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Toys for
Tots drive
Daily Staff Reporter
The Toys for Tots program was
born when a Marines Corps officer's
wife made a rag doll for child who
was not going to receive any Christ-
mas gifts that year.
The Marines and Midshipmen of
the University's Navy ROTC unit has
brought this U.S. Marine Corps Re-
terve holiday charity program to cam-
pus again this year, taking time from
their exam studies to bring a little joy
to children.
"We do what we can for the local
area kids," said Sgt. Gilbert Gonzalez,
an Engineering sophomore who is
coordinating this year's University
and Ann Arbor donations.
The Marines are soliciting new
toy and money donations from Uni-
versity students and staff as well as
the Ann Arbor community and busi-
nesses through Sunday, Dec. 18.
According to Gonzalez, all money
raised will be sent to the Toys For
Tots office in Detroit who will pur-
chase the toys through arrangements
made with Metro area toy stores.
Gonzalez and his fellow Marines
will receive those toys and distribute
fiem, along with any they collect on
their own, to underprivileged chil-
dren in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
"My goal is to see as many smiles
on as many kids' faces as possible,"
Gonzalez said.
Drop points for new toys and
money donations are located at North
Hall and the North Campus Housing
Community Center. Checks can be
made payable to "Toys For Tots SEM"
or "Midshipmen Bn."


Su perstr ct re created to
oversee ADS agencies

A new superstructure will oversee
and coordinate the AIDS-related ac-
tivities of six U.N. agencies, includ-
ing UNICEF, the World Bank and the
World Health Organization, officials
said yesterday.
In an afternoon news conference,
Secretary-General BoutrosBoutros-
Ghali named a Belgian scientist, Dr.
Peter Piot, to head the new super-
structure, calling it "imperative that
the United Nations' response (to
AIDS) is comprehensive and effec-
Piot previously served for two
years as deputy director of the AIDS
program at WHO.
The announcement marks the first
time in the 50-year history of the
United Nations that any disease or
health crisis has been elevated to such
a level. This is occurring because the
international community has never
before faced such an intractible, rap-
idly expanding and economically

cost new disease crisis.
Two million people worldwide
have died of AIDS and 17 million are
infected with the AIDS virus.
In an interview yesterday, Piot
called his new job "a huge responsi-
bility, but it has to be done. There's no
choice in the matter.'
He said he will try to coordinate
the funds and activities of the six U.N.
AIDS-related agencies in a manner
that seeks to eliminate duplication
and drive all efforts along a shared
"I'm not naive," Piot said. 'I'm
aware that the challenges are enor-
Among those challenges are back-
biting and competition within and
between U.N. agencies, a universal
funding crunch that has hit AIDS-
stricken poor countries particularly
hard, shifting political winds in the
United States and the lack of signifi-
cant breakthroughs on any front in the
AIDS battle.

The United States is the largest
single donor to the United Nations'
AIDS efforts, accounting for roughly
a third of the epidemic budgets at
WHO, the World Bank and UNICEF.
But the future of American commit-
ment is in doubt, as key members of
the new Republican Party leadership
on Capitol Hill have made it clear that
they hold the United Nations in dis-
Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) who is
expected to take over leadership of
the Senate Foreign Relations Com-
mittee, has been outspoken about his
opposition to foreign aid generally.
and AIDS prevention efforts - par-
ticularly condom distribution.
"I don't underestimate the chal-
lenges," Piot said of the changes in
Washington. "The best guarantee of
survival of the AIDS program ... is to
have diverse funding. Let's not forget
that the general climate on develop-
ment issues and AIDS is not good
right now.

Hoekstra lands only Michigan char

Rep. Pete Hoekstra yesterday was
named a subcommittee chairman in
the 104th Congress, putting him in
the rare position of landing a chair-
manship as a sophomore member of
the House.
The Michigan congressman ac-
complished something that even
Michiganian and former president
Gerald R. Ford never managed to do
in his 24 years in the House: chair a
committee or subcommittee.
This year, Hoekstra ranked 13 of
15 in seniority as a freshman on Edu-
cation and Labor. He got his new
subcommittee chairmanship on the
renamed Economic and Educational

Opportunities Committee out of per-
sistence and because the new GOP
rules do not allow more senior mem-
bers to chair more than one commit-
tee or subcommittee.
"This has not been an attractive
committee for Republicans to serve
on because (under the Democrats) it
was viewed as one of the most parti-
san committees on the Hill," Hoekstra
said yesterday.
"I remember people laughing at
me for trying to get on this commit-
tee. They said it would be no prob-
lem," he said.
On Jan. 4, the tables will be turned
as the 104th Congress is sworn in and
Hoekstra takes chairmanship of the

new subcommittee on Oversight and
Further, Hoekstra will be the only
GOP House chairman for the state of
"It illustrates how young the whole
House is," said David Rohde, a pro-
fessor of political science at Michi-
gan State University.
More than 40 percent of the House
will be in their first or second term,
and for Republicans, it's more than
50 percent.
No current House Republicans
were in the House in 1953, the last
time the Republicans were in charge
there, he said. "This is a new experi-
ence for everybody."

Engineering junior Debbie Ellis does a warm-up exercise during the last
meeting of her dance class yesterday at Pease Dance Building.

Simpson defense rethinking DNA admission


Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Throwing a
fresh complication into the O.J.
I impson trial, defense sources said
yesterday they are rethinking how
they will react to DNA evidence in
the case and may back off their pub-
licly stated plans for a full-scale, pre-
trial assault on the scientific proce-
dures used to test blood and hair
Sources stressed, however, that the
defense will not "waive" its right to
ocontest the DNA evidence. Instead,
sources said the defense has drafted a
new set of plans for when and how the
lawyers make objections.
The latest approach, they empha-
sized, is more likely to affect the
timing and scope of the DNA chal-
lenge than the substance of it.
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member commission cut that amount
in half.
The Clinton campaign also dis-
agrees with the audit findings, said
campaign committee attorney Lyn
Utrecht, and "we feel confident that
the commission will too." The cam-
paign committee has a right to a hear-
ing after the FEC votes on the matter.
The Clinton Democratic primary cam-
paign, which raised $25 million and
received another $12.5 million in fed-
eral matching funds, was the main
target of criticism. They determined
it owes the Treasury $3.8 million.
The Clinton-Gore general elec-
tion campaign, which received $55
million in federal funds, should repay
$254,546, they said.
The FEC audit found that the
linton primary committee trans-
ferred $2.4 million in late donations

RobertL. Shapiro, one of Simpson's
lead attorneys, declined to comment on
the changing defense approach, but
sources close to the case said one likely
proposal would be to object to the ad-
mission of some DNA evidence at trial,
rather than to demand the extensive
hearing on the issue before jurors begin
to hear evidence.
Depending on how prosecutors
and Superior Court Judge Lance A.
Ito react to a menu of defense options
that will be filed today, one possible
result is that opening statements in
the trial - in which Simpson is vig-
orously contesting charges that he
murdered his former wife Nicole
Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald
Lyle Goldman on the night of June 12
- could begin in early January.
"It's possible," Deputy District

Attorney Marcia Clark said of the
early date for opening statements.
"They (the defense lawyers) have in-
dicated that they will make a number
of proposals, several alternatives they
may propose regarding DNA."
In court, remarks by lto also ap-
peared to suggest that the trial could
get under way in January. Speaking to
the panel of 24 jurors and alternate
jurors who will hear the case, Ito
dismissed them after delivering a new
admonition on avoiding media, but
ordered them to return on Jan. 4, when
the case could begin in earnest.
The prosecution's DNA evidence
consists of results from four different
types of DNA testing and defense
attorneys may propose different ap-
proaches for the various tests. One
test known as RFLP is considered

highly reliable and has been admitted
in trials throughout the state. Others
are newer and may be subject to more
exacting defense scrutiny.
As a result, defense sources said
the Simpson team may concede that
the science underlying some of the
tests is reliable while reserving the
right to challenge other tests. In addi-
tion, defense sources say the team
will not waive the right to object to
the reliability of any of the tests based
on their handling by investigators and
lab technicians.
"In order to waive the (DNA hear-
ing), they have to concede the admis-
sibility of the DNA evidence," pros-
ecutor Clark said. "Also, that would
require them to accept the statistical
significance of the matches that were

Two-year-old Faye Boudello holds strands of Christmas beads at Frank's
Nursery & Crafts in Ann Arbor yesterday.

to a separate committee to pay for
legal and accounting expenses when
the funds could have paid off primary
debts. The effect of the transfer, the
auditors said, was to make it appear
the committee had a large debt and
was eligible for more matching funds.
The audit also disallowed nearly
$338,000 in primary campaign ex-
penses that couldn't be documented.
These included $131,250 of the
$237,750 in bonuses the campaign
paid to 21 campaign workers or ven-
dors. Among the payments disallowed
were $52,000 to Rahm Emanuel, the
campaign's chief fundraiser, $12,500
to Christine Varney, $7,000 to George
Stephanopoulos, $6,000 to David
Wilhelm and $2,250 to Betsey Wright.
The auditors are not seeking that the
aides return the money.
The auditors did allow an $87,500
bonus to political consultants James
Carville and Paul Begala and a
$25,000 bonus to fund-raiser Amy

Zisook. The payment to Carville and
Begala was permitted after the com-
mittee found an addendum to their
contract that allowed the bonus if the
candidate were nominated.
As they did in the Bush campaign,
the FEC auditors questioned some
expenses that the primary campaign
paid for that appeared to be for the
general election. They included costs
of the video "The Man from Hope"
that was played at the Democratic
convention in July, and the booklet
"Putting People First" that outlined
Clinton's campaign promises.
The auditors also found that nine
companies or individuals, including
Goldman Sachs & Co. - where
Clinton fund-raisers and officials
Robert E. Rubin and Kenneth D.
Brody worked - and a company
owned by longtime friend Harry
Thomason, were paid $246,162 by
the primary committee for work at
discounted rates.

Get ready for
price of mailing a letter goes up on
Jan. 1. The governing body of the
U.S. Postal Service voted yesterday
to institute new rates, including a 32-j
cent first-class stamp, at 12:01 a.m.,
local time, Jan. 1.
The increase is the first in four

stamp rate increase Jan. 1

years and is below the 12.2 percent
inflation for that period, said Sam
Winters, chairman of the postal board.
The higher price will cost a family
mailing 15 letters a week an extra 45
cents in postage.
The package is expected to bring
the Postal Service $4.7 billion in added

income in 1995. The post office lost
$914 million in the just completed
fiscal year and $1.7 billion the year
The independent Postal Rate
Commission approved the new rates
in late November after nearly nine
months of hearings.

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