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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 21, 1993 - 3

prepare to
iight in
Gaza Strip
.GAZA CITY, Occupied Gaza Strip
I(AP) - The Marj Al-Zahour Mosque
Singers took to the stage in camouflage
fatigues during a purported sports rally
*organized by the Islamic fundamental-
ist group Hamas on a broiling after-
'Today we are fighting with stones
andknives," the 10 boys sang. "Tomor-
row we will fight with pistols and ma-
chine guns."
The 8,000 spectators chanted ap-
proval, and roared when the poets, poli-
ticians and prayer leaders called for
attacks against Israel and for tearing up
the PLO's peace treaty with the Jewish
Palestinian factions are girding for
the fight toprove
they can control ,tk
the Gaza Strip.
.Some hope to
undermine the
pact's establish-
Anpent of gradual
* self-rule in the
-Gaza and West
tt Bank._
Trying to Arafat
fight the plan
now is like trying to tell a starving man
thata delicious platter of food is riddled
with poison, especially since a friend
brought it," said Abu Mohammed, an
organizer for the Islamic Resistance
Movement, or Hamas.
9" 'Now most people are happy. But
when they confrontreality it will be the
hour for the Muslims," he said.
-. PLO chair Yasser Arafat and his
backers promise better times in Gaza
through a huge injection of aid, plus a
r,.strong police force to restrain dissent-
ThePLOcahcelledall public rallies,
saying they were disruptive in light of
the~ recent moves.
eAny government trying to establish
control and inaugurate development for
the 800,000 Gazans faces enormous
problems. The number of residents per-
initted to work in Israelhas been slashed
from 80,000 to about 20,000 due to
security fears, and remittances from
wpm Persian Gulf states dried up because the
PLO supported Iraq during the Gulf
* ' The economic hardships of the past
-two years have largely destroyed the
ofeeling of solidarity and shared sacri-
fice built up by the intefadeh, the 6-
year-old uprising against the occupa-
"People are celebrating because they
think they won't have to pay taxes,
insure their cars or pay municipal fees.
People think they can just grab a bag
*Wand collect money," said Salah Abdul-
Shaft, an economist who distributes
European financial aid.
'This will create big problems for
the coming government," he said.
An initial $3 billion in aid is pro-
"Arafat does not have much time.
He cannot tellFrom his four-room ce-
mfent shack in Beach Refugee Camp,

41-year-oldAwad Ismael Al-Najjar and
17 family members look over a garbage
dump toward the strip of Israeli coast
once belonged to his family.
"What can we get better? At most
W will get the charity of a new two-
:bedroom house," said al-Najjar, whose
19-old-son died by blowing himself up
outside an Israelipolice station lastweek.
"What I understand from this agree-
ment is that I have no right to get back
t my land."

Proposed MSA
budget to raise
groups' funding


Family Planning Associates Medical Group, a Bakersfield, Calif., abortion clinic, is shown after it burned to the ground in an early
morning fire yesterday. The clinic and three other office buildings were destroyed, and loss is estimated to be at least $500,000
Fire destroys abortion clnC;
Rt~r SU~e~tarson,

Maybe it's not the pot of gold at the
end of the rainbow, but the Michigan
Student Assembly could make finan-
cial dreams come true for many Univer-
sity student organizations.
With itsproposed 1994budget, MSA
leaders said they hope to dramatically
increase the amount of money student
organizations are eligible to receive -
and to ensure that each group receives
the full amount it requests.
MSAoffers funding to student orga-
nizations to use for financing special
projects or events that will benefit a
significant portion of the student body.
Because of the volume of requests
and budgetary restraints, many student
organizations tend to be dissatisfied with
the amount they receive, said MSA
Vice President Brian Kight.
"(The assembly) doesn't like to say
no, so it funds a lot of groups but only a
little bit," Kight said. "As it is now,
student groups almost never get the
whole amount."
The proposed budget will allocate
an additional $20,000 in funding to the
Budget Priorities Committee, which is
responsible for distributing money to
the University's student organizations.
The assembly will vote on whether or
not it will accept the proposed budget at
its regular meeting tonight.
Although MSA has come under fire
recently for proposing drastic cuts to
other groups - such as the Ann Arbor
Tenants' Union - assembly President
Craig Greenberg said he feels the new
budget will provide better distribution
of funds for all parties involved.

"Over 120 groups come to MSA
with requests for money each year,"
Greenberg said. "Funding studentorga-
nizations is one of the most important
things we do as a student government."
MSA received more than $100,000
in funding requests from student groups
last year.
Yet only half of that amount was
officially allocated to student groups
because the assembly's budget cquld
not afford any more.
"The budget is usually always allo-
cated to its fullest," said Greenberg, an
LSA junior.
"Groups can'talways getas much as
they request.They rarely get all of what
they want or need."
MSA members also hope to change
the way the Budget Priorities Commit-
tee notifies student organizations that
they have been given the money they
About 5 percent of funds distributed
to student organizations goes unused
from either lack of interest or because
the proposed event was not held. Money
that is not used can be reallocated to
other groups later in the year that might
not have been funded otherwise, Kight
"We want to make sure that groups
get notified and then (MSA) can get
tough when they don'tpick itup," Kight
said. "MSA hopes to increase the aver-
age amount groups can receive and the
number of groups that can receive fund-
Organizations that want to receive
funding must be student groups recog-
nized by MSA and may only request
funds one time each semester.

abortion clinic that had been the target
of frequent demonstrations was de-
stroyed before dawn yesterday by a fire
that investigators suspect was set.
The four-alarm fire also destroyed
two adjacent buildings housing up to a
dozen smaller businesses. Damage was
estimated at $1.4 million.
The fire began at about 4 a.m. in the
offices of Family Planning Associates,
city Fire Marshal Larry Toler said. An
initial investigation pointed to probable
arson because of "the nature of the fire,
the way it spread so fast and the fact that
it burned so hot," he said.

Police officers answering a burglar
alarm found flames shooting through
the wood-shingled roof, Toler said. Trees
and electrical lines across an alley about
30 feet from the fire were scorched.
The clinic had received no threats,
said Mike Monji, regional manager for
Family Planning Associates. Bakers-
field is a farming and oil industry city of
200,000 residents 100 miles north of
Los Angeles.
Nationwide, there has been arash of
vandalism and violence against abor-
tion clinics, including the shootings of
doctors in Florida and Wichita, Kan.,
this year.

But there had beenno hint from anti-
abortion protests that there would be
violence at the Bakersfield clinic, said
Debbie Oldson, a legal assistant with a
law firm that lost roughly 500 client
'The demonstrations never worried
us," Oldson said. "They were very
Sue Finn, a spokesperson for the
anti-abortion group Operation Rescue
said from Los Angeles she didn't be-
lieve the fire was set by an abortion foe.
"We don't assume that it's a pro-life
person until someone is found or
caught," she said.

Spanish lecturers accuse 'U'
of hiring unfit replacements


A handful of Spanish lecturers say they are
hearing a "giant sucking sound" of their jobs
being sent to Europe, and they don't like what
they're hearing.
These members of the Department of Ro-
mance Languages and Literatures lodged com-
plaints against the department, claiming an "eth-
nic purge" is occurring as lecturers from mostly-
European Spanish-speaking countries replace
Americans from Latin American countries.
Representatives from the department said the
new lecturers are being transplanted to bring
diversity to the Spanish curriculum, and have
cited similar teacher-exchange programs in other
romance languages, such as French and Italian.
To support their accusation that the reasons for
not renewing their one-year contracts are not
legitimate, the displaced lecturers claim that the
new lecturers are unfit to teach and that they failed
their English proficiency tests.
Sarah Briggs, a representative from the En-
glish Language Institute (ELI) - a facility on
campus that tests teaching assistants (TAs) and
sometimes lecturers - said 11 lecturers from the
entire Department of Romance Languages and
Literatures were given tests.
. Department chair William Paulson, said five
tests were given to Spanish lecturers, four to
French and two to Italian. "One cannot actually
say that some lecturers failed and others passed,
because the test was intended to be diagnostic."
But, "several lecturers, including some of the
four newly-hired lecturers in Spanish ... had
relatively lower test scores."
Briggs said, "What we're particularly focus-

ing on is a language-in-use test." The institute
would not release any of the test results.
Paulson said the lecturers with low scores will
receive additional training from the institute.
Of the 14 lecturers who taught Spanish last
year, three did not have their one-year contracts
renewed. They accuse the department of replacing
them with inferior lecturers.
"They let people go who are citizens of the
United States, basically unemployed them, put
them out of work, brought in foreigners who have
less education, less experience and of course have
never been evaluated here at the University," said
Jon Heaton, a Spanish TA. Heaton's wife, Lupita,
is a Spanish lecturer whose hours were reduced.
John Chamberlin, LSA associate dean for aca-
demic appointments, reiterated that the lecturers
were only on one-year contracts. "It's not so much
that someone was fired than that they might not
have been renewed," he said.
Heaton was critical of the department's claim
that the lecturers were needed to balance out an
exchange program.
"In the French department, they have an ex-
change program. Some of our students do go to
France as lecturers and some people from France
come here. In Spanish, there isn't any exchange
like that."
Paulson said one of the five new lecturers is an
annual exchange with the University of Seville.
"The position is offered in exchange for the right
of Michigan students to enroll in that University
under the Michigan-Cornell Program in Seville."
He said this year's lecturer replaces last year's.
He said the other four lecturers were hired
under aplan devised by the directorof the Elemen-
tary Language Program in Spanish.

"Zeemo the Magnificent" amuses himself on the Diag yesterday.


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Student groups
U Saint Mary Student Parish,
Lector Training, 331 Thomp-
son, 7 p.m.
U Christian Science Organiza-
tion, weekly meeting, Michi-
gan League, check room at front
desk, 7 p.m.
U Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
Club, mass meeting, Michigan
Union, Anderson Room,7 p.m.
U U of M Actuarial Club, Intro-
duction to Actuarial Science at
UL Panac't 1aindsDrina

Dow Building, Room 1005, 6
Q Opportunities for Area Stud-
ies Students with The Will-
iam Davidson Institute, spon-
sored by the Center for Russian
and East European Studies,
Lane Hall, Commons Room, 4
Q The Black Panthers, film spon-
cnr-Ad h the Manist Interna-

Q Global Implication of War and
Peace In Bosnia, Nile Harper
speaking, sponsored by theEcu-
menical Campus Center, Inter-
national Center, 12 p.m.
Q An Invitation to the Chinese
Garden, sponsored by the Cen-
ter for Chinese Studies, Lane
Hall, Commons Room, 12p.m.
Student services
Q Career Planing and Placement
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