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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 8. 1994 - 5

*Ann Arbor
library feels
impact of
*ProposalA
By ROBIN BARRY
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The passage of Proposal A has cut
the funding for the Ann Arbor Public
Library and 33 other school-operated
public libraries in Michigan.
Previously, libraries like the Ann
Arbor Public Library levied taxes
long with the school millage elec-
tions; however, they will no longer be
allowed to do so after the existing
millage ends in December 1996.
While many of the 33 public li-
braries face the possibility of shutting
down, Raymon Hernandez, director
of the Ann Arbor Public Library, said
this branch would not close.
"I've seen and heard such inflam-
atory statements," he said. "They're
not true."
Hernandez said in the next two
years the Ann Arbor Board of Educa-
tion will face three options concern-
ing the library.
U One possibility is that the library
could fold itself into the district's regu-
lar budget and receive money directly
from the general fund budget.
However, Hernandez did not be-
sieve this option to be feasible.
"We have a $5 million budget," he
said. "That's a lot of baggage to come

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Clinton pushes
health care reform
in town meeting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -
Wielding charts and ticking off points
on his fingers, President Clinton
pitched his health-care reform plan in
a TV "town hall" yesterday where
wary Americans delivered a healthy
dose of skepticism.
While Clinton matter-of-factly
fielded a variety of questions that
went to the heart of problems with
the current health-care system, he
bristled a little at suggestions his
plan would cost jobs.
"For many, many businesses like
mine, the cost of your plan is simply
a cost that will cause us to eliminate
jobs," Herman Cain, chief execu-
tive officer of Godfather's Pizza,
told the president. "What will I tell
those people whose jobs I will have
to eliminate?"
Clinton argued that requiring all
employers to buy insurance for their
workers would push up Cain's costs
of business by only about 2 percent
and joked that "I'd keep buying"
pizza even at that price.
When Cain insisted that his costs
would be much higher, the presi-
dent cut him off and told him to send
the White House details on his busi-
ness. "Send it to me," he said. "We'll
work on it."

A Topeka man cited "poor per-
formance" in other big government
programs and cited Social Security,
welfare and "pork barrel spending."
He asked Clinton how the govern-
ment could manage a "socialistic
program" like universal health care
without driving up the deficit.
"I don't want the government to
run it," Clinton said, noting his plan
preserved the system of private in-
surance. "I'm not going to let Social
Security get in trouble either."
Joseph Conrad of Omaha, said
he was "a person living with full-
blown AIDS" and was having
trouble paying for health care.
"You would be much better off
under our plan," Clinton said. He
noted that prescription drugs would
be available under his plan.
Cain is an outspoken critic of the
Clinton health-care plan, and White
House aides called his participation
in the forum "a total setup."
Clinton ended the night by urg-
ing Americans to press members of
Congress "not to necessarily agree
with me on every detail, but to seize
this moment to do something pro-
foundly important to the American
people and guarantee health secu-
rity to all Americans."

Despite recent cuts in funding, the newly renovated Ann Arbor Public Library on Fifth Street will remain open.

in with."
Another option is to attempt to
change the law.
Hernandez pointed out that there
are hundreds of public libraries in
Michigan and only 33 are affected.
"I'm just not sure politicians would
be enthusiastic to do this. The vote
has already been cast," he said.
Hernandez said the third possi-
bility was the most plausible - the
Ann Arbor Public Library could be-
come a district library. As a self-

governing unit, an elected board could
go to voters and request millage.
Hernandez cited such libraries as
Jackson, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Saline
and Howell as examples of local dis-
trict libraries.
Joyce Willis, executive director
for information services with the
school superintendent's office, said it
is too soon to tell what will happen to
the library.
Willis said the first step would be
to attempt to alter the legislation.

"We've been in active communica-
tion with our state senator, Lana Pol-
lack (D-Ann Arbor)," she said. "We're
seeking her support in reviewing this
law to keep us from having to sever
relations with the library."
Willis said prior to the proposal's
passing, efforts had been made to
inform the public of the effects the
law would have on the library.
"Most people were only interested
in reducing the property tax," Willis
said. "And who can blame them?"

States want government to develop promised nuclear waste site

Michigan utility customers have paid more
than $220 million for a nuclear repository

* DETROIT (AP) -- Officials from
Michigan, Florida and Minnesota be-
gan a two-day meeting yesterday to plot
a strategy to make the federal govern-
ment take responsibility for the radio-
active waste of nuclear power plants.
Congress voted in 1982 to establish
a national repository for spent nuclear
fuel rods. It was to open by 1988 and
eAIDS virus
causes cancer,
scientists find
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Re-
searchers have found that the AIDS
virus directly causes cancer, and the
*iiscovery offers a possibility of bet-
ter treatment for both diseases. It also
raises doubts about the safety of some
new forms of gene therapy.
The results, being announced to-
day, could lead to safer ways to treat
certain forms of cancer in AIDS vic-
tims, said the study's authors, Uni-
versity of California at San Francisco
Drs. Michael McGrath and Bruce
Ohiramizu.
"This is the first direct evidence
that we have a human virus causing
cancer through some mechanism,"
McGrath said.
Cancers have long been associ-
ated with AIDS. Most researchers
have thought the cancers were oppor-
tunistic, taking advantage of AIDS'
weakening of the immune system
ather than being caused by the virus
tself.

was to be funded through charges to
utilities with nuclear power plant.
But the U.S. Department of En-
ergy has made little progress in find-
ing and developing such a site, de-
spite collecting almost $10 billion,
state officials said at a news confer-
ence yesterday.
"Our federal government is ripping

us off to the tune of about $10 billion,"
said Michigan Attorney General Frank
Kelley. "The federal government has
promised to build a repository for all
nuclear waste in the country. To date,
they've done nothing."
Kelley and other Michigan officials
are playing host to officials from eight
other states for a meeting to plan for
strategy-including a possible lawsuit
-to deal with the federal government.
Michigan, Florida and Minnesota

have formed the Nuclear Waste Strat-
egy Coalition. Arkansas, Illinois, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Wiscon-
sin sent observers to the meeting.
Minnesota electricity users have paid
$209 million into the waste fund, said
Minnesota Public Service Commis-
sioner Kris Sanda.
"We have little or nothing to show
for it," Sanda said. "The state of Minne-
sota and the other states you see repre-
sented here are getting second-rate treat-

ment from Congress."
Florida electricity users have paid
$300 million into the fund, said Susan
Clark of the Florida Public Service
Commission.
"We're very concerned," she said.
Michigan utility customers have
paid $220 million.
Department of Energy represen-
tative Samantha Richardson denied
the federal government had been idle
on the problem. But she acknowl-

edged it won't be able to open a per-
manent central disposal site by 1998.
The coalition and the Energy De-
partment disagree on whether the fed-
eral government is legally obligated
to begin accepting nuclear waste in
1998. The coalition says it is. The
department says it isn't.
"Secretary (Hazel) O'Leary has
stated that the department will examine
several options for the near-term stor-
age of spent fuel," Richardson said.

TROUPE

Indiana U. to announce new president
next week; MSU provost among finalists

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -
Indiana University (IU) students, fac-
ulty members, staff and alums will
learn next week who their next presi-
dent will be, the chair of the presiden-
tial search committee said.
"We're fairly certain if everything
goes well, we'll have the announce-
ment next Thursday," IU trustee Harry
Gonso said Wednesday.
Gonso said the new president will
be announced at a public meeting on
the campus of Indiana University-
Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Trustees interviewed two candi-
dates Tuesday in Chicago. They said
Wednesday that a possible fifth can-
didate had withdrawn his or her name.
Members of this search commit-
tee have effectively kept the names of
their top candidates from the public
throughout the search.
Bloomington chancellor Kenneth
R.R. Gros Louis and Indianapolis
campus chancellor Gerald Bepko were
considered to be leading candidates
for the presidency, but neither would
comment on the search.

Others speculated to be among he
finalists were Michigan State Univer-
sity provost Lou Anna Simon; Anya
Peterson Royce, provost at Southern
Methodist University and former IU
dean of the faculties; and Buckrtell
University president Gary Sojka, a
former IU biology professor and
dean.
The new president will replace
Thomas Ehrlich, who came to Indi-
ana in 1987 and announced his res-
ignation last year. He will leave the
position July 31.

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Members of the only student Asian American acting troupe perform in
Stockwell residence hall yesterday. They depict cultural conflicts and
understanding in their performance.

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EASY AS PIl

Friday
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Archery Club, Coliseum, 8 p.m.
Q Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
Q Coffee Hour, International Cen-
ter, 4-6 p.m.
Q Free Tax Assistance, 3909
Michigan Union, 12-4 p.m.
Q "Kripke on Wittgenstein and
Normativity," George Wilson,
1412 Mason Hall, 4 p.m.
Q Ninjutsu Club, IM Building,
Room G21, 6:30-8 p.m.
Q North Campus Information
Center, North Campus Com-
mons, 763-NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-5:30
p.m.
Q Psychology Academic Peer Ad-

Knowledge," Michael Williams,
sponsored by the Department of
Philosophy, 1412 Mason Hall, 4
p.m.
Q Welfare Reform Symposium,
Gerald Miller, sponsored by the
Institute of Public Policy Stu-
dent Association, Michigan
Union, Ballroom, 9:30 a.m.-4
p.m.
Q "Women's Role in the Struggle
for Puerto Rico's Indepen-
dence," Isabel Rosado, spon-
sored by the Puerto Rican Soli-
darity Organization, 232-D West
Engineering, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Anatolia's Magic Melodies,
sponsored by the Turkish Stu-

ministry meeting, 7 p.m., 331
Thompson.
U Take Backthe Night, Ann Arbor
City Hall, 6:30 p.m.
U Women's Volleyball Champi-
onships, CCRB, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Sunday
U 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
U Arab-American Students' As-
sociation, Michigan Union,
Anderson Room, 7 p.m.
U Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
U Guild House Students Involved
fora Global Neighborhood, 802
Monroe St. 5 p.m.
U IndianAmerican Student Asso-
ciation, 4202 Michigan Union,
7 p.m.

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3:00 a.m. last night! Cool iii bet She the grading curve
How'd she do all this? Colors! spent a fortune! for the rest of us!
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