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At event today, Pandora founder
to discuss his company's success
speak on North
Campus at 3:30 p.m.
By JOHN A. WEISS, JR.
The founder of the well-known
and often-used Internet radio ser-
vice Pandora will discuss the music
resource's development and inno-
vative business model on campus
MPowered, the University's stu-
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Pandora, a free online radio
website, makes use of the Music
Genome Project to tailor custom
playlists based on users' preferenc-
es like favorite song or artist. It also
highlights lesser-known artists by
playing songs with similar attri-
butes to users' favorites.
Westergren will be speaking at
3:30 p.m. in Stamps Auditorium on
North Campus. A reception open to
the public will follow.
The event is part of a confer-
ence for Entreprelliance, a national
entrepreneurship organization of
which MPowered is a member.
It also will double as MPowered's
Entrepreneurship Hour for the
week, a one-credit seminar course
in the College of Engineering that
exposes students from across cam-
pus to a variety of business leaders
This is the fifth annual Entreprel-
liance Conference, the yearly con-
vention for an organization that
recognizes 40 top entrepreneurial
universities as members. It is the
first time it has been held outside
of the East Coast, said Engineering
senior Michelle Cheng, president of
The weekend long event will also
feature two other speakers, Joseph
Williams and Josh Linkner.
Engineering senior Andry Supi-
an, Vice President of MPowered,
said the three speakers each rep-
resent different types of entrepre-
Supian described Williams as a
"social entrepreneur." He founded
New Communities Creation Out-
reach, an organization that works
to integrate former prisoners back
Linker is the founder and CEO of
ePrize, a company that helps other
companies transition from tradi-
tional advertisements to online
Supian said that Westergren's
message, and the message of the
entire conference, fits with the
group's mission to expose students
to entrepreneurship and to support
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ig Pandora founder
hired will add links to useful sites
for students like like the AirBus
pages, ratemyprofessors.com and
inexpensive textbooks on Amazon.
com to the website, Mahanti said.
Mahantisaidthe website willalso
feature ways for students to contrib-
ute to and find out more about MSA.
There are plans to regularly upload
the budget, meeting minutes, agen-
das and resolutions to the page.
Students will also be able to log
in through their Facebook accounts
to comment on a new MSA blog.
Mahanti said the website changes
would help improve MSA's relation-
ship with students and would make
the assembly more transparent.
"By starting with a new website,
with documents, minutes, proposals,
resolutions, budget stuff, everything
and anything," he said, "having that
there from the get-go is going to real-
ly help us on that path."
In addition to revamping the
website's design, Mahanti and
Rorro also want to use it to pro-
mote and expand resources like
the Blue Hiring Blue program,
which helps students get jobs and
internships. They also plan to hold
a five-day job week, during which
MSA would bring in student orga-
nizations and representatives from
the Career Center and companies
to hold resume workshops, mock
interviews, information sessions
The pair also has plans in the
works to help foster stronger rela-
tionships between MSA and stu-
dent organizations by matching up
interested student groups with an
MSA representative. The represen-
tatives would meet with their des-
ignated student organizations on
abi-weeklormonthl hais and
would attend some of their events.
"It's just sort of a way to devel-
op a closer connection to MSA, to
show that we can actually help
(student organizations) out," Rorro
said, "We want to help out student
groups with anything at all, not
Additionally, Rorro said he and
Mahanti want to make funding an
easier process in itself by holding
workshops to teach student orga-
nizations how to fill out funding
Mahanti said that he and Rorro
also want to reach out to the stu-
dent body at large by holding
office hours outside of MSA's loca-
tion in the Michigan Union, like
on the Diag and in Mason Hall.
MSA representatives are already
required to hold one office hour a
week, but Mahanti said students
don't typically take advantage
of them because they aren't well
publicized and aren't held in con-
"Outreach is really hard. People
don't like to look at signs. They
don't like to talk on the Diag, so
it's inherently a difficult problem,"
Mahanti said. "But we've been
doing our best with the campaign
and moving forward to make sure
we're out there as much as possible
without annoying people."
While Mahanti and Rorro said
they plan to tackle larger goals like
tuition and helping students find jobs,
focus on more attainable goals.
"MSA is a series of small victo-
ries, and I think that if we go into
the year looking at it like that, and
if we start having these small vic-
tories, then next year maybe we
can have bigger victories," Mah-
anti said. "But I think right now
we can look at these small things
and deliver on them, and then
College cost group
Group says increased
Pell Grant funding
will ease burden on
By MALLORY JONES
Representatives from the
Campaign for College Afford-
ability issued a report yesterday
explaining the group's support
for President Barack Obama's
budget proposal, which, if
passed, would increase direct
federal financial aid to stu-
In a conference call with
reporters yesterday Christine
Lindstrom, director of the U.S.
Public Interest Research Group's
Higher Education Program, and
a member of the Campaign for
College Affordability said the
federal student aid program
requires dramatic reconstruc-
"This is a stepping stone. The
Obama budget takes into con-
sideration that this is an initial
investment," Lindstrom said.
"More needs tobe done."
Obama's budget proposal calls
for an end to the Federal Family
Education Loan Program, which
provides subsides to banks that
loan to students. Instead, all
federal student loans would be
issued through the Department
of Education's Direct Loan Pro-
gram, according to the report,
Obama's Budget: Supporting
Students, Not Banks.
The Department of Educa-
tion predicts an increase of
$5 billion to the Federal Pell
Grant Program in the 2010-
2011 school year, taken directly
from money previously given to
In Michigan, 181,767 students
received Pell Grants. Obama's
proposal would provide for
an additional 9,172 recipients
in Michigan and increase the
average total awarded by $114,
according to research by U.S.
In 1977, the Pell Grant covered
77 percent of the total cost of
college for low-income students
according to research by U.S.
PIRG. Today, the grant covers 35
percent of the total costs.
Obama's proposal attempts
to safeguard the program from
falling behind the rising costs of
tuition, Lindstrom said. She said
she thinks the change will allow
the grant to stay useful for years
"Specifically, the budget actu-
ally proposes indexing (the Pell)
grant to inflation so it increases
by inflation plus one each year
after," Lindstrom said. "That's
currently not how the Pell Grant
works and that will help the Pell
Grant stay viable."
The average tuition for a four-
year public university in Michi-
gan increased by 11 percent
between the 2006-2007 to the
2007-2008 school years.
In the report, Campaign for
College Affordability officials
also expressed their support
for programs to help students
who have graduated repay their
Robert Brandon, of the
Campaign for College Afford-
ability, said on the conference
call that high debt discourages
college graduates from enter-
ing typically lower-paying, yet
extremely important career
fields like teaching and social
Brandon said increasing pro-
grams to help students who have
graduated repay their debt, like
the Income-Based Repayment
Program, which will allow stu-
dents to pay back only as much
as they can afford according to
their income, will help to open
up opportunities for graduates.
The Department of Education
will implement this program
starting July 1.
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(March 21 toApril 19)
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