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Petition could stop
teen abortion veto


of. discusses
tino issues

LANSING (AP)- A state board
gave the green light yesterday for an
anti-abortion group to start a peti-
tion drive aimed at putting veto
proof parental consent abortion leg-
islation before Michigan lawmakers.
The 3-0 vote by the Board of
State Canvassers approved the tech-
nical form of the petitions that will
be circulated by Citizens for Parents'
[ Rights, a committee formed by
Right to Life of Michigan. The peti-
tion drive will start this week.
Right to Life President Barbara
Listing said anti-abortion supporters
want to gather the minimum
191,726 signatures and have them
validated in time to put the issue be-
fore lawmakers in September before
they break for the November elec-
The language approved by the
board is similar to the measure
passed by the House and Senate and

vetoed last month by Governor
James Blanchard.
It requires females 17 or younger
to get the consent of one parent for
an abortion. The person also would
be able to seek permission from a
judge who can grant a waiver after
deciding she is mature enough to
make her own decision or the proce-
dure is in her best interest.
Lawmakers will have 40 days
after the signatures are validated to
pass the legislation, which Blanchard
will be powerless to veto. The mea-
sure would take effect in the spring
of 1991, 90 days after the Legisla-
ture ends its 1990 session.
If lawmakers reject the bill, the
measure would go before voters in a
Right to Life plans to gather
300,000 signatures within the 180-
day time limit to make sure it has
enough valid signatures.


Dennis Valdes, a professor from the University of Wisconsin, discusses
the importance of the presence of Latino faculty, students and study
programs nationwide. Valdes spoke last night at Rackham Assembly

MSA bodies push for autonomy

by Josephine Ballenger quired departmental status, he said.
Daily Staff Writer Valdes also criticized the adminis-
"This institution belongs to you tration for not appointing senior fac-
(Chicanos) as much as anybody ulty members to head the program,
else," said Dennis Valdes, associate There exists an "established policy
professor ,of history and Chicano not to put junior faculty in adminis-
studies at the University of Wiscon- trative positions" that is "almost
sin. universal" in practice at universities,
Valdes was sponsored by the he said.
Latino Studies Program of the Pro- The University's Latino program,
gram in American Culture to give a which began in 1984, has been di-
speech on "Latinos and the Knowl- rected by a visiting professor, an as-
edge Factory: Why the Resistance?" sistant professor, and currently, a
last night at Rackham Assembly lecturer.
Hall. Other students agreed with
Valdes attributed the fact that Valdes, saying the university has
there is not a single faculty member neglected its responsibilities to
of Mexican descent in the university Latino studies.
to racism, saying "This is institu- Neil Foley, a graduate student in
tionalized racism against Mexi- American Culture and Latino Stud-
caners." ies, said, "You can't have a serious
He emphasized the need on both program if you don't have a tenured
the national and university levels to person running it."
hire Latino faculty, initiate Latino Financial aid is another "racist"
Studies programs, and recruit mor-e concern of the Latino community.
Latino students to universities. He Early in the Reagan era, the qualifi-
added that the University needs "to cation "ceiling" for proving financial
make sure students get involved, to need was raised, which resulted in
gain control of tenure," and stressed "less money for Latinos" because of
the importance of getting people an economic disproportion of Lati-
concerned with Latino issues on ad- nos "on top," said George Vargas, a
ministration committees. lecturer in the American Culture
Valdes, who taught at the Uni- Program.
versity of Minnesota from 1980 to Not only are aid packages less
1989, said in 1981 the Chican3 available to students of lower-in-
Studies department ranked 38th in come families, but they can also be
popularity, (measured by the student cut for non-academic reasons.
to faculty ratio) and was "attacked as Virginia Becerra, a sophomore in
not cost effective." By 1986, how- Residential College, said she re-
ever, Valdes said because of student ceived almost a full scholarship her
pressure on the administration, the first year, and it was cut in half this
University of Minnesota hired more year.
Latino faculty and got students inter- "By junior or senior year, their
ested in taking classes in the depart- (Latino students) packages decline
ment. and they have to work more - if
But there has been no similar they even stay that long," said Anne
story at the University of Michigan, Martinez, administrative intern in
where Latino Studies has not ac- the Office of Minority Affairs.

by Daniel Poux
"Daily MSA Reporter
The Minority Affairs and Interna-
tional Student Affairs Commissions
pushed for increased autonomy under
the Michigan Student Assembly last
night, during the assembly's weekly
MSA approved a referendum for
the April MSA ballot to change sec-
tions of the assembly's constitution
dealing with the election of commis-
sion chairs. The referendum, if
passed by student vote, would allow
the two commissions to elect their
own chairs and vice chairs.
Although the assembly passed
the proposed referendum, it amended
it to give the assembly final ap-

proval of the chair elected by the
The current constitution stipu-
lates that the assembly as a whole
selects commission chairs and per-
mits the members of the commis-
sions to choose the vice chair.
Minority Affairs Commission
(MAC) chair Ravi Gadhia explained
that the constitutional amendment
will ensure the commissions' auton-
omy under future MSA administra-
"MAC has been pleased with the
chairs the assembly has selected up
until now, but we're concerned about
the future," Gadhia said. "If MSA
begins to break apart or can't do its

job, we want to ensure that MAC
doesn't go down with it. Reps from
ISAC (International Student Affairs
Commission) feel the same way."
The referendum is needed, he said,
because "commission members
would feel a lot more comfortable
dealing with MSA, if we could
choose our own chair."
The MAC chair went on to ex-
plain that the constitutional amend-
ment will not radically change the
relationship between the assembly
and its commissions. Future MAC
and ISAC chairs will still be required
to follow meeting attendance guide-
lines as stated in the assembly's
Compiled Code.

MSA Engineering representative
Mike Donovan did not approve of
the proposed change, saying the
commissions had no right to demand
such autonomy.
"I understand MAC's rationale,
but these commissions are an arm of
MSA and by being a branch of the
assembly, the MSA must retain the
authority of selecting the chairs," he
said. "If they desire such autonomy,
they can form their own group, out-
side of the assembly."
But LSA senior and MAC mem-
ber Delro Harris disagreed with
Donovan, stressing the importance
of constituent representation in the

Bush considers deficit-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said
yesterday an ambitious deficit-cutting plan by
Democratic Rep. Dan Rostenkowski could help
"break the ice" toward an elusive long-range bud-
get agreement between Congress and the White
While offering little encouragement that he
would sign off on its most controversial ele-
ments - a Social Security freeze and a tax in-
crease-- Bush seemed to open the door to an
eventual compromise. Calling himself just "one

player" in the process, Bush declared: "Are we
prepared to negotiate? Absolutely."
He said that he and Alan Greenspan, chair of
the Federal.Reserve Board, have had differences
over how high interest rates should be but added:
"Every president would like to see interest rates
The Los Angeles Times reported last week
that Bush was so unhappy with Greenspan's
tight-credit policies that he likely would replace
him when his term as char expires in 1991.

"There is no discussion of that nature at all,"
Bush said.
Rostenkowski's plan, which would replace
the current Gramm-Rudman Act for chopping the
deficit in stages, seeks to balance the budget
through a combination of tax increases and
spending cuts.
It would raise taxes on the highest-income
wage earners from the present 28 percent to 33
percent and increase taxes on cigarettes, alcohol
and tobacco.

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Women and Communications
election meeting at 4:10 p.m. in
the Journalism Library of the
Frieze Bldg.
UM Hellenic Students --
meeting atm8 p.m. Union
Crowfoot Room
Philosophy Club --- meeting at 7
p.m. Philosophy Commons
Room, 2220 Angell Hall
UM Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do
Club --- beginners welcome 8:30-
9:30 p.m. Martial Arts Room of
the CCRB
UM Taekwondo Club ---
beginners welcome 7-8:30 p.m.
2275 CCRB
East Quad/R.C. Social Group
for Lesbians, Gay Males and
Bisexuals --- for students in
residence halls 9-11 p.m.; call
763-4186 for more information
UM Asian Student Coalition
(UMASC) -- workshop at 7 p.m.
in the Union Henderson Room
Demystifying Malcolm --- a
UCAR meeting/discussion at 7
p.m. in Hutchins Hall
"Some Statistical Models for
Time-sampled Data" --- Yehuda
Vardi speaks at 4 p.m. in 451
Mason Hall
"Chemistry of the Silicon
Containing Unsaturated
Bonds" --- Keqiang Li speaks at
4 p.m. in Room 1640 Chemistry
"Structure/Reactivity &
Studies in Preceramic
Polymers" or "Can
Preceramic Block Copolymers
be used to Form

Tom Fricke --- speaks about his
cultural anthropology research at 7
p.m. in 433 Mason Hall
Tim O'Brien --- the writer reads
from his work The Things They
Carried at 4 p.m. in the Rackham
"Gorbachev's Middle East
Policy: Implications for
Soviet-Israeli Relations" ---
Yaacov Ro'i speaks from noon-1
p.m. in the Lane Hall Commons
Free tutoring - for all lower
level math, science and
engineering courses in UGLi 307
from 8-10 p.m.
Northwalk - the north campus
night-time walking service runs
form 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in Bursley
2333 or call 763-WALK
Safewalk - the nighttime safety
walking service runs from 8 p.m.-
1:30 a.m. in UGLi 102 or call
ECB Peer Writing Tutors -
peer writing tutors available for
help on papers 7-11 p.m. in the
Angell/Haven and 611 Church St.
computing centers
"A Play About Love .. ." --- the
Residence Hall Repertory Theatre
Troupe performs at 10 p.m. in
Couzens Cafeteria
Girl Scout Cookies --- Junior
Troop 141 will have a booth on
campus from 3-5 p.m.
Neil Woodward --- performs at
The Ark today
Halacha and Contraception ---
the Jewish Feminist Group holds
a discussion at 7:30 p.m. at Hillel
"Winterreise" --- Christopher
Trakas performs the Schubert
song cycle at 8 p.m. in the

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