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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 28, 1988 -Page 3

The numbers are staggeringly high - both on
campus and around the state - as more cases of sexu-
ally transmitted diseases are being reported, health offi-
cials say.
Although many people do not use condoms during
sex because they do not feel they are at high risk for
contracting AIDS, they forget they are at risk for con-
tracting other diseases, said Dr. Caesar Briefer, director
of University Health Services.
From January to September of 1988, 328 cases of
syphilis - a 125 percent increase from the previous
year - were reported to the state Department of Public
Health, said Tim Lindman, the venereal disease chief

for the state Department of Public Health.
And at the University, the numbers for sexually
transmitted diseases are also high.
For the academic year 1987-88, 2,016 patients vis-
ited University Health Services for venereal warts, 324
for pubic lice, 298 for genital herpes, 175 for gonor-
rhea, 21 visits for syphilis, and 700 for AIDS testing,
Briefer said.
Both Briefer and Lindman said the diseases could
have been prevented by using condoms during sex.
"Safe Sex" should not be practiced only for AIDS pre-
vention, but also to avoid sexually transmitted dis-
"It's a horrible thing to have to tell someone that




they have genital herpes. The pity is that it is also
avoidable," Briefer said.
University Health Services provides a peer counsel-
ing program and information about sexually transmit-
ted diseases.
"We should burn the men more than we have in the
past with the condom effort," Briefer said. "It takes a
lot of social skill on the part of the young women to
execute the strategy in the heat of the moment. Many
people find it difficult to talk about condoms," he said.
In part, sexually transmitted diseases spread due to
the lack of communication between sexual partners,
Lindman said.

"I think young people don't carry forth in their re-
sponsibility to search out their partner and tell them
about the disease. If (communication) was going on
routinely, we would catch up with the diseases
quickly," Lindman said.
The number of cases reported at University Health
Services are comparable to other campuses around the
country, Briefer said.
"It's not a worse problem, but it is a problem. We
are trying to recognize it and trying to prevent these
things rather than treat them. We are struggling to
make an impact on educational behavior," Briefer said.

may not
vith law
LANSING (AP) - Campaign
funds are overflowing for Michigan
lawmakers, prompting suggestions
that legislators aren't complying
with the Michigan Finance Act.
- Lawmakers, especially party cau-
Pus leaders, have a heavy influence
pn the way money is spent on
campaign efforts, a review of 1988
campaign finance reports indicate.
The summaries also suggest that
legislators are showing little regard
for the 12-year-old finance act.
. For example, House Minority
Leader Paul Hillegonds (R-Holland)
helped his caucus raise several hun-
dred thousand dollars for the 1988
A decision was made to spend that
money only on races in which Re-
publicans had a realistic chance of
winning, meaning about 12
candidates received funds.
To get around the problem that
imits contributions to a state House
candidate to $2,500 per election, the
Republican caucus created Political
Action Committees, or PACs, which
each could give $2,500.
Eight PACs were created May 4
4nd, according to the law, each was a
separate entity.
The eight PACs, however, shared
the same Lansing post office box and
phone number and made identical
contributions on the same day to the
same candidates.
The PACs also received almost all
the money they spent on campaigns
1roM a committee headed by Hille-
gonds. Because it did not contribute
to a campaign directly, that PAC
wasn't required to file a finance re-
Pre-election campaign reports
show the eight independent commit-
tees gave more than $93,000 to
seven Republican candidates, three of
whom beat Democratic incumbents.
Final campaign reports are due next
month under the campaign finance
State elections officials said those
contributions may have been illegal
if it could be proved the committees
were under common control.
Hillegonds said the PACs met all
the technical requirements of the
Campaign Finance Act, but added
that he's not proud of the way it was
h handled.
An investigation won't be
launched unless an official complaint
is filed, said Webster Buell, director
pf the Compliance and rules Division
of the Secretary of State.




holiday joys

Yasser Arafat, chair of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, studies a document with Jordan'
Hussein at the Royal Palace. Jordan said it would ask the U.N. General Assembly to meet outside
York due to U.S. refusal to let Arafat into America to address the world body.


Americans and others."

Continued from Page 1
"This would be unfortunate at a
time when, in the view of the secre-
tary-general, the recent meeting of
the Palestine National Council in
Algiers provides fresh opportunities
for progress towards peace in the
Middle East," Giuliani said.1
The Palestine National Council, a,
PLO parliament-in-exile, proclaimed,
an independent Palestinian state dur-
ing its meeting in Algiers on Nov.

It also implicitly recognized Israel
by endorsing a U.N. resolution that President Reagan told repo
guarantees all Middle East states the Santa Barbara, Calif., yesterd
right to exist in peace, and promised he supported Shultz's decis
to restrict guerrilla activity. think the other way would ha
The PLO has non-voting observer out the wrong signal- that w
status at the United Nations, and is a patsies," he said.
member of the Arab League.
Secretary of State George Shultz "I think that also the peopl
said Saturday that Arafat would not non-aligned countries and th
be allowed to attend this week's U.N. pean countries realize w
debate on the Palestinian issue be- dangerous precedent" the U.S
cause of evidence that Palestine is, he said. The non-aligned
Liberation Organization elements has 101 voting members in th
"have engaged in terrorism against eral Assembly.

Poll says Americans want Bus
to reduce the deficit first

As Santas on street corners ring
their bells to announce the holiday
season, the conscience of the
American people and media begin
their faint ringing on issues of
poverty and homelessness.
But despite the surge of the of can
drives and church meals and the
numerous editorials on "peace and
good will," some believe the seasonal
Pre,, coverage misses the real issues of
s Kingsshomelessness.
of New "How much voice does the
coverage give to the homeless
people?" said Homeless Action
Committee member Renuka Uthappa,
rters in an LSA senior, "and how often does it
lay that show the individual whys?"
ion. " Three of Ann Arbor's homeless -
ye sent Patrick, John, and Kelly - have their
'e're all individual reasons for being homeless,
but they share the common
denominator of being Vietnam
e in the Veterans and believing the problems
e Euro- of homelessness lie .within "the
what a system."
action Although each enjoyed the second
tgroup annual Thanksgiving Day Benefit
Ie Gen- Dinner at and sponsored by Cottage
Inn, complete with turkey, stuffing,
and mashed potatoes, they all
expressed bitterness by the false
., dreamstheir country has promised
I1 them, but never provided.
"The government promised me a
rose - and this is what I get," said
Kelly who served in Vietnam for
support seven years. "Now, I look at the
address uniform and I just get upset. It's all a
higher trick."
t found Kelly became homeless last
on for- February and lost his job after he was
United hit by a car where he broke his leg
estment and fractured his arm. He said is not
receiving any money from the
government and is unable to sleep in
icit wasthe emergency shelters because of
e mixed what he describes as "selective
birds fa- rejection."
for ex-
oup said
hinds if
ix hikes
because she asked someone who was
,r taxes working there to be quite so she could
pposed go to sleep."
, three- These men also described how
asoline police constantly harrassed them and
I taxing how many of their friends were in jail
fits of simply for using the bathroom in
and 64 public buildings or falling asleep in
Iles tax, the library.

But Uthappa added that although
the homeless problem is complex, it
is mainly the result of a "housing
She further described how both the
federal and local government have
misplaced priorities concerning the
"This building called the Down
Town Cub once housed sixty SRO's
(single room occupancies), but the
landlord* turned off the heat and
electricity and turned it into a
business offices which is still only
half full," said Earl Uomoto who is
formerly homeless and now is active
within the HAC.
"The ironic thing is that the
Department of Social Serviece now
has an office in that building," said
English Prof. Buzz Alexander, an
organizer of the HAC, explained how
children and, families are becoming
fastest growing homeless.
"Anybody who thinks about this
know it's just not chance that these
people are homeless, it's a concerted
policy that has taken away homes
from people in this wealthy country,"
said Alexander.
According to HAC there are three
and a half million people homeless
people in this country, 13,000
homeless in Ann Arbor.
Since1980 President Reagan has
cut 78 percent of the federal housing
budget while the gap between the rich
and poor in this country has never
been greater, according to HAC.
"We're breeding a very angry and
potentially dangerous people in this
country," Alexander said.
He added that it was "nice" that
people were giving to charities and
gathering food for the poor, but called
for people to start and take a look al
the reasons there is homelessness.
CALL 764-0557

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans
far and away say reducing the
budget deficit should be George
Bush's top priority as president, and
most favor a tax crackdown and
defense cuts to accomplish it, a
Media General-Associated Press
survey has found.
Respondents to the national poll
firmly opposed most new or higher
taxes to address the deficit, and most
also opposed cuts in domestic pro-
grams such as welfare or a freeze in
Social Security benefits.
Strong majorities, however, did
support higher federal taxes on -
cigarettes and alcohol, and a narrow
majority, 52 percent, favored reduc-
tions in defense spending to cut the
The survey also found over-
whelming support for an Internal
Revenue Service crackdown to col-
lect taxes, an approach urged by
Democratic nominee Michael
Dukakis in the presidential campaign
but ridiculed by Bush.

The 1,084 adults polled were
asked: "What do you think should be
George Bush's No. 1 priority once
he takes office?" Thirty-four percent
said the deficit, an unusually high
rate of agreement in an open-ended
No other category drew a
response rate in the double digits.
Seven percent cited other economic
matters, five percent said poverty or
homelessness, five percent said
defense and the rest were scattered
over a range of issues.
Only three percent said drugs, an
issue that ranked far higher in the
importance in pre-election polls
during the summer but then faded in
the fall as concern about the deficit
On drugs, the poll found support
for drug testing of all federal work-
ers, for military drug patrols at the
nation's borders and for a
crackdown on drug users.

The survey found broad
for aggressive measures to
the trade deficit, including
import taxes and quotas. I
some support for restrictions
eign investments in the
States, but not if that inv(
creates jobs.
Although the budget defi
the leading issue, signals wer
on how to address it. Two-th
vored higher corporate taxes,
ample, but a third of that gr
they would change their n
corporations responded to ta
by raising prices.
Opposition to most othe
was stronger: Eight in 10 o
higher personal income taxes
quarters opposed higher g
taxes, three-quarters opposed
the Social Security bene
higher-income Americans,s
percent opposed a national sa



- Math 498, Winter '89
-Chaotic Dynamical
Prereq: Math
(451 & 452) or
285 or 295

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

"Taking Television Seriously"
- Barbara Smith Morris, Residential
College and ECB, Michigan League
Lecture Rms. 1&2, 5:30 pm, tray
dinner; 6:30 pm, lecture. Dues are $3
per year.
"Fragments of a Carthaginian
Comedy" - Prof. Cherles Krah-
malkov, 3050 Frieze Bldg., 4 pm.
Refreshments served.
"Mechanisms of Below Ground
Competition in Plants: Link-
ing Form with Function" -
Kurt Pregitzer, MSU, 1046 Dana, 4-5
pm. Tea, coffee, and cookies: 3:40-4
"Water Resource Management
Under Drought Conditions" -

U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm.
Christian Science Organization
- Third Floor, Michigan League,
7:15 pm.
Indoor Garndening Society of
Ann Arbor - Matthaei Botanical
Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro, 7:30 pm.
Lesbian-Gay Male Community
Open House - Canterbury House,
218 N. Division, 8:45 pm.
English Peer Counseling -
4000A Michigan Union, 7-9 pm.
Help with papers and other English
related questions.
The Guild House Writers Se-

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