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Opinion, page 4

Arts, page 5

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

With shutdown averted, talks go on

'U' will get delayed
funds, but an increase
isn't likely
From staff and wire reports
LANSING - Now that a temporary
budget deal has been struck and a pro-
tracted partial shutdown of govern-
ment avoided, Michigan lawmakers

have 30 days to work out the specifies
of the state's overall spending plan for
the new fiscal year.
The debate started before the sun
rose yesterday, soon after lawmakers
passed the final bills needed to secure
an emergency budget extension and
end a four-hour partial government
Michigan citizens will face the larg-
est tax increase since the 1980s, a com-
bination of a higher income tax rate and

an expansion of the sales tax to cover
some services. State Treasurer Robert
Kleine said Michigan taxpayers will
pay just over 11 percent of their person-
al income on state and local taxes, up
from just uhder 11 percent before.
But the deal also includes around
$440 million in savings through cuts
and spending restrictions.
"Whenever somebody's cut, they
don't like it," Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm said at a yesterday afternoon

press conference. "These cuts will be
difficult. But they must be done."
Universities and community colleges
thought they would see an increase
under the budget deal. But a press
release from Granholm's office said
planned funding increases for higher
education will be eliminated. Earlier
this year, Granholm had proposed a 2.5
percent funding increase for universi-
See BUDGET, Page 7

Profs want
change in
SACUA calls for more faculty
control, focus on academics
Daily StaffReporter
Citing low academic standards for student-athletes
and a disconnect between the funding and admin-
istration of the Athletic Department and the rest of
the University, the University's main faculty govern-
ing body is pushing administrators to adopt a set of
reforms that would increase University oversight of
athletic programs.
The Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs recently submitted a report to the University
Board of Regents endorsing athletics reforms. The
reforms are recommended by a 2007 report from the
Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, a group made
up of the faculty senates of 55 schools with Division
I-A athletic' programs.
Vanderbilt University Prof. Virginia Shepherd, a
coalition co-chair, said in an e-mail interview that the
Major athletics reforms likefthose supported by the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs are not unprecedented in Division I
college sports.
In 2003, Vanderbilt University radically reformed its Athletic Depart-
ment whenthen-Chancellor Gordon Gee integrated Vanderbilt's athlet-
ics programs with the academic institution and dissolved the existing
Athletic Department.
Gee created the Office of Student Athletics, Recreation and Well-
ness in place of the Athletic Department to supervise not only varsity
sportts, utalso cluh and intramural spots. In addition, Gee's decision
to integate the Athetit Department eliminated the position of athletic
director and created the position of assistantvice chancellor incharge
of all student athletics.
Vanderbilts Athletic Department bdgetas integrated into the
niersity's general und and the operation of ifs athletics facilities was
given to Vanderbilt's general Office of Facilities.
Vanderbilt Prof. Virginia Shepherd, a co-chair of the Coalition on
Intercollegiate Athletics, said she'sseen a few benefitsfromthe over-
haul of Vanderbilt's Athletic Department.
"I think we can point to some savingsfthrough the university's com-
bining of budgets, and perhaps more integration of students into the life
of the campos."
Still, Shepherd said faculty members remain indifferent to Vander-
bilt's athletics programs and few know what occurs on the "athleticside
of campus."
"Many of our faculty are apathetic to sports, and few goto games,"
Shepherd said.'Even our students are not big supporters."

School of Art and Design alum Russell Stewart is editing, directing and producing a documentary about affirmative action and the effects of Proposal 2.
Alum's film to tell story of Proposal 2

Daily Staff eporter
The conversation surrounding affirmative action
and the passage of Proposal 2 is far from over, accord-
ing to School of Art and Design alum Russell Stew-

Stewart is in the process of editing, directing and
producing a documentary that he says will objective-
ly present opposing views on affirmative action. The
documentary focuses on the effects of Proposal 2 - a
ballotinitiative that banned affirmative action atpub-
lic institutions in Michigan last fall - and California's
Proposition 209.

Proposal 2 was modeled after Proposition 209,
which eliminated affirmative action programs in
California when it passed in 1996. University of Cali-
fornia Regent Ward Connerly spearheaded Proposi-
tion 209 and then directed his anti-affirmative action
efforts toward Michigan.

Daily appoints paper's first public editor



Law student to Paul Johnson to the position.
Johnson is charged with helping
address the Daily improve accuracy, fair-
d oness and the relationship between
Faders concerns the newspaper and its readers.
"We think that the public editor
By MARA GAY will serve as an important path-
Daily StaffReporter way to communicating with our
readers, both about what we do
Michigan. Daily appointed here and their own concerns and
per's first-ever public editor questions," said Karl Stampfl, the
Y. Daily's editor in chief.
paper's management desk, Starting later this month,
y of editors that governs Johnson will write a regular col-
aily, voted unanimously to umn in which he investigates and
it second-year law student responds to readers' concerns and

explains how the Daily works. He
will also publish a blog on the Dai-
ly's website, michigandaily.com.
Readers can e-mail him at publi-
"Readers will have someone
to listen to their concerns and
explain how a newspaper works,"
Johnson said.
Johnson has reported for The
Bergen Record in Hackensack,
N.J. and The Hartford Courant in
Hartford, Conn. He was also the
editor in chief of The Cornell Daily
Sun as an undergraduate at Cor-
nell University.

Johnson will work indepen-
dently of the Daily's staff, and his
columns will only be edited for
grammar and style, not content.
Other papers have hired public
editors to address a wide range of
concerns, including inaccuracies,
cultural insensitivity and plagia-
In December 2003, The New
York Times appointed former
Time Magazine and Michigan
Daily editor Daniel Okrent as its
first public editor.
"My role was to monitor what
See DAILY, Page 7

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a bod
the Dr

'U' joins effort to help find jobs for professors' spouses

Daily StaffReporter
Twenty-three universities in
the state - including the Univer-
sity of Michigan - have banded
together to help each other recruit
professors who might otherwise
reject job offers because there's no
job available for their spouse.
The group, called the Higher
Education Recruitment Consor-
tium, will help find jobs in the
same area for professors who are

married to each other.
The consortium is modeled
after similar organizations that
have sprung up around the coun-
try to help recruiters lure faculty
to one university by finding a job
for that person's spouse at a near-
by university.
Sally Schmall, who recruits pro-
fessors and their spouses for the
University, said professors often
have to make a decision to either
decline a tempting job -offer or
take a position and leave his or her

spouse behind. Schmall said many
of the people that she talks with
are interested in working at the
University but want their spouse
to be able to work in the area too.
"It's been a huge growing trend
in the past 15 years," Schmall said.
"If we can't identify, create or sup-
port opportunities, they leave."
Some professors leave Ann
Arbor because the University
can't find a job for their spouse,
Schmall said.
Physics Department Chair

Myron Campbell said he has made
about a dozen assistant professor-
ship offers that were turned down
because the spouse of the person
being offered the job wasn't offered
a job nearby.
"We've both been doingspousal
hires and we've approached other
departments to hire a spouse and
we haven't had as much luck with
that," Campbell said. "Bringing
such a program like this into being
is so we can bring the best faculty

Shei Magazine Photo Editor Genevieve Miheelko takes LSA freshman Angela
Schmidt's picture for the magazine's biannual call for models. Shei is a student-pro-
duced magazine about fashion, arts and pop culture.


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