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Maybe it felt good to receive mail from the
University that wasn't a bill, but the speech code
survey distributed this summer was an
unscientific attempt to invent student support.

"Sneakers" is a film with loads of talented
actors, who join together to rip on the U.S.
government for two hours. How original.

SPORTSMonday
Michigan didn't lose to Notre Dame Saturday. The
Irish didn't outscore the Wolverines. We're stilt
undefeated. So how come everybody still feels
like it was a loss?

Today
Partly cloudy and breezy;
High 81, Low 62i
Tomorrow
Cloudy, possible showers.

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The Michigan Bureau of Environmental and Occupational
Health has charged the U-M Hospital with 10 health citations.
Four of the violations did not have fines. The six listed below
carried $4,500 fines apiece and were called "serious." The Aug.
27 report said:
Containers used to dispose hypodermic needles and scalpels
were not available where these tools were found.
The steam gun that cleans trash carts unnecessarily caused
splashing and spraying of blood or other potentially infectious
materials.
Appropriate personal protective equipment was not avail-
able or used by waste handlers.
Waste handlers were not prohibited from picking up poten-
tially contaminated broken glassware with their hands.
r Bags used to store biohazardous waste were not closed
properly, causing leakage.
Hospital employees were not trained properly in procedures
for handling waste.

U-M Hospital fined for waste disposal

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by Travis McRe ynolds
Daily Environment Reporter
The U-M Hospital has been
slapped with $27,000 in fines and 10
health-code violations for allegedly
mishandling biohazardous medical
waste including bloody linens and
hypodermic needles.
Following four unannounced in-
spections this summer, Michigan's
Bureau of Environmental and
Occupational Health (MiOSHA)
sent U-M Hospital Director John
Forsyth a 16-page letter describing
the violations and fines.
Of the 10 violations, six are cited
as "serious" and are attached with
$4,500 fines a piece.
Results of the investigation found
waste handlers were exposed to in-
fectious diseases through improperly
packaged needlesticks and other

sharp objects.
The report said they were also
exposed to contagious and transmit-
table diseases while handling im-
properly bagged fluids, blood and
other blood-contaminated items.
Inspectors found that on occasion
these items unnecessarily splashed
onto waste handlers' skin and cloth-
ing. They were also exposed while
handling contaminated laundry, im-
properly bagged.
MiOSHA's investigations were a
response to complaints filed by
Lewis Irby Jr., a waste handler who
works in the second sublevel of the
main hospital.
Irby - a hospital employee for
three years - said his complaints to
hospital officials during the past 2
1/2 years have fallen on deaf ears.
"They would say, 'Okay we'll

look into it,' but nothing would ever
get done," Irby said. "They didn't
think I would stick with this. But, I
don't give up until I'm satisfied. I'm
still not satisfied now, but at least
this is a start."
U-M Hospital Associate Director
J. Joseph Diedrich declined to com-
ment on the violations. A representa-
tive from his office said the hospi-
tal's comment will be a response to
MiOSHA, but a release date has not
yet been set.
Bill Cleary, regional supervisor
for MiOSHA, said the investigations
found custodians exposed to blood
borne pathogens - such as
Hepatitis-Btand the HIV virus -
and psytotoxic drugs, both of which
may cause illness or death.
"The inspector found that sy-
ringes and bloody linens were ex-

posed, and both could contain blood
borne pathogens. Hepatitis-B is the
most infectious disease, and if a per-
son becomes infected with it there's
a one-in-ten chance that they will
die," Cleary said.
Irby said that in the past he has
been poked by hypodermic needles
that were improperly disposed.
Irby said he once brought a nee-
dle that had pricked him to the
emergency room to have it tested for
transmittable diseases or viruses, and
the orderly said he could not help
him.
"One time a fluid that looked like
water splashed in my eye, and when
my eye began to swell up I went up
to the emergency room. All they told
me was to watch it for 10 days and if
it didn't get better I should go to the
See HOSPITAL, Page:2

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'U-M students
gear up for fall
campaigning

by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter
The presidential campaigning is com-
ing to U-M as campus activists gear up
for the November election. With 50 days
left before the election, both the
0 Clinton and Bush camps have begun the
effort to win the student vote in the cru-
cial state of Michigan.
The campaigns are emphasizing voter
registration as the first stage of their
efforts.
College Republicans President John
Petz emphasized the importance of the
student vote. "If (the students) ever
took the responsibility to get out and
vote, it could be very important," Petz
said. "If you can get them to vote they
can clearly make the difference in the
state house, county commission, (in the
congressional race between) Bob Geake
and Ford."
College Democrats President Dan
Friedenzohn said group members will be
volunteering on the campus voter regis-
tration drive, Student Vote '92.
Petz said College Republicans spon-
sored a recruitment table in the Diag
Friday and received signatures from

about 60 interested students.
Although the Republican efforts are
still in the organizational stage, Petz
said, the group is sponsoring a mass
meeting next week.
The campaign will work to earn
votes for the Clinton-Gore presidential
ticket, Rep. Ford's re-election bid in the
13th Congressional district, Mary
Schorer's run for state representative in
the 52nd district, Lynn Rivers' bid for
the 53rd district seat, and Dave
Monforton's run for the 11th District
County Commission seat.
"A lot of students think that this
election is just about Clinton-Gore, but
it's about getting Democrats elected.
Ford is a very powerful man,"
Friedenzohn said.
The Democrats are beginning a phone
bank today, are planning a literature
drop in residence hall mailboxes, and
also holding an organizational meeting.
College Republicans Vice President
Doug Thiese said the group will remain
focused on campus issues, including the
proposed Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities and tuition
increases.

Picked off
Michigan quarterback
Elvis Grbac throws his
second of three
interceptions in Saturday's
17-17 tie with Notre Dame.
Grbac's pass, which was
intended for Walter Smith,
was intercepted by Irish
linebacker Brian Ratigan.
The interception set up the
game-tying field goal for
Notre Dame. The
Wolverines had one more
chance to win, as they
drove down to Notre
Dame's 30-yard line before
Grbac threw another
interception. For complete
Michigan football
coverage, see
SPORTSMonday.
MICHELLE GUY/Daily

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Defender drops hospital-shooting case
Accused murderer declared financially ineligible for public defense

Planned Parenthood
to offer HIV-testing,
counseling services

by Erin Einhorn
Daily Crime Reporter
The public defender representing
Chester Posby - the 68-year-old
Clinton Township resident accused
of shooting U-M doctor John
Kemink - withdrew from the case
Friday.
Chief Assistant Public Defender
Ruth Vernet said that Posby, who
has admitted publicly to possessing
an excess of $10,000, is ineligible
* for public defense.
"After an investigation, it has

been found that Mr. Posby does have
funds to retain private counsel an has
indeed retained private counsel,"
Vernet told Circuit Court Judge
Kurtis Wilder during her Friday mo-
tion to withdraw from the case.
"If this was close to the trial date,
we would not bring this motion,"
Vernet said. "But with the trial still
two months away, it should not pre-
sent difficulties."
Wilder said he will wait until
Posby's new attorney files with the
courts before permitting Vernet's

motion.
Posby, a retired car salesperson,
was arraigned June 26 on an open
murder charge the day after Kemink,
an ear specialist who had been
treating Posby, was shot to death in
the examining room.
Authorities retrieved a .380 cal-
iber Browning semi-automatic
handgun from the examining room
and promptly arrested Posby in the
hallway. Posby did not resist arrest.
Kemink, a renowned professor of
otolaryngology, headed the U-M

Medical Center's division of ear
surgery and was named one of the
country's top 10 pediatric specialists
by CHILD magazine.
Local attorney Jeffery Strouss, of
the Bilankos and Hanlon law firm in
Ann Arbor, has agreed to represent
the defendant and try the case before
a jury Nov. 2.
As the change of council
occurred early enough in the
proceedings, Vernet said, Posby's
defense will "absolutely not" be
jeopardized.

Administrator sees U-M parties first-hand

by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
Since Magic Johnson's revela-
tion last November that he is HIV-
positive, many fearful students have
reacted by getting an HIV test at the
two local facilities currently desig-
nated to provide testing and coun-
seling: University Health Services
(UHS) and the Washtenaw County
Health Department.
The recent jump in HI V-test ap-
pointments has led not only to the
restructuring of the UHS testing
process, but also to a decision by
Planned Parenthood of Mid-
Michigan to join other national af-
filiates in offering anonymous HIV-
testing services starting tomorrow.
"Both of those places (UHS and

Washtenaw County's two testing
facilities will be granted a new op-
tion since her organization plans to
provide a total of 20 to 25 appoint-
ments per week.
UHS tests an estimated 200
people a month, while the
Washtenaw County Health
Department provides three clinics a
week to test an estimated number of
24 people per session.
Cindi Collins, Washtenaw
County Health Department head
secretary, said appointments at her
facility are scheduled three weeks
in advance for 60 spots per week,
although walk-ins are accepted.
"At our clinics, we offer a walk-
in service and pretty much get
through it. The only reason we

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
She lived in South Quad last year
and spent Friday night party-hop-
ping, but she's not your average stu-
Ant Tn fact she's not a student at

'I hoped to see the way groups of different
students at the University of Michigan spend a
Friday night.' - Maureen Hartford
Vice president for student affairs

perspective, and see that there's a
real need for student programming
and see first-hand, the lack of things
to do," said Namerow, who invited
Hartford to visit the parties.
Silverman said Hartford paid lit-

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