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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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STATE BUDGET
'U' officials:
Tuition hike
to be under
7.1 percent

DANIELLE TOLL/Daily
LSA senior Samantha Greenberg gets a free haircut from Douglas J Aveda hairdresser Ashley Overmyer in exchange for donating her hair to Locks of Love and
Pantene's Beautiful Lengths. The donation was part of the University Hospital's "Share Your Hair" donation drive in the hospital's Towsley Lobby yesterday.
UNIVERSITY FACULTY
SACUA passes motion for
polin fculon issues

Coleman says 'U'
to meet governor's
guideline regarding
tuition increase cap
By JOSEPH LICHTERMAN
Daily News Editor
Despite Republican Gov. Rick
Snyder's proposed cuts to higher
education appropriations, Uni-
versity officials say they believe
tuition increases for the 2011-2012
academic year will be limited.
Snyder has proposed a 15-per-
cent cut in state funding to public
colleges and universities in Mich-
igan for the 2012 fiscalyear. How-
ever, schools may receive less
funding from the state if tuition
increases exceed 7.1 percent- the
state average of tuition hikes over
the past five years.
In separate interviews with
The Michigan Daily, University
President Mary Sue Coleman and
University Provost Philip Hanlon
said they anticipate the Univer-
sity's tuition increase will be less
thanthe 7.1-percentlimitsetforth
in Snyder's proposed budget.
"I think that we will be within

the tuition restraint that (Snyder
has) required to get the extra
piece of (the state appropria-
tion)," Hanlon said. "I think that
we are aware that his budget pro-
posal isn't the final budget, so we
are thinking about contingency
should the situation get worse,
but our main planning is around
the 15-percent cut."
If Snyder's plan is adopted
by the Michigan Legislature in
its current form, the University
would face an approximately
$47.5-million reduction in state
funding. The University was
appropriated $316 million from
the state for the current fiscal
year.
However, if the University's
tuition rate increase exceeds the
7.1-percent tuition guideline, the
fundingcut would increase by 5.2
percent, or about $14 million.
Coleman said the University
will maintain its commitment
to financial aid regardless of any
tuition increase.
"We have always tried to
match, with even more commit-
ment, financial aid than with the
tuition increase because we know,
that families are struggling ..."
Coleman said.
See TUITION, Page 3

Committee also
seeks advice on
recent FOIAs
By KAITLIN WILLIAMS
Daily StaffReporter
The leading faculty govern-
ing body's authority came under
question by its own members at

the group's meeting yesterday
afternoon.
Members of the Senate Advi-
sory Committee on Univer-
sity Affairs
discussed NOTEBOOK
whether con-
ducting a poll to ask faculty
members' opinions on extending
the tenure probationary period
would strengthen or undermine
democratic process. Though

the motion was ultimately
withdrawn, SACUA members
unanimously passed another
motion calling for polls would
be conducted in the future to
help decide SACUAs position on
issues.
The discussion arose when
SACUA member Rachel Gold-
man, a professor in the College
of Engineering, made a motion to
conduct the poll of the assembly

members.
"The 4ietion - remains,'
Goldman said, "are we going to
have democracy?"
But, she later withdrew the
motion because of concerns
about timing and the methodol-
ogy that would be used to con-
duct the poll.
The University Senate voted
last month to recommend the
See SACUA, Page 3

SPRING COMMENCEMENT PLAY ME A SONG, MR. PIANO MAN
35 percent of graduates
to wear recycled gowns N I

More students to
wear gowns made of
plastic bottles
ByHALEYGLATTHORN
Daily StaffReporter
Students filing into the Big
House to receive their diplomas
at this year's Spring Commence-
ment will receive one final lesson

from the University - go green.
Some graduates will be
dressed in gowns made of recy-
cled plastic bottles at commence-
ment on April 30 as part of a
collaborative initiative between
the University administration
and students in a Graham Envi-
ronmental Sustainability Insti-
tute course. About 35 percent of
graduates will don the recycled
gowns, according to a recent
Graham Institute press release.

Though the option to wear
recycled gowns has been avail-
able for the past two years, the
number purchased has signifi-
cantly increased this year. Mike
Shriberg, who teaches the course
"Sustainability in the Cam-
pus" which is sponsoring the
program, said the change was
prompted by a greater interest in
sustainability on the part of the
University administration.
See GOWNS, Page 3

UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
* Ohio Sen. Portman to give Law
School commencement speech

ALLISON KRUSKE/Daily
Architecture junior Tim Yang plays the piano in the Duderstadt Center yesterday. Yang has been playing piano for five
years and said it is a way of escaping the stress of school.
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ~
Engineering students testing balloons
to provide Internet in remote locations
Balloons may extend these balloons aren't for gazing design class taught by Lecturer
at beautiful landscapes. Darren McKague - are involved
Internet access after The students are part of the in the balloon technology
high-altitude balloon teams efforts. The dozen students in
natural disasters hit in the College of Engineering, the class, as well as other Engi-

Law School Portman (R-Ohio) will be this
year's Law School commence-
alum to speak at mentspeaker.
Portman wrote in a Univer-
May 7 ceremony sity press release issued yester-
day that he is looking forward
By MIKE MERAR to talking to students at his alma
Daily StaffReporter mater as they prepare to enter
the professional world.
The University Law School "The University of Michigan
announced yesterday that U.S. Law School is a model for aca-
Sen. and Law School alum Rob demic excellence, preparing our

best and brightest young minds
for challenging careers ahead,"
Portman wrote. "I feel honored
as an alum to speak to the future
leaders of our country as they
prepare to take their next steps
in life."
Law School Dean Evan
Caminker wrote in the press
release that Portman is a role
model for many students who
See PORTMAN, Page 3

By RAYZA GOLDSMITH
Daily Staff Reporter
A group of University stu-
dents is working on sending bal-
loons to high altitudes, though

which are experimenting with
using the balloons to extend the
availability of the Internet to
rural areas and disaster zones.
Students enrolled in Atmo-
spheric, Oceanic and Space Sci-
ences 583 - a space systems

neering students, participate in
the teams, which experiment
with the basics of ballooning,
and aiming to use ballooning to
expand the availability of mobile
technology. The students will be
See BALLOONS, Page 3

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