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date, said he is vehemently opposed to assessing
a contribution from noncustodial parents because
he thinks it will discourage students from attend-
ing the University.
"We should be encouraging students of single
parents to succeed," said Baker, who comes from
a single parent.
MSA Rep. Mat Brener said the policy presents
difficulties lower-income students.
"This is putting an overwhelming burden on the
student from a single-parent, low-income house-
hold," he said.
Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic
affairs, contended that because the University does
not currently use the new form, it is not able to
offer aid awards that are as fair as at other schools.
Some strong students have chosen to attend the
more than 200 schools that already use the form,
"If Michigan is going to compete with other col-
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Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.
Sullivan cited two reasons why she thinks diversity
in higher education would suffer if Michigan voters ban
affirmative action programs in November.
First, some minority students might stop applying.
Second, those minorities who receive offers of admis-
sion might refuse to enroll for fear that they might
encounter a hostile environment.
The administration will obey whatever the law is, but
"we want a diverse student body," she said.
Sullivan also said she doesn't think the 10-percent
rule - the Texas law that grants admission to any pub-
lic universities for high school students who are in the
top 10 percent of their class - would work in Michigan
because the two states are geographically and demo-
leges on several levels, don't you think we would
want to compete in terms of our ability to provide
financial aid to our students?" Monts said.
Monts maintains that the University wants to
assist students who may be hurt by the policy.
"Any student who falls through the cracks - we
hop to the task to help that student," he said.
Nicole Stallings, who is running for MSA presi-
dent with the Students 4 Michigan party, also said
the problem with the policy lies with students who
are put in a catch-22 because their noncustodial
parents will be assessed a contribution but may be
unwilling to pay it.
If Stallings were an incoming freshman, she
would have been affected by the change in policy.
Her parents divorced when she was 5. While she
occasionally contacts her father, he does not con-
tribute to her education.
She describes his financial support as "hit-and-miss."
"It's not something I can count on, and not
something I want my education to ride on," Stall-
But according to federal policy, parental unwill-
ingness to contribute to a child's education is not
considered a valid reason to reduce an expected
Fowler said that since this is true for two-parent
families, noncustodial parents must be treated the
"If their parent is alive,and well and working
every day, (the student) will have to find some
other means to find what they need to stay here,"
Administrators maintain that the form will also
allow financial aid officers to treat students more
equally by asking specific questions so that parts
of a family's income are not overlooked.
Fowler said that the FAFSA - previously the
only form used by the financial aid office - has
been streamlined over the past five years in order
to make it more accessible to parents with less
But as it has become simpler, she said, it has
also provided problems for students whose finan-
cial situations are not accurately represented by
their family's adjusted gross income.
"We want to treat everyone the same, and the
FAFSA just doesn't do that," Fowler said.
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Biology Prof. Bob Bender said
he is confident that AP scores are
an accurate measure of a student's
understanding of first-year con-
Data collected by his depart-
ment indicate that students with
AP credit do slightly better in
second-year courses than students
who took the course at the Univer-
sity, he said.
Chemistry Prof. Brian Coppola
also said similar research indicates
students scoring a three or above
on the AP chemistry exam were,
adequately prepared for second-
year courses at the University.
Coppola said his department
tends to be generous with credit so
that students can move into more
specialized courses like organic
LSA Junior Jacki Fisher, who
took both the chemistry and biol-
ogy AP exams, said because of the
strength of her high school pro-
gram she was prepared for second-
year course work.
However, Fisher said other fac-
tors, such as the structure of a
college class, the way material is
presented and intensive lab work,
can't always be simulated by an
Bender said that for concentra-
tors, multiple lab requirements
quickly cover any gaps in higher
intensity lab work left by the AP.
Jayne Brownell, director of the
LSA advising center, said high AP
scores can give students a "false
sense of security."
Because of an annual review
roughly two years ago, the phys-
ics department decided to begin
only accepting AP scores of five to
assure students had covered foun-
dational material in-depth, said
Physics Prof. Tim McKay said.
McKay, who serves as an advis-
er in the department, also said he
often recommends that students
who score a four or lower on the
exam to take the first-year course
as review or take it at the honors
level if they do not find it chal-
"There are worse things in the
world than getting an 'A' in a dii-
ficult science course," McKay
To solve the translation probA
lem between AP and Univer-
sity courses, instead of offering
equivalency for a particular
course, some departments like
English and history grant general
department credits, which can be
used toward graduation but do
not place a student out of a par-
The math department's policy
for LSA students rewards students
who take both a version of the AP
Calculus exam and Math 115 or
116 by giving additional retroac-
tive credit for the AP score when
the student passes the University
Sally Lindsley, senior associate
director of admissions, said the
University is regularly among the
schools with the most AP credit
accepted because of the strength
of its applicant pool.
In the number of scores submit-
ted, the University ranked eighth
nationwide in 2004-05.
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sidered the architect of Armenia's
transition to a market economy
after the fall of the Soviet Union
His lecture, titled "Adapting to
New Economic Values: Armenia
in Transition," focused on prog-
ress and evolution in Armenia.
He also spoke about the prob-
lems that arose after the first wave
of reforms in the post-Soviet era,
such as the difficulties stemming
from privatizing businesses and
industry after years of heavy state
control over the economy.
Bagratyan explained some of
those issues using amusing, yet
"An empire should be like a cake
that's on the table until everyone
has a piece," he said. "Once all the
cake is gone, it should be over."
He likened Armenia to a car
that can only move forward if all
the pieces are working properly.
Since resigning as prime min-
ister, Bagratyan has held 4 variety
of positions, but he is currently
the vice president of an Armenia-
based brandy company, one of the
oldest companies in Armenia.
"He has first-hand experience
in changing a part of the 20th cen-
tury, and he will go down in his-
tory," said History Prof. Gerard
Libaridian, who organized the
lecture, said he expected a large
and diverse crowd of students to
attend the event.
Attendee Christine Harper, a
graduate student in the School of
Public Health, said she came to
learn about how the country has
recovered since the collapse of the
Harper said her brother will
be serving in the Peace Corps in
Armenia in June.
Another student who attended
the event because of his interest in
the recovery of Armenia was RC
sophomore Aram Sarkisian, who
said he came to get Bagratyan's
perspective on important govern-
mental issues facing Armenia.
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(March 21 to April 19)
Don't give away the farm today.
You're tempted to be very generous
because you're sympathetic, but you
might not have the full picture about
something! Be careful.
(April 20 to May 20)
You will work very hard today to con-
vince others that your good ideas are
trustworthy. Expect some resistance.
People want to make sure you know
what you're talking about.
(May 21 to June 20)
You have excellent ideas about how to
make improvements at work today. Just
be sure they are realistic and not wishful
thinking. Check all your facts.
(June 21 to July 22)
You feel quite jubilant and optimistic
about something! No doubt you have
good reason. Nevertheless, make sure
you're not going out on a limb. (Self-
deception is possible today.)
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
You like to think the best of your
friends. It's just who you are. Be careful
that you don't overidealize someone
today. (Everybody puts his or her pants
on one leg at a time, just like you do.)
dent about something. Use caution.
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Expect others to scrutinize or look for
faults in what you have to say today.
They think what you're proposing is too
good to be true. (Hmmm - is it?)
(Nov. 22 to Dec: 21)
You're full of wonderful, imaginative
ideas today! Your ability to illustrate
your point is quite amazing.' You can
really visualize what you want.
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
In large measure, this is a wonderful
day to do business. Nevertheless, there's
an element of self-deception present.
Make sure you have all your facts. ,
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Because you're born 50 years ahead of
your time, others often don't understand
you. You might have to work to get oth-
ers to appreciate your suggestions today.
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
This is the day to practice generosity
to others and show your kind, sympa-
thetic side. Nevertheless, remember that
true generosity is giving what is needed.
(Don't be naive.)
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You're a natural leader, with charisma
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