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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 29, 1996- 3A

Car prices
forecasted to
ise 20 percent
'University researcher Jeff Davis pre-
dicts a modest sales increase in new cars
over the next 10 years, even though
prices are expected to increase by almost
20 percent over the same time period.
. "There has been a great deal of talk
lately that vehicles are becoming too
expensive and that the price of new cars
and trucks is outstripping the incomes
of potential buyers," Davis said.
Davis, who works at the University'
ansportation Research Institute, re-
cently wrote the marketing volume of
the eighth annual University Delphi
Forecast and Analysis of the North
American Automotive Industry.
"Despite rising prices, the outlook for
the industry as a whole is favorable,
which is comforting news to industry
leaders and analysts, who fear the im-
pact of higher new vehicle prices and
eater availability of nearly new used
rs could have a depressing effect on
sale of new cars and trucks," Davis said.
The report, which polled more than
300 automotive experts on trends in mar-
keting, materials and technology in the
next decade, said the average price of a
new domestic vehicle is expected to rise
9 percent by the year 2000. Prices are
expected to rise 10 percent by 2005.
The average cost of imports is pro-
jected to increase 4 percent by 2000 and
percent by 2005. However, foreign
hicles are still expected to be priced
higher on average than the ones manu-
factured by the Big Three - Chrysler,
Ford and General Motors.
The most important factor that will
influence vehicle buying decisions is,
according to the forecast, the purchase
price for entry level and intermediate
cars, vans and pickups.
eeport issued on
telemedicine's future
A wide range ofrepresentatives from
the public and private sectors issued a
report on the future of telemedicine to
Congress on Tuesday. The report,
"Telemedicine and the National Infor-
ination Infrastructure," made recom-
mendations regarding the future of
telemedicine in the United States.
Telemedicine is the process by which
Wdical diagnosis ofa patient can be done
via two-way, interactive television, re-
mote sensing equipment and computers.
Widespread use of this technology means
increased access to high quality, special-
zed medical care at a reasonable cost.
Health management and policy Prof.
Rashid Bashshur said some patients, such
as those with diffcult diseases to diagnose
and those in rural areas and on battle-
Ids, couldallbenefit fromtelemedicine.
Interactive Reference
Phelps link students
with librarians
For University students, librarians
are now as close as their desktop.
Interactive Reference Assistance is
the first stage ofa project to use interac-
tive technology for reference consulta-
n via the campus computing net-
fork. Links between the Shapiro Un-
dergraduate Library and selected resi-
ence hall libraries allow students to

,oonfer with librarians "long distance."
SIRA uses CUSeeMe communications
software, Connectix digital cameras and
desktop computers to provide live video
images and sound across the campus
ethernet. Now University students can
consult librarians face to face without
Tvingtheir residence halls.
Linda TerHarr, head of the Shaprio
Undergraduate Library, said IRA makes
reseraching a topic less overwhelming
because students can collaborate with a
reference librarian to formulate a re-
search plan before entering the library
or going online.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Soumya Mohan.

Pres. candidate running
for 'poor working' people

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
With an election platform that rails
against an "oppressive national capital-
ist system," Monica Moorehead, the
Workers World Party candidate for U.S.
president, said she knows she can't win
the election this year.
"I'm running for president, along with
my running mate, Gloria La Riva, for
vice president, because we feel that
we're the only candidates
who are running in the inter-
ests of poor working people
in this country," Moorehead
said yesterday in an inter-
view with The Michigan
Daily. "We're not running
because we feel we're going
to win the elections. We have
no illusions on that."
On the first leg of her cam-
paign in Michigan,
Moorehead described some }
of the party's history.
The Workers World Party
was founded in 1959 in Buf-
falo, N.Y., and has been on
Michigan's ballot since 1990.
The party has spearheaded
many protests for social
change, Moorehead said, fight-
ing against the far-reaching
impact of American corpora-
tions.
The combined ticket of
Moorehead, an African Ameri-
can woman, and La Riva, a
Latina woman, marks the first
time in U.S. history that two
women have run together for
the highest national office. Monica1
"It would be a progessive
step forward if a woman of
color was in the White House,"
Moorehead said. "It would shake up the
whole country. It would really excite
people."
Moorehead said her candidacy will
focus on ideals of equality in employ-
ment and socialism. Foremost, she pro-
poses tripling the current minimum
wage, to a standard of at least $13 per

hour of work.
"It's an important demand that will
impact on all social and economic is-
sues in this country," she said. "It is
inhumane. It is illegal. It's a crime for
people to be forced to work for $4.25 an
hour."
Moorehead said a higher minimum
wage would raise the standard of living
to benefit all U.S. citizens. "(There are)
more people being put in prisons today

sion of affirmative action programs,
restoring cuts to federal welfare and
education programs and dismantling
both the Pentagon and the Central Intel-
ligence Agency.
"In other words, what we're saying is
that we need to put people's needs first
before corporate greed," Moorehead
said.
The theoretical panacea of a nation-
wide flat-tax, touted in the Republican
primary by Malcolm "Steve"
Forbes Jr., would not solve
the problem of economic dis-
parity within the country, she
said, because only the rich
would benefit.
"If you tax the corpora-
tions, if you take away the
subsidies that the corpora-
tions get, you could, you re-
ally could elevate the mini-
mum wage in this country,"
Moorehead said.
Moorehead blasted Presi-
dent Clinton's inactivity at
helping the lower classes.
"If he was really serious,
he would sign an executive
order today, demanding that
the minimum wage be
tripled," she said. "Ifthe cor-
porations didn't like it, and
of course, they wouldn't,
(Clinton) could call press
conferences and town meet-
ings all over the country ...
and have people come to
Washington, D.C., and sup-
port his legislation for this."
BIGGS/Daily Working to get on the ballot
By. in 26 states, Moorehead said
the party wants to publicize its
ideals to all Americans.
"Elections don't change conditions.
Mass movements change conditions,"
she said. "We want to see a restoration
of mass struggle in this country as was
done in the 1930s and the 1960s with
the civil rights movement.
"United as a class, we can become a
mighty fist against this system," she
added.

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Silent protest
School of Art sophomore Nicole Bordon wears an armband to protest the:
administration's treatment of various School of Art departments. The
armbands have the Art School dean's e-mail address written on them.

JOSHB
Moorehead discusses her candidacy yesterda
... in order to be forced to work for
slave wages. You have people in prison
making license plates, ladies' under-
garments, all for, like, 90 cents an hour."
"The reason they are in prison is that
there are nojobs out here," she said."You
have more corporations investing in pris-
ons right now, because it's profitable."
The Workers Party calls for expan-

Rep. Coliin
O M
DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bar-
bara-Rose Collins used campaign funds
to buy a stove and dryer that she wanted
delivered to her family cottage, accord-
ing to a report published yesterday.
Collins allegedly bought the items
for her Detroit campaign office last
August from ABC Warehouse in
Southfield. But the store's records show
the representative requested the appli-
ances be delivered to her Tuscola
County cottage north of Detroit in the
state's Thumb region, according to the
Detroit Free Press.
Collins had to pick up the appliances
because the cottage, 70 miles north of
Detroit, was outside the store's deliv-
ery area, the newspaper said.
In addition, store records show a dis-
crepancy of more than $400 between
what the appliances cost and what

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fluids 40
Collins reported paying for the items,
the Free Press reported.
In Collins' most recent campain
expense reports with the Federal Elec-
tions Commission, the Detroit Dem -
crat reported spending $913 on Aug1
to buy a freezer and stove for the car-
paign headquarters. But store records
show that Collins spent $506 and no
freezer was included, the newspaper
reported. Instead, she bought a $1
electric stove and a $239 electric dryer,
the records show.
Federal regulations forbid officehoV-
ers from using campaign money ' r
personal reasons.
Collins said Tuesday through her
Washington staff lawyer that the pI-
chases were properly accounted for i
filings with the Federal Elections Coi -
mission.

Prof. debates affirmatiVe action

Speech supports policy
with 2 arguments
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Students gathered in East Quad's
Benzinger library last night to listen to
philosophy associate Prof. Elizabeth
Anderson provide arguments in sup-
port of affirmative action programs.
In addressing the need to maintain
these programs, Anderson provided two
arguments: the compensatory side and
the diversity orientation position.
"Compensatory justice is when
people who have suffered from injus-
tice are entitled to compensation," she
said. "Affirmative action programs will
give competitive advantages for com-
petitive disadvantages they have suf-
fered due to racism."
Anderson said the compensatory ar-

gument is stronger for the African
American community than for Latino/
as and Asian Americans because "the
African Americans have suffered more
severely" than the other communities.
She also endorsed University Presi-
dent James Duderstadt's idea of diver-
sity orientation as another argument in
favor of affirmative action.
"Diversity is a resource from which
everyone can benefit," she said. "People
who graduate from all-white universi-
ties are not prepared to deal with the
racially mixed society."
Anderson also addressed claims made
by those opposing affirmative action.
Anderson dissected the "innocent
white victims" argument by saying,
"Although white victims by in large are
innocent, they are unjust beneficiaries
to racist practices and enjoy competi-
tive advantages."
"Even when whites have not person-

ally discriminated, they are still unjust
beneficiaries to racist practices," she said.
She cited greater networks among
whites, seniority in the corporate world
due to legacies of racism and the greater
proximity of white communities to jobs
as three advantages whites have over
blacks.
The lecture was sponsored by the
Residential College and the Benzinger
library. Last week, philosophy Prof. Carl
Cohen presented arguments against af-
firmative action programs in his lecture,
"The Case Against Preference by Race."
RC first-year student Neela Ghoshal
said she has always been in favor of
affirmative action programs and the
lecture helped clarify things for her.
"(The lecture) helped me a lot to see
philosophical and practical arguments
- and it might be easier (for me) to
convince people of the practical argu-
ments," she said.

Students reach out through 3 programs

By Michael Choi
For the Daily
"When are we ever going to use this
in real life?"
Every teacher from grammar school
to college has heard this question at
least once, but University Architecture
and Urban Planning students already
know the answer to that question.
In three separate programs funded in
part by the federal government, students
from the School of Architecture and Ur-
ban Planning have been working to de-
velop communities in Detroit. Students
have taken their skills out of the class-
room and into "real world" settings where

they have helped plan the redevelopment
ofbuildings, vacant properties, parks and
historical buildings.
"These projects provide a wonderful
opportunity forurban planning students
to gain first-hand experience in work-
ing with community groups on various
urban problems," said Robert Marans,
chair of the school's Urban Regional
Planning Program.
The students work under the guid-
ance of faculty members and receive
academic credit, which may aid in job-
hunting, he said.
"(The students) have something to
show and talk about when they enter the

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job market," Marans said.
In the Michigan Neighborhood
AmeriCorps Program, 10 graduate
students have studied and analyzed
the economically impoverished
Islandview community located on
Detroit's east side. Their contribu-
tions ranged from assessing the struc-
tural integrity of existing buildings to
creating a newsletter for the commu-
nity and organizing local businesses
into a coalition.
Students participating in the program
said they had a unique opportunity to
further their education and help people
at the same time.
"The work I've done and am continu-
ing to do has been the best and most
valuable part of my graduate education,"
said Josh Sirefman, a graduate student
working in the AmeriCorps program.
Robert Beckley, dean of the College
of Architecture and Urban Planning,
said, "Programs like AmeriCorps have
allowed the college to extend the re-
sources of our students and faculty to
communities in ways which were im-
possible before."
Beckley said he finds the students
altruistic.
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