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prof. tells
of Bosnian
Naza Tonovic-Miller is one of the
A visiting professor from Bosnia,
Tonovic-Miller told an emotionally
charged room of concerned students
and community members about her
experiences with the destruction and
killing as a result of a two-year old
*civil war in her country.
Her speech was part of a program
at the Law school meant to raise aware-
ness about the war in Bosnia and its
impact on the people who live there.
The program began with a video
that contrasted the Sarajevo of 10
years ago, which hosted the 1984 Win-
ter Olympic games, to the war-torn
city of today. The film included
*graphic scenes of hospitals filled with
wounded children.
Tonovic-Miller, who is also vice
president of the American Bosnian-
Herzegovinian Association, gave her
impressions of what she described as
"open aggression on a suffering state."
She was very skeptical of the peace
,plan that is being negotiated. "(World
leaders) continue to press Bosnia and
the Bosnian people to accept the so-
Oclled peace offered - the offer of
surrender of aggression and accep-
tance of genocide and fascism.''
Since she was a professor at the
University of Sarajevo, Tonovic-
Miller was able to give a firsthand
description of the war zone. She cited
the neighboring synagogues, churches

White House argues against
Balanced Budget proposal

N~za Tonovic-Miller addresses an audience in Hutchins Hall last night.

and mosques as evidence that at one
time, people of every religion could
Barbara Pliskow, chair of the Ann
Arbor Committee for Bosnia, said the
current situation brings memories of
similar killings during World War II.
Jennifer Grossman, an LSA jun-
ior and member of the Hillel commit-
tee that planned the program, became
involved because she "felt (it was)
important to bring students attention
to the atrocities that are taking place
in Bosnia."
Tonovic-Miller asked the audience
for donations to help support refu-
gees who have been relocated to the
United States because they have no
way to support themselves as they
recover from injuries sustained in
Wendy Futterman, an LSA senior,

said, "Naza was very moving, and
addressed important issues many stu-
dents and people have forgotten in
recent weeks and months."
Alexia Fink, a senior in Engineer-
ing and one of the event's coordina-
tors, said she was a little disappointed
about the low turnout, which she at-
tributed to midterms week.
Fink said she thought the speakers
were very expressive and informed
about Bosnia, adding that the tone of
the question-and-answer session
"reflect(ed) the frustration about our
government and its handling of the
In an interview before the pro-
gram, Rackham student Yasmin Sahul
said she felt it is "about time some-
thing is done (about the situation in
Bosnia). We have to take more action
that just speaking. Words are cheap."

House took its campaign against a
balanced budget amendment to Con-
gress yesterday as four Cabinet offic-
ers told lawmakers the requirement
would undermine the nation's secu-
rity and devastate programs like Medi-
care and Social Security. '
With the issue to come to a head
later this month in the Senate, sup-
porters and opponents of a constitu-
tional amendment to require a bal-
anced budgetby 2001 presented open-
ing arguments in the debate at rival
hearings held simultaneously on Capi-
tol Hill.
"No one can study the past 25
years of successive deficits without
recognizing that there has been gov-
ernmental abuse that must be halted,"
Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) chief Senate
sponsor of the balanced budget
amendment, said at the outset of hear-
ings his
One floor below, Sen. Robert C.
Byrd (D-W.Va.) the amendment's
chief Senate opponent, argued that
budget deficits cannot simply be
"wished away ... through incanta-
tions." Byrd's made the remarks as
the Appropriations Committee he
chairs opened its own week-long set
of hearings on the issue.
Each hearing was a one-sided af-
fair, with Byrd and Simon taking tes-
timony only from witnesses who sup-
ported their respective positions. But
although well scripted in advance, the
hearings offered insights into the ar-
guments that will be aired next week
on the Senate floor.
To win approval, the amendment

would have to be passed by two-
thirds majorities in both the House
and Senate and then ratified by three-
quarters of the states. House passage
is considered certain, but the Senate
vote is expected to be close.
Health and Human Services Sec-
retary Donna Shalala, testifying be-
fore Byrd's committee, warned that a
constitutional requirement to balance
the budget would crush popular en-
titlement programs like Social Secu-
rity and derail Clinton's efforts to
reform health care.
"Let me assure those who believe
that both health reform and a bal-
anced budget amendment are pos-
sible that they are dreaming,"
Shalala said. "A vote for the
amendment is a vote to gouge Medi-
care and Medicaid ... (and) a vote to
destroy the promise of guaranteed
private insurance for everyone."
Upstairs, Simon heard former
senator and presidential candidate
Paul Tsongas issue an equally apoca-
lyptic warning: "the leadership of our
country in both parties lacks the po-
litical will to balance the federal bud-
get" and unless a way is found to force
that will upon "our children's future
will be bankrupted" by mountains
offederal debt.
David Stanley, president of the
conservative National Taxpayers
Union, said the danger posed by the
current system "is the economic col-
lapse of our nation and the destruc-
tion of our people's jobs, standard of
living and retirement income, caused
by the rising, crushing burden of debt."
At Byrd's hearing, three other cabi-
net officials joined Shalala

House, stepping up its efforts to
reach a post-NAFT'A reconciliation
with organized labor, will send Vice
President Al Gore to Florida nex(
week to talk with top leaders of the
AFL-CIO about favors the admin,
istration might do for them.
The decision to send the vice
president to the annual mid-winte,
meeting of the 35-member AFL-
CLO Executive Council is the latest
in a series of White House steps to
cool tempers since the fight over,
the controversial trade pact turned
into a bitter feud between President,
Clinton and labor last fall.
The last time a vice president
met with the union leaders at their
mid-winter meeting in Bal Harbour;
Fla., was 1982, when George Buslz
made the trip as a peace gesture by
the Reagan administration.
Officially, White House sourceg
said yesterday, the visit was to "de-
velop a dialogue" with members of~
the federation's policy-making
"I don't think he'll have any~
thing to drop off," said a White,
House official who added that the
administration was "anxious to dcg
anything we can" to heal the rift
with labor.

Gor to meet
with unios to

men fences


.Scientist h
Scientist and inventor Graham
Hiawkes spoke yesterday about his
plans to explore the deepest underwa-
ter location on earth.
With his charming British accent
and soft-spoken demeanor, Hawkes
*peviewed his Ocean Everest Project,
a journey into the Mariana Trench, a
'nearly seven-mile deep canyon in the
i'acific Ocean.
Through a series of slides at the
Francois-Xavier Bagnould Building
on North Campus, he showed the con-
struction and configuration of his
single-person ship, the Deep Flight,
Which looks like an underwater ver-
*sion of the space shuttle.
Hawkes explained how he would
lay flat in the ship with his head at the
front in a glass dome to investigate his

cads deep
"It should be a very pleasant expe-
rience," he said, referring to his view
in the specially designed dome.
Hawkes also addressed the issue
of spfety, a major concern of his crit-
ics. 'He claimed his Deep Flight to be
safer than flying."It's like an airplane,"
he said sarcastically, "if you find that
a wing falls off, no problem, just let it
float to the ground."
He explained that the two ships he
has already built are simply proto-
types for Deep Flight 2, which will be
able to withstand the water pressure
at the canyon's base. The prototypes
are limited to a depth of 1,000 feet,
and were built to test and sell his idea
to sponsors.
Hawkes said two personal ships
are better than one larger ship be-
cause each explorer can keep an eye
out for trouble the other may not de-
tect. He likened the plan to the "buddy

below sea
system" used in SCUBA diving.
In addition to the seacraft itself,
Hawkes spoke of his plans for the
project in the next few years. He em-
phasized how all long-term goals will
be controlled by the financial status
of the project.
For that reason, he has set no date
for his trip, saying, "if you don't have
time lines, you can't be late."
When asked why he wanted to
travel to the bottom of the Pacific
Ocean, Hawkes gave two reasons.
First, he reasoned that the earth's sur-
face area is two-thirds water, but on a
three dimensional scale, a much
greater percentage of the earth's liv-
ing space is underwater, warranting
further exploration.
His second reason, was the same
reason Sir Edmund Hillary gave for
climbing Mt. Everest: "Because it's

i -rnm -a~eawr-
famous scientist, constructed
this one-man ship to withstandI
the water pressure of the
Mariana Trench in the Pacific.

MSA looks to work

First lady defends health plan, blasts insurers

*New student liaison
appointed to address
issues with City Calls
cooperation key to
good city-student
Andrew Wright sat patiently in
the audience Monday night as Ann
Arbor City Council members ex-
changed partisan blows over city is-
It was not until after midnight that
the LSA first-year student got his
chance to address Ann Arbor's legis-
Wrihtis the Michigan Student
Assembly's new liaison to the City
Council. In his first statement to the
council, he outlined his four goals as
MSA liaison: .
* To improve lighting along
Washtenaw Avenue, surrounding
housing areas and the Athletic Cam-
* To rethink zoning laws related
to fraternities, sororities, family sta-
tus and occupancy.
* To cooperate with the city on
maintaining the Rock at its current
home in George Washington Park.
* To open lines of communica-
tion between MSA and the city on all

issues concerning the University com-
munity and students.
While council members made no
formal response to Wright's remarks,
they said they were encouraged by
the prospects for cooperation with
"I was impressed and pleased that
they are interested in working with
us," said Mayor Ingrid Sheldon. She
noted that students haven't been repi-
resented at earlier council meetings.
Wright said students have lacked
a voice in city affairs. He didn't fault
the council for overlooking studeiit
"In the past there has been bad
communication on the part of the
University and students," he said yes-
Inda his address to council, Wrigt
urged the city to switch from amber tb
white lighting along Washtenaw Av7
enue and other poorly lit areas. Wrigbht
didn't offer solutions to the other three
issues he mentioned.
His 10-minute address was spicea
with wry humor. Sheldon said thd
although he occasionally poked fun a't
the city, she was not offended.
Wright said he initially plans t4
concentrate on the four issues he out~
lined Monday night, but later wifl
address the planned expansion o~
Fuller Road and security during the
NCAAmien's college basketball tour,~
nament in March.

WASHINGTON - In a spirited
Odefense of the president's health re-
form proposal, first lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton said yesterday that
the plan she helped design will in.-
crease consumer choice of medical
*providers and will not lead to a gov-
ernment-run system, as critics claim.
Praising doctors and nurses, Mrs.
Clinton also characterized the reform
fifort as a battle against the insurance
nhdustry, which she blamed for hay-
"ing created "probably the stupidest
ihnancing system in the world for
health care."
The first lady, speaking to an
American Legion conference here,

also touted a universal benefits pack-
age under the administration's plan
that would not impose lifetime limits,
as most policies now do.
Under the current system, she said,
"if you get really sick and you spend
whatever that limit is - and some
policies have limits as low as $50,000,
others have millions - but once you
hit that limit, you are not insurable
anymore unless you pay a huge, huge
increase in your premiums."
Mrs. Clinton also took aim at in-
surance companies for barring cover-
age for people with "pre-existing
medical conditions" -a practice that
would be prohibited under the
president's plan.

"We're learning so much about
the human gene system, and what
genes cause various diseases, that by
the turn of the century, everyone of us
is going to have a pre-existing condi-
tion. If we don't hurry up and get this
health care system reformed, none of
us is going to be able to afford insur-
ance at the rate we're going."
Mrs. Clinton said: "Now you're
gonna hear a lot, as you already have,
about how the government is going to
take over health care. That is not the
president's plan at all."
The administration's plan has
come under intense attack this month,
largely from business groups. Among
them was the U.S. Chamber of Corn-

merce, which said President Clinton's
1,342-page prescription "cannot even
be used as a starting point" because
"it proposes such a burden of high
employer premium contributions, rich
benefits and counterproductive regu-
lation and new federal and health al-
liance bureaucracy.."
Mrs. Clinton also urged her audi-
ence not to believe a particular TV
advertisement sponsored by health
insurers that assert Clinton's plan will
reduce consumer choice.
"Well, that's just flat untrue," she

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