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)NE HUNDI )I EIGLTEEN YEARSOF EDITORILAL FPEEDOM

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, April 11, 2008

michigandaily.com

CAMPUS CUISINE
eal plans
set for
overhaul
Meal costs will stay about $10 ameal.
The changes are meant to aim-
the same; Entree plify the meal plans and give stu-
dents more flexibility in deciding
when and how they want to spend
with 'Dining Dollars' their meal credits, said Michael
Lee, the University's director of
Residential Dining Services.
By IVY WEI The new standard meal plan,
Daily StaffReporter 150 Block, offers students 150
meals to use at their leisure over
Say goodbye to meal plans as the course of a semester, which
you knew them. works out to roughly 10 meals per
Next fall, the University will week.
restructure the on-campus meal The deal also provides students
plans available to students, scrap- with 75 Blue Bucks and 75 Dining
ping plans that allocate a certain Dollars.
number of meals per week in The 200 Block plan offers 200
favor of plans that grant students meals a semester - about 13 meals
a fixed number of meal credits per per week - and provides 75 Blue
semester. Bucks and 75 Dining Dollars to
As a result of the change, stu- spend.
dents will no longer be able to A third plan offers unlimited
redeem unused meal credits at meals, 25 Blue Bucks and 25 Din-
retail locations in the dorms, and ing Dollars per semester.
Entr6e Plus will be replaced by Like Entree Plus, student will
two separate credit programs be able to add more Blue Bucks or
called "Blue Bucks" and "Dining Dining Dollars to their account
Dollars." throughout the semester.
Dining Dollars can only be used LSA freshman Zach White said
at dorm convenience stories and he didn't like the changes.
in the dining halls to supplement "I'm not too excited about the
meal credits, while Blue Bucks meal plan changes," he said. "I
will be a more flexible option like the flexibility and versatility
resembling the current Entr6e of the current system, and I don't
Plus system. Blue Bucks will also know how economically efficient
be redeemable at dormitory din- the new plans will be for stu-
ing halls and stores as well as dents."
participating off-campus restau- The cost of each plan is subject
rants. to change until the University
With the change, the meal Board of Regents approves them.
plans, mandatory for students The 150 Block plan is tentatively
living on campus, maintain their planned to cost $1,685, the 200
average price from last year of See MEAL PLAN, Page 3

ONE SHORT

Michigan hockey players were left consoling each other last night after losing to Notre Dame in overtime. Once favored to win the national.championship,
Wolverines gave up three goals in the first period, but fought back to tie the game.
Behind early, C"M'\.lfalls
short in comeback bid

In a year when
Michigan always
came through, the
end was hard to see
DENVER - Maybe we were
just a little too spoiled, watch-
ing Michigan get everything it
wanted.
College Hockey Showcase
champions. Great Lakes Invi-
tational champions. CCHA
regular-season, then CCHA
tournament champions. A trip
to the Frozen Four.
None of it was originally
expected, but all of it happened.
And then the Wolverines
found out they were playing

Notre Dame in the NCAA semi-
finals, ateam they beat twice in
the regular season. They were
playing a team that completely
folded in the CCHA Tourna-
ment and
slipped into
the NCAA
Tournament.
Even
though Mich-
igan insisted
it wasn't so,
a maize-and- COURTNEY
blue spot in RATKOWlAK
the national
champion-
ship game was almost taken for
granted.
Game time. The Wolverines
allowed two goals in the first six
See RATKOWIAK, Page 8

Bl
af

due climbs back inexperienced Wolverines'
improbable midseason run to
ter crumbling, the top of the national rankings.
The other ended Michigan's
but loses in season one game early.
"It's devastating," freshman
Matt Rust said. "Just to see one
shot end your season. I feel bad,
By ANDY REID but I feel worse for seniors like
Daily Sports Writer Chad (Kolarik) and (Kevin) Por-
ter. They've given it their all, and
NVER - None of the their one goal in college hockey
igan hockey team's oppo- was to win a National Champi-
this season have produced onship. It just sucks."
any heart attack-inducing The January game was the
ents as Notre Dame. Wolverines' first true test of
o games againstthe Fight- the season. Six head-scratching
ish - last night's 5-4 over- minutes in, (33-6-4) was down
oss in the NCAA semifinals 2-0 and seemed dead on arrival.
Jan. 18 3-2 thriller - were But the Wolverines clawed back
g the year's most exciting. into the contest, capping off the
e legitimized the young, See HOCKEY, Page 8

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Schauer calls for
more ed spending

STUDENTS AIMING FOR SPACE
Trying to build a
satellite on the cheap

State senator trying
to win U.S. House
seat west of A2
By MATT GALVAN
Daily StaffReporter
In a question-and-answer ses-
sion with the University's chap-
ter of the College Democrats last
night at the Michigan League,
state Senate Minority Leader
Mark Schauer said he sympa-
thized with students who were
overburdened by student loans.
Schauer is trying to unseat
first-term U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg
(R-Tipton), who represents the
7th Congressional District. The
district is located just west of
Ann Arbor and includes parts of
western Washtenaw County and
the cities of Jackson and Battle
Creek.

Schauer, a Democrat from
Bedford Township, told the
crowd that the federal govern-
ment should revamp federal aid
programs to make college more
affordable and attainable.
Unfortunately, Schauer said,
college students are paying high
tuition rates because the legisla-
ture cut higher education funding
due to a statewide recession.
With an overall unemployment
rate in Michigan at 7.2 percent
- about 2 percent higher than
the national average - and only
3.4 percent for college graduates,
Schauer said investing in higher
education is crucial to the state's
economic recovery.
"You are an economic develop-
ment asset," said Schauer, adding
that he supports revising schol-
arship programs and increasing
direct aid to students.
Speaking before more than
See SENATOR, Page 8

Cube-shaped
spacecraft will take
photos of Earth
By ELAINE LAFAY
Daily StaffReporter
A team of students from the
University's College of Engineer-
ing is designing its own amateur
satellite slated to launch into space
next year to take pictures of the
Earth.
The project, called Michigan
Multipurpose Minisat or M-
Cubed, began last summer as the
brainchild of three members of the
Student Space Systems Fabrication
Laboratory, a student aerospace
design organization, said Engi-
neering senior Kiril Dontchev, M-
Cubed's project manager.
The students plan to build a

"cube satellite" weighing about
two pounds that will snap pictures
of Earth for about a year before
incinerating in the planet's atmo-
sphere.
The satellite will attached to
the back of a rocket launching out
of Russia or Kazakhstan in Fall
2009 which will take it into space,
said Engineering freshman Ken
Gmerek, a member of the project's
design team.
Dontchev said programming a
satellite to take pictures and send
them back to Earth was a long and
complicated process involving
nearly a year's worth of designing.
"You need a way to control it, a
way to communicate with it, a way
to power it," he said.
He said the teamhas a consider-
ably smaller budget than cube sat-
ellites usually require, forcing the
group to think creatively about the
satellite's design. It will contain
See SATELLITE, Page 3

State Senator Mark Schauer spoke yesterday to University chapter of the College
Democrats. Schauer is running for Congress in the state's 7th Congressional District.

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