The Michigan Daily- Friday, November 15, 1991 - Page7
by Bethany Robertson
Daily Administration Reporter
University adminstrators are
0 still receiving angry letters about
one of the most controversial issues
to hit the Fleming Administration
Building this year.
An advertisement promoting
Holocaust revisionism, printed Oct.
24 in the Daily, has elicited more re-
sponses than the federal audit re-
leased in September charging that
the University misspent hundreds
of thousands of dollars, said Walter
Harrison, executive director of
"We've gotten twice as much
Sdefini ti on
ATLANTA (AP) - The
number of U.S. AIDS cases could
nearly double under a new federal
proposal that would expand the
definition of the disease to include
160,000 people infected but not yet
The case count stands at 195,718,
but 1 million more Americans are
believed to be infected with HIV,
the virus that causes the disease.
Health officials estimate 160,000 of
those, many of whom don't know
they're infected, would fall under
the new definition.
AIDS activists said the expanded
0definition would make more people
qualify for disability payments, but
warned that more officially
recognized AIDS patients could
mean a bigger battle for treatment
The current definition, adopted
by the U.S. Center for Disease
Control (CDC) in 1987, is based on
conditions that prey on HIV-
infected people, such as a rare
pneumonia and a rare skin cancer.
The proposal goes out today for
comment from health experts. The
CDC hopes to release its final
version in January, with state and
local health officials using it to
report AIDS cases by April.
The new definition would add
patients who aren't necessarily sick,
but whose immune systems are
*already under severe attack by the
mail over this issue as we did on the
audit," Harrison said. "There's still
two or three electronic mail mes-
sages to me every day."
Although the flow of letters has
slowed quite a bit, Harrison esti-
mated University President James
Duderstadt also receives two or
three messages a day.
"There were days when I think
he was getting a dozen or two dozen
a day," Harrison said.
Executive Director of the Uni-
versity Alumni Center Robert
Forman said he has heard many
comments from alumni about the
advertisement. While he has re-
1 sifting t
ceived only a few letters, Forman
said many alumni have raised ques-
tions about the content and propri-
ety of the advertisement at alumni
"But most people realize this is
not a product of the University but
a product of the free press," Forman
Many people contacting the ad-
ministration are also financial sup-
porters of the University, but Har-
rison said he does not expect to see
any drop-off in contributions.
"Many people who are angry
about any issue say or threaten a de-
crease in contributions. Typically,
that does not materialize," Harri-
Roy Muir, associate vice presi-
dent for development, said that
while he has heard many negative
comments about the advertisement,
he has not noticed an effect on con-
tributions to the University.
"There is no direct relationship
at this time between that ad and do-
nations to the University," Muir
In responding to comments
about the advertisement, Harrison
said administrators have generally
been supportive of the Daily's edi-
sponses to Daily ad
"Our position has consistently
been that the Daily is a paper run by
and for the students," Harrison said.
"On the other hand, I've pointed out
that the Daily has been exemplary in
printing letters and editorials that
disagree with their opinions."
Although many letters to the
administration demand that the
Duderstadt take action, the
University has limited control over
the publication. The Daily's finances
are overseen by the University-run
Board for Student Publications, but
editorial control is left to the
Social Work Prof. Tom Croxton,
co-chair of the Board for Student
Publications, said he sees the board
in an advisory position, and there-
fore has not made any demands on
the Daily concerning the
"I don't see it as the board's role
to lay down policy telling the Daily
what it can and cannot do," Croxton
"We have advised that the moni-
toring procedures be tightened up a
great deal," he said, "but quite
frankly, the business staff was way
ahead of us on that."
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