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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - 7

WEEK
Continued from page 1.

Come on out
Events this week

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seeks to reach out to

of what the future holds for us."
In November, voters will be deciding whether to add an
amendment to the state constitution which would ban same-sex
marriage.
To commemorate the past, some students will gather on
the Diag tomorrow wearing black for an hour long moment of
silence from noon to I p.m.
"(It will) acknowledge students who have been silenced by
homophobia and don't feel that they can come out," Garrett said.
"Also, it commemorates those who have been silenced perma-
nently through brutal attacks that have resulted in death, just for
being LGBTQ."
Knudson said gay students should remain optimistic.
"We shouldn't be militant about it or angry, or we
shouldn't be vindictive," said Knudson. "We should be
positive and show people that we support each other and we
look to people for support."
Negative feedback has been limited according to Garrett.
"We occasionally do get a negative e-mail or two, but
most people on campus seem to be supportive. However, stu-
FE ES
Continued from page 1
cess in the case for overturning the LSA admissions
policy.
The brief also claimed that the $334,000 in extra
costs, ranging from phone bills to transportation costs
to meals, are based on vague entries and excessive
hours. The "court should ... deny their motion out-
right," the brief stated.
Peterson said the University is responsible for review-
ing the plaintiff's claims to make sure reimbursement is
properly allocated.
"If the court decides that we owe some legal fees to
CIR, we would want to make sure that we would only
be paying the legal fees for the small part of the case we
didn't win on," Peterson said.
She also said it is important to remember that the
University prevailed on the essential legal question of

Oct. 6., noon to 1 p.m. "Day of Silence," on the
Diag.
* Oct. 6., 10 a.m. to noon., Lecture titled, "The
New Gay Contemporary Teenager." Pond Room,
Michigan Union.
Oct. 8., noon, National Coming Out Day Rally
on the Diag.
dents do still face discrimination and hate daily on campus
in the form of graffiti, anti-LGBTQ slurs and homophobic
jokes. Through awareness events we hope to help to improve
the climate on campus for LGBTQ students, staff and fac-
ulty," Garrett said.
LSA senior Dan Krawiec, a heterosexual student,
only knew about Coming Out Week when he saw fliers
on campus but said, "I don't have any problem with it.
Good for people who celebrate their own identity."
whether diversity is a compelling interest that can fac-
tor into admissions. "On that question, the University
prevailed on both cases," she said.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs defended their request in
Friday's brief.
"(It) is a matter of public record that defendants have
... incurred fees and costs far in excess of plaintiffs'
request for reimbursement," the counterbrief stated.
Although CIR has requested legal fees, it has not yet
demanded additional damage fees for Gratz and Hamacher
for not being accepted to the University, Peterson said.
"Those individuals would have to show that they
would have been admitted to the University under a
race-conscious system, but one that was revised to meet
the court's (decision)," Peterson said, adding that it is
unlikely that they could show that.
According to the Associated Press, the University
has yet to pay $14,000 in fees that the Supreme Court
awarded the CIR lawyers, although University officials
would not confirm this information.

low-income students

STUDENTS
Continued from page 1
overestimating the costs of college
and underestimating what's financial-
ly available, to real financial barriers,
to the competitive selective process in
universities such as Michigan, these
low-income students face a lot of
challenges."
For many low-income families,
taking out a loan is risky and intimi-
dating, and as a result they do not
apply to college, Peterson said. The
perceived and real financial barriers,
combined with the high academic
standards of the University, result in
a smaller number of low-income stu-
dents.
"When we look at the student body
in terms of income," Peterson said,
"we are not as diverse as we would
like to be, and it has become a priority
of the (President Mary Sue Coleman)
to look at ways to remove these barri-
ers for low-income students."
The report said that with increases
in tuition and fees, one of the primary
concerns is that low-income students
are being "priced out" of four-year
institutions. Many low-income stu-
dents attend two-year and for-profit

institutions because it is cheaper and
faster to earn a degree there than at
four-year universities, the report also
said.
Because of this, they are limited
when it comes to job opportunities.
According to the Census Bureau,
"individuals with a bachelor's degree
are estimated to earn almost twice
as much over a lifetime as those who
only finished high school." A college
degree becomes tremendously impor-
tant.
The University is doing what it can
to encourage these students, Fowler
said. "Low-income students have the
financial opportunity to go anywhere,
but many do not realize that the money
is there for them and even if they do,
they face pressures centering around
family income."
These students not only lack confi-
dence because of their financial situa-
tion, but guilt arises when they come
to college because they are unable to
work full time to provide money for
their families, said Fowler.
Although college tuition continues
to increase, Sandy Baum, a economics
professor at Skidmore College in Sara-
toga Springs, New York, says college in
is more affordable now than it ever has

been due to all the financial aid, grants
and scholarships available.
Fowler said the University is the
best in the Big Ten at providing finan-
cial aid packaging for in-state stu-
dents at all income levels. "Everyone
does a good job with the needy stu-
dent, but Michigan does a great job at
all income levels, and that's where we
surpass everyone," said Fowler.
Fowler said the University is doing
what it can to encourage these stu-
dents to come to college. The Univer-
sity sends advisors to high schools,
churches and middle schools to walk
low-income students through the
application process.
In February, the Michigan Student
Financial Aid Association also spon-
sors a program known as "College
Goal Sunday" to assist students and
their families in completing financial
aid forms.
Low-income students continue
to face challenges when it comes
to higher education. "This should
be a place where anyone can come
regardless of means, but these barri-
ers still exist and it's something we
really need to keep working on as a
university and as a country," Peter-
son said.

KERRY
Continued from page 1
are substantively almost identical to Clinton's, his cam-
paign rhetoric on trade has been nearly the opposite.
While Clinton routinely expounded on the benefits
and potential of free global trade, Kerry has slammed
"Benedict Arnold CEOs" for exporting jobs and repeat-
edly stresses his plan to eliminate tax breaks for com-
panies that move their operations overseas. The issue is
rarely mentioned by Bush and other Republicans.
Despite all the emphasis Kerry has given his plan on
the campaign trail, however, economists say - and even
the Kerry campaign concedes - that it would do little to
curb job outsourcing.
When asked in a television interview last month wheth-
er Kerry's proposals would stop outsourcing, Rubin said;
"No, I think that outsourcing is part of a much larger
issue. It's part of trade liberalization, and trade liberal-
ization ... is very much beneficial to our economic well-
being."
"Kerry is not against outsourcing," Kerry spokeswom-
an Stephanie Cutter told the Associated Press in August.
"It's not about whether outsourcing should or should not

happen, but the federal government should not encour-
age that."
When American operations are moved overseas, the
reasons are typically lower labor costs and proximity to
foreign markets, both of which contribute to more effi-
cient production. Tax savings, economists say, are a rela-
tively minor factor in those decisions.
And, Saxonhouse noted, sometimes operations are
outsourced for reasons that have nothing to do with
low wages. When Kraft Foods Inc. moved its Life Sav-
ers candy plant and its 600 jobs from Holland, Mich.,
to Canada in 2002, it cited high American sugar prices
- that ironically was a byproduct of agricultural tariffs
and subsidies designed to protect domestic sugar manu-
facturers.
Saxonhouse suggested that Democratic politicians are
willfully exaggerating the issue of job outsourcing for
electoral gain.
"Twenty years ago there used to be a lot of discussion
from the right about people abusing the welfare system -
people on welfare driving Cadillacs," he said. "The number
of people who might have done that was extremely small,
and the idea that people were living fat and happy on wel-
fare was just a gross exaggeration. ... Unfortunately much
the same can be said about outsourcing."

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