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.State fails to
fund abortions
DETROIT (AP) - Michigan is among dozens of states
that were expected to miss yesterday's federal deadline to
begin paying for the abortions of poor women who are
victims or rape or incest.
The Clinton administration notified states in December
to start covering rape and incest abortions for poor women
immediately and to bring their own rules into compliance by
March 31.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
could cut off Medicaid funding to states that fail to compile
with the order. Michigan receives more than $2.5 billion a
year in federal aid for Medicaid.
A 1988 voter initiative. ended Michigan's funding for
poor women's abortions except to save the life of the
mother. Michigan has made no change in its policy and
instead plans to seek an exemption from the rule based on
the state ban on abortion funding, Michigan Department of
Social Services spokesperson Chuck Peller said yesterday.
"We have not taken a stand that we will challenge the
federal order," Peller said. "We are trying to find out what
takes precedence, the vote of the people or the federal
Carol King of the Michigan Abortion Rights Action
League said she thinks abortion-rights advocates will have
to take Michigan to court to force its compliance with the
"It is incumbent on the federal government to act and to
insist that the states in fact enforce the law," King said.
"We're not talking about an overwhelming case load. The
cases we are talking about are the most tragic, heartbreak-
ing, personally devastating circumstances you can imag-
At the time of the federal rule change, only 13 states
funded abortions for women who had been raped or were
incest victims in all cases, said Ray Hanley, chair of the
State Medicaid Directors' Association.
The other 37 had constitutional, legal or regulatory
barriers to such funding, said Hanley, who runs Arkansas'
Medicaid program. He said many intend to ignore the order
and test its legality.
Hanley said the Clinton administration was on shaky
ground in adopting the rule, based on a change in the so-
called Hyde Amendment restricting federal funding of
Congress last year added rape and incest to conditions
under which abortions could receive federal funds. But
* Hanley said Congress had no intent to require funding in
those cases, only to lift an outright ban. Hanley also chal-
lenged the federal government's assertion that only about
1,000 additional abortions would be covered nationwide
each year.
"In a number of states, any sex act with a kid under a
certain age ... is by definition of law statutory rape," he said.
In Michigan alone, he said about 700 abortions a year would
be covered by this interpretation.
Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey also has objected to
letting physicians waive a requirement that the rape or
* incest be reported to the authorities in cases where patients
were unable to report for physical or psychological reasons.
"I cannot imagine that it was congressional intent or that
it is your intent to place states, such as South Dakota, in a
dilemma ... over this narrow policy issue," South Dakota
Gov. Walter D. Miller wrote President Clinton on Feb. 18.
In a March 24 letter to state Medicaid directors, the
federal government repeated the position that they must
conform to the new rule.


Hmong high
school students
learn about 'U'

Harvard Prof. Johnathan Mann speaking on AIDS, public health and human rights yesterday.
Clinton signs measure to
increase school funding

It is a complaint heard all too of-
"One of the problems we are fac-
ing is with gangs. Some kids are join-
ing them in junior high school. Tru-
ancy is a big problem. Many kids are
dropping out of school."
This is a description of one Detroit
school from a teacher who accompa-
nied 14 of his 8th grade students on a
daylong workshop at the University.
A workshop that hoped to bridge the
gap between the promise of a univer-
sity education and the pitfalls of grow-
ing up poor in a city.
But the ethnic identity of these
urban middle school students might
be surprising: Asian American, more
specifically Hmong.
Originally from Laos, the Hmong
were an ethnic minority persecuted in
their own country after the American
withdrawal from the region in 1975.
Many made their way to the United
States, and as recent arrivals, most are
still economically disadvantaged. The
Detroit Hmong community has con-
tinued to grow since its first arrivals
in the late 1970's and it now numbers
around 5,000.
"The fact that most people have
never heard of the Hmong people
says a lot about the obstacles they are
facing," said Marie Ting of the
University's Office of Academic and
Multicultural Initiatives, and one of
the coordinators of the workshop.
Called "Project Lighthouse," the
workshop was first organized in 1992
as an outgrowth of the King Chavez
Parks program. The program seeks to
inspire Asian American youth to strive
for an advanced degree by exposing
them to the University setting.
Ting said one of the inspirations
for Project Lighthouse was the fact
that the King Chavez Parks program
had very little Asian American par-
"I would see groups of kids around
campus but rarely would I see any Asian
Americans. I wanted to do something
for them," said Ting quickly adding,
"It's the kids and the student leaders
who make the program."
One of those student leaders,
Timothy Chu, spoke to the question
of what, if any, responsibility he felt

as a Chinese American from the sub-
urbs to a culturally and ethnically
distinct group of kids from Detroit.-
"Because all Asian Americans arc-
lumped together into one group it
affects me. If they are discriminated
against so am I. On some issues we
(Asian Americans) are compelled to
be unified."
But the main reason Chu was i"
volved was that he liked working with
the kids. "They are so enthusiastic.;
You can see it on their faces."
Part of the reason 14 young stu-,
dents were brought to the University
yesterday was to try to reduce that
awe and replace it with confidence.
"If you want to go to college you.
can find a way," was a message rel1
peated over and over by student lead-
ers as the young students were given
tours of the campus and hands-on
demonstrations in various academia
departments. One group went to the
medical school to learn about the ef-'1
fects of drug abuse, another spent-
some time in the Angell Hall corn'
puter lab learning about word pro-
cessing and e-mail.
One student, with an oversized
Michigan hat pulled down low on his
head, admitted to preferring basket-,
ball to computers, but for him it wasn' t
a question of whether he was going to
college, only of which one. "I like'
Juwan Howard," he said. "Maybe I'1P
go to Michigan."
Positive benefits of the project are,
already being felt. Truancy is reportly
down among those who have visited,
the University. Project coordinators
hope to expand the program by gef-
ting University students into th&
Hmong community to further help
the young students follow through oi
their determination to go to college''
"I would like to go there and see
their side of it," said Chu. "My view isp
pretty one-sided. I rarely go to Detroit.'
Watching over all of this were twa.
African American teachers from the
students' school in Detroit. "Peop
wonder what we are doing with A
these Asian kids," one of the teachers
said, "these are our kids."
When asked about the fate of those
students who weren't going to maW'
it to college, the same teacher said"
very firmly: "Don't say that. These
kids are smart. They will make it." -.:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Half a decade
after states began trying to improve their pub-
lic schools, they finally have some financial
support from the federal government.
President Clinton signed the Goals 2000
Educate America Act into law yesterday and
by July 1, the first $105 million will begin
flowing to states that apply for it.
"This is the beginning. It is the foundation.
Today we can say America is serious about
education," Clinton said.
The law requires participating states to
develop education reform plans that set volun-
tary standards on curriculum, student perfor-
mance and on the resources, materials and
teacher preparation necessary to ensure that all
children have an opportunity to learn.
The bill authorizes $647 million this year
for education reforms that move toward that
goal, including $400 million in grants to states
and local school agencies.

The Education Department promises a
"quick and simple application" process. "It's
really inconceivable that any state that applies
won't get funds," said Mike Cohen, a senior
adviser to Education Secretary Richard Riley.
How the states plan on getting the money to
local school districts and individual schools
will be studied.
States will have two years to complete their
reform plans. "If we're convinced it's aimed at
challenging standards for all students, if the
plan is really comprehensive and it's a promis-
ing one, we'll continue to provide funding," he
said. They will be allowed to apply for waivers
from federal regulations.
Cohen said virtually every state already has
begun to search for ways to invigorate a public
education system judged by many to be failing.
American students consistently score behind
their European and Japanese counterparts in
math and science.

*Peoples rejects plea bargain;
now faces 3 felony counts

Zeta Tau Alpha promotes awareness of breast cancer

Graduating Michigan Football
player Shonte Peoples rejected a plea
bargain Wednesday from prosecutors
and now faces two additional felony
counts of felonious assault.
Visiting Judge S.J. Elden found suf-
ficient evidence to order Peoples bound
over for trial. Peoples faces an April 7
pretrial date and a May 2 trial. He also
added two additional counts at the re-
quest of the prosecutors office.
Elden continued Peoples's per-
sonal recognizance bond set at $5,000.
Assistant Washtenaw County
Prosecutor Julie Owdziej told the Ann
Arbor News that Peoples' rejected a

plea bargain.
"He could have pleaded to one
count," she said. "We gave him the
opportunity and he wouldn't."
Peoples, a strong safety, faces, if
found guilty, up to four years in prison.
There is little physical evidence to
tie Peoples to the shooting. No one
has reported a car riddled with bul-
lets, and the detectives under cross
examination from Peoples' attorney,
Cedric Simpson, could not positively
identify Peoples as the shooter.
Det. Brian Jatczak also admitted
that he was mistaken in orginally say-
ing that Peoples had fired from two ,
different areas in the building.

"Don't Be A Fool, Do Breast Self-
Today, April Fool's Day, over
100,000 Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) mem-
bers will pass out this message printed
on 1 million, free waterproof cards on
150 college campuses and 265 cities
across the nation.
The cards, to be displayed in the
shower, detail instructions on how to
do breast self-examinations.
Lisa West, the director of public
affairs for the international ZTA of-
fice, said, "We hope to bring aware-
ness of breast cancer education and
the importance of self-exam as a

means of prevention to the forefront
of women and communities across
the country."
Breast cancer poses a serious threat
to women who are 45 or more years
old, a reality made stark by statistics
0 One in eight women will de-
velop breast cancer sometime during
her lifetime.
Durings the 1990s, 1.5 million
women will develop the disease.
In this decade, 500,000 women
will die from the disease.
Almost 30 percent of these
women could be saved if all women
practice breast self-examination regu-
But many University students are
not very concerned personally, since
the disease afflicts mostly older

"I don't feel that it is an issue now,
but (it might be) within the next 20
years," said LSA junior Cara Sartor.
Sarah Carlson, the president of the
University's ZTA chapter, agreed the
incidence of the breast cancer is rare
for younger women.
However, Carlson said, "It could
affect someone in their family or af-
fect them possibly later in life."
Carlson stressed, "It's something
they should be aware, because it af-
fects so many women."
She expects students will pass the
cards on to older women in their fami-
The ZTA chapter at the University
will hand the cards out to sororities
and dorms, but it targets grocery stores
where they can reach women who are

most likely to develop breast cancef., -.
The hereditary factor in develop-
ing breast cancer hits close to home
for some students.
Most of the women in Ann Silvio',
family died from breast cancer or'
another form of cancer, a common-
subject of discussion for her and her
female family members..
"There's a lingering fear that hangs*.
over everyone's head," said Silvia,
an RC sophomore.
"I think about it in concern for the
women in my family and because m
sister and I have the same genes."
This second annual event for breast;
cancer education is sponsored by the
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for women
and its national philanthropy, the Su~n-
san G. Komen Breast Cancer Foun-,-

AATU Director Pattrice Maurer said she thought the AATU deadline was March 31. Maurer turned in a report to
MSA before LSA Rep. Michelle Ferrarese told her of the deadline. This was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's Daily.


a 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
p.m.-8 a.m.
" Archery Club, Coliseum, 8 p.m.
" Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
" Free Tax Workshop, 3909
Michigan Union, 12-4 p.m.
U Indian American Students As-
sociation, Michigan Union,
Pendelton Room, 8 p.m.
" Ninjutsu Club, IM Building,
Room G21, 6:30-8 p.m.
" North Campus Information
Center, North Campus Com-
mons 763-NCTC. 730 am.-

Solemn Liturgy of Good Fri-
day, 12:10 p.m.; Stations of the
Cross, 2:10 p.m.; Good Friday
Reflection Service, 7 p.m., 331
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
2275 CCRB, 6-7 p.m.
0 "Understanding Human
Knowledge," Michael Will-
iams, sponsored by the Depart-
ment of Philosophy, 1412 Ma-
son Hall, 4 p.m.
U 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
p.m.-8 a.m.
U Camnus Information Center

Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Alpha Phi Omega, Michigan
Union, Kuenzel Room, pledge
meeting, 7 p.m.; chapter meet-
ing, 8 p.m.
Q Arab-American Students' As-
sociation, Michigan Union,
Pendelton Room, 7 p.m.
Q Ballroom Dance Lessons and
Dancing, CCRB, main dace
room, 7-9 a.m.
Q Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
Q Indian American Student As-
sociation. 4202 Michigan

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