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The University hospitals are going to run an $11
million surplus this year - and pay every
employee a $2,500 bonus. How? The M-Share
program has cut costs and boosted quality.

It's not historically accurate, but hey, history's not
always entertaining. Michael Mann's "Last of the
Mohicans" starring Daniel Day-Lewis lives up to
the hype.

Michigan's defense has been hitting harder than
ever this season. Find out the Wolverines' secrets
from the real experts.

Today
Sunny and cool;
High 61, Low 38
Tomorrow
Still sunny; High 61, Low 38

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Bush proposes debate plans

Associated Press
President Bush yesterday proposed an
unprecedented campaign-concluding month
of Sunday night debates with Democrat
Bill Clinton as he struggled to make up
ground in his lagging race for re-election.
Clinton had no immediate comment.
"Let's get it on," Bush said and added
that Ross Perot would be welcome on the
debate stage as well if he becomes a candi-
date for the White House.
Bush's comments would have the effect
of transforming the debates into the defini-
tive events of the campaign, on the final
four Sunday nights beginning Oct. 11.
The president made his comments as the
bipartisan Commission on Presidential
Debates scrapped plans for a debate on Oct.
4 because Bush was continuing to balk at
its proposal for a single moderator.
Bush said he favors two debates with a

Bush said he favors two
debates with a single
moderator and the other
two with three moderators
posing questions to the
candidates.
single moderator and the other two with
three moderators posing questions to the
candidates.
He said he also favors two debates be-
tween Vice President Dan Quayle and
Clinton's running mate, Sen. Al Gore.
Perot seemed to look forward to joining
Clinton and Bush on a debate stage. "Sure,
I will go" if invited, he said.
The debate was called off by the
University of San Diego in advance of the
commission's 5 p.m. deadline.

"We're not demanding that it be done
on our format," said Frank Fahrenkopf, co-
chair of the debate commission and a for-
mer Republican party chair. He said the
commission was prepared to act as media-
tor between the two campaigns, or to
permit the two to come to an agreement on
their own.
The wrangling over debates came as
Bush and Clinton strategists tried to antici-
pate the impact Perot might have on the
race. The Texan said he will be guided by
the wishes of his volunteers.
Perot's support has ranged from 9 points
to 18 points in eight national surveys taken
since Sept 11. These polls suggest he
would siphon more votes from Clinton than
from Bush. Perot could grievously damage
Bush's re-election chances by drawing
enough support in Texas to permit Clinton
to carry it with a plurality of the vote.

President Bush waves to supporters yesterday at an Austin Peay State University rally where
he announced that he is willing to debate Democratic candidate Bill Clinton.

*Police say
rapist has
not been
* identified
by Erin Einhorn
Daily Crime Reporter
Ann Arbor police have yet to
identify the man who raped and as-
saulted a 47-year-old area resident in
Eberwhite Woods park Monday
morning.
The victim - who is in stable
condition at the U-M hospital - was
found at 11:35 a.m. Monday, semi-
conscious and severely beaten.
She had been jogging through the
wooded park on the 1500 block of
West Liberty Avenue - about two
miles west of campus - when she
was struck from behind.
"Everybody should be aware that
this is a heinous crime and the sus-
pect has not been caught yet," said
Lt. James Smiley of the U-M
Department of Public Safety.
Although the assault occurred off
campus, he said all students should
continue to exercise caution even
when walking during the day.
"Keep in mind that this thing
happened at 10:30 in the morning,"
he said. "And a mile isn't very far."
An extensive investigation in-
volving a dog team and a door-to-
0 door canvass of the neighborhood
has been conducted, said AAPD
Staff Sgt. Mark Hoornstra, and resi-
dents have been notified of possible
danger.
Iw "The question is whether or not
we're going to be able to solve it be-
fore it happens again," Hoornstra
said.
The victim described her as-
sailant as a six-foot African
American man with a large, muscu-
lar build. He was between 25 and 30,
with a dark complexion and short
hair, possibly intoxicated, she said.
"Unfortunately that description
must fit about 2,000 people in this
town," said resident Bill March, who
lives a few blocks from the attack.
See SUSPECT, Page 2

MSAmay
face fines for
missed taxes

DOUGLANTER/-VaUiy
Check this out
Jeff Wingard, a senior in civil engineering, practices adjusting a level in his CEE 332 surveying class
yesterday on North Campus.
Brigham Young University
code regulates student attire

The IRS is questioning
the tax-exempt status
under which MSA has
filed its returns forthe
past 10 years
by Christine Young
The Michigan Student Assembly
may lose its tax-exempt status - a
change which could cost the assem-
bly up to $19,000 in corporate back
taxes and place financial strains on
the organization.
MSA members said the organiza-
tion has always qualified as a 501
(C)(3) establishment - completely
exempting it from paying taxes to
the government. However, MSA has
never received confirmation of this
status.
In 1982, the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) informed MSA that it
failed to complete the application
forms necessary to obtain this status.
The IRS closed the case before rul-
ing on the exemption, and MSA
members cannot locate the letter
questioning the status.
"No one knows why both the ac-
counting firm or the IRS did not
follow up on the situation," said
Hunter Van Valkenburgh, MSA vice
president. "We cannot find the copy
of the letter and do not know who in
the MSA was aware of the incom-
plete tax information. This is a big
mystery."
For 10 years MSA had continued
to file its returns as a tax-exempt or-
ganization. Last summer, the IRS
informed MSA's accounting firm,
Plante and Moran, that MSA was
not fully tax exempt.
"It came as a big surprise to the
MSA," Van Valkenburgh said.
"There is really no one to blame.
The IRS is a big organization. There

are a lot of cracks and we apparently
fell into one."
If MSA is not granted tax-exempt
status, the organization may draw on
its reserve fund - a pool of about
$24,916 kept for emergencies - to
pay the majority of the debt. The rest
of the money would be drawn from
the surplus fund of $32,084.
If these two reserves do not con-
tain sufficient money to cover the
tax, MSA will be forced to take
money from the internal fund. This
would result in less money allocated
to student groups on campus.
MSA may also face a problem
because it allocates a little more than
10 percent of its budget - $15,000
- to the Michigan Collegiate
Coalition (MCC), a Lansing-based
higher education lobbying group.
According to the legal interpreta-
tion on the tax-exempt forms, any
organization allocating 20 percent or
more of its budget to lobbying
groups will not be tax exempt.
However, there have been cases in
which organizations which give only
5 percent of their budgets to lobbyist
groups have not been exempted.
This year, MSA has not paid
MCC for fear of jeopardizing its
chances of tax exemption - despite
feelings by assembly members that
the lobbying group is a valuable re-
source.
IRS representatives said they
judge tax-exemption status on a
case-by-case basis.
Last year MCC funding was cut
by the U-M Board of Regents. MSA
decided to pay MCC $14,884 out of
its own budget because assembly
members felt it was important to
give the lobbying group support.
Van Valkenburgh is looking for a
lawyer to review the case and the
applications. MSA has allocated
See MSA, Page 2

by Shelley Morrison
Daily Higher Education Reporter
A Brigham Young University
student, questioning the portion of
the university's honor code prohibit-
ing students from wearing shorts
above the knee, was shot down by
the university president - who
warned students that shorts could be
prohibited altogether if hemlines
continued to rise.
BYU President Rex Lee, in a
question-and-answer session held
last week, reaffirmed the universi-
ty's honor code attire regulations,
one of which determines the accept-
able length for shorts.
Additionally, the code mandates
chastity, the use of clean language,
and proper grooming, and bans the
consumption of coffee, tea and
tobacco.
BYU's code, written in 1948,
was expanded in 1990 to regulate the

'This makes the university self-selected. I think
most students really enjoy living in BYU's
wholesome environment.'
- Steve Baldridge
Chair of BYU Honor Code Council

length of shorts. In the past two
years, however, school officials in-
cluding Lee have complained of
rising hemlines.
"Students at Brigham Young
University are expected to abide by
the religious tenets of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,"
said BYU Director of Public
Communications Margaret Smoot.
"While we don't try to rigidly
enforce adherence to these standards,
we are always concerned that

students maintain the honor code,"
Smoot said.
Diana Comstock, BYU sociology
graduate student, said she thinks the
code's focus on dress code and
grooming is superficial.
"I think it is a good idea to have
an honor code, but I think there is
way too much emphasis put on out-
ward appearances," Comstock said.
"Moral character and the way you
look aren't necessarily related."
See CODE, Page 2

Federal funds hinge cn drug, assault polices

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The administration is currently
framing the 12th draft of the
Students Rights and
Responsibilities Policy, but many
students remain unclear as to why
U-M needs such a document.
In order to receive federal fund-

Hartford, vice president for student
affairs.
"It's an either-or situation," said
Elsa Cole, U-M's general counsel.
"You adopt the policies they ask
you to adopt or you lose the money
and it's a significant amount of
money and aid to lose."
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can be withdrawn."
The Drug Free Schools and
Communities Act of 1989 states "as
a condition of receiving funds or
any other form of financial assis-
tance under any Federal program,
an Institute of Higher Education
must certify that it has adopted and
implemented a program to prevent

"All they care about is that we
have a policy that meets the re-
quirements of the law," Cole said.
"Whether we call it an interim or a
final policy, they don't care. They
just care about the content."
The policy - to be distributed
annually to students and employees
- must describe standards of con-

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