2A,-The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 18, 2002
Nursing scool enrollment drops NEWS IN BRIEF
By Soung Chang have been steadily increasing over the past three years" "This scholarship program will be very helpful to JERUSA LEM
Daly taff Reporter Lindsey Balzhiser, a nursing sophomore, thinks individuals, men and women, considering a nursing .TT
nursing schools are not enrolling at capacity because degree," said Hinshaw, who has been collaborating U.t."to arrange srae - estnian
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capacity and are only graduating about half of their
possible enrollments, according to a survey released by
the Southeast Michigan Health and Hospital Council.
University of Michigan Nursing Dean Ada Hin-
shaw said the University is no exception to this
trend. "The School of Nursing's enrollment has
been below capacity the past four years. Our
enrollment dropped over this time but less than
the national average, which was 21.1 percent."
. Hinshaw said the drop in enrollment has not affected
standards for admission, although there have been
fewer applications and fewer admitted. She also noted
the University has "initiated several major marketing
and recruitment strategies and the freshman classes
they are looking for more quaiied applicants.
"Admissions officers may be skeptical about allow-
ing certain students into their programs because many
people use the nursing school as a back-door into the
University, and have no intentions of actually complet-
ing the BSN program," Balzhiser said.
Dwindling nursing school enrollments are of special
concen because of the growing natioiwide shortage of
nurses, which has resulted in increased labor costs for
hospitals and a decrease in the overall quality of health
care. In order to addressthis problem, Senator John
Schwarz, (R-Battle Creek), has sponsored a bill to cre-
ate a Michigan Nurse Scholarship. The proposed pro-
gram would award more than 1,000 nursing students in
the state with about $3,000 a year to cover tuition costs.
with Schwarz on the proposed scholarship legislation
for several months. "It should help to bring additional
students into our exciting nursing programs since it
provides a financial incentive."
Nursing senior Suzanne Begeny said she thinks that
while the scholarship would be worthwhile, additional
measures need to be taken in order to boost enrollment,
such as increased funding for the Nursing school. -
Begeny said an education in nursing is more costly
because of medical and laboratory equipment. Usually
a nursing student's tuition does not cover all of the costs
involved. "Nursing is a rewarding profession that offers
great opportunities, but something must change. Other-
wise the enrollment will continue to be on the decline
and there will be no way to attract new students."
SBy Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a Jerusalem bus and a
Palestinian gunman killed a teenage girl in a shooting spree near Tel Aviv in
attacks yesterday that drew a sharp condemnation from U.S. envoy Anthony
Zinni, who pressed ahead with his attempts to arrange a Mideast cease-fire.
Also, Israel sent tanks to the center of Bethlehem, moving to within 200 yards
of the Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where tradition holds that Jesus
was born. One Palestinian militiaman was killed in an exchange of fire, and Israel
later pulled back to its former positions near the edge of town.
Shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Zinni is trying to bring about
a truce amid the worst spate of bloodshed in the nearly 18 months of Mideast
Zinni has sounded optimistic during his four days in the region, but has yet to
arrange face-to-face talks between the two sides. And while there have been hints
of progress and pledges to work toward a cease-fire, neither side has taken the
decisive steps the other is demanding.
Zinni held talks for the third straight day with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
in his West Bank headquarters of Ramallah, and also conferred with Israeli Presi-
dent Moshe Katsav in nearby Jerusalem.
Anaconda set back by weather conditions
The plan was to seal all escape routes from the Shah-e-Kot valley and then
slowly squeeze al-Qaida and Taliban fighters who had massed in the frigid hills
of eastern Afghanistan.
But bad weather and a setback to Afghan allies on the first day of Operation
Anaconda meant things didn't go according to plan, U.S. and Afghan officials
involved in the battle said.
That may have allowed some - perhaps hundreds - of the fighters to
The Afghans under Zia Lodin, who were supposed to swarm around a 3-mile-long
ridgeline known as The Whale and block any escape west from the valley, were
instead repulsed by a mortar ambush that killed three of Zia's men and an American
Special Forces soldier, Chief Warrant Officer Stanley Harriman, 34.
Meanwhile, bad weather delayed the arrival of a unit from the U.S. Army's
101st Airborne Division that was supposed to seal any escape to the north. The
unit was to drop in by helicopter shortly after the other coalition troops arrived
just before dawn on March 2, but did not land in the area until late that night.
Latino empowerment, identity and
positive cultural representation were
mJckigawdallyc the themes of University alum and cur-
WWWhI rent financial aid advisor Cesar Oroz-
co's keynote speech this weekend at the
University's first Latino Unity Month
"The tools to empower (the Latino
community) are with us, we just need
to learn how to use them," Orozco said.
"We need to use our undergrad experi-
ence as a training ground for us to per-
[U!" form in the future in regards to giving
back to our communities and succeed-
R ing in our careers."
1 1 The event was the start of a month-
long cultural celebration aimed at
iota °bringing together the Latino communi-
ty, celebrating Latino heritage and edu-
SWWWI cating the campus community about a
culture different from their own.
Aurora Torres, an LSA junior, said
she hopes the month's events will be
successful in promoting Latino culture
and making people aware of who Lati-
"Some people have misconceptions
that 'Latino' refers to only Mexicans or
Puerto Ricans, when really there are so
many more groups that are part of the
culture," she said.
T LSA junior and Unity Month co-
sponsor Celso Cardenas said he hopes
having student groups working togeth-
er will help break down barriers within
the Latino community. He added that.
students have to be willing to be the
pioneers that take the extra step to
learn about others.
Donney Moroney, Latino program
coordinator for Multi-Ethnic Student
Affairs, said a central component to the
week is educating others. Moroney
added that other central components
include empowerment and recognizing
The Mchian Daiy that Latinos have made a presence in
society and in the community, and giv-
ing students a chance to share that with
the rest of the University and Ann
"This month was designed to really
highlight the fact that on this campus
CaSS there is a strong presence of Latino
students," Moroney said. "(Latino
Unity Month) helps the students with
a sense of cultural pride - they take
pride in who they are and sharing it
A1Upcoming events include lectures,
workshops, a cultural show and a
recognition gallery that recognizes the
S u l accomplishments and contributions of
Latino student organizations, faculty
a and staff.
O LSA senior Victor Soto said when
he came to the University he was look-
ing for a way to learn mor about his
culture. He said if people had not taken
the initiative to put on these kinds of
Publication Date: events he would not have learned as
Thursday, 03.28.02 much or been as involved.
Soto said he feels Latino Unity
Month gives students a chance to con-
' 8d 1118. nect with new faces and old friends as
Thursday, 03.21.02 well as to bring in members of the
Latino community who might not nor-
Cot mally be involved.
C}LSA junior Cynthia Alvarez said "I
$40 if placed by think that since some of us come from
03.15.02 (first come, areas or states where there are many
first serve color option) Latinos, when you come here you want
to find someone that's like you and can
$45 if placed between relate to you, providing you comfort.
03.18.02-03.21.02 ... A lot of us are first generation Lati-
(nt color) nos going to college acting as a support
I10system for each other because we're
away from home."
Alvarez said people of all back-
grounds should attend events like the
cultural show, which gives them a
chance to meet people and explore dif-
ferent aspects of Latino culture.
Grenade attack aimed
at Pakistani foreigners
A grenade attack on a Protestant
church packed with Sunday worship-
pers killed five people - including an
American woman and her daughter -
in an assault clearly aimed at Pakistan's
No group claimed responsibility
for the attack, in which at least one
young man in black - some wit-
nesses said two - ran through the
center of the church hurling
grenades. But suspicion fell on
Ten Americans were among the 45
people injured, most of whom were for-
eigners, police and hospitals said. One
body remained unidentified yesterday,
and officials said it may be the
President Bush condemned the attack
on the Protestant International Church
and called it an act of terrorism. He
pledged to find those responsible and
bring them to justice.
Tou her Iraqi stance
ind ered by conflict
Vice President Dick- Cheney, nearing
an end of his tour of Arab countries,
acknowledged yesterday that the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict has become "a preoc-
cupation for everyone" in the region.
The crisis has blunted Cheney's effort
to build a case for a tougher stance
With Cheney ready to head to Israel,
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah
- author of a peace initiative drawing
support - accepted an invitation to visit
President Bush at his Texas ranch.
Cheney delivered the invitation in
person Saturday night in Jeddah, Saudi
The vice president was to meet
today with Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon. Cheney has left time
on his schedule for meetings with
Palestinian leaders, a senior U.S.
official said yesterday.
States call for better
A convicted monopolist getting off
too easy or a company in danger of los-
ing the innovation of its flagship Win-
dows software if punished further?
That question is confronting a federal
judge as a new phase of Microsoft's
antitrust case begins today with both
sides casting the stakes in dramatic
Nine states that have rejected the
government's recent settlement of the
case with the software company will try
to convince U.S. District Judge Colleen
Kollar-Kotelly that tougher penalties
are needed to protect consumers and
competitors against future monopolistic
One penalty would force Microsoft to
release a version of Windows that would
allow Microsoft features to be removed
in favor of competitors' products.
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