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NWROC
Continued from page
Black people, at all levels. The admin-
istration here has made it possible for
supervisors to be openly racist, and
even President (James J.) Duderstadt
has signed onto that policy," Driver
asserted.
Included on the forum's panel were
the three Black workers who allege a
racist supervisor stripped them of their
jobs in a "frame-up" after they were
transferred to the Dental School.
Lisa Baker, a University spokes-
woman, said the University has re-
viewed the case of the three workers.
"My understanding is that there has
been adisciplinary hearing and a griev-
ance hearing in the matter. I further
understand that due to new informa-
tion brought out at the grievance hear-
ing, the case was reviewed and the
three workers will continue to be em-
ployed by the University," Baker said
in a telephone interview last night.
"Because this is a personnel matter, I
cannot discuss the actual allegations
made, but I can say that they will con-
tinue to work at the University."
NWROC met last night to set up a
rally and to demand that the three work-
ers be reinstated, said LSA junior Jodi

Masley, the Ann Arbor organizer for
NWROC.
After the meeting last night,
NWROC members said that the work-
ers had not been informed of their job
status and the plans will go ahead as
scheduled regardless of whether or not
their jobs are reinstated.
NWROC still plans to stage the
rally tomorrow at 4 p.m. on the Diag, in
which members and others in the com-
munity plan to march to the Dental
School and demand the dismissal of
the worker's supervisor.
"We need to begin a militant civil
rights movement to get rid of all the
racist bullshit that we all have to put up
with at the University of Michigan,"
Driver said during the meeting. "We
need to release the University from the
racist stranglehold of the white admin-
istration and their Black lackeys."
In response to the allegations of
racism, Baker said she does not deny
that racism occurs at the University.
"Yes, racism does exist at the Uni-
versity, but it exists here just as it exists
everywhere in society," Baker said.
"When matters like this are brought to
our attention, we try to resolve them
and we hope that the programs we
implement are fighting racism here.
"We are not perfect, and neither is
society."

5,000 evacuated, 6 dead in Calif. floods

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River spills over Its
banks in Sacramento
suburb
LOS ANGELES (AP)-The worst
rainfall in nearly a decade continued its
deadly assault across the state yester-
day, forcing the evacuation of 5,000
residents in Sacramento County and
sending waves of mud into Southern
California homes. At least six deaths
were blamed on the storm.
Five thousand residents of Rio
Linda, 15 miles north of Sacramento,
were ordered evacuated when Dry
Creek, a tributary of the American
River, spilled over its banks. Hundreds
of people were sent to shelters in el-
ementary schools and churches.
"Water is almost to the top of street
signs in some locations," said sheriff's
spokeswoman Sharon Telles.
Gov. Pete Wilson declared states of
emergency in 18 counties after a week of
Pacific storms that dumped the most
rainfall on the state since 1986, when tens
of thousands of people were driven from
their homes in widespread flooding.
Army National Guard Chinook he-
licopters plucked residents out of hard-
hitGuerneville, about 60miles north of
San Francisco, as the Russian River
crested at 17 feet above flood stage.
Brothers Brian and Dave Ridley
were on one of the first flights out, both
of them cold and hungry.
"Ourhouseisgone," Davesaid. "I've
been inside my truck for three days."
At least six deaths were blamed on
the storm overthe past two days, five in
CHECHNYA
Continued from page 1
slaught, and they appeared to be brac-
ing themselves for a fresh defense of
the city.
But in general, Moscow's an-
nouncement of a cease-fire proved no
more real here than two previous or-
ders by President Boris Yeltsin that
Russian aerial bombing of Grozny be
halted in the wake of heavy civilian
casualties. On both occasions - at the
end of December and again last week
- the orders were followed within 24
hours by Russian airstrikes against the
Chechen capital.
Moscow said its cease-fire dec-
laration, coming a day before the
Russian parliament was scheduled
to meet in emergency session on
Chechnya, was intended as a last-
ditch attempt to give a negotiated
settlement a chance. Chechnya, a
landlocked region 1,000 miles south
of Moscow, about the size of Con-
necticut, has waged a drive for inde-
pendence from Russia since 1991.
But the two sides have not engaged
in face-to-face peace talks since Dec.
14, and there was no sign yesterday that
either was prepared to shift its basic
negotiating stance. Moscow still de-
mands that the Chechens lay down
their arms and accept Russian sover-
eignty in return for a vague offer of
amnesty. The Chechens, who have a
centuries-long history of fierce resis-
tance to Russian rule, do not take the
offer seriously.

Northern California and one in south-
western Oregon.
In Southern California, a body was
found in the raging Ventura River but it
wasn't immediately known if it was that
of a homeless man reported missing.
Nearly 200,000 utility customers
were reported to be without power
across the state, and repairs were often
difficult.
"A lot of times they're under water,
and mudslides and landslides are block-
ing the way," said Diana Gapuz of
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
In Southern California, at least 33
people were pulled from the Ventura
and Santa Clara rivers, some by heli-
copter; three were hospitalized for hy-
pothermia, authorities said.
Many of those rescued were resi-
dents of homeless encampments along
the river bed. They had been warned on
Monday to move to higher ground, but
few listened.
"I was coming close to dying," said
George Struck, draped in a blanket and
shaking violently after he was pulled
from the water. "I felt it. I felt it."
In Santa Barbara, 43 residents of a
convalescent home were evacuated to
a hospital as runoff waters invaded
their home before dawn, said police
Sgt. Brian Abbott.
In the Hollywood Hills, an elderly
couple were sleeping when a wall of
mud and a tree hit their home.
"The tree came right into the bed-
room, hit them in the bed," said Bob
Grebb, whose 71-year-old father,
Harry, and 72-year-old mother,Amella,
were in good condition at a hospital.

Aaron Wilson and his son Charlie, 2, wait yesterday to be evacuated.

The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
is now taking applications for
Student Program Hosts
positions for the King/Chavez/Parks
College Day Spring Visitation Program
Student Program Hosts' responsibilities include
supervising and developing work schedules for
teams of student leaders who will work with students
from middle schools visiting the University during
KCP College Day Spring Visitation Program.
Applications and job descriptions can be obtained at
The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
1042 Fleming Building, first floor.
For additional information contact
Felton Rogers at 936-1055

Peso falls further as crisis worsens

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MEXICO CITY - The Mexican
peso sank further and the stock market
took a nose dive here yesterday as
rattled investors sought to cuttheir losses
and limit the financial damage wrought
by last month's sharp currency devalu-
ation.
The market slump sent a strong
signal that foreign and domestic in-
vestors remain skeptical of Presi-
dent Ernesto Zedillo's Economic
Emergency Plan to cut government
spending and generate new revenue.
Zedillo unveiled the plan last
week in conjunction with the Clinton
administration's announcement of
an $18 billion international rescue
package designed to dampen the
OMBUDSMAN
Continued from page 1
new ombudsman in place by May. But
she said if that is not possible, she will
wait until students return in September
to hold on-campus interviews.
Although Walters is now serving
on an interim basis, she said she would
consider applying for the permanent
post.
"I'm interested in staying at the
University, but whether I apply will
depend on what shape the office takes,"
Walters said. "I know they are looking
at different kinds of models so I may or
may not be qualified."
Jacob Stern, Michigan Student As-
sembly vice president, will serve on the
search committee.
"It's good to have some support
when the University works to find a
new, full ombudsman," Stern said, "and
I hope this is a very short interim pe-
riod."
Walters earned a bachelor's degree
in theology and political science from
Marquette University in Milwaukee.
She earned her master's degree in pas-
toral ministry from Boston College.
Perigo served as ombudsman for
13 years and worked at the Univer-
sity for 24 years. In August, he was
told that his contract would not be
renewed.
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effects of the Dec. 20 currency de-
valuation.
Despite the international backup
fund, the Mexico City market's main
indicator, the Bolsa index, closed nearly
132 points lower - more than 6 per-
cent - following a similar plunge
Monday amidindications thatMexico's
largest firms would suffer serious losses
from the whipsaw effects of a 40 per-
cent drop in the exchange value of the
peso.
At one point yesterday, the market+
was down more than 230 points and
brokers were advising clients to sell at
any price before the Mexican govern-
ment intervened to buy key stocks
through its domestic development bank.1
In the past two days, the Bolsa has lost
GOP
Continued from page 1
tax cuts as revenue losers. But a
number of leading Republicans, in-
cluding House Speaker Newt
Gingrich favor "dynamic" scoring,
which assumes changes in human
behavior when tax laws are altered
and concludes that many tax cuts
will eventually raise revenue. Cut-
ting the capital-gains tax, for in-
stance, would eventually bring in
more revenue by stimulating invest-
ment, they argue.
Critics, such as many of the Demo-
cratic committee members at
yesterday's hearing, dismiss dynamic
scoring as a twin of the supply-side
economic theory espoused by former
President Reagan in the 1980s, which
also argued that tax cuts would lead to

12.5 percent of its value -21 percent
since the crisis began late last month -
with banks, communications and con-
struction firms among the biggest los-*
ers.
Ripple effects of the plunge were
felt in Latin America's other two lead-
ing emerging markets - Brazil and
Argentina, whose stock markets also
suffered serious declines. At one point
yesterday, the Buenos Aires market
reported a decline of nearly 9.6 per-
cent.
Zedillo's office had no comment
on the stock sell-off, and the presidenm*
made no reference to it today in a
speech to federal legislators. Instead,
he called for greater national unity in
combating the crisis.
higher revenues. "That budget flim-
flammery added nearly $3.5 trillion to
the national debt," said Sen. Jim Exon
(D-Neb.), ranking minority member of0
the Senate Budget Committee.
Greenspan, who originally was ap-
pointed by Reagan, expressed some
sympathy for the Republican position.
He noted that he personally suspected
that acut in the capital-gains tax would
"entail, little, if any, loss of total tax
revenue over the long run." The Trea-
sury Department, using static scoring,
estimated that the House Republican
proposal to significantly reduce the9
capital-gains tax would cost $170 bil-
lion over 10 years.
But Greenspan said it was better to
err on the side of caution and reap the
benefits later "if we inadvertently pro-
duce a budget surplus by such miscal-
culations."

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