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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 25, 1997 - 3

ABC employee
knocked to
ground at game
A woman who works for the ABC
television network was knocked down
by a photographer trying to shoot a
touchdown play during Saturday's
Michigan-Ohio State football game,
according to DPS reports.
The woman told DPS officers she
felt that the photographer intentionally
knocked her down, but said she was not
interested in pressing charges.
The incident ended with DPS offi-
M.questioning the photographer and
witnesses and filing a report.
Men argue about
football ticket
Two me onto a verbal scuffle near
the 50.bv' aSState Street on
Saturda *pd" according to DPS
reports.s .
Ahemenahad been involved in a foot-
1 tic ket transaction, and one man
said he was ilted out of $20, DPS
reports state:
Armed,-robbery
occurs at Clark
gas tation
Ann Ar Or Police Department offi-
cials are ~iyvstigating a strong-arm
r bbery that occurred around dawn
Wurday atthe Cark gas station on the
2900 block of Packard Road.
According to AAPD reports, the sus-
pect entered bc1 gas station without a
weapon, saying only, "give me the
money or I'll punch you in the face."
The woman working at the time
handed the suspect $97 in cash.
A man taken into custody on an
unrelated warrant is believed to be a
spect in the Clark station robbery,
]PD reports state.
Car hits woman
near rail tracks
A woman was hit by a car near the
railroad tracks at S. State and Green
streets late Friday night, according to
DPS reports.
Accord'ni to greports, the woman
told DPS icers she did not need an
*bulanc
The inqident was called in by an
observant bu''driver, DPS reports state.
Graffiti found in
graduate library
Racistegraffiti was spotted outside an
elevator in the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate library last Friday morning,
according to police reports.
*)PS officers arriving at the north
elevator inside the fourth floor stacks
area reportedcfinding the word "YETI"
written on the wall outside the elevator.
Students act up
in residence hall
Early Saturday morning, DPS offi-
cers were calledato Mosher-Jordan res-
idence hall on a complaint of disorder-
jonduct according to DPS reports.
'he officers found three "intoxicat-
ed" men on t ie floor in the middle of
the building, DPSreports state.
The men were "lancing, rolling on

the ground and being loud and disor-
derly," the reports state.
Studer requests
medical attention
PS reports stat that a student who
ad " nrak ttntih" requested an
ambulance from the manager of the
Michigan Union on, Saturday evening,
according to DPS reports.
Man trespasses
A man was found trespassing near
East Quad residence hall on Saturday at
a4oondt 9 a.n., according to DPS
reports. The reports state that the man
s sleeping in the third floor alcove
ir the elevator.
CCopil d Daily Staff Reporter
Alice Robinson.

Former dean begins job in

Washington, D.C.

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Former Public Policy Dean Edward Gramlich
moved to Washington, D.C. earlier this month for
two reasons - to live closer to his 2-year-old
granddaughter, Rachel, and to sit on the board that
controls the national bank.
"My condo is close to the zoo, so she knows all
about the animals now," Gramlich said. "I'm also
telling her all about monetary policy."
The timing of his confirmation to the Federal
Reserve Board late last month came as a great sur-
prise to many at the University - including
Gramlich.
Gramlich's October confirmation hearings
before the Senate Banking Committee were stalled
by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the ranking
Democrat on the committee. Harkin used the hear-
ings as a platform to voice his disagreements with
the Fed and fiscal policy, therefore holding up
Gramlch's hearing.
Gramlich was in Ann Arbor on Oct. 31, waiting

to hear if there was any progress in his confirma-
tion.
"At 3 p.m., I still had no idea what was happen-
ing," Gramlich said.
An hour later, Gramlich received a telephone
call informing him that Harkin would speak about
his feelings on fiscal policy before the Banking
Committee within minutes.
Gramlich turned on C-SPAN to watch Harkin
speak and the committee approved his nomination
to the Fed.
"That night, I got my things together and hurried
to Washington," Gramlich said.
The past few weeks have been a quick transi-
tion, Gramlich said.
"It's been a pretty hectic ride," he said.
Gramlich was appointed to fill a term that will
expire in 2008.
Within a week of his arrival in the nation's cap-
ital, Gramlich and his wife, Ruth, purchased a con-
dominium close to the Federal Reserve. Before
Gramlich was confirmed, he signed a contract for

the residence that was contingent on his confirma-
tion.
The Gramlichs still have not sold their Ann
Arbor home.
Gramlich, who lived in Ann Arbor for 21 years,
said he holds a special place in his heart for the
University and Ann Arbor.
"I love Michigan and it was fun being dean."
Gramlich said.
Because Michigan has the largest number of liv-
ing alumni in the country, Gramlich said he always
feels at home.
"There are a huge number of Michigan gradu-
ates wherever I go," Gramlich said.
Being dean of Public Policy and professor of
macroeconomics, Gramlich said, prepared him for
his job at the Fed.
"We are now dealing with the kinds of issues
that came up in my classes," Gramlich said.
"What I'm doing now is an extension of what I
taught."
Gramlich got his first taste of life as a Fed mem-

Forum addresses
health care reforms

Walking in a winter wonderland

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
Health care experts from numerous
fields came together Friday to discuss
the future of health care and possible
reforms to the system. This year's
forum was the 14th annual event spon-
sored by the University of Michigan
Forum on Health Policy.
Marilynn Rosenthal, UM Forum
director, said the idea behind the dis-
cussions is to promote varying per-
spectives.
"We think it's important to bring peo-
ple with different points of view to the
campus," Rosenthal said.
University professors joined leg-
islators and health care profession-
als at "Market-Driven Health Care
Reform," an event co-sponsored by
the University's Law School.
"This topic was very timely, very
interesting, but a little more technical
and legal than in the past," Rosenthal
said.
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor)
spoke about the lack of options many
consumers have in choosing medical
care.
"Most consumers can't make a
choice because they are at the mercy of
their employer," Rivers said. "What
changes can they make?"
Law Prof. Sallyanne Payton said
change in the health care industry is a
necessity, but large scale revolution is
not feasible at this point. She believes
smaller health care providers and
individual consumers must pursue
change.
"Change happens on the margin.
Innovation happens on a smaller scale,"
Payton said.
Charles Weller, who serves as coun-
sel to the General Motors Benefits
Office, said he believes ERISA works
to the advantage of both employer and
employee.
"I think ERISA is beautifully crafted,"
Weller said. "It maximizes the amount of
money available for benefits."
University mathematics Prof.
Howard Young said that various prob-
lems with ERISA have been highlight-
ed over the years.

"Most of the focus on ERISA has
been pensions, but now we're hearing
more about health care, but nothing
about disability," Young said.
As a result of these concerns, mem-
bers of Congress are currently work-
ing on an amendment to ERISA that
would reform the program. The bill,
sponsored by Rep. Harris Fawell (R-
Ill.) in the House and Sen. Trent Lott
(R-Miss.) in the Senate, would
expand ERISA so smaller companies
could also be covered by it.
"This would expand ERISA to
allow the 'little guys' to do what the
'big guys' can do now," Fawell said.
"Companies with less than 10
employees will now have the same
health care options as companies
like Walmart, which has 600,000
employees."
"What (Fawell) is proposing would
allow health care for more
Americans," said Business assistant
Prof. Dana Muir.
But Payton said the involvement of
the federal government in the health
care system makes it difficult for
consumers to get government atten-
tion.
"The problem with government is
that it's not only representing the
patients, but the (health care) providers
have a say as well," Payton said.
Rivers agreed reform is necessary,
but said the consumer must look to
the government for those changes to
be made.
"People want to be protected, and
they usually turn to the federal govern-
ment to make the changes they can't
make individually," Rivers said.
The original intent of , the
University forums was to discuss
President Bill Clinton's Health
Security Act of 1993.
"We saw there was interest after that,
so we continued. Now, we have just one
discussion per semester, one in
November and again in early April,"
Rosenthal said.
A compilation of essays written in
response to these early forums soon
will be released by the UM Forum,
Rosenthal said.

ber last Tuesday, when the Fed met and decided not
to raise interest rates, which would have been a
preventative measure against inflation.
Because he has worked with the Fed before,
Gramlich said he knew what to expect at the meet-
ing.
"There was nothing that was a tremendous ur-
prise," Gramlich said.
One aspect of his job at the Fed that is new to
him is increased media exposure.
After each meeting of the Fed, the board mem-
bers have a black out period for a few days in
which they cannot talk to the press.
"I didn't expect that," Gramlich said. "An
absolute no-no is to talk about who said what."
Although Gramlich said that it is possible for
him to return to Ann Arbor to speak on public pol-
icy, he said it is unlikely that he could be a guest
lecturer or have any future business relationship
with the University.
"I have pretty tight conflict of interest policies in
my contract," Gramlich said.
Body
found in
By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
The body of a man believed to be
in his 50s was found in the Huon
River yesterday at around 8 a m.,
according to reports from the Ann
Arbor Police Department. The inci-
dent is currently under investigation
by AAPD.
Police said that they did not suspect
foul play but were still waiting for the
autopsy results to be released. They
noted that no visible injuries were
found on the victim.
AAPD Sgt. Larry Jerue said that a
passerby noticed the body in the Huron
River near the Broadway Bridge and
Swift Street yesterday morning and
notified the police.
Jerue said the body probably had not
been in the river for more than "a cou-
ple of hours," but added that it was
"hard to say" at this point exactly how
long the body had been there.
The body was found "right behind
the University of Michigan hospital,"
Jerue said.
"It appears at this point that foul play
N/Daiy has been ruled out," Jerue said.:
"as At times, evidence of foul play oan
be hard to identify immediately, such as
Irbor. in instances where the victim has been
suffocated, Jerue said.
Jerue said he anticipates getting
more information from the autopsy
report, which is scheduled to ,be
released this morning. Medial
examiners from St. Joseph's Hospital
vehicles in Ann Arbor were slated to conduct
to pass the autopsy.
ring the Jerue said that any injuries medical
ber dri- examiners found on the man thatvwere
not inflicted accidentally would pro-
but it is vide helpful clues to police conduiing
g and a the investigation.
iving by As of yesterday 4fternoon, ice
t," said said theyknew the victim's identiybut
rector of could not release the man's name, until
they notified family members.

BRYAN McCLELLA
A woman takes a peek at several of the buildings covered with Christn
decorations at Briarwood Mall yesterday. The miniature village was
designed to look like various streets and businesses throughout Ann A
MAIDD, starts campai"

LANSING (AP) - Crimson ribbons
fluttered against a fleet of semi-trucks
outside the Capitol yesterday to illus-
trate this holiday season's statewide
sober driving campaign, "Tie One On
for Safety."
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
marked the 12th annual event with the
convoy, which plans to transport the
campaign around the state.
From now until New Year's Day, the

ribbons will be displayed onv
big and small. MADD plans
out about a million of them du
six-week holiday push for so
ving.
"This may be a small ribbon,
a banner of courage and carin
true sign of a celebration for li
those who choose to use i
Kenneth La Salle, executive dii
MADD's Michigan chapter.

HOMELESS
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are served by the Hunger Coalition at other churches on a
rotating basis. Food for these services is provided by the Food
Gatherers organization, which collects excess food from local
restaurants, grocery stores, farmers and cafeterias.
Food Gatherers Director Eileen Spring said the federal
government has been shrinking its food provision programs
over the years, which has increased the pressure on local
organizations. Food Gatherers distributes about 1.5 million
pounds of food annually in Washtenaw County, Spring said.
Both secular and church groups run on volunteer labor. The
Hunger Coalition takes volunteers in groups from local clubs
and organizations, said Hunger Coalition Director Susan King.
These crews then work by themselves to provide one meal
a month. Some crews hale from the University.
"I have about five or six student crews," King said, "I have a
couple different sororities and fraternities. I've had crews from
the Asian student organization, the Muslim student organization."
LSA first-year student Megan Powell manages a crew from the
Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, which provides meals every
second Tuesday at the First Baptist Church on Huron Street.

"What gets me personally are the people who look like
they're really trying hard to get themselves together and just
need a little help," Powell said.
King said that about half of their guests are people with
homes who are on fixed incomes and receive government
welfare checks at the beginning of the month.
"Our numbers are much higher at the end of the month
than at the beginning of the month," said King, adding that
high cost of housing in Ann Arbor also contributes to the
inability of some to afford food.
The Ann Arbor city government is only indirectly involved
with the food providers.
"The city does not do anything directly. We fund non-prof-
it organizations," said Merrill Crockett, the city's Human
Services manager. "What we do is we have contracts with
food distribution and feeding agencies."
For more information, call St Andrews at 663-0518,
Hunger Coalition at 662-4060 and Food Gatherers at 761-
2796.
On Thanksgiving, Cottage Inn will be providing a free
turkey dinner. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cottage Inn staff will
serve a full meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veg-
etables and desert.

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Correc0:
Ann Arbor Police Department officers were not on the field during Saturday's game. This was incorrectly reported in
yesterday', Daily.

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