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Ninety-four Years
Editorial Freedom


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morning with sunshine breaking
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near 30 degrees.

oI. XCIV-No. 99 Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Sunday, January 29, 1984 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages

Altman'sfilm rolls

on Martha Cook

The bright lights of Hollywood invaded the
Victorian, serene atmosphere of Martha Cook
this week when filmmaker Robert Altman tur-
ned the dormitory into a movie set.
For some residents the transformation from
dorm to Hollywood soundstage was a welcome
break from daily routine. But for others, the
movie cameras were more of an inconvenience
than a novelty.
WITH STRICT rules to be "quiet on the set,"
Altman's filming of Secret Honor: The Last
Testament of Richard M. Nixon, had Martha
Cook residents tip-toeing around their own

The male members of the film crew also took
a little getting used to for the 153 female
residents in Martha cook - and was a cause of
embarrassment for a few students.
"I was the one that got caught in my
bathrobe doing my laundry," says Cook
resident Janice Hall, a senior in engineering.
BUT "IT'S worth the hassle," she says. "It's
real neat to have been chosen for the movie."
The subject of Altman's movie was a big
mystery to some residents.
"I thought they were making a movie about
us," says Erica Danos, an LSA junior.

BUT THE ONLY reason Altman and com-
pany set up camp at Martha Cook is to use its
presidential-looking Red Room.
Altman, who has directed such well-known
films as M*A*S*H, Nashville, and Popeye, had
to get special permission to use the University
building. Building director Rosalie Moore was
enthusiastic about the project despite warnings
from Altman that residents would have to
comply with certain restrictions.
"It hasn't been any worse than I expected,"
Moore says. "Lots of equipment and people,
but that's about it."
ALTMAN WON the hearts of Cook residents

when he attended a dinner held in his honor the
week before filming began.
"He spoke to the residents and explained
exactly what he would be doing and what would
be involved," Moore says. "We had the biggest
crowd yet in the dining room that night."
Yet for some students the excitement
doesn't compensate for the disruption.
"They're in the Red Room and now we can't
use the lounge freely - it makes me mad
because I used to go in there to study," says one
resident who asked not to be identified.
THE CREW, however, has been accom-
modating for the most part, Moore says.
Filming stopped early one evening to allow a

scheduled piano recital to take place.
The movie, which is scheduled to be com-
pleted tomorrow, also marks the first time
Altman has used college students on a film
project. Ann Arbor "offers a really good
laboratory, a place to do things," Altman says.
He worked out a deal with the communication
department that allows him to film on campus
in exchange for coaching 23 students on movie
He originally requested ten students work on
the production crew, but Altman 'finds it very
hard to say no. He wants to be accessible to
students," says Lelahni Wessinger, a graduate
See TAKE, Page 2

sinks in
M ideast,
ro says
Renewing negotiations in the Middle
East will be extremely difficult because
the United {State's credibility in the
region has dropped to such a low point,
said a former ambassador to Egypt
"I worry very much that perhaps the
optimal time for (negotiations) is
already over," he said.
"The shelf life of a peace process is
very short," said Prof. Hermann Eilts,
from Boston University, one of two
speakers yesterday during the second
day of a University conference on the
Middle East.
EILTS TOLD the sometimes tense
audience of more than 40 in Rackham
Ampitheatre that the continued presen-
ce of both Syrian troops and U.S.
Marines in Beiruit makes it unlikely
that an accord can be reached in the
near future.
Although the 1980 Camp David
agreement between Egypt and Israel
was a significant step towards peace,
more progress can't be made without
}President Reagan's direct involvement
in negotiations, Eilts said. And
achieving peace "is a low priority," for
Reagan, Eilts said.
Former P resident Jimmy Carter
relied on briefing books a foot tall,
during the Camp David talks,
but "Reagan depends (only) on
memos," he said.
yesterday at the conference, sponsored
by the Center for Near Eastern and
North African Studies, U.S. State
Department Official Philip Wilcox
warned that pulling the Marines out of
Beirut would allow terrorists to "feel
Wilcox stressed, however, that the
Reagan administration does not want to
keep Marines in Lebanon for any longer
than is necessary.
"Our objective is to bring (Marines)
home just as quickly as we can,"
Wilcox said. But he added that it is un-
clear when that would be possible.
IN THE PAST 18 months, Reagan's
"peace through strength policy," has
brought some promising results, ac-
cording to Wilcox. Wilcox cited Israel's
agreement to withdraw its troops from
Lebanon and the reduction of the PLO'S
power in the Mideast.
One of the strongest threats to peace
in the Mideast, said Wilcox, is Syria's
refusal to pull its forces out of Lebanon.
Syria is "acquiesing in terrorism,"
Wilcox said.
After the speeches, two members of.
the audience stood up to denounce then
presence of U.S. Marines in Beirut an&
called for immediate negotiations bet-
ween the U.S. and the PLO.

Illini shatter

Special to the Daily
CHAMPAIGN - All season long
Michigan has had trouble putting
together 40 good minutes of basketball.
The Wolverines didn't have that
problem at Illinois yesterday.
Unfortunately for them, the contest
staggered through 60 minutes and four
overtimes, with the Illini finally putting
Michigan to rest, 75-66.
THE EXHAUSTING struggle, the
first quadfuple overtime in history for
Michigan, left players, coaches, and
15,952 onlookers feeling as if they had
participated in two games instead of
the customary one.
"We played for two games out there,
giving it our all," said center Tim Mc-
Cormick, who pounded the Assembly
Hall hardwood for 55 minutes.
"If we had played the first 40
(minutes) like we played the last 40,
we'd have probably won," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder, who saw
his team fall to 12-6, 4-4 in the Big Ten.
ILLINOIS forward Efrem Winters,
who scored 23 points in 55 minutes
probably spoke for all the players when
he said, "I prefer the 40 minute game."
The contest came to its long-overdue
conclusion in the fourth overtime as
Illinois outscored Michigan, 11-2. Quinn

Richardson's 18-foot jumper followed
by a pair of free throws by Winters
were all the points the Illini needed..
Roy Tarpley nailed a jumper to pull
Michigan to. within two, but Illinois,
sank seven free throws to put the two-'
hour and 43-minute battle in the histgry:
".WE HAD our chances," said;
Frieder. "We always seem to be
struggling from behind. We never had
the ball with the lead."
Michigan led only once the entire,
game, in fact, 48-46 in the first overtime
period. Time after time, the Wolverines
battled from behind, answering the bell
six times before the final knockout
"You get tired. after the game," said
Michigan guard Dan Pelekoudas. "But
every time the buzzer sounds you're
ready to go."
THE WOLVERINES were not ready
for the first half, though, as Illinois
raced out to a 27-16 halftime lead.
But Eric Turner keyed a second-half
comeback by connecting on two long
bombs with four minutes to play. The
score stayed knotted at 46, as both
teams missed opportunites to score.
Turner, who finished with 19 points,
See CAGERS, page 8

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Pompon pizzazz
Sixty-two women shook, shimmied, and smiled on the Crisler Arena floor last night, as they vied for 10 spots and one
alternate on the Michigan pompon squad. The winners will cheer for the football team this fall.
Two and screw': free
ride for ROTC cadets

"Two and screw" is what they call it:
ROTC cadets come to the University for
two years of free tuition, and then drop
out just before they have to commit
themselves to six more years with the
As long as the student decides before
their junior year, there is no penalty for
leaving, beyond two years of very short
hair cuts and many hours of shoe
ACCORDING TO Robert Schellen-
berger, who heads the ROTC Air Force
branch on campus, only 25 percent of
the freshperson Air force cadets stay in
the program through their senior year.
Schellenberger said he does not think
many of the cadets join with the inten-
tion of leaving after two free years, but
added, "There's been a small number
of people who I feel in my heart are in it
just for the money."
Lowell Stouder, an LSA freshman on
a Navy scholarship, is one of those who
originally came to school with "two and
screw" in mind.
"AT FIRST that's what I planned to
do, just take the money and run," he
said. "Now I'm really looking at the
program and I'm seeing what they

'There's been a small number of people
who I feel in my heart are in it just for the


- Colonel Robert Schellenberger.

But enough cadets have chosen to
leave ROTC after the two years to
prompt Congress to take action against
the practice. Under a law that takes ef-
fect next fall, the 315 University cadets
on scholarship will have to commit
themselves after their freshman year
instead of their sophomore year.
"I think Congress decided that it would
be more efficient and more economic to
force our young people to commit one
year earlier," said Colonel Robert
Coulter, commander of the Navy ROTC
on campus.
THE ARMY has worked under the
new program since last fall, and so far
no freshpersons have dropped out of the
program, according to Lt. Colonel John
Court, who heads the Army ROTC
But some are concerned that the

reduced grace period may not give
students enough time to decide if they
want to commit themselves to four
post-college years.
"I really wish they had kept the two-
year program, I think it is really young
in life to know if you want a military
career," said Eric Nelson, an LSA
freshman in the Air Force branch.
But Nelson added that he knew few
people who were upset solely because a
cadet's chance for two free years of
tuition had been reduced to "one and
run," as he put it.
"I'm sure that some came into the
program with the idea of 'two and
screw,' (but) I'm sure that most of
them have changed their minds," he
said. "I just haven't met anybody yet
that has a negative attitude about
what's going on."

Keep guessingtAP Photo
President Reagan teases reporters yesterday by holding up a copy of the
speech he will give tonight on television. The speech will reveal
whether or not Reagan plans on seeking re-election.


T HE WEDDING GUESTS included drug
suspects, the social coordinator was
a narcotics agent, the justice of the
peace was a police chief, and 52 officers crashed
the party. The unsuspecting bride and groom, the
ceremony last Friday night in Narragansett, R.I. was truly
unforgetable-a sting operation set up by state and local
police which led to 30 arrests. Narragansett Police qapt.

wedding day approaching, officers came up with the idea of
arresting everyone at the ceremony. Sylvia told the couple
he had a friend who could get bargain rates at the Dutch Inn
for the wedding and honeymoon. They gladly accepted.
The undercover officer also drew up the guest list and of-
fered to find a justice of the peace-Middletown Police
Chief Robert Gibson. The night of the wedding, some of-
ficers hid in motel rooms while others waited in a nearby
school bus until Gibson finished the six-minute ceremony,
then barged into the room. Although 30 suspects were in-
vited to the wedding, only nine people were taken into
riictnris nia the seon. In the end. the newlv weds weren't

sistently calls each hooky-player's home three times a day,
and a taped message alerts whoever answers that there's a
truancy in the family. Teachers have nicknamed the high-
tech tattle-tale "Big Mac" and say it's working. Since the
computer went on duty at the start of classes this year, at-
tendance has climbed from about 87 percent a year ago to
about 96 percent, assistant principal Roseanne Belsito said
Monday. "The kids call it Big Mouth," she said. "We hear
them in the halls saying 'Big Mouth is going to get you.'.
They know it works." But no method is fool-proof, said
Belsito. "We don't know that it's a parent who has an-
swered." And lest it be branded as only a hearer of had

accepted without a bachelor's degree from an accredited
Also on this date in history:
S1968-A top faculty committee recommended that the
regents abolish all regulations governing student owner-
ship and use of motorized vehicles.
" 1970-A Student Government Council member disclosed
a plan for an escalated drive for increased minority group
admissions and financial aid.
* 1976-A University student filed a suit against the
Michigan Student Assembly demanding immediate im-
plementation of voluntary funding. El




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