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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 4, 1993- 3

.New crime
bill to boost
number of
police officers
* ded by voter anger over crime, the
douse of Representatives gave its
endorsement yesterday todeployment
of an additional 50,000 police on
America's streets.
Four other anti-crime measures
awaited passage later in the day, to be
followed this month by debate on
legislation requiring a five-day wait-
mg period for handgun purchases.
The administration supports all the
measures, although President Clinton
campaigned last year on a platform
calling for 100,000 new police.
Approval for additional officers
came by voice vote. The measure
authorizes $3.45 billion for beefed-
up police forces over the next six
Clinton wants to use the savings
from a year-end round of spending
O uts to finance the anti-crime initia-
The House was expected to give
quick approval to four other bills de-
spite grumblings from some Republi-
cans who said the measures were rela-
tively insignificant.
They would require drug treat-
ment for federal prisoners, authorize
$400 million in grants for boot camp
*and other alternative punishments for
young offenders.
The bill would also support pro-
grams to reduce gang activities and
drug trafficking by juveniles, and pro-
vide drug treatment for state prison
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) said the
bills limited Congress to "nibbling
around the edges of a rhajor prob-
* He contended the "five minimalist
bills ... won't bring anybody to their
knees unless they're praying for
Rep. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
and chair of the House Judiciary crime
panel, argued that the measures be-
fore the House were "the meat of the
crime bill itself."
"These bills are not controversial
...but that doesn't make them any less
important to our constituencies who
are crying out" for action, Schumer
Rep. Mike Synar (D-Okla.) said
of community police increases: "This
is perhaps the top priority of law en-
forcement and citizens throughout this
country.... Thehigher the visibility of
law enforcement, the less likely a
(crime will be committed."
Car vandals strike
hard at campus lot
Vandals and thieves seem to have
found a profitable place to ply their
trade on North Campus, according to
police reports.
The University Department of Pub-
*lic Safety (DPS) reported that 17 ve-
hiclesonLotNC-31 were vandalizedor
broken into over the weekend, with

damages estimatedatmore than $2,000.
DPS Capt. James Smiley said such
incidents have increased this year,
with isolated North Campus lots such
as NC-31 seeing particularly large
More than 30 vehicles have been
*hit at Lot NC-31 - located on the


SLS-MSA financial
relationships to be
big issue in election

Although itwon'tbe seen on "L.A.
Law" Michigan Student Assembly
candidates are making a case out of
MSA's financial relationship with
Student Legal Services (SLS) during
the 1993 Fall elections.
Many candidates say they disagree
with MSA's recent decision to shift
the SLS fee on students' tuition bills
to its own line item - which they
worry leaves the service accountable
to the University Board of Regents,
rather than MSA.
But Brian Kight, MSA vice presi-
dent, said the decision was a strategic
move by TheMichigan Party to allow
SLS increased funding. He said by
taking SLS out of the budget, MSA
was exempting it from a fee cap es-
tablished by a student referendum.
SLS now receives about $286,000,
or roughly 60 percent of the
assembly's yearly budget. With this
revenue, SLS employs four attorneys
who handle an average of 50-60 pro-
bate and criminal defense cases at a
As The Michigan Party defends
the SLS decision, some contenders
are refocusing on the issue as a key
debate in this year's election.
Both Students' Party and Progres-
sive Party candidates have said they
want SLS tobeapartof the assembly's
budget to ensure students' right to
decide how the organization is fi-
"Everyone left for the summer
assuming that SLS would be a part of
the MSA budget as always," said S tu-
dents' Party ChairDevon Bodoh. "The

students knew nothing about it and
we think that's wrong."
The Michigan Party, however, ar-
gues it was acting to stabilize SLS
funding and strengthen its niche in
the University community.
"MSA's fee was not being in-
creased by the students or the regents,
so either MSA or SLS was going to
suffer," Kight said. "We were trying
to find a structure that will enable
them to provide better student ser-
Michigan Party candidate Jeff
Alexander is standing behind the
party's move in the election. "It was
not a spur of the moment decision.
They talked tothe administration, SLS
and the regents," Alexander said.
"(SLS funding) will continue, no
matter where the money will come
But Progressive Party candidate
Roger De Roo contends that MSA is
a necessary mediator between SLS
and the regents, and serves to protect
the service from non-student regula-
tion. He blames MSA leaders for
making a hasty decision.
"Students have never voted on the
separation of SLS from MSA," De
Roo explained.
Bodoh said he also disapproved of
the decision because it decreased
MSA's ability to control allocation of
SLS's funding. He said the Students'
Party will reintegrate SLS into the
student government if elected.
"We want to see students involved
in not only the SLS board ofdirectors,
but financial matters on MSA ... as
another check to see if (SLS) is serv-
ing students correctly," Bodoh said.

Art School senior Tom Bartlett uses a chain saw to carve into his log as part of a mixed media ceramics project.
LSA student government attempts to
counter apathy n upcoming election

With a 5p.m. deadline today for
students to claim spots in the Nov.
16-17 race for LSA Student Gov-
ernment, students appear apathetic
to what the future of the govern-
ment holds for them.
However, the government hopes to
show them just how wrong they are.
The LSA Student Government's
main function is to serve as the voice
of students in the College of LSA.
Yet it cannot be a voice without stu-
dents actively supporting its ventures,
LSA Student Government President
Jen Bayson said.
Often confused with the Michi-
gan Student Assembly, LSA Stu-
dent Government is an organiza-
tion independentof the MSA. MSA
is more politically-oriented, while
LSA Student Government empha-
sizes working within the school,
Bayson said. The organization dis-
cusses issues concerning LSA stu-
dents with faculty and administra-

tors to make joint academic and so-
cial policies, the senior explained.
"We're the only organization dedi-
cated solely to improving education
in the College of LSA," Bayson said.
Half-giggling out of embarrass-
ment, LSA sophomore Linsey Beck
confessed she did not know a single
thing about LSA StudentGovernment
or what it does to serve the student
body. "I read the signs (about the
election) on the wail of the MLB."
But that does not mean she would
want to participate even if the elec-
tion was better publicized. She said,
"I have that latent view like everyone
else does -someone else will do it."
This free-rider concept is a myth
Bayson would like to see dissolved.
She said not enough people par-
take in the student government, which
affects the academic and social life of
LSA students. She complained, how-
ever, that the number of students who
participate is confined to the 19 who
are elected to positions.
However, some students said the

small fee paid to the organization
during registration does not obligate
them to participate."I haven't in-
formed myself probably because I
don't care very much. I'm pretty sat-
isfied as I am,"LSA sophomore Adam
Bosch said.
LSA junior Daniel Abrams said a
common reason students give is that
they are content with the status quo.
"If they're not burning down my
pile of stuff, I'm going to leave them
alone," he said. He added that stu-
dents became involved in the past to
prevent adverse measures, such as the
Michigan Union alcohol policy.
Involvement in student govern-
ment should be because of the intent
to lead, and not to add as a credential
to a resume, Abrams said.
Bayson said student government
has such a goal. "It doesn't always
mean you're going to change any-
thing, unfortunately, but you're go-
ing to supply people with the infor-
mation and be doing something and
not just talking about it," she said.

Yeltsin approves new nuclear policy

. MOSCOW (AP) - Abandoning
a longstanding Soviet policy, Russia
now is ready to launch nuclear mis-
siles in a first strike if it or its allies are
attacked with conventional weapons,
a top official said yesterday.
The United States and other West-
ern powers have repeatedly refused to
rule out a first strike, arguing that
such a pledge would diminish the
deterrent value of their nuclear arse-
nals and limit their military options.
The new Russian policy is part of
a military doctrine approved by Presi-
dent Boris Yeltsin on Tuesday. The
document had been demanded by the
military as payment for its support in
his fight with parliament last month.
The 23-page doctrine states that
Russia's military mission is primarily
defensive and that no nation is con-
sidered a potential enemy.
It also allows the military to inter-

vene in domestic crises "toprotect the
constitutional system."
Valery Manilov, deputy secretary
of the country's top policy-making
Security Council, rejected suggestions
that provision signified an expanded
role for the army following October's
The riots by hard-line parliament
supporters, which killed dozens of
people in Moscow, prompted Yeltsin
to send tanks and troops to flush out
defiant lawmakers from the parlia-
ment building.
This provision "reflects the objec-
tive reality of our society, which is
passing through a transition period,"
Manilov said at a news conference.
Manilov said the new doctrine al-
lows use of nuclear weapons "against
states, nuclear or non-nuclear, which
have undertaken aggression against
Russiaorsupported such aggression."

1700 blockof Hubbard Street-since
late September.
Smiley said he suspects the van-
dalism, which occurs in the early
morning hours, is arandom occurance
and is not aimed at any particular
person or group of people.
Police have no suspects in the case at
this point,Smiley said, adding that patrols
bring the criminals to justice.

One arrest leads to
another for DPS
Police arrested a man early Tues-
day on an outstanding warrant, only
to find him also in possession of a
small quantity of illegal drugs.
DPS officers made the arrest in
Mason Hall about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday
after a warrant check on the man
revealed that there was an outstand-
ing warrant from DPS for trespassing
on University property.
A pat-down search of the man
turned up a small quantity of mari-
juana in the man's possession.
Officers brought the man to DPS

headquarters where he was processed
and released on $25 bond on the tres-
passing charge.
An arrest warrant on the mari-
juana possession charge is pending.
Man accosts woman
at Grad
A woman called police after an
incident in the Harlan HatcherGradu-
ate Library in which a man offered
hermoney in return for sexual favors.
According to DPS reports, the
woman was leaving a study carrel on
the sixth floor when she was ap-
proached by a man who offered her a
$100 bill if she would "feel him up."
The woman told police she did not
know the man, and that she refused
his request.
He eventually left the area with-
out incidentafter she turned him down.
Police took the woman's descrip-
tion of the man and are on the lookout
for him.
-by Will McCahill
Daily Staff Reporter

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