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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Regent says 'U'
hopes to raise $1B in
financial aid through
By PETER SHA HIN
Daily News Editor
It was all on the table on
Thursday night - well, on the
screen, at least.
Regent Mark Bernstein, one of
the newest members of the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents, held
a Twitter Town Hall to answer
students' questions. Topics
ranged from renovations of the
recreational sports facilities and
the Michigan Union to college
affordability - all answered in
140 characters or less.
The event was co-hosted by
the Central Student Govern-
ment, whose president, Manish
Parikh, was standing by to help
run the event. Students from
various campus groups were also
on hand to promote the event
through their own tweets.
The originalintent ofthe event
was to help acquaint students
with the function and responsi-
bilities of a regent, Parikh said.
He estimated that about 120 stu-
dents tweeted at Bernstein over
See TWEETS, Page 3A
'Feeling stuck? Us too'
By JENNIFER CALFAS
and SAM GRINGLAS
The University's Board of
Regents received a report detail-
ing the benefits and drawbacks
of adopting an in-state tuition
rate for undocumented students
from the 'Coalition of Tuition
Equality in mid-March. Since
then, members of CTE have
awaited University response.
While the board's last meet-
ing of the winter termis at 3 p.m.
Thursday, CTE plans to make a
presence to provoke a response,
LSA junior John D'Adamo, the
group's spokesman said.
During the March meeting,
University Provost Phil Hanlon
said he and University Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman will
create a committee to review
Some members of CTE par-
See PROTEST, Page 7A
LSA junior Ramiro Alvarez is arrested by a University Police officer during Wednesday's protest for tuition equality.
Eight arrested at
State Street sit-in
for tuition equality
By JENNIFER CALFAS and
SAM GRINGLAS and
and ManagingNews Editor
Led by a University Police
officer, Public Policy senior
Kevin Mersol-Barg crossed
State Street, hands cuffed
behind his back. Before enter-
ing the squad car, he uttered a
few words as chants advocating
in-state tuition equality were
echoed across the street.
"We won't rest until tuition
equality is passed," he said.
Mersol-Barg - who is a col-
umnist at The Michigan Daily
- was one of eight protesters
arrested after blocking traffic
for around 30 minutes outside
the Michigan Union at State
Street and South University
Avenue. About 40 people origi-
nally impeded traffic, though
many retreated as officers
from the University and Ann
Arbor Police Departments
approached. The arrested
include six University students.
In a protest organized by One
Michigan - a Detroit-based
organization led by undocu-
mented youth and allies - stu-
dents and community members,
call attention to University pol-
icy on undocumented students'
tuition rates. A press release
for the demonstration said stu-
See STUCK, Page 7A
Professors say state
GOP education bill
is political strategy
would cut $47M
from 'U' campuses in
wake of right to work
Daily Staff Reporter
As a result of a bill introduced
in the Michigan House of Rep-
resentatives by Rep. Al Pscholka
(R-Stevensville) in late March, the
University could experience bud-
get cuts of $47 million between
the three campuses for the 2013-
2014 academic year, raising ques-
tions about the future of University
The bill allows for a $31 mil-
lion increase in the state budget's
allocation for higher education.
However, any institutions that
negotiated union contracts after
the right-to-work law went into
effect are penalized unless the new
contracts amount to at least 10 per-
cent in savings.
Because the University rati-
fied contracts with the Lecturers'
Employee Organization; the Grad-
uate Employees' Organization;
The American Federation of State,
County and Municipal employees;
the Michigan Nurses Association;
and the House Officers Associa-
tion, it could be faced with possible
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said it's still too soon to
know if the University will actually
face cuts or what its actions would
be if the cuts do go through.
"That's only a proposal in the
House," Fitzgerald said. "It's not
been approved by the House yet,
and there's a completely different
bill that doesn't have those kinds
of penalties that's working its way
through the Senate."
Fitzgerald added that the Uni-
versity's budget isn't finalized
until June, and won't be sent to the
University Board of Regents for
See EDUCATION, Page 3A
Students relieved stress by playing with therapy dogs on Wednesday as part of PAWS of Ann Arbor's annual Dogs on the Diag.
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