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Tuesday, November 15, 2005


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www.michzandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVI, No. 31 62005 The Michigan Daily
oleman: eader of the salary pack

Coleman refused a salary
increase her first year and
limited it the next
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
Isn't it great to be a Michigan Wolverine?
it is for University President Mary Sue
She receives the highest salary of any
president of a public university, according to
a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Educa-
tion released yesterday.
Coleman will make $724,604 during the
2005-06 academic year in pay and benefits,
the survey said. She makes just over $4,000
more than the second-highest paid universi-
ty president, David Roselle of the University

of Delaware. University of Texas President
Mark Yudof placed third with $693,677.
Coleman's 3.5 percent pay increase from
last year comes at a time when the state is
slashing funding for the University. Facing
a budget crisis, the state has cut 13 percent
of its total funding since 2002. To counter-
act the cuts, the University upped tuition by
12.3 percent last summer.
Coleman has a history of refusing or lim-
iting her salary increases. In her first year
as president, she refused any increase in sal-
ary because of the state budget cuts. In her
second year, she limited her salary increase
to 2 percent. But this year, she accepted the
full 3.5-percent raise the University Board
of Regents offered her.
Did Coleman consider foregoing the 3.5
percent raise this year?
"I didn't," she said yesterday. "The regents

"The salary of our president is appropriate given the
significance of the job she has been asked to do."
-Julie Peterson
University spokeswoman

$326,550 in base salary the year before he
resigned, significantly less than Coleman,
who earns $500,000 in base salary.
Bollinger, who left after only five years
of service, was considered a highly capable
University president.
"The University of Michigan competes not
only against other top public universities but
also against private institutions," Peterson said.
The contract the regents gave Coleman in
2002 to lure her to the University included a
$100,0004per-year bonus if she stayed at the
University for five years. The survey's fig-
ure of $724,604 includes that bonus, which
she won't receive until she completes her
fifth year in 2007.
Coleman oversees a budget of $4.6 bil-
lion, which includes $750 million in spon-
sored research each year, Peterson said.
See COLEMAN, Page 7

wanted to show that they appreciate the job
I'm doing."
Coleman said that when she came to the Uni-
versity in 2002, the regents conducted exten-
sive research on the salaries of the leaders of
comparable universities to determine her sal-
ary. The comparison of peer institutions also
included private schools, where presidents tra-
ditionally earn more than their public counter-
parts. Nine presidents of private schools made

more than $900,000 in total compensation in
the 2004-05 academic year, the last year for
which data are available.
The regents also wanted to make sure
Coleman's salary would be competitive
enough to keep her at the University, Uni-
versity spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
Lee Bollinger, who left his post as Uni-
versity president in 2001 to lead Columbia
University, a private institution, earned

Reports of
Paris riots
some say
By Laura Frank
Daily Staff Reporter


stays near

top in int'l

Despite more than two weeks of riot-
ing and a state of emergency in Paris, LSA
senior Kathleen King says she still goes
jogging in the city every night.
While media coverage has portrayed
Paris as a city under siege, King said the
city has changed very little.
"The perception outside of Paris is total-
ly exaggerated," she said in an e-mail.
The riots, which are in their third week,
were sparked by the deaths of two teenag-
ers in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois
on Oct. 27.
The boys were electrocuted while try-
ing to climb a fence at an electrical power
station in an attempt to escape police local
residents have said. Parisian authorities say
the boys were not fleeing police.
Since that night, disgruntled French resi-
dents, mostly youths of North African and
Arab descent, have burned cars, destroyed
buildings and clashed with police in a
series of violent protests that have spread
to neighborhoods on the outskirts of Paris
and suburbs of more than 20 other cities
across France.
Although the violence appears to be
subsiding, the French cabinet approved
a bill yesterday to extend last week's
declared state of emergency for another
two to three months.
But despite the widespread media cov-
erage of the events, University students
studying abroad in Paris say the riots have
not been as severe as they have been por-
trayed in the U.S. news.
"The U.S. media coverage of the events
has been ridiculous," King said. "The riots
truly haven't affected Paris the way the
U.S. media is projecting."
Parisians are still going about their
daily business, and the riots are not an
urgent concern for them, she said.
Even though she lives in central Paris,
King said the first place she heard about
the riots was on The New York Times
Margaret McCarthy, an LSA junior who
is also living in central Paris, about eight
miles from the suburb where the riots
began, said she also feels safe in the city.
"The suburbs are truly a world away
from Paris," McCarthy said in an e-mail,
adding that most Parisians do not travel to
the areas affected by the riots.
Carol Dickerman, director of the Office
of International Programs, said the Uni-
versity has been in touch with all of its
students studying in France - two in
Paris and 11 in Aix-en-Provence - and
has passed on the State Department warn-
ing about train travel through areas affect-
ed by riots, including routes to Charles de
Gaulle Airport.
But McCarthy said the University has
not contacted her. She said she was sur-
prised that the University had not suggest-
ed any precautions but added that she felt
perfectly safe.

Students say visa difficulties are not to
blame for lower U.S. int'l student enrollment
By Kelly Fraser
Daily Staff Reporter
Min Haung, a Rackham student from China, had reservations
about applying for her student visa, having been told visa offi-
cials always make things difficult for students. But ultimately,
she received her visa relatively easily. Like Haung, many inter-
national students at the University say they have had little trouble
getting a visa.
"In fact, the visa was not a problem for me at all," said Deepak
Goel, an Engineering freshman from India. "I just went there,
filled out the forms and submitted the application fees and met
with the interviewer. There was no problem at all."
In a press release, the Institute of International Education cited
yesterday the ease of the visa application process as a possible
reason the decline in international student enrollment seems to be
leveling off.
The IE released the 2005 Open Doors Report yesterday, a
study conducted by the IE and the U.S Department of State's
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The survey reported
that total international student enrollment for 2004-05 is 565,039,
about a 1 percent decline nationwide since last year. Compara-
tively, this figure is a slight improvement considering last year's
2.4 percent drop.
Additionally, a report released last week by the Council of
Graduate Schools found a 1 percent increase in first-time interna-
tional graduate student enrollment.
Officials cite several factors for the recent enrollment patterns.
After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, international enrollment fell in
See STUDENTS, Page 7


Arsalan Ahmed, an Engineering sophomore from Dubal.

Alito's anti-abortion position revealed in document

Sen Arlen Specter said the
documents provide a reason for
Alito to be questioned closely
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Supreme
Court nominee Samuel Alito boasted about
his work arguing that "the Constitution does
not protect a right to an abortion" while
trying to become a deputy assistant attor-

ney general in the Reagan administration,
according to documents released yesterday.
Alito, a federal appellate judge nominat-
ed by President Bush to the nation's high-
est court, was a young lawyer working for
the solicitor general's office in 1985 when
he applied for the position under Attorney
General Edwin Meese.
As part of his application, Alito sent a
document saying his work in the solicitor

general's office had included helping "to
advance legal positions in which I person-
ally believe very strongly."
"I am particularly proud of my contribu-
tions in recent cases in which the govern-
ment argued that racial and ethnic quotas
should not be allowed and that the Consti-
tution does not protect a right to an abor-
tion," he wrote.
That sentence provides one of the first

clear-cut statements attributed to Alito
about abortion, which will be one of the
main topics of his January confirmation
hearing as retiring Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor's replacement.
"I think that it is more reason to question
him closely at the hearing," said Sen. Arlen
Specter (R-Pa.), who will run Alito's Jan.
9 hearings as chairman of the Senate Judi-
ciary Committee.

Housing tips for tenants

By Ben Beckett
and Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporters
You've found your roommates, decid-
ed what part of campus you want to live
on and know what kind of place you
want. Your housing search seems nearly
But Doug Lewis, director of Student Legal
Services at the University, says you have much
more to consider.
Lewis said most students find a house or
apartment based on location and aesthetics
and immediately have their hearts set on it,
without completely researching some impor-
tant details.

"But some students want to live on a cer-
tain street, so they put up with it."
The city's Housing Inspection Bureau
is required to inspect all rental property
every 30 months, but tenants can request
an inspection anytime if they believe
their property is not up to the city's build-
ing code.
Inspections commonly check for viola-
tions like insect infestations, insufficient
heat, broken smoke detectors and fire
and safety hazards. If a problem is found,
landlords have 60 days to correct it and
are given a certificate after resolving the
Lewis said student renters can access
records of past inspections by visiting the



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