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Monday, November 10, 2008 - 7A
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China announces $586
b illion stimulus plan
China: No progress made at Tibet talks
Economy declined to months
9 percent growth in Econt
third quarter lowest le
BEIJING (AP) - China That
announced a $586 billion stimulus slow for
package Sunday in its biggest move to creat
to stop the global financial crisis workers
from hitting the world's fourth- every ye
largest economy. that has
A statement on the government's ing inco
Web site said China's Cabinet had Expor
approved a planto invest the amount annual r
in infrastructure and social welfare but anal
by the end of 2010. low as z
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from the private sector. The state- The s
ment did not say how much of the at a me
spendingis on new projects and how Wen Jial
much is for ventures already in the active fi
pipeline that will be speeded up. easy mo
China's export-driven economy give deta
is starting to feel the impact of the The s
economic slowdown in the United would fo
States and Europe, and the govern- They
ment has already cut key interest pace ofs
rates three times in less than two ing - an
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allow students to make up the class versity o
work," he wrote. "It is really unfortu- the Univ
nate that there are professors who are the Univ
not understanding of the bind that "MSA
such students are in - NCAA issues, also beli
competition requirements, limita- goal, wa
tion of course availability, etc." healthy
Koopmann said SACUA ics and
addressed the criticism leveled by letes," Sh
students like Collins, and decided Becau
that because athletes formally rep- 2 percen
resent the University whenever roughly
they slip a Wolverine jersey over said prit
they head and step onto a playing letes sho
field, they should be granted prior- on the r
ity registration. tion. She
Michigan Student Assembly generally
President Sabrina Shingwani, who "We c
supported the resolution that MSA effect thi
passed last April by a 23-3 vote, said the stud
in an e-mail that she met with mem- some spe
bers of the Student-Athlete Advi- their pe
sory Committee to talk about the how the
issue before approaching several tion affe
MSA representatives about spon- the colle
soring the bill. ingly pr
When researching the propos- need prit
al, Shingwani said MSA talked to Accor
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in a bid to spur economic
omic growth slowed to 9
in the third quarter, the
vel in five years and a sharp
rom last year's 11.9 percent.
is considered dangerously
a government that needs
e jobs for millions of new
who enter the economy
ar and to satisfy a public
come to expect steadily ris-
ts have been growing at an
ate of more than 20 percent
ysts expect that may fall as
ero in coming months as
tatement said the Cabinet,
eting chaired by Premier
bao, had "decided to adopt
scal policy and moderately
rnetary policies." It did not
tatement said the spending
cus on 10 areas.
included picking up the
pending on low-cost hous-
urgent need in many parts
tatives of other Big Ten
with similar policies, like
stern University and Ohio
iversity, and other national
itutions, includingthe Uni-
d California at Los Angeles,
ersity of Notre Dame and
ersity of Virginia.
and SAAC's goal, which we
eve to be the University's
s to create and maintain a
balance between athlet-
academics for student-ath-
se athletes comprise only
nt of the student body -
750 students - Shingwani
ority registration for ath-
uldn't have a major affect
est of the student popula-
said she thinks students
'support of the resolution.
hecked how much of an
is would have on the rest of
ent body, and we spoke to
cific student-athletes to get
rsonal testimonials about
lack of priority registra-
cts them," she said. "All of
ctive evidence overwhelm-
oved that student-athletes
ding to the Office of the
of the country - as well as increased
spending on rural infrastructure.
Money will also be poured into
new railways, roads and airports.
Spending on health and educa-
tion will be increased, aswell as on
environmental protection and high
Spending on rebuilding disas-
ter areas, such as Sichuan province
where 70,000 people were killed
and millions left homeless by a mas-
sive earthquake in May, will also be
That includes $2.93 billion
planned for next year that will be
moved up to the fourth quarter of
The statement, without giv-
ing details, said rural and urban
incomes would be increased.
Credit limits for commercial
banks will also be removed to chan-
nel more lendingto priority projects
and rural development, it said.
As well, reform of the value-add-
ed tax system will cut taxes by $17.5
billion for enterprises, the state-
Registrar, there were atotal of 5,631
undergraduate courses offered dur-
ing the 2008 winter term. Fifty-five
percent of those ended at or before
Shingwani said most athletes
can't take classes after 2:00 p.m.
because of practices and games.
Collins said he understands that
students who play on a varsity ath-
letic team have tight schedules, and
that he agrees with the University's
desire to help them, but he said help
shouldn't be limited to just ath-
"I see the situation, I'm just not
sure if this is the correct way to go
aboutit,"hesaid. "I understandhow
certain athletes, they might need a
little but of extra help because they
do have very demanding schedules,
but I don'tthink puttingthem ahead
of the student body is the way to go
And despite the University's sup-
port for athletics, Collins said stu-
dent-athletes should remember the
"student" part of their designation.
"In ROTC, they say that you
should be a student first and a cadet
second," he said. "And because they
are student-athletes, they are stu-
dents first, and athletes second."
BEIJING (AP) - China said
Monday thatno progress was made
atrecent talks with representatives
of the Dalai Lamaand said it would
never accept the exiled leader's
demands for greater autonomy for
the mountain region.
The talks last week were frank
and sincere but the "two sides had
great divergence over China's poli-
cy over Tibet," said Zhu Weiqun, a
vice minister of the United Front,
the government department in
charge of the talks.
"The sovereignty is the most
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for him to get students once they
make the call.
When a Michigan Daily report-
er rode the bus between midnight
and 1a.m. Sundaymorning,the bus
was about half full. Blevins, who
used to drive a cab before switch-
ing to the bus, said he expects the
atmosphere to get rowdier as busi-
ness picks up, but that he'd be able
to handle it.
"It's basically just like a cab.
You deal with the same kind of
people all the time, you get your
crazy people. Here, they can do a
little bit more crazy things like roll
around on the floor or something,"
he said. "I got five kids so I'm pret-
ty good at dealing with kids, you
deal with kids at home and then
you come and deal with somebody
else's kids here."
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Since that time, the Univer-
sity has implemented programs
and scholarships that aim to
replace the use of race and
gender in admissions. Instead,
admissions officials use a sys-
tem called Descriptor PLUS,
which gives them socioeco-
nomic background information
about prospective students,
including the average income
and racial breakdown in a stu-
The University's underrepre-
sented minority enrollment since
the ban has dropped slightly, from
12.2 percent in 2006 to 10.4 in
fundamental issue. The Dalai has
- by denying Chinese sovereignty
over Tibet - been trying to seeka
legal basis for his claims of inde-
pendence or semi-independence
over Tibet," Zhu told a news con-
Envoys of the Dalai Lama have
already returned to India, where
the Tibetan government in exile
is based, after the Oct. 31 to Nov.
They have said they would not
comment on the talks until after
a special meeting of Tibetan exile
LSA sophomore Trevor George,
who used to ride in Blevins's taxi,
rode the bus late Saturday night
across the street from his house to
the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
"We only travel in style," he
said. "We don't cross the street for
Blevins said most of his custom-
ers so far have been students like
George who were chummy with
him as a cab driver. Later in the
evening, though, a group of about
seven guys who had never met
Blevins before hopped aboard the
Blevins took them to Scorekeep-
ers Bar and Grill for a 21st birthday
celebration. LSA junior Bennet
Butler, who called the bus for the
group, said he'd discovered the ser-
vice from a sign on campus.
"It's wonderful,"' he said. "If
you're trying to go green, the BTB
bus is the place to be seen."
Blevins said most students he's
spoken to have voiced appreciation
2008, far less than the ones that
took place at state schools in Cali-
fornia and Washington.
Connerly said the University's
ability to limit the impact of the
ban shows that race-based affir-
mative action is unnecessary.
"We will try to work with the
people that are there to reassure
them that the world hasn't come to
an end," he said. "Even though in
places like Michigan, where there
is still opposition within the univer-
sity community, life did not end."
Richard Kahlenberg, a senior
fellow at The Century Founda-
tion, a nonprofit organization that
provides analysis on public policy,
said affirmative action bans often
lead to socioeconomic class-based
preferences in the admissions
process at universities. He said he
communities and political orga-
nizations to be held Nov. 17-22 in
Both sides have accused each
other of being not serious about
resolvingthe Tibetan issue.
The Dalai Lama, who fled
to India amid a failed uprising
against Chinese rule in 1959, says
he does not seek Tibet's separa-
tion from China but wants mean-
ingful autonomy that would
ensure the survival of the Hima-
layan region's unique Buddhist
for the bus since it started running
about two weeks ago, but Lowen-
stein said it has caused confusion
"A lot of people will get on and
will be like, 'CanI buy food here?"'
he said. "Well, not a lot of people
- only people that are really wast-
But he said the unique concept
helps draw students in.
"People walk by and they want
to have their picture taken with
the bus and they just want to know
what it is," he said. "Once people
realize it's running off of vegeta-
ble oil, it's like, 'game over.' People
Blevins said that while fill-
ing the bus with vegetable oil is
more complicated than filling it
with standard gasoline, he doesn't
mind. He said he's a perfect fit for
"The ironic thing is my (initials
are) BTB, so we're a match made in
heaven," he said.
expects Nebraska to follow in the
footsteps of Michigan, California
"What I've argued for a num-
ber of years is that schools get the
economic status of students and
give the leg up to students that
overcome economic obstacles," he
said. "My guess is that that is what
Nebraska will shift to in the future
given that they will no longer use
Connerly said he has no prob-
lems with class-based preferences.
"I think that's really what
affirmative action ought to be
doing," he said. "It should be
helping those who need it. If
we're trying to get to the place
where racial discrimination
doesn't exist then we have to be
ending all of this stuff."
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