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2A --The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 16, 2000

NATION/WORLD

DEATHS
,Continued from Page 1A
Howell was doing a photography
project as part of an Antioch College
curriculum that requires students to
spend five semesters doing co-op work
to fulfill graduation requirements.
Eagen had been visiting Howell for
15 days in Costa Rica, and her sister
said she had investigated the area
before traveling.
"We thought it was okay, it was a
peaceful place," Sarah Eagen said.
f "Now we have been informed that in
the past two weeks there have been
five other murders in the region."
Sarah Eagen said she thinks it is
wrong to send students off abroad on
their own with no place to live.
"Antioch dumps you with no place
to live. Hopefully due to this tragedy
they will look into changing things,"

Sarah Eagen said. "We can't hold them
responsible," she added.
"My sister's a smart girl, she would
not have gone there if she knew about
these murders," Sarah Eagen said.
Students at the University of Michi-
gan are "given orientations on all pro-
grams including extensive discussions
on safety concerns," Office of Interna-
tional Programs Associate Director
Jordan Pollack said.
"Safety is a primary concern for stu-
dents on our programs," Pollack said.
"In many cases we have faculty on site
and on exchange programs we have
staff at host universities responsible for
safety concerns."
In addition, the Office of Interna-
tional Programs has guidelines and
protocols that cover natural disasters,
illnesses and crime of various sorts,
Pollack said. The University sends
nearly 500 students abroad annually

and "has been very fortunate that they
haven't had any major problems," Pol-
lack said.
LSA junior Audrey Baker echoed
Pollack's sentiments. "The dangers of
the U.S. are just the same if not more
than abroad," said Baker, who plans to
study in France this summer.
The 1,565 students that go abroad
yearly from Michigan State University
are required to attend a pre-departure
orientation with discussion of safety
procedures, Michigan State Office of
Study Abroad Acting Director Edward
Ingraham said. "We have not had any
tragedies, but I cannot say it's all
because of our programs, it is a combi-
nation of careful procedures and good
luck," Ingraham said.
"Costa Rica is perhaps the safest
Latin American country," Ingraham
said. "It is a terrible tragedy and there
is no information that was by any

sense of negative or unwise acts on the
part of the students."
The University of Michigan has sent
students to Costa Rica in the past and
will continue to do so, Pollack said.
"The death of a student doesn't trig-
ger a panic attack;' he said. "We assess
the conditions quickly and we make
decisions accordingly:"
Despite the tragedy, some University
students said they are not concerned
about their upcoming overseas journeys.
"I am not really concerned (about
safety). I am going with a couple of
other guys and we should be able to get
out of any situation," said LSA sopho-
more Charles Westrin, who is planning
to go to western Europe this summer.
But LSA sophomore Greg Honderich
said when considering study-abroad pro-
grams, "security is definitely a concern."
- The Associated Press contributed to
this report.

PAC to allow McCain to push reforms
WASHINGTON - John McCain's advisers are preparing to establish a politi-
cal action committee that would allow the failed Republican presidential con-
tender to campaign for other candidates this year and lay the groundwork for his
own future, which could include another White House race.
McCain is expected to give the final go-ahead on the project when he returns
to work next week, the advisers said yesterday, speaking only on condition of
anonymity.
They also said the Arizona senator is still in no hurry to endorse George W. Bus
The two-term Texas governor, who now has clinched the GOP nomination, is
eager to mend fences with McCain and forge an alliance that could help attract
independents and Democrats to the GOP ticket in the fall. The Arizonan had
enormous success with voters who normally don't vote in GOP primaries, but he
couldn't overcome Bush's stranglehold over party regulars and social conserva-
tives.
McCain is now mulling his next step, as he prepares to return to the Senate on
Monday.
Advisers say the most likely option is the formation of a political action com-
mittee that would accept limited, regulated "hard money" donations - as
opposed to the more freewheeling "soft money" contributions that McCain is
trying to ban.

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Purchasing trends flowing into the U
producers.
cause trade deficit With plentiful jo
low inflation ands
WASHINGTON - American con- Americans feel w+
sumers' buying spree of foreign buying mood, econ
goods from TVs to cars last year led "U.S. consum
to an immense increase in the trade appetite for everyt
deficit - up more than 50 percent to Cohen, economista
a record high of $338.9 billion.
The deficit in the "current House GC
account;' which measures not only,
trade in goods and service but also down Bus]
investment flows and foreign aid pay-
ments, grew by 53.7 percent from the WASHINGTON
previous record, a $220.6 billion licans were offered
imbalance in 1998, the Commerce to give a full-throa
Department said yesterday. Texas Gov. Georg
The hefty SI18.4 billion deteriora- trillion, 10-year t
tion in the current account deficit is respectfully declin
the one bit of tarnish on an otherwise At issue was th
sterling, record-breaking U.S. econo- lution being writ
my, which celebrated its ninth year of At a meeting oft
uninterrupted growth in March. Committee, Den
While all categories measured tweak their Repub
showed deterioration in 1999, Ameri- by forcing a vo
ca's deficit in goods widened the most Bush's tax plani
- by $100.2 billion to $347.1 billion Democrats know'
- as U.S. consumers snapped up is now too costly
TVs, cars and other merchandise sional GOP standa
AROUND THE
tended that "ever
Premier campal S ery" was being us
against indepen ents "to get the onew
independence to w
BEIJING - Shouting and point-
ing his finger in the air, Premier Zhu inu.red
Rongji warned Taiwanese not to vote i
for a pro-independence presidential overturns1
candidate, asserting yesterday that
China will invade before allowing VERDUN, Franc
Taiwan to declare itself a separate American militaryI
country. families on a day tr
Noting the slide in Taiwan's Paris overturned on
stock market this week, Zhu said early yesterday, inju
some Taiwanese fear electing a pro- Police said the t
independence leader on Saturday ing on a highway s
could take them into a war with town ofVerdun inn
China and "these worries follow when it keeled o
clear logic." injured were hospi
"The people of Taiwan are stand- was critically hurt.
ing at a very critical historical junc- The initial inves
ture, so let me give advice to all the that the driver wasc
people of Taiwan: Do not act just on - when the bus tippe
impulse," Zhu said. "Otherwise you local time, police
will regret it very much and it will be from Ramstein Ai
too late to repent." said the bus was can
In an unmistakable reference to on an express tour t
Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan's pro-inde-
pendence opposition party, Zhu con- - Compiled from

.S. from overseas'
bs, rising incomes,
stock market gains,
wealthy and -in the
omists said.
ers have a strong
hing," said Gerald
at Merrill Lynch.
)P turns
h tax plan
- House Repub-
a chance yesterday
ted endorsement ~of
ge W. Bush's S1.3
ax cut plan. They
ed.
e new budget res@
tten by Congress.
the House Budget
mocrats tried to
lican counterparts
ite on including
in the budget; as
very well, the plan
even by congres-
ards.
y possible treach-
ed in the campaign
who is for Taiwan
vin."
when bU
in France
e-A bus carrying
personnel and their
ip from Germary t
n a French highway
ring 29 people.
our bus was travel-
ix miles west of the
northeastern Fra.
over. Eight of tIW
talized, but no one
stigation suggested
dozing at the wheel
d over at 4:50 a.m.
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