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U', of Wisconsin
student found
dead on campus
University of Wisconsin stu-
dent was found dead in a campus
family housing unit on Monday
night. The student, a 29-year-old
male, was found by his roommate,
who immediately called the police
an paramedics, said Lt. Gary
Johnson of the university's police
and security office.
A cause of death has not yet been
determined. Autopsy results from
Dane County coroner's office
a. expected by tomorrow, Johnson
"At this point we have nothing to
lead us to believe that foul play was
involved," Johnson said. He said the
identity of the student will be
released when all family members
are contacted.
structor and
urdue students
killed in crash
Two Purdue University students
a4d their instructor were killed this
month when a twin-engine airplane
they were flying crashed on takeoff
frpin the Purdue airport.
The plane was used by the univer-
for training in the aviation
Martment's flight program.
The students were identified as
Julie Swengel and Anthony
Kinkade, both juniors majoring in
aviation technology. The instructor,
Jeremy Sanborn, was an aviation-
education specialist and a Purdue
,The National Transportation
Safety Board has found no indica-
of mechanical failure last week,
but was still investigating the crash.
The safety board investigators have
not yet identified which student was
pilting the plane.
Female football
player sues Duke
A female football player is suing
ke University and its head foot-
i coach for allegedly keeping her
offethe team because of her gender.
Lawyers for Heather Sue Mercer
filed the suit last week in a federal
court in Greensboro, N.C., The
Chronicle of Higher Education
They charged that Duke
University and its Coach Fred
Gpldsmith have violated Title IX of
0 Education Amendments of 1972,
ich prohibits sex discrimination
at. ,institutions that receive federal
Mercer, a senior, had been trying
to become the first wvoman to play
Division I football. She is seeking
compensatory and punitive dam-
Ship safety
aemester at Sea
The National Transportation
Safety Board is investigating possi-

bl fire hazards on a ship that set
sij. this month carrying 641 stu-
dits enrolled in the Semester at
Si4 program.
┬░Safety board officials said the
vestigation stemmed from con-
,ns about a fire on the ship in July
1996 that killed five crew members.
Officials are investigating whether
the ship has proper fire detectors
and sprinklers, an NTSB spokesper-
son said.
'Students from 205 institutions,
including the University of
Michigan, are enrolled in the three-
month program sponsored by the
University of Pittsburgh, The
*fonicle of Higher Education
A University of Pittsburgh
spokesperson said the ship passed
inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard fol-
lowing $1.5 million in repairs.
,Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Megan Exley from University Wire
and The Chronicle of Higher

MSA budget increases
funding to student groups

RC junior David Caroline speaks to the Michigan Student Assembly at last
night's meeting. MSA addressed a rash of recent campus hate crimes.
MSA -earmarks $
for student regent poii

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
Along with balancing budget num-
bers last night, Michigan Student
Assembly members discussed the pos-
sibility of placing a student member on
the University Board of Regents.
The assembly voted to allocate $800
to fund a student task force fighting for
a student seat on the board.
Trent Thompson, who chairs the
task force, said the $800 will be used
to hire a service to poll 600 people in
the state of Michigan and find a gen-
eral consensus about student represen-
tation on the board.
MSA Vice President Olga Savic said
the money allocated for the poll will be
beneficial to see how the state feels
about the possibility of an amendment
to the Michigan's state constitution.
"The poll is very important," Savic
said. "Then we'll know what support
(is) in the state before we go further."
Thompson said the group has been
working with representatives from
Wayne State, Michigan State University,

and the University's Flint and Dearborn
campuses to devise a proposal for a state
constitutional amendment.
"The amendment would allow for two
student members - one with voting
power and the other would be an ex-offi-
ciary," said Thompson, an LSA junior.
Thompson said the reason for hav-
ing only one voting student member is
to allow the non-voting student mem-
ber to act as a protege and then step
into the other's shoes at the end of a
two-year term.
MSA President Michael Nagrant
supports having students on the board.
"I disagree with (University
President Lee Bollinger) that there is
no direct input from the students,'
Nagrant said. "I will continue the
fight to have students on the board:'
At a meeting of the faculty governing
body Monday, Bollinger did not lend
support for the idea of adding student or
faculty representatives to the board. He
said student or faculty regents would
not necessarily improve lines of com-
munication with the administration.

By Susan t. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
After almost two hours of debate
last night, Michigan Student Assembly
members ended up right where they
started. The assembly passed its 1997-
98 budget without any changes or
additions to the document on the table
last week.
The approved budget, written by
MSA executive officers, increases
funding for student groups from
$90,000 to $140,000 for the 1997-98
academic year.
MSA Vice President Olga Savic
said the increase is a result of cutting
the operational costs of running the
MSA office. Approximately 13 phone
lines were cut, along with other office
supplies and services.
"Basically, cleaning the little
things in terms of ourselves," Savic
said. "MSA should have just enough
money that the office can function.
No point in time did we (need) 13
phone lines."
The money budgeted by MSA
members comes entirely from a $5.69
fee on student tuition bills. The fee was
increased by $1 this year, after stu-
dents passed a ballot question last
spring to increase the money available
for student groups.
"All of the money comes from the
students directly," Nagrant said. "The
dollar increase is going directly into
student organizations."
Budget Priorities Committee
(BPC) Chair Karie Morgan said
there is an application process stu-
dent groups must go through to
receive funding.
"Basically, our goal is to try to
provide funding as equally as possi-
ble, not promoting one student
group over another," said Morgan,
an SNRE senior. "We try to look at
events and activities that will
impact the most number of stu-
To receive funding through MSA,
a group must fill out an application
with BPC. The committee then con-

tacts the group via e-mail or by
phone if it has questions. The group
will have a week to answer.
The committee abandoned the
past practice of holding BPC hear-
ings where student groups looking*
for funds would make presentations
to the committee.
"It's more fair this way," Morgan
said. "Some groups know what we
want to hear."
Savic said the committee goes
through a screening process with the
applications to ensure the organiza-
tions are non-profit.
"We screen for them when they
turn in their forms," Savic said.
"Student resources are for student
Savic said this year the assembly is
backing several special projects to host
high profile speakers or conferences
on campus.
Savic said the assembly granted
funds to "projects that really fit in but
are special student services that we
haven't done before."
The eligibility of the special stu-
dent services to apply for funding
was in question at last night's meet-
"For a second I was concerned
because I didn't think people realized
there was a difference between com-
mittee discretionary funds and special
projects," Savic said.
Committee discretionary funds can
be spent on causes throughout the
year, instead of being specifically
approved with the budget.
LSA Student Government Rep.
Gary Zhao said the budget commit-

"basically, our goal is to try to
provide funding as equally as
possible, not promoting one student
group over another."
-- Karie Morgan
BPC chair

tee of LSA-SG has money to give to
student groups in a similar fashion to
MSA. The organization has funded
Diversity Days, Hillel's Holocaust
conference and Alternative Spring
Break. Zhao said the relocation of
the government's office to the fourth
floor may have caused some confu-
"My purpose is to serve the LSA
students'"Zhao said.
MSA President Mike Nagrant said
this semester's budget fulfills one of
the campaign promises the Students'
Party ran under in last spring's elec-
"One of the promises we made
when we ran was to increase funding
to student groups" said Nagrant, an
LSA senior. "We got rid of internal
Campus Government Committee
Chair Dan Serota said MSA has to
prove to the student body that the
student assembly does more than
give out money.
"I think MSA has to evaluate
why we have trouble," Serota said.
"MSA services have dropped sig-
nificantly we need to work out a
External Relations Chair Erin
Carey tried to get the assembly to
pass an amendment for allowing for
the allocation of $500 of MSA
funds to help pay to send University
representatives to a national confer-
"I am disappointed it didn't go
through,' said Carey, an LSA junior.
"It doesn't necessarily mean we won't
go to the conference.

on gender.
By Christine M. Palk
Daily Staff Reporter
At a university of more than 30,000
students, it's hard to imagine any com-
mon theme within the hundreds of cours-
es available to a diverse student body.
Nonetheless, LSA is hosting a theme
semester this fall tying together issues
of "Genders, Bodies, Borders" in 45
classes in 24 departments.
Abby Stewart, director of the
Institute for Research on Women and
Gender, said the purpose of "Genders,
Bodies, Borders" is to provide a the-
matic approach to academics and to
integrate different disciplines, mainly
those of gender and women's studies
and international studies.
"We want to study the construction of
self across borders," Stewart said. "By
having a theme semester available to stu-
dents, we can provoke different kinds of
dialogues across different departments."
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg said the
six previous theme semesters have been
"The idea of theme semesters is to
provide an opportunity to focus in a
coherent way on such a broad theme,"
she said. "It's one that engages the exper-
tise of our faculty and that excites the
intellectual curiosity of students."
LSA junior Jennifer Britton said that
the theme semester is "adding a new
twist to some of the same old stuff."
"I am learning that the issues of gen-
der, bodies and borders is very broad, that
it spans into many other aspects of soci-
ety," Britton said. "I think that issues on
genders and bodies are very important,
some of the biggest issues in society now
are tied to them, and for people to have
an understanding of what is going on
around them, they must also look at what
ties us all together."

Deli blamed for Hepatitis A outbreak

Women's studies Prof. Pat Simons,
who is currently teaching a class on
representations of "Lesbianism in Early
Modern Western Europe," said the
theme semester focuses on allowing
students to obtain an understanding of
gender and an awareness of related his-
tory and culture.
"It's important for students to gain an
understanding of the complexities that
are out there now socially and political-
ly in the late 20th century," Simons
said. "For a long time now, we've been
aware of the need to look at intersec-
tions between such categories such as
race, class and sexuality, but now, with
'Genders, Bodies, Borders,' students
can study this more in depth."
Frank Ukadike, an assistant professor
of communications and Afro-American
and African studies, is teaching a class
about cultural issues in cinema.
"The goal is generally to make stu-
dents aware of other cultures, other
ideas, have the courage to read what
might be deemed as alternative writ-
ings, and try to understand why the
people within these alternative tradi-
tions, react to the issues they do,"
Ukadike said.
Emily Marker, an LSA junior, said
she was surprised to see a variety of
courses relating to the theme semester.
"I was happy to see the University
support such course offerings and was
excited to see such a wide range of top-
ics covered," she said.

DETROIT (AP) - Oakland County health officiE
they have traced the deadly statewide Hepatitis A outb
a side dish served at a county deli.
So far, 43 cases of Hepatitis A have been cons
including a 67-year-old man who died. All the victin
exposed in August at the deli.
"We know the food itself was the cole slaw," Patters,
yesterday. How the virus got into the slaw remained u.
The West Bloomfield Township deli serves abc
pounds of the slaw every week to its 6,000 or s
tomers, said owner Steven Goldberg, who was shoc
the news.
"We have a 35-year history of serving high qualil
and no history of food-borne illness," he said.
He buys shredded cabbage for the slaw, then adds I
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that attacks the liv
typically passed from person to person through food 1
by unwashed hands.
While authorities don't know where or how the sI
State sees s apdlo
sharp drop
i teen
DETROIT (AP) - Births by
Michigan teen-agers are dropping faster
than in any other urban, industrial state,
and the drop in Detroit is even more pro-
nounced, new federal statistics show.
Health officials and experts have no
single reason for the decline, but 13-
year-old Tercia Hill and other students
said they know.
"I ain't grown yet," the student at
Jackson Middle School on Detroit's east
side said yesterday. "I have trouble trying
to find time for my homework. Those
couple of minutes are not worth it;
they're not worth the rest of your life?'
Michigan's birth rate among 15- to 19-
year-old girls fell from 59 per thousand
in 1991 to 49 per thousand in 1995, the
latest year for which complete figures
are available from the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
That's a drop of nearly 17 percent.
Only Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and
Vermont showed greater declines.
In Detroit, the decline was 25 percent
from 1991 to 1995, an analysis of state
health statistics shows. That compares
with a 14-percent drop in Oakland
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tainted, Goldberg is taking his own precautions.
His staff now must wash their hands every 20 minutes, and
use more disposable gloves in the kitchen. He has brought in
a consultant to examine food preparation for possible food
safety suggestions.
Patterson's announcement yesterday hadn't affected early
lunch traffic at the deli, Goldberg said.
The wife of one customer who is afflicted with Hepatitis A
said she wasn't sure if they'd ever eat at the deli again.
"I think I would be apprehensive although now it's proba-
bly the healthiest place in town now," said Marilyn Frommer,:
whose husband often dines at the deli.
"He has the slaw every time he eats there" she said yester-
day. Al Frommer got sick about two weeks ago.
"You know how men are; he wouldn't go to the doctor;'
Marilyn Frommer said. After a few days, his temperature shot
up to 102 degrees and his skin was yellowing.
Al Frommer ended up hospitalized for several days. His
recovery could take up to eight weeks, Marilyn Frommer-

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