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WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Bush's $150 million relief
program for Poland is inadequate and
could let the United States waste a
historic opportunity to promote
democracy in Eastern Europe, Rep.
John Dingell said yesterday.
Dingell, a Michigan Democrat
who led a bipartisan delegation to
Eastern Europe during the August
congressional recess, told a sub-
committee that the United States
could give substantially more assis-
tance than Bush recommends.
"I believe we should give the ad-
ministration everything it has asked
for - and then do more," he said in
testimony before the House Foreign
Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and
the Middle East.
He testified as Senate Democratic
leaders continued pushing to shift
$1.2 billion from the defense budget
to a three-year economic develop-
ment program for Poland and
Dingell endorsed the Democrats'
approach without saying how much
should be pared from defense, saying
Bush's plan would "raid" environ-
mental, labor and foreign assistance
programs less able to absorb funding
cuts than the Pentagon.
The United States has spent over
$500 million building the B-2
"Stealth" bomber, which does not
have not have a clear mission, he
said, and tens of millions supporting
the anti-communist rebels in
"It is strange that we cannot find,
then, the ability to spend a fraction
of those sums to assist countries
like Poland, Hungary and
Yugoslavia in their hour of greatest
need," he said.
Giving a hand to a fledgling East
European democracy "would do more
for world peace than will the B-2 or
a lot of the other efforts in which
this country has so unwisely en-
gaged," said Dingell of Trenton, one
of several Polish-American represen-
tatives who testified before the sub-
During the congressional delega-
tion's visit, Solidarity leader Lech
Walesa asked for restructuring of
Polands $40 billion foreign debt.
Six months later...
Six months after Michigan won the NCAA championship, Dag Kittlaus, an LSA senior, sells t-shirts
commemorating the event at the corner of Ulrich's.
Students already planning
for next summer's jobs
by Cherie Curry
With summer officially ending today, most students
are adjusting from their long breaks and settling into the
school routine. But for many career minded University
students, plans for next summer are already here.
The Business Intern Program (BIP) and the Public
Service Intern Program (PSIP) are two popular pro-
grams designed to help students get summer work expe-
rience in their future career fields.
The BIP places students with various majors in
summer internships in the business sector. Past partici-
pants have held positions with such organizations as
IBM, the Internal Revenue Service, and Penthouse
PSIP arranges summer internships with government
and non-government agencies in both Washington,
D.C. and Lansing. The internships often include the
opportunity to work in legislative offices, special inter-
est groups, media, executive offices and agencies.
Internship Program Supervisor Paula Dirita said,
"We get requests from people interested in our interns.
People are familiar with the program - it has a reputa-
In addition to placing students in internships, BIP
and PSIP have the unique feature of being a training
ground for students. Both programs offer seminars on
topics such as writing effective resumes and cover let-
ters, while also developing interviewing skills, and cor-
Past participants have enthusiastically praised the
two programs. LSA senior Steve Edmonson, who par-
ticipated in the business program last year said, "It's the
most practical experience I've had at U of M. It teaches
you not only how to put together a resume and a per-
sonal statement, but you learn how to conduct yourself
in an interview, how to behave in Corporate America,
and to realize who you are and what you can become."
Former PSIP participant Sarah Tropman, an LSA
senior, praised the programs for the group experience.
She said that PSIP was not just a job, but included
briefings, tours and other things that added to her learn-
The programs are highly competitive. Only 75 stu-
dents are accepted to BIP, 100 students to PSIP.
Both programs said they look specifically for stu-
dents who are motivated, enthusiastic, work well in
groups, show initiative and leadership skills.
Compiled fro'm Associated Press and staff reports
USSR party releases platform
MOSCOW - The Communist Party yesterday demanded that the
nation's troubled republics quiet their growing calls for independence but
promised to grant them more control of their economies.
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, speaking at the close of a meeting by
the party's policy-making Central Committee, said it was time to "strike
a determined blow at those who offer us instead of politics and serious af-
fairs, adventurist platforms."
The session was called to adopt a program addressing burgeoning eth-
nic tensions and unrest among the Soviet Union's numerous nationalities.
The party platform, under development for the past 18 months, is a
blueprint for calming the tensions that have caused more than 200 deaths
and brought calls in some republics, particularly in the Baltics and Cauca-
sus republic of Georgia, for outright independence.
Gorbachev reforms party
MOSCOW - Mikhail Gorbachev pulled off a major shake-up of the
ruling Communist Party yesterday, dropping three Politburo members in
a dramatic consolidation of power.
Tass news agency announced that former KGB chief Viktor
Chebrikov and Viktor Nikonov were retired from the pinnacle of Soviet
power, and Ukranian party chief Vladimir Shcherbitsky said he, too, was
Thepersonnel moves continued Gorbachev's molding of the top party
apparatus, carried out in a series of bold strokes. Gorbachev is general
secretary of the Communist Party as well as Soviet president.
The shake-up came after the party Central Committee yesterday
approved a program directing restive Soviet republics to stifle calls to
leave the union but acceding to demands for more local control of the
Ex-HUD official Pierce
to be ordered to testify
WASHINGTON - A congressional panel voted unanimously
yesterday to subpoena former Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
secretary, Samuel R. Pierce Jr., to testify about alleged influence-peddling
and mismanagement at the department he once headed. His attorney ac-
cused the panel of "vindictive and punitive actions."
Pierce was ordered to appear on three separate occasions - the first com-
ing next Tuesday - before the subcommittee that is investing scandals at
The vote had been expected since Pierce provoked anger among the
panel members when he demanded a third delay on the eve of his scheduled
voluntary testimony last Friday.
Pierce's attorney, Paul L. Perito, said the former secretary- who ap-
peared voluntarily before the panel in May- was willing to testify but
needed another two weeks' time for preparation.
"Night Stalker" convicted
LOS ANGELES - Richard Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders and
30 felonies Wednesday by a jury that decided he was the "Night Stalker"
who terrifd California in 1985.
The jurors found 18 special circumstances existed, making Ramirez el-
igible for the death penalty.
The defendant, convicted on all counts against him, demanded to be ab-
sent from court when the 63 separate verdict forms were read by Superior
Court Judge Michael Tynan.
The judge granted his request, saying a recent appeals court decision
gave him no choice but to bow out.
Ramirez, who left the courtroom with shackles rattling around his an-
kles, listened to the verdicts from a nearby holding cell which had a loud-
The trial lasted more than a year and it took more than a month for the
jury to reach its verdicts after bizarre interruptions- including a murder of a
juror- required them to restart their deliberations twice.
Too much contact with
lenses may cause eye ulcers
BOSTON - About 12,000 contact lens users in the United States
suffer painful and potentially blinding eye ulcers each year, largely
because they wear their lenses while they sleep, research concludes.
The studies also showed, however, that even ordinary daytime use of
contacts- while far safer than overnight wear- seems to slightly raise the
odds of these ulcers, which are the most serious complication of contacts.
The research is most critical of extended-wear lenses, which were
approved in 1980 for continuous use up to 30 days at a time. It found
that people who wore these lenses day and night were 10 to 15 times
more likely than strictly daytime users to have eye ulcers.
Sometimes people fitted with ordinary soft lenses also sleep with
them. The study found that doing this just twice a month resulted in nine,
times the usual risk of the disease.
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