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Food for
peace
See Editorial, Page 4

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Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom

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Tempest
What could be worse than a 60 per-
cent chance of thundershowers
today? At least it will be near 70 and
the rain should diminish by late af-
ternoon.

Vol. XCIII, No. 25

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, October 7, 1982

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

Tylenol linked
to April suicide
in Philadelphia

TAs grow
uneasy over
contract vote

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cyanide
was found in decomposed Extra-
trength Tylenol capsules discovered
nthe apartment of a graduate student
whose death on April 3 was ruled a
suicide by cyanide poisoning, police
said yesterday.
Police Chief Inspector Frank Scafidi
said the bottle of capsules was found in
a shoe in a closet of William Pascual's
apartment here soon after his death.
SCAFIDI said at a news conference
that shortly after Pascual's death a test
4 f some of the pills found in the bottle
howed nothing unusual. He said fur-
ther tests were done yesterday on the
bottle's contents because of the seven
deaths in the Chicago area that have
been blamed on cyanide-laced Extra-
Strength Tylenol capsules. Scafidi said
those tests showed the presence of
cyanide.
Scafidi would not comment when
asked about a report yesterday by,
Philadelphia television station WPVI
that an unidentified associate of
'ascual had been in Chicago the
weekend before Pascual's death, and
that the friend had a knowledge of
chemicals.
''I cannot comment on that," Scafidi
said. "The investigation is now raw
and unrelated. There are more
questions than answers at this point."
ASKED whether it was possible that

Pascual himself had placed the cyanide
in the Tylenol bottle, Scafidi said,
"That's possible."
He said it was not known if Pascual
had ingested any of the Tylenol cap-
sules from the bottle. Capt. Gerald
Kane of the homicide division said the
original autopsy showed no Tylenol in
Pascual's body.
He said police reopened their in-
vestigation into Pascual's death
because "we have been reviewing all
cyanide deaths, and this was the closest
one" chronologically.
A PRELIMINARY test at the time of
Pascual's death idicated cyanide was
present in his stomach and blood,
Scafidi said.
Another test at that time of three of
nine Extra-Strength capsules in the bot-
tle found nothing unusual.
Further tests were done after the
recent spate of Tylenol-related deaths
in the Chicago area, Scafidi said, and
those tests showed traces of cyanide in
the decomposed capsules in the bottle.
" WHEN THE substance in the bottle
was re-examined by laboratory
technicians this afternoon," Scafidi
said, "all the tablets were decomposed.
They were just bits and pieces."
Scafidi said an envelope found with
the body contained a suicide note ad-
dressed to his mother, Betty Pascual of
See PHILADELPHIA, Page 3

By BETH ALLEN.
With voting on their new contract just
a week away; a growing number of
University graduate teaching assistan-
ts are voicing dissatisfaction with
the proposed contract drawn up by
student and administration negotiators.
At a meeting last week, teaching
assistants voted overwhelmingly to
urge their colleagues to reject the
proposed three-year contract.
The 66-12 vote last Thursday went
against graduate student negotiators,
who insisted the proposed contract was
the best that could be won from Univer-
sity negotiators.
While the leaders of the teaching
assistants' union, the Graduate Em-
ployees Organization (GEO), have
remained officially neutral in the
proposal, some GEO members are
vocally upset with the draft. These
critics want the union to send a new
bargaining team back to the University
to try to come up with a more generous
contract.
The chief complaints with the present
proposal, say GEO members, is that it
doessnot include large enough wage
boosts and that it does not include a
strong enough provision for affirmative
action in hiring teaching assistants.
Some teaching assistants said they
were also disappointed that the

agreement did not contain explicit
restrictions on the size of classes.
But GEO leaders who negotiated the
contract said a new bargaining team
would probably not have much more
luck than they did at persuading the
University to give in on these con-
troversial points.
'Linda Kaboolian; a member of the
GEO bargaining team, said that given
the Unviersity's absolute refusal to
grant cost-of-living wage increases to
teaching assistants, the next jest thing
was to win promises of pay hikes
proportionate to those given faculty
members. The proposed contract con-
tains such a provision.
Some teaching assistants, however,
say that is not enough, especially since
salaries of graduate student assistants
have not kept up with inflation for six
years now.
The low pay, they contend, will make
it harder for the University to attract
top-quality graduate students. Even
some facuty members have urged
students to shoot down the contract for
that reason, said Jon Bekken, -a GEO
leader who has come out against the
contract himself. "We've been ap-
proached by some professors who've
told us to reject the contract" because
it would make recruiting new students
See SOME, Page 6

Autumn prelude
Despite this week's unseasonably warm temperatures, the leaves behind the
Graduate Library show that fall has definitely arrived.

_ _

Thefts of
University
property
' jump 30%
in September

By JERRY ALIOTTA
Theft of University property - especially office
typewriters - rose nearly 30 percent during Septem-
ber, costing the University nearly $10,000, according
to security officials.
Typewriters, calculators, and cameras have been
the items most prominent on thieves' robbery lists
during the past few months, and it's .beginning to
cause quite a stir, said Walter Stevens, director of the
University's Department of Public Safety.
ALL THIS equipment has a good, resale value,
Stevens said, which explains why its been disap-
pearing from University shelves and desk tops so
rapidly.
"We had typewriters taken out of the Ad-
ministration Building, the music school, the School of
Education, and the College of Engineering. It is not
in any particular place, it happens all over campus,"
Stevens said.. This random system points to a net-
work of thieves targeting University buildings, he

added.
Thieves - either in a group o'r individually - got
away with $9,000 to $10,000 worth of University
equipment during September, Stevens said.
Music Prof. Morris Risenhoover, for example, said
there wasn't any evidence of a break-in when a
typewriter worth $700 to $800 was stolen from a
School of Music Building office this weekend.
"THIS TYPEWRITER happened to be one that we
rented, so we're just going to have to pay foi it now,"
he said.
Safety officials aren't sure when the break-ins are
occurring. "Some of the camera equipment is not
noticed until a couple of days later, so it's hard to pin-
point whether it's happening in the day or night,"
Stevens said.
"Surprisingly they have stolen a typewriter in the
middle of the day, when the room was occupied," he
said.
See UNIVERSITY, Page 5
Defense
in trial
of Arro yo
By SCOTT KASHKIN
Claims of Arthur Arroyo's insanity
are expected today as the defense
presents its first witness in the case of
the alleged Economics Building ar-
sonist, a defense attorney said yester-
a' day.
Also, two Ann Arbor police detectives
testified yesterday on the validity of a
confession of guilt they acquired from
Arroyo in February. In the confession,
Arroyo admited that he set the fire that
AP Photo destroyed 'the Economics Building in
December of 1981.
DEFENSE Attorney Mitchell Nelson
f., during a said he intends to present the findings
esident lost of a private psychologist which state
See DEFENSE, Page 2

By BARRY WITT
"On hold"is about the best description
of one of last year's hottest issues on
campus-University military research.
On the one hand, the students opposed
to University researchers working on
projects that could be turned into
weapons systems convinced the student
government Tuesday night to continue
last year's investigation of the issue.
BUT A researcher for students won't
be hired until at least the latter part of
the term, half a year after the Michigan
Student Assembly's last investigator
left campus.
On the other hand, the faculty gover-
ning body-which first discussed defen-
se research last November-sent the
issue back to a committee last month.
That group is scheduled to report next
March, some 19 months after a small
group of students and a few faculty
members became concerned about the
Pentagon's influence at the University.
Meanwhile, scores of professors,
staff researchers, and graduate studen-
ts continue to work on research projects
that the defense department says it
wants for their military potential.
THE RESEARCHERS say they are
studying only fundamental scientific or
technological problems-analyses that
could have any number of applications,
military or civilian.
They say they use the Pentagon for
money because that's where there is
the greatest amount available for their
work.
Critics say the Pentagon uses the

results of University research to
enhance or develop weapons systems
such as the Stealth bomber, the
Phoenix missile, and the so-called
"killer" satellites.
IF THAT were true, the work
probably would be considered in
violation of a University policy that
states research that would lead to the
destruction of human life cannot be
conducted on campus.
The University must decide how close
its researchers should get to weapons
systems. But after more than a year,
none of the parties have been able to
establish just how the defense depar-
tment uses University research.
One student report said some Univer-
sity research plays an integral part in
weapons work. But the faculty mem-
bers conducting the research said the
report was inaccurate and far-fetched.
AT ISSUE is whether the University
properly reviews defense department
research projects. Under the present
system, research proposals are ap-
proved by department chairpersons,
deans or directors, and the vice
president for research.
A faculty panel that looked at the
issue last year said that system is
adequate. But some members of the
faculty Senate Assembly and many
students believe proposals to the Pen-
tagon should be reviewed by an in-
dependent committee.
When the faculty was asked in June to
decide on a review system, they
See PROTESTS, Page,1

Protests cool
over. Pentagon
fireworks issue

Shut up. Look.
President Reagan points to Gary Arnold, a Republican congressional candidate from Santa Cruz, Calif
heated debate yesterday at the White House. After Arnold interrupted more than a half dozen times the pr
his patience and shouted "Shut up. Look."

_._

ODAY
Work Study deadline
T HE DEADLINE for students who have Fall Work
Study awards must pick up Work Study hiring
forms by Friday, October 15 in order to keep
the award. Hiring forms can be picked up at the
ent Employment Office, 2503 Student Activities
Building during business hours. If you have any auestions.

Back in the U.S.S.R.
FOR THE PAST five weeks, thousands of Soviet music
j fans have been scrambling for tickets to hear the
"Bootleg Beatles," a London-based imitation of the British
pop group once reviled in the communist press. What might
be a nostalgic remembrance of things past in the West is a
major musical happening here, but what prompted the
state-run Gosconcert agency to book the four-man tour is a
mystery. "It's 1982 and times change, that's why," guessed

Never fear-Andy Schmidt is here
IF FYOU ARE having problems writing love letters that
sweep your loved one off his or her feet, there is someone
you can contact that may save your relationship. Andy
Schmidt, a 25-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pa., has a way with
words-romantic words, anyway. Schmidt runs a love let-
ter-writing service, and for just $25 he'll type out 400 ,
romantically appropriate words to your dream person.
Don't worry about the sincerity of, the letter, either,
because Schmimdt says. "The feelings are genuine. I just

The Daily almanac
O N THIS DATE in 1974, students crowded the main floor
of the Michigan Union to beat the voter registration
deadline at the only registration site on campus. Registrars
were swearing in 70 students every 15 minutes.
Also on this date in history:
* 1957 - Statistics released by Dr. Morley Beckett,
Health Service Director, indicated the Asian flu virus was
still going strong. Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, an average-
of 227 persons were examined daily at the Health Service

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