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LOANS
From Page 1
had taken out loans this academic
year through the discontinued plan,
said University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham. Diane Hunt, the
Business School's assistant direc-
tor of financial aid, said the major-
ity of affected students are in their
first year of the school's graduate
program.
Engineering senior WisitJiratti-
galachote, an international student
from Thailand, said he is having
trouble finding options for finan-
cial aid for graduate school. Jiratti-
galachote said it's difficult because
"most of the financial aid (is) only
available to U.S. students."
As for the upcoming academic
year, Hunt said financial aid admin-
istrators are working toward devel-
oping viable financial solutions for
international students.
"We're looking at several options,
but not really sharing the informa-
FAMILY FEUD
From Page 1
Ohio State University.
The show requires each team to
guess the most popular answer to
surveys given to 100 people. The
survey topics range from most pop-
ular items to take onvacation to the
first body part that gets dried when
you get out of the shower.
Ajagbe said of all the schools,
she's looking forward to beating
Harvard the most.
"We are the Leaders and the Best,
so Ihave faith that we can take down
any school,butHarvard in particular
makes me mad," she said jokingly.
" "They're the Michigan of the
East right? So we're going to take
them down."
Conway said he has no specific
target. He's just looking to win.
"I'm very competitive, so it
could be a Holy Socialite team of
all female nuns and I would want to
beat them," he said.
Conway said his competitive edge
stems from his high school days,
when he watched "Family Feud"
every day.
"I was always one of those peo-
ple that was like 'I would know the
answer if I was on there,' but in the
back of my mind I knew I would
be too nervous to say the answer
so I never really wanted to be on
the show," he said. "But when the
opportunity presented itself, I was

tion yet," said Hunt, adding that
more information would become
available in about a week.
"Ross Financial Aid is searching
for other lending options," Hunt
said in an e-mail message sent to
Business School students. "Howev-
er, given the current economic situ-
ation, it may be extremely difficult
to secure a guaranteed loan pro-
gram (no credit check, no cosigner)
for graduate students."
According to John Greisberger,
director of the University's Interna-
tional Center, the Business School
has held several financial aid work-
shops and will hold special advis-
ing hours in an effort to ensure that
international students are secure
in their financial situations for the
2009-2010 academic year.
"Whether it's one or 114, it's still
very important for us to address
this problem and help the individ-
ual in some way, point them in the
direction of other lenders, see what
resources there are internal to the
University," he said.
like, 'Hey, why not take it?' I look
dumb at home, I might as well look
dumb on TV."
Other members of the team, all
of whom were less familiar with
the show than Conway, said they've
prepared for their TV appearanceby
playing the game online and watch-
ing the show more often.
On Wednesday night, though,
figuring out what the "survey says"
was far from the team's mind.
Instead, they focused on choosing
the rightoutfits.
"(We're looking for) anything
that reps Michigan all the way but
we're going to look cute at the same
time," said Ajagbe, adding that the
team planned to dress casually.
Ajagbe had second thoughts
about the team's attire when she
got a call from the show's casting
director saying that the Texas team
planned to wear dresses. Before
that, Ajagbe said, the Michigan
team was going to buy simple maize
and blue T-shirts.
She and her teammates compro-
mised, buying the school-colored
T-shirts and getting ties for each
male team member.
"I don't want to look like a coun-
try bumpkin," Ajagbe said.
Zebrowski, who said he can't wait
for the show to air, is thinking about
planning a watch party for the night
his team's episode comes on.
"What about just renting out the
Big House and inviting everyone
we know?" he said.

STEM CELLS
From Page 1
cerous cells, tumor suppressor
genes in mice also terminate adult
stem cell division.
"By turning those mechanisms
up, you probably reduce the inci-
dence of cancer as you age," he
said. "The bad news is that they
start to shut down the function
of your normal stem cells because
stem cells use those same mecha-
nisms to divide."
The studyhas identified a number
of genes that are involved in slowing
down adult stem cell regeneration as
a cancer defense mechanism.
"These cells function as part of
an entire pathway - some go up,
some go down as you age - but that
work together to reduce the number
of stem cells in the brain and how
active they are," Morrison said.
As humans grow older, the
body becomes less resilient. Inju-
ries and illnesses become more
perilous because adult stem cells
found in specialized tissue don't
regenerate as well.
HOUSING
From Page 1
ried me," he said. "You have to
know if you have a good chance
of getting a position, because
otherwise you might end up liv-
ing with someone you don't know
or living far away from campus."
Heather Livingston, chair of
the student stAff committee in
Residential Education, which
selects the resident advisers, said
the high volume of applicants
and the in-depth evaluation pro-
cess make the later notification
date necessary. She said she was
unaware of any concerns over
when applicants were informed
of the decision.
"The process is pretty thor-
ough, soit does take time," Logan
said. "We want the right students
in these positions. These are very
POVERTY
From Page 1

"All these things have been
known for a long time," said Mor-
rison. "What has not been known
is why. Why is it that older tissues
regenerate themselves less well
and that you make fewer brain cells
in particular as you get older?"
Morrison said the discovery
also points to why adult stem cells
can't be used in place of embryonic
stem cells, a request often made by
opponents to embryonic stem cell
research.
"The mechanisms we're talking
about here probably don't exist in
embryonic stem cells," said Mor-
rison. "So embryonic stem cells
effectively don't age - they're
immortal, whereas adultstem cells
have a limited number of special-
ized cells because they can age."
A measure on the ballot in
November seeks to remove some of
the bans around human embryonic
stem cell research by granting sci-
entists access to discarded embryos
from fertility clinics for research.
The research was sponsored by
the National Institute of Health
and the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute.
important positions for the com-
munity-building process."
Many students said the Janu-
ary notification doesn't matter as
much as it might seem.
Engineering junior Tyler
Simonds wasn't offered a posi-
tion as an RA when he applied
last year, but he said his living
situation worked out because
he secured housing in Couzens
Residence Hall, which also has a
late application date.
LSA sophomore Patricia
White, a prospective RA, said she
was comfortable with the notifi-
cation date because there are
alternatives to off-campus hous-
ing available during the winter
semester.
"If I didn't get a position, I
know I could apply for North-
wood housing or a co-op, which
you are able to apply for late in
the year," she said.
may have trouble attracting as much
attention as it otherwise would.
"We understand that the rally

Is 'Joe the Plumber'
really a plumber?

Reports shed light
. onman who was
focal point of debate
HOLLAND, Ohio (AP) - Joe
the Plumber's story sprang a few
leaks yesterday.
Turns out that the man who
was held up by John McCain
as the , typical, hard-working
American taxpayer isn't really
a licensed plumber. And court
documents show he owes nearly
$1,200 in back taxes.
"Joe," whose name is Samuel J.
Wurzelbacher, was cited repeat-
edly in Wednesday night's final
presidential debate by McCain
for questioning Barack Obama's
tax policy.
Wurzelbacher instantly
became a media celebrity, field-
ing calls during the debate and
facing reporters outside his home
near Toledo on Thursday morn-
ing for an impromptu nationally
televised news conference.
The burly, bald man acknowl-
edged he doesn't have a plumber's
license, but said he didn't need
one because he works for some-
one else at a company that does
residential work.
But Wurzelbacher still would
need to be a licensed apprentice
or journeyman to work in Toledo,
and he's not, said David Gulis,
manager and residential building
official for the Toledo Division of
Building Inspection.
State and local records show
Wurzelbacher has no license,
although his employer does.
Golis said there are no records of
inspectors citing Wurzelbacher
for unlicensed work in Toledo.
And then there was the matter
of his taxes.
Wurzelbacher owes the state
of Ohio $1,182.98 in personal
income tax, according to Lucas
County Court of Common Pleas
records.
In January 2007, Ohio's
Department of Taxation filed a
claim on his property until he
pays the debt, according to the
records. The lien remains active.
At the debate, McCain cited
Wurzelbacher as an example
of someone who wants to buy a

plumbing business but would be
hurt by Obama's tax plans.
Wurzelbacher, a self-de-
scribed conservative, had spoken
to Obama at a rally Sunday near
his home and asked him whether
his tax plan would keep him from
buying the business that cur-
rently employs him, which earns
more than $250,000 a year.
"Your new tax plan is going to
tax me more, isn't it?" Wurzel-
bacher asked.
Obama said that under his pro-
posal taxes on any revenue from
$250,000 on down would stay
the same, but that amounts above
that level would be subject to a 39
percent tax, instead of the cur-
rent 36 percent rate.
McCain said Obama's plan
would stop entrepreneurs such
as Wurzelbacher from investing
in new small businesses and keep
existing ones from growing.
The McCain campaign posted
a Web ad featuring the exchange
between Wurzelbacher and
Obama.
During an afternoon taping of
"Late Show with David Letter-
man," McCain said he had not
yet spoken to Wurzelbacher, and
apologized for the press attention
he had received.
"Joe, if you're watching, I'm
sorry," McCain said.
Wurzelbacher had to deal with
a clog of two dozen reporters out-
side his homeson a narrow street
lined with ranch- and split-level
homes Thursday morning. No
detail about the divorced father
of a 13-year-old boy was too
small: Was he a registered voter?
Did he have a plumbing license?
Whom will he vote for?
Leaning against his black
Dodge Durango SUV, Wurzel-
bacher at first was amused by it
all, then overwhelmed and finally
a little annoyed.
"I don't have a lot of pull. It's
not like I'm Matt Damon," he said
"I just hope I'm not making too
much of a fool of myself."
He indicated he was a fan of
the military and McCain but
wouldn't say who will get his
vote. He is registered as a Repub-
lican, the county elections boatd
said, because he voted in the GOP
primary in March.

is right before the Fall Break and
Humanity are scheduled to work students might find it really hard
at the event. Students will have to participate in the rally, but I do
the opportunity to sign up to vol- encourage them to come to our
unteer with the groups. rally, listen to our speakers, get
Lee acknowledged that with fall inspired, and take action against
break around the corner, the group poverty," he said.

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