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the previous application process and to
contribute to their child's education is a
completely new policy for the Univer-
"We never asked for anything from
a non-custodial parent (in the initial
application)," Fowler said.
Failure to fill out the profile will
preclude the University from awarding
non-federal funds to the student.
"If a parent refuses to comply with
our application process, the student
will be packaged with federal aid only,"
Fowler said.
If a non-custodial parent refuses to
comply with the process, the student
will not receive non-federal funds
unless the student informs the Finan-
cial Aid Office that special circum-
Continued from page 1
Aside from dorms and outdoor
areas, wireless Internet covered only
about 58 percent of the major build-
ings on campus as of last summer.
Some information technology
administrators estimate wireless
Internet will span the entire cam-
pus by 2008 or 2009.
In the Business, Law and Engi-
neering schools, widespread wire-
less development began in 2000.
In LSA, the University began
deploying wireless networks in its
buildings a little more than a year
The discrepancy in coverage
stems from each school having the
autonomy to develop its networks
as it sees fit, said Andrew Palms,
the University's director of infor-
mation technology.
"Wireless follows the same model
as any other financial expenditure
of the University," Palms said.
With no central initiative to dic-
tate deployment, it's up to each
school to determine what role wire-
less Internet will take for them.
For the Business School. which

stances exist.
"The student is responsible for
informing the non-custodial parent that
he or she must complete the non-custo-
dial profile application," Fowler said.
Michigan Student Assembly Presi-
dent Jesse Levine said the new policy
"sounds troubling"
"I can see how some would think that
this policy change could hold non-custo-
dial parents accountable, but in practice
it seems to me that this policy change is
likely going to hurt students," he said.
Other public universities have cited a
variety of reasons for choosing not to
use the profile.
The University's Financial Aid office
may grant exceptions to requiring the
non-custodial parent to contribute,
though according to Fowler, this would
only occur rarely.
Students who would like to appeal
the financial aid award must contact an
installed one of the first wireless
networks at the University in 1997,
equipping its buildings with wireless
Internet was an early priority.
Ed Adams, chief technology offi-
cer at the Business School, said as
the curriculum began encourag-
ing students to use laptops during
classes, the school's administrators
pushed for the expansion of wireless
"Because we have very old facili-
ties, wired jacks weren't feasible,"
Adams said. "Wireless was just a
good fit."
At a cost of about $60,000, the
Business School has installed all
their buildings with coverage. Other
schools have done the same, seizing
the need for wireless Internet access
early on. LSA decided to wait.
LSA's path to wireless
LSA's wireless strategy hinged
on deploying the technology once
it matured to the point that it could
be installed on a wider scale for a
cheaper price, said Michael McPher-
son, special counselor to the Uni-
versity provost.
McPherson, the former direc-
tor of information technology for
LSA. said once the demand for

advisor to appeal the decision and sup-
port their appeal with documentation
requested by the advisor. The appeal
will then be reviewed by the Office of
Financial Aid's Special Circumstances
Review Committee.
According to Kay Lewis, the Uni-
versity of Washington's financial aid
director, the decision to use the profile
depends on the amount of non-federal
funding the university has to disburse.
"Since the bulk of our aid program
is coming from federal sources, we use
the federal form," Lewis said.
The University of Alaska-Anchorage
does not use the form either.
"It's not worth the hassle and the
cost to the students," said Ted Malone,
financial aid director at the University
of Alaska-Anchorage.
"The number of blended families
today prompted us to consider the most
fair and equitable way to treat these
the technology became apparent
in 2004, administrators decided to
begin deploying a network in their
school's buildings.
But with the declining state bud-
get funds, McPherson said LSA's
wireless development "has gotten
cut, just like everything else."
"Whether you think that's a prob-
lem or not depends if you think it's a
high priority to have a wireless net-
work on campus," he said.
After spending $175,000 to install
wireless Internet, LSA still has a
long way to go in its bid to outfit the
largest school on campus with the
"In LSA, there is more of a conserva-
tive approach just because of the sheer
size," said Ron Loveless, senior man-
ager for LSA information technology.
"Due to competing projects for
limited funds we cannot place (wire-
less) into all LSA buildings, class-
rooms and grounds space between
the buildings at one time," he added.
"The cost to do so would be in the
millions of dollars."
Each wireless Internet router costs
about $1,000 to $1,200 - far more
expensive than the wireless routers
available for homes. But more users
can connect to it and its signals span

families who have children in college,"
Fowler said.
Previously, the University only used
the FAFSA to award aid, which asks
for the income and assets of the fam-
ily unit. If the parents are divorced, the
family unit can refer to a parent and a
stepparent, or just a single parent.
"We frequently get complaints
from stepparents who feel they should
not have to provide their income and
asset information for their stepchild
when the biological parent is asked
to provide nothing," Fowler said.
"Using the financial information
from both biological parents will put
an end to these complaints."
According to Fowler, another ben-
efit of the profile is that all students
will get more accurate financial aid
award estimates, because the infor-
mation required by the profile is
more detailed.
Loveless said LSA has been
installing wireless networks incre-
mentally in the commons and
meeting areas in the buildings that
students frequent. This year, LSA
plans to deploy a wireless network
in the Undergraduate Science Build-
ing, the renovated LSA building and
possibly even the Dennison Build-
"In the ideal world with unlimited
funding, I would put wireless across
all of LSA," Loveless said. "At the
Business School and some of the
other schools they have it all across.
But we just have pockets of it."
LSA sophomore Jim Schreiber
said that while the pace of wireless
development has been slow, stu-
dents need to realize the difficul-
ties in deploying a wireless network
Schreiber, who is part of a com-
mittee of 'faculty members and
administrators that makes recom-
mendation on technology to LSA,
said the costs of rapidly deploying
wireless across all LSA buildings
would be "astronomical."
"There is a list of things that we
can spend money on. Would the stu-
dents benefit the most from this?"

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tory for all students. The subject matter of
the seminar is still under discussion.
The minor will not necessitate an appli-
cation, but prospective students will need
to have their plan approved by the director
of the International Institute.
"The minor will be more for people
doing comparative work for different
countries or regions," said Susanne Koc-
sis, academic program officer for the
International Institute. "A lot of the work
that students will be doing will fall under
the categories of human rights, interna-
tional development, and international
security and development."
Because classes will come from differ-
ent departments across campus, Kocsis
hopes CICS's design will get students to
study their regions from different perspec-
"It's deliberately designed to be very
flexible so we can get students from dif-
ferent disciplines," Kocsis said. "Other
than the language requirement and the
seminar, there aren't any other specific
courses that will be required."
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"brittle," she said, and many are print-
ed on acidic paper that will eventually
Digitization also protects against the
possibility of disasters, Coleman said.
She cited Hurricane Katrina, which sank
Tulane University's primary library in
9 feet of water, and the Khmer Rouge
regime, which destroyed 80 percent of
the Cambodian National Library's vol-
umes in the 1970s.
In spite of the benefits of digitization,
Google's decision to copy the Univer-
sity's 7 million volumes for the Google
Book Search website has been criticized
because of the revenue Google gains
from it.
The company only excerpts copy-
righted books - it doesn't release their
full text. But critics are angry because the
company sells advertising on the website.
Groups like the AAP accuse Google of

Kocsis also noted that new professors
will be hired, but probably not right away,
because CICS is waiting to hear whether it
will receive a grant from the U.S. Depart-
ment of Education.
The grant, which could be awarded
next spring, would provide CICS with
several million dollars to help fund
the minor, including the hiring of new
For now, CICS will not limit the
number of students that can declare
the minor, unless there is more interest
than the program can handle because
of its small administrative staff.
"Right now we're not limiting it, but
we're expecting a very big response.
There might be (imposed limits) if we get
an overwhelming response," Kocsis said.
Because the University is the last Big
Ten school to offer a program in interna-
tional studies, Butler said she hopes the
minor will help the University remain
"It's a perfect complement to any edu-
cation," Yahkind said. "If you're political
science, English literature, cultural anthro-
pology - there's no discipline that I can
think of that wouldn't be complemented
well by the minor,"'Yahkind said.
profiting from copyrighted material
without the permission of the author.
Coleman said the website benefits
publishing companies because it stimu-
lates book sales.
"I can't understand why any book-
seller or publisher, especially scholarly
presses with such narrow audiences,
would oppose an approach that all but
guarantees increased exposure," Cole-
man said.
The project will bring information to
people who have no access to comprehen-
sive libraries like the University's. Cole-
man cited the example of the University
of Liberia, with its limited and poorly
maintained collection. The library's
three Internet-enabled computers would
give it access to far more volumes than
the students could previously obtain for
research, she said.
"Google Book Search, with the books
of the University of Michigan, makes all
that possible," Coleman said. "It takes
the corpus of human knowledge and puts
it in the hands of anyone who wants it."

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