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September li, 2001
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By Louie Melzlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Administrators and student leaders at Michi-
gan colleges are pressuring state lawmakers to
repeal the tuition tax credit, an effort that, if suc-
cessful, could save in-state University students
about $80 and $200 for out-of-state students.
Executives and student body presidents of
each of the state's 15 public universities,
including University of Michigan President
Lee Bollinger and Michigan Student Assembly
President Matt Nolan, have signed statements
urging the Legislature to repeal the tax credit.
Tonight MSA is expected to pass a resolu-
tion supporting a repeal of the tax credit.
The resolution's sponsors argue that a repeal
would allow the University to substantially lower
tuition for the current academic year. By repeal-
ing the tax credit, the state would be able to real-
locate money that is currently earmarked to fund
the program into the universities' budgets.
"If the tuition tax credit is repealed, every
single student at the University of Michigan
will feel its effect by lower tuition," said MSA
President Matt Nolan, one of the resolution's
If the resolution passes, MSA will send let-
ters to all state senators and representatives
urging them to vote for a repeal of the 6-year-
old tax credit. In addition, MSA will send a
campuswide e-mail to students telling them
how to contact their legislators to do the same.
The tuition tax credit is offered to the fami-
lies of students attending Michigan colleges in
order to keep their tuition increases below the
rate of inflation, allowing them to claim a cred-
it on 8 percent of their tuition fees, up to a
maximum of $375.
Last year, the only college whose students
could take advantage of the program was Lake
Superior State University. This year no stu-
dents were eligible to take advantage of the
program, although students at some communi-
ty college and private schools were able to
claim a credit.
The Presidents Council of the State Univer-
sities of Michigan has been working over the
last few weeks to garner support for a repeal of
Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek), sponsor
of legislation to repeal the credit, said he believes
20 senators will vote to repeal the tax credit,
which is the minimum number required for the
bill to pass. He expects the bill to be brought to
the Senate floor about a week from now.
Schwarz said he was delighted that MSA is
considering the resolution. The University raised
tuition this year by 6.5 percent, the highest
increase in recent years but the lowest increase
among the state's other public universities.
However, Schwarz acknowledged that he
does not know whether he has enough votes in
the 110-member House of Representatives to
support a repeal.
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But the University has no
plans to make additionalz
housing co-ed in the future
By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
When LSA freshman Elizabeth
Roundtree requested a non co-ed floor on
her application for student housing, she
never thought she'd end up in one of the
all-female residence halls on campus.
"I was a little surprised, but it turned out
OK," Roundtree said. "It's nice, quiet; it's
just the same as having an all-girl floor."
Roundtree is one of the more than 750
students who live in single-sex residence
halls on campus - Stockwell, Betsey Bar-
bour, Helen Newberry, and the more pri-
vate Martha Cook and Henderson House.
University Housing Director William
Zeller said the demand wasn't high enough
to fill the campus' five all-female residence
halls, which required the Housing office to
place students in halls that were not their
first preference. Only about 500 females
chose to live in a non co-ed dorm this year.
But Zeller said that in all housing
assignments there are students whose first
preferences aren't able to be met.
"I've talked to so many women in the
past that were discouraged at first and a
month later didn't want to live anywhere
else," Zeller said.
All-female residence halls are part of the
University's history, Zeller said, and even
though demand for single-sex housing
Soon students won't have to check their voice mail to find
out who called while they were away from their rooms.
IT Communications, the University's telephone service
provider, is planning to give students an additional service in
the next coming weeks: caller ID
The service was originally planned to debut in residence
halls last year but was delayed N6,to technical difficulties.
"We were expecting to have ifquite a bit sooner than this,"
said IT Communications Director of Product Development
"Generally in any kind of new installation with caller ID
you just have to make sure that the information that is being
received is working with the system that you've got. ...
Things just haven't gone as smoothly as we originally
But Palms said recent improvements might allow caller ID
to be added to the phone services regularly provided to stu-
dents within the month. The service is slated to be free for
the rest of this academic year, but the University has not
determined whether students will pay for it in the future.
Students will have to purchase their own caller ID box.
"Officially, we're not providing' yet, but when we do, the
plan is to turn it on this fall, within three weeks," Palms said.
Currently, residents can receive caller ID services if they
call IT Communications and request it, but the service costs
Both voice mail and call-waiting services are included as
part of the current package.
But Residence Halls Association President Tim Winslow
said he believes residents would benefit from caller ID.
"I think students would like to know who's calling them,
especially if telemarketers are calling them," Winslow said.
"I'm sure that if we put it on the phones nobody would
See CALLER ID, Page 7A
LSA freshmen Sara Sarkisian and Joanna Lee study in their room in Betsey Barbour yesterday. The two chose to live in the all-female
residence hall because of Its prime location and say they enjoy the quiet environment.
appears to be dwindling the University has
no plans to make any additional halls co-ed.
"They are very much a part of tradition
- very much entrenched in campus,"
Zeller said. "There is a real segment of the
student population that both desires and
expects all-female halls."
Michigan State University no longer has
any unisex residence halls, said Sue
Brandt, the office assistant for university
housing at MSU.
"Many years ago there were some all-
female houses, but they all went to co-ed
halls," Brandt said. "Since then we have
never really had anyone ask for a separate
At Michigan, both new and returning
students have the ability to request these
residence halls, with the ratter group
receiving first preference. Those who
want to live in either Martha Cook or
Henderson House must go through an
application process due to the more pri-
vate nature of these houses, although the
only requirement is being a full-time reg-
Buckle said the all-female halls seem to
be more calm than others on campus.
Though these residence halls do not
necessarily have more security guards,
Zeller said, they seem to have a safer
atmosphere, which he attributes to the con-
sciousness of the inhabitants. He said the
women are less prone to leave doors
propped open or unlocked than those in
"It's great," said LSA sophomore Anuja
Garg. "You can wander the hallways. You
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soccer player to stand trial
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan soccer player Kevin Robinson is
scheduled to stand trial later this month on a felony
charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Robinson, a Kinesiology sophomore, pleaded not
guilty to the charge and was ordered last week to
appear before Washtenaw County Circuit Judge
Archie Brown on Sept. 24.
The victim, an Arts and Design senior, told
police Robinson raped her the night of Dec. 17
after meeting him at a party. According to court
documents, the victim had visited several bars
before attending the party and was incapacitated
when the alleged rape occurred.
In Michigan, third-degree criminal sexual con-
"We're confident that he's
not guilty of what amounts
- Ronald Plunkett
Attorney for Kevin Robinson
duct, which involves penetration, is punishable up
to 15 years in prison.
Robinson, a forward, has played for the Wolver-
ines in four games this season.
Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations
Bruce Madej said head soccer coach Steve Burns is
getting apprised of the situation and the Athletic
Department is still gathering all the facts. No action
had been taken against Robinson as of yesterday.
"This is the first we've heard of it," Madej said.
"We have to find out what's going on ourselves."
Following Robinson's arraignment in March, the
Ann Arbor Police Department conducted an inves-
tigation which lasted several months. AAPD Sgt.
Michael Logghe said no information from the
investigation revealed that Robinson was acquaint-
ed with the victim before the night of the incident.
Robinson's attorney Ronald Plunkett said his
client made a statement to police and cooperated
with the investigation.
"We expect the trial to take two or three days,"
Plunkett said. "We're confident that he's not guilty
of what amounts to rape."
Pretrial hearings, which began in May, ended Friday.
Jaye returns to ballot after
being ousted from Senate
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
David Jaye continues his quest to
rejoin the Michi-
gan Senate today
in the Republican
primary for the
called to fill his
former seat - just
one of a host of "
the state today that
will narrow the
f i-Aa ;n vnrion Jaye
Jaye, who was expelled from the
Legislature in May after accusations of
misusing Senate computers and strik-
ing his fiancee, could become the first
state lawmaker to regain a seat after
being removed from it if he wins today
and in November.
In addition to the 12th District Sen-
ate primary, primary elections are
being held in the city of Detroit and
Detroit residents will choose who
will battle each other for outgoing
Mayor Dennis Archer's seat. Archer
has headed the city since 1994. Addi-
tinall 211 lnineC itv Council seats
ning for mayor, with the main con-
tenders being state House Minority
Leader Kwame Kilpatrick, City Coun-
cil President Gil Hill and City Coun-
cilman Nicholas Hood III.
Archer declined to endorse any of
the candidates, saying,"If I were to
endorse someone who opposes some
of the things I support, I would be
abdicating my position on this city."
The top two vote-getters in tomor-
row's mayoral primary will face off in
the Nov. 6 general election. The top 18
vote-getters in the council race will
also move on to the general election
Here is a look at some of the
primary and special elections
scheduled today in Metro Detroit.
STATE SENATE 12th District: Top vote-
getters among 13 Republicans and among
nine Democrats advance to Nov. 6 general
election. Winner will complete term of David
Jaye, expelled from Senate in May but
running in GOP primary.
DEARBORN Mayor: Top two vote-getters
among four candidates advance.
City Council: Top 10 vote-getters among 15
candidates will vie for five seats Nov. 6.
DETROIT Mayor: Top two vote-getters
among 21 candidates advance.
City Council: Top 18 vote-getters among 97
candidates advance to general election for
PONTIAC Mayor: Top two vote-getters
among five candidates advance. '
SOUTHFIELD Mayor: Top two vote-getters
The Ann Arbor Police Department will no longer staff Its substation under the
Maynard Street parking garage, but officers will still use It from time to time.
Budget cuts force
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Although many police substations
around the city have been phased out
within the last few months due to bud-
getary cuts, Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment Deputy Chief Larry Jerue said the
police presence off-campus will not
Events such as Hash Bash and the
Naked Mile will be handled exactly the
schools, officers who attend community
meetings and have 10 dedicated beat
officers who are foot patrol,' he said.
"We still have people in the upcoming
Greek life meetings for an informational
Jerue said the department will retain
the same number of officers while
assigning in different capacities.
"Where we used to have four officers
in district offices they are now a part of
the patrol division with patrol responsi-