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Page 8 --The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, April 7,1993

House bill
may halt
unlaWful
actions
LANSING (AP)-Acitizen ethics
commission would police the Legisla-
ture for wrongdoing under the latest
plan unveiled yesterday to force law-
makers to clean up their acts.
Rep. Frank Fitzgerald (R-Grand
Ledge) and co-chair of the House Over-
sight and Ethics Committee, said the
independent panel would investigate
complaints against legislators and rec-
ommend sanctions.
"We're trying to comprehensively
deal with the issue of ethics," he said.
"If enacted, this plan would give us the
highest ethics standard of any state leg-
islature."
That bill also would setupaspecial
commission, butitwouldbe made up of
lawmakers themselves.
Instead of immediately policing the
Legislature for wrongdoing, it first
would draft a legislative code of ethics.
Pressure has been mounting on the
Legislature to enact meaningful ethics
reforms in the wake of the spending
scandal at the House Fiscal Agency.
Agency director John Morberg and
10 others have been suspended without
pay since January as ajointstate-federal
task force investigates more than $1.8
million in alleged misspending.
The key part of Fitzgerald's bill
would set up a legislative ethics com-
mission.
Its nine citizen members would be
appointed by House and Senate leaders,
the Michigan Supreme Court chief jus-
tice and the governor.

Forum to address
role of women in

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minorit
by ty
Daily Gender issues Reporter
As the 25th anniversary of Martin
Luther King Jr.'s death came and went
last weekend, the same issues of equal-
ity and recognition that troubled him
loom over the heads of today's civil
rights leaders.
Christina Jose-Kampfner, a lecturer
in the University's Women's Studies
program agreed. Jose-Kampfner said
she doesn't feel racial or sexual tensions
have eased in the last ten years.
"I think now things are more cov-
ered, but you realize things have not
changed," she said.
Kampfner, along with four other
women, will gather tomorrow evening
at Mosher Jordan Residence Hall to
discuss strategies for uniting against
racism, sexism and classism.
The conference features prominent
women from around the campus com-
munity who each represent a different
racial background.
Third-year Public Health student
Raul Medina organized the forum. He
said he wants students to directly see
and hear the opinions of role models.
"The purpose is to highlight the
struggles of minority groups," he said,
"They will have five minutes to es-

groups
pouse their ideas from their own per-
spective as a woman of their native
background, and then answer questions,,
from the field," Medina said, describing
the conference format.
Jose-Kampfner said she hopes stu-
dents will come away from the confer-
ence with an ability to organize within
their own minority group.
She stressed the importance ofform-.
ing coalitions with other racial and eth-
nic groups, but added that minorities
need to be strong within themselves..
before fighting for women's equality.
'That way you don't lose yourself,"~~
she said.
Medina said speakers will also ad=
dress the importance of obtaining a
multicultural education.
Jose-Kampfner and Medina deL
scribed the depth of the struggle faced
by women of color every day.
"It's notthe case when the two voices,
are there. What is heard is the white-'
voice-not the voice of color, which is '
drowned out or minimized," Jose-
Kampfner said.
Medina added, "I think this is aro
different kind of perspective. We kin&j
of devalue women and that also hap'
pens in the minority community."

MOLLY STEVENS/ Daly
The write stuff J
Scott Boyd sits outside the UGLi yesterday working on a list of references for an Art School project. Yesterday's
sunny skies and high temperatures brought many students outside. Today's high is expected to be in the 50s.

Clinton seeks sanctions

to end war
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Clinton said yesterday the
Bosnian-Serbs' refusal to accept a
peace plan for their war-ravaged coun-
try was "the most difficult and frus-
trating problem in the world today"
and promised to seek tougher sanc-
tions to end the fighting.
"There are lots of other things we
can do to make life more uncomfort-
able for the Serbs and I wouldn't rule
those out," the president said at ajoint
news conference with visiting Egyp-
tian President Hosni Mubarak.
Clinton and Mubarak focused on
MiddleEastpeace talksresumingApril
20. Clinton said there was "an historic
opportunity to achieve real progress"
this year.
Clinton said the United States was
working through the United Nations
to put pressure on Serbia.-
The Muslims and Bosnian-Croats
have already approved the peace ac-
cord brokered U.N. and European

Community envoys.
The Serbs are accused of mass kill-
ings, tortures and rapes of Bosnian
Muslims and Croats.
"I have done my best to continue to
stiffen the sanctions, to continue to push
for more action, to push for enforce-
ment of the 'no-fly' zone, to push all the
countries involved to do what we could
... so that the principle of ethnic cleans-
ing is not rewarded in Bosnia," Clinton
said.
The tougher steps envisioned by
Clinton include a tightening of eco-
nomic and trade sanctions, and the pos-
sible lifting of the arms embargo on
Bosnia to allow Muslims to rearm them-
selves, administration officials said.
Clinton's policy on the war was
mocked by Serbian President Slobodan
Milosevic, who expressed appreciation
that the United Stateshadnotresorted to
military intervention to force an end to
the one-year-old war.
Milosevic's backhanded compli-

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At a press conference
yesterday, President Clinton
pledged to put pressure on
Bosnian Serbs to end the
fighting in their country.
Clinton outlined two major
sections of his plan. He said
he would:
implement stronger
economic and trade
injunctions against the
Serbs; and,
lift the arms embargo on
Bosnia, permitting Muslims
to arm themselves.

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Amtrakj state officials
cautious of high-speed Tail

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ment in an interview with the Wash-
ington Post drew an angry retort from
Clinton.
"He's tying to head off tougher
sanctions in the U.N. if the Serbs don't
sign" the peace agreement, Clinton
said. "That's all that's going on there
and it won't work."
Clinton said he is sticking with the
Bush administration's policy of refus-
ing to deal with the Palestinian Libera-
tion Organization unless it forswears
terrorism.

STA TRAVEL

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -
Michigan residents dreaming of 150
mph "bullet trains" to take them from
Detroit to Chicago in two hours had
better slow down.
At a hearing at City Hall yesterday,
Amtrak and state transportation offi-
cials said they are taking aconservative,
incremental approach to high-speed rail
in the Detroit-to-Chicago corridor that
would begin by boosting speeds to 90
mph in the coming years.
That would shave about 90 minutes
off the now five and one-half hour trip.
Eventually, Amtrak hopes to design
anon-electric locomotive that will travel
at least 125 mph, cutting current travel
time of the trip by about half.
Almost every speaker at the hearing
- from environmentalists to tourism
officials - was supportive of the high-
speed rail proposal.
Proponents say a high-speed rail
would cut congestion on the roadways

and at airports, create jobs, spur tour-
ism and development in towns along
the way, save energy and improve aim
quality.
The proposed non-electric system
would use fossil fuel.
The route was chosen as one of fiveL-'
high-speed rail corridors nationwide
by the federal government in October
The Midwest route would also con'
nett Detroit and Chicago to St. Louis
and Milwaukee.
MichiganDepartment of Transpor-
tation officials areworking withAmtrak
and hope to complete a 4- to 6-year
plan for the high-speed rail later this
year, said Scott Hercik, acting admin-
istrator of the department's Intercity
Passenger Division.
A 1991 state study estimated it
would cost $794 million to upgrade the
entire 280-mile corridor for a high-
speed rail system capable of traveling
125 mph.

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