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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 14, 2005 - 7

s SALARY
Continued from page 1.
are often paid by either clinical rev-
enue or individual grants, said David
Bloom, associate dean for faculty
affairs at the school.
"It's far different than the other
schools," Bloom said. Medical School
professors do teach, but most of
their activities are in clinical care or
research. Two-thirds of the 1,800 Med-
ical School faculty see patients and
operate in addition to teaching.
So if they perform expensive proce-
dures or win highly lucrative federal
grants, their salaries go up as well.
Medical school Prof. Lazar Green-
field, who works as a surgeon, for
instance, took in the second-highest
salary at $507,285. Greenfield has
served as interim executive vice pres-
ident for medical affairs - Kelch's
current position - but also as chair
of the surgery department. As chair,
he was credited with making the
department one of the best in the
country, Bloom said.
Though size of some administra-
tors' salaries may seem high, the Uni-
versity said that this year's increases
were "modest."
These salary raises came on the
heels of a 2-percent budget cut from
the state this year. So to pay for the
raises, the University has had to
*BCS
Continued from page 1
else that has to do with the Rose Bowl,"
he said.
The NCAA report on expenses for the
2004 Rose Bowl included an additional
$13,619 for the transportation of Univer-
sity officials, such as University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman and members
of the University Board of Regents.
FRIEZE
Continued from page 1
"I support the proposal," said LSA
junior Pamela Baker, a member of the
organization Public Interest Research
Group In Michigan. "I think increased
housing for students is long overdue. I
also like the idea of putting academic
and residential space in one building.
I think this is a step in the right direc-
tion, a chance for the University to show
that undergraduate life is important to
them.
Others who spoke on behalf of Cole-
man's proposal included State Street
merchants, who said they believe a resi-
dence hall will bring more students to
the area and increase business.
Overall, both University administra-
tors and community members said they
were pleased with how the meeting
went and really hoped the University
and community could work together on
the project.
"I thought the meeting went very well
and that it was a very good representa-
tion of the feelings people have about
the Frieze Building," said Darlene Ray-
Johnson, assistant to the Dean for the
Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
"I'm glad the University gave the public
a voice on this issue."
The University is expected to rec-
ommend an architect to the University
Board of Regents at the next regents'
meeting, to be held on Jan. 26. The
regents will then decide whether or not

find "efficiencies" and reallocate
resources within departments and in
the administration.
"We know that state funding was
very tight, and that's why the sal-
ary increase was so modest," Univer-
sity spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
Over the past five years, faculty salary
increases have ranged from 5.8 percent
in fall 2001 to 2.6 percent in fall 2003,
when the University received a 10-per-
cent cut from the state.
Because the University is a public
institution and roughly one-third of its
budget is controlled by the state's fluc-
tuating budget, it sometimes is disad-
vantaged in the job market.
"Because we're competing with
other private universities, it can be a
challenge for us," said Timothy Wood,
senior director of human resources at
the University.
Bloom expressed similar concern,
noting that in some fields, professors
in the Medical School are not paid
as much as they would be in private
practice, despite their seemingly high
salaries. "We struggle to pay competi-
tively, and in some areas, we are below
competitive," Bloom said. But the
school is less affected by public fund-
ing constraints, because it gets most of
its revenue outside of the University's
general fund.
"That leaves us far, far less depen-
dent on state fluctuations," Bloom said.
HAZING
Continued from page 1
The reported hazing incidents at
the University occurred just after the
state Legislature passed a new haz-
ing law last summer. The new law
made hazing that resulted in "endan-
gering the physical health or safety
of an individual" a criminal act and
enforced stiff penalties for hazing
STEREOTYPE
Continued from page 1
gions.
In another exhibit, actors berated the
tour group with insults regarding their
sexual orientation in a scene that was
meant to take place on the streets of
Ann Arbor late at night. Two of the
actors individually approached mem-
bers of the group and asked them ques-
tions such as, "Why are you like this?
Don't your parents hate you?" The ver-
bal assaults eventually escalated into
a pushing match with another actor,
when the instigators pulled out bats.
Before anyone could intervene, the
lights went out.
The comments from the actors would
sometimes become personal. While
playing a prospective employer, one
actor told LSA junior Edna Buckle that
she would not get the job because of her
braids.
Even though she was initially offend-
ed, Buckle understood why the actors
targeted her.
"I was pissed off, but it got me think-
ing," she said.
However, other exhibits focused on
broader problems, such as profiling
of Arab-Americans in airports. LSA
sophomore Stephen Lin and LSA junior
Ben Rattner played airport security
agents forcing the tour group to assem-
ble into two lines. Lin and Rattner each
took turns accusing the participants of
engaging in terrorist activities and call-

"There's no way the state would be able
to manage a billion-dollar-a-year busi-
ness," he added, referring to the Medi-
cal School and its adjoining hospital.
Administration officials consistent-
ly stress the importance of awarding
employees for their hard work so the
University can stay competitive in the
academic job market.
"I think the university has considered
salary increase programs an important
part of recruitment and retention and
makes a commitment to having them
even when we're in difficult budget
times," Wood said.
There are several reasons why
employees receive salary increases,
Wood said. One is to recognize the
contributions of faculty and staff
members. As budget cuts continue,
the University often asks faculty and
staff members to do more than their
job description entails. The Universi-
ty also recognizes the increased costs
of living that employees experience,
he added.
If employees do not regularly receive
compensation for their hard work,
"we're not going to be an excellent uni-
versity anymore," Peterson said.
Copies of the complete Salary
Record are on reserve at the Univer-
sity Library and also may be purchased
from the Human Resources Records
and Information Services Department,
(734) 647-0018.
that include jail time and expensive
fines. If a fraternity or sorority is
found to be guilty of hazing, it could
be suspended from its national chap-
ter or sanctioned by the IFC or the
Panhellenic Association.
If individuals are found guilty
by OSCR, they could be subject to
educational sanctions or probation,
or in rare instances suspended or
expelled.
ing them by racial slurs. Rattner even
took a bag of popcorn that was suppos-
edly in somebody's bag and asked the
person if it was an explosive.
As each simulation elicits different
verbal reactions from every group, the
actors must continually change their
performance.
"There is a script of things that you
want to get across. When people react
and get in your face, is when you have
to improvise," Rattner said.
Students participating in the event
were affected by these enactments.
"Since (gay hate-crime victim) Mat-
thew Shephard, the scene with the hate
crime affected me the most," said LSA
senior Sydney Zhou. "Things such as
that happen all the time. It is a real-
ity check that we live in such a liberal
town."
LSA junior Edna Buckle could identi-
fy most with the racial profiling section,
as she has undergone similar experi-
ences not being from the United States.
"Every time I used to travel, I would be
pulled over. Even once, my mother had
her bag looked through and her under-
garments examined," she said.
"I think it was a good experience, but
you're left with the question, 'There are
people like that, but what can I do about
it?' " Buckle added.
Boxes and Walls will continue until
next Thursday. Since specific times vary
by the day, students can check the web-
site at http://www.umich.edu/~umboxes
for a schedule.

LOUD AND CLEAR

Eighteen-year old Achly Alegria, left, and 17-year old Brendan Mitchell, both seniors at the Florida School of the
Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Fl., sign the National Anthem with other students as they practice their roles for
the Super Bowl at the St. Augustine school Wednesday afternoon.
ReligionlayS role for many
in im migration to U.S.'

ALTAR, Mexico (AP) - Along a northbound dirt road,
a young couple clad in jeans and T-shirts jumps out of an
idling van and walks toward the path's edge, making for
a white concrete box with an ornate, wrought-iron cross
perched on top.
Dozens of candles - some lit, some melted, some broken
- are crammed inside the 5-foot-high makeshift altar, along
with statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Jude, patron
saint of lost causes.
As the couple kneels before the display with bowed heads, a
little boy runs out of the van and kisses the ground.
The humble spot some 60 miles south of the Mexico-Arizona
border serves as one of the last places where migrants worship
before being shuttled to spots where they will attempt to slip
illegally into the United States on foot.
On their trek for economic survival, migrants traveling
through the treacherous Arizona desert also find themselves
embarking on a religious journey. Many rely on faith to sustain
them through the trip's perils, stopping to pray at icons or light-
ing votive candles to remember those who died along the way.
Before jumping aboard moving cargo trains during the trip
north, 29-year-old Carlos Enrique Cano Vanega and other Cen-
tral Americans he was traveling with would pray by the side of
the tracks.
"We began to entrust ourselves to God and asked that he
would keep us safe," said Cano, a Honduran man who had
journeyed to this Mexican community recently in preparation
for an attempted trip to the United States.
People everywhere will often seek spiritual comfort dur-

ing troubled times. And culturally, Latin Americans identify
themselves as religious, even if they don't attend services reg-
ularly, said Jacqueline Hagan, co-director for the Center for
Immigration Research at the University of Houston.
In the case of poor immigrants, reliance on faith is even
heavier because they have virtually no other resources, Hagan
said. "The only recourse they have is to turn to religion, and
that's all they really have on the road as well," she said.
Before embarking on the trek into the United States, indig-
enous residents of the Guatemalan highlands seek counsel
about whether to make the trip and when to go from evangeli-
cal pastors or the Black Christ, a dark-skinned depiction of
Jesus common in parts of Latin America, Hagan said.
"Religion is their spiritual passport in the absence of autho-
rization," she said. "They get sanctioned by God to do this."
While on the road, some turn to biblical passages that mir-
ror their travels, such as those citing how the Israelites wan-
dered through the desert under God's guidance.
For Cano and others on the train, reading the New Testa-
ment to each other brought comfort.
"You feel something ... you feel safer than being out there"
without anything to sustain you, he said at a migrant shelter in
Altar, a city that serves as a popular staging area for migrants
planning to cross the border at Arizona.
Fifty-six-year-old Ernesto Garcia Mondragon frequented
the Catholic church in town to pray for his nephew, who left
Mexico bound for the United States. Three months after 19-
year-old Olaf Avila Gonzales departed, the family had yet to
hear from him.

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