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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF EDITORIAL FREEDOM

INDEX
Vol. CXXV, No. 109
©2016 The Michigan Daily
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NEWS......................... 2A

OPINION.....................4A

SPORTS ......................7A

SUDOKU..................... 2A

A R T S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 A

S T A T E M E N T . . . . . . . . . 1 B

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WEATHER
TOMORROW

HI: 56

LO: 32

Three-percent

increase expected
due to higher cost of

living, ‘U’ says

By BRANDON SUMMERS-

MILLER

Daily Staff Reporter

The
Residential
Halls

Association announced Tuesday
that student housing fees at the
University
of
Michigan
will

increase by 3 percent next year.

The
average
on
campus

residence hall will cost about
$10,870,
according
to
the

University. Housing costs for the
2015-2016 school year averaged
$10,554. The increase is one
percent more than the average
University housing rate increase
each year, which has been 2
percent every year since 2003.

RHA hosted a presentation

Tuesday for students to discuss
their approval of the increased
housing
fees,
noting
that

housing fees pay for a variety

of essentials but also help fund
dorm renovations, as part of the
Residential Life Initiatives.

According
to
presenters,

compared to other Big Ten schools’
housing fees the University ranked
sixth most expensive both this past
year and for the projected future.

Ohio State University, Rutgers

University
and
Northwestern

University
each
had
more

expensive housing fees than the
University, with Northwestern’s
projected housing rate topping
out at $15,412 for the 2016-2017
academic year.

RHA adviser Beth Radecki, who

is also South Quad Residence Hall’s
Director, said she attended the
discussion because she wanted to
see the results of the organization’s
work on behalf of the students they
represent.

“Housing rates typically don’t

stay the same from year to year,”
Radecki said. “I think they did a
great job explaining where we fall
within the different institutions
and
also
talking
about
the

reasoning, how we ended up there,
too.”

During fireside

chat, students raise

concerns with

resources on campus

By LUCAS MAIMAN

Daily Staff Reporter

A new mental health clinic

at the University of Michigan
may be in the works, University

of Michigan President Mark
Schlissel told students at a
fireside chat on Tuesday.

“We are working on ways to

potentially open up a mental
health clinic for students with
very
serious
psychological

and
psychiatric
disorders

that would be within walking
distance of the campus and
that would be able to provide
ongoing medical, psychological
and
psychiatric
support,”

Schlissel said.

Schlissel’s
remarks
come

in light of several speak outs,
most
recently
on
Monday,

aimed at addressing issues
of mental health on campus.
The University also hosted
a
Twitter
chat
on
Friday

featuring Depression Center
Director John Greden and
other University officials to
discuss
mental
health
and

sexual misconduct.

Improving
Counseling

and
Psychological
Services

and
overall
mental
health

at the University dominated
conversation
during
the

fireside chat, which also was
also attended by E. Royster
Harper, Vice President for
Student Life.

Students present at the chat

expressed multiple concerns
about the availability of mental
health services on campus. LSA
senior Marlee Beckering said
there is a lack of accessibility

See FIRESIDE, Page 3A
See HOUSING, Page 2A

Charlton talks
tenure while

Schafer looks to

body’s future

By TIM COHN

Daily Staff Reporter

Tuesday, newMICH members

LSA juniors David Schafer and
Micah Griggs were sworn in as
president and vice president of
Central Student Government,
marking the end of LSA senior
Cooper Charlton’s and LSA
junior Steven Halperin’s terms
in office.

The Make Michigan party

ticket was elected in late March
2015 by a margin of only five
votes, defeating The Team’s
ticket of then-LSA junior Will
Royster and LSA sophomore
Matt Fidel.

The party ran on a campaign

platform that included a number
of initiatives to improve campus
safety,
such
as
introducing

new
safety-focused
mobile

applications and installing more

off-campus
street
lighting.

Additionally, Make Michigan
advocated increasing diversity
on campus by revamping the
course certification process for
Race & Ethnicity requirements,
improving
diversity
and

inclusion
training
and

connecting admissions offers
with financial aid packages, as
well as implementing a school-
wide honor code.

Throughout Charlton’s tenure

as CSG president, some of these
goals were challenged by the
University administration and,
in the case of the street lighting,
the city of Ann Arbor.

In
an
April
interview,

Charlton said the goals often had
to be redefined to address issues
of relevance to the student body.

Ultimately,
many
of
the

CSG resolutions and actions
implemented
throughout
the

year were in areas not heavily
emphasized by the Charlton
and
Halperin
ticket
during

their campaign. Over the past
year, CSG pushed for policies
like renewed student access to
course evaluation data, early

See CSG, Page 3A

Students advocate
for devices to aid in
suspect descriptions,

campus safety

By IRENE PARK

Daily Staff Reporter

Five University of Michigan

students have started a petition
to install cameras on the existing
emergency blue light phones
located throughout campus. As
of Tuesday, 233 students have
signed the petition.

The petition was created on

March 14, but was not heavily
promoted until April 4, after the
five students had a meeting with
the Division of Public Safety
and Security Associate Director
Declan
Lugin
and
police

sergeant Gary Hicks to present
and discuss their proposal.

In the current blue light phone

system, DPSS Communications
Center is alerted if a call is made.
An officer is sent to the location
of the telephone when the

See PETITION, Page 3A

Jack Hu, VP for

research, highlights

importance of

undergrad projects

By LYDIA MURRAY

Daily Staff Reporter

Faculty mentors were given

awards and several students
presented
their
various

research projects at the Honors
Undergraduate
Research

Opportunity Program Mentor
Awards and Top Oral Abstracts
presentation to an audience of
nearly 30 students, faculty and
staff Tuesday.

In past years the Honors

UROP presentation has been
incorporated into the UROP
symposium, which will take
place next Tuesday. This year, it
was separated because of an issue
with space inside the Michigan

Union, where the symposium is
slated to take place.

Vice President of Research

Jack Hu told attendee that when
he talks with alumni from across
the globe, they often cite the
incredible opportunities they
had through UROP.

“When
graduates
from

Michigan come and talk with
me, they don’t usually come
and talk about football or coach
Harbaugh,”
he
said.
“One

ELIZABETH XIONG/Daily

LSA sophomore Victoria Rai presents her research on the transcription of RNA at the Honors UROP Symposium in Palmer
Commons Tuesday.

See UROP, Page 3A

ELIZABETH XIONG/Daily

University President Mark Schlissel speaks with students at the fireside chat in the Michigan Union Tuesday.

A look at the people and events that
made the academic year memorable

» INSIDE

the statement

CAMPUS LIFE

Mental health dominates
discussion with Schlissel

‘U’ housing
rate change
larger than
prior years

CSG reflects
on successes,
failures of year

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Group calls
for cameras
on blue light
telephones

CRIME

Ceremony honors faculty,
student research projects

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