Five years ago …

The University revoked its admission offer to Michigan high
school student Daniel Granger after he was convicted of statutory
rape for having sex with three 14-year-old girls.

Granger hoped to start school in the winter after he completed
his scheduled three-and-a -half month stay in prison.

Among other reasons, the University cited Granger’s lack
of remorse about the crime. “Daniel demonstrated a lack of
self-reflection and an unwillingness to accept full responsibility
for his own inappropriate actions,” the report stated.

Ten years ago …

Members of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs
passed a motion condemning the salary increases of top
administrators. SACUA particularly objected to the 14 percent
increase in pay for University President James Duderstadt.

“The big fat cats are getting big raises at a time when
funding is dwindling. They all think they’re (Chrysler
Chairmen) Lee Iacoccas,” said English Prof. Leo McNamara.

Dec. 2, 1975

When President Gerald Ford, a University alum, arrived in
Peking, China to attend an important meeting with the Chinese Vice
Premier Deng Xiaoping, he was greeted with a band playing the
Michigan State University fight song instead of Hail to the
Victors.

Michigan State Band Director Ken Bloomquist said he thought the
mistake did not matter. “Michigan’s fight song is one
of the greatest fight songs in the country,” Bloomquist said.
“Our fight song is certainly well known, but probably not
quite as well as the U-of-M fight song,”

Dec. 4, 1989

Former President Gerald Ford talked with The Michigan Daily
about his days as a Michigan football player in the 1930s.

Ford told many stories, including how he was offered $400 a game
— a huge sum in those days — to play in the National
Football League for either the Green Bay Packers or the Detroit
Lions. Instead, Ford accepted less money to be an offensive line
coach at Yale University, where he would go on to earn a law
degree.

Dec. 3, 1997

Rejected Law School applicant Barbara Grutter sued the
University, the second of two lawsuits filed in fall by the Center
for Individual Rights against the University’s race-conscious
admissions policies. Grutter, 44, maintained that the Law School
discriminated against her by giving preferences to minorities.

Dec. 4, 1984

Responding to what some called an excessively large number of
out-of-state students gaining admission into the College of
Literature, Science and the Arts, LSA faculty considered
suggestions for future admissions goals.

The options were limited because of a state law — which
the University was already violating —that withholds $182
million of funding if the out-of-state enrollment exceeds 20
percent.

Dec. 5, 1956

The Student Government Council urged administrators to adopt
change that would ensure “more precise” grading. The
recommendation called for adding 0.3 points for a
“plus” and subtracting 0.3 points for a
“minus” from a student’s grade point average. For
example, a B plus would be a 3.3, a B would be a 3 and a B minus
would be a 2.7. The current system made no such distinction.

Dec. 5, 1961

With 28,775 enrolled students on three campuses, the University
ranked as the ninth largest university in the nation. The
University of California was rated first with a total of 87,475
students on eight campuses.

The annual study by School and Society Magazine also revealed
that enrollment numbers stood at an all-time high in the nation,
with 3,215,427 full- and part-time students.

Dec. 5, 1981

The State Direct Student Loan Program, a government program that
guarantees a loan to students who cannot find one from a commercial
lender, ran out of money.

The program, however, would still award loans to students who
applied before the Dec. 4 deadline, which would include about 3,500
University applicants at a cost of $10 million.

— Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter Michael
Gurovitsch

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