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Opinion 4 From the Daily: Paint the town red
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Monday, July 19, 2004
Sumner Weekly

www.michigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 150 @2004 The Michigan Daily
Regents approve
2.8 percent tuition
increase for '04

By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Board of Regents
approved a 2.8 percent tuition increase
for in-state undergraduate students at
Thursday's monthly meeting.
The percent increase represents an
additional $226 to last year's tuition per
year for incoming freshmen.
While unanimously approved, the
regents were reluctant to approve a
budget that they said the state legislature
imposed.
In early December, Gov. Jennifer
Granholm proposed an incentive to keep
tuition increases at the rate of inflation.
If the University did not comply, the
state would have reduced state funding
by 8 percent, instead of the 2 percent the
University now anticipates. This 2 per-
cent cut equals $6.5 million in state
appropriations, on top of a $36.5 million
reduction from the past two years.
Regent Andrea Newman, who initial-
ly protested the acceptance of the incen-
tive, called Granholm's proposal a
political move and, with the support of
other regents, refused to vote in favor of
a similar budget for next year.
"The governor and the legislature
don't understand the impact on the qual-

"We are now getting
to the point where we
are getting to a cnsis.
We will suffer in
quality after this year.'
- Katherine White
University Regent
ity of education,"Newman said.
"We were elected to set tuition rates,
and I hope the state will not dictate us
anymore," said Regent Andrew Richner.
The low tuition hike coupled with
reduced state funding created a nearly
$20 million deficit in the University's
budget. In order to compensate, the Uni-
versity has implemented a number of
money-saving actions such as eliminat-
ing classes, increasing class size and
reducing library hours.
Provost Paul Courant assured that the
cuts would not decrease the quality of
education or a student's ability to gradu-
ate. University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson conceded that the "richness of
choice" in classes would be affected,
while regents also worried about the
See REGENTS, Page 3

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'U' releases updated
Student Affairs budget

By Mona Rafeeq
Daily News Editor
Following several months of protests
over cuts to programs like the Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness Cen-
ter and the Office of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, the
University administration passed its Stu-
dent Affairs budget for 2005.
In an e-mail that was sent to the Uni-
versity community, Vice President for
Student Affairs E. Royster Harper
detailed the extent of funds that would
be allocated to SAPAC and the Office of
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, among
other organizations.
Originally, Student Affairs had

expected budget cuts of up to 5 percent.
But Harper said in her e-mail that some
resources have allowed the administra-
tion to "protect" and reinstate partially
some funding that had been cut last year.
" ... I believe strongly that further
erosion of our programming budgets
would hurt our ability to support our
student communities," Harper wrote
in the e-mail.
SAPAC will receive increased fund-
ing in the amount of $70,000 to enhance
its services offering "safe space."
According to Frank Cianciola, the asso-
ciate vice president for student affairs,
this money will be used to increase
appointment hours for sexual assault
See BUDGET, Page 2

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