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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 14, 1998 - 3A

'U' awarded $1.2
million to better
science classes
The University received $1.2 mil-
lion from the Howard Hughes
Wedical Institute, which is donating
more than $91 million to strengthen
undergraduate education programs
in biological sciences at universities
across the country.
Proposals were elicited from 191
research and doctoral universities.
Out of that number, 58 institutions
were selected to receive awards
ranging from $1.2 million to $2.2
million. The University has received
money from HHMI before.
In sum, HHMI has distributed
,more than $700 million in grants
since 1988. Both private and public
institution were awarded grant
U' names 17 new
Journalism Fellows
Seventeen journalists from
round the world have been named
Michigan Journalism Fellows for
1998-99. This year's batch came
from the United States, Asia and
South America.
Fellows receive $30,000 stipends
and full tuition coverage. They par-
ticipate in seminars revolving
around journalistic and academic
The program is coordinated by
i rmer Time magazine correspond-
d Charles Eisendrath and is spon-
sored by news organizations and
individual donations
Free seminar to
address physician
assisted suicide
The Ethics Committee of the
Medical Center is sponsoring a sem-
inar on doctor assisted suicide enti-
tIed, "The Aid-in-Dying Vote: Are
Physician-assisted Suicide and
Hospice Care Incompatible?"
The public forum will be held
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the
Mendelssohn Theater in the
Michigan League.
The seminar will feature Edward
fierce, chair of Merian's Friends,
ary Lindquist, director of Arbor
Hospice and Jessica Berg, academic
director of the Institute for Ethics of
the American Medical Association.
The event is free.
Former 'M'
baseball players
%et to bat at 'U'
Current and former Wolverine
baseball players will gather Sunday,
Sept. 20 at Ray Fisher Stadium to
participate in the second alumni
game to take place during Michigan
baseball coach Geoff Zahn's tenure.
The game is slated to last three to
four innings . The day will kick off
with a brunch at 10 a.m. at the
": ichigan Golf Course Clubhouse.

Program urges
minority students
towards medicine
" Starting this fall, a program designed
to get more minority students in the
Ypsilanti Public Schools into health care
areers will kick off at the University.
The program, named Health
Occupations Partners in Education, joins
the efforts of representatives from seven
different schools and colleges at the
University, as well as representatives
from the University Hospitals and pri-
vate industry.
To operate, HOPE has received a
> $350,000, five-year grant from the
Association of American Medical
HOPE has several components,
including a weekend mentorship pro-
gram, the creation of a HOPE
Educational Task Force composed of
Ypsilanti area parents and teachers and a
presentation series.
-Daily Staff Reporters
Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud and
Katie Plona compiled this report.

By Kelly O'Connor
For the Daily
Downtown shoppers will soon have
another option in the Ann Arbor park-
ing game.
Soon the Ann Arbor Downtown
Development Authority will act on
year-old plans to renovate the parking
structure on the corner of Fourth
Street and Washington Street.
"Construction on the ramp will
begin in the near future," said Joe
Morehouse, physical and administra-
tional director of the DDA. "It should
be completely finished in about a
The DDA tore down the structure
last year because of its condition.
"Basically, the lot could not function.
We had no choice but to tear it down
and rebuild," Morehouse said.
The construction of the new ramp
should noticeably affect merchants in
the area.
"When the ramp first closed a
year and a half ago, we noticed a
10-percent decrease in business
right away," said Ann Arbor
Brewing Co. Manager Rene Greff.
"I think many customers are opting
to go to the Briarwood area and to
chain restaurants that have their
own parking lots. They would
rather do that than struggle to find
a spot."
Due to downtown businesses'
heavy reliance on public parking, stu-
dent employees will continue to expe-

3-year-old Half
Shekel campaign
kicks off again

Parking lots throughout the city of Ann Arbor are commonly full. But, the city
plans to go ahead with construction plans it has had on hold.

By Adam Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The three-year-old United Jewish
Appeal Half Shekel Campaign, which
started up again last night, is sending
out its old message in a new way.
"It's not about money, it's about peo-
ple," said Hillel Executive Director
Michael Brooks, who is also the creator
of the program.
Brooks said he hopes the campaign
will help people in need and unite the
Jewish community and others who
want to help.
Several Half Shekel campaign
members spoke to an audience of about
100 people at Hillel last night. Brooks
and UJA Half Shekel Student
Coordinator Roy Elis, an LSA senior,
encouraged the audience to get
involved by donating money and
informing others of the message.
Elis said the two main goals of the
fundraising campaign are "to build
community and promote the Jewish
concepts of Tzdekah - charity - and
Tikun olam - repairing the world."
The donations from Half Shekel are
given locally, nationally and interna-
"Half of the money is used in the
states, supporting Jewish schools, bat-
tered women organizations and the
homeless," Elis said. "The other half is
put into an international fund. That
money either goes to Israel, helps Jews
in places like North Africa and Russia
emigrate to Israel or is put into an emer-
gency fund, which helps both Jews and
non-Jews in need."
After giving any amount of money,

the donator will receive a maize and
blue button.
"Soon enough, we hope to have all
Jews on campus wearing the button
along with anyone else who believes
in our message," Elis said. "We're
giving away the buttons to represent
values of giving and helping out other
During his speech, Brooks stressed
the importance of the new means to get
across his message.
"Money is ,important, but getting
people involved is most important to
unite the community," Brooks said.
Since its birth, Half Shekel has been
adopted by organizations at 12 other
universities including Northwestern
University, University of Pennsylvania
and Johns Hopkins University.
Rabbi Rich Kirschen, another orga-
nizer of the campaign, encourages stu-
dents to show their support by talking
with members of the campaign at
Hillel, at tables in the Diag, at the
Angell Hall computing site, in the
dorms or in the Greek system.
Representatives from various frater-
nities and sororities came to last night's
speech to get information and spread
the Half Shekel message.
"I'm a representative for the Greek
system. I will promote this program
throughout other fraternities and
sororities," said Delta Sigma Phi
President and Business junior Jordan
A UJA video was also shown last
night. It included personal accounts of
individuals helped by the UJA dona-

rience the parking crunch until con-
struction is complete.
"We have no employee parking,
Greff said. "All employees must find
places to park on their own."
Some merchants say consumers
have misconceptions about parking.
"The perception is that parking is
not available," said Kelly, manager of
the Common Language bookstore.
"The reality is that it is available
people just don't know where.
"Many lots sit half empty while
people drive around the block 17
times;' Kelly said. "People also don't
realize that most downtown mer-
chants will validate their parking."
Both students and merchants are

anxious for the ramp to be completed.
Wre looking forward to it being
cons-tructed," Kelly said.
Finding a place to park, both in
town and on campus, has been an
ongoing problem for students.
"Ps terrible,' Engineering junior
Joe Pon etti said. "I don't drive on
campus often because there is no
where t o park."
Stories of tickets and run-ins with
Ann Arbor or campus parking offi-
cials abound.
"My friend got towed on his first
day here," LSA first-year student Ted
Velie said. "lie had to go all the way
to North Campus and pay a $200 fine
to get his car back."

Continued from Page 1A
to be contrite ... while simultaneously
aggressively attacking through his
lawyers the whole process and splitting
legalistic hairs, there's a disconnect
there;' Lott said.
Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation,"
Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), agreed that
the legal defense may be undercutting
Clinton's public shows of contrition.
"I don't know if he's perjured him-
self"he said. "But if you come and say to
the American people that 'I'm legally
correct, I didn't have sexual relations
with Monica Lewinsky,' you're going to
With Congress returning to town
today for the first time since Starr's
report was released publicly, members of
Congress and lawyers for Clinton
engaged in a pitched battle for public
opinion as the House Judiciary
Committee ponders whether to com-
mence an impeachment inquiry.
Over the weekend, committee mem-
bers began sifting through 17 boxes of
unreleased materials that form the basis
of Starr's allegations. Just how quickly
any impeachment proceeding might
unfold is difficult to say with certainty.
Some members, including Senate
Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.),
have proposed a lame-duck session of
Congress to resolve the controversy after
the November elections. But House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), has said
he remains inclined to let the House
adjourn for the year in early October.
Lott, for his part, said he does not "see
any way" to complete an impeachment
process in the current 105th Congress.
"I think we should not delay," he said.
"At the same time, I do not think we
should rush to judgment."
The president spent the day at the
White House. Skipping church, he tend-
ed to an array of public business, accord-
ing to deputy White House chief of staff
John Podesta. Although Podesta said
Clinton had not read Starr's 445-page
report on his affair with Lewinsky and
the case for impeachment, the scandal
clearly was on his mind.
In mid-morning, he telephoned
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has
criticized Clinton and urged him to
issue a full apology. The chair of the
Senate Judiciary Committee later char-
acterized the conversation as "a very
hard-hitting, very ,good exchange of
what I feel and what he feels."
On "Face the Nation" shortly after-
ward, Hatch urged Clinton to "quit split-

ting legal hairs," and to offer an unequiv-
ocal apology that is not contradicted by
his attorneys' arguments.
He added: "If they'll quit playing this
legal game, and start being what he is
a basically warm, winning person who
the American people have liked from the
beginning, if he'll do that, and just
acknowledge, 'Yeah, I've done some
really bad things, I really screwed up
here,' my gosh, I think the president
could get through this"
Clinton also spoke by telephone for
about 25 minutes with French President
Jacques Chirac, according to PN.
Crowley, a White House spokesperson.
Chirac, who initiated the call, talked to
the president about Iraq, Kosovo, Russia
and various European security issues,
Crowley said.
Clinton stopped by a reception for
Jewish leaders in the Old Executive
Office Building, next to the White
Ilouse, marking the fifth anniversary of
the signing of the Middle East peace
accord between Yitzhak Rabin, the late
prime minister of Israel, and Palestinian
leader Yassir Arafat.
The president also met with
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
and Defense Secretary William Cohen,
a session that Crowley described as a
follow-up to a similar meeting Saturday
in which Clinton took part. Crowley
said the meeting touched on a number
of national security issues, including
terrorism, but did not involve a crisis or
The president is speaking tomorrow
to the Council on Foreign Relations in
New York, in what aides are calling a
major address on the global economy.
On yesterday's airwaves, Clinton's
lawyers were hard-pressed to explain
why, in their view, the president had not
committed perjury
In the end, as White House Counsel
Charles Ruff contended repeatedly, there
was nothing in his client's conduct to
form the basis for impeachment proceed-
ings -- even if, as Clinton has admitted,
he had misled the American people.
Starr also came under fire yesterday,
with Clinton defenders characterizing
his report as unnecessarily graphic in its
depiction of sexual encounters between
Clinton and Lewinsky.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.),
said of Starr on "Meet the Press:" "He's
on trial as much as the president is on
trial. This report that he's put out, with
all of these lurid details, shocking
some, embarrassing all - I mean, it's a
signal about where he's coming from,
who he is."

Students rush to get nlvolved
as Festifal attracts large Crowd

By Nika Schulte
Dly Staf Reporter
Crowding the Diag with giveaways, pamphlets and thou-
sands offstudents, the largest Festifall ever introduced campus
newcomers to the University's organizations Friday.
Music first-year student Lisa Garcia said she attended
Festitll to find out more about what the University offered
and she was amazed at the number of groups on campus.
"At orientation they said there's something for everyone
here. This proves it," Garcia said.
Roger Fisher, an organizer for the one-day event, said
Festifall is the University's chance to acquaint first-year stu-
dents with the many opportunities and services that exist out-
side of the classroom.
"Students can get together, walk around, find out about the
community and learn not only how to get involved, but what
services they can get," said Fisher, the assistant director for
campus activities and programs for the Student Activities and
Leadership Office.
"This is our one focus time to capture attention of first-year
students" Fisher said.
Groups attracted student attention by using such antics as
raftling a bicycle to donning costumes.
Using a horn and wearing a house costume, LSA senior
Justin Smith was the "roving division" for the Student Co-ops.
"Ihis just shows the creativity and personal cooperation
that are part of the co-op,' Smith said.
In addition to the smiles and laughs, Smith said the walk-
ing ad was a way to receive a lot of attention,
Students will "remember the co-ops. We are scaring away
those we wouldn't want and attracting those we would."
Although last year's Festifall had 260 participants, this
year's was able to accommodate 100 more, even groups that
were temporarily wait-listed.
"Everyone who wanted a spot got a spot. The new Diag con-
struction allowed the space to accommodate more than in pre-
vious years," Fisher said.
Michelle Han, president of the Korean Students
Association, said the biggest benefit of Festifall is location.
"Everyone's going through. It's an easy way for people to

A group of students huddle around the Wolverines for
Primate Conservation table Friday during Festifall.
get to know about our group. It's not easy for us to get to
know them through a flier.?
Chris Barbeau, a University alumnus and staff member for
The Ring of Steel Theatrical Combat and Stunt Group, said con-
centrating all of the booths on the Diag improved their exposure.
"Last year our location was over by Rackham and was not
nearly as effective,' Barbeau said.
Festifall allows an animated organization, like The Ring of
Steel group, to really display their talents, Barbeau said.
"When we say we do stunts it only conjures up images of
blue screens and wires. This shows them that somebody's real-
ly doing them," Barbeau said.
"People are amazed to see that there are no wires attached
and the realize the real weight of the weapons, he said.
LSA sophomore Mohiba Khan said she thinks all
University students can learn from Festifall.
"A lot of sophomores, juniors and seniors think Festifall
is a first-year student event, but I think any age benefits,
Khan said.
Not only can students use the event to learn about other
groups, but so do the organizations that are there.


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