The Michigan Daily - Saturday, April 7, 1984 - Page 5
Sikhs threaten to kill
Indira Gandhi's son
NEW DELHI, India (UPI) - Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi appealed
yesterday for an end to violence in the
northern state of Punjab, following a
threat by militant Sikhs to assassinate
In a nationwide radio broadcast on
the eve of a 3-day trip to the Middle
East, Gandhi said she was cancelling
her visits to Egypt and Algeria so that
she could deal with the recent rioting in
Punjab. She still intends to visit Libya
"THE LAST few days have been days
of agony for me and for all people who
have the good of our motherland at
heart," Gandhi said of the clashes bet-
ween Sikh and Hindu militants that
have left at least 126 people deat since
"It is time for all right-thinking
people to help the government in put-
ting down the individual terrorism in-
dulged in by a handful of people," she
"It was ironic that a valiant son of In-
dia should soar into space, symbolizing
India's upward aspirations, while a few
others should prowl the streets on mur-
derous sprees," she said, referring to
India's first astronaut, Rakesh Shar-
ma, who joined a Soviet crew on an
peight-day space flight.
GANDHI's address came as the
militant Sikh group - Dashmesh
Regiment - threatened to kill her only
surviving son and political heir Rajiv,
The group, which grew out of a
movement launched in 1982 by
moderate Sikhs to secure greater
political, economic and religious
autonomy in Punjab, had earlier
claimed responsibility for killing a Hin-
du lawmaker, a Hindu politician and a
moderate Sikh leader.
"Indira Gandhi has taken the lives of
many of our people. Hundreds of Sikh
mothers have lost their sons. We will
not spare...Rajiv Gandhi," said a letter
to the Indian Express, the largest cir-
culation daily, written in Gurmukhi, the
language of the Sikhs.
"So that she will realize the impor-
tance of a son, he will have to give his
life on April 13," said an excerpt of the
letter published in the newspaper. April
13 is the date of Sikh spring festival.
A Home Ministry spokesman said
police have beefed up security for
Rajiv, who is a member of Parliament
and the ruling Congress-I Party general
He has been considered Gandhi's heir
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Protest organizer Andrew Boyd, a former student, distributes protest handbills to LS&A freshman Gail Lotenberg at
the start of the protest ob the diag yesterday.
Casses prevail over code picket
(Continued from Page 1)
In February, University President
Harold Shapiro sent a letter to regents
stating that the section of bylaw 7.02
which requires MSA and Faculty
Senate approval on such a policy may
2eed to be abolished in order for th'e code
AS HAS already voted down the
most recent draft of the proposed code
and has been a strong opponent of the
guidelines. Several regents, however,
have said that they would be willing to
amend bylaw 7.02 in order to adopt the
No Code members say amending the
bylaw would unfairly exclude student
participation. But some students say
rejecting the code completely is not an
ective way to voice opposition.
"The problem is people are always
too stubborn," said LSA junior Lee
Walzer who was blocked by No Code
members yesterday while walking to
class. "I admit there are parts of the
code that are not legally perfect, but
neonnle are iust saving 'No."'''
"THE REGENTS are just going to
ram it down (students) throats," he ad-
After talking with demonstrators
yesterday, however, Walzer said he
better understood the group's specific
objections to the code.
"You really ought to make your
position more clear," Walzer advised a
No Code member, adding that he would
still support some type of code to
govern students behavior outside of
THE LACK of participation in the
class boycott didn't dampen picketers'
spirits. LSA junior Molly Adams, who
picketed near the entrance of the CC
Little Building, said it was important
just to make students more aware'of
Adams also said that although
students went to class they do not
necessarily support the code. "There
are a lot of pressures for going to
class," Adams said. "We understand
that, and we don't want people to get
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A man bled
to death on a tavern floor while others
continued playing pool a few yards
away, and none of the 75 people who
were in the bar will talk about the mur-
der, police said yesterday.
"If anybody knows anything - and
I'm sure somebody does - he hasn't
come forward yet," said Sgt. David
Moments before the stabbing, Mar-
tin's Drive Inn was crowded, but few
patrons remained when officers
arrived late Tuesday to find James Ar-
thur Teague bleeding from multiple
stab wounds, police said.
Teague, 27, was stabbed in the neck,
face, shoulder and chest with a knife
with a 3-and-a-half inch blade, said Dr.
Robert Bayardo, Travis County
medical examiner. He died within five
Despite so many potential witnesses,
penalized for not going to class."
But Adams had some criticism for
. "STUDENTS should know that their
apathy is allowing the code to be
Statistics Prof. Ed Rothman said at-
tendance was normal yesterday citing
academic pressure as the reason.
Some teaching assistants also showed
their support of No Code, by cancelling
their classes yesterdayd'amorning.
Thursday night, the Graduate Em-
ployees Organization voted to reject the
proposed code, and encouraged all
members of the campus community to
respect the picket.
According to GEO steering commit-
tee spokesperson Gene Goldenfeld,
many TAs followed suit.
"I know of many TAs who either can-
celled their classes, changed their of-
fice hours or took votes in their classes
and ended up dismissing them,"
police said they have neither suspects
nor a motive.
"Usually, when they have that many
people, somebody sooner or later will
talk to us," Lt. Robert Wisian said.
He described Martin's as "just a
typical bar and poolroom type deal.
There's worse ones in town and there
sure are a lot better ones."
Officers arrived at the tavern after
receiving a call 4out an injury, but
said it was not known who made the call
or where it came from.
Deborah Ledesma was the first of-
ficer to arrive. Emergency Medical
Service personnel were working on
Teague's wounds when she reached the
tavern about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.
According to reports, she saw several
people standing around a pool table and
asked what had happened. They all said
they had seen nothing and continued
MSU increases hous
EAST LANSING, Mich. (UPI) - The
Michigan State University Board of
Trustees approved a $120 per term in-
crease yesterday in the school's basic
room and board rate.
The board also agreed to discuss at a
special meeting next Saturday the
possibility of hiring an outside con-
sultant to advise on the search for a new
president. The consultant could cost
$15,000 or more.
THE 2.6 percent room rate increase
Robert Fennell, 49, manager of Mar-
tin's, said the regulars who gather
there are "a loud crowd" who often get
rowdy, but also characterized them as
"good people who like to come in here
after a hard day's work, drink a little
beer and shoot a little pool."
According to police records, officers
have answered 151 calls at the tavern in
the past 12 months.
Teague was the second pefson to die
in the bar in six months. Louis
Blakemore was shot Sept. 16 by a man
armed with a .375-caliber revolver.
"Let's face it, we have a reputation
with the police and I can understand
their concern," Fennell said. "If I
didn't run the bar and know everybody
who comes in here, I'd day 'What ...
are those people trying to do to each
Fennell said business had been brisk
raises the charge to $804 per term effec-
tive with the 1984 fall term. It was
described as one of the lowest hikes in
the Big Ten.
"We anticipate operating costs to in-
crease by approimately 6 percent
during the next fiscal year," said Roger
Wilkinson, associate vice president for
business and finance.
"However, we are able to minimize
the rate adjustments because of an-
ticipated occupancy levels and a slight
reduction allocated for deferred main-
TRUSTEES Barbara Sawyer, Carole
Lick, Thomas Reed and Patrick Wilson,
all members of presidential search
liason committee, suggested that the
board consider hiring the Washington,
- appeals for end to violence
apparent since the death of his brother
Sanjay in an air crash in 1980.
In Punjab, more than 50,000 police
and paramilitary forces, ordered to
shoot lawbreakers "on sight," patrolled
the streets of five cities which have
been under curfew.
D.C.-based Presidential Search
Assessment Services to aid in the sear-
ch for someone to replace outgoing
President Cecil Mackey.
Some trustees repeated concerns
about maintaining confidentiality in the
But Trustee Peter Fletcher, a
frequent dissenter, told colleagues they
should not disclose confidential infor-
mation to him because of his "deep
philosophical beliefs that government
should be open."
In other action, MSU announced that
private financial support through the
school's development program has in-
creased 36 percent. A total of $16.2
million was raised in 1982-83, up from
$11.9 million the previous year.
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Violence lessens in Vegas strike
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI) Unions ignored a court order to
reduce the number of pickets outside on the Las Vegas Strip
yesterday and strikers tried to stop thousands of tourists
using cut-rate deals from entering the hotel-casinos for a
weekend of gambling.
The casinos were filled to capacity.
gOLICE SAID there had been no arrests since early
rning yesterday, perhaps because of a rainfall which hit
the city. No violence - was reported since the predawn
hours, compared to the brawls that broke out on picket lines
earlier in the week. At least 142 people have been arrested in
the walkout and a number of injuries reported.
The strikers, wearing rain coats and carrying umbrellas,
paraded on the Strip and in front of downtown casinos in full
force despite a court order limiting the number of pickets
permitted to cross driveways and entrance ways.
District Judge Charles Thompson empowered police to
arrest anyone who disobeyed the order, but the task of
1ving at least 15,000 pickets with legal papers made it
ficult to determine when or if any arrests would be made.
ONLY ONE brief negotiating session has been held since
the walkout began early Monday. The strikers including
waiters, cooks, musicians, stagehands and bellhops, are
seeking an 8 percent wage hike and fringe benefits.
A number of resorts earlier in the week signed independent
contracts with the unions and were not affected by the strike.
Executives of major hotels such as the MGM Grand, Union
Plaza, Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Hilton, and Caesars
Palace Friday reported 100 percent room bookings this
weekend despite inconviences to guests.
MOST STRUCK resorts have cut their rates by 30 to 50
percent for guests who must change their own linen and wait
in buffet lines for food service.
Chain hotel owners imported workers from out of state to
replace strikers, hired more than 1,500 non-union people,
assigned showgirls to serve drinks to highrollers and put off-
duty casino dealers to work cleaning rooms.
Union leaders contend the rich gambling empires,
especially those owned by corporations, are determined to
break the unions.
State gaming agents said Friday casino play was normal
or "better than normal'' for this time of year. Eastern,
Western and Frontier Airlines - major carriers for Nevada
tourists - reported no cancellations yesterday.
Nevada Gov. Richard Bryan and entertainer Danny
Thomas refused to attend a function at the MGM Grand Hotel
Thursday night because of pickets.
"The only way this matter is going to be resolved is for the
parties to sit down and discuss their differences," the
governor said. "Until this occurs there can be no resolution."
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