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Ninety-One Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Snow flurries expected
today and tonight with a
high in the upper 20s.

Vol. XCI, No. 125
Turnout
light at
nitial
geography
bearing
By SUE INGLIS
Despite the dissension over the pos
discontinuation of the geography de
tment, only 13 people testified at the
of two geography review comm
hearings yesterday.
Consequently, the meeting, attende
only 20 people, adjourned two hours ea
SOME STUDENTS testifying said
hearing was poorly publicized. How
Sidney Fine, professor of listory and
of the four faculty members reviewin
department, said after the meeting th
turnout resulted from students not rea
the announcements.
According to Review Committee C
man Harvy Brazer, economics profe
22 people are scheduled to speak at toe
hearing (Room 2553 LSA Building
noon to4 p.m.).
The geography review comm
hearings are just one part of an extei
review process being conducted by
committee. LSA Dean John Knott ani
ced in January the college had b
discontinuance proceedings which c
lead to the elimination of the geogr
department. The final decision rests
the Regents.
MOST OF THE students who tes
yesterday were neither geography m
or graduates. Students told the commr
elimination of the geography depart
would narrow their educational a
natives.
"As freedom of choice declines, v
moving toward an increasingly sta
dized education for all students,"
Paul Harris, a graduate studer
American studies.
Joel Epstein, a Residential Co
junior concentrating in urban'history
the committee although he does not pl
take a course in geography, he feels
necessary that geography is ofi
because of a geo-political ignorance c
part of U.S. leaders.
IN AN ATTEMPT to prove his point
stein brought in a number of item.
cluding a map and two bananas and
zed committee members.
"Bananas like this are grown in
Rica," Epstein said. "Do you know v
Costa Rica is?"
Committee chairman Brazer ansv
correctly that Costa Rica is located in
tral America. The economics prof
then asked the Residential College j
if he knew where Cape Britain Island,
th Emberland Straight or the Bras
See STUDENT, Page 6

Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, March 6, 1981

Ten Cents

Hostage

Fourteen Pages
held

by
~on

gun man
jetliner

Ar rnoto
A GUNMAN BOARDED this Continental Airlines Boeing 727 jetliner at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday,
taking seven passengers and two crew members hostage.
Dems su est more cut S

From AP and UPI
LOS ANGELES - A "very calm"
gunman seized a jetliner at Los Angeles
International Airport yesterday, taking
six people hostage and demanding $3
million after the pilot and about 100
passengers escaped, authorities said.
Seven hours after the 9:30 a.m.
takeover, five of the hostages had
walked off the Continental Airlines
Boeing 727 jet, leaving just one woman
flight attendant still captive,
authorities said. No injuries were
reported and no shots had been fired.
FOUR OF THE hostages came off at
1:15 p.m., and Continental
spokeswoman Jan Harris said the last
passenger was released, at 4:15 p.m.
Harris could not identify the woman,
who came off the plane with an FBI
agent, waving and smiling.
Immediately after the takeover, two
FBI agents had boarded the jet to
negotiate with the gunman, who took off
a ski mask he had been wearing when
he seized the aircraft. 1Je was described
as a man about six feet tall and 40-45
years old. FBI agent Edgar Best said
the man spoke with a European accent.
AIRLINE OFFICIALS said the pilot,

two crew members, six flight attendan-
ts, and 83 passengers, out of 108 who
had booked seats on the flight, had
boarded the plane, according to the
manifest. Apparently the hijacker was
the 84th ticket-bearing passenger, but
his name was not immediately
released.
"The hijacker has demanded $3
million," said Fred Farrar, a Federal
Aviation Administration spokesman in
Washington.
Police, who first said the man
claimed to have explosives in a brief-
case he clutched to his chest, said later
the man had never claimed to have a
bomb.
"HE NEVER SAID he had a bomb,"
said police Lt. Dan Cooke. "Stewar-
desses thought he had a bomb by the
way he was holding his briefcase.
One passenger, Rebecca Conway of
Atlanta, Ga., said they escaped after a
flight attendant came to each row of
seats and whispered for passengers to
leave quietly. She told them not to take
their hand luggage and that all baggage
would be moved and the passengers
put aboard another plane.
See ONE, Page 7

From UP and AP
WASHINGTON - In three budget
developments yesterday, a House
committee set out to find the "waste,
fraud, and abuse" that candidate
Reagan pledged to ferret out but
President Reagan so far has neglec-
ted.
Conservative Democratic
legislators presented Reagan with
suggestions for an extra $11.2 billion
in spending cuts that delighted him
so much he told one of them he
"might consider becoming a
Democrat again."
AND BUDGET director David
Stockman told a congressional
committee that even if Congress
fails to pass all the administration's
proposed budget cuts, fiscal 1982
defense spending should be in-
creased substantially.
Mindful of Reagan's campaign
boast that he could cut two percent
from the federal budget just by
eliminating "fraud, waste and
abuse" -the three evils - the
House Budget Committee heard
testimony from five agency inspec-
tors on measures so far ignored that
could save billions of dollars.
Donald Scantlebury, chief accoun-
tant at the General Accounting Of-
fice, said, "Many agencies have not
aggressively attempted to collect
amounts owed the government." He
said U.S. citizens and organizations
owed the government $126 billion
last year, $24 billion of it delinquent.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE of waste,
Scantlebury added, was a GAO
report that the Defense Department

lost at least $100 million because it
did not charge for the use of U.S.
plants and equipment for foreign
military sales, as required by law.
The list of budget cuts the 44-
member Conservative Democratic
Forum gave a delighted Reagan at a
White House breakfast included
reducing foreign aid and repealing
the Davis-Bacon Act, under which
workers on federal construction
projects receive union scale instead
of the average local wage.
The group also recommended
changing the Consumer Price Index,
used to calculate cost-of-living
salary adjustments for millions of
workers, to exclude the investment
value of home purchases. And they
proposed, as well, private financing
of the strategic petroleum reserve.
WHITE HOUSE press secretary
James Brady said Reagen will
review the proposals, but there's lit-
tle time to incorporate them into ad-
ditional budget cuts scheduled for
a nouncement Tuesday.
At that time, the president is ex-
pected to identify the last $7 billion
of his original $41.4 billion package
proposed in February, and also to
spell out more than $3 billion in new
savings.
Budget director Stockman, in
asking for additional defense spen-
ding, testified before the House
Banking Committee, which has
jurisdiction over nearly half of
President Reagan's approximately
$45 billion in proposed spending cuts.
EVEN IF CONGRESS approves
only about half of 'the suggested

spending cuts, Stockman said, the
administration's proposal to in-
crease defense spending by about 16
percent next year, to $184.8 billion, is
essential.
He said the proposed increases
"are basic to national security .. .
and must be funded."
Committee chairman Fernand St.
Germain (D-R.I.) told Stockman he
wants evidence the administration's
economic plan will work before
Congress starts trimming the
budget.
St. Germain said his committee
has jurisdiction over $20 billion in
proposed budget cuts and they
"come out of housing and com-
munity development programs." He
said the reductions represent "a
substantive shift of priorities and a
major downgrading of our commit-
ment to urban communities."

MSA attempts to end
election code conflict-

By BETH ALLEN
The Michigan Student Assembly
yesterday continued its attempt to
unravel the controversy surrounding
its new election code.
MSA members said a contested:
amendment belongs as it is written in
the final copy of the code. MSA
Secretary Nancy Cronk was unable to
comment, however, because MSA was
having difficulty with trying to
"straighten out" the minutes of the
meeting, she said.
THE AMENDMENT, which would
' allow non-elected MSA members to use
the word "retain" on any future cam-
paign literature, came under fire
during last Tuesday's meeting. Several
members said the assembly voted to
prohibit use of the word, contrary to
what the proposed final copy of the code

stated.
MSA members Mark Bonine and Jim
Cull both said the controversial amen-
dment had been approved by the
assembly.
"I'D LIKE TO know the possible
motivation for the allegations ~that
David (Schaper, who was directed by
MSA to revise the code) would have
changed anything," Bonine added.
Schaper said Wednesday he also
thought the amendment had been
passed. He added the amendment was
in the final copy of the code, which was
typed from notes Schaper had given to
the MSA office secretary Janny Smith.
According to Cull, an official
document with all the proper correc-
tions written by one person does not
exist. "There was never one entire copy
used," said Cull.

Reagan
.. wants to switch parties?

Uncle Walter bids farewell

NEW YORK (UPI) - Uncle Walter leaves
the living room tonight.
But that's the way it is. The man who came
to dinner on April 16, 1962, as anchorman and
stayed right on for nearly 19 years, is stepping
away from the "CBS Evening News with
Walter Cronkite."
"IT'S GREAT TO be whatever I've
managed by luck to be," he says, "but it's
certainly time to have the freedom to not be
here every day."
"THANK YOU, WALTER," says archrival
ABC News in full-page advertisements
carried in newspapers of major U.S. cities.
The ad says ABC thanks him "for his ex-
traordinary contributions to our profession"
and adds that "throughout his distinguished
career, Walter helped establish America's
trust in television as a reliable, accurate news
medium."
ABC SCHEDULED ITS Washington an-
chorman Frank Reynolds to appear with Eric

Severeid, a longtime Cronkite broadcasting
associate, in a tribute to Walter during an
overall segment about the Cronkite career on
this morning's "Good Morning America."
Both ABC and NBC, however, are mounting
print and on-air campaigns promoting their
own news programs. But no one would
forecast an early end to CBS' 13-year reign as
the No. 1 network in news after Dan Rather, '
"60 Minutes" correspondent since 1975,
replaces Cronkite on Monday night.
Cronkite, who is 64, leaves this month on a
"working vacation" to the Soviet Union
where he will make one part of a five-part
CBS series on U.S. defense. He will also be a
correspondent and anchorman for CBS's new
"Universe" science magazine.
CRONKITE IS LEAVING the "Evening
News" as the pre-eminent figure in television
journalism. A former United Press
correspondent, he joined CBS News in July
1950 and took over as "Evening News" an-

chorman from Douglas Edwards on April 16,
1962, with the broadcast still 15 minutes long.
"Walter has been a symbol of authority and
responsibility, and all of us are grateful to
him for that," said Frank Reynolds, anchor-
man for ABC's "World News Tonight." "He
helped set standards for television news at a
time when the business was vulnerable. A dif-
ferent person might have led us in a different
direction."
The Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest
civilian award, was bestowed on Cronkite
Jan. 16 by President Carter. The citation
said:
"For thousands of nights the eyes and ears
of millions of Americans have been tuned into
the eyes and ears of Walter Cronkite. He has
reported and commented on the events of the
last two decades with a skill and insight which
stands out in the news world, in a way which
has made the news of the world stand out for
all of us."

Cronkite
... starts in 1952

Uncle Walter
... gives final broadcast

TODAY
Sneaker thievery
DON'T STEAL sneakers in Mineola, N.Y. Two men
who did have been sentenced to a year in jail-
a month for each pair. Nassau County Judge
Thomas. Ryan said both defendants, who had
previous arrest records, stole the high-priced jogging shoes
worth $620. The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges,
admitting that they broke into a car and stole the shoes. 0

The price of fame
The winner of the "Morris the Cat" look-alike contest in
Billings, Mont. experienced the darker side of a celebrity's
life this week. Since the local advertising agency that spon-
sored the contest published pictures of Morris II, calls
flooded in from people wanting to adopt him. "After that ar-
ticle, we kept him under lock and key, and that wasn't even
enough," said a local police officer. Despite their security
measures, the cat was kittynapped Monday afternoon from
his cage at the shelter. Acting on an anonymous tip
5 rpgeive everai davs later. the shelter director discovered

te addiction, said in a recent study done at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in Tennessee that "Lower tar and
nicotine intake can be more influenced by the smoker than
by the cigarette . . . reduced risk does not reside in the
cigarette, but in the smoker's behavior," he said. Tar and
nicotine ratings set by the Federal Trade Commission are
based on amounts inhaled by smoking machines which puff
on cigarettes at a fixed rate of one per minute. The Oak
Ridge and other studies have confirmed that increasing the
number of puffs by the machines could cause the nicotine
ratings to soar to double and sometimes triple the amount
cited on the package. One suggestion Kozlowski made was
tIa t nrh kht a nnmhorrf rnaffs hhind it tar and

~AP

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