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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 31, 1995 -- 5

Woman reports
driver trying to
run her down
A woman called police Wednes-
day to report that someone had sped
up and tried to "run her down" on
level five of the Catherine Street car-
port early Tuesday morning.
The white Nissan Stanza's license
plate was traced back to a University
staff member, who told police that the
had woman stepped in front of him
without looking.
The woman said she was walking
across the lane when the driver sped
up and almost hit her.
'8 ball' stolen from
pool table
Shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday
morning, a desk attendant at the Michi-
gan Union pool room reported 10-12
males who entered the hall and stole
the "8 ball" from an occupied table.
The group was seen piling into a
vehicle that was registered to a stu-
dent living in Mary Markley resi-
dence hall. When contacted by po-
lice, the student admitted taking the
ball and returned it to the police.
* Students remove
bathroom door
At 1:40 Wednesday morning, DPS
received a call that four or five loud
males were causing a disturbance on
the third floor of Butler House in
Mary Markley residence hall. The
caller also told police that the men
had removed the bathroom door.
The subjects were gone when po-
lice arrived. The damage is estimated
at $500.
Hit-and-run driver
remains at large
DPS officers are looking for a red
Ford Ranger pickup that reportedly
struck a parked vehicle at 512 Th-
ompson St. and drove away Monday
morning at around 11.
Police were unable to locate the
driver of the hit vehicle at the time. A
student who witnessed the incident told
police that the Ranger rolled from its
parking spot into the other vehicle.
Stone shatters
I library window
Police were notified at 11:36 Mon-
day morning that a person had just
thrown a rock through a window on
the northeast side of the Undergradu-
ate Library.
The caller said there were no inju-
ries. Police reports indicate there are
no suspects.
2 thefts reported
from recreation

buildings
Police received two reports of per-
sonal item thefts from campus recre-
ation buildings earlier this week.
On Tuesday at 6:40 p.m., a caller
notified police that his watch had been
t stolen around 6 p.m. from the Intra-
mural Sports Building.
In an unrelated incident later that
night, around 10:30, a caller reported
that his wallet had been stolen while
he was at the Central Campus Recre-
ation Building.
- Compiled by Daily News
Editor Andrew Taylor

Tax time approaches for
students; help is available

By Moenchimpf
Daily Staff Reporter
Even though April 17 is not a day
normally marked on the calendar, this
year it will be an important date in the
United States.
Because April 15, the traditional
tax day, falls on a Saturday, taxes are
due on the following Monday, the
17th.
Student taxes are not much differ-
ent than everyone else's, said Kristy
Clayton, a public affairs specialist for
the Internal Revenue Service. She said
the only difference may be scholar-
ships.
"In general, most scholarships are
not taxable as long as you are a candi-
date for a degree and your scholarship
is used for tuition, fees, books and
supplies required for your classes,"
Clayton said.
All other scholarship money or
any payments received for services
such as teaching are taxable income.
"That's going to be wages,"
Clayton said.
Most students are able to file the
1040 EZ form, a one-page form for
single filers with no deductions.
However, this year's Michigan
1040 EZ form contains an error on
line- 6 -- the reference to "line 4"
should be to "line 3." All instruction
booklets are correct, though, and any
necessary corrections will be made
when the returns are processed.
But sometimes taxes are not as
easy as the 1040 EZ forms.
Business junior Jennifer Shorter
said she has not filed an EZ form in
four years, since she runs a desktop
publishing company and subcontracts
herself as a ski instructor.
"It makes it more complicated,"
Shorter said. "I have to itemize every-
thing. I keep very detailed records."

'Vim m to call
For tax questions, you can call:
Michigan 800487-7000
Federal 800-829-3676
For tax forms, you can call:
Michigan 800-367-6263
Federal 800-829-3676
For pre-recorded advice, call:
Tele-Tax 800-829.4477
One time, Shorter accidentally lost
her return when it came and had to
navigate the IRS bureaucracy.
"It's impossible to get a hold of
the IRS. They don't care; they don't
want to talk to you," she said. "So one
day I sat there on the phone for six
hours hitting redial until they talked
to me."
After filing two more forms,
Shorter was able to get a second re-
fund.
Engineering senior David Hinsky
lived through every taxpayer's night-
mare last year -- he was audited.
After his employer incorrectly re-
ported him as being self-employed,
the IRS sent Hinsky a letter asking for
$500 in late fees.
Hinsky wrote a letter explaining
that he didn't fit any of the qualifica-
tions for being self-employed, and
the IRS agreed.
Despite his experience, Hinsky
said he doesn't resent paying taxes.
"I see taxes as a necessary part of
life. They'll always be there," he said.
"There's no use worrying about it."
Tax forms are available on cam-
pus at the Michigan Student Assem-
bly office at 3909 Michigan Union,
all First of America branches, except
in the Union, and in the Documents

Center on the third floor of the Gradu-
ate Library.
Instead of filing themselves, some
students have accountants or parents
fill out their forms.
Engineering graduate student Jean
Schiller uses an accountant because
of her summer job as an independent
contractor for Ford Motor Co.
"It gets really complicated, espe-
cially because there are different de-
ductions I can take," Schiller said.
Greg Gramlich, an Engineering
sophomore, signed his forms after his
father filled them out since all the
paperwork is sent home.
"If I'm home I do them, but if I'm
not, (my dad) just does them,"
Gramlich said.
The IRS estimates it takes four to
eight weeks to get a refund after filing
by mail or three weeks if the return is
filed electronically.
Anyone can file for an extension
on or before April 17, moving the
deadline to August 15. When request-
ing the extension, taxpayers must es-
timate the taxes they will pay as accu-
rately as possible and pay that amount.
Two online companies, America
Online and CompuServe, offer elec-
tronic filing to their subscribers. Tax-
payers transmit a completed return
file to the company and then send in
any W-2 forms along with a special
online form to the IRS.
This is different from electronic
filing, which is offered at IRS and tax
professionals' offices. The IRS says
this method is safer and more accu-
rate than mailing the return because it
is transmitted directly.
Taxpayers also can set up a pay-
ment plan for their taxes by sending in
their returns, an installment agree-
ment request and the amount they can
pay.

KRISTEN SCHAEFER/Daily
A dinosaur is on exhibit at the University's Museum of Natural History.
Museum to unveil new
din11osaur mmbon-ies todayv

By Lenny Feller
Daily Staff Reporter
While it may not be "Jurassic
Park," the "Weekend of the Dino-
saur," a new exhibit at the University's
Museum of Natural History, 'will be
unveiled tonight.
The museumwill showcase a cast
from the skeleton of a 4 foot-high, 9
foot-long, bird-like dinosaur called
Deinonychus, with special events
throughout the weekend.
"This is a very exciting time for
the museum," said Administrative
Associate Daniel Madaj. "It's the first
new dinosaur we've had in 30 years."
Public support for the new exhibit
has been extraordinary, Madaj said.
"We expect over 1,000 people be-
tween 6 and 7 p.m. and 2,000 between
6 and 10 p.m."
The new skeleton is a prime ex-
ample of a class of meat-eating dino-
saurs called Dromaeosaurids.
Madaj said this skeleton is some-
what unique. "It has bird-like parts to it.
It may suggest some kind of connection

between birds and dinosaurs," he said.
The "Buy-a-Bone" program,
through the Friends of the Museum,
funded the skeleton cast. About 2,000
to 3,000 people participated in the
"Buy-a Bone" program, Madaj said.
"We gave people the opportunity
to sponsor individual bones," he said.
"The cost ranged from $5 for a tooth
to $1,000 for the skull."
The names of the contributors to
the cast will be displayed on a plaque
alongside the dinosaur.
The museum also is offering the
"Make-a-Quake" exhibit, which al-
lows individuals to jump on a spe-
cial platform and measure the se-
verity of the seismic disturbances
they create.
Other events include a special fos-
sil exhibit featuring a starfish shark
tooth costing over $30,000, the Spring
Star Talk and a multimedia show
about the new dinosaur.
The original skeleton is located at
Yale University. Only a few such skel-
etons exist in the world, Madaj said.

Education Asst. Secretary to speak at 'U'

By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
Madeleine Kunin, deputy secre-
tary of the U.S. Department of Educa-
tion, is scheduled to speak at I1 a.m.
today in the Pendleton Room of the
Michigan Union.
The speech, which is expected to
last an hour, will address U.S. House
Republican proposals aimed at elimi-
nating several federal financial aid
programs for college students.
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
also will speak. The event is open to
University staff, faculty and students.
Kunin chose to speak at the Uni-
versity because it "was one of the first
104 schools to take part in the direct

lending program," said Stephanie
Willerton, a spokeswoman with the
Education Department. "It has been
very successful at Michigan."
The direct lending program,
which began in 1993 with 104
schools and is expected to grow to
1,400 schoolsnext year, allows stu-
dents to borrow money directly from
the government. Department offi-
cials said the program has cut down
on administrative and paper work.
Kunin, the first female governor
of Vermont, played a key role in the

passage of the direct lending pro-
gram. Also, she has reformed and
reinvigorated the Education
Department's management struc-
ture.
Financial aid officers at the Uni-
versity have estimated that the pro-
posed cuts would cost students $8-9
million in aid. Some of these propos-
als include the elimination of the in-
terest subsidy for federally subsidized
Stafford Loans and the end of -cam-
pus-based aid, which include Perkins
Loans and work-study programs.

Study finds less safe sex at colleges

By Vahe Tazian
Daily Staff Reporter
A study released last week indi-
cates that many sexually active col-
lege women do not practice safe sex.
The study was conducted in the fall of
1994 by the North Carolina-based
American Social Health Association.
The findings revealed that 85 per-
cent of college women are sexually
active, but almost half of the women
surveyed use no protection against
sexually transmitted diseases.
The study was based on 1,000
respondents chosen by a random com-
puter database selection at two mid-
Atlantic universities. ASHA an-
nounced the results of the study in
conjunction with National Sexually
Transmitted Disease Awareness
Month, which starts tomorrow.
Sharon Broom, an ASHA re-

STD symptoms
How to detect a possible STD:
I Genital discharge, white, clear
or yellow with pus or foul odor
9 Abdominal pain
£ Painful or frequent urination
Skin sores, rashes or warts
1 Genital itching
searcher, said some survey findings
were startling. "We were surprised by
some of the findings, especially the
number of women who have never had
apelvic exam and the numberof women
who are forced to have sex," she said.
The results indicate almost one-
fourth of the college women surveyed
were forced, at some time, to have sex.
One in four female students and one in
five sexually active women have never
had a pelvic exam, the study found.

The study reported that each year
in the United States, 12 million new
STD infections are reported, with two-
thirds of those affected under the age
of 25, and one-fourth are teenagers.
Chlamydia, which has no symptoms
in 75 percent of cases among women
and 25 percent among men, has be-
come the most rapidly advancing
STD, with four million annual re-
ported infections.
University Health Services reports
having performed 1,075 student STD
check-ups in 1993-94. From those
examinations, 275 cases of genital
warts were diagnosed, 155 cases of
genital herpes, 13 cases of gonorrhea
and one case of syphilis.
ASHA President Peggy Clarke
expressed concern over the fact that
many college women neglect to have
a pelvic exam. "Gynecological ex-
ams are extremely important to a
woman's sexual health. In addition to
a clinical exam, they provide a forum
for education about STDs and STD
protection," Clarke said. She added
that women are more susceptible to
infection and more difficult to diag-
nose than men.
LSA junior Dana Lakritz said be-
lieves most college women are aware
of the risks, yet do not always take
precautions. "Most girls don't think
about the consequences of what may
happen to them at the time of sexual -
activity," Lakritz said.
Oral sex was reported to be the
most frequent form of sexual activity
(96 nercent}, followed by vaginal in-

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What's happening In Ann Arbor today

FRIDAY
Q "Goofy Games," sponsored by
Friendly Days, Diag, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Q "High Places in Archeology: Mount
Ararat, Mount Sinai, The
Pyramids," sponsored by Exhibit
Museum of Natural History, 1109
Geddes, 7:30 p.m.
Q Ninjitsu Club, beginners welcome,
761-8251, IMSB, Room G 21,6:30-
8 p.m.
Q Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley, 8-
11:30 p.m.

Q Taekwondo Club, beginners and
other new members welcome, 747-
6889, CCRB, Room 2275, 7-8:30
p.m.
U WOLV Channel 70 Programming:
Toolbox, 7-9 p.m.; Burly Bear, 9-11
p.m.
SATURDAY
J "Dance for Unity," sponsored by
Friendly Days, Trotter House, 9
p.m.-1 a.,.

meeting 6 p.m., chapter meeting
and pictures 6:45 p.m.
J Ballroom Dance Club, 663-9213,
CCRB, Main Dance Room, 7 p.m.
J "Bird Hills Park Hike," sponsored
by Sierra Club Huron Valley Group,
Ann Arbor City Hall, 1 p.m.
U ECB Peer Tutoial, 7474526, Angell
Hall Computing Site 1-5 p.m. and 7-11
p.m., UGLi, second floor, 1-5 p.m.
J "Forsythe Park Community Clean-
up," comer of Park and Arch, 12
noon

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