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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 2003 - 5

Welcome Week activities
offer fun away from parties

By Sara Eber
Daily Staff Reporter
Are partying and drinking the only activities offered the first
week back at school?
Not necessarily.
The Office of New Student Programs hoped to introduce
incoming students to the University in a more meaningful
and informative way by again hosting the Welcome to
Michigan Program, a week-long program designed to fur-
ther introduce students to college life.
Commencing last Thursday with the New Student Convo-
cation at Crisler Arena, the program featured an array of
activities to orient new students with social, athletic and
activist opportunities on campus. Program highlights includ-
ed Artscapade/Escapade, Meijer Madness, Maize Craze,
Recreational Sports Day, Community Plunge and the Pre-
Class Bash.
While most key events remained the same, the student
response was greater than in previous years at Meijer Mad-
ness and the New Student Convocation, said Drew Tinnen,
coordinator of Orientation and Welcome Programs at ONSP.
"I was proud that we were able to showcase student talent
with student groups performing at both events, and we had
great help from a variety of student organizations who vol-
unteered at the events," he said.
LSA freshman Byung Park said he really enjoyed going
to Meijer Madness on Friday, where he joined students in
the crowded store for free food, music and last-minute shop-
ping. "They really named it properly," he said. "It was
freakin' madness!"

Alyssa Goldstein, also an LSA freshman, voiced a similar
opinion, saying that Meijer Madness was her favorite activi-
ty of the week.
"It was awesome!" she said. "Everything was so cheap,
and my roommate and I bought so much stuff that we need-
ed. It was great because neither of us had a car."
The Welcome program also aimed to provide an alterna-
tive to the alcohol-infused party scene, said Tinnen.
"Hopefully, Welcome to Michigan is a social time for stu-
dents, but not a party scene." One of our goals is to help stu-
dents meet one another, and we provide numerous ways to
do this," he said. "We do plan late-night events such as
Artscapade/Escapade, Meijer Madness, and University
Unions' Dance Trilogy to help us meet our goals, new stu-
dents to have a good time, and events as an alternative to the
party scene.'
LSA freshman Justin Berg noted that the University
social scene and the school-sponsored activities "were pretty
separate," he said.
"I went to Rec Sports Day, which was really information-
al and people were really enthusiastic," Berg added. "But I
still felt really welcome as a freshman at different fraternity
and house parties and had a lot of fun there"
In hopes of improving next year's Welcome program, stu-
dents are encouraged to fill out an evaluation at
www.onsp.umich.edu/welcome for the chance to win a $250
gift certificate to Ulrich's bookstore.
Editors Note: This story originally appeared on Page JA of
yesterday's Daily. It has been reprinted because of a
previous printing error.

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our ideas, it's important to have good
working relations with them," she
This fall, MSA representatives will
be working with The Career Center in
the Student Activities Building to pro-

mote the center's services to students. does and how students can get
"Students can really benefit with involved. In an upcoming open house
help on finding future careers," Galar- in the MSA chambers, students can
di said. "The career center is like us - meet and talk to the elected representa-
they serve all the students - and we tives.
want to push for students to use what "We want to encourage students to
they offer," said Galardi. get involved with MSA," said Student
Representatives are also working to General Counsel Jason Mironov. "You
inform new students of what MSA don't have to be elected to get active."

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guarantee the right of legal represen-
tation and a public arbitration hear-
ing, protect gender identity and
clarify language regarding student
Responding to yesterday's changes,
student leaders said they were a step
in the right direction, but added that
more could be done to guarantee stu-
dent rights in conflict disputes.
"Overall, the improvements seem to
be positive. ... It seems that it's going
to open up and benefit more stu-
dents," said Jason Mironov, student
general counsel of the MSA. "But the
work is not done."
Protecting gender identity under the
statement is also a step in the right
direction, but should be followed up
by adding gender identity to the Uni-
versity's anti-discrimination policy
under the Regents' Bylaws, said Jeff
Souva, co-chair of the MSA's Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Com-
"To have an identity specifically
listed and clarified means so much,
because then you don't have to run
into ambiguity in the enforcement of
such policies," Souva said. "Gender
identity is more than just being male
or female. It's more of whether people
perceive you as being of one gender,
or of a gender."
Souva said many students, includ-
ing himself, examine schools' anti-
discrimination policies when applying
to college to see if gender identity is
listed. But although many students
have long advocated for gender identi-
ty to be listed under the Regents'
Bylaws, Souva said he is not certain
the change will follow the statement's
"I think it would be premature of
me to be optimistic, only because I
know how slow things are to change,"
Souva said, adding that people fight-
ing for the protection of gender identi-
ty have succeeded before.
Continued from Page 1
go. "If you really want to come here, the
application shouldn't deter you."
Part of the new application is aimed at
assess an applicant's financial situation,
with questions about family income and
the schools siblings attended.
Several students said those new ques-
tions are beneficial and would not turn
people off.
"I am a proponent of socio-economic
affirmative action," Michigan Review
Editor in Chief Ruben Duran said. "In
America, everyone can be poor. Not
everyone can be a member of a minority."
But Reynolds said he was concerned
applicants might take advantage of the
questions. "If it's just as simple as put-
ting down less than $25,000 ... It's not
helping (the University) figure out if
they hit that goal,he said.
But other students noted that appli-
cants with socio-economic disadvan-
tages would have to answer similar
questions later to receive financial aid.
Another concern by students is that
there is no way to see how various fac-
tors are measured. Compared to the
point system, admissions will take on a
more subjective approach.
"(This) is a way for the University to
hide how to make their decision," LSA
sophomore Laura Davis said.
Duran said the only positive aspect of
the point system was its objectivity and
that outsiders knew exactly how admis-
sion was determined. Now, "There's no
way to be a watchdog," he said.
Although guardedly optimistic
about the new system, student gov-
ernment leaders were upset that no

one from the Michigan Student
Assembly or LSA-SG were consult-
ed over the summer even though
both bodies remained in operation.
They hope to be involved in the
feedback process at the end of the
admissions cycle when the Universi-
ty evaluates the new system.
"Only time will tell us if these new
guidelines will uphold the goals of the
university and the students," LSA-SG
President David Matz said. "If they do
not, we as students will hold our Uni-
versity accountable to their American
responsibility to offer equal opportunity
for all."

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technology updates to connect
libraries in the residence halls with
the University library system via the
Internet. Ray-Johnson said the dorms
are setting up a link with Sweetland
Writing Center to help edit students'
LeDuc said he would use academic
services planned for the new CLCs.
"I went to Sweetland last year," he
said. "It would be convenient. I like
the idea of having academic services
in here as well."
Along with the service and pro-
gramming changes have come
changes in staffing. Ray-Johnson said
four of the 12 head Residence Hall
Librarian positions have been elimi-
nated. She said no RHLs were laid
off due to the switch.
The RHLs unionized last spring,
joining the University's Graduate
Employees Organization, which
raised wages and specified more ben-
efits for workers - an event that
GEO alleges spurred the elimination
of the RHL positions.
"The RHLs worked for over a year
to become part of the Graduate
Employees' Organization and to win
their first contract. ... This is a clear
retaliation against these workers'
efforts to improve their working con-
ditions," said GEO President Dave
Dobbie in a written statement.
But Ray-Johnson said there was no

relationship between the unionization
and the elimination of RHL positions.
"We went through negotiations with
good faith," she said. "We will con-
tinue to use graduate students."
Dobbie also linked University
budget headaches with the library
switchover, stating, "This is yet
another one-sided decision that the
(University) has made in a line of fiat
decisions that affect grad students. ...
Cutting costs by eliminating librari-
ans suggests that the (University) is
not living up to the image they sell
Ray-Johnson also said all head
librarians who returned from last year
were given positions in Bursley and
East Quad. She said there will be a
reduced number of Library Informa-
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cally held by undergraduates. She did
not know if those positions would be
available in the CLC setup.
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to transform the learning environ-
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