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Ninety-Two Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Sir igan

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GROOVY
Mostly clear, breezy, and
mild today, with a high
near 40.

Vol. XCII, No. 124 Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, March 10, 1982 Ten Cents Ten Pages

Reagan assures
interest rates

wil all
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan, pleading for support of his
record-deficit, defense-oriented budget
disavowed yesterday any blame for
"the displeasures" of recession but
privately assured Republican senators
that interest rates will drop markedly
within months.
The president said he was informed
by Federal Reserve Chairman Paul
Volcker that "the prime rate will drop
by three or four points by summer," ac-
cording to a congressional source who
asked not to be named.
LATER, A White House source, who
also declined-identification, confirmed
the account of the president's remarks,
but said that when Reagan talked with
Volcker the prime rate stood at 17 per-
cent. It already has dropped to 16 per-
cent. Thus, this source said, the predic-
tion actually is for a further reduction
of two or three points.

soon
Volcker, who as chief of the central
bank wields great power over policies
affecting interest rates, declined to
comment on the remarks attributed to
him.
"We do not comment on private
meetings between the president and the
chairman," Fed spokesman Joseph R.
Coyne said. However, Coyne noted,
Volcker has said on several occasions
recently "that as you get credible ac-
tion on the budget, you can anticipate
that interest rates will decline."
ACCORDING to both the White House
and the congressional source, Reagan
did not elaborate on the basis of the
prediction, except to say the infor-
imation came from a face-to-face en-
counter with the Fed chairman.
The president's assurances, in a
private session with committee chair-
See REAGAN, Page 10

Decision
on Abscam
senator
due today
From AP and UPi
WASHINGTON- A top Democrat
sought to persuade the Senate yester-
day to censure rather than expel.
Harrison Williams, but Republican
Leader Howard Baker said there was.
"almost no support" among the
majority GOP to soften the punish-
ment.
Members of the Ethics Committee,
meanwhile, set out to refute Williams'
principal line of defense-that the FBI
framed him in the Abscam bribery and
conspiracy case for which he was con-
victed last year.
BAKER, OF Tennessee, told repor-
ters before the Senate resumed debate
for the fourth day that a vote likely
would occur today on Assistant
Democratic Leader Alan Cranston's ef-
fort to amend' the panel's expulsion
resolution with a call for censure in-
stead.
Censure would require only a
majority vote, while a two-third vote is
necessary forexpulsion. Members,
favoring expulsion will oppose the
milder censure vote, which will come
first.
Baker said his count of the 53
Republicans who control the Senate
reflected "almost no support" for cen-
sure. . A substantial number ,of
Democrats, led by, Ethics Committee
Vice Chairman Howell Heflin of
Alabama and other members of the
panel, also continued to push for
banishm'ent of their colleague from
New Jersey.
WITH NO publicly expressed sen-
timent to exonerate him, it appeared
that only resignation might keep
Williams from becoming the first
See DECISION, Page 10

AP Photo:
Paying tribute A ht
Actor Bill Murray places a flower on the coffin of fellow actor John Belushi at Abel's cemetery in Chilmark, Mass.,
yesterday. Belushi, 33, died in Los Angeles Friday. See story, Page 5.

Photos depict Nicara

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reaga
ministration took the unusual step yestei
releasing photographs taken by U.S.
naissance aircraft depicting what it said
massive Soviet and Cuban-backed m
buildup in Nicaragua.
The buildup outlined by two top intel
officials was portrayed as far more
Nicaragua requires for its legitimate d
needs and as posing a threat to neigh
countries.
ONE OF THE officials, Deputy CIA D
Adm. Bobby Inman, said the disclosure
the first in a series aimed at providi
evidence on which the administration is
its policies in Central America.
Racial.
tensions
at forumn
By PAM FICKINGER
The University's "smaller but bet-
ter" retrenchment plan is promoting
racial tension on campus, Social Work
Prof. Madison Foster told abut 30
students gathered last night at the
Michigan Union.
As the University administration cuts
back programs, it becomes more
elitist, Foster argued, and elitism
aggravates racial tension. He said the
University's programs geared toward
assisting minority students also con-
tribute to what he said was a growing
_ rift between white and black students
on campus.
RACISM IS "part of the University's
elitist atitude," Foster said, "as the
University becomes smaller it's very
likely it will become more elitist - the
working-class person won't comse
here."
Foster was one of several persons
who spoke at a two-day conference on
race relations at the University held
Monday and yesterday at the Union.
Several students who attended the con-
ference, which was sponsored by the
LSA-Student Government, said racism
is prevalent at the University.
Some of the students said they have
been discriminated against by
professors in grading because of their
race. Cylenthia Miller, a sophomore in
the Residential College, said she knew

an ad- Details about Cuban-Nicaraguan cooperation
rday of in funneling arms to rebels in El Salvador will be
recon- released later in the week, Inman suggested.
was a Inman and John Hughes, deputy director of the
ilitary Defense Intelligence Agency, alleged that:
" Since the leftist government took power in
ligence 1979, 36 new military garrisons have been
e than established in Nicaragua, all modeled along
defense Soviet and Cuban lines;
hboring " The Soviets have provided to Nicaragua 25 T-
55 tanks, 12 152mm howitzers, two Hip helicop-
)irector ters and 12 armored personnel carriers
s were Deliveries of additional T-55's are expected in
ng the the coming months;
basing * Construction is well under way to lengthen
several airstrips at military bases, apparently

guan am
for the purpose of accommodating MIG-17 or
MIG-21 aircraft. Some 50 Nicaraguan
pilots are being trained in Bulgaria;
" Nicaraguan regular military forces are being
increased to at least 25,000 or 30,000 men and the
militia to a minimum of 150,000. In recent
testimony, Secretary of State Alexander Haig
estimated the projected buildup at 50,000 for the
regular forces and 250,000 for the militia. No ex-
planation was given for the new, lower estimate.
" Some 2,000 Cuban military advisers have been
sent to Nicaragua along with 50 to 70 Soviet
military personnel;
INMAN NOTED THAT a top Sandinista com-
mander, Jaime Wheelock, said in an interview
last week in New York that the size of the

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s buildup
Nicaraguan armed forces is only about 14,000,
about the same as it was during the overthrown
government of President Anastasio Somoza.
After the hour-long presentation, Inman said
he hoped that none of you here has any doubt"
that Nicaragua's buildup goes "vastly beyond its
defense needs." In contrast to the military
might being developed by Nicaragua, Inman
said Guatemala and Honduras have only five
tanks each, both of World War II vintage.
The slide presentation also depcted alleged
abuses of Nicaragua's Miskita Indian
population, including the destruction of a number
of Indian villages along the Coco River, which
separates Nicaragua from Honduras.

Earthquakes shake up
'Jupiter Effect' fears

From AP and UPI
A respected, if erratic, Indian
astrologer predicts Les Angeles will be
destroyed today and the Pacific Ocean
will swallow up some islands.
Peruvian "cosmobiologists" say
hungry animals will stalk the earth, a
tidal wave will sweep the Caribbean and
Peru will be hit with torrential rains.
BUNK, SAID astronomers in the
United States who fielded a flurry of
calls from worried earthlings.
The Doomsday forecasts stem from a
rare event in the solar system - the
cluster of all nine planets within a 96-
degree area on the same side of the sun.
It last happened in 1803 and will not
occur again until 2357.
THE PLANETARY arrangement
was described in the book, "The Jupiter
Effect," by John Gribbin and Steve
Plagemann, who predicted the
gravitational pull of such a lineup
would suck cosmic winds from the sun
and activate earth quake zones around
Earth, particularly along California's
San Andreas fault.
"There are always soothsayers,"
sighed seismologist Leroy Irby. "If the
planets want to line up, fine, but I
surely don't see the end of the world
coming Wednesday."
Two moderate earthquakes rumbled
across the Mohave Desert near China
Lake in Southern California on Sunday,
prompting "a few" worried calls to the
National Earthquake Information Cen-
ter in Golden, Colo., Irby said.
CALLERS WERE told the tremors

have nothing to do with today's bun-
ching up of all nine known planets on
one side of the sun.
"I'd say forget it," said Irby, who has
been tracking temblors for 15 years at
Golden. "There's something about ear-
thquakes that excites people, but
there's no scientific way to predict
these things."
"The Jupiter Effect" has triggered
higher attendance and many calls to
switchboards at the nation's
planetariums.
BOSTON'S Charles Hayden
Planetarium has been inundated with
calls, assistant director Walter Webb
said.
"People are curious, wanting to find
out more about it. Some of those people
are staying on the phone asking about
our shows and courses. It's having a
definite spinoff effect," Webb said.
"And some people are having doom-
sday parties, like the end of the world
parties they had for Comet Kohoutek."
In Los Angeles, where people tend to
pay close attention when talk turns to
earthquakes, long lines are forming at
Griffith Observatory for the featured
slideshow, "The Jupiter Effect and the
Great California Earthquake."
The show "is about the claim that a
rare alignment of the planets will
trigger a chain of earthquakes that will
destroy Southern California," said a
cheerful tape-recorded voice. The show
outlines planetary gravitation, solar ef-
fects on Earth and the physiology of
earthquakes.

Doily Photo by JACKIE BELL
STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADERS Will Hathaway (left) and Margaret Talmers look on as Peter Ford, an
Engineering student, speaks out on the racism many minorities face at the University. The three participated in a two-
day workshop sponsored by LSA student government that addressed racism on campus and in the nation.

of one teaching assistant who wrote on
a student's paper, "It's a good paper,
for a black woman."
ESIQUIO UBALLE, a senior
majoring in political science, said there
are classes where the instructor "can't
help but recognize that you're the only
minority there," and that affects their
,expectations in grading and classwork.
"We deal with racism every day,"
Miller said. "It's a part of our existen-
ce." Another student, LSA senior Cur-
tis Vance, added, "Wouldn't you be
angry too?'

Uballe said some University p-
rograms aimed at minorities are
designed by administrators with a
"black vs. white" view, disregarding
other minority groups on campus.
Racism is "more subtle than blatant"
at the University, especially in the area
of counseling, he said. Some counselors
advise minority students to register for
classes they can pass easily rather than
classes that would present a greater
challenge, Uballe claimed.
THE UNIVERSITY administration
first must recognize them before it can

act to solve these problems, he said.
The workshops Monday night ad-
dressed the problems of racism
nationally. The group, led by Natural
Resources Prof. Pat Bidol, outlined four
stages of racial identity. These stages
progress from passive acceptance of
discrimination to transformation and
retaliation against the racism.
"I'd rather see someone who was
blatantly prejudiced because you know
where they're coming from, rather
than someone who is a phony liberal,"
Bidol said.

TODAY-
Facing the chopping block
NTERESTED IN helping to decide the University's
future? Students from all schools and colleges at any
academic level are needed to fill positions on future
review committees which will be deciding where to
cut the University budget. A pool of fifty student names will
be needed as nominees for the positions. Interested studen-

entourage that accompanied the pope on his trip to the Far

entourage that accompanied the pope on his trip to the Far
East. atl
Lisa hada 'little' lamb
Lisa Bernard, a 16-year-old California farm girl, is
$62,150 richer after a small town livestock auction escalated
into a high-stakes bidding war over her 4-H lamb. High bid-
der Lefty Sheppard, one of the smaller produce growers in
the agriculaturally rich Imperial Valley of Southern
California, outbid several of the wealthiest growers in the
__a fn __hae th 11- mn__Qna ma rha.min o f

A rms control
When the City Council in Port Arthur, Texas, recently
ruled on rifle regulations, it reaffirmed a law banning the
use of water pistols on city property. The council, upholding
the 1951 legislation, decided that, squirt guns are per-
missible as long as their use is confined to private property.
The use of rifles was entirely banned from the municipality.
The council amended a city ordinance to prohibit the firing
of rifles after facing a rash of complaints about the firing of
high-powered rifles within city limits. In the process, the

mental scream-out" sponsored by the School of Public
Health to protest corporate pollution.
Also on this date:
1971- Possession of marijuana became a misdemeanor
in Ann Arbor.
1971-Twenty-five faculty members showed their disap-
proval of the military research at the University by starting
a week-long fast.
1970- The Campus Student Judiciary "ordered" LSA
Dean William Hays to lift the suspension of SDS member
Robert Parsons. Parsons was suspended from the Univer-

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