The Michigan Daily, Friday, August 7, 1987-Page 3
LSA offers scholarshonor, tuition
By LISA POLLAK
LSA officials are hoping that the
new Dean's Merit Scholarship Pro-
gram will entice top students to at-
tend the University who might oth-
erwise be swayed by more presti-
gious or less expensive schools.
LSA Dean Peter Steiner created
the scholarships - awarded to eight
superior first-year students this fall
- because increasing student fees
and decreasing federal support
"jeopardize the University's ability
to compete successfully for many
exceptional students," said Carolyn
Copeland, LSA budget director.
To cover college costs, the
"Dean's Merit Scholars" will receive
"renewable tuition stipends" which
will be funded by donations to the
Campaign for Michigan - an orga-
nization whose $160 million goal
includes $30 million earmarked for
Unlike traditional "financial need"
scholarships, these merit scholar-
ships will be awarded to the "cream
of the crop" of LSA applicants in
hopes that "honor and money will
encourage the good kids to choose
Michigan," said an LSA executive
secretary who wished to remain
anonymous. "It's no secret that a lot
of these kids do have the luxury of
considering several different
since the University's "ability...to Campaign solicits gifts from alumni extremely proud." After considering
attract the most outstanding students and allows each donor to select his several possibilities, Quaal accepted
depends on its capacity to help those gift's use. Steiner's suggestion to donate the
students meet their educational Ward Quaal, an LSA alumnus and. money to the Dean's Merit Scholar-
'The award will be appreciated especially since my Caroline Onischak of Olympia
Fields, Ill., will be the first recipient
father's salary was too high to receive other aid of the Ward L. and Dorothy G.
from the University.' Quaal Scholarship. Onischak's cre-
dentials are typical of the other seven
- Caroline Onischak, merit scholars: numerous high
recipient of an LSA Dean's Merit Scholarship school activities, superior test
scores, and a high class rank. Al-
a though Onischak said she would
costs," Steiner said last week. president of a Chicago communca- have attended the University regard-
Jerry May, senior associate direc- tions consulting firm, last week do- less of the honor, "the award will be
tor of the Campaign for Michigan, nated $100,000 to the Campaign appreciated especially since my fa-
said the scholarship program's fund- with the stipulation that "it be ap- ther's salary was too high to receive
ing process is typical of the way the plied to (a school) of which I am other aid from the University."
But applicants' financial need
will also be considered, especially
By SHEALA DURANT
With the start of fall term only a month away,
many Ann Arbor businesses and student services have
started making special preparations for the massive
influx of students.
A primary concern to most students is housing.
According to Off-Campus Housing Advisor Sherie
Veramay, two-thirds of University students live off-
These students have to compete for living space in
Ann Arbor's tight housing market with a vacancy rate
of less than 2 percent. "The big houses are all gone,"
said Lianne Mehmed of Spears Corp. She added that
many apartments in houses were rented in February,
and the only vacancies on central campus are
efficiencies with one or two units.
The University's housing office attempts to help
those still without a place to live by posting any
remaining off-campus vacancies by the office. Students
without roommates can attend a roommate-matching
open house, held every Monday and Thursday
"It's a real good resource for people," said Veremay.
While providing the opportunity for students to meet
face to face, the open house can help students with
apartments who are looking for roommates, or students
without apartments looking to share an apartment or
} With many students moving into off-campus
housing, utility companies are needed to provide
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Kim Swanson, a high school teacher from Joliet, Illinois, teaches pom pon, dance, and drill routines to
high school students at Elbel Field. The annual cheerleading program is run by Universal Dance Camps.
Proposed federal bill may improve research facilities
By MARTHA SEVETSON
University officials think funds to improve
the research facilities of colleges and universi-
ties across the country - if approved by
Congress next fall - could help pay for Uni-
versity renovation projects, including the
Natural Science Building and the East Engi-
"I think the University is well positioned
to receive a good portion," said Space Physics
Prof. George Carignan, former chair of the
Research Policies Committee. "There's a very
Many of the University's research facilities
have not been updated in over 10 years.
The University Research Facilities'
Revitalization Act of 1987, sponsored by
Robert Roe (D-N.J.), and the Dodd Amend-
ment to the National Science Foundation Au- small institutions." economic competitiveness of the United
thorization Bill are both aimed at improving Carignan agreed that the lower funding States."
research facilities in higher education. level provided in the Dodd amendment and the Each of the bills demands that all funding
According to Govemment Relations Officer requirement that the funding be widely dis- provided through the programs be matched by
Howard Gobstein, the Dodd amendment is tributed would dilute the effect of the bill. funding from other sources. According to
likely to pass both houses. But the $250 mil- "It strikes me as a little small," Carignan Grobstein, the federal funding could stimulate
lion demanded each year by the Roe bill will said. "I did a little arithmetic and decided it's industrial funding for academic research.
probably keep it from becoming a law. not very much money." "The hope is that all of the supporters of
The Dodd amendment would only provide Although similar bills have recently failed research should work together toward resoly-
$1 million in the first year, but that amount in Congress, concerted lobbying efforts by ing the facility difficulties," Grobstein said.
would increase to $47 million in 1989, $95 colleges and universities have increased legis- Natural Resources Prof. Charles Olson, a
million in 1990, and possibly $250 million lators' awareness of the growing problems member of the RPC, said the increased funds
in the final two years. A faced by research institutions. would allow the University to write smaller
"We're supporting both of the bills," "There's been a continued effort on the part proposals and secure more research money in
Grobstein said. "But we'd certainly rather see of universities to show Congress the need," the future.
the one with the larger amount of money. The Grobstein said. "I think there's an increased In addition, he said the improved facilities
Roe bill would have an effect, but the Dodd attention to the importance of research and would be a boon to undergraduate education.
amendment would only have a small effect at higher education in general to enhancing the -