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MSA may
use funds,
tax exempt
by Adam Anger
Daily MSA reporter
Like the average American citi-
zen, the Michigan Student Assembly
is concerned about taxes and the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
However, unlike most people, MSA
is applying to the IRS to be consid-
ered as a public charity exempt from
federal income taxes.
After representatives learned that
the assembly could spend money in
its surplus budget without threaten-
ing this tax-exempt status,
MSA passed a resolution lifting
restrictions on certain expenses.
The regulations on the surplus
budget were put into effect last year
when the assembly froze excess
funds originally set aside for special
and internal expenses because of a
fear that spending the funds would
jeopardize MSA's tax-exempt status.
MSA plans to use the funds freed
by last night's resolution to purchase
a copier and to finance a special
grant to the Michigan Collegiate
Coalition (MCC) - a lobbying or-
ganization which receives funding
from MSA.
MSA froze the surplus budget
until the assembly was assured of its
tax-exempt status by the IRS or legal
MSA hired the legal firm of
Bodman, Longley & Dahling rather
*than receive status confirmation
from IRS. The firm was directed to
determine what effect using the sur-
plus budget money would have on
the assembly's application for IRS
classification as a public charity
exempt from federal income tax.
"We could have waited (for the
IRS), but that could have been over
100 days," said MSA Vice President
Hunter Van Valkenburgh.
SIn a letter to Van Valkenburgh,
the legal firm concluded that the
grant to MCC "will be treated as a
direct lobbying expenditure by
MSA," which is classified as
The letter concluded that "the
grant will not subject MSA to an ex-
cise or penalty tax ... and will not
jeopardize MSA's tax-exempt
According to the resolution, "All
restrictions on disbursal of surplus
budget are hereby lifted." This
proclamation allowed the assembly
to grant funding to MCC and
purchase the copier.

GEG votes to distribute fliers
telling students of TA troubles


by Kenneth Dancyger
Daily Faculty Reporter
Students who are scheduled for
discussion sections taught by teach-
ing assistants (TA) should be pre-
pared to learn more than what's
written in the University's Course
At their membership meeting last
night, members of the Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO) de-
cided they will distribute informa-
tional flyers to students in their class
sections to increase awareness of
current negotiations between the
union and the University.
The packets will contain a break-
down of how much tuition pays a
TA's salary and will tell them
"where their money is going," said
5-year GEO member Corey Dolgon.
The members, who filled

Rackham Auditorium, unanimously
rejected the University's offers of a
2-percent raise and GradCare -- an
alternative medical plan for TAs.
Contract negotiations, which
have been going on since late
November, were virtually halted last
week after bargaining teams from
the University and GEO failed to
agree on any economic proposals.
"(The University is) not inter-
ested in talking about common
ground," said Jon Curtiss, GEO
Bargaining Team chair.
He added that GEO must get or-
ganized and said "it's no longer
about eloquence and logic of a bar-
gaining table."
Georgina Hicky, chair of GEO's
Steering Committee, urged members
to take some type of job action if the
administration has not moved from

S CUA picks leaders for 1

its current position by the end of
spring break. Many job actions were,
suggested by GEO members - in-
cluding an E-mail-message-writing
campaign to University President
James Duderstadt.
The bulk of discussions in the
meeting centered around GEO's dis-
gust with the University's proposal
of GradCare and a $17-per-month .
raise for TAs.
"Basically, the University is cry-
ing poverty," Dolgon said. "By cry-
ing poverty, they hope they can get
what they want."
"Action would not be effective
without student support," shouted a
GEO member.
Members of the University's
Bargaining Team could not be
reached for comment.
993-94 year
lems that "infringe on the quality of
the educational, social, and cultural
experience" of international stu-
dents, and called for:
0 international students to play,
an active role in the application,-.,
admission and orientation processes; ,
international students to do
more research and independent
study, with less emphasis one
the University to accommodate,
those students who arrive on campus,
early; and,
foreign students to interact,
with other members of the
University community.
While some committee members
asserted that such actions could in-
fringe on the cultural identity of for-
eign students, all agreed on the need
for a policy to help them.
ealth Service

by Kenneth Dancyger
Daily Faculty Reporter
Two University executive offi-
cers and several faculty members
were chosen to hold seats on the
Senate Advisory Committee for
University Affairs (SACUA) during
the 1993-94 academic year.
At a meeting Monday, SACUA
members elected Chemistry Prof.
Henry Griffin and Engineering Prof.
John Birge to serve one-year terms
on the committee as SACUA chair
and vice chair respectively. Their
terms begin May 1.
In addition, SACUA Chair Ejner
Jensen announced the names of eight
faculty members who were nomi-
nated to replace current committee
members leaving their posts at the
end of Winter Term.
The nomination of a ninth faculty

member by School of Medicine Prof.
Louis D'Alecy sparked some debate
between Senate Assembly members,
who expressed concern over proper
procedure for such a nomination.
However, Jensen approved the
addition of School of Medicine Prof.
George Brewer to the nominee list
after checking the University
The bylaw stipulates that no more
than two representatives from the
School of Medicine are allowed to
serve on SACUA. Brewer will be
the second faculty member running
for one vacant committee seat.
In other business, the Committee
for a Multicultural University pre-
sented a report on the quality of life
for international students at the
The report outlined several prob-

MIUHELt UY/uaily
Look out below
An aerial view, taken yesterday from the eighth floor of the Burton
Tower, showed students treading through the snow.

Peak flu season keeps students waiting at University H

by Julie Robinson
As if winter's latest gift of snow
wasn't enough, students also have to
face the dreaded common cold,
which is spreading around campus
faster than icy winds.
The outbreak of colds on campus
has made the wait at the University
Health Service (UHS) urgent walk-
in clinic extend anywhere from 30
minutes to an hour-and-a-half.
LSA first-year student Betsy
Darling had the health service expe-
rience for the first time when she

went to get checked for strep throat.
"I had heard of some people
waiting for two hours, and getting
really mad because of it," she said,
adding that her entire floor in
Bursley residence hall seems to be
"No one is really feeling well ...
Living in a dorm with community
bathrooms contributes a lot to it.... I
just want the doctor to make me feel
better and give me medicine," she
added with a sniffle.
But doctors said staying healthy

in January and February - peak
cold season - is not as easy as it
"They are right at the time when
the flu and cold season are coming
together and we are always busier
then normal," said Dr. Robprt
Winfield, assistant director of inter-
nal medicine at UHS.
Visits to the medical clinic at
UHS are up 5 percent since January
1992, which translates into an extra
240 patients. UHS treats 7,000 pa-
tients per month.
University students account for
85 percent of the visits, while faculty
and staff make up the rest, Winfield
UHS staff said they expect the
long waits to continue for at least six
weeks, as students may bring new
germs to campus when they return

from spring break.
"When people go away to spring
break to different regions of the
country, they are exposed to differ-
'I just want the doctor
to make me feel better
and give me medicine.'
- Betsy Darling
LSA first-year student
ent illnesses and we typically see a
new surge," Winfield said.
"Everyone is overworked right now
and working to the maximum."
LSA junior Debbie Frye said she
felt "very awful" sitting in the wait-
ing room. Although she found UHS

specialty services helpful in the past,
she said in a hoarse voice,
"Everytime I come in for a cold they
tell me to go home, drink lots of flu-
ids, and get some sleep - which is,
of course, impossible to do during
Winfield said sympathetically,
"We feel frustrated in our inability to
help (students) get better faster be-
cause in many cases all we can do is
tell them to 'let it take its course.'
Science has not yet found an answer
to help us."
Giving advice that sounds just
like mom, Winfield recommended
students stay away from those who
are obviously ill, eat healthy, and try
to avoid excessive stress and fatigue.
"If only it were that easy," said
LSA senior Nillie Gefen with a


The University health insurance plan, GradCare, will not necessarily be included in next year's contract for
* teaching assistants. Linda Buford served as student services associate II for the Office of Minority Affairs in the
University's School of Medicine. Katrina McCree was employed as a program coordinator in that same office.
The women's offices were next door to each other. McCree worked in the School of Pharmacy after the incident
occurred. This information was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

Student groups
0 AIESEC, International Business
Organization, meeting, Business
Administration Building, Room
1276,6 p.m.
Q Hellenic Student Association,
meeting, Michigan Union,
Anderson Room, 7 p.m.
Q Hillel, orthodox Shachrit services,
upstairs lecture room, 7:30a.m.;
Great Writers Series Presents:
Irena Klepfisz, 7:30 p.m.
Q Hindu Students Council, Gita,
Chapter 13, discussion, MLB,
Room B 135, 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 Time and Relative Dimensions
in Ann Arbor, meeting, Mason
Hall, Room 2439, 8 p.m.
Q Undergraduate Philosophy
Club, meeting, Angell Hall,
Room 2220, 6:30 p.m.
Q U-M Amnesty International,
meeting, East Quad, Room 122,
7 n m.

Room B 119, 7 p.m.
Q America's First Battle in Eu-
rope - Failure at Kasserine
Pass, North Hall, Room 229,
5:45 p.m.
Q The AntinomicalNature of Rus-
sian Modernist Peotics, lecture,
MLB, 3rd Floor Conference
Room, 4 p.m.
Q ArtVideo, African: Behind the
Mask, Art Museum, AV Room,
12:10 p.m.
Q Christopher Janney on Sound
as a Visual Medium, publiclec-
ture/demonstration, Rackham
Galleries, 7-10 p.m.
Q Electrochemical Detection in
Liquid Chromatography, ana-
lytical seminar, Chemistry
Building, Room 1300,4 p.m.
Q The Former Soviet Republics
and the Rule of Law: Starting
From Ground Zero, Lawyer's
Club Lounge, 7 p.m.
Q In Fitting Memory: Perspectives
on an Evolving Tradition of
Holocaust Memorials, exhibit,
opening reception, School of Art,
Slusser Gallery, 5:30 p.m.
Q International Coffee Hour Pre-
sents Tai Kwon Do, Interna-
tional Center, Room 9, 5-7 p.m.
U Job Search, Student Activities
Building, Room 3200, Career
Planning & Placement Program

On-Site Negotiating Offers,
Student Activities Building,
Room 3200, Career Planning &
PlacementProgram Room,4:10-
5 p.m.
Q Pressure in Relationships, Lon
Allison, speaker, Michigan
Union, Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.
Q Protest of Diag Policy, Diag, 12-
1 p.m.
Q Transformation of the GDR
Self-Made Woman into a Con-
sumer, CREES Brown Bag Lec-
ture, Lane Hall, Commons
Room, 12 p.m.
Q University Symphony Orches-
tra, concert, Hill Auditorium, 8
Q Women and Religion: Lesbian
Feminism and Christianity,
West Engineering Building,
Women's Studies Lounge,
Room 234, 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-
chology, West Quad, Room

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