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MONDAY: TUESDAY~

MONDAY: TUESDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers Arbor Anecdotes
MIDNIGHT MOVIE I

WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY:
Before You Were Here Campus Characters Explained

The office on the Hill

In a small office just three blocks
from the Capitol Building in Wash-
ington D.C. and down the hall from
an office staffed by Michigan State
University, four employees work in
the University's lobbying office pro-
moting University interests to gov-
ernment officials.
Executive Director ofFederal Rela-
tions Michael Waring, who oversees
the Washington office, described the
office's role as keeping government
officials apprised of the University's
work and visa versa.
"We ask the question how can we
work together more effectively to
advance the interests of the Univer-
sity," Waring said.
University lobbyists work with
Congress and a wide variety of federal
agencies on issues that affect the Uni-
versity and University Health System.
This year, the office has focused on

several topics including the renewal
of the Higher Education Act, patent
reform and research funding.
"While we do have a pro-active
agenda, a lot of what we do is reactive
to issues that Congress introduces,"
Waring said.
Lobbyists are required to outline
their expenses to Congress for all lob-
bying activity, including salaries and
benefit packages, travel expenses and
overhead costs.
According to the Senate Office of
Public Records, the University report-
ed $500,000 inlobbyingexpenses last
year. This year the University report-
ed $340,000 in lobbying expenses
through the end of July, representing
a $120,000 increase from the same
time lastyear.
Cindy Bank - assistant director of
the U-M Washington, D.C. office -
said expenses can vary based on the

level of Congressional activity.
Additionally, Bank explained the
increased expenses were, in part, due
to changes in reporting standards,
which now require the inclusion of
professional association dues.
In the 2007-2008 academic year,
the University estimated it received
approximately $611 million in federal
funding, up from the $595 million in
federal funding for the 2006-2007
academic year.
Determining whether a lobbying
campaign has been successful can
be difficult. Waring said the office
considers whether desired funding
was secured, if a bill passed in a form
acceptable to the University, and gen-
eralreputationoftheUniversityamong
decision makers in Washington.
"By and large, I think we do a very
good job," Waring said.
KYLE SWANSON

Engineering juniors Meha Pandey and Kristin Savage
watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull last night near the Lurie Bell Tower on North
Campus.

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CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Man tumbles in License plate UMix
parking lot lifted from car party

late-night Mental Health

WHERE: Northwood I Apart-
ments parking lot
WHEN: Wednesday at about
9:15 a.m.
WHAT: A man tripped and fell
in the Northwood parking lot,
University Police reported. He
refused medical assistance.

WHERE: Parking lot M-75,
1900 Fuller Road
WHEN: Wednesday at about
6 p.m.
WHAT: The license plate
was stolen from a 2005 Nis-
san Altima sometime between
6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Uni-
versity Police reported.

Pickup truck Toyota backs
stolen from lot into Toyota

WHAT: Free party with
dancing, karaoke, free food
and video games
WHO: UMix
WHEN: Tonight from 10
p.m. to 2 a.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Carbon
symposium at
Rackham
WHAT: A conference about
reducing carbon footprints
and implementingcarbon
trading strategies in business.
WHO: Erb Institute, Ross
School of Business, School of
Natural Resources
WHEN: Today from 8 a.m. to
3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rackham Gradu-
ate School

Awareness
WHAT: An information
fair on mental health for all
members of the Michigan
Community
WHO: Finding Voice
WHEN: Today from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
WHERE: the Diag
Singing siblings
at the Ark
WHAT: A group of six sib-
lings performing Celtic music
for their 20th Anniversary
tour
WHO: The Barra MacNeils
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
CORRECTIONS
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
michigandailycom.

San Antonio has revealed
a plan to become the first
United States city to create
natural gas on a commercial
scale from human excrement,
Reuters reported. The city
expects to recycle about 90
percent of their sewage, using
it to generate electricity.
When Michigan football
coach Rich Rodriguez
was at West Virginia, the
Fighting Irish used their Big
East agreement to knock the
Mountaineers from the more
prestigous Gator Bowl to the
Continental Tire Bowl.
C FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 8
3 Twin brothers allegedly
tried to switch identities
after being pulled over by a
Readington Township, N.J.,
patrolman, the Associated
Press reported. The two were
arrested and charged with
obstruction of justice.

WHERE: Parking lot SC-7, 1202
Kipke Dr.
WHEN:rWednesday at about
3:45 p.m.
WHAT: A University contrac-
tor's vehicle was stolen from
Parking Lot SC-7, University
Police reported. The vehicle
was a Ford F250 Super Duty
Pickup truck, beingused for
a University construction
project.

WHERE: Upjohn Building
parking lot, 4250 Plymouth
Road
WHEN: Wednesday at about
4 p.m.
WHAT: A driver backed into
a parked car in the Upjohn
parking lot. The accident
involved a Toyota Highlander
and a Toyota Camry, Univer-
sity Police reported.

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