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cussing changes to public comments,
although there are not yet specific
Under the present system, 12 people
sign up to speak at the public comments
session of the regents meeting. Each
speaker can address the board for a maxi-
mum of five minutes.
The regents and executiveofficers are
ropedofffromthepublic and normally do
not respond to the speakers.
"I think it's dreadful the way it's
done," McGowan said. "Ihatetheroom,

I hate the set up, I hate the atmosphere,
T hate the tension. I hate the fact that it
appears to be at the moment the only
way the studentleadership can commu-
nicate with the regents."
Steneck said the current system
for public comments also started in
the 1920s.
"That's when you had to actually
get on the agenda, and they took pub-
lic comments at those sessions,"
Steneck said. "The meetings were less
formalized in the 19th century. You
begin to go to a more formalized
structure when there's so much busi-
ness you've got to get through."

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of ignoring a request to appeal her
"The chair has to at least recog-
nize the appeal, which she refused to
do. This is not only basic parliamen-
tary procedure, but also a minimum
requirement of a leader. It was just
plain disrespectful," Freeman said.
"We kept screaming, 'There's an ap-
peal here,' and she kept fancy-danc-
ing around it."
An hour later, Freeman and Stu-
dent General Counsel Paul Scublinsky,
who represents Neenan, had reached
an agreement to drop the lawsuit.
"I will maintain that the resolu-
tions proposed were illegal and he
maintains the way Julie handled them
was illegal," Scublinsky said. "What
we're going to do is put aside our
differences and come up with a reso-
lution that each side will find parlia-
mentary correct."
LSA junior Flint Wainess, the
Michigan Party candidate for presi-
dent, said he does not agree with
Neenan's actions.
"It's clear that Julie didn't handle
the situation well, but it is also clear
that the introduction of the Leader-

ship 2017 resolution would become
political grandstanding," Wainess
Neenan agreed that the situation
could have been handled differently.
"I could have definitely handled
things better, but those items needed to
be taken care of in a much more thor-
oughly researched manner," she said.
Business Rep. Bob Westrate said,
"I feel the parliamentary procedure
was totally disregarded."
Freeman's resolution recalling
Greenberg was based on section 20.20
of the compiled MSA code, which
states that if a chair fails to call a
meeting in any given four-week pe-
riod, the assembly can recall the chair.
"For the past two years no one has
worked harder to advance the cause of
a student regent than Julie or me and we
are finally close to achieving that goal,"
Greenberg said. "By inflicting petty
MSA politics into our efforts, it is de-
stroying the course we all support."
Neenan overruled this resolution
as well, calling it "dilatory" and did
not follow Robert's Rules of Order in
giving Greenberg a one-week notice.
Neenan closed the meeting hastily
despite continuing discussion on the
Both issues will be revisited at
next Tuesday's meeting.

Gingrich criticizes gay programs
WASHINGTON - A day after his lesbian sister lobbied Capitol Hill on
gay rights, House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized school programs that
portray homosexuality favorably, particularly any using "active homosexu-
als" to counsel teen-agers.
Speaking yesterday at his daily news conference,
Gingrich said some school programs offered give homo-
sexuals a forum for promoting their way of life.
"I don't think we want people out with 'Heather Has
Two Mommies,' in first grade explaining that homosexu-
ality is a reasonable alternative in lifestyle," Gingrich
Gingrich's concern was notlimited to the primary grades.
"You have had, clearly, examples of what is in effect
recruitment in so-called counseling programs," Gingrich g
said. "So I'm very cautious about the idea that you want toGingrich
have active homosexuals in junior high school and high school explaining to
young people that they have all these various wonderful options."

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House passes 1st bill
to reform legal system
yesterday approved a bill that would
require losers to pay some of the legal
expenses of winners in many civil
lawsuits tried in federal courts.
It was a boost for U.S. firms' long
quest for relief from lawsuits - and
was the first of three installments in
House Republicans' agenda to change
the risks and rewards of litigation.
Republicans argued that the bill,
part of their "Contract With America,"
would discourage frivolous litigation,
which they said is burdening the
nation's economy and clogging its
"The intent is to bring some com-
mon sense into the legal system," said
Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead, of Califor-
nia, who led theRepublican floor fight.
Democrats argued that it would
make it harder for citizens to file law-
suits, such aspersonal injury andprodct
liability claims, against big corpora-
tions. "This is the aristocrats against

the commoners," said Rep. Neil
Abercrombie of Hawaii.
The bill won approval on a 232 to
193 vote, with 11 Republicans join-
ing the Democratic opposition and 16
Democrats voting in favor.
The bill stillhas significant hurdles.

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Mexico: Massieu
deposited $6.9 million
in Houston bank
MEXICO CITY-Former deputy
attorney general Mario Ruiz Massieu,
caught in a widening scandal involv-
ing Mexico's ruling elite, deposited
more than $6.9 million in a Houston
bank over the past year, the Mexican
government said yesterday.
The unexplained deposits, which
the attorney general's office said were
confirmed by U.S. customs officials,
marked another twist in a series of
soap-opera-like revelations that have
threatened the stability of Mexico's
decades-old political establishment
and injected additional insecurity into
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First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
arrived yesterday at the U.N. World
Social Summit here, announcing a
new American initiative to fight fe-
male illiteracy.
She cited disturbing statistics on
poverty among women worldwide,
noting that more than two-thirds of all
school dropouts globally are girls and
that two-thirds of the world's 1 bil-
lion adult illiterates are women.
Women also constitute a dispropor-
tionate share-of those living in abso-
lute poverty, she said.
"Investing in the health and edu-
cation of women and girls is essential
to improving global prosperity," she
said. "I am glad that this summit has
endorsed the principle of equal rights
and opportunities for women."
Mrs. Clinton said she would offer
specifics of her female-literacy cam-
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summit activities organized around In-
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