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CAMPUS CRIME
- Settlement
rejected in
UMHS child
porn case

Agreement would
have dropped one
charge against
Jenson
By ADAM RUBENFIRE
Daily News Editor
The criminal case against
Stephen Jenson, a former Uni-
versity medical resident who
was arrested for alleged receipt
and possession of child por-
nography at the University of
Michigan Health System, is
still undergoing deliberations
nearly a year after his arrest.
Though Raymond Cassar,
Jenson's defense attorney, and
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mat-
thew Roth have come to a con-
sensus on an agreement after
months of negotiations, U.S.
District Judge Avern Cohn
reftaed to immediately accept
the iea agreement on Thurs-
day.
According to court docu-

ments, Cohn took the plea
agreement "under advisement,"
meaning he will not accept the
plea agreement at this stage in
the case.
The agreement, which was
released on Friday, would drop
a charge of receipt of child
pornography that is pending
against Jenson in exchange for
a guilty plea for possession of
child pornography.
A charge of receipt of child
pornography carries a mini-
mum of five to 20 years, while
possession of child pornogra-
phy carries a maximum sen-
tence of 10 years. The guideline
range for Jenson's offense is
70-87 months, according to
the agreement, which notes
that his sentence should not be
below 36 months.
If he is sentenced to prison,
the agreement calls for a super-
vised release of no less than 60
months after he serves the sen-
tence.
Per the agreement, Jenson
would also be required to join
See UMHS, Page SA

University alum Eman Dabaja, a member of the Coalition for Tuition Equality, speaks at a rally in the Diag yesterday.
CTrlE rall ies fo the Diag

Students gather in
support of tuition
equality
By ALICIA ADAMCZYK
Daily Staff Reporter
Seats reserved for University
President Mary Sue Coleman
and University Provost Philip
Hanlon may have remained
noticeably empty during Tues-

day's rally for tuition equal-
ity on the Diag, but that didn't
stop students invested in the
cause from demanding that top
administrators take steps to
ease restrictions on undocu-
mented students.
About 100 students gath-
ered at the steps of the Hatcher
Graduate Library where the
Coalition for Tuition Equality
- a partnership of various stu-
dent groups seeking to estab-
lish in-state tuition rates for

undocumented students living
in Michigan - hosted a "gradu-
ation" ceremony for undocu-
mented students to demonstrate
solidarity for the cause.
Public Policy senior Kevin
Mersol-Barg, the founder of
CTE, said the mock graduation
symbolized a momentous life
event that the coalition hopes
disenfranchised studentswillbe
able to experience in the future.
Though the coalition has made
progress in recent months, he

said he still isn't satisfied with
its current progress with Uni-
versity administrators.
"It's been slow going," Mer-
sol-Barg said. "I'm not sure if
our goals are concrete enough
in terms of where we stand and
where the University stands."
LSA sophomore Daniel
Morales - a previously undocu-
mented student who has been
a frequent speaker on tuition
equality issues on campus -
, See CTE, PageSA

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
CSG
looks at
budget
for fall
After delayed
elections results,
assembly finalizes
positions
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA
Daily StaffReporter
Following Rackham Student
Government's recent proposal
to secede from Central Stu-
dent Government, the assembly
sought to find its footing at its
third meeting of the semester.
Despite the turmoil, CSG
proposed its first resolution,
confirmed selected executive
positions and examined its fall
2012 budget nearly six months
after the March elections.
Still, some of the executive
positions were only provisional-
ly approved and will have to be
See BUDGET, Page SA

CAMPUS VNTS1I S i c S X
Economists discuss tax
policy and the state of
the national economy

NICHOLA5 WILLIAM5/Uaily
The new Obama for America campaign office in Kerrytown held an open house on Tuesday.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Students engage in variety
of language courses at'U'
Unique classes opting to study more unique, at the University to explore,
lesser-known tongues ranging many of which are unavailable
provide insights from Swahili, Urdu and Fili- at other colleges.
pino to Yiddish, Ukrainian and Ukrainian Prof. Rogovyk,
on cultures American Sign Language. the University's Slavic Lan-
According to Global Michi- guage Program coordina-
ByKATIE SZYMANSKI gan - a web portal that pro- tor, created one of the only
Daily Staff Reporter vides updates on study abroad academic minor programs in
projects and multicultural Ukrainian Studies in North
Whilelearning aforeignlan- activities at the University - America. She plays an active
guage is already a challenge, there are more than 65 lan- role in researching the Uni-
students at the University are guages available for students See LANGUAGE, Page SA

Former presidential
advisers share
insights from
White House
By LISSA KRYSKA
For the Daily
Though tax policy isn't often
on the minds of most students,
economists that previously
served in the administrations of
former United States presidents
urged awareness of financial
affairs at an event at the Ross
School of Business Tuesday.
Students, professors and Ann
Arbor residents gathered in Blau
Auditorium to hear four promi-
nent economists discuss the
tax policies of President Barack
Obama and Republican presi-
dential nominee Mitt Romney
and how different courses of
action could impact the country.
Mary Ceccanese - a research
process coordinator at the Busi-
ness School's Office of Tax
Policy Research who helped
coordinate the forum - said the

event was inspired by a similar
meeting held during the 2000
election at the University that
was designed to provide a clear-
er understanding of each candi-
date's tax policies.
"People need to hear what's
not being said on both sides of
the aisle," Ceccanese said.
Economists Bruce Bartlett,
Leonard Burman and Kevin
Hassett were featured panelists
at the event, while University
Economics Prof. Joel Slemrod
hosted the discussion. All four
have extensive backgrounds in
economic and tax policies from
working for Democratic and
Republican presidents.
Throughout the event, top-
ics ranged from the tax policies
of individual candidates to the
effect of the current political
climate on the country's fiscal
challenges.
Slemrod, who worked for the
Council of Economic Advisers
during the Reagan adminis-
tration, began the discussion
by reminding the audience of
America's long history with tax
policy debates, noting that even
See ECONOMY, Page 5A

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