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2A - The Michign Daily - Thursday. January 25. 2001

NATION/WORLD

Joint programs examined for
environmental studies, science

SiN R E
Continued from Page 1A
Prof. John Knott. who chairs the implementation committee.
Knott said the comtmittee wil examine new courses, the
changring role of faculty and core requirements.
The oilfic ial pro posal fixr the development ol'the committees
adds more duties to that list, including examining the role of
'SNRE and LSA graduate student instructors, the function of
field studies and internships in the program, easing~ the transi-
tion for current SNRE students and outlining a timetable for
the program reviewv and approval.
LSA Associate D~ean Robert Owen and SNRE~ Prof. Jim
Diana are co-chairs of'the governance commuittee. The propos-
al assigns this group the tasks of examining the leadership
structure of the program and suggesting renovations to the
'Dana B~uilding and other University facilities that would be
utilized by program participants. It will also create an ong~oing
review process for the key elements of the program and con-
sider involving other relevant University units in the program.
B~oth com-mittees were told to assume that students in the
program would be LSA students with an environmental stud-
ies/sciences concentration.
Rabe said the committees were formed as a result of an

"This is a wonderful opportunity
to build bridges between units."
- Gloria Helfand
SNRE professor
SNRE faculty vote in December that was "overwhelmingly for
movingforward with negotiations" between SNRE and LSA.
Rabe and Knott both said the commnittees hope to complete
their work this spring and be prepared to undergo the approval
process this fall. If- approved, the earliest the program would
be implemented is fall 2002, Rabe said.
SNRE Prof. Gloria I Iellband, a member of the implernienta-
tion committee, said she considered this to be a "fascinating~
experiment."
"This is a wonderful opportunity to build bridges
between units," Ilelfand said, adding that the current
SNRE environmental programs are considered inacces-
sible to most LSA students. "The program can provide
greater opportunities in environmental education."
Rabe said SNRE students are kept aware of developments
thr-ough e-mails, letters and meetings.

GAS
Continued from Page 1A
approved by the commnission as filed, it
will appear on the consumer's bill this
April." Steketee said.
B~ut Michigan companies that do not
plan to reim-burse their customers do
foresee an increase in rates.
"Gas costs across the country
have gtone wild over the past nine
months." said Michael Kidd, direc-
tor of the gas department for the
Michigamn Public Service Commis-
sion. "Approximately 99 percent of
consumers in the state have been
lucky and, insulated in these rates
because the state froze these rates a
couple of' years ago."
Bruce D~ekraker, accounts man-
ager for Campus Rentals, which
uses MichCon, said if the gas com-
panies increase their rates it is like-
ly rental rates will increase as well.
"If the power bills double. I
guess we're going to be paying a lot
more." Dekraker said.
SNRE sophomore Alex Samul
lives in a house on campus that
uses natural gas.
"We dlon't have storm windows;
we have cracks in the walls. That's
going to be just terrible," Samul
said of' a possible rate increase.
"We pay $300 right nowv."
Kidd said the increase in gas bills
for consumers like Samul will rise
but will be in accordance with the
average national rate.
"Unfortunately, because (prices)
are so far below the market, when-
ever they go back to the market.
there is a significant increase,"~
Kidd said.

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Senate confirms Thompson, M inet .
W\ASI IINGTON- The Senate approved two more of President Bush's Cbi-
net nominees yesterday. confiring Wisconsin Go: Tommy Thompson as health
and human : ervices secretary andI Norman Mineta as transportation secretaly.
The vote was 100-0 for each.
Mineta, a longtime IDemocratic congressman from California, is the onjy
holdover from the Clinton administration, where he served as commerce er.
tary.
The Senate has confirmed 11l of the 1 5 Cabinet posit ions since Bush took
office Saturday.
Three other nominees - Gale Norton as interioi secretary. Elaine Cha as
labor Secretary and Christie Whitman as administrator of the Environmenta Pro-
tection Agency -- were scheduled for a Senate vote next Tuesday.
B~ut John Ashcroft's nomination for attorney general was delayed after
Democrats requested a one-week extension because they want written answers to
hundreds of questions. LDemocrats have complained that the frmer Missouri
senator is too conservative and would undermine gains in civil rights and
women's rigihts.
Sen. IDianne Feinstein. a California D~emocrat, told the Judiciary Committee
yesterday she planned to vote against Ashcroft because his record %tan bet be@
characterized as ultra-rigiht wingi."
M c'inBuh agu ed by ice President Dick Cheney.,
M c anb"n ru White I louse spokesman Ani Fieisch-
over finance reform er said Bush was not swvayd. "1His posi-
tion remains the Same" Fleischr said.
WASIINGTON - In a cordial but But the fact that Bush and McCain were
unproductive Oval Office session, discussing the issue just days in,to
President Bush and former political Bushs term indicated the two were "not
rival John McCain discussed the Art- so fau apart" the spokesman said0
zona senator's bid to reform campaign
finance reforms but failed yesterday totec ig
reconcile their differences. Gore takes tahn
Arizona, said afterward that Bush Still at
did not support key provisions of WASHINGTON --Al Goe la.5
McCain's billwhnsne o agree own the sie p for his first job since hand
legislation should be put to a vote, a ing over the keys to the vice presi.
detail now being negotiated with Sen- dent's off ice: Ilie will teach a
ate leaders. Still, he said he believed graduate-level journalism class at
they would keep talking and ultimate- Columbia University.
ly would settle their differences. Gore will teach a course caled*
"I come away with the distinct "Covering National Affairs in the
impression that he's favorably dis- Information Age" which will look at
posed towards continued discussions politics from the perspective ofpoliti-
on this issue and seeingz if we can't cians and journalists, the university
work out something with the belief 'said in a statement yesterday.
that both of' us hold that this system The former vice president will join
needs to be fixed'" McCain said. the Columbia Staff as a visiting profis-
I le said the president "didn't go sor next month and has committed to
down a list Of issues that he was for or give six to eight lectures a semester for
against" during the session, also attend- at least one semeste, and possibly two.
,.leaked at least 185000 gallons of'diede
Captain of leaking fuel into this fragile ecosystem"aoe
oil tanker arrested populated by species found nowhere
else in the world and anl inspiration for
PUERTO BAQU ERIZO. Ga lapa- Charles I arin 's theory of evolution. _.
gos Islands - As rangers worked yes- The ship ran aground after a sg~l
terday to net wildlife stained and buoy was mistaken for a lighthoue said
dated by anl oil spill, authorities Capt. Ramiro Morejon. chief of control
arrested the captain of the leak ing and marine monitoring for Galapagos
tanker and pledged stronger protec- National Park.Ilie blamed human error:
tions for these islands renowned for
their unique animals and birds. M idest eacec '
Capt. Tarquino Arevalo and 1 3 iL~. e c
crewmen from the tanker Jessica wee set to resume today
ordered confined to a military base on
San Cristobal island pending formal JERUSALEM --- Israel. which sus-@
charges. Merchant Marines Vice pended peace talks with the alestini-
Adm. Gonzalo Vega said yesterday. ans after two Israelis were killed in the
The captain and the tanker's owners West Banik. has decided to resume the
could face two to four years in prison marathon negotiations this afternoon.
if conicted of negligence or crimes The talks in the Egyptian resort,of
acgainst the environment. Ecuadorean Taba will resume after the fiuneral of
I~ni-omnment Minister Rodol lb Ren- the two Israelis, who are to be laid to
don said he was pushing to have them rest in I lai li, a government statement
all jailed pending the investigation, said late yesterday. The statement said
The arrests come eight days after the talks will "continue for a few days" as
Jessica ran aground off San Cristobal Israel's Feb. 6 election approaches.
Island, one of the Galapagos chain.
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