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Daily Staff Reporter "This is
As Olympic and world records are being assistant t
shattered, the University has broken a record of The Un
*ts own. Fiscal Year 2000 brought a 44.6 per- tution in t
cent increase in research awards, the highest by the Na
increase ever. eight year
The awards, received from the federal gov- This ye
ernment and external institutions, totaled versity V
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
After projecting the fiscal year 2000 budget deficit of
$2.6 million earlier this summer, the University's athletic
department reported yesterday that the true operating deficit
for the year was $1.45 million.
The department has been working with a deficit since
1998. Athletic Director Bill Martin said the deficit is a
result of three main events.
"Our radio contract for football and basketball games
went belly up and the
"We made up broadcaster owed us $2
million. Also, our royalties
for some of the from merchandise and the
donations to the depart-
money by ment were down," Martin
*having our At the end of the fiscal
year, the athletic depart-
expenses ment had less than $3 mil-
lion in royalties, down 20
under budg fet percent, from the year
before and down 98 per-
- Bill Martin cent from fiscal year
University Athletic Director 1998.
Martin said that
although income is down,
the deficit is not a result of extreme spending by the depart-
"We made up for some of the money by having our
expenses under budget," Martin said.
Expenditures in the department have decreased 2.1 per-
cent this past year and were down 2.6 percent the year
Jason Winters, chief financial officer for the athletic
department, said in a written statement that the department
worked to decrease the deficit by nearly half.
"When we recognized the shortfalls associated with
licensing and the radio default, we reduced discretionary
'pending, did not immediately fill open positions and
eferred what we could reasonably push off into later peri-
ods," Winters said.
Winters said that the athletic department is not in horrible
"On a balance sheet basis we are in great shape. Debt lev-
els are modest and we have almost $40 million in endow-
ment funds, including $10 million of unrestricted reserves,"
At the University Board of Regents meeting in July,
Martin presented his an estimate for the fiscal year 2001
udget, in which he predicted an operating deficit of
Last April, University President Lee Bollinger donated
$3 million to the athletic department, but that money will be
counted as a part of the budget for fiscal year 2001.
One hundred nine years of'editorzzlfreedom
September 21, 2000
neae research spendg
s the largest amount of an increase in
nd percentage," said Lee Katterman,
o the vice president of research.
niversity has been ranked the top insti-
the country for research expenditures
tional Science Foundation for the past
ear should be no exception said Uni-
ice President for Research Fawwaz
Ulaby, who will present the data at the Board
of Regent's meeting today.
"Every year the faculty submit proposals and
this past year we submitted about 3,600 pro-
posals, of which roughly 1,500 were accepted,"
The number of proposals written this year
resembled numbers from previous years, but a
greater percentage 6f proposals were accepted.
"It does signify a first rate research commu-
nity," Ulaby said. "This shows the quality of
the faculty teams and how well they are
received and recognized."
University President Lee Bollinger also
expressed his pleasure with the increase in
"It is immensely gratifying to see the excel-
lence and productivity of our faculty recog-
nized through this large increase in new
research grants," Bollinger said in a written
statement. "The University's research enter-
prise serves our students through exposure to
innovative thinking, benefits, the health and
well-being of the public, and augments eco-
"The money will go to support graduate stu-
dents, research staff and creates opportunities
for undergraduates to participate in projects,"
See RESEARCH, Page 2A
forced sex in
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
A student in Alice Lloyd Residence
Hall was raped Tuesday night, accord-
ing to Department of Public Safety
The woman, who made a report to
police after receiving medical treat-
ment at University Hospitals, refused
to tell police the name of the alleged
rapist, whom she said was her ex-
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Though no single, dominant issue
has emerged in this election year,
According to DPS reports, the man
entered the room at around 9:30 p.m.
and forced the woman to have sexual
DPS is investigating, and it is unclear
whether they have identified the ex-
boyfriend and whether he was a student.
"They are not releasing any infor-
mation," said University spokeswoman
See RAPE Page 7A
history," said Gil Omenn, Vice Presi-
dent for Medical Affairs at the Univer-
Indeed in its 35 years, Medicare has
done more than any other federal pro-
Music sophomore Tony Muka registers to vote yesterday during the Voice Your Vote Task
Force's free Guster concert.
health care - particularly
prescription drug benefits
- has undeniably settled in
the forefront of the Ameri-
can political consciousness.
At the heart of the health
care debate lie two conflict-
ing views on government
involvement in repairing a
system that leaves many
Medicare, the federal med-
ical insurance program for
Part one in a
gram to improve the health
of Americans. Medicare
was passed into law as part
of Lyndon Johnson's Great
Society program and covers
roughly 80 percent of med-
ical costs for those enrolled.
Most would argue, how-
ever, that despite its success,
Medicare is outdated and
unable to keep up with the
rising costs of health care
- especially pharmaceuti-
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 1,000 students registered to vote
, yesterday while Guster played to a crowd of
2,500 at Hill Auditorium yesterday afternoon.
The concert, organized by the Michigan
Student Assembly Voice Your Vote Task-
force and the University Activities Center, is
the most recent in a string of activities aimed
at making it easy for students to sign up
amid the new rules and regulations they face
in the registration process.
To participate in the Nov. 7 election, vot-
ers must be registered by Oct. 10.
Voters can register at a county clerk's
office, at a secretary of state branch office,
when filling out a driver's license application
form or by a mail-in voter registration form.
In Michigan, there is no online registra-
tion because forms require a signature. But
unregistered voters can print the online form
and mail it in.
Brad Whitman, director of the Informa-
tion and Voter Registration Division at the
state Bureau of Elections, said there are
some restrictions voters should be aware of
before Election Day.
First-time voters who did not register
in person cannot vote by absentee ballot
and can only cast a ballot at the voting
precinct printed on their voter registra-
tion card. A first-time voter is someone
See VOTERS, Page 7A
nearly 39 million Americans 65 and
over, is the focus of those seeking to
overhaul the system.
"Medicare is not broken. It is one of
the most successful programs in U.S.
cals, which it does not cover.
"It's real progress that both candi-
dates are talking about doing some-
thing about prescription drugs. It's- a
See HEALTH CARE, Page 7A
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
in area bars
By Lizze EBrle
For the Daily
The impact of international affairs rarely
spreads to the streets of Ann Arbor, but a recent
worldwide shortage of tequila has had a direct
effect on local bars in terms of prices and avail-
"I'm paying double what I was paying in Janu-
ary," said Rick Buhr, owner of Good Time
Law third-year student Chris Birkel (left) and LSA
junior Azikiwe Peters watch sports at the Brown
Jug, which has increased tequila prices recently.
grown in Mexico.
The problem has developed in the past five
years as demand for premium tequilas increased,
said Jim Macielak, spirits brand manager of the J.
Makins steps toward a cure
for cancer, a vaccine for AIDS,
new surgical procedures and
many other medical advance-
ments could be in the Universi-
Designers of the Life Sciences
Initiative hope to create an arena
of intelligence, innovation and
collaboration that might bring
the University and the world one
step closer to unlocking many of
Second in a three