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More graffiti
found on 'U'
In addition to the pro-Michigan
tate graffiti found Tuesday morning
on the Diag, more green spray-paint
and anti-Michigan slogans were found
in Regents Plaza and again in the Diag
yesterday morning, according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
The Cube was defaced and DPS
officers managed to recover two gal-
lons of paint, according to DPS
reports. There are no suspects.
,,Scalper auctions
M' tickets online
DPS cited a subject for scalping
tickets on the Website eBay.com after
being notified of the crime by a caller
from the Fleming Administration
Building on Wednesday afternoon,
DPS reports state.
Reports did not indicate which game
the scalper was trying to sell the tickets.
tost nuclear
refrigerator found
An employee of the nuclear medi-
cine departments of the University's
Medical Center called DPS on
Wednesday to report a missing
refrigerator, DPS reports state.
The refrigerator had been missing
Or about a month and was found in
another area of the building.
Two individuals
collide, injure heads
Two subjects collided in the
Central Campus Recreation Building
on Wednesday, hitting their heads
; ether, according to DPS reports.
One of the subjects was escorted
to University Health Services for
medical attention.
A personal injury report was filed.
Paint splatters
damage car
A man called DPS on Wednesday to
report that he discovered splattered
aint on his vehicle when he returned
it. The man had parked his car in
Lot NC-28, located at 2500 Hayward
St., DPS reports state. Yellow paint
splashed on the man's car when the
parking lines in the lot were repainted,
according to the report.
The paint on the car had dried by
the time the owner discovered it.
Tampon dispenser
damaged for coin
A woman called DPS Wednesday
to report that a tampon dispenser in
the restroom at Medical Science Unit
I Building was damaged, DPS
reports state.
According to reports there are no
suspects. The damage is being treat-
ed as a larceny from a coin-operated
IDPS searches for

Markley criminal
The Ann Arbor Police Department
requested DPS assistance on
Wednesday in contacting a Mary
Markley Residence Hall resident
after he allegedly drove his car
through several stop signs and then
d the area on foot, despite police
tempts to stop him.
DPS is currently tracking the sus-
pect, reports state.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporters Gerard Cohen- Vrignaud
and Dave Enders.

LOCAL/S TATE ne Micnan uay - ray, Octooer 8,1999-
Michigan schools beat .S. tuition trenid

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Increases in state higher education appropria-
tions helped keep tuition prices for the current aca-
demic year at Michigan's public universities down
more than their counterparts in other states.
Nationally, the cost of attending a four-year pub-
lic university rose by 3.4 percent, from $3,247 to
$3,356, according to a report released this week by
the College Board. The average out-of-state tuition
at four-year public institutions this year is $8,706.
But in Michigan, the average tuition hike among
the 15 public universities was 2.8 percent. The
state budget for the fiscal year, which began last
Friday, contains provisions to encourage universi-
ties to keep their tuition increases below 3 percent.
"This makes it literally 5 years in a row -
and this hasn't been reported much - that
Michigan has been below the national average
for tuition increases," said Glenn Stevens,

executive director of the Presidents Council of
the State Universities of Michigan.
"I think the facts clearly support that
Michigan is doing better than what we've seen
nationally," Stevens said.
The University Board of Regents approved a
2.8 percent tuition increase for the 1999-2000
academic year in July, keeping the University
on par with the rest of the state.
In-state tuition and fees for LSA first-year stu-
dents and sophomores at the University total
$6,148 per year. LSA juniors and seniors pay
$6,952 for in-state tuition and fees annually. Non-
Michigan residents pay upwards of S19,000.
Gov. John Engler's fiscal year 2000 budget
recommendation originally tied a 1.5 percent
increase in funding to a stipulation that univer-
sities increase tuition rates by no more than 3
percent. University President Lee Bollinger and
many other university nresidents criticized that

portion of the budget, and the tuition-restraint
money was rolled into this year's base.
Instead, universities that increase tuition above
the 3 percent mark will lose 1.5 percent when cal-
culating next year's appropriations.
"Because the University maintained a
tuition increase of under 3 percent, we have no
concerns," said Cynthia Wilbanks, vice presi-
dent for government relations.
Nationally, tuition increases are the lowest in
four years, the College Board report says. Jeffrey
Penn, a spokesperson for the New Yprk company,
cited a prosperous economy as helping to keep the
cost of college relatively stable.
"There is less of a need to raise tuition
prices as there was in the '80s when inflation
was higher," Penn said.
Individual institutions also have a hand in
remaining affordable, he added. "I think col-
leges and universities are more aware of the

concern that families feel and are trying to
hold the line," Penn said.
Stevens said the amount of money flowing into
higher education from Lansing is probably the
biggest factor in putting Michigan near the top of
the list as far as higher education value.
"With a much improved appropriations climate,
Michigan has been doing well the past few years
with tuition," Stevens said.
"We've seen,consistent support," he added.
"What's important is that you don't have a
year with adequate support and then a sharp
drop. As we look to the future, we hope to
keep doing even better."
Wilbanks said generous state funding is the key
to keeping tuition at the University low.
"The state's ability to fund higher education
at a level above inflation gives the universities
power to hold back their tuition increases,"
Wilbanks said.

Students teach in public schools

By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Teach for America, a program similar
to the Peace Corps in its time commit-
ment and mission, held an information
session yesterday to recruit University
students - known to be some of the
young program's most avid participants.
The Peace Corps took its first steps
when former President John F Kennedy
introduced the concept of a peace corps
on the steps of the Michigan Union in
1960. The University was among the one
of the first schools to become involved in
the Peace Corps, and now the "peace
corps for teachers" recruits here as well.
The program held yesterday at the
Michigan League provided a venue for
program alumni to share their experi-
ences with Teach for America and to
recruit new members.
"It's not about you anymore. It's about
kids. You may be the only one that cares
about them," said Rackham student
Fiona Lin, who participated in Teach for
American in 1994 and 1995.
Teach for America sends recent col-

lege graduates for two years into rural or
public school districts in the United
States that are in dire need of teachers.
Accepted students must complete a five-
week training course on teaching before
starting work in the fall. Participants then
work as full-time teachers for the entire
two-year commitment.
Michigan typically sends the most stu-
dents in the country.
"Last year, approximately half of the
students that applied from Michigan
were accepted. Nationally, only 30 per-
cent of students applying are accepted,"
said Marion Hodges, Teach for America
central recruitment director.
The Teach for America program began
in 1989 when Wendy Kopp graduated
from Princeton University and the next
year fulfilled her dream of expanding
and improving education for all children.
Tom Shepley, a Teach for America
corps member in 1992, said he got
involved because he wanted to make a
"I was tired of talking about the prob-
lems in education. I wanted to be able to

make a change," said Shepley, who is
now a teacher for Detroit Public Schools.
Fifty-four percent of Teach for America
graduates continue careers in education,
but the desire to pursue a career in edu-
cation is not a prerequisite.
Lin said she got involved because she
wasn't sure what she wanted to do after.
"I was hungry to try something new. I
was tired of the inequity in education.
This program spoke to me like nothing
else did;" she said.
Teach for America does not limit its
participants to students who specialized
in education during college.
"There is a great need for those stu-
dents interested in math and science and
also those that speak Spanish," Hodges
Currently, corps members are placed
in 13 different areas, including
Baltimore, MD, Houston, Texas, and
Washington, D.C.
"We are really hoping to expand to
schools in Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta
by the fall of 2000," Hodges said.

LSA junior Mary McReevy hunts through job placement materials yesterday
at the Career Planning & Placement office in the Student Activities Building.
Liberal arts degrees
yedhigher edwages

"w: ;

By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Liberal arts degrees are finally
paying off.
Until recently, liberal arts gradu-
ates were thought to make low wages
and have a very narrow job market
because they are always in competi-
tion with fellow graduates with busi-
ness and engineering degrees.
According to a recent survey com-
pleted by the National Association of
Colleges and Employers, there have
been substantial salary increases dur-
ing the last year. Graduates with his-
tory degrees averaged a 5.8 percent
salary increase to a starting rate of
$28,378, and political science majors
averaged $29,651 at a 6 percent
increase opposed to the engineering
average increase of 4 to 5 percent.
The new jobs - and salaries -
are coming from a result of a good
economy and a tight labor market,
said a recent NACE reports. For
example, schools are not hiring
enough education majors with teach-
ing degrees, so they are taking for-
eign language, history and english
degrees without teaching certificates.
Employers-in the engineering and
business markets take liberal arts-
graduates because they need more
employees than those available with
corresponding degrees.
Associate Director for Employer
Relations at the Career Planning
and Placement Center Terry
Lawrence said "it doesn't seem like
students are as concerned this year
as they were say five years ago."

"I am not getting recruited, but I
think my degree is wanted," said
LSA senior Charlie Yuan, who is an
economics major. "I think it will
take a little more work (to make
good money), and I will have to
prove myself to the employer."
LSA senior Miri Choi said "it is
hard to find a job, being a LSA
grad, you have to be really extraor-
dinary to find a good job." She said,
"you have to worry more in LSA."
But Kmart Corporation Director
of Corporate Media Relations
Mary Lorencz said, "it is more than
just your degree that is prefer-
enced." All prospective employees
go through an extensive interview
process, and it is more than just the
degree that flags you down, Lorencz
People skills are a prime asset in
obtaining a job at Kmart, and
regarding the competition with
business graduates, Lorencz said.
"Good liberal arts students will pick
up and understand business strate-
gies very quickly."
Lawrence found it is "less a func-
tion of major that brings in the high-
er salaries. For example, in the com-
puter science field, the salaries are
higher regardless of degree"
Lawrence said the way to getting
a good job is to "tap into as many
resources as you possibly can -
campus interviews, job fairs -
employers are recruiting earlier this
year." Her advice is 8to not "wait
until winter, many opportunities
will have passed"

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What's happening in Ann ArbOr this weekend


U "Community Forum on Nuclear
Weapons Abolition," Sponsored
by Peaceand Environmental
Coalition for the Abolition of
Nuclear Weapons, Rackham
Ampitheater, 1:30-9 p.m.
Q "Militarization of the Middle East"
presentation by Joe and Jean
Gump, Sponsored by Peace

and Java," Sponsored by Hillel,
Michigan Union, Cava Java, 11.
U "Jewish Women's Forum Rosh
Hodesh Service," Sponsored by
Hillel, Hillel, 8 p.m.
U "Washtenaw Alliance for the
Mentally Il Family Day",

Domino's Farms, 12 p.m.
U "Identity, Thought and Vision:
Jewish, Arab and Druze Israeli
Artists," Sponsored by Hillel,
Rackham Galleries.
U "The US Israeli Relationship &
Peace in the Middle East"
panel including David Roet,
Congresswoman Lynn Rivers,
Mark Brewer and Carl Marlinga,
Sponsored by College
Democrats and the Michigan


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