New Season Begins at WOLV

Welcome to WOLV’s 2012-2013 programming season! We’re excited for another year of great content in news, sports, and entertainment.  There are plenty of opportunities on-air, off-air, and online.  Please browse through our site to learn more about what WOLV-TV has to offer! If you have any questions about how to join or increase your role at the station contact wolv@umich.edu.

Looking forward to a great year,
Hadas and Margaux
WOLV-TV General Managers

Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke and Quarterback Denard Robinson discuss their upcoming season at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

Michigan, rivals enter Big Ten Media Days with high expectations

Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke and Quarterback Denard Robinson discuss their upcoming season at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

According to a poll of local media outlets around Big Ten country this week, the Michigan Wolverines are the favorites to win the Big Ten title. To both the players and coaches, this expectation is a welcome one.

“We had a disappointing year a year ago when you do not win the Big Ten championship. And at Michigan we’ve not won that championship since 2004,” Hoke said of his first season in Ann Arbor.

As the conference’s lone BCS Bowl victor from a season ago, Head coach Brady Hoke finally has the same expectations as the media does for his squad. However, Hoke does not put too much stock into those pre-season prognostications.

“I think we were picked fifth in our division a year ago. I think the 1997 team, I think pre-season was picked right inside the top 25 by a lot of people. And that ended up being a pretty good football team. We don’t put too much stock in that. It’s like anything in life, it’s not where we start but where we finish,” Hoke added.

However, for the Wolverines to flourish in Hoke’s second season, they will have some hurdles to clear in the Legends Division, namely the Wolverines in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans. As the defending division champions, the expectations in East Lansing are much the same to those in Ann Arbor.

Said Dantonio of MSU’s in-state rival, “I would just say they’ve been favored pretty much the last four years. Competitive game. Big rival game. They do an outstanding job there. But it only matters: Are they favored or not in the locker room? And in our locker room, they won’t be favored.”

Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio addresses the media Thursday at Big Ten Media Days

For Michigan State, the mentality is certainly there, and so is the defense, as the Spartans return 18 of their top 22 performers on that side of the ball from a season ago. However, the question marks for the Spartans are on the other side of the ball, as MSU loses three-year starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, as well as a plethora of big-time performers in Edwin Baker, B.J. Cunningham, and Keshawn Martin.

Another rival for these two squads in the Legends division is the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who are coming off of a nine-win season in their first year in the Big Ten, despite finishing third in the division. While expectations were high for the Cornhuskers in year one, the bar seems to be even higher in year two for Bo Pelini’s team.

“I think a year under our belt, having some familiarity with the conference, with the teams, with the style of offenses and defenses, you know, there’s one thing seeing it on film; there’s another thing living it and seeing it in person, firsthand,” Pelini said of the difference between last year and this year. “I think it will help us going into year two. It’s not going to win any football games for us, but I think it will be a little bit easier.”

While many count the Legends division to be a three-horse race between these teams, others believe Iowa and Northwestern are candidates to emerge as darkhorse contenders to make some noise in the division. On the flip side, most predictions have Wisconsin slotted as the Leaders division champions, in part due to the ineligibility of Ohio State and Penn State to claim the division title this season due to NCAA sanctions. In any case, this Big Ten Football season has the potential to be unlike any other we’ve seen before, and this should have fans on the edges of their seats.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Wake Up with WOLV hosts an exclusive CSG election special!

In less than two weeks, students throughout University of Michigan will submit an online ballot to determine who will represent the leaders and best as the President of the Central Student Government next year. Each year, the candidates campaign. They debate. They work to make their platform known, so that students can make an informed vote. Yet, some students report that they feel uninformed about who exactly the candidates are. Many either vote for their friends, or choose to support a party that generally aligns with their views. We at WOLV-TV want to fight that stigma; we want all students to log on to the election website on March 21st with a clear idea of exactly who they want to see lead us in the 2012-2013 school year. We want you to make an informed decision.

On Friday, March 16th, Wake Up with WOLV will be airing their first-ever “Meet the Candidates” special. All of the CSG Presidential candidates are invited to present their platform live as our anchors, Lauren Blanchard and Hadas Brown, relay the questions that you want to ask. These interviews will allow you to see the candidates in a candid format, and hear what they plan to do if elected.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Send us your questions at wolv.wuww@umich.edu. We will ask the candidates as many questions as we can, so that students can get all the information they need to feel confident in their vote. Be sure to tune in to channel 55 in the residence halls Friday at 11 AM, and if you do not have access to a dorm television at that time, you can also watch it online once it is posted on our website.

For all updates related to the election special and Wake Up with WOLV in general, follow us on twitter: @wolvtv_wuww.

Federal Charges against Former U of M Hospital Medical Resident in Ongoing Child Pornography Case

The ongoing case of the child pornography-found on a thumb drive in a lounge of the Pediatric Emergency Department of the University of Michigan hospital-has now received federal charges, and went through the Board of Regents on Thursday, February 16th.  Former medical resident Stephen Jenson has been charged with the possession of the files, found last May but not reported until this December.

According to The Detroit Free Press online, the Board of Regents ruled to allow the University to launch an external investigation, taking away control of the case from President Mary Sue Coleman and her administration.  Originally found and reported in May, investigation was not brought back to light until November-six months later-when, after the alleged child abuse at Penn State University, investigation of the case was reopened.

Jenson was released from court on Thursday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Whalen on several conditions including not contacting minors or victims, not using the computer to search for employment, and not leaving Eastern Michigan except for a trip to Utah to settle his recently deceased father’s estate.

Jenson has previously been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography, and is scheduled to reappear in court on March 8.

 

eX-FLU To Pay Influenza Study Participants

It may not feel like feel like it outside, but flu season is upon us, and everyone is as determined as ever to avoid this influenza bout. One study, called eX-FLU, is determined to, according to their Objective, “investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of using non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent the transmission of influenza in residence hall units at the University of Michigan.” The eX-FLU team has found that many influenza breakout cases occur amongst younger persons living in close vicinity—which of course makes the dorms a prime flu location.

eX-FLU is looking for participants who will be a part of a control group, a group that will be confined to their rooms for three days, or another group confined for six days. Each of these groups will provide specimen and data to be tested for virus identification, and they will be paid if they display signs of the flu—coughing, fever, chills, body aches. The study team is providing, “$10 for specimens provided within 24 hours of reporting illness, $15 for specimens provided on day three of illness and $20 for specimens provided on day six of illness,” amongst other participant benefits and payments.

You can visit sitemaker.umich.edu/ex-flu for more information, email study coordinators at exflustudy@umich.edu, or call them at 734-615-9226.

Students line up for tickets to see President Obama speak in Ann Arbor

Freshmen Ellis O'Connor and Lauren Nadel setting up camp

Students are desperate to get tickets to see President Obama this Friday, so desperate that they are already in line for tickets.

Tickets for the Friday event will be available starting Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO). As early at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, students had already started lining up.

The line snakes from MUTO through the halls of the Union basement towards West Quad. With more than 100 students lined up before midnight, the line is expected to grow. Only 3,000 tickets will be available to the public.

President Obamas speech is scheduled for 9:35 a.m. Friday at the Al Glick Field house, where he will be speaking about College Affordability.

One student, Ellis O’Connor, a freshman here at the University majoring in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science said, “It is worth sitting here for ten hours to see [President Obama].”

The Union will be closing at 2 am, and everyone will need to relocate outside, but this will not deter the students eagerly waiting in line, many of whom have their laptops, lawn chairs, food, and sleeping bags.

“Heck yeah going outside will be tough,” remarks O’Connor, “but we’ll make it through.”

 

Armed Robbery near Hill Street, Olivia Avenue

The first University of Michigan Department of Public Safety Crime Alert of the semester was sent early Monday morning.  Several victims were approached by two white males near the intersection of Hill Street and Olivia Avenue on January 16th at 12:30 AM.  According to the DPS crime alert, the assailants “brandished knives and demanded money, which one [victim] gave them.”

Both men were described to the Ann Arbor Police as around 20 years old, 6 feet tall, and 140 pounds with thin builds.  Both men were wearing scarves and hats to hide their faces.  After demanding and receiving money from the victims, the two unknown males fled on foot southbound, down Olivia Avenue.

 

Although crime seemed to be on the rise based on last semester’s Crime Alert troublingly frequent emails, according to cityrating.com, “The crime rate in Ann Arbor for 2012 is expected to be lower than in 2009.”

 

Both the violent and property crime rates in Ann Arbor are lower than in Michigan as a whole, as well as on a national scale.

If you have any information about the most recent crime, or any other, contact the DPS at (734)763-1131, or the Ann Arbor Police Department Tip Line at (734)794-6939.  You can also email the Ann Arbor Police at tips@a2gov.org.