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www.mzhdiandaily. com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 112 ®2005 The Michigan Daily
'U' to fund
work- study program
Administrators say they
will dip into emergency
fund to find $185,000
By Karl Stampfl
Despite last week's statement from the University
Office of Financial Aid that the University would
have to completely slash students' work-study for the
spring and summer terms, the University announced
yesterday that it would dip into its pockets to cover
the costs and restore the program.
The costs, estimated to be about $185,000, will
most likely come out of the University's emergency
funds, which are earmarked for unforeseen circum-
"At a place this big, we can find the resources to
come up with the money," Provost Paul Courant
Originally, the University said that it would have
to eliminate its support to work-study students dur-
ing the spring and summer terms for a variety of
different reasons. One of the reasons was a cut of
nearly half a million dollars from the federal work-
study program. The cut only left $4.2 million for
the three University campuses to divvy up.
"It's very unfortunate that the federal govern-
ment cut (the funding)," University President
Mary Sue Coleman said.
Combined with the federal cuts, three other
factors - a larger-than-usual-freshman class, the
Flint campus expending a large amount of the
money and many students working more hours
than expected - contributed to the lack of funds
available for spring/summer work-study.
Last Thursday's news that the University would
not be able to offer work-study came as a sur-
prise to most top-level University administrators,
including Courant and Coleman.
"I think that the decision to suspend it was
made prematurely, and as soon as we considered
the issue we realized what needed to be done,"
Coleman attributed the mishap to a glitch in
"We're working to resolve that glitch," she
Courant said that the provost's office was not
informed of the decision to cut the funds.
"In retrospect, some things would have been
better if (the financial aid office) had talked to
us," he said.
Lester Monts, associate provost for academic
affairs, said the University was caught offguard
by the factors, which led to the lack of support
for the work-study programs.
The decision to restore the funds came to the
relief of students like LSA freshman Thane Wol-
cott, who is using work-study funds to work in
the University Hospital this spring and summer
as a plastic surgery researcher. Without work-
study, he would have done the research for credit
but not money, forcing him to hold another job
while taking a total of 12 additional credits.
Whether he was allotted work-study may
have also determined whether he was able to
stay in Ann Arbor over the summer, Wolcott
"If they did not come through, it would
have been extremely difficult," he said.
Courant said the two-fold importance of
work-study prompted the University to make
sure it offered the funds.
"People work for their own support and
that's entirely appropriate," he said. "There
is a long tradition of that in higher education.
It goes back to Arthur Miller and before."
The second reason Courant cited is that students
have the opportunity to see how the University works
in a more comprehensive way through financial aid.
"It's a great mechanism to make students
more aware of what really goes on here,"
North Carolina defeats
Illinois 75-70 in a tight battle
for the college basketball title
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Finally, Roy Williams had a good
reason to cry.
Stymied so many times before in his pursuit of a title, the
longtime coach broke through yesterday night. The tears
this time were tears of joy, the result a 75-70 victory over
Illinois that finally gave Williams the national champion-
ship that was missing from his otherwise stellar 17-year
"I'm just so happy for myself, my family," Williams said.
"These seniors ... they took me for a heck of a ride."
Sean May had 26 points and the Tar Heels didn't allow a
basket over the final, excruciating 2 1/2 minutes.
Freshman Marvin Williams had a tip-in with 1:26 left,
Raymond Felton made three free throws down the stretch
and the Tar Heels (33-4) won their first title since 1993,
back when Dean Smith was coaching and Williams was at
Kansas, in the middle of his Final Four futility.
"He is the greatest coach," Felton said. "If he retired
tomorrow, I would vote for him for the Hall of Fame. He
told us he would bring us a championship and we did it as
Led by May's 10-for-ll shooting, Carolina took a 65-55
lead with 8:51 left and it looked like Williams would win his
41st tournament game and first championship going away.
But Illinois (37-2) never quits. The Illini shot 27 percent
in the first half and trailed by 13 at halftime.
They trailed by 15 early in the second and 10 a bit later.
They tied the game twice in the last 5 1/2 minutes, but when
they had a chance to force overtime, Luther Head missed a
3-pointer with 17 seconds left, ending their chance to set the
NCAA record for wins in a season.
"We lost our poise down the stretch in the first half,"
Illinois coach Bruce Weber said. "That probably cost us
because now you have such a margin to come back."
When it was over - after Felton had made his last
two free throws, after May had cradled his 10th and final
rebound - Williams took off his glasses and started look-
ing for people to hug.
A few moments later,.he was crying, much like he
has at the end of every season. Usually, the tears come
because he has to say goodbye. No goodbye will be as
sweet as this one.
"For Coach to be able to say that the first team to get him
a championship was the 2005 team is an honor," said May,
whose 26 points were the same as his dad, Scott, scored in
See UNC, Page 14
Emmanuel Drouhin from MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders) answers questions about the African AIDS crisis at the School of Social Work yesterday.
SypOsiumto fcus on African cnses
* Organizers say goal is to also
raise awareness about issues
organizations all over the world
By Christina Hildreth
Daily Staff Reporter
According to international aid organization Doctors
Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, there
were 42 million cases of AIDS in the world as of 2004.
Thirty million of them are in Africa.
MSF operates in more than 80 countries, bringing
medical relief to victims such as these. In a sympo-
sium sponsored today by the International Institute
and the Institute for the Humanities, the University
community will host a forum on the issues that face
humanitarian organizations seeking to provide relief
in situations such as the ongoing AIDS crisis in Afri-
ca, and last December's tsunami disaster in southeast
While the conference focuses on Africa, the goal is
to raise awareness about issues concerning humanitar-
ian organizations all over the world, said conference
organizer and Women's Studies Prof. Miriam Ticktin.
"We would like people to become aware of the
issues, aware of the concerns, what kind of a process it
is, how MSF intervenes," said Ticktin. She explained
that when a nongovernment (and presumably nonpo-
litical) organization such as MSF intervenes in a par-
ticular situation, be it a war or a natural disaster, it
naturally encounters problems with staying neutral
while still providing aid where it is needed.
Ticktin also said this conference is a chance for stu-
dents who are interested in involvement with NGOs to
create contacts with MSF members.
Today's conference will feature lectures from vari-
ous experts including MSF members who work with
humanitarian projects all over the world, highlighting
See MSF, Page 7
prevalent issue for LGBTs
say they do not have
enough protection against
By Sarah Sprague
Daily Staff Reporter
University alum Gary Porter said
he had a great summer job asa camp
counselor two years ago, but found
only intolerance and discrimination
other reason besides being gay and
still be well within their legal rights,"
said Frederick Dennis, director of
the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender affairs.
Like Porter, many individuals who
identify with the LGBT community
have found themselves marginalized
when seeking employment, mostly
because of what they feel is a lack of
federal protection against discrimi-
nation in the workplace for those in
the LGBT community.
This not only causes many in the
cerned about whether they should be
'out' to a potential employer or not
or whether to indicate that they are
gay during the interview process so
the institution can decide to keep
going with the candidate or not," said
Women's Studies Prof. Pat Simon.
Dean of Students Sue Eklund said
this worry causes other significant
complications, including the uncer-
tainty of whether to bring up sexual-
ity or sexual identity during the job
Whether LGBT students will list
By Talia Selitsky
Daily Staff Reporter
Attracting college graduates is the number one
priority for his campaign, said Detroit mayoral can-
didate, Freman Hendrix, who spoke last night in the
Michigan League. Hendrix will be running against
City Council member Sharon McPhail and incumbent
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in November. Hendrix said
he is running on a platform of being an insider who