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One-hundred-sixcteen years oeditoriadfreedom
www.michigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVI, No. 124 ©2006 The Michigan Daily
A 3 percent increase would
add approximately $11 million to
the University's general fund
By Leah Graboski
Daily News Editor
The state government came to a tentative agreement
Friday to increase funding to the University by three
percent - the first increase from the state since 2001.
The increase would boost the state appropriations to
$324,174,990 from $314,733,000. Over the past three
years, the University has experienced decreases in
appropriations of 13.7 percent, one of the worst periods
of budget cutting in the University's history.
"We are very grateful. We know the state is under
very constrained circumstances," said Phil Hanlon,
associate provost for academic and budgetary affairs.
Hanlon is the chief budget manager for University Pro-
vost Teresa Sullivan, who has the lead role in allocating
the University's resources.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm originally proposed a 2 per-
cent increase, the same amount proposed by the state
Senate, but the state House of Representatives called
for a 3.5 percent increase. After a month of negotiations
between legislative leadership and budget officials, the
legislature reached an agreement at 3 percent, said Greg
Bird, spokesman for the state budget office.
Next week, Senate and House conference commit-
tees will meet to make final adjustments to the bud-
get. By mid-July, the House and Senate will vote to
finalize the budget.
"If you make it a priority, you can find the funding,"
said State Representative Pam Byrnes (D-Ann Arbor).
Hanlon said that in the last two years there has been
significant change at the state level with regard to con-
cerns for funding higher education.
For the 2005-2006 academic year, the University
focused on demonstrating to the state government
its importance in the overall state economy in terms
of economic development, technology transfers and
research and development power, said Cynthia Wil-
banks, vice president for government relations.
"We had a plan this year," Wilbanks said.
Earlier this year, University President Mary Sue Cole-
man gave testimony to Congress alongside the presi-
dents of Michigan State University and Wayne State
University, stressing the importance of higher education
for Michigan students.
State appropriations largely determine tuition, which
is slated for approval by the Board of Regents at their
July 21 meeting. Sullivan has been planning for a budget
increase of 2 percent, Hanlon said.
Despite the increase of appropriations, adjust-
ments necessary to account for inflation and trends
of decreased state funding will not allow for a tuition
reduction. Instead, students and families should expect
a "moderate increase" in tuition, said University
Spokeswoman Julie Peterson.
Hanlon 'tnd other budget decision makers have three
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LEFT: Michigan Civil Rights initiative
employee Max McPhail holds a sign
accusing Civil Rights Commission Chair
Mark Bemstein of bias against the MCRI
outside of Bernstein's Ann Arbor home
Friday while he held a fund-raiser for One
United Michigan, an anti-MCRI group. Out-
spoken MCRI supporter Jennifer Gratz and
about 15 University students protested
Bernstein's fund-raiser because it was
held two weeks after his committee deliv-
ered a report against the initiative. oet os
BELOW: Bernstein surveys protesters'
signs with his son Noah. Bernstein
repeatedly came out to the students and
even sent waitresses with hors d'oeuvres
out to the group. "It's a radical act to
come to someone's home in a quiet
suburban neighborhood," Bernstein said.
"They are really lowering the bar of civility
in Ann Arbor."
Poet Laureate Donald Hall
will act as the nation's official
lightning rod' for poetry
By Andrew Klein
Managing Arts Editor
In his poem "The Alligator Bride,"
Donald Hall opens succinctly with "The
clock of my days winds down."
On June 16, Hall, a former University
English prof., was appointed the Library
of Congress's 14th Poet Laureate Consul-
tant in Poetry. If Hall's clock is winding
down, it surely hasn't stunted his creative
output or his reputation.
According to the Library of Congress, the
Poet Laureate "serves as the nation's offi-
cial lightning rod for the poetic impulse of
Americans" and is obliged to present poetry
as an accessible genre for the public.
To fulfill this responsibility, some
named to the position develop new pro-
grams, such as former laureate Billy
Collins's "Poetry 180," which analyzes a
single poem each day to be used in high
Gwendolyn Brooks, who was laureate
in 1985, visited numerous elementary
school students in the effort to promote
poetry to America's youth.
See HALL, Page 2
H1igh court assails Bush' s policies
Il a 5-3 rtli1g., the B Stpreltm attempt to resurrect a type of military trial last - such as Bush - will continue to push for t
used in the aftermath of World War II violates policies they support until somebody says "no."
011 rt fl111did thit I Presj( t Util United States military law and the Geneva con- The decision could have a broad impact on t
1311i1 vitolated Itilitarv la ventions that set international standards for deal- administration's legal justification for many of i
ing with people captured in armed conflicts. policies in the global fight against terrorism, fro
From Staff and Wire Reports The ruling focused on Salim Ahmed Ham- eavesdropping to detention policies in Iraq.
The Supreme Court rebuked President Bush
and his anti-terror policies Thursday, ruling
that his plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees
in military tribunals violates United States and
The president and congressional Republi-
cans immediately pledged to work on a new
strategy for special trials for some of the hun-
dreds of suspected al-Qaida and Taliban oper-
atives rounded up in Afghanistatn. Pakistan
and othcr countries.
iss sand the rnlist""won' tCuse killers to
dan, a one-time driver for sama bin Laden who
has spent four years in the United States prison
at Guantanamo Bay. He faces a single count of
conspiring to commit terrorism.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, Hamrdan's Navy
lawyer, said he told the Yemeni about the ruling
"I think he was awe-struck that the court
would rule for him, and give a little man like
him an equal chance. Where he's from, that is
not true, Swift said.
Public P'olicy lrof. and former Univeesity
Provost Pau ± oureat ssid he is pleased wnith
the :onrt's decision.
"I think the most significant aspect of the
Supreme Court's decision is that itrepudiatedtwo
central claims of the Bush administration about
the separation of powers," said Evan Caminker,
dean of the University's School of Law.
Caminker said one claim is that the congressio-
nal authorization of the use of force gave the execu-
tive branch blanket approval of anything it thought
was important concerning the war on terrorism.
The second claim, Caminker said, is that
even if congress has purported to curtail vari-
ous measures - such as telephone surveillance
Bush uassmtises he has the power to override