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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 26, 1996


'Mad Cow' disease
worries beef nmarket

The Washington Post
LONDON-British officials struggled
yesterday to calm rising fears about "mad
cow" disease. But domestic and interna-
tional markets for British beef continued
to dry up, as the government's credibility
about potential risks to consumers suf-
fered further erosion.
Health and agriculture officials here
complained bitterly of "hysteria" and
"scaremongering," and said no new mea-
sures were needed to contain the disease.
They cited the findings of a blue-ribbon
panel ofscientists that the risks to humans
were minimal, and they specifically ruled
out - for the time being - any mass
slaughter of British cattle.
But humans were not buying either
the explanation or the meat. A panel
of European Union experts recom-
mended a total ban on the beef; Brit-
ish truckers carrying it into France
were intercepted and treated as smug-
glers; neither sellers nor buyers turned
up at auction sites around the country;
slaughterhouses sent workers home;
and McDonald's, Wimpy's, Wendy's
and other fast-food chains announced
or reaffirmed that they will cease sell-
ing hamburgers until they can begin
'making them with non-British beef.
The stock exchange prices of virtu-
ally any company having anything to
do with the $6 billion British beef in-

dustry plummeted.
"The market for our beef has disap-
peared overnight," said Tony Pexton,
head of the country's National Farm-
ers Union, in a television interview
last night.
The House of Commons, after hear-
ing reports from the government that
contained few recommendations to re-
solve the dilemma, erupted in partisan
vitriol, highlighted by a member of the
majority party calling the opposition's
chiefhealth spokesperson a "stupid cow."
The government declined to support
"confidence building" measures-such
as destroying millions of cows - that
had been suggested by some farmers as
the only way out of the troubles. How-
ever, Agriculture Minister Douglas
Hogg left that option open should the
crisis not abate.
"The risks associated with eating this
product are extremely low," Health
Secretary Stephen Dorrell told parlia-
ment, citing a report yesterday by an
independent panel of scientists.
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
is called mad cow disease because it
infects the brains and nervous systems
of cattle, causing confusion, twitching,
lethargy and death. It struck hard at
Britain's beef and dairy industry in the
mid - and late 1980s but has declined
since then, by 70 percent.

Continued from Page 2.
that instructing and teaching is central
to the mission of the department."
History Prof. Thomas Collier, who
teaches several classes that use GSIs,
said the trainings should include mock
classes to prepare the graduate students.
"That sense of nervousness and lack
of confidence in standing in front of a
class can be gotten over quickly if,
during TA training, they actually present
a class," Collier said.
"That is a lot more important than
lectures on the subject matter or theo-
retical lectures on how to teach," he
added. "Actually doing it is what

International GSIs will continue to
attend a three-week intensive training
session in addition to the departmental
programs. The training includes in-
struction on American learning styles.
International GSIs also must pass a
language test that is administered
through the English Language Insti-
Cook said there is one area that stillj
needs expanding.
"The most important addition that
could be made to the improvements
already underway would be to have
programs for experienced TAs," Cook
"TAsjust like other instructors, can
use advice and support throughout their
teaching careers," she said.

Court to review Arizona 'English' law
WASHINGTON - Confronting one of the nation's most divisive topics, the
Supreme Court announced yesterday it will review the constitutionality of an
Arizona law that makes English the official language and forces state employees
to conduct business in English only.
The 1988 law, an amendment to Arizona's constitution, was challenged by a
state employee who handled medical malpractice claims against the state
spoke both Spanish and English to claimants, depending on their need. he
worker, Maria-Kelley Yniguez, said the "English only" mandate violated her right
to free speech. *
The Arizona conflict has played out nationally as 23 states have made English
their official language, and legislation to do the same on the federal level is
pending in Congress.
At stake in those efforts and the court case are competing American traditions
of multicultural tolerance and a quest for unity through a common language.
The conflict is part of the presidential campaign, too, as GOP candidates Pat
Buchanan and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), the party's presump.
tive nominee, have proclaimed they want the American people to speak a sin*

Continued from Page 1
Due to impromptu line-checks, some-
one must represent the Metzes in line at
all times. But because Rosemary has
three jobs and one class at the Univer-
sity, and Liza has to go to school, the
two find it impossible to hold their
spots during the day.
"There are 87 kids who signed up for
slots, but were left out of the line," Metz
said. "If we aren't there when our name
is called someone will snap up our
Boezinger, an LSA senior who vol-
unteered to wait in line for the Metzes
this weekend, said this is a good oppor-
tunity to help someone in need.
"Traditionally, I'm like any other stu-
dent and don't do my fair share of
charity," he said. "In this case, you
know you are really going to help out,

and it was something I couldn't say no
Liza Metz named the experiences her
older brothers and sisters had at Com-
munity, as well as the school's flexibil-
ity, as the main reasons she wants to
attend. "I think it is important to have
choices in school," she said. "Commu-
nity will give me more choices and
more opportunities."
Her mother blamed the district's lack
of classroom flexibility as the reason
the line for Community formed so early.
"Ann Arbor doesn't have any choices,"
she said. "Who wants to put their kid in
a high school with 2,500 other kids?"
Rosemary Metz said that because of
the students who volunteered to help
out, virtually all of the time up to April
I is now filled. "This would not have
been possible in a million years without
the help of the students - I had abso-
lutely no hope," she said. "I am so

Whitewater witness
sentenced, fined
WASHINGTON - David Hale, the
prosecution's chief witness in the
Whitewater trial of three former associ-
ates of President Clinton, was sentenced
yesterday to 28 months in prison and
fined $10,000 arising out of his plea
agreement two years ago.
Hale; a former Arkansas business-
man and onetime municipal judge, also
was ordered to pay $2 million in resti-
tution to the federal government.
Hale pleaded guilty in March 1994 to
defrauding the U.S. Small Business Ad-
ministration through his government-
backed venture capital company which
was chartered to loan money to disadvan-
taged or minority business borrowers.
He has charged that Clinton, while
Arkansas governor, pressured him into
making an illegal $300,000 loan in 1986
to Susan McDougal, who along with
her former husband, James McDougal,
was an investment partner of the
Clintons in their Whitewater real estate
development. The McDougals and Gov.
Jim Guy Tucker, who succeeded Clinton

in office, are currently on trial in Little
Rock for conspiracy and loan fraud.
Clinton has called Hale's charge "a
bunch of bull." Hale is expected to
testify within the next two weeks, and
Clinton has been subpoenaed to give
videotaped rebuttal testimony.
Gay couples wed 1n
symbolic ceremony
words, "I hereby pronounce you law-
fully recognized domestic partners,"
more than 200 gay couples - some in
drag, some in traditional white dresses
and tuxedos - tied the knot yesterday
under a new and largely symbolic city
"As usual, we are first, and by virte
of your participation in this ceremony,
you are a part of history," Mayor Willie
Brown said at the start of the ceremony
in a theater across from City Hall.
More than 200 couples were "mar-
ried" in the ceremony, which lasted
more than two hours:
The unions are strictly ceremonial
and not recognized by state law.

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Cooper said.
While the ballot called fora yes-or-no
response, some faculty members de-
clined to answer in this manner, instead
choosing to respond with comments.
"If we sign on to the proposals with-
out discussion or modifications, we sig-
nal a mindless endorsement of propos-

als, that even where sound in aim, re-
quire more careful implementation,"
Law Prof. Richard Pildes wrote on his
Last night, the committee held a meet-
ing in which members discussed what
they believe is the willingness of faculty
to work with students on the proposals.
"We decided that we are moving for-
ward with our proposals," said Law
third-year student Pam Shifman.

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China calls for end
to miitaiy exercises
aimed at Taiwan
BEIJING -With tensions ebbing in
the Taiwan Strait, China yesterday
called an end to 18 days of military
exercises and generally softened its
tough talk that had preceded Taiwan's
first presidential elections.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's newly elected
incumbent, President Lee Teng-hui,
avoided antagonizing the government in
Beijing anew by keeping a low profile
and steering away from sensitive issues
touching on independence for Taiwan.
Aides to the 73-year-old Lee said the
president plans to spend the next few
weeks traveling in Taiwan to thank his
supporters and does not plan a major
speech until his May 20 inauguration.
Lee won Saturday's presidential elec-
tion with 54 percent of the vote.
This is good news in Washington,
where officials had feared that a boast-
ful post-election performance by Lee
could provoke China into new military
1 ir-i

"I was encouraged by some statements
that came out of both sides in the after-
math of the election," President Clinton
told reporters. He added that he hopes the
softer tone marks a turning point in rela-
tions after the pre-election tensions.
MarCos weeps
before Congress
MANILA, Philippines - Imelda
Marcos wept before Congress yester-
day as she delivered a 58-page, two-
hour speech in which she accused her
enemies of taking everything from her
except her soul.
"Even my dignity and honor, the9,
things one carries to the grave and to
eternity, are being taken away," said
the former first lady, now a member of
the island nation's congressional
Marcos said she was compelled to
speak to Congress because people were
conspiring to silence her "either by
throwing me in jail, by unseating me
from Congress, or perhaps ... silencing
me forever by death." ' r
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