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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, March 16,2011

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SHOWING PRIDE

UNIVER SIT Y ACADEMICS
'U' programs
improve, fall
in U.S. News
grad. listings

TODD NEEDLE/Daily
Students promote TEDxUofM during an event on the Diag yesterday. TEDxUofM is a cross-disciplinary conference that will be held at the Michigan Theater on
Friday, April 8.
*MICHIGAN STUDENT ASEMD Y
Resolution against Snyder
speaking at U voted down

College of
Engineering ranks
ninth, nuclear
engineering first
By SUZANNE JACOBS
Daily StaffReporter
Many college seniors across
the country are anxiously
waiting to hear from gradu-
ate schools, and based on U.S.
Newu & World Report's newly
released annual rankings of the
country's top graduate schools,
the University may be high on
many of their lists.
U.S. News & World Report
ranked five main professional
programs - medicine, law, busi-
ness, education and engineer-
ing - in its 2012 compilation of
graduate schools, in addition
to classifying subspecialties
of more than 1,200 graduate
schools.
In a seventh-place tie with
the University of Pennsylvania,
the University of Michigan Law
School ranked the highest of all
the University's professional
schools, rising two spots from

last year.
The average LSAT score of
University Law students is 168-
171, and the students' average
undergraduate grade point aver-
age is 3.57-3.85, according to the
report.
Until this year, the same law
schools have held the top 14
spots since U.S. News & World
Report began ranking law pro-
grams. But this yearthe Univer-
sity of Texas at Austin jumped
See PROGRAMS, Page 3A
BY THE NUMBERS
U.S News& World Report University
graduatetschool rankings.
LAW
7th
t Upfrom9thplace
EDUCATION
9th
Upfrom14th place
MEDICAL
loth
4 Downfrom6thplace
BUSINESS
14th
4 Down from13th place

Assembly debates
stance on governor
as grad. speaker
By ROBIN VEECK
DailyStaffReporter
Ina rare closevotethe Michi-
gan Student Assembly narrowly
struck down a resolution that
would have opposed the Univer-

sity's choice to invite Republican
Gov. Rick Snyder to speak at this
year's Spring Commencement.
The resolution proposed that
MSA send a letter to University
administrators and several news
outlets, including The Michi-
gan Daily, expressing that the
assembly felt Snyder wasn't "an
appropriate" choice for com-
mencement speaker due to his
"lack of commitment for acces-
sible and quality education." The

resolution failed to pass by a vote
of 14-9.
Snyder has proposed a 15-per-
cent decrease in state funding of
Michigan's public universities
and colleges for the 2012 fiscal
year. Because of this, many stu-
dents have reacted unfavorably
to the University asking Snyder
to deliver the commencement
address. An online petition
opposing the choice of Snyder as
commencement speaker had col-

lected nearly 4,000 signatures
from students, alumni, faculty
and staff as of 1:30 a.m. last night.
LSA Rep. Brendan Friedman,
co-author of the resolution, said
at last night's MSA meeting that
the petition indicates that the
resolution represents the inter-
ests of MSA's constituents.
"We believe that the com-
mencement speaker should be
someone that represents the val-
See SNYDER, Page 3A

FEEAL BUDG -T
Funds for UHS, Planned
Parenthood threatened

House bill would
cut aid to Title X
Family Planning
By DAVID BUCCILLI
Daily StaffReporter
Students who seek health
services from University Health
Service or Planned Parenthood
may have more limited options
if a bill in Congress proposing
to cut funding to health clinics
becomes law.

The U.S. Senate is currently
debating a bill, which passed the
U.S. House of Representatives
last month, that would reduce
funding to the federal Title X
Family Planning program. Title
X provides preventative health
services to about 5 million peo-
ple at more than 4,500 clinics,
including Planned Parenthood,
in primarily low-income com-
munities. Other clinics that
would likely be impacted by
the drop in funding are college
health centers at like UHS.
Desiree Cooper, a spokes-

woman for Planned Parenthood
of Mid and South Michigan
wrote inane-mailinterviewthat
the bill would cut funds from all
Planned Parenthood preventive
health care programs "includ-
ing cancer screenings, birth
control, HIV testing, and testing
and treatment for other sexually
transmitted infections."
"Nationally, we are facing
the most aggressive legislative
attack on women's health care
seen in years," Cooper wrote.
Planned Parenthood assists
See UHS, Page 3A

La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine on South State Street yesterday is expected to open at the beginning ofthe summer.
Cosi previously occupied the space.
New State Street Mediterranean

'U' NPR station could face cuts restaurant to open during summer

U.S. House voted to
reduce $445M in
two-year period
By HALEY GLATTHORN
Daily StaffReporter
For drivers who enjoy listen-
ing to news radio stations on
their way to work, the state of
the national budget may cause a

disruption to their morning com-
mutes.
Though the U.S. Senate has
yet to approve a federal budget
for the next fiscal year, the U.S.
House of Representatives recent-
ly voted to eliminate all federal
funding for public broadcasting,
constituting a drop of about $445
million by 2013.
While the loss may not be sub-
stantial for broadcasting giants
such as the Public Broadcast-

ing Service and National Public
Radio, local broadcasting stations
across the country would feel sig-
nificant financial effects.
According to NPR's website,
the company gains 34 percent of
its revenue through membership
fees that stations like Michigan
Radio - a the University-affiliat-
ed branch of NPR that serves Ann
Arbor, Detroit, Flint, and Grand
Rapids - pay in exchange for pro-
See NPR, Page 3A

La Marsa to will have to wait a few more
months to try the forthcoming
occupy former restaurant's Mediterranean
dishes.
Cosl location The eatery, called La Marsa
Mediterranean Cuisine, is
By ANNA ROZENBERG expected to open early this
Daily StaffReporter summer, Co-owner of La
Marsa Fidel Gannouni, a Mich-
Though a new forest green igan resident said. The estab-
awning featuring a picture of lishment is filling the 301 South
a kabob has been displayed on State St. space formerly occu-
South State Street for several pied by Cosi, which closed in
weeks, Ann Arbor residents December.

Though the restaurant
has other locations through-
out Michigan in Farmington
Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Troy
and Waterford, this will be the
establishment's first Ann Arbor
spot.
"Ann Arbor (was) always a
dream to me," Gannouni said,
adding that South State Street
is an ideal location because of
its proximity to Central Cam-
pus, the Michigan Theater and
See RESTAURANT, Page 3A

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