Michigan Daily-Board of Regents meeting

At meeting, regents honor four ‘U’ students who competed at Olympics

Kyle Swanson, Daily News Editor
March 18th, 2010

Excitement was o
n the agenda during the University’s Board of Regents monthly meeting yesterday, when four Olympic ice dancers and University students paid a visit to receive a resolution from the University’s governing board.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who took the silver medal in Vancouver last month, and Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, who finished in 11th place at the winter games, were honored with a commendation from the regents.

Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R–Ann Arbor) read the resolution out loud before presenting a copy to each of the four University students.

“The regents take great pride in Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates for being such splendid ambassadors for the maize and blue at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games,” Newman said. “Their enthusiasm, poise and dedication showed the world what it means to be a Michigan Wolverine.”

Due to a previously scheduled practice session, the four arrived late to the meeting, but the regents broke from their agenda to honor the four University students as soon as they arrived, calling a recess so they could talk with the students.

During the recess, which lasted for about 15 minutes, the regents visited with the ice dancers, congratulating them and posing for pictures.

Regents Laurence Deitch (D–Grosse Pointe), Denise Ilitch (D–Bingham Farms) and Newman even took pictures with Davis and White on their BlackBerrys and iPhones while wearing the students’ Olympic medals.

The meeting then resumed with Ilitch joking, “Well, now that we’ve acted like total groupies.”


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