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Senate proposal will
raise state sales tax

ROTC to sponsor
blood drive to
increase supply

LANSING (AP) - Michigan vot-
ers will decide June 2 if they want to
raise the state sales tax by 50 percent
:and use thatmoney to cut property taxes
-and revamp school funding, under a
measure winning final legislative ap-
proval yesterday.
The Senate approved the proposed
4 constitutional amendment, 31-4, after
} about three hours of debate yesterday.
That vote came less than 12 hours after
the House approved it, 74-22, about 3
The measure needed 26 votes, or a
two-thirds majority, to clear the 38-
member Senate. The upper chamber
then began debate on other parts of the
complex plan, including a rollback of
this year's property tax assessment in-
However, voters must approve rais-
ing the sales tax from 4 percent to 6
percent for any of it to take effect.
Some senators predicted that will
not happen.
"Frankly, I think it will go down. I
Desperate re
TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina(AP)
gees scrambled aboard U.N. trucks yes-
terdayto flee Serb-encircled Srebrenica.
U.N. officials said six died before they
could reach safety.
Bosnian government officials later
charged that the town had come under
renewed attack, and radio reports indi-

think we're wasting time and wasting
money," said Sen. Jack Welborn (R-
Kalamazoo) referring to the $5.2 mil-
lion cost of the special election.
Sen. Jim Berryman (D-Adrian) said
he voted to put the plan before voters,
even though he was pessimistic about
the reception it would get.
"I think what we're doing is setting
ourselves up for defeat at the polls.
They'll turn down the sales tax increase
because they don't trust us," he said.
Other senators said while the plan
wasn't perfect, it was the best the Leg-
islature could come up with at this point
in time.
"This is the best we're going to getin
a long, long time," Sen. Paul Wartner
(R-Portage) said in urging a "yes" vote.
Boosting the sales tax to 6 percent
would bring in $1.7 billion and allow
school operating property taxes to be
rolled back to 18 mills. Local taxpayers
could vote up to 9 additional mills. The
current statewide average is about 35

by Debi Wojcik
Navy ROTC is out for blood and its
cadets will really be giving all they can
give today.
Navy ROTC is sponsoring a blood
drive in North Hall from 8a.m. to 3p.m.
While all cadets will participate, the
drive is also open to all University stu-
Lt. Sevran Maynard, manager of the
blood drive, said he is hoping for alarge
student turnout.
One hundred people have already
signed up to donate, Maynard said, add-
ing that the ROTC aims to collect 200
Maynard added that an average of
10 percent of potential donors are ineli-
gible to give blood due to medical rea-
The ROTC blood drive follows a
previous attempt by the Greek system
to collect blood during Greek Week.
The Red Cross collectedmuch less blood
than expected, however, because many
students were suffering from the flu and

had to be turned away. ROTC is hoping
this blood drive will make up for this
loss. This is the last ROTC blood drive
on campus this year.
Neal Fry, the Red Cross representa-
tive to University, stressed that every
blood type is important, although the
most important type is "any type thatis
not on the hospital shelf." People who
are type-O positive and type-O nega-
tive are encouraged to donate becagse
these types are considered to be univer-
sal donors and can be used in emer-
gency situations.
Fry said the American Red Cross is
optimistic that University students will
donate much-needed pints of blood,
ROTC sponsors three blood drnes
each year. The firstsemesterblooddiive
is always held in concordance with the
Ohio State/Michigan footballgame. The
ROTC programs at each school com-
pete with each other to collect more
pints of blood. This year Ohio State
collected twice as many pints to winthe

Nice play.
Dr. Pamalyn Lee fields the first ball of spring yesterday outside the
practice schools in the Music School.

fugees scramble to board

cated Serbs had torched nearby vil-
lages. Acease-fireineffectacrossBosnia
since Sunday was in danger of collaps-
Two of the victims were children
who were trampled to death in the mad
rush and stampede to board the U.N.
convoy, which evacuated more than
2,000 people to Tuzla.

Four other people died en route, and
the 14 trucks were so crammed with
refugees thata young, blond-haired boy
fell off during the journey. The Muslim
boy ran after a truck, sobbing, until a
Bosnian Serbsoldier,Maj. VladaDakic,
boosted him aboard.
Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
said he signed an intemational peace

U.N. convoy
agreement last week in New York be-
cause the costs of continued fighting
were too great.
"If we'dchosen the war option, there
would be enormous suffering and casu-
alties for an extended period of time,"
he said at a news conference. "We
weren't sure we could win the military

Thursday, April 1,1993


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Lecture Room 2, Modern Language Building
A Reading of the Jesus Story
Ellen Johns
Once upon a time Professor of Scandinavian and Comparative Literature
The Universities of Utrecht and Nijmegen


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Structural test analysis and psychoanalytical theory will be used to outline and interpret the
Jesus story as a peculiar example of what has been called the "monomyth" (James Joyce): the
journey of the hero/heroine from innocence through crisis to accomplishment.


Clinton administration will
send 'modest aid package'
in effort to support Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Strapped
for cash, the Clinton administration is
preparing a modest aid package for
Boris Yeltsin that will send several hun-
.dred American helpers rather than huge
amounts of money to Russia, officials
said yesterday.
The Americans are to help modern-
ize farms and factories, create an effec-
tive transportation system and remake
state industries into private businesses.
"Most of this aid ... is not money
that's going to go from the Treasury to
the Central Bank in Moscow," one of-
ficial said.
Rather, money will go to "people
from our food industry, retired Ameri-
can farmers, retired American business
executives, people who have expertise"
who would go and work in Russia for
six months to two years, said the offi-
cial, who briefed reporters on condition
of anonymity.
TheexpectedU.S. package, totaling
about$1 billion, drawsheavilyonmoney
inherited from the Bush administration
but not yet spent.
The administration official stressed
that the aid was separate from $717
million that Clinton has requested for
Russia and other former Soviet repub-
lics for the fiscal year beginning Oct.1.
Clinton will announce the new aid
package Sunday at ajoint news confer-
encewith Yeltsin at the endofa two-day

summit in Vancouver, British Colum-
The White House hopes their meet-
ing will give a political boost to Yeltsin,
who narrowly survived efforts to im-
peach him and has called an April 25
referendum to decide whether he or the
Russian parliament has ultimate au-
Apart from steps to spur private
enterprises, the administration has been
considering loan guarantees for hous-
ing for Russian soldiers returning from
Eastern Europe, food aid, and assis-
tance to rebuild oil and gas facilities.
In awarmup forthe summit, Clinton
will deliver a speech in Annapolis, Md.,
today before the American Society of
Newspaper Editors to spell out why he
believes helping Russia is in the inter-
ests of the United States.
The United States is spearheading a
two-front approach to help Russia: a
direct aidprogram and aseparate, much
larger package financed by the world's
seven wealthiest industrialized nations,
known as the Group of Seven.
The G-7 plan, to be discussed by
finance and foreign ministers April 14-
15, calls for relief on $87 billion in
foreign debt owed by Russia and ap-
proval ofamajor assistancepackageby
the International Monetary Fund and
the World Bank.

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