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:the survival of M-PACT will be created
through a massive fundraising effort,
The new program will also be help-
ful to students no longer receiving a
Pell Grant under a new federal for-
mula determining eligibility. Under
the new formula, the Bush administra-
tion will cut grants to students who no
longer qualify for them because their
family income has increased. The
-money saved from this process will
go toward making the grants given to
more needy students larger and possi-
bly increasing the number of students
The new formula will affect Univer-
sity students because 1,677 out of the
3,335 undergraduates who receive the
grant will lose about $400, the Detroit
-Free Press reported, while 300 Univer-
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As part of its drive to protect ten-
ant rights, Student PIRGIM would
distribute a two-part scientific sur-
vey to students about their expe-
riences renting or leasing in Ann
Arbor. The first part would ask
about students' experiences and the
second would gauge their literacy on
subjects, such as whether it is legal
for a landlord to charge a cleaning
fee. Student PIRGIM would then use
that information to set up a hotline
in the fall.
Another possible campaign
involves working with Granholm on
Michigan's high mercury levels in
water. The mercury renders the water
unsafe because of possible birth
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will attract and the more money you will
The Detroit-based Carls Foundation
made the donation as part of its con-
tinuing pledge to promote children's
welfare. Industrialist William Carls
and his wife Marie created the founda-
The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 7, 2005 - 7A
sity students will no longer qualify for
Engineering sophomore Conor
Burns said the new grant program
would be extremely beneficial to
him. Burns said he will be losing
grant money due to the recent cuts
made to the Pell Grant program.
"Basically, I'm receiving about
$10,000 a year in loans and I'm
$15,000 in debt, so having more
grant options would be great," Burns
said. "I don't want to be shackled
with more debt than I can possibly
pay off in the 10 years after I gradu-
ate. The less I have to pay back, the
Although M-PACT aims to help
those whose families fall into the
lowest income bracket and who
already qualify for the highest Pell
Grant of a little more than $4,000,
Coleman expressed hope that the pro-
gram would benefit those whose fami-
lies fall into a higher income bracket
- $50,000 to $70,000 per year - but
still have trouble paying for college.
Andrea Craig, a counselor at Detroit
City High School said she was excited
to hear that M-PACT may help families
who do not fall into the lowest income
"Working families who are not mak-
ing an extremely high amount of money,
but just meeting their needs don't get the
Pell Grant money, you have to be con-
sidered destitute in order to qualify,"
Craig said. "It would be wonderful for
a good student coming from an average
income family to qualify for this new
Eligibility for M-PACT grants will
be determined by the level of family
contribution and other factors used to
distribute financial aid packages. Two-
thirds of University students currently
receive need-based financial aid in the
form of grants, loans or scholarships.
defects, Fox said.
"Over two years, we could help
reduce the mercury levels by 90 per-
cent," Fox said. "The Bush administra-
tion's plan would only do that much in
PIRGIM had a student chapter at the
University in the 1970s and 1980s. At
that time, it was instrumental in plac-
ing blue-light emergency phones on
campus and requiring gas stations to
post prices, Hwang said.
"When we were a chapter, we could
do a lot more," she added.
According to Hwang, the regents
eliminated the chapter's funding in the
1980s because it feared the group had
too much influence.
Students For PIRGIM has been
meeting with MSA members since
the beginning of the school year in an
attempt to clear the path to funding.
Fox estimates the group collaborated
with two-thirds of the assembly's lead-
ers, but Wells-Reid did not notify it of
the injunction until less than a week
before the scheduled vote.
"He's been looking at the tax issue
for a while, and it wasn't until Fri-
day that he decided it was important
enough for the case," said second-year
Law School student Cliff Davidson,
Wells-Reid's legal counsel.
Students For PIRGIM has asked
Wells-Reid to drop the case because
the group believes it has addressed all
of his concerns, Fox said.
"If we lose the trial, then we will
continue to work as we've been func-
tioning," Hwang said. "(MSA's fund-
ing) is pretty critical to what we want
tion that promotes children's welfare.
"Having lost their only child in
infancy, William and Marie Carls
experienced personally the need for
advanced and readily available pedi-
atric medical care and made it a prin-
cipled mission of the foundation they
established," said Elizabeth Stieg,
executive director of The Carls Foun-
dation in a press release. "The Trust-
ees of The Carls Foundation felt that
the Mott Children's Hospital plans
for a new facility are clearly needed
and help fulfill that mission."
The Carls Foundation has given
Motts donations before that have
helped fund research of jaw-related
birth defects and establish a new
diagnostic and treatment program
for children at risk for hearing loss.
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toppled the Shah and brought the late
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to power.
"If the Shah is in Iran, you would
give him nuclear technology, but if
Imam (Khomeini) is in Iran, you can't
do that ... the history of nuclear energy
in Iran is a lesson in contradictions in
Western policy towards Iran," he said.
But Rafsanjani said Iran has been
very transparent since 2002 when
aspects of its nuclear activities were
revealed and that it has cooperated
with the International Atomic Energy
Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, to
dispel suspicions that it was seeking
He said Iran would never agree to a
permanent halt on enriching uranium,.
a technology he says Tehran is entitled
to under the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Iran suspended its uranium enrich-
ment activities last year to create confi-
dence and avoid U.N. Security Council
sanctions. But Tehran says maintaining
the voluntary freeze depends on prog-
ress in ongoing talks with Britain, Ger-
many and France, who are negotiating
on behalf of the European Union.
"Definitely we can't stop our nuclear
program and won't stop it. You can't
take technology away from a country
already possessing it," Rafsanjani said.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the
National Security and Foreign Policy
committee of the Iranian parliament,
told the conference that Parliament
would not approve additional proto-
col to the NPT if the Europeans insist
Iran turn its temporary suspension of
uranium enrichment-related activi-
ties into a permanent freeze.
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One source of competitors is Maize Rage,
which draws all its candidates from the orga-
nization of athletic supporters that bears the
same name. But the party is not focused on
University athletics. Rather, it is mounting
a campaign of change. Chrzanowski said he
aims to change the emphasis of MSA.
"Their attention is on a lot of issues that
aon't necessarily impact students directly,"
Chrzanowski said. "We'd like to see a lot
that attention turned to how they can help the
students on campus." He pointed in particu-
lar to what he called MSA's focus on inter-
Stenvig took issue with Chrzanowski's
characterization of the student assembly.
"I would say the opposite," she said. "We
don't live in a bubble. These issues directly
affect students on campus in a broad and
sweeping way." She added that MSA does
not ignore strictly campus concerns, attrib-
uting Chrzanowski's opinion to critics of the
predominately liberal agenda of MSA.
Still, Chrzanowski predicted his party
will fare well with students who are disen-
chanted with MSA and feel it does not rep-
The LSA sophomore was also critical of
the way other MSA parties have conducted
"One of the things we definitely do not
want to do is the dorm invasion tactic. That
is one thing we will not do," he said. Instead,
Chrzanowski said, "Our primary goal is
going to be encouraging people to actually
vote." He vowed to mount a positive cam-
paign, saying "We're not looking for a blood-
As in last November's elections, DAAP
will again focus on increasing minority
enrollment. Black enrollment 'declined 15
percent in the current academic year, the
first since the new application was created.
"To have black enrollment drop 15 percent,
this fight is just beginning," Stenvig said.
The central goal of Stenvig's party remains
the defense of the University's race-con-
scious admissions policies.
But in a possible move to attract traditional
DAAP supporters, Levine said, "The leader-
ship of Students 4 Michigan is committed to
standing behind U-M's admissions policies.
In that respect, we do not differ much from
Stenvig said Levine's position does not
erase the need for her party.
"I'm glad that they're taking that posi-
tion," she said, adding that her party has
taken leadership on the issue.
Levine said his party has broad appeal.
"As a party, we aim to be representative of
campus," he said. "We're running people with
a variety of political viewpoints." These can-
didates include College Republicans Chair
Allison Jacobs, Saamir Rahman, member of
Students Organizing for Labor and Econom-
ic Equality and Bart Kumor, who serves on
MSA's Peace and Justice Commission.
Stenvig criticized Students 4 Michigan's
selection of candidates as electioneering.
"We don't want to compromise our posi-
tion just to win a few votes," she said. "That's
ridiculous." She also denied that DAAP is a
"Even if they aren't particularly focused
on Ann Arbor, we are the people who will
defend students' rights on campus," she
MSA campaigns begin on Wednesday,
when Students 4 Michigan will have final-
ized its party platform.
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