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of the relatively small pool of minority appli-
cants. Small changes in numbers can create
large changes in percentages, she said. Fur-
thermore, the decrease in black student paid
enrollments is more than 13 percent.
The University also attributes these
decreases to the transition year that admis-
sions is going through and reassures that,
like other schools who made changes, "typ-
ically application numbers recover within a
year or two," Peterson said.
Peterson also emphasized that the num-
bers for paid enrollment are not the same
as those for student enrollment. Each
year, there are a number of students who
pay the deposit but later decide not to
attend the University.
These numbers are "close to final," and
the official figures will not be available
until after the third week of classes in the
fall, Peterson added.
The University credits the significant
change in application and enrollment
numbers to several factors, including the
revised application process. As of May
16, the University received 21,261 appli-
cations compared to the 25,918 received
at the same time last year.
In response to the Supreme Court's
decision that LSA's admissions policies
were unconstitutional, the University
adjusted its application to include three
additional essays and more personal
information from the applicant.
"People chose not to apply to Michigan
because of the additional essays that we
required," Spencer speculated. "For stu-
dents that Michigan was not their first
choice, they might not have elected to do
Other colleges, such as Ohio State Uni-
versity, who also altered their admissions
process, have seen decreases in applica-
tions. In response to the Supreme Court's
decision, OSU added four short essays to
an application that previously required no
Total applications are down 15 percent
from last year at OSU, said Mabel Freeman,
OSU's assistant vice president for under-
graduate admissions. Freeman also
describes the incoming class as the
"strongest academic pool of students ever."
Additionally, OSU reports that applications
from black students are down 28 percent
and down 2 percent for Hispanic students.
Peterson also attributes the decrease in
applications to the national trend of individ-
ual students applying to fewer colleges.
Union adds wireless connections
January 16, 2004
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Writer
Students can expect to see wireless Internet
access arriving in many new areas of campus by
the end of this month, most notably the Michi-
gan Union, the Michigan League and Pierpont
The Union's wireless network came online
shortly before winter break in December, but
accessibility is not being publicized while Infor-
mation Technology Central Services works out
glitches in the system.
"We brought it out without too much fanfare
just to make sure all of the bugs were out of it,"
said John Brockett, director of technology for
the Division of Student Affairs.
The three buildings plan to advertise the new
systems together once the other two locations
are functioning properly. The League and Pier-
pont Commons were expected to start running
wireless connections this week, but work is still
"It's a schedule of things getting set up. I
believe all of the equipment, if not installed, is
in the process of being installed. Hopefully, this
month, we will have all three facilities up and
running," Brockett said.
Currently, the wireless networks on the
ground and first floor of the Union are function-
ing. On the ground floor, the only areas includ-
ed in the network are the Tap Room and food
More areas are included on the first floor,
such as the study lounge, art lounge, patio and
terrace. Union Director Audrey Schwimmer
said that ITCS has tested locations to make sure
the system functions properly.
"They've been working on the installation for
probably over a year now and actually determin-
ing the spread of the areas in which it would
cover," Schwimmer said.
There are currently no plans to add more
wireless coverage areas in the Union, such as
the offices on the third and fourth floors.
"There is no plan to do internal office areas.
The ground and first floors are areas we capital-
ized on because there are so many more open
areas for students that we thought would be
advantageous for them to use," Schwimmer
According to ITCS, it is more difficult to
develop a wireless network in older buildings
such as the Union because the building's archi-
tecture cannot be modified.
The process of converting areas of campus to
offer wireless service depends on the individual
buildings and is up to the discretion of different
schools such as the College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts, said Andy Palms, director of
Communication Systems for ITCS.
"LSA is looking at doing most of their build-
ings. I expect LSA to be doing a fair amount of
wireless networking," Palms said.
The main benefit of the new networks in the
Union, League and Pierpont Commons is that
all students can access the system. The School
of Engineering and School of Education also
have systems, but they are only available to stu-
dents of those schools.
"Certainly our board - the Michigan Union
Board of Representatives - has been working
with ITCS for a couple of years now, trying to
partner to bring wireless to the Union, knowing
and kind of having a good sense that this is
something that students want," Palms said.
Several other buildings on campus already
offer limited wireless Internet services, such as
the Harold Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Har-
lan Hatcher Graduate Library and the Angell
Hall Courtyard Campus Computing site.
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