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2A - The Michigan Daly - Monday, November 10, 1997

NATION WORLD

CONFERENCE
Continued from Page :1A
Alternative Spring Break is a national program that
matches 20,000 students each year with 400 community-
service sites in the United States and South America.
Thirty-eight years after President Kennedy
announced the formation of the Peace Corps at the
University, conference organizers said the University
is a good place to discuss service issues.
"The University of Michigan and Alternative
Spring Break have a strong tradition of service," said
Kevin Roberts, executive director of Break Away. "As
a national organization. it's important for Break Away
to travel around, and we couldn't think of a finer place
to host this conference than the University of'
Michigan."r
In the same week that President Clinton praised one
of the University's diversity programs, issues of racial
justice were prominent at the conference. Goodwin
Liu, a Stanford alumnus and Yale law student, opened

the conference with a speech that encouraged society
to embrace diversity in order to achieve racial justice.
"Diversity has become a word to talk about race
without using the word race." L.iu said. "Diversity sees
racial difference as a cause for celebration. We're not
all Tiger Woods. We're not all half black and Asian.
But Tiger Woods is the future. It's not the end, it is the
means to racial justice"
Student activists from around the nation said the
Break Away conference was a remarkable way to
bring together young, service-oriented people.
"For my group, it helps us to tap into things wve like to
do, to generate new ideas" said Margaret W'eeks, an
organizer for the Catholic Network ofVolunteer Service.
Conference Coordinator Sanjay Patel said
Alternative Spring Break creates and sustains student
service in conmunities.
"The Alternative Spring Break movement is mov-
ing," Patel said. "It's growing. Alternative Spring
Break is one of the most successful ways to start
movement and keep it up."

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Participants said the weekend was more than an iso-
lated conference on service. Roberts said the success
of Alternative Spring Break and the Break Away con-
ference sends a message to people who have power
and resources to create change.
"Ten years ago, there were 40 student-led
Alternative Spring Break sites, and last year there
were over 400," Roberts said. "Students are stepping
up to the plate and doing their part, and hopefully by
their example the corporate population will use their
time wisely to create more opportunities for their
employees to do service."
Roberts said the experiences gained from
Alternative Spring Break supercede partisan politics
and budget constraints.
"Students frorn all across the nation are learning
how to take spring break and turn it into productive
time," Roberts said. "Spring break lasts seven days,
but alternative breaks last a lifetime. Break away gives
students the opportunity to serve, and we create in stu-
dents a service ethic that lasts beyond graduation."
IRCC classes provide the stable and
consistent atmosphere that helps to fos-
ter open and important dialogue,
Schoem said.
re Robert "Students are seeking opportunities
IRCC class and structured settings in which they
more under- can cross these boundaries," Schoem
mrients" from said. "If more were available, it would
be great. It's challenging to move out of
bers of his one's comfort zone.
ward a goal "But the benefits are enormous,
v after the Schoem continued. "They feel
tremendously empowered to see
United for what a multicultural society can be
group that like."
ronments on The Clinton administration has used
the Internet to convey many messages
variety of about its race initiative.
long other "The Internet offers new and pow-
ate student erful opportunities for people of dif-
to assure ferent backgrounds to connect with
ccur at the one another," Vice President Al
Gore said in a written statement.
the top of "The boundaries of race,- gender
es, has been and class that often divide us as
similar pro- Americans, become less relevant in
universities this new Information age."
The Website for the President's
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Continued from Page IA
understand that this is a serious busi-
Y ness and this is not just the president of
the United States ... and it's not just the
American people, it's the world com-
munity," Clinton said.
Clinton aides said their first resort
before the Security Council will be
sanctions, including a possible prohibi-
tion on travel by Iraqi leaders, rather
than military action. At this stage, they
acknowledged, the latter option could
not draw broad support among other
nations.

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Divided House near 'fast-track' vote
ASHINGTION Girding for a show down. President Clinton appealed anew
yesterday for the votes to squeak trade legislation through the I louse. fle reassured
Democrats lie won't "trade a matter of principle" in the search for Republican
votes.
"If we can't get the votes without that, then we'll have to regroup and try to figure
out some other way to go forward," Clinton said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Such
attempt, he added, could come "either next week or when Congress resumes."
Clinton's comments marked the first time that a member of his administration
publicly mentioned even the possibility that a House vote scheduled last night
might be postponed. The disclosure reflects the president's difficulty in rounding
up the votes to prevail, even though the White House is laboring side by side with
Speaker Newt Gingrich and other members of the Republican leadership to win
passage.
Commenting to reporters Saturday night, Gingrich said he thought chances for
passage were "even money or better."
Clinton has rounded up only 42 or so Democratic votes for the trade bill.
Republicans say they have in the range of 150-170, but many of those appear to be
linked to a deal on provisions in unrelated legislation that touch on abortion atO
the census.

Wite House seeks
Bosnian consensus
WASHINGTON - Although they
have generally agreed on the need to
keep U.S. troops in Bosnia past next
year's scheduled withdrawal date, top
administration officials still lack con-
sensus on how many of the 8,500-mem-
ber U.S. contingent - plus more than
22,000 other NATO-led peacekeepers
- can be cut without jeopardizing
many of the obligations that the interna-
tional military force has assumed in
Bosnia.
President Clinton, in presenting one
draft set of options recently, pronounced
them too limited and ordered his nation-
al-security team to explore a broader
range of ideas.
The central issue, according to senior
officials, is how to balance the desire for
a smaller force against the reality that
ensuring stability in Bosnia still requires
a substantial international presence of
some kind.
The Pentagon has told the White
House that it cannot responsibly reduce

the force by more than a modest amount
unless peacekeeping assignments are
narrowed. One idea that administration
officials are studying is whether the
unarmed international police force in
Bosnia can be strengthened by
European involvement to allow it
assume more tasks, which would less
the need for U.S. and NATO soldiers.
Growing your own
bypass a possibity
ORLANDO, Fla. - Scientists tin-
kering with gene therapy think they
have found a way to make bad hearts
grow their own bypasses.
The idea is to inject extra genI
directly into the heart that will trigger'T
to sprout new blood vessels. If all goes
well, these will work at least as well as
the ones surgeons stitch into place dur-
ing coronary bypass surgery.
So far, doctors from Boston have
tried the gene therapy on people with
dangerously clogged arteries in the
legs, where it seems to have spared
some from threatened amputations.

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A senior administration official said
yesterday the top U.S. priority is to
have a unanimous Security Council
expression of denunciation, even if its
punitive terms are comparatively mild,
and consider more severe steps if this
doesn't work.
A U.S. official privy to the White
House deliberations this weekend said
that the administration was having dif-
ficulty devising a punishment for Iraq
that matched the scale of Saddam's lat-
est acts of defiance.
A travel ban, which mostly would
affect Iraqi foreign ministry and trade
emissaries, was first raised months
ago as a way of retaliating for Iraq's
periodic refusal to allow U.N. inspec-
tions.
Since then, however, the Iraqi
regime has blocked inspections more
systematically, causing some U.S.
officials to assert that a stiffer penalty
should be set.
But U.S. officials have been reluc-
tant to order a military strike unless
Iraq fires on U.S. or U.N. aircraft, or
concrete evidence is found that the
regime has renewed its production of
illicit arms.

Thai leader regans
helm of country
HANOI, Vietnam -- Former Thai
Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai
emerged yesterday from four days of
back-room power-brokering to regain
the helm of a nation reeling from a
boom-to-bust economic crisis.
Most analysts said they believe that
Chuan's formation of a new govern-
ment - a fragile coalition of eight par-
ties - will have little immediate effect
in righting Thailand's free fall. But
everyone from foreign investors to
Thais themselves breathed a sigh of
relief that the country's political paraly-
sis apparently has come to an end.
During his 28 years in parliament,
the 59-year-old Chuan has been
untainted by corruption - something
that is rare in Thailand - and foreign
investors say he commands a more able
team of economists than any of the
country's other parties could offer.
The soft-spoken Chuan returns to a
position he held from 1992, when a
coalition of civilian parties won power
after nearly 16 years of military rule,
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until 1995, when he was forced to
resign amid a land-reform scandal in
which he was not directly implicated of
wrongdoing.
Chuan will replace Chava&
Yongchaiyudh, who resigned Thursd-
amid a crisis that has forced Thailand to
turn to the International Monetary
Fund for a $17.2 billion bailout.
Archaeologists find
rock of Virgin Mary
JERUSALEM - Archaeologists
have discovered the rock revered
early Christians as the place where t
pregnant Virgin Mary rested on her way
to Bethlehem, officials said yesterday.
The limestone rock protrudes from
the remnants of the floor of a fifth cen-
tury, octagonal. Byzantine church, the
largest of its kind in the Holy Land.
The rock was unearthed after con-
struction workers laying pipe for the Har
Homa Jewish housing project acciden-
tally damaged the church's foundation.
spurring an excavation to make repair

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