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link to Salvador
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, ignoring ap-
peals from the State Department, yesterday killed legislation
that would have tied continued military aid for El Salvador to
its progress on human rights and land reform.
Reagan doomed the bill through a "pocket veto" -
allowing it to languish past a midnight deadline for his
EVEN SO, White House spokesman Larry Speakes said the
admnistration was "firmly committed to the protection of
human rights, economic and political reforms, the holding of
elections and progress in prosecuting the cases of murdered
American citizens in El Salvador."
Speakes said that even without the law, the administration
would provide periodic reports to Congress on the "political,
economic and military situation in El Salvador." But he did
not say that such reports would specifically incorporate the
human rights issue.
Earlier, officials who spoke on condition they not be iden-
tified said Reagan's objections to the bill stemmed from his
opposition to congressional constraints on his authority to
conduct foreign policy and from concern that the legislation
would undercut the U.S. commitment to help El Salvador in
its fight against leftist guerrillas.
THE BILL, sent to Reagan by the Senate on Nov. 17,
Under that law, the administration certified four times
over the past tw'o years that the Salvadoran government met
the requirements for military aid. Congress has approved $64
million in military aid for El Salvador in fiscal 1984, which
began Oct. 1.
The officials said Secretary of State George Shultz favored
Reagan signirng the bill to avert a confrontation with
Congress and prevent a veto being misread in El Salvador as
a reduced U.S. commitment on human rights.
CONGRESS will not reconvene until Jan. 23, after the date
for the next scheduled certification which would have been
required in mid-January. Despite Reagan's veto, Congress
can resubmit the legislation after it returns next year.
The administration has long opposed the certification
requirement, although Reagan signed it into law two years
ago after it was attached to a foreign aid authorization bill in
Since then, administration officials have said the cer-
tification procedure has some value in pressuring the
Salvadoran government to reduce human rights violations,
but they contend the same effect could be achieved through
In the four certifications, the administration has reported
improvements in the Salvadoran government's human rights
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C to a presidential finding every six months that the record although acknowledging continued abuses. Accor-
Yesterday's snowy weather didn't stop Ann Arbor resident Mike Bosh from skateboarding. Sliding over iced leaves just Salvadoran government was making a "concerted" effort to ding to an agency of El Salvador's Catholic Church; more
made for "more tricks," he said. respect human rights, achieving progress on political and than 40,000 Salvadoran civilians have been killed since 1979,
land reforms, trying to bring to justice the killers of eight most at the hands of Salvadoran security forces or related
Americans and seeking an end to the civil war, paramilitary groups.
By GEORGEA KOVANIS dination instead of counseling, which is CULS's main CULS would be the most beneficial structure for the
A decision to transfer the duties of the Hispanic of- function. office, the task of finding a new "home" for HASSC
fice within the Coalition for the Use of Learning Skills Marino argued that it would be easier for the office began.
to a single American Culture professor has sparked a to get funding if it was not a component of the larger "We explored all kinds of avenues," said Copeland
storm of protest from the University's Hispanic center. last Wednesday, HASSC coordinators said they were
community. BUT SINCE she made her proposal, Marino says, told their office would be reorganized.
According to Yolanda Marino, coordinator of the "This office has been in limbo in a kind of a way." Instead of having two part-time coordinators and
Hispanic-American Student Services Component When the LSA Executive Committee first received three office workers, Steiner recommended that the
(HASSC), one faculty member cannot properly do the the request for the separation, Assistant LSA Dean University hire a faculty member for the Americar
work currently performed by the office's five part- Carolyn Copeland said the proposal was rejected Culture program to assume the duties the office
time staff members. because it was understood that the office did coun- currently performs.
BUT LSA officials say they are simply following seling work and that was something which CULS ALTHOUGH details on this post are still sketchy
through on HASSC's request, approved by the handles. Marino said the faculty member would be respon-
college's executive committee last April, that the of- But later, Copeland said, HASSC re-presented the sible for teaching courses about Hispanics as well as
Ui tspatic s fice be separate from CULS. proposal stressing that it was primarily concerned developing curriculum and recruiting Hispanic
Both sides agree the controversy stems from a with coordinating academic programs. Executive faculty members to campus.
proposal Marino presented to the executive commit- committee members changed their minds and According to Copeland, the decision to put a faculty
tee in February, recommending that the office be decided that it would be best for the office to be member in charge of the academic programming
severed from the learning center because much of separated from CULS.
HASSC's services involve academic program coor- ONCE BOTH sides agreed that autonomy from See CULS OFFICE, Page 5
Engineering college set to
expand computer network
By THOMAS MILLER
An agreement between the College of
Engineering and two major computer
manufacturers could put microcom-
puters on every engineering student's
desk within a few years, officials in the
Plans currently call for the college to
pay Apple Computers, Inc. and Apollo
Computer between $4 million and $7
million to provide approximately 1,000
computers over the next two years.
THE NEW system, which has been
operating since the beginning of the
term, already had computer terminals
located in East Engineering Building,
the Chrysler Center, and the Dow
Building. The million-dollar expansion,
to be formally announced at a press
conference tomorrow, marks the
college's plan to make the computer
network the most sophisticated univer-
sity system in the nation.
Future expansions may provide each
engineering student with a microcom-
puter, engineering Dean James Duder-
Students in the college currently pay
$100 each term to help finance the new
system. Duderstadt said he does not
foresee an increase in that fee.
AS THE system grows, officials said,
students may eventually be offered the
option to buy a computer.
However, aerospace Prof. Richard
Phillips, who is directing the project,
said such plans are still a long way off.
"It's still too early to tell what the
long term plans will be," he said.
"We're just starting, but we'll be rapidly
heading towards a computer in every
room in a year and a half to two years.
It's something that we'll just have to
wait and see with."
According to Phillips, the current
market value of the equipment the
college plans to buy will be almost $8
million. Discounts will significantly
reduce the purchase price, he said.
"WHEN YOU COMMIT yourself to
spend $2 million to $3.5 million with
each company, they're going to be
willing to give you a discount," he said.
Phillips said current plans to buy
1,000 computers from the firms over the
next two years may change as prices
"Exactly what we'll be able to buy a
year from now is hard to say," he said.
FUNDS FOR the new system will
come from several sources, officials
said. Part of the tab-about $1.1 million
per year-will be covered by the $100
per term student fee. The balance will
come from the University's general
fund, private donations, and loans.
Phillips said the college's Computer
Policies Committee chose Apple and
Apollo to supply the new system. He
said a number of firms were in-
vestigated prior to the decision, in-
IBM was rejected, he said, because
company policies inhibited planning for
"In order to plan down the road, we
had to be able to look at what the com-
pany had planned for the future,"
Phillips said: "But IBM refused to let us do
By CLAUDIA GREEN
At 6:30 a.m. today, nine people from
Ann Arbor will risk arrest when they
blockade the entrance of a Walled Lake
company that manufactures cruise
These members of an Ann Arbor af-
finity gro'up, a support group for the
protestors, will face charges of
trespassing, violating a court injun-
ction that makes it illegal to block traf-
fic flowing in or out of the gate, and
conspiring to commit a misdemeanor.
THE ANN ARBOR group will be the
fourth this week to blockade the
Williams International Corporation and
its members may join the 26 people that
have already been arrested this week.
Affinity group member Maria Ringo,
an LSA junior, said that 20 protesters
See CITY, Page 3
Decisions, decisions Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
LSA Dean Peter Steiner tells a Campus Meet the Press audience that student
input in University decisions is important, but that a voting student position
should not be created on the LSA Executive Committee. See story, page 3.
Pull the plug
SOME OF AL Copeland's neighbors think he takes the
Christmas spirit a little too far, so they've asked local
officials to pull the plug on the yearly light show on his
house and front lawn in Metairie, La. More than 130 neigh-
bors have signed a petition asking the parish council to do
THE CABBAGE Patch saga continues. Visions of Cab-
bage Patch dolls raining from the skies sent two dozen
people in Milwaukee scurrying to a stadium in near-
freezing temperatures after two radio announcers jokingly
said the scarce Christmas items would be dropped by a B-29
bomber. Bob Reitman and Gene Mueller said on their
WKTI-FM show Tuesday morning that buyers should head
for Milwaukee County stadium at 3 p.m., bringing catcher's
heard it on the radio I thought "far out," he said. "I thought
some rich guy wanted to give them away. It's not that far-
fetched. It could be possible that somebody could do it for a
publicity stunt." Near riots and injuries have been reported
in several places as shoppers waited hours in line only to
find the dolls sold out.
" 1973 - In an apparent attempt to boost sagging
enrollment, the English department announced changes in
its concentration program for the fall term that would allow
students to specialize in their field of interest.j
" 1976 - South Quad, West Quad, and the Michigan Union
were among several University buildings plunged into
darkness at about 6:45 p.m. when a sudden power black-out
hit a two-block area west of central campus for upwards of
" 1978 - Former University student Bob Higgins filed suit
against the University regents for $885,000 because the