The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 9, 2004 - 3A
SNRE Dean Rosina Bierbaum will
speak about "The Scientific Consen-
sus on Global Warming" today at 1
p.m. in Room 126 or East Quad Res-
Bierbaum was a former chief environ-
mental science advisor to former Presi-
dent Bill Clinton. The talk is part of a
two-part series hosted by the RC science
class Energy and the Environment.
Skate for the Stars
The UM Stars for the Make-A-Wish
Foundation is hosting an open skate
night from 8 to 10 p.m. today at Yost Ice
There will be a live band playing and
members of the Hockey team will be
present. Tickets are $5 and a portion of
the donation will go to UM Stars.
U.S., Middle East
History professor Juan Cole, an expert
on the Middle East, will give a talk titled
"Saving American from its Middle East
Quagmire" today at 7 p.m. in East Quad
Residence Hall in Room 126.
Sometime between Monday eve-
ning and Tuesday morning in the G. G.
Brown Building, multiple mechanical
objects were stolen from a backpack,
although the backpack remained unmo-
lested, according to Department of Pub-
lic Safety records. The objects included
hinges, sprockets, chains and gears and
carried an estimated value of $40. DPS
has no suspects.
House votes $99.5 mil. for school aid
LANSING (AP) - The Michigan House
overwhelmingly approved moving $99.5 mil-
lion from the state's general fund to its school
aid fund to help resolve a projected deficit.
The bill, approved 102 to 7, now goes to the
Senate. It must be approved by the Senate and
signed by the governor by the end of the year
when the Legislature adjourns, or it has to be
reintroduced next year.
The transfer would help shore up the school
aid budget that took effect Oct. 1 that econo-
mists project is between $110 million and $119
million in the red.
Republican legislative leaders said last week
they wanted to address this year's school aid
shortfall before adjourning for the year.
But Rep. Mickey Mortimer (R-Horton)
argued that lawmakers should wait on the
transfer until after January's revenue estimat-
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don't go ahead."
To protect their rights, the names of the
children were not disclosed.
The program is rewarding for both the
children and the students, said Prof. David
Scobey, director of the University Arts of
"It gives something back to everyone
involved," Scobey said. "The (college)
students get the experience of dealings
with homelessness and mentoring, while '
the kids get to work with college students.
It builds a whole community."x
Gordon-Gurfinkel, who founded the
course three years ago and still teaches
it, said the program focuses on getting
the children's voices heard and involving
them in the college community.
"The kids have an experience with
undergraduates that may break down ste-
reotypes of how we see homeless kids and
how they see students who are predomi-
nately white, rich, older kids," she said.
Next year, Gordon-Gurfinkel plans
to accept more children from the wait-
ing list, possibly including runaways and
But not everything goes smoothly all
the time - the children still struggle with
the hardships of being homeless.
Some children have tough situations in
their day-to-day lives. Some are sexually
abused, Gordon-Gurfinkel said. Others
have come to the program with feces on
their clothes, she said.
The children often write about things
they deal with on a daily basis on the
streets and in the homeless shelters on
which they rely, Gordon-Gurfinkel said.
Gordon-Gurfinkel said she remem-
bered a girl in this semester's program
who came into the Telling It classroom in
September and said, "I'm not a writer. I
love art, but I'm not a writer."
One day the girl started saying angry
things. But Gordon-Gurfinkel said this
became a turnin point in the girl's expe-
rience with Telling It, as she shed her
anger and allowed herself to vent. "She
went from a sassy pre-teen to being excit-
ed about writing, even getting the smaller
kids involved," Gordon-Gurfinkel said.
LSA junior Max Germain, a Telling It
alum, found the experience so valuable
that he came back for a second semester.
Money would come out of general fund
ing conference when they know how much the
school aid fund is short.
"This makes no financial sense to do this
right now," Mortimer said. "We're just guess-
The legislation also resolves a deficit in the
school aid fund for the budget year that ended
in September. It would transfer a general fund
surplus, expected to be about $20 million, to the
school aid fund.
House Republican Policy analysts expect
last year's school aid fund to be about $20
The legislation also prohibits intermedi-
ate school districts from being reimbursed
for their joint employ- "is mak
ment arrangements with
local districts unless the financial s
Department of Education
determines they increase do this rig
efficiency or significantly
save money. W e're just
A handful of lawmak-
ers voted against the bill M
because of the ISD provi-
sion, arguing that it would
leave their intermediate
school districts without a
reimbursement they were expecting.
Those voting against the bill were Lauren Hager
of Port Huron, Doug Hart
of Rockford, Bill Huizenga
of Zeeland, Michael Sak of
Grand Rapids, Barb Vander
Veen of Allendale, Bill Van
Regenmorter of Hudsonville
and Mortimer. Rep. Artina
Tinsley Hardman (D-Detroit)
was absent yesterday and did
The measure was added
because a number of House
members were worried that
some ISDs are over-charging the state for their
shared employment arrangements.
moves one step
closer to reality
LANSING (AP) - The state
standardized test for high school
juniors is a step closer to being
replaced with a version of a college
The Michigan House voted last
night to send the five-bill package
to the Senate for final approval. The
House voted 99 to 10 on the main bill
to replace the Michigan Educational
Assessment Program test.
The legislation doesn't specify a
test to replace the MEAP test, but
two of its three parts would resem-
ble the ACT and an ACT work skills
Eleventh-graders would start tak-
ing the test, called the Michigan
Merit Exam, in the 2006-07 school
year, according to the legislation. A
sample group could begin taking it in
the 2005-06 school year.
The bills are strictly limited to the
11th grade MEAP test and wouldn't
affect elementary and middle school
students who take the exam.
The House already approved a bill
to supplement the Senate legislation
by setting up qualifications for ven-
dors hired to create the test, adminis-
ter and score it.
The bills approved yesterday
night were changed by the House to
require that social studies be a part
The legislation didn't
specify a test to
replace the MEAP
test, but two of its
three parts would
resemble the ACT
and on ACT work
of the new test and require the state
school superintendent to check that
test questions are accurate.
The Senate is expected to send
the bills to Gov. Jennifer Granholm
before adjourning at the end of the
Three House Democrats voted
against the bill: Stephen Adamini of
Marquette, Glenn Anderson of West-
land and Jack Minore of Flint. Seven
Republicans also voted no: Clark Bis-
bee of Jackson, Sandy Caul of Mount
Pleasant, Judy Emmons of Sheridan,
Philip LaJoy of Canton, John Pastor
of Livonia, John Stakoe of Highland
and John Stewart of Plymouth.
Democratic Rep. Artina Tinsley
Hardman of Detroit was absent and
Dog requested for
bomb threat search
One of DPS's two search dogs was
requested for a possible bomb threat
at Baker College in Flint on Tuesday
afternoon. Officers brought the dog but
found no problems at the college.
Three people in the Dance Build-
ing reported to DPS that they had been
victims of thefts occurring Tuesday eve-
ning. One individual reported the loss of
a wallet, watch and cell phone, which had
been left unattended in a coat pocket.
Two escorted from
DPS found a man and a woman not
affiliated with the University in the
faculty lounge of the Business Admin-
istration Building on Tuesday evening.
Both were read trespass advisories and
escorted out of the building.
In Daily History
Dec. 9, 1973 - Members of the
Gay Awareness Women's Kollec-
tive (GAWK) filed complaints with
the city's Human Rights Department
against the owner of the Rubaiyat bar,
Greg Fenerli. They charged him with
discrimination against gay women.
On numerous occasions Fenerli and
the women have clashed over what he
calls "their openly sexual behavior"
since last May when the homosexual
1 women began congregating at the bar
Too good to be true??
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gence. Pi Kappa Alpha already uses this
waiver at all of its parties.
"I think that it may be a good idea to
help the problems that have been associ-
ated with frat parties," said LSA junior
Lisa Gluck, who did not attend the
meeting. "But it's going to be difficult
to enforce it."
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from this semester that would satisfy
the requirement. Possible departments
include: American culture, communica-
tions, English, film and video studies,
history, history of art, political science,
organizational studies, the Residential
College, sociology and women's studies.
"Michigan is obviously dedicated to
promoting diversity. We have one of the
best women's studies departments in the
country, and there are classes within the
race and ethnicity requirement that focus
on gender and sexuality," said LSA alum
Avra Siegel, one of the students who
started the initiative a few years ago.
"They're recognizing the need to
study these issues indirectly, but they're
not making it official," she added.
When the student committee presented
its proposal to women's studies faculty on
Monday, they received "a mixed bag of
emotions," Cederberg said. Faculty mem-
bers were concerned that the requirement
would focus only on women's issues. They
also expressed concern that the require-
ment would overrun the small depart-
ment with students who did not want to
be there, sacrificing the intimate academic
environment the program cherishes.
While Cederberg said these are valid
concerns, the academic advantages off-
set any problems the requirement would
New IFC members will be partially
in charge of enforcing the social policy
they adopted when their new members
take office and the policy take effect next
month. "There's a lot of pressure I'm
putting on myself to get things done,"
said incoming IFC President Michael
Caplan. "By no means is our commu-
nity perfect. We're aspiring to keep
building on the foundation that was
built before us."
eventually passed, but only after a failed
attempt and contentious discussions.
Unlike the race and ethnicity require-
ment, no particular event spurred
students to act on adding the new
requirement. To the group's leaders,
gender issues permeate everyday life,
and part of a liberal arts education is to
raise consciousness of these matters.
But recent political affairs have added
a sense of urgency to their cause, group
members said. Ballot initiatives and
court cases concerning gay marriage
and possible challenges to abortion
rights have brought issues of gender and
sexuality to the nation's forefront.
"Those are the kinds of things that
we think are very important today and
that people should be educated on, like
they are educated on race and ethnic-
ity," Malczynski said.
Given the outcome of the gay mar-
riage amendment in Michigan, there is
an increased need to study these issues,
group members said. "You can gain
so much more insight into the way the
world works," Siegal said. "I think they
are essential to gaining a holistic liberal
But the passage of Proposal 2 ban-
ning gay marriage and similar unions in
November may indicate that the public
is not receptive to studying sexuality.
"The reason to be pessimistic is,
again, this is a state school," Malczyns-