by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Writer
The first in a series of free classes
aimed at increasing the prosperity of
students and low-income Ann Arbor
residents was offered last night at the
Ann Arbor YMCA.
Sponsored by the Network for
Equal Economic Development
(N.E.E.D.) Service Inc. and the
Washtenaw County government, the
"Prosperity Partners Classes" will
provide information on how to ob-
tain money for college, find better
jobs, and finance a business.
Each class in the week-long
* series, which runs through Saturday,
will focus on a different method of
achieving prosperity, including set-
ting goals, communication skills,
networking, and writing resumes.
Thursday night's session will fea-
ture representatives from the
University of Michigan, Eastern
Michigan University, and
Washtenaw Community College. S.
Talonda Cabell-Kahlid, executive di-
Vrector of the N.E.E.D. Service, said
the session will provide
"information not necessarily known
in financial aid offices about schol-
arships and grants.
N.E.E.D. sponsored a pilot
"Prosperity Partners" session in,
July. Thirty-three of the 37 partici-
pants in the program were able to re-
ceive full scholarships, free com-
puter classes, guaranteed jobs, or
grants to start their own businesses,
N.E.E.D. is a Washtenaw
County non-profit, student- and
"We help with any emergency need
that people have been denied," said
The classes will be held at the
Ann Arbor Y' at 5:30 p.m. today
,through Friday and Saturday at 11:00
Participants in the program who,
provide the necessary information by
today will have their resumes typed
at no cost.
The Mi~higan Daily - Wednesday, November 8, 1989 - Page 5
US from default
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Senate and House agreed last night
to raise the treasury's borrowing au-
thority above $3.1 trillion, prevent-
ing the government from reneging
for the first time ever on its pledge
to repay creditors.
The legislation was approved by
voice vote in the Senate and by a
269-99 margin in the House and sent
to President Bush. His signature
would prevent the government from
running out of cash on Thursday.
"Default is unthinkable," said
Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas. "It
would strike a devastating blow to
our country's credit rating."
The way for action on the debt-
ceiling increase was cleared earlier in
the evening when an arrangement
was worked out to remove from the
debt-ceiling debate a fight over modi-
fying catastrophic health insurance
The agreement was blocked for
more than an hour by Sen. John
Heinz, R-Pa. He sought to add to
the debt-ceiling bill an amenditiii
that would bar use of the cash-laden
Social Security trust fund income to
make the budget deficit look smaller
than it is.
Heinz dropped his objection after
Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-
Maine, assured him that the Social
Security amendment would be given
priority consideration next year.
Under the agreement:
-The debt-ceiling bill has-only
one amendment. that would repeal a
1986 law, bitterly opposed by busi-
ness, that prohibits employer-fi-
nanced health insurance plans 'from
discriminating against lower-paid
workers. House acceptance of that.
amendment would send the paccag .
-The House would pass a ite*
bill repealing catastrophic medical'
coverage for retirees. That wbiuld
send the bill to the Senate, whitbh
would be expected to amend it with a
plan repealing the unpopular suttax.
He'll pump you up
LSA senior Mark Hynes works out yesterday at the CCRB. No word on how much he can bench press.
Troupe promotes awareness
Los Angeles hospitals
train Army surgeons
by Joanna Broder
Daily Staff Writer
The scene: a meeting of the Israel
The cast: Amy, the strong willed
and inflexible president who led the
group; Michelle, who listened qui-
etly to everyone else's opinions,
fearful of contributing her own ideas;
Randi, who sauntered in late and dis-
rupted her peers with mindless chat-
ter; and Oran, who appeared frus-
trated by the meeting's lack of seri-
Members of "Talk to Us," an in-
teractive theater troupe sponsored by
B'nai Brith Hillel and the Univer-
sity's Housing Division, portrayed
these characters in a presentation ti-
tled "Group Process" at Hillel yes-
terday. "Talk to Us" was founded by
Theater Prof. Scott Weissman, the
current director of Residential Reper-
tory Theater, in the fall of 1987.
"('Talk to Us') grew out of Resi-
dential Repertory Theater in an at-
tempt to create live theater experi-
ences on campus which directly mir-
ror and recreate campus life on
stage," said Weissman. He added that
"Talk to Us" deals with crucial so-
cial issues like racism, sexism, ho-
mophobia, anti-Semitism, and inter-
personal issues such as peer pres-
"The goal is to try to get people
to explore things they might not
normally feel comfortable exploring
and to give people a safe environ-
ment to explore themselves," said
Lisa Dixon, director of one of the
two "Talk to Us" troupes.
The troupes' shows usually con-
sist of three short scenes relating to
social issues, three question and an-
swer periods in which the audience
may ask the characters questions, and
one longer monologue which ties
together the major themes of the
show. While actors base their per-
formances on character sketches,
most of their acting is improvised.
"Talk to Us" performs at most of
the residence halls, Student Health
Services, Hillel, and other organiza-
tions on campus which wish to
promote student awareness. In addi-
tion, the troupe has travelled to
Stockton State University in New
Jersey, Washington University in
St. Louis, and other colleges in
Boston and Chicago.
"More than solve the issues, we
want to make people aware of the is-
sues," said Kathy Clark, a Ph.D.
candidate in kinesiology, the study
of human muscular movements.
LSA senior Jeff Olds, a second-
year member of the troupe, agreed.
"We don't claim to have the an-
swers," he said. "We just get people
to talk about social issues on cam-
LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S.
Army surgeons are learning trauma
treatment skills at a Watts-based
hospital that has one of the busiest
emergency rooms in the country
tending to the carnage of gang
The County Board of Supervisors
yesterday approved a motion to ex-
pand the presence of military physi-
cians at beleaguered Martin Luther
King-Drew Medical Center into
other areas, including obstetrics and
The county-run hospital has been
under fire and its director was re-
cently removed following reports
that it was understaffed and under-
Yesterday's motion by Supervi-
sor Kenneth Hahn, whose district in-
cludes the hospital, calls for the
Health Services Department to de-
velop a proposal within two weeks
for expanding the military physician
Army doctors usually receive
their trauma surgery training at pub-
lic hospitals near their home bases.
But military officials say that the
young surgeons rarely see the kinds
of gaping, multiple wounds caused
by automatic and semiautomatic
gunfire, like those common to gang
shootings here, where more than 353
gang-related slayings were reported
A pair of U. S. Army resiilent
physicians from Texas recently
completed a two-month training
program at King-Drew, where offi
cials say gang mayhem creates ar vir-
tual steady stream of gunshot, vic-
"Here, you'll see a case where a.
.22 (-caliber gun) accidentally;di"-
charged," said Dr. John McPh'ail;
chief of surgery at William Beau-
mont Medical Center in El Ps,.
Texas, yesterday. "But at King,,cbe,
typical shooting was a victim;slIot
multiple times by someone trying to,
kill them with a large caliber and-
more bullet holes in the patientsT .,
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Nations urge world to stabilize emissions
NOORDWIJK, Netherlands (AP) - More
than 60 nations yesterday urged the world to sta-
bilize by the year 2000 the emission of bases
blamed for the "greenhouse effect." They acted
over opposition from the United States, the So-
viet Union and Japan.
Most of the participants at the 68-nation con-
ference on global warming adopted a declaration
saying that carbon dioxide emissions should be
stabilized within 10 years as a first step toward
fighting the pollution problem.
Environmentalists were bitter about the re-
fusal of the United States, Soviet Union and
Japan to sign the declaration.
"The conference is a total failure, and the
United States and Japan have sabotaged it," said
Daniel Becker, an official of the Sierra Club, a
Washington-based environmentalist group.
The Dutch, hosts of the two-day ministerial
meeting, had hoped to align all the participating
nations unanimously behind a commitment to
stabilize emissions by the end of the century and
to begin reducing them in 2005.
William Reilly, chief administrator of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the
"distinction between those countries that want to
commit themselves to stabilization by the year
2000 and those, including the United States, who
are not prepared to say so at this time."
On Monday, Reilly said, "We believe in a re-
duction of carbon dioxide. But we're not prepared
to say by what time and by what level."
Reilly said the countries should wait for com-
pletion of studies by the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change, a forum trying to find ways
of reducing global warming.
The level at which the emissions were to be
stabilized will be set next year by the U.N.-spon-
sored climate change panel, which is planning a
meeting in Washington in February, and the
World Climate Conference scheduled for late
1990, according to the declaration.
Earlier, Japanese delegates said they were
awaiting more scientific data on climate change
and on the economic effects of drastic measures
to curb the greenhouse effect, which is believed
by some scientists to be the cause of a slight
warming of the earth's atmosphere.
Some scientists fear the phenomenon could
eventually lead to the flooding of coastal areas
and expansion of deserts.
Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the
greenhouse effect. In 1988, the United States ac-
counted for nearly 24 percent of total world emis-
sions of the gas, according to the Dutch Envi-
ronment Ministry. Much carbon dioxide is pro-
duced by the burning of fuels such as coal and
The final declaration also called for ways to
provide money to Third World nations to help
them cope with the consequences of climatic
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