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NATION/WORLD

PROTESTS
Continued from Page 1A
of the demands is to completely abolish Michiga-
mua," said MSA Rep. Siafa Hage, an LSA sopho-
more. "The goal shouldn't be to abolish them, but
to restructure them."
At 6 p.m. the students and alumni crowded the
Wedge Room to review the 14-point petition from
the SCC with University President Lee Bollinger,
University Provost Nancy Cantor, University Vice
President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper and
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Lester
Monts.
"I'm glad they showed up," LSA senior Arvind
Grover said. "I thought they wouldn't."
The SCC presented the petition -- which calls
for the elimination of Michigamua - to adminis-
trators Friday. On Sunday the administration took
over access to the property.
After yesterday's meeting, Harper said the three
secret societies agreed to let the University take
over the spaces until a "pending discussion" with
all parties involved. She noted that it is unclear
whether the space is owned by the University or the
societies.
"I have no idea the implications of "Michiga-
mua's ownership of the space, Harper said. "This is
what makes this all so complex."
She said a group can be associated to the Univer-
sity in two ways: By the space it occupies and by
being recognized as a student group.
Harper said the University did what was in its

power by taking over the space Sunday.
Students and alumni demanded answers from the
administration regarding their stance on Michiga-
mua and other minority issues.
"We have received what you have said and
they're all the things we care about," Bollinger said.
"We're not prepared tonight to address these issues,
we're here to listen."
The president's statement prompted a huge
response from the audience of questions of why -
a question that prevailed throughout the meeting as
many people shouted out comments.,
"We're all here, the administration is here," LSA
freshman Agnes Alcobua said. "These things aren't
new, (the administrators) don't need to do
research."
Bollinger said there would be another meeting
set up by the administrators in a week.
"I don't think we need to wait a week to get the
answers," Aleobua said.
"I graduated in 1973 and I am disgusted that
almost 30 years later that we still have racist orga-
nizations at this University," said University alum,
Audrey Jackson.
Several attendees asked administrators how a
school that supports affirmative action would also
support Michigamua.
"You get the impression that we condone this
behavior," Harper said. "We don't. Many of the
issues are not going to be solved by one person. As
a community, we have not been working on it.
We've been critiquing our actions, but not work-
ing."

Michigamua is approved by MSA which has the
power to recognize and derecognize student organi-
zations, Harper said.
MSA is not responsible for Michigamua, MSA
Vice President Andy Coulouris said after the meet-
ing.
"It is true that MSA is responsible for recogniz-
ing student groups on campus. but that recognition
is a passive process," he said.
Groups come to MSA and sign a form to become
a student group - that is an administrative func-
tion. But they must apply for funds and use of
Union rooms, he said.
Michigamua has not applied for or received any
funding from MSA and the assembly does not rent
out or deal with the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of
the Union.
Any funding for Michigamua comes from anoth-
er source. "Michigamua - as an institution at the
University - we have nothing to do with,"
Coulouris said.
"I didn't think it was fair for the administration to
blame the student government as much as they did,"
LSA freshman Chip Englander said. "I felt they were
trying to do quite a bit of stonewalling on the matter."
"I thought (the meeting) exposed the University/
administration tremendously," said Luke Massie, a
member of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary.
"They defend affirmative action in words, but
scale affirmative action back in deeds," he said.
Representatives from various interested groups plan
to meet next Wednesday.

ACROSS TH E NATION
Clinton fends off Giuliani's accusations
NEW YORK - An angry Hillary Rodham Clinton, leveling her most direct
attack yet, said yesterday that she was "appalled" at a fund-raising letter signed
by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani that accused her of "hostility to American
religious traditions."
But in what has become an almost daily slam against her from City Hall, Giu-
liani stood by the letter, first sent in October, as "making very, very clear the dif-
ference that exists between Hillary Clinton and me."
The latest clash comes nine months before Election Day, prompting politico
consultant Hank Sheinkopf to say, "Sure it's early. But we've never had a cam-
paign where the first lady is running for U.S. Senate in the media capital of the
world, against a take-no-prisoners type of mayor."
Giuliani also said the first lady was trying to distract attention from a pub-
lished report that she had tapped into fund-raising sources used by her husband,
some of whom have been charged with wrongdoing.
In fact, however, the fracas involving church-state distinctions began with a
story in the Village Voice about the eight-page letter, which calls her "an agent
of the ultra-left" and says the "left-wing elite" supports "liberal judges (who)
have banned the posting of even the Ten Commandments in our public schools"
In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that posting the Ten Commandments
schools violated the First Amendment ban on government promotion of religion.

MEDICAL
Continued from Page1A
Medicine's report, state Rep. Paul
DeWeese (R-Williamston) and Sen.
John Schwartz (R-Battle Creek), who
are both physicians, called a governor's
commission to study ways to reduce
medical errors that could result in death
or serious injury.
"Obviously, when humans are
involved, there is room for error and
mistakes." Fox said. "But at the same
time, with one of the best health sys-
tems in the world, a mistake is one too
many."
University medical officials added
that many accidental deaths within hos-
pitals happen to patients who are
already extremely ill and struggling to
survive.
"It's not a common problem (in the
University Health Services), and many
of the accidents that do happen else-
where are to people who are much more
sick to begin with," UHS interim Direc-
tor Robert Winfield, M.D. said.
UHS does not keep any records or
statistics about medical mistakes and
misdiagnosis, Winfield said, but they
"do not get frequent complaints."
The University Hospitals' plans for
improvement include "root cause analy-
sis" policies which include rigorous
investigations of medical mistakes by
the entire health care staff.
"We've instituted triple-checking of
blood for transfusions ... double-check-
ing patients' arm bands before medica-
tion delivery ... and have installed
mechanisms in the operating rooms for
ensuring that the correct side of a
patient's body is operated," Jacobs said.
Health care providers urge patients to
take a more assertive role in their time
of treatment.
"It's important to start by searching
for the best doctor and asking around.
Patients should walk into a visit with
questions already written down ahead of
time so when they walk out of the doc-
tor's office, they have answers," Fox
said.
The American Medical Association
began improvement policies in 1997,
Fox said, when they created the National
Patient Safety Foundation dedicated to
raising awareness about medical errors.
The organization emphasizes patient
involvement and continuous communi-
cation between caregivers and the gen-
eral public for safety.
"Frank discussion of medical error is
crucial, but unfortunately medicine has
traditionally had a 'culture of silence'
that hinders such dialogue," DeWeese
told the AMA in a written statement in
December. That, he said, does not
include attorneys or lawsuits.
"Keeping such information out of
attorneys' hands will encourage thor-
ough and consistent reporting by health
care providers," he said.
Congress continues to review the
report and work on improvement poli-
cies.
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OB/GYN carves
initials into-patient
NEW YORK - An obstetrician
who carved his initials into a patient's
abdomen when he delivered her baby
was arrested yesterday on assault
charges.
Allan Zarkin was accused of cut-
ting "AZ" with a scalpel into the
lower abdomen of Liana Gedz after
delivering her baby by Caesarean
section at Beth Israel Hospital on
Sept. 7.
Zarkin pleaded innocent to two
counts of assault at his arraign-
ment.
Acting Justice Brenda Soloff
released him without bail and
scheduled a hearing for March 14.
Zarkin, whose license to practice
medicine was revoked Feb. 3, faces up
to 25 years in prison if convicted. The
charge carries a mandatory minimum
sentence of five years.
Barry Fallick, Zarkin's lawyer,
admits that his client cut the letters
into Gedz but said his client isn't
responsible because he suffers

from a brain disease that impairs
his judgment.
"He never mean to hurt her," Fallick
said.
Gedz, who is suing Zarkin for S5
million, asked prosecutors to spare the
doctor, said her lawyer, Robert Sulli-
van. He said the prosecution will
accomplish nothing.
Chicago Auto Show
introduces SUVs
CHICAGO - The Buick Ren-
dezvous, to be unveiled today at the
Chicago Auto Show, is General
Motors Corp.'s next stab at the lucra-
tive market for vehicles that offer the
cargo capacities of a truck and the
smooth, easy ride of a sedan.
The Rendezvous, a mechanical siD
ling of the Pontiac Aztek unveiled ear-
lier this year, is roughly the same size
as the Lexus RX 300 and Mercedes
M-Class SUVs, but will likely cost
thousands less. Buick hopes the Ren-
dezvous will bring in a younger group
of buyers than its current lineup of
conservative sedans when it goes on
sale in late 2001.

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AROUND TH.E WORLD

Hijacked airliner's
crew escapes
STANSTED, England - Eighty-
five hostages, including women and
children, walked out the back stair-
case of a hijacked Afghan plane early
today, raising hopes that the crisis may
be nearing an end.
The largest release of hostages
came about 3:30 a.m., nearly four
days after the plane was hijacked.
Police said dozens of hostages and
their captors were still aboard the
plane, parked at Stansted airport near
London.
Police vehicles were parked at the
foot of the stairs and bright lights shone
up the staircase as a steady stream of
people walked down the stairs of the
Ariana airlines Boeing 727.
Some of those leaving the plane
appeared to be holding their hands in
the air. During earlier releases, pas-
sengers were not seen leaving with
their arms raised.
Police were hopeful earlier this
evening that a resolution to the four-

day crisis was close.
Before the release, officials said 151
people, including 21 children, were
believed on board the aircraft, which
was hijacked early Sunday 20 minutes
into a domestic flight leaving Kab
Afghanistan's capital. It then beganY
meandering journey across the former
Soviet Union, stopping in Uzbekistan,
Kazakstan and Russia.
Iraqi oil smuggling
breaches U.N. laws
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -
Smugglers skirting U.S. destroyers in
the Persian Gulf are shipping Iraqi 4
in violation of U.N. sanctions, reaping
handsome profits and lining the pockets
of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the
U.S. Navy says.
Last week's seizure of a Russian
tanker carrying illicit Iraqi fuel high-
lighted the issue, which the U.S. Navy
estimates has nearly doubled in sib
months. U.N. naval forces seized the
tanker off the Emirates' coast.
- CompiledIfrom Daily wire / epo0r

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