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The Michan Daily -Friday, November12, 1993-5

*Multicultural office

funds events
Office of Academic picatio
Multicultural Lopez r
Initiatives guides irm es
students through possible
application process SAMI
students
By SARAH KIINO funding
DAILY STAFF REPORTER LopE
The Office of Academic year is
Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) may the prop
be able to influence students' lives table at
more directly than many realize. fliers, n
The office's Student Academic of SAM
.Multicultural Initiative (SAMI) pro- cially g
gram, now in its first year, provides graduat
funding for minority student organi- graduau
zations and individuals. LSA
"We are making an effort to sup- the Uni
port students who are achieving aca- zations
demically," said SAMI coordinator realize t
MelissaLopez. "ThepurposeofSAMI they cam
is to provide incentive for students to ing requ
assist in creating an academic Stud
multicultural learning and teaching services
environment." LSA
Individual students may receive dent of
financial support for graduate school Associa
application fees and entrance exam that NA
preparation courses, student exchange SAMI a
programs, faculty supervisedresearch, are so m
i rtravel fees for research or presenta- anythin
tions at academic conferences. Jasin
SAMI also provides funding for strumen
events initiated by minority student or- to the U
*ganizationsoncampus,including bring- people
ing guest lecturers and speakers. "He or
Lopez said in order to procure cial imp
funding, the organization must sub- (Lopez'
mit a final report with an itemized everythi
budget one month after the comple- Wan
tion of the program. ized, I ki
"We don't fund the operating cost program
of organizations, and we don't fund out then
social events," she said. This year, He a
SAMI has provided funding for about more fur
25 events. but is am
In order to obtain money from on SAM
SAMI, students must submit an ap- first mu
U~TiNimosehfQ~

yearly
)n form to the OAMI office.
aid once SAMI evaluates the
nd decides to sponsor an event,
to give as much funding as
e, but is limited by a budget.
also provides workshops for
s on how to write an effective
proposal.
ez said the main problem this
letting students know about
gram. Although SAMI had a
Festifall and has distributed
ot enough students are aware
[I's existence, she said, espe-
raduate students and under-
es who are trying to go to
e school.
ksophomore Jason Wang of
ted Asian American Organ-
(UAAO, said, "When people
he scope and benefits of what
n do, there will be more fund-
uests."
ents who have used SAMI's
are grateful for the program.
senior Kelly Jasinski, presi-
the Native American Student
aion (NASA), said,"Idoknow
ASA benefits so much from
nd (Lopez's) efforts ... there
many people who don't know
g about other cultures."
nski said Lopez has been in-
ntal in bringing guest speakers
niversity. "There are so many
who want to speak," she said.
she is going to have a benefi-
act on everyone. It is through
s) efforts - she makes sure
ing is taken care of."
g said, "Because it's central-
now where to go for academic
iming. To know the money is
e is very comforting."
dded that he would like to see
nding allocated to the UAAO,
ware of the budget constraints
I, and realizes more money
st be allocated to SAMI.

AIPAC
calls fo

head

r action

ANASTASIA BANIGKI/Daly
Howard Kohl, director of the American Israel Public Affairs Commitee, speaks at Hillel last night.
'U, students lobby for Israel

By JESSICA CHAFFIN
FOR THE DAILY
The situation in the Middle East is volatile,
complex and constantly changing. This week-
end, 65 University students will learn how to
influence the dynamics of this conflict.
A group of students affiliated with the Is-
rael-Michigan Public Affairs Committee
(IMPAC) will travel today to the University of
Illinois for the biannual Midwest regional con-
ference sponsored by the American Israel Pub-
lic Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Each spring, AIPAC sponsors a national
conference in Washington, D.C. Last year's
conference attracted such prominent speakers
as Secretary of Defense Warren Christopher
and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The purpose of these conferences is to get
students involved in the political process on
behalf of Israel and to brief them on this ever-
changing situation, said IMPAC Co-chair Dan
Cherrin, an LSA junior.
Cherrin said AIPAC works to involve stu-
dents in the political process. "They go to stu-
dents because they know that the students are
the future of this activism and lobbying."
The weekend conference will include anum-

ber of speakers from the U.S. State Department
and Middle East analysts. Illinois Sen. Paul
Simon, who has maintained a traditionally pro-
Israel stance, will speak as well.
LSA sophomore Jennifer Grossman, IMPAC
co-chair said, "I think that the conference is
going to be fantastic. We'll be able to interact
with Paul Simon one-on-one. He wants to hear
about our concerns, as well as political involve-
ment on our campuses."
The University's delegation is traditionally
the largest at the AIPAC conference, represent-
ing 65 of the approximately 250 students who
attend the conference.
"I think that it's phenomenal that students
are so interested in U.S.-Israel politics and that
they want to get involved - Jews and non-
Jews. You don't have to be Jewish to be pro-
Israel," Cherrin said.
LSA senior Randy Horton also shared his
thoughts on the conference. "I think it is terrific
that Michigan has so many people going, be-
cause if these people are going to be involved in
pro-Israel activism then they need to keep up on
the constantly changing situation in the Middle
East," he said. "I think this conference provides
a terrific educational opportunity."

ANA~ JASIA IMNICNIIPIIy

By RACHEL SCHARFMAN
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The executive director of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Howard Kohr, spoke to a
small but attentive group at Hillel yesterday.
He talked about the relationship between the United
States and Israel, the controversial peace plan and peace
talks. He stressed the importance of pro-active student
efforts to support the peace effort.
AIPAC, a privately funded organization, works with
the U.S. government to ensure official legislative and
foreign policy commitments to the security and well-
being of Israel in light of its continuous struggle with
Palestine and neighboring nations.
Through his position, Kohr acts as a liaison between
the White House, the State Department, the Defense
Department and members of Congress on Israeli issues.
He emphatically encouraged students to lobby for peace
in the Middle East.
"Peace is something that everyone here has prdbably
hoped for, prayed for and in some cases worked for, and
something that obviously we need to be supportive of," he
said.
Kohr implored the group, which consisted mostly of
students, to take fir steps to support Israel.
"The only way that support is maintained is by the
active involvement of those who care about the U.S.-
Israel relationships," he said.
"Your involvement with your elected officials -
educating them, telling them of your concerns about the
peace process, about the need for U.S.-Israel relations to
remain strong in this very different period we're facing -
is something that sends a message to all the participants in
the peace process."
Kohr asked students about their feelings on this issue,
one of the most hotly debated of the year. Many of the
students professed support for peace in the region while at
the same time expressing varying degrees of skepticism
of the progress so far.
"There has to be a dialogue sometime," said Mark
Detsky, an LSA first-year student who supports the peace
efforts and applauds AIPAC's efforts.
This theory, in addition to others, was explored as
Kohr solicited ideas and feelings from everyone present.
In the course of conversation, Kohr presented the
group with options for speeding and mitigating the peace
process. He included writing letters to congressional
representatives and actively lobbying to achieve 9 peace-
ful resolution to this ongoing conflict.

1c

oil embargo on

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - De- arms emba
spitecomplaints itwas doing too little 1992 into a
.too late, the Security Council voted bank accou
yesterday to tighten sanctions against of some oil
Libya for refusing to turn over sus- 11-0 with fc
pects in the 1988 bombing of a Pan SusanC
Am jetliner. among the
The Council shied away from hit- complained
ting Libya where it would hurt most: equate and
its oil exports. And U.S. Ambassador leader Moa
Madeleine Albright was noncommit- der the susp
tal about whether Washington would and Britain
try again for an oil embargo, telling "The on
reporters, "We'll have to see on that." job is a full
Libya's economy relies on its oil matic game
exports of 1.5 million barrels a day, an avoidan
generating $9 billion a year in rev- Despite
enue. pean nation
Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Libyan oil 1
Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, troleum em
1988. Six relatives of victims wit- Familtfs of
nessed the vote to expand the air and said in a s

rgo in effect since April
freeze of Libya's foreign
nts and a ban on its import
equipment. The vote was
our abstentions.
'hen, whose daughter was
bombing's 270 victims,
the sanctions are inad-
unlikely to force Libyan
unmar Gadhafi to surren-
pects to the United States
, where they are charged.
ly thing likely to do the
oil embargo. This diplo-
at the U.N. is nothing but
ce of action," she said.
initial U.S. support, Euro-
ns heavily dependent on
blocked adoption of a pe-
ibargo. A group called
Pan Am 103-Lockerbie
atement an oil embargo

would be necessary.
The limited sanctions are sched-
uledto take effect Dec. 1 unless Libya
cooperates.
Libya says it has urged the sus-
pects-Abdul Basset Ali al-Megrahi
and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah -to sur-
render but cannot force them to do so.
The suspects say they want assur-
ances of a fair trial in a neutral coun-
try. The Libyan ambassador, Ali
Elhouderi, suggested theUnited States
would not be appropriate because of
"areas of deficiency in the American
judicial system, which were revealed
by the Rodney King trial."
Four white policemen were ac-
quitted in the beating of King, a Black
motorist, in Los Angeles in 1991.
It took a tussle with the Russians,
weeks of arduous negotiations and
intervention by President Clinton to

ibya, 11-0
expand the sanctions. The United
States, Britain and France let an Oct.
1 deadline pass in an effort to win
Russian support and give Secretary-
General Boutros Boutros-Ghali more
time to press the Libyans.
The Russians at one point threat-
ened a veto because of concern the
North African country wouldn't re-
pay a $4 billion debt to Moscow for
military and commercial trade. Mos-
cow voted in favor of the resolution
after it was revised to say the sanc-
tions do not remove Libya's duty to
repay its foreign debt.
Although the sanctions include a
freeze on Libya's financial assets in
foreign bank accounts, diplomats be-
lieve Tripoli already has withdrawn
its liquid assets in the four months it
has known the penalties were com-
ing.

GOP collects f
By COURTNEY WEINER
FOR THE DAILY
Cardboard boxes spot dorms
throughout the campus as the College
Republicans work to collect non-per-
ishable goods for the 1993 Michigan
Harvest Food Gathering.
The gathering began three years
ago as an effort by the public and
government, as well as businesses
and nonprofit groups, to offer "help
and hope" to needy Michigan citi-
zens. This year, Gov. John Engler and
the Michigan Departmentof Agricul-
ture asked the College Republicans to
lend a hand.
"Giving a can is an inexpensive
and easy way to help people in need,"
said LSA junior Kelly Selman, who
donated a can yesterday.
The program started as a way to
give assistance to needy Michigan
residents without government subsi-
dies, said Bill Lowry, state chair of

.ood for hungry
the College Republicans. University
students h ave already donated around
200 non-perishable items, but the Col-
lege Republicans hope to beat Michi-
gan State University by collecting
more than 500.
Cardboard boxes for non-perish-
able goods are located inseveral places
including the Union, North Campus
Commons, Fletcher Hall, Bursley,
South Quad, Cousins, Markley, and
Stockwell, as well as some sorority
houses. After Nov. 15, the food will
be sent to Lansing and then distrib-
uted throughout Michigan.
Ameritech, Dow Chemical and
Consumers Power have each pledged
$25,000 to the statewide Harvest Food
Gathering if the Michigan Depart-
ment of Agriculture can find 10 other
businesses to donate a total of
$150,000. Eightbusinesses have con-
tributed so far, and 10 are expected to
donate by next Wednesday.

Two Michigan reps. say 'yes'to NAFTA

Friday
0 Arabic Movie Night, sponsored
by the Arab-American Stu-
dents' Association, Arabic
House, 8 p.m.
0 Blood Battle, sponsored by Al-
pha Phi Omega, East Quad,
Greene Lounge, 1-6:30 p.m.
0 Career Planning & Placement,
Choosing Your Major, Student
Activities Building, Room
3200, noon
0 Chinese Christian Fellowship,
with John Jelinetz, Dana Build-
ing, Room 1040,7:30 p.m.
0 The Civic Education Project,
Paul Kubicek, part of a pro-
gram with Yale and Central
European universities, Lane
Hall, Commons Room, 4 p.m.
O De-Ba-jeh-Mu-Jig Theater
Group, If Jesus met Nanabush,
sponsored by the Office ofAca-
demic Multicultural Initiatives,
Stockwell, Blue Lounge, 8p.m.
0 Environmental Issues on Res-
ervations, brown bag series
sponsored by the Office of Aca-
demic Multicultural Initiatives,
West Quad, Women's Studies
Lounge, noon
0 Hong Kong Movie Night, Cage
Men and Fong Sai Yuk, spon-
sored by the Hong Kong Stu-
dent Association, Chrysler Cen-
ter, Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
0 Korean Camnus Cruade far

U Rowing Team, novice practice,
boat house, men 3, 4, and 5
p.m.; women 3:30, 4:30, and
5:30 p.m.
" Safewalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, UGLi, lobby,
936-1000,8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
O Saint Mary Student Parish,
campus prayer group, 7 p.m.,
rosary group, 7:30 p.m., 331
Thompson St.
O Shorln-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
everyone welcome, CCRB,
Room 2275,6 p.m.
U Students Concerned About
Animal Rights, meeting, Caffe
Fino, 1214S. University Ave.,
5 p.m.
d Tae Kwon Do Club, everyone
welcome, CCRB, Room 2275,
7:30 p.m.
O Veggie Shabbat Potluck, for
grads and professionals spon-
sored by the Jewish Law Stu-
dents Union, Laura Pershin,
LawQuad,Lawyer's Club,7:30
p.m.
" Weekly Bridge Game, Dupli-
cate Bridge Club, Michigan
Union, Tap Room, 7:30 p.m.
" Women's Poetry Night, spon-
sored by the Women's Issues
Commission, East Quad, Half-
way Inn, 7 p.m.
Saturday
U Concert of Praver. snsnnred

sored by the Center for Chinese
Studies, Lorch Hall, Audito-
rium, 8 p.m.
Sunday
Q Alpha Phi Omega, Pledge meet-
ing, 6 p.m.; Chapter meeting, 7
p.m.; Michigan League,
Henderson Room
Q Blood Battle, sponsored by Al-
pha Phi Omega, South Quad,
African-American Lounge, 1-
6:30 p.m.
Q Celebration Service, sponsored
by the Wesley Foundation, First
United Methodist Church, 5
p.m.
Q Christian Life Church Sunday
Service, School of Education,
Schorling Auditorium, 11 a.m.
U Dinner and Conversation,
sponsored by Guild House Stu-
dents Involved for Global
Neighborhood, 802 Monroe St.,
5 p.m.
Q Palestinian Dabkeh, sponsored
by Arab-American Student's
Association, Michigan Union,
Anderson Room, 7 p.m.
U Phi Sigma Pi, general meeting,
EastQuad, Room 126, 7:30p.m.
U Relaxation Workshop, Alice
Brunner, sponsored by divisions
of the Office of Student Affairs,
Community Center, 2 p.m.
U Saint Mary Student Parish,
PeerMinistrvmeetin., ' 1 Th.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two
Michigan representatives announced
Thursday they would vote for the
North American Free Trade Agree-
ment next week, tripling the support
from the state delegation.
Reps. Peter Hoekstra (R-Holland)
and Nick Smith (R-Addison), said
they believed the trade pact would
benefit businesses by allowing a freer
trade of U.S. goods to Mexico.
The agreement, up for a vote
Wednesday in the House, wouldelimi-
nate most tariffs and other trade bar-
riers among the United States, Canada
and Mexico.
"The choice is simple," Hoekstra
said during a speech at Grand Valley
StateUniversityinAllendale. "Should
the U.S. rise to the challenge of inter-
national competition and enter grow-
ing foreign markets? Or should we
rest on our laurels and rely only on the
limited U.S. market growth?"
Smith said Mexico is "much too

small, poor and disorganized to pose
a threat to the American economy."
"Iknow the American people don't
wantto back down on the challenge to
compete with this economically small
country. We can do it," he said in a
phone interview following his an-
nouncement in Charlotte.
The pair join Rep. Joseph
Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills),
in support of the trade agreement.
All of Michigan's Democrats, 10
in the House, have said they intend to
vote against NAFTA.
That leaves only two undecided
members from Michigan, Reps. Fred
Upton of St. Joseph and Dave Camp
of Midland.
Upton and Camp planned addi-
tional meetings this weekend with
people on both sides of the issue.
They are expected to announce their
decisions Monday or Tuesday.
Opponents fear U.S. companies
would be more likely to relocate jobs

in Mexico to take advantage of lower
wages and lax workplace standards
because NAFTA eliminates much of
the red tape they now face if they
move south.
But backers such as Hoekstra say
NAFTA would reduce the incentive
U.S. companies have to relocate jobs
in Mexico by lowering barriers to
goods manufactured in the United
States.
"No longer would U.S. compa-
nies be forced to produce in Mexico
to sell to Mexican citizens and U.S.
goods, manufactured by U.S. work-
ers, could be shipped to Mexico for
substantially lower tariffs," he said.
"The lower tariffs that will be en-
joyedby U.S. companies alwayshave
been available to Mexican-produced
goods."
Hoekstra said there are built-in
protections so a country can't flood
another with products once the tariff
is lowered.

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