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bill to legislature
that favors making
permanent ban law
LANSING (AP) - One of the
Legislature's strongest foes of assisted
suicide introduced bills yesterday to
permanently add a ban on the practice
*o Michigan law books.
Sen. Fred Dillingham (R-
Fowlerville) said he got the bills
ready last month and planned to
introduce them before their main
target, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, was
present at another death over the
"I think Jack Kevorkian once again
has tripped. I happen to feel the man
ungee jumps with the law," he said,
dding he was sickened to hear
Kevorkian had been present at his
21st death since 1990.
Kevorkian was present Saturday
- at the death of Margaret Garrish, 72,
of Royal Oak. She suffered from rheu-
matoid arthritis, colonic diverticulitis,
osteoporosis, and other ailments. Both
her legs had been amputated and she
had lost an eye.
Rep. Joseph Palamara (D-Wyan-
otte) also introduced identical bills
in the House yesterday.
Dillingham, who retires at the end
of this session, said they hope to put a
permanent ban in place before mid-
December, when the Legislature is
tentatively scheduled to wrap up its
lame duck session.
The Michigan Supreme Court also
sconsidering whether a temporary
493 ban -sponsored by Dillingham
Dillingham said he was confident
he could get the votes for a permanent
ban in the Senate, but it would be
tougher in the House. Rep. Lynn
Jondahl (D-Okemos) has introduced
competing legislation to legalize and
regulate assisted suicide. That plan is
given little chance of making it
trough the Senate.
A close vote on the ban in the
House means there could be prob-
lems getting the two-thirds support
needed to give a permanent ban im-
mediate effect. That means it would
take effect immediately after it's
signed by the governor.
Without that two-thirds vote, bills
don't take effect until 90 days after
,Aie final legislative session of the
ear. That means a new permanent
ban wouldn't kick in until late March
or early April.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
New slate of 'U'
control of MSA
By CATHY BOGUSLASKI
An era of good feelings may
have begun for the Michigan Student
Assembly last night, as a new slate of
representatives took control of the
University 's student government.
MSA members are optimistic
about the new term because the as-
sembly may be leaving some volatile
issues - like funding for the Ann
Arbor Tenants' Union (AATU) -
"Because of the passage of the
AATU resolution, there's a possibil-
ity for an era of good feelings on the
assembly. We've put divisive issues
behind us. and there's really no issue
in the forefront that divides the as-
sembly in bitter ways," said LSA Rep.
Students voted in the last election
to increase the student fee to support
the tenants' union. If the University
Board of Regents approves the in-
crease during its next meeting, MSA
will no longer need to deal with the
Many incoming representatives
are looking forward to their new terms.
"It's going to be fun. It was what I
expected, but I wish there was a more
expedient way to get things done.'
said incoming LSA Rep. Meliss
Incoming Medical School Rep.
Joshua Uy said, "I'm really interested
in seeing exactly what voice MSA
Fiona Rose, an incoming LSA rep-
resentative, said, "I'm impressed
about the number of issues with which
we will have to deal. It's great that we
have so many different focuses."
Most of the new representatives
watched the last meeting of the old
assembly with eager eyes, knowing
their term was about to begin.
The old assembly adopted several
resolutions. One asked for student
representation in the selection pro-
cess for new deans of the Rackham
School of Graduate Studies and the
College of Engineering. Another reso-
lution asked the University Athletic
Department for an explanation of its
deal with Nike.
"The deal with Nike is one of the
largest deals of its kind. There's much
concern for the University leasing of
the University logo, and not receiving
royalties for it," said Student General
Counsel Paul Scublinsky, who spon-
sored the resolution.
In celebration of the Jewish festival of lights, Rabbi Aharon Goldstein lights the Hannukah menorah outside the
Chabad House yesterday. Last night was the third of eight nights in which the candles are lit.
A caro's just a phone c-all awa
By ANDREW TAYLOR
Daily Staff Reporter
Those in the holiday spirit will
soon be able to hear a Christmas carol
any time they want.
Dial-A-Carol is a 34-year-old tra-
dition at the University of Illinois.
Students take song requests over the
phone 24 hours;
for the caller.
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on the second
floor of the
s c h o o ' s
a day and play them
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standing by with seasonal favorites
ranging from Bing Crosby to the Chip-
The service takes in thousands of
calls and is free, except for long-
"It was around 4,000 callers for
the week last year, and it gets higher
each year," said Kiesha Williams, co-
advisor for Dial-A-Carol 1994.
As a special bonus. each 100th
caller will have their request sung
live by the students on duty.
The service runs Dec. 10-16. The
phone number is (217) 332-1882.
politicians hurt local
Party on, dude.
With spring break still months
away, a Fort Lauderdale business-
man is working to bring more stu-
dents to the city during upcoming
Don C. Meyer, chief executive
officer of Concierge Consultants,
charges that politicians have driven
students from the area with their nega-
"They would say college students
are scum," Meyer said. "Word spreads
out that Fort Lauderdale is not a fa-
vorable environment for students."
In a news release, Meyer attacked
Fort Lauderdale Mayor James Naugle
as giving the message that "college
students are never welcome in south
Linda Feld, a spokeswoman for
the mayor, called the charges false
"We would love for (college stu-
dents) to come down here. We just
want you to behave when you're here,,,
Feld said police started enforcing
local ordinances against open con-
tainers and public drunkenness dur-
ing the 1980s, and student tourism
began to decline.
Meyer said he filed a lawsuit last
year with the support of the American
Civil Liberties Union against local
politicians who verbally discriminated
against students through their public
comments. He has since dropped the
Let's talk about sex
National Public Radio wants stu-
dents to write and record personal
commentaries about sexual issues they.
confront in their lives,
The NPR College Commentator
Search will run in conjunction with
the Jan. 16-22 series "The Subject is
Sex," which will air on NPR's
newsmagazines "Morning Edition,"
"All Things Considered" and "Week-
The series will take a closer look
at the issues of sex and how it relates
to adolescence, race and popular cul-
ture, along with manhood and the
politics of courtship.
Students are asked to submit
commentaries, which NPR staff
members will review for possible
inclusion on newsmagazines after
"We want to give college students
the opportunity to voice their opin-
ions about serious issues they con-
front," Judy Reese, NPR's assistant
executive director, said in a news
release. "We are less concerned with
receiving professional-quality tapes
than we are with interesting and en-
gaging perspectives on the issues in
The NPR College Commentator
Search will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5.
Students can submit a commentary of
one to three minutes in writing and on
cassette to National Public Radio:
College Commentator Search, 635
Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washing-
ton, D.C., 20001. Attention: Judy
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - A federal
appeals court panel ruled yester-
day that the Environmental Pro-
tection Agency went too far in
requiring coal-fired electric power
plants to use an expensive techni-
cal process to curb a key source of
Proponents of the limits say the
decision by a three-judge panel of
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
D.C. Circuit could allow utilities to
seek more exemptions to require-
ments that they control emissions of
nitrogen oxides, which along with
sulfur dioxides are key ingredients
in acid rain.
While sulfur dioxides pose the
more-serious threat, nitrogen oxides
contribute to smog in large urban
areas. The major sources of nitro-
gen oxides are coal-fired electric
power plants and automobiles.
The panel vacated an EPA rule
and ordered the agency to come
up with another way to reduce
emissions. The decision throws
off deadlines set by Congress to
improve air quality by limiting
emissions of itrogen oxides from
700 coal-fired electric utility
plants across the country. The first
deadline for compliance was set
for Jan. 1, 1995.
Lawyers for the industry hailed
the decision, saying it gives utilities
the power to choose what they con-
sider the best, most cost-effective
methods to reduce emissions. Attor-
neys for an environmental group called
it a major setback to the fight for clean
"It's an important decision from
the industry's standpoint," said law-
yer F. William Brownell, who argued
the case before the panel on behalf of
Alabama Power Co. "It tells them that
they don't have to go to technology
that is difficult to use... and causes an
David G. Hawkins, a lawyer for
the Natural Resources Defense Coun-
cil, agreed that the decision was "a big
win for the utilities,"but he added he
thinks it is "a potential threat to air
Industry lawyers argued that the
EPA's rule was an attempt to force
power plants to use more-expensive
technology than necessary to meet the
Hawkins said the additional
technology, known as the overfire
air process, would be like buying a
car with four speakers instead of
The ruling is "a setback," Hawkins
said. "It will slow down the reduction
of nitrogen oxides from one of the
major sources outside urban smog
areas. How long ... will depend on
how long the EPA takes to rewrite the
Court: EPA went too far
in trying to curb acid rain
Supreme Court ponders term-limit legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court, gingerly handling
political hot potato, seemed
equally skeptical yesterday of ar-
guments for and against state ef-
forts to limit the time anyone
serves in Congress.
"It's very close," Justice
Antonin Scalia said in discussing
his view of the constitutionality
of House and Senate term limits,
imposed in various forms since
990 by 22 states.
None of Scalia's eight col-
leagues contradicted his assess-
The court will take its initial,
private vote in an Arkansas term-
limits case Friday and announce its
decision by late June.
No matter how the court may rule,
Republicans in Congress plan to vote
next year on a constitutional amend-
ment to limit congressional terms.
"We now have at least 200 mem-
bers on the House side who are re-
ally, strongly committed to limiting
terms," Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla.)
said after the high court's 90-minute
But one Republican opponent of'
term limits, Sen. Mitch McConnell
of Kentucky, said they aren'tneeded
because "it is pretty clear the voters
are taking care of the problem."
Dozens of members of Congress
gathered on the front steps of the
Supreme Court building, across the
street from the Capitol, to share with
reporters their legal and political
Arkansas voters amended their
state constitution in 1992 to limit
how many times someone could
appear on the ballot. Those who had
served two six-year terms in the
Senate or three two-year terms in
the House could run, but only as
The Arkansas Supreme Court
struck down the measure, ruling that
states cannot add to the qualifica-
tions for Congress listed in the Con-
stitution-minimum agestate resi-
dency and U.S. citizenship for a
umber of years.
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