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Vote on dorm dues guaranteed
By DAVID SPAK
Students living in University residen-
ce halls may have to pay as much as $25
each in dorm dues next year, but at
least they will be guaranteed the chan-
ce to vote on the matter.
All dorm governments are required
to let residents vote on whether or not
dorm dues should be mandatory, but
the policy has not been strictly enfor-
ced. This year, however, the housing
department is making a new effort to
ensure that dorms hold formal votes on
AND ONCE students make their
minds up on dues, they will also have a
chance to help decide whether dues
should be increased. Open forums will
be held this term on a proposal to hike
dorm dues from $15 to $25.
The Resident Hall Association began
talks last spring about raising each
students' yearly dues by $10, "but
building directors objected because
they felt students did not have any input
in the decision," according to RHA
President Brian Woolery.
"We aren't going to allow the dues to
be collected until we hear a clear voice
from the students," said Norm Sunstad,
associate director of University
THE RHA will schedule the open
forums in October or November,
Woolery said. He added that the RHA is
looking for as much student input as
possible on the issue, including com-
'The increase is needed to improve
various residence hall activities such as
intramurals, educational programs and
workshops, and, of course, social even-
ts like parties," he said.
The final decision on the increase lies
with University Housing Director
SUNSTAD SAID the housing depar-
tment never strictly enforced their vote
policy in the past because support for
house dues' has always been over-
whelming. "It has been our policy for
years that there be a vote on dues
before they are collected," he said.
"And thought we didn't enforce, only a
few houses didn't vote first."
To back up the policy this year,
however, the housing department will
no longer issue a hold credit to a student
who does not pay dues if he .or she
hasn't had the chance to vote on them.
Woolery said most dormitory houses
in the past have opted to pay the full
amount, although residents of Bursley
pay no dues.
"Right now, most of them (the dor-
ms) are living off of pinball revenues,"
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Britain orders companies
to defy pipeline embargo
LONDON- In a new gesture of defiance against the United States, Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered two more British companies to honor
contracts with the Kremlin and ignore President Reagan's embargo on sup-
plying U.S. technology for the Siberian gas pipeline.
The British government's announcement was made only hours after the
United States said it would ban export of oil and gas equipment to John
Brown Engineering Ltd., a British manufacturer which shipped six turbines,
containing General Electric rotors for the pipeline on Thursday.
Thatcher, considered Reagan's closest ally in Europe, was reported by
aides to be angered by the sanctions against John Brown, and quickly or-
dered Walter Kidde Co. and Andrew Antennas, both subsidiaries of U.S.
companies, to fulfill their contracts with the Soviet government.
So far, six British manufacturers have been ordered to defy the U.S. em-
bargo, which was imposed by the Reagan administration in response to the
martial law crackdown in Poland: John Brown and three other firms were
ordered to meet their contracts on Aug. 2.
Arafat to meet with pope
ROME- Yasser Arafat will have a private audience with Pope John Paul
II and meet Italian President Sandro Pertini in a 48-hour visit to Italy next
week, a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization said yester-
It will be the first time John Paul has received Arafat or any member of
the guerrilla organization in private audience.
The PLO chairman also is expected to meet Prime Minister Giovanni
Spadolini during the visit that begins Sept. 15.
Nemer Hammad, the PLO's representative in Italy, described Arafat's
visit to Italy as "very important.
"It proves how much we, as Palestinians, are interested in telling the
world and especially the West, about our just cause," he said. "Peace in the
Middle. East cannot come by canceling the existence of the Palestinain
Inflation increases in August
WASHINGTON - Inflation at the wholesale level pushed upward at a
moderate 7.5 percent annual rate last month the government reported
The Labor Department reported that in three major areas during August
food prices "inched up" just 0.1 percent, energy prices rose 1.2 percent and
passenger car prices increased 2.4 percent.
Within the energy category, gasoline inflation in particular slowed,
drastically, with prices rising 1.3 percent after soaring 7.9 percent in July.
Further improvement is very likely, with declines expected in September
for gasoline and car prices, said Donald Ratajczak, director of Georgia Stae.
University's Economic Forecasting Project.
Ship runs aground in Alaska
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JUNEAU, Alaska- The cruise ship Alaskan Majestic Explorer ran
aground in Alaska's Inland Passage yesterday, forcing 100 passengers and
crew to take to lifeboats. One person died and two were injured, the coast
The 149-foot liner struck rocks amidships on the east side of Brothers
Island at 9:05 a.m. PDT. All 80 passengers and 20 of 22 crewmen boarded the
lifeboats after the ship began to list in the outgoing tide.
The passengers and crew were taken aboard two fishing boats and a large
sailboat near the scene of the grounding in the Inland Passage about 60 miles
southwest of Juneau.
"The ship is still on the rocks, rocking back and forth on the tide and
hopefully they'll be able to refloat it at high tide this evening," said Coast
Guard Lt. John Turner said.
Only the ship's master and first mate remained aboard the Majestic Ex
plorer. An executive of Exploration Cruise Lines of Seattle, the ship's owner,
said there were no punctures or visible damage to the ship's hull.
Low-tar cigarettes reduce
health risks, study shows
SEATTLE - Switching to low tar-and-nicotine cigarettes sharply reduces
a smoker's risk of dying of lung cancer, heart disease and other smoking-
related illness, an American Cancer Society scientist said yesterday.
Dr. Lawrence Garfinkel, the society's director of cancer prevention, said
data from a 12-year national study found "many people find it easier to quit
entirely after they switch to low tar cigarettes.. . That may be one of the
reasons more people are able to give up smoking."
"The study shows that overall, low tar-and-nicotine smokers have 26 per-
cent lower lung cancer mortality rates than high tar-and-nicotine smokers,"
he said. Less dramatic but significant reductions also were found for other
cancers, coronary ehart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
Similar findings, and many of Garfinkel's results were reported in the
past. They have been attacked by other researchers, who contend benefits
of low tar cigarettes are lost because those who switch usually moke more
and inhale more deeply than before.
Garfinkel said his study found just such an increase soon after the switch,
"but over a longer period of time, they tend to go back to what they smoked
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