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+ Rick Synder unveiled his budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which does increase education funding very slightly, including a 5 percent year-over-year growth in spending and a 2 percent increase to University appropriations. As Rep. Jeff Irwin put it so well, “As far as just the macro level — a small increase for higher education given the very large decrease that he provided back in 2011 — this small increase still leaves us falling behind other states and other nations with less funding for higher education than we had just a couple years ago,” In other words, Gov. Snyder basically got rid of the entire education budget in 2011, and now he’s throwing some pennies at it in an attempt to make up for it. Not impressed.
+ There will also be a gas tax to fix Michigan’s held-together-by-duct-tape infrastructure, and Gov. Snyder will generously take all of the federal money for the healthcare exchanges.
+ Thursday in the North Campus Research Complex, an “unconference” was held, emphasizing entrepreneurship in a non-traditional way. This was done by climbing the trees and feeding squirrels, two of the three things you can do on North Campus, the other being eating breadsticks at the Blue Apple, of course.
+ Union members assembled Thursday night to discuss the new right-to-work law that Gov. Snyder signed into law on Dec. 11, essentially killing the unions. Short version of Thursday night’s meeting: “Uh, yeah, this is messed up.”
+ Viewpoint from the Daily: “So Lance cheated? So what?” So what indeed. I mean, he came out to OPRAH. Everyone knows sitting down with Oprah will make you spill all your secrets. What I’m saying is she’s magical.
+ Another Viewpoint (The Daily got the GEMS today!): “Am I “whipped” for really taking the time and effort to see if this girl I met is my princess?” Jezebel, here we come.
+ Sportz: At the women’s basketball game there were breast cancer survivors and the game was played in their honor. This was an actual cool thing.
+ Crime Notes: Normally we paraphrase these for humorous purposes but I’m going to let this one speak for itself: “A five-gallon container of floor-coating was dispensed on a stairway between 5 p.m. Feb. 4 and 9 a.m. Feb. 6, University Police reported. There are no suspects.” A crime, or the best game of slip and slide ever? You decide.
+ Coalition For Tuition Equality, Wednesday at 7PM, Third Floor, Michigan Union. Then go up the stairs and go to the…
+ ThoughtfulDems Meeting, Wednesday at 8PM on the red couches. And you might even get an opportunity to write one of these Daily Dailies, which is guaranteed to be better than this one.
+ FemDems Presents a Sex-Ed Kick-Ass Thursday at 8PM in the Parker Room of the Michigan Union. I hear there will be demonstrations of all of the contraceptives.