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News 3 Student fee increases
will fund MSA and
Arls fexpansion of SLs Monday,July 25, 2005
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www.mic/gandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXV, No. 134 02005 The Michigan Daily
Regents approve $1000 tuition increase

By Justin Miller
Daily News Editor
Students can expect to pay about $1000 more
this year for tuition in light of the University
Board of Regents' approval of a 12.3-percent
hike for in-state undergraduates and a 6.9-per-
cent raise for out-of-state students last Thursday.
This year's increase is based on the $5.9 mil-
lion funding reduction that the University would
face if Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposed bud-
get is approved. The hike is about four times
larger than last year's tuition increase of 2.8 per-
cent and comes after $43 million worth of state
funding cuts from the University since 2002.
"This is unprecedented in the history of the
University," University Provost Paul Courant
said about the three consecutive years of state
appropriation cuts.
The last time the state cut University funding

was in 1982, but funding was increased the fol-
lowing year. Cuts aside, there has been a long-
term trend that has shifted the responsibility of
financing the University away from the state and
increasingly onto the University, as well as stu-
dents and parents who pay tuition.
In 1982, with the share of state funding
already declining, Michigan funded 51 percent
of the University's operating budget. Last year it
was about 27 percent.
The University has responded to state fund-
ing cuts with modest tuition increases over the
past several years, but these increases were not
enough this year.
A larger tuition increase is needed for the
upcoming academic year, Courant said. He also
warned mid-year cuts may occur, citing four con-
secutive years of such cuts from the state.
University President Mary Sue Coleman cited
Michigan's tepid economic growth as the "heart

of this year's pressure on tuition."
The University will be cutting $20.1 mil-
lion from its 2006 budget by releasing staff,
recalculating employee benefit packages and
canceling some courses, while offering others
less frequently. This cut comes in addition to
the $57.3 million the University has cut from
its internal budget since 2004.
At the same time, the University will allocate
another $11 million to academic pursuits, such as
a center to work on faculty and student programs
in Detroit, new teacher preparation programs in
the School of Education and an internship pro-
gram in Washington, D.C.
The University will also direct money to aca-
demic units to ensure that there are enough sec-
tions for LSA and Engineering and students have
enough class offerings to graduate in four years,
Courant said.
Courant defended more money for academic

programs, saying the University must change
what it offers to students to keep up with their
demands and to remain an educational leader.
"Our mission is to be on the cutting edge,"
Courant said. He said, twice as much should be
ideally invested in new academic programs, but
budget problems have held that figure to $11 mil-
lion for next year.
To help students as tuition rises, the University
will also increase financial aid from its General
Fund by 14.5 percent for in-state undergradu-
ates and 6.3 percent for out-of-state undergradu-
ates. The General Fund contains money from
state appropriations, tuition and fees and a small
amount from research grants that help cover
operating costs.
In-state students will also be eligible for aid
from the University's new M-PACT program,
which will allow them to replace loans in their
See TUITION, Page 3


MSA angered by City
Council oarking decision

Parking districts will
reserve spots for houses.
limiting studlent parking
By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor City Council passed
a resolution to create a residential
parking district for Oxbridge and
North Burns Park residents last week
despite objections from members of
the Michigan Student Assembly.
MSA President Jesse Levine and
Rep. Stuart Wagner spoke at the
beginning of the meeting and were
upset because the council was voting
on a resolution in the summer when
most students affected by the parking
change are gone.
"37,500 students live in Ann Arbor,
yet tonight it feels like we are not rep-
resented," Levine said. "Tonight's a
slap in the face."
Wagner began his speech by pre-
senting the council with earplugs, to
symbolize what Wagner believed is
the City Council's relationship with
He then looked around the room
and asked, "Where are the students?"
One residential parking district will
be located between Forest and Washt-
enaw Avenue, south of Hill Street and
another between Washtenaw Avenue
and Geddes Avenue. Parking will be
limited to two-hours per car, from 8
a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. Neighborhood residents will be

MSA representative Stuart Wagner holds up earplugs in protest at the Monday, July
18 City Council meeting in Council Chambers.

able to purchase up to four parking
permits per house at $40 per pass,
allowing residents to park anywhere
in the district during the year.
The program aims to preserve
parking for residents, instead of
out-of-town commuters who use the
neighborhood like a park-and-ride
parking lot, said Council member
Jean Carlberg (D-3rd Ward).
Council member Leigh Greden
(D-3rd Ward) said that the develop-
ment of the resolution included input
from students who live in the neigh-
borhoods, which includes many fra-
ternity and sorority houses.
"I have received a total of zero
complaints about this program from
students that live in this neighbor-
hood," Greden said.
Carlberg said it was necessary to
pass the resolution now, even though it

is during the summer, so there would
be time for the University to notify
faculty, staff and students about the
change before their return in the fall.
Wagner said that the students
would probably not be notified of the
changes and would return in the fall
expecting to park where they have in
the past.
"Most students expect those park-
ing spaces to be available, and now
there will be this change," he said.
Wagner added that the City Coun-
cil's actions were reminiscent of last
summer's activities when it was pro-
posed that couches be banned from
front porches. The couch ban, how-
ever, did not pass.
"I was extremely upset that they
would take this action two years in a
row," Wagner said.
See PARKING, Page 3

Lori Arthur of Ypsilanti looks at pairs of shoes placed on the Diag by
American Friends Service Committee last Saturday. The civilian shoes were
used to represent Iraqi civilians who have been killed during the conflict.
military boots were used to represent the soldiers who have died.

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