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Ann Arbor, Michigan Tuesday, December 4,2007
MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Yost to resign tonight

michigandaily.com

President had been
} attacked for offensive
Facebook group
By DAVE MEKELBURG
and KARL STAMPFL
Daily StaffReporters
Zack Yost, the president of the
Michigan Student Assembly, said
early this morning that he plans to
resign at tonight's meeting.
Mohammad Dar, the assembly's

vice president, is expected to be
sworn in to the presidency.
Yost has been under fire on
campus since last week's meeting,
when MSA Rep. Kenneth Baker
revealed a private Facebook.com
group that Yost had created more
than a year earlier, when he was
the assembly's student general
counsel. The group, which was
only visible to its handful of mem-
bers, mocked MSA Rep. Tim Hull
for the frequent amendments he
proposed to the assembly's Com-
piled Code.
What prompted scattered out-

rage on campus, though, was
the group's description: "I'll give
that kid a fucking disability he
can write home about if he keeps
sending these code amendments
to everyone." Hull has Asperger's
syndrome, a mild form of autism.
"I'm resigning at 8 p.m. tomor-
row night," Yost said just after
midnight before declining further
comment.
Yost's accomplishments as
president include helping organize
a rally in Lansing for increased
higher education funding, devel-
oping an intern program to get

more freshmen involved in stu-
dent government and co-founding
the Michigan Action Party. MAP
helped Yost dominate in the spring
MSA election, which he won with
more than 75 percent of the vote.
MAP also swept the vast majority
ofthe assembly's seats inlast week's
student government election.
But his legacy - fairly or unfair-
ly - will likely be defined by the
Facebook group.
According to MSA's website,
this will be the first time a student
body president has resigned since
See YOST, Page 7

Under Zack Yost, the Michigan Student Assembly organized a march on Lansing
and started an internship program to get freshmen involved with the assembly, but
his legacy will likely be the Facebook.com group that led to his resignation.

Res hail desk jobs cause ire
Work-study students, RAs complain about new requirement

FUNDRAISNG
As colleges rake
in cash, charities
struggle in Mich.

By JAKE HOLMES
Daily StaffReporter
A policy change requiring
resident advisers in each dorm to
work weekly two-hour shifts at
the dorm's front desk this semes-
ter - a job previously reserved for
students enrolled in a work-study
program - has upset both RAs and
student employees.
Students who work at the front
desk for work-study say they can't
work as many hours as they want.
Some RAs complain that time
spent behind the desk takes away
from the key duties of an RA, like
being available for students or
planning hall events.
Speaking on the condition of
anonymity because RAs aren't
allowed to talk to the media, one
RA said he thinks spending time
at the desk can cause him to miss
problems arising in his hall.
"I don't think you're going to
intercept crises when you're at the
front desk," he said.
RAs have been required to work
shifts at the front desk since the
spring when the Residence Educa-
tion branch of University Housing
- which oversees dormitory staff
and community development pro-
grams such as hall social events
or workshops - was restructured,
according to Patty Griffin, interim
student housing associate director.
The original idea behind the
change was to make the front
desk less of a service counter and
more of a focal point for residence
hall communities, Griffin said. By
having RAs working with student
concerns outside of their hall, they
would have more opportunities to
meet with and help students. Grif-
fin said it also gives students a bet-
ter chance to have their problems
resolved.
"It gives us an opportunity to
have a different kind of conversa-
tion with students," she said.
The RA who wished to remain
anonymous said he disagrees with
that reasoning. He said his time
at the desk is spent doing clerical
See RESIDENCE HALLS, Page 7

Out-of-state donors,
loyalty cited as
reasons university
fundraising thrives
By DANIEL STRAUSS
Daily StaffReporter
Donations to charities in Michi-
gan have decreased more than 20
percent over the last year, accord-
ing to a recent report, but donations
to the University of Michigan and
the state's two other research uni-
versities are at some of their high-
est levels ever.
The report, released by Guid-
eStar - a nonprofit group that
surveys charities in Michigan
- showed that 69 percent of chari-
ties in the state reported increased
demands for their services, but
only 52 percent reported increased
contributions. The study also found
that 22 percent of the charities had
reported a decrease in contribu-
tions.
Financialofficers atallthreeuni-
versities said school loyalty gives
donors an incentive for to give to
their alma mater rather than char-
ity organizations.
About 40 percent of alumni
who donate to the University live
outside the state of Michigan, said
Jerry May, the University's vice
president for development. That
same group accounts for 60 percent
of the money donated, he said.
Even though Michigan suffers
from a 7.7 percent unemployment
rate - one of the nation's worst - a
large portion of the donors to the
University are Michigan residents.
May explained that these alumni
haven't been as affected by the

state's troubles, because many have
job and financial security.
"We have a very large concen-
tration of alumni from the greater
Detroit area, many of them have
had jobs at companies and corpora-
tions their whole lives, and they're
people who have done well in spite
of the last decade," May said.
Colleges regularly run fund-
raising campaigns to meet fiscal
goals, but officials say creating a
good experience for students while
they're in school is the best way to
motivate alumni to donate large
amounts to their schools.
The University reported that it
raised a record $1.4 billion during
the 2007 fiscal year.
May said the record fundraising
efforts were because the Universi-
ty creates a community to draw in
potential donors.
"Everybody develops those
relationships," May said. "Deans
do, faculty do, fundraisers do, the
president does; all those people and
the volunteers are behind the insti-
tution that helps raise that money."
Wayne State University also had
arecord-breakingyearforfundrais-
ing. The schooltookin $818 million.
David Ripple, Wayne State's associ-
ate vice president for development
and alumni affairs, said donors rec-
ognize the impact Wayne State has
on' the state's economy, especially
the Detroit area.
Charities did not report such
positive results. Barbara Willyard,
executive director of the Com-
munity Foundation for Northeast
Michigan, which raises money for
civic issues in Michigan, said it was
a challenging year for nonprofits
and charities like hers.
"I don't know what exactly the
University of Michigan's secret is
See DONATIONS, Page 8

Shawna Stover, a resident adviser in East Quad, answers the phone while RC sophomore Sarah Oas and RC freshman Caro-
line Thomas wait for a new room key. Some RAs are upset about being forced to work at dorm front desks.

A doctor found not guilty inlecture fracas case

TESTING ALASKAN WATER

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Ikerson had been The defense argued that Cath-
erine Wilkerson, a physician at the
charged with Packard Community Clinic and a
protester at the event, was acting as
lice interference a physician, not a protester, when
she criticized the treatment fellow
By JULIE ROWE protester Blaine Coleman received
Daily StaffReporter from police and paramedics.
Wilkerson and Coleman were
Ann Arbor doctor charged protesting at an event sponsored
wo counts of attempting to by the American Movement for
re with police and emergency Israel. Georgetown University
al personnel at an event held Prof. Raymond Tanter discussed
Michigan League last year U.S. foreign policy in Iran. Pro-
und not guilty last night. testers said that Tanter's speech
jury deliberated for about called for military action against
nd a half hours after closing Iran, which they opposed.
ents ended yesterday. Prosecuting attorney Margaret

Connors argued that Wilkerson's
actions were an attempt to create
chaos during Coleman's arrest, not
out of concern for Coleman's safety.
"They knew what they were
doing," Connors said of Wilkerson
and Coleman. "They went there
with an agenda; they went there
to confront. She was acting as a
protester confronting a situation,
certainly not as a physician."
In his final argument yesterday,
Hugh Davis, Wilkerson's attorney,
cited Wilkerson's testimony that
she was only concerned for Cole-
man's safety. Davis argued that
Wilkerson's actions saved Cole-
man from potentially serious con-

sequences.
Wilkerson, who was identified
by the court as an expert witness
on emergency medicine, testified
that officers put Coleman at risk
for positional asphyxia - a con-
dition she says is responsible for
many deaths.
"I saw someone who was suffer-
ing and might have his life at risk,"
Wilkerson said.
Numerous witnesses said Cole-
man, lying face down as police
handcuffed him, stopped respond-
ing and appeared to be uncon-
scious. Officer Mark West of the
Department of Public Safety said
See TRIAL, Page 7

SAM WyL505/Daily
Maria Dzul tests ammonia levels in water from Alaskan rivers in the Natural Science
Building. The amount of ammonia in a sample indicates where nutrients build up in
the rivers.

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