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September 27, 1984 - Image 3

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_U' professors speak on

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 27, 1984 - Page 3

Two University professors shared their impressions of
Nicaragua's economy with a group of 35 students and faculty
members at the Guild House yesterday, highlighting recent
visits to the war-torn country.
Sociology Prof. Jeffery Paige and Biological Sciences Prof.
John Vandermeer said life for most Nicaraguans is one
without basic necessities and supplies for teaching and far-
THEIR SPEECH was sponsored by the University's chap-
ter of the Faculty for Human Rights in El-Salvador-Central
America, a group organized four years ago to protest
academic oppression in Nicaragua.
Paige said he traveled to Nicaragua last summer to study
the social progression of the post-revolution government.
"The economic crisis has really progressed," he said, adding
the United States has largely contributed to that crisis.
The Nicaraguan government is diverting a large amount of
U.S. economic aid, including trucks and other basic goods,
into its war effort, Paige said. The diversion of economic aid
has become a "total effort," he added.
"THE SITUATION for manufactured goods is even wor-
se," Paige said. The Nicaraguan black market flourishes
with scarce goods shipped to the country from the U.S. such
as vaccines that are sold at 100 percent profit, he said, adding
that "cooking gas was literally unattainable."
"Consequences could be quite serious in the future if these
trends continue," Paige told the crowd.
Vandermeer agreed with Paige, adding that problems in
Nicaragua are both academic and agricultural. Vandermeer
spent last February and March in Central America as a
foreign adviser to Nicaragua's Ministry of Agriculture.
VANDERMEER, who said his perspective differed from
Paige's because he worked within the revolutionary gover-
nment, told the group instructors in schools and universities
struggle to keep classrooms open.
The University of Nicaragua has been closed and nearly






"The things that get to you in
trying to work there are the
vast material shortages."
-Biology Prof.
John Vandermeer
2,000 members of the country's academic community have
been murdered, according to other members of the human
rights group at yesterday's speech. Vandermeer added there
are very few professors and, in some cases, students are
teaching classes they had the previous semester.
Material shortages have "recently become critical" and
there is a lack of pens, pencils, and paper, Vandermeer said.
VANDERMEER, a member of an academic group with
volunteer cooperative status in Central America, said he
became frustrated in trying to aid people when they were
missing basic tools.
"The things that get to you in trying to work there are the
vast material shortages," he said.
Shortages carry over into the agricultural sector as well.
"The assistance I'm trying to give is often short-circuited"
because of the lack of trucks and other farm equipment,
Vandermeer said.
The faculty group on human rights held the meeting to
publicize a national day of protest of U.S. involvement in
Nicaragua and an upcoming advertisement in the New York
Times asking professors across the country to unite. Both
events are planned for Oct. 24.

Officers of the Michigan Union's
University Club bar will probabr
acknowledge the violation the ba
received from the State Liquor Coni-
mission almost two weeks ago, a U-
Club officer said yesterday.
The officers will explain why the bar
violated its special "club license" by
serving a drink to a liquor control of-.
ficer who was not a member of the club
on July 18, said Education Prof..
Charles Lehmann, a member of tle
club's governing board.
THE U-CLUB'S special licens~e
allows it to sell drinks only to members
of the club - staff, students, and alum-
ni. Members may also purchase drinks
for guests.
The incident occurred because the U-
Club was not carefully monitoring who
was admitted into the bar and who was
allowed to buy alcohol, Lehmann said.
In an effort to keep non-members out
of the U-Club, he added, the bar will
post "members only" signs and coi-
tinue strict checks on membership
U-Club officers met yesterday with
liquor control officials and union direc-
tor Frank Cianiola said the meeting
was "cordial and informal." Lehmann
added that the liquor control officials
did not give any hint as to what
punishment the U-Club might receive
for violating its license.

Associated Press

Sociology Prof. Jeffery Paige tells a group at Guild House yesterday about
his trip to Central America.

Holiday leaves some lonely
(Continued from Page 1)
The conflict between attending ser- set aside time for it."
vices and attending classes can be a dif- The Jewish high holy days culminat
fidult one. students said. The Univer- on Oct 6 with Yom Kin ur the of


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sity, as a rule, does not cancel classes
ton Rosh Hashanah.
"I'm going to feel guilty because I'm
not able to miss my classes," says
Rosen. "I'd fall too far behind."
BUT Levin said the holiday is im-
portant, it is "like anything else that's
important. You make it a priority. You

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Atonement, a day of fasting and ser-
"The reason behind the fast is to
devote your whole mind and body to the
day," says Levin.
"It gets you thinking about your sins,
and if God will forgive them," adds
Rosen. "But He does. Supposedly."

Robert Altman's Qm, Secret ionor, makes its world premiere tonight at 7
and 9 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. Philip Baker Hall stars in this film
adaptation of the one-man play about the final days of Richard Nixon's
presidency. The movie was filmed on campus in Martha Cook residence hall.
AAFC/Cinema Guild/Cinema 2-Berlin Alexanderplatz, parts 12, 13, and
epilogue, 7 p.m..Lorch.
BFS-Fighting for the Obvious, E. Quad Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. plus
Women's Voices: The Gender Gap Movie.
AAFC - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aud. A, 7:00 and 9:00.
Mediatrics-The Wild One, 7:30 p.m. On the Waterfront, 9:00 p.m. Nat. Sci.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre-"Key Exchange" 8 p.m., AACT Building on the
corner of Main and William.
Ark-Trapezoid, 8 p.m., 6371/ S. Main.
UAC-Soundstage, 9 p.m., U-Club.
English Department-Gerald MacLean, "Fantasies of Power: A Defense
of Literary History," 7:30 p.m. Rackham West Conference Room.
Center for Western European Studies, Dr. Kurt Klotzbach, Friederich
- Ebert Stiftung: "The S.P.D. since 1945" and "The Work of Friedrich Stif-
tung" noon, 5208 Angell Hall.
United Campuses to Prevent Nuclear War-Phil Antweiler, 7:30 p.m.
Room 126, East Quad.
Friends of the Ann Arbor Public Library-Forrest Alter, "Through Russia
and Siberia to Mongolia," 7:30 p.m. meeting room, main library.
Computing Center-CC Consulting Staff, Chalk Talk: File Editing Com-
mands, 12:10-1 p.m., 1011 NUBS.
Computing Center - Bob Brill, CC staff, "Intro to Taxir, Part II," 177 Bus.
Ad. 3:30-5 p.m.
Department of Chemistry-Dr. Isao Noda, Physical Chemistry Seminar
:_ "Dynamic Infra-Red Linear Dichroism Spectroscopy of Polymers Under
Oscillatory Deformation," 4 p.m. 1200 Chem.
Department of Geological Sciences-J. Liu, "Chemical and Mineral Com-
positions of the Mantle," 4 p.m., 4001 C.C. Little Building.
Department of Classical Studies and History-Prof. Erich Gruen,
"Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Roman Anxieties," 4 p.m. 2009 Angell Hall.
Center for Japanese Studies-Vladimir Pucik-"White Collar Human
Resource Management in Japan," noon, Lane Hall Commons Room.
Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Statistical Association-Dr. Colm
-O'Muircheartaigh, "Components of Total Variance for Survey Data," 8
f'p.m., Wolverine Room, Assembly Hall, Business School.
Biological Sciences- Robert Erickson, "An Overview of Mammalian
'Developmental Genetics," noon, 1139 Nat. Sci.
Microcomputer Education Center - Intro to Macintosh Personal Computer,
1 p.m., 3014 SEB.
Opthamology - Takatoshi Nagai, "Synaptic Transmissions in the Elec-
'troceptor of the Catfish," 12:15 p.m., 2055 MHRI.
. University Arts Chorale-3 p.m. Aud A, Angell Hall.
Center for Eating Disorders-Support Groups, 7 p.m., First United
Methodist Church.
Sailing Club-7:45, 311 West Engineering.
UAC-Impact Auditions, 6:30 p.m. Anderson Room, Union; Comedy Co.
auditions, 7 p.m. UAC Back Room.
Student Wood and Craft Shop - Advanced power tool safety class, 6 p.m.,
537 SAB.

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