The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 23, 1992 - Page 3
MSA approves $457,710 budget
by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
passed its budget last night, which
includes the external budget of
$457,710, an internal budget of
$143,053, and a surplus of $57,000.
In the external budget the follow-
ing allocations were made -
$27,835 for the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union, $286,822 for Student Legal
Services, and $143,053 for the
The internal budget is the pool of
money MSA uses to fund student
groups, committees and commis-
sions, and other activities and pro-
grams such as Advice magazine and
Disagreement arose over how
and when the assembly should dis-
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DALLAS (AP) - Ross Perot
said yesterday he "made a mistake"
in dropping his independent presi-
dential challenge, delivering yet an-
other broad hint that he may engage
in active campaigning in the final
weeks of the race.
The Texas business executive
complained that neither President
Bush nor Democratic nominee Bill
Clinton had offered serious propos-
als to deal with the nation's budget
Former media adviser Jim
Squires said Perot had no illusions of
winning such a race, but that he
might begin running ads and making
speeches in states like Texas and
Florida, where he could affect the
Mainly, "This is an invitation to
Bill Clinton to put a serious eco-
nomic proposal on the table,"
SqHe suggested that Perot might
begin engaging in campaign-related
activity around Oct. 1 if neither
Clinton nor Bush takes him up on
his request that they pay more atten-
tion to economic issues.
"In retrospect, I think I made a
mistake because they really didn't
face the issues," Perot said.
Perot has proposed austere bud-
get cuts and some tax increases, in-
cluding higher taxes on gasoline.
Orson Swindle, national volun-
teer coordinator for Perot's petition
drive, said he expected a report from
state coordinators by tomorrow on
local sentiments. They will decide
later in the week whether to meet
"If he responds to what I expect
the volunteers will tell him and says
'I will do what I said,' then I think
you'll see full-blown campaign that
will not be a conventional cam-
paign," Swindle said.
Perot still has about 50 people
working on a paid campaign staff at
his Dallas headquarters.
"He said he made a mistake,"
said Al Barnaud, a phone bank vol-
unteer. "That's strong. It leaves us to
feel he is about to declare again."
Sharon Holman, a Perot spokes-
person in Dallas, said he would
make his decision only on volunteer
perse its $57,000 in surplus -
$24,916 of which must be placed in
a reserve fund.
Because MSA's tax-exempt sta-
tus is currently undergoing review,
the organization is unsure whether it
can use more than 5 percent of its
budget to fund a lobbying group.
For this reason, some members of
the assembly were wary of granting
money to the Michigan Collegiate
Coalition (MCC) - a Washington
lobbying group - until a final deci-
sion on the assembly's tax-exempt
status was reached. Tax-exempt sta-
tus is not granted to groups which
allocate more than 5 percent of their
budget to lobbying organizations
under certain IRS regulations.
The assembly finally decided to
allocate the money in the surplus but
not disperse it until final approval
for tax-exempt status is determined.
"It's all earmarked but it's not
going to be given out," said LSA
Rep. Sejal Mistry.
Of the surplus money, $14,884
was given to MCC, $5,000 to the ac-
counting firm working on MSA's
tax-exempt status, and $13,000 for a
MCC was originally allotted
$22,000 but an amendment spon-
sored by Engineering Rep. Brian
Kight lowered the figure in order to
allot money for a new copier.
Some representatives argued that
the group had to allocate the money
this year under the current surplus
because the budgets of following
years would not allow for extra
"We have to cut a lot of services
to students if we don't spend the
money where we need to now," said
LSA Rep. Rob Van Houweling.
But MCC Chair Stephanie
Arellano spoke against the amend-
ment, saying, "If MCC is going to
continue to progress and grow ... we
need to have some kind of consistent
mechanism for funding."
In other news, the assembly
unanimously approved a resolution
requesting assistance from "all stu-
dent and community organizations"
to oppose the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities. The as-
sembly also voted to provide the
Student Rights Commission with
$100 from the Operations budget to
fund fliers and other committee
First day of fall
Clouds rolling in over the Law Quad yesterday brought with them cooler
temperatures and gave a cruel reminder that winter is around the corner.
Could we talk about the weather...
A sweet old lady dressed in Autumn garb spies a cunning Daily photographer at Briarwood mall.
U-M to co-sponsor conference
on environmental issues in N.C.
by Will McCahill
The U-M is co-sponsoring one of
the largest environmental issues col-
loquiums of its kind at North
Carolina State University in Raleigh,
N.C., this Thursday through
Representatives from more than
80 universities, private corporations
and government agencies will meet
to talk about the role of universities
in environmental research and
The U-M is sending eight repre-
sentatives, including two graduate
students. Leading the group is
Biology Prof. Thomas Moore, cura-
tor of insects at the U-M Museum of
Zoology and director of the Exhibit
Moore said he hopes the collo-
quium will result in more network-
ing among institutions involved in
"The intention is to promote co-
operation within and among univer-
sities," Moore said.
Building new prospects for coop-
eration on environmental research
between universities, corporations,
and government is another goal of
the colloquium, Moore said.
Because the organizations in-
volved in research are usually work-
'I can't emphasize
focus too much. These
are the most complex
problems humans ever
- Thomas Moore
ing on different and unrelated pro-
jects there is often a lack of a com-
mon focus, he added.
"I can't emphasize focus too
much," said Moore. "These are the
most complex problems humans
Although many environmental
problems are too complex to solve in
the near future, Moore said he hopes
the colloquium will result in more
comprehensive research and more
funding for environmental projects.
"There's no money behind this
yet," said Moore.
U-M Vice President for Research
William Kelly will be attending the
colloquium with the university dele-
gation, and Moore said he hopes
Kelly will help convey the issues
raised at the colloquium to U-M
Moore added that he hopes
Kelly's presence at the meeting will
demonstrate that funding needs to
come from both the government and
the universities themselves.
Other sponsors of the colloquium
include the host NC State
University, Duke University, the
University of North Carolina, and
Sigma Xi, a scientific research
Among the corporations sending
representatives are General Motors,
Dow Chemical, and the
Environmental Defense Fund. Top
officials from the Environmental
Protection Agency are also expected
Garry Brewer, dean and professor
of resource policy at the School of
Natural Resources and Environment;
James Teeri, director of the
Biological Station and a professor of
biology; Stuart Hart, an assistant
professor from the School of
Business Administration; Richard
Rockwell, a research scientist at the
Center for Political Studies; and
graduate students Kim Lindblade
and James Albert will accompany
Moore and Kelly to the conference.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The
proposal to limit the terms of
Michigan's congressional delegation
is among the strictest of the plans on
15 state ballots this November, fig-
ures from a national term limit group
Americans to Limit Congres-
sional Terms said of the 15 states
scheduled to vote on term limits, six
would allow their House members to
serve at least eight years.
The plan on Michigan's Nov. 3
ballot would limit U.S. House mem-
bers to six years, as would those of
eight other states.
But the president of the Wash-
ington-based group, James Coyne,
said yesterday that won't put
Michigan at a disadvantage com-
pared to those with longer limits or
no limits at all.
"I want to dispel this false argu-
ment because this is clearly not a
single state issue here in Michigan.
Michigan is doing this as part of a
national movement to enact a consti-
tutional amendment to limit terms,"
Coyne said the 15 states represent
about a third of the nation and if they
add term limits to their state consti-
tutions, Congress will have to pass
an amendment to the U.S.
"Eventually, the states where it
has passed are going to.put pressure
on the Congress to pass a constitu-
tional amendment to create a uni-
form amendment nationwide," he
Kathy Pelleran, executive direc-
tor of the Michigan Citizens Com-
mittee Against Term Limitations,
said in the meantime, Michigan
would be shortchanged.
"We cannot in Michigan allow
ourselves to be put on a less-than=
even playing field with other states
across the country," she said. "We
cannot count on people from Texas
or California to carry through on our
Coyne portrayed the term limit
movement as a grass-roots effort that
gathered more than 3.5 million sig-
natures to place it on November
But Pelleran said campaign fi-
nance reports show the Michigan ef-
fort used out-of-state money to hire
paid circulators to gather most of its
The proposal would limit mem-
bers of the U.S. House from
Michigan to no more than three two-
year terms in any 12-year period and
U.S. senators from Michigan to two
six-year terms during a 24-year pe-
State representatives would be
limited to three two-year terms, state
senators to two four-year terms, and
the governor and other executive
officers to two four-year terms.
Steve Mitchell, executive director
of the Vote Yes on Proposal B
Committee, said six years strength-
ens the state's bargaining position in
case Congress decides to propose its
own amendment with much more
"We felt three terms was long
enough. They can do their civic duty
and then either move on to the
Senate or can move on. We believe
it is a very fair number of years for
someone to serve," he said.
Q AIESEC, mass meeting, 1276
School of Business Administra-
tion, 6 p.m.
Q Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fra-
ing, K1320 B-School, 6 p.m.
Q~ Handbell Ringers, 900 Burton
Tower, 4 p.m.
xQMichigan Women's Rugby Club,
practice, East Mitchell Field, 8-
Q Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, U-M Catholic Student
Fellowship, 7 p.m., Centering
Prayer,7 p.m., 331 Thompson St.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
CCRB,Martial Arts Room,9:15-
in Ann Arbor, meeting, 2439
Mason Hall, 8 p.m.
IJ U-M Ninjitsu Club, practice, I.M.
Building, G21 Wrestling Room,
0 WJJX,mass meeting, MLB, room
B 134, 7:30 p.m.
U American Culture Theme Se-
mester, speech by James Axtell,
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room,
0 Career Planning and Placement,
interviewing, CP&P Program
Room, 4:10-5 p.m.
U "Das Boot," movie, Oxford Hous-
ing, Max Kade Haus, 8 p.m.
[J "L'viv and Post-Soviet
Organization," 2202 Michigan
J Student Organization Develop-
ment Center, lastday forFestifall
registration, 2202 Michigan
L "Survivors of Childhood Sexual
Abuse," workshop, Soundings,
117 N. First St., 4-6 p.m.
L) "The Idea of Difference in Con-
Thought," speech by Richard
Burton, Rackham West Confer-
ence Room, 8 p.m.
01 "The Utility of the Death Pen-
alty as an Instrument of the
Criminal Law," debate between
Prof. Ernst Van den Haag and
Prof. Samuel Gross sponsored by
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