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Vol. XCI, No. 55 Copyright 1980, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, November 6, 1980 Ten Cents Ten Pages
By ELISA ISAACSON
Dozens of campus pigeons were killed or disabled
yesterday by chemical-saturated corn kernels spread
throughout the Diag by an exterminating firm under
contract with the University.
The chemical, Avitrol, was intended to disorient
the pigeons and drive them away from their current
roosting sites, but the drug has an acknowledged five
to ten percent fatality rate for birds, according to a
University press release.
Early in the day, the dying and gasping birds
caught the attention, of passers-by, some of whom
phoned the Ann Arbor Humane Society. Several
people observing suffering pigeons took them in for
dorm-room doctoring while others performed
euthanasia by suffocating gagging birds.
UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS are trying to drive the
birds from the area for health reasons, according to
William Joy, the director of the University's Oc-
cupational Safety and Environmental Health Office.
"Pigeons pose a very definite public health menace
From staff and UPI reports
Nellie Varner (D-Detroit) and Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) received
'the winning tallies in the race for the
Uniiversity Board of Regents with )
prntof Michigan's precincts repor-
Varner squeezed past incumbent:
Regent David Laro (R-Flint) yesterday
afternoon as results from late-reporting
precincts came in. Three of the can-
didates finished with 24 percent of the
total vote, but Varner finally emerged
the victor over Laro and Stuart Hertz.
berg (D-Bloomfield Hills).
DEANE BAKER FINISHED the race RONALD I
as the only clear winner, holding 100,000 Bash yeste
more votes than his closest opponent. United Stat
He said he concentrated on getting
three or four percent of the vote totals
committed to him, believing the race
would generally be quite even for all
four major party candidates.
Laro said he is not sure of the reasons
for his loss, "I don't know until I have a
chance to analyze (the election)."
Unofficial results give Baker
1,589;858 votes (26 percent), Varner
1,461,123 votes (24 percent), Laro
1,437,857 votes (24 percent), and Hertz-
berg 1,422,896 votes. (24 percent). Two
minor party candidates collectively
garnered two percent of the vote. K
to humans, and especially to the University's staff
members who work near areas with pigeon drop-,
pings," Joy said.
He explained that pigeon droppings collect a fungus
that causes histoplasmosis, a disease that impairs
natural antibodies in humans.
JOY SAID THE University has been advised in its
use of the pesticide by both the state Department of
Agriculture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Local Humane Society shelter manager Lyn
Devantier said until the legality of planting the poison
has been determined her office cannot take any ac-
tion. "We always do initial cruelty investigations
when animals are brought in... but the laws are very
flimsy as to what we can do in terms of prosecution,"
However, the shelter manager stressed the impor-
tance of developing a more humane ,way of exter-
minating the birds.
THE ANN ARBOR Police Department has been in-
vestigating the situation, but as of last night no of-
ficial report had been prepared, a police spokesper-
THE EFFECTS of Avitrol range from hyperex-
citability to respiratory and cardiac arrest, accor-
ding to an operator at the Detroit Children's Hospital
Poison Control Center. The birds affected were
unable to fly or walk in a straight line, and many
collapsed on the ground gasping. Several of them
vomited the poisoned corn.
Among the bird lovers who tried to remedy the
situation was LSA freshman Adam Gatov, who found
a pigeon lying on its back near Angell Hall and
carried it to his West Quad room. Gatov said when he
and his friends decided the bird was dying they
strangled it to put it out of its misery. Gatov and a
friend, sophomore David Rosen, said they recom-
mended that anyone who sees a poisoned bird suf-
focate it by squeezing its head onto its neck.
Other areas targeted by the University for pigeon
extermination include Michigan stadium, Yost ice
arena, and the Frieze building.
Daily Photo by DEBBIE LEWIS
CHEMICAL-SATURATED corn kernels, spread throughout the Diag
yesterday by an extermination firm under contract with the University,
killed or disabled dozens of pigeons.
team up to plan
From AP and UPI
REAGAN accepts a presidential T-shirt from runningmate George
rday in Los Angeles. Reagan became the 40th president of the
es in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter.
'prof may be
nsid ered for-
LOS ANGELES-Ronald Reagan
spent his first day as president-elect
yesterday in the seclusion of his Pacific
Palisades home, discussing the tran-
sition in administrations with running-
mate George Bush and staff members.
Reagan plans a news conference
today, along with Bush, to announce a
transition team, and is to begin five
days of relaxation tomorrow at his San-
ta Barbara ranch.
For updated election
results, see Page 5
In Washington, President Carter
declared yesterday that his landslide
defeat at Reagan's hands was a result
of voter frustration over the long ordeal
of the American hostages in Iran and
other issues and "was not an aversion
THE PRESIDENT appeared relaxed
and spoke without bitterness to a small
group of reporters in the Oval Office the
day after losing the White House by an
overwhelming margin. Afterward, he
left for his Camp David, Md., retreat to
"go off by myself aid think for awhile."
In the interview, Carter said he plans
to write his memoirs and to give
President-elect Reagan public 'support
after he takes over the White House on
Jan. 20. Carter did not rule out seeking
the presidency again, saying, "That's a
question I have not even dreamed
Sitting behind his desk, Carter con-
firmed that he learned Monday night
that his private polls showed he would
lose his quest f r re-election decisively.
"The last few hours before the elec-
tion took place, the dominant news
story of the hostages not coming home
immediately, mobs on the streets in
Iran, just kind of reconfirmed
American concern about our lost
dominance in world affairs," Carter
"I DON'T think there was any in-
dicatior that there was a personal turn
against me. It was not an aversion to
me. It was just a frustration. The
natural tendency is to vote against in-
While he may move home to Plains,
Ga., perhaps maintaining a residence
in Atlanta to write his story of his
presidency, Carter also said he hoped to
"keep my commitment to be very con-
structive in my relationship with
Governor Reagan when he's in office."
Continuing a conciliatory tone he
adopted when he delivered his con-
session speech Tuesday night, Carter
said he was sure Reagan "will do the
best he can to carry out his campaign
But he predicted Reagan's efforts to
restore America to pre-eminence
abroad may give way to "the
inexorable historical movement"
against such total control of the world
by one power.
IF REAGAN chooses a different path
from Carter's to seek such goals as
nuclear arms limitation, Carter said, "I
will be in there helping him anyway he
asks ie to."
During the period between now and
the Jan. 20 inauguration, Carter said he
has appointed White House chief. of
staff Jack Watson to head a team to
make a smooth transition. He said he
told Reagan to call him immediately at
any hint of incompatibility between
their staffs. He also said Reagan would
receive "absolute access to all security
See REAGAN, Page 2
In the Daily's October 30
issue, two articles concer-
ning a University athletic
board meeting contained
comments that were
erroneously attributed to
Athletic Director Don Lund.
Mr. Lund did not attend the
meeting. The comments
should have been attributed
to another official.
The Daily regrets the error
and sincerely apologizes to
Mr. Lund for any incon-
venience or confusion the
mistake may have caused.
By MAURA CARRY
University Political Science Prof.
Raymond. Tanter, on sabbatical in
Washington for a year, said yesterday
that he may be under consideration for
a position on President-elect Ronald
Reagan's National Security Council.
Tanter, who recently served asthe
Mideast task force coordinator for
Reagan's campaign, said that should he
be offered a position, he would ask for
an indefinite leave from the University.w
THE 42-YEAR-OED professor went
to Washington last year to do research
on the American role in the Mideast and
regional security in the Persian Gulf.
At the same time, he was serving on the
Republican National Security Advisory
Council, and was later invited by
Richard Allen, chief foreign policy ad-
visor to Gov. Reagan, to become the
Mideast task force coordinator for the
Tanter said that his experiences have
provided him with "a unique oppor-
tunity to do research on the role of
American politics in foreign policy
HE ADDED THAT his role in the
Reagan campaign has overlapped with
Tanter said that his research has led
him to believe that the role of the U.S. in
the Mideast should be primarily as a
mediator between parties.
He said that the U.S. should be less
visible in the Palestinian autonomy
talks. The negotiating parties should
have more control over the outcome of
the talks than does the U.S., Tanter
said, adding that the U.S. should act as
an advisor rather than a decision
maker in the talks.
TANTER SAID THAT a second
aspect of his research deals with the
role of the U.S. in Persian Gulf regional
"The American role now seems to
bring together Islamic states in an anti-
Soviet, pro-westerncoalition," Tanter
said. This is a mistake, Tanter adds,
because these Islamic states are not
See PROF, Page 2
Landslide victor stuns
By CLAUDIA CENTOMINI Miller explained that the "undecided would generall
Several University political science professors
reacted with surprise and astonishment to the landslide
victory of President-elect Ronald Reagan and GOP
gains in Congress Tuesday night.
"We're pretty shocked," said Prof. Gregory Markus,
a political scientist specializing in voting behavior. "I'm
just trying to recover right now."
MARKUS SAID HE could not explain the reasons for
the election results, but he said the shift marks a major
change in American politics. "Old time party lines of
cleavage are just not there any more," he said.
Prof. Warren Miller originally had predicted that Car-
ter would win by a small margin, and has been correct in
almost every presidential election since 1952.
It's "still very unclear as to the change in the last
minute," Miller said.
vote on party identity, but that did notappear tobe the
case (this year). I'm looking forward to the analysis of
this," he said.
"I WAS SURPRISED by the extent of Republican gain
in the Congress," said Political Science Prof. Albert
Cover, a specialist in congressional elections.
After the smoke cleared last night, it appeared that
the Republicans had gained control of the Senate by
gaining nine to eleven seats. The GOP also made head-
way in the House, though the Democrats managed to
maintain their majority. Cover explained the
Republican surge as the predictable coattail effect of an
In contrast to other political science experts, Prof.
Allen Whiting, a specialist in foreign policy, said he
See VICTORY, Page 2
Coming down easy
ONALD REAGAN'S landslide victory over Presi-
dent Carter in Tuesday's election called for some
merry-making of a different kind at the Owen
House Co-op on Oakland Street that night. While
most anti-Reaganites cried in their beer and
gnashed their teeth, Owens House inhabitants
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president written in crayon. Owen House also was treated
to a "Last Supper," consisting of a traditional bread and
wine supplemented by cheese and apples. Most residents
agreed the meal was delicious, and Casad commented that
he found the meal "better than the election." E
Tt'_ R nnI' nrt
If you're having trouble coming up with ideas on how to
make your next party the talk of the town, you might take
your cue from Julie Lewis of Portland, Ore. The 25-year-old
graduate student at the University of Oregon Health Scien-
ces Center is the creator of Eruptions, Ltd., a company
specializing in "volcano parties". For a $50 fee, Lewis (or
"Magma Woman," as she is known professionally) will
bring her 2%-feet-tall papier-mache volcano to your home
Toot your tuba
Stanford Freese, the director of the Disneyland marching
band and the self-proclaimed "Elvis Presley of the Tuba"
set a new record when he became the first person ever to
perform a tuba solo on the Great Wall of China. While on
tour in China with the University of Minnesota concert
band, Freese performed several classical solos plus the
piccolo parts from Sousa's The Stars and Stripes, Forever
"just for the pAtriotic-ness of it." Freese's performance
mairked one 4 nthei first nerformances of thei tuba- in