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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
N PER GĀ£Ombudsman dismissed after 13 years at 'U'
In 1971, Perigo became

Daily Staff Reporter
For 13 years, Donald Perigo has
worked to solve students' problems
within the University bureaucracy as
ombudsman. Now, he has a problem
of his own.
In August, Perigo was told that his
contract, which ends Dec. 31, would
not be renewed.
"I was stunned," said Elaine
Nowak, who worked with Perigo as
assistant director of the Office of Fi-
nancial Aid.
"I think he's one of the strongest

student advocate voices I've encoun-
tered on this campus. I've worked
here 16 years," Nowak said.
Josh Englehardt, an LSA senior,
contacted Perigo this summer with.
financial aid problems.
"He helped me out with that and
he got me some new scholarships,"
Englehardt said. "I have a very high
opinion of him. I am very grateful for
what he did.
"As a person, he is obviously com-
mitted to the students, yet also to the
University. I think he's a fair man and
a good person in general.... If he can

get me to respect him, there's nothing
he can't do. I've got a really low
opinion of the administration at this
The ombudsman's role is to assist
students with problems within the
University and serves as a mediator
between the two.
"I think it's a tremendous oppor-
tunity for all segments of the Univer-
sity to know there is a confidential
place where individuals can raise
questions, where they have the time
to think about and be educated on
alternative ways to solve problems,"

Perigo said. "It cycles information
about what things are working and
what might not be working.
"It normally saves everybody a lot
of cost from litigation and probably
most important, it usually leaves rela-
tionships in a friendly way."
In 1981, Henry Johnson, then-vice
president for student services, ap-
pointed Perigo to be the University's
third ombudsman. The position was
created in 1972. ,
In a May 29, 1981 letter to deans,
directors and department heads,
Johnson said, "The ombudsman pro-

vides an important service to the Uni-
versity community, and Dr. Perigo is,
I believe, an outstanding choice for
this position."
As ombudsman, Perigo reports to
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford. She would not
comment on her reasons for not re-
newing Perigo's contract.
Perigo also declined to comment
on the specifics of his dismissal, only
discussing more general issues.
"Basically, there's been"a change
of philosophy within the division. I

State may
details on
'U' budget
Daily Staff Reporter
A proposal in the state Senate may
require the University to disclose more
of its budget if it wants to maintain its
state-appropriated funds.
Last week, State Sen. Jack
Welborn (R-Kalamazoo) introduced
a resolution to force state-supported
leges and universities to provide
e Legislature with detailed budgets.
Currently, schools need to report only
income and expenditures.
Jerry VanderRoest, Sen. Wel-
born's chief of staff, said it was a
matter of accountability.
"As long as the state is giving
money to them, we should have some
say as to how it is spent," he said.
"There isn't another government
ncy not required to submit such a
Lisa Baker, a University spokes-
woman, said, "That's totally unreal-
istic for an operation this size. The
University needs thediscretion to make
decisions about its own budgets."
Walter Harrison, vice president for
University Relations, noted the Univer-
sity is not a government agency.
"The Michigan constitution sets
University up as a separate branch
from the Legislature," he said. "At
the moment, the Legislature appro-
priates a sum of money, and the Uni-
versity is in charge of spending it."
In theory, line-item disclosures
would allow the Legislature more
control over a university's budget. By
-eviewing spending by category, the
See BUDGET, Page 2


Parliament in
Haiti secured
by U.S. f orces

An umbrella lies in a garbage can across from the Michigan Union yesterday after heavy winds and rain cleared up.
Assembly members deate
intrimfuningfor AT

The Washington Post
U.S. forces took over the Haitian Par-
liament building and the capital's City
Hall yesterday, surrounding them with
razor wire, armed troops and machine-
gun-mounted vehicles in preparation
for reestablishing a functioning civil-
ian government under the leadership
of ousted president Jean-Bertrand
A special session of Parliament
has been convoked by Aristide today
to try to pass a bill that would grant
amnesty to the military leaders who
overthrew Aristide three years ago in
a bloody coup.
Parliament also is scheduled to
discuss a bill that would separate the
police from the army and place the
law enforcement officers under civil-
ian control. Many diplomats and hu-
man rights workers view the separa-
tion as crucial to establishing true
civilian control here,
Tomorrow, Mayor Evans Paul, one
of the most popular men in the coun-
try after Aristide, is scheduled to move
back into City Hall.
Large crowds gathered outside the
barricaded government buildings.
U.S. troops and Haitian policemen
stood on the other side of the barriers,
and the crowds taunted the Haitians.
The securing of Haitian govern-
ment buildings by U.S. troops was
another sign that the United States is
assuming virtually all responsibility
for maintaining public order, despite
pledges to leave those operations to

the Haitians.
Waving pictures of Aristide, the
crowds chanted, "You can't shoot us
now," while they pointed at the Hai-
tian policemen. Dancing and clap-
ping, the crowds also chanted that
"Aristide is coming, he is in the sky,
he will be here soon."
The impoverished, emboldened
crowds have begun to hold impromptu
marches through the city and occa-
sionally to storm food warehouses,
looting the contents.
Yesterday, about 1,000 people,
pushing, screaming and fighting,
broke into the warehouse of a Euro-
pean relief agency, taking all of the
bags of rice inside.
Spokesman laian Guest of U.N.
humanitarian operations said 300 tons
of food were stolen in Cap-Haitien on
Sunday and that U.S. forces were
being asked to intervene.
On Monday, crowds looted the
CARE warehouse in the coastal town
of Gonaives, 100 miles north of the
capital, and two warehouses here.
To lessen the possibilities of vio-
lence, the U.S. Army began a mas-
sively publicized, month-long pro-
gram to buy back weapons from the
civilian population. The first-day
yield, an officer said, was 19 pistols,
7 rifles, 2 submachine guns, 8 tear-
gas grenades and 3 fragmentation gre-
Crowds of Haitians gathered in
the blazing sun around the Boren mili-
tary airfield on the edge of the city to
See HAITI, Page 7

Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
debated for more than four hours last
night on the issue of funding for the
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union (AATU).
By press time, the assembly had not
yet voted on whether to provide in-
terim funding for AATU.
Debate centered around an agree-
ment between MSA President Julie
Neenan and AATU Coordinator
Pattrice Maurer. The agreement, said
both Neenan and Maurer, provided

that MSA would put the question of a
student fee raise of 25 cents on its
November ballot. If it passed, the
funds from this fee raise would go
exclusively to fund AATU.
The two parties, however, dis-
agreed on the issue of interim fund-
ing. Maurer said she understood that
MSA would provide funding between
$6,500 and $8,000 to AATU to cover
their expenses -until January, when
the fee raise could fund them.
At the meeting, Neenan said they
had not agreed on a specific dollar

amount, and that the funding need not
come from MSA itself.
"It's difficult for me looking at the
budget to see where the money (for
the interim funding) would come
from," Neenantold the assembly. "We
agreed that the AATU should get
money to float on, not on whether that
funding should come from MSA or
other sources."
Neenan said the possibility of in-
terim funding from other sources was
not part of her agreement with Maurer
See MSA, Page 2

Yeltsin unveils sweeping
reforms in foreign policy

Health care reform
moves forward in
state legislatures

The Washington Post
MOSCOW - Russian President
s Yeltsin went to the United States
proposals for sweeping nuclear
isarmament aimed at bolstering his
sition at home and securing his
lace in history, aides and experts
ere said yesterday.
Yeltsin chose the U.N. General
Assembly in New York to deliver
what he considered a seminal address,
:onscious that Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev had used the same
ue for a key 1988 speech signal-
ing the end of the Cold War.
The Russian president intended
Monday's U.N. speech and his sum-
mit meeting with President Clinton
yesterday and today to inaugurate a
new era of foreign policy-making,
according to advisers who helped for-
nulate Yeltsin's speech and other
sources here.

The Russian president proposed'
that Russia, the United States, China,
France and Britain agree on deep cuts
in their nuclear arsenals and ban
nuclear-arms testing and the manu-
facture or reuse of nuclear materials.
He also sought to carve out a Rus-
sian sphere of influence within the
former Soviet Union and called for
regulation of conventional arms sales
and greater efforts at global conver-
sion of arms industries.
But a cautious and even skeptical
reaction to Yeltsin's proposals, both
here and in the West, reflected the
difficulty of coming up with crisp
new world views in the muddy era of
post-Cold War uncertainty. In par-
ticular, many here questioned
Yeltsin's call for deeper nuclear cuts
at a time when earlier arms-control
pacts - the Strategic Arms Limita-
tion Treaties, or STARTs - remain

A'' -HO
Russian President Boris Yeltsin holds up a photo of U.S. and Russian
soldiers in Elbe in the White House Rose Garden yesterday at a meeting
honoring U.S. and Russian veterans of World War II.

Role of Washington
diminishes as health
care bill dies in
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - For 91,000
uninsured Oregonians, this has been a
year of great progress in health care:
They now have health coverage un-
der an experimental state plan for
those not eligible for traditional medi-
cal programs for the poor.
While health reform is dead in
Washington, it is gaining momentum
in many states, signaling that funda-
mental change is underway in the
nation's health care system regard-
less of inaction by Congress.
President Clinton vowed Monday
that the fight for a comprehensive
federal health bill was "far, far from
over." But the president's ability to
follow through is uncertain given the

veiled his proposals last year.
"States are much closer to the
needs of the constituents, and states
see the growth of Medicaid as being
(in conflict with) other budgetary pri-
orities, such as education, roads and
welfare," said Carl Volpe, health care
associate at the National Governors
For state governments, the col-
lapse of this year's effort to pass a
national health bill is certain to add

to be carried out (START I) or have
not even been ratified (START II).
"He needs to prove he can carry
out a purposeful policy to its conclu-

sion without getting distracted," said
Alexei Arbatov, an expert on arms
policy here. "In this, after the last two
See SUMMIT, Page 2

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