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The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, November 14,1989- Page 5

City council outlines spending priorities for the year

by Tara Gruzen
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor City Council mem-
bers met at an informal work session
last night to compile their wish list
for the upcoming year.
Based on preliminary numbers
which give the city $11 million for
general spending in the next year,
council members each laid out their
priorities for the 1990-91 fiscal year
budget.
Citing projections that the city
has recovered from the $1.6 million
'Come to
Israel,'
oficer
says
by Terri Jackson
Daily Staff Writer
"I am not an Israeli rebel... I am
not here to speak politically. I'm
here as an authentic Israeli because
we want your support," said the
commander of the Israeli defense
forces' paratroop anti-terrorist unit in
a speech at the B'nai B'rith Hillel
Center.
Ze'ev Shafrir gave a military per-
spective of the war against terrorism
in the Middle East and explained that
Israel is constantly under siege be-
cause of its strategic geographic po-
* sition.
He told the 25 students who came
to hear him last night that it is cru-
cial that "fellow Jews and friends
who feel that Israel is important
come to visit" and show their sup-
port for the country.
"All Jews must come and visit
(Israel) these days and relate with fel-
low Jews to discover a better under-
standing," Shafrir said.
He urged every audience member
to participate in the national Volun-
teers for Israel program, which
brings people to Israel to join the
army, or live in an Israeli city and
work for Israel's "right to exist."
"Go to Israel at least once a
year," Shafrir said. "I'm not saying

deficit it has faced since July 1988,
City Administrator Del Borgsdorf
said the city has to decide on what
capital investments it will spend its
money during the next year.
Among the top suggestions put
forth at the meeting were publica-
tion of a city council newsletter,
improvements for city hall, pur-
chases of new fire fighting equip-
ment, and development of ways to
alleviate the city's traffic problems.
Councilmember Ingrid Sheldon
(R-Second Ward) said the council
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needs to publish a newsletter to the city hall, councilmember Larry
communicate with Ann Arbor citi- Hunter (D-First Ward) said money
zens. should be spent on making building
'I think this is a beneficial exercise but the
priorities should get tabulated and we should
look at them in three months.'
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-First Ward)

should have a fund set aside because
we have some lingering liability
problems in that building."
However, Hunter also expressed
his concern that the city should be
concentrating on further spending
cuts before creating a list of spend-
ing priorities.
"I think this is a beneficial exer-
cise but the priorities should get
tabulated and we should look at them
in three months," Hunter said.
But Mayor Gerald Jernigan, a
Republican, said the issue must be

addressed now while the council puts
the budget together: "Someone has
to prepare a budget and we either get
our two cents in now or we don't get
it in at all."
The $11-12 million the city has
to spend is taken from a $50 million
general fund. Out of this fund, $21
million is spent on payroll and $17
is transfered by the city to other as-
sociations. The remaining $11-12
million includes both the city's fixed
costs as well as money that can be
used for capital investments.

"The government needs to be
seen as friendly," she said.
Pointing to safety problems with

improvements.
"We have to take care of the
house we live in," Hunter said. "We

University officials to change
'Diversity Day' to 'MLK Day'

by Kristine LaLonde
Daily Administration Reporter
The campus celebration of Martin
Luther King's birthday may not
change this coming Jan. 15, but the
name will. The University will no
longer call the day "Diversity Day"
but instead "Martin Luther King
Day."
Martin Luther King Day
Coordinator Andrea Monroe-Fowler
said the MLK Day Symposium
Committee decided last summer to
change the name because committee

members said the holiday ought to
emphasize King and his
achievements.
Many students complained during
last year's celebration that the name
stressed the vague concept of
"diversity" rather than King's
birthday.
Michigan Student Assembly
Minority Affairs Commission Chair
Delro Harris, an LSA senior, said he
was pleased with the change.
"I think it's great they (the
administration) finally woke up,"

Harris said. He added that he thought
King stood for "equality and respect
for all peoples" rather than diversity.
Monroe-Fowler said the chitrge
had been discussed since last year's
celebration.
"Students, faculty and .staff
mention that we are celebrating
Martin Luther King's birthday,"
Monroe-Fowler said. She added that
the administration was in fav i'of
the change early in the deliberatidn.

Levin supporters gather in 178;
Michigan houses to raise funds

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Ze'ev Shafrir, the commander of a paratroop anti-terrorist unit of the
Israeli Defense Forces, urged Jews and "friends of Israel" to support the
country's anti-terrorist efforts.

you have to settle there, but it's
your homeland. If you care, it's your
duty to make us look good in the
eyes of the media," he said.
His speech was sponsored by Ta-
gar, College Republicans, and
Global One: Students for a Strong
America
After speaking, Shafrir showed
video footage of the Volunteer for Is-
rael program. Students of different
nationalities were shown working

along side Israeli soldiers and learn-
ing about Israel's "sights, sounds
and people."
A second part of the film, titled
"The Strategic Equation," explained
Middle East conflicts and their rela-
tionship to Israel.
The support of Jews outside Is-
rael is essential to the Jews within
the country, Shafrir said, adding that
a strong bridge must be made be-
tween the two.

by Noelle Vance
Daily Government Reporter
Parties are the same no matter
what their purpose.
At a house party last night to
show support for U.S. Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.), there was little
discussion of controversial issues, or
campaign strategies, or even about
the College Democrats - which
sponsored the party.
Instead, the 15 Levin supporters

sat in the living room or hung out
in the kitchen, munched potato chips
and pretzels, and talked about the
drive home from Washington D.C.
- where thousands of people rallied
for abortion rights last weekend.
The party, hosted by College
Democrats President Roger Kosson,
an LSA senior, was one of 178
house parties held around the state
last night to raise money and show
support for Levin. Though Levin

has not officially announced his ean-
didacy, he has indicated that he ,will
do so early next year.
Though a handwritten sighn stg-
gested a campaign contribution of $3
per person, the party raised about
$20 in cash.
"We're not looking for the big
bucks," Kosson said. The purpose,
he said, was mainly to show support
for Levin,

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