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Scientists store
endangered
*
species sperm,
eggs in study
$eientists at Texas A&M University
are ,creating their own modern-day
Noah's Ark in an attempt to save the
wold's endangered species from ex-
tlnctign
Led by Duane Kraemer, Project
Noah's Ark stores samples of semen,
eggs and embryos of animals that are
close to disappearing. The specimens
are frozen and suspended in tanks of
liquid nitrogen. At a future date, the
samples can be thawed out and test-
tube embryos can be created.
Any extinct animals could be reintro-
duced to the planet if a safe habitat is
located.
The scientists estimate the semen can
remain frozen for 2,000 years, and the
eggs can last 200 years.
New CSU campus
opens in old fort
Earlier this year, the California State
University system opened a new cam-
pus on the site of Fort Ord, an army base
that closed a few years ago in Monterey
Bay. There are currently 600 students at
the new campus. They are being housed
in former army barracks.
UVA will fund
religious papers
Officials at the University of Vir-
ginia have announced that Wide Awake,
a Christian student newspaper, will re-
ceive school funding following a June
Supreme Court ruling. In 1990, the edi-
tors of the newspaper sued the univer-
sity after they were denied support un-
der a former policy, which barred the
use of mandatory student fees to sup-
port religious activities. The public uni-
versity felt that the use of these fees to
support religious organizations would
violate the separation of church and
state doctrine.
The Supreme Court ruled in June that
the university's ban on using student
fees to support religious organizations
was unconstitutional as it violated the
First Amendment rights of students to
free expression.
Te new policy provides funding for
all religious publications at the school,
but does not extend funding to religious
groups and organizations at this time.
The university is still studying the situ-
atiurand may ultimately eliminate the
mandatory fee.
Nptre Dame
committee
promotes biking
A committee at Notre Dame is en-
couraging students and faculty to use
bicycles as transportation in lieu of cars.
The committee encourages bike-riding
as an activity that benefits students and
the environment. The committee said
biking improves students' health and
lov'-tech transportation is much easier
on the environment.

The Pedestrian and Bikeways Com-
mittee was formed two years ago, with
the mission of promoting the benefits
of-cycling to the non-cycling commu-
nity.and to push cycling as a viable
transportation alternative. Inspired by
the National Bike-to-Work campaign,
the committee organized its inaugural
evnt, Bike-to-Campus, which took
place Sept. 6.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Lisa Poris.

tAL.&?AE,-The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 13, 199 -
Most oppose relaxing concealed weapons laws

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LANSING (AP) - Law enforcement officials
from across the state converged on the Capitol
yesterday to tell lawmakers they oppose proposals
to relax Michigan's concealed weapons laws.
Meanwhile, a new poll shows most Michigan
residents also oppose the changes, pending before
a House committee.
"As the chief law enforcement officer of this
state, I call upon the Legislature to defeat efforts to
issue thousands and thousands ofconcealed weap-
ons permits," Attorney General Frank Kelley said.
"Some in Michigan and in the Michigan Leg-
islature want you to believe that Michigan would
be a safer place to live if only more people carried
handguns. It is illogical. It is a distortion of
facts."

But Thomas Washington, head of the National
Rifle Association and head of the Michigan United
Conservation Clubs, said no state with relaxed
concealed handgun laws has had an increase in
crime.
"I can only go on the facts," he said.
The poll released by the coalition of law en-
forcement agencies showed most Michigan resi-
dents are satisfied with the existing concealed
weapons laws and do not want them changed.
The survey of 600 state residents conducted
Aug. 23-28 by Lansing-based EPIC/MRA found
71 percent opposed the pending legislation to
make it easier for people to carry concealed weap-
ons.
The proposal, introduced by Rep. Alan Cropsey

(R-DeWitt) would allow any person 21 and older
to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun in 24
hours if they had not been convicted of a felony in
the last eight years and had not been judged
mentally incompetent.
Of those surveyed, 69 percent said no one in
Michigan should be allowed to carry a concealed
handgun. The poll had a margin of error of 4
percentage points.
"We don't believe that handing out permits to
secretly carry handguns to a significant portion of
the population is going to have a positive effect on
the crime rate," said Dearborn Police Chief Ron
Deziel, a spokesman for the Law Enforcement
Coalition.
Current law requires that an applicant for per-

mission to carry a concealed weapon state a rea-
son, such as protection while carrying money, and
obtain approval from a county licensing board
made up of the prosecutor.'sheriff and a Michigan
State Police officer.
Cropsey's bill would replace the county gun
boards with a less restrictive system run by the
state. State police have estimated passage of the
bill would increase the number of concealed-
weapons permits in Michigan from 55,000 to
about 300,000.
Cropsey, whose bill failed to get out of commit-
tee last year, said the law enforcement groups
should have included questions about the rights of
crime victims or potential victims in the poll they
commissioned.

Detroit rep. faces
another problem

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Fed-
eral Election Commission is warning
Rep. Barbara-nose Collins that she is
violating federal law in failing to file
her campaign finance reports on time.
It is the latest in.a series of financial
mismanagement allegations against
Collins.
As of yesterday, the FEC had yet to
receive the campaign finance forms
detailing Collins' campaign fund-rais-
ing and spending for the first six months
of this year. Every member of Congress
was to have the forms delivered to the
FEC or postmarked by July 31.
"Accurate and timely filing is the
cornerstone of Federal Election Cam-
paign law," said FEC spokesman Ian
Stirton. "The commission takes it very
seriously.
Collins was sent a letter dated Aug.
22 by assistant staff director John D.
Gibson.
"It is important you file these reports
immediately," the letter said. "The fail-
ure to file these reports may result in an
audit or legal enforcement action."
Collins' spokeswoman, Lillian Ger-
man, said the report was mailed from
the Detroit office and should reach the
FEC later this week. She said the report
was :ate because the Detroit Democrat's
campaign treasurer has been on ex-

tended vacation.
The FEC said it had notified Collins
previously of the due date for the re-
ports.
The FEC can levy fines for tardy or
missing reports, but there is no set fine
and the commission can chose not to
impose a fine. Such decisions are made
on a case by case basis, Stirton said.
The FEC warning is the latest in a
series of questions about Collins' use of
office and campaign money, treatment
of her staff, and possible violation of
House ethics rules in fund-raising fora
private community service fund.
The Justice Department has launched
a preliminary investigation into reports
of financial irregularities in Collins'
congressional offices and campaign
organization, Justice Department
sources confirmed yesterday. The pre-
liminary investigation was reported
Sunday by The Detroit News.
German said Collins would not com-
ment on the probe, which is in an initial
phase under FBI agents in Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press published a
story this week saying Collins used her
official congressional stationery to ask
corporations to donate thousands of
dollars to the Collins Congressional
Service Committee - a violation of
House ethics rules.

JOE WESTRATE/Da iy
It's not a boat
Workers from D&G Marine Construction inc. work in Gallup Park yesterday. The crane was being used to build a bridge.
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MSA asses r nsolutiontoassist i
rel:;ocation of student organizations

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Sixty-two student organizations have
only a few months until they must relo-
cate their offices to a different part of
campus due to extensive renovations in
the Michigan.Union.
But after a resolution passed last night
by the Michigan Student Assembly,
there may be a smoother transition for
the groups, which are currently located
on the fourth floor of the Union.
MSA passed a resolution to appoint an
Interim Office Space Allocation Com-
mittee to assist in the placement of the
groups. The resolution, proposed by MSA
Rep. Andrew Wright, passed 13-6.
The committee will be responsible
for recommending interim office space
for the organizations.
According tothe resolution, the com-
mittee will give priority to the 30 groups
that completed the Michigan Union
Board of Representatives survey, which
the board asked all organizations to fill
out to describe their needs.
"No other groups shall be consid-
ered until the needs of those groups
have been satisfactorily met," the reso-

lution states.
"I think its a fair procedure for relo-
cating office space," said MSA Vice
President Sam Goodstein. "During this
chaotic time of Union renovation, I
think people on the committee are pre-
pared to do the work necessary to get
this process completed in a quick and
fair manner."
The resolution also states that the part
of MSA's Compiled Code dealing with
space allocation procedures be suspended
because of the unusual circumstances.
The code mandates student groups
apply every year for office space. MSA
President Flint Wainess said the code
should be suspended because it would
prove inefficientto apply for such short-
term space.
"This changes the timeline, structure
and rules of how the fourth-floor allo-
cation is passed," said Leslie Baxter,
president of the Michigan Union Board
of Representatives.
A few assembly members expressed
concern about the need to create a com-
mittee. They also had reservations about
the fairness in the way the surveys were
gathered.

But Baxter said the committee will
prove beneficial.
"I am hoping they find the best pos-
sible way to allocate space to the 30
groups so that they can operate the
same as they have in the past," she said.
The committee will be comprised of
the budget priorities chair, the execu-
tive vice president of MSA, the admin-
istrative coordinator, two students cho-
sen by the assembly and two members
of the Union board.
The assembly elected Reps. Dan
Cerota and Fiona Rose last night to
serve on the committee.
"I think there are spaces around cam-
pus that are unused or under used.
Working with housing, we hope to
place most, if not all, of the groups,"
Cerota said.
The renovations, which are slated to
begin in mid-December, will be com-
pleted by Aug. 15, 1996, Baxter said.
According to the resolution, some
organizations will be able to return to
the offices in the fall 1996 without
having to reapply. MSA will also re-
sume its normal process of space allo-
cation at that time.

Newspapers: Federal mquiry
takes away negotiating time
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Newspapers says the demands of responding to a
federal probe of its adherence to terms of a joint operating agreement have forced
the postponement of contract talks with striking unions.
The unions say Detroit Newspapers, which runs business operations of the
Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News under a joint operating agreement, has
violated antitrust laws by printing a combined edition during the strike. The
company disagrees.
Company Vice President Tim Kelleher said the company received a "civil
investigative demand" Monday from the government.
"The Justice Department wants a response to their questions by the end of the
week, so we'll have to concentrate on that," Kelleher said.
Talks had been scheduled yesterday through Friday with various members of
the six unions whose then-2,500 members struck July 13.
Newspaper Guild spokesman Joe Swickard expressed disappointment at the
postponement.
"We're naturally very pleased that the Justice Department is acting on the
complaint that we filed," he said. "We are dismayed that the newspapers cannot
find enough people to negotiate and deal with the Justice Department inquiry."
Under the JOA, implemented in 1989, the Free Press and News publish separate
newspapers Monday through Friday and combined weekend editions. During the
strike, they have published a joint daily edition put out by managers, replacements
and employees who have crossed the picket line.

Chance to be president for a day

From Staff Reports
Looking to cut tuition costs? How
about eliminating 8 o'clock classes?
Today, students will have a chance to
become University president for a day
by entering a free raffle on the Diag.
Sponsored by the Michigan Student
Assembly, the event will help choose a

student to spend an entire day with
University President James J.
Duderstadt.
The winner will take Duderstadt to
their classes in the morning, and then
accompany the president during his af-
ternoon schedule. The lucky student
will be selected Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Corrections
0 A headline in yesterday's Daily incorrectly stated that a student workgroup is writing a new student code of non-
academic conduct. The students are writing recommendations to submit to the Office of Student Affairs, which is
drafting the new code.
WThe University's Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health is not affiliated with the federal
Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This was incorrectly reported in Thursday's Daily.

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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

GROUP MEETINGS
Q Lutheran Campus Ministry, 668-
7622, Lord of Light Lutheran
Church, 801 South Forest Ave.,
Holden Evening Prayer 7 p.m.,
Choir 7:30 p.m.

Placement, 3200 Student Activi-
ties Building, 4:10-5 p.m.
J "Moving Toward Reconciliation:
Reflections on the Serial Rape
investigation," sponsored by Guild
House Campus Ministry, Guild
House, 802 Monroe, Rice and

unteer Services, University Hospi-
tal, Ford Amphitheatre, 5-6 p.m.
J "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" film,
sponsored by Revolutionary Anti-
Imperialist League and Maoist in-
ternationalist Movement, East
Quad, Room 126, 7:15 p.m.

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