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Monday, June 20, 2011
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TUITION raised tuition.
Deitch echoed Ilitch's senti-
From Page 1 ment, saying he thought the extra
$9.2 million in financial aid was
higher education appropriation "great," but not extensive enough
that has been approved by the state for working families.
legislature and is awaiting Repub- "There'slot's of folks who don't
lican Gov. Rick Snyder's signature. qualify and take on the entire bur-
In prior years, the University den (of tuition)," Deitch said.
was able to eliminate funds solely Regent Julia Darlow (D-Ann
from the operational budget. This Arbor) countered by saying she
year, however, University Provost supported the proposal because
Philip Hanlon said the cuts will the most needy students will still
impact the academic side of the be receiving aid and won't be
University. impacted by the higher tuition.
"That was no longer possible "Any student with need who
this year with the magnitude I has been getting aid will not
state reduction," Hanlon said at the be financially impacted by this
meeting. "We have had to impact increase, and in fact will be better
the academic work in significant off this year than (they were) last
ways this year." year, and that's been true for the
The University was able to past couple of years," Darlow said
cut those funds by, among other at the meeting.
things, closing academic centers, Michigan Student Assembly
like the Center for Ethics in Public President DeAndree Watson also
Life, offering fewer small classes spoke at the meeting, and said
and requiring University employ- maintaining financial aid is crucial
ees to share more of the costs for for ensuringsocio-economic diver-
their benefits. sity amongst the student body.
Regents Laurence Deitch (D- "We appreciate the intellectual
Bingham Farms) and Denise Ilitch chemistry that is produced when
(D-Bingham Farms) voted against a first generation college student
the tuition increases. from a small rural town study-
Deitch railed against the state ing engineering has the opportu-
government, saying the cuts in nity to interact with an art student
funding of this magnitude would from New York," Watson told the
lead to "a shift to privatization with regents. "Diversity is bigger than
a public benefit in this investment." race."
"I hope this is a one shot deal," The regents also approved
he said. an increase in the General Fund
Ilitch said she voted against Budget for the Ann Arbor campus,
the proposals because the Univer- which increased by 2.18 percent to
sity was becoming "out of reach" $1.55 billion.
for lower income students, espe- Tuition and budgets for the
cially as this will mark the 14th University's Flint and Dearborn
straight year the University has campuses were also approved.
ABROAD in place for undergraduates since
From Page 2 2007, there really is no change for
CGIS," Miller wrote. "The change
is to include graduate students,
including faculty members and faculty and staff traveling on
graduate students. University business in the same
Godfrey said that while chang- requirements for health and safety
es will be implemented in the fall, reasons."
work must be done in the mean- Miller added that due to a
time to ensure the policy changes number of international conflicts
are managed well, including mak- and natural disasters over the past
ing the process of attaining insur- year alone in locations such as
ance easier. Egypt, Japan and Syria, the chang-
Andrew Miller, faculty direc- es to University policy will make
tor for the Center for Global and it easier to locate individuals in
Intercultural Study, wrote in an these locations if disaster strikes.
e-mail interview that new policy "It is obviously much easier to
changes will not negatively impact deal with these situations if you
CGIS, but instead prove to be a know who all is there and what
great advantage for the University. insurance they have - so it is a big
"Since these requirements to benefit in being able to serve those
have travel registered and to-have who travel on University business
University international health and for academic reasons," Miller
and safety insurance have been wrote.

From Page 1
to them. Over-the-counter prod-
ucts - such as nicotine patches
and gum - will be given out free,
and prescriptions will be provided
for a small co-pay for those who
are insured.
Marsha Benz, alcohol and
other drugs health educator at
the University, said that similar
to faculty members, students will
have the opportunity to engage in
smoking cessation programs on
both Central and North Campus,
either individually or in classes
with other smokers.
According to Benz, only about
14 percent of undergraduates
smoke, and of this group most are
just social smokers who smoke
fairly minimally.
"Most of those students are
smoking between one and five
cigarettes a week, so they're not
smoking a lot," Benz said. "And
we hear a lot that they're smok-
ing maybe when they go to the bar,
maybe a couple cigarettes here and
However, in order to effective-
ly send their message to student
smokers who may be facing addic-
tion, Benz said the University held
various focus groups with both
smokers and non-smokers alike to
better determine how to help stu-
dents, concluding that free cessa-
tion aids would be the best route of
She added that the most prev-
alent issue she found among the
smoking group is they don't want
to be "harassed" into not smoking,
but rather instructed as to where
to find resources and help available
to them, as well as to learn how
they could be better spending their

"They don't want to be
preached to," Benz said. "They
don't want to be told about the
black lung and all that kind of stuff
- they know. Essentially they all
wanted to quit, it was just when
they were going to quit that was
the question and they wanted to
be reminded of was how much it
was costing them to smoke and
what types of things they could be
spending their money on instead."
Winfield said that while reduc-
ing secondhand smoke played a
small role in enacting the ban,
it was ultimately part of a larger
initiative to instill a "culture of
health" on campus through estab-
lishing a more healthful living
He added that the ban is par-
ticularly important for faculty and
staff members, since they often
stay oncampus for upwards of 10 to
30 years - rather than the four of a
typical undergraduate - and thus
are affected by the implication of
the ban for a longer period of time.
Winfield added that smokers in the
workplace are given additional sick
days and often have more breaks
than their non-smoking counter-
parts, which often impedes pro-
Benz echoed Winfield's sen-
timents about establishing a
healthier environment, saying that
smoking is a habit that individuals
start at a young age, and by forcing
them not to engage with the activ-
ity at all, can ultimately prevent
addiction that may develop in col-
"Smoking is really a behavior
of childhood," Benz said. "People
start smoking when they're in
junior high and high school here
and there. They become regular
smokers once they come to college

though. If we can get them maybe
before they end up becoming regu-
lar smokers, the chances of them
being dependent once they leave
school is much, much lower."
According to Winfield, the idea
for the ban first came to fruition
five years ago when three student
officer members of the Residence
Halls Association became both-
ered by the fact that they could
order student smokers to stand
farther away from dorms to pre-
vent smoke from filtering in, but
not faculty members. The group
met with Winfield and Loren Rul-
lman, associate vice president for
student affairs, who began to dis-
cuss making the University smoke
Many students, both smokers
and non-smokers alike, seemed
largely supportive of the upcoming
smoking ban.
LSA junior Tim Hausler, who
is a smoker, said that he didn't
mind the smoking ban because he
will still be able to smoke in other
"To me, it doesn't matter all
that much," Hausler said. "Because
of the fact that it'll still be legal in
the city property."
Kevin Joseph, a chemical
engineering junior, said that he
thought the ban was useful, as he
used to live in the dorms and could
remember smelling people smok-
ing outside the dorm buildings.
Joseph added that he would
prefer to not be subjected to sec-
ondhand smoke and the dangers
associated with it while being on
"I'm pretty sure most of the
student population doesn't smoke
since they're educated of the
dangers, so they're not likely to
smoke," Joseph said. "I think that
they would appreciate it."


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