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Ninety-Two Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Today will be mostly sun-
ny, with increasing
cloudiness toward evening.
The high for the day will be
in the upper teens.

Vol. XCII, No. 105 Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, February 6, 1982 Ten Cents Eight Pages

Unemployment
soars to 16%
in Michigan,
fails nationally
From AP and UPI
LANSING- Michigan's unemployment rate shot up to
16 percent last month-the highest level in 24 years-with
nearly one out of six workers out of a job, the Michigan
Employment Security Commissign said yesterday.
MESC Director Martin Taylor said a record 677,000
people were out of work last month cQmpared with 614,000
in December when the rate was 14.4 percent.
LABOR DIRECTOR William Long said the unem-
ployment rate-up 1.6 points in a month-is "intolerable"
and called for federal job training targeted to Michigan
and other hard-hit states.
Nationally, unemployment dropped to 8.5 percent last
month, the Labor Department reported yesterday, but
government and congressional experts saw no signs of an
end to the recession.
Heightening their concern was a substantial loss of blue-
collar jobs during the month.
EVEN THE White House, which could be expected to be
ecstatic over the 8.5 percent rate after ta four-month
steady increase, took a wait-and-see attitude.
"Basically we're viewing the figures today with
caution," said deputy White House press secretary Peter
Roussel.
House Speaker Thomas O'Neill (D-Mass.) said the
Labor Department offered "good news for statisticians
but bad news for America's unemployed and discouraged
workers."
"MILLIONS OF workers have apparently become so
discouraged by the recession that they have stopped
looking for work," O'Neill said ina statement.
O'Neill said the "most disturbing news" in the depar-
tment's report concerns blue-collar employment.-
"We learned today that our economy lost, 306,000
production jobs last month-even more than the 301,000
lost in December," O'Neill said. "The continued loss of
these blue-collar jobs . . is a direct attack on our coun-
try's livelihood."
THE REPORT indicated the jobless rate increased by
1.1 percentage points during President Reagan's first
year in office-from the 7.4 percent in January 1981 when
he took over from former President Jimmy Carter.
The department's figures for last month were adjusted
to take into account, for the first time, population
statistics from the 1980 census.

Asbestos
found in
renovation

Daily Photo by MIKE LUCAS
Save the waves
Jim Paffenbarger, a technical engineer at WUOM radio, perches atop the LS&A building to clean the
ice and snow out of the station's signal dish. The inclement weather weakens the station's signal.
Midwestwe i o-mes

warmer weather

By LOU FINTOR
University officials announced
yesterday that the carcinogen asbestos
has been identified in Michigan Union
building materials, but that samples
taken at the Frieze Building
remodeling site have been found to be
asbestos-free.
Officials from the Michigan
Department of Public Health said that,
despite the test results, an investigation
by the Department of Occupational
Health into the University's procedures
for handling potentially hazardous"
building materials will continue.
LAST WEEK, concern was expressed
by staff and students that construction
in the Frieze Building and the Michigan
Union might be releasing asbestos into
the air. University officials subsequen-
tly sealed off the construction sites and
sent building material samples to a
I local laboratory for tests.
l "We got our results back today, and
everything we got back from the Frieze
n Building was negative," Joy said
n yesterday. "A scraping we took from
9 the piping in the Michigan Union was
positive for asbestos." .
The asbestos found in pipe insulation
in the Union has prompted a meeting
- scheduled for Monday, between
s University officials, representatives of
d the construction workers' unions, and
administrators from the Union.
Renovations in those areas in the Union

most highly suspected of containing
asbestos were stopped on Wednesday,
according to Joy.
- JOY SAID that at Monday's meeting,
the group will discuss health hazards
relating to asbestos exposure, areas in
which asbestos materials are likely to
be found, and "the remainder of the
work needing to be done and how to do
it."
Joy maintains that although asbestos
has been found in the Union's
remodeling area, construction workers
were not exposed to the carcinogen
because pipes in the Union had not been
removed when the testing began.
"It was a coincidence that they were
with jobs that were of higher priority,"
Joy said. He said the workers had been
removing ceiling tiles which were found
to not contain asbestos.
JOY SAID that before new construe-
tion begins, contractors must submit
material samples to his office for
testing. When replacement of the pipes
begins, Joy said, workers will be iri-
structed . in asbestos removal
techniques, equipped with respirators,
and given special clothing and gloves to
handle the material.
Despite the precautionary testing
measures now being undertaken, the
Michigan Department of Public Health
will send investigators to evaluate the
See ASBESTOS, Page,3

From AP and UPI
Record cold and still more snow knifed into the
Midwest yesterday but with less ferocity than four
consecutive weekend blockbusters that have made
the long Winter of 1982 so miserably memorable. At
least 72 people have died in a week-long barrage of
storms.,
Detroit, buried under crippling 17-inch snowfalls,
braced for its third storm in less than a week. But it
too was expected to pack less punch than storms that
left 19 people dead.
THE LATEST storm buried Los Alamos, N.M.,
with 15 inches of snow and northwest Oklahoma with
10 inches before slicing into the Midwest and Great
Lakes yesterday in time to wreak havoc on rush hour

traffic in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo.
But lead forecaster Allan Morrison of the Nationa
Weather Service in Chicago said this weekend, wil
not be as unbearable as the four previous.
Record lows for the date also were reported in
Abilene, Texas, which recorded a reading of 13; in
Amarillo, Texas; 5 below; in Bismarck, N.D., 39
below; Duluth, Minn., 30 below; and Cheyenne, Wyo.
25 below.
The coldest" spot in the nation was Wes
Yellowstone, Mont., where it was 45 below. In Inter
national Falls, Minn., nicknamed the- "nation's
icebox," it was 36 below, a record for the date, and
the unofficial reading of 41 below at Detroit Lakes
Minn., broke a record set in 1889.

MSA survey ranks student concerns

By SHAUN ASSAEL
A rising fear of campus crime and
worry over Michigan's slumping
economy have led students to consider
campus security and financial aid to be
their two greatest concerns, leaving
minority issues on the back burner, ac-
cording to a recent survey by the
Michigan Student Assembly.
MSA conducted the survey, which
asked students to rank seven campus
issues in order of their importance, to
determine what issues students think
their student government should be
concentrating on.
THE RESULTS of the survey, which
were released last week, show that the
need for improved campus security
was by far the first campus issue on
most students' minds. Lobbying for

financial aid for students was ranked
second and Course Encounters, MSA's
guide to course elections, was rated
third.
Trailing further behind was MSA's
investigations in University military
research, on which some MSA leaders,
including President Jon Feiger have
placed great emphasis, rated fourth.
Student Legal Services, the Univer-'
sity's low-cost legal assistance, ranked
fifth in the poll. University Health Ser-
vice, was ranked sixth, and minority
issues was given the least number of
votes.
MSA officials said that while MSA
would consider the results when plan-
ning its future activities, it will not
neglect areas such as minority issues,

which ranked poorly in the survey.
"THE PURPOSE of the survey was
only informational," according to Ruse
Fisher, MSA's special projects coor-
dinator. "Whenever possible we will be
expanding minority student services to
deal with additional problems
(mihority students) encounter."
Since the survey was conducted, MSA
has diverted more money to campus
security and financial aid projects,
which won the top two rankings. MSA
has recently been considering a
proposal to finance an increase in the
operating hours of the night Campus
Security Patrol.
And, Steve Belkin, an MSA member,
said the prospects for approval of
another MSA proposal - one that seeks

to increase financial support for a
program to petitin Congress over
financial aid cutbacks - have been
"definitely" strengthened by the poll's
findings.
AT THE SAME time, however, MSA
officials admit that the poll, which was
answered by 547 students at CRISP
during registration for the winter
semester, was not professionally ad-
ministered and is probably' not widely
representative of students' opinions.
The majority's concern over personal
property, crime, and school payments
indicated in the MSA survey, Belkin
claimed, shows that today's students
are looking out for themselves more
than anything or anyone else. "That's
the human creature," he said. "We ex-
pected it.

Rape reports fall, awareness

By PERRY CLARK
The fact that there have been no rapes reported in
Ann Arbor in recent months may cause some women
to be less cautious, but police and assault crisis per-
sonnel warn that this attitude could be dangerous.
According to city police officials, a lull in the in-
cidence of rape in the city does not mean that there is
less of a danger. And complacency among women,
they say, will only contribute to that danger.
"MOST RAPISTS will continue until apprehen-
ded," said Ann Arbor police Detective Jerry Wright.
He said that the assailant who committed a series of
sexual assaults last fall may have left the area.
However, Wright cautioned, he may have simply cur-
tailed his activities because of the winter weather.
According to police 'records, there were 27 sexual
assaults reported in 1980, the last year for which such
statistics are available. The figure represented a 23
percent increase over 1979.
"That sounds like a small figure," said police Sgt.

'Some people don't want to
worry about it, (rape) but you
have to worry about it anyway. '
-Diana Lynch-Miller,
Program Coordinator
Assault Crisis Center
Harold Tinsey. "These are only the ones reported to
us. They all don't get reported."
Several organizations have formed in Ann Arbor
recently to combat the problem of rape, including the
Women's Crisis Center and the Ann Arbor Anti-Rape
Coalition. Last May, City Council allocated $3,600 for
a rape prevention and awareness program.
A CITIZEN'S Advisory Committee on Rape
Prevention keeps track of assaults with a pin map,
and monitors media coverage of assaults, according,

still ,urged
to Councilman Lowell Peterson, (D-ist Ward). In ad-
dition, the committee hopes to examine police patrol
procedures to determine what priorities officers
should follow while on patrol.
The Assault Crisis Center works in conjunction
with the Crime Prevention Unit of the Ann Arbor
Police to organize meetings and workshops in neigh-
borhoods or businesses. The meetings detail what
rape is, who rapists are, and offer prevention tips.
Most of the prevention tips are "common sense,"
according to the program director of the Assault
Crisis Center, Diana Lynch-Miller. The unfortunate
thing, Lynch-Miller said, is that most people are
aware of what to do, but simply don't do it.
"SOME PEOPLE don't want to worry about it
(rape), but you have to worry about it anyway," Lyn-
ch-Miller said.
Some of these "common sense" measures include
not walking alone at night, keeping home doors and
windows locked, not accepting rides with strangers,
See RAPE, Page 2

AP Photo
Ice capades A
Two unidentified hikers trek across frozen Lake Erie, near CatawbaIsland,
Ohio. Shifting winds, and sub-zero temperatures have frozen the waves for-
ming the Antarctic-like terrain.

TODAY
Dial-a-doctorj
WASHTENAW COUNTY residents can now 'dial
a doctor.' At the other end of the line, Tel-
Med, a tape recorded message system, will
tell you about such sensitive health topics as
pregnancy, V.D., nutrition, depression, hay fever, and

unscientific poll will appear in the Daily's Spring Fashion

to-five-minute-long tapes, call 668-1551 (Ann Arbor)
anytime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and ask the Tel-Med
operator to play the tape of your choice. The operator can
also send you a Tel-Med brochure. Tel-Med phones have
already been ringing at the rate of 75 calls a day, said
Rudelich; and the number of calls is rising. O
Is there one?

unscientific poll will appear in the Daily's Spring Fashion
Supplement, on March 3. l
Hotel California
The most popular hotel room in the LeBaron Hotel in San
Jose, California, is one that employees say is haunted by a
spirit. The tale of this spirit was started by the
housecleaning staff who reported voices and sightings of a
young woman in white. Housekeeper Lupe Moncivais said
she first encountered the spirit early in 1980, several mon-

thousands have been swept off their feet in Chicago's Windy
City. But would people sink their teeth into the Big
Avocado?-That is the question bothering Los Angeles
Times' columnist Jack Smith, who has suggested that
either the fruit or "The Big Enchilada" be adopted as the
nickname for this country's third largest city. Smith's
ruminations pointed out that the image-conscious Los
Angeles, has a glaring lack of identity that could be
remedied with a single snappy phrase. Others disagree, in-
cluding Jim Hurst who claimed that "We have a place that
doesn't need a central theme." While Hurst cites the

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