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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Friday, February 13, 2009

michigandaily.com

MICHIGAN IDOL

FUNDING HIGHER EDUCATION
Granholm
pitches 3%
funding cut

School of Music, Theatre & Dance sophomore Camila Ballario performs during the finale of the Michigan Idol competition last night in the Michigan League Ballroom.

CONG RESSMAN ON CA MPUS
Dingell to talk health care at'U'
Representative will wants to change that and will make Daily. "We have the best health ers don't have to subsidize healt
his case in a speech about national technology and health science and insurance for their employees, the
discuss his health health care reform at the School of worst and most inadequate meth- can keep their production cost
Public Health Monday. ods of paying for that health care." down. But U.S. automakers hav
plan on Monday Dingell will discuss possible The fact that the United States to charge more per car to cove
health care reform legislation- doesn't rover its citizens- Dingell the cost of nrovidinr health rare to

If passed, the drop
could cost 'U' as
much as $9.8M
By BENJAMIN S. Chase
Daily StaffReporter
Gov. Jennifer Granholm
announced the 2010 state budget
yesterday, confirming fears that
large-scale cuts are in store for
an array of programs, including
a 3-percent reduction in funding
for universities.
The 3-percent cut in university
funding would affect state col-
leges and schools, but would not
impact community colleges.
In a statement yesterday, Pro-
vost Teresa Sullivan wrote that
the cut in funding would trans-
late into a $9.8 million decline
in funding for the University of
Michigan's General Fund, from
which a variety of academic pro-
grams receive funding.
Though the University has
asked the state to increase fund-
ing nearly every year, the cash-
strapped state government has
rarely said yes. According to
the University's 2008 Financial
Report, state fundinghas declined
in each year from 2004 to 2008,
except in 2007. The worst of these
years was when the University
was hit with about a 10-percent
reduction in 2004.

Sullivan said in the statement
that such financial problems were
not unexpected and may force
administrators to hold off on
some of the University's plans.
"We anticipate the next several
years will present numerous fis-
cal challenges, and we may have
to delay or rethink some of our
programs and projects," Sullivan
wrote.
However, in interviews yester-
day, Granholm said she was opti-
mistic that the recently passed
federal economic recovery pack-
age would provide the state with
enough funding to maintain the
previous years' funding levels to
public schools and universities.
The 2010 budget includes $500
million in federal funding, but the
state could receive as much as $2
billion in the form of grants and
loans over the next two years.
In a statement released yes-
terday, Cynthia Wilbanks, the
University's vice president for
Government Relations, wrote
that the University of Michigan
plans to work with state officials
to find a solution to its funding
woes.
"We look forward to working
with the governor and legisla-
tors over the next several months
to minimize the negative conse-
quences of what we anticipate
will be another difficult year,"
Wilbanks wrote.
See FUNDING, Page 7

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By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
There are about 45 million
Americans without health insur-
ance. And with the economy shed-
ding jobs by the thousands every
day, that number is growing.
Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat
whose district includes Ann Arbor,

including H.R. 15, the "National
Health Insurance Act" he intro-
duced to provide health insurance
to the entire country. His talk will
also include a discussion of the
effect health care has on the coun-
try's economy.
"This country is going broke on
health insurance," Dingell said in
an interview with The Michigan

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said, has weakened the economy.
Dingell said he will compare the
current U.S. program to health care
programs in foreign countries. He
said he specifically plans to discuss
how Japan, an industrialized nation
with a prominent auto industry like
the United States', provides health
coverage for all of its citizens.
Because Japanese automak-

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their employees.
With a national health care pro-
gram, Dingell said the "competitive
hazards would be at an end" for
U.S. automakers.
Adam Benson, Dingell's spokes-
man, said Dingell is pushing for a
national coverage program because
he believes health care "should be a
See DINGELL, Page 7

GOVERNING THE GREEKS
IFC looks into expanded
Sober Monitor training

Planning a safer Valentine's Day
Safe Sex Store will

On
mis
will
The
looking
to soc
redesig
ing Pro
The
bers of

Zce a penalty for the skills necessary to hold safer
parties and handle alcohol-related
Sdeeds, program situations that may arise at parties.
At all fraternity parties a designat-
now be voluntary ed number of brothers is required
to remain sober throughout the
By NICOLE ABER night. IFC president Ari Parritz
Daily StaffReporter said a priority of his will be to have
most first-year members attend the
Interfraternity Council is program so they'll know what to do
to bring a fresh approach when it's their turn to be a sober
al responsibility through a monitor.
ned Sober Monitor Train- Planning for the training pro-
gram. gram, which is a partnership
program will provide mem- between University Health Ser-
the Gr'eek community with vices and the IFC, began in 2007.

Jose Nunez, then the vice president
of social responsibility for IFC,
approached UHS Health Educator
Patrice Flax about creating such
a program, said Mary Jo Desprez,
alcohol policy and community ini-
tiatives program administrator for
University Health Service.
Nunez said the program was
developed as a tool to reduce haz-
ards at social events and, asa result,
to have less fraternities placed on
social probation.
"My focus, throughout my two
terms, was to work collaboratively
See SOBER MONITOR, Page 3

LSA STUDENT GOVER NMENT
Party-free election causes stir

offer free protection
packets for National
Condom Week
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
Tomorrow many students'
minds will be busy buying last
minute chocolates and flowers for
that special someone,butifthey're
looking for a different type of gift
for their sweetheart, they might
want to head to the S3 Safe Sex
Store on South University Avenue.
S3 plans on distributing a free
condom and sample lubrication
packet with every purchase at the
store as part of National Condom
Week, which runs from Feb. 14 to
Feb. 21. The event aims to educate
customers about safe sex and con-
dom usage.
"Any national campaign of safer
sex we try to get involved with and
promote as much as possihle," said
Erica Karmeisool, S3 store man-
ager.
In past years, the store received Safe Sex
condoms from its distributors to away wi
hand outcduring the week. But this
year, S3 was contacted directly by ual bra
Durex condoms representatives to each
and partnered with the company Karn
to help promote that brand of con- tizes tl
doms during National Condom like thu
Week. "Th
"We have participated in on the
National Condom Week in the past, reliable
and we spread education about and pr
condom usage and storage as well best cb
as information about the individ- she sai

Claim made that
non-partisan policy
may violate bylaws
By DANIEL STRAUSS
Daily StaffReporter
Last Tuesday, LSA Student Gov-
ernment President Leslie Zaikis,
speaking on behalf of LSA-SG's
executive board, announced that it
had asked the newly formed Michi-
gan Vision Party and the Michigan

Action Party to refrain from run-
ning party candidates in LSA-SG's
upcoming March elections.
But that announcement has come
under some criticism as it may vio-
late LSA-SG's own bylaws.
On Wednesday, former LSA-SG
President Keith Reisinger submit-
ted a letter to the Daily's opinion
section pointing out the possible
contradiction. The full letter is pub-
lished on today's opinion page.
"First, it is a violation of the LSA-
SG Bylaws to not allow students to
come together and form parties

to run in elections and have their
party name appear on the election
ballot," Reisinger wrote in the let-
ter.
Reisinger is referring to Chapter
20, Section 16 of the government's
bylaws. That bylaw states, "Candi-
dates may jointly request in writ-
ing using the Party Name Request
Form to the LSA-SG Election Direc-
tor that a party name be printed
on the ballot along with their own
names. This request must come no
later than the filing deadline for
See LSA-SG, Page 7

Store manager Erica Karmeisool shows off condom kits that will be given
th every purchase during Valentine's Day weekend and the following week.

nds and how they compare
other," Karmeisool said.
meisool said Durex priori-
[he consumer's safety, just
e store.
e store was actually founded
idea of distributing safe and
sexual health information
oducts that we feel are the
hoices for our customers,"
d. "That has always been

the mission of the store. The infor-
mation is equal, if not more impor-
tant, to the products that we sell."
BethAnn Karmeisool, the presi-
dent of BAK Inc., S3's corporate par-
ent, cameupwiththeideaofopening
the store after she volunteered with.
children infected with HIV/AIDS,
mostly due to HIV-infected procre-
ating through unprotected sex.
See CONDOMS, Page 7

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