6 - The Michigan Daily - Orientation Edition 2005
'U' housing rates will
rise by 5 percent in fall
May 23, 2005
By Amber Colvin and Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporters
Living in University housing will cost more
next year because of an increase in the room and
board fee approved by the University Board of
Regents last week. Though the actual increase var-
ies depending on the type of room, the average for
those in residence halls is 4.9 percent, while those
living on North Campus in Northwood Apartments
will see an average increase of 5 percent.
For students living in a double room at a tra-
ditional hall with the standard meal plan of 13
meals a week, the basic housing rate will be
$7,374 for the year, an increase of $334 from
last year's rate.
The new rate has risen in accordance with infla-
tion projections for the cost of operation next year,
though funding will also go to enhancing fire pro-
tection systems in West Quadrangle and Couzens
and upgrading the information technology system
in West Quad.
Alan Levy, director of Housing Public Affairs,
said that improvements in the fire system will
include upgrading the fire alarm systems in West
Quad and Couzens and adding sprinklers in every
room in West Quad.
When finished, the improvements to West Quad
- which represent a $12 million investment -
will exceed current state safety requirements.
"Safety is our paramount concern for our resi-
dents," Levy said.
In addition to renovating to the fire system,
Levy said West Quad will receive a signifi-
cant Internet Protocol network upgrade, and
wireless Internet access will be added to most
Families, graduate students and several under-
graduates in Northwood Apartments will also have
varied increases depending the model they live in,
with units ranging from standard efficiency apart-
ments to three-bedroom apartments.
The 5 percent cost increase is an-effort to make
rent payments for the apartments on par with
similar units on the market and also to keep up
with the rising cost of utilities, which are included
in the rent.
Despite objections, MSA
approves executive officers
April 06, 2005 and Hardikar had the right to criticize Presi-
By Jeremy Davidson dent Bush in a resolution last semester.
Daily Staff Reporter Royal also expressed dissatisfaction with
Garber's knowledge of the MSA Code of Con- 4
The Michigan Student Assembly approved the duct when Garber was unable to produce the
nominations made by MSA President Jesse Levine section of the code he had cited to support
last night for the positions of treasurer, student his objection to a proposed redefinition of the
general counsel and chief of staff. Business junior Peace and Justice Commission.
Devesh Senepati was approved as treasurer, LSA At last week's MSA meeting, Garber claimed
sophomore Russ Garber was approved as student that all changes to the code must be approved
general counsel and LSA sophomore Justin Paul by the Rules and Elections Chair - the position
was approved as chief of staff. which he held. Representative Mat Brener dis- 4
A number of concerns were raised by mem- covered that Garber's claim was unfounded after
bers of the assembly about each of the nomi- what Brener said was a brief review of the code.
nees - particularly Garber. Royal said this action demonstrated that
Representative Ben Royal voiced strong Garber did not have a good understanding of
concern over Garber's conduct within MSA. the code and was therefore not suitable to be
Royal said he was dissatisfied with actions student general counsel.
Garber had taken against the chairs of the Brener said that because the student general
Peace and Justice Commission - RC juniors counsel is responsible for knowing and uphold-
Ryan Bates and Ashwini Hardikar. ing the code and understanding parliamentary
According to Royal, Garber attempted to procedure, there was "legitimate concern" for
form a committee to look into whether Bates questioning Garber's appointment.
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