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Home abroad

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JACOB AXELRAD
EDITOR IN CHIEF

GIACOMO BOLOGNA
MANAGING EDITOR

ADRIENNE ROBERTS
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR

Unsigned editorials reflect the official position of the Daily's editorialboard..
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No more deportation
President Obama's mandate helps undocumented students
The U.S. was founded with the firm conviction that it would be an
accepting place for people everywhere. This idea has been thor-
oughly tested throughout our country's history. President Barack
Obama, who has done little to help illegal immigrants and U.S. residents
gain citizenship, announced that the federal government can't initi-
ate the deportation of illegal immigrants in some cases. Obama's immi-
gration mandate is a step in the right direction toward granting young,
undocumented immigrants living in the United States residency status
and, eventually, citizenship.

A bright smile, a nod hello or
even a simple look of recognition in
someone's eyes can make any place
feel like home.
Weeks into
abroad experi-
ence, I've come
to accept Rome
as another
place I call
home - if only
for six weeks. CAITLIN
I have the
unique experi- MORATH
ence of living
in one hotel
for the duration of my trip. This
has fostered a warm relationship
with the people who work at the
reception desk, along with many
angry hotel guests. I'm guessing
the hotel doesn't advertize that
patrons are paying 135 euros a
night to sleep in the equivalent of
a Markley dorm room.
But honestly, complaining
neighbors remind me of home too.
All of these aspects combine to
make the hotel feel like a place we
can call our own: It's our noise, our
mess and our terrace (much to the
chagrin of the other guests). Plus,
the staff is made up of our friends.
OK, so "friends" may be push-
ing it. Sometimes I'm not sure
if the staff really likes us or just
doesn't know how toshandle our
outgoing - and sometimes out-
rageous - group. Their patience
is often tested by our late night
exits, early-morning returns and
spirited conversations that take
place on the terrace. But I'd like
to believe deep down, they really
enjoy us. Love or hate, we've come
to a relationship reminiscent of
siblings. We tease, we bicker and
then we gather in the common
room to watch World Cup soccer.
It's not just the hotel that's
begun to feel like home - it's also
the neighborhood we live in. We
have class from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
with a coffee break at 10. So of
course, being the sleep deprived,
coffee addicted student I am, I
run around the corner and get a
cappuccino every day. I swear the
shop owner has begun to recog-
nize me (though a mob of 20-some-
things wearing gym shorts and
t-shirts isn't very hard to pick out
of thetcrowd). Whatever the case,
I like to pretend this cute old man
in his brightly colored jacket and
vests recognizes me specifically,
and I practice all the Italian I've
learned on him. Thus far, I'm up

to "heljo, I'd like a croissant and
cappuccino, thank you, goodbye,"
which I think is pretty good for
only having a few hours of Italian
under my belt.
Luckily, I've found some local
haunts that feature English-speak-
ing workers - namely the local
Irish pub. (Yes, I accept the shame
that comes with having your most
frequently visited restaurant in
Rome turn out to be Irish). Nev-
ertheless, the place has good food,
free Internet and interesting serv-
ers, so it maintains its position
at the top of my study spots list.
It's the peoplemthat make me feel
so welcome and comfortable -
though the Ranch dressing doesn't
hurt things.
Any place can
become home
with some effort
Again, "welcome" might have
been an overstatement. The
last time I walked in for Sunday
brunch, I was greeted by my favor-
ite waiter with a hardy "No! Get
the Hell out, I'm too hung-over
for this." Needless to say, ser-
vice in Rome has proven not to
be as chipper or accommodating
as the service I'm used to back in
America. But the service I receive
here, occasionally abrasive, often
friendly, seems more genuine than
the forced hospitality in U.S. estab-
lishments. I may never have a wait-
er tell me to "get out" when I walk
into a restaurant back in Michigan,
but it's equally unlikely he'll stay
an hour and a half after his shift
just to hang out and offer advice
about living in the city.
These past few weeks have prov-
en to me that any place can take on
the comforting aspects of home,
so long as you're willing to make
an effort to get to know the people
who inhabit it. Rome sees thou-
sands of visitors come and go every
day, but there are only a lucky few
who can claim it as home. With the
help of my ever-growing circle of
locals who I can callafriends, I'm
looking to declare it as one of my
homes as well.
Caitlin Morath can be reached
at cmorathfumich.edu.

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institute
football
playoffs
By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
After much contempt with the
Bowl Championship Series system
- where two teams are selected
by a combination of polling and a
computer system to play for the
national championship game -
the BCS will be no more.
As many expected, on Tuesday,
a committee of NCAA presidents
formally approved a four-team
college football playoff system
that will begin in 2014.
A selection committee will
choose the four teams in a sys-
tem similar to the way the NCAA
basketball field is chosen. In addi-
tion, the semi-final games will be
played at current bowl sites and
the' national championship game
will be awarded to the highest
bidder.
This system has been approved
through the 2025 season.
"A four-team playoff doesn't
go too far; it goes just the right
amount," said Virginia Tech presi-
dent Charles Sterger in the ESPN.
com report, chair of the presiden-
tial oversight committee. "We are
very pleased with this arrange-
ment even though some issues &
remain to be finalized."
The presidents on the commit-
tee are also supporting a rotation
of the semifinal games among
six different bowl sites and the
national championship game
rotating among neutral sites.
The selection committee, per
the report on ESPN.com, will
rank the four teams in the play-
off, "giving all the teams an equal
opportunity to participate," rank-
ing them on their record, strength
of schedule, and whether or not
a team is a conference champion
- putting new significance on
the infant Big Ten Championship
game.
There are still many finalites
that need to be worked out, like
how to divide revenue and who
will be on the selection commit-
tee.

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By STEVE ZOSKI "We talk about it every once in
Daily Sports Writer a while, we kind of joke around
and we both played for the same
o former Michigan hockey coach," Brown said. "Most of the
s will be wearing maize and guys that played with (Komis-
gain in Ann Arbor. arek) I know, and some of the
{e Brown and Mike Komis- guys I played with he knows.
will visit Tree City as We both went through the same
ial Hockey League players experience, so it's something we
Toronto Maple Leafs when can always talk about."
lay against the Detroit Red Brown said he is excited to play
in the 2013 NHL Winter a professional hockey game in the
c in the Big House on New storied Big House.
Day. "It's going to be pretty cool,
wn, a right-winger, played I've been to a couple of the foot-
ichigan from 2004-2005, ball games there," he said. "It's
assistant captain and defen- a legendary place, and to play a
Komisarek played from hockey game there is unbeliev-
002. Neither player gradu- able. Especially playing in that
rom the University, leaving town for college hockey, so I
sue their NHL careers., guess it means a lot."
y will now have the oppor- Brown noted that the matchup
to play at the University's against the 'Original Six' rival
hallowed sporting ground, Red Wings will be a memorable
own the street from where one, adding that the venue might
ompeted as Wolverines for not be the neutral site it is sup-
Red Berenson, who hopes posed to be.
h up with the players some- "(The Red Wings) have a strong
round the event. team and it's (pretty much) their
his two seasons as a Wol- home town," he said. "I've had
Komisarek played in 81 a lot of experience against that
scoring 15 goals, collect- team so it should be interesting."
assists and racking up 147 Brown said he's pretty sure
y minutes. Leafs fans will cross the border
fted by the Montreal Cana- and visit Ann Arbor in droves.
seventh overall in the 2001 "It's not too far of a drive, so
entry draft, Komisarek with our dedicated fans, I can't
a five-year deal with the imagine that they, wouldn't sup-
in 2009. He has played in port us."
HL games, scoring 14 goals, He also noted he enjoyed his
ed 63 assists, and has time as a Wolverine, and is excit-
663 penalty minutes. ed to return to the city and cam-
wn has played six NHL sea- pus where he donned the block
pending two years with the 'M.'
uver Canucks, two years "I loved playing for Michigan,"
he Anaheim Ducks, and the Brown said. "We always had a
'o seasons with Toronto. He pretty good fan base, especially
afted 159th overall by Van- by the time I got there. I can't

Mike Komisarek will return to Ann Arbor to play in the 2013 Winter Classic.

On June 15, Obama announced
an executive order that forbids
the federal government from
initiating the deportation of ille-
gal immigrants who have lived
in the country for at least five
years; are under the age of 30 and
came to the U.S. before the age
of 16 with their parents; have-no
criminal records; and are high
school graduates, in school or are
military veterans. The New York
Times also reports that, "For
immigrants who come forward
and qualify, Homeland Security
authorities will use prosecuto-
rial discretion to grant deferred
action, a reprieve that will be
valid for two years and will have
to be renewed." This federal man-
date falls short of the DREAM
Act, which would provide a path
to citizenship for the approxi-
mately 65,000 undocumented
college students in the U.S., as
well as many others.
These students invest in Amer
ican universities, often paying

out-of-state tuition, even when
they have lived in-state for their
entire lives. Here at the Univer-
sity of Michigan, students who
have grown up in Michigan are
forced to pay out-of-state tuition,
which is substantially more
expensive. These students should
expect the federal government to
invest in them by providing the
opportunity for them to work in
the U.S. Many of these students,
however, have been forced to
return to their respective coun-
tries without the opportunity to
apply their education to the U.S.
workforce. The new mandate
from the Obama administration
helps to reverse this trend.
But the President's execu-
tive order doesn't go far enough.
While 1.4 million immigrants liv-
ing in the U.S. could benefit from
the new mandate, they have to
apply again for U.S. residency in
only two years. The DREAM Act
would give these same residents
the chance to obtain U.S. citizen-

ship. With the November election
quickly approaching, Obama is
most likely making an appeal to
minority voters without making
any drastic policy change. It's an
unfortunate reality during an elec-
tion year, but he still should have
gone further with this mandate.
All students who have attend-
ed universities here in the U.S.
deserve the chance to apply their
education to a career here, regard-
less of whether they are citizens
or are undocumented. Obama's
mandate will make it possible
for certain undocumented stu-
dents to avoid deportation, and
this is extremely beneficial for
many people. We should remem-
ber, however, that America is the
country it is today because of
immigrants. Without them, many
of us wouldn't be here today. And
with that mindset, we should
make it a priority to grant undoc-
umented students the chance to
become citizens in our histori-
cally accepting country.

complain, I know there's some
hockey fans on campus, (and) it'll
be fun."
Down the hall in his office, sit-
ting across from a wall displaying
pictures of former Michigan play-
ers in the NHL, is Berenson, who
said he remembered coaching
Brown and Komisarek.
The Wolverines' legendary
coach noted that Brown was a
good player and a good person.

"Mike Brown was a real hard-
working, hard-nosed forward,"
Berenson said. "He left after his
sophomore year. He's worked his
way back up the NHL. (He's a)
good kid - he comes back in the
summers, we see him at the golf
outing, he's from Chicago origi-
nally but he seems to be a well-
liked player in Toronto."
To read the full story, vis'
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couver in the 2004 NHL entry
draft, and spent several seasons
playing for the Manitoba Moose
of the American Hockey League.
Komisarek, who was born in
West Islip, New York, missed
playing for the United States in
the 2010 Winter Olympics due to
an injury.
He played in the Cold War out-
door hockey game between Mich-
igan and Michigan State held at
Spartan Stadium in 2001, though,
and is also remembered by Michi-
gan hockey fans for the 'Molly
Incident' and for using his size to
deliver bone exushing hits.
Brown sai 'he and Komisarek
sometimes reminisce about their
days at Michigan even though
they didn't play at the same time.

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