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February 18, 1997
vote on fees
Agenda contains proposal for
* 4-percent room and board fee hikes
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Students living in residence halls next year may face a
hike in housing rates if the University Board of Regents
approves a 4-percent increase at its monthly meeting on
University Housing and the Division of Student Affairs
will place before the regents a proposal to increase room-
and-board rates, as well as family housing rental rates, by 4
his request includes a 3-percent inflationary increase to
maintain current programs and service levels. An addition-
al 1-percent increase is included to meet debt service
requirements for renovation projects at Alice Lloyd and
Couzens residence halls.
"I think it is a fair increase, it's in line with inflation,"
said Seth Myers, an LSA
- uP? first-year student. "I don't
Goig pthink it's anything outra-
Myers is a member of
* ethe Single Student Housing
Rate Study Committee, a
student-run group that has
backed the increase.
A student living in a
double will see an increase
in the room rate from
$6,137.44 to $5,342 if the
proposal is approved.
9:1-2 '96-7 '97-* have increased by 20 per-
cent since the 1991-1992
* Proposed increase school year. In 1991, the
cost of room and board for
Residence hall rates a double room was $4,084.
may rise 4 percent "You can get much nicer,
under a proposal larger apartments than
for 1997-98. campus housing for much
less," LSA sophomore Kate
Montgomery said when she
heard of the proposed
0 tSA sophomore Juliane Morian said she is satisfied with
t current room-and-board rates for her single room in
Helen Newberry residence hall, but said she would not con-
tinue to live in the residence hall if a hike in the rates
"I don't think they're too expensive now, but the increase
is going to deter people from living in the residence halls,"
Morian said. "I don't think I would live in the dorm next
year if I had to pay more."
Students living in family housing may face a fee hike of
about 3.9 percent, if the increase is approved. This includes
.9-percent inflationary increase and an additional 1-per-
cent increase for debt service, a utilities infrastructure pro-
This week's regents meeting also marks the first meeting
where President Lee Bollinger will preside.
Bollinger said he is looking forward to working with the
regents and already has met with each of them individually.
"There is a surprising amount of institutional knowledge
in that group of individuals," he said. "I am very pleased
with how much they know about the institution. I think they
have tremendous knowledge of what it means to be a board
an excellent institution of higher education.
These are just outstanding individuals," he added.
Bollinger will join Regent Olivia Maynard (D-Flint) and
S. Martin Taylor (D-Grosse Ile), who took their posts at last
month's regents meeting, as new faces in the Regents'
Room in the Fleming Administration Building.
Maynard and Taylor filled spots vacated by former regents -
Nellie Varner (D-Detroit) and Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
-Daily Staff Reporter Heather Kamins contributed to
Piece by piec
By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
The lights at Lee Bollinger's resi-
dence on 815 S. University Ave. glow
into the wee hours of the morning.
With 18 days under his belt as
University president, Bollinger's range of
activities has stretched from hockey
games to Congressional breakfasts.
Bollinger said the scope of activity on
and off campus
has kept him
working late into
exciting - that
basically sums it
said. "It's been
full and rich. I
have been work-
ing from early in
sums it ul
"The Medical Center has been under
such stringent financial conditions with
the general policy of reducing the bud-
get, downsizing and hiring freeze. As
an academic, that situation makes me
nervous," Bollinger said.
The fund will function to end the hir-
ing freeze in the University Medical
Center, Bollinger said.
"Still the overriding purpose of the
is to fulfill
tions in the
- l . medical school
" P fand related top-
3a ics," Bollinger
- Lee Bollinger said.
S P sWhile many
rsity President students still
may not recog-
nize the new president on the street,
Michigan Student Assembly President
Fiona Rose said Bollinger has made his
presence felt on campus.
"You can feel it in the air,' Rose said.
"People are happy. He has been wel-
comed with open arms. I think there
has been a discernable change on cam-
"He has made it his primary goal to
get out and meet people. He is out in
the community doing things."
Bellinger said his first priority has
been creating and sustaining relation-
ships with the. University Board of
Regents, executive officers, deans and
"I said at the beginning that I would
beginby working with the main bodies
and groups that have a large stake in the
See BOLLINGER, Page 7
the morning until late at night."
Bollinger officially took office as
University president on Feb. 1. During
the past two weeks, he has been meet-
ing with federal, state and University
leaders to gain a greater understanding
of the campus.
"I certainly have a clearer vision of
my objectives," Bollinger said. "It is
still going to take me months to know
what I want to accomplish."
While his work has taken him as far
away as Washington, D.C., Bollinger's
vision has also turned to University
Hospitals in Ann Arbor.
In accordance with his effort to
maintain academic excellence in the
University Medical Center, Bollinger
said he has allocated $3 million for the
purpose of retaining and recruiting the
very best faculty.
Nine-year-old Lauren Kohler of Fenton works on a piece of artwork, "Phosphorescent Racoons," at
the monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America at the First
Presbytarlan Church on Washtenaw Avenue.
By Greg Cox
For the Daily
The temperatures in February may be low, but
for many students, stress levels are at a season-
University students are entering one of the
most dreaded times of the semester -
midterms. Whether it's because of extra papers
to write or multiple exams for which to study,
students associate midterms with reduced hours
of sleep and extra time at the library.
Biology lecturer Eric Mann said the lost sleep
and stress associated with exams can lead to
"Studies have shown that students under
stress have fewer natural killer cells, the body's
first line of defense in fighting illness," Mann
said. "Students getting sick really isn't surpris-
ing, as it has a physiological cause."
Mann added that the increased stress can also
cause ulcers and migraine headaches.
Help in dealing with stress is available to stu-
dents, however. Outside support is often critical,
whether it's from a call home, a talk with friends
or a visit to the University-provided counseling
services, University officials said.
Jim Etzkorn, a psychologist at the
University's Counseling and Psychological
Services, said many students who experience
stress around midterms do so because they feel
they must excel on their exams.
See STRESS, Page 7
Engineering first-year student Lenny Krol studies in his room yesterday in Bursley
residence hail on North Campus. Krol said he has four exams this week.
panel debates facts,
fictions of welfare
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
With media flooding the airwaves and
*ewspapers with numerous suggestions for
getting rid of "welfare as we know it," public
policymakers and journalists gathered yes-
terday to discuss the nation's welfare status.
Although the panel was not able to come
to a consensus, many speakers agreed the
welfare debate has been one of the most pub-
licized in the nation.
"There is no more important issue in
urban America than this debate," said
W harles Eisendrath, director of the Michigan
urnalism Fellows, the group that spon-
sored the forum.
Wendell Primus, former U.S. deputy assis-
tant secretary for human services, said pub-
lic relations watered down and changed wel-
fare policy in the Clinton administration to
mnke it mpcli-rindly
Presidential nomination in 1992.
"He used the issue of welfare reform to
distinguish himself from other candidates,"
But some journalists said public opinion.
on welfare is not primarily shaped by the
media's treatment of the issue.
"I think the media was a small player"
said Jason DeParle, a correspondent for The
New York Times. "Reporters didn't do a
good job at covering welfare issues"
The debate has focused on the Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act,
which Clinton signed into law last year. It
mandates work for welfare recipients and
cuts benefits to legal and illegal immi-
Cecilia Munoz, deputy vice president for
research, advocacy and legislation at the
National Council of La Raza, said the bill is
damnin o inmmigrants who have been liv-
PARIS (AP) - Speaking some French and even a little
Russian, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright smoothed
over some of the bumps in recent U.S. relations with France
yesterday while keeping an anxious eye on Asia.
Albright pleased the French by inviting President Jacques
Chirac "to put his shoulder to the wheel" in Arab-Israeli
peacemaking. She also succeeded without ruffling French
feathers in sidetracking a proposal for a five-power summit
to allay Russian concerns over NATO's projected expansion
"We've had some ups and downs, why not have an up peri-
od?" a pleased French Prime Minister Alain Juppe told
Albright at the end of their meeting.
And Foreign Minister Herve de Charette, who like Juppe
has had some rough times with the first Clinton administra-
tion, was velvet smooth during a joint news conference with
Albright at the Quai d'Orsay. "We did everything to dispel
the impression there are clouds in the relationship;' he said.
Chirac greeted Albright with a kiss on each cheek, and
de Charette went one-up, kissing the U.S. secretary of
state five times, according to State Department spokesper-
son Nicholas Burns, four times on the cheek and once on
Joumalists Rita Henley Jensen, M.Gashy Greely and Kevin Fobbs take part in a panel discus-
sion about welfare and its treatment by the media yesterday.
New York University nolitical science
"It requires a regime where the recipients
Iet help to work." Mead said. "To do that