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Monday, March 3,2008

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FINANCING FINANCIAL AID
'U' defends
endowment
spending

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been campaigning hard in Ohio and Texas ahead of tomorrow's primaries and caucuses in those states.
The real Super Tuesday?
Groups develop sense of Ohio's woes mirror
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etter to senators, ty's endowment has grown in
the past 10 years, how much tf
iversity explains the endowment is earmarked
for undergraduate financial aid,
policies on use of who decides University tuition
increases, how the endowment is
restment returns managed and whether University
President Mary Sue Coleman or
ByANDY KROLL any investment officials receive
DailyNewsEditor endowment-related bonuses.
Baucus and Grassley's inquiry
a 21-page letter sent into the details of the Universi-
esday to U.S. Sens. Max ty's endowment was one of 136
s (D-Mont.) and Charles inquiries they sent in January to
ey (R-towa), the University the nation's wealthiest colleges
led the use of its $7.1billion and universities as measured by
ment. the market value of their endow-
University's letter ment.
ads to eleven questions sent With 76 colleges and univer-
tcus and Grassley, the chair sities recording endowments of
inking member of the Sen- $1 billion or more, the funds are
inance Committee, about coming under greater scrutiny
niversity's endowment and fromtheSenateFinance Commit-
ial aid policies. tee, which wants universities to
it letter, sent Jan. 25, spend more of their endowments
how much the Universi- See ENDOWMENT, Page 7A
)WED SCHOLARSHIPS

By JULIE ROWE
and SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily StaffReporters
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Barack
Obama's presidential campaign
had so many volunteers working
in Toledo last week that it told
the University's chapter of Stu-
dents for Obama not to go there.
LSA sophomore Tom Duvall,
the chair of the group, had
planned to spend his last day of
spring break with three other
Obama supporters from the Uni-
versitycanvassingfor the Illinois
senator in Toledo for Tuesday's
primary..
But because of an overwhelm-
ing number of volunteers from
Michigan at the Toledo office the
University's chapter of Students
for Obama was sent to Sandusky
instead.
There, the four knocked on

250 doors, chipping away at the
Obama campaign's goal of reach-
ing 1 million homes in the state
of Ohio.
Duvall said he was just fine
with being redirected to San-
dusky. He and other members
of the group are relishing the
opportunity to campaign in such
an important state - especially
because the Obama campaign
didn't campaign in Michigan.
After Michigan went against
Democratic Party rules by mov-
ing its primary date before Feb.
5, the state was stripped of its
delegates and candidates were
forbidden from campaigning.
Duvall said that made his
group want to volunteer in Ohio
even more.
"It's become a lot more clear
when Hillary Clinton's own
campaign surrogates have
See STUDENTS, Page 3A

By JULIE ROWE
and SARA LYNNE THELEN
Daily StaffReporters
CLEVELAND - When the
Democratic National Committee
stripped Michigan of its delegates
n this year's presidential election,
many some in the state worried
that issues facing the Great Lakes
State might not be addressed dur-
ing primary season.

But if the candidates had
campaigned in Michigan, they
likely would have pitched stump
speeches similar to the ones
they've been using in Ohio.
Much rhetoric used by can-
didates in the Buckeye State has
related to the state's economy,
which, like Michigan's, has
struggled with unemployment
and recession.
See ECONOMY, Page 8A

University policy allows it to spend about 5 percent of the total value oftthe
endowment each fiscal year. About 26 percent of the endowment returns marked
for spending last fiscal year were spent on undergraduate financial aid. From 1998
to 2007, the University's endowment grew by 256 percent to $7.1 hillion. American
public colleges and universities spent an average of 4.5 percent of their endow-
ments in the most recent fiscal year. The University of Michigan spent 5 percent
over the same time period.

BOUND TOGETHER BY THE RUST BELT
Percentage of manufacturing jobs Percentage of population
lost since November 2001 unemployed
20 8
10 - 4
an 0-
0 0
sOURCEs: MICHIGAN DEPT. OF LABOR,
sOURCE: ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE OHIO DEPT. OF LABOR, U.s. DEPT. oF LABOR

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE
FINANCIAL AID RECEIVED IN 06-07
$94 MILLION
U niversity
undergradu-
ate grants and
scholarships
$150 MILLION
Total private, - state and federal
grants, loans, scholarships and workstudy

TOTAL SPENDING FROM
ENDOWMENT IN 06-07
$94 MILLION
Financial aid
spending

$261 MILLION
Non-financial aid
spending

SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

RESIDENCE HALLS ASSOCIATION
Eastman found not guilty
in indecent exposure case

After death, museum work halted

RHA president was
accused of public
masturbation in dorm
By JOE STAPLETON
Daily StaffReporter
LSA senior Andrew Eastman,
president of the Residence Halls
Association, was found not guilty of
indecent exposure by a Washtenaw
County Courthouse judge on Feb.
22. Eastman was arrested in West
Quad residence hall on Jan.13 after
a student reported seeing Eastman
masturbate through a window of
the dorm.
During the trial, the prosecu-
tion called four witnesses, includ-
lng two students who claimed to
have seen Eastman masturbating,
said Lisa Clark, the Department of
Public Safety officer who made the
arrest.
Student Legal Services attorney
Orlando Simon represented East-
man.
After the prosecution present-
ed its case, Simon opted not to
call any witnesses and asked for a
directed verdict from Judge Eliza-

beth Hines, arguing that the pros-
ecution failed to meet its burden of
proof. A directed verdict is usually
called for when the defense thinks
the prosecution has not actually
proved any of the charges. They
are more common in civil cases,
and especially rare in a bench trial,
where there is no jury.
Simon argued that the witnesses
called by the prosecution said they
saw Eastman making a "mastur-
bating motion," but they couldn't
prove whether Eastman had actu-
ally exposed himself.
Clark said when she initially con-
fronted Eastman in West Quad he
claimed not to know what she was
talking about. After telling him she
had received a call aboutsomebody
masturbating in a window, East-
man responded by saying, "That's
certainly weird," she said.
Hines decided in Eastman's
favor, saying the prosecution only
showed that he acted like he was
masturbating, not that he had actu-
ally done it
The not guilty verdict was a
relief for Eastman, who declined to
go into details about the case.
"At this point the trial is behind
See EASTMAN, Page 8A

Man working on
Museum of Art
addition fell 40 feet
from scaffolding
ByANDYKROLL
DailyNewsEditor
Construction on an addition to
the University's Museum of Art
was halted last week after the
death of a masonry worker who
fell from a scaffold 40 feet off the
ground at the work site.
The worker was identified as
Pinckney resident Leo Felty. Felty,
32, is survived by his wife, Amy,
the Village of Pinckney clerk, and
three children.
Felty was taken to the Univer-
sity Hospital Thursday at about
3 p.m. and was pronounced
dead at about 5 p.m., University
Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown
said.
Felty, an employee of Daven-
port Masonry in Holt, Mich., was
working for Skanska USA Build-
ing, a New Jersey-based construc-
tion company heading up the $35
million addition to the Museum of
Art.
Skanska stopped construc-

Construction on the University's Museum of Art was suspended Thursday after a worker fell 40 feet to his death. The cause
of the fall, which was ruled an accident, has not yet been determined. University officials say they don't know when construc-
tion on the project will resume. The investigation into the case will continue today.

tion Thursday after the incident.
Company officials could not be
reached for comment regard-
ing when construction would
resume.
DPS and the University's
Department of Occupation-
al Safety and Environmental
Health responded to the inci-
dent Thursday and determined

that it was an accident, Brown
said.
. Terry Alexander, execu-
tive director of OSEH, said the
department began an investiga-
tion into the cause of the acci-
dent on Friday and would return
to the work site today to inter-
view workers.
Alexander wouldn't release

investigation details that have
already been found in the case,
citing the fact that the case is
still ongoing.
Investigators would likely
announce their findings today or
tomorrow, Alexander said.
Grief counselors were also
brought in last week to speak with
other workers at the site.

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