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The only away to fight an epidemic like AIDS is to
keep people aware of it. We all must work to
keep this issue in the forefront.

William Bolcom is more than the husband of
Joan Morris. He's also the composer of the opera
"McTeague." Read all about the man in this
week's cover story.

The highly-touted Michigan men's and women's
swimming and diving teams take on competitive
fields in this weekend's Speedo Collegiate Cup
East Championships at Canham Natatorium.

Today
Sun may break through;
High 36, Low 25
Tomorrow
Chance of snow; High 34, Low 23

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Students lobby
" Congress for
women's safety
on campus
by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter

Student-related
legislation dies
at end of session

The United States Student Association (USSA)
urging st nts to call and fax their legislators today1
express their concerns about campus safety for women.

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to

USSA is encouraging the legislators of the 103rd
Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Act and
to fund the Safe Campuses for Women Section of the
Higher Education Amendments of 1992.
Rodney Barnes, Social Work graduate student and
president of the campus chapter of USSA, is publicizing
the event at the U-M.
"It's happening all over the country. We hope to get a
lot of calls from all over Michigan to our senators -and
representatives," Barnes said.
He said the Michigan Student Assembly will provide
information about' the call-in and fax-in and phone
numbers of legislators.
The Violence Against Women Act aims to improve
the safety of women in the streets, in their homes and on
college campuses. The bill was introduced by Sen.
Joseph Biden (D-Del.) and Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-
Calif.).
The bill would provide funding for better law
enforcement, prosecution and data collection regarding
violence against women; create a new civil rights
remedy for victims of gender-based crimes; and provide
funding for education of state and federal judges about
violence against women.
The sections of the Violence Against Women Act
dealing with campus issues have been incorporated into
the Higher Education Reauthorization Act which passed
the House and Senate this summer.
"There was a need for it. There's a great concern and
need and this is the only vehicle where this could happen
See SAFETY, Page 2

Discussion of the
Campus Sexual
Assault Victims' Bill
of Rights and the
Work Study
Amendment will be
postponed until next
year
by Lauren Dermer
Daily GovernmentReporter___
Two bills that could affect stu-
dent life on campus will die in the
Michigan Senate today as the body
convenes for its final meeting of the
year.
The Campus Sexual Assault
Victims' Bill of Rights and the Work
Study amendment - both of which
passed the house with overwhelm-
ing support - will die in Senate
committees because hearings have
ceased for the year.
Alaina Campbell, legislative di-
rector of the Michigan Collegiate
Coalition (MCC), said that although
these bills are important for students,
it's "not the end of the world" that
they will be put off until next year.
"We'll just get them re-intro-
duced, and they'll both move very
quickly through the House," she
said, adding that there will be almost
two years to pass them through the
Senate.
The Campus Sexual Assault
Victims' Bill of Rights, which
passed the House unanimously in
September, is now in the Senate

Judiciary Committee.
Modeled after a 1991 federal act,
the proposed bill would require col-
leges and universities to delineate
the rights of sexual assault survivors,
including the right to have assaults
treated as serious crimes and inves-
tigated by civil authorities.
The bill would also require that
survivors be offered counseling,
treated with dignity, and granted a
transfer in housing or changes in
class schedules to eliminate contact
with the assailant.
Sen. William Van Regenmorter
(R-Jenison), chair of the Senate
Judiciary Committee, said he is in-
terested in bringing the bill to a vote
next year.
"It is very high on my agenda,
but it languished so long in the
House it didn't get over to the
Senate until the time for hearings
had expired," he said.
Although Van Regenmorter said
he knows of no opposition to the bill
in his committee, he acknowledged
there have been some concerns
about the constitutional autonomy of
Michigan's colleges and universities.
"We want to make sure that
whatever passes will not be chal-
lengable," he said. "What we're do-
ing now is getting our act together
and doing research."
An aide to Rep. Tracey Yokich
(D-St. Clair Shores) - who initiated
the bill - said Yokich would re-in-
troduce it in the House next year.
Students hoping for increased
work study funding will also have to
See BILLS, Page 2

A drop in the bucket
A passer-by donates money to the Salvation Army. Officers of the U-M Department of
Public Safety were collecting for the charity around campus yesterday.

.U-M community debates role of doctors in assisted suicides

by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor resident Sally Joy,
who has been afflicted with diabetes
for 26 years, is planning to criss-
cross the country with her husband
next year.
Joy does not expect to live to a
ripe old age.
"I'm going to spend that
(Individual Retirement Account)
money now because I don't think
I'm going to need it when I'm 65,"
proclaims Joy, who has had kidney
failure and an end stage of a renal
disease. "I think about dying every-

day. I have a chronic illness."
Joy says she is lucky because she
can decide when to stop her treat-
ment and let nature take its course,
without relying on a physician to as-
sist her death.
"It's a pretty comfortable illness
to have," she said. "I agree with hav-
ing patients have their wishes ac-
knowledged - just by stopping
treatment. It's a lot more pleasant
than putting a gun in your mouth."
Not all chronically ill or termi-
nally ill patients feel they have the
same control of their futures as Joy.
At the end of November, Catherine

'Death and the approach of death are not
matters for courts, politics, or anyone outside
the medical team-patient relationship.'
- Maurie Ferriter
chronically ill patient

hear a bill passed by the House that
would illegalize physician-assisted
suicide, withdrawal of medical
treatment, and the provision of pain
medication that could threaten
someone's life, said David
Sobelsohn, counsel, to the House
Judiciary Committee's Subcom-
mittee on Death and Dying.
Sobelsohn said House Bill 4501,
which originated as an attempt to es-
tablish a committee studying issues
of death and dying, is too broadly
drafted and flawed in that it does not
even provide a definition for suicide.
"Basically the bill goes beyond

the stopping of physician-assisted
suicide. They want people to suffer
because it's good for the soul,"
Sobelsohn said. "If the legislature
wants to prevent just what
Kevorkian does and not centuries of
medical history, then the Senate
should amend the bill."
The debate of the proposed bill
effectively stalls House Bill 5415,
which is still in the House Judiciary
Committee. This legislation would
legalize aid in dying, including liv-
ing wills and physician-assisted
suicide.
See ILL, Page 2

Andreyev - a cancer victim since
1986 - inhaled carbon monoxide
through a face mask in an Oakland
County home, while the man who
has been dubbed the "suicide doctor"
stood watching.
Physician-assisted suicide is not

illegal in Michigan. Yet, in the wake
of Andreyev's 'death - Dr. Jack
Kevorkian's sixth case - the role of
doctors in the process of death and
dying is still phrased in hazy ethical
terms.
Today the Michigan Senate will

Dodge opts for family, not mayor
Coundhmanbe wants to spend timeat home; city GOP neads a candidate

by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
City Councilmember Kirk
Dodge, considered by many to be
the leading Republican candidate for
mayor, has announced that he should.
no longer be considered.
"I never was a candidate," said
Dodge (R-2nd Ward), saying he
never filed a petition with the city
clerk's office. "I was asked to run by
many Republicans, but I decided my
family was more important."
Dodge said the party should have

no problem finding a candidate for
mayor.
"There are so many good
Republicans that will run and I will
work for them," he said. "One will
emerge (for mayor). The pool that
person will come from is a good
pool."
But he ruled himself out, both for
mayor and re-election to his council
seat.
"I am definitely not going to seek
office in April," he said.
Dodge added he has decided to

place his family before politics.
"At this point I'm raising my
children. I have three children ... at
this age, I need to be around more."
He said the mayor's job has
evolved into a more time-consuming
position than it was originally.
"Mayor isn't supposed to be full
time," he said. "It is intended to be
part time. Ann Arbor city govern-
ment is so twisted from what it is
supposed to be."
Joe O'Neal, who has also been
See MAYOR, Page 2

Fink launches legal challenge against
* VINE to retain original council term

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