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Editors Note: This is the irst in a semi-week- and the en
i, series on issues affecting local, state and nomics ha
ational campaigns. ronmental
y Laurie Mayk sidelines th
)aily Staff Reporter Some l
J hile candidates cite tax percentages and however, t
udget statistics, they've spent significantly less tal legisla
ime talking about the greener issues. friendly to
Environmental issues, however, are still being national fo
ebated locally and nationally, even if they have "Protect
iot received the prominence they enjoyed on the protecting
92 campaign trail. go hand-in
"There's more emphasis on taxes this time Ann Arbor
round," said Karie Morgan, an SNRE junior. Nichola
In the traditional fight between "big business" Republican
concerns key to Great Lakes campaigns
ve pushed envi-
issues to the
tion can be as
ajobs as it is to ;
ting jobs and
i-hand," said state Rep. Liz Brater (D-
r), who is running for re-election.
s Kirk, president of the College
Is said Republicans are pro-environ-
ment and pro-busi-
Democrats are pro-
would rather save
than save American
jobs," Kirk said.
No. 1 in a 12-part series. Brater argued that
the government and
private businesses can not only create jobs to
research toxins and alternative industrial prac-
tices, but environmental sensitivity can also save
money and lives in the long run.
Preventative measures may curb rising health
care costs, as well as health hazards, such as
reproductive issues and cancer. Brater said.
Morgan said it is a misconception that "you're
either saving the environment or you're saving
people's money and people's jobs."
"It's easier to pit one against the other," she
said. Morgan said that although environmentally
conscious businesses and environmental agen-
cies are exploring a greater cooperation, "it has-
n't really been developed on a federal level."
In the few days before the Michigan House
and Senate recess for the rest of the campaign
season, the Legislature is considering several
bills with an enm ironmental connection.
Michigan's location on the Great Lakes makes
the state central to many environmental issues. A
bill currently in committee in Lansing has the
potential to expand that position in terms of the
state's solid-waste policies.
The bill would allow solid-waste industries to
import solid waste from Canada and eastern
states for deposit in a Michigan landfill. Brater
"(It means) we cannot outright ban the waste
coming in. We are in the position of being a
dumping ground for Canada and eastern states"
See ENVIRONMENT, Page 2A
y Stephanie Powell
)aily Staff Reporter
It could have started when the phone
ang at 4 a.m., or when the pile of cloth-
ing started to stink. Whatever the rea-
on, many first-year students are find-
that their roommates are not neces-
arily their soulmates.
And the roommate shuffle has begun.
"My first year here at the University
is a learning experience in and out of
the classroom. One of my roommates is
't dream and the other is a nightmare:
said an LSA first-year student.
, wouldn't move out because of it,
but I hope the roommate that I can't
Roommate clashes are not uncom-
1i in rooms where there are three
people living together, said Marc
Kaplan. the coordinator of residence
education at West Quad.
"Usually two people become really
good friends and one gets left out and'
this can sometimes lead to problems"
One first-year student took matters
into her own hands and packed her
s. She moved out during the second
ek of school because of disagree-
ments with her roommates.
"It wasn't the people, but their per-
sonalities," said the LSA student, who
wished to remain anonymous. "I was
willing to compromise but not to the
point where I was sacrificing my living
But switching roommates isn't as
clash kills 4,
Los Angeles limes
RAMALLAFH. West Bank -- Israeli
soldiers and Palestinian police fought
gun battles in two West Bank cities yes-
terday, leaving at least four Palestinians
dead and about 300 wounded in the
worst outbreak of violence since the
two sides signed a peace accord three
whose toll is This is
r upted in
It h I esg h e m
amid wide- ast 01
s p r e a d
de m1 onst ra -
grown increasingly frustrated over what
they perceive as I sraeli foot-dragging
on the peace process. combined with a
newly aggressi e policy of settlement
on the West Bank. Palestinian leaders
have warned for weeks that the tensions
could explode into an uprising reminis-
cent of the six-year intifada against the
jOE AWESTRA TE DI
Roommates Emily Dubb (left) and Karen Golen, both LSA first-year students, study together yesterday in Butler House in
Mary Markley Residence Hall.
i by the
- Yasser Arafat
d a v
P a I e s t i n i a n
Israel for the
is an escala-
tion by the
breach of the
I'or today, of
hopeless as it may seem.
The student said that when she was
waitlisted at both East Quad and South
Quad, she was given the choice of being
in a single or a double.
I chose the double because I want to
live with other people, because that is
what college living is all about," she
Kaplan said first-year students have
to make an adjustment to living with
"Many of the students that come here
never had to share a room with another
person before. That is why many of
these situations occur," Kaplan said.
"But it is unusual for roommates to
move out within the first week, espe-
cially since the waitlist doesn't come
out until the second week." he said.
Students have a right to move out and
not be questioned about their reason for
doing so before the second week, as
long as it's OK with the person they are
moving in with. Kaplan said.
After the second week. students are
encouraged to talk to their residential
"I try to see what the real problem
is because sometimes fights can start
over superficial things." said LSA
senior Almaz Kinder. an RA in South
"I would have all of the roommates
there to talk it out and try to reach an
agreement from there," Kinder said.
Kaplan said he encourages students
to talk to their roommates first. then
their RA or a residential director, and if'
the problem still is not resolved, talkintz
to the building's coordinator of residen-
tial education would be the last step.
"I would haN e them work it out
amongst themselves because that is
what the college experience is about -
learning from other people." said LSA
senior Adrienne Moore. an RD at Mary
Markley residence hall.
Kaplan said it is too early in the
semester for students to be frustrated
with their roommates. And instead of'
moving out, roommates should be
learning to talk to each other.
See ROOMMATES, Page 2A
completion of an archeological tunnel
along Jerusalem's Temple Mount. a site
holy to both Jews and Muslims.
The Israeli government's decision to
complete the ancient passage this week
inflamed Palestinian fears that Israel is
trying to assert its sovereignty over all of'
the disputed Holy City. Palestinians
hope to claim the eastern half of
Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
Since the election in May of the hard-
line government of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. Palestinians have
who are prolesting a
Israeli and Palestinian peace nego-
tiators. Israel said the talks would be
Netanyahu placed an urgent tele-
phone call to Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak to ask for help in defusing the
situation and said that he would be will-
ing to meet again with Arafat in to try
to restore calm.
flock to join
By Ajit K. Thavarajah
For the Daily
Walking through the Diag, ears glint in the
sun, bellybuttons twinkle and even eyebrows
Body piercing, the fad of the '90s has
descended on campus, and it will leave your
nds envious and your parents speechless.
Over the past 15 years, body piercing has
grown into a thriving new business in the
United States. Body piercing's newfound
success may be because of its newfound
acceptance in society.
"In the past, body piercing was looked upon
as being freakish. There were no safety mea-
sures used and people who got pierced were
only young adults. Now the people who are
getting pierced range from high school stu-
ts to successful businessmen" said Rob
Petroff. body piercer and owner of Insane
Creations on William Street.
Employees at Insane Creations say they
pierce about 200 bodies per week.
Insane Creations is only one of about six
body piercing shops around campus.
dean gets gift
By Jeff Eldridge
Dllyit Staff Reporter
A $3.5-million gift to the College of Engineering will give
the school's new leader. Dean Stephen Director. a new title
and a few new projects.
The dean of the College of Engineering will now carry the
official title of "Robert J. Vlasic Dean of' Engineering." The
dean will use financial returns on the initial $3.5-million gift
to fund academic and research projects of personal interest.
"The endowed deanship is fully discretionary," said Brad
Canale, executive director for public relations for the
College of Engineering. "The stream of money doesn't start
for awhile. I'm sure by the end of the year (Director) will
have some ideas for what he wants to do."
Canale said the school approached Vlasic with the idea,
and that Vlasic accepted the proposal.
Vlasic. who is the honorary chair of a fund-raising cam-
paign for the College of Engineering, said the concept of this
donation "struck a responsive chord." Vlasic said he has
donated money in the past, but said in this case he was espe-
cially attentive to the flexibility the funds would give the dean.
"I've always been impressed with what people on the fir-
ing line can do with some discretionary funds," Vlasic said.
"They can use it on a timely basis when they see a need."
Vlasic graduated from the University in 1949, with
degrees in industrial and mechanical engineering. In 1963,
he assumed leadership of Vlasic Foods Co., a Michigan
pickle producer, until it was sold to Campbell Soup
Company in 1978. Vlasic has worked as a director of
Campbell's Soup for the last 18 years.
Provost J. Bernard Machen said the gift sends a message
about the University's leadership. "This gift will stand as a
Jill Novak, of Royal Oak, gets her tongue pierced yesterday by Rob Petroff at Insane Creations on William Street.
to heal and get back at him," said Jenny
safety measures to be aware of before getting
Health Service, agreed.
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