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out to roughly $4.82 each. At the University
of Michigan, meals cost students about $7
each on the default 13 meal plan.
Other meal plans at MU cost more, but
allow students more flex dollars, the equiva-
lent of the University of Michigan's Entre
Plus points, that can be used at one of the
school's 10 a la carte locations, including a
24-hour convenience store and a snack bar
that stays open until 3 a.m.
MU is not the only school that offers stu-
dents high-quality food for low costs. At
Franklin W. Olin College in Needham, Mass.,
ranked second in campus food in the latest
Princeton Review ranking, students have a
choice of two meal plans. The most economi-
cal of those, the Blue Plan, costs $1,700 per
semester, grants unlimited entry to the din-
ing hall every day, and also includes $150 in
Dining Dollars, the equivalent of Entree Plus
points. If a student were to eat three meals a
day, he would pay about $5.78 each and have
the added bonus of the extra $150.
University Housing spokesperson Alan
Levy said it is difficult to compare different
institutions' pricing because of differences in
geography that lead to differences in the cost
of raw food.
"You have to be careful that you're literally
comparing apples to apples," he said.
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One of the reasons the University's room
and board costs are the second highest in the
Big Ten behind Northwestern University is
that the cost of living is higher in Ann Arbor,
Levy said. He explained that the University's
basket of goods - an indicator of how much
certain foods cost - is more expensive than
at other colleges. The same goods are more
expensive in Ann Arbor than in places such
as Iowa City or West Lafayette.
"It's not because we're bad managers, or
that we don't know how to negotiate," Levy
said. "It's just that the cost of doing things
in the greater Ann Arbor area is on the high
Levy said that when the Hill Dining Cen-
ter is constructed, the University will have
the capability to offer a dining experience
more comparable to other schools with state-
The dining center is part of a $65 million
project to renovate the Mosher-Jordan Resi-
dence Hall. Plans for the new center include
preparing food directly in front of students
and offering more entree options every night.
A second-level emporium will act more as
a lounge than a dining facility and will be
equipped with wireless Internet and a snack
When asked to compare the food at his
alma mater, Middlebury College in Vermont,
which the Princeton Review ranked 10th, to
the University's dining services, Levy said he
would be more comfortable comparing them
after Hill Dining Center is complete.
"We'll be able to compete against Mid-
dlebury's brand-new facilities because we
know our facilities need updating," he said.
"We're tremendously excited about the new
dining center. It will be the first new cafeteria
since 1967 when Bursley was built. What was
acceptable in college dining then has very
little correspondence now."
He added that he visited Middlebury
"They actually have a pretty fabulous food
service now," he said. "It's really discour-
aging that it's so different from when I was
Some students think food at the University
rivals that at other schools.
LSA freshman Danielle Gill said food
at the University of Michigan rivals other
schools she's eaten at, such as Northern Illi-
"Ours was a lot better," she said, citing
vegetarian options and how the University
provides caloric information as positives.
The University's food is similar in quality
to Michigan State University's, LSA fresh-
man Kristin Stebbins said.
If MSU students choose the standard
$2,872 20-meal plan, each meal costs about
At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine,
ranked first in the latest Princeton Review
food rankings, meals have a high price tag
- about $8.96 each. That high price, though,
translates into high-quality food, said Bow-
doin's assistant director of dining Michele
She added that students rated the food high
because the staff is highly trained, and most
of the cooking is done on location. For exam-
ple, all soups are made from scratch. The
service is also very personalized, she said,
because the school is so small.
"The people on the breakfast line know
what you want in an omelet before you order
it," she said. "It's like home. It's better than
To illustrate her point, Gaillard told a story
about a student excited to be back in the caf-
eteria line after a summer at home who said,
"This is the first home-cooked meal I've had
Bowdoin uses the quality of food as a
recruiting tool, Gaillard said.
"People have heard about how good the
food is," she said. "We're in a cold climate,
the winters are long and we're in a rural area
- having something like good food to look
forward to is important."
Bowdoin also operates a university-
owned pub that accepts meal plan dollars in
exchange for beer and wine from students
over 21 years old.
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nications, decreasing the overall wait time of
student visa applications said Laura Tischler,
spokesperson for the bureau of consular affairs
at the State Department.
"We work to make the visa application pro-
cess as transparent, straightforward and as
accessible as possible," Tischler said.
Altamirano also said the University's repu-
tation and recent faculty and administrator vis-
its, including University President Mary Sue
Coleman's summer trip to China, greatly aided
in recruiting international graduate students.
"When students return (to their home
country), they serve as role models," he said.
"Alumni are a great marketing tool."
The report also found that enrollment con-
tinues to increase in engineering, science and
business, while enrollment in the humanities,
education and social sciences has decreased.
At the University, about 35 to 40 percent of
international graduate students are in engineer-
ing, 20 percent are in an LSA program and 15
are in a business-related field, Godfrey said.
In spite of the national trend, Godfrey has
noticed an increased interest in the social sci-
ences among international graduate students at
"We're finding more international stu-
dents in a larger range of fields than in the
past," he said.
But meals at some
at the University.
schools cost more than
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For Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005
(March 21 to April 19)
Be patient with others early this morn-
ing. Ideological differences about poli-
tics and religion might set your day off
on the wrong foot. (Just focus on your
right foot now, to correct things.)
(April 20 to May 20)
Go gently in discussions with bosses
and parents today, especially this morn-
ing. Feelings of independence arise
within you, and this makes you want to
ignore advice - especially when you're
not even looking for it!
(May 21 to June 20)
Interruptions and delays to travel
plans or matters connected with publish-
ing and the media are likely today.
Power outages and computer crashes
dog your steps. (Groan.)
(June 21 to July 22)
You might be surprised that the sup-
port you expected from someone is not
there today. This is minor; nevertheless,
it's one of those hangnail irritations. Just
live with it, because you have no choice.
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
Parents must be extra-patient with
children today. You must also be vigilant
about potential accidents. Expect the
unexpected when dealing with young
co-workers today. Things will only
backfire. Be patient and cautious when
driving or walking to work today. It's an
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
It's hard to keep track of money and
possessions today. It's easy to lose things
or misplace them. You might also spend
money impulsively in a way you'll later
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
Honesty and truth are important to
you. Ironically, this is why you're some-
times quite blunt, blurting out things that
shock others. Remember: A closed
mouth gathers no feet.
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Things will not go as planned today. If
you accept this right from the get-go,
your day will be easier. Just go with the
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
A bizarre, unusual person might come
into your life today. This will intrigue
you because you like characters.
Alternatively, a friend might cancel an
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
Expect surprising news from bosses,
superiors and parents today. Be ready to
jump either way. Something catches you