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'U' to offer direct deposit for extra financial aid funds

Complaint filed
against prof. for
'explicit' lecture
A $2.5 million sexual harassment
complaint has been filed against a
Sacramento State University psychol-
ogy professor by a student who claims
the professor made offensive sexual
comments during a lecture.
Craig Rogers, a 33-year old stu-
dent, filed complaints with the Cah-
fornia Board of Control and the uni-
versity. He claims Prof. Joanne Mar-
row violated a state ban on using
sexually 'explicit pictures when she
gave "how-to" tips on masturbation
and showed slides of children's,
men's and women's genitalia.
The California agency that handles
claims made against the state has
rejected Rogers' claim, saying the
matter would be better handled in
court.
Rogers has not decided if he is
going to sue. His complaint remains
under investigation by the university.
Rogers told The Associated Press
that he filed the complaint because he
felt that Marrow, who is a lesbian,
was pushing her beliefs onto the class.
"I just felt like she was really
pushing onto me her sexual philoso-
phies, her sexual preferences," Rogers
told the AP.
He indicated that after the lecture
he wanted to vomit.
Marrow has refused to comment,
but her attorney told the Wall Street
Journal that the complaints are akin
to "fundameuntal Christian
McCarthyism" designed to "put sexu-
ality back in the closet."
Miss. judge rules on
higher education
desegregation
A Mississippi federal judge ruled
on Tuesday that the state cannot
close either a mostly Black univer-
sity or a mostly white university to
claim it has ended the state's ra-
cially segregated higher educational
system.
U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers
proposed that to combat the segre-
gation that exists in the higher edu-
cation system, the state must estab-
lish one set of admissions standards
for all of its eight universities, which
now vary widely from school to
school.
The state must also redistribute
n many of its higher education pro-
grams, particularly on the graduate
level, and-spend about $30 million
to strengthen the mostly Black
schools.
Biggers' ruling quieted a move-
ment in Mississippi to shut down his-
torically Black and white institutions
and to merge them with other institu-
tions.
Biggers ruled that institutions can-
not be shut down for desegregation
- only for financial or other school
reasons.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Re
porter Kelly Feeney.
The Associated Press contributed
to this report

By Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter
University students who receive
excess funds from financial aid won't
have to wait for a check next year to
get their money.
The University payroll office will
offer students the opportunity to de-
posit these funds directly into their
bank account. The change could po-
tentially impact thousands of Univer-
sity students who receive a check for
the additional funds from financial aid.
"It will mean that students can
have the money that would be coming
to them deposited directly into their
bank account," said Judith Harper,

interim director of financial aid."With
direct deposit, at the time the check
would be cut, the money will be elec-
tronically transferred and it will be
there immediately."
Students receive the extra funds if
their financial aid exceeds the charges
on their student account. Federal regu-
lations require that students use the
additional funds for educationally re-
lated expenses, such as textbooks and
living costs.
Until this fall, students needed to
wait in line at the cashier's office to
receive a check for the excess funds.
This year, the University's payroll of-
fice has taken charge of the disburse-

ment process, and it mails the checks.
Norel Tullier, manager of Univer-
sity payrolls, said the University can
directly deposit payments in student
accounts at 14,000 to 15,000 finan-
cial institutions nationwide. "I think
we can make it a lot easier for them to
get their money," she said.
The University has offered direct
deposit to its employees since the
1970s. For University employees on
a monthly payroll, which includes
faculty, 88 percent use direct deposit.
Of the employees on semi-weekly
payroll, 65 percent use direct deposit.
Cynthia Cross, director of recruit-
ment and support for the Rackham

School of Graduate Studies, said di-
rect deposit for financial aid will be
an improvement for graduate students.
"A lot of Rackham students are.
not always in town," Cross said. "We
are constantly dealing with issues to
get payment to them."
The direct deposit authorization
will cover all funds distributed to stu-
dents, including financial aid, Uni-
versity employment and work-study.
It will remain in effect until a student
cancels direct deposit.
"It will be a more reliable way of
getting the money because the money
goes from the payroll office directly
into your account," Cross said. "If

they have an account someplace else
in the country, they can have the check
deposited there."
Students who do not anrange for
direct deposit will receive aid and
fellowship disbursements by checks
mailed to their local addresses. The
deposit notifications for all direct de-
posits will be mailed to the local ad-
dress on file at the Registrar's Office.
To receive direct deposit, students
need to turn forms into the payroll
office by Aug. 1.
In the 1994-95 academic year, the
Office of Financial Aid disbursed
$130 million in financial aid to Uni
versity students.

U.S. House may eliminate
subsidized student loans,

Crazy seniors
Susan Isaak and Kelly Faigin, both Art School seniors, ham it up with their
crazy hats and smiles for Art School senior Jennifer Parisi, as she takes
their pictures for the Art School Senior Poster.
Office of 'U' Relations seeks
graduating student to speak

durng spng
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
The Office of University Rela-
tions is looking for a good man or
woman who wants to be heard by
about 6,000 peers.
A student speaker is being sought
for the April 29 graduation ceremony
in Michigan Stadium. Anyone receiv-
ing an undergraduate degree from any
University college in winter term 1995
or summer term 1995 may apply.
Susan Ederer of the Office of Uni-
versity Relations said the office is
looking for someone "who can speak
to the students' experience."
Applicants must send in:
A typed version of the speech,
no longer than five minutes
O An audio cassette tape of the

ceremony
applicant delivering the speech
A cover letter or resume detail-
ing the student's academic history,
activities at the University and any
prior public speaking experience.
"The information of the cover let-
ter is not criteria for selection. It's
something for us to keep in mind
when we're listening to the speech,"
Ederer said.
Ederer said only about a dozen
students have thus far expressed inter-
est in the speakership. Previously, when
LSA chose student graduation speak-
ers, it generally picked two out of 20
applicants per graduation, Ederer said.
All application materials must be
delivered to the Office of University
Relations by 5 p.m. on Monday, March
13.

By Patience Atkin
Daily Staff Reporter
Graduation day is a relatively
happy time, when students can finally
relax - at least until their loan repay-
ments begin and interest starts piling
up.
The interest, however, may come
even sooner.
The House Appropriations Com-
mittee is scheduled to vote next week
on a proposal to eliminate funding
for interest exemptions from the edu-
cation budget. This may cost some
students up to $4,000 a year and
save the government as much as $3
billion.
Save Student Aid, a sub-organiza-
tion of the National Association of
Graduate-Professional Students, was
formed to actively oppose the elimi-
nation of the exemption.
"We want to keep the exemption
included, to make sure the Republi-
cans in the House Budget Committee
do not support a movement to elimi-
nate the interest exemption," said
Kevin Boyer, NAGPS executive di-
rector.
The plan would eliminate subsi-
dized loans, in which the federal gov-
ernment pays all of the interest that
accrues while the student is in school.
Students who receive unsubsidized
loans must pay the interest themselves.
A representative of the Office of
Financial Aid said the office esti-
mates that, if approved, the proposal
would affect up to 8,000 University
students.
SSA has slated March 13-20 as a
target week for students nationwide
to lobby Congress via phone calls,
letters and e-mail.
"We've set up a special e-mail
address so that students can e-mail a
letter, and we will print it out in stan-
dard letter form and hand deliver it to
Congress," Boyer said.
Rackham student Peter Harbage,
communications director for the Col-
lege Democrats, is spearheading a
letter-writing campaign.
"Our goal is 1,000 hand-written
letters," he said. "We will have form
letters that students can sign their
names to, but we're going to focus on
the hand-written letters."
Harbage said the government is
trying to cut the program because
students have little political influence.
Scholarship
to remember
'U' student
By Melissa Koenigsberg
For the Daily
The friends and family of Marc
Feldmann will gather together on
March 18 for a memorial service to
remember the outstanding University
student who touched the lives of many.
A highly regarded chemistry stu-
dent, Feldmann contributed to the
chemistry department as a teaching
assistant and researcher. The LSA
senior died Feb. 20 in a skiing acci-
dent.
Feldmann's family extends an
open invitation to people who wish to
pay their last respects.
"Friends, classmates, students and
professors are welcomed and encour-

aged to come by. Everyone will have
a chance to sneak (about Marc)" said

E-mail adde"s
Students interested in lobbying
Congress may contact NAGPS at
NAGPS@netcom.com. The
address for letters to Congress
is save-student-aid@netcom.com.
"(The government) is really going
after programs that don't have con-
stituents," Harbage said. "Schoolkids
can't say anything about their lunches
being taken away, so 'we'll cut their
programs.
"It's the same thing here. They
think that college students aren't in-
terested in government."
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
said this kind of a movement could
sway some votes.
"I think a group like this could be
very effective," Rivers said, adding
she will vote against eliminating the.
interest exemption.
Although each year's interest may
not be only a small sum, Boyer said,
it compounds over time. "I think the
average time it takes to get a Ph.D. is
about seven years," he said.
"You're talking, then, about I1
years of interest accruing. This would
be an average loss-of about $35,000 if
you started school when there was no
interest exemption and you went for
10 or 11 years."

"(The
government) is
really going after
programs that
don't have
constituents."
- Peter Harbage
Rackham student
Robert Way, an LSA junior who
presently receives both subsidized and
unsubsidized loans, said that if the
proposal is passed, it would not ad-
versely affect him too much.
"It would affect me if they made:
me pay while I was in school, but if
they let the interest accrue while I was
in school, it'll just be a bigger bill to
pay at the end, once I graduate," he
said.
Boyer said that even if the group
blocks the proposal, the initiative may
be revived at a later time.
"The most likely outcome at this
point is that (the proposal) will make
it into the House budget," Boyer said:
"This battle is going to be the tough;
est, but if we win, we won't necessar-
ily have won the war, but we'll have
delivered a knock out punch."

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