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is leaning towards the Aetna plan
because the other companies making
pitches were unfamiliar with how to
deal with a University as large as the
University of Michigan.
"There are other options on the
plate, but when they contacted all
of the other vendors they were very
compatible with Michigan," he said.
"I think the one that's left is the one
that we're seeing. Unless something
drastic happens, that will probably
be the final one to stand."
If the option is endorsed, Klever
said Aetna Student Health would
provide insurance to any students
who are working toward a degree at
"A lot of these insurance compa-
nies do exclude students who are
working part time and require them
tobe fulltime," Kleversaid.
Winfield spoke at last night's
meeting and said it is important for
Aetna to believe it is competing with
other companies because competi-
tion yields more health care options
for MSA to choose from.
MSA has yet to draft a resolution
endorsing Aetna Student Health, but
according to Mahanti, the endorse-
ment will be made in the upcoming
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their primary job responsibilities.
The Human Resources study
showed a 6.7-percent increase in the
number of tenured and tenure-track
faculty from 1999 to.2009. Similar-
ly, the data showed a 28.4-percent
increase in lecturers over the same
time period. At the same time that
the number of lecturers is increas-
ing faster than that of tenured and
tenure-track faculty, the number of
students enrolled at the University
is increasing. The University had
38,103 undergraduate and gradu-
ate students enrolled in fall 2000.
By fall 2009, that number increased
by about 9 percent to 41,674 under-
graduate and graduate students.
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statistics in mind, many members of
the Greek community are involved
in raising sexual assault awareness
and prevention and have the power
to do so given the number of mem-
bers living in each Greek chapter.
"Every community still has
learning that they can do regarding
sexual assault issues since every-
body on campus is at high risk of
either being assaulted or knowing
someone who has been," Nimeh
said. "The Greek community is
unique in the sense of their connec-
tions and ability to reach out to a
She added that SAPAC works
closely with the Interfraternity
Council - the governing body for a
large portion of the fraternities
on campus - to put on a men's activ-
ism program that is offered to all
new IFC members. The workshop
discusses sexual assault, partner
violence and how men can be proac-
tive in preventing these issues.
Engineering junior George
Schick, IFC vice president of pro-
gramming, wrote in an e-mail
interview that the main focus of the
workshop is to acclimate new mem-
bers to the responsibilities involved
in being part of the Greek commu-
nity - including promoting safety at
"An important aspect of this pro-
gram is our emphasis on a respon-
sible attitude toward the use of
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people are thinking about larger,
"I believe that universities should
be the places where the world's big-
gest problems are addressed," he
With this in mind, Yamada told
students in attendance that he
"challenges" them and the Universi-
ty to support the foundation's Global
In addition to discussing pos-
sible student involvement in the
program, Yamada also discussed
the program's efforts to invest in
technology to discover and develop
innovative solutions to problems in
health care. With a primary focus
on South Asia and Sub-Saharan
Africa, Yamada said the program
tries to find answers to global health
pandemics like HIV, malaria and
tuberculosis, and other health issues
like maternal and child health care.
These geographic regions were
chosen as focal points for the pro-
gram because they have some of the
most pressing health concerns in
the world but are largely neglected,
according to Yamada.
"We investin areas wherenobody
else invests or very little investment
FOR SPRING CONCERT
The Michigan Student Assembly
concert for University students this
March. The assembly passed the reso-
lution 28-1at last night's meeting.
While representatives haven't
chosen the artist for the concert, they
say they want to get "big name art-
ists" to perform at Hill Auditorium.
MSA will collaborate with Big
Ticket Productions and New Beat
Happening - two groups based in
the Michigan Union that bring per-
formers to campus - to host the
concert. The assembly is also look-
ing into working with the student
government at the University's Flint
campus as part of the project.
Though MSA couldn't sell enough
tickets to fill the venue at its last
sponsored concert - featuring rap-
per Ludacris at Hill Auditorium -
Mahanti said in an interview last
month he has a plan to make sure
they sell enough tickets this time
around. Mahanti speculated that the
$30 ticket price deterred students
from attending the concert five years
ago. He saidlhe is trying to keepticket
prices low this year by spending less
money on the artist, who they have
yet to determine.
"It was bad judgment on MSA's
part back then," Mahanti said last
In an interview with The Michi-
gan Daily last week, Sullivan said
University officials are committed
to maintaining an appropriate stu-
"What we really keep a close
eye on is the faculty-student ratio
to make sure that as the number of
students increases, the instruction-
al staff is adequate as well," Sullivan
said. "But these data do not indi-
cate to me that we're substituting
one group for the other. If anything
we're hiring more of everything."
Sullivan said even though there
are more lecturers teaching classes,
the quality of a student's education
is not suffering. She said lectur-
ers tend to teach many introduc-
tory LSA courses, adding that most
underclassmen take a class with
a lecturer at one point or another.
alcohol and toward the well-being
of students at this university,"
Schick wrote. "In addition, many of
our chapters choose to implement
educational programming on the
chapter level. These programs dem-
onstrate a commitment by Greek
organizations to constantly improve
the knowledge and character of
He cited some chapter programs
that host officers from the Ann
Arbor Police Department and stu-
dent presenters from organizations
Mary Beth Seiler, director of
Greek Life, said the Panhellenic
Association - the governing body
for most sororities on campus -
hasn't had any community-wide
programs in more than a year since
most of the programs are held at a
"It's a topic that's obviously very
sensitive," Seiler said. "And there
are some topics that might be more
effective ina smaller setting."
However, Seiler said Panhel is
planning a self-defense program
called You Can Defend Yourself that
will happen in the next few weeks.
The program will consist of a few
hours of community-wide defense
training in addition to workshops
with individual chapters. Self-
defense program instructor Katy
Mattingly, University alum and
author of the book "Self-Defense:
Steps to Survival," will direct the
workshop. Mattingly plans to teach
the attendants how to physically
defend themselves from an attack
is made," he said in an interview
with reporters prior to his lecture.
One of the program's major
investments is. in vaccines, which
Yamadasaid costvery littlebuthave
the potential to save many lives.
During his speech, Yamada said
the program will continue this
investment, as it recently made a $10
billion commitment to provide vac-
cines to places in need over the next
10 years. Yamada also talked about
other areas of health care that need
to be addressed, like infant mortal-
ity, for which vaccines do not nec-
essarily provide a solution. Instead,
other cost-effective methods like
using sterile knives to cut umbili-
cal cords or preventing the usage of
dirty water to wash babies can be
Though the program's initiatives
have been successful thus far, Yama-
da said that India - where several
of the foundation's programs have
been launched - is an example of
a country that has lingering health
care problems. Thirty percent of
child deaths throughout the world
are in India, according to Yamada.
Yamada said while this statistic
is significant, he is more appalled by
the fact that 48 percent of children
in India are undernourished.
"The problem of child health is
one that lasts way beyond limited
month. "Now what we are doing
differently is that we are aiming for
smaller artists - artists that won't
cost as muchmoney."
Mahanti said last month that the
hosts of the event, including MSA,
would subsidize the price of tickets.
He said the assembly wants every
student at the University to be able to
afford a ticket.
"Basically, MSA will be making
the concert as cheap as possible for
students," Mahanti said. "We don't
plan on making a profit."
MSA Treasurer Vishal Bajaj said
last night that potential performers
for the spring concert are concerned
that a low-ticket price could send a
negative message to fans, by imply-
ing that their performance is not
worth a normal ticket price.
Students suggested MSA sponsor
a concertduringlast semester's What
To Fix Day, where MSA invited stu-
dents to make recommendations to
the assembly. Students voiced their
frustrations with high-ticket prices
at local music venues.
"The University, for awhile, hasn't
had a priority of bringing artists to
campus," Mahanti said last month.
"We thought that this year would be
a good year to try itso we could meet
the student demand for it."
LSA representative Sahib Singh,
chair of the Budget Priorities Com-
mittee, said last night that the con-
However, she said upperclassmen
tend to be in smaller, more discus-
sion-based classes with tenured or
Sullivansaid mostofthe timelec-
turers are more equipped to teach
the lower-level classes because they
are experts in relatively obscure
fields of study or in the case of lec-
turers for foreign language courses,
they are often native speakers.
"Often lecturers are actually
pedagogically specialized in that
content," Sullivan said.
Additionally, Sullivan noted that
though there have been increases in
the number of lecturers and profes-
sors, the largest spike has been in
the number of clinical faculty.
"Thebigincrease is the clinical fac-
1,265(in2009)," Sullivansaid. "That's
through simple techniques, recog-
nition of warning signs and trust in
Mattingly, who has been teach-
ing personal safety since 1995, said
the three main risk factors for being
a victim of sexual violence are being
female, aged 16 to 24 years old and
being a person who dates or hooks
up with men.
"A lot of people who meet those
three characteristics attend U of
M, and a lot of them are women
who live in the Greek community,"
she said. "However, sexual violence
is a problem in all campuses and
in all communities. It's not just a
problem at fraternity parties, and
unfortunately sometimes the Greek
community gets an undeserving
Mattingly said sororities are the
most common group to approach
her for a class - notingthat because
they're all female environments and
in the Greek community, they are
at a higher risk for being a target of
"One ideais that women that live
in all-women housing like sorori-
ties have an experience that a lot of
women don't have unless they go to
an all-women's college," she said.
"Another possibility is because
they know they are more targeted
since they are in the Greek commu-
nity so there's a higher awareness
Engineering sophomore Erin
Rocci, vice president of risk man-
agement for Delta Delta Delta, said
every new member is required to go
years of childhood itself," he said.
Yamada said one of the prob-
lems the program has encountered
in India and other countries is the
problem of delivering the health
solutions, which is something that
he said requires further innovation.
But Yamada said the program
isn't only about dealing with health
care issues in developing nations,
adding that some of the solutions.
can be applied to the United States.
"The solutions are going to
come from lessons we've learned
from experiences in the developing
world," he said.
John Kettley, the clinical man-
ager of the University's Psychiatry
Emergency Services who was in
attendance at the lecture, said he
felt the program's solutions to pre-
natal care could "readily apply in
the United States."
Dele Davies, chair of Michigan
State University's Department of
Pediatrics and Human Develop-
ment, who was also in attendance
said he feels impediments to health
care in the United States stem from
the nation's view that it is above
other countries and therefore refus-
es to learn from them.
"I think there's some ideas
we maybe don't adopt as quickly
because we think we know better,"
cert is crucial to getting students
involved in student government.
"This is something we have to
do," Singh said. "We have to get a
large program and get everything
involved, and this is the best way to
MSA VOTES TO PUT
The Michigan Student Assembly
passed a resolution in a 28-1 vote,
with six abstentions, to adopt a new
studentconstitution that was revised
by Students 4 Progressive Gover-
nance - a student organization
formed to rewrite the studentconsti-
tution. S4PG accumulated 1,480 stu-
dent signatures in support ofthe new
constitution. The student body will
vote on whether or not to adopt the
proposed constitution during MA's
MSA Rackham representative
Kate Stenvig said the new constitu-
tion's language fails to include all
the constituents MSA is supposed
to represent. In addition she said the
student body doesn't have enough
information to make an educated
decision on the document.
"In order for MSA to responsi-
bly recommend this to the student
body it's important for the student
body to understand (this docu-
ment)," she said.
a 250-percent increase. So that's
where our real growth is occurring."
The majority of clinical fac-
ulty members teach in the Medi-
cal School but a handful teach in
the Law School and in the School
of Nursing. Sullivan said there has
been an increase in the clinical staff
because there has been an increase
in the amount of patients at Uni-
versity hospitals. "For the clinical
faculty, an important issue is how
much clinical volume there is over
at the hospital," she said. "Right
now, the hospital is doing a lot of
business and the hospital has been
full almost all year - to the point
when the H1N1 was strong, there
weren't any rooms over there. As
long as we have a lot of clinical busi-
ness there will be a need for a lot of
to a SAPAC meeting as part of the
pledge process for all Panhel mem-
bers, which allows them to learn
about SAPAC and what it offers
students. Rocci also organizes a few
workshops, which specifically deal
with sexual assault prevention and
overall awareness, for her house
throughout the year.
She said this semester Tri Delt
will have a speaker come to talk to
the members about healthy rela-
tionships. In addition, she is also
helping to plan a wellness week,
which will be dedicated to promot-
ing healthy lifestyles, personal safe-
ty and healthy eating.
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ing to University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald - awarded students
$500 to $4,000 over the course of
four years based on a merit exam
taken during high school. The
scholarship was given to approxi-
mately 96,000 college students in
officials are hopeful the new
Promise Scholarship, if included
in the budget by the House and
Senate, will play a key role in
improving Michigan's economy
by serving as an incentive for
college graduates to stay in the
"I think there are a number of
features of the plan that focus on
helping the state's economy, includ-
ing the goal of helping to reverse
the brain drain that a lot of people
are worried about," Cynthia Wil-
banks, vice president for govern-
ment relations, wrote in an e-mail
interview with The Michigan Daily
Business junior Jason Raymond,
chair of the Michigan Student
Assembly's External Relations
Committee, said he's wary of the
state legislature's ability to ham-
mer out the proposal's details.
"I'm definitely glad she brought
it up, but if you listen to her speech,
she doesn't outline how to budget
money for it," Raymond said. "So
it's a start, but it remains to be seen
whether (the state's) congress will
even pass it."
Rackham student Jordan
Twardy, president of the Student
Association of Michigan - an orga-
nization comprised of student lead-
ers from 11 universities in the state
- was similarly cautious of poten-
tial costs to students.
Though Granholm proposed to
keep state funding for higher edu-
cation at the current year's budget
level, Twardy said he's concerned
this allocation won't be sustained
during the budget negotiations.
"Every time we insist on not
raising taxes, we end up having to
cut funding to higher education,
which is just a backdoor tax on
students," he said. "To me, that's
the state government saying they
don't have the spine to follow
through on making higher educa-
tion a priority."
Twardytold the Daily in January
that SAM, MSA and Stop The Hike
- a campus group aimed at curbing
the cost of tuition - are tentatively
planning a protest of potentially
drastic cuts in state appropriations
to higher education in Lansing on
"It'd be nice, but I just don't
know if it has any teeth," Twardy
said of Granholm's directive to
freeze higher education appropria-
tions."We've had this rhetoric of
'no new taxes, cut, cut cut,' and now
we can't raise any revenue for it."
Raymond said he and his col-
leagues plan to devote their energy
to lobbying for an end to cuts in
state funding for higher education,
as Granholm has proposed.
"It's kind of a wait and see thing
right now," Raymond said. "They
just need to know that if the state's
going to emerge from the recession
it's currently in, higher education is
going to be a large part of the solu-
Several students said they were
happy to see a plan put in motion to
restore the scholarship.
"At least she's trying to appease
us," LSA freshman Grace Lieb
said. "It obviously wasn't much of a
promise when they took it away, so
any effort to bring it back is a good
LSA freshman Adrienne Meltzer
said she is unsure whether the new
version of the scholarship will be a
strong enough incentive to attract
enough prospective in-state stu-
dents that would collectively work
to improve the state's economy.
"I think there's still some incen-
tive," Meltzer said. "However, if
your financial aid is still such that
you can't pay for tuition up front,
which is required, knowing you'll
get the tax credit in four years
isn't going to change your position
Meltzer added that having the
scholarship in the form of a tax
credit after graduation won't help
many students and their families
struggling to pay tuition during
their undergraduate years.
"If you need the money deducted
from your tuition right away, that
could be a problem for some fami-
lies," she said.
Engineering freshman Moham-
med Rafid said the $4,000 tax
credit is also probably too small
an amount to deter students from
more affluent families from leaving
the state after graduation.
"Even with the down economy,
there are families in )Michigan
that have money," he said. "Com-
ing from a middle-income family,
$4,000 wouldn't have held me back
from going out of state if I'd wanted
Rafid also said he didn't think
the new version of the scholarship
would pass the House and Senate.
"It's too much money for a pro-
gram that might not be effective,"
Twardy said he thinks a stable
economy will ultimately influence
students' decisions whether to stay
in Michigan after graduation.
"Graduates will eat through that
$4,000 if they can't find jobs," he
said. "I think it's great that they're
incentivizing the students to stay
in state, but we have to make sure
the infrastructure is there and the
jobs are there before people will do
Legislators are expected to
return a revised budget to Gran-
holm by July 1.
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