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The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, April 2, 1997 -3

Thriller time

Casino money to
fund education

w :

Fire destroys
Washington
research lab

A fire destroyed a research laborato-
ry at the University of Washington last
week, causing more than $500,000 in
damage and wiping out several pro-
jects, The Chronicle of Higher
Education reported.
Officials said the blaze was caused by
an unattended hot plate. left on the top
floor of a five-story research facility.
No injuries were reported.
frofessor loses
job over poem
Seattle Pacific University retracted its
job offer to Scott Cairns, an associate
professor of English at Old Dominion
University, after learning about an erotic
poem Cairns had written, The Chronicle
of Higher Education reported.
Cairns was scheduled to become a
mil professor at SPU in September.
owever, the university, which is affil-
iated with the Free Methodist Church,
rescinded its offer after learning Cairns
Wrote "Interval with Erato,' a poem
that explicity describes the intimacy
between a poet and a muse.
A professor at SPU has stepped
down in protest of the retraction of
Cairns' job offer.
6&M conducts
research on fetal
alcohol syndrome
Researchers, studying fetal alcohol
syndrome at the Texas A&M College of
Medicine have found that blood alcohol
concentration in young rats is reduced by
the presence of nicotine, reported The
$ ttalion, the college's newspaper.
Even though the combination has
proved fatal, researchers consider this a
major finding in battling the syndrome.
The experiment's main objective is
to test polydrug use - using several
drugs at once - and its potential to
cause fetal alcohol syndrome.
Lesley pays U.S.
settle charges
Lesley College will pay $475,000 to
the federal government in a settlement.
responding to charges that it defrauded
the Air Force by falsely inflating the
amount of time college instructors had
spent teaching Air Force personnel, The
Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The college had a contract with the
Air Force in which instructors taught
s veral intensive graduate courses to
Wets.
The college has denied any wrong-
doing.
Anti-gay fliers
spark controversy
North Carolina State University was
marred by anti-gay sentiment as a large
number of fliers proclaiming March
0h-28th as "Gay Hatred Week" were
sted recently at locations across cam-
pus, The Technician campus newspaper
reported.
SThe fliers asked students to support
the cause by wearing hats on those
dates.
NCSU has no anti-discrimination
laws. The newspaper reported that the
lack of anti-hate policies is upsetting
many members of the gay, lesbian and
xual community who feel that the
a ministration has not taken a strong
enough stance against anti-gay senti-
ment.

- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Chris Metinko from the University wire.

By Jeffrey Kosseff -
Daily Staff Reporter
Although some legislators view the
upcoming opening of new casinos in
Detroit as detrimental to the city, state
Sen. Ken DeBeaussaert (D-Mt.
Clemens) is trying to make the best of
the situation.
Based on the voter initiative Detroit
residents approved last November, 45
percent of the tax revenue collected
from casinos is slated to go to schools.
But DeBeaussaert said he wants to
guarantee that money helps children in
public schools, so he is proposing an
amendment for the funds "to be used
exclusively to provide technology in the
classroom."
"It is a problem that about every
school in Michigan faces,"

went to a general fund, and most of the
money was never directed to the
schools.
"The money just ends up being taken
away from the general fund. Where did
the lottery fund go?" Gire asked. "I
think the bill is an excellent idea. If it is
earmarked for technology, it will be set
aside. We must prepare ourselves for
the 21st century."
Other opponents of the bill said
schools could better judge where the
casino money should go.
"The schools can best make the judg-
ment of where to allocate the money,"
said state Sen. Mike Rogers (R-
Howell), who is also a member of the
casino committee. "The intent was
spelled out fairly clearly in the propos-
al."
DeBeaussaert said that ifthe money
is not earmarked,
it could disao-
Ist pear in the goat
ernment bureau-
}urselves cracy.
"I wanted to
st make sure the
voters know how
the money willbe
-Sharon Gire s p e n t "
DeBeaussaert
-Clinton Twp.) said.

I MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Jimmy Fitzpatrick of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity does his Michael Jackson impression for the talent portion of the Mr.
Greek Week competition at the Power Center yesterday. He was one of the 10 finalists in the competition, which was
won by Steve Mondry of Beta Theta Pi.
tup donations to charities

DeBeaussaert said. "Technology is
something that has
been identified as a
weakness in Wie n
Michigan."
But some legisla- prepare
tors are skeptical of
the specific fund- for the 2
ing instructions the
amendment would Century
add to the
Michigan Gaming
Control and Rep.
Revenue Act.
"The casino
money was already earmarked for
kindergarten-12," said state Sen.
Michael Bouchard (R-Birmingham),
who is a member of the new Senate
Casino Committee. "I don't know why
we need to necessarily micromanage
the money?'
Bouchard also said different school
districts have different needs.
"Some schools need roof repairs or
reading help more," Bouchard said.
"Also, some schools already have
enough technology funding."
Some supporters of the legislation
said they support the amendment
because of prior legislation that guaran-
teed education funding and never pro-
vided it.
Rep. Sharon Gire (D-Clinton Twp.),
chair of the House Education
Committee, said that when the state
previously agreed to allocate money
from the state lottery to education, it

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By Carrie Luria
Daily Staff Reporter
Project Serve is hoping that tennis
buffs love to serve in more ways than
one.
"Love to Serve," a tennis tournament
taking place this weekend, is acting as a
kickoff to Serveweek '97.
"The tennis tournament is a new
event this year that we hope will catch
on for years to come," said Engineering
senior Brandi Outwan, one of the
event's organizers.
Outwan said each participant in the
tournament is asked to make a dona-
tion when signing up and to pick a
charity organization to represent. All
of the donations in each bracket are
given to the charity of the winner's
choice.
"Originally, the tournament was
supposed to be a doubles tourna-
ment, each team having one student
and one faculty member," Outwan
said. "We then decided to open it up
to men's and women's singles and
doubles."

Outwan said they still hope to attract
students and faculty alike.
Lori Ritter, an LSA sophomore and
program organizer, said she hopes to
have about 50 participants.
"We won't know exactly how many
people will be in each bracket until
registration is
over and the
brackets are We sh
made Thursday
night," Ritter able to gi
said.
Program orga- good amo
nizers are asking ,
for $15 donations winner St
from students and
$25 donations
from faculty who
participate.
"We should be able to give a pretty
good amount to each winner's charity,"
Ritter said.
Although organizers said they
would like to give as much money as
possible to the charities, overhead
costs will take about $8 off of each

person's donation.
"Tee-shirts will run us about $5 each
and we have to pay $3 per person for
court rentals," Outwan said.
The tournament will take place in the
University's Varsity Tennis Complex.
"For now, no one uses the building on

Gov. John
Engler does not
yet have a position on the amendment,
"There are going to be a number 4f
uses for the money," said Engler
spokesperson John Truscott. "We have
to take a closer look at it.'
Although he is extremely supportive
of the tax revenue that will be given to
education, DeBeaussaert said he wishes
that the casino initiative was not origi-
nally passed.
"I didn't support the casino propos-
al," DeBeaussaert said. "But now we
have to deal with it. It's a reality."
In addition to the 45 percent of
casino tax revenue that is allocated to
schools, 55 percent will be set aside
to create safer neighborhoods its
Detroit through more street patrol and
safety programs. DeBeaussaert's
amendment would not affect this allo-
cation.
The Senate Education Committee is
currently waiting to vote on the bill.

ould be
yve a pretty
)unt to each
charity"
- Lori Ritter
Program organizer

the weekends,
so the
University can
use the rev-
enue," Outwan
said.
The tourna-
ment is stu-
dent-run and
has been orga-
nized in a span
of three weeks.
"We would

love to get a sponsor' Outwan said.
Outwan said Serveweek will be
marked by more than 60 individual
group projects as well as other celebra-
tion events.
"The point of the week is to promote
social action," she said.

Court allows release
of sex offenders list

'1X LU,,IV Jor FAC LT an STV-

LANSING (AP) - A federal
appeals court allowed yesterday's
unveiling of Michigan's sex offenders
registry, but police departments trying
to comply encountered some confusion
and little interest from the public.
A brief order issued yesterday after-
noon by a single judge of the 6th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals denied three
unnamed sex offenders' request that it
block Michigan's list from being
opened to the public.
Frank Stanley, who had asked the
Cincinnati-based court to overturn a
similar denial by U.S. District Judge
David McKeague in Lansing, did not
immediately return a telephone call
seeking comment.
Attorney General Frank Kelley said
earlier yesterday that the registry

should be helpful to citizens mindful of
sex offenders' potential to repeat their
crimes and curious to see who is living
in their neighborhoods.
He predicted then that the court would
allow the list to be opened to public view.
"It's a serious problem in society, it's
weighing society's right to be protected
against the individual's rights," Kelley
said after a news conference in Detroit.
The 2-year-old registry lists people
convicted of offenses including child
molestation, rape, incest and having sex
with someone under 16. Names will
stay on the list for 25 years, or for life if
the person is a repeat offender.
Failure to register for the list or sup-
ply police with a new address within 10
days after moving is a felony carrying a
four-year prison sentence.

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