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Arts 9 Art Fair: Is it
really art?
Sports 13 He's back: Former
commitment Legion
rejoins Cagers

One-hundred-sixteen years ofeditoridfreedom

Monday,July 24, 2006
Summer Weekly

www.michigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXVI, No. 127 @2006 The Michigan Daily

Regents approve tuition increase
Most students will pay 5.5 percent increase last year. The tentatively agreed approved a 7.7-percent increase in financial aid. aid last year. The University expects students o
upon 3-percent increase in funding from the state The University prides itself on its ability to families to cover the remaining cost of $9,739
P percent more than last year; government this year has allowed the University increase financial aid at the same rate as tuition, although they can also borrow up to this amoun
financial aid also increases to increase tuition more moderately. said Phil Hanlon, associate provost for academic in federal and private loans.
In-state LSA students will pay $9,723 in and budgetary affairs. Hanlon is the chief budget But according to a June state-by-state repor
By Leah Graboski tuition and fees with the 5.5-percent increase, as manager for University Provost Teresa Sullivan, analysis of student debt by the Senate's Health
Daily News Editor compared to $9,213 last year. who has the lead role in allocating the Universi- Education, Labor and Pensions Committe

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Students will pay more to take classes at the
University this year. For most students, the 5.5-
percent tuition hike - approved by the Univer-
sity Board of Regents Friday - will amount to
$510 more in tuition and fees than last year.
The increase is not out of the ordinary -
tuition has increased every year since 2001. This
year's hike is a much softer blow than the 12.3-

With the exception of the Art, Music and
Nursing schools - which each face a 6.6-per-
cent hike - other University schools and col-
leges are raising tuition at the same rate.
Due to technology upgrades, tuition for the Col-
lege of Engineering will increase by 7 percent.
Out-of-state students will also see a 5.5-percent
increase - raising their tuition to $29,131 per year.
In step with the tuition hike, the regents also

ty's resources.
The Office of Financial Aid estimates that stu-
dents paid an average of about $19,643 to live
and attend school here last year. This approxi-
mation includes tuition and fees, books, room
and board and miscellaneous costs.
The bulk of financial aid recipients - those
with family incomes between $60,001 and
$80,000 - received an average of $9,904 in

Democrats and the Democratic Policy Com-
mittee, Michigan families spend 32 percent of
their income to pay for one year at four-year
public universities - even after accounting
for financial aid.
The report also shows that the 56 percent of
Michigan undergraduates who take out loans to
pay for college owe about $17,941 in loan payments
See TUITION, Page 2

Seating change
reunites students

Protesters hold a sign at the protest of Israeli's use of force in Lebanon Saturday afternoon. The rally drew a
crowd of about 250 and ended in a march around campus.
Diag stage for anti-violence rally

Marching Band will
be seated in front of the
stadium's student section
By Scott Bell
Managing Sports Editor
Students who felt isolated in the
south end zone last fall can rest easy:
The Michigan football student sec-
tion is united once again.
Associate Athletic Director Marty
Bodnar announced the change on
Thursday, adding that the Michigan
Marching Band will move directly
in front of the student section.
The decision moves the band
away from the northeast side of the
stadium, where they previously sat
and performed.
"It's an interesting idea, to say the
least, although I am somewhat sur-
prised they haven't done it earlier,"
School of Music sophomore Jona-
thon Duggan said.
Duggan said it only makes sense
to put the band next to its biggest
supporters.
His only concern was that issues
may arise with students interfering
with the band's performance, he said.
Bodnar's announcement said that
nearly 2,000 seats will be available in
the north end zone. In addition, seats
adjacent to the student section will
also be made available to help extend
the capacity of the student section.
The student section's new capac-
ity is expected to be 20,469, which
should accommodate all student sea-
son ticket holders.
For those students who were
forced to sit in the south end zone
last season, the change comes as
good news. Many freshmen and

first-year ticket holders were moved
from the student section due to a
lack of capacity.
Though they were moved to the
first few rows of the end zone, many
displaced students were unhappy
with the move.
LSA sophomore Sarah Breed had
tickets in the south end zone as a
freshman, and although there were
some advantages to the seats, she
said she would prefer to be part of
the regular student section.
"The seats were really good and
really close, but you couldn't get
together with other students as much
and socialize," Breed said.
Breed also said students near her
felt isolated and did not feel they could
show as much team spirit because
they were surrounded by adults.
Problems also arose when those
seated behind the students in the
south end zone complained that stu-
dents were standing. E-mails were
sent prior to the Notre Dame game
urging these students to sit during
the game - which would not have
been asked of them if they were in
the main student section.
"This change will provide for a
more unified student community,
create a more enjoyable experience
for students and improve the game
-day atmosphere at the Big House,
especially for Maize Out games,"
Bodnar said in an e-mail.
Maize Out games are games in
which the athletic department rec-
ommends all students wear maize
to the game to create the image of a
unified student section.
Last season, the Maize Out game
was a victory against then-undefeat-
ed Penn State. This season, Maize
Out games are planned against
Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Community members
protest Israel's mihlitary
aggressiom i Lebaliol
By Kelly Fraser
Daily News Editor
About 250 community members,
students and faculty members gath-
ered on the Diag Saturday afternoon
in a rally against Israel's military
actions in Lebanon.
As speakers began to give personal
accounts of relatives in Lebanon, sup-
porters and families wearing red, green
and white - the national colors of Leba-
non - slowly trickled into the crowd.
. "It's extremely easy for people to
forget about injustices happening

oceans away," said Shimaa Abdelfa-
deel, an organizer of the rally and
political chair of the Muslim Stu-
dents' Association.
Abdelfadeel said the Lebanese per-
spective has not been equally covered
in the media. "The event was more
of an educational demonstration than
anything," she said.
Today marks the 13th day of vio-
lence between Israeli and Hezbollah
forces in Lebanon.
The conflict began when Hezbollah
fighters captured two Israeli soldiers.
Calling the action an act of war, Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert responded
by sending planes to bomb Hezbollah
camps in southern Lebanon.
The Washington Post estimates that at
least 375 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and
36 Israelis - including 17 civilians -

have been killed since the conflict began.
President George W. Bush has not
called for a cease-fire, saying Israel has
the right to defend itself.
Although some spoke and carried
signs specifically addressing Israeli's
military action in Lebanon, crowd
members also chanted against United
States involvement in Iraq and escalat-
ing conflict in Gaza between Israeli
forces and Palestinians.
Abdelfadeel said it's easier to
focus on Lebanon because the
nation is receiving the most media
attention of the countries experi-
encing conflict in the Middle East
- but that other areas, such as the
Gaza Strip, were equally important
to organizers.
The rally culminated in a nearly
See PROTEST, Page 3

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