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isa Hoffman
a) y Staff Reporter
Health care expenditures and the projected 20 percent
ational increase in the cost of prescription drugs over
e next year have created national tension in the upcom-
g elections as well as among University faculty and
"The real aim is to understand different models of pre-
cription drug coverage that we could embrace, and their
ifferent effects," said University Provost Nancy Cantor
ng yesterday's meeting of the Senate Advisory Commit-
n University Affairs. "We need to understand how we
t into the national picture.' ;
The Prescription Drug Work Group 2002 will provide
antor and University Chief Financial Officer Robert Kas-
in with a large range of solutions to help balance the needs
f the 33,034 families on a University health plan with the
ising cost of prescription drug coverage paid for by the
Last year, the University estimated that 16.8 percent of
e nearly $104 million spent on health care went for pre-
tion drugs and predict a 15 percent increase in expen-
1 res for next year.
"We need to find out if the money is well spent or if the
rugs are being overprescribed or misused," Prescription
rug 2002 co-chairman Keith Bruhnsen said.
Currently, pharmacies run safety checks on customers
efore filling a prescription to ensure there are no errors in
e prescription drugs and that the drug doesn't conflict
ith other prescriptions the patient is taking.
"We have to make a reasonable decision if we want to
over a certain drug," Prescription Drug 2002 co-chair-
roman Marty Eichstadt said. "Do we want to pay for a
e expensive drug, when an older, generic one works just
for second - or tI
enth - place, why
ontinued from Page 1 ning for office a
Ballot rules vary across states, leav- candidate?
ng some states with less prominent "They want to a
nd more radical third parties such as and it's a place to do
he Trotskyite Party. While third-party ca
Despite the short lifespan of many won a major nationa
parties, American political histo- been fairly success
as been strongly influenced by the tions.
rassroots campaigning of third-party Achen said that
andidates advancing their ideas onto two possibilities
he American public, replace the establish
But if there's no consolation prize ond - a much mo


The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 17, 2000-- 7

"We need to find out if the
m~oney is well spent ..."
- Keith Bruhnsen
Prescription Drug 2002 co-chairman

Continued from Page 1.
ing forum with Jim Lehrer moderat-
Although the town hall forum
allows citizens to choose the ques-
tions, Bush presumably will contin-
ue to highlight his main issues like
education, taxes, Medicare and
social security - issues that show
the main divisions between himself
and his opponent.
Kim Ruby, spokeswoman for Gore's
campaign, said Gore has been involved

in town hall meetings since his days in
"It's a format he really excels in,"
Ruby said. "Everyone recognizes that
this is a good format for him."
Gore plans to use this meeting to
highlight Bush's record in Texas while
continuing discuss issues that came up
in previous debates, she said.
Students who want to watch the
debate are invited to the U-Club in
the Michigan Union tonight in an
event sponsored by The Ginsberg
Center for Community Service and

Mary Beth Damm, assistant director
of the center, said she feels it is impor-
tant for students to participate in these
kinds of events.
"Voting is down among students and
even when they do vote, I don't think
they gather in groups for discussion any-
more," she said. This is the first time the
Ginsberg Center has sponsored such an
"This is sort of an experiment for us;'
she said.
After the debates, the group will split
up to for topical talks from 10:30 p.m. to
11 p.m.


as well?" she asked.
University community members are invited to join any of
the 20 focus groups or seven town hall meetings to discuss
a wide range of demographic issues and allow participants
to voice any concerns on health care plans beginning early
next month.
"With something like this, you may not want the young
and the restless in a group. You may want more of the
mature who are more conscientious consumers,' LSA histo-
ry Prof. Rudi Lindner said.
Prescription Drug committee member SeonAe Yeo
agreed that people who have a chronic illness, or prob-
lems with getting drugs should be involved in the focus
groups because they are the most vulnerable people.
"In any given circumstance, nobody is going to make
money. We must make sure that the most vulnerable people
have some sort of protection available," Yeo said.
The group has also been working with global consulting
firm William Mercer, Inc. to have them look at the statistics
and speak with insurance vendors on how to remain com-
petitive on a national level while not pricing people out of
health care plans, Bruhnsen said.
The most appealing options will be presented to the Uni-
versity executive officers for consideration and will be
implemented for the 2002 calendar year.

Food For Thought
Manipulating Opinion
During the Vietnam War, the
father of Yung Krall, author of
A Thousand Tears Falling, was
North Vietnam's ambassador to
Moscow. Yung was a spy for
both the CIA and FBI. In a per-
Ssonalinterview, Yung told me that
the anti-war movement, schools,
and even the Quaker church,
were heavily infiltrated by North
Vietnam's agents, whose job it
was to feed misinformation to
those groups.
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hird or even sev-
even bother run-
as a third-party
dvance their ideas
that," Achen said.
andidates have not
al office, they have
sful in local elec-
third parties have
: The first is to
hed party, the sec-
re likely event --

is to force an established party to
incorporate the third party's ideas,
similar to what happened to the
Democratic Party when Franklin
Delano Roosevelt was elected presi-
"That was a victory of a certain
kind. You don't win yourself, but the
big parties adopt your ideas and enact
them into law," Achen said.
Republicans have often blamed for-
mer President George Bush's 1992
loss to Bill Clinton to independent
candidate H. Ross Perot.

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RI VI to identify problem
Central Campus R
ontlnued from Pagel1 and the Shapiro
hat had been reported adjacent to Library where the
ampus were or on public areas such of gym bags and
treets and sidewalks. This year, most thefts - 158
he University will be providing all University Hospita
he statistics from (all of) Ann Thefts from a
rbor," Brown said. from 221 incident
The change in the crime-reporting two percent of th
aw is largely the result of a crusade passes," she said.
egun by Howard and Constance Seventy-nine d
lery of Bryn Mawr, Pa., after their tions were reporte
aughter Jeanne's 1986 murder in year.
er Lehigh University residence hall DPS received 1
m. Clery's parents learned of offense reports,
e statistics on Lehigh's campus Assault Preventio
fter the murder and the following Center received 6
ear began Security on Campus Inc., assault.
group dedicated to college crime One on-campus
wareness. vated by the victir
Signed by President Clinton in tion was reported.
998 to amend the Crime Awareness The reporting o
nd Campus Security Act of 1990, statistics from SAl
he Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Cam- categories newly
us Crime Policy and Crime Statis- Clery Act. School
ics Act aims to unify the way to report full sta
puses across the country report rounding metropol
es. The statistics are available at "The law origin
pe.ed.gov/security. vague when they p
The University's statistics also and schools were i
how that thefts increased from narrowly," said H
1,340 to 1,502 incidents. A break- Jeanne Clery's bro
own, Brown said, has allowed DPS surer.
C ntlnued from Page 1
Wmajor racial classifications in the U.S. Census. Soci-
ty uses visual inspection, classification by appearance,
most frequently to decide race.
"Race is ascribed to you," Gee said, "The first and
easiest way to determine someone's race is to look at
He explained the complexity of race because it isn't
biologically defined. Gee said people can often give
examples of specific minority races, but when asked to
stereotype white people, some are silent. "There is a
privilege to not have a stereotype," Gee said.
When asked by an audience member whether checking a
rte advantageous box as to racial classification, Gee said
"race is a political tool more than anything else,'G
Following Gee, White attacked standardized tests
such as the SAT and more critically, the LSAT. He also
questioned the presumptions that were expected of test
ISRAEL "wanted to und
Continued firom Page 1 process."
Haber was the f
*everal audience members comment- dents for a Democ
ed on the conflict's inciting incident, the ' the most influenti
Likud Party - the main opposition the 1950s and 60s.
party in Israel - Leader Ariel Sharon's As to the prosp
visit to the Temple Mount. Linda Greene, a
Local woodworker Alan Haber remarked "I prefer
said he did not think that Sharon difficult to think a
.b.-...1 a.« kn scerrp tAn the the nresident of the

areas such as the
ecreation Building
ft consists mostly
backpacks. The
- occurred at the
vehicle increased
ts to 256. "Forty-
ose were parking
rug abuse viola-
d, the same as last
0 forcible sexual
but the Sexual
an and Awareness
1 reports of sexual
hate crime moti-
m's sexual orienta-
f hate crimes and
PAC are two of the
required under the
s also are required
tistics from sur-
itan areas.
nally was kind of
put it out in 1990,
nterpreting it very
toward Clery Ill,
ther and SOC trea-

Under the Clery Act, schools
"have to not only say it happened on
campus, but there are separate cate-
gories for public property, residence
halls, non-campus property such as
fraternities or any other organization
recognized by schools," Clery said.
"They also expanded who had to
report," he said. "At's any crime
reported to campus security authori-
Any unreported crimes can earn
an institution a fine from the DOE.
"For instance, if they dicdn't poll the
women's center or they didn't poll
the RA, there is a S25,000 fine for
each crime not reported," Clery
So far only one institution, Mount
St. Clare College in Iowa, has been
fined under the act, and the Univer-
sity of California system is being
investigated after reports that
crimes were not being accurately
logged at the system's Davis cam-
"We see this as a very complex
issue, and yes, there are going to be
investigations, but we see this as a
part of a national problem," UC sys-
tem spokeswoman Mary Spletter
said. "We do welcome the investiga-
tion, especially if it's going to help
improve the situation."

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White said the amount of time put into a student's educa-
tion was unfair because the wording of questions on the
LSAT gave others more of an opportunity to succeed.
"In what took four years to build up, it took four
hours to break down," White said.
White provided the audience with a packet containing
numerous examples of bias test questions.
White said the wording of passages sometimes leads
the test taker to think a certain way, or forced the test
taker to answer incorrectly because they did not hold the
.correct assumptions. "Words are used as predictors,"
White said.
White referred to the upcoming admissions lawsuits
in which he said "we have to wake up from that dream"
that the Law School's affirmative action policies lead to
enrolling less-qualified students t
White said the system attempts to be fair, but it does
not question the validity of the student's scores.
LSA sophomore Donna Pettway said that the lecture
defied "the assumption that minorities are automatically
less qualified because of their test scores and GPA."

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r. - . -c .. hii a nacne. hiu clnter and coirework that

ermine the peace
irst president of Stu-
cratic Society, one of
al student groups of
ects of averting war,
polarity therapist,
not to think. It's too
about." Cindy Saper,
board of the Hebrew

event, said "At the negotiating table the
Palestinians and Israelis are equals, but
on the battlefield they're not." Earlier,
Kliemani had remarked that it is "better
to talk than go on killing:
Klieman said that so far, he
believes, the emergency summit
between Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat, Barak, Clinton and Egyptian
President Ilosni Mubarak at Sharm El-
Sheikh, Egypt "has been a failure." As


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