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Thursday, April 11, 2013

michigandaily.com

GOVERNMENT
Education
prioritized
in Obama
budget

Members of the Maize Mirchi club perform and receive the Do-Re-Mi Award at the Michigan Student Leadership Awards at the Michigan UnionWednesday
Rolling out the blue carpet

Students honored
at annual awards
for leadership
By IAN DILLINGHAM
Daily StaffReporter
On Wednesday, campus lead-
ers had a Hollywood night as
they were recognized in an
award-show-style celebration of
student achievement.

Now in its 34th year, the
Michigan Difference Student
Leadership Awards honor stu-
dent leaders from across the
University. Individuals and
groups are recognized based
on their work promoting the
University and servingthe com-
munity through philanthropy,
social work, school spirit or
notable accomplishments.
The event, which was held
in the Union's Rogel Ballroom,
drew about300 students, faculty

and community members. The
Central Student Government
also presented several awards
as part of the UM-Heroes initia-
tive launched this year.
CSG president Manish
Parikh said the awards recog-
nized individuals who might
not receive consistent recogni-
tion for their positive impact on
campus. .
"I think we really saw the
leaders of the campus commu-
nity," Parikh said. "Most of the

people here today don't seek the
spotlight. This is a quiet moment
of recognition. These awards
serve as a powerful source of
inspiration and motivation for
future Wolverines."
E-MAGINE, a campus orga-
nization that works to provide
Internet access to rural areas
of Africa, won the World Lead-
ers Award in the group category
and the Innovation or Research
Award.
See BLUE CARPET, Page 7A

Department of
Education to receive
4.5-percent increase
in funding
By TAYLOR WIZNER
Daily News Editor
The Obama administration
released its, recommendations
for the 2014 fiscal budget on
Wednesday, proposing a number
of investments aimed to improve
education on all levels - from
K-12 to higher education.
The administration's includes
budget plans to invest $71 billion
in discretionary funding for the
U.S. Department of Education -
an increase of 4.5 percent over
the 2013 pre-sequester invest-
ment - according to a release.
"(President Obama) funda-
mentally knows thatthe best way
to build and support a thriving

middle class is through world-
class education," Arne Duncan,
U.S. Secretary of Education, said
in a conference call.
Duncan said the focus of the
president's budget is on provid-
ing investments toward early
education for four-year-olds
from low and moderate-income
families. Obama's Preschool for
All initiative pians to strengthen
the education process "from cra-
dle to career."
"President Obama also under-
stands that there is an opportu-
nity gap separating far too many
of American children and limits
their life chances often to kids
before they even enter school,
and that's why the core part of
our budget is to restore $75 bil-
lion in investments to fully offset
mandatory funds over to expand
learning opportunities for all 4
year olds of all income families,"
Duncan added.
The president's plan focuses
See EDUCATION, Page 7A

STATE GOVERNMENT
State bill aims
to eliminate
. gap in income

STRIKE A POSE ADMINISTRATION

Driskell introduces
gender equality
legislation
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily StaffReporter
Women in the state of Mich-
igan earn 74 percent as much
as their male counterparts,
according to a study by the
American Association of Uni-
versity Women. A legislative
package recently introduced
in the Michigan House of Rep-
resentatives looks to improve
that statistic.
Introduced in a press con-
ference Tuesday, the bills -
H.B. 4516 through 4519 - will
require employers to disclose
their wages and prevent pay
discrimination for equal work.
Attendees who came to cel-
ebrate the bill received wel-
come letter from Republican
Governor Rick Snyder.
"If we are to achieve true
equality, equal pay for women
is a must," Snyder wrote.
According to U.S. Census
Bureau's 2011 American Com-
munity Survey, the median
salary for women in Michigan

was $36,931, while men earned
$50,053.
State Rep. Gretchen Driskell
(D-Saline) said the bill will
allow women to better nego-
tiate their wages. She pointed
out that Michigan women
encounter one of the largest
pay gaps in the nation.
"It's a problem that isn't
being resolved without legisla-
tion," Driskell said.
The state of Michigan's
wage disparity between men
and women is the seventh larg-
est in the nation, according to
the AAUW.
A similar bill was intro-
duced to the state government
in 2008. The House passed
the legislation, but it failed to
make it through the Senate.
She said representatives felt it
was important to reintroduce
the bill.
The Paycheck Fairness
Act, which also aims to rem-
edy gender discrimination by
amending the Fair Labor Stan-
dards Act of 1938, was intro-
duced to federal Congress
Jan. 23. The bill has since been
referred to a congressional
committee.
Driskell said her bill would
See INCOME, Page 7A

PAYL 1SHERMAN/Daily
LSA junior Shawn Quek and LSA freshman Shannon King perform during a fashion-show flash mob at the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library on Wednesday. The flash mob was promoting SHElfest, SH£I Magazine's annual fashion show
and magazine release party, which will be at The Necto nightclub on Saturday at 8 p.m.
Hillel hosts TEDx event as
part of seies of discussions

Coalition to
address fed.,
state laws at
event today
Arizona activist to
discuss effects of
state DREAM acts
By JENNIFER CALFAS
Daily Staff Reporter
After the University's Board
of Regents accepted a report
detailing the benefits and draw-
backs of in-state tuition equal-
ity for undocumented students,
the University's Coalition for
Tuition Equality will host an
event Thursday featuring a
prominent immigration reform
activist.
Erika Andiola, an Arizona-
based activist for undocument-
ed rights, will speak about her
experience as an activist on
the federal level. Andiola is one
of many national activists for
immigration rights with whom
the coalition works.
CTE - a group involving 31
student organizations - has
been fighting for the cause for
over a year. Public Policy senior
Kevin Mersol-Barg, founder of
CTE, said Andiola will motivate
University students to fight for
See COALITION, Page 7A

Participants reflect
on discrimination
in workplace
By STEPHANIE DILWORTH
Daily StaffReporter
Scraps of paper scattered
across the floor of a room at the
University of Michigan Hil-

lel alerted students to gender
inequalities at an event Wednes-
day.
A small group of students
gathered at Hillel for the TEDx
Salon on Gender Equality in the
Workplace. The event was one
of a series of TEDx talks cover-
ingawide range of topics hosted
on the University's campus this
year.
This discussion, hosted by

Hillel, included a viewing of the
pre-recorded TEDx talk, "Why
we have too few female leaders,"
by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
chief operating officer. The talk,
discussed the struggles women
face due to gender inequalities
in the workforce.
Business junior Dalia Adler,
chair of the Governing Board of
Hillel, said she partnered with
See TEDX, Page 7A

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