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IMRAN SYED JEFFREY BLOOMER
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR MANAGING EDITOR

We've definitely turned the corner in the city."
- San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on the much-needed relief diminished winds have brought to his
wildfire-ravaged city, as reported yesterday by the Los Angeles Times.

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KARL STAMPFL
EDITOR IN CHIEF

Michigan's trump card

Unsigned editorials reflect the official position of the Daily's editorial board. All other signed articles
and illustrations represent solelythe views of their authors.
The Daily's public editor, Paul H. Johnson, acts as the readers' representative and takes a critical look at
coverage and content inevery section ofthe paper. Readers are encouragedto contact the publiceditor
with questions and comments. He canbe reached atcpubliceditor@umich.edu.
Lasting costs
States must alleviate the burden of rising tuition rates
The College Board reported Monday that the cost of tuition
at public and private universities has risen twice as fast
as the inflation rate this year, causing students to scram-
ble for extra financial aid. States like Michigan have shirked their
duties to students in recent years, denying public universities ade-
quate funding and flippantly advising them to make up for their
funding deficits with cuts. But making cuts is not possible without
significantly affecting the quality of education offered. It's up to
legislators to recognize this reality and counteract rising tuition
rates by making education a priority.

i's as good as a slap in the face to
Michigan residents - the only
consolation is that our governor
didn't take it sit-
ting down. -
We're all well
aware that the
state of Michigan
is in big trouble.
Facing the high-
est unemployment
rate inthe country,
Michigan's popu- IMRAN
lation continues to SYED
drop year by year_
as people go else-
where looking for work. But as states
like Michigan lose electoral votes
thanks to decreasing populations,
other areas of the country, namelythe
South and the West, have seen signifi-
cant growth.
According to U.S. Census Bureau
statistics released at the end of last
year, the states that experienced the
most significant population growth
in 2006 were Arizona, Nevada, Idaho,
Georgia and Texas. Not coincidentally,
Michigan's automotive jobs have gone
to places like Texas and Georgia. Those
growing states showcased themselves
to businesses as emerging economic
powerhouses, the better alternative to
worn-out giants like Michigan, Ohio
and Pennsylvania. The Rust Belt isn't
getting a touch-up anytime soon, the
argument goes, and it's time for states
like Michiganto step aside and let plac-
es like Nevada, Georgia and Alabama
become the newhome of the prototypi-
cal American middle-class worker.
But what if it wasn't meant to be
that way?
The five fastestgrowingstates inthe
country listed above all face immedi-
ate concerns tied to shortages in water.
Droughts and wildfires have become
more prevalent in the South and West
respectively in recent years in what
some scientists are calling the first
signs of the long-term effects of global
warming. The disastrous wildfires rag-
ing on the West Coast are a reminder
that decreased rainfall and warmer
weather could make many of our favor-

ite parts of the country vulnerable,
even before the polar icecaps melt.
While the wildfires in California
are most directly linked to weather,
droughts in places like Alabama,
Georgia and Idaho could also be
linked to overpopulation. That's a dif-
ficult concept to accept. I'm not say-
ing that the 2.53 percent population
growth Georgia experienced in 2006
is responsible for the dire water short-
ages the state now faces. What I am
saying is that places like Georgia are
not well equipped, especially in our
warming world, to.sustain large popu-
lations or industries without help and
resources borrowed from other states.
States like Michigan.
A column earlier this year in The
Birmingham Times rather delicately
took up a position most politicians and
people inthe SouthandWestfindinev-
itable: The Great Lakes states should
share some of their water wealth.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill
Richardson, governor of New Mexico,
said earlier this month in Nevada that
he advocates a "national water policy."
That sounds well and good, except that
it essentially means pumping water
out of the Great Lakes water system
and piping it out to parched states in
the South and West.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's response?
"Hell no."
That's an unpopular stance to
take as fires consume hundreds of
thousands of acres in California and
droughts threaten to leave Georgia
completely out of fresh water in as
little as three months. Sure, the Great
Lakes states should make sure no one
in Atlanta goes thirsty in February of
next year, but solutions beyond that
must entail something more sustain-
able than siphoning water from the
Great Lakes. Aside from potentially
draining the world's largest source of
fresh water, shipping water to other
states so that they can continue to fuel
their growth - and continue to leave
Michigan in the wake - is the eco-
nomic equivalent ofthrowing yourself
in front of a semi-truck.
If there are no local freshwater

sources available in some states, then
the long-term solution is obvious - and
very politically incorrect. Those dry
states are not equipped to handle large
populations and industries. They may
have lured people and jobs with prom-
ises of pleasant weather, but if climate
patterns make water hard to come by,
then Michigan should not have to fuel
those states' false growth. They're
paper tigers, without the resources to
back up their economicpromise. Mich-
igan on the other hand, is blessed with,
plenty of water and a climate that isn't
all that unpleasant.
There are reasons so many people
and industries called the Midwest and
Northeast home for the better part of
the last two centuries: natural resourc-
es like water and suitable land and
The many problems
with sending water'
to dry states.
access to waterways for transporta-
tion.Thosemadefortruesustainability
- growththatwas completely genuine,
not based on borrowed resources.
It may seem heartless to say that
Alabama and Georgia can't handle the
heat (literally), but it's no more heart-
less than the reasons given for the
transplantation of thousands of jobs
and taxpayers from the Great Lakes
states to the South and West: bet-
ter weather, no unions, low business
taxes, etc.
Those states and businesses have
always argued that it's simple com-
petition and Michigan should shape
up if it wants to keep up. If it's just a
matter of simple competition, then
there is no competition: We'll keep
our water, and if you want it, you're
welcome to move here.
Imran Syed isthe Daily's
editorial page editor. He can be
reached at galad@umich.edu.

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Tuition, which the College Board reports
is up 6.6 percent at public four-year univer-
sities from 2006, will likely remain on the
rise. Because this rise is greater than the
rate of inflation, a good college education
may be becoming progressively less afford-
able for the average student. While the
University continues to promote cultural
diversity, underprivileged students, who
are statistically more likely to be minorities,
will be unable to afford a college education
- at great cost to their future and great det-
riment to diversity on college campuses.
Public universities rely heavily on state
funding like other public facilities - librar-
ies, parks, etc. - but it is necessary to recog-
nize that public institutions do not function
the same way as other businesses. Whereas
many major corporations can easily make
cuts in their labor force and save money
thanks to technological advances, it's not so
easy at universities. Cuts at colleges would
mean larger class sizes and poorer facilities,
and no amount of technology can complete-
ly replace professors. In fact, as technol-
ogy progresses, schools must spend more to
constantly upgrade and remain up-to-date
so that they can provide the best education-
al environment possible.i
Private universities and top public insti-

tutions like the University of Michigan
have the advantage of a large endowment
and can counteract rising tuition costs
by increasing financial aid, at least in the
short term. Smaller public universities
don't have that luxury. Without enormous
endowments from which to offer sufficient
financial aid to prospective students, these
smaller schools could become unaffordable
to the average high school graduate. This
could have dire consequences, especially in
Michigan, because public universities edu-
cate the vast majority of tomorrow's work-
force. State economies rely on the skills of
the workforce, so it will be nearly impossi-
ble for our state to come out of its economic
funk if tomorrow's workers face the same
disadvantages as today's.
Consequently, a new system must be cre-
ated to counteract the current growth of
college costs, It is not acceptable for the leg-
islature to treat education as the flex option
- to be cut whenever it's convenient. Mich-
igan must prioritize correctly in its budget
and set a feasible minimum for state fund-
ing to universities and increase that amount
by at least the rate of inflation every year.
We must make sure that a college education
doesn't revert into being out of reach for
average Americans.

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KIRSTEN TINER
Athletes achieve more than enough

ADAM DE ANGELI '
Support Ron Paul

For any American who values peace ant
freedom, the choice for president couldn'
be easier: Congressman Ron Paul. An Ai
Force medic during the
Vietnam War and an
obstetrician who com-
pleted his residency at
Detroit's Henry Ford
Hospital, Paul's com-
mitment to principle
has never wavered in J
10 congressional terms.
He is, as Sen. John "
McCain once said, the -
most honest man in PAUL
Washington.
Paul's deeply conservative stances on taxes
spending, welfare, gun rights and illegal immi
gration have won him a rapidly growing con
servative following. His stances against the
illegal occupation of Iraq,the unconstitutiona
Patriot Act and the immoral military draft art
wellknown, and yet, people are startled to dis
cover how many mainstream liberals are find
ing themselves agreeing with him.
Only Paul calls for America to leave the
World Trade Organization, World Bank
International Monetary Fund and .th
United Nations. These organizations hell
oppress millions of people across the globe
whether through economic blackmail (th
IMF) or direct intervention. Remember the
U.N. sanctions on Iraq? Remember the U.N
slaughter in Yugoslavia? These institution:
represent the growth of a global governmen
not accountable to anyone. We need to pro
tect our sovereignty and stop meddling with
the affairs of other countries.
Welfare and health care programs seem
like compassion for the working class, bu
the cost of these programs is paid by ou:
own taxes and inflation. Michigan's econo
my serves as a clear example of the conse
quences of unbalanced budgets, and Paul i:
the only candidate expressing concern abou
our massive federal debt. When the govern
ment borrows money, collects taxes to pay
interest and prints money at the price of
inflation, it is those on low and fixed income:
who suffer the most. These programs also
lead to dependency: What happens if you are
thrown off of welfare?
Internet freedom is a major priority fo
anybody concerned about a healthy media
- Why then are Democrats lining up to destroy
it? Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sup
port the Internet Freedom Preservation Act
which requires Internet service providers to
get a license from the Federal Communica
tions Commission. They tell us that this will
keep ISPs in line, but in reality, this will only

d make it more difficult for new companies to
t compete. Also, the potential for censorship
r is endless.
Democrats want affirmative action for the
sake of "diversity," but ending federal control
C of school budgets is the real solution to heal-
ing the income gap. Schools should be run by
state and local governments, not by the U.S.
Department of Education.
Illegal immigration is another issue Demo-
crats have trouble with, but as Paul points out,
if our economy was in better shape, require-
ments could be eased and foreign workers
would be welcomed. We turn away people
L patiently waiting to enter legally and offer
social services to illegal immigrants at the
expense of everyone else. How is that com-
- passionate?
- Con- . . ..
e servatives This viewpoint is the
1 overwhelm- third in a series by
e ingly sup- leaders of campus
- port Paul's
- stance on groups supporting
just about various presidential
e everything
until the candidates.
e war against
terrorism comes up. Is it really so difficult
to see the connection between our country's
e military aggression and the hatred that it
e creates? Certainly the 9/11 Commission
. Report mentioned it.
s At Paul's rally on campus earlier this
t month, it was interesting to see the anti-war
- Left and members of Young Americans for
Freedom participating in the same event.
These groups once protested against each
other, but as Paul is fond of saying, "Freedom
t brings people together."
r Paul's campaign is energized and growing
- by the day. The Democratic party's games
- have caused its candidates to ignore Michi-
s gan completely. So much for the Democratic
t process. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is
- finally starting to resent the harm the neo-
y cons have done to it, and embrace the conser-
f vative that they can count on to limit the size
s of government.-
Paul's army of 50,000 volunteers is grow-
e ing every day, his popularity on the Internet
is legendary, he receives more donations from
r active-duty troops than any other candidate,
. and his campaign is afoot in nearly ever5
county in America.
- We're making great progress, but we've got
a lot more to do. Please join us.
- Adam De Angeli is a University
l alum and a member of the University
chapter of Students for Ron Paul.

I am writing in response to the
two recent articles regarding the
call by the University's main fac-
ulty governing body for academic
reforms for athletes (Assembly calls
forathleticreforms, 10/23/2007,Profs
want change in University athletics,
10/02/2007). As a student-athlete, I
intend to prove that these reforms
are unnecessary and unjust.
As one article reported, "The
Athletic Department is one of the
few self-supporting departments
in the nation, meaning it funds its
operating budget entirely from its
own revenues." Under the supe-
rior direction of Athletic Director
Bill Martin, this department went
from being in debt to being fully
self-funded. He is a remarkable
businessman and a well-respected
leader on campus. The suggestion
that a tenured faculty member
should hold his position as chair-
man of the University's Advisory
Board for Intercollegiate Athlet-
ics is illogical. How could a faculty
member who has no involvement
with the inner workings of the Ath-
letic Department be more qualified
than Martin?
Perhaps the most disturbing
reform proposed is the integration
of the Athletic Department budget
with the University's general fund.
As reported, "The University's gen-
eralbudgetgrew1.9 percentbetween
the 2006-2007 fiscal year and the
2007-2008 fiscal year. The Athletic
Department's budget, meanwhile,
increased 17.6 percent during that
same period." Given the discrepancy
ingrowthbetweenthetwobudgets, I
see no logical way to integrate them.

Faculty members are outraged
over the type of spending the Ath-
letic Department is doing. But the
University's teams have a strong
tradition of winning, perhaps the
strongest in the country: To whom
much is given, much is expected.
We as student-athletes have been
given every opportunityto succeed,
and so far I see positive results
across the board.
The beautiful Ross Academic
Center and renovations to the Big
House, baseball stadium and soft-
ball facilities, as well as plans to
expand other facilities wouldn't be
possible had the Athletic Depart-
ment's current budget not been in
place. If we are fully self-funded,
then why is the University up in
arms about spending? The Ath-
letic Department's spending is not
harming the University in any way.
My final issue is that of academ-
ics. Student-athletes are just that:
Students, then athletes. Most of us
embrace this fact and take it very
seriously.We knowthat we are lucky
to be here and take full advantage of
the opportunities that we have been
givento attend atop university while
playing the sports wejove. The call
for higher admissions standards for
athletes and greater scrutiny of our
majors is unfounded.
On my team alone, we have three
Business Schoolstudents,threepre-
med students and a flock of other
strong majors, like graphic design
and psychology. I can assure you
that there is a strong emphasis on
grades, academic achievement and
community involvement. Yet both
of the articles qucse people call-

ing for greater campus involvement
by athletes. Here are some facts
for you: Every Thursday evening,
student-athletes visit C.S. Motts
Children's Hospital. Every Friday,
we send student-athletes to local
elementary schools to read to and
tutor struggling students. In our
countless volunteer activities, stu-
dent-athletes have given so much
back to the Ann Arbor community
that so passionately supports us.
How can the University hold us in
contempt? I would like to see some
of the other students at this Univer-
sity handle the schedules that we as
student-athletes have and perform
as well as we do.
I came to Michigan forthe chance
to have it all - strong academic pro-
grams and unparalleled athletics. I
will graduate in the spring with a
BBA from the Ross School of Busi-
ness and a BA in English from LSA.
I have been a Big Ten Regular Sea-
son Champion or Big Ten Tourna-
ment Champion six times and will
perhaps even be a National Cham-
pion by the time our season ends
this year. I hope that the University
will take a closer look atthe Athletic
Department, and what it produces:
Strong, talented and capable men
and women, almost all of whom, as
the NCAA commercials remind us,
will be going pro in something other
than our sport. We are success-
ful doing what we have been doing
and growing the way we have been
growing. Don't stop us now.
Kirsten Tiner is a Business School
and LSA senior and co-captain of
the Michigan field hockey team.

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