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allowing a statistical adjustment.
Justice Antonin Scalia seemed to
agree, saying that if actual enumeration
allows census numbers to be estimated,
"what is excluded - rolling the dice?"
But justices John Paul Stevens and
Stephen Breyer questioned House
lawyer Maureen Mahoney's contention
that census-takers cannot estimate how
Mhany people are in an apartment
building, for example, if nobody
"Can they put down zero?"
Stevens asked. Yes, Mahoney
' "Even if the lights go on and off in
the evening?" added Breyer.
Lower courts have ruled that the
federal census law bars the use of

statistical methods to adjust the cen-
But Scalia questioned why courts
were involved in the dispute between
the Clinton administration and the
House. "I don't like injecting us into a
battle between two branches" of gov-
ernment, he said.
The census is conducted mostly by
mail, and about two-thirds of American
citizens return their forms. Census
workers then begin knocking on doors
to find the rest, but that does not always
The Clinton administration wants
to find 90 percent of Americans
through those methods and estimate
the rest. Then, it would conduct a
separate survey of 750,000 people
across the country to decide where
people have been under- or over-

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UCLA's undergraduate student govern-
"The university and the students bene-
fit exponentially" from TA labor, Geyer
said. "The university's dragging their feet
and the undergraduates are paying."
But like Razza, she said undergradu-
ate students are being very supportive
despite the absence of their teachers at
a critical time.
"The undergraduates know how
important TAs are to this university ...
what's crazy is that the university does-
n't recognize the same thing' she said.
Christian Sweeney, a graduate stu-
dent at the University of California at
Berkeley and a member of the execu-
tive board of Berkeley's Association of
Graduate Student Employees, said that
of the approximately 9,000 TAs across
the California campuses, two-thirds
signed the cards for union recognition.
And although he said yesterday he
couldn't estimate how many people
would participate in the strike, the
strike vote "was really strong," with 87
percent of 4,750 TA votes in favor of it.
Sweeney said the strike includes pick-
eting and completely withholding labor.
The University of Michigan's
Graduate Employees Organization sup-
ports the California strike, along with
the National Association of Graduate
Professional Students and the Coalition
of Graduate Employees Union.
Mark Dilley, the University's GEO
organizer, said there are 13 recognized

graduate employee unions at universi-
ties nationwide.
"But a huge majority of our graduate
employees don't have unions," Dilley
said, and many are in the same boat as
the California system - trying to gain
recognition on campus.
He said the University's GSIs fought
to get a union, which was first recog-
nized in 1975 after a month-long strike.
The union had to go to court to bargain
in a six-year-long battle between the
GSIs and the University, but the GEO
finally won the right to organize in 1981.
The University's GEO chapter is cur-
rently negotiating a contract renewal
with the administration. The current
contract expires Feb. 1, 1999.
Dilley said the CGEU conferences
help other GSI organizations struggling
for recognition with bargaining and orga-
nizing tactics, such as the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Toby Higbie, a graduate student and
communications director of Illinois'
GEO, said they have been organizing for
several years to gain recognition by
administration. They currently are
appealing the decision that claimed they
are students, not employees, he said.
The university "is bound by law to
recognize them ... they're defying the
decision of the judge," Higbie said.
He said the administration in
California is being obstinate, and Illinois'
GEO supports the decision to strike.
"They've gone through all the appro-
priate channels," he said. "It's a shame
that they have to go to these lengths for


Clinton pledges aid to Palestinians

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WASHINGTON - The United States and 42 other nations pledged mord(an
$3 billion yesterday to help alleviate Palestinian poverty. Yasser Arafat declared
himself satisfied, and stepped up his rancorous exchanges with Israel by declarin
Jerusalem "occupied territory" that should be turned over to the Arabs.
The outpouring of pledges at a one-day conference at the State Department gave
visible backing to President Clinton as he sought to push the Mideast peace effbrt
"No peace stands a chance of lasting if it does not deliver real results to ordinary
people," Clinton said in urging the European, Asian and Arab nations to do better
than the $2.3 billion pledged five years ago.
Clinton met privately with Arafat at the White House, hearing his complainmthat
Israel had not released enough political prisoners under the Wye agreement the
president helped arrange in October.
"I am satisfied," Arafat said in response to the announcement by Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright that "it appears the delegations pledged more than $.il-
lion." She called the response "a substantial achievement." -,4
The European Union pledged $2 billion in assistance to Palestinians on the Ykst
Bank and in Gaza over five years, Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schuessel
said at a windup news conference.

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"We are not attempting to defend
Clinton," Collins' statement said. "We
are trying to defend the short- and long-
term interests of this country."
Nor is the group offering up specific
suggestions on how the federal govern-
mDent might bring their hearings to a
swift conclusion.
"To take a position on this ques-
tion would distract us from our
major goals," Collins said in his
While he isn't in support of the
group, Adam Silver, president of the
University's chapter of the College
Republicans, said continuing on the
impeachment track is not a wise choice
for Republicans.
"As a Republican, it is costly for us to
pursue it," Silver said. "The country
doesn't want impeachment. They've
made that clear."
Political science Professor Christopher
Achen said attempts such as the group';

mailing campaign have varied effects on
Washington's decision makers.
"Sometimes they're effective,"
Achen said. "Other times, if the mem-
bers of Congress feel they don't repre-
sent any new information, they will be
But despite the threat of being over-
looked, Mad as Hell members said they
will continue their efforts.
The group adopted the overall
goal of returning the country to a
"path of dignity." The idea stems
from a recent editorial by former
President Gerald Ford, which
appeared in The New York Times.
Ford argued against impeachment
for fear of the effect it could have on
the nation.
Collins' statement also stressed
that the effort is not limited by party
The movement "represents all
Americans whom we are asking to
stand and join us, leaving aside polit-
ical and other differences ...,"
Collins said.
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Anyone with information about the
crimes should contact DPS officials at
763-1131 or the anonymous tip line at
LSA first-year student Sarah
Johnson said she feels safe leaving her
possessions in her West Quad room.
"If someone really wants to break
into a room, they could," Johnson said.
"The odds of it being your room are
particularly low."

Reno postpones
decision on Ickes
General Janet Reno postponed a
decision yesterday on whether an
independent counsel should investi-
gate a former top White House aide
who is accused of lying about aid
for a union that contributed to
Reno obtained approval from a
special court for up to 60 more days
to review the case of former White
House deputy chief of staff Harold
The court found she had "shown
good cause for the requested exten-
sion," but Reno's reasons were not
made public. She asked the court to
seal the document explaining her need
for more time, according to people
familiar with the case.
Reno met during the day with aides
who re divided on how she should
handle the allegation that Ickes com-
mitted penury before a Senate commit-
tee about the administrations efforts on

behalf of the Teamsters Union .ia. a
1995 strike against Diamond Walnut
Aides were advocating each of three
options: ordering a counsel investig
tion, rejecting that idea, or asking
special court for 60 more days to-kiook
into the question.
Republicans expald.
inqiy to fundaism
WASHINGTON - Republicans on
the House impeachment panel moved
yesterday to subpoena FBI Dir or
Louis Freeh and a federal prosecutoran
gain access to their secret memos laying'
out alleged fund-raising irregularities in
President Clinton's 1996 campaign.
"The committee has received infor-
mation which suggests that the cam-
paign finance abuse memos may con-
tain allegations of criminal wrongdoing
by the president," said Paul McNu, a
Republicans spokesperson for -the
House Judiciary Committee. ;"fhe
committee is duty-bound to investiat
that information."


Reports detail
spread of AIDS
-'T1 startling reports on AIDS show
the disease is spreading so rapidly in
South Africa that it threatens to perpet-
uate the ills of apartheid by crippling
the economy and devastating families
for decades to come.
Released to coincide with today's
World AIDS Day, the reports say that
while the AIDS epidemic was slow in
coming to South Africa and its neigh-
bors, it has arrived with a vengeance.
The region has become the hardest-hit
in the world. One in 10 people infected
with the human immunodeficiency
virus worldwide lives in South Africa.
"Some of the advances made by the
new South African democracy will be
reversed unless we act now' said J.
David Whaley, the United Nations' res-
ident coordinator in South Africa.
U.N. officials, authors of one of the
two reports released yesterday in South
Africa, have chosen to focus World
AIDS Day for the first time on southern
Africa because of what they characterize

as an "unprecedented emergency"' only
fully recognized in the past year
On average, one person is anfected
with HIV every minute in South Africa,
according to data compiled by the tJN.
Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS. If
the trend continues over the next deeide
the average South African can expeef to
live just 40 years.
Russian government
delays budget talk:'
MOSCOW - Russia's goverfrent
canceled a budget debate yestefdiy,
one day before a visit by the head of.t e
International Monetary Fund - i 1h
is demanding a sound budget as a c4'-
dition for giving more aid to the crfs-
ridden country.
The budget discussion was. .filst
rescheduled Thursday, then -post-
poned until next week. The govern-
ment insisted the delay was not con-
nected with the visit by IMFchde
Michel Camdessus, but gave kw
other details.
- Compiled from Daily wire rvpor.

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