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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 5A

SMOKERS
Continued from Page 1A
In residence halls, rules can be more
flexible than in other University build-
ings, Merritt said.
"The environment we work in is
with a community of smokers. We can
work collectively. You know the people
smoking outside the dorms - you
don't who's smoking in public places,
like the library," he said.
Libraries, a public place in which
smoking students often frequent, have
more trouble addressing the issue of
second-hand smoke.
Associate University Librarian for
Public Services Brenda Johnson said
the library is too small to fully deal
with the issue of public smoking.
"Presumably, people observe Uni-
versity policy, but just look at the loca-
tion of the butts. They are scattered
around the entrances - not really a
reasonable distance," Johnson said.
"We are too shortly staffed to have
people policing outside. We'd be
pulling someone away from their job to
have them go outside and see if people
are smoking far enough away from the
library," she added.
Other universities have instated
smoking policies designed to mini-
mize the presence of second-hand
smoke. Michigan State University has
a similar policy to the University's,
requiring smokers to maintain a "rea-
sonable distance" from buildings. At
Central Michigan University, smokers
must be 25 feet from buildings, but
smoking is permitted in designated
residence hall areas.
Yamchanchai suggested that the
University create specific areas outside
dorms designed for smokers so that the
smoke itself is in an isolated area.
Merritt said the creation of a specific
smoking area is fraught with difficulty.
"It's like Murphy's Law. Anytime
you try and set up a smokers only area
near an exit or anywhere outside the
building, you'll find that someone (a
non smoker) uses that area and has a
problem," Merritt said.
For now, everyone agreed that the
second-hand smoking issue is in the
hands of the smokers themselves and
that University rules can only go so far.
Engineering sophomore Natalie
Levy said rules could only affect so
much.
"You can change policy, but you can't
tell people not to smoke," Levy said.
FALL BREAK
Continued from Page 1A
after second-year students took their
final exams, he said.
"I think the students all appreciate
that. Having that extra one day off
makes a big difference."
Abu-Isa said the administration is
very receptive to student voices.
Administrators have also been
responding to a push for more study
days and have added some time for
studying, he said.
Law School student Umbreen Bhat-
ti said the discrepancies in fall break
timing did not affect her. "It made
absolutely no difference to me," she
said. "I'm sure it's probably difficult
for people who want to coordinate
their schedules with other students."
Bhatti said she didn't understand
why the fall break comes at different
times for different schools. "I've never
been able to figure that out," she said.
"(The schedules) are really not all that
different."
She pointed out that the Law
School fall semester starts and ends
on the same day as most other
schools. The only major difference in
schedules is that the Law School win-
ter term ends on May 6.

BUDGET
Continued from Page IA
Michael Hansen, chief education
analyst for the Senate Fiscal Agency,
echoed his statements.
"For all we know they could spare
higher education, but I doubt they
will," he said, adding that Michigan's
colleges and universities already con-
sume nearly a quarter of the budget.
But state and University officials
said funding cuts to the University
could pose problems in the wake of
last year's $37 million reductions.
"(The state budget deficit) certain-
ly puts us at some risk, but again it
depends a great deal on the size of
the cut and the timing of the cut,"
said Provost Paul Courant. "Last year
we went through a process that had a
lot of consultation over a period of
about six r nths."
In the months following the confer-
ence, Gov. Jennifer Granholm will
address voters and the state Legislature
with her own solutions to the budget
problem. Her plan will most likely
include a combination of fee hikes for
some state services and budget cuts,
said Greg Bird, spokesman for the State
Budget Office.
"This is an extremely huge budget
problem - we want to make sure we
do it right and not fast," Bird said.
"So we're going to work very hard to
put something together soon."

I don 'tfeel like they
respect us as adults'

POLICE
Continued from Page 1A
streets such as Maynard Street, which is
where Scorekeepers is located.
The anonymous student said she felt
treatment by the police outside of
Scorekeepers was unfair. "I know
police are there to protect and do their
job;' she said. "It feels like they treat
people unfairly. I don't feel like they
respect us as adults, I feel like they
treat us like kids. They assume we
don't know our legal rights."
"I'm unhappy, dissatisfied with the
whole thing," she said.
Engineering freshman J.C. Conover
also said he was dissatisfied with the
police presence. "I don't like how they
give everybody MIPs," he said.
Conover said he also saw a housing
security officer threaten a student who
had crawled into his window in a resi-
dence hall.
But not all students feel such ani-
mosity toward police. Kinesiology
freshman Brad Lathrop, sitting with
Conover at the Michigan Union under-
ground, said he didn't think the police

in Ann Arbor were as bad as his friends
thought. He said Arborfest was the
only place he had seen police so far
and that he didn't know many people
who had received MIPs.
DPS officers said negative com-
ments reflect a minority of interactions
between students and police.
Weincouff has been with DPS for
two years. He was a patrol officer and
now works in the criminal investiga-
tion unit. He said despite some nega-
tive feedback, people in Ann Arbor
tend to be friendlier and more likely to
say hello to him than in other places
he has worked.
Housing Security Officer Steve
Prussian has been with the DPS
housing security staff since January
and said his interactions with stu-
dents have been positive. "I think it's
been very friendly," he said. "The
vast majority of the students here
know we're there to help them so
they can focus on the education
they're here to get."
"There's a tiny fraction that we don't
get along with. Most everybody seems
to be very happy that we're here."

WOMEN
Continued from Page IA
they learn to play golf or participate in
other traditionally male social activi-
ties, said Executive Women's Alliance
President Carol Gallagher, whose firm
specializes in coaching, consulting and
developing female leaders.
"It's not a good way to make rela-
tionships when you're miserable,"
Gallagher said. "If we don't act
authentically and show up who we
really are at work, people don't
learn to trust us."
Women also must learn that while
they have to be effective at their jobs,
they should avoid a perfectionist atti-
tude by delegating responsibilities
instead of trying to do everything by
themselves, Gallagher said.
She added that one way for women
to network successfully is to develop
"substantive relationships inside and
outside the company." She pointed
out that 90 percent of executive
women's relationships were devel-
oped with workers outside their
department, and 18 percent were rela-
tionships with professionals outside
of their industry.
Stacy Stewart, chief executive
officer of the Fannie Mae Founda-
tion, said in addition to taking risks
and expecting adversity, female
leaders must discover what their
passions are and work hard to

achieve their goals.
"As women, we cannot be defined
by our gender, and we cannot be
defined by our expectations of our
gender," Stewart said. "If we're going
to be defined by anything, it shouldn't
be titles or awards, but values."
Stewart said as an MBA student at
the University, she turned down a
prestigious job offer several weeks
before graduating because she want-
ed to work in the public finance sec-
tor, helping expand home-ownership
access to minorities.
While a receptive audience of sev-
eral hundred female professionals,
business students and prospective
students listened to the speakers'
advice and inspirational stories dur-
ing the conference, few raised their
hands when Gallagher asked how
many wanted to one day work in
executive positions.
Many more indicated that they
wanted to work as individual contrib-
utors for a large corporation.
"There's some barrier out there -
some of it is self-imposed and some of
it is the culture of the organization,"
Gallagher said, adding that only 1.5
percent of the Fortune 500 top chief
executive officers and 12.4 percent of
all board directors are women.
Gallagher said a key for women to
achieve success in the business world
is to realize that "whatever we focus
on is what we achieve."

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