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June 9, 2003
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On May 28, the state of Michigan announced
that four University research teams would
receive grants totaling $7.28 million through
the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor program.
Currently the Michigan Life Sciences Corri-
dor includes the University, Michigan State
University, Wayne State University, and the Van
Andel Institute in Grand Rapids.
"Four years ago, the State legislature
pledged $50 million to Life Sciences Corridor
through an annual grant making procedure,"
By Kristin Lelih Ostby
For the Daily
Governor Jennifer Granholm has
proposed a new scholarship program
that could cause Michigan's private
universities to lose $45 million in
financial aid scholarships. Meanwhile,
the program would give millions of
dollars in aid to public universities.
The program, called the Michigan
Opportunity Scholarship, would issue
financial aid to students across the The C
board based on federal standards of amou
financial need, income, school costs,
and other components. Granholm
said this program would provide aid
to students who need it the most.
The proposal would combine five
existing scholarship programs into
one pooled fund of $112 million for
both public and private universities.
It would combine the current pro-
grams of tuition grants for private
universities, state competitive By Ja
scholarship, work-study, part-time For thi
student aid, and opportunity grants
for public universities. Th
The way in which the state distrib- keep
utes financial aid should be closely been
looked at before approval of this new poss
proposal, said Cynthia Wilbanks, suppc
vice president for government rela- accor
tions at the University. "Public dol- da, a
lars should follow students who have is res
financial need," Wilbanks added. Th
Mike Boulus, executive director those
of the Presidents Council of State streng
Universities of Michigan, said he or dis
feels similarly. "These are tax dol- offen
lars and they should be based on the Sgt.I
public good," Boulus said. Polic
For the University's purposes, A
Wilbanks said she hopes that a decision no lo
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years for the grant."
But the last two years have seen a decrease
in funding to $40 million and $30 million
from the state, which Bates said derives Life
Sciences Corridor funding through money
won from tobacco settlements.
"(Governor) Granholm inherited a large
debt and had to find money other ways,"
added Bates. "The Corridor, like every-
thing else, is taking a hit."
Prof. of Physiology Craig Logsdon, who
according to a written statement from the
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he feels that the Life Sciences Corridor
funding must continue.
"The benefit to the economy is second-
ary in my mind, but I am just a scientist,"
Aside from Logsdon, grantees include
Prof. of Internal Medicine David Humes,
Ruth Dow Doan Prof. of Biologic Nan-
otechnology James Baker Jr. and Associ-
ate Prof. and Director of the Neural
Engineering Laboratory Daryl Kipke.
See LSI, Page 8
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marijuana illegal in Canada, but a bill has
proposed that would lessen the penalties for
ession. Marijuana use is on the rise and the
ort for incarceration as a penalty is falling,
*ding to a statement released by Health Cana-
department of the Canadian government that
ponsible for developing health policies.
e proposed plan would reduce penalties for
possessing small amounts of marijuana and
gthen penalties for those found to be growing
stributing. "They'll just focus on more serious
ses like trafficking and dealing," explained
Ed McNorton, spokesman for the Windsor
person caught with up to 15 grams would
.nger face federal offense-type punishment,
r a small fine. "It's like a traffic ticket,"
McNorton said. The penalty for an adult would
be $150 Canadian, around $110 U.S.
But the maximum penalty for growing
would double; offenders could be sentenced to
14 years in prison instead of seven. Trafficking
remains the most serious offense, with a possi-
ble sentence of life in prison. By concentrating
on the more serious offenses, the Canadian
government hopes to "free up the courts in a
lot of these small instances," McNorton said.
Canadian officials hope to eliminate court
costs that would create funding (an expected
$150 million) for an anti-drug research, edu-
cation, and treatment campaign
According to a written statement, Justice Minis-
ter Martin Cauchon promised the Canadian people
this alternative punishment is in no waya foreshad-
ow to legalization. McNorton maintained legaliza-
tion was not on the horizon for our neighboring
country. "There's been no talk of that. The public
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