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420 Maynard Stret RONNIE GLASSBERG
."Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Editor in Chief
Edited and managed by ADRIENNE JANNEY
students at the ZACHARY M. R AIMI
University of Michigan Editorial Page Editors
Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the Daily s editorial board All
other articles, letters and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily
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'Everybody says the system's broke -
nobody wants to fix it.
- LSA Rep. Andy Schor at Tuesday night s MSA meeting
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experiences are
a valuable
lesson for all

{ City should improve parking situation
nn Arbor's Downtown Development areas of town. If this specific idea
Authority has given the green light to unsuitable, DDA should still remai
a $22.3 million project to repair and replace mitted to making more parking
seven of the city's parking structures over accessible to drivers. Possible alter
the next three years. The parking facility include the expansion of existing p
renewal comes in the wake of engineer areas and, preferably, the construc
reports that have found the structures "in new facilities. Downtown park
relatively poor condition" from years of already cramped - projected pop
heavy road salt, continuous use and persis- growth statistics foreshadow inc
tent damage. Reports claim the facilities congestion. To help alleviate thec
ximay last only another couple years without problem - and help prevent futur
major repairs, so DDA's latest undertaking -- DDA should devote part of its f
should enhance Ann Arbor's downtown area to creating more parking space. The
by improving the city's already-hectic park- ability of more space would dimin
ing situation. inconvenience of parking, making
DDA has shouldered the responsibility town travel less troublesome.
to maintain Ann Arbor's parking structures As DDA prepares to make a fin
since it leased all the facilities from the city sentation to the City Council in the <
in 1992. As part of DDA's current mainte- group still must address the issue off
nance plan, the development authority will ing the project. DDA's current fi
send representatives to discuss parking resources cover all but $6.9 million
needs with area businesses and residents to estimated project costs. The lack o
decide how to proceed with the proposed stems largely from Proposal A's d
repairs. DDA's decision to turn a sensitive into the tax-increment financing tha
ear toward the community will enable it to cally funds the organization's maj
address effectively the concerns of the eom- jects.
munity. Possible funding options include
Among these concerns is the inconve- ing millage, a hike in ticket fin
nience to drivers during repair and con- increased parking fees. However,
struction. As engineers predict the project fines and fees are already steep, the
will span three years, the development should explore financing alternativ

n com-
tion of
ing is
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e avail-
ish the
aal pre-
fall, the
of the
f funds
eep cut
at typi-
or pro-
a park-
es and
as city
es that

authority should proceed with the project in impose le
an efficient manner that would limit the Ann Arbo
nuisance to drivers and minimize traffic DDA's
disruption. Ann Arbo
As current city parking areas do not edly bring
comfortably meet the demands of Ann safety toc
Arbor motorists, DDA should investigate group mu
o:means of making more parking space ing disrup
available. The group already plans to expanding
explore the possibility of establishing a the financ
shuttle service to facilities in the outlying idents.
Tools for the

ss of a burden on the wallets of
r motorists.
$22.3-million plan to overhaul
r's parking facilities will undoubt-
g increased ease, efficiency and
downtown parking. However, the
st address the issues of minimiz-
ption during construction and of
parking facilities, while limiting
ial impact upon motorists and res-



Brater, Schroer propose positive legislation
r he Michigan House of Representatives skills will be necessary to survive.
will kick off the next legislative ses- Again, by teaching the skills in the
on Jan. 28, with Gov. John Engler's State schools, students will have a chance to
the State address. Democrats regained retain them.
ntrol of the House in last fall's elections Brater also stuck to her campaign
d plan to waste no time in proposing leg- promises by preparing a series of bills to
ation. In fact, two local representatives help the environment. Her legislation
Mary Schroer (D-Ann Arbor) and Liz would revamp the way the state evaluates
rater (D-Ann Arbor) - are planning on potentially dangerous toxins. The current
oposing a wide array of legislation. It system is outdated and inefficient, and it is
ms to improve both public education and limited in scope -- it only tests for cancer
e environment. Both representatives cam- in adult males. The new system would con-
igned on their respective proposals and sider the adverse effects of toxins on men,
ey deserve commendation for following women and children.
rough on their promises. Brater is set to implement an environ-
Schroer's plan would introduce a logi- mental report card for the state and re-
l, real-life curriculum for grades K-12 in establish the recently cut air and water
ichigan public schools. The proposal commission. Brater's environmentally
cludes such concepts as teaching parent- friendly legislation would also help the
g skills to K-6 students. In high school, economy - businesses use materials more
udents would learn about basic account- efficiently when they operate under envi-
g skills, such as how to balance a check- ronmental regulations. Brater, a dedicated
ok. In addition, the students would learn and longtime environmental advocate, is
out bank and credit card interest rates taking a serious, pro-environment leader-
d, perhaps, basic knowledge about the ship role in the next Legislature.
ock market. It is clear from these two proposals that
Schroer's motivation behind her legisla- Ann Arbor's representatives are seizing ini-
)n is justified. Schroer is taking action to tiative this term. Because of recently passed
lp solve a national concern - the high term limits, Schroer and Brater realize that
vorce rate. Currently, the divorce rate has time is not on their side - but the
iraled to about 50 percent. As a result, Democratic-controlled House is. Along
rents often have less time to teach their with their fellow Democrats, Schroer and
ildren basic life skills, such as the ones Brater appear to squander little time as the
at Schroer proposed. By having the new majority party.
hools teach such skills, young students These bills would serve Michigan well
e sure to learn them. and lay the foundation for good health and

ITD looking
for solutions
to computing
In a Jan. 14 editorial,
"Without warning," it was
stated that the Information
Technology Division is leav-
ing students stranded without
warning. I'd like to explain
that the sufficient balance
requirement for University of
Michigan Computing
Environment services is not a
new policy and it has not
been implemented without
warning. Historically, we
have charged for computing
services. When computing
services were provided by the
academic mainframe,
University funds in the form
of computing allocations
were distributed and suffi-
cientsbalances were required.
Users were temporarily sus-
pended if their accounts ran
out, just as they are now.
When ITD began the tran-
sition to distributed comput-
ing in 1994, the appropriate
mechanisms were not yet
available to track individual
usage and charge for all ser-
vices. For a time, while the
needed technology was
developed, accounts were
allowed to go into the red"
without interruption of ser-
vice, and most people proba-
bly did not even realize it.
Last year we began to
require sufficient funding for
metered (pay-as-you-o) ser-
vices, specifically printing at
the computing sites and dial-
in access. Now we are imple-
menting this requirement for
the UMCE subscription (pay-
ing a flat monthly rate for
unlimited use) services -
IMAP/POP e-mail, file stor-
age on IFS, login service,
Statistics and Computation
Service, Lotus Notes and
Confer in addition to dial-in
and printing.
In addition to establishing
24-hour account assistance at
NUBS, as described in your
editorial, ITD has worked
hard to ease the impact on
students on campus:
An ad campaign titled
"Don't Get Unplugged" has
been running and continues
in the Daily and The
University Record in
December and January.
On Dec. 6, ITD sent e-
mail to more than 900 stu-
dents identified as being in
danger of potential service
suspensions instructing them
on how to avoid interrup-
800 students who had
direct Ethernet connections
installed in their residence
hall rooms this fall, and a
$4.40 per month dial-in sub-
scrintion. were unsubscribed

checking your UMCE sub-
scriptions and account bal-
ances regularly to make sure
you have enough funding for
the computing services you
need. And for insurance, set-
up a UMCE Self-Funded
Account to be tapped when-
and if, your $10 monthly
allocation runs out.
This month, ITD will be
setting up an advisory team
that will include students.
This team will advise ITD on
UMCE pricing and funding
strategies to ensure that stu-
dents and other users can get
their work done and the fund-
ing that is provided to ITD
for computing services is
used efficiently and effective-
ly for the University commu-
ni ty.
should be
kinder to
An old adage states that
spaying and neutering makes
an animal less aggressive and
more friendly. It's unfortunate
that the Humane Society
can't expand its scope of
operations. Katie Hutchins
would be a perfect candidate
for its first human spay
patient ("The trouble with
cats: They are cold and
mean," 1/10/97). Perhaps it
would make her less aggres-
sive and angry. What makes a
person so nasty, mean-spirit-
ed and vicious that they
would want to kill an animal
that greets them every day?
Perhaps the euthanasia ser-
vices of the Humane Society
would be more appropriate in
Hutchins' case.
Our society does not need
more of her ilk roaming the
The cat on which she
focused in her column greets
my roommate and me on our
way to campus every day.
We love it! He's the
Shaky Jake of East
University Street (minus the
guitar and straw hat). I would
bet this cat brings joy to
more people in one day than
Hutchins does in six months.
He is clean, friendly and has
a much better attitude than
many people I know. At least
he is not overtly plotting to
kill off some of his neigh-
My advice to Hutchins is
to move and let the cat live in
peace. In the meantime, be
aware that a copy of your col-
umn has been forwarded to
th r-r ti, ; -;tcti nve 1tiontin fit

vide further complaint toward
the Information Technology
Division's recent behavior.
I am currently upset at the
new policy that suspends all
account activities due to
insufficient funding.
For the past three years, I
have used the ITD computing
facility resources extensively.
This includes usage of a dial-
in account and around 10-20
megabytes of file space for
saving my work.
inthe end,after subtract-
ing all other unavoidable
costs, I was always left with
less than $2 to $3 of comput-
ing9 money. But that would
quickly disappear since dial-
in rates can go as high as 44
cents per hour, not to men-
tion the printing costs. Once
your subscription runs out,
lTM says you can open a
self-funded account for $25.
But that $25 comes to be
your new minimum allowed
bao avoid the circumstance
of having my account dis-
abled for "overuse," I would
use the free joint CA EN/ITD
services found on their login
Unfortunately, a number
of those services are now
denied to TD users due to
licensing costs.
Furthermore, ITD recent-
ly had a group of a dozen or
more machines, with the
name of food items as the
address, readily accessible to
all login users. These
machines were faster and less
inhabited: a great environ-
ment to run programs with-
out interruptions.
At the beginning of this
month, ITD disallowed
access to all 13 of these
machines to ITD login users
for purpose of use only for
people with Statistics
accounts (another $4.50 sub-
In reality, I have observed
a small handful of people
ever using these machines (a
majority of the machines go
unused) and what they are
using them for is astounding;
not for statistical use but for
playing with Netscape and e-
Come on guys, you're
supposed to be doing your
Statistics homework there,
not surfing the Web! It is dis-
tressing to know that ITD is
spending our money main-
taining a bunch of machines
that are rarely used, especial-
ly when others can make bet-
ter use of it.
I am just plain upset with
ITD! With what we are pay-
ing for tuition we should
never be denied access to a
computing environment just
for printing a few too many
papers or doing our home-
In a time when e-mail is
our fastest mode of comnmu-

hether you love her or hate
you can't help feeling a little
sorry for first lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton. It seems
as if every time
she is on the cusp
of greatness, bad
luck strikes and
threatens to
destroy her.
This is a famil-
iar pattern '
Although she had
stellar grades in
high school, she ZACHARY
could not be the M. RAimi
class valedictoria.R
- she did not take enough advanced
classes. Just as she and her husband
kicked off his presidential campaign in
1992, Gennifer Flowers came forward
and told of her (alleged) affair with
Bill Clinton, which embarras*
Hillary, and nearly derailed the cam-
paign. After her husband's election,
the first lady took a stab at history by
chairing a task force committed to cre-
ating universal health care, but it too
unraveled as interest groups,
Republicans and bad judgment killed
the initiative.
Once again, bad luck has followed
good fortune for Hillary Clinton. Just
days before her husband's seco
inauguration, the sexual harass
suit of Paula Corbin Jones has spiraled
into the media spotlight. The case is
threatening to paralyze Clinton's pres-
idency and once again embarrass the
first lady.
Since Hillary entered the national
spotlight, she has generated more con-
troversy than most public figures in
history. The political right has attacked
her from day one and, recently, the
has been angered by her less vis'
role in the administration.
The national media has scrutinized
these stories and it always seems to
portray Hillary as a polarizing figure,
one who is either loved or hated.
Rarely does the media examine
Hillary's experiences as a site from
which Americans can learn.
I am fed up with this view, so I
decided to learn more about her. Over
winter break, I read David Bro
recent - and surprisingly fair -book
"The Seduction of Hillary Rodham."
Brock paints Hillary as a complex
woman who desires to do great things,
but whose mission is often undercut by
political reality. Her life is an impor-
tant one for college students to study
-- many of her experiences highlight
dynamics that provide valuable insight
and lessons to people our age. I h
outlined two below.W
Love is in the air: While at Yale
Law School, Hillary fell deeply in love
with Bill Clinton; at the same time, she
blossomed into a feminist and social
activist. After graduation, Bill
returned to Arkansas to build a politi-
cal career. For Hillary, this meant that
she had to choose between love and a
potentially great' career in a major
legal area. As their now fabled history
reveals, Hillary chose Arkansas.
Her dilemma is becoming incre
ingly common for college students.
More career opportunities are avail-
able to women than ever before, but
these often conflict with more tradi-
tional views of family and mother-
hood. Hillary decided that she would
follow her heart to Arkansas and make
the best life possible. I'm not sure if
she made the right decision - but her
story is nonetheless a site for yo
people to study when going to mae
up their own minds. This point is often
lost in the national discourse over
This story raises important questions

for males also. Couldn't Bill have
moved somewhere else? Could he
have been more accommodating to
Hillary? Was it right for him, essen-
tially, to leave the choice to Hillary?
Although there is no definitive ans
college-aged males should study B
actions and think about what they
would do in his situation.
Dangerous morals: Brock, as well
as others, noted that during her health
care initiative in 1993, Hillary stole
the moral high ground, and wouldn't
let anyone else near her. She conduct-
ed most of her task force meetings in
closed sessions (despite a legal chal-
lenge). Moreover, if someone q
tioned or criticized even a small parmf
her plan, she would cast them as
against universal care, and denounce
them as immoral. Basically, if you did-
n't agree, you were wrong.
As University professors tell us,
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