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What's the deal with sorority rush? It's too early
and too long. The Panhellenic Council should take
measures to make rush easier on new students.

A play within a play about Columbus 'discovering'
America? Yup. It's the Performance Network's
latest presentation, entitled Isabella, Three Ships,
and a Shyster.

The injured Elvis is out and Todd Collins is in at
starting quarterback - or so it seems, as the
Wolverines prepare for this Saturday's game
against Oklahoma State University.

Warm, TStorms possible;
High 84, Low 64
More of same; High 86, Low 66


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U-M cleaning up
.small chemical
spill in Med Sci I

by David Rheingold
Daily News Editor
U-M officials expect to finish
cleanup today of the Medical
Science Research Building I, where
Wa small amount of a radioactive ma-
terial was spilled last weekend and
unknowingly tracked all over the
seventh floor.
Officials stressed that the few
drops of phosphorous-32 that have
been spread around do not pose a
health hazard because of the small
amount involved and its short
"I would characterize it as a low-
level spill," said Jan Strasma, a
spokesperson for the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission in Glen
Ellyn, Ill. "Certainly it is not a health
hazard. I guess it would be best
characterized as a nuisance that
needs to be cleaned up in the area
outside the laboratory."
P-32 is commonly used in labora-
tories as a biomedical tracer. It is
! classified as a beta-emitter, leaving it
unable to penetrate shoes, wood or
It also has a relatively short ra-
dioactive half-life of slightly more
than 14 days - meaning that every

14 days, half its mass is depleted.
It only poses a danger if it's been
ingested at higher levels, Strasma
"It can cause cancer or cell-dam-
age over a period of time, but at the
levels we're seeing (at the U-M),
that's not a concern," he said.
Joe Owslcy, director of News and
Information Services, estimated that
five or six drops of P-32 had been
spilled - not enough to pose a
health hazard, but enough to
constitute a regulatory concern.
"It's not much of a biological
hazard on shoes," said Jim Carey,
chair of the U-M's Radiation Policy
Carey said the material has
spread all over the seventh floor, re-
quiring a more extensive cleanup.
The U-M may extend its decon-
tamination search to cars and homes
where the substance might have
been tracked, as an added
Owsley said he suspects some-
body was using P-32 "and inadver-
tently spilled a little bit of it and did
not do the check that you're sup-
posed to do when you're finished
See SPILL, page 2

Dia9g ammin'
Dean Angermeier, a former trombone major in the School of Music, sings and jams with LSA junior
Jeff Gordon as their band "Dig" performs on the Diag yesterday.
MSA passes resolution to
oppose new conduct poliy

U-M to
fill vice
by Karen Sabgir
Daily Administration Reporter
U-M is embarking on a nation-
wide search to fill the vice provost
for academic and multicultural af=
fairs position, which will be vacated
by Charles Moody at the end of the
calendar year.
Moody - who has served in the
post for five years - is leaving the
office to become director of South
African Initiative -,a program de-
signed to create better ties with
South African higher education
Provost Gilbert Whitaker ap-
pointed a Search Advisory
Committee - which will meet for
the first time today - to establish
criteria and solicit and review nomi-
nations and applications for the
Howard Johnson, dean of the
School of Social Work will chair the
committee, composed of three stu-
dents and eight faculty members.
Assistant to the Provost Kay
Dawson will serve asa non-voting
member and as the liaison to
"We would like to finish our
work this fall. We say in our ads that
we'll continue to look, but we will
tart looking at applications in early
October," Johnson said.
The Search Committee is solicit-
ing applications through advertise-
ments in higher education magazines
including "The Chronicle of Higher
Education," "Black Issues in Higher
Education," and "The Hispanic
Outlook in Higher Education." The
advertisements will stress qualifica
tions such as distinguished scholarly
research and extensive administra-
tion experience in higher education.
Moody's reappointment
approved this summer by the U-
M Board of Regents - ends July1,
however, the position will be
available Jan. 1, 1993.
Moody, accompanied by other
See MOODY, Page 2

Negative ads hurt

Ferraro c
by Andrew Levy
Daily News Editor
Geraldine Ferraro's political
comeback in the New York
Democratic Senate primary was in
serious jeopardy last night, eight
years after she made history as her
party's vice presidential candidate.
Lawmakers from Massachusetts to
Minnesota fought for fresh terms de-
spite the taint of the House bank
Ferraro, Walter F. Mondale's
running mate in 1984 and the only

woman to run on a national ticket,
trailed New York State Attorney
General Robert Abrams by one per-
centage point with 96 percent of the
precincts counted at press time last
night. In a speech last night, Abrams
declared himself the "unofficial
Rhode Island and Washington
picked candidates for governors as
seven states and the District of
Columbia held primaries seven
weeks before Election Day.
See FERRARO, Page 2

by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student
Assembly's power to influence the
U-M administration will be tested by
two student rights resolutions passed
at yesterday's meeting.
The first resolution, which was
approved unanimously, opposed the
implementation of the U-M's pro-
posed Statement of Student Rights
and Responsibilities. The second
resolution, which passed 27-3, ex-
pressed concern over the U-M's de-
cision to select Debra Cain as the
new coordinator for the Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center (SAPAC).
The U-M recently drafted a
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities to take the place of
the Interim Policy on Discriminatory
Conduct, ruled unconstitutional by
the Supreme Court because of its
application of hate speech regula-

LSA Rep. Rob Van Houweling,
Students Rights Commission (SRC).
chair and a co-sponsor of the resolu-
tion, argued the proposed statement
was a new non-academic code of
"It's a bad idea," he said. "It's
not student-run as the university
likes to claim it will be. ... It pro-
vides us with no due process rights."
Van Houweling argued that the new
proposal uses the same process as
the previous code, in which all the
cases were settled out of court by U-
M administrators.
Under the resolution, the pro-
posed statement is condemned as
"thoroughly unacceptable to the stu-
dent community," with the assembly
prepared "to oppose the proposed
'Statement' by all legal means
within its powers."
Additionally, an SRC task force
will be established to investigate
other solutions to the problems ad-
See MSA, Page 2

Hg ih
Highlights of MSA's anti-code
resolution include:
Calls the Statement of
Student Rights and
Responsibilities a code of
non-academic conduct.
N Criticizes administration
survey as biased and
States that MSA will take
"all legal means within its
powers" to contest the code.
® Condemns the
implementation of the code.
Directs MSA's Student
Rights Commission to
develop a task force to
investigate alternate solutions
to problems that the code
intends to address.

U.S. help
by Mona Qureshi
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
In a familiar scene Tuesday,
residents of the former
Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia-
Herzigovina cowered in doorways
or scurried from one protective
wall to the other, traumatized by
the snipers and shellings surround-
ing them.
The five-month siege of
Sarajevo by rebel Serbs opposed
to Bosnia-Herzigovina's secession
from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia
has resulted in the deaths of more
than 8,000 throughout the repub-

Higher education bill
increases eligibility for

student financial aid


by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter
Many students will be eligible for
financial aid for the 1993-94 school
year for the first time as a result of a
bill passed this summer which will
eliminate home and farm equity
from the determination of financial
"The major change is that it.
opens up the possibility for aid for
thousands of families," said Office
of Financial Aid Director Harvey
Grotrian. "Middle income students
will now be eligible for loan pro-
The Higher Education
Reauthorization Act increases the
amount of money available for
Stafford Loans - loans with gov-
ernment subsidized interest rates -
by allowing students to borrow
money from the government directly
through their colleges and universi-
ties instead of through local banks.
This change will save the govern-
ment an estimated $4.5 billion, ac-

aid to students with the greatest
amount of financial need.
r The current maximum Pell Grant
is $2,400. However, Pronita Gupta,
United States Student Association
legislative director, said despite the
increase in the number of people eli-
gible for the grants, the $100 reduc-
tion in the maximum allocation
could have a severe impact on many
college students.
"In many cases, simply additional
loan funds are not what the student
needs," Grotrian said.
Students previously eligible for
the Stafford Loan program will now
be able to borrow additional funds.
A second-year student who was eli-
gible to borrow up to $2,625 will
now be eligible to borrow $3,500.
Third- and fourth- year students will
be able to borrow $5,500 up from
Five-hundred schools would par-
ticipate in the direct loan program.
The selected schools will be an-
nounced in November. Grotrian said

In an effort to shed light on the
events occurring in the former
Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia-
Herzigovina, Bosnian Red
Crescent leader Dr. Izzet

A family of refugees cries about the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina last month.

Westerners, Africans, and Middle
Easterners. We lived in harmony,"

knows about the atrocities," he

become prisoners of Serbs,
Iganovich said.


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