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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 7
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Cynthia Wilbanks, the Univer-
sity's vice president of govern-
ment relations, said the University
is actively giving feedback to law-
makers about the bill.
"We continue to be fully
engaged," Wilbanks said. "We
are not reluctant at all to share
with policy makers the provisions
that we like and the provisions
we find challenging and ways in
which we'd want to have them
Margaret Rodriguez, senior
associate director in the Universi-
ty's Office of Financial Aid, said in
an e-mail message that efforts to
increase federal funding for Pell
Grant awards will help low- and
1 middle- income students.
"Legislative efforts that
increase federal grants for the
neediest students and increase
access to higher education are
good," Rodriguez said.
A full Pell scholarship pro-
vides a maximum of $4,310 for the
2007-2008 school year. The pro-
vision would call for significant
increases to that number.
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Mary Lambert, an LSA sopho-
more, said she struggled through
a Spanish class last year and
had no idea she could receive an
"Last year I was at office
hours all the time," Lambert
said. "And this year, I don't think
my professor even knew the test
Jeffery Harrold, chair of the
Quantitative Reasoning Com-
mittee and a member of the
Academic Standards Board, said
students shouldn't rush to take
the exam after a disappointing
He suggested that struggling
students seek help from their
professors or graduate student
But when that's not enough, he
eliminate the need for families
to fill out the i27-question Free
Application for Federal Student
Aid form by allowingtaxpayers to
have their income and asset infor-
mation compiled by the IRS and
sent directlyto the Department of
"In general, I think people
are looking for opportunities to
streamline the process of student
financial aid," Wilbanks said.
The provision, she said,
attempts to make it easier for stu-
dents to apply for financial aid.
The act will also require
schools to provide students with
the expected cost of completing a
degree, including tuition and fees.
An amendment made by House
Republicans that would have pre-
vented illegal immigrants from
receiving federal student aid was
not added to the bill.
The Senate passed its version of
a renewal bill last July. Both ver-
sions will be reviewed in a joint
conference between House and
Senate members until both houses
can agree on a version of the bill. A
consensus will need to be reached
by March 31, when the current
Higher Education Act expires.
said, sitting down with an aca-
demic adviser and determining
candidacy for a language waiver
is the next step.
"Once they've talked to the
instructor about what's happen-
ing in that class, the first person
I tell them to talk to is their aca-
demic adviser," Harrold said.
Chalmers Knight, the chair
of the Foreign Language Waiver
Committee, said the process is
holistic and that the committee
tries to assess each case on its
"We give everyone due process
and we are quite diligent about
being fair to both students and
the college," Knight said.
director of the Academic Stan-
dards Board, said"students who
think they might have a learning
disability should seek help at the
University's Office of Services for
Students with Disabilities.
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of West Virginia when the suit
was filed in an attempt to move
the case back to the state level. He
said he dropped that investigation
because of the judge's announce-
"With the judge's decision that
the university is an agent of the
state, it became irrelevant where
he lived at the time of suit," Wake-
Although there is no time
frame for proceeding with the
suit in state court, Wakefield said
he would try to resolve the case
before a state judge as soon as
Athletic Department spokes-
man Bruce Madej and Marvin
Robon, an attorney representing
Rodriguez, could not be reached
for comment yesterday.
Although Rodriguez signed
a letter of intent to coach at the
University of Michigan nearly two
months ago that included salary
figures, potential contract length
and incentives information, he has
yet to sign a contract with the Uni-
Distracted drivers drawing concern
erts say gadgets while riding in a cab in Miami --
the driver was watching a boxing
ild be as risky as match on a television mounted on
Srunk driving "I can understand a monitor in
the rear, but up front it is a differ-
By BILL VLASIC ent world," said Marcellino, who
The New York Times sponsored a bill last year to ban all
"display generating devices" in the
'ROIT -- Drivers have driver's view.
had so many distractions New York already has a law
ng them to take their eyes against TV sets in the front seat.
road and their hands off "The driver shouldn't be doing
eel. anything other than driving,"
ing on cell phones and typ- Marcellino said.
Kt messages while driving Motorists have always engaged
eady led to bans in many in risky behavior, whether it is
But now auto companies, eating a sandwich, arguing with a
g their latest models to liv- spouse, applying makeup or study-
ms on the road, are turning ing a map while speeding down
to cocoons of communica- the interstate.
stems and high-tech enter- Safety experts say the influx
nt. of electronics is turning cars
e drivers are even packing into sometimes chaotic -- and
ar interiors with GPS navi- distracting -- moving family
screens, portable DVD play- rooms.
d computer keyboards and The National Highway Traffic
s. Safety Administration estimates
e Sen. Carl L. Marcellino of that 80 percent of vehicle crashes
ork learned this firsthand and 65 percent of close calls are
caused in part by driver distrac-
And some tragic accidents have
drawn further attention to the
In June, five teenage girls
were driving to a vacation home
in upstate New York when their
sport utility vehicle crashed head-
on into a tractor-trailer, killing all
Police later learned from phone
records that the driver had been
typing text messages on her phone
just before she swerved out of
her lane. Toxicology tests ruled
out alcohol and drugs as possible
The rise in distraction-related
accidents is chilling to auto-safety
advocates who typically study air
bags and rollovers.
"If we don't do something about
it, you're looking at a situation that
could rival drunk driving as a risk
factor in crashes," said Clarence
M. Ditlow, executive director of
the Center for Auto Safety, a con-
sumer advocacy group based in
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Implementation of a bill pack-
age, "Great Lakes, Great Michi-
gan," would keep large-scale
water users like the University in
The bill also seeks to ratify leg-
islation that prohibits most sales
of Great Lakes basin water to
other states and nations.
Under the new legislation,
for example, a bottling company
would need to obtain a permit
before extracting hundreds of
thousands of gallons of water
from certain areas. Permits would
then be reviewed in a "public
comment period," during which
residents of the area could voice
any objections before sending the
permit request to the Department
of Environmental Equality for
LSA freshman Seth Soderborg,
Warren's employee, said because
the University would have to
more closely monitor its water
usage, students living in residence
halls might have higher room and
board costs if the bill passes.
"If you live in the dorms, this
is obviously going to affect your
housing costs and your living
costs," he said.
The bill package has already
been passed in Illinois and Min-
nesota, and Warren said it's "days
away" from being passed in Indi-
Though she strongly supports
the bill herself, Warren acknowl-
edged that some aren't as optimis-
"There is some opposition to
the movement of these bills -
those that would like to get their
hands on Michigan's water and
claim private ownership on what
is a public resource," she said.
opponents of the bill argue that
it could hurt economic develop-
ment and levy administrative
fees on an already depressed state
But Warren said these costs
would be offset by the conserva-
tion of tourism, Michigan's sec-
Since fresh water is a relatively
scarce resource, Warren said, it's
especially important that states
monitor how they use it.
"Water is invaluable - there's
no way you can put a price on it,"
said Christy McGillivray, a panel
member and representative of
the nonprofit group Clean Water
Action. "But multi-national cor-
porations will try to do that. You
can't underestimate that incen-
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(March 21 to April 19)
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(April 20 to May 20)
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