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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 10, 1997 - 5A

Israeli politicians debate
policy after helicopter crash

Lis Angeles Time
JERUSALEM - Just days after 73 Israeli soldiers were
ed in an accident as they flew to southern Lebanon, law-
makers from governing and opposition parties alike have
'urged the government to re-examine its policy of continuing
Israel's costly occupation of Lebanese territory.
The recommendation grew out of an unusual meeting this
past weekend that brought together veteran security officials
-and politicians from the political left and right, including sev-
:eral who have called previously for a unilateral Israeli with-
tawal from southern Lebanon.
"'Underlining the urgency of the debate, seven Israeli sol-
firs were wounded yesterday in a clash with Hezbollah
rrillas inside the 9-mile-wide strip of security zone in
anon that Israel declared in 1985.
-Prme Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also met late
yesterday with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat,
sought to stem the growing debate over a unilateral pullout
from Lebanon, vkere 27 Israeli soldiers were killed last year.
The renewed discussions were sparked by last Tuesday's
midair collision of two -army helicopters carrying troops to
duty in Lebanon, the worst air force disaster in Israeli history.
Netanyahu called on members of the Knesset, Israel's par-
tiament, and other public figures to refrain from joining the
' ate about a unilateral withdrawal.
"This talk, during days of mourning and turbulent emo-
tiens, is likely to encourage the terrorists in Lebanon to
jierease their attacks on Israeli soldiers," he said.
Others from across the political spectrum also criticized
the discussions, including Yossi Sarid, the leader of the leftist
Meretz Party. Sarid, whose party has long been associated
With the Israeli peace movement, said he rejected the idea of
a unilateral withdrawal. Such a move would "paralyze civil-

ian life in the north" of Israel, he said.
The meieting Saturday night to discuss Lebanon took
place at tlhe home of Gideon Ezra, a former deputy chief
of the Shitn Bet security service and a member of parlia-
ment fromi Netanyahu's Likud Party. Other participants
included Michael Eitan, who heads the Likud faction in
parliameuzt, Labor Party lawmaker Yossi Beilin, who has
called for a unilateral Israeli pullout, and several retired
Israeli ginerals.
"We sltuouldn't wait for a peace treaty, Beilin told Israel's
Channel One television news. "We shouldn't give the other
side the right to veto what we should do."
The group decided to submit its recommendations to
Netanya'hu and Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordecai, but
declined to release specifics.
Yoel Marcus, a commentator writing in the independent
daily Haretz, last week stopped short of advocating a unilat-
eral pull cut from Lebanon but said it had become "Israel's lit-
tle Vietnm." It "haunts us like a curse," he wrote.
Even as debate continued over Lebanon, however, Israeli
and Palistinian leaders appeared to have made progress yes-
terday ii their first formal discussions since last month's
agreement on an Israeli troop withdrawal from the West Bank
town of'Hebron.
Netanriyahu and Arafat emerged after nearly two hours of
discussiions at the Erez crossing between Israel and the
Palestirian-controlled Gaza Strip to say they had agreed to
resolve outstanding issues of the Hebron deal in several joint
"We agreed on a mechanism to resolve these issues
and advance them," Netanyhau said. "We are continuing
in a spirit of cooperation to resolve all our outstanding

Zerrick Lake and Janeece Freeman, members of the University Gospel Chorale, sing "Shebach and Total Praise" during a
ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trotter House.
Trotter House celebrates years

pilot plans to fly the
route of Amelia
Earhart in July

Hartford Courant
e sun is slipping behind the hills of
rOa central Texas, and Linda Finch, in
jeans and a plaid flannel shirt, is at the
tbitrols of her three-seat Beechcraft
'-She peers through the deepening
dusk, scanning the terrain 500 feet
below as she looks for her farm. The
engines drown out all but the most
determined attempt at conversation.
But Finch smiles easily as she banks the
One and finds a steeple that has
become her aerial signpost.
'For a few minutes - but only a few
= she has forgotten about the chaos her
everyday life has become.
t Finch, who turns 46 next month, is
preparing for the aviation challenge of her
life: flying around the world on the route
Amelia Earhart was following when she
disappeared 60 years ago this July.
'he two-month trip will take her
ie than 26,000 miles in about three
dozen legs. On the longer legs, the San
Antonio aviator's plane will be so heav-
ily loaded with fuel that some might
call It a flying gas can. Pratt & Whitney,
*hdse Wasp engines powered Earhart's
Lockheed Electra 10E, is underwriting
the flight at a cost of $4 million.
Finch's adventure begins March 17,
when she takes off from Oakland, Calif.
She is rebuilding an Electra nearly
tical to Earhart's and has assembled
t*Wasp engines from spare parts.
Finch spends her days tending to
ev'ry detail of the Electra's restoration,
haggling with parts suppliers, screening
requests for interviews and preparing a
middle school curriculum that's tied to
the flight.
She also is juggling the demands of
her own two businesses: a chain of
nursing homes and a construction oper-
*n. She's raising a 2-year-old grand-
daughter, too, and trying to squeeze in
gti occasional date with the director of a
Dallas aviation museum.
"We weren't out of control at all until
World Flightjust exploded," Finch says.
Like Earhart, Finch wants to show
children that big things can happen
Aen they set high goals and work
hird. That's something Finch, who
dropped out of school at 16 to get mar-
knows well. She is now a million-
a , at least on paper.
A doting grandmother and at times a

generous employer, Finch claims not to
be as driven as she was in her late 20s
and 30s, when she built hu-r first busi-
ness with money scraped together from
friends, family members and former
But Finch is a demanding boss, and
her single-mindedness cain be intimi-
"She's tough. She's one of the most
wired, focused people I've ever met,"said
Fred Patterson, who sorld Finch the
Electra - one of only tw( remaining in
the world. "She's got a lot of balls up in
the air, and she canjuggle teem real well."
Finch's 300-acre farm, near Mason,
Texas -- "It's 200 acres. of rock," she
insists - has become hcr retreat.
Being a pilot wasn't a passion when
she was a child. As a. teen-ager she
thought it would be fun tio fly a Corsair,
a gull-winged World War II fighter. But
Finch doesn't remember how she even
knew what a Corsair was.
She started taking lesisons informally
in 1973 or 74, and got her pilot's license
around 1979 when her nursing home
business took off.
"It was just something I was going to
do, and I had time bo do it," Finch
explained. She paid for the lessons by
setting aside the $20 a week she had
budgeted for lunch.
She found she lovedI flying.
"It's an immense freedom. It's almost
like being in another 'world," Finch said.
She understands wiy Earhart rarely
used her radio to report her position: It
broke that feeling of'absolute indepen-
In the late 1980s, Finch restored a T-
6 - a World War II -training aircraft -
to race it and pertorm in air shows.
Entering this male -dominated world
wasn't easy.
"I don't pay a lot of attention to the
discrimination stufE: I just go about my
business," Finch saii. She reasoned that
'if she was persistert, she'd get her way.
She did, but it took quite awhile.
It got a little easier after Howard
Pardue, an air show organizer, let Finch
perform at his annual show in
Breckenridge, Texas. But to fly in for-
mation with the Confederate Air Force,
a loosely organizred group of vintage-
aircraft pilots, Firch needed the group's
approval. For three years she showed up
at the pre-flight buiefings.

Continued from Page 1A
schools and teaching physicians into
forfeiting millions of dollars of fees
billed in good faith by threatening puni-
tive damages if they do not settle audits
based on the retroactive application of
(federal) regulations," according to a
recent written statement by the AAMC.
"Unless fair audit standards are estab-
lished, our nation's medical schools,
teaching hospitals and faculty practice
plans will be required to forfeit millions
of dollars to the Federal government
which will undercut their ability to ful-
fill their education, service and research
missions,' AAMC said in the statement.
Jacobs said he is not sure when the
audit will take place, but it probably
will not be finished for at least six
months. He said the audit has nothing
to do with the quality of care the
Medical Center provides.
"I think we are a very good universi-
ty," Jacobs said. "This relates to a
billing technicality. It has nothing to do
with our commitment to patients."
- Daily Staff Reporter Katie Wang
contributed to this report.
Continued from Page 1A
ASSIST-ME hasn't only been used by
students, however. Walters said profes-
sors have made inquiries about where to
direct a student who has a problem.
"Many professors felt they did not
know where to send a student," Walters
said. "This is a streamline to help at the
University the best we can."
Engineering first-year student Jason
Taylor was impressed with this student
"I think it is a good effort by the
University to promote more student
outreach services," Taylor said.

Ecuador's Congress names
new pres. in deal with military

Continued from Page 1A
La Voz Mexicana President Roberto Rodriguez, an LSA
senior, said his early memories of the Trotter House are
"ones which provoke images of gathering and the sharing
of our community."
Black Student Union member Delano White said
Trotter House holds special importance for him.
"I've had fun here. I've had meetings here. I've had argu-
ments here. I've grown here," said White, an Engineering
Later in the program, architecture Prof. James
Chaffers and Heather Watson, an architecture graduate

student, announced plans to renovate Trotter House.
The renovations include a "high tech" conference
room and an art gallery.
Glenn Eden, an employee in the Office of Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs, said the event was symbolic of Trotter
House's achievements.
"It unifies what it means to have a culture and not just a
way of life --- academicallysocially and politically,'he said.
Program coordinators also honored retired Regent Nellie.
Varner (D-Detroit) and presented a plaque honoring
Smith's father.
Smith ended her address to the University community with
words her father once said: "Be good to each other and have
the courage to right the wrongs."

The Associated Press
QUITO, Ecuador - In a deal
worked out with Ecuador's powerful
military, Congress named the vice
president to the top executive post
yesterday, ending a political crisis
that threw this small Andean country
into chaos.
Lawmakers selected Rosalia
Arteaga, 40, as Ecuador's president
early yesterday to replace deposed
chief executive Abdala Bucaram.
Congress ousted Bucaram on
Thursday for "mental incapacity," and
his refusal to step down sparked a cri-
sis in which three people claimed the
Congressional leaders and military
commanders worked out an agreement
early yesterday that puts Arteaga "tem-
porarily" in power until Congress
amends the constitution to clarify who
succeeds a deposed president.
At that point, Arteaga would
return to being vice president and
Fabian Alarcon, Congress' original
pick for chief executive, would
become interim president. Elections
would be held within a year and the

winner would begin a four-year term
in August 1998.
Arteaga's selection as president is a
rarity in Latin America, which has seen
only two female presidents before her
- Violeta Chamorro in Nicaragua and
Isabel Peron in Argentina.
"She is an ambitious woman,
Bucaram said after learning of
Congress' decision.
The unanimous vote in Congress
brought relief to Ecuadoreans, who
watched street protests against
Bucaram become increasingly violent
and culminate in a nationwide 48-hour
strike last week. People had feared the

military might intervene.
Police yesterday removed the barbed
wire that had kept protesters away
from the government palace, and fam-
ilies again wandered through the area,
enjoying a quiet day in Quito's colonial
Bucaram continued to insist he was the
constitutionally elected president, but
conceded that he had lost power to "con-
spirators" supported by the armed forces.
"What is being formed in Congress
is a civilian dictatorship," he said in his
stronghold of Guayaquil, where he flew
Friday night after barricading himself
in the national palace for three days.

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