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8 - The Michigan Daily --Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Harassing phone calls target Asan students

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are hurtful and sick people out there," he
The caller's phone number, which had a
San Francisco area code, appeared on
multiple recipients' caller ID. Repeated
calls to the number yielded no response.
The calls from this number followed a
very different pattern from the calls that
prompted last week's crime alert.
The man who made those calls claimed
he was holding family members of three
University affiliates hostage and demand-
ed sexual favors in return for their safety.
No reports have been filed with the
Department of Public Safety regarding the

new set of calls. DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said the calls could be just pranks
but could also be very serious or possibly
constitute a hate crime. She urged any stu-
dent who has received such a phone mes-
sage to call DPS at 763-3131 and file a
The anonymous student said she didn't
report the incident to DPS because she
didn't feel the call was harassing. Lin said
he didn't feel threatened by the caller,
though he felt the ideas the caller cited
were dangerous.
"I don't want somebody walking
around thinking (these stereotypes)," he
said. He said dispelling these images was
one reason he had such a long conversa-
tion with the caller.
Lin said he wasn't sure at first whether

the call was a prank or not. "Some of his
questions were ridiculous," Lin said.
"But he wasn't laughing. If someone
was doing a prank, there's a good chance
that they'll show they're not serious."
Ziehyun Huh, coordinator of the Office
of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs said the
kinds of stereotypes cited by the caller
and even stereotypes such as the image of
Asians as "hard-working and quiet" dehu-
manize Asian American students.
"There's a perception among the media
that Asian Americans are doing as well or
better than white people. There's a sense
that it's not a big deal, you can make these
statements about Asian Americans," she
said. "There's a false sense of security
about 'positive' stereotypes."

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ancies in higher education funding. He said he
does not see the logic of Wayne State University
receiving $9,610 in per-pupil state funds while
Central Michigan University receives about
$4,100. The University gets $8,611 per pupil.
"We need a policy that makes sense, that's
equitable, that treats everyone from the same per-
spective," Hoogendyk said.
"Right now, (the money) goes to who has the
most power and the most votes in the appropria-

tions committee."
Hoogendyk added he does not know exactly
how a fairer balance of money would be attained,
but he said if the amendment passed, many legis-
lators would step up with proposals.
Boulus said he does not really understand
what the language used in the proposed amend-
ment would mean, specifically the word "equi-
"I think equitable is a term of art that is subjec-
tive. ... It's a very dangerous term to put in the
Michigan Constitution. Equity is in the eyes of
the beholder," Boulus said.


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tions in some classes. ... There were layoffs."
For example, Darwall said the last round of
budget reductions forced the Honors Program
to cut a key staff position at the head of its
student housing and "co-curricular program."
"The only dedicated person we had to those
programs got cut," Darwall said.
When it comes to class sizes, students say
they value small sections with a more person-
al atmosphere and more informal relation-
ships with their professors.
"When I'm in my non-(Residential Col-
lege) classes, when (the professor) asks ques-
tions, I'm really intimidated to speak because
there are so many people," said RC sopho-
more Gillian Menaker. "I take creative writ-
ing, and in the RC that's a one-on-one class
with the professor."
"Obviously, with small classes the profes-
sor gets to know you," said Kinesiology fresh-
man Matt Fisher.
Despite $37 million in state funding cuts

"we did feel the impact on class sizes, because
departments weren't able to offer as many sections in
some classes:'
- Julie Peterson
University spokeswoman

Continued from Page 1
and half hours at the School of Education, we
decide lunch has worn off and it is time to get
something for dinner. So we pack up and head to
the Michigan Union for dinner. Afterward, we go
upstairs to the Union study lounges, where we
study for the next two hours. "The Union study
lounge is really the only place I study, and it's
great because it's so quiet. People look at you if
you make a sound," said LSA senior Jatin Rana.
"I like it there because it's really quiet and also
you can get food downstairs," agreed LSA junior
Jenny Rai.
Looking for a place with a bit more activity,
we have a choice: move up State Street to Star-
bucks or Amer's or move east to the Starbucks on
South University or the Amer's on Church Street.
Either way, we can only tolerate studying at a
coffee shop for about an hour and a half before
moving to the Business School at 8:30 p.m.
The main floor of the Business School has a
cafe that takes Entree Plus and has outlets for
laptops, mp3 players and cell phones. The
Annex next to the Student Lounge is a little
quieter, and its large comfortable chairs and
couches are a plus.
At the Business School, we study until 11
p.m. and finish the coffee we bought here,
instead of at Starbucks, because it is less expen-
sive. At that point we decide we have moved
enough and retire to the UGLi until 3:00 in the

With a solid day and night of studying, we can
return home, sleep until noon the next day and
take our exam at 1:00 in the afternoon.
That scenario does not exhaust all the choices
on campus for studying. The Hatcher Graduate
Library is among the most popular study spots.
"I have a new love for the study cubicles, the
south stacks especially because it's so much qui-
eter than the UGLi," said LSA junior Jason
Berlow. He added that he now prefers the Grad
to the Law Library Reading Room since the
reading room was divided, reserving the east side
for law students and the west side for visitors.
The Fine Arts Library on Tappan has stacks
that are similar to the graduate library but less
trafficked, and should be avoided by those who
are claustrophobic. "The Fine Arts Library is
ridiculously hard to get into but once you're in,
the stacks are impregnable," said Engineering
senior Craig Frankland.
The tables at the Medical School Library,
across Observatory in the Hill area, are almost
always open and allow students to study until
close to midnight before heading back to Central
"The fourth and fifth floors are the best
because it's really low traffic, and the third floor
has the circulation and returns desk," Maoz said.
On North Campus, the Media Union houses
more niches for studying than the Central Cam-
pus libraries and plenty of computers. One cau-
tion to students who start late - after 2 a.m. the
number of locales drops to the UGLi and the
Media Union.

last year, the University did not raise tuition
mid-year. Peterson said the administration
expects to avoid raising tuition for the winter
term, but added that additional state funding
cuts will compel the University to raise it in
the long run.
"It's important to remember that large
cuts in state funding put direct pressure on
tuition," Peterson said. "That's an
inevitable equation."
Although Senate Republicans have
signed off on Granholm's budget meas-
ures, the fate of the proposed higher edu-
cation cuts will come down to votes by the
Senate and House appropriations commit-
tees. The exact date of the vote has yet to
be determined.

Because Granholm has reduced her pro-
posed higher education cuts from 6 per-
cent to a maximum of 5 percent, she may
have won the favor of most Democrats,
said Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor). He
added that he expects the cuts to pass the
House committee.
"I'm anticipating that they'll be more sup-
portive than they were a couple days ago,"
Kolb said.
"I would have liked to see another point or
two down, but we're moving in the right
direction and that's OK."
Also last night, Granholm and Sikkema
agreed to cut funding to K-12 schools 1.5 per-
cent, and the Department of Corrections by
$18.9 million.


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