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Haiti rally
last year's
gov't coup
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily Staff Reporter
*; Almost 100 people joined the
Haiti Solidarity Group on the Diag
last night to observe the one-year
anniversary of the military coup that
toppled President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide's democratically-elected
The protest was planned in con-
junction with a similar event that
took place in front of the United
*Nations building in New York.
"We are here to engage in public
condemnation of the brutal, illegal
regime in Haiti, and to pledge sup-
port to the courageous struggle of
the Haitians," group president
Cecilia Green told the crowd.
"Things are brutal in Haiti. But
without your cry, we wouldn't hear
about Haiti," said Jean Alc6, a
Detroit psychiatrist and memberof
*the Board of Directors of the
Washington Office on Haiti. "We
are feeling confident. Things will
change. There is no way the gov-
ernment can survive. Democracy
will survive."
The group gathered on the Diag
for a candlelight vigil and to hear
Jean-Claude Dut6s, a psychologist at
Michigan State University, who is
involved with Haitian refugees in the
Lansing area.
"Democracy knows no colors,
creeds, or classes," Dut6s said.
"Democracy is our best hope for
justice for all."
The group is calling for the im-
mediate return of Aristide to power
without military intervention.
"We urge the OAS (the
Organization of American States) to
become serious in strengthening the
embargo and send the large civilian
mission originally promised," Green
The OAS had promised to send a
400- to 500-member delegation of
civilians to Haiti to pressure the
military government into halting
civil rights violations. Only 18
civilians have been sent to Haiti.
Haiti Action - a coalition of 80
Haiti activist groups - asked for or-
ganizations all around the country to
remember the coup, which took
place Sept. 29-30, 1991, and to
protest the continued military reign
of terror in Haiti.
The Haitian Solidarity Group,
based in Ann Arbor, was recognized
earlier this week by the Michigan
Student Assembly.
"We have about 20 students on
our membership list," Green said.
Last summer, 16 U-M law stu-
dents went to Florida to assist
Haitians who were applying for po-
litical asylum. Fifty recently settled
in Lansing, said trip organizer and
second-year law student Leslie
The group will continue to be
active in the area.
"As long as the situation in Haiti

.remains, we will have more events,"
Green said.

Medical school
changes classes
to help students

'Wine-ding' down
Robert Adler and Dan Drake, both seniors from Belleville High School, lunch on "wine" and cheese during a
humanities class field trip.
Soihd Waste Commission
s pl f

by Jeff Olson
The U-M School of Medicine is
changing its curriculum in order to
facilitate better learning for students
and produce more empathetic
doctors for the future.
"Nationally, there has been in-
creasing comment on how academia
is failing the medical student," said
Dr. Wayne Davis, U-M associate
dean for medical education. "There
are countless task forces and national
reports addressing this issue."
The two largest organizations af-
fecting medical education - the
Association of American Medical
Colleges and the American Medical
Association - have both called for
educational reform.
In the past, the curriculum foi
the first two years of medical school
- the basic science portion - has
been strictly a lecture format.
Davis said that format has been
failing students.
"No more. Students have ex-
pressed a lot of discontent with this
educational method," he said. "It
simply isn't effective anymore in
teaching today's exploding medical
information surge."
Davis said many students have
been so unhappy they do not even at-
tend classes. In the past, approxi-
mately 10 percent of students at-
tended medical school classes -
with the rest of the students studying
on their own with scribe notes and
"Now we have a 95 percent class
attendance rate for the Ml class -
and more students are asking
questions," Davis said.
This year's first-year medical
students - MIs - are the first to be
introduced to the new curriculum.
Next year, however, all four medical
school classes will be structured
according to the new revisions.
The changes are the first signifi-
cant curriculum revisions the U-M
Medical school has implemented in
more than 20 years.
The changes are as follows:
Lecture sizes have been cut in
half and augmented by group study
sessions. In these sessions, students
share information they have acquired
in lecture and from other sources.

with fellow classmates and the
discussion leader.
Davis said this change benefits
students because an information ex-
change takes place and students be-
come more involved in their own
"We find that the group study
format is a more humane educational
method than lecturing to them for
over thirty hours per week," Davis
Students seem to agree with
Davis, who said he has received pos-
itive informal feedback about the
Moshe Faynsod, an M1, said,
"The new curriculum really rein-
forces group study. The biggest ad-
vantage, though, involves time. In
speaking with friends in other medi-
cal schools that still emphasize lec-
ture, I know that I have a big bonus
- time management."
Students are being tested more
often and exams are being spaced
out more evenly over the course of
the semester.
Mls learning under the new cur-
riculum will take quizzes every
Monday morning. These weekly
quizzes will enable staff to identify
weak subject areas and lagging stu-
dents more quickly.
"Now the emphasis is keeping up
with the material at a more constant
rate," Faynsod said.
Testing methods are also being
For the first time this year, the
future doctors will be introduced to
standardized patients - medical
school employees who will simulate
medical conditions.
Students diagnose and counsel
the patients, who give feedback to
the students on the effectiveness of
their counseling.
These standardized patients are
part of the new class, "Introduction
to the Patient," that will span the en-
tire first two years of training. In the
past, clinical training started in the
third year of school with real pa-
tients who have real problems. This
early exposure to the patient is in-
tended to give the student a more
patient-oriented education.
"It's almost a holistic approach to
medicine," Faynsod said.

by Joey Barker
Daily City Reporter
Last night, the Ann Arbor Solid
Waste Commission passed a resolu-
tion supporting the Ann Arbor City
Council's intent to build a publicly
owned, privately operated recycling
facility and recommended Container
Recovery Incorporated (CRI) to
construct and operate the facility.
The facility will be funded by a $5.5
million bond set aside by voters in
April of 1990.
The Materials Recovery Facility
(MRF) in question has been on the
table for roughly a year. Presumably,
the MRF will be built on land al-
ready owned by the City of Ann
A specially-appointed committee
from the Solid Waste Commission
has been working on preparing bids
from possible vendors for almost a
year. It narrowed its options to three
corporations - CRI, Resource
Recovery Systems (RRS), and
Browning Ferris Industries (BFI).
BFI submitted an alternative pro-
posal, which would have Ann Arbor

ship its solid waste to the firm's
existing facility 20 miles away.
The committee's decision to rec-
ommend CRI was based in part on
the corporation's marketing ability,
and the state-of-the-art technology it
employs in its facilities.
A specially-appointed
Solid Waste committee
has been working on
preparing bids from
possible vendors for
almost a year.
"They have the wherewithal to be
a very competitive and adaptive fa-
cility over the next 10 years," said
Rob Bauman, a committee member.
The city has included the U-M in
these early preparations and is con-
sidering the option of becoming a
partner with the university in this
venture. Buck Marks of the universi-
ty's Plant, Grounds and Waste
Management Department has been a
part of the process.

"We would suggest that the U-M
and the city go ahead and start nego-
tiations with CRI as our preferred
vendor of choice," Bauman said.
Marks said he feels this joint
venture with the city will cause a
significant decrease in solid waste
disposal costs to the U-M, especially
in regards to recyclables.
ie also said he believes if this
goes through, the U-M will be able
to triple the amount of recyclables
The university currently sends its
recyclables to Recycle Ann Arbor.
The issue now rests in the hands
of the city council, which is ex-
pected to act on the commission's
recommendation within the next few
Bauman said he feels that, re-
gardless of the council's decision,
the city will get good service no mat-
ter which group they end up choos-
Depending on how the negotia-
tions proceed, the facility will likely
be up and running in January or
February of11994.

Bush ignores deadlines for Clean Air Act regulations

NEW YORK (AP) - Seventy-six new
regulations prepared by the Environmental
Protection Agency are being held up by the
White House, some in violation of
congressional deadlines, according to a
confidential EPA report.
The stalled regulations include some of the
major provisions of the 1990 Clean Air Act
intended to control smog, reduce acid rain,
protect the ozone layer and reduce toxic air
"The administration is holding up numerous
rules, which is illegal, and which is not
consistent with the goal of protecting human
health and the environment," said a senior EPA

official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The report says that eight regulations are
currently being blocked by the White House
even though congressional deadlines for their
completion have passed. A copy of the Sept.
22 report was obtained by The Associated
Among the blocked regulations is the set of
rules governing the trading of air pollution
emissions, a program touted for relying on
markets to curb acid rain. The rules were due
May 15.
Another regulation that missed its deadline
would require tighter emission controls on new
incincerators and chemical plants. Yet another

would require that repair workers recycle
ozone-depleting chemicals from refrigerators
and air conditioners instead of venting them
into the air.
David Cohen, a spokesman for EPA
Administrator William Reilly, had no comment
on the report. Meg Brackney of the White
House Office of Management and Budget said
yesterday officials there had not seen the
report and couldn't comment on it.
Many regulations without congressional
deadlines also are' being delayed by the White
House, according to the report.
Some of these are caught up in a
moratorium on new regulations that President

Bush announced in his January State of the
Union address and has since been extended.
Many others are being blocked by the
White House even though they are supposed to
be exempt from the moratorium, according to
the EPA report. They are being held at the
Office of Management and Budget, which is
supposed to complete its reviews in 30 days.
Rep. Henry Waxman, Democratic chair of
the House health and environment subcommit-
tee, said the White House has "tried to rewrite
the law by forcing the Bush-appointed EPA
officials to act contrary to what the law
requires of them. "

Teen seeks divorce from negligent parents

Student roups
Q Institute o? Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, IEEE
Technical Luncheon, Electrical
Engineering and Computer
Science Building, room 1311,
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Q Intervarsity Christian
Fellowship, meeting, Natural
Resources Building, room 1040,
7 p.m.
Q Israel Michigan Public Affairs
Committee, meeting, Hillel
Foundation, 1429 Hill St.,
Q Mchigan NeXT User's Group,
MiNUG meeting, Chemistry
Building, room 1706,7 p.m.
Q Newman Catholic Student
Association, Altar Server
Training, 7 p.m.; Christian
Service Commission, 7 p.m.,
Saint Mary Student Chapel, 331
Thompson St.
U Pro-Choice Action, meeting,

U U-M Shotokan Karate, practice,
CCRB, small gym, 8:30-10 p.m.
U Al Young, reading from his work,
Rackham Building,
Amphitheatre, 5 p.m.
U Bill Staines concert, The Ark,
637 1/2 S. Main St., $8 and $9
tickets at the door, 8 p.m.
U Career Planning and Placement,
Employer Presentation: May
Department Stores Co., Michigan
Union, Pond Room, 10 a.m. - 4
p.m.; Making a First Impression:
The Employer Perspective,
CP&P Library, 5:10-6:30 p.m.;
Employer Presentation:
O'Connor & Associates,
Michigan Union, Pendleton
Room, 7-9 p.m.
U Downtown Sounds, free concert,
Ann Arbor Public Library, 343 S.
Fifth Ave., lower level Multi-

U "Mysteries of the Organism,"
colloquium led by Dick
Alexander, U-M Dept. of
Biology, Rackham Building, East
Lecture Room, 4 p.m.
U Palestinian Solidarity
Committee, mass meeting,
Michigan Unionroom 2209 A &
B, 7:45 p.m.
U Safe House Ann Arbor
Campaign Kick-off, vote yes
campaign, educational forum, U-
M Law Club, Law Club Lounge,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
U Senior Portraits, Michiganensian
Yearbook, UGLi, basement study
rooms, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
U "Soviet Television in the
Gorbachev Era," lecture, Lane
Hall, Commons Room, 4 p.m.
Q Visions of Symmetry: Escher as
a Mathematician, Dept. of
Mathematics, Undergraduate
Keeler Lecture, Angell Hall,
Auditorium B, 4 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) - A judge yes-
terday affirmed an earlier decision to
make a 13-year-old girl seeking legal
separation from her mother a ward
of the state.
The teen-ager alleges she has
been abused and neglected by her
mother and sexually molested by her
Inspired by a recent case in
Florida, where a 12-year-old boy
won a court battle to legally separate

from his parents, the girl hopes a
"divorce" from her mother will open
the way for an aunt and uncle in
Dearborn Heights to adopt her.
Wayne County Probate Judge
James Lacey agreed the 13-year-old
and her 15-year-old sister should be
placed in a Department of Social
Services foster care facility. The
sister also alleges she was sexually
molested by the stepfather.
A third sister, who is 14, has not

alleged sexual abuse and was placed
back with her mother.
The 13-year-old is the only child
seeking a legal separation from her
She told the Detroit Free Press in
yesterday's editions that teen-age
children ought to be allowed to de-
cide where they live, "if they have a
good enough reason ... if they've
been through what I've been

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