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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 18, 1997

NATION/WORLD

i

HOUSING
Continued from Page 1
"The spacing fact is a reality of
every major university," Bollinger
laid. "Each university has three people
in rooms built for two people. This is
just the reality. I would doubt that the
use of the dorm space here is any
worse than that at any other major
inqsitutions."'
The regents asked for further infor-
mation regarding possibilites of privati-
zation and cost reduction. Regent
Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann
Arbor) said the report did not include
all the information she was anticipat-
ins.
# "We need to think out of the box,"
Newman said. "I want to hear creativi-
ty. I want to hear ideas. I know we have
them. I'm sure if you think about it
there are things you could do that are
npt being done anywhere else.'
;Bollinger agreed that the option of
privatization in housing may be valid
and cost efficient..
'"This is the regents' first effort to
start to get data," Bollinger said. "I
think we do need to get more data
on private ownership versus

University maintenance. We cer-
tainly can look at private institu-
tions."
Hartford said the University has
already begun to look at peer institu-
tions as comparisons and possible mod-
els for improvement.
"We have begun to ask some peer
institutions where they are in this area,"
Hartford said. "This is something that
has not been asked much before. We
asked eight of them, and only
(Pennsylvania State University)
answered ... and they are in about the
same place as us."
Newman said steps should be
taken to bring closure to the housing
issue.
"This is something that can't keep
getting dragged out," Newman said.
"We want to make sure we remain com-
petitive and do the right things to take
us into the next century."
Hartford promised to bring the board
a more extensive report that examines
the issue of privatization.
"I'm hearing you say you want a
good extensive presentation that
includes benchmarking, but don't let
the benchmarking constrain our think-
ing," Hartford said.

EARTHWEEK
Continued from Page 1
care of the environment. "We're hoping
this is the beginning of a community
environmental movement on campus,"
said SNRE senior Ami Grace, a mem-
ber of Environmental Action at the
University.
Grace said one of the things ENACT
will be involved in during the week is
gathering the junk mail students in res-
idence halls receive, such as J. Crew
catalogs, and sending them back to the
corporations.
"We're doing things like the junk
mail campaign," she said. "We're going
to count the junk mail and then we're
going to write a letter to the ... differ-
ent organizations and say, 'This is how
much you waste."'
Hanna said she is excited about
today's Critical Mass Bike Ride.
"This was started in San Francisco
... as a means for people to use
alternatives to cars," she said. "We
want to get as many people as possi-
ble ... promoting alternatives to
cars."
The cyclists will meet on the Diag at
4:30 p.m. and bike around Ann Arbor,
Hanna said.
Lisa Baker, associate vice president
for university relations, said the
University is enthusiastic about
upcoming Earthweek events.
"The University welcomes students'
input on environmental issues and I
think people will be interested in see-
ing all of the planned activities," she
said.
The University plans to give chlo-
rine-free paper a trial run in the
computing sites in the Michigan
Union and Dana Hall, in honor of
Earthweek. Producing chlorine
paper pollutes nearby waterways
and causes other environmental
problems, Hanna said.

BOARD
Continued from Page 1
community servants."
"We have labored, we have worked
... for the community," Swanson said.
"Now it is the time for us to get out into
the community and tell them, 'We need
your help."'
While other speakers voiced their
grievances with the University,
Catherine Wilkerson, a doctor repre-
senting Physician for a National Health
Plan, pointed fingers at some of the
University's top officials.
"We have to make 'profit' a dirty
word in health care," Wilkerson said. "I
charge President Bollinger, the regents
... and others in power to be leaders of
the pack."
But not all the action took place out-
side of the regents' meeting.
The speaker's list for this month's
public comments session was unusal-
ly lengthy.
Although many of the comments
were linked to cuts at the University
Medical Center, some speakers
raised concerns about the use of the
Nichols Arboretum.
. Rackham student Ronald
Holzhacker issued complaints with the
regents about the use of the arboretum
by University students in the Reserve
Officer's Training Corps.
Holzhacker, who is also a member of
the Citizens for the Preservation of
Nichols Arboretum, said ROTC's pres-
ence in the arb represents a threat to the
environment.
"No one has said that ROTC
intends to threaten other visitors or
destroy plant specimens or frighten
off wildlife," Holzhacker said. "The
point is that the very nature of ROTC
activities threaten other users, dam-
age plant specimens and contributes
to the severe erosion problems of the
Arb."

SAROUND THE NATI N
Gingrich to pay fine with Dole loan
WASHINGTON - In a startling bid to close the books on his ethics case, Speaker
Newt Gingrich announced yesterday he would borrow $300,000 from retired Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole to pay a sanction imposed for violation of House rules.
Gingrich told a rapt audience in the House chamber he had a "moral obligation"
to make the payment from personal funds. Anything else, including establishment
of a legal defense fund, he said; "would simply be seen as one more politicil
shirking his duty and one more example of failing to do the right thing."
With his wife, Marianne, looking down from her seat in the visitors' gallery,
Gingrich took responsibility for his case, and said, "To the degree I have made mis-
takes, they have been errors of implementation but never of intent."
Documents released by the speaker's office said the loan was for a term of eight
years, with simple interest at an annual rate of 10 percent. J. Randolph Evans,
Gingrich's attorney, said no payment is required until the loan is due in 2005.
Gingrich, no longer eligible to be speaker by then, could well be out of Congress
and able to earn substantial money as a private citizen.
Senior Democrats immediately said they would seek a thorough review of the
proposed transaction by the ethics committee.
Officials said Dole, the losing GOP candidate in last fall's presidential caW
paign, offered to lend the money to Gingrich two or three weeks ago.

SPEAKER
dontinued from Page 1.
rade me hope it would be someone
better known," Gray said. "I'm disap-
ppinted it's not someone coming in
ftom the outside to give us a new per-
spective."
Engineering senior Chris DeRonne
called the selection "strange.'
"I think a lot of people will be dis-
appointed," DeRonne said. "We fig-
ure we can see him speak anytime ...
people were just expecting someone
djifferent."
; Not all seniors were disenchanted
v4ith the news.

"Every year it seems like we get the
worst speakers,"Gladis said. "I wish we
got someone big. We pay enough
money."
Recent commencement speakers
include President Bush, First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Spelman
College President Johnetta Cole,
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor and cartoonist Cathy
Guisewite.
LSA junior Todd Gladis said he is
worried about who next year's com-
mencement speaker will be.
The Spring Commencement is sched-
uled to take place Saturday, May 3, at
9:30 p.m. in the Michigan Stadium.

White House holds
panel on children
WASHINGTON - A panel of
experts at a White House conference
yesterday described compelling new
research showing that a child's lan-
guage, thinking and emotional health
are largely formed before age 3 and
argued that the nation needs to inter-
vene earlier if the lives of many disad-
vantaged young children are to be
turned around.
In an unusual conference convening
a range of scientists and child-develop-
ment specialists from around the coun-
try, the panelists called for higher qual-
ity day care, parenting education and
expanded health coverage for children,
much of which is supported by
President Clinton and First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"We know what works," said Hillary
Clinton, who hosted the all-day affair.
"We have to intervene with over-
stressed parents. But we don't have any
systematic way to do it."
The conference, carried by satellite

to nearly 100 sites across the country,
was meant to highlight a growing body
of research that points to the rapid peri-
od of brain development in children
from birth to age 3.
Until a few years ago, infants were
commonly viewed as passive creatu
largely unaware and unaffected by the
surroundings.
Jumbo jets have
close encounter
LOS ANGELES - Jumbo jets e
route from Japan and Holland passed
dangerously close to each other -
within two-thirds of a mile - while
flying over south-central Los Anger
apparently because of a faulty auto-
pilot device, authorities said yesterday:
On approach Wednesday afternoon,
flying about 10 miles east of Los
Angeles International Airport over the
densely populated residential and
industrial area below, a Dutch KLM
Boeing 747 was forced to make a sud-
den turn to avoid a Brazilian VASP
MD-11, authorities said.

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* AROUND THE WOR(

Israeli leader says
he won't resig
JERUSALEM - Insisting "the truth
will triumph,' Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday he
wouldn't resign in the face of his country's
burgeoning political corruption scandal.
In an afternoon speech just two days
after police investigators recommended
he be indicted for fraud and "breach of
trust, Netanyahu said he was not going
away so quickly or quietly.
"Put away your suits" he warned his
opponents. "This government is not
going anywhere. We are staying where
the people and history have put us."
Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh, one
of Netanyahu's top advisers, noted the
police recommendation to indict had been
based on the testimony of only one key
witness, and predicted that the charges
would never be brought. David Bar-Illan,
Netanyahu's senior policy adviser, called
the evidence unearthed during the 12-
week investigation "flimsy and trivial"
and said the administration's motto was
"business as usual."

"No resignation, no suspension, nb
new elections, no nothing"he said. "We
do not expect an indictment and we see
nothing in the evidence to warrant one."
Still, most administration offici*
acknowledged that an atmosphere of cat-
astrophe had settled in as the government
lurched into the latest crisis of its short
tenure.
Russian officials call
for internal cutbacks
MOS.COW - Russia faces such
huge financial crisis that it must the
out its federal budget in mid-year and
adopt a plan that drastically cuts gov-
ernment spending, President Boris
Yeltsin's top financial official said yes-
terday.
The nation is in "a monstrous budget
crisis, the scale of which calls into
question the ability of the government
to perform its functions" said. First
Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly
Chubais in a speech to parliament. *
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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