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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 25, 1993- Page 5

Serbs shell
refugees in
U.N. rescue
TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP)
- U.N. helicopters swooped into be-
sieged Srebrenica to fly refugees to
safety yesterday, but the operation was
halted after Serbs shelled some of the
refugees as they waited in a soccer
The attack killed one person and
injured 21, U.N. officials said.
In New York, U.N. Secretary-Gene
eral Boutros Boutros-Ghali deplored
the casualties and called for an immedi-
ate halt to the shelling.
Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb
leader who approved the U.N. flights,
denied that Serb forces were respon-
sible and accused Bosnia's Muslim-led
govemment of firing at the landing site
and blaming it on the Serbs.
In a statement, Bosnian Serb mili-
tary commanders charged the U.N. he-
licopters tried to infiltrate soldiers into
Srebrenica to "save Muslim criminals
who committed genocide against the
Serb population." They also accused
U.N. soldiers of firing at Serb positions
to provoke shelling.
The shelling of the landing zone and
also the Tuzla airport called into ques-
tion Karadzic's assurances that corri-
dors would be opened to evacuate
The U.S. and its NATO allies sent
the United Nations their plan for mili-
tarily enforcing ano fly zone over Bosnia
if the Security Council should order
that. Karadzic has threatened to leave
peace talks if the council takes such an
The World Court in The Hague,
Netherlands, said it would hold public
hearings April 1 on the Bosnian
government's request for protection
fromSerb-dominatedYugoslavia, which
Ohas been widely accused of aiding
Bosnian Serbs. The U.N. judicial body
has no enforcement powers, and the
Security Council already has imposed
economic sanctions on Yugoslavia.

Protesters call for
equity in school tax

LANSING (AP)-Protesters called
for property tax relief outside the Capi-
tol yesterday as Gov. John Engler and
lawmakers worked onaplan to slash the
state property tax but raise the state
sales tax.
Support for the latest plan to cut
property taxes and revamp school fund-
ing seemed shaky atbestamong Demo-
crats. Voters would have to approve
boosting the sales tax from 4 percent to
6 percent in a special election tenta-
tively set.for June 1.
"We had hoped to avoid another
costly and divisive ballot proposal. It
will not pass unless we all support it,"
Rep. Lynn Jondahl (D-Okemos) and
co-chair of the House Taxation Com-
mittee, told some 200 protesters who
gathered on the Capitol steps.
"People for many years have been
demanding two things: property tax re-
lief and equity in school funding," said
Pat Woods, supervisor of Oakland
County's Highland Township.
Pressure is mounting on the Legisla-
ture to approve the latest plan by next
week. If approved by voters, the plan
would take effect Oct. 1.
Engler supports the plan as a com-
promise to cut property taxes and fulfill
a key campaign promise he made dur-

On the prowlE
Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Gamma Delta and Gamma Tau Omega put their best paw forward during
their Cats skit during the culmination of Greek Week festivites-Variety last night at Hill Auditorium.
Rape Prevention Month aiums
to combat sexual assault at 'U'

ing his 1990 run for governor.
"I'm encouraged that the governor
realizes we need to look into tying school
financereform into property tax relief,"
said Rep. Sharon Gire (D-Mount
Clemens). "I feel more upbeat on this
issue than I have in years."
The plan would turn back this year's
property tax assessment increases which
averaged 11 percent statewide. It would
cap them at 5 percent or the rate of
inflation, whichever was less, then freeze
them in 1994.
The proposal also would set a con-,
stitutional guarantee of $5,000 per pu-
pil for each kindergarten-through-12th.
grade district. When in place, that pro-
vision would close the spending gap
between rich and poor districts.
School districts below that $5,000
level would be limited to a 10 percent
increase each year until they're at that
level. Districts now above that level
wouldn't see any state aid cut in 1994.'
After that, the wealthier districts could
see their state payments cut.
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by Jon DiMascio
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
By mid-March 1992, a yearly total
of 34 rapes had been reported on cam-
pus. This year's total is 31.
Some things never change.
In an effort to fight the continuing
presence of abuse, the University's
Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center (SAPAC) will again spon-
sor Rape Prevention Month activities.
SAPAC kicked off Rape Prevention
Month last Tuesday with aclosedmeet-
ing between University Health Service
Peer Educators and campus Greeks.
The group discussed issues of sexual
assault and alcohol. The annual Take
Back the NightMarch andRally, sched-
uled forApril 17, highlights the month's
This month's activities will concen-
trate on exploring how assault affects
minority groups.
"We're looking at how sexual as-

saultaffects non-dominant groups," said
Rahul Sharma, associate director of
To fulfill this goal, Sharma said
SAPAC will hostdiscussions about how
people with disabilities and people of
color deal with sexual assault.
"We're always trying to get more
and more people to come. We've al-
ways been making progress and hope
we can continue," Sharma said.
Kata Issari, who organized Rape
Prevention Month last year, indicated
that these events begin the process of
enacting change.
She said, "I think it's an opportunity
to raise awareness and communicate to
people how sexual assault affects people
and to promote a sensitive atmosphere
to people going through it."
most popular activities. The ninth an-
nual Sexism in Advertising Contest al-
lows students to vote for the ad they find

Sexism in Advertising
Contest, March 24-April 14,
drop-boxes around campus
Sexual Assault and People
with Disabilities, March 31, 7
p.m., South Quad, African
American Lounge
People of Color and Sexual
Assault, April 7, 7- 9 p.m.,
Michigan Union, Pendelton
Self-Defense Workshop,
April 12, 7-10 p.m., Stockwell
Blue Carpet Lounge
Civil Litigation for Sexual
Assault Survivors, April 14, 7-
9 p.m., Hillel Lecture Hall
Take Back the Night March
and Rally, April 17, 7 p.m.,
Ann Arbor City Hall
most sexist, with the winning ad an-
nounced at the Take Back the Night

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