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MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY
MSA boosts
funding for
student orgs
this semester

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

michigandaily.com

Campus group
leaders say funding
process should still
be more accessible
By ELYANA TWIGGS
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan Student Assem-
bly allocated more money than
ever to its main funding committee
designated to give money to stu-
dent groups this semester, increas-
ing the funds by about 30% over
last semester. Officials point to a
new initiative to increase the fis-
cal responsibility of the assembly
as the cause of the funding boost.
MSA Treasurer Vishal Bajaj
said that about $225,000 will be
given to student organizations this
semester.
A large portion of that money
comes from MSA's Budget Pri-
orities Committee, to which MSA
gave more than $175,000 this year
-$75,000 more than the Compiled
Code, MSA's governing rulebook,
mandates for the budget for stu-
dent organizations., This budget
includes student organizations,
MSA payroll, Airbus revenue, the
up keep of MSA Chambers, and
allocations to MSA sponsorships.
Passed in a unanimous reso-

lution last month, the BPC allo-
cated its funds to about 37 percent
of the 110 student organizations
that applied for money. Twenty-
nine organizations appealed their
requests for funding, which is
more than any other semester in
MSA's history. These organiza-
tions received some funding origi-
nally but appealed the amount,
asking for more money.
The BPC of the assembly gives
more money to student organi-
zations than any other group on
campus. MSA also gives money to
student groups through its Com-
munity Service Committee and
various committees and commis-
sions.
Through an application and
appeals process, student organiza-
tions can applyfor fundingthrough
MSA. During this year's first cycle,
the BPC found that more money
was distributed directly to student
organizations on campus than in
past years.
The Compiled Code-designates
what percentage of MA's bud-
get should be spent on internal
processes like payroll, and in pre-
vious years MSA had been exceed-
ing those percentages, Bajaj said.
By bringing those numbers back
down to the required level, more
money was available for students.
"It feels good to know that
See MSA, Page 7A

Outgoing Athletic Director Bill Martin (left) and incoming Athletic Director David Brandon talk at SACUA yesterday. The two talked to the faculty governing body about
the current financial state of the Athletic Department, the academic experience of a student-athletes and the state of the University's recreational and exercise facilities.
Martin Brandon talk'
athletics beforfaut

Former and current
ADs discuss finances
and academics
By ANNIE GORDON THOMAS
Daily StaffReporter
As part of his first day on the
job, Athletic Director David Bran-
don spoke before the University's
top faculty governing body yester-

day with his predecessor, former
Athletic Director Bill Martin.
At the meeting of the Senate
Advisory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs, Martin and Brandon
discussed topics like the Athletic
Department's financial situation,
changes in the academic area of
the student-athlete experience
and University facilities used for
recreational and exercise pur-
poses.
The two also discussed the pos-

sibility of expanding the Big Ten
Conference - a hot topic in col-
lege sports circles of late.
Martin began the talk by
highlighting the strong financial
state of the Athletic Department,
which he said is in a drastically
different place than where it was
when he began his tenure at the
University a decade ago.
"We are in strong long-term
financial shape," Martin told
SACUA members.

Martin added that the Athletic
Department may feel some of the
effects of the economic down-
turn in the future, but that even
with the recession, the Athletic
Department is still in stable finan-
cial condition.
Martinalso discussedimprove-
ments in graduation rates of
student-athletes during his time
as Athletic Director. He said the
graduation rates of both students
See SACUA, Page 7A

At campus event, public health
activists discuss TB prevention
Speakers offer / J

Officials laud proposed boost
in funding for the Peace Corps

differing views on
treating TB, HIV
By SUZANNE JACOBS
Daily StaffReporter
Carol Nyirenda, a Zambian
community health activist, and
Vernard Green, a senior public
health advisor for the Centers for
Disease Control, came to the Uni-
versity yesterday to give several
talks on the importance and chal-
lenges of controlling tuberculosis.
Both speakers have extensive
experience with TB diagnoses and
treatment through their work with
public health organizations. But
the two speakers used their dif-
ferent backgrounds to provide two
distinct perspectives on the issue
at the event, which was co-spon-
sored hy World AtDS week and
RESULTS - a grassroots citizens'
lobby aimed at ending poverty.
Nyirenda said she has been
infected with both TB and HIV.
She said it took doctors over six
months to diagnose her with TB,
after which she endured eight
months of treatment. During those
six months, Nyirenda said, she was
a risk to her son and daughter, the
latter of whom she shared a bed
with.
Since her experience, she has
advocated extensively to the Unit-
ed Nations and pharmaceutical
companies for effective diagnosis
and treatment programs for both

If budget passes,
money will increase
recruitment, sites,
group reps say
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily StaffReporter
President Barack Obama's
budget plan for the 2011 fiscal
year released last month includes
a request for a $446.15 million
budget for the Peace Corps -
an increase of about 10 percent
over this current fiscal year that

officials say will greatly benefit
the Peace Corps program both
nationally and here at the Univer-
sity.
If Congress approves the bud-
get increase, it will be used to
expand the amount of volunteers
currently serving in the Peace
Corps, the number of countries
accepting volunteers and the
overall quality of the program,
according to program officials.
Josh Field, press director for
the Peace Corps, said the pro-
gram's focus for 2010 is expand-
ing the number of volunteers in
current posts as well as increas-
ing the number of host countries.

He added that the organization
is trying to establish a third-year
extension program for volunteers
interested in serving longer than
the two-year requirement.
Field said that if the budget
passes, the increased funding will
allow for more volunteer recruit-
ment. In addition to bringing in
more volunteers, Field said Peace
Corps officials are looking to
enhance the quality of volunteers.
"It will affect our recruitment
just based on the fact that we are
looking for quality volunteers
with positive experiencetogo into
these countries," Field said. "And
See PEACE CORPS, Page 7A

U N k'V ER SI

ION

Dean Pollack tapped for

Carol Nyirenda, a Zambian public health activist, and Vernard Green, a senior public
health advisor for the Centers for Disease Control, spoke yesterday about TB prevention.

diseases.
In addition, Nyirenda is a com-
munity representative on the Stop
TB Partnership's New Diagno-
sis Working Group and is a board
member of UNITAID - an organi-
zation that represents people liv-
ing with TB, HIV and malaria.
Through the Community Initia-

tive for Tuberculosis and Malaria,
Nyirenda is also involved in policy
analysis for TB-related legisla-
tion, support group formation for
TB patients, treatment adherence
training and community outreach.
At the event, Nyirenda empha-
sized the importance of public
See PUBLIC HEALTH, Page 7A

On July 1, School of
Information dean
will start new job
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Martha Pollack, dean of the
School of Information, was
named the vice provost for aca-
demic and budgetary affairs last
week, replacing Philip Hanlon
who is will become the Univer-
sity's next provost in July.

Pollackis appointment is set to
begin July 1, pending approval by
the University's Board of Regents.
Pollack will succeed Hanlon
who was named the next Uni-
versity provost in January after
current provost Teresa Sullivan
announced she willibe leaving her
post to become the president of
the University of Virginia.
Hanlon announced Pollack as
the new vice provost for academic
and budgetary affairs on Wednes-
day, according to the University
Record. In an interview following
the announcement, Pollack said

vice provost
this opportunity.to take the new
job came about fairly quickly.
"(Hanlon) came in and talked
to me about it and we had a num-
ber of meetings," she said. "I talk-
ed to a number of advisors and I
thought over what to do and final-
ly decided to take the position."
Pollack added that she was
"stunned" when Hanlon first
approached her about taking the
position.
"I had never imagined that
this was coming," she said. "I am
enormously excited about the
See POLLACK, Page 7A

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