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Evita Nedelkoska, Engineering junior
and vice president of SWE. "We have
support from every gender."
LSA senior Thomas Vazquez, one
of the outstanding student leaders and
an advisor of the year, said it was a
great honor to be recognized by the
"I've had a lot of great opportunities
to work with great organizations and
students," Vazquez said. "I feel that so
many individuals, within the students
of color, should also be recognized for
their work."
Aundrea Johnson, speaker of the
Black Student Union, was awarded as
one of the outstanding student leaders
for her dedication to diversity at the
"I have been granted the opportu-
nity to build something meaningful
and positive for black students at

the University of Michigan, and
have joined the legacy of so many
other people who have taken their
turn in uplifting our black people,"
Johnson said.
The Muslim Students Association,
an outstanding student organization
winner, works to bring its members -
from a variety of racial and ethnic
backgrounds - together to create a
sense of community.
LSA senior and MSA community
affairs chair Rima Makhiawala said
such recognition from the University is
"Most of the people recognized do
these things not looking for recogni-
tion, so it's extra special," Makhiawala
said. "You do it for the goodness of the
heart and because you are passionate
about it."
"It's a nice pat on the back," Makhi-
awala added. "Hearing what other stu-
dents have done ... you realize that
there's more to be done."

Dean of Students Ed Willis presents the Outstanding Student Leader award to
Hellenic Student Association President Konstantinos Ghirtis.

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"U of M is one of the top schools in the
country because a number of our con-
stituent departments are highly ranked,"
Adriaens said. "We have 12 departments
and a number of them are in the top three.
We have both breadth and depth - what it
takes to achieve the national standing we
The College of Engineering ranked in the
top three in three of 13 specialties - environ-

mental engineering and industrial/manufactur-
ing engineering, which were both ranked sec-
ond, and nuclear engineering, which was
ranked third.
"The Michigan engineering department is
amazing," said Jennifer VanRoeyen, a sec-
ond-year Engineering graduate student. "It
offers an experience you can't get from other
schools. A big attraction is its diversity, both
in the student body and in course offerings.
Also, the graduate program has great
research opportunities, and the undergradu-
ate program has high-quality GSIs."

U.S. News used several quality indicators
to determine the overall national rankings.
It distributed peer assessment surveys to
engineering school deans, senior faculty
and corporate recruiters to rate the quality
of different schools' programs and meas-
ured "research activity," based on total
research expenditures and research dollars
per faculty member engaged in research. It
also evaluated student selectivity,
faculty/student ratios and the proportion of
full-time faculty in the National Academy
of Engineering in 2002.

"The high ranking affects recruiting; stu-
dents are looking at graduate programs and
these numbers influence their decisions,"
said Todd Erpelding, a third-year biomed-
ical engineering Rackham student. "I think
(the ranking) probably most reflects the
amount of funding the program receives -
Michigan does overall very well in terms of
funding compared to other universities."
The College of Engineering granted 1,160
undergraduate degrees, 653 masters degrees
and 195 doctoral degrees in 2002. Thirty-three
percent of the 6,478 applicants for graduate

study in 2002 were accepted. This year's class
had a 3.50 mean undergraduate grade point
"Michigan engineers usually don't have
trouble finding a job, which is really
important in today's economy," VanRoeyen
said. "The program provides the back-
ground and training students need."
Other University graduate schools also
ranked in the top 15. The Law School
ranked seventh, the Medical School and
School of Education ranked 8th and the
Business School ranked 13th.

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trated Saddam's seat of power. This
time, though, there were plans to stay.
Rather than withdrawing at nightfall,
as units did over the weekend, mem-
bers of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd
Infantry Division hunkered down for
the night at the sprawling, splendored
New Presidential Palace where Sad-
dam once slept.
Several miles away, two soldiers and
two journalists were killed in a rocket
attack on the 3rd Infantry Division
south of Baghdad, the U.S. Central
Command reported. Another 15 sol-
diers were injured in the attack on an
infantry position south of the city.
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would increase the district from 21 prop-
erties to 176, including about 75 percent
of the Greek houses on campus.
Alumni and current members of mul-
tiple fraternities and sororities showed
up to express opposition to the expan-
sion proposal. Joe Frattori, a member of
the housing board for Phi Delta Theta,
said fraternities do not qualify for the tax
credits available to help private home-
owners defray the cost of maintaining
historic properties. He added that 23 per-
cent of the properties in the expansion
district are non-profit churches, coopera-
tive houses, fraternities and sororities -
none of which qualify for the tax credits.
Susan Smith Gray, Kappa Alpha
Theta housing corporation president
and treasurer, echoed Frattori's fears.
"This will require more money from
us," she said.
Greek Life Director Mary Beth Seiler
said that she felt student behavior in
Greek houses partly motivated the pro-
posed expansion. "Putting these houses
in a historic district will do nothing to
affect behaviors" she said.
Councilwoman Joan Lowenstein (D-
2nd Ward) said the expansion was not
intended to impose hardship on fraterni-
ties and sororities. "Without fraternities,
there would be a shortage of student
housing," she said. "This is not meant to
get rid of Greek houses at all:'
Ann Arbor resident Karen Coulter,
who spent four years on the Washtenaw-
Hill Historic District Study Commis-
sion, said she originally had fears about
the affordability of maintaining a his-
toric house, but that working on the
committee allayed those fears. "I believe
that hardship is a reason to be lenient on
an external repair," she said. "We
worked hard on the study to focus on
appearance" rather than materials. She
added that materials such as slate fre-
quently account for most of the cost of
historic repairs, but that the committee
allows homeowners to use like materials
that look historically consistent.
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increases without increases in the state
appropriation," Courant said.
But Courant is especially con-
cerned about the decrease in state
"The state fair of the general fund
could fall to 31 percent - that's huge,"
Courant said.
The remaining 15 percent of the
general fund comes primarily from
indirect cost recovery, said Ruth
Kallio, associate director of the Office
of Budget and Planning. This is federal
money that supports the indirect costs
of research. Indirect costs could
include maintaining a building with a
research laboratory or updating the
libraries with journals necessary for
General fund revenue is used for a





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