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DIAG Pharmacy student Stephanie
Hamel, the second Beyond the
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two areas the program worked
where the answers exist," Buoy in last year served as "pilot
said. "We very much believe that neighborhoods." She added that
if people know each other better, after researching similar pro-
then they will feel safer because grams at other universities over
they'll know who lives in their the summer and surveying stu-
neighborhood." dents, Beyond the Diag will have
The ambassadors work three a much stronger presence this
to four hours a week and are year.
compensated for their time, and "Last year ... we didn't do any
are asked to also plan two or specific. smaller events in the
three events per semester for neighborhoods," Hamel said.
residents living in their neigh- "The student ambassadors we
borhoods. had were kind of.spread across
Buoy said one of the most campus and working more on a
important aspects of the pro- program-wide basis."
gram is creating a culture of off- Hamel said the program is
campus living that will become expected to hire a faculty mem-
part of the "Michigan Tradi- ber as the program director,
tion." which she believes will further
"We have a lot of amazing tra- strengthen the program. The
ditions here, but to work some- program director will work to
thing new into that mix can be raise funds, find corporate spon-
challenging," Buoy said. "But I sors and provide institutional
think the student support has support.
been really strong." Hamel also emphasized the
importance of instilling a cam-
pus culture with the program.
"We want this to be some-
thing that students look to for
support and information off-
campus," she said.
Rackham student Matt Ion-
nerstater, a program assistant,
oversees all of the neighbor-
hood ambassadors, and said he
became involved to learn more
about community organization
and urban planning.
"I thought it was a good
opportunity to really practice
what I wanted to do in the
future but also improve stu-
dent life off-campus," Lonner-
stater said. "I lived off-campus
for three years and never once
was there a neighborhood
will distribute the new off-
campus living guides in the
next two weeks. The program's
will launch at the end of t ie
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campus leaders manage their
organizations, including a finan-
cial system that allows groups to
view their account balances, a
link to UMEvents - the central
events calendar at the University
- as well as several resources to
facilitate group communication.
The website will also include
a campus involvement tracker
later in the year which will allow
students to monitor an ongoing
record of their extracurricular
activities at the University.
"There are robust commu-
nication tools for student orga-
nizations," Pile said. "They can
text message members, e-mail
all members or only a subset -
like committees - so it provides
a great roster management plat-
Ultimately, she said the Uni-
versity hopes that the new site
will help students to seek out and
join organizations that fit their
"It will actually enhance any
student's ability to find ways to
get involved," Pile said.
The new Maize Pages is
powered by CollegiateLink, a
component of Campus Labs, a
web-based assessment program
focused on the promotion of stu-
dent organizations. Several other
universities, including Slippery
Rock University and the Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh, also use the
Some student organizations
have noted that the lengthy re-
registering process, paired with
general lack of awareness of the
new program, is to blame for the
lack of participation on the new
The timing of the launch has
worried groups such as the Uni-
versity's chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union, which was
rejected from CollegiateLink's
group registration project for
having a URL that didn't meet
the website's standards.
LSA junior Jacob Light, the
ACLU chair, said starting a new
system so close to the beginning
of the semester is bound to cre-
ate confusion, and may hinder
students from joining a group of
"I think that the new Maize
Pages, going up so close.to the
beginning of the semester, serves
only to confuse students," Light,
said. "Goinglive atthe beginning
of the school year just creates a
headache for me and .tuuC..
that Iam hoping to connect to."
Light said he felt much of
the re-registration process was
unnecessary and took him about
an hour to complete the entire
"The re-registering process
was lengthy," Light said. "It felt
like I was not simply creating a
page, but applying to be a student
organization altogether. It took
me through various aspects of
my student organization that I
knew would not be relevant to
my actual student org's page."
While the new website
requires student organizations to
input asignificant amountofnew
information, student organiza-
tions have always been required
to re-register for the new school
year, according to Pile.
LSA senior Kevin Pohl, the
LSA Student Government exter-
nal relations chair, said the new
management platform is appeal-
ing to the complex inner-work-
"I think that the new site will
be a great new tool for managing
our group internally," Pohl said.
"I like that it combines a lot of
the University services that were
previously found in bany differ-
ent places online. I think the big-
gest improvement is the addition
of the finances section."
Pohl said he believes that the
revamped Maize Pages will be
a great resource for students
once the registration process is
complete, but it cannot replace
a student organization's own
"While I do think it's great
though, I don't think it's ever
going to be anything that would
replace our website for posting
information or our events to our
constituents," Pohl said.
with currency constraints
for dollars becomes
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
(AP) - Argentines are increas-
ingly feeling trapped inside
their country as the government
restricts access to the foreign cash
they need to travel.
Legallytradingpesos for dollars
or euros has become ever more
difficult as President Cristina Fer-
nandez tries to keep dollars inside
the country and bolster the Argen-
tine peso's sliding value. And new
rules taking effect this week are
squeezing them still further by
going after credit card spending.
Until now, travel has offered
a limited exception to the cur-
rency controls first imposed lpast
November: People up to date on
their taxes and poised to cross a
border, tickets in hand, can get
permission to buy no more than
$100 per person for each day
abroad. The process is bureau-
cratic and intrusive, and many say
their requests are rejected for rea-
sons they don't understand.
Credit and debit cards pro-
vided a legal way out, enabling
people to make purchases and
get money while abroad. But now
the government is cracking down
there as well.
The new measures make using
plastic inside or outside the coun-
try less affordable by charging
15 percent in taxes on all foreign
purchases that appear on credit or
debit card bills, plus a 50-percent
customs duty on any goods from
abroadthatmight be brought back
to Argentina. Internet purchases
on sites such as Amazon, eBay
and the Apple Store are included,
along with anything bought using
online services such as PayPal.
. Consumers will pay the tax
along with their monthly card
bills. And for the first time, the
government will be able to scruti-
nize each cardholder's entire bill,
tracking their spending to capture
anything unreported on customs
and tax declarations. Argentines
are taxed on wealth as well as
income, so this gives tax agents
powerful new tools to collect a
piece of everything they own.
Tax chief Ricardo Echegaray
described twin objectives: catch-
ing scofflaws and making it less
attractive for Argentines to spend
"Let there be no doubt that
we prefer that everyone stay and
spend their summers in Argen-
tina," Echegaray said last week.
He later clarified that people
who fully pay their taxes "can
take vacations, buy things and
do things anywhere in the world
they wish to."
But travelers are learning that
their pesos are no good outside
Argentina, and saving them at
hogne isn't an option either, with
inflation running at 25 percent or
more a year.
Before traveling in June to
southern Argentina and Chile,
information technology executive
Natividad Pozzo and her husband
submitted sworn declarations
to the tax agency and were
granted permission to buy $570,
which they exchanged for Chil-
ean currency across the border.
Then their cash ran out and they
bank cards don't work in ATM
means when a family struggles,"
she said. "He knows what it
means to want something more
for your kids and grandkids.
Barack knows the American
dream because he lived it."
Earlier Monday, during a
conference call with college
students that was hosted by
Students for Obama, the first
lady said that with an especially
tight presidential race, much is
at stake for college students in
this year's election.
She added that the presi-
dent's policy on student tuition
and loans - which has included
doubling funding for Pell grants
and instituting a tuition tax
credit program - should be a
motivating factor for students
to participate in the campaign
and vote in November.
"As college students, you
can see how important things
are every time you look at your
tuition bill or your student loan
statement, and Barack and I
know what that feels like,"
Obama asked students on the
call to support her husband by
voting, just as he supported stu-
dents struggling to cover their
"Barack has your back ...
we're going to need you to stand
up for Barack," Obama said.
"We need you to have his back
and that starts with registering
Ronelle Chapman, a junior at.
Hampton University in Virginia
who introduced the first lady
on the call, has been working
for Obama since he was twelve
years old. Chapman told call-
ers that dedicated student vol-
unteering is especially vital to
the president's re-election cam-
"(Through working on the
campaign) I realized how
important it is that we all work
difference," Chapman said.
Obama said she organized
the call because college stu-
dents are big supporters of her
husband and she. wanted to
thank them and urge them to
continue their hard work.
Obama added that she had
confidence in this year's cam-
paign because of the support
college volunteers have contrib-
uted in the past.
"Every single day, (college
volunteers) should know that
(they) are providing the energy
and the passion that have always
been the engine behind Barack's
campaign," Obama said.
In her speech in Charlotte,
Obama said she and her hus-
band have the endurance for
four more years in the White
House, and are ready to contin-
ue to encourage change.
"(President Obama) reminds
me that we are playing a long
game here, and that change is
hard, and change is slow, and
it never happens all at once.
even harder for every vote, But eventually we get there, we
because each one could be the always do," Obama said.
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