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NATION/WORLD

Univer
school.
Continued from Page 1 Dian
best do something so interdiscipli- with an
nary and complex in a university each in
context?"' "Ten
Diana said SNRE received 35 differen
fewer enrolled freshman than it orig- within t
inally expected, which means a loss Mazm
of $500,000. efforts 1
"SNRE has struggled a little bit in few yea
getting students, he said. "We think has i
a lot of students who really want to recruitm
do environmental studies apply to "At o:
the LSA, not knowing the SNRE waitlist
exists. They look for a major at the dents w
MSA
Continued from Page 1
dents' privacy to be trampled upon."
RHA is working harder this election term to
implement stricter rules.
"There is a commitment this year from RHA
to actively penalize those breaking the rules. It's
not just RHA either, the hall directors are
involved also," Taylor said.
Candidates, if identified, can be restricted from
all residence halls if they repeatedly violate rules.
Residents can also call the Department of Public
Safety to have any candidate removed from the
halls if campaigning late at night.
Also, candidates can receive demerits from the
elections board in charge of the elections.
"There is a clause in the MSA code saying that
candidates are responsible for knowing all RHA
rules. They receive demerits for every violation,"
said Winter Elections Director Alok Agrawal, an
fngineering senior.
EAfter a candidate receives more than five demer-

sity, not a whole separate
a also said that in a school
n average of 360 students,
dividual is important.
students could make a real
nce, while in the LSA, 10 are
he rounding error," he said.
manian said SNRE has made
to recruit students in the last
ars, but program competition
mited the success of the
rent efforts.
ne point, we went to the LSA
and offered admission to stu-
ho showed some interest in

environmental studies on their appli-
cations," Diana said.
While this system backfired by
resulting in a large amount of SNRE
dropouts, Diana said they may do the
same thing this year.
University Provost Nancy Cantor
said the restructuring of the SNRE
undergraduate program is "in a very
preliminary stage."
"We need to look at how much
interest there is in students and fac-
ulty before we make any changes,"
she said.
Diana said he agreed that public
opinion will play an important role

in major decisions.
"The only decision we've made at
this point is to make upcoming deci-
sions without any preconceived
notions," he said. "I'm sure we'll
find some way of assessing public
response to the issues before we
make major decisions."
In the regular forum between stu-
dents and Mazmanian tomorrow, stu-
dents and faculty will be welcome to
learn more about the possibilities for
the SNRE and ask questions.
The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m.
in Room 1040 of the Dana Build-
ing.

ACROSSTHE NATION

Clinton resume Mideast negotiations
WASHINGTON - Buoyed by two major Israeli concessions, the Clinton
administration is reopening negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian
Authority. Next weekend, President Clinton tries personal diplomacy with Syrian
President Hafez Assad in a parallel bid for a second Mideast accord.
Clinton's national security adviser attributes the stepped-up U.S. role to
dynamics abroad, not to any effort to build a larger legacy for Clinton in his final
year.
"Time is not the friend of peace in the Middle East," said Sandy Berger, tr*
eling with Clinton in South Asia. "Any sense of urgency comes from their
clocks and not our clocks."
Announcing he would meet Sunday with Assad in Geneva, Clinton said in
Dhaka, Bangladesh, "I don't want to unduly raise expectations, but I think this is
an appropriate thing for me to do to try to get this back on track."
There was no immediate reaction to the announcement in Damascus.
The government-run Tishrin newspaper, in an editorial that ran before Clin-
ton's announcement, said, "The rulers of Tel Aviv have not given up their expan-
sionist greediness for the Arab lands and their peace claims lack credibility and
responsibility."
U.S. officials hoped the Geneva meeting would produce a resumption of t
Israel-Syrian negotiations broken off in mid-January. 4

its, he or she is no longer eligible for election.
Kyle Kentala, an Engineering junior running
with the Defend Affirmative Action Party, said
she feels the rules are fair.
"They're done in the best interest of all," Ken-
tala said.
"I remember being a freshman and living in
the residence halls and being bothered when peo-
ple knocked on my door. If people want the infor-
mation, it's there. Candidates shouldn't go into
their homes," she added.
Elizabeth Mullane, an LSA freshman running
with the Blue Party. said she agrees with the
majority of the rules.
"I think the rules are fair to an extent. I agree
there shouldn't be postering in Angell Hall because
it can get to be too much and it's bad for the envi-
ronment. But some of the rules are hard to follow
because there are so many" Mullane said.
If students are bothered by campaigners knock-
ing on their doors late at night, Giska said, they
should call DPS or e-mail RHA at
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REG ENTS
Continued from Page 1
"Parking that is affordable and approximate is crucial,"
University Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin said.
The increased parking fees are to raise funds for nearly
1,100 spaces in Palmer Drive and 277 spaces at the South
Forest Street parking structure, currently being rebuilt.
"This is a really serious matter for faculty and staff," Kas-
din said. "We need to build more spaces and we need the
money to build more spaces"
The rates will affect the blue and gold parking permits
and increase at 1.5 percent, 5 percent and 4.5 percent in the
fiscal years 2001-2003, respectively.
A gold parking permit, which allows the greatest access
to most University parking areas, currently costs $430.20
per year.
The regents also approved a five-year construction and
renovation plan for the Dearborn campus totaling $61 mil-
lion. Plans include a 25,000 square foot addition to the Sci-
ence Building, a 55,000 square foot addition to the
Engineering Laboratory Building and an $18 million addi-
tion to the Mardigian Library.
- SACUA
Continued from Page 1
rest of the Engineering students."
Root also said the committee is
working on refining the scheduling
policy, so athletes are able to take the
classes they need for their majors.
The committee said they have
received numerous complaints from
students regarding their inability to
complete the requirements for a major,
and even the need to change a major
because the class times are too late in
the afternoon or on Fridays, when the
athletes are practicing or competing.
The committee intends to "outline
ways we can minimize the negative
impact of missing classes and exams,
Root said.
Kinesiology Prof. Merle Foss said he
believes "a discussion about the place of
intercollegiate athletics needs to occur, it
probably hasn't occurred in decades'
" Foss also said being a student ath-
lete "is a tremendous commitment of
TM time, and they are great time man-
agers. They are terrific citizens and
great people to work with - life for
them isn't easy."
What the main problems are needs
to be discovered, Foss said.
Bates said the main point of yester-
day's meeting is "to have a general dis-
cussion to see what the concerns are."
In ongoing discussions on the park-
ing crunch on campus, Hank Baier and
Pat Cunningham, associate vice presi-
dents for facilities and operations, also
spoke at the meeting.
Cunningham said they were work-
ing on improving the situation and in
the meantime faculty should take
advantage of the crunch lot at Elbel
P Field with free taxi service to Central
Campus.
Faculty have "got to understand not
everybody on campus is able to park at
their doorstep," Cunningham said.
EXPLOSION
Continued from Page 1
"Miraculously, no one was
injured," said Pam Reading-Smith,
director of public support for the
Washtenaw County Red Cross.
"There was a loud noise, like
something dropped," he said. "It
blew out the door and the window,"
-said LSA senior Zach Lam, who
was watching television when the
heater exploded. The plate glass
window he was sitting near imme-
diately shattered.
His roommate, LSA senior
Kuang Wei, was also home. He
called the police from his cellular
phone, as the explosion had
knocked out the building's phone

lines.
For the next three days, the Red
Cross is providing shelter for build-
ing residents without a place to
stay. Then hotel rooms will be pro-
vided by the building's landlord.
Wei and Lam, whose apartment
appeared to have suffered some of
the worst damage, don't expect to
be able to return to their apartment
for one month.
Reading-Smith said the Red Cross
would be providing shelter for at least
13 of the building's residents. She
added that providing assistance for
domestic situations like the explosion
is not uncommon.
"In the last two weeks we've
been out on five or six fires," she
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High court opposes
race factor in schools
WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court refused to allow a Maryland
school district to consider race in
deciding whether to let students
transfer to another school, brushing
aside a plea to resolve how far
administrators can go to promote
diversity.
Without comment, the justices yes-
terday sanctioned a lower court rul-
ing against the Montgomery County,
Md., school district, which had
barred a white boy from transferring
from his minority-dominated neigh-
borhood school to a mostly white
magnet school.
In doing so, it declined a request
by the National School Boards
Association to defend educators'
leeway to foster diversity in the
classroom.
Although the action by the justices
was not a ruling, it did leave intact
the lower court position that such
"racial balancing" is unconstitution-
al when not needed to remedy past

AROUND THEWRLD

Tiaiwanese aeeced
leaders remain wary
TAIPEI, Taiwan - As Chen Shui-
bian celebrated his election as presi-
dent of Taiwan last Saturday evening,
his vice presidential running mate
prepared a combative statement to
read to the international media.
In the tough declaration, Annette
Lu, who spent six years in jail for
advocating democratization and
independence from China, planned
to blast Beijing's leaders for
attempting to interfere "in our
democratic process" and to declare
that modern China was founded on
"enormous bloodshed" while
change in Taiwan came "through
the ballot."
But Lu - a graduate of Harvard
Law School, author, feminist and one
of the most radical members of
Chen's Democratic Progressive Party
- did not get the chance to issue her
remarks. In a region where semantic
formulations can approximate the
wallop of a missile strike, Chen's

advisers persuaded her to scrap the
statement and leave the talking to
Chen, who promptly waved an olive
branch and promised to travel to Bei-
jing for conciliation talks.
Founded as a revolutionary party.
with its platform calling for indepe*
dence from China, the Democratic
Progressive Party is suddenly facing
the cold reality of responsibility.
Woman chosen to
lead German party
BERLIN - Germany's troubled
Christian Democratic Union nominat-
ed as its first female president a phys
cist who was raised in communisr
East Germany, breaking with tradition
at a time of serious crisis in the party.
Angela Merkel, the party's general
secretary, was given unanimous back-
ing by the executive board yesterday
ahead of a key party congress next
month. The endorsement assures her
ascendancy as the next leader of the
Christian Democrats.
-- Compiled from Daily} wire report&

discrimination.
The Montgomery County Public
Schools' lawyer, Patricia Brannan,
said she was disappointed the jus-
tices will not hear the district's argu-
ment that it is trying to avoid
creating "racial isolation" in the
classroom.
Oscar statuettes
discovered in trash
LOS ANGELES - A man looking
for moving boxes Sunday found
dozens of missing Academy Award
statuettes in a trash bin in the city's
Koreatown neighborhood.
"I've got more Oscars than any of
the movie stars," said Willie Fulgear,
who salvages and recycles for a livings
Fifty-five statues intended for pre-
sentation at next Sunday's award show
vanished last week and were pre-
sumed stolen. Police said Fulgear was
not being investigated as a suspect.
Messages left before business hours
at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences, which hands out the
Oscars, were not immediately returned.

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