2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 3, 2000
'U' gets 5.7% increase in budget Music man
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily News Editor
After a tumultuous conference committee the
Michigan Senate and House of Representatives
have presented a final draft of the Higher
Education Budget for the FiscalYear 2001, to be
approved by Gov. John Engler in the fall.
The budget gives the University a 5.7 per-
cent increase in appropriations, a figure that
University Vice President for Government
Relations Cynthia Wilbanks said leaves the
The House and Senate left for summer
recess without having formed a budget, but
later reconvened to complete the job. Wilbanks
said the delay caused uncertainty in the
University community because all state
schools begin their fiscal year July 1, as
opposed to Oct. 1, as the government does.
Rep. Sandra Caul (R-Mt. Pleasant), who
chaired the House subcommittee, said the
delay was due to "items of difference between
the House bill and the Senate bill and each of
us felt very passionately."
One of those differences - and the main
cause of the delay - Caul said, was the House's
fight to close the gap between the University of
Michigan and Michigan State University. Caul
said the House wanted to spend "a fair portion
of dollars on closing those gaps"
But Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Ann
Arbor), who did not participate in the confer-
ence committee, but was vice-chair of the sen-
ate subcommittee. said that the struggle was
based on politics. "The people in power like
Michigan State." she said, referring specifical-
ly to both Caul and Speaker of the House
Chuck Perricone (R-Kalamazoo).
Smith said that a gap between the two uni-
versities does not exist, based on a division of
appropriations that occurred in 1986 which
she claimed causes only an appearance of a
gap. In reality, she said "they really are getting
more per pupil than U of M."
Nonetheless, Caul said that she was pleased
with the final product.
"Good things don't come easy," she said.
"Compromises that were met really closed the
gap between 13 out of 15" state universities,
Another disagreement between the House
and Senate occurred over the existence of the
tier system. Employed for the first time in the
Fiscal Year 2000 budget, the tier system places
the universities in groupings and places each
group on a specific floor funding level.
The Senate removed the system in its bill,
arguing that it unfairly groups schools togeth-
er that are actually very different, while the
House replaced it, arguing that it keeps poli-
tics out of the process.
Smith said that Senate subcommittee chair
Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek) "had large-
ly given up Ott the fight against the tier system."
It was not a large part of the delay, she said.
With the Fiscal Year 2001 tier system, all
universities, excluding Grand Valley State and
Michigan State, met their funding floor.
The final draft of the bill was signed by all
committee members excluding Sen. Don
Koivisto (D-Marquette). Legislative Aid Ben
Miller said Koivisto voted against the bill 50Fg s A 05 tf D
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* I Business school plans to offer online courses
By Nika Schulte together," said B. Joseph White. University of "Working this way in school is excellent preparation.
The Michigan Daily Daily Staff Reporter Michigan Business School dean. he added.
While the schools may compete for faculty and stu- This is not the first time the University has useO
apologizes for Although the University's Business School ranks as dents. White said the schools are able to manage their such technology-based distance learning. Through its
printing the wrong one of the fiercest cotmpetitors in the nation. this fall competitive and cooperative relationships for a higher Global MBA program, which began in 1992, the
the school will begin an Internet partnership allowing purpose - the benefit of the students. University has used videoconferencing to teach stu-
address for the students in Ann Arbor to take certain classes at two "We have three great business schools here. and our dents in Korea and Brazil.
Ann Arbor PTO other top institutions. goal is to bring the greatest educational value possible Later in the academic year, Haas expects to offer a
Using the Internet to retriese class materials and to our students:" he said. class on financial issues impacting the Internet, such
Thrift Shop. participate in chat rooms and videoconferencing, Nearly 50 University students are enrolled to take a as the valuation of high-technology companies. The
University students will work and communicate with class on e-innovations offered by Darden this fall. But University is scheduled to offer a course on the strate-
faculty and students at the University of Virginia's White said the course content is only one lesson stu- gic application of Internet technologies.
The correct Darden School of Business and the Haas School at the dents will learn. The format of the class helps prepare l the 2001 U.S. News & World Report graduate
University of California at Berkeley. students for real-world settings, White said. school rankings, the University's Business School
address is "It's really been a dream of mine, for at least the last White said corporations often use videoconferenc- earned a ninth-place rating, Haas ranked tenth a*
1621 S. State. five years I'e been dean, to bring these schools ing to virtually connect teams from several continents. Darden tied for eleventh with two other schools.
Earn $60 in a four session computer-mediated negotiation
experiment that is being held in the Business School
throughout July. Experimental sessions last under an hour.
Days: Sunday through Thursday
Times: 5:00 and 6:30 PM.
To be included in the pool of possible subjects, register at:
To participate, you must be over the age of 18.
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