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The cutting of the Department of Population
Planning and International Health will be a blow
to the University's profitability and leadership in
this important field.

George Miller's "Lorenzo's Oil" gives the real life
story of 5-year old Lorenzo Odone's struggles
with a nerve disorder. Jon E. Altshul reviews this
film starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte.

The Michigan men's basketball team used clutch
free-throw shooting to beat Ohio State, 72-62, last
night. The Wolverines hit their final 10 free throws
to seal the victory.

Today
Cloudy; a few flurries;
High 34, Low 22'
Tomorrow * * **
Cloudy; High 34, Low 20

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Vol. Cill, No. 67 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday,,anuary 27,1993 Q@1993 The Michigan Daily

Highlights of Gov. Engler's speech
Gov. Engler proposed a variety of
measures to cut property taxes, create
jobs and spur industrial growth in his
State of the State address last night.
Cut school operating property tax
assements by 20 percent over three
years and cut assessments in later
years to fight the effects of inflation; }
create a Michigan Jobs Team with
members from business, industry,
labor, higher education, government
and the community working together to Engler
help the state economy grow and help
create jobs;
reorganize and consolidate job training programs in the
labor and social service departments into a single new
"customer-friendly agency;"
cut red tape and do away with regulatory burdens that drive
businesses away from the state;
start a Governor's School Report Card program that will
require all 3,176 Michigan schools to detail performance and
spending, allowing comparisons with schools across the state;
push for teacher tenure law changes that will make it easier
to get rid of bad teachers and promote good ones.

Egler's address pledges jobs

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. John Engler
pledged last night to "make Michigan number
one" by cutting property taxes, slashing
unnecessary regulations and creating a team of
business leaders to tout the state's blessings.
Engler, in his third State of the State
message, said he would create a "new
generation of jobs" by attracting new businesses
and encouraging employers to stay in Michigan.
"Our state takes a back seat to no one. I be-
lieve in Michigan and I believe in our people.
We'll fix what's wrong. We'll strengthen
what's right. And when we're done, we'll make
Michigan number one," he said.
Engler avoided taking any partisan shots at
Democrats by leaving out any mention of a
mushrooming scandal involving misspending at
the House Fiscal Agency. Democrats, now in a
55-55 tie with Republicans in the House, were
in charge of the chamber when the abuses

occurred.
Instead, the governor focused on economic
development in remarks to a joint IHouse-Senate
session. The 30-minute speech was interrupted
19 times by applause.
An optimistic Engler declared "Michigan is
on the mend" after his first two years in office
with 155,000 new jobs created last year and job
growth more than triple the national average.
"We are on the right track to create more
jobs, but until everyone has a job, our job is not
done," he said.
Engler said fulfilling his campaign pledge to
cut property taxes has to be a key part of
keeping Michigan moving and creating jobs.
Voters last fall rejected a tax cut plan .he
championed.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again 'til
the job is done: it's time to cut property taxes
now," he said.

The governor predicted voter outrage with
assessment increases this year after the
expiration of last year's freeze. "So when those
letters and phone calls start pouring in, our
answer better be: relief is on the way," he told
lawmakers.
Lower taxes are one way to help keep busi-
nesses in Michigan, Engler said.
But he said his Michigan Jobs Team would
bring together business, labor, education and
community leaders to market the state to the
world.
"Teamwork will be our guiding principle
and our team will bring together what is best
about Michigan to do the best for Michigan," he
said.
Engler also pledged to wipe out state regula-
tions that hamper business or are tougher than
federal rules.
See ADDRESS, Page 2

4Deans
respond to
concern
over Diag
* by Adam Anger
and Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporters
The Michigan Student Assembly
harshly criticized the University ad-
ministration for stifling freedom of
speech and assembly in the new
Diag and North Campus Common
events policy.
Zhe policy states that students
must register events seven days in
advance and limit the number of par-
ticipants to those who can fit in the
cement area in front of the Graduate
Library.
MSA representatives discussed
the lack of student input in the policy
for two hours with members of the
Dean of Students Office at last
night's meeting.
Dean of Students Royster Harper,
Associate Deans of Students Richard
Carter and Frank Cianciola were
present to answer MSA representa-
tives' questions regarding the re-
cently passed Diag policy.
Harper said, "Our intent of the
policy is to clear the process and
make it easier for people to use the
Diag - not make it harder."
"The policy is intended to clarify
some of the confusion and remain
content neutral," Cianciola said.
He added, "There were three stu-
dents on the 10 member committee."
Representatives expressed con-
cern that the policy would limit stu-
dent forums for public debate.
"We don't see a problem exist-
ing, we see this as a way of control,"
said Budget Priorities Chair Jon Van
Camp. "This policy would limit de-
bate and social action on campus,"
he added.
Assembly members speculated
that the policy is directed toward
preventing Hash Bash.
"This policy has nothing to with
that event," Cianciola said. "(The
See MSA, Page 2

Military ban
to be lifted by
week's end

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Looking into the real world
Students search for summer jobs, internships and post-graduation jobs at Career Planning and Placement
yesterday. The deadline for many of these opportunities is quickly approaching.
Student pleads no contest
to sexual assault charges

Clinton says he will
remove the military
restriction on gays
despite objections
from Congress and
military leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
White House asserted the right to re-
voke the ban on homosexuals in the
military without the consent of
Congress yesterday. Some Repub-
lican lawmakers explored how to
force a vote, but the Senate's top
Democrat predicted "it will all be
worked out."
President Clinton will act swiftly
this week to end the 50-year-old
prohibition, spokesperson George
Stephanopoulos said. "The president
has the power to move forward on
eniding discrimination against homo-
sexuals in the military," he said.
"If we can avoid a legislative bat-
tle, that's all to the good,"
Stephanopoulos said. "But the presi-
dent remains committed to his
policy."
Clinton held his first legislative
strategy meeting with congressional
leaders, but participants said there
was only scant discussion of lifting
the military ban on homosexuals.
Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell (D-Maine) said outside the
White House that he didn't know
how the Senate would vote on the is-
sue if it arose. He added, "I don't
think it's going to come to that.... I
think it will all be worked out
beforehand."
"These experts are saying some-
thing simple: If you are looking for a
way to destroy the discipline and es-

prit de corps of a military unit, it is
clear - just inject sexual tension
into the barracks," said Sen. Dan
Coats of Indiana, the GOP point man
in the fight with the new
administration.
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato an-
nounced on the Senate floor that he
supports Clinton's plan.
"No government has the right to
discriminate against any of its own
people," D' Amato said. "Gays and
heterosexuals have served in the
military with honor and they will
continue to serve honorably together
in the future."
While the White House said
Clinton could act on his own, some
Republicans discussed ways to force
a vote on maintaining the ban.
One strategy called for attaching
an amendment to a bill coming be-
fore the Senate next week on grant-
ing family leave. Another idea was
to introduce separate legislation.
"President Clinton will find a
military that is demoralized. He will
find a Congress that resents his high-
handed tactics and he will find an
American public disturbed that their
commander in chief is governed by
the political promises of the past and
not the military needs of the mo-
ment," Coats said.
Administration officials say
Clinton plans to phase in his plan in
a two-step process. He would:
direct Defense Secretary Les
Aspin to halt the practice of asking
the sexual orientation of new recruits
and stop proceedings to oust dec-
lared homosexuals; and,
formally lifting the ban by an
executive order
The White House envisions
issuing the executive order within
six months.

by Shelley Morrison
Daily Crime Reporter
LSA sophomore Christopher
Morris pleaded no contest Monday
to charges that he sexually assaulted
another student on campus last
October.
Morris was originally scheduled
to stand trial for third-degree crimi-
nal sexual conduct charges after a
district court found sufficient evi-
dence to substantiate the charges in a
late October hearing.
Prior to Monday's trial, however,
Morris entered a plea of no contest
to reduced second-degree charges.
Although both charges can be
penalized with a maximum sentence
of 15 years in prison, second-degree
charges present the possibility of

probation instead of imprisonment.
A no contest plea and a guilty
plea have slight but important differ-
ences, said Morris' former attorney
Nicholas Roumel.
"The reason his plea of no con-
test was offered is largely because of
civil liability," Roumel said. "If you
plead guilty you become susceptible
to civil suits, in which your admis-
sion of guilt can be used against you.
A no contest plea cannot.
"As far as the court is concerned,
however, a guilty plea is no different
than a plea of no contest," Roumel
said.
Roumel said he speculated
Morris might have chosen to plea no
contest to put the episode behind
him.

Roumel, an attorney for Student
Legal Services, represented Morris
in the October hearing, but referred
him midway to the private counsel
of Michael Vincent of Ypsilanti.
The survivor is being represented
by the Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office.
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center Director Debi
Cain said a no contest plea might not
always work in favor of the survivor
in cases of sexual assault.
"What is important if plea-bar-
gaining is to occur is that the sur-
vivor be consulted and that her input
be key in how the prosecution is
handled," Cain said.
Morris will be sentenced March
19.

City Council may restrict
smoking with ordinance

Hopwood results released
Kincaid speaks to wndergraduate winners

by Christine Young
Daily City Reporter
Smokers may be burned if the
Ann Arbor City Council passes' a
clean indoor air ordinance that
would place tougher restrictions on
areas where smoking is permitted.
In reaction to the Environmental

Schwartz and introduce it to the
council in early March.
The proposal will not affect the
University since it already has a
policy mandating that all office
buildings are smoke free, Meade
said.
The proposal, which is still in the

by Peter Matthews
Antiguan author Jamaica Kin-
caid read excerpts from her fic-
tion during the award ceremony
for the prestigious Hopwood Un-
derclassmen Contest yesterday.-
The ceremony, held in Rack-
ham Auditorium, was presided
over by Prof. Nicolas Delbanco

glish department faculty.
Top prizes were awarded to:
first-year Engineering student
Erik Sorensen in essay; first-year
Residential College student
David Rothbart in fiction; and
Engineering sophomore Sarah
Middleton in poetry.
Kincaid read from her fiction

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