The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 15, 1994-3
stalls on Ann
By JAMES M. NASH
.DALY STAFF REPORTER
Sacking two contradictory plans to
subsidize parking spaces near the Ann
Arbor Inn, the City Council last night
left in place the final barrier to redevel-
oping the downtown building.
Approval of the parking agreement
with the inn's designated developer,
First Centrum Corp. of East Lansing,
was stalled by objections from the
council's three Republicans and nag-
*ging questions about the future of
downtown development. Opponents
of the agreement with First Centrum
said the pact would violate the spirit of
the company's original agreement with
the city, which contained no mention
Democrats who spoke in favor of
the parking subsidy weighed its
$18,000 annual cost to the city against
*the tax benefits of redeveloping the $6
million inn. Councilmember Larry
Hunter (D-1st Ward) said the inn will
generate about $50,000 in annual tax
revenues for Ann Arbor.
An earlier council proposal would
have nixed the parking plan. It was
displaced yesterday by a substitute
that called for "an equitable and fair
partial subsidy" for about 60 parking
Ospace s near the inn.
But after a half hour of discussion,
the council postponed until next week
a final decision on inn parking. Coun-
cil members expressed concerns that
the fallout from last summer's legisla-
tive initiative to slash property taxes
may jeopardize any agreement with
The city's Downtown Develop-
ment Authority has been negotiating a
parking agreement with First Centrum,
which wants a 50-percent price reduc-
tion on 60 spaces in a city-owned
parking structure. But the authority's
own future is in question under the
state tax overhaul.
If the council rejects the parking
agreement, First Centrum will be
forced to increase rents for its wealthi-
est tenants, company Treasurer Nicho-
las Faber said.
The Ann Arbor Inn had a parking
agreement with the city between 1985
and 1990, when the 11-story structure
closed after years of declining busi-
In other news, the council wants
the University to shoulder most of the
bill for widening a stretch of Fuller
Road that snakes into North Campus.
Council members last night unani-
mously approved an amendment ask-
ing the University to pay more than 50
percent of engineering costs for the
project, which is expected to begin
The original proposal would have
evenly split the $26,000 engineering
fee. Construction costs have not been
Several council members bristled
last night at the suggestion that the city
and University pay an equal share.
They said the University will gain
more than the city from the five-lane
expansion of Fuller Road from the
iHuron River to Bonisteel Boulevard.
Councilmember Tobi Hanna-
-Davies (D-1st Ward) proposed an
'amendment directing the city admin-
istrator to seek "substantial funding"
'from the University for both design
" -and construction. Hanna-Davies did
not specify how much the University
But Councilmember Thais
Peterson (D-5th Ward) suggested that
the city should ask the University to
foot the entire bill. "We should start at
100 percent and go from there," she
sThe council voted unanimously for
Hanna-Davies' amendment. Hanna-
Davies was alone in opposing the final
resolution, which awarded a $25,734
contract to Washtenaw Engineering
Co. to redraw the roadway.
to attack balanced
THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON - The Clinton
administration stepped up its campaign
against the balanced budget amend-
ment yesterday, claiming that mandat-
ing a balanced budget in 2000 would
require sharp tax increases and deep
cuts in defense spending, Social Secu-
rity, and other critical programs.
The White House released a Trea-
sury Department study analyzing vari-
ous options - all painful and none
politically feasible of achieving the
$600 billion in deficit reduction over
the next five years that the administra-
tion says would be needed to balance
The study is part of an effort by the
White House to refocus public atten-
tion away from the universally popular
AP PHOTO idea of balancing the budget and to
concentrate instead on what the admin-
ent Al istration says would be the dire real-
ndment. world consequences.
With the Senate preparing to debate
ts the measure, the White House wants to
shift the burden to proponents of the
amendment to explain how they would
manage the massive cuts necessary.
"We want the American people to
undertand the degree of hardship ...
which would result from this step and,
believe me, it is major league," said
Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger
Altman, one of several administration
officials in the White House briefing
room to denounce the amendment.
He called the balanced budget
amendment "the ultimate sham," with
"a considerable number of people in
the country and in the Congress favor-
ing the amendment, virtually all of
whom oppose the specific steps neces-
sary to bring about compliance."
The study showed five scenarios
for balancing the budget: combining
tax increases and spending cuts; cut-
ting spending across the board; cutting
spending but sparing defense; cutting
spending but shielding Social Secu-
rity; and cutting spending but exempt-
ing defense and Social Security.
The bottom line of each scenario
was the same, in the administration
analysis: cuts and taxes that would be
During an Oval office press conference on the state of the economy, President Clinton, flanked by Vice Presid(
Gore and Council of Economic Advisors Chair Laura Tyson, restated his opposition to a balanced-budget amen
Service groups, flooded with applicani
are forced to turn away record numb
Project SERVE, SAPAC report increasing
number of students 'responding to the call'
By LISA DINES
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Community service organizations
on campus have been forced recently
to turn unprecedented numbers of vol-
unteers away because of space con-
"University of Michigan students
are responding to the call," said Jeff
Howard, director of the Office of Com-
munity Service Learning and Project
SERVE, a student group that promotes
service on campus.
Howard said the increase in com-
munity service at the University re-
flects a growing national trend.
"There is a lot of growing attention
to the decline in how we behave with
one another, and I guess people are
becoming more interested in becom-
ing a part of the solution," he said.
Approximately 4,000 University
undergraduates participate in organized
community service projects each aca-
demic year, according to statistics com-
piled by the Community Service Learn-
Howard said Alternative Spring
Break is the one of the most popular
programs offered by Project SERVE.
The program sends students to week-
long community service projects over
Alternative Spring Break was
started in 1989 with two sites and 15
students and was forced to turn away
almost 150 applications this year be-
cause of space constraints. The organi-
zation will send more than 100 stu-
dents to 11 sites next week.
Project SERVE is not the only or-
ganization experiencing an influx of
The Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC) has re-
ceived an onslaught of applications for
its crisis phone-line operators.
"I am amazed at how many people
took out our applications. We get calls
all year round from people who want to
volunteer," said Emberly Cross, coun-
seling line coordinator.
Because SAPAC only trains people
once a year, it often turns away many
While the University campus of-
fers many volunteer opportunities, com-
munity service has been a long-stand-
ing priority for many people.
Howard said, "More student groups
are making community service a part
of their organization or even their rea-
son for being."
Becky Oakes, a Kinesiology jun-
ior, is the service chair for Phi Sigma
Pi, an honor fraternity. Oakes was ac-
tive in many service projects in high
school, and would like to see the frater-
nity be more service oriented.
"I really want to push the service
part and make it more important," Oakes
School of Music sophomore
Caroline Semanchik, a pledge for the
Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
was also active in high school service
projects. But Semanchik said the aca-
demic and social pressure made it dif-
ficult to find time to volunteer when
she first came to the University.
She said she missed the service
aspect of her life and the fulfillment
that community service brought her.
"It's not just something to put on
your resume," she said.
Student repays bad check
after 'U' charges fraud
By HOPE CALATI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
A male student was charged with
fraud of more than $500 from the Uni-
versity in October under the Statement
of Student Rights and Responsibilities,
the code of non-academic conduct.
The student stopped payment on
his check to the University after he had
registered for classes last semester.
The case was closed when the man
repayed the loan in full.
The records of the code proceed-
ings were released last week.
Jane M. Wilson, assistant manager
of Student Loan Collections, brought
the case against the student.
She alleged the student had bor-
rowed the money in March and agreed
to repay the the loan in June. No pay-
ment was received at the time.
The student, afterbeing told thathis
fall enrollment would be canceled if he
did not repay the loan, promised to
repay the debt Sept. 7.
He made complete restitution -
$558.26 - Jan. 4, after he stopped
payment on an earlier check.
This case was handled under the
code because it involved the inten-
tional defrauding of the University,
said Mary Lou Antieau, the judicial
advisor of the code.
Assault at Space
A space research graduate student
was charged with assault and battery
and harassment of a fellow student
under the code last semester.
According to the redacted case sum-
mary, the man admitted responsibility
for the action in an administrative hear-
ing with Jo Rumsey, the associate di-
rector or the alumni center.
Department of Safety (DPS) records
show that Matthew McGill attacked
Robert Goodwin outside Room 2542
of the Space Research Building on
McGill said he thought Goodwin
had been spreading rumors about him,
according to DPS records.
The men fought on the ground.
Goodwin ran from the area and dropped
his bike helmet and glasses. He rode his
bike directly to the Ann Arbor Police
McGill pleaded guilty to assault
and battery in court. He was sentenced
in September. He is to have no further
contact with the victim and to continue
psychological counseling until his
therapist says he can stop. McGill was
sentenced to six months probation.
Under the provisions of the code,
McGill accepted responsibility for his
actions and requested his case be re-
solved through an administrative hear-
Jo Rumsey, assistant director of the
Alumni Association, served as the ad-
ministrative hearing officer.
In accordance with his sanctions,
McGill must continue counseling, de-
sign an opportunity to learn from as-
sault victims, avoid contact with
Goodwin and reimburse him $169.11
for the bicycle helmet. McGill will be
suspended immediately if this happens
again and expelled if he is found re-
He did not appeal these sanctions.
U.S. pledges $400M to Kazakhstan
Money for ratifying
LOS ANGELES TIMES
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton pledged nearly $400 million in
aid to oil-rich Kazakhstan yesterday,
after the former Soviet republic agreed
to adhere to the Non-Proliferation
Treaty and destroy its nuclear weap-
Clinton announced the economic
assistance in a White House ceremony
with Kazakhstani President Nursultan
Nazarbayev, who presented Clinton
with documents formally acceding to
the non-proliferation pact.
The large increase in aid to
Kazakhstan-which last year received
$91 million from the United States -
was conditioned on the country's will-
ingness to dismantle the more than
1,000 nuclear warheads left over from
the Soviet arsenal and adopt Western-
style economic reforms.
Nazarbayev has been courting
Western investment and technical as-
sistance, particularly in its energy and
Clinton also said that Kazakhstan
was taking the first steps toward affili-
ation with the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization and that the United States
President Clinton meets yesterday with Kazakhstani President Nursultan
Nazarbayev to discuss the country's dismantling of nuclear warheads.
and Kazakhstan might conduct joint
military training as early as this year.
The moves represent progress to-
ward the Clinton administration's goals
of reducing the threat of nuclear prolif-
eration and fostering free market eco-
nomic reforms inthe states of the former
By ratifying the Non-Proliferation
Treaty, Kazakhstan joins Belarus and
Ukraine among former Soviet states
agreeing to cede the nuclear weapons
left on their territory after the breakup
of the Soviet Union in 1991. Now only
Russia will continue to maintain a
nuclear arsenal, at a considerably re-
duced size from the days of the Soviet
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