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A rite of passage


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Two unsuspecting guys stumbled
up Vaughn Street among the rubble of
empty beer cups. It was early morn-
ing, and they appeared to be caught
up in the euphoria of Welcome Week
- survivors, perhaps, of the Green-
wood block party that took place the
night before.
But then there was a sinister
squeal followed by a thud and a shout
of "Damn!" They were frightened,
and one of them, startled, tripped
and stubbed his toe on the sidewalk.
"Dude, I think it's a squirrel," one
said as the creature retreated under
a car.
They must have been freshmen.
It was only Welcome Week, but the
men outside my window had already
met the Ann Arbor squirrel.
We all remember our first encoun-
ter. It might have been an acorn to the
head or a standoff with a particularly
determined mega squirrel inthe Diag.
Plenty of theories abound, but no one
knows exactly why our squirrels are

so fat, aggressive and eerily human-
like. Still, it being Ann Arbor and all,
I like to think it's that very difference
that makes them belong here.
Maternal instinct
It was only our second date, but
while walking to dinner, Matt and I
had parenthood thrust upon us.
From out of the Hillel center's
bushes, a baby raccoon crawled
toward us and stopped at our feet.
Purring and whimpering, the baby
practically begged me to be his moth-
While Matt and I debated what to
do, a car began to lurch our way from
the other end of the parking lot.
On instinct, I scooped the poten-
tially rabid animal into my arms,
clutched him to my chest and turned
to walk back home.
A website explaining raising rac-
coons week-by-week told us we need-

ed to feed him condensed milk, whole
milk, raw egg yokes and corn syrup
with a baby bottle.
Over the next five days, our baby
grew stronger and more active. Sick
of taking turns answering cries
throughout the night, Matt and
I agreed to turn our baby over to
protective services - the wildlife
division of the Michigan Humane
But the Humane Society was at full
raccoon capacity and was euthaniz-
ing all others who came in.
Unwilling to euthanize a raccoon
just nursed back from the brink of
death, I called nearly every small
mammal rehabilitator in the state
until I found our baby a home.
A woman 35 minutes away already
had 40 raccoons, nine squirrels, 16
dogs and 10 cats, but she'd take him.
Three months later, I still think about
that raccoon every day.

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SA freshman John Wilson playssin anintlatable
basketball garnest the Pro-Class Bash at Palmer
Field yesterday. The Residence Hall Association
hosted the event.


Woman dropped
at curb refuses
to enter ER
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Sunday at about mid-
WHAT: Hospital Security
requested Department of Pub-
lic Safety assistance for an
unruly woman who had been
dropped off at the emergency
room entrance but refused to
go inside, DPS reported. The
caller suspected the woman
was intoxicated. The woman
walked intoethe hospital before
police arrived.
Fan can't hold it
in on golf course,
gets MIP
WHERE: University Golf
WHEN: Saturday at about 1:30
WHAT: A person not affiliated

with the University was cited
for an alcohol violation after
police found the subject urinat-
ing in public, DPS reported.
Pot smoker
eludes cops
WHERE: Michigan Stadium
WHEN: Saturday at about 2:15
WHAT: A caller reported that
someone was smoking mari-
juana inside the Big House dur-
ing the football game against
Apalachian State, DPS reported.
Police were unable to find the

Open house Multicultural

with President
WHAT: An open house for
students at the President's
Residence. Refreshments and
light snacks will be served.
WHO: University President
Mary Sue Coleman
WHEN: Today from 3:30 to
5 p.m.
WHERE: The President's
Residence, 815 S. University

group's mass
WHAT: A mass meeting
where students can join the
organization, register for
events or enter a raffle
WHO: Indian American Stu-
dent Association
WHEN: Today from 7 to 9
WHERE: Michigan Union

A Chicago cop apprehend-
ed a shooting suspect by
chasing the man on his Seg-
way, the Chicago Sun-Times
reported yesterday. Thaddeus
Martyka was checking for
parking violations when he
heard a gunshot and saw two
men sprinting away. Martyka
pursued one of the suspects
until the suspect grew tired
and rested on the sidewalk.
Michigan Volleyball is
ranked 14th nationally
after starting its season
3A Wisconsin man mis-
placed his pants after a
night of drinking. Their
pockets contained a cashier's
check for $41,093 and several
hundred dollars in cash, CNN.
com reported. Mark Stahnke
was reunited with his pants
Friday after a man walking his
dog discovered them lying in
an intersection and returned

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A open Prayer meeting

Police nab man house
with air gun WHAT: A w
WHERE: Hill Street for students
WHEN: Friday at about 9:30 WHO: The:
p.m. Gay, Bisexuo
WHAT: Police stopped a man der Affairs
on the street who was in pos- WHEN: To
session of an AirSoft gun, DPS p.m.
reported. Police said they are WHERE: T]
investigating the incident. Affairs on th
the Michiga

welcome reception
, faculty and staff
Office of Lesbian,
al and Transgen-
day from 4 to 6
he Office of LGBT
he third floor of
n Union

WHAT: An open prayer
WHO: University.Christian
WHEN: Today from 8 to 9:30
WHERE: 1001 E. Huron St.
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As state funding slides,
colleges hike their fees


Once covered by
tuition, libraries,

technology cost extra
The New York Times
When Emily McLain decided to
enroll at the University of Oregon,
a significant part of the appeal was
low tuition. She had not counted
on all the fees that unexpectedly
appeared on her bill.
"I had my dad calling me asking,
'What's this for?"' said McLain, 22,
apolitical science and international
studies major now entering her last
year at the university.
This year, for instance, the uni-
versity is charging a $51 "energy
surcharge" for rising electricity
costs. A $270 "technology fee" for
computer service. There is the
$371.25 fee for the campus health
center, a $135 fee to maintain build-
ings and grounds, and a $624 "inci-
dental fee," for student activities.
And more.
All told, fees add up to $1,542,
or nearly an additional 40 percent
on top of tuition of $3,984. That
does not even count additional fees
charged for taking certain courses.
College administrators say pub-
lic universities are increasingly
tacking on fees for the same rea-
sons that some are experimenting
with differential tuition for differ-
ent majors: state support for higher
education has languished, and leg-
islatures shy away from approving
tuition increases. Fees, by contrast,
can often be set by individual cam-
At just over half the nation's
four-year public colleges, fees rose
faster than tuition in the 2005-6
school year and the previous year,
according to the College Board,
which tracks trends in college
costs. Overall, in 2005-6 fees - the
most current year for which there
is available data - rose by an aver-
age of 8 percent to 11 percent at
public four-year institutions, well
above the rate of inflation.
These days, there may be a fee
for every imaginable service. The
University of Tennessee at Chat-
tanooga this fall is collecting a new
$25 health fee. Montana State Uni-
versity Billings for the first time
is charging a $10 library' fee. The
University of North Dakota has

imposed a $37 per semester fee to
pay for pulling its whole athletic
program into Division I. And stu-
dents at Arizona State University
face a new $25 technology fee.
Some students are rebelling,
calling fees an underhandedtuition
increase that obscures the real cost
of college. In Arizona, students
recently called on the Regents to
change the fee-setting process. "A
lot of students felt like fees were
being used for services that used to
be covered by tuition," said Serena
Unrein, executive director of the
Arizona Students' Association.
In Oregon, students went to the
Legislature last spring to demand
And in California last year, a
state judge ordered the University
of California system to pay back
millions of dollars to the students
who sued the university system in
2003 chargingthatincreases in fees
violated university assurances that
fees would stay fixed for current
students. The University of Califor-
nia has appealed the decision.
Private colleges have fees, too,
but educators say that usually they
are dwarfed by tuition, which can
be set without seeking approval
from lawmakers or any other out-
siders. George Washington Univer-
sity, for instance, became the first
college to break the $50,000 mark
when it approved, for the class
of 2011, tuition of $39,210, a food
allowance of $3,400, and housing
prices of $8,500.
Public colleges cost far less but the
imbalance between fees and tuition
can be hefty. In Massachusetts,
for example, tuition at public uni-
versities has not risen in six years.
But students are swamped in fees.
The University of Massachusetts
Amherst charges a service.fee, a
health fee, an activities fee and a cur-
riculum fee, which together add up
to about $4,100, or nearly five times
the tuition of $857 per semester.
That heavy reliance on fees is
partly because the state allows
campuses to hold onto that money
instead of sending it to the state
general treasury to be redistrib-
uted. "What is called tuition goes
to the state's general fund, and fees
stay on the campus," said Robert P.
Connolly, a spokesman for UMass.
Students who win the state's
prestigious John andAbigail Adams
Scholarship for high performers
have sometimes been shocked to

discover that it covers only tuition,
not the fees.
Some university officials argue
that fees are an easier sell because
they are linked to specific services,
like computers and Internet access,
and so are more easily understood.
"There's a particular appeal for
the students who pay it, because
they see it and they see the benefit,"
said Dave Frohnmayer, presidentof
the University of Oregon.
Frohnmayer said that students
at his university were told ahead
of time of the fees they would face,
so they should not have been sur-
The fees add up fast. The Uni-
versity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
is charging almost $400 in fees
this fall to cover athletics, student
activities and health, among other
things - not including an addition-
al $100 for students to attend a day-
long orientation program at which
attendance is mandatory. Tuition
totals about $3,500 for in-state stu-
dents living off campus.
And at Binghamton University,
part of the State University of New
York, undergraduate state residents
pay $831 in fees - for athletics,
technology, transportation, recre-
ation and other items - per semes-
ter, on top of $2,175 in tuition.
LorenaLanderos, 22, astudent at
the University of Oregon majoring
in Spanish and ethnic studies, said
she had to take out a short-term
loan to cover the costs she had not
expected when she enrolled four
years ago. "And I remember call-
ing the office and asking whatthese
fees were," Landeros said. "Why is
it we were having to pay for energy
or whatever? From what I remem-
ber, they didn't do a very good job
of describing it."
Last spring, the Oregon Student
Association went to state Sen.Vicki
Walker, a Democrat, who threat-
ened a law freezing all the fees
that public colleges charged to stu-
dents for taking specific majors and
courses. The bill did not come to a
vote, butnonetheless pressured the
university system to form a com-
mittee of students and university
officials to review the overall fee
structure and how fees were set.
"They decidedeto play ball, which
was a good thing," Walker said. She
called the fees a "backdoor tuition
increase," adding: "It's not right
it's not fairt it doesn't give people a

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