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Monday, October 22, 2007
BACK UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
International programs office
urges students to consider
countries with weak currencies
By JILLIAN BERMAN
Daily Staff Reporter
The declining value of the American dollar is mak-
ing study abroad a more expensive proposition.
The dollar is hitting record lows against the euro.
One American dollar buys only .69 euros. It also buys
.48 British pounds as of yesterday. In November 2005,
one American dollar bought .85 euros or .57 pounds.
Carol Dickerman, the director of the University's
Office of International Programs, said she's worried
about the effects the weakness of the dollar could
have on study abroad programs.
The places where the dollar is weakest, like Europe,
tend to be the places where students want to study
most, Dickerman said. She's encouraging students to
consider studying in places where the dollar is stron-
ger, like Latin America and Africa.
While classes, housing and entertainment for a
semester in Aix-en-Provence, France cost $11,777,
a similar package at the University of Cape Town in
South Africa costs $5,075. The rand, the currency of
South Africa, is weak against the dollar; $1 is worth
LSA junior Monica Converse said the falling dollar
influenced her decision to study abroad in a country
that doesn't use the euro. Her first choice is Buda-
See ABROAD, Page 3A
THE EXPENSE OF A SEMESTER ABROAD
The cost of classes, housing, food and entertainment at study
abroad programs in different locations
" Guanajuanto, Mexico: $10,150
" University of Sussex, England: $10,490
" Aix-en-Provence, France:$11,777
" University of Cape Town, South Africa: $5,075
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STUDENT CONLC R
'U'to call students for optional juries
Changes to rights and
random student panels
By JILLIAN BERMAN
Thanks to a change to University
policy, students will soon be eligible for
a sort of jury duty through the office
of Student Conflict Resolution. They
won't be forced to serve, though, said
Law School student Mitch Holzrich-
ter, the chair of the Code of Conduct
Advisory Board, an Michigan Student
Assembly committee that recommend-
ed the change.
Students accused of violating the
University's Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities are given
the option of having their case heard
before a student panel.
The student panel that arbitrates the
hearings will now be picked randomly
from the entire student body to ensure
that the panel accurately represents
University students, Holzrichter said.
All University students will now be
eligible to receive a summons to serve
on a panel, but students will be free to
turn down the invitation, Holzrichter
The policy mirrors that of American
jury trials, where defendants are enti-
tled to a jury of their peers. Under the
new system, the Michigan student body
will be more accurately represented
because every Michigan student will be
eligible for selection, supporters of the
The panel was previously comprised
of volunteers, which resulted in the
panels being overwhelmingly made up
of student leaders, Holzrichter said.
The amendment, one of several
changes to the statement, is aimed at
giving students involved in conflict
resolution more rights, said Jenni-
fer Meyer Schrage, the director of the
office of Student Conflict Resolution.
Schrage sent an e-mail to all stu-
dents earlier this month outlining the
changes to the statement. The rules
were amended in April after consulta-
tion with the MSA's Student Relations
"Some themes in the dialogue around
the decisions were maintaining the
student driven nature of the process
See OSCR, Page 7A
Survivors tell of a painful past
Those who lived
By KYLE SWANSON
At the start of a luncheon for
students and Holocaust survivors
yesterday, Hillel Rabbi Nathan
Martin told his table that there
were no bad questions. Holocaust
survivor Miriam Brysk quickly
replied, "But unfortunately, there
are no good answers."-
When Brysk was 7 years old,
living in Lida, then part of Poland, ALLISON GHAMAN/Daily
the Nazis captured the city and Holocaust srvivor Larry Wayne lights a candle to honor those who died in the
the aziscapuredthecityand Hlocaust. Wapne last multiple familyp memhers daring World War 11 and was
See STORIES, Page 7A imprisoned in multiple concentration camps.
Eaasy answers pose ethics problems
Ann Arbor resident Herm Steinman plays the bagpipes while Residential College Director Charlie Bright
holds a flag during the Residential College's 40th anniversary parade on Friday.
Parade, panels for RC 40th
Hundreds of versary celebration, which took
place over the weekend.
mni return to A2 Crowd members carried signs
reading "Forty More Years," "Fear
of Failing Proficiency (It's always
By COLE MERKEL with us)" and "Home of the Freaks
For the Daily 'n' Geeks since 1967." Others rode
®._ bikes or held megaphones. Many
rowd of people on Friday in the parade played kazoos and
d in apparel like gorilla shook rattles that had been creat-
, top hats and togas made its ed and distributed for the parade.
om the East Quad courtyard Live rock music greeted the
the Diag to the Modern crowd as it flooded into the MLB
ages Building. for the RC Convocation Circus. In
procession - led by a pair his opening address, RC Director
pipers - was part of the Charlie Bright spoke of the conti-
ntial College's 40th anni- nuity between generations of RC
"Although much has changed,
certain things remain constant,"
Bright said. "So I want you to look
around, look around at everyone
in this room, all of you. You have
much in common and much to
share among a common ground."
Bright asked the first RC class
to stand up. About 10 did. Then
Bright addressed the current RC
"I want you to talk to each
other," Bright said. "I want the
youngest people in this room to
get to know the oldest people in
See RC, Page 3A
site doesn't promote
cheating, exec says
By AMINA FARHA
With the growth of websites
like Cramster.com, which provides
answers and step-by-step explana-
tions for problem sets from a wide
selection of textbooks, the conve-
nience of the Internet has spawned
an ethical dilemma.
Students could use the site to
check their answers or explain
tough problems, but some admin-
istrators and professors say the site
are more likely to hurt students'
grades than help them.
The temptation to use sites like
Cramster to cheat is obvious. Most
students have experienced a sce-
nario where it's the middle of the
night, an assignment is due in a few
hours and it's too late to get help. A
failing grade isn't an option either.
Using Cramster, the student
could look up the question and copy
every step of the answer.
Some students are likely already
doing exactly that. Among the text-
books on Cramster are several used
for University of Michigan courses
- for example, "University Phys-
ics," the required text for Physics
Esrold Nurse, assistant dean for
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