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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January 24,1992

AUDITS
Continued from page 1
Although the DCAA investi-
gated 39 schools, its audit of Stan-
ford University has received the
most publicity.
DCAA questioned approxi-
mately $230 million of Stanford's
indirect costs from 1981-88.
During the 1980s, Stanford re-
searchers worked under about 100
memoranda of understanding
(MOU). These legally binding con-
tracts established methodology for
studies on various kinds of costs,
said Karen Bartholomew, university
spokesperson.
Instead of logging the exact
number of minutes spent on re-
search, for example, MOUs allowed
university administrators to sub-
tract a negotiated percentage from
the total cost of research.
Bartholomew said this effectively
reduced the time spent on
bookkeeping and also saved the
government money.
Bartholomew said the actual
problem arose last fall when the
DCAA declared MOUs invalid and
asked the university for records,
which had not been kept since 1981.

Stanford has received $550 mil-
lion in indirect cost reimbursements
through MOUs during the years in
question, and the DCAA is asking
for $230 million back, claiming that
the university incorrectly charged
certain expenditures as indirectly
related to research.
Lowell Mininger, assistant di-
rector at the Community Resources
and Economic Development Divi-
sion of GAO, said that the ONR, the
same organization that issued the
MOUs, recently noticed that the
contracts were "very favorable to
the university and cost the govern-
ment lots of money.
"If (the ONR) had looked closer
they would not have been ap-
proved," he said. "Now the question
is should they retroactively go back
and cancel them."
Bartholomew said Stanford ad-
ministrators do not think the case
will hold up in court and do not
expect to pay back much money.
MOUs are the fundamental issue
at Stanford. However,
Bartholomew said Stanford's noto-
rious error is charging the govern-
ment for a yacht, which comprises

part of $2.3 million paid back to the
government in errors.
This money is unrelated to the
$230 million, a distinction clarified
in a statement from Stanford's chief
financial officer, Peter Van Etten.
"The heart of Stanford's dispute
with DCAA is not yachts ... Stan-
ford withdrew such costs many
months ago. Rather, the dispute is
about the fair, actual costs of sup-
porting research and the govern-
ment's contractual agreements to
pay for those costs."
Sims said the audit's purpose "is
to see if there was any wrongdoing
... We're trying to save money for
the government."
Jan Gleason, director of news and
information for Emory University,
said HHS, the agency auditing the
school, used proposed guidelines to
judge research billing for fiscal
1988-91, rather than the guidelines
which were in effect at the time.
Gleason said she doubted any
wrongdoing by the university.
"We've always been extremely con-
scious in accounting practices and
the assignment of indirect costs,"
Gleason said.

AID
Continued from page 1
energy, medicine and economic re-
form.
Theft poses a serious problem.
"We have to have personnel present
from the point of arrival to the
point of receipt," said a U.S. offi-
cial, speaking on condition of
anonymity. "The key is to limit the
number of stops."

m

Some polls
Americans feel
already giving
much aid.

have indicated that
the United States is
the ex-Soviets too

This sentiment could be a prob-
lem for Bush in his drive for re-elec-
tion, especially in light of the reces-
sion at home, a senior U.S. official
said.

Secretary of State James Baker laughs during the conference on
assistance to the new independent states.

VOTERS
Continued from page 1
Katz, who was working in the
office during the 1988 presidential
race, said that the real rush for reg-
istrations usually comes in October
- prior to the general election.
"What we saw in October 1988
was a massive registration," Katz
said, adding that more than 5,000
registration applications were filed
during that month.
To register, prospective voters
need to go to one of five Ann Arbor
locations to fill out an application.
Katz said that the city clerk's office,
located on the second floor of City
Hall at the corner of N. Fifth St.
SEMINAR
Continued from page 1
nities, mainly because of their urban

and Huron, is the easiest place to do
so.
"It's the best, most assured place
to register, and there's never any
wait," Katz said.
Prospective voters can also go to
the Ann Arbor Public Library, the
county clerk's office, or any of the
secretary of state's offices.
In addition to registering, voters
must declare a party preference in
order to vote in March's primary
election. According to state law,
party preference must be declared by
Feb. 18 as well.
"Closed primaries have caused a
lot of problems," said Chris
Thomas, director of elections for
the MBOE. "People are not used to

declaring party preference."
To get people to the polls, the
Michigan Democratic Party has
passed a rule allowing Democrats to
declare their preference at the polls
on election day.
The attorney general's office ap-
proved the Democratic rule change
Jan. 15, and the MBOE will allow
same-day declaration for Democrats.
Republicans still must declare by
Feb. 18.
"An extensive memo regarding
the rule change will be released to-
day (to the municipal clerks' of-
fices)," said MBOE Director of In-
formation and Voter Registration
Bradley Wittman.

BUSING
Continued from page 1
will affect all of us and I don't
think that's fair," Rose said. "They
tried to apply general regulations to
people who have specific needs, but
we're all different."
The blind, she said, will proba-
bly be only partially eligible.
"Transportation is a wonderful
thing," Rose said. "This is a very
mobile society and if you can't drive
if effects your entire life ... It's
scary to think of sacrificing ser-
vices."
David Kurnit would not be able
to come to work every day without
A-Ride.
Since Pneumococcal Meningitis
put Kurnit, a doctor involved in
medical research at the University's
Howard Hugh's medical center, in a
wheelchair, he has depended on the
para-transit system for his daily
life.
The apartment complex where
Kurnit lives does not have side-

walks leading to a bus stop, and be-
cause the elevation onto a main-line
bus would be too difficult for him
to handle in a manual wheelchair he
would not be able to use the regular
bus system anyway.
But Kurnit realizes that finan-
cial choices need to be made.
"Some say they want to increase
the level of service on the main-line,
and others say they want para-tran-
sit increased," he said. "Although
the two should not be mutually ex-
clusionary, in a world where there's
only so much money they have to be

decided three years ago to exclu-
sively use main-line transportation,
despite the difficulties.
She was serving as chair of a lo-
cal AATA advisory committee that
was encouraging people with dis-
abilities to use the main lines and
wanted to set a good example.
"I found that, if I did not call
ahead, at least 80 percent of the
buses would not have a working lift
... They were pretty unreliable."
As the temperature dropped she
found it impossible to continue '
waiting at bus stops in the cold and

'I have no problem with main line
accessibility, but that's not the best way for

everyone.'

- Donna Rose

Social Work student

exclusionary."
"The main-line bus services will
be improved," Kurnit said. "And
it's a real boon for handicapped peo-
ple. But there are people like myself
who can't use that service who need
good para-transit."
Verna Spayth, a wheelchair user,

she was pleased to hear the system
would be improved.
"I am guardedly optimistic,"
Spayth said. "Spontaneity is very
important to me so I believe (using-v
the main lines) is really a better op-
tion, but it stops being a better op-.
tion when the weather gets cold."

proximity to landfills and other
toxic sites, speakers said.
"Three-fourths of all landfills
are in African-American neighbor-
hoods," said the symposium's

keynote speaker, Magdelena Avila,
adding that other minority neigh-
borhoods also have a disproportion-
ate number of landfills.
Avila told the 150-member audi-
ence of a struggle in her home town
of Kettleton, Calif., a predomi-
nantly Hispanic farming commu-
nity.
The town is fighting to stop
Chem-Waste Management from ex-
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panding, she said, because the resi-
dents believe their water is being
polluted.
The public hearings to determine
the expansion were held 30 miles
away - too far for exhausted farm
workers, Avila said.
A judge ruled that before Chem-
Waste can expand operations, he
wants a second mandated environ-
mental impact report to assess the

possible risks to the community,
Avila said.
Yet Avila stressed, "We've won
the battle, but not the war."
Closer to home, natural re-
sources Assistant Professor Paul
Mohai and colleague Bunyan Bruant
found that out of Michigan's 22
hazardous waste cites, 16 are in the
metro-Detroit area, and half of these
are in the city of Detroit, where mi-

norities constitute 76 percent of the
population.
University of Washington Pro-
fessor Russel Barsh called the in-
dustrial system "a product of

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racism and discrimination," which
historically gained momentum by,*
"creating power through the de-
powering of other people."

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SUIT
Continued from page 1
in order to protect the privacy of the
applicants for the position.
Appeals Court Judge Kathleen
Jansen ordered the University to pay
for the the newspapers' $66,000 le-
gal fees. It also said the regents
must adhere to the Open Meetings
Act in future personnel searches.
The ruling upheld the county
court decision that the regents did
HOUSING
Continued from page 1
Perrydore advised students to
think carefully and refrain from
making quick decisions about fu-
ture residences and roommates.
"Houses seem to be a little
more competitive ... The market is
soft enough that students will find
places,"she said.
Landlord Tom Martin, a third-
time participant in the program,
said he did not know whether the
program is a successful mechanism
for attracting future residents.
Religious
Services
AVAVAVAVA
CAMPUS CHAPEL
(A campus ministry of the
Christian Reformed Church)
1236 Washtenaw Ct. " 668-7421/662/2404
Rev. Don Postema, Pastor
SUNDAY WORSHIP:
"Focus for the New Year"-10 a.m.
Celebrating our Epiphanies-6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY:
Undergrad Group-Join us for conversation,
fun, refreshments-9-10 p.m.
CANTERBURY HOUSE
(The Chaplaincy of the Episcopal Church
of the U-M Community)
218 N. Division St. " 665-0606
SUNDAY:
Eucharist-5 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church
(across the street)
Supper-6 p.m. at Canterbury House
WEEKDAYS (except Thursday):
Evening Prayer-5:30 p.m.
The Rev. Dr. Virginia Peacock, Chaplain
ST. MARY'S STUDENT PARISH
(A Roman Catholic Parish at U-M)
331 Thompson Street
SAL: Weekend Liturgies-5 o.m., and

not have to produce regents' travel
records containing names and ad-
'The balance act in
this is that the public
has a right to know.'
- Ed Petykiewicz,
Ann Arbor News editor
dresses of the unsuccessful candi-
dates they visited.
"It's hard to tell where your re-
ferrals come from. We do get to see
a lot of people in a short time," he
said. Martin added that most stu-
dents mainly wondered about the
size and location of housing.
In addition to realtors, non-
profit organizations such as Stu-
dent Legal Services, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety, and the Ann
Arbor Police Department were
available to answer questions.
Yet, Ann Arbor Tenants Union
(AATU) worker Jeri Schneider
said that AATU's reduced budget

Regarding students searching
for residences next year, she said,
"Basically there's not enough in-
formation there ... It's not as
likelythey're going to get enough
help."
Although Perrydore said fur-
ther programs are not planned, she
indicated that the Off-Campus
Housing Office will have listings
for housing and roommates and
will continue to provide mediation
services for conflicts between stu-
dents and landlords.

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University General Counsel Elsa
Cole said the regents have not yet
decided if they are going to appeal
the case to the Michigan Supreme
Court.
However, Petykiewicz said The
Ann Arbor News is confident that
its case will stand up.
"We felt all along that we were
going to win. The facts were clearly
on our side. The regents either mis-
understood the law or decided that
they were not going to adhere to it,"
he said.
resulted in a smaller number of
students it could counsel.

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