The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 3, 2003 - 3
Newly elected MSA reps take their seats
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Five years ago ...
The University revoked its admis-
sion offer to high school student
Daniel Granger after he was convict-
ed of statutory rape for having sex
with three 14-year-old girls.
Granger hoped to start school in
the winter after he completed his
scheduled three-and-a-half month
stay in prison.
Among other reasons, the Univer-
sity cited Granger's lack of remorse
about the crime. "Daniel demonstrat-
ed a lack of self-reflection and an
unwillingness to accept full responsi-
bility for his own inappropriate
actions," the report stated.
Ten years ago ...
Members of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
passed a motion condemning the
salary increases of top administrators.
SACUA particularly objected to the
14-percent pay increase for Universi-
ty President James Duderstadt.
"The big fat cats are getting big
raises at a time when funding is dwin-
dling. They all think they're (Chrysler
Chairman) Lee Iacoccas," said English
Prof. Leo McNamara.
Dec. 2, 1975
When President Gerald Ford, a
University alum, arrived in Peking,
China to attend an important meet-
ing with the Chinese Vice Premier
Deng Xiaoping, he was greeted with
a band playing the Michigan State
University fight song instead of Hail
to the Victors.
Michigan State Band Director
Ken Bloomquist said he thought the
mistake did not matter. "Michigan's
fight song is one of the greatest
fight songs in the country,"
Bloomquist said. "Our fight song is
certainly well known, but probably
not quite as well as the U-of-M
Dec. 4, 1989
Former President Gerald Ford
talked with The Michigan Daily about
his days as a Michigan football player
in the 1930s.
Ford told many stories, including
how he was offered $400 a game - a
huge sum in those days - to play in
the National Football League for
either the Green Bay Packers or the
Detroit Lions. Instead, Ford accepted
less money to be an offensive line
coach at Yale University, where he
would go on to earn a law degree.
Dec. 3, 1997
Rejected Law School applicant
Barbara Grutter sued the University,
the second of two lawsuits filed in
fall by the Center for Individual
Rights against the University's race-
conscious admissions policies. Grut-
ter, 44, maintained that the Law
School discriminated against her by
giving preferences to minorities.
Dec. 4, 1984
Responding to what some called
an excessively large number of out-
of-state students gaining admission
into the College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts, LSA faculty con-
sidered suggestions for future
The options were limited because
of a state law - which the Universi-
ty was already violating - that with-
holds $182 million of funding if the
out-af-state enrollment exceeds 20
Dec. 5, 1956
The Student Government Council
urged administrators to adopt change'
that would ensure "more precise"
grading. The recommendation called
for adding 0.3 points for a "plus" and
subtracting 0.3 points for a "minus"
from a student's grade point average.
For example, a B plus would be a 3.3,
a B would be a 3 and a B minus would
be a 2.7. The system in use at the time
made no such distinction.
Dec. 5, 1961
With 28,775 enrolled students on
three campuses, the University
ranked as the ninth-largest universi-
ty in the nation. The University of
California was rated first with a
total of 87,475 students on eight
The annual study by School and
Society Magazine also revealed that
enrollment numbers stood at an all-
time high in the nation, with
3,215,427 full- and part-time stu-
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By Kristin Ostby
Daily Staff Reporter
Outgoing Michigan Student Assembly repre-
sentatives passed the torch to their successors last
night as the assembly said farewells to its veter-
ans and welcomed 22 new students.
The meeting marked the assembly's biannual
"in-and-out" meeting, where new representatives
took their seats to cowr mence a year-long tenure
Outgoing representatives expressed a spectrum
of emotions about leaving the assembly.
"MSA has been a positive experience, and I
will miss my impact on the University through
MSA," said Teri Russiello, an LSA junior.
Russiello said she will continue to work with
MSA, although she will no longer be a repre-
"MSA (representatives) don't stop their work
once the term is over. Committees and commis-
sions continue and we continue to be active mem-
bers on them," she added.
LSA senior Andrew Labovitz said he was
ready to leave MSA, but added, "It's been an
unbelievable year-long experience, and I have
made friends that I hope that I will keep."
LSA junior Courtney Skiles said she is pleased
with the assembly's accomplishments over the
past year, but she feels the assembly has recently
received a lot of undeserved criticism for not
"I really think that MSA is at a much better
place than it was a year ago ... and it's getting
progressively better," she said.
Skiles also encouraged new representatives to
take advantage of their positions on MSA. "This
assembly is a fabulous venue to do things that
really matter to you, and I just think that's really
unique," she added.
"I'm really looking forward to being a part of a
student government that makes a difference in the
lives of (University) students," said new School
of Music representative Jason Amos.
Jessica DeBartolo, a new representative from
the Business School, said she would like to work
on MSA's Women's Issues Commission. "I've
worked with women's issues before. ... Now, I
feel I have a more active role and a more active
voice because now I have a vote, whereas before I
was just helping out."
The majority of new representatives belong to
the Students First party, which gained 17 seats
during elections two weeks ago.
Two representatives, Engineering juniors.
Anita Leung and Brian Doughty, were re-elect-
ed to MSA.
"I'm excited for another year," Leung said. She
added that in the coming year, she will continue
working on the many projects already on her:
plate, such as an MSA-sponsored website
designed for University students.
The assembly will elect representatives to chair
positions for its committees and commissions
About half of the representative seats are elect-
ed in the fall term, and the other half are elected
in the winter term.
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out what the question was referring
to," Patel said.
But West Bloomfield High School
guidance counselor Patricia McKelvey
said her students faced very little trou-
ble with the diversity question.
"This is the most top diverse high
school in the state," McKelvey said,
adding that the school has significant
Jewish and Chaldean populations.
"We by nature provide a diverse envi-
But McKelvey expressed dissatis-
faction with one of the long essays,
which asked students to evaluate
the similarities and differences
between truth and beauty and their
associations with science and art,
"I found it a very difficult essay for
those kids to navigate through," she
said. "That's a real tough question."
As far as the increased workload,
many students and counselors
remarked that although the application
now requires more work, they saw the
necessity for it.
"We're getting a few complaints ...
but nonetheless (the students) still fill
them out," Holmes said.
"I didn't really have a problem
with writing the extra essays because
other top-caliber schools require
them too," West Bloomfield senior
Michael Eber said.
McKelvey noted that she thought
the application required more work,
not just from students, but also from;
teachers who now must write recom-
mendations for students applying to
She's also noticed more critiquing
of essays by students who are willing
to put in the work and greater anxiety
"The kid who applies to Michigan
is serious about going to Michigan,"
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press secretary for Wu.
The money schools would receive
would go to purchasing educational
aids, establishing community out-
reach programs and conducting
research on Asian populations,
according to the bill.
"Recent budget cuts in the Office
of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
have drastically decreased funding
opportunities for the many student
groups in our communities, and the
programs that they sponsor each
year," Lin said.
"(The funds) would go to help
ethnic studies to be more respon-
sive to these low-income and under-
represented AAPI students," Huh
said. "H.R. 333 would work with
non-profit organizations to address
these needs and bring the student
affairs office back to their roots and
be more community-based."
Members of UAAO will meet Fri-
day with Dean of Students Ed Willis
to discuss what would be done with
the funds provided by the grants.
Gov. Jennifer Granhoim, right, with Insurance Commissioner Linda
Watters, speaks about skyrocketing insurance rates yesterday.
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she has always tried to remain impar-
tial in her news coverage.
"The impartiality part is not hard
because you know why you are there
and (the campaign staff) know why
you're there," Buchanan said. "There is
something to be said of developing
relationships between the campaign
staff and that becomes difficult. But at
the same time, for me it's not been dif-
ficult because I always have a camera
in my hand. And even if it's not rolling,
I know my role."
After graduating from the University
in 2001 with a degree in history,
Buchanan went to work for WDIV-TV
in Detroit and then for the British
Broadcasting Corp. She now works as
a researcher for "NBC Nightly News
with Tom Brokaw."
But covering the Clark campaign
marks her inaugural assignment in pres-
idential politics. She said that her rela-
tively new interest in the White House
race has helped foster a less orthodox
style of news reporting that may appeal
to a young generation of voters.
Qualifying that statement, she added,
"But I would hope I'm not just reaching
that. If it appeals to a wide spectrum of
people and younger voters too, it's great.
And it's got me very engaged in politics
for someone who never was before."
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When asked about U.S. involvement in Iraq, Din-
gell didn't have any easy solutions. He said the
fastest way for the United States to leave Iraq and
ensure peace at the same time would be to create a
stable government and coordinate security in Iraq to
guarantee future stability.
But he added, "(For Iraq) I don't know any easy
and quick way to it ... So I am sorry, we are going to
have to be there for a while."
Despite these problems, Dingell said his greatest
concern was that he would lose the ability to repre-
sent the people of Michigan. Dingell said because of
the Republican Party's dominance in Congress, his
decision-making ability has diminished.
"I object to it on your grounds - that your voice
in Congress is being taken away," Dingell said. He
then urged the audience to vote in next year's elec-
tions for a Democratic candidate for president.
Dingell hasn't yet announced his plans for re-elec-
tion but remarked before the forum, "All I have to
say is this: I plan to be on the ballot in the fall."
LSA sophomore Ilya Ross, a member of the cam-
pus College Democrats, said Dingell's approach was
a great way to represent constituents.
"I think it's great, that he listens to his con-
stituents. I remember last year when he came to
give a talk about starting the war in Iraq. He came
and heard what we thought about the war and how
people were against it. Then he voted against the
war." Ross said. "This is what American democracy
is really about."
Public Health freshman Stephanie Kissam said she
was relieved to know there is a strong Democrat rep-
resenting her community. "He sounds like a true
Democrat. I am often disappointed by Democrats
who have abandoned their ideals," she added.
Sponsored by the College Democrats and the Ann
Arbor Area Committee for Peace, the forum was
attended by both students and members of the local
community. A year ago, Dingell held a similar
forum with the same emphasis on listening to his
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