Wednesday, February 27, 2008

CAN Wins Iraq Student Project Demand

Check out this article in the Wisconsin Badger Herald. Students at UW-Madison have succeeded in allowing students to make a $1/semester contribution to fund 5 Iraqi students to attend the school. Students have to "opt-out" to remove their dollar contribution. Here's an excerpt:

"Campus Antiwar Network members and several others have collected a total of 2,350 signatures from the student body and filed a proposal to add the Iraqi Student Project to the Associated Students of Madison spring 2008 ballot.

The ISP was founded in the summer of 2007 and modeled after the Bosnian Student Project, in which from 1993 to 1996, 150 Bosnian students came to U.S. colleges with tuition waived, according to CAN member and UW freshman Jenny Wustmann.

Middle East-based recruiters would work with Iraqi natives in Iraq, Syria and Jordan to identify, test and screen students. The students would be recommended based on academic records, language abilities, economic need and likelihood of success.

If the initiative were approved, each UW student would donate $1 per semester, including summer sessions, and the money would be refundable per written request within 45 days of the first day of class."

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