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without being home for a while.
"For others, it is a longer time
to maintain an intense effort with-
out a break -kind of like running a
marathon without out a break where
one usually comes," he said.
LSA sophomore Jeff Ellenbogen
said he hasn't noticed the extra week
of classes before vacation, but said
he will feel its effect after
"What it's going to do is make it
hard after the break because I tend to
study for finals after
Thanksgiving," Ellenbogen said.
Economics professor John
Laitner said he had to adjust the tim-
ing of his last quiz to accommodate
the late holiday.
"I'm going to end up giving it
the Thursday after Thanksgiving -
which is awfully late," he said.
Not everyone said they were
feeling pressured. LSA senior Joann
Brown said, "I have a lot of things
that are coming up, but I have it un-
der control."
Some students said they thought
there should be a fall break before

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expected, causing many of the
House Democrats to panic and give
in to the Republicans.
Now the Democrats say they are
even more upset because they still
oppose the GA cuts.
They thought the final budget
would include a supplement that
would enable them to reinstall
some GA, Dettloff said. The re-
sulting chaos has caused disagree-
ment within both parties' caucuses.
"This town (Lansing) is very
divided ... there is very little com-
promising here," Dettloff said.
But John Truscott, Engler's
press secretary, does not acknowl-
edge any mention of a supplement.
"Speaker Dodak agreed to elimi-
nate General Assistance," Truscott
said. "Nothing was mentioned
about supplements.,,
While preparing for the budget,
Detroit City Councilman and
Engler supporter Keith Butler ex-
plained, the state Senate offered
$43 million to fund GA.
Democrats in the House, however,
wished to restore all $240 million
of GA funding from last year.
"Rather than compromise, the

House asked for even more money
and made Engler look as mean as
possible at the price of these people
in the cold," Butler said.
Dodak, Butler said, is responsi-
ble for not compromising with the
Republicans and the governor be-
cause the House leader initiated a
total cutoff of GA.
On the other hand, Dodak
spokesperson Dettloff said the
governor wanted to eliminate GA
from the beginning. "The
Department of Social Services bud-
get we passed is the one he wanted
in March," she said.
Both Democrats and
Republicans. have been proposing
work or training programs. The
House has passed a bill proposed by
Democrats called the State Work
Development Program (SWAP),
which would give assistance pay-
ment if former GA recipients en-
roll in training or education
Dettloff said Senate
Republicans have no interest in
SWAP, which would cost the state
approximately $160 million. "If
you look at it ... with 5 percent of
those (formerly) on GA, in prison
or homeless shelters, it would be
much more cost effective ... but the
governor feels they should look in
the employment pages."
Currently, Truscott says, there
are 15 education and work training
programs that people can apply for
at organizations such as the
Michigan Employment Security
Commission and local school
The House and Senate have
formed a conference committee to
create a bill to restore cuts, partic-
ularly Emergency Needs, which
paid for utilities and was cut by 65

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other social service recipients.
"We had limited resources, so
we focused on assistance for the
most vulnerable," Truscott said.
The state expects to save $240
million by terminating the
Detroit City Councilman Keith
Butler, an Engler supporter, said he
believes the state is just doing its
"When he (Engler) took over,
we had a $1.3 billion shortfall. He
didn't create that," he said.
Butler said he opposes cuts
geared toward the handicapped,
aged, and "clearly unable," but
feels able-bodied adults do not
need the state assistance.
"They should be getting out and
doing something for themselves,"
Butler said. "There are places for
them to go." There is plenty of
shelter space available in Wayne
County, he said.
But representatives from shel-
ters say they are having difficulty
accommodating the recent influx
of people who are no longer able to
pay their rent and need a place to
Donald Montgomery, a case
planner for the Coalition On Tem-
porary Shelter (COTS), said as
many as 170 people have wandered
into his Detroit shelter nightly,
looking for a place to sleep among
the shelter's 140 beds. COTS is the
largest shelter in Detroit, he said.
Last year at this time, he said,
only 130 people required provi-
sions on an average night. He at-
tributes the difference mainly to
the elimination of GA.
"Most people were not doing
fine before," Montgomery said.
"But they were able to have some
kind of income. Now they have

The shelter's directors plan to
keep their doors open, help as many
people as possible and use the re-
sources they can find, Montgomery
But the shelters have less to
work with because the state Emer-
gency Needs Program, which pro-
vides for shelters, suffered a 65
percent cut under the budgetary
The Emergency Needs Program
also appropriates funds to those
'I've seen my friends
go from having
places of their own
and a sense of self-
worth to seeing them
living in the gutters'
- Joel
former GA recipient
needing critical medical coverage
and helps recently re-housed people
pay rent and utility bills.
"The Engler cuts increased the
number of people who are going to
be homeless and decreased the re-
sources available to shelter them
or re-settle them," said Jean Sum-
merfield, executive director of the
Shelter Association of Ann Arbor.
The association, which lost
$40,000 in state aid this year, has
also been struggling to deal with a
heavy case increase this fall.
Summerfield does not predict
the situation will improve.
"There's going to be a disaster,"
she said. "All we can hope for is
the legislature develops enough
calcium in their spines to figure
out there has to be a bottom line
where people just can't find jobs."
Summerfield also expects to see
more people needing assistance this
week because many apartment
owners were waiting on a ruling
that came down from the Michigan
Court of Appeals Nov. 8 before
making evictions.

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James Giddings, an Ingham
County Circuit Court judge, had
delayed final GA cuts last month
by ruling in favor of former GA
recipients in a suit against the state.
But the three-judge panel of the
Michigan Court of Appeals over-
turned the Circuit Court decision
Nov. 8.
Michigan Legal Services attor-
ney Kathleen Gemeiner, who repre-
sented several former GA recipi-
ents, said the plaintiffs felt that
the state had not given enough no-
tice about the cuts, nor had it in-
formed recipients about how to
qualify for other programs.
She said she believes as many as
half of the 82,000 people cut from
benefits would qualify for disabil- 0
ity benefits if they were given in-
formation, but that none had been
"(The plaintiffs) were seri-
ously harmed and suffering because
of the loss of all their income,"
Gemeiner said. "They had never
been given an opportunity to allege
to the Department of Social Ser-
vices their disabilities. The de-
partment just summarily cut them
off and said 'Good-bye."'
The Michigan Supreme Court
will soon decide whether it will
hear the case and make a final
In the meantime, people like
Joel are still walking the streets.
"I'm not going to cry out to
people for help," he said. "I just
want to get back on my feet ... I
want to go back to college and I
want to be self-supportive."
Joel said he's tired of being
treated as though his existence does
not matter.
"I'd head over to Sweden if I
could get a visa," he said. "They
treat their people a hell of a lot
- Daily Staff Reporter Mona
Qureshi contributed to this story.
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with fairness and objectivity.
"I have personally strong be-
liefs (about the policy), but they
will not effect how I deal with
other houses," he said.
LeMaster said he considers the
Greek system's non-affiliation
with the University to be positive.
In the other elections, Eric Pe-
terson of Beta Theta Pi won vice
president of programming, Polk
Wagner of Pi Kappa Phi won trea-
surer, Jim Jones of Delta Sigma Phi
won secretary, and Venu Pil-
larisetty of Phi Kappa Tau won
rush chairman.

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Any activity on the premises
of a chapter house involving both
alcohol and attendance two times
the membership of that house shall
be registered with IFC in advance;
No member organization
may purchase alcohol with
organization funds, nor will the
purchase of alcohol be coordinated
by a member without a waiver
from that organization's national
No bulk quantities of alco-
hol, or any communal alcohol con-

tainer of more than 2 liters, is per-
mitted at any social event without
a waiver from the organization's
ruling body.
Julie Mangurten, a member of
Alpha Chi Omega sorority and a
task force member, said that this
policy contains few restrictions
that are not already in the insurance
policies of many fraternities and
But Lewis disagreed. "This is in
no way a compromise policy, which
is what the committee set out to
create," he said. "My house hasn't
had a problem with its parties for
four years, and has it's own insur-
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spend an extra $3,000 per person by
extending such benefits.
But Moore said he did not know
how many employees would take
advantage of such benefits.
"I have no idea," he said. "I was,
considering sending a survey out and
making it an anonymous thing, and
say, 'Who would be interested in
this?' But I haven't done that yet."
The requirements for registra-
tion are that:
The partners "are in a rela-
tionship of mutual support, caring
and commitment";
The partners "share the com-
mon necessities of life";
The partners are not related in
a way that state marriage laws pro-

' The partners are not married
or in another domestic partnership,
and have not been for three months,
. Both partners are at least 18
years old and "otherwise competent
to enter into a contract."
'We've been told that
a lot of people who'd
like to come in and
register their
relationships are
wary of this'
- Winifred Northcross
City clerk
Couples who register their rela-
tionships pay $20 if they live in Ann
Arbor, $25 if they live outside the

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