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PSN
By
There is no such thing
issues, said Mark Weinst
work last night as he bega
"Individuals who won't
be considered content wi
about 35 people sitting in
Room of the Michigan Uni
PSN SPONSORED the
day's attempted sit-in at
order to provide inform
violent protests.
People who commit civ
a position where they vi
destructive to human dign
laws, however, does ma
arrest.
Also speaking at the for
Hamm who was arrested
entrance to a plant in Wa

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encourages activism
SUE BARTO bine engines used in cruise missiles.
as neutrality on social and political Hamm said his commitment to the blockade of the plant
ein of the Progressive Student Net- taught him. that civil disobedience is "a very freeing thing.
n a forum on civil disobedience. "OBVIOUSLY there is a fear that you are going to be
commit themselves to an issue can thrown in jail, a fear that tends to limit one's ability to move,
th the status quo," Weinstein told act, or think," Hamm said. "But what happens is, once you
a circle of chairs in the Pendleton make a commitment you are able to step beyond the fear -
ion. "No one is neutral." you feel close to the truth, to others, and to yourself, Iguess.''
forum in conjunction with yester- During the discussion period which followed, LSA
a laboratory on North Campus in sophomore Greg Bobrowicz said he thought civil disobedien-
ation about why they stage non- ce should be used only as a last resort. "Many people won't
commit civil disobedience for fear of being put in prison for
i1 disobedience place themselves in 30 days," he added.
olate laws they consider unjust or PSN member Naomi Braine, an LSA sophomore, said that
iity, Weinstein said. Violating those the sit-in last term in Prof. Thomas Senior's radiation
ke the participants vulnerable to laboratory was definitely a last resort.
"When we did sit in we had exhausted all other channels in
rum was Ann Arbor resident Doug the University," Braine said.
last December for blockading the Weinstein said the sit-in began "a growing movement that
lled Lake which manufactures tur- has only taken root."

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PSN visits president

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MARS SAID that the group found out
about the leak to the University Wed-
nesday night, but they made the trip to
North Campus to draw attention to the
security surrounding defense depar-

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tment research.
Last November, the group pulled off
a 48-hour blockade of Electrical and
Computer. Engineering Prof. Tom
Senior's radiation laboratory.
The group had planned to shut down
the lab of Electrical and Computer
Engineering Prof. Theodore Birdsall,
who is working on
who is working on $400,000 worth of
classified and non-classified projects
for the Office of Naval Research.
PSN MEMBERS who are demanding
an end to "all military research" at the
University, first asked Shapiro to take a
stand on whether the University should
restrict non-classified research, which
makes up the majority of Pentagon-
sponsored research on campus.
Over the summer, the regents rejec-
tged 7-1 a set of guidelines that would
prohibit non-classifed research which
would "permanently incapacitate
human beings."
Shapiro said that although he was
bound to follow the regents' rejection of
the guidelines, the administration had
asked the regents to approve the
guidelines before the vote.
PSN IS trying to extend guidelines
which currently restrict classified
research projects to cover non-
classified projects as well, but Shapiro
pleaded ignorance when asked if the ex-
tension would force the University to
close down certain projects.
Later Shapiro said, "I don't have the
capacity to keep up with 8,000 or 9,000
research projects on campus."
PSN member David Buchen, an LSA
freshman, asked Shapiro if Birdsall's
projects violate the research guidelines

's office
"because of the 'direct applications' to
anti-submarine warfare.''
SHAPIRO SAID he didn't know the
details of Birdsall's research, but said
*he is satisfied it conforms to the
guidelines.
The group left the office at 11:15.
An hour-and-a-half later, four PSN
members returned to Birdsall's lab
dressed in trench coats and dark
glasses, mocking the security placed on
Birdsall's research. Birdsall stepped
out of his office to ask them to leave,
and they initially refused, but left when
Birdsall called University security of-
ficers.
. BIRDSALL, WHO calls himself "a
strong believer in a strong national
defense," denied that his research is
being used for anti-submarine warfare.
He admitted that the Department of
Defense could use his work on'ocean
circulation and the propagation of
sound underwater to improve their
tracking of submarines, but said the
connection is "indirect." -
"The work we do will help the
national defense, the Weather Service
and the fishermen, but none of the
others are willing to pay for it," he said.
He said he is sympathetic to PSN's
concerns about the nuclear arms build-
up, but said radical actions like lab sit-
ins on campus are an inappropriate
way of stopping it.
"I think they're frustrated because
they can't do anything about the
(nuclear arms race)," he said. "I think
they're totally wrong in the way they're
going about it though. I'm frustrated
too, but I don't think that has anything
to do with my work," he said.

IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Anti-tax recall attempt falls short
LANSING - Secretary of State Richard Austin ruled yesterday foes qf.
State Sen. Patrick McCollough failed to file enough valid signatures to forme
Michigan's third anti-tax recall vote.
Austin said after duplicate and flawed signatures were thrown out,,
petitions filed last Dec. 29 against the Dearborn Democrat were 716
signatures short of the 22,812 needed.
A spokesman for the Recall McCollough Committee said the decision will
be appealed.
Austin said 2,533 signatures were ruled invalid because they appeared,
more than once and another 2,963 were thrown out because the signers were,
not registered voters in the district or there were other irregularities.
At a news conference, Austin and Elections Director Chris Thomas said,
the attorney general's office is looking into allegations that there were some,
forged signatures on the petitions.
GOP picks Senate leadership
LANSING - Senate Republicans yesterday named Sen. John Engler qf
Mount Pleasant as majority leadej, the Senate's top post previously held by.;
a Democrat.
Republicans met yesterday for the first time since special elections {
Tuesday gave the GOP a 20-18 edge and control of the Senate for the first;
time in nine years.
The 18 senators, as well as two who were elected Tuesday to replace
Democrats recalled by anti-tax forces in Macomb and Oakland counties,
met to determine leadership positions.
Control of the Senate means the party will be able to control committees,
set senators' staff budgets and appoint a Senate secretary.
Democrats in the Senate also could reorganize their leadership posts. Sen.
William Faust of Westland, Democratic leader for seven years, will be for-
ced to step down as majority leader.
Lebanese civil war resumes
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Charging behind a massive mortar and rocket
barrage, Shiite Moslem militiamen overran key Lebanese army positions
yesterday on a highway entrance to Beirut. It was the first ground assault of
the civil war since Christmas.
Lebanese police said dozens of people were killed or hurt in the fighting.
Spokesman for Amal, Lebanon's largest Shiite militia, said at least one of its
fighters was killed and 25 were wounded. There was'no word on Lebanese
army casualties.
The army acknowledged the fall of St. Michael Church and two adjacent
checkpoints that control the Galerie Semaan gateway to Beirut's southern

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tacking in a bid to regain control of the area in Moslem west Beirut.
The fierce ground fighting came as the army and Syrian-backed Druse
fighters traded long-range artillery and rocket fire for a second straight day
in hills above the U.S. Marine base at Beirut's.airport.
Marine spokesman said their base was untouched by yesterday's
hostilities.
Workers ready radioactive table

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ST. LOUIS - Workers at a restaurant supply firm began loading thousan-
ds of radioactive table pedestals onto trucks yesterday so they could'be
returned to Mexico, company officials said.
David Lefkowith, vice president of Falcon Products Co. in sububan
Olivette which manufactured the pedestals, said the loading started after
the company was given the go-ahead by the U.S. Department of Transpo
tation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Lefkowith said he did not know how long it would take to load the cast iron
pieces on tractor-trailer rigs for the return trip. The company has found
17,000 contaminated pieces so far, he said, and more may be discovered.
"It's tough to load these things," he said, adding the company had to test
each piece for 30 seconds to determine if it was radioactive.
"We will keep them in a tightly secured area tonight," Lefkowith said:
"We will do everything we are required to do."
challenger prepared for launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Challenger was readied yesterday for
today's breakfast-time launch of NASA's 10th shuttle mission, called the
"Buck Rogers flight" for its test of a jet-pack to propel free-flying astronauts
across space.
Weather was "super" and the five astronauts "ready to have a good
time," officials said.
"I imagine when I go out there, the heart rate will go up a little bit, the
view will be fantastic," said mission specialist Robert Stewart.
Liftoff was scheduled for 8 a.m. EST and shuttle program manager Glynn
Lunney said of the crew: "They've been in training for some time for this
flight, they feel comfortable with it, they'll all be glad to get on orbit."
The. business end of the eight-day flight, delivery of two satellites, was to
come early in the mission, but most interest focused on next Tuesday and
Thursday when Bruce McCandless and Stewart are to strap themselves into;
chair-like "Manned Maneuvering Units" and become the first humans to flit
into space without a lifeline.

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Friday, February 3, 1984
Vol. XCIV-No. 103
(ISSN 0745-967X)
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