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www.mcknganday.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 90 @2005 The Michigan Daily
President: Real democracy
includes freedom of press and
viable political opposition
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) - Struggling to repair
troubled relations, President Bush prodded Vladimir
Putin yesterday about Moscow's retreat from democracy
but the Russian leader bluntly rejected the criticism and
insisted there was no backsliding.
"Strong countries are built by developing strong
democracies," Bush said he told Putin. "I think Vladimir
heard me loud and clear."
"Russia has made its choice in favor of democracy,"
the Russian leader replied.
Confronting criticism that he is quashing dissent and
consolidating power, Putin said Russia chose democracy
14 years ago and "there
can be no return to what " r
we used to have before."
Four years after Bush c
said he had gotten a sense
of Putin's soul and found are built b
him trustworthy, the two
leaders talked for 2 1/2 developing
hours at a hilltop castle in
hopes of easing mounting strong
distrust between Moscow
and Washington. Bush democracies.
said he had not changed I think
his opinion of Putin and
wanted to remain friends. Vladimir
"This is the kind of fel-
low who, when he says heard me
'Yes,' he means yes, and
when he says 'No,' he lour and
means no," Bush said.
Yet Bush challenged clear.
Putin about his govern-
ment's behavior, saying - President Bush
that democracies reflect
a country's customs and
culture but must have "a
rule of law and protection
of minorities, a free press and a viable political opposi-
tion." He said he talked with Putin about his "concerns
about Russia's commitment in fulfilling these universal
principles" and about Putin's restrictions on the press.
"I'm not the minister of propaganda," Putin said,
standing alongside Bush at a news conference.
They also confronted differences over Moscow's arms
sales to Syria and Russia's help for Iran's nuclear program.
While Bush tried to keep a smile on his face throughout
the session with reporters, Putin seemed tense.
It was their first meeting since Bush opened his second
term promising to spread democracy and freedom and
asserting that relations with all leaders would be predi-
cated on how they treat their people. Bush faced pressure
from home - from prominent Republicans and Demo-
crats alike - to get tough with Putin, and their talks were
seen by some as a test of whether the president would put
his inaugural pledges into practice.
For over an hour of their meeting, the leaders were
alone with only translators, in a private session that was
the longest they have had in over four years. The official,
speaking on condition of anonymity, said the discussions
were never heated.
In public, Putin compared his move to end direct pop-
ular election of regional governors to the American pro-
cess of electing presidents through the Electoral College
rather than by the results of the popular vote. "And it's not
considered undemocratic, is it?" Putin said.
He suggested that Russians who oppose his actions,
such as a campaign against the Yukos oil company and
See BUSH, Page 3
Smoking resolution fails
RHA will form task
force to address concerns
of those who want to ban
smoking in courtyards
By Laura Van Hyfte
Daily Staff Reporter
The Residence Halls Association reject-
ed a controversial proposal yesterday that
would have extended the nonsmoking area
outside of residence halls to include the
outdoor courtyards. Twenty-four RHA
representatives voted against the proposal,
three abstained and none approved.
The proposal is being considered as a
response to the growing number of com-
plaints regarding second-hand smoke
entering residents' rooms.
Due to the wide range of emotions RHA
representatives said they observed among
residents over the resolution, a task force
was created to further investigate the mat-
ter and to consider all sides of the argu-
Residents voiced both approval and
disdain for the smoking resolution, said
Kevin Johnson, an RHA representative for
Alice Lloyd Residence Hall.
"Residents that I talked to are pretty
mixed about the situation," Johnson said.
While many residents expressed concern
for smokers' rights, some who do not like
smoke "just want something to be done,"
said Paul Edick, an RHA representative
for West Quadrangle Residence Hall.
Many residents have explained that they
understand the sacrifices already made by
smokers, said Dan Ray, an RHA representa-
tive for East Quadrangle Residence Hall.
"They were worried about smokers' rights
because smokers already accommodate
non-smokers and go outside," Edick said.
Some residents who resent smoking that
takes place outside of their windows still
recognize the difficulty of stopping smok-
ers from smoking outside of the building,
said Jessica Jolly, an RHA representative
'for Oxford Housing.
"Residents said that the resolution just
didn't seem fair, because smokers pay the
same room and board as nonsmokers, and
they should have the same freedom," Ray
"They'll still have to deal with smok-
ing, just in a different place; a lot of them
are not too concerned with smoking in the
courtyard," Jolly said.
"Many think that there are other, more
important issues that could be addressed,"
In response to the levels of opposition
and approval, Edick proposed a task force
to examine all of RHA's options to the
smoking issue and to consider all of the
Another issue raised by committee
members was the proposal's effect on indi-
vidual residence halls. Under the resolu-
tion, individual halls would not have been
allowed to set their own rules on smoking
Smoking issues would no longer have
been building-specific, and dorms where
there are many smokers would have the
same nonsmoking - boundaries as those
with few smokers, Ray said.
See SMOKING, Page 3
More students find jobs to pay off loans
By Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
A record number of college freshmen nationwide
expect to work this academic year, taking on more per-
sonal debt and borrowing more to pay for college than
any previous freshman class, according to a survey by
the Higher Education Research Institute at the Univer-
sity of California at Los Angeles.
The survey of incoming college freshmen found that
47.2 percent of freshmen said there was a "very good
chance" that they would work during the academic year.
This rise in work follows a trend of increasing tuition
rates and lower buying power of federal Pell Grants,
which have shifted some of the burden for paying for
college onto students.
A new high of 29.6 percent of freshmen anticipate
owing at least $3,000 in debt after their first year, up
from 24.1 percent in 2001, and a record 8 percent - up
from 5.6 percent in 2001 - predict they will have to
borrow more than $10,000.
The trend has been felt inside the University's library
system, which employs hundreds of students during the
"When jobs were available (when the economy was
better), we had problems getting positions filled, although
we always filled them," said Laura Woolly, who works
in human resources for the University library system.
"Now, when we have openings, they are filled fast and
there's less turnover."
But while more students are taking more hours to
work, they often lose studying time.
Engineering freshmen Christina Sadler worked in the
University's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Pro-
gram last semester so she could pay for expenses other
than tuition. Because Sadler had to devote so much time
to work, she said she lost time she would have used for
She added that she found herself calling in to tell her
employer she could not come in on exam days or that
she would make up work another day.
UROP is a part of the University's work-study pro-
gram that awards money to students only after they have
applied for financial aid. Students receive a paycheck
as they would at a normal job, but their employers are
reimbursed for 65 percent of their paychecks by the fed-
eral government. UROP employs about 900 students,
who work with about 600 faculty members. The pro-
gram aims to help improve academic achievement and
retention of students.
The cheap labor cost as a result of government
subsidies makes employers - including the Univer-
sity - eager to hire
so much so that
some positions are
reserved for the pro-
Sadler decided not
return to the chemis-
try lab this semester
because she is tak-
ing stressful classes,
but plans to apply for
UROP next fall.
freshman Paul Wil-
lard, said his work Fresh
experience has not work
hurt his grades.
"I work 11 hours a
week," Willard said.
"I really don't find
it that hard. I sched-
uled my classes so I
could work during the day, so it's pretty much like a
really long class."
Willard receives college credit for UROP and uses his
paycheck to fund his college career.
"It's a sort of a point of pride for me that I get my
own paycheck," Willard said. "I think its good for stu-
dents in general. I know some of the students here didn't
have jobs in high school. It's good that they'll have
skills because they can get out of college and have no
man say there was a
good chance" they would
during the academic year.
Freshman this year said they
anticipate owing at least
$3000 in debt of their first year.
Freshman in 2001 said they anticipated
owing at least $300b in debt after their
GRAPHIC BY MATHEW DANIELS,
PHOTO BY MIKE HULSEBUS
But some students say the continue to work just to spend
"I'm working just for extra money," LSA freshmen Alex
Delgado said while he worked behind the front desk at Mary
Markley Residence Hall. "They had shifts they needed to
fill, and I just applied - it's right in my dorm."
Delgado said his job does not interfere much with
Training to be offered for
promotion of equality
New help for men
new logo for campaign
for LGBT allies to
By C.C. Song
For the Daily
The Ally Training Program is a
one-day program designed for students
who want to assist the LGBT commu-
nity promote tolerance and equality.
The University was not able to
start the program until now due to a
shortage of staff, Almquist said. She
said that the LGBT office has finally
received enough money from the
Office of the Dean of Students and the
Office of Equity and Diversity Servic-
es to make the necessary hires.
"Right now, it's a pilot program. It's
ing, the participants will display logos
to let other people know that they sup-
port LGBT rights," Almquist said.
She said a distinct logo will help
students identify the program. "The
schools that have training find that
logos really help the community. There
are lots of general logos out there, but
(a distinctive logo is) really effective
... because it identifies the affiliation,"
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Men cope with
than women, often
neglecting to seek help
By Jacqueline E. Howard
Daily Staff Reporter
If a male seems antisocial, less ener-
getic than usual and isolated, he could
be suffering from depression, accord-
ing to a recent study by the National
Tnct't.,ta 'f NMental T-'aolth'
the University Hospital collaborated
with NIMH to launch the campaign
this week, which consists of a hotline
where psychiatrists give advice to men
suffering from depression.
"We hope for the campaign to
reduce stigma about depression," said
University associate dean of students,
and lead coordinator of the three-
month campaign, Stephanie Pinder-
Glick added that depression is espe-
cially common on college campuses,
making male students no exception.
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FROM THIE EDITOR
An aspect of yesterday's
lead story about Ann
Arbor News employees
who worked as temporary
replacements for striking
workers at a Youngstown,
Ohio newspaper did not
live up to the Daily's stan-
dards of ethical journal-
ism. The story named four
Ann Arbor News employ-
ees; however, it should not
have named sports writer
Antoine Pitts. There is
only scant evidence to
suggest that he was in
Youngstown, and there is
significant evidence sug-
gesting that he was not
The error in iiidpmeet
Next month, the Office of Lesbian
Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs
will launch the LGBT Ally Training