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financial aid appropriations will
most likely remain stable, which
will generate difficulties for stu-
dents as college tuition continues
to rise.
"The general trend that I'm
expecting is the national Pell Grant
is going to be stagnant, so it is not
going to be keeping pace with the
increasing of college costs," Kan-
trowitz said. "We're going to see
very sharp increases in college
tuition without corresponding
increases in federal grants. College
is going to become less affordable
for low- and moderate-income stu-
. Kantrowitz said he foresees that
in addition to a decrease in gradu-
ation rates, the increase in col-
lege tuition will lead to a national
downward shift in student matric-
ulation in four-year institutions
as they switch to more affordable
"It is in turn going to cause low-
and moderate-income students at
an increasing rate to switch from
four-year institutions to two-year
institutions, and from non-profit
institutions to public institutions,"
Kantrowitz said. "So we're going
to see declines in bachelor's degree
attainment as a result."
Kantrowitz added that while the
future of legislation in Congress is
uncertain, he sees the Republicans
grappling with the choice either to
attempt to block progressive legis-
lation or to attempt to compromise
in order to prevent "being seen as
"I think there's going to be a
lot of resistance to anything that
spends more money," he said. "The
difference between Democrats and
Republicans is not that one party
really exercises fiscal restraint, it's
really rather that the Democrats
spend money on programs while
the Republicans spend the money
on reducing taxes."
He continued: "I think given
that we have record budget defi-
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All of the committee's suggestions
are in-line with the finalization of
NAGPRA human remains transfer
rules, which were completed earlier
this year, according to the release.
The suggestions outline that the
University will develop a clear policy
on how to transfer Native American
human remains and how to handle
requests on information about the
Forrest made minimal changes
to the recommendations, includ-
ing halting all further research on
culturally unidentifiable Native
American remains and bringing in
at least one committee member who
is not affiliated with the University
to bring a tribal perspective to the
group, the release said.
Those changes made by Forrest
were based on public feedback gath-
ered in October, the release stated.
Other committee guidelines,
all of which the office of the Vice
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ness and Pierpont Commons on
North Campus.
Nader Hakim, president of the
Muslim Students' Association, said
his group has been a major propo-
nent of these spaces, adding in an
e-mail interview that the organiza-
tion "provides the structural sup-
port that people need to approach
the administration about improv-
ing and creating reflection rooms."
Hakim added that the hard work
of individuals are really the driving
force behind MSA's efforts.
"It's the motivated Muslims on
campus who take it upon them-
selves to help out their brothers and
sisters in faith," he said.
Laurie Alexander, director of the
UGLi, echoed Hakim's sentiments,
saying that individual students
stepped forward to advocate for
reflection room space.
According to Hakim, LSA junior
Ahmad Hasan was one of those stu-
dents driving the push for reflec-
tion rooms.
"The administration was
extremely supportive and recep-
tive to our request," Hasan wrote
in an e-mail interview. "They gave
us a lot of room to express what we
wanted the reflection room to look
like and were willing to make it
Alexander noted that the room
has already seen significant use
after being re-purposed for reflec-
"It was definitely a need that we
were able to meet," she said.
Hakim said officials have also
been responsive to student com-
plaints about conditions of the
reflection rooms. Graduate stu-
dent instructor mailboxes near

cits, it's goingto be very difficult to
see any increases on spending on
federal student aid and certainly
not any kind of bold increase."
Kantrowitz also said he doesn't
foresee any change in recently
established federal health care
legislation that applies to students,
like the Affordable Care Act, which
extends coverage to individuals
up to age 26 under their parent's
health insurance plans. He said he
believes this is because young peo-
ple tend not to have serious health
issues that lead to the use of gov-
ernment resources.
"I don't see them rolling health
care back," Kantrowitz said. "The
26-year olds generally don't have
very many health problems. It's
a way of reducing the risk of the
insured pool. And certainly it
increases the cost of the insurance,
but they typically will pass it on to
the consumers indirectly soI don't
see that changing."
Mike Boulus, executive director
of Presidents Council, State Uni-
versities of Michigan, said student
aid legislation within the state may
face complications, since Michigan
is dealing with a nearly $2 billion
deficit for the 201 fiscal year, near-
ly 25 percent of which includes
higher education costs.
"Without a new tax structure
and new revenue, we're looking
at possible severe cuts and higher
education could be among the
victims," Boulus said. "And if the
state continues to disinvest in the
institutions, and we want to main-
tain the high standards of quality
education, particularly at Univer-
sity of Michigan, something has to
Boulus said while the University
has been efficient in budgeting in
some sectors, it still can't prevent
the imminent future increase in
"Some of it is about that cost
containment stuff which I think
University of Michigan has really
excelled at, but at some point its
tuition is going to continue to rise,
which means the need for more
student financial aid," he added.
President for Research has agreed
to follow, stipulate that if the Univer-
sity transfers culturally unidentifi-
able remains, it should also include
funerary objects in the transfer. The
guidelines also state that the human
remains committee will remain a
standing comlittee d gontinue to
advise the OVPR.
The OVPR has also adopted a sug-
gestion from tribal leaders, vowing
to leave the remains in their current
locations while deciding where to
returnthem, accordingtotherelease.
Forrest said in the press release that
his office believes it is important to
include input from committee mem-
bers with tribal knowledge as the
University continues to develop its
remains policy.
"We simply must get all parties
talking to each other again," Forrest
said in the release. "We believe con-
sultation, on all aspects of this sensi-
tive issue, is critical to developing a
According to the release, Univer-
sity officials will send letters explain-
ing the new transfer process to tribal
leaders by the end of the month.
the Chemistry Building reflection
room used to interrupt students'
prayers, he said. Those mailboxes
have now been removed, according

to Nina Grant, director of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs and the
Trotter Multicultural Center.
"It was an individual student
that brought that concern through
the Dean of Students office," Grant
MSA has raised issues of cleanli-
ness in the Haven Hall location as
well, and Hakim said maintenance
has already started to improve.
Though the reflection rooms are
secular in nature, Muslim students
are among the most frequent users.
The privacy offered by the reflec-
tion rooms allows them to quietly
perform their five daily prayers
while on campus.
"I don'tknow of any other specif-
ic organization that uses the reflec-
tion rooms," Hakim wrote. "But
I have seen other individuals sit-
ting quietly in personal reflection,
especially in the League reflection
Hasan agreed with Hakim, writ-
ing that he has seen students of all
faiths and backgrounds make good
use of the rooms, either for reli-
gious purposes or "simply to enjoy
some personal time." Hasan added
that the rooms were intended as a
safe space for University students
on campus to relax and reflect.
"Overall, the Muslims on cam-
pus are very grateful to the Univer-
sity and student leaders on campus
for recognizing this need and fill-
ing it," Hakim said. "Speaking for
Muslims, I know these rooms are
frequented every single day."
Hakim said the addition of more
reflection rooms remains a prior-
ity for MSA, and the organization
hopes to push for a location at the
Union in the near future.


University custodian Robert Harrison shovels leaves into a trash can in front of the Michigan Union yesterday. Harrison, who drives 97 miles everyday from his home in
Freeland, Mich., said picking'up the leaves is a constant battle because he knows that tomorrow he will be back to do the same thing.

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through multiple stages, which
included design efforts, testing and
interfacing to build the RAX.
"We know now how it should
behave in orbit," she said.
According to Sloboda, the team
also manufactured many of the
spacecraft's materials, includ-
ing parts members had originally
planned to purchase.
"Our team was like, 'You know
what, if we want it done right, we
have to do it ourselves,"' he said.
Once in orbit, the RAX will relay
data to the team, which intends to
examine the ways Earth-to-Space-
craft communication is disrupted
by space anomalies called magnet-
ic field-aligned irregularities.
Radio signals will be trans-
mitted from Alaska into plasma
instabilities within the ionosphere
- the highest region of the atmo- A part of
sphere. The RAX will then record
and process these signals before commu
they are sent back to Earth to be Thou
analyzed. RAX w
"We have antennas that we Springn
can use to 'talk' to the satellite," apprehc
explained team member John membe
Springmann, a Rackham student. satellite
"We can send commands up to it, up to 2t
and ground stations around the "It'sz
world have volunteered to help us said. "N


the student-built RAX satellite that is slated to launch this Friday.

nicate with it."
ugh there's a chance the
ill fail - a possibility that
mann said has created some
ension among the group -
rs are confident that the
e could remain in orbit for
5 years.
really just begun," Spangelo
We're trying to constantly

bring in new people and get them
involved.It's an ongoing project."
And though the satellite has
yet to launch, the RAX team has
already garnered attention on
campus. During her Oct. 27 State
of the University speech, Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
praised the efforts of the RAX
team, calling their work "teaching

and learning in action."
"The University of Michigan
flourishes because our commu-
nity believes in a promising future,
one shaped by spectacular teach-
ers, life-changing science and
research, and talented graduates
whose creativity is, literally, out of
this world," Coleman said during
the speech.

Newly elected IFC President Jared Jaffe talks at IFC elections last night in the Anderson Room'of the Michigan Union.

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he said in his candidacy speech.
"And if you are not vocal, this is
detrimental to our society."
In an interview after the elec-
tion, Jaffe said one of his main
goals as IFC president will be to
improve the image of fraternities
on campus.
"We need to affect the commu-
nity positively so that people know
that fraternities aren't just about
hanging out and that we do things
to better themselves and the com-
munity," he said.
Schmidt was elected at Panhel's
elections on Tuesday. In an inter-
view after IFC elections last night,
Schmidt said she ran on a platform
of "positive visibility."
"Pretty much promoting our

positive image on campus, wheth-
er through wearing letters or doing
service in our letters," she said.
Ryan Knapp, IFC's public rela-
tions chair, explained in an inter-
view that IFC and Panhel follow
similar election protocols that use
a run-off election system.
"We have a slate where each
candidate has interviewed with
their respective member of the
e-board and then as a board, they
have an application process, where
they have specific questions that
they answer," Knapp explained on
Monday afternoon before the IFC
elections. "And then, we interview
them, and we create a slate of peo-
ple we think are qualified for the
position and then we present that
to the president."
Knapp said candidates could
submit applications between Oct. I
and Oct. 22 and were interviewed

by current executive board mem-
bers between Oct. 22 and Nov. 10.
After that, the executive board had
a week to produce the slate that
was presented at the elections.
"Every chapter that's recog-
nized by IFC has a seat at the table
and each one, provided they're in
good standing, has a vote (in the
election)," Knapp said.
IFC elections also follow a strict
protocol with specific time restric-
"It is a long process, because to
give everyone a fair shot, there are
three parts," Knapp said. "There's
the speech by each candidate,
there's a pro and con for each can-
didate, and there's a discussion
Outgoing Panhel President
Katie Rosenberg explained that
Panhel elections follow a similar

"It's the same deal, the president
speaks for five minutes, the other
candidates for three," Rosenberg
said. "We don't have the discus-
sion in between and we don't do
question and answer. We just do
speeches, mostly pros, we don't
really ever do cons."
And while the process is long,
Knapp explained it is necessary
for the organizations to function
"We've had pretty good pro-
tocol as far as the process goes,
we're going to try to really stress
upon the fact that we're real-
ly electing our future leaders.
We're really trying to find the
best candidate for the position at
this time," he said. "It's a process
that's worked really well for us in
the past, when you're trusted in
something of this magnitude, it is
really important."

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