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NATION/WORLD

Meeting
addresses
qapossibility
of recall
MSA
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president of the assembly to get me
out. It's illegal."
Elias said it was incorrect to say he
asked for the recall because Dowdell
filed the suit.
"It's great and fine to file the suit as
an individual and we can't tell you you
shouldn't. I was concerned to hear a
chair of MAC would file a lawsuit
without first consulting both her co-
chair and MSA," lias said.
Elias explained that because MAC
elects its own chairs, MSA does not
have the power to recall them.
"A recall is so rare it almost never
happens. We're still trying to igure out
what the story is. This is MSA at it's
worst," [ias said.
Also at the meeting, Michigamua
spokesman Nick Delgado read a state-
ment to the assembly, apologizing for
the society's prior activities, and
explaining that the new group is com-
mitted to change.
"We send our apologies to the
Native American community for the
past and also pain inflicted in the
present. We remain committed to a
dialogue between those in the tower
and the administration," Delgado
said.
"As an organization we stand united
to deepening our awareness to the
offense we've caused, We acknowl-
edge and embrace that we have a lot of
work to do, but we hope you respect
our attempts as we educate ouselves,"
he added.
Rackham student Jim Ilm
addressed the assembly during con-
stituents time, expressing his concern
that the assembly was doing little to
press the negotiations between the
Students of Color Coalition and
Michigamua about the take over of
the Michigan Union tower more than
two weeks ago.
MSA Vice President Andy
Coulouris told the assembly that attor-
neys from each side met today to hash
out the legal issues concerning the
space in the tower.
"Officially MSA is doing nothing
right now. Our resolution stated what
we wished would happen, but I don't
think it's a coincidence the negotia-
tions came after we passed the resolu-
tion," Coulouris said.
The meeting ended with a vote
over whether to give Sl,250 to the
External Relations Committee to
send two assembly members to
Washington, D.C. in March on an
Associated Big Ten Schools lobby-
ing trip.
GAS
Continued from Page 1
their supplies, and have created a
scarcity for oil," Hogarty said.
With OPEC's cut in production
Hickman said the price at the pumps
will not be going down anytime soon.
"If OPEC remains strong in its
resolve to withhold its reserves, and
the demand for oil stays strong then I
do not expect a drop in prices," flick-

man said.
Although high gasoline prices are
alarming to most consumers, they
might not be as horrible as most think.
"Gasoline remains one of the best
bargains around at today's prices,"
Hogarty said. Price indexes have indi-
cated that the buying power for gaso-
line is the same as it was 20 years ago.
"Gasoline is cheaper than Budweis-
er,' Hickman said.
H ogar ty said US. consumers are
lucky in co mp ariso n to Europeans,
since drivers there pay as much as
$3.50 to $4.00 for gasoline. "Europe
has astronomical prces because they
tax their commodities to death," I loga-
rty said. "The opposite is true in the
U. S."
Gas prices in the state are slightly
more because o f a state tax on gaso-
line,
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One Florida plan approved by cabinet
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's state government yesterday became the
first to voluntarily ban race and gender preferences in college admissions, part of
the governor's One Florida plan to end affirmative adtion.
Gov. Jeb Bush and the independently elected Cabinet voted 4-2 to stop consid-
ering race and gender as factors in admission. The plan instead promises that
students who graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class and com-
plete a college preparatory curriculum will get into at least one of the 10 stat9
universities.
Another portion of the plan, which did not require Cabinet approval, prohibits
consideration of race and gender in the awarding of state contracts by depart=
ments that report to the governor. Such agencies include the departments of Vet-
erans Affairs and Transportation.
The plan also streamlines the application lrocess for state contracts and
encourages businesses owned by women and minorities to enter bids.
Racial preferences are not necessary to expand opportunity and diversity, the
Republican governor said.
"By September, what you will see is an increased number of African-Ameri-
cans and Hispanics attending the State University System," he said.
Similar bans on affirmative action are already in place in Texas by a federa*
court order and in California and Washington state under a referendum vote.

justices to review
drug checkpoints
WASHINGTON - The
Supreme Court, taking a new look
at the privacy rights of Americans
in their cars, said yesterday it will
decide whether police can set up
random traffic checkpoints and
stop motorists to search for illegal
drugs.
The justices said they will review
a federal appeals court ruling that
said checkpoints where Indianapolis
police detained most motorists for
about three minutes likely amount-
ed to unreasonable seizures in vio-
lation of the Constitution's Fourth
Amendment.
A decision, expected sometime
next year, will provide the court's
latest word on the amendment's
scope.
"This is a significant case, one that
will define a city's power to conduct
random searches of vehicles whenever
it perceives it has a problem," said Ken-
neth Falk, the Indiana Civil Liberties
Union lawyer representing two men

who challenged the police practice.
Falk said a ruling that allows such
searches for drugs also could allow
ranidom stops to find people who fail
toumake child-support payments or
people who have not paid traffic
fines.
Plan would improve*
hospital reports
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton wants to require fuller
accounting of deadly mistakes
occurring daily in America's hospi-
tals, but skeptical senators said yes-
terday his plan lacks details and the
money to make it work.
"This is a worthy endeavor," Clin-
ton said as he predicted bipartisar
support for a national plan to cut med-
ical mistakes. At the same time, he
tried to convince doctors and hospitals
that reporting serious problems need
not lead to more malpractice lawsuits.
Clinton wants a nationwide system
to report and analyze medical mis-
takes, similar to the airlines' reporting
program for aviation accidents and
safety risks.

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Iran reformists
promise freedoms
TEH RAN, Iran - With all indica-
tions that hard-liners will lose control
of Iran's parliament, the triumphant
reformists presented a legislative
agenda yesterday with a priority on
expanding press freedoms and lifting
a ban on foreign television broadcasts.
But it remained to be seen whether
hard-liners will find a way to block
those initiatives. The conservative
Guardians Council can veto all legisla-
tion passed by parliament, and supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the
main backer of the conservative camp,
has final say in all matters.
Iranians expressed their desire for
greater political and social freedoms
in Friday's election for the Majlis, or
parliament, by overwhelmingly choos-
ing members of reformist groups like
the Iran Islamic Participation Front,
led by President Mohalimad Khata-
mi's brother.
The reformist coalition has won 141
seats, including 109 by the Participation

Front, and appeared poised to have a
majority in the 290-member Majlis.
Results for 30 seats were to be declared
later yesterday in Tehran, with
reformists expected to win almost all of,
them. Hard-liners have won 44 seats
independents have won 10 and 65 wil
be decided in runoff elections.
Prosecutor asks U.N.
to rescind. decision
ARUSHA, Tanzania - Appealing
for justice victims of Rwandan geno-
cide, the United Nations' chief war
crimes prosecutor urged an appeals
court yesterday to rescind its decisiot
to release one of the suspected mas-
terminds of the 1994 slaughter,
Prosecutor Carla del Ponte is seek-
ing to persuade the appeals court of
the International Criminal Tribunal
for Rwanda to review its decision to
free Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, the
leader of an extremist ethnic Hutu
party that advocated the massacre of
ethnic Tutsis.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports

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