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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 7, 1997 - 7

U'honors
Peace
Cop
By Ken Mazur
Dily Staff Reporter
The Peace Corps, initiated by
President Kennedy in 1961 on the
steps of the Michigan Union, came
home yesterday to celebrate its 36th
, rthday.
With the free distribution of the
new book "Peace Corps: The Great
Adventure" and a reading of the book
by Peace Corps volunteers last night
at Espresso Royale Cafe, the organi-
zation recognized the importance of
the University in the conception of the
Peace Corps and its continuing suc-
cess around the world.
"Throughout its history, the Peace
orps can trace much of its success to
Awe energy and idealism of American
college students," wrote Peace Corps
Director Mark Gearan in his letter of
congratulations to University
President Lee Bollinger last month.
"These colleges and universities are
to be commended for producing stu-
dents committed to making a differ-
ence, with a thirst for adventure and
with the desire to experience a new
culture in an ever-changing world."
The University ranks fifth among
all academic institutions in producing
Peace Corps volunteers. University
t PeaceCorps campus recruiter Denise
Sanderson said University students
continue to offer varied talents to the
world.
"The volunteers here at Michigan
run the gamut, from those who know
what the Peace Corps is about and
what they want to do to those who have

House votes to restore
unemployment benefits

LANSING (AP) - A bill restoring
unenmploynient benefit cuts signed into
law in I 995 by Goy. John Engler trig-
gered an ideologil batric on tie
house floor yesterday as reigning
Democrats passed it over Republican
objections.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Rose
Bogardus ( D-Davison) passed 58-48
with the help of three Republicans: I yn
Bankes of Redford, Michael Goschka of
Brant and Sue Rocca of SterlinIg heights.
Goschka, who voted w ith his party in
1995, said he changed his mind
because the dynamics are different noss.
"The fund is growing at a faster rate
than we are paying," he said. "I define

It in the district as a jobs bill."
Dit Republican leaders labeled the
bill "srorisighred" and 'devastating for
lrieair finrlies."
Deiocrats deemed the bill a blend of
"fairness for working families, tax
relief fur businesses."
The vlaw sas intended to make the state
a more attractise place to run a busitres
two years ago. To do that, Republicans
reduced taxes corpinies pay into the
fund by 10 percent, while cutting benefits
to most idled workers by 4 percent.
With tax cuts totalling 5350 million
so far, the law is well on its way to
delivering the promised S748 million
tax cut over five years.

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Ann Arbor resident Jefferson Wood listens to Peace Corps recruiter Brian Anderson read stories about volunteers' expe-
riences last night at Espresso Royale Cafe on S. State Street. The event celebrated the 36th birthday of the group.

no idea and just want to help out," said
Sanderson, a former Peace Corps vol-
unteer in Thailand and a School of
Public lealth graduate student.
Students at the reading said they
were interested in the Peace Corps
and the opportunities it offered.
"So many people get out of school
and only think about money" said
Kathleen Klock, a prospective volun-
teer and graduate of the Un iversity of
Illinois. "I want to do smething pos-
itive for people"
Brian Anderson, a Peace Corps
recruitment representative. sid stu-
dents of all majors are welcome to
volunteer. Anderson said students
skith certain backgrounds are a lock
for acceptance, including those with
degrees in business administration.
math or science and primary educa-
tion. A bachelorcofarts in English also
remains valuable to the Peace Corps,

Anderson said.
"We always need English majors to
teach high-school level English to
those in other countries," said
Anderson, who earned a bachelors
degree in English from the University
of Wisconsin at Madison, the second-
largest producer of Peace Corps vol-
unteers.
Last night's reading featured for-
mer volunteers who read from "Peace
Corp: The Great Adventure," a collec-
tion of essays detailing the Peace
Corps experience from the volun-
teers' perspectives.
lirffrn Wood, a volunteer who
served in Thailand, read an essay enti-
tled "Cold Mornings" about a Peace
Corps experience in Mongolia. Wood
said he encourages all students to
consider volunteering.
"If you even have an inkling of an
interest, you should go," Wood said.

"If it's even a consideration, you
should join the Peace Corps."
The mission of the Peace Corps
remains the same as it was 36 years
ago.
"The Peace Corps exists to help
other countries," Anderson said. "We
only go to the countries that ask for
us, and we teach them what they want
to learn."
Anderson also said that the Peace
Corps serves to bridge the gap
between the United States and the rest
of the world, and to increase cultural
understanding and knowledge.
"The volunteers are out there to
teach people in the developing world
what Americans are really like,"
Anderson said, noting the influence of
American entertainment and mass
media overseas. "We're trying to be a
good example of what Americans
are.

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I ts
Bill to cut university construction costs

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
State Rep. Kirk Profit proposed a bill
last week intending to cut down red tape
for state colleges and universities.
rofit's legislation, House bill 5274.
vv ld eliminate sales tax on all con-
struction materials purchased by con-
tractors doing work for public universi-
ties. Currently, there is not a tax on
items purchased directly by state col-
leges and universities.
"If the University hires a contractor,
then they have to pay a tax;' said Profit
(D-Ypsilanti), chair of the house Tax
Committee, where the bill currently
its hearing. "The cost gets inflated
w tl the tax"
To avoid sales tax, a university must
purchase the materials for the contrac-
tor. Profit, the father of an LSA junior,
said that causes unnecessary hassle and
bureaucracy.
"Nobody expects President Bollinger

to go to Kmnart and buy two-by-fours
for every construction project," Profit
said. "It's silly"
Department of 'Treasury officials,
however. said it would be wrong to allow
private contractors to be tax exempt.
"It's not the university's tax, it's a tax
on the contractor" sailI Department of
Treasury spokesperson Bobbie
McKennon.
Other legislators on the tax commit-
tee said they agree the bills would
reduce government bureaucracy.
"Non-profit and state organizations
should not pay taxes " said state Rep.
Charles Perricone (R-Kalamazoo).
"That's wrong. Making the building of
state infrastructure tax exempt is com-
pletely fair.:'
Although Profit is a Democrat,
Perricone said most Democrats in the
House will side with the Department of
Treasury.
"Most Democrats will oppose it

because they are less concerned with
fairness and more concerned with tax
money," Perricone said.
State Rep. Deborah Whyman (R-
Canton), another member of' the tax
committee, said the bill would remove
inconsistencies within the tax code.
The legislation was proposed a week
after the state Legislature approved a
state bond cap raise that will lead to $79
million in renovations on the
University's Central Campus, The
financing for the University renovations
will be paid for by the sale of college
savings bonds by the state building
authority.
"The bonds we sell are not normally
college savings bonds," said
Department of Management and
Budget spokesperson Maureen
McNulty. "What's different in this case
is that the college savings bonds are
offered at a lower price"
While most bonds are only available

"Nobody expects
President
Bollinger to go to
Kmart and buy
two-by-fours ."
- State Rep. Kirk Profit
(D-Ypsilanti)
in $5,000 increments, the college sav-
ings bonds are sold by every final
S1,000 payoff.
"They're extremely safe" McNulty
said. "They're very secure bonds."
The bonds have sold well so far, she
said,
"There is tremendous interest,"
McNulty said. "There are banks that
have run out of brochures."

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