Michigan has beaten Penn
State nine years running.
Now, they're 23.5-point
underdogs. Can they win?
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Michigan should stand up for gay marriage
in the civil rights battle of our time.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Friday, October 17, 2008
LEARNING TO WRAP
PAYING FOR EDUCATION
Ineligible for federal aid, more
than 100 foreign graduate
students in business school
must now find new loans
By NICOLE ABER
For the Daily
A loan program offered through the University's
Ross School of Business will be scrapped for the 2009-
2010 academic year, which means graduate interna-
tional students could have a tough time finding new
funding for their tuition.
The Ross CitiAssist Loan Program, offered by bank-
ing giant Citigroup and used by more than 100 gradu-
ate international students in the Business School,
announced it would terpminate all future loans as of
Nov. 2 in light of the tightened credit market world-
wide. CitiAssist has said it will honor all loans for the
current academic year. The second CitiAssist program,
the University's CitiAssist Graduate Loan Program,
will still-be available.
Program officials declined to comment on the matter.
The loans, previously available to students seek-
ing Master's of Business Administration and Master's
of Accounting degrees, are especially important for
students from abroad because unlike students from
the United States, they are ineligible for federal loans.
the University's CitiAssist Loan Program, they need a
U.S. co-signer, which is often difficult for such students
About114internationalstudents inthe Business School
See LOANS, Page 7
Employees at the new Chipotle restaurant on State Street train by serving free burritos to customers last night. Dozens of people waited in line along State Street for free food. The restaurant,
a national chain, is slated to hold its "Grande Opening" today.
RA icant face housing dilemma
comes late, hopefuls
can't sign leases
By JILLIAN BERMAN
and AMY MUNSLOW
The application for University Hous-
ing's resident advisors for the 2009-
2010 school year went online yesterday,
beginning the three-month process by
which officials determine who will
monitor quiet hours, plan hall bonding
activities and rescue locked-out fresh-
men next year.
But because students can't find out
whether they get the position until
well after most students sign their off-
campus housing leases, some don't fill
them out at all.
After Housing staff evaluates the
applications, due Nov. 3, students
receive notice by Jan. 6 if they have
been offered a position. Competi-
tion is stiff; in past years, there have
been an average of 400 applicants
vying for about 130 spots, said Uni-
versity Housing spokesman Peter
Although there are more appli-
cants than positions available, some
students put their RA dreams on
hold, fearing they'll be rejected and
left in the off-campus housing dust as
LSA sophomore Martha Stuit said
she considered applying to become an
RA, but decided against it. If she didn't
get the position, she said, she wouldn't
be able to live with her friends because
they would have already made their
housing plans for 2009.
"The timeline of the application pro-
cess was a big factor in my decision not
to apply," she said. "It made it difficult
to figure out my housing, because now
is the time when everyone is figuring
out where to live next year."
Current RAs said recalled the anxi-
ety of putting plans on hold until they
heard back from Housing staff. LSA
senior Tony Nguyen, an RA in Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall, said he knew
he was taking a leap of faith when he
applied for the position.
"I knew it was a big risk, and it wor-
See HOUSING, Page 7
'U' stem cl
clue to aging
Researchers publish paper
today revealing genes that
regulate stem cell division
By ELAINE LAFAY
University scientists have unlocked a clue to why
humans age the way they do. In a study that clari-
fies the link between stem cells, cancer and aging,
researchers have identified an entire set of genes that
regulate stem cell division with age.
The study, to be published tomorrow in the peer-
reviewed journal Cell, found that the same genes that
switch off stem cell division are already well known
to guard against cancer, implying that stem cells also
shut down as they age.
In a paper published two years ago in the peer-
reviewed journal Nature, Sean Morrison and his lab
identified one of the tumor suppressing genes - Ink4a -
that also regulates stem cell division as mice get older.
After three years of experimenting on mice brain
cells, scientists now know the sequence of genes that
triggers Ink4a. The pathway is presumably the same in
" humans as in mice, since humans have the same four
Morrison's lab, the Center for Stem Cell Biology,
discovered that because the mechanisms causing
stem cell division are the same ones hijacked by can-
See STEM CELLS, Page 7
Five students to appear on 'Family Feud'
Team will face off
Texas, Ohio State
By JILLIAN BERMAN
The prospect of being seen
on television for a split second
doesn't excite LSA senior Jeff
Zebrowski anymore. As part of
the Michigan Marching Band,
he knows there's always a chance
he'll be shown while the band
is playing at a televised football
"Being in the marching band,
I've been on TV before, but I
didn't know it," he said. "Not
knowing that you're on TV is one
thing, but knowing that you're
going to be on completely chang-
Zebrowski will experience the
difference about a month from
now when he and four other Uni-
versity students compete on the
College Edition of "Family Feud,"
the fabled daytime game show.
He and his teammates - LSA
juniors Dele Ajagbe and Byron
Conway, Ross School of Busi-
ness junior Marisa Meddin and
Business School senior Franklin
Shaddy - will flyto Hollywood to
tape a show scheduled to air Nov.
10. Taping begins tomorrow.
The 32-year-old show usu-
ally pits two families against
each other for a half-hour. For
the College Edition, though, the
University's team will compete
against teams from other colleg-
es, including Harvard University,
the University of Texas and rival
See FAMILY FEUD, Page 7
University students Byron Conway (right), Jeff Zebrowski (center) and Marisa Meddin (left), all af whom
will compete on "Family Feud," shopped for Michigan gear at Steve and Barry's Wednesday.
ACTIVISM ON CAMPUS
Students to 'stand up' against poverty, hunger in Diag
Initiative aims to draw
attention to United
By VERONICA MENALDI
A group of University students will
take a stand against poverty and hun-
ger tomorrow on the Diag.
One 4 Results, a student group
working to end poverty and hunger,
will host an event today called "Stand
Up Against Poverty," designed to bring
attention to worldwide poverty.
A series of speakers are scheduled to
address the audience about the causes
of poverty. After the speeches, every-
one will stand up to represent his orher
will to fight against poverty.
According to Ross School of Business
sophomore Joshua Lee, the event's Uni-
versity co-chair, 189 nations and more
than 43 million people observe the rally.
Lee said the rally started as a way
to draw attention to the Millennium
Development Goals - the eight moral
benchmarks set by the United Nations
in 2000. It airis to have those complet-
ed by 2015. Among the goals is ending
poverty and hunger.
This year marks the third straight
the University has been involved.
"The number of people participat-
ing has kept increasing ever since we
started the rally," Lee said.
Lee's co-chair Lisa Treumuth, a Col-
lege ofPharmacygraduate student, said
a more diverse group of speakers would
address the group this year. She said a
homeless man will talk abouthomeless-
ness and how it relates to Ann Arbor.
Lee said the group recruited 80 peo-
ple last yearto stand up and sign a pledge
for the Millennium Development Goals.
He said this year's goal is 200 people.
Along with One 4 Results, ONE
Campaign, STAND, Hope North Korea,
Alternative Weekends and Habitat for
See POVERTY, Page 7
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