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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 10, 1993- 3

-MSA votes
against
proposed
rehab fee
By KAREN TALASKi
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
In an unusually subdued debate,
M1ichigan Student Assembly repre-
sentatives voted to approve the
University's proposed School-Based
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Plan
during last night's meeting.
However, the assembly's support
came at a price more costly to the
administration than students. As a
revenue-neutral alternative, MSA
would require that the proposed policy
be implemented without the currently
proposed University Health Services
(UHS) increase to students' tuition
bills.
The assembly quickly passed a
resolution to take money from al-
ready established funds such as the
student infrastucture fee, 18-2.
"I support this whole-heartedly,"
said Business School Rep. Devon
Bodoh. "It would be advantageous to
us to voice the students' concerns and
not raise tuition.
The policy was brought before the
student government three weeks ago
when UHS Director Cy Briefer pre-
sented MSA with a draft of its pro-
posal.
Briefer said he wanted the ap-
-proval of student organizations such
as MSA before taking the policy any
further.
The plan would include additional
counseling and treatment services for
any qualified student in need of alco-
hol or substance abuse treatment. The
cost of the entire rehabilitation project
would be $15 per student, totaling
* about $540,000.

Student leaders oppose
proposed $15 rehab fee

EVAN PETRIE/Dally
MSA Rep. Benjamin Bolger addresses MSA during last night's meeting. The
assembly voted on the University's alcohol and substance abuse plan.

By RONNIE GLASSBERG
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
As PresidentClintonknows, health
care costs dollars.
Student leaders on campus, how-
ever, want a $15 tuition increase for a
University Health Services' (UHS)
proposed alcohol and drug counsel-
ing program tocomefromsomewhere
other than their pockets.
Last night, the Michigan Student
Assembly voted to support the plan
under the conditions that students'
tuition would not increase and the
plan be supported through revenue-
neutral areas of the University in-
stead.
In addition, a review committee
made up of mostly students would
need to be formed to investigate the
policy's success rates.
Interfraternity Council President
Polk Wagner echoed the concerns of
MSA representatives.
"The general consensus is that the
idea is really good, (but) I think we
could do a better job of explaining
where the $15 goes to," he said.
"We need to work on the details so
the students will understand and ac-
cept it," Wagner added.
The proposal of UHS Director Cy
Briefer calls for adding $15 to stu-
dents' tuition costs to fund the
$540,000 program. All students, ex-
cept those already eligible for Uni-
versity benefits or covered under
G3radcare, would be included in the
insurance policy.
Briefer said he hopes to be able to
provide help to all who need it, how-
ever he said there are no guarantees.
He explained the reasoning behind
the $15 fee.
"What we've done is to base the

proposed $15 tax essentially on the
experience of several (public) school
districts, that is K-12 school districts,
that have implemented a similar policy
in fairly high-prevalence areas. So,
we feel at least we're in the ballpark,"
he said.
Briefer's proposal provides four
levels of counseling: educational out-
reach, low-intensity outpatient
therapy, high-intensity outpatient
therapy and residential treatment.
"The idea behind the proposal is
simply to provide an insurance pro-
gram for students which specifically
deals with the issues of alcohol and
substance abuse and to provide cov-
erage which is comprehensive,"
Briefer said.
While UHS would run most of the
educational aspects of the program,
University Counseling Services
would provide the low-intensity out-
patient therapy.
In addition to this, Chelsea Arbor
Outpatient Services would service
those needing high-intensity treatment
and the Chelsea Arbor Treatment Pro-
gram would offer residential treat-
ment.
The generated fees would be used
toward hiring two additional Univer-
sity employees and to provide the
services at Chelsea Arbor.
"We would hire an additional
health educator who would be tasked
entirely with outreach educational
programs and there would be an addi-
tional counselor in the counseling
service whose entire job would be to
run programs for people with alcohol
and substance abuse," Briefer said.
Meg Whittaker, MSA health is-
sues chair, said she is skeptical that
adding two staff members will make

a difference.
"I'm skeptical of it, but I'm will-
ing to give it a chance for one year,"
she said.
Students would not pay additional
money foroff-campus treatment. Both
UHS and Counseling Services would
be able to refer students to Chelsea
Arbor for the more intensive care.
Briefer said a common complaint
concerning the plan is students with-
out drug and alcohol problems must
fund treatment for other people.
"The fact of the matter is that the
person may not have a problem one
year, but may end up having a prgb-
lem the following year," Briefer said.
He added that a drinking problem
on campus may be caused by peer
pressure.
In order for the plan to be imple-
mented, Briefer said there will need
to be some kind of formal endorse-
ment from campus leaders.
"The students will have to step up
to this. If the students wish to pursue
it, then I will take it through my vice
president, Vice President (for Stu-
dent Affairs Maureen) Hartford, to
the executive officers. They will have
to say OK and the final step would be
that we would have to go through te
(University Board of) Regents," 1e
said.
Despite the criticisms, Briefer lias
high hopes for the future of the pro-
gram.
"I'd like to be able to look bC
two or three years from now and pe
able to see that there's been a de-
crease in some of the institutionalizel
drunkenness and that there's beenpa
decrease in some of the adverse social
and medical consequences that flov
out of that."

Assembly members were wary to
agree to the original proposal, but
were more willing to do so after a
resolution by MSA Vice President
Brian Kight and Health Issue Com-
mittee Chair Meg Whittaker to make
the plan revenue-neutral and subject
to a student review committee.
"I think it's a step in the right
direction," Kight said, advising the
assembly to push for the plan's fund-
ing to be taken from the University's
infrastructure maintenance fee.
Whittaker also supported the pro-
posal as accompanied by the resolu-
tion, but for different reasons.
"I think they're going to impose
this fee whether we like it or not. I

don't support any more tuition in-
creases. I'm sick of it," Whittaker
said.
"At least this resolution makes
(the $15 fee) revenue-neutral."
LSA Rep. Jacob Stern questioned
the wording of the resolution, amend-
ing some of its wording to clarify
what students would be appointed to
the review committee.
Stern recommended the resolu-
tion require that members from all
three branches of the "Greek System"
- Interfraternity Council,
Panhellenic Council, and the Black
Greek Association - be included in
the appointment of their particular
representative.

Jackson urges multicultural reform at CMU
Students recount recent experiences of racial degradation by faculty, basketball coach

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) -
The Rev. Jesse Jackson urged white
students at Central Michigan Univer-
sity yesterday todemandmulticultural
education or risk becoming losers in
life.
Jackson said white students learn-
ing only white ways will be ill-
equipped to do business in a world
that is primarily non-English speak-
ing and nonwhite.
"That Phi Beta Kappa key in cul-
tural isolation might not open many
doors," he said. Jackson also said
cultural divisions must be bridged.
"In the final analysis, we will ei-
ther choose polarization or partner-
ship. We'll choose multicultural edu-
cation and diversity or we'll choose
ethnic cleansing," he said.
More than 5,700 studentscrowded
into Rose Arenatohear thecivil rights
leader press the university to set up a
multicultural center and recruit more
minority students, faculty andadmin-
istrators.
About 2.8 percent of the 16,349
students at the university are Black.
Overall, 5.9percentisminority. About
18 percent of the school's athletes are
minorities.
Jackson was invited to campus
after racial tensions were heightened
* last spring by a basketball coach's
statement that he needed more

'I would much rather be referred to as a nigger in
a context than be treated as one by the faculty
every single day.'
-Kristi Sallie
CMU senior

"niggers" on the team.
Coach Keith Dambrot was fired,
but he protested that he used the word
with the permission of his players to
mean toughness.
In ameeting with about 60 student
leaders, Jackson said the incident had
pulled the scab off the sore of racism
on campus.
One student told Jackson she was
less offended by the coach's language
than by the attitude of white faculty.
Kristi Sallie, a senior from Grand
Rapids, said one professor refused to
give her the instructions for an as-
signment and gave her a poor grade.
"I don't condone what he (the
coach) said but I would much rather
be referred to as a nigger in a context
than be treated as one by the faculty
every single day," she said.
Jackson told her the language was
unacceptable and degrading.
One former basketball player said
the players initially were afraid to
protest the coach's comment.

"All of the players, everyone of
them, were offended afterwards. They
talked about it, but due to their schol-
arships, they wouldnot acton it. They
were afraid they were going to lose
their scholarships," said Shannon
Norris, a junior from Lansing.
He said some only signed on to a
lawsuit the coach filed over his firing
because they feared losing their schol-
arships or they didn't understand what
they were signing.
Jackson said the term is never ac-
ceptable. "Students must remain per-
manently maladjusted to degrada-
tion," he said.
In his speech at Rose Arena, Jack-
son told the mostly white audience
they need to see Blacks as competi-
tors in physics and chemistry classes,
not just as entertainers in sports are-
nas, and as "peers, not parasites."
"You must learn to live in the real
world order. Your A's will not help very
much if they only give you vertical leap
and not horizontal headth," he said.

Recalling the history of the civil
rights movement, Jackson said stu-
dents traditionally have led the fight
for better treatment of minorities.
"Let's live together and make
America better. Let's live together
and make Americabetter,"hechanted.
Jackson also urged the university
to stop using the Indian tribal name
"Chippewas" as a mascot for its ath-
letic teams.
University President Leonard
Plachta said the school had studied
the issue and the board of trustees had
voted to keep the name. He told Jack-
son there wereno Indianson the board.
"Explains everything.... They are
not involved in the equation. They
cannot argue their own case," Jack-
son said.
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
(D-Detroit) said she will hold hear-
ings in Lansing next year to let stu-
dentsfrom all state-supported univer-
sities discuss campus attitudes.
Plachta declined to say specifi-
cally what the administration dis-
cussed privately with Jackson or what
commitments it had made to increase
minority faculty, staff and students.

AP PH dy
Jesse Jackson speaks to Detroit Public School .students at a rally yesterday.

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A special Shaolin Temple dynamic tension exercise will also be taught to
increase hand, arm and upper body strength.
November 13, 1993, from 10:00 - 2:00 at Chippewa Racquet Club
2525 Golfside, Ypsilanti, MI
Instructors: Maurice Freeman and Mike Gillespie have studied N.- S.
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Tuition is $40.00, class size limited.
Call 480-1962 to register prior to participation.

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Student group.
O AIESEC, mass meeting, Busi-
ness Administration Building,
Room 1276, 6-7 p.m.
U Archery Club, practice, Sports
Coliseum, 8-10 p.m.
O Lutheran Campus Ministry,
Jesus Through the Centuries
study/discussion, 6 p.m.;
Evening Prayer, 7 p.m.; 801
South Forest Ave.
O Marxist Study on Current
Events, MLB, Room B 129, 7
.m.
O injutsu Club, IM Building,
Wrestling Room, 7:30 p.m.
O Goldman Sachs/Information
Technology, sponsored by Ca-
reer Planning and Placement,
Michigan Union, Kalamazoo
Room, 6 -8 p.m.

O Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
everyone welcome, CCRB,
Room 2275, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
U Tae Kwon Do Club, beginners
and other new members wel-
come, CCRB, Room 2275, 7-
8:30 p.m.
U Undergraduate Law Club, of-
fice hours, Michigan Union,
Room4124,12-2p.m.,4-5 p.m.
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don workshop, sponsored by
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Room 3116, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
U Blood Battle, sponsored by Al-
pha Phi Omega, Business
School, Phelps Lounge, 2-7:30
p.m.

a Signet, sponsored by Career
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gan Union, Anderson Room, 6-
7 p.m.
a The Collapse of the Democratic
Movement in Azerbaijan,
sponsored by the Center for
Russian and East European
Studies, Rackham, West Con-
ference Room, 7:30 p.m.
U The Meaning of Money, mod-
erator: Geoffrey Wilson, spon-
sored by Students of Objectiv-
ism, MLB, Room B 120, 7 p.m.
Q WhatDoesItMeantobe Ukrai-
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Chernysh, sponsored by the
Center for Russian and East
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Commons Room, noon.
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