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Fitzgerald e-mailed an acceptance letter from
the University. Yong soon posted a
ourages showing screenshot of the admissions let-
ter from his iPhone on his Tumbr
tent to enroll at account.
He also tweeted his accom-
in creative ways plishment to Broadway and Uni-
versity alum Darren Criss, then
By STEVE ZOSKI leaving a message for fans of the
Daily News Editor YouTube video:
"I GOT IN YOU GUYS! Thank
h school students applying you SO much for all of your sup-
ege often fall in love with port, there's no way this could
ream school. But until they have happened without you all!"
e an acceptance letter, they Yong wrote.
know if the school loves In a recent interview, Yong said
back. he wanted to make the video so
University is quite the hot- the University could hopefully get
eceiving 39,584 applications to know him and his desire to go to
0 - and many applicants are Michigan better.
eartbroken when they are "I knew that, traditionally,
ted by admissions. people would write letters to the
en Lawrence Yong, a gradu- admissions office, but I thought
Granada Hills Charter High since I had already written an
4 in Los Angeles, was wait- essay for the application it wasn't
in April, he refused to wait enough to really show who I was,
ntil he heard what his fate so I thought it would be better if
be. A vocalist in an a cap- I made a video, so the admissions
group, he decided to send office would be able to see my face
missions office a romantic and kind of see what my gifts are,"
e when he put a video online Yongsaid.
self singing a song he wrote Yong said it felt right to set his
"Michigan, give me one song lyrics to "I Want You Back."
chance!" to the tune of the "During the time when I was
tn hit "I Want You Back" by coming up with the concept of
ckson 5. making the video it just hap-
aring a taped-on, paper pened to be stuck in my head, and
M over.his shirt and tie and then I thought it was appropri-
his younger brother operat- ate because I was kind of asking
e camera, Yong said he only UMich to accept me to the school,"
led two takes before he Yong said.
led the video to YouTube Additionally, he'd been accept-
ril 22. Originally an unlisted ed to another school as a backup,
which made it unsearch- but was set on the University, he
it now has 225 comments said.
with 51,547 views, 751 likes Yong also noted that the rapid
sly 27 dislikes. success of the video was unex-
June 6 at 7:34 a.m., Yong was pected.
"I was actually very surprised.
The first week that I uploaded it, it
was unlisted and that means that
you ... search it in YouTube (and)
you can't find it because it's not
there," Yong said.
Yong said part of the reason he
was surprised at his video's popu-
larity is because he didn't exten-
sively promote the video.
"It was really crazy because
not that much advertising hap-
pened on my part. I posted it on
my blog, but I only have a couple of
friends that follow me," Yong said.
"My dad shared it with a couple of
church friends, but that's about all
the advertising that happened on
While there are now many sup-
portive and positive comments,
Yong said the first few comments
"It was actually kind of scary
because the first two comments
that I got were very discourag-
ing," Yong said. "All of a sudden
this influx of really positive com-
ments came in, and then I got this
one comment saying, 'By the way
your video is flying around Uni-
versity staff,' and Ikind of thought,
'Whoa, that's crazy."'
In an interview with The
Michigan Daily, University alum
Craig Gruenberg, choir director
at Granada Hills Charter High
School, said Yong was a partici-
pant in choir and the a cappella
group Smooth White Chocolate.
Gruenberg, who participated in
the Friars a cappella group at the
University when he was a student
in the 1960s, said Smooth White
Chocolate was inspired by the Fri-
"The University of Michigan is
a school that kids talk to me a lot
Gruenberg said Yong had a
strong desire to go to Michigan
and added that he posted the video
on Facebook to support Yong.
"When he found out that he
said. "Though we have only been
here for two years, panhandlinghas
had a bigger impact on other busi-
Engineering sophomore Chelsea
Pugh said she wouldn't give money
to a panhandler on campus because
it is inconvenient to have to take out
money from her purse when she's
rushing to class.
"I would donate money to
charities and social welfare orga-
nizations instead," Pugh said. "(Stu-
dents) are definitely being more
intentional when (they) donate to a
was on the waitlist he (made
the video)," Gruenberg said. "I
responded to the video and said,
'Hey Michigan, get this guy into
the college therebecause he's a
Gruenberg said he saw a lot of
other people from their commu-
nity support Yong's video online.
"Everyone was cheering (Yong)
on," he said.
Gruenberg also said he thinks
the University is a perfect fit
for Yong and added that Yong
deserves to receive some credit for
"He used social media in a very
creative way to help make it hap-
In an e-mail to the Daily, Uni-
versity spokesman Rick Fitzgerald
said the University has a holistic
approach to admissions and that
creative expressions like Yong's
"U-M offers admission to stu-
dents based on academic excel-
lence, their potential to succeed at
U-M and their abilityto contribute
to the university community dur-
ing their time here," Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald said before Yong
even made the video, he was obvi-
ously of an appropriate academic
caliber to make the waitlist.
"With this particular student,
it's worth noting, of course, that he
met U-M admission requirements
or he would not have been offered
a spot on the waitlist," Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald explained that while
reaching out to admissions in ways
like Yong did doesn't necessarily
factor into an admissions decision,
it is still encouraged.
"We always welcome expres-
sions of intent to enroll - by
video or other means - but these
expressions are not something
that would determine whether
someone was offered admission,"
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Three 'M' football
By COLLEEN THOMAS tions with the family members
Daily Sports Editor who had retired jerseys, several
of whom were never recognized
Just nine months after Des- or celebrated in the appropri-
mond Howard was recognized as ate manner," Brandon said in a
a legend during the 2011 season, release by the athletic depart-
three more former Wolverine all- ment. "The Ford, Kramer and
time greats will join Howard for Oosterbaan families want to see
the honorable distinction. their family member honored in
Former ends Bennie Ooster- this way. We have yet to have any
baan and Ron Kramer, and for- discussions with the Wistert or
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commemorated as "Michigan is about tradition and legacy and
Football Legends." this is a unique way to recognize
Michigan athletic director these great Wolverines."
Dave Brandon announced on Michigan head coach Brady
Tuesday that the three former Hoke added: "This is an out-
players - whose numbers were standing way to recognize our
originally retired - will be hon- former greats. It speaks to the
ored during. the 2012 season. tradition and success of our pro-
Oosterbaan, Ford and Kramers' gram, and it honors those who
numbers will be reinstated, and led the way in the past."
patches with their names will be Tentative dates to commemo-
placed on the No. 47, No. 48 and rate the three former Wolverines
No. 87 jerseys, respectively. have been set, and are as follows:
In addition, a special desig-
nated area within Schembechler -Bennie Oosterbaan: Sept. 8
Hall will be arranged to com- vs. Air Force
memorate Oosterbaan, Ford and -Ron Kramer: Sept. 15 vs. Mas-
Kramer as well as the custom- sachusetts
ized lockers for No. 47, No. 48 -Gerald Ford: Oct. 13 vs. Illi-
and No. 87 that will be rede- nois
signed in Schembechler Hall and
Michigan Stadium. The football staff has yet to
"The success and acceptance determine who will wear the
of the Desmond Howard 'Leg- new "Michigan Football Leg-
end' recognition led to conversa- ends" jerseys.
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more pleasant place for all.
"We heard the panhandlers were
in it for money," Briere said. "They
weren't in it to raise money to pay
rent or for food. They weren't in it
because they had no other options.
They saw it as a job."
Briere said she thinks panhan-
dlers wouldn't target the Ann Arbor
area if citizens and students weren't
"If you are not willing to say no
to a panhandler, then they would
still be in Ann Arbor and on cam-
pus," Briere said. "We've heard
from one panhandler that he would
ask for a quarter and receive 20
dollars from someone on their way
to a bar."
Eric Schreffler - lead sales asso-
ciate for MYTHOLOGIC Corpora-
tion, a computer sales and support
store located on Main Street - said
he will definitely support the may-
or's campaign because panhandlers
outside the building might detract
from local businesses.
"It's a very nice idea," Schreffler
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of Fame in 1992. lege Football Hall of Fame in 1988
Late Thursday night, the Michi- Chappuis still currently holds and the Michigan Hall of Honor in
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