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Vol. CXV, No. 17
V2004 The Michigan Daily
among top lobbying spenders
Raking in the dough
Higher ed lobbying in federal gov't
University lobbying spending: $480,000
University rank in lobbyist spending: 20
Federal research grants to the University:
Higher ed institutes involved in lobbying: 558
By Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Higher education lobbying has outpaced
all other lobbying groups in Washington, and
the University is among the leaders.
558 colleges and universities spent money
lobbying in Washington last year, compared to
240 six years ago. Higher education lobbying
now rivals or surpasses lobbying by defense
contractors, lawyers and labor unions, accord-
ing to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The University was in the top 20 higher
education institutes lobbying in Washington.
last year, spending $480,000. Partly as a result
of that lobbying, the University receives $536
million for competitive research grants from
the federal government.
But lobbying the government is more than
just asking for money.
"Lobbying is education," said Education
prof. Constance Ewing Cook, author of a
book on the topic. "Members of Congress
don't know everything happening on a uni-
versity campus. Most of them are not higher
ed experts and somebody has to tell them
what our needs are on campus."
Lawmakers often receive lobbyists in their
committees or, in less formal occasions, at
breakfasts or at social events. Many times, con-
gressional staffers are crucial to move universi-
ties' messages to the lawmakers themselves.
When confronting legislators, the Univer-
sity tries to advocate for everything from pre-
scription drugs to financial aid for students,
but its efforts focus mainly on money for
"The University has a big research portfo-
lio with the federal government. We apply for
competitive grants that professors, grads and
undergrads use," said Mike Waring, executive
director of federal relations for the University.
Waring maintains a four-person office to pro-
mote the University's interests on Capitol Hill.
"We're in the top two or three universities
in the amount of the research support," War-
ing said. That support is vital to research proj-
See LOBBYING, Page 5A
By Melissa Benton
Daily Staff Reporter
Many students' plans were ruined last
night when they suddenly lost electric-
ity from around 6 p.m. until about 9:10
p.m. A power line failure knocked out
electricity on the northeastern side of
central campus, Detroit Edison Energy
spokesman John Austerberry said.
Austerberry said there wasn't an
"obvious cause" for the power out-
age. "There was no cause such as a car
accident or something ... but power
lines can be damaged," Austerberry
said. He added that possible causes
of damage could include a power line
getting damaged in a storm and then
becoming ruined over time, such as
through water continually getting into
the power line.
Although Austerberry said the power
outage primarily affected University
buildings, students living in rental prop-
erties off campus seemed to be most
Business School student David Bick-
el said at first he thought that only his
house lost power, but when he went to
check the fuse box, he couldn't find any-
"I went outside and realized it was the
whole neighborhood," Bickel said.
When interviewed while waiting for
the power to come back, Bickel said he
would have to leave his house because
of the power outage.
"I can't even be here much longer
because it's going to be completely dark,
and I can't see anything," Bickel added.
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said
although there was a "power bump,"
the University was able to restart
power in almost all buildings. The
300 North Ingalls Building and the
William Monroe Trotter House were
two of the only buildings that did not
The University was able to quickly
regenerate power because the Medical
and Central campuses are connected to
three feeds from DTE Energy and the
University's power plant.
See OUTAGE, Page 7A
HART-RACING VICTORY: MICHIGAN RALLIES PAST PURDUE
Going to Work
W EST LAFAYETTE - These
kids today, they just grow up
How else can you explain what
happened in Ross-Ade Stadium on
Saturday? Trust me, when a team led
by freshmen goes on the road in late
October to play a top-15 opponent
led by a Heisman Trophy candidate
at quarterback, it is not supposed to
And that would have been a prob-
lem for Michigan - except it didn't
appear that Michigan had any fresh-
man on the field.
Chad Henne's certainly not a fresh-
man - not at this point. Freshman
quarterbacks don't lead last-minute
drives like that. They don't keep
their composure when the opposition
See FOOTBALL, Page 5A
Michigan freshman running back Mike Hart (20) rushes past Purdue's Junior cornerback Brian Hickman (33) during the Wolverines' 16-14 victory
over the Boilermakers on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.
Candidates split on foreign policy agendas
Similar plans for Iraq reconstruction blurred by divergent views on N. Korea, Iran
By Jameel Naqvi
Daily Staff Reporter
The 2004 election is the first since the Vietnam
War era that may be won or lost on foreign policy.
To beat President Bush, Democratic nominee John
Kerry will have to convince voters he can do a bet-
ter job managing the Iraqi reconstruction effort. But
the foreign policy debate has recently expanded with
North Korea and Iran attracting attention over their
Despite all the back-and-forth talk on Iraq, the can-
didates are very similar in their policy proposals for
the future of Iraq.
Both say they are committed to the schedule set
forth by the Bush administration, including January
elections in Iraq.
Both say they will maintain a U.S. military pres-
ence in Iraq for an indefinite period of time.
But even as their plans overlap, Kerry has vigor-
ously fought to distinguish himself from Bush by
criticizing the previous foreign policy initiatives he
has taken - particularly regarding Bush's moves in
Outside of Iraq policy, Bush and Kerry don't see
eye-to-eye on the approaches to dealing with future
dilemmas with potentially hostile nations such as
Iran and North Korea. Specifically, they diverge
on the issue of multilateral negotiations with those
In Iraq, Kerry has said he would be able to broaden
the U.S.-led coalition if he is elected president, and
has pledged to include more allies from Europe and
the Middle East.
"I have a plan to have a summit with all of the
allies, something this president has not yet achieved,
not yet been able to do to bring people to the table,"
Kerry said in a debate with President Bush on foreign
policy on Sept. 30.
The Democratic nominee has said a conference
with the leaders of European and Arab nations would
help convince them to augment the coalition. He
would also invite NATO to assist in the training of
Iraqi security forces within Iraq as well as in NATO
"We can do a better job of training the Iraqi forces
to defend themselves, and I know that we can do a
better job of preparing for elections," he said in the
Bush has pre-empted many of Kerry's future plans
for Iraq. His administration has endorsed a two-day
See POLICY, Page 5A
By Jeremy Davidson
For the Daily
As fall descends, the housing craze
begins. This afternoon, the Michigan
Union will be crowded by anxious first-
time renters, savvy repeat residents and
onlookers curious about housing pros-
pects for next year.
Today's housing fair will be held in
the Union today from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Various landlord and housing advocacy
groups will be represented.
However, some students said they
have not found the fair to be beneficial
in the past.
"The housing fair was not narticular-
Minority issues in
election get spotlight
at NAACP debate
By Michael Kan side of the off-campus neighborhood
Daily Staff Reporter including Trotter House.
School of Art and Design, said they
plan on staying on North Campus in
order to be closer to their classes.
Regardless of where students want
to live, they need to start looking early
if they want their top housing choice,
and there are many resources avail-
able to students looking for housing
Rent.com, an independent nation-wide
housing website, holds advertisements for
those seeking to lease property. Another
site that includes housing information is
Arborweb.com. The University's hous-
ing website, www.housing.umich.edu,
includes information for both on and
Overshadowed throughout the presi-
dential debates, issues critical to minor-
ities took center stage in last night's
NAACP informational meeting in an
effort to educate minority voters in the
For minorities, clear messages from
different candidates on the issues impor-
tant to them have been absent during
much of the campaign, said Alexandra
Moffett, NAACP's election coordinator
for the University.
Paul Spurgeon, a member of the Col-
lege Democrats, spoke on behalf of the
Kerry campaign and acknowledged
the presidential candidate had not fully
addressed many minority issues.
Due to efforts to -gain mainstream
votes, he said both Democratic nominee
John Kerry and President Bush have
neglected to galvanize the minority
vote, by shifting the focus of their cam-
paigns from minority concerns, he said.
"Kerry has lost a chance to reach out
to the minority community, and that
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