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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 3A

Arts Council
performs for Black
History Month
In celebration of Black History
Month, graduate student members of
the Black Arts Council will perform
musical works of black composers in a
special concert tonight at 7 p.m. at the
University's Museum of Art.
The Black Arts Council is a student
organization founded in memory of
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This event is sponsored in part by the
Center for Afroamerican and African
* Visiting prof gives
talk on 'Cultural
The Institute for Research on Women
and Gender will host Toby Miller, a pro-
fessor from the University of California-
Riverside tonight from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in
Room 2239 of Lane Hall.
Miller's main focus is the media
and cultural studies and considering
the interaction between factors such as
sports, gender, race and politics.
The lecture, Cultural Citizenship
- A Problem for E Pluribus Unum?,
is free.
Event focuses
on ending sexual
assault on campus
Keith Edwards, a member of Men
Ending Rape, will speak today from
7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 1324 of East
The presentation, titled She Fears
You, will focus on the collaboration
between men and women in hopes
of ending sexual assault on campus.
Admission is free.
It is sponsored by the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center,
Lambda Theta Pi and Men Against Vio-
lence Against Women.
Staff reports food
stolen from North
Ingalls kitchen
Staff in the North Ingalls Building
reported that food was stolen from the
kitchen on the first floor Tuesday.
They believe that the perpetrators
operated after 5 p.m.
Unknown subject
reported disturbing
A caller reported to DPS that a resi-
dent from the Mary Markley Residence
Hall has been running up and down the
halls banging on people's doors.

The subject was wearing a black hat
and a gray fleece shirt.
In Daily History
Graduates' union
asks 'U' to re-open
Feb. 10, 1984 - The Graduate
Employees' Organization requested
the University re-open negotiations
last night, hoping they could reach
an agreement on renewing their con-
The negotiations are a result of a
new tax by the state which deducts
$75 from graduate student instruc-
tors' January paychecks due to the
failure of Congress to pass a new
law that exempts their salaries from
being taxed.
GEO's contract states that the
University will pay for two-thirds of
a GSIs tuition if they are an in-state
student. The remaining third is the
only portion that can be taxed by the

Society to hold Engineering job fair

By Christina Hildreth
Daily Staff Reporter
Next Tuesday, Feb. 15, the Engineering Society of
Detroit will seek to connect University Engineering
students with exactly what they want - a job.
The society, originally founded by Michigan Engi-
neering graduate students in 1895, will host the first
annual Engineering and Technology Entry-Level
Job Fair & Workshop at the Southfield Town Center
Atrium in Southfield.
More than 50 companies from a wide array of
industries will be participating in the fair, including
car companies such as DaimlerChrysler Corporation,
energy providers such as DTE Energy and chemical
companies such as Robert Bosch Corporation.
David Meynell, president of Durr Industries, a sup-
plier of major automotive corporations, said this fair
will provide students with the chance to network with
the ESD's corporate members. Meynell also serves
as ESD's board liaison for the job fair.
The fair is directed toward all types of Engineer-
ing students and the companies represented at the fair
will be recruiting for positions ranging from full-time
entry-level jobs to internships and summer help jobs.
Cynthia Redwine, director of the University's

Engineering Career Resource Center, said fairs like
these are important because they allow a student to
"get a feel for what's happening in the industry and
what types of positions are available (and find out)
what the opportunities or trends are in that area."
"One of the things we do is we encourage stu-
dents to get experience before they leave campus and
graduate. That's why these fairs are so important,"
she said, adding that any opportunity students have to
converse with potential employers is important.
While both advisors and potential employers
encourage students to attend multiple job fairs,
some students said they find job fairs frustrating.
Engineering junior Chris Damitz said he has
had no luck attending job fairs. "In order to talk to
all the companies that you want to, you end up hav-
ing to wait in three or four hours worth of lines," he
said. "Once you get there you can only talk to the
(company representatives) for five to 10 minutes."
Redwine acknowledged the short amount of time
students are given to sell themselves to employers, yet
nonetheless stressed the importance of preparation,
urging students to come ready to hand them a resume
and find out what attributes they are looking for.
She went on to say it is important students
research the companies they will speak with before

"Once you get there you can only talk to the
(company representatives) for five to 10 minutes."
- Chris Damitz
Engineering junior

coming to the fair.
"(Students should) find as much information as
they can about the employer. The last thing you
want to do is walk up to an employer and say 'what
do you guys do.' Have some knowledge about what
industry the company is in, what their business is
like. And then from there, (find out how) that com-
pany uses engineers," she said.
Redwine said employers attend these fairs in
search of students who have demonstrated their
abilities to excel in academics and leadership.
Employers are looking for experience, she said, as
well as how a student is doing in classes, how good
their grades are and what classes they have already
taken. Experience and demonstration of teamwork on
class projects are equally important, she said.
Some companies echoed Redwine's advice.

Diane Ballor, human resources manager for Albert
Kahn Associates - a large local architecture firm
- said company representatives look for students
who have demonstrated excellence above and
beyond their schoolwork.
"In addition to a strong educational background,
we like to see hands-on experience in their chosen
field. We look for well-rounded individuals, those
who have not only excelled in the classroom, but in
internships and volunteer activities. We like to see
goal-oriented individuals who have a plan for their
careers," she said.
In addition to opportunities to speak with com-
pany representatives, Tuesday's fair will also fea-
ture workshops coaching students on skills such as
negotiating salaries and benefits, resume and cover
letter writing and career mapping.

Granhoim hopes
to boost education

* Governor wants
to grant schools
$1.75 per student
LANSING (AP) - Gov. Jennifer
Granholm hopes to give school dis-
tricts $175 more per student when the
new fiscal year begins in October, a
spokeswoman for the governor said
The proposed increase, included in
the Democratic governor's spending
plan for the upcoming fiscal year, would
boost the minimum per-student founda-
tion grant in the new budget year from
$6,700 to $6,875, Granholm communi-
cations director Genna Gent told The
Associated Press.
The increase would boost state spend-
ing on public education by $280 million,
to close to $12.8 billion, she said.
Granholm also will propose giv-
ing districts an additional $50 for
high school students on top of the
$175 per-student increase so schools
can better prepare high school stu-
dents to meet higher standards laid
out in a report by the Commission
on Higher Education and Economic
Growth headed by Lt. Gov. John
Cherry, Gent said.
The governor wants a $33 million
increase in state funding for at-risk
students, which covers a wide vari-
ety of programs, including counsel-
ing. If lawmakers sign off on the
proposed boost, total funding for at-
risk students would increase to $347
"K-12 education _ education in
general - is the governor's highest
priority," Gent said. "She is proud
and pleased that we can increase
education funding this year."
The state can afford to spend more
on K-12 education in the new fiscal year
because the school aid budget is expect-
ed to take in $11.3 billion then, up from
an estimated $10.9 billion this year.
The spending hike was welcome
news to Margaret Trimmer-Hartley,
spokeswoman for Michigan Education
Association, the state's largest teacher
union. But she said per-pupil funding
in recent years has not kept pace with

school districts' rising costs.
"It's not enough to keep education
moving in the direction we need it," she
said of the increase.
Republican Senate Majority Leader
Ken Sikkema of Wyoming wants more
money to go to K-12 education, but he
is worried higher pension and health
care costs will keep new dollars from
getting to the classroom, spokesman
Ari Adler said.
State budget director Mary Lan-
noye will lay out the governor's
spending plan for the upcoming
fiscal year at noon Thursday at the
Capitol. She also will present Gra-
nholm's executive order proposing
a plan for dealing with an estimated
$382 million shortfall in the current
fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
While the school aid budget is
expected to be in the black this year
and next, the state's $8.8 billion general
fund budget continues to struggle with
The general fund budget - which
covers most areas of state spending,
including prisons, health care, high-
er education and state departments
- is short this year and next partly
because of rising Medicaid costs.
Medicaid currently provides health
benefits to more than 1.4 million
low-income residents, the highest
number ever in Michigan.
To deal with that, Granholm is
proposing a 2-percent tax increase
on doctors in an effort to bring in
additional federal dollars for the
$7 billion Medicaid program, two
sources familiar with the governor's
proposal said Wednesday on condi-
tion of anonymity.
The proposal is similar to a 2002
law that required nursing homes to
pay the state $2.77 a day for each
bed in their facilities. That money
was used to bring in more federal
The proposed increase would gen-
erate about $250 million and bring in
about $460 million from the federal
government, one source said.
Most of the new federal funding
would go toward boosting the reim-
bursement rates for Medicaid provid-
ers, but $40 million would go to the
general fund.

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February 13-18


In observation of
Lating Disorders Awareness Week
Information & Resonrcc~s1
Look for tables at vaous campus
sites Feb. 13-16. For a Ust of
locations & times:

Tuesday, February 15
Real Bodies: A Botylov Workshop
Interactive performance
Heather MacAllister
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union 7:00-9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 16
Girls & Sports: Nutrition & Health issues
Panel discussion
Center for the Education of Women (conference room)
330 E. Liberty 12:00-1:30 pm
Create Your Body's Story
Hands-on art activities to express yourself
Nancy Lautenbach
Pendleton Room, Michigan Union 70 :0p
Friday, February 18
body image in the LGBT community
Panel disCussion

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