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'U,' city
plan for
move-out
recycling
by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Instead of throwing out all the
things they don't want to lug home
at the end of the year, students can
now donate their used items to the
homeless.
For the first time, the University
and the City of Ann Arbor have
teamed up to provide recycling sites
to collect items when students move
out in two weeks. Items including
spiral notebooks and coursepacks,
carpet, clothing and small appliances
S will be donated to Purple Heart, a
non-profit organization providing
aid to combat-wounded veterans and
their families.
"A lot of students have expressed
concern about the homeless problem,
and 33 percent of homeless are
Vietnam veterans," said Jenny
Cotner, administrative assistant for
the Grounds Waste and Management
Department. "We saw this as a
chance to really do something."
Proceeds from deposit bottles and
cans collected during move-out
week will benefit Prospect Place, a
homeless shelter in Ypsilanti. Last
year, $965 was raised for the shelter
through bottle collections.
In addition, students collected
20,000 pounds of clothing. "It's nice
to think someone is going to be get-
ting those when they otherwise may
have been thrown out," Cotner said.
Cotner said students were coop-
erative last year, but that the
University wants to reach even more
students before the move-out begins.
"We collected 400 carpets, which
may sound like a lot, but there are
probably 5,000 rooms in the
residence halls," she said.
Furniture has also been added to
* the items the University is accepting
at recycling sites. "We're hoping
that furniture will really bring the
landfill space down," Cotner said.
Students who live off campus can
bring their recyclable and re-usable
items to drop-off locations in the
LSA Building and Rackham.
Rebecca Kanner, recycling pro-
motion coordinator for the Ecology
Center, said it is encouraging off-
campus students to leave their used,
notebooks and other recyclables at
the South Industrial drop-off station.
"If students have questions about
how to get rid of furniture or other
items for re-use, the Ecology Center
can refer them to the appropriate
place," Kanner said.

New MSA's first

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resolution praises

basketball team

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On the run
A driver drops off his tax forms at the Liberty Street post office to meet yesterday's deadline .
SNR uses PIRGIM funds for

Port Huron schools

by Karen Talaski
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the School of
Natural Resources (SNR) are work-
ing on a project in the Port Huron
Schools to teach students about wa-
ter quality, using funds won in a suit
brought by the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM) against the Mueller Brass
Company.
PIRGIM won $2 million in
penalties and payments from
Mueller Brass Company Feb. 26. Of
that amount, $131,365 will be allo-
cated to SNR to be used in a cooper-
ative environmental education
project.
University faculty and students
will be working with the Port Huron
school system to teach students how
to monitor and analyze pollutants in
the Black and St. Claire Rivers.
The environmental lawsuit was
filed against the brass company for
discharging toxins into the Black
River. According to the consent de-
cree, Mueller Brass was placing their
process, cooling, and noncontact
cooling wastewater into the river.
PIRGIM attorney Andy
Buchsbaum said Mueller Brass did
not have dumping permits. "They
were putting in one-half million gal-
lons of contaminated wastewater,
primarily heavy metal," Buchsbaum
said.

Buchsbaum said he was opti-
mistic about the Port Huron schools
project. "We are training students to
become environmental watchdogs,"
he said.
"We are maximizing the oppor-
tunities we have," said William
Stapp, SNR professor. "It is going to
be good-sense education - what the
citizens need to know."
The two-year environmental edu-
cation project will be administered
by Stapp and the Global Rivers
Environmental Education Network.
Nine schools - from elementary to
adult education - will be involved
in the Port Huron River Project.
The students will be given a his-
tory of the area as the first part of the
project. The past and present of the
watershed will be studied through
pictures from space, oral interviews
with historians and early settlers and
maps.
Next, the students will monitor
the water quality of the rivers.
Studies will be done on bottom-
dwelling organisms, heavy metals,
and nine other tests including the
water's pH factor.
"Each school will do the tests in
various parts and both sides of the
river," Stapp said. "The greater the
diversity, the better water quality
you have."
Another part of the project is ex-
changing students' results through a

proj ect
computer network. Stapp said every
school is linked to Eco-net, a San
Francisco based system which has
accounts all around the state,
country, and world.
Action-Taking, as Stapp called it,
will conclude the program. "Along
with learning about social studies
and the laws, the students survey
what hazardous wastes are in their
homes," Stapp said.
"This project proves that there is
something everybody can do," said
LSA sophomore Dan Rabinovitch,
president of the University's
PIRGIM chapter.
"As a student, I think this is a
great example of how past mistakes
can be turned into positive future
change," Rabinovitch said. "It makes
the industry around (the Port Huron
area) more accountable."
Along with the environmental
education fund, Mueller is responsi-
ble for stopping illegal discharges
into the Black River and cleaning up
the contaminated groundwater and
soil at their facility. The company
must purchase wilderness area and
toxic waste cleanup equipment as
well.
"This case could be duplicated in
other places," Buchsbaum said.
"Other potential cases could come
down the pike in new places which
could benefit."

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
The newly-elected Michigan
Student Assembly representatives
unanimously passed the Resolution
in Appreciation of the Michigan
basketball team Tuesday night as
their first official act of the year.
The resolution's stated purpose
was to express gratitude and con-
gratulations to the 1992 Michigan
Wolverine basketball team on behalf
of University students.
"I was really proud of our bas-
ketball team and how they per-
formed, and I wanted to show my
appreciation and let the whole as-
sembly show their appreciation as
well," said resolution sponsor
Rackham Rep. Roger DeRoo.
The resolution praised the
Wolverines for their second-place
ranking in collegiate basketball, their
trip to the NCAA Championship, a
regular season record of 20-8, and in
the words of Coach Steve Fisher, for
being, "a team that did shock the
world."
Fox said the first meeting went
well but that she expected future
agendas to be more complicated.
"I expect that it will get tougher
soon because there is business to
take care of," said MSA President
Ede Fox. "I'm sure it will be a
tremendous learning experience, and
this time next year I'll be an entirely
different person. I suppose I'll be
more responsible and I guess a little
wiser in the ways of the world."
Tuesday night DeRoo was nomi-
nated by Fox and approved by a
majority of the assembly to be
MSA's Student General Counsel.
"I legally represent the assembly
to student courts and for other legal
affairs," DeRoo said. "I'll do a good
job. I've been on the assembly for
six months and I've had a crash
course on how things work. I'll help
Ede set the tone for meetings so
business can be done fairly and effi-
ciently."
Fox also nominated Business
Rep. Michael Oduro for MSA
Treasurer. The nomination was ap-
proved by a majority vote of the as-
sembly.
"He's been on student govern-
ment at other schools that had bud-
gets twice as big as ours for four or
five years, so he's eminently quali-
fied and I think he's a good person
to work with," Fox said, explaining
Oduro's nomination.
Outgoing representatives met
Tuesday night before the change of
reign, and in their final act as an as-

sembly, passed a resolution 17-12
with one abstention for a compiled
code change to expand the MSA re-
serve fund. The compiled code gov-
erns internal assembly procedures.
Rules and Elections Committee
Chair Brian Kight said the reserve
fund is a "rainy day" fund to be used
in case of emergency or crisis, such
as the $80,000 debt MSA incurred
three years ago.
The resolution changed MSA's
reserve fund from 2 percent of the,
internal budget, approximately.
$2,000-$3,000, to 5 percent of the
internal budget, Kight said.
"We've had situations in the past
where we've had financial
emergencies. I think 5 percent of the
'I'm sure it will be a
tremendous learning A
experience, and this
time next year I'll be
an entirely different
person.IsupposeI'll
be more responsible
and I guess a little
wiser in the ways of
the world.'
- Ede Fox
MSA president

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overall budget would be a good
amount that would give us money to
set aside so if there was a major
emergency or debt, this probably
wouldn't cover it all, but it would
prevent the magnitude of our prob-.
lems in the past," Kight said.
The compiled code change
passed with an amendment prevent,
ing allocation of money from the re-
serve fund without prior consent of
three-fifths of the assembly members
then in office.
The code change was not sup-
ported by all representatives.
"Combined with the fee cap, this
slashes MSA's budget by transfer-
ring money from a paralyzed budget
to the reserve fund, and the amend-
ment ties the assembly's hands to get
to that money," LSA Rep. Todd
Ochoa said. "It's simply ludicrous to
attempt to limit or constrain the way
money can be accessed to the point,
that it can't be."

Correction
Charges of assault and battery were dropped against all of the students
arrested during University deputization hearings. Also, the defense attorney
in the case is Thomas Quarterman of Student Legal Services. This
information was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

GEO votes to support Kroger's strikers

THE
What's happeningi
Meetings
Undergrad Psych Society,.
Anderson A-B, 5:00 p.m.
ACT-UP Ann Arbor, meeting,
Crofoot Rm, Michigan Union, 7:30
p.m.
Institute of Electrical and
ElectronicsEngineers (IEEE),
1311 EECS, weekly luncheon
meeting, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Intervarsity Christian
Fellowship, weekly group mtg,
1040 Dana Bldg, 7 p.m.
Islamic Circle, weekly mtg, 3rd
floor Michigan League 5:15.
Pro-choice Action; weekly mtg,
MLB Rm B118, 7:30 p.m.
Pre -Med Club Meeting,
Pendleton rm, 6:30 p.m.
Korean Students Association,
weekly meeting, Pendleton Rm,
Michigan Union, 6 p.m.
Amnesty Int'l, East Quad, Greene
Lounge, 7-8 p.m.
Hindi Discussion/Class, M L B
B115, 8 p.m.
Women of Color in Higher
Education, Center for the Education
of Women, 4th flr Rackham, 4th flr
Rackham
Speakers
"Management Philosophy of

LIST,
in Ann Arbor today
Carlo Studies of Clusters of
Hydrogen Molecules," 1640
Chem 4:00 p.m.
"Graphical Representation of
Dynamic Linear Models,"
M4332 3:30 p.m.
"Spring Fling at Catarpe: An
Inca Site in Northern Chile,"
2009 Nat Sci, 12-1 p.m.
Furthermore
Maundy Thursday Eucharist ,
Canterbury house, 5:30 p.m.
Anthropology Club, 7 p.m.
Dominick's
Safewalk, night-time safety walk-
ing service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30
a.m., Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop
by 102 UGLi or call 936-1000. Also,
extended hours: Sun-Thurs 1-3 a.m.
Stop by Angell Hall Computing
Center or call 763-4246.
N o r t h w a lk, North Campus
nighttime team walking service. Sun-
Thur 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 2333
Bursley or call 763-WALK.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors,
Angell/Mason Hall Computing
┬░Center, 7-11 p.m.
Stress and Time Management,
Consultations with peer counselors
available, 3100 Michigan Union, 1-
3 p.m.
Tidar.uaduute Psvchnnlov

by Karen Pier
Daily Graduate Schools Reporter
Graduate Employees Organiza-
tion (GEO) members voted unani-
mously to support the the supermar-
ket workers' strike against Kroger's
at their meeting last night.
GEO members will walk the
picket line with the strikers on
Saturday morning at the Kroger's
store on Plymouth Road.
If enough people participate,
GEO Organizer Phillis Engelbert
said, some people might fan out to
another Kroger's as well.
David Toland, GEO vice presi-
dent, said he had no qualms about
supporting the strikers during the

recession.
"I support the Kroger people....
The workers have made concessions
for 11 years, and the economy hasn't
done poorly for the last 11 years," he
said.
In other business, members dis-
cussed their April 22 meeting with
Students of Color of Rackham
(SCOR). GEO hopes to work with
SCOR to increase the number of
U.S. minority teaching assistants
(TAs).
Second-year Rackham student
Wendy Carty, a member of GEO's
steering committee, said 7 percent of
University TAs are U.S. minorities,
which constitutes 115 out of a total

number of approximately 1600 TAs.
Chief Steward for the Washtenaw
County Building Trades Council
Stephen Jaynes also spoke briefly
before the group, asking for their
support in his bid for election to be-
come a Public Safety Oversight
Committee member in June.
Jaynes said the deputized police
force was "not a cost-effective mea-
sure," and that he was suspicious of
them.
Jaynes garnered high marks from
GEO members.
Toland said, "I like what he had
to say ... being skeptical and

untrusting."
GEO President Tom Oko
concurred.
"He looks like a very good
candidate to do this job," he said.
Oko also said there are fears that
the deputized officers might be used
as surveillance and as strike
breakers.
In addition, GEO announced the
need for a new organizer because
Engelbert will resign in May.
Members also discussed the
progress of grievances filed against
the Mathematics, Sociology, and
History of Art departments.

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Elvis impersonators, salsa
lighten tax day atmosphere

Associated Press
Frantic and facing a deadline, up
to 20 million Americans who had
not yet filed their federal tax made
tracks yesterday to accountants and
post offices. Some people enjoyed
relief from the stress.
The Springfield, Mass., post of-
fice gave a 1950s-style party starring
Elvis impersonators for people tot-
ing their 1040s; elsewhere, taxpayers
got the chance to vent their frus-
trations by dunking Internal Rev-
enue Service agents or enjoy a little
salsa-flavored music.
Levity about tax levies was leav-
ened by anti-tax protests and ex-
pressions of resentment, or simply
instifications about nrocrastination.

atmosphere of mail house rock in
Springfield, Mass.
A banner reading "Tax Celebra-
tion" went up over the main door at
noon and clerks switched from uni-
forms to bobby sox and jeans as the
first of seven bands, most composed
of postal workers or their families,
started playing.
"Government has become such
an impersonal thing that people have
become nothing but a number," said.
Postmaster Jon Steele. "But life isn't
like that. Here you can pay your
taxes and giggle and pretend to be a
kid again."

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