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FRIDAY:

MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers
A 'suf
Electing to take classes
pass/fail may be a standard
scheduling procedure for
current students, but a 1972
proposal to change LSA
policy to allow University
students to take any course
"pass/no entry" was initially
seen as a radical change.
The system - proposed to
the LSA Curriculum Com-
mittee in 1972 - would give
LSA students three different
options in the grading sys-
tem. Students would have the
choice of using the traditional
letter grade system, the new
pass/fail choice and an option
to combine the two with a
mandatory teacher evalua-1
tion, according to an April 11,
1972 Michigan Daily article.
The proposal followed the
direction of other universities,+
like Brown University and
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)erior' grading option

Oberlin College, which were
already employing the pass/
fail gradingsystem, according
to the article. The University's
Residential College was also
already using this system in
nearly all of its courses at the
time.
Faculty members told the
Daily at the time that the pro-
posed grading system would
be "totally superior" to the
traditional system that was
currently being used.
Though the proposal was
passed in the Curriculum
Committee meeting and was
gaining support, the system
was then placed under review
by LSA's Executive Commit-
tee, LSA faculty and the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents.
The vote in the Curriculum
Committee reflected the con-
tentious nature of the system,

only passing by a vote of four to
three, according to the article.
Opponents of the proposal
like Daniel Longone, a profes-
sor at the University, didn't
think the new grading system
would be widely accepted.
Longone told the Daily
at the time that "its accep-
tance (is) unlikely," but that
the plan is also "comfort-
able because of the options it
allows."
The proposal faced other
battles within the University
community because other
groups were also pushing
for grading revisions. The
Curriculum Committee
expressed concerns regard-
ing the amount of propos-
als being presented to the
University at the time and
said this could threaten the
chances of passing the new

grading proposal.
Supporters of pass/fail
grading, including University
students, continued to be con-
fident the proposal would pass.
This is "the best plan that's
been proposed," student John
Lande told the Daily at the
time.
Supporters of the propos-
al said they believed that if
the chances of failing a class
were narrowed by providing
the pass/fail option, students
would strive harder to suc-
ceed academically, according
to the article.
The pass/fail system is a
"good proposal that strikes
a middle ground between
keeping things the same and
creating sweeping changes,"
English told the Daily at the
time.
- RACHEL BRUSSTAR

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Troy Motion Picture Institute students peek into
the Michigan Theater yesterday. The Michigan
hosted the M-agination student film festival.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Threatening
e-mails received
WHERE: Medical Science
Research Building III
WHEN: Monday at about 9:50
a.m.
WHAT: A female staff mem-
ber reported receiving threat-
ening a-mails from a male
student, University Police
reported. The student was
later arrested at the office.
Checks bounce
WHERE: Michigan Union
WHEN:Monday at about 3:10
p.m.
WHAT: A Computer Show-
case staff member reported
checks that did not clear
the bank, University Police
reported. The written values of
the bounced checks were not
released to the Daily.

Cigarette lights
trash can on fire
WHERE: West Hall
WHEN: Monday at about 4:15
p.m.
WHAT: A trash can outside
West Hall was on fire by a
burning cigarette, University
Police reported.
Thief caught in
act, steals phone
WHERE: West Quad Residence
Hall
WHEN: Monday at about 4:30
p.m.
WHAT: A male unaffiliated
with the University attempted
to steal a laptop from a room,
but was stopped by the victim,
University Police reported.
The thief then stole a cell
phone from the room and was
later arrested.

Don't Ask, Don't
Tell discussion
WHAT: Members of campus
groups will lead a discus-
sion about the military's
"Don't ask, Don't tell" policy.
WHO: University Unions
Arts and Programs
WHEN: Tonight from 6 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Vandenburg
Room, Michigan League
Eating well in a
shrinking planet
WHAT: University Prof.
Cathleen Badgley give
a lecture about how to
feed the human popula-
tion in sustainable ways.
WHO: Matthaei Botani-
cal Gardens and Nich-
ols Arboretum
WHEN: Tonight from
7p.m. to 9p.m.
WHERE: Matthaei
Botanical Gardens,
1800 N. Dixboro Rd.

CORRECTIONS
. An April 6 article in
The Michigan Daily
("Slowing down in
the classroom")
incorrectly stated that
The Takeaway is a
National Public Radio
program. It is a Public
Radio International pro-
gram. The same article
incorrectly states that
Graham Griffith was
an Executive Producer
or Radio Programs at
NPR. He was a lead
producer. The article
also incorrectly states
that Griffith grew up
around Wooster, Mass.
He grew up around
Worcester, Mass.
. Please report any
error in the Daily to
corrections@michi-
gandaily.com.

According to sfgate.com,
protestors took to a vacant
duplex in San Francisco to
support using empty houses as
homeless shelters for the needy.
The protest was organized by a
group called Homes not Jails,
and participants held signs that
said "House Keys not Hand-
cuffs."
Zoltan Mesko, Michigan's
all-time leader in total
punts and punt yardage,
spent the first 11 years
of his life in turmoil- riddled
Romania before immigrating
to America with his parents.
>> FOR MORE, SEE THE STATEMENT
According to BBC.co.uk,
two women tried to check
in a dead relative at the
Liverpool airport for a flight to
Germany. The women placed
sunglasses on the man and
claimed he was alive, but sleep-
ing. He had just been released
from the hospital.

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Michigan film tax credit
program gets mixed reviews

Two years after law
passed, 89 movies and
TV shows produced
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mich-
igan's bid to become a star in the
movie business is drawing mixed
reviews.
Two years into one of the most
generous tax incentive programs
in the nation, the state has lured
some big-name productions, from
"Gran Torino" with Clint East-
wood to portions of "Up in the
Air" with George Clooney.
Since the measure became law
on April 7, 2008, 89 movie or TV
productions have been completed.
Hotels, caterers and others get-
ting some spin-off business can't
wait for the industry to expand.

But some lawmakers are ques-
tioning whether Michigan is get-
ting its money's worth.
The tax credit program is pro-
jected to cost the state nearly $69
million for projects completed
in 2009, not counting incentives
given for permanent infrastruc-
ture projects, according to the
Michigan Film Office. The poten-
tial annual bill is higher - more
than $100 million - but some
projects weren't finished and
won't get the tax credits.
A few lawmakers would prefer
to use part of the tax incentive
cash to help fill in a state budget
shortfall of at least $1.5 billion
headed into the fiscal year start-
ing Oct. 1. Other detractors say
the jobs created are just tempo-
rary.
Janet Lockwood, director of

the Michigan Film Office, dis-
agrees with the program's critics.
She says Michigan's film indus-
try is already contributing to the
state's economy and will become
an even bigger player.
"You have to remember, we're
still building a whole new indus-
try in the state of Michigan,"
Lockwood said. "It's going to take
some time to evolve. We all know
that. But I believe this program is
working."
. Michigan allows companies
to file for tax credits worth up
to 42 percent of a film's produc-
tion costs. Sixty-two of the 126
companies that applied in 2009
were approved for the credits, the
state's film office said. Industry
expenditures were estimated at
nearly $224 million last year, up
from $125 million in 2008.

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