher edu-
cation spending dropped by more
than 19 percent between 2007 and
2012 and hasn't seen an increase
in funding in over four years. The
conditions to receive this money
include limiting tuition increas-
es to 4 percent or less, as well
as intruding upon the universi-
ties' social policies like requiring
extra reports detailing stem-cell
research. Under this bill, institu-
tions aren't allowed to have a rela-
tionship with nonprofit "worker
centers" that protest working con-
ditions in Michigan businesses,
The bill's meager allocation of
additional funding to higher edu-
cation shouldn't demand further
compromises by any universities.
A 3 percent increase does little
to stop the bleeding created by
the past few years of budget cuts.
Institutions, especially our own,
have been forced to raise tuition
by as much as 7.1 percent in this
past year. The requirements
of this bill simply aren't worth
adhering to when only a small
slice of the 3 percent increase is
all that a university receives.
Higher education funding
shouldn't come with constraints
pertaining to social issues in the
first place. Whether or not the
state government agrees with a
university's politics, university
funding must be non-partisan, as
Michigan universities have con-
stitutionally guaranteed autono-
my in making financial decisions.
University leaders have the right
to run their institution in the way
they believe best serves their stu-
dents without politicians in Lan-
sing breathing down their necks.
The stipulation that univer-
sities must limit their tuition
increase to 4 percent or less is
unreasonable. The University
will only receive a 1.6 percent
increase in their funding through
this bill. The gap between cuts
and increases in higher education
funding is still insufficiently met,
even with the 7.1 percent tuition
hike from last year and a 4 per-
cent increase this year, should the
University decide to comply.
The Michigan Legislature only
succeeds in tying the hands of
University leaders with this bill.
Snyder has always claimed to
supportthe state ofaMichigan's
university system and higher
education. It's time for him to put
the money where his mouth is.
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
Despite not having a competitor
place in any event, the three com-
petitors for Michigan women's
track and field team brought home
Jillian Smith, Kiley Tobel
and Emily Pendleton all earned
second-team All-American hon-
ors for their performances at the
NCAA Outdoor Championships in
Des Moines, Iowa.
Smith, who made her first
appearance in the NCAA Outdoor
Championships, finished 13th in
the 1,500-meter race on Thursday.
She was edged by Notre Dame's
Rebecca Tracy for the final quali-
fying spot in the finals by 0.1 sec-
onds, finishing in 4:13.59.
"I just didn't catch her in the
end," Smith said. "We were all
trying to get (out) as fast as we
could and I could've gone a little
bit faster earlier (in the race). (But
my time) was definitely one of
the fastest non-qualifying times,
which is something to be proud of
The race got out quickly from
the start, forcing Smith to settle
in the middle of the pack and play
catch-up for most of the race.
"It was a very honest race the
whole time," she said. "It was very,
very physical in the very begin-
ning ... there were definitely a lot
of elbows thrown. I tried my best,
but somehow I just caught the
back, so I was definitely working
the whole time to get back up."
After struggling with stom-
ach issues at the beginning of the
season, Smith said she was "sur-
prised" with how her body recov-
ered and how her year played out.
"It was the first time I made it
to outdoor NCAAs," she said. "It
was really exciting for me to even
get to this point.
"I definitely think that (I can)
just take that race in stride and
think about next time I'm racing.
I was pretty far in the back for a
while, so I definitely think I'm
going to work on technically when
to move. And races of that caliber,
you learn how to approach them."
Smith was the only Wolverine
running in an event, as Michigan
had two competitors in the field
Tobel and Pendleton wrapped
up their seasons on the first day
of competition, competing in the
pole vault and discus, respective-
ly- Tobel placed 10th in the pole
vault, recordinga height of 13-7.25
feet, just one foot under the win-
ner from Stanford, who set thew
NCAA meet record.
She failed, though, to clear
the bar at 13-9.25 feet in all three
The redshirt sophomore, who
set the Michigan program record
earlier in the season, earned sec-
ond-team All-American accolades
for her performance on Wednes-
And in her final outing as a Wol-
verine, fifth-year senior thrower
Emily Pendleton finished 12th in
the discus with a throw of 173-2
feet. She, too, garnered 'second-
team All-American honors for her
performance in Des Moines.
Since so few Michigan athletes
competed in the meet, Smith said
the athletes bonded at the event.
"I've never notbeenwith anoth-
er running teammate so it was
cool to see how (Tobel and Pend-
leton) approach getting ready for
the National Championships, and
seeing each other and supporting
each other," Smith said. "It was
nice to see everybody compete. I
think we each helped each other
manage the stress a little bit."
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