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The School of Public Health's moratorium on PPIH
that restricts student admissions and faculty
hiring should be revoked at today's Executive
Committee meeting before it is too late.

Sam Raimi returns to his "Evil Dead" series, now
with a wad of money. Read Michael Thompson's
review of the film "Army of Darkness."

The Michigan men's basketball team held off a
fiesty Ohio State squad yesterday in Columbus.
Juwan Howard's 18-point, 16-rebound performance
led the Wolverines to a 66-64 victory.

Partly sunny and warmer
High 39, Low 27
Partly cloudy; High 42, Low 30




One hundred two years of editorial freedom

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Committee to
rethink PPIH
by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
Students applying to the Department of Population
Planning and International Health (PPIH) may get their
chance to study at the University if a moratorium on
admissions is reversed.
Members of the Executive Committee of the School
of Public Health, which oversees PPIH, will meet with
Dean June Osborn this morning to discuss the future of
the department.
PPIH Chair Yuzuru Takeshita said the school has
stopped telling prospective PPIH students they can't
"The assistant dean contacted me. He e-mailed me to
say that they have stopped calling the applicants," he
In December, the committee began the process for
closing the department, including halting admissions.
Today's meeting will discuss lifting the moratorium on
Thomas D'Aunno, associate professor in the
Department of Health Study Management and Policy
and a committee member, said, "We're going to talk
more about what process we should follow from here on
Some members of the University Board of Regents
said proper procedures may not have been followed at
its February meeting.
"My sense of the whole thing is these procedures
were not meticulously followed," said Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor). "I think it was made clear by
some of the regents that proper procedures should be
Osborn refused to comment and Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs Gilbert Whitaker could
not be reached for comment.
PPIH Prof. Jason Finkle said it may already be too
late to help the department.
"If I were an applicant and had not been admitted at
this stage, I would go to my other alternatives," he said.
School of Public Health graduate student Carol
Miller said the University had told 33 prospective stu-
dents that PPIH was not accepting applications.
See PPIH, Page 2

Regents raise
rent, discuss
move-in date

by Melissa Peerless
Daily News Editor
Students living in University
residence halls and family housing
face a 4.6 percent increase in rent for
the 1993-94 school year - and they
will probably get two extra days of
hospitality for their money.
The University Board of Regents
approved the rate increase at its
February meeting. In addition, the
regents discussed a proposed change
to the move-in schedule.
The residence halls were origi-
nally scheduled to open Saturday,
Sept. 4. However, the Michigan
football team is set to host the
Washington State Cougars that day.
The University is discussing opening
its housing the preceding Thursday
or Friday in order to avoid excessive
traffic and other problems.
Executive Director of University
Relations Walter Harrison said the
proposed schedule change is par-
tially contingent upon the regents'
approval of the rent increase.
"The executive officers of the
University asked the Housing
Division to develop a plan if the fee
increase was passed," he said.
With the housing rate increase, a
double in a University residence hall
will cost $4,482.18 per semester.
Thirteen meals per week are
University Housing Division
Director Robert Hughes said a
committee comprised of representa-
tives from the University community

collaborated to arrive at the rate
While the regents passed the fee
increase with no discussion, many
board members voiced their opin-
ions on the proposed schedule
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-West
Bloomfield) said a students' move-
in experience should not be over-
shadowed by a Wolverine gridiron
"The day that you leave home
and go to college is a special day in
people's lives," he said. "It's a
magic day. It deserves to stand on its
own two feet."
But University President James
Duderstadt explained that the date of
the football game cannot be
changed, however inconvenient it
may be.
"The game has to stay where it
is," he said, adding that the
University faces this conflict be-
cause with Penn State University's
entrance to the Big Ten, the season
had to be rearranged.
Duderstadt said the University is
looking into changing its academic
schedule in order to assuage this
"We are one of the few universi-
ties that doesn't start our academic
calendar before Labor Day," he said.
"Provost (Gilbert) Whitaker is
looking to start before Labor Day
and get us in sync with everyone
See RENT, Page 2

Explosion aftermath
Two New York City police officers help an injured woman away from the scene near the
World Trade Center Friday after an underground explosion rocked the twin towers.
Investigators are blaming the blast on a bomb, possibly planted by terrorists. Five people
were killed in the explosion. Two are still missing, and more than 1,000 people were injured.
The offices located in the towers will be closed for at least one week.

New Orleans comes alive in annual Mardi Gras festival

by Robert Patton
NEW ORLEANS - Last Tues-
day night an entire city was overrun
with a rowdy mob cavorting wildly
in its streets. Even with drunkenness
rampant and public displays of
lewdness everywhere, local authori-
ties made no attempt to stop the
mayhem. In fact, police stood by
calmly observing the scene.
The crowd which was full of
generally law-abiding citizens -
including a contingent of University
students - was simply honoring a
centuries-old tradition. The mass in-
toxication, widespread offensiveness
and general craziness were all a part
of the New Orleans Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras, the 12-day drunken
blowout which annually draws more

than 10 million people to the streets
of New Orleans, reached a climax
last Tuesday during the University's
Spring Break. "Fat Tuesday" is the
day before Ash Wednesday, which
begins Lent - the Christian season
of penitence and self-denial preced-
ing Easter. Mardi Gras, brought to
New Orleans by French settlers, was
conceived as a way for participants
to get sin out of their systems before
The Mardi Gras festivities have
their roots in ancient pagan rituals,
and the scene in New Orleans last
week suggested that some things
,haven't changed. During the day,
colorful parades rolled through the
city, and plastic bead necklaces,
cups, medallions and other trinkets

'I was a little bit hesitant but when I saw the
size of those beads, I knew I had to drop my
- Ralph Ohlsen
chemical engineer

were flung into the crowded side-
As day turned to night and the
level of public intoxication rose, the
mob swarmed into the French Quar-
ter, the old section of the city. Bour-
bon Street, the center of Mardi Gras
activity, was transformed into a
mile-long public peep show. Revel-
ers exchanged the coveted bead
necklaces for peeks at anatomical

parts usually kept covered in polite
Some chose to participate more
fully in the alcohol-soaked celebra-
tion than others. Ralph Ohlsen, a
chemical engineer from Cleveland,
Ohio, said he was "out here to party
and drink hurricanes" - a reference
to the strong, pink cocktails which
are a staple of the festival.
Ohlsen cheerfully admitted to

showing some skin to receive a col-
orful necklace. "I was a little bit hes-
itant," Ohlsen said, "but when I saw
the size of those beads, I knew I had
to drop my trousers."
The allure of the beads was also
strong for Jennifer DeRosa, a politi-
cal science major at the University
of Florida. "I never flashed until
tonight. I only flashed once tonight
and I won't flash again - unless I
am offered some really good beads,"
DeRosa said.
New Orleans native Sheila Car-
penter, a secretary, said she was
having a great time, but drew the
line at public exposure. "I don't feel
like a pair of plastic beads is worth
pulling down my shirt for,"
Carpenter said.

Jon Wheeler, a recent LSA grad-
uate in history and political science,
made the roughly 17-hour trek from
Ann Arbor. He said frustration with
the dismal employment market sent
him to New Orleans.
"There are no jobs, so I just de-
cided to go to Mardi Gras and party.
I might just stay down here," he
Not everyone was so enthusiastic
about the holiday. While they said
they were pleased with the boost in
sales, some local merchants said the
rowdiness of the crowd made Mardi
Gras a mixed blessing.
"I want you all to go home," said
Minta, an employee of the People's
Grocery on Bourbon Street. Minta,
See MARDI GRAS, Page 2

U.S. sends Bosnian villagers relief

Bosnian officials
fear some food and
medicine may not
have reached
intended villages
Herzegovina (AP) - The U.S.
military launched a major relief
effort in besieged eastern Bosnia,
dropping a million leaflets saying
airdrops of badly needed humani-
tarian aid were on the way. But
Bosnian officials said yesterday
that some of the messages missed
the mark.
L a noffinriai ateeid residents

supply $360 million worth of
arms, including sophisticated mis-
siles, to Serbia and Serb-con-
trolled areas of Bosnia and
Croatia. Such an agreement would
violate a U.N. arms embargo.
The airdrop aims mostly to
help Muslims suffering from cold
and hunger in enclaves almost en-
tirely cut off from relief for
months, but they will also provide
aid for Serbs and Croats.
The aerial aid mission signals
greater U.S. involvement in the
war-torn Balkans. A 19-member
U.S. government team arrived in
Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday. It will
snrea Ait a nonia to iden-

points over Bosnia. They flew
more than 10,000 feet above the
Bosnian countryside under cover
of darkness to minimize the risk
posed by Serb anti-aircraft guns
and shoulder-fired missiles.
However, officials in some of
the villages said yesterday that no
leaflets had been found. If the
leaflets missed their targets, that
would illustrate the difficulty of
making accurate drops from high
Fadil Heljic, a ham radio oper-
ator in the eastern enclave of
Zepa, said "not one" leaflet landed
on the town of 34,000 and people
were "slowly losing hope."

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