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By Louie Meizlish
and Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporters
Following in the steps of John E Kennedy, who as a
presidential candidate laid the groundwork for the
Peace Corps on the steps of the Michigan Union, U.S.
Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.)
made the University their first stop in their campaign
to promote a bill to expand volunteerism.
"Young Americans were particularly frustrated after
9-11 when they asked, 'What can we do?' and the
answer was take a trip, go shopping, get on an airline,"
McCain said during a town hall meeting April 9 at Hill
Bayh and McCain are sponsoring the Call to Service
Act, which would quintuple the size of the AmeriCorps
program to support 250,000 volunteers. AmeriCorps is
a federally-funded program that offers tuition grants to
people who perform community service. Half of the
new positions would have to be associated with home-
land security.
"We'd like to see (volunteerism) become a bigger
part of the American social fabric," Bayh said. "It's
important that we seize the moment and not let the
enthusiasm for these programs dissipate."
The senators have had several meetings to work out
an agreement with President Bush, who has called for
doubling the program.
"We're going to do our best to avoid some fight with
them because we share the same goals," McCain said.
The University's AmeriCorps program currently
supports 52 volunteers participating in community
service in Dearborn and Detroit, but they can do more,

"Young Americans were
particularly frustrated
after 9-11 when they
asked, 'What can we
-John McCain
U.S. Senator (R-Ariz.)
said Paul Propson, the program's director.
"It has the-advantage of being really selective, but it
also has the disadvantage of not capitalizing on the
enthusiasm for volunteerism," he said. Propson told
McCain and Bayh during the roundtable discussion
that his program could support a doubling of itself by
next year.
But the University also faces some difficulties in
getting students involved, said Office of Financial Aid
Director Pam Fowler.
"We can put hundreds of students in the America
Reads program in Detroit, but they don't have a way to
get there," she said.
Another aspect of the legislation would give an
$18,000 tuition grant for serving 18 months of active
duty in a branch of the armed forces followed by 18
months of service in the Reserves. The bill would also
expand volunteer opportunities for senior citizens.
While McCain and Bayh had community service on

their agenda, several students at the town hall meeting
wanted answers to their questions on international
affairs and military pay.
One student asked the senators what they felt the
U.S. role in Iraq would and should be - the two
agreed that the United States must take action.
"It's not a question of whether, it's a question of
when," Bayh said. "God forbid (Saddam Hussein) get
hold of nuclear weapons. ... It's going to be a lot hard-
er than Afghanistan."
McCain received a round of applause for his work
on the campaign finance reform bill that was passed by
Congress and signed by the president earlier this
McCain responded by reminding the audience of the
financial situation within the Beltway.
"There's too much money washing around Washing-
ton that makes good people do bad things," McCain
said. "Congress continues to pork barrel funds while
there are thousands of Americans on food stamps."
During a press conference, Bayh acknowledged the
detrimental effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on
American society.
"The longer this conflict goes on, the more divided
not just this campus, but this country will become," he
said. "We have to send an unequivocal message that
you can't reward terror."
McCain said Israel has a responsibility to root
out terror. He also blamed non-democratic govern-
ments in the Middle East for not rooting out ter-
rorists, characterizing them "as the kind of
leadership that countenances, encourages and
rewards people who will take the lives of innocent
people by blowing themselves up."

Sen. John McCain spoke Apr. 9 in a town hall meeting at Hill Auditorium with Sen.
Evan Bayh to promote student volunteerism and the AmeriCorps program.

Regents institute new fall break

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily News Editor

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The University Board of Regents
voted on a host of proposals at its Dec.
13 meeting, including a two-day fall
study break, changes to the athletic
bylaws, establishment of bylaws for the
Life Sciences Institute, appointment of
an architect to design the Ford School
of Public Policy and approval of
designs for the renovation of Hill Audi-
The regents voted unanimously to
institute a two-day fall study break
every October.
Next fall, classes will not be held
Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 15.
Regent Andrea Fisher Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) said MSA President Matt
Nolan and interim Provost Lisa
Tedesco addressed all of her concerns

regarding the break, one of which was
that the four-day weekend would "lead
to more free time and more partying."
The regents also approved meas-
ures to change the bylaws regarding
the Life Sciences Institute and the
,Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics, which will now be called
the Advisory Board on Intercolle-
giate Athletics.
The Life Sciences Institute bylaw,
which will establish an executive com-
mittee for the program, passed unani-
Changes to the athletic bylaws
passed by a 7-1 margin, with Regent
Katherine White (D-Ann Arbor) voting
against the proposal. White said she
wanted more time to hear feedback
about the proposal, but other regents
argued against the delay, saying they
should leave a clean slate for interim
President B. Joseph White, who took
over Jan. 1.

The athletic board will now serve to
advise the president rather than vote on
decisions themselves, despite concerns
from the Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs that the changes
would take power away from the faulty,
student and alumni members of the
Bollinger emphasized that the
changes would mainly clarify the situa-
tion, adding that a future president will
not use the amended bylaw to "seize
more control of the athletic depart-
The athletic director will still seek
the faculty's advice in regard to aca-
demic interests in athletics.
A plan to appoint Robert A.M. Stern
Architects to begin designing a new
building to house the Ford School of
Public Policy at the northeastern cor-
ner of Hill and State streets also passed
without opposition.
University Chief Financial Officer

Robert Kasdin said Stern himself will
take a personal interest in the project,
given its importance.
"This will really serve as a gateway
to the University," Kasdin said.
The regents voted unanimously to
accept a revised budget for the renova-
tion of Hill Auditorium and to begin
offering bids to construction compa-
nies to complete the work, which
began in May.
The renovation emphasizes the
goal of restoring the building to
architect Albert Kahn's original
vision while updating the building
to increase wheelchair accessibility,
install a sound lock, create a lower-
level lobby and add more restroom
A resolution to begin building a
pedestrian walkway over Washtenaw
Avenue to link the Life Sciences Insti-
tute with the rest of the Hill area was
also approved.


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UHS offers variety of medical
care for most student needs

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
University Health Services, located at 207 Fletcher
St., behind the Michigan League, offers health care
services to University students, faculty and alumni.
Patients can schedule an appointment to see a physi-
cian or walk in during open hours, although the wait-
ing period to see a doctor is often fairly long. UHS is
open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The services provided by UHS are subsidized by a health
service fee that students pay as part of their tuition, so stu-
dents do not have to pay for individual appointments or
checkups as long as they are enrolled for the term.
But some items, including contact lenses, eye glass-
es and immunizations are not covered by the fee.
Students do not need to have a referral from their
family physician to receive care at UHS and only inter-
national students need health care insurance. But UHS
recommends every student be insured to cover emer-
gency costs, such as ambulances or hospitalization.
In addition to regular medical treatment, UHS offers
a variety of special services and programs. The Nutri-
tion Clinic provides students with advice on healthy
dieting, exercise and managing the stress created by
the academic pressure of college life.
The physical therapy department aids students
recovering from sports injuries, and students can
receive diagnostic X-rays or ultrasound treatment.
UHS also provides contraceptive counseling, morning-
after pills and free condoms.

VHS Services.f
a UHS offers assistance in mast medkIca
e The Allergy, Immunization and Travel
Health Clinic gives flu and meningit;is vac
The Nutrition Clinic provides counsel g
special diets and weight management pro-
* Physical injuries can be treated
through UHS by physical therapIsts,
E The Gynecology Clinic offers checkups
and contraceptive options.
-Facts campiledfrom UHSwebsite
UHS expanded its services further last year by
offering group support sessions to students trying to
quit smoking. Participants in the program boost their
chances of staying smoke-free 37 to 40 percent, which
is eight times better than a smoker trying to break the
habit on their own.
Despite the variety of medical services and counsel-
ing available, pregnancy care and mental health coun-
seling are two treatments not provided by UHS.
But the facility can provide students suffering from
such problems with brochures or refer them to other
local clinics.



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