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Page 2-Sunday, September 26, 1982-The Michigan Daily
MSU gay student drops frat suit

With wire reports
A Michigan State University senior this week an-
nounced he will not file charges of discrimination
against a fraternity he says expelled him for being a
Joht? Nowak, 20, decided against legal action in or-
der to spare his family further hassles, according to
his legal counsel, Matthew Gatson.
LAST JANUARY, Delta Sigma Phi ousted Nowak
because, fraternity President Scott Pauley told The
Daily at the time, "his lifestyle was incompatible
with the members of the house and he was getting ex-
tensively involved with an organization (MSU's
Lesbian-Gay Council) whose goals and methods we
don't agree with"
Delta Sigma Phi appealed a ruling five months
later by MSU's Judicial Committee that ordered the
fraternity to reinstate Nowak. MSU President Cecil
Mackey overturned the ruling, claiming the univer-
sity has no jurisdiction in the case.

"People may criticize me for not taking my case to
court, but they are not in my shoes," Nowak told the
United Press International Thursday. "I think I had a
strong case, but I still had to consider my family. I
don't want to hurt or upset my family any more."
MEMBERS OF the gay communities in Ann Arbor
and East Lansing have expressed sympathy with
Nowak. "He's still dependent on them (his parents),
and more or less tied to them, and he probably goes
home during the summer," said a coordinator of the
Lesbian/Gay Collective Hour on WCBN-FM. "Why
put them through more hassles in this long, drawn-
out kind of thing?"
Gatson, Nowak's counsel, said that although con-
cern for his family prompted Nowak to end his battle
with Delta Sigma Phi, it will not interfere with his
role as director of the MSU Lesbian/Gay Council.
Even though Nowak is finished with the case, Gat-
son intends topursue the Mackey decision, which he
said is exemplary of the MSU administration's
"selective discrimination policies."
ACCORDING TO Gatson, the university punished a

different fraternity, Theta Chi, in a similar incident.
Administrators placed the fraternity on probation for
a year after it ran an advertisement which the
university considered racist in the school newspaper.
The ad contained a photograph of fraternity mem-
bers holding a wide-eyed black doll, and a caption
identifying the doll as "Willie."
Moses Turner, vice president for student action at
MSU, said the two cases are different because the
university has jurisdiction over race discrimination,
but not over sex discrimination. Turner also said the
university is not considering changing its policy.
Gatson argues that MSU has power to act under a
1977 anti-discrimination policy that protects mem-
bers of the university community not only on the
grounds of sex, but on the grounds of sexual
preference. Mackey's statement last June about
Nowak's case "specifically ignores" this policy, ac-
cording to Gatson.
MSU officials could not be reached to comment on
Gatson's charge.

Prison guard slays 13
in Pa. shooting spree

convict turned prison guard massacred
13people, including four girlfriends and
tlhe . children they bore him, and
critically wounded a man yesterday
before surrendering to police after a
three-hour standoff.
4Authorities said George Banks, 40, of
Wilkes-Barre, killed two women and
two children at a trailer park outside of
town, drove back to his home and killed
three more women, five children and a
neighbor, and finally surrendered at a
house 2 miles away.
HE WAS THE father of five of the
seven slain children.:
The shooting spree began around 2
a.m. when Banks killed four people at
the Heather Highlands Mobile Home
Park in Jenkins Township. The victims
there were- his estranged girlfriend,
Sharon Mazzillo, 24, their son
Kissmayu, 5, her mother, Alice Maz-
zillo, 47, and brother, Scott Mazzillo, 7.
A neighbor said Sharon's brothers
Keith, 10, and Angelo, 9, survived.
Keith hid in a closet but Angelo saw the
"Angelo saw the whole thing," said
Sandy Groner, 19.

"HE TALKED about his mother
being shot in the head and the brains on
top of the TV set."
Another neighbor said she head
Banks say "I'm gonna kill them all
now" as he left the scene.
Banks then went to a house in Wilkes-
Barre, authorities said, and killed
Regina Clemens, 29, and her child,
Montanzima Banks, 6; Susan Yuhas,
23, and her children, Bownedy Banks, 4,
and Maritanya Banks, 1, and Dorothy
Lyons, 29, and her children, Foraroude
Banks, 1, and Nancy Lyons, 11, who was
not related to the gunman.
AUTHORITIES said they did not
know the motive for the mass killings,
but a minister, who said Banks "had
quite a little harem," reported the guad
had been threatening to kill one
girlfriend for the past six months and
had been in a custody battle over their
Banks, was arraigned on first-degree
murder charges before District
Magistrate Joseph Verespy.
Only one other killer in U.S. history
claimed more victims on a single day.
Charles J. Witman killed 16 and woun-
ded 31 people in a rifle barrage from a
University of Texas tower in Austin in

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Armed Soviet emigrant seized
following Italian hijacking
ROME - A Soviet emigrant armed with a knife hijacked an Alitalia jetliner
that was carrying 108 other passengers and crew members on a flight to
Rome yesterday, but the pilot overpowered him after the plane landed in
Catania, Sicily.
Police said there were no injuries during the 3 -hour ordeal aboard the
Boeing 727 that had been on a direct flight from Algiers to the Italian capital.
The sky pirate had allowed all of the pasengers and five of the eight crew
members to leave the plane within a half hour after it touched down at
Catania's Fontanarossa Airport.
Police identified the hijacker as Igor Shkuro and said he was a 37-year-old
native of Leningrad who had been living in Rome. They said he was
carrying severa1 passports, including one from Australia, and they had not
determined why or when he left the Soviet Union.
Officials gave no motive for Shkuro's action, but police sources said he had
flown to Algiers Friday hoping to establish residence there. They said
Algerian authorities refused to issue him a visa however, and put him on
the first available plane back to Rome.
Honduran rebels free hostages
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - A dozen leftist rebels freed 32 hostages
yesterday and took off "empty handed" in a Panamanian Air Force plane
headed to Cuba via Panama, ending a 8-day crisis.
A Honduran government communique said 12 "Cinchonero' guerrillas
"did not achieve a single one of their demands," including the release of 57
leftist prisoners and expulsion of American military advisers from Hon-
"The group of bandits ... left the country empty handed," said the com-
munique, issued after a Panamanian Air Force plane carrying the rebels lif-
ted off from the San Pedro Sula airport.
The government said the rebels were accompanied on the flight to
Panama by an unidentified Panamanian official, stating that the crisis was
resolved with "the cooperation of the friendly government of Panama."
Arrest made in Manila bombings
MANILA, Philippines - Police said yesterday a former U.S. army
sergeant admitted trying to bomb at least four luxury hotels and led in-
vestigators to a bomb factory in suburban Ijanila.
Some of his bombs, planted in sofas in the hotel lobbies, did not go off
because people sitting on them ruined the timing devices, police said.
Elvin Laurel, 36, a Vietnam veteran from Buena Park, California, was
arrested last Sunday after a bomb he was tinkering with went off in his lap in
a bar of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Manila.
Laurel suffered minor burns in the explosion. Nobody else was injured.
Arrested with Luarel was his uncle, Santoa Abellanosa, 44, who was also in
the Hilton bar during the blast last Sunday.
He and Laurel were charged with illegal possession of incendiary devices.
Marietta takeover ends in
humiliation for Bendix chief
NEW YORK- William Agee, the 44-year-old chairman of Bendix Corp.,
who launched a hostile takeover drive for Martin Marietta Corp. but ended
up being forced to accept a takeover by Allied Corp., will become president
of Allied in title only, the Allied chairman said yesterday.
Allied Chairman Edward Hennessey Jr. said Agee's position as chairman
and chief executive of Bendix, which will become a subsidiary of Allied, will
be a "full time job" and he will not be given responsibility for oversight of
the entire chemical and oil parent concern.
The remarks reflected a deeper professional humiliation for Agee than
originally speculated. Under the peace agreement approved Friday which
ended the most bizarre takeover battle in Wall Street history, Agee was ex-
pected to get the president's title and a supervisory role for the entire com-
pany in addition to his chief executive's position at Bendix.
Zimbabwe search hopes fade
HARARE, Zimbabwe- An official involved in the manhunt for two
Americans and four other foreign tourists kidnapped 10 weeks ago in the
western province of Matabeleland said yesterday that "there aren't many
hopeful signs" that the captives will be found alive.
Police said their last confirmed report about the hostages came in early
August, when officials learned that the kidnappers had clad the foreigners in
Zimbabwe army camouflage in a bid to confuse the search team. Since then,
there have only been unconfirmed reports of Matabeleland villagers sighting
the group, officials said.
"We haven't yet given up hope we'll find them alive, but there aren't many
hopeful signs," a Harare-based police officer involved in the search said
Americans Brett Baldwin, 23, of Seattle, Washington, and Kevin Ellis, 24,
of Bellevue, Washington, were kidnapped along with two Britons and two
Australians July 23 as they were traveling 40 miles north of Bulawayo, the
Matabeleland administrative capital, on the last leg of an overland African

The kidnappers freed four other members of the tourist party with a note
for the government saying they would kill the captives unless several
demands were met, including the freedom of political prisoners of opposition
leader Joshua Nkomo's minority Zimbabwe African People's Union.
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Police surround a house in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., yesterday morning after
George Banks, a self described soldier of fortune, killed 13 people.
BSU returns to campus


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of the BSU declined gradually, until its
dissolution in 1978. Since that time the
union has been dormant, as has much of
the campus' minority activism.
IN THE early to middle '70s, the in-
fluence of the BSU declined gradually,
until its dissolution in 1978. Since that
time the Union has been dormant, 'as
has much of the campus' minority ac-
Ironically, black student leaders say,
the decline of the BSUwas caused partly
by the existence of smaller mknority
organizations such as minority dorm
councils, which it was instrumental in

setting up or strengthening:
Now, organizers say, the BSU will
face tremendousrchallenges -
especially in mustering willing ac-
tivists. The current political climate on
campus is significantly different from
that of the '60s and early '70s. In
today's conservative atmosphere, ac-
cording to some black faculty mem-
bers, any attempt at a strike similar to
BAM's would be unthinkable and
doomed to failure.
A more affluent set of black students
currently at the University may make
it harder for the Union's leaders to gain
support, according to one new
organizer of the Union. Agreed most
leaders: Failure to reach any sector of
the black community would detract
from the strength of an activist
movement, and also raise questions
concerning the legitimacy of the
organizing group.

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