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2 - The Michigan Daily -- Friday, November 21, 1997


Drector of Housing Public Affairs Alan Levy spoke before members of the
Residence Hall Association in last night's meeting about housing shortages.
:RHA seeks housing solutions

Continued from Page 1.
Taylor suggested surveying students
to find out what they want in terms of
housing. "Let's find out what their
druthers are in regard to housing,"
Taylor said.
Regents and RHA members both
inquired about the possibility of build-
ing a new residence hall. The
University hasn't built a residence hall
since it erected Bursley in 1968.
But Housing Director William Zeller
pointed out that the bed spaces created
by a new residence hall would cost
hearly $50,000 each.
"This is the main reason we haven't
moved into building a new residence
--hall," Zeller said.
RHA members called University
*'officials greedy and criticized them for

accepting more students than the
University is equipped to handle.
"I don't see a larger freshman class
as being of any benefit other than
bringing in money," said Engineering
junior Jason Stonehouse.
But Director of Housing Public
Affairs Alan Levy said the larger
incoming classes are a result of an
inability to predict the number of stu-
dents who will enroll at the
Levy said Housing plans to send a
letter informing students who cur-
rently live in the residence halls
about the new policy before
Thanksgiving break.
Maynard said she remembers a peri-
od of time when students didn't want to
live in the residence halls.
"It's fascinating that it's sort of cycli-
cal," Maynard said.

Continued from Page 2.
"It is a very creative way to do bud-
geting," Maynard said.
VCM, which was approved two
years ago, made each individual unit of
the University responsible for its own
revenues and costs, essentially setting
them free as individual financial enti-
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann
Arbor) said the fact that VCM does
not give the individual units incen-
tives to manage their costs concerns
"If everybody focuses on individual
units, what happens to the interdiscipli-
nary missions, which are one of the
Continued from Page 2Z
and then there is the problem of people
jumping on top of each other."
Following Wisconsin's victory over
Michigan on Oct. 30, 1993, Badger
fans in the student section became
stuck between the crowd rushing for-
ward and a fence blocking them from
the field. Six people were critically
Former Michigan placekicker Remy
Hamilton, who was present at the
game, said he saw fans being trampled
as they attempted to rush the field.
"I didn't realize what was going on at
the time,' Hamilton said. "I figured that
it wasn't going to be as bad as it was. I
remember helping people up, helping
some girls who were getting trampled
on the field. I got into the locker room
before any people got really hurt."
University officials became fearful
that this could happen at Michigan
Stadium after the Michigan Student
Assembly passed a resolution in sup-
Continued from Page i1
"I don't think affirmative action is
the only answer, the only solution,"
said LSA sophomore and panelist
William Youmans. "Having both will
only speed up the process.'
But LSA junior Gregory Hillson said
removing affirmative action practices
will act as an incentive to make social
changes necessary for establishing
equal opportunities.
"If you want to get rid of the problem
.. we have to end affirmative action,"
Hillson said.
Others argued that affirmative action
is a form of discrimination, so trying to
couple t with other reforms is contra-
"As we've seen, affirmative action is
an inflammatory solution," Agrawal
said. "If you use affirmative action,
you're almost saying that even if we do
balance our K-12 education, you still
need affirmative action."
RC junior Neela Ghoshal said
affirmative action must be main-
tained because it works to eliminate
economic class discrimination, a
force that can limit a student's prima-
ry education.
"I think that racism still permeates
our society," said Ghoshal, adding that
wealthy minority students also experi-
ence racism.

University's greatest strengths?" Power
Cantor also proposed that alloca-
tions for University service mis-
sions, which include the libraries,
museums and the president's and
provost's offices, should go through
her office, not the individual
schools and colleges.
Though he initially questioned if it
was smart to put the budget control of
these units in one person's hands,
Power said the centralization of money
will help ensure the service units
receive tough-minded budget supervi-
"Previously, no one person had over-
all responsibility (for the budgets),"
Power said.
port of students who desire to rush the
field. MSA President Michael Nagrant
said that after consulting with
University administrators, MSA mem-
bers recalled the resolution.
"We realized that there is no safe way
to do this, so we decided we had to
make sure that students know that they
shouldn't do it," Nagrant said.
Hall explained that if the crowd starts
to surge forward as people begin to leap
onto the field, people who do not wish
to make the jump will be thrown over
the rail. She said the situation has the
potential to cause a stampede.
"If you look at how stampedes often
happen, they happen because pressure
buildf' Hall said. "When the pressure
builds, the crowd becomes trapped and
people are pushed over."
Hall said students who do not com-
ply with the ban will be arrested and
receive a civil infraction, which can
result in a trip to the police station and
a $50 fine.
"We are hoping for voluntary com-
pliance from the students;' Hall said.
Several of the students advocating
affirmative action said removing the
policy from the University would have
deep repercussions.
LSA sophomore Delbert Sanders
said the University would not be an
environment conducive to mutual
learning among people of different
classifications because it would be a
more homogeneous place.
"I think we do a disservice to our-
selves when we don't try to get to know
each other,"Sanders said,
Because of the symposium, LSA
junior Jacob Kart said he was not "con-
vinced" about how to feel about affir-
mative action. Rather, the symposium
gave him the information to reach his
own conclusion.
"I've been to three of the four nights
and was pretty undecided when I
came,' Kart said. "Now, I feel like I can
confidently say I'm in favor of affirma-
tive action."
One of the student moderators, LSA
senior Scott Pence, said the purpose of
the symposium was accomplished last
LSA junior Melissa Walsh, also a
symposium moderator and a member
of Student Mediation Services, said
students were able to hear a variety of
different perspectives.
"It wasn't just, 'This is the standard
pro and this is the standard con,"'
Walsh said.

Social Security changes may be needed
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Board Chair Alan Greenspan said yester-
day that the Social Security retirement age should again be raised and the annual
cost-of-living adjustment trimmed to assure the future solvency of the huge retire-
ment system.
"There will have to be a lot of changes made" to protect benefits for future
retirees, Greenspan told a meeting of a special Senate Budget Committee task
force on Social Security.
The current age for full retirement benefits, now 65, is scheduled to begin climW-
ing in stages in the next century, and will reach age 67 in the year 2027.
Greenspan didn'*t suggest a specific new age target, but said it should reflect
increased longevity and the fact that fewer Americans have "physically arduous work."
Many experts have suggested 70 as a retirement age that would accurately reflect
the changes in health and longevity since Social Security was adopted by Congress
in 1935. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is chair of the task force, which has offered a
proposal to raise the retirement age to 70 in the year 2040.
"The Senate will show courage on Social Security when the time comes," Gregg
said after the hearing, noting that the Senate had voted to increase the Medicare eli-
gibility age to 67 from 65 earlier this year when it adopted legislation to baaT
the federal budget.

Americans support
higher gas prices
WASHINGTON - In a survey that
left business lobbyists stunned and envi-
ronmentalists gloating, a poll made pub-
lic yesterday found strong support
among Americans for higher gasoline
prices, if the increase - up to 25 cents
a gallon - would help reduce global
But, even after a year of elevated
political attention devoted to the phe-
nomenon, the survey found a drop in the
percentage of Americans who are con-
cerned about it, and a sizable majority
who believe all countries should share in
the effort to contain it.
The poll, conducted by the Pew
Center for the People and the Press, pro-
vides a rare look at public attitudes on
environmental and economic questions
as international negotiators approach a
final round of talks to produce a pact on
mitigating the impact of a changing cli-
The poll contained relatively good
news for environmental groups and

President Clinton.
Of the 1,200 people surveyed last
week, 66 percent said they had "a
lot" or "some" confidence in envi-
ronmental groups to "strike the right
balance between protecting the envi-
ronment and keeping the economy
Couple happy after
birth of septuplets
CARLISLE, Iowa - Looking like a
man who may never stop smiling,
Kenny McCaughey stood at the altar in
his small-town church and described
the joy of fathering septuplets - the
four boys and three girls who were bo
Wednesday in a Des Moines hospita
While he beamed, the family was
promised everything from a new home
to a lifetime supply of Pampers.
Donations and offers of help rolled into
this town of 3,500, located seven miles
south of Des Moines. McCaughey
drove away from a news conference in
a 15-passenger, $28,000 Chevrolet
Express van donated by his employer.



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Iraq to allow U.N.
inspectors back
Nations ordered its weapons inspectors
back into Iraq yesterday after the gov-
ernment of Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein turned away from a confronta-
tion that had threatened to draw the
United States into renewed warfare in
the Persian Gulf.
U.S. military forces converging on
the gulf did not immediately stand
down, however, reflecting the attitude
at the United Nations and in
Washington that the crisis will not end
until the inspectors have returned to
Baghdad and resumed their work
hunting down and dismantling
Hussein's weapons of mass destruc-
Richard Butler, the Australian
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effort, said 77 staff members would fly
into Baghdad from nearby Bahrain by
noon today and be back on the job
He has said they will have catching
up to do after three weeks of being

blocked from inspections and may
have to penetrate new Iraqi attempts
to cover up work on prohibited
President Clinton cautiously wel-
comed the reversal even while orden@
more American firepower within strik-
ing distance of Iraq.
Islamic goup ma
put a haltto attac
CAIRO, Egypt - Three days after
claiming responsibility for the slaugh-
ter of 58 foreign tourists in Luxor o
Monday, Egypt's largest militant grou
said it would suspend further attacks if
the government secured the release of
its spiritual leader, Sheik Omar Abdel
Rahman, from prison .in the United
In a statement faxed to foreign news
agencies, the Islamic Group also
demanded that the government release
jailed members of the organization and
sever relations with "the Zionist entity,"
otherwise known as Israel.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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