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8 --The Michigan Daily - Wednesday; May 8, 1996

University receives $8M gift from state

. Higher education col-
lects benefits from
state tax surplus
By Katie Wang
Daily News Editor
The University was the lucky recipi-
ent of an $8 million cash bonus from
the state of Michigan on April 25. Due
to a surplus of state taxes, the state
decided to allocate $22.6 million of the
$95 million surplus to state universities

and community colleges, to spend at
their own discretion.
"We're very pleased with this news"
said Lisa Baker, associate vice presi-
dent for University relations. "Among
other things, we will be using the
money to fund community service out-
reach projects that will benefit the state
of Michigan."
The office of Provost I. Bernard
Machen is accepting proposals for how
to allocate the money from faculty and

other campus units.
"(We're accepting proposals) involv-
ing new or existing community service
learning programs that would either
continue or expand the University's
involvement with the state," Machen
said.
Machen said proposals must have an
"academic component," to be consid-
ered for funding.
State tax revenue exceeded govern-
ment expenditures by $95 million for
fiscal year 1995. Two-thirds of the
money, $67.4 million, will be placed in
the state's Budget Stabilization Fund,

also known as the Rainy Day Fund.
This fund buffers the state from eco-
nomic crisis in case of a recession or
economic downfall.
"This significant deposit for higher
education and the Rainy Day Fund is a
strong tribute to the strong and innova-
tive fiscal management carried out by
Governor Engler, Michigan's depart-
ment directors and their fiscal man-
agers," said Mark Murray, director of
the state's department of management
and budget.
Although this is the third consecutive
year that the state has underspent its

projected budget, this is the first and
possibly only time the state will allo-
cate some of the extra money to higher
education.
"The higher education bill is not an
official law because we can't guarantee
that we'll be doing this good in the
future," said Maureen McNulty,
spokesperson for the state's departme
of management and budget.
The University received the largest
share of the money, followed by Wayne
State University, wvhich received $3
million. Michigan State University
received $900,000.

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Hopwood award winners collect
thousands in writing prizes

By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
More than $42,000 in prizes were
awarded to University students in the
65th annual Avery and Jule Hopwood
Awards in Creative Writing on April
23.
"It's a very prestigious award with a
distinguished list of alumni, including
Arthur Miller," said winning fiction
writer David Allen.
Allen said his career is headed in a
number of different directions, includ-
ing the release of his band's second CD
and his participation in a Caribbean lit-
erature conference.
His winning piece, a novel called
"All Fruits Ripe," is part of an effort to
"give voice to a particular culture." The
award, he said, "is a validation of those
cultures and subcultures."

The Hopwood Awards are funded by
University alums and Broadway play-
wright Avery Hopwood. Prizes are
awarded to essay, fiction, poetry and
drama pieces.
This year 22 students won
Hopwoods and another 13 won other
prizes administered by the Hopwood
committee.
Scott Beal, a Rackham student in
English, won for his portfolio of poems
called "If Music."
"It's obviously very flattering to have
your work selected," he said.
Beale said that while many writers
continue working "in total obscurity,
never getting a lift,' this award encour-
ages him to continue.
Beal said the money was helpful
because it is difficult to make a living
writing poetry. He said he hopes to

publish an extended version of "If
Music" and is looking for a teaching
job.
The largest prize was $3,500 in the
essay category and went to Rackham
student Carolyn Wells Kraus f
"Survivors"
"My two kids were very happy,"
Kraus said.
Kraus said she was most surprised
by the award because when she called
to find out if she had won, she was mis-
takenly told she had not.
"I was telling myself, 'it doesn't
mean it's not a good essay.' I was doing
some soul-searching," she said.
When she walked to the Hopwood
office to pick up her "losing essay," s*
realized she had won. "That was quite
a shock," she said.
Kraus' essay was about different
kinds of survivors, including Holocaust
survivors. She said she knows her
future may include writing a book.

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