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RETIREMENT
From Page 1
Asstate allocationstotheUniversi-
ty have declined over the past decade,
the University has sought new meth-
ods to contain costs. Like the shared
services initiative, alterations to the
structure of retirement plan alloca-
tions are part of the Administrative
Services Transformation Project, a
long-term project aimed to reduce
costs that minimally affect the stu-
dent experience.
"Cost containment at U-M is a
comprehensive effort, and looking at
large and growing expenses is vital to
that process," Timothy Slottow, exec-
utive vice president and chief finan-
cial officer, wrote in a press release.
"We took a disciplined approach,
utilizing expert faculty because we
know a strong retirement savings
program is crucial to the welfare of
faculty and staff."
The University also announced
Thursday it saved $16 million - $2
million more than initially pro-
for
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"Run. We need you." diE
"We need to step up so we'll be ch
heard," Lawrence added. sio
The leaders also stressed the th
importance of mentorship - pa
whether from a male or female an
- and the need for women to ge
support each other in campaigns,
careers and in life instead of see- wI
ing each other as competitors. an
Dingell, who late last month ad
declared her candidacy to fill her oN'
retiring husband Rep. John Ding- to
ell's (D-Mich.) congressional oN
seat, could engage in a primary w
challenge with Warren, who has co

jected - through strategic sourc-
ing initiatives during the 2013 fiscal
year. Another component of the AST
Project, this project streamlines the
University's purchasing of supplies,
furniture and computers.
The University Health System,
which also received similar analysis
of its retirement allocations, opted for
more extensive changes to its current
policy.
Because a study showed UMHS's
retirement savings plan was more
than 60 percent greater than nation-
al and local peers, the committee
recommended capping the Universi-
ty's contribution at 9 percent of base
pay for certain UMHS employees.
Those employees will only need to
contribute 4.5 percent of their base
pay to qualify for the matching pro-
gram.
The University aimed to avoid
more extensive changes at the uni-
versity-wide level.
In an interview with the Daily,
History Prof. Maris Vinovskis said
across-the-board cuts to the Univer-
sity's base-level contribution would
rmed an exploratory conmittee rape c
consider a run. crats
While education, the wage insura
p and health parity were also Pro
scussed at length, the issue of allows
oice received the most pas- oppos.
onate responses from several of of pay
e panelists. Dingell called the cover
ssage of the abortion insur- ture fi
ce rider "absolutely outra- when
ous." der ve
The bill requires individuals Right
ho receive insurance through 300,01
employer to purchase an suppo
ditional abortion rider at their house
en expense and is not available ber.
women who purchase their Bec
en individual policies. Because fied ti
omen must have the rider to initiat
ver abortions resulting from effect

have made thesebenefit offerings less
competitive compared to other insti-
tutions that sometimes lure Univer-
sity professors.
Top Universityofficials announced
the changes in an e-mail that was sent
to employees Thursday morning and
obtained by the Daily.
"These reviews were part of the
University's ongoing efforts to ensure
that our benefits plans are competi-
tive, of high value to our faculty and
staff and, at the same time, respon-
sive to the financial climate for high-
er education and health care," the
e-mail said.
Kathleen Canning, professor of
history, women's studies and German
and chair of the History Department,
said the change will likely have small
irnpacts for regular faculty members,
but for faculty members serving in
leadership roles, the impacts will be
more direct.
"We need to learn more about this,
however, before assessing how facul-
ty are responding to it," Canning said.
University spokesman Rick
Fitzgerald said the reductions are

widely dispersed among employ-
ees. While the provision excluding
overtime wages would likely affect
hourly staff and the provision exclud-
ing administrative differentials, for
example, Fitzgerald said the distri-
bution would prevent any one type of
employee - such as staff, faculty or
hourly employees - from being dis-
proportionately affected.
Multiple faculty members said it
is too early to judge the policy, but
the impacts, especially for employees
who do not earn income above their
base pay, are not likely to have wide-
reaching implications.
Vinovskis said the University's
policy, which does more than match
money for retirement, is more than
generous. He added that he had not
realized the University was including
income above base pay in retirement
plan calculations to begin with.
"I have faith in the University that
they're looking out for our interests,"
Vinovskis said. "They're trying to
be very judicious. We're living in a
period of time where everyone has to
make sacrifices."

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or incest, Michigan Demo-
have branded it as "rape
nce."
ponents of the bill say it
people who are morally
ed to abortion to opt out
'ing for health plans that
the procedure. The legisla-
rst passed the bill in 2012,
Republican Gov. Rick Sny-
toed it. It became law after
to Life Michigan gathered
00 petition signatures in
rt of the bill, and both
s passed it again in Decem-
ause the signatures quali-
he measure as a citizen's
ive process, it went into
without for Snyder's sig-

nature.
"It's inexcusable," Dingell
said. "I could use a lot of words
but I don't want to use profanity
today."
Warren, who represents Ann
Arbor in the Michigan Senate,
said while some may view choice
as a niche issue, it may come off
as too narrow. She added it is the
most telling issue of a politician's
core values and beliefs.
"I don't view it as too narrow
because in some ways, choice is
the best values indicator," War-
ren said. "In some ways it's the
only thing I need to know about
a candidate to know if I want to
support them or not."
Tlaib said she ran for office

because of

her love of
community - not as a pro-choice
candidate. However, she said she
quickly became a prominent pro-
choice activist while in office
and, like Dingell, said she was
outraged at the actions of the
Republican-dominated Michi-
gan legislature.
"The way they shape it, they're
calling me a killer, a murderer,
on the House floor. They have
no idea," Tlaib said. "The infant
mortality in my city is so high,
but you don't want to spend the
money on those children ... it's
very hypocritical."
Infant mortality is the num-
ber one killer of children in

Detroit, according to the Michi-
gan Department of Community
Health.
While Dingell said there is
still much to be done to help
women reach parity in society,
she is optimistic about the future
for women in the country.
Dingell plans to run on a plat-
form that includes a focus on
health parity for women, but said
increased funding for education
is also crucial.
"I'm really worried about
access to education," she said
in an interview after the event.
"Too many students are graduat-
ing with debt they can't afford."

HEALTH SYSTEM
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which was created by the UMHS
Transplant Center.
The event aimed to educate
attendees about the risks of kid-
ney disease and teach them about
prevention, according to Lindsay
White, senior communications
coordinator at the National Kid-

ney Foundation of Michigan.
Julia Herzog, program coor-
dinator at the National Kidney
Foundation of Michigan, expe-
rienced kidney failure after her
kidney was damaged in an acci-
dent. Herzog said she hopes to
raise awareness of kidney dis-
ease prevention so others do not
have to go through treatments
like dialysis, the procedure that
filters blood to eliminate waste.
She said she hopes kidney disease

will be just as well known as other
chronic diseases such as diabetes
and heart disease.
"Kidney disease doesn't usu-
ally get the same type of promo-
tion as some of the other chronic
diseases," Herzog said. "It's not
as sexy or attractive as the others
because kidneys are associated
with urine and peeing."
Internal Medicine Prof. Rich-
ard Swartz, who was honored
with the Collegiate Professorship
in Nephrology, said treating kid-
ney disease is difficult because it
often goes unrecognized. Patients

have better outcomes when the
disease is detected early and
before it develops into later stages
or into kidney failure. Chronic
kidney disease presents a chal-
lenge because it requires dialysis,
meaning that patients must visit
the hospital multiple times every
week for lengthy treatments.
Kathryn Uhler, a peritoneal
dialysis nurse at the University
Hospital, said dialysis can be dis-
couraging for patients.
"The patients have to change
their diet, they might not have
as much energy, it may change

their job situation," Uhler said. "It
affects the family more than we
know."
Swartz said kidney transplan-
tation is the ultimate solution.
"We do almost one kidney
transplant a day here at the hos-
pital," Swartz said. "The problem
is we don't have enough organs."
White said of the 3,100 people
waiting for an organ transplant in
Michigan, 2,600 of are waiting for
a kidney. Herzog waited five years
for a kidney transplant, and the
average wait time in Michigan is
five to seven years.
Swartz discussed the need for
and research surrounding finding
another source of organs, adding
that while the research is cur-

rently promising, it's not yet real-
istic.
"If you work in these areas, you
trust technology," Swartz said,
"I've seen incredible things. I
think it's going to happen, but not
in my lifetime."
The prevalence of chronic kid-
ney disease is increasing across
the country, especially as obesity
rates rise.
Theresa Tejada, program
coordinator with the early child-
hood & elementary prevention
programs at the National Kidney
Foundation of Michigan, said this
is why she dresses up as Regie: to
promote the healthy behaviors
that stop kidney disease in its
tracks.

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