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Tonight: Partly cloudy,
low in the 30s.
Tomorrow: Partly sunny,
high in the mid-50s.

One hundred four years of editorial freedom

April 6, 1995

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$189B in
.tx cuts
The Washington Post
publicans late last night passed a $189
billion tax cut package over Demo-
cratic charges that it was stacked in
favor of the rich. The 246 to 188 vote
capped the GOP's triumphant 100-
*ay legislative wind sprint. The far-
ranging tax cuts, the first major re-
ductions since President Ronald
Reagan's massive 1981 tax bill, would
be financed with offsetting cuts in
general government spending, sav-
ings from the GOP welfare reform
legislation, reduced spending for
Medicare and an increase in federal
employees' contribution to their re-
tirement fund.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich
(R-Ga.) goading his troops on to
final passage, urged the members to
"look at this and ask yourself: In
your constituents' lives, won't a
little less money for the government
and a little more money for those
families be a good thing? And isn't
this what this Congress was elected
to do?"
But House Minority Whip David
. Bonior (D-Mich.) framed the de-
bate as a choice between the middle
class and the privileged few. "Time
and time again we've heard Republi-
cans talk about renewing Americans
civilization," he said, "but they don't
seem to understand you can't renew
American civilization by taking Big
Bird from 5-year-olds, school lunches
from 10-year-olds, summer jobs from
015-year-olds and student loans from
The tax measures, the so-called
"crown jewel" of the GOP's "Con-
tract With America," include a $500
per-child tax credit for families earn-
ing up to $200,000 a year, a sharp
reduction in the capital gains tax, a
new, more versatile Individual Re-
tirement Account, an end to the mar-
*riage tax penalty and a raft of write-
offs and tax breaks for businesses and
But the measure faces an uncer-
tain future in the Senate, where Re-
publicans are sharply divided over
the wisdom of approving a major tax
cut before Congress makes discern-
ible headway toward eliminating the
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Tickets now
available for
*Salk's return
By Megan Schimpf
Daily Staff Reporter

Forty years ago, Jonas Salk and
University researcher Thomas Francis
made medical history at Rackham
Auditorium as they announced the
success of their trials of the long-
awaited polio vaccine.
Next Wednesday, Salk will again
speak at Rackham Auditorium to com-
memorate the anniversary of the dis-
covery that made him a national hero in
1955. Salk, who won a Nobel Prize for
his discovery, will again be honored in
ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m.
Two hundred tickets are available
to the public for the event. The free
tickets can be picked up at the Michigan
Union Ticket Office beginning today,
*with a limit of two tickets per person.
"Because we wanted to use the
original site, that means we couldn't
have as much seating," said Univer-
sity spokeswoman Julie Peterson.
Although the auditorium seats about

Higher Education Bill
The Michigan House of
Representatives yesterday
passed next year's higher
education budget. The bill,
which moves to the Senate:
O Includes funding increases of
3 to 6 percent for all state
universities except the
University of Michigan;
Keeps the University's
funding at this year's level,
unless the University submits a
plan to lower its norniresident
enrollment below 30 percent, in
which case it will receive a 3
percent increase; and
Preserves the Indian Tuition
Waiver Program after being cut
in Gov. John Engler's original
budget proposal.

House OKs flat 'U' funding

By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
After weeks of debate, the state House voted
yesterday to deny a 3 percent increase in appropria-
tions to the University as part of its higher educa-
tion appropriations budget.
Passing the House by a 86-17 vote, the bill
advances to the Senate, which will take it up during
the next few weeks. It must be signed by Gov. John
Engler before taking effect.
The Appropriations subcommittee on higher
education, and later the full Appropriations Com-
mittee, voted last month to put the proposed 3
percent increase - more than $8.3 million - in
escrow until the University submits a plan to bring
its non-resident undergraduate enrollment down to
30 percent. If it complies, the University would
then receive the money.
Non-resident enrollment is currently at 33.4

Vice President for University Relations Walter
Harrison said he feels confident that the Senate will
restore the appropriations. "It's going to be a very
interesting debate, but we think our cause is just
and we will prevail," he said.
The state Legislature requests that the Univer-
sity keeps its non-resident enrollment at 30 percent,
but cannot enforce their request because of the
University's autonomy under the state Constitu-
Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann Arbor) accused the
House of hurting working families by denying the
funds. "Why are we subsidizing the rich people and
forcing our kids to take out $20,000 in loans?"
Schroer, who voted against the overall budget,
said it hurt the University. "I feel that U-M did not
come out a winner and Michigan State University
and Western Michigan University did come out as

winners," she said.
Engler had proposed a 3 percent across-the-
board increase in appropriations to all 15 state
public universities, plus additional funding for
Grand Valley State, Michigan State and Western
Michigan universities.
The House approved the extra appropriations
for all three schools.
An amendment by Rep. Kirk Profit (D-Ypsilanti
Township) would have increased the University's
and Eastern Michigan University's appropriations
by 6. percent, but it was narrowly defeated by the
Harnison said he was encouraged by these re-.
sults. "We were very encouraged by the vote on
Kirk Profit's amendment," he said. "We had the
entire House Republican leadership against us, and
we were still able to garner 50 votes."
See FUNDS, Page 2

IIIres. addresses ... .. 'cN
wonien SiSSUCS - 4
at 'town -meeting

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
At a "town meeting" yesterday,
President James J. Duderstadt reiter-
ated his goals to raise consciousness
of women's issues within the Univer-
sity community.
Before an audience of about 100
women faculty and staff in Rackham
Auditorium, Duderstadt discussed the
achievements made thus far under the
Agenda for Women, his year-old ini-
tiative to increase the number of
women faculty members.
He listed the instatement of a
sexual harassment policy and the for-
mation of a task force on violence
against women as major accomplish-
ments in the agenda campaign.
Also, he pointed out recent hirings
and promotions of women in various
"We made a commitment to pro-
viding fWIl resources necessary for
the recruitment and employment of
10 senior women faculty," he said,
adding that this commitment had
spurred some promotions in the ob-
stetrics and gynecology department.
Jackie McClain, executive di-
rector of human resources and affir-
mative action, joined Duderstadt in
speaking about recently empowered
alternatives to the University's
grievance procedure. The new
method of expressing employee

grievances involves conciliation and
"This program will be available to
those staff who wish to use an alterna-
tive to the grievance system. It is
designed to be non-confrontational
and a win-win situation," McClain
said of the option.
She described the current pro-
cess as "industrial" and "confronta-
In light of national attention on
affirmative action and some congres-
sional disapproval of many such gov-
ernment programs, Duderstadt said
the University was going to fight to
retain its current policies.
He added that 25 percent of Uni-
versity undergraduates are students
of color - a figure he hopes will
reach 33 percent by the year 2000.
"The University's commitment to
these efforts is stronger than ever,"
Duderstadt said. "I'm less concerned
about political challenges than I am
about legal challenges," he said, point-
ing to recent lawsuits filed against the
Duderstadt emphasized the need to
educate faculty and raise awareness of
women in the workplace. He said that
participants of recent focus groups of-
ten did not realize the need for more
women faculty at the University.
"There is a very large segment of
this University that does not believe

we have a problem," Duderstadt said.
"This suggests to me that we really do
have a great challenge ahead that in-
volves a consciousness-raising
throughout the University."
Many members of the audience
had the opportunity to ask questions
- most of which referred more to the
University's actions than to the writ-
ten agenda.
"I think it lacks accountability.
There's a lot of philosophical com-
ments but, there's nothing about ac-
tual action," said Comprehensive
Studies Program staff member Elzora
But many of the women who par-
ticipated in the dialogue had more
positive reactions to Duderstadt's ini-
"He's trying to make life more
bearable and certainly more pleasant
for women staff on campus," said Pat
Castle, who works at the Registrar's

members listen
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Initiative for
Women's Health
President James
J. Duderstadt
addresses a
crowd of women
faculty at
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SAPAC to host vigil,
exhibit for sexual
assal srivors

By Patience Atkin
Daily Staff Reporter
The unseasonably cold weather is
not expected to keep survivors of
sexual assaults from gathering tonight
on the Diag to remember, share and
Survivors and their friends and
family are invited to participate in the
Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center's first annual Survivors

David Donughue holds a sign protesting proposed legislation that would cut student scholarships.
In towels, College Dems protest
pro posed c In financial aid

of Sexual Assault Vigil.
"For me, (the
rally) is in support
of survivors of Webe
sexual violence,"
said LSA senior very des
Jen Scott, co-co-
ordinator of to tigfsN
SAPAC's general around u
volunteer pro-
"In my opin- Co-coordin
ion, we become generavo
very desensitized
to things going on
around us - sexist media and vio-


I you want to go ...
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: The Diag
several singers and dance acts, includ-
ing local singer and LSA senior An-
gela Head. SAPAC Director Deborah
Cain will be the keynote speaker.
SAPAC also will announce the
winner of the center's annual Sexism
in Advertising
contest at the
comte vigil. During the
past month, vol-
$nsit e unteers set up
ballot boxes at
going On local stores and
. ff restaurants
on where the public
-- Jen Scott could choose the
for of SAPAC's most sexist of
nteer program eight supplied
"Some people
still don't see this as a problem, espe-

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