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Continued from Page 1A
"I've spoken with the University
because they are not asking the right
questions on the survey," Platz said.
"The facts are misleading because
they are comparing apples to apples."
Platz added that the survey isn't
considering the location of the sur-
veyed housing units, the type of unit
- one level or bi-level - or addition-
al options such as parking, fireplaces
or included utilities, that would
increase the rental value.
The survey is intended to help
prospective tenants make an informed
decision about where to sign a lease,
but Platz said she feels that the infor-
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mation outlined in the results of the
survey is too late to have any impact
on students' decisions.
Representatives from the Off-
Campus Housing Program said they
acknowledge that the survey could be
stronger and could provide more infor-
mation for students.
"We're trying to make the survey.
more detailed, our biggest struggle is
getting more data back from the regis-
tered landlords," Platz said. "Not all of
the registered landlords respond to the
The impact the survey will have on
students' decisions is uncertain.
Varsity Management Leasing Agent
Brooke Horzelski said she doesn't
think the survey will affect the number
of students interested in signing an off-
campus lease in the fall.
"Kids around here want to live on-
campus," Horzelski said. "They're
going to rent regardless."
Many University students said that
they weren't aware of the information
available from the Off-Campus
Housing Survey.
"I've never heard of the survey,"
Engineering senior Colleen McGraw

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Massie said it was not until the
University discovered that Johnson had
hired an attorney that Calabria's con-
tract was terminated.
The second count is retaliation of
Boylan and School of Music employees
against Johnson, treating her "less
favorably than they treated similarly sit-
uated students," according to the com-
According to documents obtained
from Massie the University is also
being charged with race discrimination,
after they allegedly failed to take reme-
dial action. Massie claims that the
University failed to act because of her
minority status and is more responsive
to white students.
The fourth count is discrimination
based on the harasser's status. The court
document filed claims that the
University has a policy of dealing with
sexual harassment cases differently
when faculty and students are involved.
But co-Director of the Office of
Equity and Diversity Services Sue
Rasmussen said complaints involving a
student accusing a faculty member are
handled by her office, a division of
Human Resources. Cases in which a

faculty member or a student accuses
another student, the complaint is han-
dled by the Office of Student Conflict
"We need to build a movement," said
Caroline Wong, a supporter of Johnson
and member of the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action By Any Mean
Supporters of Johnson have orga-
nized a campaign to end sexual harass-
ment on campus. Four campus organi-
zations - BAMN, the Undergraduate
Women's Studies Association, Quiet
Women End Reform, and the Michigan
Student Assembly's Peace and Justice
Commission - have played a key role
in building support for this movement.
Counseling is necessary but not
enough, Wong said adding that "we
need to build a social movement."
Since the campaign for Johnson has
been launched, several other students
have come forward with claims of sex-
ual harassment, Wong said, but they are
not ready to speak out.
Organizers of the campaign are plan-
ning a tribunal for students who have
suffered from racist and sexist acts at
the University. Students are invited to
speak out to address these issues. The
tribunal is scheduled to be held at the
University on April 10 at 11 a.m.

Starr's Lewinsky probe cost $6 million
WASHINGTON - Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr spent more than $6 mil-
lion on the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and the overall investigation of President
Clinton is becoming the most expensive in history, congressional auditors reported
The latest figures, for the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 1998, bring the totao
cost of Starr's 4 1/2-year inquiry of the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton to near-
ly $40 million. Starr replaced Robert Fiske, who spent $6 million.
The most expensive independent counsel investigation to date was Lawrence
Walsh's $48.5 million, six-year probe of the Reagan administration regarding its arms-
for-hostages deals with Iran and its secret war against the government of Nicaragua.
Reports by the General Accounting Office, Congress' auditing and investigative
arm, show that the cost of investigating top administration officials during the Clinton
era now tops $76 million.
"The monumental effort required to conduct the investigation of Monica Lewinsky
and others required unusual commitments of resources," said Elizabeth Ray, a
spokesperson for Starr's office.
"Our concerns about the exorbitant expense of the Independent Counsel's investi#
gation are well known, but we'll let this latest report speak for itself" said White
House spokesperson Jim Kennedy.

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Magazine redefines
glue moon' sang
BOSTON - Once in a blue moon, a
widely accepted definition has to be
For half a century, it's been known as
the second full moon in a month, like the
one that appeared yesterday. But that's
wrong, and the editors of Sky &
Telescope say its their fault: The maga-
zine incorrectly defined the term 53 years
"I hate to admit it,"said Roger Sinnott,
associate editor of Sky & Telescope.
Sinnott blamed the goof on an amateur
James Hugt Pruett wrote a 1946 piece
for the magazine after apparently misin-
terpreting a complex 1937 article in the
Maine Farmer's Almanac that essentially,
but not clearly, said a blue moon occurs
when a season has four full moons, rather
than the usual three. Pruett mistakenly
thought that meant a blue moon is the
second full moon within the same month.
Pruett's mistake went unnoticed for
decades. A 1980 National Public Radio

story about blue moons used the wrong
definition. In 1986, the board game
Trivial Pursuit repeated the error. When
two full moons appeared in May 1988,
"tradio stations and newspapers every-
where carried an item on this bit of 'old
folklore,"' folklorist Philip Hiscocko
wrote in the magazine's March issue.
NWD officers
indicted for murder
NEW YORK - Four white police
officers were charged with murder yes-
terday for killing an unarmed African
immigrant in a hail of 41 bullets - a
shooting that has led to months of
protests and a painful examination of
police tactics and race relations.
Officers Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll,
Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy
pleaded innocent in a Bronx courtroom
to second-degree murder. They could get
25 years to life in prison on the charges.
Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old street
vendor from Guinea with no criminal.
record, was shot 19 times Feb. 4 in his
vestibule by members of an elite street-
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Celebrations for
new territory begi&
IQALUIT, Nunavut - Dignitaries
and foreign TV crews crowded into
this small Baffin Island town yester-
day, and Inuit chefs prepared a feast
featuring caribou, musk ox and seal
to celebrate the creation of Nunavut,
Canada's newest territory.
Stretching deep into the Arctic,
with only 25,000 residents, Nunavut
is the product of the largest land-
claims settlement in Canada's history
and gives its Inuit majority their
long-sought chance at self-govern-
The new capital, Iqaluit, is nor-
mally home to 4,500 people. More
than 1,000 visitors were expected
for ceremonies starting with a mid-
night fireworks show to mark
Nunavut's official birth. The festivi-
ties run through today with speech-
es, a traditional drum dance, the
community feast and an evening
rock concert.
With only 150 hotel beds in town,

visitors were advised to bring sleeping
bags and were being housed in a com-
munity college, at military barracks, in
private homes and a drug-and-alcohol
treatment center.
Ulster parties
remain deadlocked
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -
Struggling against tomorrow's deadline
and 30 years of rancor and terrorism in
Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister
Tony Blair and Irish Prime Minister
Bertie Ahern attempted yesterday to sal-
vage the year-old Good Friday agree-
ment establishing Protestant-Catholic
self-government in the British province.
Blair and Ahern flew last night to
Hillsborough Castle near Belfast to press
the main parties to the historic power-
sharing agreement toward a compromise
on a critical step in its implementation:
the "decommissioning" of weapons and
explosives held by the Irish Republican
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