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Clinton yields on
.health care plan
Dole declares reforms 'introuble'

Code changes to
be considered by
student jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
White House offered concessions on
the scope of its health plan yesterday
just hours after President Clinton drew
a no-exceptions line on universal cov-
erage.
* Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole
pronounced the Clinton health plan
"in trouble," but Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-Mass.), asserted that
Americans won't stand for a Republi-
can filibuster.
The president met with House
Democratic leaders and key commit-
tee chairs to map strategy for the
struggle over the Clinton Health Se-
curity Act and a half-dozen compet-
ing bills.
The president later canceled a
speech at a local school on doctors'
orders to recover his voice.
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen
told business groups that Clinton was
willing to let more big companies
self-insure rather than being forced-
into the regional alliances where most
Americans would have to buy their
insurance.
White House press secretary Dee
Dee Myers also said that while Clinton
stands firm on universal coverage,
the timetable for achieving it is "some-
thing that has to be worked out."
House Speaker Thomas Foley said,
"It's possible you will have some
kind of a phase-in."
"His program is in trouble," Dole
said on NBC-TV. Repeating his argu-
ment that the current system works
well for 85 percent of Americans,
Dole told Fox-TV, "We don't need a
triple bypass to take care of the health
care delivery system or this massive
overdose of government that Presi-

GOP looks to answerClinton
Clinton's comments Tuesday
on crime and welfare have shaken
the GOP's traditional hold on
these popular issues with voters.
See Page 3 for details
dent Clinton proposes."
Bentsen acknowledged that big
business has problems with Clinton's
proposal to force all companies with
up to 5,000 employees into regional
insurance-purchasing alliances.
"You think the 5,000-employee
threshold ... is too high," he told the
National Association of Manufactur-
ers and a pension group. "We hear
you. We're willing to discuss this one
and the other details of our plan.
"We got the concept right, but the
president couldn't have been more
clear when he said we're open for
discussion on this as well as other
issues," said Bentsen.
Bentsen said he was troubled by
suggestions that only companies with
100 or fewer workers should be in the
pools. That would be too small to
spread the risks around, he argued.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the
Energy and Commerce Committee
chair whose panel may be the first out
of the gate on health reform, said the
timetable for achieving universal cov-
erage "is open to friendly negotiation
with the president." The Clinton bill
would require all Americans to be
covered by Jan. 1, 1998.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.),
at a news conference where citizens
from every state told a half-dozen
Democratic senators their personal
health care woes, said Clinton had
added "some steel to our spine."

MARY KOUKHAB/Daly
The Ann Arbor Inn's future will be decided by the City Council in February.
Labor costs could
ra Inn's future

By HOPE CALATI
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
Student organizations, such as fra-
ternities and sororities, might be sub-
ject to the same disciplinary actions
as an individual student if proposed
amendments to the code of non-aca-
demic conduct are approved.
The amendments - dubbed the
"Alpha Proposal" by its Greek-sys-
tem authors - also call for the nam-
ing of an additional judicial advisor to
oversee the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities.
The group, which has contacted
the judicial advisor's office, is taking
the first step to actually amending the
code by gathering 500 student signa-
tures.
After the signatures are gathered,
the proposed amendments will be con-
sidered by a panel of student jurors at
a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in the
Pendleton Room in the Michigan
Union.
If the panel approves the proposed
amendment, Maureen Hartford, vice
president for student affairs, will
present the amendment for final ap-
proval by the University Board of
Regents next month.
This proposal is one of at least
eight that will be presented to the
panel tonight.
The Michigan Student Assembly
submitted the other seven proposals.
It proposes:
allowing students to be repre-
sented by an attorney;
limiting the code to campus,
See CODE, Page 2

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DAILY NEWS EDI
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swooped down on a
fraternity
brother andtried
tq bind him with
duct tape. Be-
fore they could
whiskhim away
from his dorm, a
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thwarted their
plans.
This is haz-
ing under the
Statement of
Student Rights
sibilities and it can be
See HAZING, Page

By JAMES NASH
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
As an East Lansing developer pre-
pares to transform the empty Ann Ar-
bor Inn to affordable senior-citizen hous-
ing, company and city leaders are wary
of potential labor troubles that could
dog the project.
Labor union activists, protesting
First Centrum Corp.'s policy of hiring
non-union contractors at inferiorwages,
recently picketed outside one of the
company's urban renewal projects in
Detroit.
Picketing outside the 11-story Ann
Arbor Inn would mar nearly a year of
talks over the future of the building.
First Centrum officials submitted a
draft plan Monday to convert the vacant
structure at the corner of Huron and

Washington streets to 121 units of se-
nior-citizen housing.
Once a 202-room hotel, the Ann
Arbor Inn was vacated four years ago
after its owners declared bankruptcy.
City Council approval of the plan
- with expected revisions - would
clear the way for First Centrum to begin
its $4.6 million renovation project.
The council will review First.
Centrum's proposal Monday. Final
council approval of the plan is sched-
uled for Feb. 21, with construction be-
ginning in June.
First Centrum, which the city chose
over two competing bidders, must first
reach agreement with the city on labor
wages and costs for parking spaces.
First Centrum does not require its
See LABOR, Page 2

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*With future uncertain, Toy continues fight for

By JUDITH KAFKA
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
It is now only a line on his resume,
but Jim Toy's decision to publicly an-
nounce his sexual orientation in
Detroit's Kennedy Square during an
anti-Vietnam War rally remains one
of the most significant moments of
*his life.
Toy, co-coordinator of the Les-
bian Gay Male Programs Office
(LGMPO) since its inception in 1970,
has been an activist for gay rights and

other issues ever since.
Earlier this month, the HIV/AIDS
Resource Center - Washtenaw
(HARC) recognized Toy for outstand-
ing community work, giving him a
"Volunteer Service Award."
Toy has been volunteering at
HARC since he helped found it as
Wellness Networks Inc./Huron Val-
ley in 1986, and was a board member
until 1993.
The center is a non-profit organi-
zation that offers support groups and

personal services for HIV/AIDS pa-
tients, and provides outreach educa-
tion and information to the Washtenaw
County community.
"As the numbers of people with
the syndrome (AIDS) began to grow,
so did the need for service," Toy said,
explaining what prompted him and
several others to begin the organiza-
tion.
He now provides counseling for
people before and after they take the
"anti-body" test that identifies the HIV

virus, and co-facilitates support
groups for people who are HIV posi-
tive.
In an hourlong interview, Toy dis-
cussed the difficulties he encounters
with his volunteer work and numer-
ous other issues important to him.
"At times I feel irrationally guilty
working with a group of people who
are infected and whose life expect-
ancy is threatened," he said. "But I
think about all the people who put in
hour after hour of volunteer service

'gay fights
and for whatever reason do not get
recognized, and it is them that I re-
spect. It's one of the things that keeps
me going."
And "keeping going," by Toy's
standards, is quite a feat. Along with
his volunteer work at HARC, Toy also
sits on numerous committees and com-
missions, actively works for lesbian,
gay male and bisexual rights, and tries
to find free time to play chamber music
See TOY, Page 2

Toy

BABY BOOM

Pentagon to send Patriot
missiles to South Korea

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The Pentagon is
planning to send Patriot air defense missiles to
South Korea as "sensible, rational defense
preparations" for a potential North Korean
Scud rocket assault, a senior official said
yesterday.
The move seemed likely to raise the level
of tension on the Korean peninsula, where the
North Korean army stands just across the
border from a South Korean force bolstered
by 36,000 U.S. Army and Air Force troops.
Tensions have been inflamed in recent
months by a standoff between Washington
and Pyongyang over international inspections
of the communist nation's nuclear program,
which the United States says is covertly pur-

not yet given the go-ahead for the Patriots.
White House press secretary Dee Dee
Myers said, "The only thing we can say is it's
moving in that direction, but the operational
decisions have not been made."
At the North Korean mission to the United
Nations in New York, an aide said Ambassa-
dor Ho Jong was not available to comment on
the Patriot plan. Ho has been heading his
government's side in nuclear inspection talks
with Washington.
The Patriot, originally designed as a re-
placement for nuclear-tipped anti-aircraft
missiles in Europe, was used in the 1991
Persian Gulf War to defend Saudi Arabia,
Israel and parts of Turkey against Iraqi Scud

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