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Foreign Students - drop in numbers represents lost opportunity

An editorial says that at a time when America needs all the friends it can get, the country is missing out on one of its best opportunities to cultivate good will and an appreciation for a democratic way of life. 9/11 falloff in foreign college students has materialized. The Institute of International Education this month reported that foreign enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities dropped 2.4 percent last school year. Retiring Secretary of State Colin Powell and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge have said they know deflecting students is a problem and they're working to fix it.

Tight federal budget for 2005 limits increases for student aid and academic research

Congress approved on Nov. 20 a $388-billion spending bill for the 2005 fiscal year that would raise the budget for the National Institutes of Health by $800-million, to $28.6-billion, while freezing the maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 for the third consecutive year. Higher education advocates have expressed concern that the bill does not contain language that would block revisions to the formula used to determine eligibility for federal student aid. In the absence of such a provision, the Bush administration is expected to change the formula in a way that could make thousands of students ineligible for Pell Grants. College lobbyists and leaders also have expressed concern over the scheduled $111-million cut to The National Science Foundation appropriation.

Levin to get award at Wayne State

Wayne State University\'s College of Engineering, and the Science Coalition, will present Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) with the \"Champion of Science\" award on campus this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. Levin will receive the award for his support of science and engineering research at Wayne State. The award from the Science Coalition recognizes members of Congress who show support for scientific research and engineering. Wayne State is a member of the Science Coalition.

Pistons fans' brawl gives Detroit a bad name - again

Detroit fans were scuffling with NBA stars at the end of the Indiana Pacers vs. Detroit Pistons game and showering players with beer, ice and popcorn. Such disorderly actions from the enthusiastic fans adds to Detroit's reputation of overall unrest. Detroit remains "the poster child for everything that's bad" to some on a national level, said Kurt Metzger, research director of the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. "People around the country seem to have this idea: 'Of course, there's" Detroit, wouldn't you know that's the place it's always going to happen.'

Wayne State offers new courses at SC4

Courses in Wayne State University\'s engineering technology and interdisciplinary studies bachelor\'s programs will be offered starting Jan. 10 in St. Clair County Community College\'s University Center. Three classes will be offered this winter, said Robert Walsh, Wayne State\'s director of metropolitan programs and summer sessions in Macomb and St. Clair counties. \"Most students are probably going to have to go to (another Wayne State location) to complete some courses,\" Walsh said.

Miscarriage fuels debate on abortion

Robert Sedler, a Constitutional Law professor at Wayne State, was quoted on the case of the induced miscarriage from the beating of a 16-year old girl. "The fact that she is legally entitled to an abortion isn't really relevant," said Sedler. "This wasn't an abortion, it was assault with the consent of the victim." Sedler also said that the girl could have obtained an abortion under Michigan law with a parent's permission or with judicial waiver.

Dems, GOP eye governorship, state Legislature, Senate

Michigan's politicians are eyeing the 2006 election, as Republications hope to take back the governorship, and unseat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and Democrats focus on the Legislature. David Bonior, a former Democratic congressman, now a professor of Labor Studies at Wayne State, thinks Granholm will win a second term. "It won't be easy," he said, "But we have a popular governor who's a wonderful communicator. The numbers aren't good I terms of employment and economic development, but she's a forceful figure in her own right.

Doctors deliver pitch for health care choices

The freedom to choose one\'s health care in America is a part of the health care crisis. Dr. David Brownstein, a clinical professor of internal medicine at Wayne State University of Medicine in Michigan, told people at the 66th Annual conference of the National Federation of Women Legislators on Saturday in Sarasota. He said people should have a choice of treatments including alternative methods and traditional solutions such as prescription drugs. Brownstein, who practices holistic medicine, is also an author.