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less funds
from GOP
I Regents-elect
Horning, Fischer to
attend today's board
Daily Staff Reporter
Republican tightening of the purse
ngs in Washington and Lansing
y bring fewer dollars to the Uni-
versity, President James J. Duderstadt
said in an interview yesterday.
By allocating funds to the Univer-
sity, the state has an enormous impact
on the size of tuition increases. The
state contributes 37.3 percent to the
University's general fund.
"They're fiscally conservative so
I suspect there will not be any wind-
#n of resources for higher educa-
n,"Duderstadt said. "With the lim-
its on state revenue, it might be a
difficult year for higher education."
And this difficult year may bring
even more increases in tuition.
Over the past eight years, state
appropriations have declined in real
dollars as funding increases fell be-
low inflation. To make up this differ-
, the University turned to tuition
the source for increased revenue.
Besides the state level, the Repub-
lican takeover of Congress also may
impact University funds.
"They're talking about no longer
covering the interest of student loans,"
Duderstadt said. "Unfortunately, the
new Congress is not one the state of
Michigan will have much influence
on. That means Michigan will not
npete as effectively for resources."
A$ the University level, Republi-
cans also had a victory - beating two
Democratic incumbents on the Board
of Regents who had both served for
24 years.
Andrea Fischer of Birmingham
and Daniel Horning of Grand Rapids
will take their seats on the board in
1 With Fischer and Horning, the
ublicans and Democrats will have

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Clinton presses
Indonesia on
human rights

MSA volunteers at the Michigan Union polling site collect ballots yesterday.
Scam gning

JAKARTA, Indonesia - As au-
thorities shut down East Timor Uni-
versity and human rights protesters
continued their sit-in at the U.S. Em-
bassy here, President Clinton yester-
day ended his Asian tour with public
and private pleas for Indonesian Presi-
dent Suharto to advance human rights
as well as economic prosperity for his
While his trip to the Philippines
and Indonesia has been dominated by
trade issues - and capped with an
agreement by the Asia-Pacific Eco-
nomic Cooperation forum to move
toward establishing a free-trade zone
across the region - Clinton devoted
the final working day of his trip to
questions of press freedom, labor
rights and Indonesia's harsh treat-
ment of occupied East Timor.
"We in the United States (believe)
... that some basic rights are univer-
sal, that everywhere people aspire to
be treated with dignity, to give voice
to their opinions, to have a say in
choosing their leaders," Clinton told
an audience of U.S. business execu-
tives in his first address as president
devoted largely to human rights is-
sues. He added to laughter- "We per-
mit it on a regular basis in the United
States, even when we don't like the
But U.S. officials acknowledged
they were concerned about what might
happen, after Air Force One left the
country last night, to 29 student pro-
testers who have embarrassed Suharto
with their five-day protest at the U.S.
Embassy parking lot. Indonesia has
promised the East Timorese students
that they will not be subject to re-
criminations, but they have asked for
political asylum in Portugal, their
former colonial ruler.
As reporters left a meeting yester-
day at the U.S. ambassador's resi-
dence between Secretary of State
Warren Christopher and members of
See SUMMIT, Page 2

White House
clarifies its
prayer stance
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton's conciliatory reaction Tues-
day to GOP proposals for school
prayer was directed not at a consti-
tutional amendment, but to legisla-
tion that would promote a neutral
"moment of reflection" during the
schoolday, his aides said yesterday.
Clinton drew no such distinction
Tuesday, when he was asked about
a proposal by Rep. Newt Gingrich
(R-Ga.), the House speaker-to-be,
for hearings on a constitutional
amendment on school prayer and
passage in Congress by the Fourth
of July.
The president suggested he
would not oppose such an amend-
ment, saying he wanted to "reserve
judgment. ... I certainly wouldn't
rule it out. It depends on what it
Yesterday, however, the White
House said it is not an amendment
that Clinton supports, but some other
way to allow for voluntary prayer.
Clinton, aides said, was not fully
Noting that an amendment would
take several years to pass, and be
sharply opposed by civil rights and
many religious groups, aides said
Clinton was seeking far more-neu-
tral legislation. In characteristic
Clinton fashion, the president is
seeking what his aides call "a third
way," neither the traditional liberal
nor traditional conservative ap-
proach to the school-prayer issue.
The White House counsel's of-
fice has been looking at laws in a
variety of states providing for a
See PRAYER, Page 2

Daily Staff Reporter
The first day of Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly elections found
many party members roaming
campus, posting flyers and trying
to encourage a generally apathetic
student body to vote.
Turnout in mid-term elections
historically has been low, under
10 percent. This election, how-
ever, the candidates' hard. work
may have paid off.
Poll worker Jennifer Hamilton
worked in last fall's and spring's
MSA elections. At her post in the
Michigan Union, to vote for the

Michigan Party," she said.
"But I think there's a definite
feeling of apathy out there. People
don't seem to know why to vote,
where to vote, and frankly don't
seem to care much about elec-
tions," said Anderson.
Friendships with candidates
also can affect voter turnout.
LSA junior Abigail Jenkins
said she voted. because. "one of
our sorority sisters is running with
the Michigan Party, and we wanted
to support her."
A ballot question asking stu-
dents to approve a fee raise to
support the Ann Arbor Tenants'

Union brought some students to
the polls. The issue has been hotly
debated in MSA for more than a
year, with the Students' Party sup-
porting line-item funding of the
tenants' union, and the Michigan
Party against line-item funding.
The question asks students if
the fee should be raised 25 cents. If
it passes, it would provide funds
specifically to the AATU. Any fee
increase must be approved by the
University Board of Regents be-
fore taking effect.
"The main reason I voted is
because of the tenants' union fund
See ELECTIONS, Page 18

Bishops still resisting
women in priesthood


0 The Baltimore Sun
WASHINGTON - Admitting
formally for the first time the exist-
ence of sexism within the church,
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops voted
overwhelmingly yesterday to encour-
age women to seek positions of lead-
ership within the church other than
the priesthood.
Sexism, they said at their semi-
ual meeting, "goes against the will
oTChrist." The bishops didn't, how-
ever, give hints of willingness to chal-
lenge the Vatican's long-held doc-
trine that priesthood is for men only.
The bishops' action, by a 228-10
vote, marks their response to a letter
written by Pope John Paul II last May
in which he "definitively" ruled out
the ordination of women.
It is also an acknowledgment of
*erences between the conservative
doctrine of the Vatican and the influ-
ence of American culture on the Ro-
man Catholic Church in the United
States, where women have agitated
for greater say in religious matters.
The narrowly focused statement
underscores the contributions of
women to the church, encourages the
church hierarchy to consult women
Ore often, states the importance of
u ng gender-neutral language, and
urges exploration of new ways for

EECS fraternity
wants monorail to
connect campuses
Daily Staff Reporter

women to participate in leadership.
"We are presented with a graced
moment to restore our belief in the
equality of men and women," said
Bishop John Snyder, chairman of the
Committee on Women in Society and
in the Church, which wrote the report.
Many Catholic women applauded
the bishops' declaration as a true for-
ward step for the church, although
some added that it "could always be
'We are presented with
a graced moment to
restore our belief In the
equality of men and
-John Snyder
'There have been 2,000 years of
sexism and now we have a document
that says 'we regret it and we want to
make it better,' said Sister Doris
Gottemoeller, president of the Sisters
of Mercy of the Americas in Silver
'The question (of.women in lead-
ership roles) is being raised in a way
See BISHOPS, Page 2

The University's bus system could
be replaced by a Disneyworld-like
monorail, say visionaries from Eta
Kappa Nu, an Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science (EECS) fra-
The group has started a movement
to build "UM Transit," a monorail to
link Central Campus with North Cam-
pus. So far, they say they have gotten
support from various transportation
authorities and engineering adminis-
trators to continue with the project.
Although the notion may seem
bizarre, the plans are based on reality.
"It's in the organizational stages,"
said fraternity president Larry Page.
The fraternity cited many reasons
for building a monorail or a similar
system to replace the "outdated" buses
- the current mode of transportation
for most North-bound Central Cam-
pus residents.
In the October issue of EECS
Speaks - the Eta Kappa Nu newslet-
ter - Page wrote that the group had
considered options for an improved

system and decided a Personal Rapid
Transit (PRT) system would be the
most efficient.
The system would run on a foot-
wide track and would be less expen-
sive than an underground system.
"Many administators have ex-
pressed support," Page asserted.
"There's a lot of support for this in the
upper administration."
However, Associate Vice Presi-
dent for Business Operations Jim
Christenson said that he hadn't heard
Page's plan yet. "Why would we do
it? Why would we spend millions of
dollars on it?" Christenson asked.
West Virginia University (WVUY
in Morgantown installed a monorail
system in 1973. Bob Hendershot, di-
rector of West Virginia's PRT, said
the system has served its purpose well.
"We find it here to be just abso-
lutely the best thing going. Besides
doing its function, it has spurred de-
velopment," Hendershot said, adding
that much of the city and University's
See TRANSIT, Page 2

Howie Brown said he believes people should spend their time before last
night's Phish concert playing ping-pong and eating good food at his stand.

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