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Continued from Page 1
Office of Financial Aid, said he is
optimistic about Clinton's loan re-
payment proposal - a plan that will
allow students to repay loans with a
portion of their income or perform
two years of community service.
"The number of students in debt
with loans has grown at a fast rate
and, therefore, there is a sense that
this could bring some real economic
relief to student borrowers and at the
same time provide better services
within communities," Grotrian said.
Butts agreed. "I think there's a
lot of merit to the idea of national
service," he said. "It will open up
more career choices to our gradu-
ates, who now may be unable to
choose a wide variety of careers be-
cause they are faced with enormous
and unmanageable loan payments."
The Higher Education Act, reau-
thorized July 23, allows more stu-
dents and parents to benefit from
federal student aid than the previous
reauthorization, Grotrian said, but it
is also in effect for the next five
years. Therefore, Grotrian said stu-
dents will probably not be affected
by the new administration until 1995
or 1996.
"(Programs are) not going to

'The little bit we know
regarding the Clinton
philosophy I nterpret
as very encouraging.'
- Harvey Grotrian
director of the Office of
Financial Aid
happen immediately because the
programs were reauthorized last year
and reauthorization runs for the next
five years," Grotrian said. "What
that means is that it's virtually im-
possible to put new mechanisms in
place for '94-'95," Grotrian said.
Nevertheless, Grotrian said he
thinks Clinton's ideas do have the
average student in mind.
"Between loan forgiveness and
income-sensitive loan repayment,
the administration - even before
they became the next administration
- was already sending very clear
signals that they do understand the
pressures the nation's college stu-
dents and parents are feeling,"
Grotrian said.
Butts said research at the U-M
could also stand to benefit from the

Clinton administration.
"Investment implies investment
in research and development," Butts
said. "More investment leads to a
whole host of research activities -
and that's what universities do."
But Kennedy said he does not
think the new administration is the
deciding factor in the U-M's future.
"You'll notice a difference (at the
U-M) if there's a distinct improve-
ment in the economy," Kennedy
said. "That's a more telling barome-
ter than whichever administration is
running things."
"That's certainly a good point,"
Butts said. "But as the economy im-'
proves, it improves tax revenues to
the state and that can help the uni-
versity as well."
Many administrators said they
think the Clinton administration will
benefit the university because stu-
dents are one of its top priorities.
"The little bit we know regarding
the Clinton administrative philoso-
phy I interpret as very encouraging,"
Grotrian said.
Butts agreed. "This is the first
presidential campaign that I recall
where, for example, student finan-
cial aid has been a centerpiece of the
campaign. That suggests that (higher
education) will be a high priority



Skating on thin ice
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Continued from page 1
LGMPO - a counseling, infor-
mational, and support organization
for'the lesbian, gay male, and bisex-
ual community - is mentioned on a
small sign by the door of Counseling
Residential College junior Brian
Spolarich said he thought the rumors
may have a basis in fact. Spolarich
w6rks with LGMPO as one of its
discussion group leaders.
iMy impression has been that the
university does one thing very well
and, very underhandedly - sweep-
ing changes made by little cuts like
the:,hiring and budget freeze,"
Spolarich said.
Office half-time positions
- including a finance manager -
carnot be re-hired, said LGMPO co-
ordinator Billie Edwards. She added
thatthere is currently a freeze on the
hirieg of LGMPO work-study stu-
dents as well. She and Toy are the

only full-time employees.
Financial Operations Controller
Bob Moenart said there has been no1
university-wide freeze on staff hir-i
ing. Any decisions on allocations of
funds within an office would be
made by that office or by the admin-
istrators in charge of that office.
Edwards said she discovered the
omission of LGMPO from the wallt
when she came to work Nov. 25.
"When our constituency saw the
wall and didn't see our name up
there, it was if we had been instantly
erased and told that we never ex-4
isted," Edwards said.
Dr. Jayne Thorson, a member of
the Task Force on Sexual
Orientation, said she felt it was im-i
portant that the signs painted reflect+
the existing offices on the floor.
The task force was commissioned+
in December 1984 to implement the
first anti-discrimination policy based+
on sexual orientation.+
"The omission on the signsI
sends a message to all lesbians, gay

males, and bisexuals on campus,"
Thorson said. "It just confirms the
perception that this university would
rather keep them invisible."
Carter said the current wording
of the sign is not written in stone. "If
we find we aren't going to make
some of the changes we are thinking
of, then we can take a second look at
the sign," he said.
Carter said the Office of Student
Affairs recognizes LGMPO as a part
of the U-M community, but its size
difference affected its inclusion on
the Union wall.
"Those names (currently on the
wall) in our minds represent offices
that deal with the total population,"
Carter said. "Our main challenge is
to evolve into a multicultural
Edwards said she disagreed with
Carter. "LGMPO reaches out to the
entire campus - 10 percent of the
population including students, staff,
and faculty," she said.

"Multiculturalism is definitely
important, but not to get lost is just
as important," Edwards said. "If our
program is invisible, our con-
stituency is going to feel like there is
homophobia on a higher level."
Edwards said she felt the main
problem was that she and Toy have
not been part of the process, citing
that there has been no formal com-
munication between the student af-
fairs office and LGMPO.
Residential college sophomore
and LGMPO volunteer Ryan
Bradley said he felt the omission
was done intentionally.
"There is a big disparity between
what (the administration) thinks is
important and what is an important
service as an information clearing-
house," Bradley said.
Bradley also expressed concern
over the rumor of LGMPO being
moved to another location. "No one
is going to know where LGMPO is.
It's already hard to explain how to
get here," he said.

Toy said he had heard about the
possible move. "(LGMPO) could be
moved, made bureaucratically invis-
ible, or altered in any way the ad-
ministration see fit. They can do
anything they please," he said.
Rory Mueller, administrative as-
sistant to Hartford, said she has not
heard any of the rumors. Mueller
said she is in charge of "space issues
so I would know about it," she said.
"It would be a major faux pas if
(the administration) were to do that,
if they can or should," Mueller said.
Edwards said she felt that mov-
ing the offices would be harmful to
the office and the community.
"It's really great to have a space
like this and feel like the university
really cares," Edwards said. "We
don't want to move. We've worked
too hard to make a place where our
constituency can be comfortable in."
Carter said he understood the
concern of the community over this
issue, but would not let rumors rush
student affairs office into making a

"The reality of it is people are
jumping to conclusions. It takes time
to put an organization together,"
Carter said. "I am reluctant to put it
in a time frame, but we will try to
get through it as quickly as we can."
However, Toy said he has been.
told any changes, if any, will be
clearly projected by the end of the
calendar year. "I hope that we know
soon in some official way," he said.
U-M student Susan Kane said she
felt the whole situation was ridicu-
lous. "Ann Arbor has one of the
largest gay communities in the
Midwest (but) we are still treated
like some tiny minority group with
some weird special issue," Kane
"If they get rid of LGMPO with-
out giving us something better - a
student center or a lounge for exam-
ple - there will be hell to pay,"
Kane said.
-Daily Staff Reporter Hope
Calati contributed to this report

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MLK Day coordinator Jamal
Young said Wattleton's visit is not
an endorsement for a pro-choice
stance on abortion, but rather a visit
by an African American woman
who has made a contribution to
health care.
"King felt that men should never
be given the prerogative to dictate
the lives of woman," Young said.
New Afrikan People's Organiza-
tion (NAPO) President Brother
Chokwe Lumumba - who will
speak on Afrocentrism - began
NAPO in the 1970s, with a goal to
rebuild the African American land
and economic bases. He proposed to
reach these goals by claiming land in
the southeastern United States for
African Americans.
Young said that the bringing of
NOI leader Muhammad may cause
some conflict as a result of alleged
anti-Semitism in the NOI, but he
added that the U-M community
should listen to what he has to say.
MLK Day began as a result of
the third Black Action Movement

(BAM III) in 1987, which encour-
aged students to refrain from attend-
ing class in order to spend time
learning about African American
history and were successful.
When deciding on graduate
schools to attend, Young said the U-
M stood out when he heard about
"I thought, 'Where are they deal-
ing with it the best'? It was here.
There had to have been some fidelity
in students to create offices like the
Office of Minority Affairs and MLK
Day," Young said.
He added that MLK Day should
appeal to everyone, not just African
Americans. The planning committee
made a point to have co-chairs of
different ethnicities on the planning
committee - Dean of University
Libraries Donald Riggs, Professor of
Romance Languages and Literature
Frances Aparicio, and Ph.D. student
in ethnomusicology Kyra Gaunt.
MLK Day events will be spon-
sored by the Office of the Vice
Provost of Minority Affairs, the var-
ious schools and colleges withing
the U-M, and campus groups.

Continued from page 1
Americans, the three green candles
look to the future and growth, and
the lone black candle symbolizes
The holiday is rooted in African
harvest celebrations. It comes from a
Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza,
which means, "first fruit." The har-
vest holiday, somewhat comparable
to Thanksgiving, was celebrated
across Africa in the Zulu empire and
in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Keino Robinson, a South Quad
minority peer advisor, said Kwanzaa
is is a political and social reaffirma-
tion of African American culture.
Marable said his family never
celebrated Kwanzaa, but that he
hoped to make it a part of his future
family's tradition after attending
Wednesday's ceremony.
The seven principles of
Kwanzaa, which correspond with

seven days, include unity, self-de-
termination, work and responsibility,
cooperative economics, purpose,
creativity and faith.
Last week, different residence..
halls each hosted a night of"
Kwanzaa. On the fourth night, South'
Quad residents celebrated the day of
Ujamaa, or cooperative economics.
The meaning emphasizes supporting
businesses owned by African
Americans in order to cultivate
confidence within the African
American community, Robinson
Karega said the residence hall
programs were informative, but
lacked an inclusive cultural aspect
which she hoped to include in
Wednesday's celebration.
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a few years ago, Karega brought the
holiday to her own family. "It's tak-
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