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'from bill
by Bethany Robertson
bail y Staff Writer
An amendment that would have
restored Medicaid-funded abortions
or victims of rape and incest was
4opped from the Labor, Health and
Human Services Appropriations bill
by a U.S. House-Senate conference
committee Friday.
The amendment was excluded be-
cause members of the committee
feared President George Bush would
veto the entire bill as a result of the
abortion language included.
A similar bill was passed by the
.S. House of Representatives and
e Senate last year and was vetoed
by Bush.
"He would have vetoed it again
this year," said Troy Zimmerman,
legislative director for Representative
Carl Purcell (R-Ann Arbor). He
added that Bush had been expected to
veto the entire $177.6 billion bill
because the abortion clause was in-
* "The attachment of the rape and
incest amendment was a poison pill.
for the bill," a Congressional source
who declined to be named said.
The language of the bill origi-
nally passed by the House included
Medicaid funding for abortions only
when the mother's life was in dan-
ger. The Senate version of the bill
added Medicaid funding for abortions
ases of rape or incest. A second
fthat amendment, added by
Sen. Bill Armstrong (R-Colorado),
required parental notification for
women under age 18.
When the bill came out of the
conference committee Friday, the
language from the Senate was
"The conference agreement says
we can only provide (Medicaid fund-
,g) when the life of the mother is
danger," Zimmerman said. He
added that this policy follows the
same law in effect since 1981.
Members of the Senate were also
unwilling to try to push the bill
through the conference committee
due to the compromise of the
parental notification amendment, the
congressional source said. The two
issues "could not be separated; they
,to be dealt with together," he

Regents request state
funds for renovations

by Daniel Poux
Daily Administration Reporter
The University's Board of Re-
gents submitted their official Capital
Outlay Requests for the 1991-92 fis-
cal year at Friday's Regents' meet-
ing, again asking for funds to reno-
vate four University facilities, and
adding several new projects to their
The request's primary focus, ex-
plained University Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer Farris
Womack, is the same as it has been
for several years: the complete reno-
vation of the East Engineering build-
Since the College of Engineering
moved to North Campus, East En-
gineering has been slated as the new
home of the Departments of Psy-
chology and Mathematics. However,
the state legislature in Lansing has
continually deferred the University's
request for the approximately $30
million needed to remodel the build-
ing for the two departments. The
building has been awaiting renova-
tion for more than five years.
As a result, the Psychology and
Mathematics departments remain
scattered in auxiliary and rented space
around the campus, and the East En-
gineering building continues to dete-
"The problem is two-fold: it's an
old building, but the traffic is enor-
mous. There's a huge number of
people using an increasingly run-
down building," Womack said.

Not only would the proposed
renovation provide a modern and
consolidated home for the two de-
partments, it would also free up the
dormitory space in the West Quad-
rangle currently used by the Psy-
chology department.
The official capital outlay request
also named three other campus build-
ings which have also needed renova-
tion but lacked state funds for several
years. This wish list also included:
n The construction of a $40 mil-
lion Integrated Technology Instruc-.
tion Center, a sophisticated library
and conference center to be built on
North Campus;
n A $25 million addition to the
Randall Physics Laboratory, to ac-
company the $12 million renovation
program currently going on;
n The $15.5 million renovation
of the C.C. Little Building, a request
that has been before the Lansing ad-
ministration for more than twenty
In addition to their previous list,
the new capital outlay request also
introduced six new campus projects
requiring significant state invest-
ment. These new projects include
improvements to the Frieze Build-
ing, West Engineering, and the
School of Natural Resources build-
All the proposed projects are nec-
essary to maintain the campus facili-
ties properly, Womack said, but the
four proposals from last year will
still receive top priority.

"If the state government decides
to finally give the University some
funding, it will all go toward the
East Engineering renovation project,
and not be divided between the pro-
jects," he said.
Womack said this year the Uni-
versity stands a good chance of re-
ceiving some of the funds requested
because of a new bill before the
Michigan State House of Represen-
If approved, the bill would autho-
rize the sale of more than $500 mil-
lion in state bonds, to fund state
construction projects.
The bill should come up for a
vote soon after the November elec-
tions, Womack explained, and stands
a good chance of passing.
"The governor, the state legisla-
ture, and many here at the University
have supported the bill, and we're
hopeful it's going to pass," he said.
"If it does, we're in a good position
to get some funding, and begin on
some of these projects."
Womack stressed that the deterio-
ration of the campus buildings is not
the fault of the University, but the'
administration in Lansing.
"These buildings belong to the
people of this state; they are their
investments," he said. "There has,
not been sufficient investment by,
the state in its properties, and even-
tually, they will have to pay big dol-
lars to save these facilities."

Biology and beet-picking JOSE
A small group of Biology 101 students helped pick beets Friday afternoon
when they visited Community Farms. The farm will be holding a bonfire,
open to the public, on Halloween.

500 sign WAND petition to end nuclear testing

by Jon Rosenthal
One of the last places anyone
looking for the solution to the arms
race would expect to find it is the
Farmers' Market.
Saturday, however, about 250
people signed the Women's Action
for Nuclear Disarmament's (WAND)
petition in favor of the Comprehen-
sive Test Ban treaty which, the
group says, can end the nuclear arms
About 500 people have signed
the WAND petition to date.
The Comprehensive Test Ban
treaty would require signatory na-
tions to end the testing of all nuclear
"Basically it would end the arms
race because the industry won't build

bombs if they can't use them and
they can't use them if they can't test
them," said Paz Salas, co-coordinator
of Campus WAND.
Campus WAND, located on the
fourth floor of the Michigan Union,
has twenty members.
WAND, a national disarmament
group, was founded by Dr. Helen
Caldicott in order to give women an
opportunity to take the lead in the
disarmament race. Although men are
not excluded the majority of mem-
bers are women.
Salas said people don't believe
anything can be accomplished to end
the arms race, but she disagrees.
"People say, 'Well, the petitions
aren't going to do anything,' " Salas
said. "But when the Partial Test

Band treaty came up in 1963 people
sent in letters and petitions, mothers
of children started sending in baby
The Partial Test Band treaty,
which ended atmospheric testing,
was ratified in 1963 .

"That's part of our mission to edu-
cate at least the campus," Paz said.
WAND, in association with other
disarmament organizations, hopes to
gather enough signatures to sway the
Senate vote on the treaty, which is
expected to occur in January.

'Basically it would end the arms race
because the industry won't build bombs if
they can't use them and they can't use them
if they can't test them'
- Paz Salas
Co-coordinator of Campus WAND

tions bind to the agreement then no
nation in the world can test nuclear
The petitions will be sent to a
coalition of disarmament groups in
Washington at the end of October.
WAND will hold a rally at 5,
p.m. today in order to increase cam-
pus awareness and collect more sig-
natures for the petition.
The group will gather at the Diag
and then march to the Federal Build-
ing. WAND will also hand out an
information sheet on the treaty that;
will put the complex legal terminol-
ogy into layperson's terms.
In the future WAND will be:
gathering signatures at a Fishbowl
display, which will featuring a video
and pamphlets.

During Saturday's petition drive,
the WAND members discovered that
many people had never heard of the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Salas said the Soviet Union has
already agreed to the treaty and if the
United States signs the treaty, Eng-
land will follow. "If those three na-

'U' committees to consider expanding

by Garrick Wang

Future University students may
be able to research their term papers
without leaving a computer termi-
* The University is looking into
the possibilities of expanding its
electronic media - information such
as books, articles, and numerical data
stored in an electronic format.
The School of Information and
Library Studies (SILS) is forming
three committees to address the fol-
lowing three topics related to elec-
tronic media: users' changing needs;
funding for electronic information

resources; and management of the
electronic resources.
"We are trying to figure out the
balance between print material and
getting material in electronic form,"
Carla Stoffle, associate director for
Public Services at the University
Library, said.
SILS is seeking student and fac-
ulty nominations from the deans of
all the schools and colleges and from
the Michigan Student Assembly
The committees will start work
in November and continue work un-
til March.

Electronic media will eventually
"allow you to sit in your room and
access what you need," said Kather-
ine Willis, an officer in the Office of
the Vice Provost for Information
Technology. "Information will be
displayed on your workstation and
you can print it out if you choose."
Once electronic media becomes
firmly established, "the library will
be a place and will also be a function
to switch/connect users with data no
matter where it's located," Stoffle
She added that the University will
need to invest in additional electronic

cables, hardware, and disk spacet
establish the infrastructure neededt
support the additional electronic r
sources. "Unless the campus has t
basic infrastructure, there will 1
things we cannot do."
"The funding issue isn't just ho
we are going to be able to affo
both print and electronic material
but it's maintenance of the networ
the computer hardware on the storag
end and on the user end," Stoff
Funding for the libraries com
from the University's general fui
and grants.

to Establishing an electronic media amount of
to system will be costly. The Univer- Carol
e- sity will be purchasing new software and coord
he packages like databases and datasets. Symposiu
be It will also hire staff to help students will write
and faculty learn about the new re- and recon
w sources and to help design software which wi
rd which represents their needs. open forun
Is, Stoffle expressed caution about An in
k, the idea of charging user fees to stu- comprise
ge dents with limited financial re- amine the
le sources. forwardin
"There should be no two~class President
es system in getting an education," Gilbert W
nd Stoffle said. "Students should not re-
ceive an education based on the I

f money you have."
Hughes, a SILS lecturer
dinator of the Information
um, said the committees
papers with their findings
mmendations this spring,
ll also be presented at an
nformation symposium
d of administrators will ex-
recommendations before
g them to Provost and Vice
t for Academic Affairs
_. rf '~. Aiiuz.u..'-

Wat's happening in Ann Arbor today

_ __

States pass legislation
against actions which
risk HIV infection

Circolo - The Italian Conversa-
tion Club meets at 7 p.m. in 2114
Shorin-Ryu Karate-do Club -
Small Gym 8-9 pm.
United Jewish Appeal - 7 p.m. at
Undergraduate Philosophy Club
meeting features Jeff Gautier, a
political philosopher, 6 p.m. at
2220 Angell
ENACT-UM - 7 p.m. at the
Dana Bldg.
Indian and Pakistani American
Students' Council - 6:30 p.m.-
at Trotter House1
Undergraduate Sociology Club
- 5 p.m. at3001 LSA;
Cirle "K" Service Organization,
- 7 p.m. in the Union Michigan
UM Asian American Student
Coalition - 7 p.m. at 2439 Ma-
son Hall

Safewalk - 8 p.m.-:30 a.m.,
Room 102 UGLI, 936-1000
Northwalk - 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,
2333 Bursley, 763-WALK
Women's Action For Nuclear
Disarmament Rally - the rally is
to show support for the signing of
the Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty, which will end testing of
nuclear weapons, 5 p.m. in the
Asian American Writers' Work-
shop - 7p.m. at 2439 Mason Hall
Inorganic Seminar _
"Transition-Metal Silicon Com-
plexes" with Mrs. Sigridur Jonas-
dottir of the Chem. Dept.
English Composition Board
Peer Writing Tutors - 7-11 p.m.
at the Angell/Haven Computing
Career Planning &Placement
Programs - International Stu-
dents: Job Search and Practical
Training Information, 4:10-5:30
p.m. in the Union Welker Rm.;
U.S S !tuidents 5eekinei Emnlnv-

creasing number of states now have
laws that make it a crime to know-
ingly expose another person to the
AIDS virus.
Since 1986, 22 states have passed
laws making it illegal to engage in
conduct that could transmit the hu-
man immunodeficiency virus, or
HIV, believed to cause acquired im-
mune deficiency syndrome, according
to the AIDS Policy Center, at
George Washington University.
"The idea of trying to prosecute
somebody for attempted transmis-
sion of HIV is increasingly, almost
alarmingly, common," said
Lawrence Gostin, director of the
AIDS Litigation Project of the U.S.
Public Health Service and a profes-
sor at the Harvard University School
of Public Health.
But, he said, "when somebody is
actually having sex with somebody,
I think the risk is significant enough

because he had homosexual relations
at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.,
while knowingly infected with the
The Air Force Court of Military
Review said at least six previous
courts-martial had been convened
based upon AIDS-related assaults.
Such conduct, it said, "can be analo-
gized to attempting to put poison in
the drink of a victim."
Johnson was dishonorably dis-
charged and sentenced to six years in
prison. The outcomes in civilian
courts so far have tended to be differ-
ent, Gostin said.
"It is enormously problematical
to try to reach into the bedroom and
create a criminal prosecution around
it, and the only ones who have been
successful in doing that are the mili-
tary," Gostin said.
Part of the reason is because
most civilian cases involve biting,
spitting, or splashing blood rather

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