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Higher ed budget moves to House floor

U. Florida paper
seeks permission
to view Earnhardt
autopsy photos
e~aring has been scaedulc for
April 5 in the appeal by the pub-
osher of the Independent Florida
Alligator, Campus Comnimunica-
ions* inc.. to gaina--, aCes4 to the
autopsy photos of amed
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt
Sr. who died during the Daytona
500otn Feb 18.
In the hearing, University of
Florida student newspaper rcpre-
se lives plan to argue for permnis-
ti1to see and copy the photos.
judge, the newsworthiness of them
and ask them not to be permanent-
lN sealed.
The Alligator said in filed briefs
that the photos are exempt from
public record laws and cannot be
nidden by federal privacy statutes,
as Earnhardt's widow, Teresa.
args they should be.
Wesa Earnhardt's lawyer also
filed a motion objecting to the
interi ention of the Alligator.
The permanent seal of the autop-
sy photos from the public is part of
an agreement reached last week
between Teresa Earnhardt and the
Orlando Sentinel.

By Louie Meizlsh
ily Stall RpOrter

The State house of Representatives Appropria-
tionsCommittee yesterday approved last week's
recommendations of the higher education subcom-
mittee to allocate funding to Michigan's 15 public
universities,
The approval includes a 2 percent funding
increase for the University of Michigan. The bill
was approved without substantial amendment by a
20-8 vote. The majority consisted of 16 Republi-
cans and four Democrats and the minority consist-
ed of seven Democrats and one Republican. One
member of the committee, Rep. Patricia Godchaux

(R-Birmingham), abstained from voting.
Although the vote total may appear to indicate
that the bill will sail through the louse next week,
expectations are quite the opposite. "There will be
a floor tight on this bill," promised Rep. Keith
Stallworth (D-Detroit), who voted against the bill
in committee.
Todd I larcek, chief of staff for committee chair-
man Marc Shulman (R-West Bloomfield), said
although he was "fairly confident" that some form
of the bill would pass through the Ilouse next
week, it would not occur without lively debate.
"There will be several attempts to amend it sub-
stantially but I do not know whether they will suc-
ceed," he said.

Stallworth, wIho also voted against the bill in the
higher education subcommittee, said the bill
approved yesterday did not appropriate tunds in the

Michigan Higher
Education Budget

best manner. "It assumes the
cost to educate every under-
graduate is the same whether
they are full-time or part time
students, or whether they are
studying liberal arts or nuclear
physics,"he said.
"It addresses only the gap
in funding between the Uni-

increase under the bill.
Rep. Charles LaSata (R-St. Joseph), the vice
chairman of the committee, said the disparity in
funding increases between the University and
Michigan Slate is justified. "MSU is still signifi-
cantly behind U of M in per pupil grants from the
state," he said."Two percent to U of M is much
higher dollar-wise than to other universities."
The most substantial amendment the committee
approved was that of Rep. Mike Pumford of
Newaygo, the only Republican to vote against the
bill, to recommend a workgroup be formed to
study the tier system under which funds are allocat-
ed. Some, such as Stallworth, have said the tier sys-
tem does not allow for fair apportionment of funds.
affectedy

versity of Michigan. Michigan State University,
and Wayne State University," he added.
Michigan State would receive a 7 percent

Women more i

alcoholism, study shows

arity group at
l a State U. to
make record-sized
Rice Krispie treat
A, part of a fundraising project
for vhe Iowa State University's
Veishea committee members are
planiag to make a 2,500-pound
RiceKrispie treat.
les an appropriate record ior
Iowa State to make s<nce Mildred
Day; 1928 graduate of the Iowa
Sate University College of Ilome
Economics, invented the Rice
Krispie treat when she was an
employee for Kellogg, said a
Veishea representative.
The treat will be made April 20.
and will take about 80 people 10
hours to make.
S treat will be eight feet long.
nin et wide and two feet high.
The current record. 2.260 pound
treat-was, set in October 1997 at
MiclTi~gn State Uni\ersity.
Micjigan State sold the 2,260
pound treat as a fundraiser during
their honmecoming celebration, and
donlted the money to a women's
sheltar.
U. Wisconsin's
fee distribution
system rejected
on 'neutral' basis
U.S District Judge John Shabaz
ruled Wte last week that the Uni-
versity-of Wisconsin System's stu-
dent-fe distribution system is
unostitutional because it fIils to
ensure that all viewpoints wil be
funded.
Tki is based on the U.S.
Supremne Court ruling of nearly a
year ao that segregated fees were
conjtfitrtional as long as they were
used to fund groups on a view-
point-neutral basis.
University officials said the cur-
rengtudent-fee allocation process
is viewpoint-neutral and the Uni-
versity would like to see the 'WM
System Board of Regents appeal
the decision.
Arr appeal process woufd go .o)
the 7th U.S. Ciretit Court of
Appeals within the next 30 days.
As of now, the Board of Regents
has not made a decision if they
wilh ppeal although. university
lawyers have previously indicated
thc*vould likely appeal the rul-
in a.
Mikc Dean, Associate(' Students
of Madison Student Council chair.
said Shabaz ruled against the uni-
versity because he felt elected stu-
dents should not have a decision in
die unding process.
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C i e s yeStahfvReparserwLle Kruhsl

By Tovin Lapan
Dally Staff Rcporicr
According to a recent study by University Public
Health prof. Kyle Grazier, women suffer greater effects
from alcoholism than men. Grazier will be presenting a
paper she co-authored with Washington University's
Kathleen Bucholz next week at the First World Congress
on Women and Mental Health in Berlin.
"Women were more severely affected physically by
alcoholism than men, showed a higher rate of reduced
activity and demonstrated greater adverse social effects
as well," Grazier said.
The data, including long term effects of alcoholism.
such as the liver disease cirrhosis, is still being ana-
lyzed to determine whether women are at a greater risk
than men of long term illness from alcoholism.
Grazier spent the last 15 years studying mental health
and insurance policies in the United States. Grazier
and Bucholz's paper is based on a three year. S2 million
study funded by the National Institute for Mental
Ilealth.
Grazier and Biucholz interviewed three groups of people
in St. Louis who had been surveyed in 1980 by NIMI1. The
researchers then compared the current data to what was
found 20 years ago in about 700 participants.
"This research is really unique in that the people
studied were found in the community instead of those
who are found in treatment centers where most mental
health data comes from." Grazier said.
The reasons why men and women who suffer from
alcoholism react differently have yet to be determined,
but Crazier offered several hypotheses.
"The lower metabolism and body weight of most
women could explain the differences, as well as dis-
crepancies in how women are treated when they seek
substance abuse assistance: doctors may prescribe

"it is more common for a man
to leave a woman than visa
versa. "
- Lisa Pasbjerg
Clinical director of Ann Arbor Center for Behavior and
Medicine
greater limitations on women suffering from the effects
of alcoholism." Grazier explained.
Lisa Pasbjerg, clinical director of the Ann Arbor
Center far Behavior and Medicine, supported Grazier's
claims.
"It is more common for a man to leave an alcoholic
woman than vice versa, and we as society tend to be
more tolerant of men drinking in excess," Pasbjerg
said.
Pasbjerg also said women start to exhibit the long
term effects of' drinking such as rapid aging and liver
disease before men do.
Donna Botson, a counselor for M-Fit's DrinkWise
program, noted several physical characteristics that
alter how women are affected by alcohol.
"Women have less fluid in general, and less of the
stomach enzyme that breaks down alcohol in their sys-
tem, and therefore their blood alcohol level will be
higher than men's." she said.
In addition, Botson said that when women are ovulat-
ing, their blood alcohol level will be higher and intoxi-
cation will last longer.
"All of' those factors lead to women alcoholics devel-
oping serious illnesses due to drinking 10 to 15 years
before men would. she said.

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Christine Modey passively protests Starbucks with her child, Lucy Fuller, as
Engineering freshman Carl Grant passes by with a Starbuck beverage.
Protesters decry
gentoetic crop use

By James Restivo
I a).uhsufier Ip n'
When LSA sophomore Kristin
Cibik went to the Starbucks coffee
shop on State Street yesterday for her
daily cup of cof'ee, she encountered a
group of students, professors and
community members protesting out-
side the doors.
"I think it's ridiculous," Cibik said.
"I've never had any problems with the
service or the coffee. I don't think
these people will make a diff erence to
anyone on this campus."
The protest was part of a national
initiative by various environmental
and labor groups who coordinated
yesterday's demonstration in more
than 50 cities. The protest coincid-
ed with the annual shareholders'
meeting of the multinational corpo-
ration in Seattle. Ann Arbor's pro-
testers included the Organic
Consumers Association and Stu-
dents Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality.
John Vandermeer. a University
biology professor, was part of the
local protest and said one goal was to
ensure that the corporation produces
and markets Fair Trade coffee on a
daily basis. Fair Trade certification
increases farmers' incomes through
forming cooperatives and linking
them directly to coffee importers.
"When I go into the store, people
don't know what I'm talking about
when I ask for it," Vandermeer said.
"I would pay more for it because it
assures people are getting fair
wa ces."
In response to the complaints of'
protesters. Starbucks Chief Executive
Officer Orin Smith issued a written
statement March 16 saying the corpo-
ration is currently taking steps to
increase the amount of' Free Trade
coffee in stores.
"As with all our coffees, customers
can always obtain brewed Fair Trade
coffee at any time upon request," he
said in the statement.
Though the manager of the store
would not comment aside from saying

that the store had Fai- Trade coffee in
stock, Starbucks' employees did not
have the coffee brewed when a
reporter attempted to purchase a cup.
Another concern of the protesters
was the use of cenetically modified
materials in Starbucks' products such
as bottled drinks and ice cream.
"Starbucks is one of the largest cof-
I L' chains, and we aim to change the
way they do business," Vandermeer
said. Recombinant bovine growth hor-
mone "is known to be a dangerous
substance."
Vandermeer said Starbucks also
needs to understand the implications
of usinc genetically modified crops as
part of their inventory.
"Corporations in Europe already
know to keep these materials out of'
the food chain," Vandermeer said.
"I lopefully people in this country will
get on the bandwagon and figure out
what's going on soon."
Though the groups yesterday
claimed they were not attempting to
keep customers from frequenting the
store, Ann Arbor resident Christine
Modey said she was boycotting the
chain.
"Americans are getting more and
more concerned." Modey said. "We
want to know the what's in the food
we are eating.
Modey said she wanted mandated
labels denoting genetically modified
foods so she could choose products
based on their ingredients.
One LSA sophomore said she was
extremely upset that she couldn't
study because of the protesters.
"This is very disturbing." she said.
"I'm just trying to study and they are
preventing my work. They are not
going to accomplish anything."
Two Ann Arbor police officials
were on hand for the protest, which
remained peaceful. Several customers
chose to go elsewhere, which Vander-
meeri said signified progress.
"I think we are eftective in drawing
attention to the issues. This is just the
start of a long campaign which we
hope that some consumers are con-
cerned about." he said.

DAAP1, MSA express concern
over racist' attacks on Hi deki

By Carrie Thorson
Dily SM el Ryrter
Many Michigan Student Assembly
representatives expressed concern at last
night's meeting over recent "attacks" on
president I lideki Tsutsumi regarding his
ability to communicate with the assem-
bly.
"People are trying to dissuade inter-
national students from running for
MSA," said LSA Rep. Erika Dowdell.
Dowdell and others said Vice President
Jim Secreto's vocal stance that Tsutsumi
had difiicultfcommunicating with the
assembly because English was not his
first language was racist.
"This attack is beginning to foster
racism on campus," said Defend Affir-
mative Action Party member Caroline
Wong. "The climate on this campus for
Asian students is hostile as it is"

Wong called for an apology from
Secreto for "allowing the election to
become a vehicle to foster racism on
campus."
Many representatives and con-
stituents said race was not the reason
they were unhappy with Tsutsumi's
term.
"My problems are not with his lan-
guage," said LSA senior Rodolfo
Palma-Lulion. "It's with his ideology."
"I don't support the attacks on I lide-
ki, but I don't see them as racist," Kine-
siology Rep. T.J. Wharry said. "I can't
understand what my grandparents say
but they're just as white as I am."
Tsutsumi said he felt all attacks on
him were politically motivated and
that he is "above the fray of party
politics."
Also at the rrieeting, Hank Baier,
associate vice president for Facilities

and Operations, spoke to the assembly
about the potential merger between the
University bus system and the Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority. The
assembly recently passed a resolution
against the potential merger.
"We're trying to develop ways to
increase the bus service, not decrease
service levels," Baier said. "In order to
expand we have to go with AATA."
Amendments to the MSA code and
constitution were presented for first
reads, and they were not well received.
"As a constituent I have a problem
with each and every one of these
amendments" said Palma-Lulion.
The assembly also consented to the
transfer of SI,500 for advertising of
Advice Online during fall registration.
"This is one of the greatest things that
we do," Secreto said. "People need to
know about it."

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