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From Page 3
to stay with that because it's always
attracted a large student popula-
tion," she said.
And because many student orga-
nizations hold meetings within the
walls of the Union, Fraenkel said
having full pizzas available for pur-
chase is a high priority.
In late May, Fraenkel and other
board members began the process
of finding another pizza company
to fill the vacant spot and directed
their attention to Pizza Hut.
Fraenkel said they considered
both restaurants from the begin-
ning and easily picked up negotia-
tions with Pizza Hut.
"Domino's and Pizza Hut were
neck-and-neck," she said.
Dan Rubino, co-owner of the
new Pizza Hut Express, said he was
interested in the space from the
And although the last pizza place
in the Union didn't attract many

customers, Rubino said he is confi-
dent that Pizza Hut Express will be
able to change that.
"I'm sure everybody's familiar
with Pizza Hut. We're hoping that
helps us to be successful," he said.
Rubino currently owns a Taco
Bell and a Pizza Hut Express on the
Wayne State University campus and
said he thinks both franchises will
do very well in Ann Arbor because
of the larger student population.
Rubino is also co-owner of the
new Taco Bell that will open in the
Michigan League this fall.
Despite originally choosing
Domino's because of its strong
advertising and continued involve-
ment with University activities like
Dance Marathon, the MUBR said it
is excited about adding Pizza Hut
Express to the Union.
Construction for Taco Bell and
Panda Express is on schedule, and
both restaurants should be avail-
able to open in the fall.
But due to its slow start, Pizza
Hut Express is planned to open a
couple of weeks later.


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that students whose universities
offer an insurance plan are exclud-
ed. "There's an expectation that
someone would apply for that and
get that coverage and not ask to be
part of the charity program."
Kuczmera said that she wasn't
paying attention when information
aboutthe University's health insur-
ance plan came in the mail eight
months before her mother's layoff.
"I wish I would have been more
responsible about it," she said.
Other local charities have simi-
lar restrictions for students. Ellen
Rabinowitz, executive director
of the Washtenaw County Health
plan, a health care charity serv-
ing Washtenaw County residents,
said program has a "blanket rule"
excluding any resident with access
to assistance like University Health
Service or the University's Domes-
tic Student Health Insurance Plan
because of "incredible demand" for
the charity's funds.
"Our little program is a program
to meet the needs of lowest income,
most needy members of our com-
munity," Rabinowitz said. "And if
people have other services, we're
not going to enroll them. We're
truly a last resort."
Rosemary Corbin, the service
delivery leader of financial coun-
seling at the charity program
through Ypsilanti's St. Joseph's
hospital, said that students with
the option of health care or insur-
ance are not specifically excluded,

but will be directed to other pro-
grams first.
"All patients are handled the
same, so if a student is from an
institution where they provide
health care services, we won't pro-
vide for future services any charity,
but for past or emergency services
we might," she said.
Bob Winfield, the director of
University Health Service, said
the economy is creating trouble
for students who can't afford the
rising cost of health insurance,
which have more than doubled in
the past seven years. He said that
prices play a large role in the shift-
ing membership in the University's
health plan, which has dropped
from 3,300 in 2000 to about 1,700
people today. Eight years ago,
insurance for students cost about
$1,000. Today, it costs more than
"We're really in a very serious
situation with it, because the plan
is almost beyond reach for a lot of
students," Winfield said.
University Health Service sur-
veys estimate the rate of uninsured
undergraduates was about 3 per-
cent in 2000 and 5.6 percent in
2005. Rates for. uninsured gradu-
ate students were higher, rising
from 7 to 10.5 percent over the
same period.
Students may be in trouble
regardless, said Tom Marks, the
director of revenue cycle at the
University hospital. "Even insured
patients often are finding big bills at
their home," he said. "You hear the
term health care crisis, I personally
dtn't think that's an exaggeration."

From Page 1
Paul Astorg, who expected West
Virginia to recover the full $4
million. "Everybody needed to
move on." But Astorg said he
thought the legal process could
reveal other issues.
"I think that lawsuit was going
to show some of the deficiencies
in the athletic department at West
Virginia," Astorg said.
Ken Kendrick, another West
Virginia booster and the managing
From Page 1
rison makes it illegal to perform
scientific research in which a
human embryo is imperiled or
destroyed. Takingstem cells from
an embryo destroys it, so Morri-
son has only two options.
They can take stem cells from
adults, but Morrison said adult stem
cells don't have the same potential
as embryonic stem cells. Research-
ers can buy expensive embryonic
stem cells from outside the state,
but Morrison said they can't be
boughtwith public funding.
Marcia Baum, executive director
of Michigan Citizens for Stem Cell
Research and Cures, an organiza-
tion supporting the proposal, said
the current law doesn't fulfill its
intended goal. It doesn't stop their
destruction outright, she said.
Couples that undergo in vitro

general partner of the Arizona Dia-
mondbacks, has been particularly
outspoken about what he describes
as West Virginia's "inept, incompe-
tent, political" athletic department.
"Essentially, they are a good-
ole-boy network," Kendrick said
before the lawsuit was settled.
"They don't operate their athletic
department in a professional, state-
of-the-art way."
West Virginia booster Mike
Smith sees another side to the
issue, saying a change in Rodriguez
sparked the coach's departure.
"Rich has been getting bad
fertilization and don't want to
store their unused embryos can
destroy them, but can't donate
them for research.
"In 45 other states, couples are
given the option to donate embry-
os to a research facility to find
treatments and cures,"Baum said.
Amber Shinn, communications
director for the CureMichigan
ballot initiative, said the group is
working hard to explain the ben-
efits of stem cell research.
"Of course we're going to work
on educating the voters," Shinn
said. "Making sure that they
understand that this is a great
choice for the health and wellbe-
ing of our state."
Michigan Citizens Against
Unrestricted Science and Experi-
mentation (MI-CAUSE) formed in
opposition to the ballot initiative.
Dave Doyle, the spokesperson
for MI-CAUSE, said the group's
goal is to educate people about

advice from his people for the last
couple years," Smith said. "His
agent (Mike Brown) has really
guided him in the wrong direction.
Let me tell you something, Rich
turned, changed after he won the
Sugar Bowl in 2006. He became a
different coach."
Rodriguez agreed to terms on a
6-year, $15-million deal with Michi-
gan in December. It includes a simi-
lar $4-million buyout that decreases
by $500,000 each year.
"It would've been a heck of a lot
easier not to go through this," Rodri-
guez said prior to the settlement.
what he said is really in the con-
stitutional amendment.
"What the proponents are say-
ing and what's actually in the lan-
guage are two different things,"
he said. "What this proposal
allows for is completely unregu-
lated and unrestricted experi-
mentation on human embryos."
Brady Smith, chair of the Uni-
versity's chapter of the College
Republicans, said his group has
not made a decision whether or
not to support the initiative, but
will consider the amendment.
Nathaniel Eli Coats Styer, chair
of the University's chapter of the
College Democrats, said hisgroup
is very excited about the proposal
and will support it in the fall.
"By having this ballot initia-
tive we can excite Democrats and
especially kids on campus here,"
he said. "We'll definitely be push-
ing for it along with the rest of our
campaigning this fall."


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