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speculate on the exact number.
The budget cut is the first for the agency
In previous years, NIH budgets have
fallen short of inflation rates, drawing con-
cern from University Medical School fac-
ulty that the pace of medical research will
slow in the coming years.
"To see funding increases reduced to
levels below historical trends, and this
year to see an actual cut in NIH funding
for the first time in decades, is truly dis-
heartening," said Medical School Dean
"We are in the process of giving back all
the funding gains that were made, which
will slow the pace of research for years to
come," he said.
About $245.3 million, or two-thirds of
the University's NIH allocation, went to
the Medical School last year. Other schools
that receive NIH funding include the den-
tal school, the pharmacy school and the
biology and chemistry departments within
Despite the budget cut, some Medical
School faculty said they do not expect NIH
funding to decrease this year.
Dan Clauw, assistant dean of clinical
and transitional research, said the high
quality of research at the University should
enable it to obtain the same number of
NIH grants, if not acquire more than the
"The people that are hurt the least are
doing the best science," he said. "We are
writing applications for a larger number of
grants. We are continuing to operate under
the assumption that we can grow our NIH
funding even though there are cuts."
But Goldstein, who has served on several
NIH funding review boards, said the cuts
would give way to an extremely competi-
tive climate for NIH grant money. Before
the budget cut, an outstanding researcher
would generally have a 25 percent chance
of obtaining an NIH grant, he said.
Now he estimates the chances at about
15 percent or less.
"It will affect the length and hours of
work time. Rather than just working 70
hours a week, now they are working 90
hours a week to just get their heads above
water," Goldstein said.
With the mounting pressure on doc-
tors to find research money mounting,
Goldstein said he fears medical students
will cave under the stress and abandon
"If you are a trainee and you see fac-
ulty struggle so hard, you might think that
might not be an interesting career for you
anymore;' he said.
Goldstein added that scientists would be
more likely to look at grant money from fed-
eral agencies like the Department of Defense,
medical foundations and private industries to
make up for the loss in NIH grants.
"It's been getting worse and worse and
worse,"Goldstein said. "What I don't know
is if it will bottom out or if will continue
to get worse. My sense is that we have not
quite bottomed out."
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empowerment they experience.
"The campus should be coming together to
support the larger cause of V-day," Hall said.
"Having a backlash is not an overt form of vio-
lence, but it is not supportive either."
Some opponents called the casting policy
"reverse discrimination," while others believed
the policy went against V-Day's ultimate goal
of feminine empowerment.
According to V-Day regulations set by the
national organization that owns the play, cam-
pus productions of the monologues must be
open to all women, regardless of race. If orga-
nizers do not adhere to the stipulations of the
campaign, the national organization has the
power to shut down this year's production, as
well as prohibit future productions.
Raynor said although the play's organizers
were taking a risk by defying V-Day's rules, they
felt it was necessary to make a statement because
it promotes a new perspective on the definition of
"women of color" by including Latinos, Asians
and other racial groups - not just blacks.
In a written statement, V-Day College Cam-
paign director Shael Norris said although the
national organization commends the orga-
nizers' efforts to develop a diverse student
cast, V-Day does not endorse a production
that engages some women at the exclusion of
The tension between campus and national
organizers has been reduced because white
women are now included.
After campus organizers explained the
make-up of the final cast and their reasoning for
the "all-color" label, national officials said the
show is no longer at risk of being shut down.
"We hope that their efforts have brought
women of color into the V-Day movement on
campus as never before," Norris said. "We also
hope that the dynamic debate and dialogue that
has ensued has rallied women and men of all
races and ethnicities to work together to bring
about awareness of violence against all women
Campus discussion over the monologues cul-
minated in a teach-in last night to support the
At the teach-in, more than 50 students
and cast members gathered in Haven Hall to
address the controversy surrounding this year's
LSA senior Julian Steinhauer speaks during a Vagina Monologues teach-in at Haven Hall last night.
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He could still smell the bodies six
weeks after the earthquake, he said.
Kazi said she hopes the fund raising
events will remind students of the need
in South Asia.
"Our ultimate goal is to get people
to realize what kind of condition the
earthquake has created," she said.
Shahid said it is hard to distribute
aid efficiently in areas affected by the
earthquake because some charitable
organizations distribute aid haphaz-
He said sometimes donations created
chaos because victims of the earthquake
fought to obtain the materials that were
not distributed in an orderly manner.
As the winter brings more snow to
the region, Shahid said it is becoming
increasingly difficult for homeless vic-
tims to survive the elements.
"We must continue to help them," he
show and the history of the play.
Women's Studies Prof. Maria Cotera, who
participated in the teach-in, expressed support
for the organizers' decision to push for an "all-
The monologues, Cotera said, are flawed
because they focus on oppression and they
don't provide accurate portrayals of the experi-
ences of women of color.
"I don't think this would have been realized
without this push and without getting people
engaged in dialogue," Cotera said.
She added that she says incorporating a
more diverse cast is the best way to deal with a
While the national organization rejects the
notion that Ensler's script is inherently racist,
some supporters of the policy believe women
of color have previously been cast predomi-
nantly as the victims of sexual violence and
rarely in a positive or liberated light.
"Certain monologues are 'tagged' for women
of color," said Afro-American and African
Studies Prof. Megan Sweeney. "This produc-
tion (will) encourage attention to women of
color as victims."
Co-director Lauren Whitehead, who said she
has been called a racist in several national news
outlets based on the policy, said she feels the
show has already made a great impact because
it has sparked renewed interest in the show and
the campaign as a whole.
"No matter what happens with the nation-
al organization, we are already successful,"
Whitehead said. "Yes, it is controversial, but I
couldn't be happier because it means people are
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freshmen who entered in 2001 at the end
of their first - last year's senior class.
Harper did not return phone calls or
e-mails asking for clarification.
A pair of surveys the University took in
2001 suggests the dramatic increase from
Harper's report holds up to scrutiny.
Although only 4.7 percent of 2001's
incoming freshman said they had
smoked within the last year, a later
survey of the same class found that 25
percent had lit up by the end of their
Everyone agrees that whatever the
percentage increase in smokers in that
critical first year at the University, stu-
dents picking up the habit in their first
year is a problem.
Winfield said UHS encourages stu-
dents to stop smoking, but reducing
students' use of tobacco also takes pre-
ventative measures, such as the prohi-
bition of smoking in all residence halls
that was implemented in 2003.
Warner believes this policy effective
in reducing the number of students who
smoke, citing workplace research that
links the implementation of smoke-
free policies with increased numbers
of employees who quit.
UHS offers "quit kits" for students
interested in kicking the habit. Kits
include information on the dangers of
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- 3,500 and 8,000 - probably because
it was the first trip to the Rose Bowl in six
years, Lutz said.
It's the relative size of these events that
might make fund raising more difficult.
"Obviously, it's different if it's the Rose
Bowl and 10,000 people are there and if
it's the Alamo bowl and several hundred
will be there," Groves said. "The same
kinds of activities occur. It's just a matter
of size and scale.
"There have been studies over the
years. You can see a correlation, but it's
not a direct cause and effect," he added.
Former Athletic Director Joe Roberson,
who was a vice president for development
before he was appointed athletic director
by then-University President James Dud-
erstadt in 1994, said he never saw a cor-
relation between winning and donations
when he worked for the University.
"The only thing I ever saw that did have
some affect on development was not winning
and losing (but) scandal," Roberson said.
Whether it is the Alamo Bowl or the
Rose Bowl, the bowl game is not general-
ly a stage for gathering donations anyway,
especially for the Alumni Association,
which sells tickets and organizes most of
"We are not involved in fund rais-
ing; we are involved in friend-rais-
ing, Lutz said.
smoking, a list of local quit programs
and discount coupons for nicotine sub-
stitute products at the UHS pharmacy.
The University also runs an annual
"Smokeout" campaign in conjunc-
tion with University Students Against
Cancer. Volunteers distribute infor-
mation packages and provide visual
aides on the Diag to encourage smok-
Warner said there is no question
that the University could influence stu-
dents' decisions to permanently ditch
Others question whether the Uni-
versity's programs could lure students
away from their nicotine.
Mike Reid, a freshman in the School
of Nursing, speculated that programs
are ineffective because "people who
smoke wouldn't make an effort to go."
Reid said hearing and becom-
ing aware of the dangers of smoking
"doesn't entice people to quit because,
especially with addiction, it's some-
thing they have to want to do."
'Ticker also acknowledged the lim-
ited ability of the University to stop
students from smoking
"We certainly help to promote
smoking cessation as much as pos-
sible but many students are at a stage
of life where they don't view them-
selves as smokers and therefore are
not really interested in support for
quitting," she said.
these introductions are part of the process
of creating stronger bonds.
Groves was quick to add that cultivat-
ing donations is not a nefarious activity.
The University just wants to be a part of
the lives of alumni and be one of the top
few things that they think about, he said.
Why people didn't show up for the
bowl game is another issue. Groves said
he knew several "key donors" who were
planning on making the trip to Florida
with their families.
Because of its record after the regular
season, Michigan was expected to play in
the Outback Bowl in Tampa. But when
Florida-bound fans found out that the
Wolverines would be playing in Texas, it
was too late to change their plans.
Just one regent, Andrew Richner,
went to San Antonio this winter, and
no deans made the trip, leaving fewer
people for alumni to meet. Groves
described that as "the chicken and the
egg thing," saying that the University
officials work around their own sched-
ules but generally try harder to make it
to the bowl game if more alumni and
donors will be in attendance.
Regardless of whether the bad season
slowed private donations to the Universi-
ty, the athletic department's budget didn't
suffer from the football team appearing in
a less prominent bowl.
It's a common misconception that
when the football team has a three-, four-
or five-loss season, the University suffers
financially because the payout for a BCS
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