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Thursday, 20, 2013
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eekly Summer Edition MichiganDaily.com

By ALEXA DETTELBACH
Daily Sports Writer
By now you know the story.
Last summer, the Michi-
gan football team traveled to
Southern California for a lead-
ership weekend - a chance for
the seniors to grow off the field.
And Michigan coach Brady Hoke
was so happy with the results that
he decided to do it again.
So, during the first weekend in
June, Hoke took his small senior
class out west where the players
trained with the U.S. Navy SEALs
and hosted a youth football camp
in Pasadena. The Wolverines also
visited the Rose Bowl - the BCS
Bowl where the Big Ten champion
plays - allowing the seniors to
visualize the goal they've held
since they put on their wingtip
helmets for the first time.
"The weekend allowed us to
grow closer as a senior class,"
said senior cornerback Court-
ney Avery. "It seemed like we
discussed virtually everything.
So with our entire class having
identical goals and identical
methods on how to reach those
goals, this will allow our mes-
sage to be clear for our under-
classmen.
"This trip provided us with
the opportunity to escape our
daily routine and familiar envi-
ronment in Ann Arbor in order
to come together to create the
blue print for our upcoming
season."
But why is the story worth
repeating?
Team 134's senior class is
only made up of 13 fourth and
fifth-year scholarship players,
and with punter Will Hagerup's
yearlong suspension, just 12
scholarship seniors will dress
on Saturdays this season. The

trip to California helped ease
Hoke's worry about a small
senior class, and has left him
banking on quality making up
for quantity.
"There's a lot of vital things
when it comes to handling the
leadership," Hoke said a few
weeks ago to mlive.com. "The
biggest part of it is those seniors
putting on a camp. They're the
ones who have to run it. They
run the administration, they
run the execution of it, organi-
zation, and that's a project for
them that they've got to learn
how to motivate, hot to teach
and hot to communicate."
Added Avery: "Even though
we only have 13 seniors, this
will not affect the leadership
on this team. We have a lot of
underclassmen (that) work
hard and have proven them-
selves as being leaders. The
trip has already shown positive
effects since our senior class
is closer than ever and since
everyone embraces the same
goal and the same vision for the
season."
With the graduation of cap-
tains Denard Robinson and
Jordan Kovacs - now with
the Jacksonville Jaguars and
Miami Dolphins, respectively
- a significant leadership void
has been left behind. But like
last season, several senior lead-
ers stood out to the third-year
coach.
"(Safety) Thomas Gordon
is a guy who has gained a lot
of confidence," Hoke said. "I
think (wide receiver) Jeremy
Gallon is a guy that's continued
to grow, and that's important."
Added Gordon: "We as
seniors have to step up, and I'm
one of those. I think there were
opportunities to show leader-

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ERIN KIRKLAND/Daily
Redshirt senior Thomas Gordon and the other 11 football seniors took Brady Hoke's second-annual leadership trip to Southern
California to train with Navy SEALs.

ship, and I became a little more
comfortable in that role after
this trip."
Hoke also made mention of
"obvious" leaders such as left
tackle Taylor Lewan, an early
projected top pick " in next
year's NFL draft, who was
just named No. 11 on Sporting
News's Top-25 college football
players for 2013.
There's also redshirt junior
quarterback Devin Gardner,
who has the possibility of being
the first non-senior captain
since former offensive lineman
Jake Long in 2006. Despite the
team having not yet selected
its captains, both Lewan and

Gardner are expected to lead
Michigan both on and off the
field, and will do so behind
their strong leadership.
"It's been a process," Gordon
said. "We started this in Janu-
ary when we got back from the
Outback Bowl, and some things
we've learned will carry on
through this season, and most
things carry on that way into
life."
The opportunity the seniors
had in California not only
helped bring clarity to the
senior leadership question in
the locker room, but it has also
left the players confident. More
importantly, after two weeks to
reflect, all 13 players who made
the trip are ready to translate it
onto the practice field.
"You can apply a lot of the
things we did to football," Gor-
don said. "But for us, it was
more using the classroom ses-

sions and organizing
the youth clinic to show how
much we can grow as young
men - young men that will
one day be better fathers, hus-
bands, co-workers and commu-
nity leaders. That's what I took
from it.
"One example was seeing
the smiles on the kids' faces at
youth camp, just seeing what
an impact it made. I think a lot
of us saw those things on the
trip."
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Solar Car Team members showcase this year's car, "Generation," at General Motors Headquarters on Tuesday.
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Regents
to set
budget,
tuition
Coleman and
Slottow to present
on financial health
of University
By AARON GUGGENHEIM
Managing News Editor
The University's Board of
Regents is slated to hear and
approve proposals for oper-
ating budgets and set tuition
rates for the 2013-2014 fiscal
year at its meeting Thursday.
Following an opening speech
by University President Mary
Sue Coleman and a presentation
by Timothy Slottow, the Uni-
versity's executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer,
budgets will be proposed for the
three University campuses -
Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint
- as well as for the Athletic
Department and the University
Hospitals and Health Centers.
In addition, the Regents will
discuss several appointments
to chair departments within
various colleges in the Univer-
sity, along with the following:
1) There is a proposal to reno-
vate East Hall, as the space does
not currently meet the needs
of the department of Psychol-
ogy. The project will renovate
12,500 square feet to create new
laboratories and support spaces
for neuroscience research. The
construction is estimated to
cost $4.6 million.
2) Another proposal seeks
to relocate the department of
Astronomy to West Hall and
renovate 21,000 square feet to
accommodate the move.
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Team will travel to
Australia to compete
in international race
ByTUI RADEMAKER
Daily News Editor
DETROIT - A sleek futuristic-
looking vehicle - the University
Solar Car Team's newest model
- was welcomed among the
crowd of cheering race crew
members, family and corporate
sponsors who attended the car's
unveiling at the General Motors
headquarters in Detroit this
morning.
The shiny maize vehicle,
named "Generation," is the Solar
Car Team's latest creation. Since
its inception in 1990, the team
has enjoyed wide support from
sponsors, GM and the College of
Engineering.
Jon Lauckner, GM's chief

technology officer, spoke before
the event about the confidence
that the auto giant has in the
solar team's innovation, a belief
that has carried its continued
support of the team.
"I'm confident that the new
University of Michigan solar
car will be one of the most
technologically advanced solar
vehicles ever built," Lauckner
said. "(It is) the culmination of
countless hours of dedicated
work that I think will produce
a piece of truly amazing
technology."
After speeches by additional
sponsors - including Brian
Noble, associate dean for
undergraduate education at the
College of Engineering and Dave
Taylor, vice president of global
marketing of Siemens PLM
Software - the Solar Car team
gathered around the encasement
to reveal the model. Upon
emerging, the vehicle drove to
the center of the room.

Generation's unveiling comes
in anticipation of its participation
in the World Solar Challenge, a
massive four- to five-day solar car
race that spans 3,000 kilometers
across Australia during the fall.
Twenty-two members of the
Solar Car team are scheduled to
travel to Australia. There will
be four drivers who will rotate
in five- to six-hour periods,
said Engineering senior Matt
Goldstein, head strategist for the
project. The drivers can expect
to face an inside environment
of about 30 degrees above the
outside temperature, making for
a toasty ordeal in the Australian
heat.
Engineering sophomore Pavan
Naik, business development
manager, said the team is unable
to elaborate on the vehicle's
speed for fear of over-sharing
specifics with competitors, but
added that they are constrained
by roads' posted speed limits.
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