The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 24, 1993 - 3
xg DEMETRIOS EFSTRATIOU
OR THE DAILY
Although only one more than half
iits members was present, the Michi-
#n Student Assembly met last night
fr its final session before the Thanks-
Even President Craig Greenberg
aished the assembly a "Happy
*W11ianksgiving" through his weekly
:Nesident's Report instead of in per-
,sons because the executive officer had
ready headed home to Louisville,
Like the rest of the student popu-
1ation, ready to take a respite from
theirAnn Arbor work, assembly mem-
Zbers clearly approached the upcom-
ing break with anticipation. MSA Vice
.President Brian Kight, filling in for
his absent counterpart, was forced to
repeatedly pound the gavel in an ef-
fort to calm the representatives' pre-
After the representatives settled
down, the assembly began to discuss
the main item on themeeting's agenda:
a resolution to suspend MSA's fund-
ing of the Ann Arbor Tenafnts' Union
(AATU), a local organization which
isdesigned to act as a pro-tenant ad-
The resolution, which was pro-
pqsed by LSA Rep. Jacob Stern, would
have halted payment of the $24,320
MSA alloted for AATU funding in its
According to the resolution, the
tenants' union allegedly broke its
agreement with the assembly by re-
fusing to recognize three of the four
.students MSA appointed to the AATU
board, which is supposed to play an
advisory role in ensuring AATU's
Stern, one of the students not rec-
ognized by tenants' union, personnel,
urged the representatives to support
"How much more will it take be-
-fore we finally (stop AATU's fund-
ing)?" he asked.
LSA Rep. Mike Christie chimed
in his support for the resolution. "Right
now is the perfect time to do it to the
AATU," he said.
The proposal met considerable
opposition as several assembly mem-
'bers encouraged their colleagues to
defeat the stoppage of funding.
Business Rep. Devon Bodoh
pointed to the upcoming semester
change as a key time when students
'seek the AATU's advice. During the
beginning of Winter semester, many
students begin their search for off-
campus housing, often relying on in-
formation provided by such housing
sources as the AATU.
"We are basically screwing the
students by doing this," Bodoh said.
At the end of the debate, the repre-
sentatives voted to suspend funding,
However, the resolution will have
no impact on the 1994 budget be-
cause it fell short of the two-thirds
majority required.to ratify an amend-
uent to MSA's budget.
In the wake ofthis decision, AATU
: ill continue to receive its funding
fr the rest of this year.
Just over 90 minutes after the
meeting began, Kight pounded the
gavel once more, and the student gov-
ernment representatives left to enjoy
Fans have 'fab' time
as Albom signs
By MEGAN SCHIMPF Ann Arbor resident Wendy Weitzel,
DAILY STAFF REPORTERWed
who said she enjoys Albom's insights
Mitch Albom's unique ability to into sports and other topics.
"slam-dunk with words" drew close "The book is the product of two
to 400 people at Borders Bookstore years of work," Albom said. "It started
last night as the Detroit Free Press when these guys showed up at Michi-
columnist signed copies of his new gan. We didn't know it was going to
book about the Fab Five. turn into such a big story."
"He makes me laugh my head off Albom rented an apartment in Ann
or cry my heart out," said RC first- Arbor over the summer to write the
year student Mary Fyke. "I have all of book
his books and when I found he was "I wanted to write a book about
going to be here I about freaked." what it was like to be famous young,"
The first person in line arrived two he said.
hours early, said Dallas Moore, the Albom signed the books with per-
community relations coordinator for sonal messages and often signed mul-
Borders. She said the high turnout tiple copies for people to give as pre-
was unexpected and is unusual for sents
most book signings. "I laughed and cried all the way
During the wait in line, which through," said Peggy Zitek, a Canton
lasted three hours for some, many resident. "I couldn't put it down. I felt
people began reading the book, like I was there, like a fly on the wall.
"I stopped in to get the Metro I liked reliving all the games I
Times and bought the book," said watched."
Albom drew his own fans as well
as basketball fans.
"I read his column and listen to his
radio program," said LSA senior Pat
Gilhool. "It was cool to actually get to
talk to him. He seemed like a down to
earth, good guy."
-Most of the students have watched
the Fab Five during their careers at
"I arrived on campus when they
did," said LSA junior Angie Hills,
who lived in South, Quad. "They'd
walk around the dorm the day after a
game and you'd say 'Good game.'
They played pick-up games the first
fall we were here on the court on the
side of South Quad, and we'd all jgst
stand and watch. The book is just
making it all personal.'
Albom keeps book signings from
becoming a routine by personally talk-
ing to everyone who comes through
the book line.
Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom signs books at Borders last night.
By RACHEL SCHARFMAN
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
With the number of medica
practice suits once again reachi
sis proportions, arecent study b
versity of Michigan and Prin
University researchers indicat
an informal patient complaint s
may be a cost-effective alterna
the astronomical costs of mi
The study, conducted by Ui
sity economics Prof. Michelle"
and Princeton University Prof.I
Farber, tracked 504 medical ma
tice claims filed between 197
"Our study suggests that the
complaint system as
plaint process may be a useful proce- cess, plaintiffs could not I
dure for saving on dispute resolution care quality without filing
al mal- costs by eliminating some litigation Farber said, emphasizing t
ng cri- in cases where care has been good," the system.
y Uni- Farber said. The judgment of the
nceton The complaint process would es- care received is done byc
ed that tablish, before a lawsuit is filed, the hospital and the resul
ystem whether or not the patient was, in fact, discoverable by plaintiffs
tive to a victim of malpractice. If the quality suit.,Instead, the judgme
edical of care is deemed not negligible, both viewed by an analyst andp
the patient and the hospital can avoid the patient who then makeE
Jniver- the unnecessary legal fees. of whether or not to proc
White For a hospital, legal fees of an lawsuit.
Henry average malpractice case amount to The study indicates
flprac- $7,000 forlawsuits thatpatientseven- where patients took into a
76 and tually drop, and $14,500 for cases quality of care before sui
that get settled. in increased settlements. S
e com- "Without such a complaint pro- involving confirmed neg
the merit of
ts are non-
in the law-
nts are re-
Geed with a
were four times higher than those
where malpractice was not performed.
These results, however, may not
sway the litigation-prone American
public. Even though the American
Medical Association indicates that,
nationally, 50 percent of all medical
malpractice claims are determined
frivolous, when encouraged by the
staggering settlements awarded by
juries, many are enticed to sue.
"Average medical malpractice
awards resulting from jury verdicts
increased from about $350,000, dur-
ing the years from 1976 to 1980, to
about $875,000 during the years from
1981 to 1985," reports the Health
Care Management Review.
These amounts only pertain to the
cases that are carried through. In
Farber and White's study, these only
amounted to 4 percent of those filed.
Including these 4 percent, less than
half of the lawsuits and complaints
received cash settlements.
Farber stressed that the study is
not meant to defer patients who feel
they have been wronged from taking
action and indicated that "litigation
where care turns out to be good are
not nuisance suits," but rather that
these cases "simply represent poorly-
informed patients who know they have
been injured but do not have any way
of judging whether there has been
Logjam on gun bil
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dead- 'They played this gambit before. The Republicans
lock over the Brady handgun-control last time outsmarted themselves. They
bill held up Congress' adjournment
yesterday,and theSenate Democratic filibustered ... then they panicked when they
leader said lawmakers probably would won.'
be called back after Thanksgiving. Sen Joe Biden (DDe)
Earlier in the day, President ____ ____ _Bide__ _ ____ ____
Clinton held out hope for compro-
mise on what was to be the last day of
the 1993 session, saying, "I believe in the bill from an up-or-down vote lierif theattorney general, using speci-
miracles." twice, fied standards, deemed a national in-
After fruitless debate, Majority Ultimately, a version of the bill stant background check system suffi-
Leader George Mitchell said, "Ix-y passed the Senate late Saturday, 63- ciently operational.
pect as of now the Senate will return" 36. That bill said the waiting period Ironically, that came from a Na-
next week to renew efforts to pass the would phase out after four years, un- tional Rifle Association-backed
bill, which calls for a five-business- less the attorney general extended it amendment to the House bill that also
day waiting period and background to five years. The House passed a ended the waiting period after five
g od want touyd five-year "sunset" provision. years. Originally, neither chamber's.
check on people Then came the fractious House- legislation had a "sunset" provision.
"We will try again on next Tues- Senate conference that chose the five- Earlier, Clinton met with Dole and
-year House version.Mitchell at the White House and said,
day, and i all likelihood again on Mitchell called the five-year ver- "We're working on something today"
next Wednesday," he said, reflecting "ebe " "
the difficulty that Brady bill support sus four-plus-one year sunset provi- "I believe in miracles," he said. "I
ers have had in putting together the 60 sion is "~a distinction without a differ- believe we may still get this worked
votes needed to cut off debate. ence in practical terms." out."
The Republicans were chafing Dole said he would try to amend As long as one senator objects, the
anew from headlines blaming them the bill, something that would require bill cannot pass without the full Sen-
for blocking the bill Monday, but the full House to return and vote, ate returning to Washington to vote.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole If the' "people on the other side Mitchell squarely placed the blame
said at a news conference, "I don't really want the Brady bill, it can be for the holdup on the Republicans,
know of any political fallout." gotten very quickly," Dole said. "We saying, "Whether or not a filibuster
It was the negative headlines, fol- were quite flexible on Saturday, and continues is up to the Republicans."
lowed by phone calls and letters from for being flexible, we got shafted." "They played this gambit before,"
constituents that helped push a num- The Senate version also lost a pro- Biden said. The GOP last time out-
ber of Republicans last week to seek vision that would have allowed the smarted themselves. They filibustered
a compromise after they had blocked waiting period to phase out even ear- ...then they panicked when they won."
103d Congress endsi
first session; Clinton
touts major victories
WASHINGTON (AP)-- A Con-
gress charged by voters with ending
gridlock is heading home with Demo-
crats claiming triumphs including
deficit reduction and family-leave
guarantees. But Republicans say their
rivals have little to crow about.
"Gridlock is what you have when
the traffic isn't moving," said Rep.
David Obey (D-Wis.) "The traffic is
now moving, baby, and we're mov-
ing some pretty big trucks."
"Is it comparable to Lyndon
Johnson? That's a joke," said House
GOP Whip Newt Gingrich of Geor-
gia, referring to the late Democratic
president who pushed an array of so-
cial programs through Congress.
"Today, we pledge an end to the era
ofdeadlock and drift," President Clinton
said last January. "A new season of
American renewal has begun."
Ten months of bruising battles
later, the Democrats who command
majorities in Congress are boasting
of big wins in 1993.
Without a single Republican vote,
Democratic lawmakers approved
Clinton's bill claiming nearly half-a-
trillion dollars in deficit reduction. It
boosted taxes a lot on the rich and a bit
on everyone else in the form of a 4.3-
cent boost in the gasoline tax.
Approved just last week was thle
North American Free Trade Agree-
ment, another Clinton priority that
drops tariffs between the United
States, Canada and Mexico. This time,
it took mainly Republican votes to
pass the measure.
Democrats also scored with bills
requiring family leave for many work-
ers, setting up a national service pro-
gram and easing voter registration
rules. They gave Clinton 70 percent
of the billions he wanted to shift from
low-priority items to"investments"
such as road building and education.
Also passed were extra benefits
for long-term jobless Americans, the
final $18 billion for the savings and
loan bailout and $2.5 billion for Rus-
sia and other former Soviet states.
And though Clinton missed his
original deadline of pushing areshap-
ing of the nation's health-care system
through Congress this year, it looms
as lawmakers' top project in 1994.:
"He's had it pretty much his way,"
conceded House Minority Leader
Robert Michel, R-Ill., on Tuesday,
viewing a Congress and White House
controlled by the same party for the
first time since 1980.
But other Republicans scoffed at
what had been accomplished.
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