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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 8, 1995 - 3

'U' announces
research awards
for minorities
The University's Center for Hu-
*man Growth and Development re-
cently announced recipients of its mi-
nority international research train-
ing awards.
The awards aim to advance research
into the health and development of chil-
dren in developing countries.
"Eighty-six percent of the world's
children live in developing countries,"
said Betsy Lozoff, director of the cen-
ter. "Some of the challenges that face
* children in the United States affect
children in developing countries."
The awards, funded by the Fogarty
International Center of the National
Institutes of Health, provide interna-
tional training opportunities in bio-
medical and behavioral research for
minority undergraduates, graduate
students and faculty members.
The 38 award recipients will study
at foreign research institutes in Chile,
China, Bolivia and South Africa.
"As we enter the second year of this
exciting program, our awardees come
from the Business School, Engineer-
ing, Medicine, Social Work, Nursing,
Public Health and LSA," Lozoff said.
The undergraduate recipients will
participate over the summer, while
the graduate and faculty awardees
can stay for three to 12 months.
Health differences
between races
diminish with age
A recent study by Social Work Prof.
Rose Gibson found that although white
elderly Americans are generally in bet-
ter health than their African Americans
counterparts, the differences shrink and
often disappear as they grow older.
"Differentials that favor white
Americans in the elderly population
have been observed since health and
mortality data have been collected,"
Gibson said in a statement. "How-
ever, when the group 65 and over is
subdivided, the Black handicap in
younger age groups narrows and fre-
* quently disappears in older groups."
Gibson studied information from
the National Archives of Computer-
ized Data on Aging and found that the
'Black handicap' in the 75-79 age
group was smaller than that of the 65-
74 age group, and often disappeared.
"All of these findings suggest that
age and health are more strongly related
in the white than Black elderly popula-
tion and health differentials favorwhites
in youngerage groups, but favor Blacks
in older age groups," Gibson said.
Gibson offered some explanations,
saying that many African Americans
die early, leaving an older, more se-
lect group of survivors. She added
that Blacks may be more susceptible
to an early onset of chronic diseases,
and certain risk factors for disease
may be more prevalent in some age
0 and race groups than others.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Matthew Smart

Museum's' suitcases' bring world to local schools

By Lisa Poris
For the Daily
Since 1988, the University's Kelsey Mu-
seum has been packing its Traveling Educa-
tional Suitcases. The museum has created vari-
ous kits containing tools that provide insight
into subjects such as ancient Egypt, Greek my-
thology and Viking explorers.
Becky Loomis, an education and develop-
ment officer at the Kelsey Museum, refers to these
suitcases as "civilizations in a crate" and describes
how they provide insight into various cultures.

She said the suitcases increase historical
knowledge and provide a multicultural learn-
ing experience for students in elementary
through high school. Each suitcase contains
books, videos, games, art reproductions, slide
shows, musical tapes, activities and a teacher's
guide.
On Jan. 23, the Kelsey Museum held an
educational open house, during which three
new kits were unveiled, bringing the total num-
ber of kits up to 13. The new kits are "Eureka,"
"Invention and Discovery in the Ancient World"

and "Ancient Social Problems in the Modern
World."
The first two suitcases focus on the inven-
tions and discoveries made by ancient Mediter-
ranean people. Some of these developments
include bathroom plumbing, safety pins, the
plough and writing systems such as the Roman
alphabet. These suitcases are funded by the
Detroit Edison Foundation.
"Ancient Social Problems in the Modern
World" examines social crises that have spanned
the ages, from ancient to modern society. Among

these issues are homelessness, disease and
women's rights. The third suitcase was funded
by the Ann Arbor Community Foundation.
Teachers are able to rent these kits for use
in classrooms for $20 per 10-day session if
picked up directly from the museum. If the kit
requires shipping, the cost per 10-day session
is $25, and the renter must pay for the return
shipping cost.
More information about the Traveling Edu-
cational Suitcases can be obtained by contact-
ing the Kelsey Museum at 747-0441.

Senate favors

Engler 1
LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler's $1.6 billion tax cut plan
moved toward final passage in the
Senate yesterday, but minority Demo-
crats in the House managed to slow
that chamber's work on the proposal.
Majority Republicans in the Senate
loyally rebuffed Democratic attempts
to change the plan. GOP House mem-
bers didn't stand so solidly. They shot
down most Democratic amendments
but couldn't put enough away to move
the entire package before ending their
session early in the evening.
Republicans managed to move
three of seven bills forward. House
Speaker Paul Hillegonds (R-Holland)
said he hopes those bills, dealing with
the Single Business Tax, will win
final passage today.
He also wants to wrap up prelimi-
nary work on the remaining four bills
today, but said that would be a tougher
challenge.
"We have the classic problem of
having Republicans who want to cut
taxes more than other Republicans,"
he said, adding Democrats are fight-
ing for a different mix of tax cuts.
Rep. Pat Gagliardi of Drummond
Island, the No. 2 House Democrat, said
his party put forth some good argu-
ments yesterday that Republicans
weren't able to deny. This slowed down
the process and could lead to some of
their cuts being adopted, he said.
Some of the ideas rejected would
have given taxpayers a one-time re-
bate instead of permanent tax cuts,
repealed the real estate transfer tax
and reduced the tax on some new car
purchases.
Eight Senate bills moved into posi-
tion for a final vote after fine-tuning the
governor's program and rejecting

tax plan
At a Glance
A quick look at the Senate
version of Gov. John Engler's
$1.6 billion tax cut plan:
0 Cut income taxes by raising
the personal exemption.
Reduce, then phase out, the
intangibles tax on interest and
dividends.
8 Cut the Single Business Tax
by eliminating workers'
compensation, unemployment
insurance, and Social Security
payments from its base,
Provide a $5,000 tax
deduction for students who
attend universities or junior
colleges that keep tuition-
increases at or below the rate of
inflation. A tax cut of about
$120 million over five years.
Democratic attempts to funnel more of
the relief to middle-class taxpayers.
Engler's plan, outlined in his State
of the State speech, would cut taxes
by $1.6 billion over five years by
increasing the standard personal ex-
emption on the income tax, cutting
the Single Business Tax, and phasing
out the state intangibles tax on stocks
and bonds.
Republicans also nixed an attempt
to limit the tax cut to a single year. Sen.
Alma Wheeler Smith (D-South Lyon),
who represents Washtenaw County,
vainly argued it was irresponsible to cut
taxes permanently while Michigan suf-
fers from a boom-and-bust economy.
Senate Republicans last week
added a bill to extend a tax deduction
of up to $5,000 for students who go to
colleges that keep tuition increases at
the level of inflation.

DUGULAS I'ANTE i l/Iy
Once upon a time ...
Judy Ashin and her daughter Katherine enjoy story time at the Ann Arbor Public Library yesterday.
Faculty forum t focus on tenure

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Indiana University Prof. Kenneth
Dau-Schmidt, also a visiting law pro-
fessor at the University of Wisconsin,
will speak tomorrow in the Michigan
League as part of a forum on faculty
tenure.
The forum will focus on a report
on tenure principally authored by one
of the speakers, University Law Prof.
Kent Syzerud.
Wilfred Kaplan, executive secre-
tary of the University chapter of the
American Association of University
Professors and professor emeritus,
said, "The (University Board of Re-

gents') bylaws only address the pro-
cess of removal of tenure. This docu-
ment details the privileges you should
have if you have tenure as well as the
responsibilities of tenure."
Kaplan said responsibilities
listed in the document include con-
scientious teaching and proper con-
ducting of research. He said privi-
leges listed include reasonable
teaching conditions, and office space
and prevention of interference with
tenure.
Members of the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs,
AAUP and the Women's Caucus will
gather for the forum. In addition to

those of Syzerud and Dau-Schmidt,
the forum will hear speeches from
University Provost Gilbert R.
Whitaker Jr. and former mathematics
chair Prof. Donald Lewis.
Kaplan said those who have
worked to produce the tenure report
hope to see integration of its com-
pleted version into University policy.
"We're hoping that the regents will
look at this document and say, 'That's
what we've been thinking all along,"'
he said.
The forum is open to the public
and will take place in the Henderson
Room of the Michigan League to-
morrow at 4 p.m.

Proposed border tax would increase cost of international travel

Clinton plan would
charge $3 to enter
U.S. from Canada
DETROIT (AP) - People on both
the U.S. and Canadian sides of the
border reacted quickly to President
Clinton's proposal to charge a $3 en-
try fee for every car coming into the
United States from Canada.
"The North American Free Trade
Agreement is trying to build a rela-
tionship between the two countries,
to take down the burden of crossing

that border," said Dan Stamper, whose
company operates the Ambassador
Bridge between Detroit and Windsor,
Ontario. "This proposal puts up new
hurdles."
Joan Hunter lives in Windsor and
works for a bank in Detroit. She al-
ready pays bridge or Windsor Tunnel
fees to go to and from work.
"I'm a single mother trying to keep
my head above water, and Clinton is
making it very difficult," she said
after Clinton's budget was released
Monday.

Besides Detroit, Canadians and
U.S. citizens cross to and from Port
Huron and Sault Ste. Marie in Michi-
gan to go to and from Canada. Those
people include workers, people with
relatives in either country, shoppers,
Detroit Red Wings hockey fans and
others.
About 23.8 million people crossed
the border between Detroit and
Windsor between September 1993 and
September 1994.
Windsor depends on many Ameri-
cans to make day trips to that city to

spend money at shops, restaurants
and nightclubs, said Jonathan Deneau,
manager of the Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau of Windsor.
Casino Windsor attracts 12,000
U.S. residents daily, casino spokes-
man Jim Mundy said.
"We are deeply concerned," said
Bud Mansfield, executive director of
the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce
in Sault Ste. Marie. He said many
shoppers and gamblers "come over
here with pockets full of money," and
officials don't want the flow to slow.

Georges Rioux, Canadian Em-
bassy spokesman in Washington, said
he was concerned about families with
some relatives on the U.S. and some
on the Canadian side of the border.
"You have to pay $3 to go have a
cup of tea with your aunt?" he said.
Clinton's plan also would charge
the fee to cars entering the United
States from Mexico. Pedestrians
crossing into the U.S. at border points
would be charged $1.50. Both would
pay the extra cost in addition to any
existing tolls or fees.

Correction
Tilney Marsh was the winner of the Louise and George Piranian Scholarship. This was incorrectly reported in
yesterday's Daily.
What's happning; In Ainn Arbor tody

NRA fights to overturn assault weapons ban

LANSING (AP) - The National
Rifle Association and Michigan's
largest outdoors group yesterday chal-
lenged last year's assault weapons
ban as technically flawed and uncon-
stitutionally vague.
The NRA and the Michigan United
Conservation Clubs sued to overturn
the ban in U.S. District Court in Bay
City.
"We don't believe banning guns is
a good idea. We believe banning
criminals is a good idea," said Tanya

Metaksa, the NRA's chief lobbyist.
Metaksa and NRA President Tom
Washington, who is also the execu-
tive director of the MUCC, said the
lawsuit was focused on the ban's flaws
rather than Second Amendment argu-
ments because that was the quickest
way for the NRA to win in court.
"We want to win. We want to
overturn this ban. We're picking the
best way we know at the moment to
overturn the law," Metaksa said.
"Clearly the law is vague and it's

ambiguous. It has the potential for
making criminals out of citizens who
are otherwise perfectly qualified to
have guns," Washington said.
However Sarah Brady, the chair-
woman of Handgun Control Inc., said,
"The NRA called the assault weapon
measure the first gun ban in U.S.
history and vowed to overturn it. Yet
their challenge completely ignores
their primary complaint: That the law
violates the Second Amendment," she
said in a statement.

GROUP MEETINGS
Q AISEC Michigan, general member
meeting, 662-1690, Business Ad-
ministration Building, Room 1276,
6 p.m.
Q Coming Out Group for Lesbian, Gay
and Bisexual People, 763-4186,
Michigan Union, LGBPO Lounge, 7-
9 p.m.
Q Discussion Group for Lesbian, Gay
and Bisexual People, 763-4186,
Michigan Union, LGBPO Lounge,
5:15-7 p.m.
Q Hindu Students Council, weekly
meeting, 764-0604, Michigan
Union, Kuenzel Room, 8 p.m.
Q La Voz Mexicana, weekly meeting,
995-1699, Michigan League, Room
C, 8 p.m.
Q Overeaters Anonymous, 769-4958,
Michigan Union, Room 3200, 12:10-1
p.m.
Q Rainforest Action Movement, Dana
Building, Room 1040, 7:30 p.m.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club, men and
women, beginners welcome, 994-
3620, CCRB, Room 2275, 8:30-
9:30 p.m.

noon
Q "A Reading with Joy HarJo," spon-
sored by the Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives and Minor-
ity Student Services, Rackham
Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Q "Careers in Communication," spon-
sored by Career Planning and Place-
ment, Angell Hall, Room 25, 5:10-
6 p.m.
Q "Friends Helping Friends," spon-
sored by University Health Service
and Public Health Student Asso-
ciation, Michigan League, Room D,
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Q "Faith in the Extreme: Bonhoeffer's
Letters and Papers From Prison,"
soup and study, sponsored by
Lutheran Campus Ministry, 801 S.
Forest, 6 p.m.
U "Identification of Protein Phospho-
rylation Sites by Mass
Spectromotry," analytical seminar,
sponsored by Department of Chem-
istry, Chemistry Building, Room
1300,4 p.m.
Q "information Exchange," sponsored
by Society for Organizational Stud-
ie Michigan Union KInuenzelRnonm

BankingSystem," seminaron com-
parative economics, Lorch Hall,
Room 201, 4 p.m.
Q "The Synthesis of 1,2,4-Trioxanes
as Applied to the Antimalarial Drug
Artemisinin (Qinghaosu)" organic
seminar, sponsored bysDepartment
of Chemistry, Chemistry Building,
Room 1640, 4 p.m.
Q "Today's Hiring, Employers' New
Approaches to interviewing,"
sponsored by CP&P, Student
Activites Building, Room 3200,
6:10-7 p.m.
Q "University Symphony Orchestra
and University Philharmonic Or-
chestra," sponsored by School of
Music, Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
STUDENT SERVICES
Q 76-GUIDE, 764-8433, peer coun-
seling phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
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