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The revolutionary event also led to
the creation of the United States
Environmental Protection Agency,
which later spawned the Clean Air
Act, the Clean Water Act and the
Endangered Species Act.
Nancy Stone of the Ann Arbor
Solid Waste Department, who serves
as one of the co-planners for Earth
Day 2000, said the department "has
been working with the (Environmen-
tal Action) group at the University in
addition to the waste management
group for the city to make these
events happen."
Although the University's celebra-
tion is currently underway, beginning
April 15, the city of Ann Arbor plans
to hold open houses where students
can view advancements in technology
and science.
These open houses will include the
National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions
Laboratory, the Great Lakes Science
Center and the Great Lakes Environ-
mental Research Laboratory.
"The open houses are great for
audiences. I think students would
learn a lot to go behind the scenes
and see what really goes on," Stone

At the NVFEL, which tests motor
vehicles emissions, students can view
demonstrations of vehicle testing and
see new technology coming onto the
market to reduce air pollution from
cars and trucks.
At the GLSC, there will be a spe-
cial aquatic exhibit for audiences to
view lake trout as well as some exotic
The Earth Day Festival , one of the
main events scheduled this month, is
slated for April 16 at the Leslie Sci-
ence Center on Traver Road. The free
event will feature musicians, story-
tellers and science fair participants in
addition to live animals.
"The Leslie Festival is more fami-
ly-oriented. There is an all-species
parade and also there are many activi-
ty stations throughout the park that
everyone can do projects," Stone said.
One of the major issues that Ann
Arbor and other major cities are tar-
geting this year is global warming.
"The slogan this year is 'Clean
Energy Now' and one way we can
do that is use less of it by walking
and changing some of our habits
and lifestyles. Once we recycle, it
feels hard to throw things away,"
Stone said.

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Wixson said the school takes the
rankings seriously because students
often evaluate colleges based on the
magazine's evaluation.
"Often times people mention that. I
know it does make a difference in
recruiting," Wixson said.
She added that the school has begun
gathering data from its students to add
another source of self-evaluation.
Despite the fact that the Law
School's ranking also moved up, Law
Dean Jeffrey Lehman said prospective
law students should ignore the maga-
zine's rating system.
"The quality of teaching is impor-

tant and it doesn't appear anywhere on
the rankings," Lehman said. "I think
none of the relevant information is be
found in the U.S. News."
Lehrman said students need to focus
on personal preferences when deciding
on a law school. "I don't think its pos-
sible for anyone to come out with an
ordered top 10 list," he said. "The right
school for one person is not the right
school for another person."
The University's Medical School,
which ended up in a three-way tie last
year in 10th place, tied for 12th this
year. Erica Hanss, assistant to Medical
School Dean Allen Lichter, said
Lichter expressed pride in the school's
position among the top medical
schools in the country.

Senators may vote on gas tax rollback
WASHINGTON - Majority Leader Trent Lott pushed the Senate toward
a vote yesterday on legislation to roll back temporarily 4.3 cents of the fed-
eral tax on a gallon of gas, a move with little chance of House passage and
not much relief anyhow for motorists coping with spiraling prices at the
But GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush favors the idea an
Republicans are making it prime fodder for action in this election year by
referring to the tax as the "Gore tax" because Vice President Al Gore cast
the 1993 tie-breaking Senate vote to make it law.
Suspending the tax, said Alaska Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski, "rep-
resents us doing something and the administration doing nothing."
- Lott, (R-Miss.), faced an uphill fight yesterday to gain the 60 votes neces-
sary to overcome the bipartisan opposition to his legislation, which would
eliminate the 4.3-cent-a-gallon tax for the rest of the year and suspend the
entire 18.4-cent federal gas tax until January if gas prices top $2 a gallon.

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jurisdiction of the Federal Education
Rights and Privacy Act, University
Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry said
the University was required to raise the
issue of students' privacy. As a result,
students will have to be notified before
their names and phone numbers are
released to the intervenors.
Barry said that a protective order
was already entered into the lawsuit, so
the motion for the high school codes
and follow-up reports did not violate
student priviacy laws. The order allows
the information to only be released to
those involved in the the lawsuit.
Dillard said the request is not a


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major infringement on students' right
to privacy.
"We're here to prove a case for the
benefit of black and Latino students.
We're not going to do something that's
detrimental," Dillard said.
CIR also filed a motion asking for
applicant files of enrolled students, to
be selected randomly. The judge
decided their motion was not governed
by FERPA because it was under
unique circumstances, similar to that
of the motion for student identifica-
tions, Barry said.
Dillard said notifications will be sent
through electronic and postal mail and
representatives for the intervenors will
begin to contact students for the Uni-
versity in about seven to 10 days.
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25 million plastic bottles everyday in
the United States and has not used any
recycled plastic in the process.
"I hope that due to the pressure put
on these companies, they will stop
their polluting," Walker said.
In addition to collecting signatures
from students saying they will not
seek employment from the organiza-
tions until changes are made, Mem-
bers passed out fliers containing
information about threats from both
"People who sign up will be added
to a big list that will be sent to the
companies, saying that they will not
work for them," said n Act member
Sara Kennedy, an LSA junior.
She mentioned that pledges from
students will hurt the companies the
most In their need for hiring college
As a part of Earth Week, Sus-
tainUM and the Center for Sustainable
Systems will be sponsoring an infor-
mation session on the Diag today on
the proposal for a sustainable Univer-
sity. Events will continue until Sunday,
when Earth Week ends,
"This is the world we live in, and if
we don't care about the environment it
will be destroyed," LSA sophomore
Adam Hill said. "How will we live a
healthy life if the Earth turns into a
Continued from Page 1.
homosexuality is a prominent theme.
The magazine features several poems as
well as short stories and articles.
Members of the LGBT office as
well as GAP said they hoped to raise
awareness and provide entertaining lit-
erature through the publication.
"Hopefully this will raise awareness
to straight people as well" said LSA
senior Gina Chopp, a member of LGBT
and GAP and a writer for G-Spot.
Music sophomore Jim Leija, an
LGBT commissioner of the Michigan
Student Assembly, also helped sponsor
the publication. "G-Spot is one big col-
lage of different material," Leija said.
The second publication of G-Spot is
scheduled for "next semester and will
coincide with Coming Out Day,"
Burns said. "We are planning to have
an event to surround each publication."
Burns also said GAP plans to pro-
duce one publication every semester.
He added that if there is enough mater-
ial and sponsorship for the publication,
it might be increased to two publica-
tions per semester.
G-Spot is available on the Internet
as well. The Website contains the same
articles that appear in the paper copy
as well as several links and colorful
works of art. "There wasn't enough

room to fit everything in the maga-
zine;' Burns said. Students can check
out the online version of G-Spot at

Top female officer
alleges harassment
WASHINGTON - The highest-
ranking woman in the U.S. Army has
filed a sexual harassment complaint
accusing a fellow general of groping
her during a 1996 encounter in her
Pentagon office, officials said yester-
In the latest high-profile case of
alleged sexual misconduct in the mili-
tary, Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the
Army's top intelligence officer, has
requested an investigation by the
Army inspector general.
Army and Defense Department
officials declined to publicly confirm
or deny that an investigation had been
launched, citing concerns that it would
threaten the investigation and jeopar-
dize the privacy of Kennedy and the
unidentified accused officer. Kennedy
did not return calls to her office.
"All the principals have made clear
they don't want to talk about it,' said
one defense official.
News of the allegations stunned and
puzzled many people at the Pentagon,
who saw Kennedy as a die-hard Army
loyalist and as a woman who handles
her own disputes without turning for
assistance to those higher up.

The investigation represents a s
back for the military's effort to layIt
rest the sexual misconduct issue,
which has dogged it since a series of
sensational cases at the Army's
Aberdeen Proving Ground in Novem-
ber, 1996.
Kennedy is one of the highest-pro-
file officers in the Army and has been
held up as an example of the opportu-
nities the service offers to wome
who now make up 14 percent of t
active duty force.
Chicago police start
anti-gang division
CHICAGO - With one officer
awaiting trial for allegedly running
a cocaine ring, at least four others
under investigation in the case and
federal prosecutors hinting th
more indictments are on the wad,
the Chicago Police Department has
launched an overhaul of its elite
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month after the Los Angeles Police
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Mount Uu erupts;
no Injuries reported
DATE, Japan - Japan's Mount
Usu volcano erupted today, spewing
hot rocks, gas and ash over the snowy
countryside of the country's northern-
most main island. There were no
immediate reports of injury.
Experts monitoring seismic activity
of the volcano had predicted the erup-
tion and had already evacuated more
than I1,000 nearby residents.
Roughly 51,000 people live in this
town and two others near the 2,416-
foot mountain, 475 miles north of
Tokyo on the island of Hokkaido.
The plume and ash rose from the
western slope of the volcano amid
generally clear skies. Many townspeo-
ple rushed into the streets to watch the
eruption, which was clearly visible.
The eruption began early this after-
noon with a rapidly expanding plume
of white smoke rising from the vol-
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turned darker as more ash and small

debris became mixed in. It came just
hours after roads began cracking from
growing fissures on the flanks of the
snowcapped mountain, early signs
the magma swelling below the earth.
Experts had warned residents that a
major eruption could come at any
time, though the magnitude of this
eruption wasn't immediately clear.
Sri Lanka air force
plane crash kills 40
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - An a4
force plane leased from a Ukrainian
company crashed during an attempt-
ed landing yesterday, killing the four
Russian crew members and all 36
military personnel aboard, air force
officials said,
The AN-26, bringing troops home
on leave from battling guerrillas, was
flying from Palaly air base, 190 miles
north of the capital, Colombo, when
it developed engine trouble, the air
force said.
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