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forced to
deny funds
to groups
by Adam Anger
and Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporters
Most student groups that re-
quested funds from the Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) will not
get what they asked for.
Last night, the assembly ap-
proved the allocation of monies to
student groups requesting funds
from the Budget Priorities
Committee (BPC). However, MSA
was unable to meet all requests be-
cause of budget constraints.
LsThe BPC is responsible for ap-
propriating $37,000 of MSA funds
designated for supporting MSA-ap-
proved student organizations.
"We need to make sure we give
back some of the money that stu-
dents give us," said LSA Rep.
Robert Van Houweling.
In 1985, MSA agreed to cap the
mandatory student fee at $6.27 per-
term for 10 years. This promise,
Wmade to the University Board of
Regents, has created budget con-
straints and may deprive student
groups of necessary funding.
More student groups are request-
ing larger amounts of money to meet
the needs of larger constituencies.
The engineering fraternity Tau
Beta Pi requested $300 to publicize
its successful tutoring program.
*However, the BPC is unable to meet
this request.
Tau Beta Pi provides free tutor-
ing to students in popular under-
graduate classes - such as Math
115 and Physics 240 - in which
students often have trouble.
"A lot of people at this university
need this tutoring and Tau Beta Pi
needs more money to do this," said
BPC chair Jon Van Camp.
* To sufficiently fund needy orga-
nizations, MSA must limit appro-
priations to smaller, less active
groups. This causes great contro-
versy when the assembly attempts to
determine where funds must be cut.
Engineering Rep. Brian Kight
proposed to limit funding to the
University Activities Center/ M-
Flicks "American Pictures" film
*weekend. Kight said this money
would be better spent if allocated
toward student tutoring.
After heated argument, represen-
tatives finally approved an increase
in appropriations from $75 to $150
for Tau Beta Pi.

Proposed legislation in the
state Senate would stiffen
current penalties against
drug dealers. In addition, the
bills would permit people
who have been harmed by
illegal drug dealing to file
lawsuits against dealers. The
bills' highlights include the
Police with a search
warrant would be allowed to
enter a house unannounced;
Prisons would be allowed
to monitor inmates' phone
calls if notices are posted,
warning that such action
could take place; and,
Marijuana production and
delivery would both face
tougher penalties.

Anti-drug bills pass state Senate panel

LANSING (AP) - Legislation
to stiffen penalties against drug
dealers began working its way
through the state Senate yesterday,
with backers hoping for a warmer
House reception than in the past.
The Senate Family Law, Crimi-
nal Law and Corrections Committee
approved six bills, all but one on
unanimous votes, sending them to
the full Senate. Leaders said that will
be followed next week by further
Included in the package was a
measure to permit drug trade victims
to file civil lawsuits against drug
The legislation won Senate ap-

proval last year, but died in the
Democrat-controlled House. Backers
hope that the now-evenly divided
House, along with the departure of
former House Judiciary Committee
Chair Perry Bullard, a frequent critic
of get-tough legislation, will mean a
more favorable reception.
"It's a sound package," said
Robert Peterson, director of the state
Office of Drug Control Policy.
"These are important bills ... but
we're not going to solve the drug
problem solely through legislation.
These were very practical bills."'
The lawsuit bill would create the
"drug dealer liability act" and permit

suits against dealers by people who
had been harmed by illegal drug
The plaintiff could be a relative.
of the drug user, a child exposed to
illegal drugs in the womb, an insti-
tution that spent money on the drug
user, or anyone hurt as a result of the
drug user's actions.
They could recover economic
damages, damages for pain and suf-
fering, exemplary damages and at-
torney fees. The bill would spell out
other details clearing the way for
such a lawsuit.
"This bill has the potential to hurt
the middle class and upper class
drug dealer" whose assets can be at-

tacked, Peterson said.
Other bills approved by the
committee would:
authorize police, using a search
warrant, to break into a home unan-
nounced if they believed evidence
could be lost or officers endangered
by knocking first;
allow prisons to monitor in-
mates' telephone calls under certain
circumstances and with notices
posted that such monitoring could be
increase penalties for
marijuana production or delivery;
toughen the law against using
minors in drug deals.

State Senate to reduce
unemployment benefits
and erc reipen

B rater to
help form
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter

by David Shepardson
Daily Government Reporter
A bill to reduce unemployment
payments by 8 to 10 percent is
expected to pass the state Senate
The proposal by Senate
Republicans would slash $1 billion
in business payments to the state's
unemployment fund over the next
three years. In addition, the proposal
w force unemployed people to
wait one week before collecting
reduce and freeze the
maximum weekly benefit amount at
lower the after-tax earnings
percentage used in determining
weekly jobless benefits from 70 to
65 percent; and,
raise from $67 to $100.50 the
earnings needed to qualify for
unemployment assistance.
The measure introduced by Sen.
Joanne Emmons (R-Big Rapids),
chair of the Senate Finance
Committee and vice-chair of the
Economic Development Committee,
said the bill is widely expected to
Emmons said the bill would stop
the "mass exodus of workers from
the state" by making the economic
climate more receptive to business.
"The simple fact of the matter is
every week thousands of Michigan
residents who can't find jobs pack
up their bags and move to states that
have regulations friendlier to
business," Emmons said.
Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor), who plans to vote against the

bill today, said business leaders
broke precedent by refusing to sit
down with labor to negotiate
changes in unemployment benefits.
"For the first time, business is
ramming a bill down labor's throats
because the Engler administration is
willing to go along with it," Pollack
Unemployment insurance reform
is one of the top 21 items Gov.
Engler requested action on during
his State of the State Address last
In a press release issued Monday,
Robert Edwards, director of the
Michigan Employment Security
Commission (MESC), said he is
urging the legislature to approve
Emmons' proposal.
The MESC is the state organiza-
tion that administers unemployment
John Truscott, spokesperson for
Gov. Engler, said the bill would
stimulate job growth in Michigan.
"Bringing business back to
Michigan is a top priority for Gov.
Engler and this will do the job," he
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
said Republicans were simply
rehashing general arguments that
didn't apply to this legislation.
"I've heard the argument before
that anything bad for business
should be reversed," Rivers said.
"Two years ago when the state
stopped paying for the first week of
benefits, there was no 'explosion' of
businesses into the state's

Ice ice baby
East Quad Chef Gary Marquardt (standing) and Stockwell Chef Tom
Recinella work on the pedestal of a large ice sculpture displayed on the
back lawn of Stockwell yesterday.
Navy pilot to stand trial for
the murder of gay shipmate

Ann Arbor Mayor Liz Brater's
recent trip to Washington, D.C. may
increase Ann Arbor's influence on
national recycling and solid waste
Brater was appointed at the gath-
ering of the U.S. Conference of
Mayors to co-chair the Technical
Review Group (TRG) - an organi-
zation that works with the
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to develop priorities for local
solid waste management.
"I think (the appointment) is a
result of my active participation in
the Conference of Mayors," Brater
said. "I've been very outspoken in
the Recycling Task Force."
Brater said the group would
probably play a major role in helping
manufacturers use more recycled
products in packaging and
"The purpose of this group is to
guide EPA policy on new technolo-
gies in waste management," Brater
The group brings city and county
officials together with solid waste
professionals to identify local priori-
ties and to coordinate joint research
Brater said the city's reputation
as a national leader in recycling may
have helped her get the position.
"This is an exciting opportunity
for the City of Ann Arbor to play a
national leadership role in shaping
solid waste and recycling policies,"
Brater said. "I am looking forward to
sharing Ann Arbor's pioneering
solid waste strategies with other
communities and our federal
Mayor Brater will head to
Cincinnati for the group's first
meeting Feb. 18-19.

Office of Student Affairs administrator Rory Mueller's quote was taken out of context in the article "Why isn't
every month Black History Month," the Feb. 5 FridayFOCUS. The quote was not intended to say that Mueller did
not know what Black History Month is.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) - A
U.S. Navy pilot was charged yester-
day with killing his homosexual
shipmate, in a court-martial that gay
activists say shows the violence ho-
mosexuals may face in the military.
Terry Helvey, of Westland,
Mich., was charged with murder in
the death of sailor Allen Schindler,
of San Diego. If convicted, Helvey
could get the death penalty.
Schindler was beaten to death in
October in a public bathroom in
Sasebo, a southwestern Japanese

port where his ship, the USS Belleau
Wood, was anchored. All but two of
his ribs were broken and his face
was so disfigured that his mother
had to identify him by a tattoo on his
Another sailor, Charles Vins, of
Sturgis, Mich., pleaded guilty in the
case to concealing a crime and
resisting arrest after agreeing to
testify against Helvey. He was given
a bad-conduct discharge and was
sentenced to a year in military jail.

Student groups
Q AIESEC, International Business
Organization, meeting, Business
Administration Building, Room
1276;6 p.m.
Hillel, orthodox Shachrit services,
Hillel, upstairs lecture room,
7:30 a.rn.; IMPAC mass meet-
ing, Hillel, 7 p.m.; Israel Infor-
mation Day, by appointment,
U Hindu Students Council,
Pseudo-Westernization of India,
discussion, MLB, Room B118,
8 p.m.
Q Social Group for Lesbians, Gay
Men, and Bisexuals, meeting,
East Quad, check room at front
desk, 9 p.m.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice, CCRB, Martial Arts
Room, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Q Students Concerned About Ani-
mal Rights, meeting, Michigan
Union, MUG, 7:30 p.m.
Q TaeKwonDo Club,regular work-
out, CCRB, Room 2275,7-8:30
Q Tappan Student Association,
general meeting, Michigan
Union, Kuenzel Room, 8 p.m.
U Time and Relative Dimensions
in Ann Arbor, meeting, Mason
Hall, Room 2439,8 p.m.
U Undergraduate Anthropology
Club, Ruth Behar, speaker, Dana
Ruildin, Pnnm 1 520 in m.

Q U-M Students of Objectivism,
meeting, MLB, Room B 119, 7
Q Anti-Diag Policy Rally, Diag, 12
Q ArtVideo, Art Museum, AV
Room, 12:10 p.m.
Q BioOrganic Study of Rhodop-
sin, organic seminar, Chemistry
Building, Room 1640,4 p.m.
Q The Changing Images of the
Native American, lecture,
Mendelssohn Theater, 10:30
Q Contemporary and Traditional
Ceramic Work from
Jingdezhen, China, slide lec-
ture, Art & Architecture Build-
ing, Room 2216, 3 p.m.
Q International Coffee Hour, A
Reading of Persian Poetry, In-
ternational Center, Room 9, 5-7
Q Neuropathy and What Can Be
Done to Treat It, lecture,
Kellogg Eye Center, Audito-
rium, 1-3 p.m.
Q The Pathology of Aging: A Life
History Perspective, lecture,
300 N. Ingalls St., Room 900,4
Q Polargraphic Oxygen Detection:
Theory and Practice, analyti-
cal seminar. Chemistrv Build-

gram Room, 5:10-6 p.m.
Q Retinoic Acid Receptors: A Tool
for Understanding Retinoid
Teratogenicity and Pharma-
cology, seminar, Medical Sci-
ence I Building, Room 7412,
12-1 p.m.
Q The Scarlet Letter, movie, Ox-
ford Housing, Max Kade Haus,
8 p.m.
U Sportsand Fiction, sponsoredby
Undergraduate Philosophy Club,
Angell Hall, Room 2204, 6:30
Q Writing Cover Letters, Student
Activities Building, Room 3200,
Career Planning & Placement
Program Room, 4:10-5 p.m.
Q Zbigniew Herbert: Poetry, Eth-
ics, and Politics,CREES Brown
Bag Lecture, Lane Hall, Com-
mons Room, 12 p.m.
Student services
Q ECB Student Writing Center,
Angell Hall, Computing Center,
7-11 p.m.
Q Northwalk Safety Walking Ser-
vice, Bursley Hall, 763-9255, 8
p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Q Peer Counseling, U-M Counsel-
ing Services, 764-8433, 7 p.m.-
8 a.m.
Q Psychology Undergraduate Peer
Advising, Department of Psy-
chologv. West Quad. Room

The Bureau of Labor
Statistics is hiring:
Economists, Statisticians,
and Computer Scientists
Presentation: February 10
7:00 pm, Wolverine Rm.
Interviews: Feb. 11 & 12,


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