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Fraternity hosts
1st annual bone
marrow drive
By Gall Mongkolpradit
Staff Reporter
Asian/Pacific Islander students may be able to save
lives as bone marrow donors to fatally ill patients of
similar ethnic backgrounds.
Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian/Pacific Islander frater-
nity, is sponsoring its first annual Marrow Registration
Drive tomorrow.
The drive is open to all volunteer donors, but its
main focus is to increase the number of minority donors
- more specifically Asian/Pacific Islanders - in the
registry.
*"Our goal is to register as many minority students on
campus as possible," said Lambda Phi Epsilon service
chair Bruno Bui.
"We are seeking mainly Asian/Pacific Islander volun-
teer donors because there is an extremely low percentage
of them in the Registry," Bui said.
Statistics show that only 4 percent of the more than
imillion volunteers in the National Marrow Donor Pro-
gram Registry are Asian/Pacific Islanders.
According to the NMDP, several thousands of Asian/
*ific Islander adults and children die from leukemia,
anemia and other fatal blood diseases. Many of these
deaths could be prevented and the patients cured through
a bone marrow transplant.
The NMDP also states that each individual's marrow
is genetically inherited. Therefore, when no matches are
found within the family, the chances of finding a matched
stranger are best within racial groups.
Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and
55. Volunteers must also be in good general health with-
jit a history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease or heart
ck.
Registered nurses from the American Red Cross will
be conducting the blood tests.
The Marrow Registration Drive will be located in the
Parker Room of the Michigan Union from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m.
Lambda Phi Epsilon is hosting the drive to fulfill its
National Philanthropy Project and plans to make this
drive an annual event.

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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 30, 1995 - 5

'U' shows latest
technology at
Cyber Arts Fair
After difficulties, fair runs smoothly

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Students walking through the
atrium of the Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science Building yes-
terday morning were the first to view
the computer graphics that comprised
Cyber Arts Fair '95.
Several computers and posters dis-
played the approximately 15 entries
as part of the fair. Sponsored by Apple
Computer Inc., the show was able to
use high-tech equipment for viewing
the graphic art, animation, multime-
dia and music.
Apple student representative Dan
Abrams said the fair was an opportu-
nity to show off students' work.
"A lot of art students are getting
more into mixed artwork, with graph-
ics. There are not a lot of outlets for
it," the LSA senior said.
As one of the largest users of
Macintosh computers in the nation,
"the University has been very good
about keeping students on the cutting
edge of graphics,"Abrams said. "There
are programs you can run in Angell Hall
that used to take $40,000 equipment."
A multi-colored print of a woman
with computer chips imprinted be-
hind her was on display. One student
passing by said, "Work like that could
make thousands of dollars at Art Fair!"
Students viewed several animated
programs, including an interactive

I you want to go
The Cyber Arts Fair '95 will also
be on display Friday, at the
Campus Computer Showcase in
the Michigan Union basement
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
S M

Heavy metal art
Brazilian sculptor Ivan Ferrano, currently living in Berlin, poses art work "Garbage and
Automobile" in downtown Bonn yesterday. His work criticizes the construction of the
automobile and labels it an environmental hazard.

PRO POSALS
Continued from page 2.
emnment subsidizes the students' loans
by paying the interest while enrolled
in school. About 4.5 million students
nationwide use this program.
Elimination of the interest exemp-
tion would cost University students
ewhere between $2.6 million and
.9 million, depending on the inter-
est rate. This year, 7,500 University
students receive the subsidy, Hermsen
said.
If the interest exemption is elimi-
nated, the federal government would
save about $12.2 billion over five
years, said David Merkowitz, direc-
tor of public affairs for the American
ncil on Education. However, he
it "would cost students over $20
billion over the next five years."
And the Department of Education
has estimated that the elimination of
these subsidies would increase students'
monthly payments by 17-20 percent.
Rep. John Kasich (R-Ohio), chair
of the Budget Committee, supports a
proposal to eliminate this subsidy or
exemption. A spokeswoman with the
ttee defended the proposal, and
s-id that the worst-case scenario
would increase payments by only
about $45 per month.
But Rivers said she believes that
many students would not be able to
afford loans if the program were elimi-
nated. "I think it's going to push the
costs of the loans so high, it's going to
eliminate the viability of these kinds
rograms for students," she said.
Direct Lending
There are two main proposals
floating around the House regarding
direct lending, the delivery mecha-
nism for student loans. This program,
which began in 1993, allows students
to borrow money directly from the
federal government, instead of going
through banks.
One of the proposals, sponsored
l ep. Bill Goodling (R-Pa.), would
not allow more colleges to join the
program after next year.
Thomas A. Butts, University as-
sociate vice president for government
relations, from the University's Wash-
ington office, said that this would
"take away the institutional freedom
of choice to participate among the
new schools."
'It is still unclear how a cap would
a ect the University. Hermsensaid,
"It could result in increased admin-
istrative costs on our part because
the Department of Education (would
have to reduce) their efforts in the

I think (eliminating this subsidy or
exemption is) going to push the costs
of the loans so high, it's going to
eliminate the viability of these kinds of
programs for students."P
- Rep. Lynn Rivers
(D-Ann Arbor)

direct lending altogether. "For the
last 30 years, private financial aid
institutions have more or less suc-
cessfully loaned to students," said
Istook's press secretary, Steve Jones.
Istook wants the program eliminated
because he thinks it costs the govern-
ment too much money, Jones said.
"The direct lending program is
not better than what we've had. Add-
ing hundreds of new employees in the
Education Department, hiring new
IRS agents to collect bad debts and
relaxing fraud and abuse safeguards
does not in the end save taxpayers
money," Jones said, adding that Istook
wants the program phased out by the
end of next year.
Campus-Based Aid
Kasich also supports a proposal to
eliminate federal government fund-
ing for campus-based aid programs,
including the Perkins Loan, work-
study programs and supplemental
educational opportunity grants.
Hermsen said that if campus-
based aid were eliminated the Uni-
versity would lose $5.3 million of
federal aid, which would in turn hurt
students who need this. About 6,500
University students benefit from
these programs. However, the Uni-
versity already has its 1995-96 aid
allotment.
Rescission Cuts
The House has already approved
cutting $1.7 billion in education fund-
ing as part of its $17 billion rescis-
sion cuts package, which passed a
few weeks ago. The Senate is ex-
pected to vote on its bill in the next
few weeks.
These cuts include the elimination
of the State Student Incentive Pro-

gram, in which the federal govern-
ment gives states money to allot to
different students. Butts said the Uni-
versity is expected to lose between
$400,000 and $500,000 in aid from
this program. However, this cut is not
in the Senate version of the bill, so it
is not likely to ultimately pass.
Another program, the Javits Fel-
lowship, was eliminated under the
House bill. Seventeen University stu-
dents this year have been awarded the
fellowship, which provides funding
for study in the arts, social sciences
and humanities. This was also not
included in the Senate version of the
bill.
Looking to the Future
As the debate heats up, supporters
and opponents are preparing for a
tough fight.
Butts said the University will be
among the lobbyists in Washington.
"We have been in communication
with (Michigan's congressional) del-
egation and letting them know what
the adverse effects of the proposals
would be," he said.
Merkowitz, of the Education
Council, said, "We've done a lot of
analysis on this and we've been put-
ting together a nationwide grass-
roots effort to oppose cuts in stu-
dent aid."
And President Clinton has vowed
to fight for the programs as well. In a
speech last month to the American
Council on Education, Clinton said,
"I will fight these proposals every
step of the way. ... The fight for
education is the fight for the Ameri-
can Dream. It is the fight for America's
middle class. It is the fight for the 21st
century."

resume and a moving photo montage.
Students inverted images and altered
colors in several images.
Abrams praised the technology
that makes it possible for students to
do graphic arts, industrial design and
advertising using the computer as a
medium.
"You can do literally anything you
can conceptualize, without the con-
straints of physical mediums, and with
the added benefit of being able to
undo mistakes," Abrams said.
Although there were technical dif-
ficulties in the early morning, due to
older computers, the rest of the day
went smoothly, Abrams said.
B-School
group
races for
Humanity
By Carly Sorscher
For the Daily
The Business School's Habitat for
Humanity Project is holding a five-
kilometer race Saturday at 9 a.m.
Race director Geoff Dugan said
the "Run for Housing" is to benefit
the project, which is responsible for
raising the funds and providing the
labor for building a home in coopera-
tion with Habitat for Humanity of
Huron Valley.
"I'm very excited about the race,"
Dugan said. "This is the first year and
we expect this to be an annual event.
"Habitat for Humanity is a non-
profit organization dedicated to pro-
viding affordable home-ownership
opportunities to low-income fami-
lies," he added.
Dugan also said that the group hopes
to bring members of the Business
School, the University community and
the Ann Arbor community together.
Not only is the race beneficial to
the Habitat for Humanity project, it
has also been helpful to students in-
volved with the organization of the
race, said Holli Harris, a Business
School graduate student.
"I'm really excited about it," Har-
ris said. "It has been a good project to
draw us all together and draw upon
our skills we have been learning at B-
School this year."
The race will take place April1, at
Gallup Park, located on the corner of
Fuller Road and Huron Parkway. For
questions or further information, con-
tact Geoff Dugan at 663-4728.

AP PHOTO
Members of the enviommental law society walk through the Law Quad.
'U' Law students buy right *
o pollute air but then refrain

The Associated Press
A group of University students
has bought the right to pour five tons
of sulfur dioxide into the air. Now
they plan to sit on it.
University student Timothy
Macdonald, president of the school's
environmental law society, is behind
the club's newest acquisition. On
Tuesday, it paid $1,000 for the right
to put five tons of the acid rain-caus-
ing chemical into the air.
Now, the club plans to hang on to
those pollution rights, keep the air
five tons cleaner and possibly cause
an increase in the price that utilities
and factories must pay for a permit to
release sulfur dioxide gas.
The students' purchase will not
make a big difference, but Macdonald
said he sees it as a symbolic step in the
right direction.
"It's an attempt to show that each
one of us can make a small differ-
ence," he said. "You do what you

can."
Macdonald said he learned that
the federal government each year auc-
tions "shares" of pollution rights to
companies. The shares, sold on the
Chicago Board of Trade, aim to make
corporations pay for their pollution
up front, rather than set government
limits.
The government then distributes
the proceeds to utility companies na-
tionwide.
This month, Macdonald organized
law society members to raise money
to buy sulfur dioxide shares, printing
up their own certificates and selling
them from tables in the best bake-sale
tradition. Students and professors paid
at least $5 a share.
When Board of Trade officials
announced the auction results Tues-
day, 27 companies or organizations
had spent $6.7 million to buy the right
to discharge 50,600 tons of sulfur
dioxide beginning this year.

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