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Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 5, 1990

Rules & Elections
Chair: Bruce Frank, law
Vice Chair: Mike Donovan,
epgineering senior
The Rules and Elections Com-
mittee is reviewing several proposed
changes in the MSA Constitution
and Compiled Code. Areas of change
being looked at are the Assembly's
elections procedures and its discrimi-
nation policy.

Chair: Melissa Burke,
LSA junior
Vice Chair: Liz Moldenhauer,
School of Art junior
The Communications Committee
is responsible for all MSA public re-
lations, and conducts regular
outreach programs, to solicit student
suggestions and support.
The Committee's monthly Cam-
pus Report, which includes reports
on MSA committees, articles by
MSA reps, and other student editori-
als is due to be published February
27, and should be available in vari-
ous locations around campus.

Budget Priorities Committee
Chair: Bryan Mistele,
engineering senior imately $5,500 to 21 student groups
Vice Chair: Laura Peterson, at its January 30 meeting. The BPC
business administration senior will interview representatives from
Under Bryan Mistele the BPC has groups interested in receiving alloca-
reformed its allocation procedures. tions during the next few weeks.
Instead of asking for money before At the January 30 meeting, the
an event, groups who wish to re- BPC officially recognized four
ceive funds from MSA must now groups, including: East Quad Recy-
present receipts for reimbursement. cling, and Helping Hands for the
The committee allocated approx- Homeless.

International Student Affairs
Chair: Kari Johnstone,
LSA senior band and musi
The ISAC is responsible for world. More th
working with international students. tended.
In cooperation with the International The ISAC i

c from around the
han 250 people at-
s currently working

Center, the group helps organize in-
ternational student activities.
DU P an Recently, the commission held
an International Student Banquet in
the Michigan Union, featuring a jazz

on activities for Cultural Awareness
Week, coming up in March.
The ISAC meets weekly on
Wednesday at 5:15 in the Interna-
tional Center.



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Budget Priorities Committee

Chair: Prof. William Stebbins
The University begins its internal
budget process this month. BPC
members will be meeting with Vice
Provost Charles Vest and individual
department heads to discuss budget
allocations. Conferences will begin
in late February and continue
throughout the term, Vest said.
The BPC, an advisory committee

to Vest, is responsible for making
recommendations regarding the Uni-
versity's needs.
Department deans presented their
budget requests, listing their most
important needs to the provost last
month. The University's budget is
finalized in the summer after the
state appropiates its funds.

Research Policies Committee
Co-chairs: Prof. Sarah Newman
Prof. Barry Checkoway
The RPC recommended a com- William Kelly will invite minority
mittee be established to devise spe- researchers to talk with University
cific activities which would help faculty about minority issues and re-
implement University President search.
James Duderstadt's Michigan Man- The RPC is also inviting Uni-
date, which calls for a more diverse versity researchers to apply for
University. money from the Office of the Vice
The new committee, approved by President for Research to study so-
Interim Vice President for Research cial diversity issues.
Compiled by Daily Reporters Daniel Poux, Noelle
Vance, and Donna Woodwell

Tenure Committee
Chair: Biology Prof. Thomas
Under the University bylaws, it
is the responsibility of the commit-
tee to review cases of tenure
termination, as well as develop and
advise on general tenure policies.
Current debate is focusing on
the extension of the tenure clock for
faculty members with significant
dependent care responsibilities. The
Financial Affairs
Chair: Health Behavior and
Health Education Prof. Tom
Recently, this committee has
dealt with the call for greater flexi-
bility in the faculty benefit
One of the reforms being consid-
ered would provide faculty with
health care accounts through which
they could direct benefit funds to ar-
eas not covered by the current sys-
tem. A second change would givo.
faculty the option to cash in their
pension fund at the time of retire-
ment, rather than receive stipend
checks on a monthly basis.

committee proposed a guarantee of
tenure review postponement for
reasons of child or aging parent care
upon petition of the college or
school Dean.
These recommendations have
been presented to Provost Charles
Vest for review. Vest agreed to
guarantee a one year maternity
extension, but other issues have not
been settled.
Committee for a
Co-chairs: Pharmacy Assoc.
Prof. Eddie Boyd and Social
Work and Women's Studies
Assoc. Prof. Beth Glover
Created last October, this com-
mittee was established to look more
in-depth at issues of multicultural-
ism raised by the Michigan
Mandate. The Senate Advisory
Committee of University Affairs
(SACUA) established the
committee because it could not
allocate the amount of time
necessary to fully address these
issues during its weekly meetings.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Obstacles continue to block
Mandela release, wife says
PAARL, South Africa - Serious obstacles still block the release of
Nelson Mandela and more pressure must be put on the white-led gov-
ernment before he can be freed from nearly three decades in prison, his
wife said yesterday.
The government, meanwhile, warned Mandela's newly legalized
African National Congress that the world would turn against the group if
it continued to wage a guerrilla war.
Mandela met with his wife, Winnie, yesterday, two days after the gov-
ernment lifted numerous restrictions on the anti-apartheid movement.
After the meeting she appealed for renewed pressure on the government to
force the lifting of remaining emergency restrictions.
"Unfortunately, the obstacles that were in the way, which prevented
his release on Friday, still exist," Mrs. Mandela said after the four-hour
visit at the Victor Verster prison farm.
"It...doesn't depend on him when he will be released," she said.
Census seeks tally assistants
WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau is hanging out the "Help'
Wanted" sign. People are needed across the nation to track down hard-
to-count Americans and the job can pay up to $8 an hour.
The census-takers will scout remote hollows in West Virginia and is-
land fishing villages in Alaska, seek out beach dwellers in California and
folks living in mountain cabins in Appalachia.
Only a few weeks before the official 1990 national head count, the
Census Bureau says it will need 315,000 temporary workers in addition to
its usual staff. Many of the temporary workers have yet to be hired, says
Richard Bitzer of the bureau's field division.
As in 1980, most Americans will receive a census form by mail in
late March, fill it out and send it back. But officials know that for one
reason or another they won't hear from several million households. Others
will send in incomplete forms.
St. Louis welcomes prison
ST. LOUIS - Most communities favor new prisons as long as
they're built somewhere else, but residents here see the new jail as a lift
out of a 17-year economic rut.
"We are really looking forward to the opening - it is like a new era,"
said Leonard Johnson, St. Louis, Michigan city clerk and treasurer.
The first prisoners will arrive at the Mid-Michigan Correctional Facil-
ity later this month, officials said. The prison is expected to provide 281
jobs and generate $200,000 in annual revenue for the city of 4,100 south
of Mount Pleasant.
That spells economic recovery to the community in the geographical
center of the state. St. Louis' economy was devastated in 1973 when its
biggest employer, the Michigan Chemical Plant, was forced to close and
300 jobs were wiped out.
The new state prison is set up to house 900 nonviolent prisoners.
Pension system grew in 8's
WASHINGTON - The nation's burgeoning pension system owns a
huge chunk of corporate America, but the benefits go to almost everyone
but the retirees the funds are set up to serve.
Typically described as a nest egg for millions of working Americans,
pension funds also are being used to make a fast buck for stock brokers,
to pay off corporate debt and even to pressure some corporations into hav-
ing social consciences.
The pension system, buoyed by the bull market of the 1980s, has
grown into an economic force, rising from just $7 billion in assets in
1950 to $2 trillion today. About half of that money is invested in stocks,
with pension funds holding 25 percent of total equity in the U.S. econ-
The multibillion-dollar investments make pension funds - and
those who manage them - major players on Wall Street.
Happy Anniversary Post-it
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - It was in 1974 that 3M scientist Art Fry,
sitting through a boring church sermon, concocted the idea of self-
sticking, yellow notes that could be removed without a trace, for use in
his choir hymn books.
It took him four years to convince his superiors at 3M the idea would
sell. Two years later, in April 1980, Post-it notes premiered, and America

has been stuck on them since.
"Initial enthusiasm for a piece of note paper with adhesive on the back
wasn't overwhelming," Fry said of his battle to persuade his superiors. "It
was hard to sell the concept that people needed a note pad that would sell
at a premium price compared to ordinary scratch paper."
Company officials won't release sales figures, but say Post-it notes
are one of the nation's top-selling office products, along with tape, copy
paper and file folders.


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Trucks blocked Moscow's Garden
Ring Road for the marchers who
linked arms next to Gorky Park and
'completely filled eight lanes of traf-
fic, stretching back more than half a

mile. Cordons of uniformed police
blocked cars elsewhere, turning the
center of Moscow into a virtual
pedestrian mall.
In all, the march and rally lasted
for about five hours before partici-
pants began to disperse. Police ob-
served the peaceful proceedings in

the historic heart of the capital, but
there were no reports of any distur-
According to published reports,
party leader Gorbachev will propose
to the Central Committee that the
party give up the guarantee of power
that was written into the Soviet




Constitution in 1977.
The Radio Moscow news service
Interfax also said Gorbachev was
planning structural reforms that
would reduce the size of the Central
Committee and possibly eliminate
the ruling Politburo. He also was
expected to give tacit approval to the
concept of private property.
The proposals are in the form of
a draft platform to be placed before
congress, theoretically the Commu-
nist Party's highest body, that is
now scheduled for this fall.
Many Moscow observers ex-
pected a concentrated effort from
conservatives in the Central Com-
mittee to stop reforms they believe
have brought the Soviet Union to
economic ruin and ethnic strife.



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