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Friday, October 2, 2009

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MIDNTGHT ON THE DTAG

FINANCING YOUR E UC ATION
'Promise
remains
in limbo
New House bill may tors have yet to identify a funding
source, the bill represents the first
breathe new life into step in restoring funds for vital
programs, including the Promise
scholarship, though Scholarship.
"At least it got through the House
funding still unclear with the intent that we think these
are three important issues for very
By NICOLE ABER important things to fund," Bauer
Daily StaffReporter said in an interview with The
Michigan Daily Wednesday night.
The Michigan Promise Schol- State Rep. Dave Agema
arship and funding for other state (R-Grandville), among other
financial aid programs were left Republican legislators in the state,
as two casualties of the melde that opposes the spending bill because
played out in the wee hours of it does not identify a source of rev-
Thursday morning as legislators enue to fund the programs.
raced to reach a compromise on the "If you don't have a funding
state budget following a temporary source for what you're spending
government shutdown. your money on, you're going to
But the House also passed a sup- have to increase revenue through
plemental spending bill yesterday increasing taxes, and it was not
that would restore funding for the what was agreed to between the
$120 million scholarship program. Senate and the House," Agema
The supplemental spending said in an interview with the Daily
Bill, or House bill 5403 - which Wednesday night, referencing the
was introduced on Sept. 17 by final budget the two houses agreed
State Rep. George Cushingberry on.
Jr. (D-Detroit), chair of the House The Senate has not yet voted on
Appropriations Committee - pro- the bill, but Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann
poses to provide funding for the Arbor) said yesterday there is "no
Promise Scholarship and other guarantee" it will get passed as
programs that received cuts like there is currently no identified
community health programs, but source of revenue to provide the
does not identify a source of fund- funding.
ing for the programs. "We're not getting cooperation
State Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lan- as of now from the other side of
sing) said that though !egisla- See PROMISE, Page 7

MAX COLLINS/Daily
Members of Zeta Phi Beta perform their act in the annual Midnight Madness-held on the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Each of the historically African Ameri-
can fraternities and sororities included in the University's chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council put on an act in front of a crowd of roughly 500 people.
HOLLYWOOD MEETSc MICHoIGANa
Fl a rdito ayot

'U says its film
office will operate
even if cuts are made
ByJOSEPH LICHTERMAN
For the Daily
With the spotlight on Michi-
gan's legislature to balance the
state's budget, several state law-
makers are pondering whether to

lower the curtain on the state's tax
incentives for movies shot here.
The state offers filmmakers a
40 percent tax credit if they spend
more than $50,000 on production
costs in the state and an addition-
al 2 percent if they film in select
Michigan cities, including Ann
Arbor. It's this benefit that has
lured stars like Clint Eastwood
and Drew Barrymore to film their
movies in Michigan.
However, with a $2.8 billion

budget deficit for the 2610 fiscal
year, Democratic Gov. Jennifer
Granholm and the Republican-
controlled state Senate have both
issued proposals to reduce the tax
credit.
Granholm's plan would lower
the incentive to 37 percent of pro-
duction costs.
Republicans, meanwhile, would
like to cut the credit to 35 percent
and cap the total rebate for all
films at $50 million annually. In

2008, the state paid out $32 mil-
lion to filmmakers.
Lee Doyle, director of the Uni-
versity's Film Office, said the tax
credit has spurred filming on cam-
pus.
"Beforethetaxincentivewesaw
maybe one script every five years,
and this year we've reviewed 20,"
Doyle said.
Prior to the implementation
of the Michigan film tax credit,
See FILM OFFICE, Page 7

CAMPUS CRIME
DPS reports on-campus
crime data held steady

BYOP: BRING YOUR OWN PADDLE

Significant changes
seen in motor vehicle
theft, liquor arrests
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
A publication released yesterday
by the University's Department of
Public Safety reported that overall
campus crime levels for 2008 were
on par with 2007 levels, though
there were noticeable changes in a
few areas.
The 2009-2010 Campus Safety
Handbook - required by law under
the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of
Campus Security Policy and Cam-
pus Crime Statistics Act - includes
statistics of campus and area crime
reported to legal authorities and
campus officials.
Some of the changes in crime
levels from 2007 included the num-
ber of motor vehicle theft, drug law
arrests and liquor law arrests, cita-
tions and violations in residence
halls categories.
Motor vehicle thefts on campus
reported to University Police were
up from 4 in 2007 to 17 in 2008.
Department of Public Safe-
ty spokeswoman Diane Brown
explained that although the num-
ber is higher than last year, the
category is not limited to theft of
automobiles. The category also
includes theft or improper alloca-
tion of golf carts and Gators - small
utility vehicles used frequently

around campus.
In contrast, druglaw arrests on
campus were down a significant
amount, falling from 79 in 2007 to
56 lastyear.
Brown said she wasn't sure why
the number had fallen, since Uni-
versity Police weren't handling
violations differently than in 2007
or running any special campaigns
against drug use last year.
Though overall liquor law vio-
lations, arrests and citations on
campus saw only a modest increase
- from 952 reports to University
Police, University Housing and the
Office of Student Conflict Reso-
lution in 2007 to 1,077 reports to
the same agencies in 2008 - the
number of alcohol-related reports
increased substantially in the resi-
dence halls.
Residence hall liquor law viola-
tions, which are included in the
overall number of liquor law inci-
dents listed above, increased from
440 in 2007 to 526 in 2008. During
the same time, liquor law arrests
and citations increased from 135 to
240.
Asked about the fluctuation,
Brown said she wasn't certain what
caused the increase, but said sev-
eral factors influence the number
of alcohol violations, citations and
arrests campus-wide from year to
year.
"(The number) also includes
alcohol violations at the stadium
and some of the variance will
depend on how many home foot-
balls games we had that year,"

BY THE NUMBERS
Changes in on-campus crimes from
2007 to 2008
17
Number of motor vehicletheft incidents -
a 350 percent increaseover last year
-16%
Percentage decrease in druglaw arrests
and violations to 56 cases last year
1,077
Number of liquor law arrests,
citations andviolations on-campus last
year, a13 percent increase from 2007
766
Number of liquor law arrests, citations
and violations in residence halls, which is
included in the on-campus number above
SOURtE: 2009-2010 Campus Safety
Handbook,UM Dept. of PublicSafety
Brown said, adding that the num-
ber of football games played at 3:30
p.m. can also influence the number
of alcohol-related reports.
Brown said the number of inci-
dents could vary not only on the
number of actual incidents, but also
on the number of reported inci-
dents. However, Brown said DPS
is working on ways to increase stu-
dent responsiveness to crimes.
"It's not just a police issue to help
See CRIME, Page 7

AtItL tOND/Daily
LSA juniors David Clyde (left), David Sherman (center) and Kevin Kozlowski (right) play ping-pong in the math atrium of East
Hall yesterday Students can play ping-pong at any time in the atrium, providing they bring they bring a ball and paddle.
Sober monitor program to grow

IFC teams with UHS
to improve safety at
fraternity parties
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
In an effort to create a safer
environment at fraternity par-
ties, the Interfraternity Council is
implementing a program that will
ensure that in four years every
member in the IFC community
will be a trained sober monitor.
Jason Mohr, IFC's vice president
of social responsibility, said the

training - which is done in part-
nership with University Health
Service - addresses crisis and
conflict management and focuses
on recognition of alcohol poison-
ing and the proper measures to
take when it occurs.
Sober monitors are fraternity
members who are required to
remain sober at parties in case of
an emergency.
Mohr, an LSA senior, said par-
ticipants will learn about ethi-
cal decision making and how to
be responsible partygoers, even
if they're not sober monitors that
night.
"It really tries to attack a party

from multiple different angles to
give you the safest environment,"
he said. "I think it's going to revo-
lutionize our community safety-
wise.
AriParritz, IFC's president, said
the IFC and UHS have been test-
ing the program for a number of
years and have arrived at the point
where they believe they have found
an effective method for training
sober monitors.
"We have a formula that works
really well," he said. "One that the
participants enjoy, but UHS feels
confident that they actually know
what they are talking about as
See SOBER MONITOR, Page 7

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