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Bible documents
to be displayed at
Graduate Library
A rare collection of documents trac-
ing the development of the Bible from
ancient Egyptian manuscripts to the
modern printed book will go on display
tomorrow in the Graduate Library's
Special Collections Library.
"From Papyri to King James: The
Transmission of the English Bible," on
display through Jan. 31, includes docu-
ments from various nations, peoples
and languages. The Wycliffe English
Bibles, part of the exhibit and the earli-
est complete biblical manuscripts in
English, has roots extending back to the
earliest New Testament documents and
even further back to oral tradition and
prehistory for the Old Testament.
The exhibition also examines the ori-
gins of the King James Bible through
direct ancestors and related religious
works. Portions from several letters of
Paul, the first appearance of Greek and
Latin texts in print and early translations
of English will all be on display. Some of
the older documents available are written
on their original papyrus and parchment.
The exhibit is free and open to the
public; it will be available for viewing
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. and Saturday fromlO a.m. to
noon. The exhibit will be closed Satur-
day, Dec. 23; Monday, Jan. 1; and Sat-
urday, Jan. 6.
'U' names new
director of
. Donovan Reynolds, executive direc-
tor of Michigan Public Radio, will be-
come director of broadcasting for the
University on Jan. 2.
Reynolds will direct Michigan Radio,
the University's public radio stations, and
will coordinate the University's radio and
television broadcasting services. He will
also consult the Flint campus on the op-
erations of WFUM-TV 28.
Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison expressed confi-
dence that Reynolds will bring new
ideas and new energies to broadcasting
at the University.
"I'm delighted we have been able to
attract Donovan to the University,,
Harrison said. "His experience with
Michigan Public Radio and with issues
affecting the state of Michigan make
him perfectly suited for this position."
A graduate of Michigan State Uni-
versity and a former Michigan Journal-
ism Fellow at the University, Reynolds'
background includes three years as ex-
ecutive director of California Public
Radio and three years as bureau chief in
the Sacramento news bureau of Cali-
fornia Public Radio.
Reynolds leaves Michigan Public Ra-
dio in Lansing, where he has been execu-
tive director since 1984, and Michigan
Public Television where he served as an
executive producer. Michigan Public
Radio is a statewide radio news network
for 15 public radio stations.
Humane Society
brings 'Santa Paws'
to town
Santa Paws is coming to town.
As part ofa holiday fund-raising event
sponsored by the Humane Society of
Huron Valley and three other organiza-
tions, pet enthusiasts are invitedtobring
their favorite animals to a special photo
session with Santa Claus either of the

next two Saturdays, Dec. 3 or Dec. 10.
Photos range from $7-$12, and money
raised in the event will go toward help-
ing shelter Washtenaw County's home-
less animals.
Pet owners are also encouraged to do-
nate a special gift to the animals at the
county's only humane society. Bags of
puppy or kitten food, canned cat food,
kitty litter or special toys are all possible
donations that will help the shelter.
Photo sessions will be held this Satur-
day at Huron Pet Supply, 2899 Washtenaw
Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be
continued on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Appointments are required and can
be made by calling 662-5585, ext. 103,
.Monday through Friday.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh White

As big as life
Art senior Dana Gannon puts some finishing details on a life-size sculpture yesterday as part of her final project.
More costly MET is back; critics
claimst s keeping it sec

Chain mall violates
Information Technology
By Anita Chik
Daily Staff Reporter
While many students forward chain
e-mail messages to their friends for fun,
they may not be aware that they are
violating a University policy.
According to the Information Tech-
nology regulations, any University com-
munity member who misuses informa-
tion technology and property, such as
inhibiting members of the community
to increase access and sharing informa-
tion, is violating the policy.
Kim Heeney, an LSA senior, said
she usually deletes chain e-mail mes-
"Chain e-mail is a pain," she said. "I
don't bother to send the letters. I find
them irritating."
Laurie Burns, associate director of
the Information Technology Division,
said the University's information re-
sources' aim is to support instructional,
academic, research and administrative
uses. But chain e-mail messages tend to
promise a reward or threaten punish-
ment for recipients who fail to pass
along the message. Some chain e-mail
even serves money-making purposes.
"Chain mails serve no educational
purposes," Burnssaid. "Passing on chain
mail is an inappropriate use of a com-
She said forwarding chain mail on a
regular basis is disrespectful and a nui-
sance to e-mail users.

"People tend to react to chain e-mail
the way that they react to any junk
mail," she said. "Many just delete or
ignore them."
Kari Gluski of the University's prod-
uct area management for e-mail ser-
vice, agreed. She said people become
upset because they don't expect to r -
ceive chain mail. She gave examples rf
messages that asked people to send
money and pass on good luck to a list of
"It is rather threatening to say you
will have bad luck," she said.."Chain
mail is not a communication. It's a
Since September, the Information
Technology Division received about
400 reports of computer misuse. Among
a total of 80 complaints about e-mail
accounts, 15 were regarding chain-mail
Burns said chain-mail messages con-
tribute to the excessive traffic in the
computer network system at the Uni-
"Chain mail goes out faster. It gener-
ates extra traffic to the backbone," she
said. "It causes the network server to
operate slowly."
Jeff Wright, resident computer cen-
ter manager, agreed that passing chain-
mail messages toalargegroup ofpeopje
generally creates trouble for the cor-
puter system.
"Passing on chain mails is a waste of
resources," Wright said. "It can't have
thousands of copies of messages on the
same machine. It ends up with 1,000
people getting them."

LANSING (AP) - Michigan's col-
lege tuition prepayment plan makes an
encore appearance starting today, with
a higher price tag and a lower profile
than when it was first introduced.
The Michigan Education Trust de-
buted in 1988 with the help of a tele-
vision ad, a free video, eight public
forums, two televised question-and-
answer sessions and 15 news confer-
At one point, Gov. James Blanchard
even used Spartan Stadium as a back-
drop for a news conference to publicize
the number of people who had applied
for the program.
This time, Gov. John Engler's ad-
ministration has issued one news re-
lease about MET since its board de-
cided Oct. 25 to take applications for
the first time since 1990.
Bobbie McKennon, spokeswoman
for the Michigan Department of Trea-
sury, said the state will rely on news
accounts to let the public know MET is
"We're not doing a press conference
and we're certainly not printing any
advertising materials or anything like
that," she said.
The MET program allows a parent or
other purchaser to pay in advance for a
child's education at one of Michigan's
15 public universities or 29 community
colleges. Funds from all the contracts
are pooled and invested by the state to
pay tuition costs when the child is ready
to enroll.
The program's premise is that the
investments grow enough to cover an-
ticipated inflation in tuition costs, but
the state does not guarantee that.

MET Prices
The following are prices for the
three options under the Michigan
Education Trust contracts for
which applications will be taken
through Dec. 15:
8 Full benefits plan, covering up to
four years' tuition at any Michigan
public university: $4,952 a year or
$19,808 for four years.
Limited benefits plan covering
up to four years' tuition at any
school except Michigan or
Michigan State, or partial tuition
at those two schools: $3,765 a
year or $15,060.
Community college plan,
covering up to two years at any of
29 community colleges: $1,531 a
year of $3,062 for two years.
Engler had maintained the program
was underfunded, until a federal court
ruling clarified the program does not
have to pay taxes.
MET will send a mailing describing
the new contracts to 95,000 households.
That list includes families who already
have MET contracts, applied during
past application periods but never pur-
chased contracts or called the state to
ask about the program.
A former Treasury department
spokesman who promoted MET the first
time around says the low-key approach
is a sign the Engler administration wants
the Blanchard-era program to fail.
"The lack of advertising and market-
ing is a planned, deliberate attempt to
kill the MET program," said Robert
Kolt, chief executive officer of Kolt
and Serkaian, a Lansing political con-

suiting company.
People considering a major purchase
like a MET contract need significant
information before they sign on the
dotted line and the state is not providing
it, he said.
Kolt, who teaches advertising at
Michigan State University, said the
public needs a refresher on MET since
it has been awhile since the program
was offered.
"You do need to communicate to the
public and you do need to sell them a
product and it's very rare for a marketer
not to attempt to do any sales pitch or
provide information at all," he said.
"It's a great prescription to doom a
He said the state spent $250,000 pro-
moting MET the first time around, most
of it on statewide television advertis-
ing. But he said lots of free gimmicks
were used, too, such as appearances on
radio talk shows and frequent press
That paid off in the issuance of
40,409 MET contracts the first year.
By the time Engler suspended the
program after the 1990 enrollment
period, more than 55,000 contracts
had been sold, creating a fund of $620
McKennon said spending money to
publicize the program is not justified.
"This is not a new program. It's an
existing program," she said.
"We don't need to spend a lot of time
and expense explaining to people what
MET is. We just need to let them know
that it's available and we can that
through the public media and obviously
less expensively."

State Senate to debate welfare

LANSING (AP) - Legislation to
redraw Michigan's welfare program
goes before the state Senate this week
as lawmakers launch their annual rush
to the Christmas holidays.
Legislative leaders and Gov. John
Engler hope to secure passage of a
handful of major items - plus maybe
some extra secondary ones - as law-
makers dig in for the final three weeks
of the 1995 session.
With the new year comes a growing
obsession with election-year politics
and a corresponding decline in mem-
bers' ability and time to tackle contro-
versial topics.
Anything that passes after Jan. 1 will
need a two-thirds vote to take "immedi-
ate effect," or else it is delayed until
April of 1997. Putting a new law into
effect immediately would require votes
from the Democratic minority, which
has held back its votes as a bargaining
The legislative quick-step on welfare
changes can be explained by the imme-
diate effect problem. Congress has not

yet passed its proposal to revamp w l-
fare with block grants to the states, gut
Republican leaders in Lansing are pre-
paring for the move.
The welfare legislation passed the
House earlierthis month. A Senate comn-
mittee is slated to hold hearings on it
today and tomorrow, and to approve it
on Thursday. It is scheduled to pass the
Senate next week, and could be on Engler's
desk by Dec. 8.
The plan would require recipients to
cooperate in looking for work, do copi-
munity service or work 20 hours a week
- or face a swift end to their benefits.
Mothers would be exempt until their
infants are 12 weeks old, as long as they
are involved in a parenting class. The
Department of Social Services would
become the Family Independence
Agency. A teenage parent would have
to live with a parent or adult supervisor
to get assistance. A recipient who did
not follow work requirements after 60
days could have benefits reduced and,
after four months, the case will be

Labor Department: NAFTA cost

Mich. fewet
® State unemployment
rate has dropped since
treaty's signing
WASHINGTON (AP) - There is
little evidence that free trade has cost
Michigan workers their jobs, as many
critics predicted.
In the two years since NAFTA has
lowered trade barriers among the United
States, Mexico and Canada, only 12
companies in Michigan have taken fed-
eral assistance for workers who lost
their jobs due to the pact.
In ratifying the North American Free
Trade Agreement, Congress created a
special program in the Labor Depart-
ment to assist workers who lost their
jobs due to plant closing, a shift in plant
production, or import increases associ-
ated with NAFTA.
Officials in the Michigan Employ-
ment Security Commission say few
companies or their workers have ap-
plied for the help.
The unemployment rate in Michigan
has dropped since 1993.

jobs than predicted
"Oureconomymadeabigturnaround The federal programs str
about the time the NAFTA transition ing for employment in ar
act was enacted - particularly the career, backed by income su
manufacturing sector," said Ken unemployment compensati
Warner, a Michigan Employment Se- job counseling and somei
curity Commission analyst. moving expenses.
NAFTA opponents claim hundreds Many states were hit far1
of thousands of jobs have been lost Michigan, according to the
nationwide. They contend the Labor applications, including N
Department certifications vastly under- Texas and Oregon.
estimate the number of American jobs In Michigan, 1,485 worke
lost because the department only counts ceived assistance. The vastl
those who apply for assistance. jobs lost in Michigan - 1,
Last month, President Clinton said due to the shutdown last m
NAFTA was helping both the United Copper Range Co. mine in '
States and Mexico and the increased
trade was supporting about 340,000
American jobs.
Nationally, 42,221 workers from 317
companies have lost jobs due to NAFTA
and received the assistance from Janu-
ary 1994 through September 1995, ac-
cording to the Labor Department.
More than half of those companies
shifted production from the United States
to Mexico or Canada, and more than one-0,
third laid offworkersbecause ofincreased Psst...
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