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One hundred six years ofeditorilfreedom

November 11, 1996


Israeli troops kill 1 Palestinian,



Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - One Palestinian was killed
and 12 others were injured yesterday when
Israeli troops fired on demonstrators protesting
P s to expand a Jewish settlement in the West
The incident was the first serious outbreak of
violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the
West Bank since September, when more than 75
people died in gun battles that plunged the
Middle East peace process into crisis.
In another area of the West Bank on yesterday.

a militant Jewish settler was arrested and held
without charges in what Israeli officials said was
the first of several detentions aimed at ensuring
a peaceful withdrawal of Israeli troops from the
volatile West Bank town of Hebron.
Yesterday's violence came in the West Bank
village of Deir Qadis, near the city of Ramallah.
The incident began when Israeli soldiers tried to
stop a crowd of several hundred Palestinians
from holding a demonstration to oppose plans to
expand Kiryat Sefer, a settlement of Orthodox
Jews near Deir Qadis. The two communities lie

about 15 miles northwest of Jerusalem.
A spokesperson for the Israeli army said the
troops fired to disperse the demonstration,
which had turned violent. She said she could
give no further details because the incident was
under investigation. A Palestinian legislator.
however, described the protest as peaceful, at
least initially.
Marwan Barghouti, a member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council from the
Ramallah area, said the villagers had gathered to
voice their opposition to the construction

planned for about 500 acres of land confiscated
from Palestinians in the area.
Barghouti said witnesses told him the troops
fired in the air and then at the legs and chests of
demonstrators after they hurled stones.
Dr. Shawki Harb, the director of Ramallah
Hospital, where the casualties were taken, iden-
tified the dead man as Atallah Amireh, 36. oflthe
village of Naalin. Harb said the hospital treated
12 others who were wounded in the incident.
Barghouti, who is the West Bank general sec-
retary for Palestinian Authority President Yasser

Arafat's Fatah organization, said the latest vio-
lence raised questions about the future of the
peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.
"Now with more people hurt and killed. this puts
the peace process aain into a very critical situ-
ation." Barghouti said.
The talks on the Hebron redeployment hav e
been at a standstill in recent days. with several
issues reportedly remaining as sticking points.
Top negotiators for the two sides were scheduled
to hold a brief meeting yesterday, but tkere were
no immediate reports of progress.

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Concerned health-care workers,
union representatives and citizens gath-
ered Saturday to discuss the future of
health care and the effects of budget
cuts at University Hospitals.
Citizens for Quality Health Care, an
ad-hoc group of about 25, discussed
issues including the possibility of pri-
zation of University Hospitals and
the impact of managed care health
plans on the public and on health-care
"A huge percentage of the cost of
health care are going to insurance and
administrative costs," said the Rev. Joe
Summers, a member of the group.
"That could be eliminated if we had a
single-payer insurance program."
Some local politicians also agreed
naged care is not in the public's best
"Managed care tends to discourage
physicians from referring patients to
specialists" state Rep, Liz Brater (D-
Ann Arbor) said yesterday. "We need to
regulate managed care. I personally
prefer a single-payer approach to health
care, but we are not likely to see this
Group members also discussed ways
t the current state of health care
e ects patients.
"The current trend in having finan-
cial incentives for providers to keep
costs down creates a major conflict of
interests," said Dr. Catherine
Wilkerson, a group member who is a
physician in Flint.
The group also voiced concern over
the recent $60-million cut in the
University Hospital's budget, which
eliminated hundreds of jobs.
* Some say eliminating jobs not only
hurts workers but decreases the quali-
ty of health care.
"The impact on the quality of health
care is a big concern," said City
Councilmember Tobi Hanna-Davies
(D- I st Ward), who is also a member of
the ad-hoc group. "People with less
qualifications are getting nurses'
Several nurses who attended the
Weting said they believe that budget
cuts greatly affect nurses.
"In the ranks within nursing, people
are keeping their jobs by being demot-
ed with a decrease in salary," said Ann
Arbor resident Connie Greene.
University Hospitals Associate
Director for Public Relations Michael
Harrison said the budget will continue
to be cut by about $140 million over the
next two years, but there has not yet
*en talk of more layoffs.
Another concern of the group was
the future of research and teaching
under managed care.
"HMOs should carry the cost of
teaching and research," Summers said.
The group also discussed the possi-
bility of privatization of University
"All over the nation, hospitals are
being privatized," Davies said.
* The group said the issue of privatiza-
tion is on the agenda of future Board of

Regents' meetings.
"What they are talking abcut is cre-
ating a non-profit organization," said
Barbara Pliscow, Ann Arbor psycholo-
gist and group member. "Though they


Bollinger may
visit campus

* Regents hope to
quickly finalize future
president's contract
By Jeff Eldridge
D aily Staff Reporter
If everything goes as planned, Lee
Bollinger will be on campus tomorrow
to formally accept the position of
University president.
Vice President for University
Relations Walter Harrison said last
night that the University is in the
process of negotiating a final contract
with Bollinger.
"We are tentatively planning on a
meeting at Tuesday at 2 p.m.." Harrison
said. "(The regents) are still working on
his contract."
Last Tuesday, the regents.voted 8-0
to ask the Dartmouth College provost
and former University Law dean to
serve as the University's 12th presi-
But the day of Bollinger's arrival
and official vote of confirmation
hinges on when the contract is final-
Harrison said that if the contract is
not finalized by this morning.
Bollinger probably will not come to

campus until the regents' monthly
meeting on Friday.
"HIe would come and be formally
selected as the 12th president of the
University of Michigan" Harrison
Bollinger said in an interview last
Tuesday that he planned to accept the
offer of the University presidency. He
said he anticipated that contract negoti-
ations would proceed without obsta-
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit)
said last night she is unaware of any
problems in the contract negotiation
Varner said search consultants at the
Russel Reynolds Inc. firm are finaliz-
ing the contract's details.
"Hopefully we can have something
by (this week)." Varner said.
After Bollinger was named, Regent
Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek) said
she anticipated a speedy negotiation
"I think it will be fairly brief. It's
pretty clear he wants the job:' McFee
said last Tuesday. "There will be very
few areas we can't come to quick con-
clusion on.
Bollinger could not be reached for
comment yesterday.

Buu lood boiling
Purdue defenseman, Mike Hawthorne, celebrates after his team's 9-3 vIctory over the Wolverines. The loss has likely
knocked Michigan out of Rose Bowl contention. For complete game coverage see SportsMonday, Page 26.

Mich. court: Athletes can't sue colleges

From Staff and Wire Reports
LANSING - The Michigan Court of Appeals
ruled in a case involving a former University gym-
nast that Michigan's public universities cannot be
sued by college athletes over injuries.
The court's 3-0 ruling, released Thursday, said
intercollegiate athletics is a governmental func-
tion, which makes universities immune from law-
Associate Vice President for University
Relations Lisa Baker said the University plans to
investigate the ruling further.
"It's highly unusual, and we will have to study
the ruling," Baker said.
The court said team sports are educational and
therefore a governmental function.
"Team sports and competitions are properly a
part of a school's overall physical education pro-
gram; the function of a physical education and
related sports program is inherently educational
and because such a program is educational, it is
properly considered a governmental function." the

court said.
The ruling upheld Washtenaw County Circuit
Judge Donald Shelton's dismissal of a lawsuit
against the University Board of Regents and
school officials,
including gymnastics
coach Robert Darden. hiA'h
A member of the
gymnastics team, Scott and we will
Arthur Harris, had
filed the suit after he sudy the ,
was injured on March
7, 1990. while in
Colorado with the AsSOCiat
gymnastics team.
The suit claimed
Harris suffered head
and facial injuries after Darden took the team on a
sledding outing and provided trash bags for the
team to use for sledding.
Harris crashed into a tree at the bottom of the


Harris' suit contended that if the athletics pro-
gram were a governmental function, the University
still should be open to suit under the exception for
proprietary functions.
But the appeals
court said the gym-
nastics program was
Cy unusual,'otr7pn 1 a
not run primarily to
haVO to produce a profit so it
was not a proprietary
Mari Hof. a mem-
- Lisa Baker ber of the Michigan
vice president for soccer team, said she
Jniversity relations did not believe the
ruling was unfair to
"I haven't had many injuries." said Hoff, a
Kinesiology first-year student. "If you're getting
your rehab done, you really shouldn't have to sue
the school."
Sam Schneider, a pitcher on the Michigan

baseball team, said he agreed with the court's
decision unless the University was clearly at
"I basically agree with the decision unless the
University was negligent:' said Schneider, an LSA
first-year student. "If they knew beforehand that it
would cause serious risk, it would be their fault."
Judges in the case were Henry William Saad and
Jane Markey. Judge Janet Neff only concurred in
the result.
The University settled three suits filed by a for-
mer University women's basketball player
Tannisha Stevens in September.
Stevens claimed she was injured by a window
exploding in an airport shuttle en route to a
Miami tournament in 1992. The fragments were
lodged into her eye and caused blindness in her
right eye.
The Ann Arbor News reported that the
University settled with Stevens for $107,500 for
her injuries and agreed to pay her tuition and room
and board fees until she graduated.


club drops in

on senior citizens

By Prachish Chakravorty
Daily Staff Reporter
The members of the Riverview
Nursing Home received a pleasant
change yesterday afternoon when the
usual Sunday routine was broken and
the University's Pre-Med Club gave
residents an ice cream social.
With decorations following a red-
white-and-blue theme to mark
Veterans' Day today, about 10 students

Sara Sahid-Saless, an LSA junior who
leads the Pre-Med Club's Service
LSA junior Grishma Joshi, who is a
member of the club and a coordinator
of yesterday's event, agreed.
"It's really an interactive experi-
ence," Joshi said. "When you're in
these situations you learn how to deal
with people.
"A lot of students don't get out



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