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Ninety-Two Years
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Partly sunny, high near 20, Chance of
snow later in the evening.

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Vol. XCII, No. 103

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily


Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, February 4, 1982

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Blizzard blankets Midwest

with wire reports.
The latest in a series of huge winter
storms moved into southern Michigan
yesterday evening, dumping inchesof
snow on already clogged streets and
highways in the area.
Last night city officials declared a
"snow condition red," which requires
citizens to park their cars on the even-
numbered side of the street until mid-
night tonight to facilitate snow
removal. Tomorrow, cars are to be
parked on the odd-numbered side of the
Meanwhile, University officials said
late last night that they were planning
on normal operations today, despite the
heavy snowfall. The University has
only closed down three times in the last
half century; one day in 1946 and 1974,'
and two days in1978.
LAST NIGHT, Ann Arbor Transpor-
tation Department Street Supervisor
John Millspaugh said, "The conditions
are as bad as they could get, I reckon . .
the town is just immobilized."
But Millspaugh said he expected the
roads to be "in good shape" by this
niorning. He said the city has had 30.

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'U'to remain open
as city attles snow.
pieces of equipment in operation since abandoned on Detroit expressways and
Sunday in an attempt to clear the surface streets.
Doug Fasing, University grounds ACCORDING TO the National
manager said'" snow removal crews Weather Service, a huge low pressure
worked through the night clearing system gave birth to yesterday's storm.
roadways first, parking lots and then The same low pressure cell produced
sidewalks. "We are in the process of torrential rains in the south.
just trying to keep up with the snow fir- Heavy thunderstorms pounded cen-
st, then trying to clean it up." tral Alabama and north Georgia with
UNIVERSITY officials said, nearly 7-inch rains. Residents in parts
however, that they did not'expect any of Rome, Ga., Cedartown, and Atlanta
interruption of classes today as a result were evacuated as high water from
of the storm. Yesterday, classes were gorged rivers and creeks clogged
cancelled for University adult streets and forced schools to close.
education courses, at the University's Montgomery, Ala., streets were
Flint and Dearborn campuses, and at flooded by half-foot rains in a 24-hour
Washtenaw Community College. span.
Wayne State University and the Several families in Marietta, Ga.,
University of betroit cancelled all af- were trapped by rising waters in a
ternoon and night classes, and Detroit housing project near the Chattahoochee
public schools closed at 1 p.m. North- . River.
ville Downs called off its harness races. FOUR-INCH RAINS triggered a
Police said at least 1,000 cars were highway rock slide south of Canton,

Health fears
prompt testing
for asbestos:

Concern that twq University renova-
tion projects may pose a serious health
hazard has prompted the University to
test building materials for the 'car-
cinogen asbestos, officials said yester-
Projects In the Frieze Building and
Michigan Union involve materials
which were not tested before construc-
tion began, according to William Joy,
the University's director of environ-
mental health and safety.
Monday, after concern was raised
over the possible presence of
asbestos-a building material directly
linked to cancer-in ceiling tiles and
pipe insulation, environmental health
and safety officials collected samples
from both buildings.
tomorrow or Friday," Joy said yester-
day. Because of tMe immediate con-.
cern, he said, a local lab-rather than
the Michigan Department of Public
Health-is running the tests.
According to Joy, the University's
Department of Plant Operations or the
construction contractor is responsible

for submitting building material
samples to his office for testing if there
is a question of the presence of harmful
"It's (the current renovation work) is
a project where they (the contrac-
tors) didn't think about testing, but just
getting the job done," Joy said.
IN ADDITION to this week's im-
mediate testing, he said, the University
is taking new safety precautions in the
Frieze Building and the Union. There is
also a new policy of submitting building
materials from both projects to en-
vironmental health and safety, he ad-
"We have the duct work in the Frieze
Building sealed off," he said, "and at
the Union, before they do any further
moving, they will get (material) sam-
ples for us," Joy said. "It's just a mat-
terof being sure ahead of time that we
don't have any asbestos in the
remodeling area.".
Lucy Pilkinton, a teaching assistant
in the theatre .and drama department,
complained last week that contractors
working in the Frieze Building had
See HEALTH, Page 2

N.C., and caused street flooding in
The rest of the Midwest also ex-
perienced problems with the stor&
The snow storm slammed into Indiana
Missouri,,and Illinois about a half-day'
after ptedictons-and before some
communities could dig free of its
weekend predecessor.
Downtown St. Louis hotels reported a
flood of reservations from office
workers unwilling to brave hazardous
freeway driving.
Dozens of schools were closed u
Southern Illinois after 6 inches of snow
fell during the morning and mounted in:
to huge drifts.
The succession of storms this week
has been blamed for the deaths of 8
persons nationwide, 17 in Michigan.
Fifteen people died of heart attacks
while trying to dig out of nearly a foot of
new snow in the Detroit area and a
Clawson man froze to death on Saginaw,
Bay while ice fishing Monday.
In another incident, Detroit police,
said a 32-year-old man shot and
critically wounded his father after they
argued over who would shovel the
ets tough
on. drunk
A dramatic crackdown, on drunk:
drivers, launched last year by the:
Washtenaw County Sheriff's depar-
tment, has resulted in a 256 percent:
jump in the number of drunk drivers
arrested in the county,' sheriff's of-
ficials said.
Since last April, a federal grant has
allowed the Sheriff's department to
employ three officers who work ex-
clusively arresting and prosecuting
drunk drivers. The crackdown resulted
in 1,227 arrests last year, up from only
478the hear before.
since the program was initiated last
spring, alcohol-related car accidents
and deaths have dropped substantially
in the county.
In a report issued last month, Mnick
stated that "fatal accidents (in the
county) were reduced 19 percent in
1981." This figure "far surpassed our
goal of 10 percent announced at the
beginning of last year." The report
noted th'at there were 34 fatal car ac-
cidents in the county last year, as com-
pared to 42 in 1980.
The sheriff's report also stated that
rsonal injury accidents involving
alcohol were -reduced by 8 percent,
while total accidents (including those
involving only property damage) where
alcohol was a factor were decreaedby
5 percent."
IN AN INTERVIEW later, Minick
said that "two years ago, 61 percent of
people involved in serious accidents
had been drinking." That figure drop-
ped to 40 percent in 1980 and again t S1
percent last year, according to te
sheriff's report.
Minick also pointed out ,that the
reduction of the number of fatal ac-
cidents saved county taxpayers about
$6 million in damage and medical costs,
of which $1.3 million was saved from the
dropoff in the number of alcohol-related

car accidents.
The program pays the salaries of
three officers who, in addition to
patroling county roads for drunk
drivers, trace the tracks of drunk
drivers who become involved in ac-

AP Photo
EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT Hosni Murabak (right) and President Reagan confer in the Oval Office yesterday. They
discussed the Palestinian problem.
Mubarak says key to'pece0i
sol'u~on f a poble

Social Security sent
students incorrect info

Security Administration, already under
fire for its .handling of the phaseout of
benefits to college students, for months
sent misinformation to some 17-year-
olds assuring them they would get the
aid for college, an officid1 said yester-
"There was just a screw-up and we're
going to try to fix it," Nelson Sabatini,
the executive assistant to the com-
missioner, told reporters outside a
House hearing room, where the error
was disclosed.
HE SAID the Kansas City and Bir-
mingham processing centers-two of
only six centers nationwide-sent
wrong pamphlets . to students from
August until at least December and

possibly into January.
Associate Commissioner Sandy
Crank told two House education sub-
committeesthat, "through an error,
the old stock of pamphlets were not
destroyed at the time the new stock was
received ... and some of the old stock of
pamphlets was used."
Congress voted last August to phase
out all Social Security college benefits
by April 1985 and to allow no new awar-
ds unless an eligible student is atten-
ding college fulltime before May 1, 1982.
THE HOUSE education subcommit-
tees were holding hearings on com-
plaints by education groups and others
that the government has not adequately
See SOCIAL, Page 7

From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON-Egyptian Pres-
ident Hosni Mubarak declaredrhis
support yesterday for Palestinian
self-determination and urged
President Reagan "to-make it a living
In his debut here as Anwar Sadat's
successor° Mubarak studiously
avoided a direct reference to the 1978
Camp David agreements which Israel
insists are the only basis for settling
the Palestinian dispute.
But meeting privately in the Oval
Office, the two leaders reaffirmed a
commitment to the accords "as the
appropriate and only vehicle for ad-
dressing the Palestinian problem," a
senior U.S. official said.
THE CAMP DAVID partners-the
United States, r'Egypt, and
Israel-have pledged to try to ac-
celerate the stalemated negotiations
over the Palestinians' future, said the
official, who declined to be identified.
In his arrival statement, Mubarak
insisted that the 1.3 million
Palestinian Arabs living on the West
Bank of the Jordan River and in Gaza
"have an inherent right to exist and

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function as a national entity free from
domination and fear."
Mubarak did not call for statehood
for the Palestinians, whose leaders
insist they will settle for nothing less.
But he seemed to go further in that
direction than Sadat.
REAGAN, SPEAKING first, said
the Camp David process "offers the
best opportunity for tangible results."
However, he also said "we must
maintain our flexibility" in the mon-
ths ahead.
The Camp David agreements,
which led to the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli
peace treaty, promise "full
autonomy" to the Palestinian Arabs.
Disagreement over the powers to be
held by a Palestinian council and
other issues, however, has resulted in
a deadlock.
"The key to peace and stability in
the area is to solve the Pialestinian
problem," Mubarak said. "A just
solution to this problem must be based
on mutual recognition and acceptan-
He said "the exercise of the right to
self-determinatin cannot be denied to

the Palestinian people."
"IN FACT," Mubarak said, "it is
the best guarantee for Israeli
security. This is the lesson of history.
and the course of the future."
Mubarak continued his talks on the
Palestinian issue and U.S. economic
and military aid to Egypt over lunch
at the State Department with
Secretary of State Alexander Haig.
He told reporters, with a smile, that
he was "still fighting" for greater
control over the way the assistance is
applied to particular projects.
MEANWHILE rWhite House
spokesman "Larry Speakes,
threatening a crackdown on press ac-
cess to the Oval Office, accused a
reporter of creating an "em-
barrassing"'-international incident by
asking President Reagan a question.
Speakes, deputy presidential press
secretary, threatened to banish the
news media from future meetings
betwen Reagan and foreign leaders
after ABC-TV correspondent Sam
Donaldson spoke to Reagan as he sat
down with Egyptian President

Meet your housing staff
HE HOUSING Information Office is holding a
Housing Staff Fair today to help acquaint students
with the staff and the services theoffice offers.
The open house will be held from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.,

this venerable tradition comes from author Louise Ber-
nikow. Anyone acquiring her recent book-Let's Have Lun-
ch-in the naive expectation of learning something about
food is in for a disappointment. As the subtitle-Games of
Sex and Power,-suggests, Bernikow apparently is impar-
ting some of the fine points of lunchmanship. And, after the
lunch is over, can a tax break be far behind? "Nearly
everyone who goes in for -big-time lunching has an
emergency list of names that come to life only on expense
forms," the author confides. "It is smart to keep the list

come in from the cold. Gardner, 69, had not lived indoors
since 1964, when he lost his home in a sheriff's sale.
Although he was invited to live in a numtber of rooming
houses and apartments, he was told he could not keep his
six dogs. So, he chose instead to live in his car. ,"Most
people require personal comfort," said Gardner. "I
sacrificed it to have dogs, to have a good tool or a good
book. I love to learn things and I love to make things." But
doctors recently told Gardner he has emphysema and can-
not afford to stay outdoors much longer. Gardner said he
accented dn offer last week of a free bed in a vacant lun-

for acquiring thig stylish skill. Send your nomination, in-
cluding the name of your favorite fashionable professor, his
or her department, and an explanation of why he or she,
merits a place on the list of the Ten Best-Dressed
Professors, to the Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard, attention:
Supplement-News. Please hurry, we need them by Feb.
10. The results will appear in the Daily's Spring Fashion
Supplement, March 3.
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