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January 27, 1999
MSA : lit Iraqi sanctions
Assembly members also
shun recent actions of Ann
Arbor Police Department
By Jewel Oopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
After more than two hours of arguments
and debate, the Michigan Student Assembly
passed a resolution to "Condone the lift of
sanctions on Iraq" by one vote last night.
Citing that "there is a clear causal link
between the embargo and the unprecedented
rate of death and disease in Iraq," assembly
members resolved to support lifting U. S.
economic sanctions on Iraq, with conditions
"for military technology and machinery," and
to sponsor projects to inform the student pop-
ulation on economic sanctions.
"It is a humanitarian disaster"said Business
School Rep. Will Youmans, the resolution's
sponsor. "The resolutions will raise conscious-
ness and awareness about the sanctions."
The proposal attracted several people,
including members of the student body and
alumni, to speak in support of the resolution.
University alumnus Philip Krute said he
would be proud of an assembly that takes a
stance on this issue.
"I haven't always been proud of everything
the University stands for," Krute said. "It
would be a powerful statement against our
LSA senior Amer Ardati, who has family
in Iraq, encouraged the assembly ;to vote for
condoning the lift of sanctions on Iraq.
"If you take the stance, you represent
35,000 students," Ardati said.
Some members who voted against the reso-
lution questioned MSA's role in foreign affairs.
"I don't believe MSA should be debating
issues that are international such as this," said
Mehul Madia, an LSA representative who
voted against the resolution.
When the resolution vote came down to 1 I
for, 10 against and eight abstentions, MSA
President Trent Thompson had the opportu-
nity to vote. Thompson opted not to offer his
vote on the resolution.
Thompson said he refrained from voting
because of the issue's complexity and poten-
tial problems that it would cause for the
assembly. "I wanted to split apart," he said.
"A two hour debate on this topic isn't
enough; it takes a lot longer to make sure we
are doing the right thing."
In another major decision, MSA also
passed a resolution "to oppose actions of the
Ann Arbor Police Department."
This resolution, which underwent numer-
ous amendments since last week's meeting
and during last night's meeting, calls for the
University to improve and expand its alcohol
counseling policy. It also calls for MSA to
further inform students of their constitution-
al rights on campus through "Know Your
Rights" posters, which will list the rights of
students hosting a party.
See MSA, Page 7
A ersity alumnus Phillip Krute speaks at the Michigan
Student Assembly meeting yesterday.
fbr tax cuts
By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
Frustrated by years of minority sta-
tus' in the state House of
Representatives, Republican members
are taking steps to propose and pass
legislation previously blocked in the
by Democratic-controlled house.
*lith Republicans now possessing
the majority of seats, many representa-
tives said now is the perfect time to
push their agenda.
"We're going to have a chance to
have debate and discussion on" issues
raised two and four years ago, said Rep.
Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids).
Michigan Republican Party
Communications Director' Sage
Eastman said it's not just the politicians
will benefit from Republican con-
win the House.
"Citizens will get a lot more relief
and a lot more things passed through,"
Eastman said. "We have the mandate to
Of these issues, one that was dis-
cussed frequently among Republicans
is an income tax cut proposed last year.
If passed, it would lower the present
state income tax rate from 4.4 percent
t .9 percent, said Engler spokesper-
son John Truscott.
This "across the board tax cut will
allow people to keep more of the
money they've earned. It's the 25th cut
since 1990," said House Speaker
Chuck Perricone (R-Kalamazoo).
But Democrats have countered
these claims with a proposal of their
Andy Hetzel, press secretary for
House minority leader Mike Hanley
( aginaw), said the tax cut
ocrats support is somewhat similar
to the Republican plan.
"Our plan is the same as the gover-
nor's in every way except one - it
saves the taxpayers more than the gov-
ernor's," he said.
Hetzel said rather than cutting the
income tax rate as Engler proposed, the
Democrats' plan would increase the
personal exemption from $2,800 to
*00. This benefits more sectors of
the population, he said.
"The governor's plan applies only to
wage earners," he said. "Our plan
applies relief to wage earners, but also
relief to dependents of wage earners."
Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) said
See TAX CUTS, Page 2
WASHINGTON (AP) - House
prosecutors pleaded with the Senate
yesterday to issue subpoenas for "a piti-
ful three" impeachment trial witnesses
- Monica Lewinsky and two others -
and to request that President Clinton
answer questions under oath.
As the Senate went behind closed
doors to debate the witness issue, the
White House said Clinton has no inten-
tion of submitting to questioning, even
if the Senate votes to request it. "It's
time to wrap this up," presidential
spokesperson Joe Lockhart said of the
trial, in its third week.
Clinton's lawyers, joined by
Senate Democrats, also warned that
the issuance of any subpoenas for
witness depositions would raise the
possibility of long delays in the pro-
Lewinsky, who was summoned to
Washington over the weekend to be
interviewed by the House prosecutors,
checked out of her hotel and flew home
to California. Her lawyer said she
would return if ordered to answer fur-
The prosecutors said they had
trimmed their list to pass Senate muster.
"A pitiful three, and I would think you
would want to proceed with that mini-
mum testimony,"said Rep. Henry Hyde
(R-Ill.) the lead prosecutor.
Democratic leader Tom Daschle con-
ceded that the Republicans, with a 55-45
majority, were likely to prevail when the
roll is called on today, forcing approval
of subpoenas for Lewinsky, presidential
friend Vernon Jordan and White House
aide Sidney Blumenthal. "I think it's
going to be virtually a party-line vote,
unfortunately," he said.
All witnesses would be questioned
under oath at private depositions about
the facts concerning allegations of per-
jury and obstruction of justice by the
president in connection with his efforts
to conceal a sexual relationship with
Lewinsky. Guidelines for the question-
ing remain to be worked out.
Yesterday's closed-door Senate ses-
sion was the second in as many nights.
As was the case Monday, a request by
Sen. Tom Harkin (D- Iowa) and Sen.
Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) to open the
doors was rejected.
The winnowed list of three witnesses
marked a concession by the House
prosecutors, who were fearful that a
more extensive request would cost
them the support of wavering
Republicans and seal the defeat of their
effort for testimony.
"We're down from thinking we ought
to have 10, 12, maybe 15 witnesses, to
three," Rep. Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) said
during a four-hour legal argument on the
Senate floor during the afternoon.
Said Hyde: "We have a good case, we
have an excellent case without the wit-
nesses, but the witnesses help you."
The president's lawyers and
Democratic allies reacted with a mix-
ture of scorn and warnings, knowing
See SUBPOENA, Page 2
Electrical Engineering and computer science Prof. Tony England speaks last night at the C.C. Little Building. England
is known for having put a square peg in a round hole for the Apollo 13 space mission.
By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
Tony England - an electrical engineering and computer
science professor. at the University - may be better known
for having put a square peg in a round hole during the
Apollo 13 space mission.
England was part of the team that helped create a solution
to fix the Apollo 13 spacecraft.
England delivered his "NASA on Rocky Ground" lecture
last night in the C.C. Little Building to about 50 students.
The lecture was sponsored by the Shipman Society, a
group of students who received academic scholarships
granted by the Shipman Fellowship. This was the first in the
series of three speakers planned for the semester.
"We were looking for something to attract a University-
wide audience," said event organizer Ryan Majkrzak, an
Majkrzak, who attended the same high school as England,
said he had listened to England speak when he was in grade
The focus of the lecture was the deterioration of NASA's
space program over time due to its sparse budget and lack of
definite goals. "Each mission should build on the last
towards a specific objective," England said. "The public has
not lost interest. They want it to work."
England showed footage from his eight days in space
aboard Space Lab II. He and six other astronauts spent the
See NASA, Page 7
Let me be your teddy bear
By Asma Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
It began as simply getting in shape for a high
school basketball season.
First-year Public Health student Michelle Bolek
remembered feeling that she was doing something
really good for her body.
But her regimented exercise schedule soon spi-
raled into something out of Bolek's control - an
osession to shed pounds at the expense of rela-
t ships, schoolwork and her well-being.
Bolek developed anorexia nervosa and later
bulimia nervosa, problems that continued when she
joined the University as an undergraduate student.
But Bolek was lucky = she found help before it
was too late.
"When I passed out one night it just got to the
dieting, distorted body image, uncontrolled eating
episodes or mood fluctuations due to weight con-
cerns, said University Psychological Clinic psy-
chologist Rachel Russell.
Women like Bolek, who are concerned that
they're spending too much time thinking about
their weight, may be interested in a workshop
being offered this semester by the University
This week marks the last chance to register for
the "Eating Issues and Body Image" workshop -
a support and education program addressing topics
such as alternatives to binge eating, determining
how much exercise is healthy, and understanding
how messages from family and friends can affect
Bolek said women with dangerous eating and
University has some eating-related problem or dis-
torted body image that warrants clinical attention.
Worries about body weight and negative feel-
ings about body image often begin in high school,
but the problem peaks during college, McKinney
"This is a time when women are trying to form
romantic attachments and a time that the media
focuses on as an ideal of beauty," McKinney said.
She added that the problem is magnified for
women in community living situations such as res-
idence halls or sororities, where there is increased
opportunity to continually compare yourself to
Bolek agreed that the transition to college exac-
erbated her struggle with anorexia and bulimia.
She lived at Bursley Residence Hall during her