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ENGLER
Continued from page 1
Reed said. "The state economy's
poor health is much a reflection of
the national economy's problems."
With the current 55-55 stalemate
in the state House, Reed predicted
Engler will have a working philo-
sophical majority in the legislature
and will be better able to implement
his agenda in the second half of his
term.
The report supported the Engler
administration's policy in regards to
the General Motors Willow Run
plant closing. It stated: "In holding
firm on his plan to replace subsidies
and tax breaks for politically-se-
lected firms he refused to get into a
counterproductive bidding war with
other states."
Corbin disagreed with the re-
port's assessment of the plant clos-
ing. "Thanks to John Engler's pas-
sivity, Michigan got outhustled by
Texas when the fate of 4,000 manu-
factures jobs at GM's Willow Run
plant hung in the balance," he said.
The report addressed critics of
Engler, arguing the governor's poli-
cies are more compassionate than

those of the Democrats.
"(The Democrats) say that at-
tempts to roll back the dimension of
government are inherently 'mean-
spirited' or 'anti-people.' The impli-
cation is that unless government is
either doing something to you or for
you, it cannot be your friend," it
stated.
Corbin argued the reduction in
the government' s size has done
more harm than good to the state.
"By virtually dismantling the
Michigan Department of Commerce,
Governor Engler has sacrificed the
ability of our state to provide critical
assistance to displaced workers and
their families," he said.
Corbin dismissed the Mackinac
Center's favorable rating of Gov.
Engler as ideologically biased.
"There's no question that John
Engler has been wildly successful as
the standard bearer of well-financed
corporate interests and conservative
think tanks," he said.
Reed disagreed with the assess-
ment that the center is conservative.
"We are a free market organization,
dedicated to policies that limit the
influence of government. We don't
take positions on social issues."

BAN
Continued from page 1
tion have been working with the
Department of Defense, members of
the Bush administration, and educa-
tional associations.
"The president's been quite clear
in saying he thinks that it ought to be
changed by working with the
Pentagon to make them see it's not a
wise policy," Harrison said.
Harrison added he was not posi-
tive if Duderstadt was even involved
in the decision not to sign the
advertisement.
"When people approach the pres-
ident, often a number of people
(within the University) make the de-
cision for him," Harrison said. "I
don't even know if we discussed it
with (Duderstadt)."
Despite University explanations,
Sullivan said he is still disappointed
with the school's stance.
"When all those people manage
to see that they can do this publicly,
I ... start to wonder if Duderstadt
has any guts," Sullivan said. "It
strikes me that he's not all that con-
cerned with or comfortable with the
issue and that's a shame."

OFFICE
Continued from page 1
Affairs for Multicultural Issues -
the administration liaison for such a
project.
Hackner said he envisions a stu-
dent-run organization coordinated by
a board of directors made up of stu-
dents, staff and faculty. The board
would be headed by current LGMPO
leaders who could report to the ad-
ministration as needed.
Among the organization's assets
would be a resource center. The
current one, Hackner said, is located
on the seventh floor of the Graduate
Library, which is often difficult to
access.
"The function of a resource cen-
ter is to create a space where people
feel comfortable. It would be a
clearing house for information,"
Hackner added.
Hackner said he felt the adminis-
tration has been reluctant to change
existing programs such as LGMPO.
However, he would like to see im-
proved relations with the University.
"I do feel that students ought to
have a role to play. I do encourage
that type of group," Carter said.

Study: Secondhand
smoke causes cancer

Associated Press
Businesses are under more pres-
sure than ever to prohibit or restrict
smoking in the workplace since the
Environmental Protection Agency,
in a report released yesterday, de-
termined secondhand smoke causes
cancer and other lung diseases.
Companies are moving to ban
smoking not just out of concern for
their employees' health, but because
the new findings could expose them
to more lawsuits from employees as-
serting they became sick from co-
workers' cigarettes.
"If employers are to avoid liabil-
ity, if they are to reduce their health-
insurance premiums, they should
really restrict smoking," said Dr.
Alfred Munzer, president-elect of
the American Lung Association.
Fran DuMelle, a spokesperson
for the American Lung Association,
said outright bans are the cheapest
way for companies to address the
problem. Companies that set aside

certain areas for smokers have to
spend money on better ventilation
systems, she said.
DuMelle added companies that
restrict smoking can cut insurance
costs by 30 percent.
The more powerful incentive is
the fear of lawsuits, said Richard
Daynard, chair of the Tobacco
Products Liability Project at
Northeastern University. Not only
will more companies and their in-
surers be sued directly, he said, but
there will be a substantial increase in
disability and worker's compensa-
tion claims.
The tobacco industry moved this
week to discredit the EPA report.
Brennan Dawson, a spokesperson
for the Tobacco Institute, said the
agency ignored numerous studies
that disproved its findings.
"If employers want to review the
data on it, they're not going to ban
workplace smoking," she said.

GAO
Continued from page 1
world's largest financial operation
without having the reliable informa-
tion needed for making informed de-
cisions," the congressional watchdog
agency said.
Government computer systems
are inadequate even though $20 bil-
lion is spent a year on new equip-
ment and billions more to run it, the
reports said.
Among the examples of poor
management the GAO cited:
High default rates on student
and farm loans.
The Farmers Home
Administration has reduced or for-
given delinquent loans worth $7.6
billion in recent years. Last June 30,
borrowers were delinquent on 37
percent of the agency's $20.5 billion
loan portfolio. The government
covered $3.6 billion in defaulted
student loans in 1991.
Out-of-control spending for
Medicare which the GAO predicts is
heading toward bankruptcy in a
decade.
Medicare paid out $110 billion in
benefits in 1991 - 10 percent of it
resulting from waste or fraud, the
report said.

IRAQ
Continued from page 1
been put near the 32nd parallel in
what the allies saw as a threat to
their jets policing the zone set up to
protect Iraq's Shiite minority from
air attack.
At the Pentagon, Hall said, "We
hope that the Iraqis will respond to
the demarche that was given to them
at the U.N. last night. Placement of
the weapons near the area where
Iraqi jets have repeatedly violated
the no-fly zone puts them in "a po-

tentially hostile deployment pattern,"
he said.
CIA Director Robert Gates said
early yesterday defiance by Sadlam
of the ultimatum could well invite a
military strike.
Gates, asked if he could see any
alternative to force, replied: "It does
not seem, after our experience of the
past two years, that Saddam seems
to understand any other message."
Appearing on ABC's "Good
Morning America," the CIA chief
said the anti-aircraft missiles are a
definite threat to U.S. planes pa-
trolling a no-fly zone because, even

though they are old, "an old missile
can kill you just as dead as a new
one."
The ultimatum took effect im-
mediately after it was delivered in
writing to Iraq's U.N. ambassador,
Nizar Hamdoon, in New York at
5:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, diplo-
mats at the United Nations said.
"The message is clear: that those
batteries should not be located below
the 32nd parallel," White House
spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater said.
Iraq also was told not to use the
missiles' radar units to track
American planes.

CLINTON
Continued from page 1
Other members of the group in-
cluded nominees Laura Tyson for
the Council of Economic Advisers
and Robert Rubin for the new
National Economic Council, plus
other top economic advisers.
Harvard economist Alan Blinder,
reportedly in line to be named to the
CEA, and economist Laurence
Summers, also attended. Vice
President-elect Al Gore and Thomas
"Mack" McLarty, who will be
Clinton's chief of staff, were present.
Clinton had been told during the
campaign that the deficit would be

'We are getting new
information every day
and we are dealing
with that information.'
- Bill Clinton
President-elect
worse than the figures acknowledged
by the Bush administration or as-
sumed in Clinton's own economic
blueprint, but he stuck with the
lower estimates.
Clinton's staff now says the new
numbers are worse than anybody
imagined - and actually still under-
state the real deficit by upwards of

$60 billion.
"There's no question that when
you learn that the deficit is several
tiers higher than you knew at the
time, that there are going to have to
be some sorts of adjustments, at the
minimum in the projections," he
said.
"We are getting new information
every day and we are dealing with
that information," he added.
Pressed on whether Clinton was
backing away from his deficit-reduc-
tion pledge, Stephanopoulos said,
"We are not backing away from any
pledges. All I'm pointing out is that
the deficit is much larger than any-
body thought 48 hours ago."

BURGLARIES
Continued from page 1
and entering incidents were reported.
LSA first-year student Constance
Miller said she was shocked to re-
turn from vacation Monday and find
her ground level E. Madison apart-
ment raked over.
"When I walked into my apart-
ment, all I saw were the cords to my
TV cut, and the screen door pushed
in," Miller said.
"I panicked - I had no insurance
to prove any of the stuff was mine,
my parents had already left, and I
just cried," she said.
Miller said she called the police
shortly after discovering that her
VCR and stereo were taken, but
iFaiLI
Mass Meeting
Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Be There.

upon their arrival a few hours later,
was told her belongings would prob-
ably not be retrieved.
Other incidents, however, oc-
curred after the holidays.
Ann Arbor resident William Watt
said his home was burglarized
Tuesday, his first day back to work.
Watt said he received a call from
his son around 3:30 p.m. telling him
the house had been burglarized. Watt
said he went home immediately to
see what had been stolen.
"The first thing I saw was our
empty stereo case, missing the laser
disc player we had just bought for
Christmas," he said.
Among other items stolen from
the northeast Ann Arbor residence
were gold jewelry, a black onyx

ring, and designer clothes and ath-
letic shoes belonging to Watt's sons,
in all totaling more than $6,000.
Watt, who has lived in his home
for 12 years, said the incident has
shaken him.
"There are three things I think
about when I think about this. One is,
that someone invaded my home, my
castle. Two is that I have no home-.
owner's insurance so I have suffered
about $5,000 in damage. And three
is that I have this eerie feeling that it
was one of my son's friends," Watt
said.
Watt has purchased homeowner's
insurance, changed the locks to his
home, and barred the basement win-
dows in response to the incident.

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