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cations were backlogged - there is no backlog today,'
But some glitches in the system have created major
problems for users. "We are not without out our chal-
lenges," Patterson said.
Patterson said there is a significant delay in the pro-
cessing of University payments to employees and ven-
dors. Monthly financial reports across the University
are also experiencing delays.
"The system is working but it is taking longer than
is acceptable," Patterson said.
Michigan Student Assembly Treasurer Brain Elias
said the slowness of M-Pathways has prevented MSA
from seeing current financial statements.
"All year long, we haven't been able to get an up-to-
date financial report;" Elias said.
He said the delays in receiving financial reports
have caused MSA to be conservative in spending.
"We don't know how much money we have" Elias
Despite the moderate performance of the new
financial systems, more than 64,000 checks total-
ing $337 million and more than 44,000 purchase'
orders have been processed by M-Pathways to
Switching from the old systems to M-Pathways has
also been troublesome for many users.
"We underestimated how difficult it was going to
be," Patterson said.
Along with assistance on the Internet, a telephone
help desk receives 300400 calls a day, Patterson said.
Provost Nancy Cantor said many M-Pathways users
are having trouble with the new systems.
"We are really trying to answer each individual e-
mail from faculty," Cantor said. "They just want this
Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin said the
problems are being solved. "Significant changes are
made every month. We're going to keep chipping
away one user at a time" Kasdin said.
The regents also discussed other projects, approved
assorted resolutions and heard various reports at the
A review of the Year of Humanities and Arts
was presented by Julie Ellison, associate vice pres-
ident for research. YoHA's mission was to build
educational communities through the arts and
Town-Gown 2000, a program associated with
YoHA, will bring artists and scholars from universi-
ties and local communities together to establish
national networks for arts and humanities.
A White House Town-Gown 2000 conference will
be held March 11. University President Lee Bollinger
will preside over the conference.
The regents approved design schematics for two
new helipads for the University Hospitals. The new
site, located below East Medical Drive, will be fully
landscaped and be linked to the University Hospitals
by a 250-foot tunnel.
N Susan Feagin, vice president for development,
reported that 10,000 more gifts have been bequeathed
to the University this year than last.
University alumnus Claude Shannon was pro-
filed in a new monthly regents program UM Greats,
started to showcase the accomplishments of gradu-
ates who have had a significant impact on the
Shannon's "mathematical model is the basis of all
information technology used today," said Executive
Vice President for Research Fawwaz Ulbay.
® Members from the MSA spoke on the review
process for the Student Code of Conduct.
"I was very impressed with the report that came
from MSA ... I think it forms the basis to make the
Code better," Regent Laurence Deitch (D-Bloomfield
® Members from the Graduate Employee
Organization informed the board about the current
contract negotiations with the University. GEO spoke
on the problems with the current contract.
use it to bolster the Social Security
In effect, the plan would be equiva-
ystem sol- lent to earmarking 62 percent of the
instead of surplus to pay down the national debt.
, as current The other 38 percent would be turned
over to Medicare, national defense and
elp reduce a new retirement investment account
he next 15 for workers.
early a cen- But analysts say the government
ost national would actually pay down the debt
t of money faster under Clinton's previous plan,
tment and proposed a year ago.
Under that formula, 100 percent of
re econom- the surplus would have been dedicated
dard of liv- to debt reduction.
What budget experts find most frus-
's proposal trating about the new proposal is its
convoluted mechanics, which White
he govern- House officials carefully omitted
ent of the when Clinton unveiled it Tuesday in
deral bud- his State of the Union address. It has
ween now taken many analysts a day or two just
ion - and to digest all the details.
AROUND THE NATION
Conservatives attack Governor Bush
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Presidential hopefuls courted conservative activists
Thursday by attacking the early GOP front-runner, George W Bush, and "mushy
moderates" in the establishment wing of the party.
The sniping, coming a year before the first primary votes will be cast, was part
of a busy day in GOP politics. Among the other developments:
Bush's Vice President Dan Quayle said last night he will file a formal stag=
ment of candidacy next week, the first step in his bid for the presidency. "I've
thought about this for a long time. I've wanted to be president for a long time,
and the year 2000 is looking like my opportunity," he said on CNN's "Larry King
"When you say compassionate conservatism, you are basically attacking con-
servatism because you are saying conservatives aren't compassionate," Quayle
The Republican National Committee, opened its three-day winter meeting
in Washington. The highlight will be the vote today to determine whether to oust
Chairman Jim Nicholson for the party's poor showing in 1998 elections.
Supporters of Florida party Chairman Tom Slade, the only challenger, gain
some momentum Thursday but needs several Nicholson backers to switch ther
allegiance in secret balloting.
phase of Cli
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while the presentation was eloquent,
it was not the whole truth. Hyde said
the House managers made a mistake
when they did not fight for rebuttal
time in the Senate, but added he
hopes the impending question period
will serve that purpose.
"Hopefully, they'll give us a little
wiggle room so we can get in some
rebittal." 14vde -aid
As the President's case drew to a
close, senators switched their focus
to the next phase of the trial - their
questions and the following votes on
dismissal, witnesses and the articles
themselves. But there was some dis-
agreement about just how that
process will proceed.
Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) said
early in the day that he had been
told in a caucus meeting of all
Senate Democrats that the push for
witnesses by "some hard-core
Republicans" was waning, and a
vote on the articles might come
early next week.
But Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott (R-Miss.) said that while he had
heard that rumor in the press, it is
"I've heard that spin from the
Democrats," Lott said after the trial.
"We're continuing to talk to each
cus on next
in ton s trial
other across the aisle."
Lott said he hoped senators would
not jump to a vote on the article
without first deposing witnesses, a
proposition that some Democrats are
circulating. Chief among those is
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who said
an option to move past the vote on
dismissal and straight to a vote on
the articles is "percolating."
"The effect (of the proposal)
would be to take politics out of the
current construct," Kerry said.
Lott said many proposals are being
discussed, but there has not been a
decision on the exact way to pro-
He said the Senate will do its best
to gain all the pertinent information
and draw conclusions based on the
"That way we'll be able to walk
away knowing we did the right thing,
and hopefully it's the right thing for
America," Lott said.
Democrats insist there is bi-parti-
san support for a move to a final
vote, but they will not specify from
where the Republican support is
"We'll be better off if we can make
some decisions and move on," Sen.
Bryon Dorgan (D-N.D.) said. "I
think the American people are better
served by a vote up or down on the
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keep the Social Security s
vent through the year 2055
running into deficit in 2032
They also say it would h
the national debt during t
years to its lowest level in n
tury. That in turn would bo
saving, increase the amoun
available for private inves
drive interest rates down.
The ultimate payoffs: mo
ic growth and a higher stani
On the surface, Clinton
seems simple enough.
If the lan were enacted, t
ment would take 62 perc
cumulative $4.4 trillion in ft
get surpluses expected bet
and 2015 - about $2.7 trill
Research: cells may
WASHINGTON -A patient's own
cells might someday be used to grow
new organs - a development suggest-
ed by a breakthrough lab experiment
that found the building-block cells
that normally make brain tissue in
adult mice could be changed into
These so-called stem cells, the foun-
dation source of the body's tissue, have
been identified as a way to make new
skin, liver and other organs. But in pre-
vious research the cells were harvested
from embryos, a technique that set off a
storm of ethical objections.
The new research suggests that even
mature stem cells, such as from the
adult brain or bone marrow, can
change into the progenitor cells for
other types of tissue.
If such a technique also workes in
humans, embryos may not be needed
for such research.
"You may be able to use your own
stem cells to make new tissue," said
Angelo Vescovi, head of a team that
conducted the mouse experiment. "As
a concept, I don't see any problem in
adult stem cells being used to make
new skin, for instance."
The research shows "there are alterna-
tive strategies" to harvesting stem c4
from embryos, said Ronald McKay, a
National Institutes of Health researcher
and a pioneer in stem cell studies.
Four killed in
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --
Tornadoes and funnel clouds tore,
across Arkansas on yesterday, collaps-
ing the front of a downtown groce
store and knocking over trees at t
At least four people were killed -
including a baby in the small town of
Beebe northeast of Little Rock. More
than a dozen were injured statewide
and tens of thousands were without
Three people were hurt at the
Harvest Foods store that was implod-
ed in a matter of seconds.
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began marching north from the Diag.
Shouting chants of "Who does the
work? - we do the work," as cars
honked support from the streets, they
finished their march in front of the
Literature, Science and Arts Building.
Negotiations between GEO and the
University were scheduled to begin there
later in the day.
During yesterday's negotiations, the
University responded to GEO's wage
counterproposal which requested,
among other things, a 27 percent wage
increase in GSIs' salaries.
Dan Gamble, the University's chief
negotiator, said the University reinforced
its original proposal of a 2.5 percent
guaranteed annual salary increase yes-
terday. Gamble said this was the mini-
mum amount GSIs would get, adding
that their increase would be equivalent to
that of the faculty's.
Gamble's negotiating team also pre-
sented GEO with salaries of other
GSIs throughout the country.
Through this presentation, Gamble
said he wanted to show the graduate
employees they were being paid well
compared to other universities' GSIs.
"My whole goal today was to tell
them we (the negotiating team) looked
at the other schools," Gamble said.
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"None of the GSIs' other salaries
approached theirs at all."
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs Chair William
Ensminger said that although he is
aware of the negotiations, he is uncer-
tain of the details.
Many GEO members were dissatis-
fied with the University's presentation,
dubbing it ineffective.
"The administrators refused to take
GEO's wage proposal seriously"
Susan Chimonas, a doctoral Sociology
"This was not a counterproposal.
Instead they just got statistics from
other schools about wages."
Chimonas added that since the
University's response included nothing
about cost of living, the statistics were
meaningless to GEO.
"Everyone knows $1 buys more in
one place than in another,' Chimonas
said. "Without the cost of living infor-
mation, the dollar values of wages did-
n't mean anything. They kind of wast-
ed our time." One reason GEO wants
such a significant GSI salary increase
is the cost of living in Ann Arbor.
Dirnbach said the average GSI
spends more than 40 percent of their
monthly income on rent, leaving rea-
sonably little money left for other
Gamble said the negotiation team
did not include cost of living informa-
tion in its presentation because GEO
would be dissatisfied with whatever
"No cost of living information was
going to be high enough for them to
reinforce their proposal," Gamble said.
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executive officers did not change
and the faculty's average percent
dropped from 4.9percent to 4.7 per-
"We built the budget in part
around emphasizing, putting a prior-
ity on, faculty salaries," Provost
Nancy Cantor said.
Cantor said her office has made a
conscience effort to hike faculty pay
increases. Cantor ranked No. 21 on
this year's list, one of two females to
make the top 25.
The University's highest paid
employee continues to be Vice
President for Medical Affairs
Gilbert Omenn. His salary reflected
an increase of 3 percent, bringing his
salary to $515,000.
AROUND THE WORLD }
Naval journalist put
on trial in Russia
MOSCOW - An outspoken naval
journalist who exposed the Russian
navy's dumping of nuclear waste in the
Pacific was put on trial for treason yes-
terday in what his backers charged was a
politically motivated attempt to silence
The Russian government, increas-
ingly using secrecy laws to protect
the military from embarrassing reve-
lations, has charged navy Capt.
Grigory Pasko with selling classified
defense information to an undis-
closed foreign country.
Pasko's trial parallels the case of for-
mer navy Capt. Alexander Nikitin, who
was tried on espionage charges in St.
Petersburg last fall after he helped a
Norwegian environmental group prepare
a report exposing radioactive pollution
by the Rtzssian navy above the Arctic
Circle. Russia's Supreme Court is sched-
uled to hear appeals in Nikitin's case next
The Pasko case hinges on his video-
taping of and reporting on the Pacific
Fleet's disposal of radioactive waste in
the Sea of Japan. As a correspondent
for the military newspaper Boyevaya
Vakhta (Combat Watch) in the F
East city of Vladivostok, Pasko pr
vided reports on the dumping to a
Japanese newspaper and televisior
station, but his supporters say he never
divulged any secret material.
Many travel to see
Pope in Mexico
HUEYTLALPAN, Mexico -.
Hundreds of Roman Catholic bishopP
from throughout the Americas joined
thousands of faithful yesterday in con-
verging on Mexico City - all to wel-
come Pope John Paul II on his visit to
this passionately devout nation.
Among them were several dozen
Totonaco Indians from the mountains'
of Mexico's Sierra Norte, preparing for
a rough, six-hour pilgrimage over
treacherous roads for a once-in-a-life-
time chance to see the pope, wh
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