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carry tobacco is really an inter-
face between the community and
policy. They will influence people
by making it harder to get."
Although LSA sophomore Jor-
dan Roth is a regular cigarette
smoker, he said he supports CVS's
decision to halt tobacco sales.
"I'd have to go ahead and be a
hypocrite and say that it's admi-
rable if it's for reasons like not
wanting kids to smoke," he said.
"I smoke myself and I don't think
I should and I don't think other
people should."
CVS's decision stands in
stark contrast to its competitor,
the Walgreen Company, which
appealed and managed to over-

turn a San Francisco anti-tobacco
sales law in 2008. CVS is second
only to Walgreens in retail loca-
tions nationwide, but analysts say
CVS leads in sales. Target was the
last major chain to cease tobacco
sales in 1996.
Locally, this policy change
may push more Ann Arborites
to buy their tobacco products
at smaller convenience stores
and drugstores like Walgreens,
which opened a location in Janu-
ary near CVS. Local Walgreens
management was not available
for comment.
Bill Gee, an employee at State
Street Liquor, said he doesn't
expect CVS's policy change to
increase traffic to the liquor
store, which does sell tobacco
products. He added that people
who smoke cigarettes will simply

find other places to buy them.
However, J Evitts, a cashier
at the 7-Eleven on State Street,
said the store sells a lot of tobac-
co products and affirmed that
CVS's new policy will help sales
at 7-Eleven.
Roth, the student, said he likes
the familiarity of local businesses
and shops for his cigarettes at an
Ann Arbor convenience store.
His retailer will occasionally pro-
vide them for a discounted price.
However, he added that he would
consider shopping at Walgreens,
which is closer to his house, and
likely sells its cigarettes for lower
According to a 2009 study by
the Center for Global Tobacco
Control, less than 5 percent of
national cigarette sales occur in

er convenience store with a
STORE liquor license. Campus Corner
From Page 1A sells liquor in addition to beer
and wine, which are Blue Front's
sole alcoholic wares. Campus
Last year, Bhagat said he Corner Owner Gus Batwo said
asked the landlord of the prop- the ability of small stores to pay
erty, Jill Warren, for lowered rent is a growing challenge.
rent and renovations to areas of According to Batwo, Ann
the building. Business revenue Arbor has given too many busi-
alone could not pay for neces- ness licenses to drug stores such
sary repairs to the property. as CVS, which opened in 2011,
"I asked the landlord to and Walgreens, which opened in
remodel part of the building and January.
she refused," Bhagat said. Unlike local liquor stores,
He added that there were no drug stores do not make their
disputes between the business money by selling alcohol. Batwo
and Warren. She also owns the said students may walk to CVS
two apartment units above Blue for groceries and other goods,
Front. but liquor stores have a more
Across the street from Blue comprehensive selection of alco-
Front is Campus Corner, anoth- hol.

Although individual stores
must compete against cheaper
prices, they have held onto their
niche within the Ann Arbor
"To tell you the truth, Cham-
pions and State Street Liquor do
not compete against our compe-
tition," Kesto said. "Our compe-
tition competes against us."
Kesto said the owner of a
small business must understand
his surrounding area. The fear of
competing against larger chains
often discourages newcomers
from opening individual stores
in the downtown area.
"Some customers believe in
local stores and mom-and-pop
party stores," Kesto said. "We
really appreciate their support
for usand their business."

From Page 1A
During his announcement,
the governor linked this year's
increase in higher education
funding to Michigan's improved
financial situation, calling the
initial cut in 2011 one of the tough
choices that had to be made in
light of budget deficits.
In response to questions from
state representatives after the
announcement, State Budget
Director John Nixon said the
governor's office didn't necessar-
ily see the decrease in education
funding - among other areas
- as a permanent decision, and
wants to work on bringing them
back up.
"We'd like to at least get them
to back to the level where we
were before the governor took
office," Nixon said.
The proposed increase comes
with one main condition: Univer-
sities receiving increased state
funds mustkeep tuition increases
at or below 3.2 percent. Along
with performance measures,
tuition caps have become fairly
common stipulations for higher
education funding in the state in
recent years.
Last summer, the University's
Board of Regents approved the
lowest tuition increase in 29
years: 1.1 percent for in-state stu-
dents and 3.2 percent for out-of-
state students.
In the fall of 2012, the Univer-
sity received an additional $1.1
million from the state for keeping
tuition increases below 4 percent.
In a statement released
Wednesday, Cynthia Wilbanks,
vice president for government
relations, characterized the
increase in funding as great news
for higher education accessibility

and affordability.
"State investment in higher
education is a smart investment
in the future of Michigan," Wil-
banks wrote. "Of course, we also
have to do our part in higher edu-
cation. That includes continuing
to trim costs, finding more effi-
cient ways to operate and seeking
the support of donors.
She added that in the past
10 years, the University has cut
ongoing costs by $256 million and
is committed to cutting anoth-
er $120 million in the next five
In addition to pursuing cost-
containment strategies, Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Coleman
has frequently lobbied state legis-
lators to restore funding to insti-
tutions of higher education.
Mike Boulus, executive direc-
tor of the Presidents Council,
State Universities of Michigan,
said the increase - though it
didn't restore funding to where it
was in either 2001 or 2011 - was
nonetheless an important step in
restoringstate support.
"This has to be looked at as a
strategic reinvestment in higher
ed," Boulus said. "It's going to
take more thanone year to restore
higher ed funding to levels they
once were. We understand that."
K-12 education and the city
of Detroit also received signifi-
cant boosts in funding. In K-12
education, an area in which the
governor has recently been fac-
ing heavy Democratic criticism
because of previous funding cuts
- the extent of which are disput-
ed - Snyder proposed a 2.8-per-
cent funding increase toward
per-pupil allocations and retire-
ment funding. For Detroit, the
governor proposed a $350 million
investment over 20 years to ease
pension issues with the city's
bankruptcy settlement.
A $103 million tax relief initia-
tive for lower- and middle-class

families was also proposed, while
$120 million was allocated to
Michigan's Budget Stabilization
or "Rainy Day" fund.
Donald Grimes, senior
research specialist for the Uni-
versity's Center for Labor Market
Research, said in an e-mail state-
ment that maintaining rainy day
funds is especially important for
states and municipalities.
"Since states and local govern-
ments are limited in their ability
to borrow money, when they suf-
fer a recession they must have
sufficient 'savings', the rainy day
fund, to sustain operations dur-
ing a period of increased demand
for social services," Grimes
wrote. "Neither Michigan nor
most other states had nearly
enough 'savings' during the most
recent recession."
Irwin said overall, he was glad
to see causes like universities
and early childhood education
in Wednesday's budget proposal,
but he added that there are many
aspects of economic recovery
that the governor's budget didn't
The governor has focused
much of the last month on build-
ing his reelection campaign
around the state's recovery, call-
ing Michigan a "comeback state."
"The governor is doing some
good things with this budget,"
Irwin said. "But I think it's a little
frustrating to hear all the happy
talk about the Michigan economy
when we still have so many fami-
lies that are struggling, we still
have high unemployment, and we
still have schools that are packed
with too many kids and colleges
and universities that are at his-
toric low levels of funding, even
after this increase."
The budget will not be official
until each appropriations mea-
sure it contains is passed by the
legislature, which typically takes
several months.

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aims to ease students' fears about
having a disability by educating
them about available resources
and how to navigate finding a
career after graduation.
The question and answer por-
tion of the presentation demon-
strated this anxiety. One student
asked whether he should disclose
his ADHD when applying to jobs.
Another student asked how he
should handle his dyslexia if he
is asked to read or use numbers
suddenlyduring a job interview.
SS was established in 1974
following the passage of the
Vocational Rehabilitation Act.
Section 504 of that act states
any institution that receives any

federal funding must provide
accommodations for students
with disabilities.
Caleb Adams, career-planning
coordinator at Peckham, Inc. in
Lansing, said it is important that
students learn how to navigate
the job pool with a disability.
"There is a growing number of
employers now who are actively
recruiting people with disabili-
ties," Adams said. "Right now,
there is a mismatch in supply and
Adams added that the stigma
of disability is decreasing.
"Most employers are realizing
they already employ people with
disabilities," Adams said. "It's
nothing new or different than
what they're already doing."
SSD Director Stuart Segal said
the job of SSD is to serve both the

institution and the students.
Segal said he is concerned that
students who have disabilities
are unaware of the office and
that they might be entitled to
academic accommodations that
they're not receiving. The great-
est challenge for these students,
he said, may be the fear of dis-
cussing their disabilities because
they think that they will not be
Adams said this fear should
ebb as disability becomes less of
an issue in the future.
"I am hoping that within 10
years, the question about why
should an employer hire a person
with a disability will be absurd,"
Adams said. "It will be ridiculous
to question that and select some-
one out of a job because they have
a disability."


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- makes humanitarian inter-
vention even more difficult.
Heinze added that while
important progress has been
made in strengthening interna-
tional norms of human rights,
there is much work still to be
"At least as it pertains to
humanitarian intervention, my
observation is that RtoP hasn't
really changed the consensus
that much," Heinze said.

However, he stressed the
importance of educational events
on human rights intervention.
"I think events like this are
critically important to rais-
ing awareness on these issues,"
Heinze said. "It's one thing to be
aware of what RtoP is. It's anoth-
er thing to have knowledge about
some of the challenges associated
with it."
LSA junior Courtney Rygalski
said the panel offered interesting
ideas about how political entities
face issues of morality related to
human rights.
"I don't think there's an easy
solution but I think that debate

will help make it better than the
situation is right now," she said.
Another event organizer, LSA
junior Shelbie Rose, said she
hopes to "be able to educate the
wider campus on humanitarian
intervention because it's such a
relevant topic right now."
LSA senior Allison Punch,
another event organizer, noted
that the event presented two dif-
ferent perspectives on the topic
of human rights.
"But unfortunately we haven't
been able to hear from the voices
of people who are directly affect-
ed by these atrocities that we're
seekingto prevent."


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between the Central Campus
Recreation Building, the Shap-
iro Undergraduate Library, the
Michigan Union and Chemistry
Atrium, with each station's loca-
tion corresponding in some way
to the issue being addressed. The
mental health station was in the
Union, where the Counseling
and Psychological Services office
is, while the academic stress
station was in the UGLi, where
many students do homework and
At each station, students were
given pamphlets with informa-
tion pertaining to that specific
issue and related wellness tips,
as well as lists of on-campus
resources available to them.

Every station had free give-
aways, most of which were
donated by various campus orga-
nizations. The Alumni Center
donated Blue Books for the aca-
demics station, Sexperteam, an
student organization dedicated
to educating others on sexual
health, donated free condoms
for the sexual health station and
Body Peace Corps, a program
aimed to promote positive body
image, donated bracelets.
LSA senior Heather Barlow,
one of the coordinators of the
fair, said the goal of the event was
to put a positive spin on common
wellness issues and to promote
the various resources available
on campus.
"The amount of health
resources we have is unbeliev-
able and a lot of people don't
know about all of them," Barlow

She added that the event was
the first of its kind, and depend-
ing on how things go, it may
become an annual event. It's also
the first time the Greek commu-
nity and PULSE have put on a
campus-wide program together.
"The event isn't directed
towards just Greeks but we're
showing that Greek (community)
as a front is committed to pro-
moting health and wellness on
campus," Barlow said.
LSA senior Rachel Gefen,
president of PULSE, said she
believes the first event was a suc-
cess. Though there were flyers
and a Facebook event advertising
the event, Gefen said the major-
ity of the people who stopped by
the stations were students who
happened to be passing through
the building, all of whom were
"really friendly, interested and

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