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Thursday, September 9, 2010 micigndaily.com

Ann Arbor, Michigan

THE TEXTBOOK MARKET
New rules
offer students
more info for
book buying

Former head of the Democratic National Committee and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (left) and United States Rep. Mark Schauer last night in Rackham Auditorium.
At rally, politicians urge crowd
to vote in November midterms

Federal law requires
professors to
release book lists at
registration time
By JENNIFER DOMINGUE
Daily StaffReporter
With the start of a new semes-
ter, many students have been
racking up expensive bills from
buying textbooks. But a new fed-
eral law recently took effect that
aims to alleviate this financial
burden.
A recent provision to the
Higher Education Opportunity
Act requires colleges that receive
federal funding to release the
required textbook lists at the
time of class registration. Also,
textbook publishers now have
to release prices and revision
addendums to schoolA and pro-
fessors so prices are more widely
available.
Supporters of the new law,
which went into effect Jul. 1,
2010, say the new provision will
give college students ample time
to search for cheaper textbook
options on websites, use text-
book buy-back programs or rent
books instead of going to a cam-
pus bookstore.

According to a press release
distributed last month by the the
Student Public Interest Research
Group, the new legislation will
provide much-needed help to
students wihen buying textbooks.
Students spend an average of
$900 on textbooks each year,
according to the release.
Despite the new law, some
University students say they
won't be changing their textbook
buying strategies.
But some students, like Engi-
neering junior Paige Beyers, said
they purchase their textbooks
at the bookstores in town just
before school starts and this new
legislation probably won't affect
their textbook-buying practices.
"I spend about $500 or more
per semester for my textbooks
at the bookstore," Beyers said.
"I a wAysgo just before classes
start."
LSA junior Ryan Jackson said
he no longer purchases his text-
books at a bookstore, but rather
rents them from Chegg.com, a
website that rents textbooks to
students at a discounted price.
"I save about $200 now by
renting my textbooks," he said.
Tina Couch, vice president of
public relations for Chegg.com,
wrote in an e-mail statement
that the company is in favor of
See TEXTBOOKS, Page 7A

At event, Dingell,
Dean, Schauer and
Peters talk Obama
agenda, 2010 races
By BETHANY BIRON
Daily StaffReporter
Former Democratic presiden-
tial candidate Howard Dean and
United States Rep. John Dingell
(D-Mich.) headlined a College

Democrats rally last night aimed
at getting students involved in the
midterm elections.
Special guests at the event
called, "Moving Michigan For-
ward," included U.S. Rep. Mark
Schauer (D-Mich.) and U.S.
Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The
speakers discussed a variety of
topics, but focused primarily on
the importance of winning Demo-
cratic seats in Congress to contin-
ue supporting President Barack
Obama's policy decisions.
Each speaker was received

with cheers from the crowd of
students and other University
community members, who filled
most of Rackham Auditorium.
Dean, a past Democratic
National Committee chairman
and former Vermont governor,
said Obama stands for the val-
ues that many college students
believe in - equal rights and
opportunities - and added that
if Republicans assume majority
control in Congress, America will
be "starkly different" and regress
to days of intolerance.

"I remember what it was like
to see the dogs loosed on people,
who simply were crossing over
into a different colored neigh-
borhood to vote," Dean said. "I
remember what it was like to see
the police turning fire hoses on
peaceful demonstrators. We are
notgoingback."
Dean said if Democrats truly
want change, they must work not
only toward getting their candi-
dates elected but also to inspire
Democratic sentiment through-
See DEMS, Page 7A

MEET AND GREET
At open house, students rub
elbows with administrators

Students say they
relish chance to talk
with 'U' officials
By KYLE SWANSON
Dadiy News Editor
Hundreds of students packed
(to the historic University presi-
dent's house on South University
Avenue yesterday to chat with top
administrators about everything

from biochemistry to architecture
to their experiences at the Univer-
sity.
Starting at 3:30 p.m. yesterday,
University President Mary Sue
Coleman visited with students
who stopped by her house for the
annual president's open house,
continuing the event until 6 p.m.,
nearly an hour beyond its sched-
uled end.
"It's always so fun to meet stu-
dents," Coleman said, adding that
she especially enjoyed interact-

ing with seniors and international
students. "Ijust appreciate the fact
that students take advantage and
come over to talk to me."
"I just wish I had more time to
talk to everybody," she continued.
"It's really inspiring to see (the
students). I always come away
from these sessions really admir-
ing the kind of students we recruit
to Michigan. It's really wonder-
ful."
And while some students came
See OPEN HOUSE, Page 7A

CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS
To strengthen communities, groups
organize their own welcome weeks

Workers at the Recycle Ann Arbor plant sort through non-recyclable materials yesterday. The City of Ann Arbor is partnering
with RecycleBank to offer households incentives for recycling.
A2 partners with company
to offer recycling incentives

Series of events add
to typical Welcome
Week activities
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
New and returning students
were welcomed to campus last
week with traditional Welcome
Week events like New Student
Convocation, the first football
game in Michigan Stadium, block

parties and of course, free food.
But some campus groups are
using the start of the semester to
bring members of various com-
munities together and introduce
students to less traveled areas of
campus.
This week marks the start of
Black Welcome Week, an event
organized by the Black Student
Union, which features a mix of
academic and social events. LSA
junior Chatoris Jones, treasurer
of BSU, said the aim of the event
is to "bring unity" to the commu-

nity.
"We want all the incoming
freshmen to get to know one
another," Jones said.
The week's events include a
drive-in movie, a girls' and guys'
game night and general health
talks. Also on the agenda is a
pre-professional day in which
researchers and different organi-
zations on campus come together
to speak to new students about
getting involved.
In years past, Black Welcome
See WELCOME, Page 7A

RecycleBank tallies
points redeemable
at local retailers
By CLAIRE GOSCICKI
Daily StaffReporter
The City of Ann Arbor has
partnered with RecycleBank

- a program that aims to pro-
mote environmental friendliness
throughout the United States and
United Kingdom - for a new ini-
tiative to increase recycling among
single-family homes and duplexes.
Area residents who sign up to
participate in the program will be
offered incentive points according
to the number of pounds of mate-
rials they recycle each week. And

those points can be redeemed at
local and national retailers, gro-
cers and restaurants.
Each time a household recycles
with a RecycleBank 64-gallon
cart, sensors in the cart will track
participation and credit Recy-
cleBank points to a household's
online account.
Last July, Ann Arbor moved
See RECYCLING, Page 7A

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