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Vol. XXCI, No. 118

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan --Thursday, March 3, 1983

Ten Cents

Ten Pages

'U
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African divestment

By BILL SPINDLE
University officials are seriously considering
selling all stock in four companies currently
operating in South Africa, a University investment
officer said yesterday.
University investment officials are planning to ask
the Regents at their April meeting to authorize the
sale of the stocks because of problems with the com-
panies' policies in South Africa, investment officer
Norman Herbert said.
IF THE REGENTS decide to sell the stock, it would
be only the second time since 1978 that the University
has divested from a company which failed to show

progress toward social reform in South Africa.
The Regents would be asked to sell the University's
stock in Carnation Co., Dun and Bradstreet Corp.,
Dart and Kraft Inc., and Trane Co., Herbert said.
The University currently has investments in about 40
companies operating in South Africa.
In 1978, the Regents decided the University should
promote social change in South Africa by keepings its
investments there, and pressing companies to adopt
policies to end apartheid peacefully.
UNIVERSITY officials say the request to sell the
stocks would be in line with a 1978 Regents resolution.
That decision requires sale of stocks in companies the
University determines are not promoting social
progress in apartheid South Africa.

The University asks companies to affirm a set of an-
ti-apartheid guidelines, called the Sullivan Prin-
ciples; work. toward the enhancement of political,
economic, and social rights for its employees; and
publicly disclose their progress toward achievements
in these areas.
The University has had trouble obtaining detailed
reports from the companies being considered for
divestment, as the Regents resolution requires.
DESPITE REQUESTS for information and war-
nings that the University would sell its investments if
reports were not provided, the Carnation Co. has yet
to comply.
See 'U', Page 2

Group fights for stiffer penalties

Local moms MADD
about drunk drivers

Window seat Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
A toilet left behind after the Fischer Hardware Store on Division Street
closed provides a ringside view of a passing bus.
Economic signs
climb 3.6%;
bost in 3 years

By JODY BECKER
LSA freshman Bob Sullivan pur-
sues the typical undergraduate
lifestyle - he mixes late nights at the
library with an occasional night at the
bar. But Sullivan also occasionally
mixes his drinking with his driving..
"After a couple of beers, when it's
not too far, it's no big thing," Sullivan
says.
STATEMENTS like that make Ann
Arbor residents MADD - (which
stands for Mothers Against Drunk
Driving). The local chapter of the
national organization pulls together
drunk driving victims, their families,
and other concerned citizens to
educate the community and to push
for increased enforcement and
reform of the state's drunk driving
laws.
MADD was founded two years ago
by Candy Lightner of Fair Oaks,
Calif., after her 13-year-old daughter
was killed by an intoxicated driver
who had been . convicted for five
previous drunk driving offenses. Sin-
ce then, anger at such incidents has
spread MADD organizations at a
tremendous pace nationwide; the Ann
Arbor chapter is only one ,of 99 such
groups in 20 states.
According, to Phyllis Snow,
organizer and president of the Ann

Arbor MADD chapter, the
organization spends most of its time
court-watching and lobbying for stif-
fer laws to punish drunk drivers.
SNOW SAID she has organized
members to record judges' rulings on
drunk driving cases and "use the in-
formation at election time" by pin-
pointing lenient judges and influen-
cing voters to support those who im-
pose stricter sentences.
MADD's efforts have already con-
tributed to anti-drunk driving vic-
tories. As of last October, the penalty
for refusing to take a breathalyzer
test was stiffened from a 90-day licen-
se suspension to a 180-day suspension
and a $25 fee to have the license rein-
stated.
Louise Wolford, spokeswoman for
the Ann Arbor city attorney's office,
says the City Council has passed or-
dinances to comply with the state law
which goes into effect in April.
However, the City Council has rejec-
ted a measure which would make the
breathalyzer test mandatory at, the
scene of the arrest, in favor of ad-
ministering the test at the police
station.
MEMBERS of several Michigan
MADD chapters are also serving on
the Governor's Task Force on Drunk
Driving, and Lightner has been ap-
See MADD, Page 2

WASHINGTON (UPI) - The sen-
sitive leading economic indicators
climbed 3.6 percent in January, the
most in over three decades, with good
weather helping reinforce the fledgling
recovery, the government reported
yesterday.
The advance was broad-based: nine
of the 10 available leading indicators
gave a positive reading in January.
THE STRENGTH of the gain was so
pronounced, however, that Commerce
Secretary Malcolm Baldrige issued an
unusual warning that the report
"should not be taken as a sign of a

coming economic boom."
Instead, Baldrige said the im-
provement was exaggerated by the way
the composite index reflected the mon-
th's exceptionally good weather and
some technical factors, such as the shift
of billions of dollars into newly
deregulated deposit accounts at banks
and thrift institutions.
The nine indicators showing a
positive trend were led by the Federal
Reserve System's increase in the
nation's money supply, adjusted for in-
flation, the report said.
See ECONOMIC, Page 3

Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT
MADD advocates dropping the bottle before driving.

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Tax hike
clears
state house

LANSING (UPI) - House Democrats yesterday
muscled through a modified version of Gov. James
Blanchard's proposed 38 percent income tax hike on a
59-51 vote.
The vote sends the measure, which links most of
the tax increase to the state's unemployment rate, to
an uncertain future in the Senate.
DURING BRIEF IHouse debate, the measure has
changed so that a 1.5 percentage point addition to the
state's 4.6 percent tax rate will be dropped entirely
when unemployment hits 9 percent. Previously, the
hike would drop off when unemployment hit 7.8 per-
cent.
Blanchard proposed the tax hike to deal with a
budget deficit this year esitmated at $900 million and
long-term accounting deficits estimated at around
$800 million. He is also proposing $225 million in
spending reductions.
For a family of four making $10,000 a year,the new
tax adds an estimated $69 to the annual tax bite. For

the same family making $20,000, the hike adds $244 a
year, or $202 if the family filed an itemized federal
return. At $50,000, the increase is $769, or $499 with
itemization.
HOUSE REPUBLICAN leader Michael Busch of
Saginaw said Republicans realize the state has "a
real problem" but feel there is no agreement on its
size and want more information from the Blanchard
administration.
House Speaker Gary Owen of Ypsilanti said Blan-
chard did not create Michigan's fiscal problems and
drew derisive laughter from Republicans when he
scored past GOP administrations for producing a
"bloated" state government.
A Budget Department official estimated that the
tax hike could expire by 1986 or 1987.
The 6.35 percent levy would be the nation's highest
flat rate income tax.
Michigan is one of more than 30 states which have
recently passed or are considering tax increases.

'Gambling' begins in
dorm lottery game.

By JACKIE YOUNG
It's time once again for the annual
high-stakes gambling rite - the ever-
confusing dormitory lottery.
Throughout this week, residents of
"traditional" halls can sign up to win a
spot in University housing for next
year. But the first step to winning the
housing game is understanding the
rules, which can be confusing because
each dorm operates under different
guidelines.
MARLENE MANTYK, University
housing advisor, said residents of

traditional dorms can begin the reap-
plication procedure by signing a lottery
entry card in their present hall before
noon on Tuesday, March 8. The drawing
for priority will be held that afternoon
and winners will be posted by 4:30 p.m.
Mantyk said students must sign a
reapplication card in their present hall
to be eligible for the drawing, regar-
dless of which hall they wish to live in.
Only Alice Lloyd sophomores may en-
ter in the hall of their choice.
Only winners in the lottery drawing
See LOTTERY, Page 3

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ToDAY
Shapiro appearance cancelled
THE INAUGURAL "Campus Meet the Press," sched-
uled for 4 p.m. today, has been cancelled because of a
bad case of laryngitis. The Daily and Canterbury Loft had
hoped to start today a series of weekly public interviews
with important figures on campus. Unfortunately, our first
guest, University President Harold Shapiro, lost his voice
yesterday. So ignore the ad in yesterday's Daily and the
posters you may have seen around campus publicizing the
event. Despite the difficulties of getting these interviews off
the ground, the Daily and Canterbury Loft plan to try it
again next Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Michigan Union. Each
week, we will invite an individual involved in the major
issues on campus to be interviewed by a panel of three

Regent under fire for opposing divestment. If you have any
suggestions for guests you'd like to see, call Jonathon Ellis
at Canterbury Loft (665-0606) or any of the news editors at
the Daily (76-DAILY). Q
In the Beholder's eye
A S THE SAYING goes, beauty is skin deep but ugly goes
to the bone. So some citizens of Knoxville, Tenn., host
city for this year's $6000,000 Miss USA Pageant, have
decided it's time to fight back with a $6 Ugly Contest. The
award will go to the city's ugliest person, regardless of sex.
"We don't discriminate on sex or religion or any of that
stuff," said Virgil Davis, secretary-treasurer of the Ugly
Club. "If you're ugly you don't have to have anything in
front of your name." The club has garnered 25 members in
its first year of existence, Davis said. He said proceeds
from the contest will go to local charities. "People kept

pretty. You've got to be as ugly as (Tennesee basketball
coach) Don DeVoe to get in. People who have been elected
to public office can't enter our contest. The electorate has
already chosen them to be ugly. But all others are
welcome." Try not to stampede one another rushing down
to Knoxville to enter.Q
The Daily almanac
O N THIS DATE in 1910 an honorary society for junior
girls was formed. The society's main function was to
act as an advisory body to freshman girls.
Also on this date in history:
*1914 - An Ann Arbor saloonkeeper was found guilty of
selling liquor to students. The trial was a test of the local
authorities' attempts to end student drinking;

thousand feet high. They promptly challenged anyone on
campus to a kite-flying contest;
e 1969 - LSA faculty voted to continue some form of the
language requirement, but favored adopting a degree
program that would not require proficiency in a foreign
language.

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Sports previews the Big Ten swimming and gymnastics
championships...the Opinion page argues the defense
research controversy is overblown.. randArts Dreams of
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