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Ninety-four Years - Brisk
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Vol. XCIV-No. 69 Copyright 1983, The Michigon Doily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, November 30, 1983 Fifteen Cents Ten Pages

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPI) - Druze
Moslem militias shelled Christian sec-
tors of Beirut yesterday in their
heaviest artillery bombardment of the
capital in two months, forcing the
government media to delay two
television news broadcasts.
In a telephone statement, a Druze
spokesman warned Christian com-
munities not to send their children toF
school today because more artillery
battles were likely.,
A SPOKESMAN for government"
television said a Druze faction hady
warned "if you broadcast news this
evening we will shell you." The broad-
casts were delayed while contacts were
made with the "concerned parties."
When government television news.
finally was broadcast - 40 minutes late
for the French broadcast and 30
minutes late for the Arabic - it repor-
ted the Christian areas of the capital
had been hit by "indiscriminate" mor-
tar, artillery and rocket attacks.
Radio reports said the Druze barrage
swept from the Christian town of,
Jounieh north of Beirut, through the
Christian neighborhoods east of the
capital and onto the southern suburbs A
near the U.S. Marine base. Cold feet,
RESIDENTS scrambled for cover in
basements and hallways as Christian A die-hard jogger runs through downtown Longmont, Colorado yesterday morning despite the falling snow. See
Phalange radio said 700 shells crashed story, page 3.
See BEIRUT, Page2s
Library finesgo unollected

U.S., Israel
to counter



East threat

P Photo

WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan agreed yesterday to joint
defense measures with Israel to coun-
ter what he called a growing Soviet
threat in the Middle East, and stood
firmly behind a plan for withdrawal of
foreign troops from Lebanon that Syria
is thwarting.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir, ending two days of talks with
Reagan, stressed that the May 17 troop
withdrawal agreement will be im-
plemented "in all its parts" despite
Syria's bitter resistance. U.S. officials
ruled out any move to make the accord
more palatable to Syria.
THUS, THE outlook for breaking the
deadlock that has kept Israeli, Syrian
and Palestinian forces in Lebanon
remained dim, as Reagan bade
farewell to Shamir and began
preparing for a visit tomorrow by
Lebanese President Amin Gemayel.
Reagan said his discussidns with
Shamir focused on "they agony of
Lebanon and the threat there to our
common interests." They disagreed on
several issues, including the spread of
Israeli settlements on the occupied
West Bank of the Jordan River, but
forged stronger ties between their
Their most significant step was to
establish a military commission to plan
joint maneuvers in the Mediterranean

region. Reagan said the purpose was to
respond to a "mutual threat posed by
increased Soviet involvement in the
Middle East."
A SENIOR administration official,
who spoke only on condition that he not
be identified, said the maneuver plans
amounted to- "a message to Syria,"
which the Soviets have armed with
missiles and hundreds of advisers. The
official said moderate Arab gover-
nments should not be alarmed.
The visit also paid off for Shamir with
a U.S. promise to resume delivery of
American-made cluster bomb artillery
shells. Delivery was suspended in July
1982 after Israeli troops stormed across
the Lebanese border to break the back
of the Palestine Liberation
Organization in the country.
Terms of the agreement reportedly
will provide guarantees against misuse
of the shells, which scramble grenade-
like explosive charges over a wide
BEFORE Shamir leaves today for
New York, he hopes to resolve differen-
ces with the administration over U.S.
military aid.
Reagan already has agreed to
provide on a grant basis all assistance
to Israel in the fiscal year that begins
next Oct. 1, but he wants to reduce the
total from this year's $1.7 billion to
around $1.3 billion.


Negligent University library patrons
who have a stack of overdue books
stashed away in their rooms can
breathe easy when they finally get
around to returning them - librarians
haven't been collecting fines all term.
Problems with the programming for

the University's newly installed com-
puterized circulation system, "Geac,"
are preventing librarians from mailing
out overdue notices. Without the
notices, fines cannot be collected from
delinquent borrowers, said Jim Cruse,
head of circulation services for the
Graduate Library.

CRUSE estimated that, based on
fines collected for the same period last
year, the Graduate Library alone has
lost almost $10,000 in fines this term.
Medical School Library officials
estimated that they are losing almost
$100 each day fines are not collected.
Figures for other libraries in the

system, including the Undergraduate,
Engineering and natural Resources
libraries, were not available.
"The new Geac system has not been
fully hooked up yet," Cruse said.
"We're taking in books as we get them.
Basically we have no idea about what is
overdue. People can have books out for
a long time. There is no record and we
are not charging people fines."
LIBRARY personnel have hesitated
to tell borrowers about the problem
because they want to keep circulation
operating smoothly.
"We tell them that they have a three-
day grace period (because we are)
trying to keep the system operating,"
said Luiz;. Simonetti, a circulation
desk worker at the Undergraduate
Library. He said if books are more
overdue than that, he tells borrowers
that the library is not taking fines "for
the moment."
Although officials say they have no
idea when the system will start
producing accurate overdue notices,
Graduate Library circulation desk
worker Bill Kopinski' says he tells
borrowers, "The notices will be fixedi
and it is possible that the system will be
working in two days."
RESERVE desk personnel at -the
Undergraduate Library have set up
their own system for keeping track of
fines to prevent students from taking
advantage of the system failure. One
student paid a $100 fine yesterday for a
reserve book he checked out more than
two weeks ago.
Reserve desk workers at the Medical
Library, however, have decided to keep
their books circulating on the honor
system. One worker, who said there

'Rare Books.
Escape from
textbook blues

University libraries, though never
particularly pleasant, become
positively repellant during finals.
Thousands of students scribbling
notes for final papers and cramming
for exams make for an atmosphere
that falls somewhat short of relaxing.
STRANGELY;, relief from the
system lies tucked within the system:
The Rare Books and Special Collec-
tions Room, located on the seventh
floor of the Graduate Library, offers
an escape for testbook-weary eyes
and dispels the sterile image of
University libraries.
Virtually unknown to most students,
the rare book room contains a wealth
of unique books, manuscripts, and
other rare objects for study and
According to Helen Butz, acting
head of the Department of Rare Books
and Special Collections, the "library
within a library" was begun at the
close of the nineteenth century,
making the University the first major
institution in the country to designate

a special place for rare books.
AT THAT time, and into the 1950s,
the stacks at the University's
libraries were off limits to faculty and
students: Patrons asked at the front
desk for their books and librarians
would search for the appropriate
Butz said the end of World War II
generated an increased interest in
education and with it an improvement
in library services - including
opening up the stacks.
Before the ribbon-cutting,
librarians combed the shelf-lists for
rare books, Butz said, snatching
primarily sixteenth century books
from the stacks.
MANY BOOKS were overlooked or
missing at the time, she said, so many
rare books today remain lodged bet-
ween the thousands of other dust-
covered volumes at the Grad.
The rare books collection has grown
considerably since it opened, and con-
tains nearly 70,000 rare volumes and
more than 300,000 manuscripts and
See LABADIE Page 5

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Luiz Simonetti (left) explains the library's reserve system to Mari Roitman in the lobby of the UGLI yesterday.

Lost time
t7 THO HALTED several of the most visible clocks at the

any one building for too long-Van der Kooy said Burton
Tower and other stopped clocks should be back in operation
today. Other central campus buildings will lose their clocks
as the work moves on-rewiring should begin soon between
West Engineering and the League. Van der Kooy said that
all of the work should be finished by the end of the term. QI
Anybody out there?

English, Samoan, French, Italian, Japanese, Malaysian,
and other languages. Then we ask them to respond." The
radio station began airing the message in response to in-
terest in the community, said Bridges. Muscatine is con-
sidered a hotbed of UFO activity, with more than 25 sitings
recorded by Abintra Inc.-, a UFO support group. "I thought
the audience would be interested in this, but I didn't realize
how many people were really interested. We've had to put
out a whole separate phone just to handle it," said Bridges. O.

Also on this date in history:
" 1970-University Cellar announced it would sell law and
medical school books in the upcoming winter term, despite
earlier plans not to stock professional school books.
.1954-The Interfraternity Council approved a plan to
purchase all fraternity food through a food-buying co-op.
" 1932-The University's Education School dean declared
that "rowdyism" among students had almost completely
disappeared since prohibition began, and came out against
proposals to repeal the ban on alcohol.




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