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Last week, an Ann Arbor group was prevented
from distributing condoms in area high schools.
But, allowing condoms, as well as sex and AIDS
education, into public schools would save lives.

Thomas Lux is coming to Rackham Amphitheatre
to read from his poetry today. Find out about this
work in Anabel Sherwood's article.

The Michigan men's basketball team tries to revert
to its winning ways tonight when the Wolverines
travel to East Lansing to face intrastate rival
Michigan State.

Today
Mixed clouds and sunshine
High 38, Low 26 '
Tomorrow
Mostly sunny; High 38, Low 28

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Students decry
process to find
OMA director

SHARON MUSHERIDaily

Only the shadow knows
Frigid students walk on the Diag amidst their shadows and

hope the groundhog won't see his.

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
As an advisory committee pre-
pares to submit names of possible
replacements for Vice Provost for
Minority Affairs Charles Moody,
students of color are up in arms
about their lack of involvement in
the selection process.
"The way we outlined the de-
mands was that students of color
would have a direct say in how the
office was set up and who would run
the office," said Tracye Matthews, a
board member of the Ella Baker-
Nelson Mandela Center for Anti-
Racist Education. "This guaranteed
the input of students in the process
of selecting who would be in charge
of the Office of Minority Affairs
(OMA)."
Matthews said these demands
have not been met in the search for
Moody's replacement.
The OMA was created in 1987 as
part of the University's response to a
list of demands presented by the
United Coalition Against Racism
(UCAR).
"I think it's fair to say there
hasn't been adequate student
representation. It shows they don't
want students included even if it's
something that directly affects
students, " said Rackham student
Colin Leach.
But Harold Johnson, chair of the

advisory committee created to rec-
ommend a new director, said student
involvement in selecting OMA per-
sonnel was not included in UCAR's
list of demands.
"My recollection of the settle-
ment was that an office would be
created," Johnson said. "There was
no discussion as to the process or
how anyone would be selected."
Provost Gilbert Whitaker - who
will ultimately recommend one
candidate to the University Board-of
Regents - agreed, saying the search
for Moody's replacement has been
run according to standard University
procedures.
"This search process has been
consistent with our normal process
for higher-level academic leadership
positions with increased opportuni-
ties for student and staff input,"
Whitaker said in a written statement.
"I am not aware of any aspects
of the search which are inconsistent
with the agreement between the
University and UCAR, which was
negotiated in the 1987 Black Action
Movement (BAM) III activities,"
Whitaker added.
But some undergraduates said
they believe students are underrepre-
sented on the advisory committee.
"Unless the committee has a ma-
jority of students of color then their
needs aren't being fairly repre-
See OMA, Page 2

Student reports. attempted rape

by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
A 20-year-old University student
reported to the Ann Arbor Police
Department (AAPD) that another
student - who she knew from high
school - attempted to rape her early
Saturday morning.
The assault allegedly occurred at
the suspect's apartment in the 1800
block of Pointe Crossing on the
north side of Ann Arbor.

The suspect in the assault - a
21-year-old University student -
has not yet been questioned by the
police.
AAPD Sgt. Mark Hoorstra said
the two dated briefly in October, but
are not currently involved.
The woman told police she, one
of her friends, and the suspect were
attending fraternity parties Friday
night when the suspect began feeling
uncomfortable because he did not

belong to a fraternity.
All three then left the party in the
suspect's car, and he drove the
woman's friend home.
The woman said they drove to
the suspect's apartment, where the
attempted assault occurred.
The suspect seized the woman
and began pulling at her clothing
,while trying to kiss her, Hoornstra
said.
When she began screaming and

fighting, the man put his hand over
her mouth, he added.
The woman said she was able to
free herself from the suspect's grasp
and run to a telephone. She called
her roommate and asked to be
picked up immediately.
At this point, Hoornstra said, the
suspect gave up and agreed to take
her home.
-The woman has filed a report of
the incident with AAPD,

U.S. Senate to vote on family leave bill today

Proposal expected to pass easily; Clinton

may sign measure into law this month

by Andrew Taylor
Daily Government Reporter
The U.S. Senate is expected to
pass the Family Medical Leave
Bill today, after progress was
made on the proposed legislation
last week.
Under the proposed bill,
workers would be allowed up to
12 weeks of unpaid leave from
their jobs to care for a newborn
child or a sick relative. The bill
would not apply to companies
with less than 50 employees.
In addition, the proposal guar-
antees that jobs are held for
workers while they take advantage
of the Family Leave Bill.
Mike Russell, a spokesperson

for Rep. William Ford (D-
Ypsilanti), said that both the
House and the Senate passed the
bill three times previously, but
former President Bush vetoed the
legislation.
Russell said he expects the
proposed legislation to proceed
without delay this year, and be
signed by President Clinton soon.
Democrats on the House Labor
Committee - which had to ap-
prove the bill before it could pro-
ceed to the House floor - met
opposition from Republicans last
week.
However, the panel ultimately
approved the bill 29-13, after a
long debate. During the discus-

sion, Republican representatives
staged more than a dozen attempts
to amend the proposal.
Republicans complained that
the Democrats were not allowing
reasonable discussion of possible
changes to the bill.
"The Clinton administration
said it wants to work together -
that process was not evident in this
hearing," said Rep. Randy
Cunningham (R-Calif.) after the
hearing.
Ford criticized Republican rep-
resentatives - who requested an
individual role call vote on the bill
rather than a group voice vote -
for trying to tie up the proposal.
"We've got to finish this bill

today. You may not like it, but I'll
be here with the Democrats if
that's all we have left at midnight.
This bill's going forward - to-
day," Ford said.
GOP representatives proposed
several changes to the legislation.
These include providing busi-
nesses with ample time to comply
with employees' leave requests
and rewording the language ad-
dressing circumstances in which a
worker could take unpaid leave.
House speaker Thomas Foley
(D-Wash.) is expected to put the
bill to vote on the House floor to-
morrow, Russell said.
- The Associated Press con-
tributed to this report.

The :f m"lyleave bill
Highlights of the proposal to
be considered by the U.S.
Senate today:
applies to workers in
companies with more than
50 employees;
allows the right to take up
to 12 weeks of unpaid leave
to care for newborn children
or sick relatives;
guarantees that jobs will
be held for people who are
on leave
The bill was passed by
Congress three times, but
vetoed by President George
Bush.
Senate Republican oppo-
nents of the bill plan to
introduce amendments,
which would make it less
costly for business.

'U' names
Johnson
adviser to
president
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
Harold Johnson became special
adviser to University President
James Duderstadt yesterday after re-
tiring from his 12-year reign as dean
of the School of Social Work.
"I thought it was time for a
change," Johnson said. "I'm getting
up in years so I was looking for
something with a little more
flexibility."
As special advisor to the presi-
dent, Johnson will serve on a part-
time basis. He will be responsible
for advising the University on gov-
ernment-related issues, organiza-
tional labor and urban affairs.
Executive Director of University
Relations Walter Harrison said
Johnson has had extensive experi-
ence working with political parties,

Abortion activists believe Clinton holds key to women's choice

by Karen Talaski
Daily GenderIssuesReporter

The topic of abortion often creates heated
discussion, strong feelings and angry words.+
Everyone seems to have an opinion on a wom-
an's right to terminate her pregnancy.
However, only one man will determine the
future of Roe vs. Wade and the makeup of the
U.S. Supreme Court: President Bill Clinton. +
Clinton added fuel to the already hot fire
Jan. 20 when he repealed restrictions related to
abortion that have been in place for nearly 12
years. Many of the bans were created by for-
mer Presidents Ronald Reagan and George
Bush.
In his first move, Clinton lifted the "Gag
Rule," a measure that prevented abortion coun-
seling at family planning clinics that receive
federal financing - an action that both abor-
Clinton
/ I \ Perspectives

fetal tissue research.
"I'm very excited Clinton is in the White
House. He has opened up a lot of doors," said
Carol Miller, chair of Washtenaw County
Women's Political Caucus (WCWPC), which
works to advance women in elected and ap-
pointed offices at all levels of government.
Many abortion rights activists consider
Clinton to be the "Pro-Choice President," hail-
ing his decisions on abortion as visionary.
Miller said one of the issues WCWPC supports
is the right of a woman to choose to have an
abortion.
"Clinton has made discussing these issues
more open - issues we all need to talk and
learn about, both women and men," she said.
But many anti-abortion activists strongly
oppose the changes Clinton made during his
first weeks in office, saying his decision is
harmful to both women and children.
Pat Rose, a volunteer for Right to Life of
Washtenaw County, said she feels the days of
an anti-abortion White House are over.
'4'1nn morlo:.t va . a .:iia: k -

America where abortion is safe and legal
but rare."
Rose expressed anger at Clinton's position
on abortion, saying the nickname "Slick
Willie" is well-deserved.
"Clinton talks out of both sides of his
mouth. He makes himself sound like he's the

middle of the road, but actions speak louder
thanavords," Rose said. "He says he intends to
reduce the number of abortions when there; are
1.6 million a year. How can that many be con-
sidered rare?"
LSA senior Bridget Hamilton, a member of
See ABORTION, Page 2

Women hope president will
address sexual harassment

by Saloni Janveja
Daily Feature Writer

With the onset of the new Clinton adminis-
tration, many female voters who helped
Clinton become president said they hope the

sexual harassment.
"In the last year-and-a-half our collective
awareness of sexual harassment has increased
dramatically," said Assistant to the Provost
Kay Dawson, a key drafter of the University's
sexual harassment policy. "We still have a long
way to go but I am optimistic that progress will
continue in the workplace and in our academic
institutions."
Most women's rights advocates are hoping

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