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One hundredflve years ofeditorialfreedom
September 25, 1996
MSA approves 1996-97 budget with few problems
By Will Welssert
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly passed its
$205,870 budget unanimously at last night's meeting
- not only that, but they did it in about an hour.
"Congratulations MSA," MSA President Fiona Rose
amid the applause from assembly members that
1 Iowed final ratification of the 1996-97 budget in one
hour and five minutes. "I think we broke the record."
The final budget features a $90,000 allocation to
the Budget Priorities Committee, which provides
funding for student groups.
"Ninety-thousand dollars for student groups has
never been achieved before," said MSA Vice President
Probir Mehta. "It is a landmark."
The final budget the assembly passed was striking-
1 similar to the original budget proposal drawn up by
se and Mehta. The funds come from a student fee
of $2.69 per semester.
The largest change passed during the meeting was
made to the amount allocated to the Ann Arbor
Tenant's Union. The group will receive $19,550 -
$300 more than was proposed.
The extra funding to the AATU was transferred vol-
untarily from the Communications Committee, which
will now receive $2,700.
"This amount is just short of half of our budget,
while 60 percent of our clients are students, so this is
close to proportionate funding," said AATU
Coordinator Pattrice Maurer. "This was about the
amount we expected and we are satisfied with it."
LSA Rep Dan Serota said the Communication
Committee's agreement to transfer funding showed
the assembly was willing to work together.
"For the first time, a budget was accepted because.
people were willing to compromise," he said. "People
were willing to live with what we could give, rather
than what they want."
The other major change came when MSA voted to
allocate $1,750 to the Minority Affairs Commission
- $250 more than the proposed budget's figure.
"This school was rated No. I in the country in poor
race relations." said LSA Rep Yejide Peters. "This has
to change and (more funding for MAC) will be a good
MAC Chair Kenneth Jones said he was pleased
with the amount allocated to his commission.
"Right now we have been working with other stu-
dent groups to find funding, but I think it's right that
MSA should contribute the most to the committee,"
Jones said. "I am very optimistic - I have no wor-
The additional funding for MAC came out of the
committee discretionary fund, which is the assembly's
"safety net" set aside to provide additional funding to
committees and student groups later in the year.
Assembly members were thrilled the budget ratifi-
cation process, which traditionally features long hours
of heated debate, came to a swift and relatively pain-
"We've never had a budget that the assembly has
unanimously supported," said MSA Treasurer
Johnathan Winick. "People have to have confidence in
a budget for it to work, and obviously we have confi-
dence in this one"
See MSA, Page 2
MSA Approves $205,870 Budget
MSA members approved a budget of $205,870 at their meeting
last night, using $205,320 for internal expenditures and giving
the Ann Arbor Tenants Union $19,550. The additional $19,000
in the internal budget comes from surplus funds from last year.
Source: MSA budget for Sept. 1996-Sug.1997.
JOSH WHITE/ Daiy
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By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole
came to Michigan yesterday to talk money.
Dole addressed about 1,500 enthusiastic supporters at the
Economic Club of Detroit's luncheon in Cobo Hall, and the
former Kansas senator concentrated his speech on economic
"I want to be the CEO of America," Dole said.
*'he visit marks Dole's second trip to Michigan in as many
"I think it shows that Michigan is probably the pivotal state
in the election for 1996," said Rusty Hills, director of public
affairs for Gov. John Engler. "That's why Bob Dole and (vice
presidential nominee) Jack Kemp are in here every single
week and probably will be from now until the election."
Dole said Michigan is a "battleground state" and said he
and Kemp will spend a lot of time here before the November
"This is a battle for the future" Dole said. "It's about agen-
sit's about ideas. It's not about Bill Clinton or Bob Dole."'
"The economy is not good enough and it's not on the right
track" he said. "But, we believe we are standing on the
threshold of a breathtaking future."
Dole said three key initiatives form the foundation of his
economic plan: balancing the budget, cutting taxes and abol-
ishing the iRS as it now exists.
He said his economic plan is guided by one basic princi-
ple: "You know how to spend your money better than the fed- Republican presidential candidate B
See DOLE, Page 2 responded to questions from the au
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global ban on
Los Angeles Times
UNITED NATIONS - Wielding the
pen that President Kennedy used 33
years ago on the world's first treaty lim-
iting atomic testing, President Clinton
yesterday signed what he called "the
longest-sought, hardest-fought prize in
arms control history" - a pact banning
all nuclear explosions.
Following Clinton in signing the
comprehensive test ban treaty were rep-
resentatives of the other four acknowl-
edged nuclear weapons states - China.
Britain, France and Russia - and a
parade of other government leaders.
Clinton's appearance at the ceremo-
ny, which marked the start of the 51 st
session of the U.N. General Assembly,
vividly demonstrated the advantages an
incumbent president enjoys in an elec-
In a speech after the signing, he crit-
icized Republican candidate Bob
Dole's opposition to a separate accord
banning chemical weapons and lie
showcased what he described as
American accomplishments to advance
the cause of peace in the Middle East,
Northern Ireland and Bosnia-
The president also sought to pre-
empt one of Dole's favorite issues by
announcing $112 million worth of
drug-fighting assistance to Mexico,
Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and the
island nations of the eastern Caribbean.
The money, previously appropriated by
Congress as part of a military assis-
tance program, will pay for fixed-wing
reconnaissance aircraft, helicopters,
other equipment and training for anti-
drug forces. "These resources will help
our friends stop the flow of drugs at the
source," Clinton said.
He said the test ban treaty will pre-
vent nuclear powers "from developing
more advanced and more dangerous
weapons (and) will limit the ability of
other states to acquire such devices
Still, the treaty still faces formidable
obstacles. If India, which objects to the
pact because it does not require the
nuclear powers to dismantle their exist-
ing arsenals, sticks with its refusal to
sign, the treaty will never formally take
effect. India holds veto power because
the treaty will not become binding until
it is signed and ratified by all 44 nations
that have nuclear research or nuclear
power reactors - a list that includes
A substantial faction of U.N. detrac-
tors in the U.S. Senate also has vowed
to block ratification of the test ban
Bob Dole addresses the Economic Club of Detroit yesterday. Dole
dience in a question-answer session moderated by Gov. John Engler.
' David Rossman
For the Daily
Shattering the silence that envelopes hear-
ing-impaired people, Joan Smith, coordina-
tor of services for deaf and hard of hearing at
the University, stands visually as a light of
hope to the deaf community.
From courtrooms to births to jail cells in
the middle of the night, Smith interprets for
deaf people at a variety of venues - public,
ivate and University-sponsored.
"I've been cut out of many pictures," said
Smith, referring to photos taken of people
she has interpreted for, including Oliver
Stone, Geraldine Ferraro, Jocelyn Elders,
Jack Kevorkian and the Dali Llama. In addi-
tion, Smith has interpreted for three presi-
dents - University alum Gerald Ford,
By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
A University program that brings dental services to
migrant farm workers in northern Michigan is getting a flu-
The Michigan Migrant Farm Dental Program can now
replace its vans and expand the project that sends dozens of
Dental students to rural Michigan, thanks to a $100,000
increase in its funding.
The program is one of 13 University-based community
service programs recently chosen to receive new funding
under a one-time $3 million state grant.
"We're excited about being able to modernize the whole
program and bring treatment up to date," said DentistryProf.
Robert Bagramian, who started the program. "We are able to
work with (the migrant farmers) and they feel comfortable
getting their teeth taken care of"
More generally, the funding will help the University
expand its outreach efforts to communities across Michigan,
said Provost JI Bernard Machen.
After deciding to use the money for community service
and outreach projects, Machen picked the programs from
about 40 proposals; he assigned a committee to review the
programs before disbursing the money.
"We're trying to show our service back to Michigan in
some really neat ways," said Machen, who asked for propos-
als last March. "We funded as many as we could."
Bagramian said there was "a lot of competition" to get the
Joan Smith shares her "voice" by teaching a beginning course in American Sign Language at the University. Smith has interpreted for speakers
and visitors at the University, including Oliver Stone, Geraldine Ferraro and Jocelyn Elders.
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