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CRIME NOTES

Laptop missing
WHERE: Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library
WHEN: Sunday at about
3:15 p.m.
WHAT: A laptop, which
was left unattended in a
study area on the forth
floor, was reported stolen,
University Police reported.
There are no suspects.

Finals week
floating
WHERE: Bursley Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Sunday at about
11:15 p.m.
WHAT: A potential mariju-
na violation was discovered,
University Police reported.
Internal staff will handle

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
CORRECTIONS
Resume .An article in the Dec.
BuIIC~rl t1 issue of The Michigan
Buildin"g''' '''"
Daily ("Missed deadlines
WHAT: Workshop to teach plauge CSG elections")
students how to success- incorrectly identified
fully present themselves in the affiliation of Sean
a cover letter, resume and Walser with CSG dur-
interview. The workshop is ing the March election.
open to all students. He was chair of MFor-
WHO: The Career Center ward, not a member.
and Kappa Phi Lambda
WHEN: Tonight from 7:30
to 9 p.m. * Please report any error
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Pond Room tions@michigandaily.com

How does the addition
of the University of
Maryland and Rutgers
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Conference affect Michi-
gan's varsity teams? For a
full rundown, from soccer to
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online.
>> FOR MORE, SEE THEBLOCKMCOM

SECESSION
From Page 1
"What we're looking to do
is not a financial thing at all -
there's a financial component,"
Benson said. "We're looking to
increase graduate student ... voice
on campus and campus matters."
Despite the disagreement, the
two parties agree on one thing -
they want to increase funding for
school and college student gov-
ernments.
"We like what (school specific
student governments) do, they do
great things in representing the
students of their home school,"
he said. "They're justified in being
angry that their fee has been stag-
nant."
El-Kilani said he plans to reach
out to each student government
and ask them if they are interest-
ed in raising the student fee and
to see if raising student fee is bet-
ter than secession, an avenue he
plans to pursue if he gets the sup-
port of students and their respec-
tive student governments.
However, El-Kilani said he
can't make any promises about
raising the student fee.
CSG, under its former name
of the Michigan Student Assem-
bly, passed a resolution in 2010 to
increase funding for school and
college governments, but the Uni-
versity administration rejected
the proposal, El-Kilani said.
CSG collects $7.19 from stu-
dents with $1 of the fee going
to the childcare fund. Each stu-
dent also pays $1.50 to his or her
respective school's student gov-
ernment.
El-Kilani added a proposal
to raise the student fee by any
amount could easily be reject-

ed by the University's Board of
Regents - especially considering
that other groups, such as Build-
ing a Better Michigan, that are
interested in increasing the stu-
dent fee.
El-Kilani said he wouldn't sup-
port reappropriating CSG money
to individual student govern-
ments.
"I think the core issue is
money," He said. "That's clearly
what it's all about - to do more
of the things they do, more of the
great things that they do. Obvi-
ously CSG likes havingthe money
to help students as well in a more
centralized manner. So how do
you balance that out?"
Though Benson said additional
funding would be nice, he said it
wouldn't address the need for a
strong, unified voice for gradu-
ate students and said "throwing a
dollar at us" won't keep RSG from
pursuing secession.
"I don't feel comfortable say-
ing, 'We'll trade; if you give us a
dollar, we'll stop doing what we're
doing,"' he said. "The key factor is
the representation, the voice on
campus."
He added that in the prelimi-
nary plan developed by RSG, the
total student fee for graduate
students would actually decrease
from $8.69 to a flat $8.
Benson emphasized the vast
differences between the graduate
student experience and under-
graduate experience to explain
the importance of separate repre-
sentation. He said the age gap, as
well as the increased likelihood
of graduate students having chil-
dren, are just two ways the groups
differ.
Benson also noted that CSG
spent a significant amount of time
on Medical Amnesty, an issue

graduate students have virtually
no interest in, Benson said.
Nevertheless, Benson said he
would like to see open communi-
cation and collaboration between
RSG and CSG.
While discussion over seces-
sion has been heating up over the
past few months, the idea itself
isn't new -graduate students first
attempted secession 38 years ago.
In 1974 graduate student seces-
sion was considered and again in
1997 and in both cases constitu-
tions for the all-graduate student
governments were drafted.
A 1997 letter from RSG execu-
tive board members to the Vice
President for Student Affairs cited
overwhelming support of student
voters from the Law School, the
Medical School, the Rackham
Graduate School and the School
of Social Work.
"In Referenda (sic) conducted
by each student government in
their respective schools, an aver-
age of 95% of graduate student
voters supported the proposed
change," the co-presidents of RSG
wrote.
Though it's.unclear how many
students voted, secession failed
despite the high percentage of
support, though Benson said the
results the results of the Rackham
vote important.
"Is 69 percent of the 10 percent
meaningful? Yes," Benson said,
adding that "one int10 students in
the graduate school voted - that's
pretty pathetic."
El-Kilani disagreed.
"It's always going to be a
slightly skewed sample," he said.
"People who are voting in RSG
elections tend to be people who
have friends running for RSG
or particularly are interested in
RSG."

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