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2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 21, 2001

HIGHER ED
Continued from Page 1
the various schools, including the Univer-
sity, have warned that without substantial
increases in funding they might be forced
to raise tuition by 10 percent or more.
One method Senate Higher Education
Subcommittee Chairman John Schwarz
(R-Battle Creek) proposed is taking the
$40 million extra from the MEAP Merit
Scholarship Trust, which awards $2,500
college scholarships to high school stu-
dents who successfully pass all four parts
of the state's MEAP Merit Proficiency
Test. Most legislators seem to be in
agreement that not all of the money is
being spent and support transferring
some of the funds from the trust into the
higher education budget.
Rep. Mark Jansen (R-Gaines Twp.), a
member of the House Appropriations
Committee, said he supported the idea.
"Those are dollars that weren't spent
yet and look like they won't be spent in
the next few years,'he said.
Another measure discussed was a
repeal of the tuition tax credit program
which awards tax breaks to the parents
of students attending universities that
keep their tuition increase levels under
the rate of inflation.
Schwarz said a repeal of the pro-
gram would garner each of the univer-
sities a 1.5 percent increase over last
year's funding, but legislators are
divided over the issue.
Jansen said he did not support a

repeal.
"It has allowed us to have some lever-
age when it comes to increases that are
hitting our students" he said.
But Sen. Leon Stile (R-Spring Lake),
a member of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, said the program never bore
fruit.
"As much as I know, it has not done
what we had hoped it to do when it was
passed a couple or three years ago and it
really has worked in reverse," he said.
The last measure Schwarz proposed
involved taking $20 million from the
state's Budget Stabilization Fund, also
known as the "rainy day" fund, where
surplus revenue accumulated over the
last few years has been deposited.
Sen. Chris Dingell (D-Trenton), anoth-
er member of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, said times were bad enough
to warrant dipping into the fund.
"If this isn't a rainy day, at least a
mildly rainy day, I don't know what is;'
he said.
But other legislators have cautioned
that although there might be rain now,
there is the possibility of a storm and do
not want to wear out their one good
umbrella now.
"Higher education is not the only
budget that is of concern," Stile said. "I
would quite prefer to use some money
from the budget stabilization fund to
guarantee and to ensure K-12."
"I think the budget stabilization fund
should be held a little more sacred and
used for statewide schools," Stille added.

CALIFORNIA
Continued from Page 1
The 22 UC regents voted unani-
mously to symbolically repeal the
ban on raced-based admissions. But
this does not overturn Proposition
209, a 1995 statewide ballot initia-
tive spearheaded by UC Regent
Ward Connerly and approved by vot-
ers. Its approval terminated affirma-
tive action in the state of California.
"They wanted to symbolically
reach out to minority students and
say, 'You're welcome here,"' Barry
said.
"(Banning affirmative action) sent
out a really negative message about
the value of minorities and women
contributing to the University," said
Justin Fong, student regent on the
University of California Board of
Regents.

"The banishing of affirmative
action has not increased the quality
of students at the University of Cali-
fornia," Fong added.
Barry said although the regents'
symbolic repeal of the ban on the
use of race-based admissions is an
eye-opener to several schools in the
nation involved in similar lawsuits,
it is not likely to affect the outcome
of the appeal of the admissions
cases brought against both the Uni-
versity's College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts and the Law
School.
But Larry Purdy, who represented
the Center for Individual Rights in
its lawsuits against the University,
said the decision in California has
no bearing on the case against the
University of Michigan.
Barry added, "It just doesn't relate
to our case in any sort of legal way."

Hoku Jeffrey, a third-year student
at the University of California at
Berkeley said the regents' decision
demonstrates to the country t1
importance of diversity in educa-
tion.
"The regents' 1995 ban on affir-
mative action has led to national
attacks on affirmative action.
Reversing the ban puts us on the
road to gains in the new civil rights
movement. It sends a loud and clear
message to the nation that this
attack is a mistake," Jeffrey said. j
Fong said the lesson the UC sys-
tem learned should be an example
for universities around the nation.
"I'm hoping that the decision that
we made here in California will
send a national message that when
you get rid of affirmative action, all
kinds of problems follow," Fong
said.

POLICE CHIEF
Continued from Page 1
Brooklyn borough branch of the
New York City Police Department,
said he is no stranger to working
with a large student population.
With an estimated 200,000 college
and university students in New York
City, Gates said he is well aware of
the unique issues that come with
mixing campus life and city life,
both positive and negative.
He said the University's Department

of Public Safety and the Ann Arbor
Police Department appeared to have a
good working relationship.
Sharon Lubinski, of the Minneapolis
Police Downtown Command, also said.
she worked in college towns before.
"The presence of U of M was a big
positive factor in my decision to apply
for the police chief position," she said,
adding that a university enhances the
overall community.
In his work with the Metropolitan
Police Department in the District of
Columbia, William McManus said

he dealt with the problem of under-
age drinking among college and
university students. McManus sa
he communicated with bar and
restaurant owners in an effort to
lessen the problem.
Former Deputy Chief Walter
Lunsford has served as interim police
chief since January 2000. The first
search for a new chief was narrowed to
five candidates and then scrapped in
March. Mayor John Hieftje said h
hopes to have a final candidate by tiE
middle of June.

BIERBAUM
Continued from Page ±
"In her roles as policy analyst and
senior science adviser in Washington,
she has worked tirelessly to advance
sound environmental policy based on
scientific values," Bollinger said in a
statement. "Her energy and commitment
will surely infect faculty and students
within the School and throughout the
University."
Bierbaum, Allan said, embodies lead-
ership, scholarship and vision - all
characteristics the search committee was
looking for. Her experiences, he added,

during the eight years of Clinton's tenure
are a unique asset to the position.
Allan also mentioned that Bierbaum
has not only worked with the top spe-
cialists in a number of environmental
fields but is well-known and well-
respected among them.
Bierbaum's appointment "sends a
message to people who are interested in
the environment and the School that
have a dynamic new-leader,"Allan said.
Bierbaum's term is scheduled to begin
Oct. 1, pending the approval of the Uni-
versity Board of Regents. She will also
be a full professor of natural resources
and environmental policy with tenure.

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