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0 HEALTH CARE REFORM
Dingell says
health care
bill will help
students

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Legislation allows
students to stay on
parents' health plan
until they're 26
By BETHANY BIRON
and MIKE MERAR
Daily StaffReporters
The long-debated national
health care legislation, passed by
the U.S. House of Representatives
late Sunday evening, will intro-
duce sweeping changes to Amer-
ica's health care system, some of
which could spell big benefits for
students, the bill's supporters say.
The new system requires
employers to offer affordable
health insurance to their employ-
ees or face fines until they do so.
Moreover, insurance carriers will
no longer be able to deny poten-
tial customers coverage because
of a pre-existing condition. In
addition, it will allow students to
remain on their parents' health
insurance plans until they turn 26.
Along with health care legisla-
tion, the House approved a bill
Sunday night that will remove pri-

vate banks as intermediaries in the
federal student loan process. Rath-
er than going to banks to obtain a
federal student loan, families will
now go to the financial aid office
of their school. The money saved
from the elimination of fees paid to
banks will be used toward increas-
ing the Pell grant, which gives
money directly to students.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-
Mich.), said in an interview yes-
terday that the passage of the bill
was the culmination of more than
55 years of work he's done on the
health care issue.
"We've carried out an impor-
tant responsibility to the Ameri-
can people," he said. "We've seen
to it that the American people
can now be comfortable that their
insurance for health care purposes
means something."
Dingell added the legisla-
tion will greatly benefit students
because it will allow them to stay
on their parents health insurance
plans for longer than was the case
before.
"Students are going to come out
very well," Dingell said in the inter-
view. "First of all, they're going to
be able to remain on their parents'
See HEALTH CARE, Page 3

Sabib Singh (far left) mederates a debate between MSA presidential candidates (from left) Kate Stenvig of DAAP, Ian Margolis of MVP and Cbris Armstrong of MForward.
MSA candidates debate
advocacy, role of assembly

President and VP
candidates discuss
tuition, student
group funding
By ELYANA TWIGGS
Daily StaffReporter
The presidential and vice presi-
dential candidates for the Michi-
gan Student Assembly squared off
in a debate last night in anticipa-

tion of MSA elections on Wednes-
day and Thursday.
Sahib Singh, chair of MSA's
Budget Priorities committee,
moderated the debate, which took
place in Angell Hall Auditorium
D. He asked the candidates ques-
tions that students had submitted
online.
The presidential candidates -
Chris Armstrong of MForward,
Ian Margolis of the Michigan
Vision Party and Kate Stenvig of
the Defend Affirmative Action
Party - debated issues like tuition

hikes, advocacy for student orga-
nizations and the future funding
process for MSA. The presidential
candidates were asked six ques-
tions, with each candidate given
the opportunity to answer each
one.
The vice presidential candi-
dates include Jason Raymond of
MForward, Tom Stuckey of the
Michigan Vision Party and Sofia
Bolanos of the Defend Affirma-
tive Action Party. After a three-
minute opening statement, Singh
asked each candidate three ques-

tions.
The debate started off with an
opening statement from the first
vice presidential candidate, Jason
Raymond of MForward. Ray-
mond's past experience includes
serving on the MSA Academic
Affairs Committee, Budget Pri-
orities Committee, Community
Service Committee and Rules and
Elections Committee. He is cur-
rently the chair of the External
Affairs Committee.
"We have become frustrated
See DEBATE, Page 3

SENATE ASSEMBLY
Faculty governing body
elects three members

Two Engineering
profs., one School of
Medicine prof.
to join SACUA
By ANNIE GORDON THOMAS
Daily StaffReporter
At a meeting of the Senate
Assembly yesterday, three faculty
members were elected to fill posi-
tions that will become vacant this
spring on the leading faculty gov-
erning committee.
Seven candidates competed for
the three seats on the Senate Advi-
sory Committee on University

Affairs, which meets weekly and is
widely considered the most direct
voice the faculty body has in cam-
pus and University affairs.
At the meeting, each candidate
spoke about their qualifications
for the position and offered their
opinions on the responsibilities of
a SACUA member.
Forty-six people cast ballots to
elect the new SACUA members.
School of Engineering Prof. Rachel
Goldman netted 31 votes and was
elected to the committee along
with Engineering Prof. Kimber-
lee Jane Kearfott, who netted 23
votes. School of Medicine Prof.
Kate Barald was also elected to
SACUA with 21 votes.
Goldman, a University alum,

has served on the Senate Assembly
from 2001 to 2005 and is currently
the graduate chair in the Depart-
ment of Materials Science and
Engineering.
"I feel like I have seen the side of
the people and I've seen the side of
the administration," Goldman told
Senate Assembly members.
Goldman has an office on both
North Campus and Central Cam-
pus along with her lab space. She
said that as a member of the aca-
demic community on both ends of
campus she felt that she could aid
in the communication between
smaller academic entities within
the University - like departments
and units - and the University's
See SACUA, Page 3

SAM WOLSON/Daily
Steven Benson and Carly Goldberg are running in an uncontested election to become president and vice president, respec-
tively, of LSA-SG.
Benson, Goldberg lookto
make LSA-SG more active

Candidates for
president and vice
president running
uncontested
By ELYANA TWIGGS
Daily StaffReporter
LSA Student Government pres-
idential candidate Steven Benson
and vice presidential candidate
Carly Goldberg say they are run-
ning to head up LSA-SG to make
the body representing students
WEATHER HI 59
TOMORROW L 34

in the largest academic school on
campus more active.
Benson is a junior from West
Bloomfield, Mich., and Goldberg
is a sophomore from Northville,
Mich. As part of their campaign
promises, the two uncontested
candidates plan to utilize LSA-
SG's budget, work with repre-
sentatives to follow through on
passed resolutions and increase
contact with their constituents.
LSA-SG differs from the Mich-
igan Student Assembly in that it
focuses on academic issues and
student life within the College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Each year, LSA receives a budget
of $13,000 to $16,000 to allocate
to studenttgroups for funding,
according to Benson and Gold-
berg.
The current LSA-SG executive
board is lobbying for a 50-cent
increase in the money each LSA
student pays to LSA-SG as part
of their tuition, which according
to Benson and Goldberg would
provide LSA-SG with about $7,000
more to disperse to student groups.
LSA students currently pay a $1.50
fee to LSA-SG each semester.
Benson, the current treasurer of
See LSA-SG, Page 3

DANGEROUS DRIVING
Bus driver arrested for drug possession
while students from ZBT sit on board

Driver swerved on
highway during trip
to Toronto for formal
By DEVON THORSBY
Daily StaffReporter
A Friday trip to Toronto went
from a fun night out to a nightmare
for 34 University students when

their bus driver became unrespon-
sive and began to swerve across
the three-lane divided highway.
Michigan Charter Service bus
driver Gerald Blazey, 47, was
arrested Friday night by Canadian
police for driving under the influ-
ence of drugs, which caused him
to swerve erratically across the
highway.
Members of the Zeta Beta
Tau fraternity were en route to

Toronto for a formal when Blazey
started driving perilously driving
on Queen Elizabeth Way in Can-
ada, about 20 minutes outside of
Toronto.
Michigan Charter Service dis-
patcher Kevin Rose said though
the company has not yet spoken
to Blazey concerning the situation
he will no longer be driving for the
company.
See BUS, Page 3

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