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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 27, 1995 - 3

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Gift to help 'U'
create new
institute
A gift of $5 million from an alum
vill allow the University to create a
iew institute designed to aid the re-
surgence in American manufactur-
ing.
Joel D. Tauber, who holds three
degrees from the University, recently
donated the money to establish the Joel
D. Tauber Manufacturing Institute.
"Joel committed not only his per-
sonal resources but his time as well to
make this a success," said Provost and
&xecutive Vice President for Academic
Affairs Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr.
The University Board of Regents
voted to, establish the institute at its
February meeting.
The new institute will focus on
integrating expertise within the Busi-
ness and Engineering schools, as well
as giving students practical experi-
ence through a partnership with pri-
*ate industry.
Provost outlines
new budgeting
system
Provost and Executive Vice Presi-
dent for Academic Affairs Gilbert R.
Whitaker Jr. described Value-Cen-
tered Management, the University's
Sew budgeting system, to the Board
of Regents at its February meeting.
Under the present budgeting sys-
tem, the central administration col-
lects all funds - including tuition,
state appropriations and indirect costs
recovered from federal grants - and
allocates them to various University
units. An annual across-the-board in-
crease is provided to the individual
nits, which last year amounted to 2.5
ercent.
"That process works if every unit
stays roughly the same size and re-
quires roughly the same resources,"
Whitaker said.
In VCM, the individual schools
and colleges will receive funds from
tuition and indirect costs recovered
from federal grants. Under this sys-
tem, the units will pay facility and
*entral administration expenses.
"It seems plain that we're going to
have to find a budgeting system that
recognizes all the costs associated
with the programs," said Regent Philip
Power (D-Ann Arbor).
Van Houweling
becomes dean of
*academic outreach
To expand the University's re-
sources through technology, the Uni-
versity has tapped Douglas E. Van
Houweling to fill a newly created
post as dean of academic outreach.
, The regents approved the appoint-
ment of Van Houweling, who previ-
ously served as vice provost for infor-
mation technology, at the board's
ebruary meeting.
"I would like to commend Dr. Van

Houweling for taking on this addi-
tional responsibility without addi-
tional staff," said Regent Andrea
Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor).
Van Houweling said increasing
the University's use of teleconferenc-
ing and electronic communication for
instruction as well as improving pro-
rams for alumni will be priorities for
is new position.
However, his position will not be
limited to technological issues. An
early focus of the post will be im-
provement of on-campus offerings,
like the summer session, Van
Houweling said.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporters Cathy Boguslaski and
Ronnie Glassberg

Informal dance clubs spring up around Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - The driving beat of
techno music is filling unofficial, sometimes
illegal clubs around the area.
At midnight Saturdays, a couple of thou-
sand Metro Detroiters, ages 15 to 50, find rave
parties.
"They'll be dancing until six or seven in the
morning, at least," said Brian Mellberg, host
with Shane Fuller and Carlos Dumas of a recent
rave in Detroit.
Police and parents are managing to do little
to curtail the events that sometimes feature
drugs and underage drinking and that are staged
in locations often lacking fire exits and other
safety features.
In secret locations, ravers come to give
themselves to the rhythms of techno music, a
worldwide, synthesized, hypnotic style that

"Girls dancingall around you, kick-ass music -
itYs the whole aura of it"
-- Steve Suun

began in Detroit.
"Girls dancing all around you, kick-ass mu-
sic - it's the whole aura of it," Steve Suun, 23,
told The Detroit News.
Many ascend dark steps to the ""chill out"
room, where dancers rest, unwind, buy juice or
do a variety of drugs.
Dozens, some as young as 15, were an undu-
lating mass on the floor, in the thrall of a drug
called Ecstasy, the News said. Some walked
around, begging to be touched; one of Ecstasy's
reputed effects is heightened sense of touch.

A 15-year-old girl moves through, giving
free massages.
Her usual job is as a nude masseuse.
"Without these partiesmy life would be point-
less," said Stefanie Kay, 17. "This is the place
where you're totally accepted."
One rave party's location was just two blocks
from Detroit police headquarters. Ravers bought
$10 tickets from a store several blocks away
and entered from the alley.
The procedure adds mystery that ravers love,
said Michael Isaah, who also throws rave par-

ties.
It also makes it hard for a police raid to grab
the money box or prove it is not a private part
Deputy Detroit Police Chief Benny Napo-
leon said rave parties are not so difficult to find
as their organizers like to think.
"It's the easiest thing in the world." he said.
The parties cause "lots of concern" in neighbor-
hoods, he said.
He said Detroit police formed a task force
last week aimed at shutting down illegal after-
hours parties. "We've been doing raids on them
the past month or so."
Rave parties break most of the laws of nor-
mal clubs, the newspaper said. Organizers never
check ID, many ravers appear to be under 18.
And it is common to see illegal drugs such as
LSD, marijuana and Ecstasy.

GOP uses new
majority to push
business break

Homeward bound
A Stockwell resident returning from spring break makes the trek back to her residence hall after being dropped
off at a commuter bus stop yesterday.
Lawmakers struggling t reach

The Associated Press
LANSING- Republicans are los-
ing little time in using their new pow-
ers in the Legislature to remedy an old
pet peeve - the cost of unemploy-
ment insurance in Michigan.
In a move that would help busi-
ness - and hurt organized labor - a
bill to cut jobless benefits and tighten
the unemployment compensation sys-
tem has emerged from a Senate com-
mittee and likely faces a sympathetic
greeting in the GOP-run chamber.
Republicans have a slight major-
ity in the House, too, giving unem-
ployment tax cuts their best chance in
decades.
"The cost of doing business in
Michigan is too high," said Sen. David
Honigman (R-West Bloomfield), the
sponsor of the bill. "If you tax cre-
ation of jobs, you get less jobs. The
cost is destructive of job creation.
"This is one of the first things
business looks at when they decide
where to create jobs."
Some of the measures in
Honigman's bill would:
Eliminate- "indexing," or the
yearly increase in maximum benefits
to match inflation. Indexing is in the
law, but the maximum benefit now is
frozenat $293 a week for up to 26
weeks.
Reinstate the "waiting week,"
meaning jobless workers would get
no benefits the first week off work.
The AFL-CIO says that means a lost
week's benefits for workers who don't
draw benefits for the full 26 weeks.
That's about 75 percent of those who
get benefits, the union says.
Cut benefits by 7 percent for
most workers not receiving the maxi-
mum benefit.
There's little minority Democrats
can do except argue and hope that
Republicans - especially those with
some union sympathies or political
support - will oppose some of the
bill's toughest measures.
"We don't have the votes," Senate
minority Floor Leader John Cherry

(D-Clio) bluntly said. "We can try to
appeal to their sense of fairness.
"It does make some sense to pro-
vide some business tax relief. But
that's a smoke screen for doing some
mean-spirited things. People are
amazed we're talking about this."
Gov. John Engler's administra-
tion and business interests are solidly
behind the revisions.
"Studies clearly indicate that
Michigan's compensation costs are
much higher than other states we're
competing with for investment," said
James Barrett, president of the Michi-
gan Chamber of Commerce. "We need
to have relief for employers from this
high-cost unemployment insurance."
But organized labor is irate about
the proposed cutback. State AFL-CIO
President Frank Garrison said it fol-
lows a "punish the victim" approach.
"We are strongly opposed to ... a
bill that would take away hundreds of
millions of dollars in unemployment
benefits from hundreds of thousands
of Michigan's jobless workers," he
said.
"The Engler administration
projects record reserves in the Unem-
ployment Insurance Trust Fund
through the end of this century. At the
same time, laid-off workers struggle
to get by on benefits that barely reach
75 percent of the poverty level."
The Trust Fund, made up of taxes
paid by employers and used to pay
jobless benefits, has nearing $1 bil-
lion. Michigan employers paid $1.28
billion to the fund in 1994, according
to the Michigan Employment Secu-
rity Commission. The tax is based
on a complicated formula that,
among other things, is based on an
employer's experience in laying off
workers.
Honigman estimates his bill would
save employers roughly $440 million
over the next five years, although
organized labor says there has been
no thorough fiscal analysis of the
measure. "It will be a lot smaller than
that," Hughes said.

agreement
The Associated Press
LANSING- Lawmakers, who
often start 10 a.m. meetings after
10:30, are keeping true to form by
taking longer than expected to reach
an agreement on Gov. John Engler's
plan to cut state taxes.
Engler told the Legislature to "just
do it" in January, calling for a five-
year, $1.5 billion tax cut package by
mid-February. Lawmakers approached
the job with zeal, but bogged down in
struggles over the exact cuts to make.
Now, some two weeks after
Engler's imposed deadline, lawmak-
ers said they should wrap up work on
the plan this week - hopefully.
"We're close," said Jeff McAlvey,

I

Dn tax-cut package
Engler's chief lobbyist. But he and Increase the pers
others acknowledged that tough is- tion on income taxes fr(
sues remained unresolved. $2,400.
Last week, Engler got the first bills Reduce the Single B
in the package on his desk. But other Phase out the intan
parts of the plan were sent to conference interest and dividends ov
committees for final bargaining. Ironically, the bills1
Legislative leaders hope to get an the intangibles tax in 1
agreement from conference lawmak- first on Engler's desk
ers no later than Wednesday. That loudly opposed those b
would leave only Thursday for the that they benefit mainly
House and Senate to approve those est taxpayers.
agreements before lawmakers adjourn One bill in the intang
for another weekend. - to start reducing the
"We're going to have one big con- - remained stalled in
ference," said House Speaker Paul Democrats refused to pu
Hillegonds (R-Holland). votes to allow the mea
Engler's basic plan would: effect this year.

onal exemp-
om $2,100 to
Business Tax.
ngibles tax on
ver five years.
to eliminate
998 were the
. Democrats
bills, arguing
the wealthi-
gibles tax cut
tax this year
the House.
wt up needed
asure to take

Transplant patient returns home

The Associated Press
Erik Morganroth said Saturday he
is eager to go home, change into com-
fortable clothes and just sleep, eat and
relax.
Morganroth, who received a new
heart after his parents made a public
appeal to donors, left the University
Medical Center Saturday, almost a
month after his transplant operation.
"Obviously, I'm grateful to the
person and the family. In some final-
ity, maybe I am carrying on the soul
of the person who gave me the heart,"
Morganroth told reporters.
Morganroth survived for 34 days

on machine that pumped his heart,
although doctors originally expected
him to live only two weeks on the
machine.
"We're very much at peace. At
last, he's coming home," said his
mother Janice Morganroth.
Morganroth, a University pre-med
student, received the new heart Jan.
27 from a 32-year-old Detroit woman
in a 4 1/2-hour operation. The
woman's identity has not been re-
leased to the Morganroths nor to the
public.
Morganroth was admitted to the
hospital Dec. 24 when he was stricken

with a rare disease in which a virus
began killing his heart tissue.
His family issued a public plea for
heart donations. The Transplant So-
ciety of Michigan made his case a top
priority.
Dr. John Nicklas, one of
Morganroth's surgeons, said he ex-
pected his patient to recover. Al-
though the danger is never com-
pletely gone, the risks of the new
heart being rejected have lessened,
he said.
"Erik was able to survive because
he did have a great desire to survive,
the will to live," Nicklas said.

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