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President Clinton is trying to remove the ban on
gays in the military. But while Washington is
stalling, the University needs to take a leading role
in ending discrimination against homosexuals.

Spring Break is coming right around the corner,
and if you haven't made plans yet, check out
where this year's hot spots are and what to do
while you are there.

After spending most of January in Ann Arbor, the
Michigan wrestling team hits the road tonight to
face Purdue. The Wolverines then travel to Illinois
Saturday for a tri-meet with the Illini and Indiana.

Today
Partly cloudy
High 48, Low 30
Tomorrow
Much of the same; High 45, Low 28

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Commission urges Congress to increase student aid

by David Shepardson
Daily Government Reporter
All University students may be
eligible for $14,000 in financial aid
if Congress agrees with the propos-
als of a bipartisan education
committee.
The National Commission on
Responsibilities for Financing
Postsecondary Education proposed
yesterday that the federal govern-
ment issue direct loans to students in
a sweeping report entitled "Making
College Affordable Again."
At a Capitol Hill press confer-
ence, the nine-member commission
called for radical changes in the
federal financial aid program.
After considering financial prob-
lems facing students for the past two

years, the commission voted unani-
mously to endorse the following
proposals:
make federal student aid a reli-
able source of college assistance by
granting all students up to $14,000
in aid;
create a national trust fund to
promote student service in exchange
for loan forgiveness;
simplify the complex student
loan system by offering a single
program that provides direct loans to
students;
repeal taxation of graduate and
professional study scholarships and
fellowships, including teaching as-
sistants; and,
remove uncertainty from the
Pell Grant program by ensuring that

These new recommendations are the most
significant and lasting reforms proposed for
the financing and restructuring of higher
education in the last 30 years.'
- Sen. Jim Jeffords (R-Vt.)

calling for," said Ford, who was re-
sponsible for the reauthorization of
the Higher Education Act, which
passed this summer.
Sen. Jim Jeffords (R-Vt.) also
praised the far-reaching proposals of
the committee.
"These new recommendations
are the most significant and lasting
reforms proposed for the financing
and restructuring of higher education
in the last 30 years, and they come
just in time," said Jeffords, author of
the legislation that created the
commission.
Under the commission's pro-
posed Student's Total Education
Program, all full-time undergraduate
students would be eligible for

$14,000 in federal financial aid. For
poorer students, the aid package will
contain a larger percentage of grants
and government-subsidized loans,
while more affluent students would
receive unsubsidized loans.
The House was criticized for
lowering the amount of Pell Grants
from $3,700 to $2,400 in the Higher
Education Act of 1992.
But Mike Russell, spokesperson
for Ford, dismissed the criticisms
and said the reduced funding was a
matter of budgetary priorities.
Russell said the House Education
committee could begin reconsidera-
tion of the Higher Education Act in
March, while acting on President
Clinton's community service trust
fund proposal.

all eligible students receive grants at
federally-authorized levels.
Commission member Tom Butts,
a University lobbyist, said the pro-
posal would ease the financial bur-
den on students.
"The federal government has to
play a major role in the funding of
college education," Butts said.
Rep. William Ford (D-Ypsilanti),

House Education and Labor
Committee chair, praised the com-
mission for making proposals that
would make a college education
more accessible.
"The report is impressive in that
an independent, bipartisan commis-
sion is supporting and reinforcing
the directions in federal student fi-
nancial assistance that I've been

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. Students
continue
protesting
Diag rules
by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
Arguing that the University
wants students to be "a bunch of
sheep who just go to class," Tobias
Zimmerman lashed out at the
administration for its new policy
governing events on the Diag during
a protest yesterday.
Zimmerman - a Michigan
Student Assembly representative -
and an estimated 75 others partici-
pated in the rally on the Diag, the
second protest against the policy in
two weeks.
Speakers repeatedly urged people
to fight the policy, which they said
limits students' ability to
demonstrate.
"We need freedom of speech, we
need our rights back, we need to tell
the administration what to do with
their policy," Zimmerman said.
The recently announced policy
sets guidelines for all events, such as
protests and displays, held on the
Diag and North Campus Common.
The group distributed chalk and
encouraged people to scrawl mes-
sages in defiance of a provision
prohibiting chalking.

NORML,

'U'

spar over cost
of Hash Bash

John Payne, a 5th-year senior, voices his opinion on the Diag yesterday afternoon.

Marijuana-
legalization group
promises court fight
by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
Marijuana-legalization advocates
appear headed to court once again to
ensure that they can hold the Hash
Bash.
The University and the campus
chapter of the National Organization
for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws
(NORML), which
holds the annual
event on the1
Diag, are disput-
ing who should
pay for projected
costs of the event,
now set for Brook
April 3.D
Before the University grants a
permit, it wants NORML to post a
$9,400 deposit, which would cover
any expenses the University incurs.
This figure represents the amount
of money the University spent on

clean-up, security and electrical
power for last year's Hash Bash.
NORML President Adam Brook
said the organization should not be
forced to pay for University services
it did not request, such as campus
police.
"I don't know how they're re-
questing us to pay for something that
we didn't ask for," Brook said. He
added that the University should
have asked for the money last year
rather than waiting until now.
Brook said NORML will ask the
court for a permanent injunction,
which would grant a permit for this
year's Hash Bash.
Associate Dean of Students
Frank Cianciola, who oversees the
University's Diag policy, disagrees
with NORML's stance.
"I think that whatever organiza-
tion holds an event should be held
responsible for costs related to that
event," he said. "I don't see any rea-
son why all students should share
the costs of an event sponsored by
one organization."
The dispute, which surfaced
See NORML, Page 2

Within an hour, the Diag was
covered with slogans such as "No
restrictions on protests" and "Big
Brother is watching you." Dan
Sears, a Rackham student, chalked
the entire First Amendment.
One rally speaker, LSA junior
Dennis Guikema, criticized the
University for denouncing the mas-
sacre of student protesters in Beijing
but curbing student speech on
campus.
"A lot of the same people that
were upset about the fact that they
didn't have free speech there are

implementing these restrictions
here," he said.
Extending the issue beyond free
speech, Paul Carmouche, a
Revolutionary Workers League sup-
porter, called the policy part of a
larger attempt by the administration
to inhibit the rights of homosexuals
and minorities.
"They're afraid the '90s is going
to look like the '60s, so they're get-
ting ready for it now," Carmouche
said.
Zimmerman at one point warned
that students could get so agitated

they would "get torches and burn the
goddamned idiots out of the Fleming
(Administration) Building."
Associate Dean of Students
Frank Cianciola, who oversees the
policy, said later that the protesters
were misinterpreting the policy's
intent.
"As I have said repeatedly, noth-
ing in this policy is intended or
written to curtail free speech. ...The
policy is content-neutral," he said.
Organizers said they will con-
tinue to protest every Wednesday.

MSA budgets nearly
$500,000 for services

r J"Students claim religion
not a presidential issue

by Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporter
With $500,000, you could buy a
Mercedes every month for a year.
You could buy a yacht worthy of
Donald Trump's name. You could
buy a really nice house. Or, you
could fund the Michigan Student
Assembly's budget for 1992-93.
Every year, MSA receives close
to $500,000 in student funds through
the $6.27 fee charged to enrolled
students during fall and winter
terms. During the spring and sum-
mer half-terms, enrolled students are
charged half that amount.
The rest of the assembly's rev-
enue is generated through interest
and a small commission on selling
health insurance policies to students.
These figures add up to an annual
budget for this year's assembly of
$471,335, leaving students to won-
der what MSA does with nearly half
a million dollars.

The Ann Arbor Tenants Union
(AATU) accounts for $32,860 of
this year's budget.
"To a large degree, they get a
good chunk of their funding from
MSA," DeRoo said.
The AATU counsels and orga-
nizes tenants in the Ann Arbor
community about their leases, rights,
grievances and rent.
Out of almost a half a million
dollars, MSA itself receives only
$150,653. While that may sound like
a generous sum, representatives said
the internal budget is eaten away by
various expenses.
Payroll accounts for $65,862 of
MSA's funds. There are two full-
time paid staff members as well as
work-study students who are em-
ployed by the assembly.
However, "executive officers and
assembly representatives cannot be
paid. It is forbidden in our constitu-

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
The Republican Party drew on
religious leaders such as Pat
Buchanan at its national conven-
tion to demonstrate a return to
strong traditional values. While re-
ligious members of the University
community have reservations re-
garding Clinton's presidency, their
concerns are not centered around
faith, but rather political issues.
Residential College senior
Keith Kline, president of the cam-
pus Intervarsity Christian
Fellowship, questioned Clinton's
intentions in using the Biblical

Clinton
Perspectives
* S g Religion
Scriptures during his oratories for
the Democratic National Conven-
tion and victory celebrations.
"People use (Christian affilia-
tion) to support what they want
and twist its meaning," Kline
warned Clinton's followers.
Rather than simply doubting
See CLINTON, Page 2

U.S. Marines in Somalia are only one of President Clinton's concerns as
he formulates his foreign policy agenda.

Clinton enters new era in international arena

by David Carrel
Daily Feature Writer
As the United States undergoes
an internal transformation from
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global leadership terms. The
world looks to the U.S. to be a
promoter that goes beyond narrow
American interests," Lieberthal

cluding the United States, are less
able to control what happens in
and across their borders.
President Clinton assumes
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would look to the U.S. if they saw
leadership," he said.
The confrontation with Iraq
was an opportunity for Clinton to

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