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more data, to prevent applicants
from having to provide informa-
tion the government already has,
said MichaelRobbins, chief of staff
to U.S. Rep. John Dingell, whose
district includes Ann Arbor.
Spellings said the changes
would help the Department of
release federal aid informa-
tion earlier than usual. That way,
students can know how much aid
they will receive before they apply
to college.
"The costs of complexity and
uncertainty are high: many high
school students won't even start
on the path to college if they aren't
certain they can afford it," Dynar-
ski said. Simplifying the FAFSA
would help "students on the mar-
gin of not going to college."
Spellings described the FAFSA's
intimidating complexity as red
tape that "keeps 40 percent of col-
lege students from even applying
for federal aid."
"That's nearly8million students
- and we believe most would have
been eligible for assistance,"
Spellings said.
JoyceWilliams,the Career Cen-
ter Coordinator at Pioneer High
School in Ann Arbor, said that the
current application can discourage
low-income studentswho need the
aid most.
She said the FAFSA has ques-
tions that often don't apply to these
students or could confuse them. It
asks about retirement funds and
investments that low-income stu-
dents and their parents don't often
From Page 1A
Vote's access to the residence hal
was temporarily restricted last wee
after Housing officials reporte
accusations of partisanship among
members of the MSA-sponsore
Styer said a decision to allow tI
College Democrats to canvass tI
dorms was made after members fro
the group and lawyers for the Obam
campaign met with representativ'
from Housing and the Office of tI
General Counsel.
He said the attorneys argued th
allowing the College Democrats
carry out campaign efforts in tI

She said the Department ofEdu-
cation also encourages applicants H
to use the online application, but Frc
many low-income students don't
have computers or Internet access inc
at home. per
"The government barely sends of:
out paper forms anymore," Wil- I
liams said. to
Though the University has doi
outreach efforts at high schools pr
and community centers to help en:
students file their FAFSAs, John the
Boshoven, a college counselor at ad'
Community High School in Ann
Arbor, said getting his low-income for
studentsto filetheir aid forms is an rea
uphillbattle. in
"The families that least often inc
show up are the ones that most in
need the help," Boshoven said. The an
FAFSA "discourages the people you me
least want to discourage," he said.
Despite the potential benefits of ha:
a shorter FAFSA, some questioned in
how effective they'llbe. wo
Boshoven praised Spellings's are
proposal to simplify the FAFSA, als
but noted that individual colleges' I
information demands could effec- pri
tively nullify such reforms. nat
Many colleges require students cox
to file an additional financial aid gas
form specific to their institu- mo
tion. Even if questions are removed un
from FAFSA, they could be added I
back onto the institution-specific pri
forms. ral
In addition to the FAFSA, the the
University requires students she
applying for University need- "
based grants and scholarships to tha
fill out the "T
College Scholarship Search the
Profile, which is administered by I
the College Board. Scc
"I suspect that the profile could ru
be simplified, too," Dynarski said. dec
dorms didn't conflict with the Uni-
versity's requirement to refrain from
endorsing or opposing candidates.
Styer said an Obama lawyer noti-
ls fied him of the decision, adding that
ek Housingwould benotifyingresidence
ed hall staff early this week.
st University Housing officials could
ed not be reached for comment.
Before volunteers for the College
he Democrats were allowed to canvass
he last night, LSA senior Sam Marvin,
m who coordinates the group's resi-
a dence hall outreach, explained voter
es registration law and how to fill out
he forms.
Marvin said an agreementreached
at between Housing and College Demo-
to crats required. the group to follow
he the same rules as Voice Your Vote: all

EAT natur
om Page1A atsor
but it
rease almost yearly to com- when
nsate for changes in the price Sin
natural gas, he said. stude
Housing has recently worked bills i
control energy use in the stat.
irms by providing educational "E)
ograms on sustainability and your
couraging students to reduce about
eir energy consumption, Logan bill,":
lded. dents
Judy Palanau, a spokeswoman most:
r MPSC, said there are several or rai
asons why heating costs would LSD
crease sharply this winter, share
cluding a worldwide increase ers, s
the- demand for natural gas could
d high fuel prices this sum- energ
er. energ
"The demand for natural gas winte
s been increasing not only on ch
our country, but around the its.
rld," she said. "China and India "W
e developing rapidly, they are make
o using natural gas." Coate
Palanau said Michigan's gas ways
ces are typically among the LSj
tion's lowest because energy said
mpanies can purchase the focus
s cheaply during the summer led h
onths and then stockpile it the is
derground. "I
But this summer, with gasoline I do,'
ces topping $4 a gallon, natu- ing t
gas was more expensive than energ
e current price of natural gas, ingc
e said. leave
"We do need to use the gas anyw
at we have in storage," she said. Tai
hat was the gas purchased at for
e higher price." said a
DTE Energy spokesman is aw
ott Simons said when that gas ral ga
ns out, the utility bills should plans
crease. apart
volunteers had to wear nametags and
carry their MCards, they couldn't
approach students with "no solicita-
tion" signs on their doors and they
couldn't canvass after 10 p.m.
Unlike Voice Your Vote, though,
College Democrats volunteers are only
allowed to canvass in their own dorms,
Marvin said. That is, residents of Mar-
kley Hall are only allowed to knock on
doors in Markley.
The College Democrats don't have
to remain nonpartisan. They are free
to wear T-shirts supporting Obama,,
pass out literature about the Illinois
senator and encourage students to
vote for the candidate.
Still, Marvin cautioned members
of the group to be on their best

e are hopefully going to see
al gas prices come down HIGH
me point during the winter, Frorr
's hard to say how much or
," he said. night.
sons said the best way for Thy
nts to reduce their energy under
s to turn down the thermo- Rapuj
ber w
very degree that you lower space
thermostat, you can save In:
3 percent of your heating Leigh
he said, suggesting that stu- the ni
buy a programmable ther- ment
at that automatically lowers Gr(
ses the temperature. likely
'A junior Carly Coates, who the fi
s a house with seven oth- its 0:
aid she and her housemates devel
do more to save money on city p
y. She said she knows her ics of
y bills could increase this Be(
r, but said she doesn't plan up to
anging her day-to-day hab- woulc
he sai
e're not going to, probably, "Ti
any large changes," said the co
as. "Twenty percent eight city c
isn't that much." regar
A sophomore Anna Brock Grede
the University's increased Gr
on energy conservation has workE
er to pay more attention to week
sue. the pr
don't think I'll change what "Ti
because I'm already think- hours
hat way," she said. "Saving Thy
y: saving water, just turn- eral ri
off everything after you first b
makes a huge difference ary.
ay." name
mmy Moon, leasing agent phed
Bartonbrook Investments, with:
ilthough the rental company ries, t
are of the increase in natu- a max
s prices this winter, it has no the m
to reduce energyusage in its Cit
ment complexes. expre
"We can't have any complaints,"
said Marvin, who also asked group
members to keep track of which
doors they knocked on. "If there
are any incidents, that's how we can
defend ourselves."
Marvin said volunteers didn't
report any problems last night. He
said a few resident advisers told his
group members they weren't allowed
to canvass in the dorms.
Brent Colburn, spokesman for
Obama's Michigan campaign, praised
the decision to permit partisan cam-
paigning in the residence halls.
"We are happy with the Universi-
ty's decision and believe it will allow
voter registration efforts on campus

ing is too tall compared to the sur-
H-RISE rounding neighborhood, that it
Page 1A would add too much traffic to an
already-congested section of the
city, and that the building would
e complex would still include create a "wind tunnel" effect.
'ground parking for residents, This fall, some members of the
ndalo said, though the num- Michigan Student Assembly joined
ill be reduced from 250 to 90 the opposition to the project.
s. MSA Vice President Arvind
an interview, Councilmember Sohoni and Student General Coon-
Greden (D-Ward 3) called sel Michael Benson introduced a
ew proposal "a vast improve- resolution against "601 Forest" in
from the previous plan." September. An informal discussion
eden said the developers will of the project was held during last
ask the City Council to delay week's meeting, but the measure
nal vote on the proposal until was not broughtto a vote due to low
ct. 20 meeting to give the attendance.
opers more time to meet with "The biggest issue I have with
lanningstaff about the specif- this is that students were not
the revised proposal. involved in the whole process," he
cause the original plans were said.
code, the previous proposal Robert Snyder, president of the
dalmost certainlyhave passed, South University Neighborhood
d. Association, said the association
he developer was sensitive to has been opposed to the project
ncerns being expressed by the since it was first proposed not just
ouncil and the neighborhoods because of the building's height, but
ding the scope of the project," because the development has been
n said. marketed toward a small class of
eden said city officials have wealthy students.
ed with developers in the past Snyder said he suspected that
to develop two revisions to the developers feared they could
evious plan. not pay for the $150-million devel-
his all happened in the past 72 opment.
,"he said. "I'm not sure what caused them
e proposal has undergone sev- to suddenly downsize," he said. "I
ounds of revisions since it was suspect they couldn't get financ-
rought to the city last Janu- ing."
The development, originally Several members of the neigh-
d University Village, has mor- borhood association, as well as resi-
from a three-tower complex dents ofForest CourtandtheBurns
a maximum height of 22 sto- Park Neighborhood Associations,
o an L-shaped complex with have attended public hearings of
:imum height of 25 stories, to city council to voice their concerns.
ost recent 14-story plan.
y officials and residents have - Daily News Editor Kelly
ssed concern that the build- Fraser contributed to this report.
to reach more eligible voters and get
them to the polls on Election Day," he
Brady Smith, chair of the Univer-
sity's chapter of the College Repub- OT A
licans, said he was taken aback and
wasn't aware of such a decision. NEW S TIP.
"I'm a little surprised that they
were able to leverage that after the Ia.A LL US.
alleged violation," Smith said, refer-
ring to accusations that people were
registeringvoters inthe dorms invio-
lation of University policy. (7 4)
"I'd imagine that's going to apply
to both ends of the spectrum, Smith 7 3-2459
said, of the decision to allow parti-
san campaigning in the residence
halls. "We'll be starting this week."

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