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LOBBYING.
From page 1
group in the United States,
spent almost $15 million on
lobbying last year, according
to its filings.
About two-thirds of the
University's research dollars
come from the Department of
Health and Human Services.
The National Science Founda-
tion and the defense depart-
ment both contribute about 10
percent.
"This university is a three-
to four-billion-dollar entity,"
said Michael Waring, the
University's executive direc-
tor for federal relations. "For
it not to care about what goes
on in Washington would be
foolhardy."
With the U.S. House and
Senate scrambling to complete
the federal budget for the 2008
fiscal year, University lobby-
ists are trying to persuade leg-
islators not to cut funding for
research and financial aid pro-
grams, said Sarah Walkling,
the University's director of
federal relations for research.
Prospects look good so far -
the House of Representatives
approved last month a $260
increase to the maximum pos-
sible Pell Grant.
University President Mary
Sue Coleman did some lob-
bying of her own last week in
a speech to the state House
appropriations subcommit-
tee on higher education, urg-
ing the panel to allocate more
money to the state's three
research universities.

The University's Tech
Transfer program - which
helps University employees
commercialize and mar-
ket products based on their
research - earned the Uni-
versity more than $20 million
in revenue last year..The pro-
gram has become more prof-
itable every year since it was
started in 2001.
Although funding is the
main focus, the University's
lobbyists aren't just out to
secure cash from Congress,
Walkling said. He and his col-
leagueslobbydozensoffederal
agencies off Capitol Hill, too.
They recently spoke with
the State Department about
revisions to the nation's immi-
gration policies to accommo-
date international students,
changes to intellectual prop-
erty and patent law with the
U.S. Patent Office and Internet
legislation related to the Uni-
versity library's partnership
with Google, Walkling said.
Although most universities
still hire lobbyingfirms to rep-
resent them on Capitol Hill,
some have decided that hav-
ing an in-house operation is a
more effective way to protect
their interests, Waring said.
When the University's
office opened in 1990, it was
one of the first college-run
lobby shops in the nation's
capital. Harvard University,
another pioneer in higher edu-
cation lobbying, opened an in-
house lobbying office around
the same time.
About 30 universities main-
tain Washington lobby shops

today, Walkling said. Six of
them, including Harvard, GRAD STUDENT
Michigan State University From page 1
and Purdue University, share
the building on South Capitol "I've used photos and
Street with the University of film before for fundrais-
Michigan's lobbyists. ing and it really does have
"Just walking around these an impact," she said. "But
buildings, you pick up a lot of these rundown areas in
intelligence that you wouldn't Detroit aren't a secret, they
get if you were back on cam- are literally in people's
pus," Waring said. "It lets you backyards. Policymakers
be abigger player." should already be aware of
Lobbying has taken a public them."
relations hit in recent years, as Over a nine-day period in
scandals have tied the practice Kashmir, children ranging
with bribery and pork-bar- from 6 to 11 years old each
rel politics. Waring said some took 48 photos. They wrote
people are surprised to learn their own captions for the
that he represents a university images.
because they associate lob- Janmohamed and local
bying with corporate corrup- facilitators then met with
tion. the children to discuss the
Waringsaid the University's images, the earthquake and
four Capitol Hill lobbyists use their memories surrounding
many of the same techniques the incident.
as often-maligned corporate "It is important to include
lobbyists use when meeting children in the rebuilding
with staffers or congressmen process," Janmohamed said.
- the just don't spend a lot of "Many of them had friends
money doingit. who died in the earthquake.
"We don't wine and dine One girl told me she dreamt
people," Waring said. "People the Earth was bleeding. This
out in the hinterlands have was like group therapy, a fun
this impression that all lob- way of grieving."
byists have large expense Every day, a different
accounts." child led the group on a walk
Waring said he thinks lob- through familiar areas that
bying is honorable in spite of had some significance to the
its tarnished reputation. child.
"It's political speech - The walks were also a way
which is the most protected for Janmohamed and other
speech in the Constitution," relief workers to assess the
Waring said. "Being involved damage.
in the debate about issues is "I bonded very quickly
really important for the Uni- with the children, even
versity." though there was a language

barrier," Janmohamed said.
"We communicated through
smiles and laughs, and they
often referred to me as 'baji,'
which translates to sister. "
Janmohame said she felt
connected to the community
after visiting Pakistan three
times.
Nine days after the
earthquake, she started a
fundraising blog, which
has helped raise more than
$90,000.
Wanting to visit the area
personally, Janmohamed
first approached the School
of Social Work about con-
ducting a research project
in the region, but school
administrators told her they
couldn't support the proj-
ect.
She then began working
with the University's Cen-
ter for South Asian Studies,
which sponsored her trip
with the University's Inter-
national Institute Individual
Fellowship program.
The Aga Khan Develop-
ment Network, which pro-
vides logistical and financial
support to the area, hosted
the project and helped Jan-
mohamed start Photovoice.
Janmohamed turned the
children's photos into an
exhibition titled "Youth Per-
spectives of the South Asian
Earthquake," which also
includes freelance photogra-
pher Aasil Ahmad's photos of
the region.
The photos will be on dis-
play in the School of Social
Work until March 15.

TAXICAB
From page 1
a friend at a house on the 900
block of Mary Street. He told
police that he grew frustrated
with the unexpected pit stop,
so he got in the driver's seat
and drove away.
Heys, who was in the pas-
senger seat, said he had noth-
ing to do with his friend's
decision.
"I was a victim in the sense
that the other suspect made
a decision without my input,"
he said.
Police said the suspect
hasn't admitted to hitting
Eleby. He claims not to remem-
ber what happened between
the time he took the taxi and
when he left the vehicle on the
1400 block of White Street,
said Dave Monroe of the Ann
Arbor Police Department.
Heys said he and the sus-
pect were taking the taxi
to Fraser's Pub on Packard
Street.
Monroe said the case is
still being reviewed, but the
suspect will likely be charged
with car theft. He said car-
jacking charges won't be
brought against him because
the taxi driver was not in sight
of his vehicle and the suspect
didn't threaten violence.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 7
Monroe said the taxi driver
will likely be charged with fil-
ing a false felony report.
The taxi driver did not
explain to police why he left
his taxi running with passen-
gers in it or why he fabricated
the carjacking, Monroe said.
Monroe said the taxi driver
told police that it isn't against
company policy for a driver to
leave his or her cab with a cus-
tomer in it.
A Yellow Cab manager
could not be reached for com-
ment.
The School ofDentistryhad
suspended Heys on Feb. 13 for
"allegations of non-academic
misconduct." The suspension
was later dropped.
Heys said he was relieved
when the charges and the sus-
pension were dropped.
"This was four full years of
grad school in the balance,"
Heys said. "I was staring
down losing my future."
Heys, an Ann Arbor native,
said the charges and suspen-
sion were difficult for his
family. His father, uncle and
cousin teach in the School of
Dentistry.
"I was hopeful that the
truth would come out," he
said. "But it's scary how slow
the legal process works in that
situation."

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CANCER (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
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ties in your home. People can gather something new and different to happen.
today to learn something, study some- PISCES
thing or just celebrate together. (Feb. 191to March 20)
LEO Unexpected gifts and goodies might
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This is a busy, upbeat day. It's excel- one might give you good advice. Stay
lent for teaching, acting, selling, market- tuned, and remain positive!
ing and talking to others. It's also a good YOU BORN TODAY You're very
day to sign contracts. devoted to whatever you do. However,
VIRGO no matter what you do, you appreciate
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) beauty in its many forms. You're drawn
Finances, moneymaking ideas, real toward whatever pleases your senses.
estate and shopping are all favored Because of this, you often idealize the
today. trust your financial hunches. Buy object of your affections. In the year
something for your home or a family ahead, you will likely wrap up some-
member. thing you've been focused on for the
LIBRA past nine years. Time for something
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