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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
But in-state students
had higher marks
in high school
By LISA HAIDOSTIAN
Daily Staff Reporter
In-state students get better grades
than out-of-state students in high
school, but out-of-state students have
higher grade point averages at the
According to an analysis of the
2007 freshman class, students from
the state of Michigan had an average
high school GPA of 3.8, while out-of-
state students earned a 3.67.
Out-of-state students currently
studying at the University are doing
slightly better than their in-state
counterparts. They have a 3.25 GPA on
average while in-state students have a
Erica Sanders, the University's
associate director of admissions,
said differences in curriculum might
explain the gap between in-state and
out-of-state applicants' GPAs.
Some schools offer more chal-
lenging classes than others. Sanders
wouldn't say whether applicants from
in or out of state have taken heavier
She also said that in the context of
the entire application, both in-state
and out-of-state students are equally
The University's admissions office
aims to enroll about 70 percent in-
state students and 30 percent out-
of-state students each year, Sanders
"There has always been very much
See GPA, Page 7A
to get kelp
Some avoid seeking care
because calls for ambulance
often end in an MIP
By MARA GAY
LSA freshman Terra Neukam does not want
another minor in possession of alcohol citation. So
when she drinks with her friends, someone throw-
ing up isn't enough to risk calling an ambulance.
In the state of Michigan, police respond to every
emergency call. That means getting your belliger-
ent friend to the hospital can also bring an MIP
right to your door.
Neukam is not alone. Dozens of other Univer-
sity students say fear of receiving an MIP would
make them think twice before seeking medical
attention for themselves or others. In Michigan,
underage drinking is a misdemeanor and can carry
steep penalties. A first-offense charge for an MIP
includes a $400 fine, a day in court, and - if the
student doesn't want a misdemeanor on his record
- the completion of an alcohol-education course.
"The chance that I might really be OK would
encourage me to hold out rather than get an MIP
and a record," LSA freshman Elliott Darvish said.
But ifa drunk minor gets taken to the hospital
on his own, he probably won't face a ticket.
Dr. Jeffrey Desmond, the Emergency Medicine
Service Chief at the University of Michigan Hos-
pital, said that unless there is evidence of a violent
crime, the University Hospital does not contact
law officials when underage drinkers seek medi-
cal attention. "There's a common misperception
among students that we call DPS and that students
will get MIPs if they come to the hospital," Des-
mond said. "Our interest is in making sure that
they're getting the help they need. We don't want
See MIP, Page 7A
The messy backstage area of the Residential College's theater will likely get an overhaul this summer. A pair of donors will fund a renovation at
the theater with a $1 million donation.
A NEW ACT FOR THEATER
RC auditorium to be
renovated this summer
By RYAN A. PODGES
For the Daily
The Residential College Theater is
worn from 40 years of rehearsals and
performances. The lighting is poor, and
the seats are tattered.
Next summer, the theater in the
basement of East Quad Residence Hall,
where the RC is housed, will be reno-
vated for the first time since it opened,
thanks to a $1 million donation from
former insurance executive Kenneth
Keene, a Rackham alum, and his wife
Janet Keene. It will be renamed the
Keene Theater in their honor.
Although no timetable for construc-
tion has been established, Martin
Walsh, the head of the RC drama con-
centration, said the renovation will
probably begin in May and be complet-
ed by the beginning of next school year
so that the renovation will not displace
groups that use the theater during the
The 220-seat theater was installed in
East Quad in 1967, the same year the RC
Several RC musical ensembles and
community groups use the theater near-
ly every day. Visiting theater companies
and guest writers also use the theater
for public readings and performances.
Walsh said the theater's electric and
sound systems need repair, its curtains
are "shabby" and the backstage area
needs to be rethought and rearranged.
"It's quite obvious the renovations
we need," he said.
The lighting and sound equipment will
also be upgraded duringthe renovation.
Although Walsh said no final deci-
sions have been made about what will
be done to the theater during the reno-
vations, the project could also include
new carpeting and seating and making
the front entrance more accessible.
The theater might also be redecorated
in order to make its style more consistent
with East Quad, which was built in 1940.
"A million dollars might not go very
far considering what electrical equip-
ment costs and all our furnishings, but
we're hoping to enhance it quite a bit
with all the things a million dollars can
buy," Walsh said.
Keene, who has a master's degree
in actuarial science from the Univer-
sity, donated the money to the theater
because he believes that a liberal arts
education is essential for success.
"I have worked with bright people
who have been trained with such a nar-
row professional focus that they can't
see the broader picture. The liberal arts
prepared me to anticipate and respond
to a wide variety of people and environ-
ments," he said in a written statement.
Car rental service
Zipcar to add its Ann Arbor fleet, said Adam
Brophy, the company's director of
more vehicles business development.
The company opened in Ann
By JAKE HOLMES Arbor last fall with six cars sta-
Daily StaffReporter tioned around the University
--- - two each on North Campus,
er a slow start when its Ann on Central Campus and near the
operations opened last year, Medical School. The company now
al car-sharing firm Zipcar plans to add between two to four
en an increase in the number more cars, Brophy said.
ple renting its cars. To use the service, members
company, which allows reserve the cars for specific time
ners to rent cars by the hour slots and use electronic keycards to
day, now plans to expand access the vehicles duringreserved
expanding in A2
times. At the University, users can each month, said David Miller, the
rent Mazda 3, Ford Escape and executive director of Parking and
Toyota Matrix models. Transportation Services. If Zipcar
Brophy said the cars have been made less than that, the University
used about as often as the com- would have to cough up the differ-
pany predicted a year ago. At ence.
first, the service failed to take off Because it took several months
in Ann Arbor. In November, cars for Zipcar to catch on in Ann
were being used about 5 percent of Arbor, the University ended up
the time. By winter semester, that owing Zipcar about $30,000.
number had risen to between 20 to Since then, use of the car-
25 percent. sharing service has dramatically
To lure Zipcar toAnnArbor, the increased. In August, the cars
University guaranteed the com- were being used about 37 percent
pany $9,000 in revenue from users See CARS, Page 7A
Textbook reforms coming soon, task force says
Presentation to MSA responsetostudentconcernsabout
textbook prices, to the Michigan
details ways to Student Assembly last night.
According to Gunderson, the
lower costs task force found that the best way
to lower the overall cost of text-
By ZOE BAMBERY books without hurting local book-
Daily StaffReporter stores is to encourage professors
to select their texts earlier, which
Thanks toinitiativestohelp pro- will allow students to save money
fessors release book lists early and by using the used book market.
to provide students with a website According to a study by the task
where they can swap usedbooks, it force, which is operated by the
could be less stressful for students Office of the Provost, the Univer-
to buy textbooks next year. sity ranked 38th of 39 colleges in
Statistics Prof. Brenda Gunder- how early professors order their
son presented the findings of Uni- textbooks. Gunderson laid earlier
versity's Textbook Task Force, a book ordering would give book-
committee created in December in See BOOKS, Page 7A
LSA senior Sarah Sprague draws at the open figure drawing sessions offered every
Tuesday and Thursday night from 8 to 9 p.m. in Alice Lloyd Hall.
Prof. Brenda Gunderson presented a report to the Michigan Student Assembly last
night that detailed ways to lower textbook prices.
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