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Ninety-five Years
Editorial Freedom


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Morning clouds move out
bringing afternoon sunshine and
a high near 55 degrees.

Vol. XCV, No. 48 Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan- Wednesday, October31, 1984 Fifteen Cents Ten Pages


OPEC agrees
on 9 percent
production cut

GENEVA, Switzerland - OPEC's 13
oil ministers tentatively agreed yester-
day to share a temporary production
cut of 1.5 million barrels a day in a bid
to bolster sagging world oil prices and
prevent a global price war.
Indonesian Oil Minister Subroto,
OPEC's acting president, said the
production rollback would take effect
Thursday and that "everybody will
take part in the production cut."
THE AGREEMENT was reached af-
ter a three-hour bargaining session at
the Organization of Petroleum Expor-
ting Countries' emergency summit in
"The conference has decided to
reduce the production ceiling of 17.5
million barrels a day by 1.5 million
barrels a day, effective Nov. 1,"
Subroto said.
OPEC still had not begun to tackle the
thorny issue of price differentials, or
how much members can charge for
various qualities of crude oil.
THE INDONESIAN oil minister said
the 9 percent production cutback is ex-
pected to last two months until rising
winter demands helps erase the world
oil surplus and shore up oil prices.
Earlier in the day OPEC officials said

there was bitter wrangling over how to
parcel but the production cut among the
oil cartel's 13 member nations.
A PERSIAN Gulf delegate said an
atmosphere of "suspicion" prevailed at
the crisis talks with some producers
worried that other members would
violate their reduced output quotas.
Earlier, Nigeria had said it would not
participate in the production cut. But
Subroto told reporters at the end of the
closed-door talks that "everybody will
participate in the production cuts." He
declined to say by how much each
nation would reduce its quota.
Sources said OPEC had considered a
compromise plan under which Saudi
Arabia, the group's largest producer,
would bear the brunt of the output cut.
The rest would be absorbed by several
of OPEC's richer members.
MANY ANALYSTS were skeptical
about OPEC's decision to lower its
production to 16 million barrels a day
since they estimate the cartel already
is producing at that level.
Some observers believe OPEC, which
claims its output is close to 18 million
barrels a day, is trying to bluff on a
production drop until rising winter oil
demand salvages prices.


Leaf me alone
A University employee steers clear of a student as he cleans up the debris of fall on the Diag yesterday.

MSA to
decide on

The Michigan Student Assembly voted
last night to table discussion on a
referendum asking the University
to stockpile cyanide pills until the
national elections have passed.
The referendum, similar to the one
passed at Brown University in Rhode
Island two weeksa ago, reads:
"WE, THE students of the University
of Michigan, request that the Univer-
sity of Michigan Health Services stock-
pile suicide pills for optional student

use exclusively in the event of nuclear
"This proposal is intended to provoke
serious thought and discussion of the
urgent need to put a halt to the arms
race. We believe that nuclear war
threatens thinking of life in terms of the
future and has the effect of negating
The assembly agreed to wait until af-
ter the elections so students could pay
more attention to the issue.
See 'U', Page 3

Top educator lauds liberal arts

The mastery of language is the key
ingredient to an educated person as
well as a "distinctly human" power
needed for effective communication
between cultures, said Dr. Ernest
Boyer yesterday afternoon at the
Michigan Union Ballroom.
"Language is the centerpiece of lear-
ning; its mastery is a task that is never
completed," said Boyer, president of
the Carnegie Foundation for the Ad-
vancement of Teaching. "Language,
including music, dance, and the visual
arts, (defines) civilization by the
breadth of the symbol system used," he
NEARLY 300 students and faculty
members turned out yesterday to hear
Boyer, voted top educator in a national
survey of his peers, speak on the value
of a true liberal arts education in
America's schools today.
Boyer, who implemented a number of
educational reforms as the U.S. Com-
missioner of Education during the Car-
ter Administration, came down hard on
education yesterday saying that it is too
narrowly defined. Students, especially
those limited to the physical sciences,

about our own and other cultures, he
BOYER WENT on to say that silence
has been ignored as an acceptable
means of communication. "We trust
noise and utterances, (while we) ignore
silence, a necessary introspection to
seek the true meaning of life," he said.
Boyer said education secretary T.H.
Bell's recent comment that American
education had "the sniffles"' was not
surprising because it had "pneumonia"
during the 1960s.
He defended education as an in-
stitution from those who called today's
schools socially divisive by blaming
other social institutions. "People in-
creasingly expect schools to do what
families and churches cannot," he said.
"We cannot have excellence in a sea of
indifference." he added.
"PUBLIC schools are more stable
than the institutions around them,"
Boyer said. "People are worried about
SAT scores from our high schools. I
wish I had SAT scores for the Congress
of the United States. . . or the courts . .
or from the families and churches."
Boyer said that there is a generation
gap between youth and the outside
See LANGUAGE, Page 2

pushes foreign language

do not become properly educated
because they focus on just one
discipline, he said.
"It is a disgrace that the most power-
ful nation on earth refuses to show
respect to other cultures by refusing to
learn their languages," Boyer said. He
added that not learning the language of
other cultures makes us ignorant of
them. "We need to develop cultural
literacy amongst our students" to learn

Fifteen members of the Bedtime for Bonzo Street Theater Ensemble sing protest songs, perform some skits, and reel of f
reams of statistics in the Diag yesterday on President Reagan's poor record in defending women's rights.

Group rallies for women's rights


SPOCK says 'no' to free zone
By ANA GOSHKO "THE MAIN reason is that wer
think that's an infringement o
SPOCK's on campus. rights of students and the people o
No, SPOCK is not the famed child town to study whatever they w
psychologist, Dr. Benjamin Spock. No, said Shapiro, an engineering senior
he's not the Vulcan science officer on The proposal is vaguely worde
the Starship Enterprise either. said. "We think the outlined resea
SPOCK stands for Students Proud of very vague. It doesn't say what re
Campus Knowledge, a group against a ch actually entails. Is it studying
proposal to make Ann Arbor "nuclear discussing ideas?" he said.
free" I votrs ass the proposal in
The group is currently posting a week's city election, "the de
number of different flyers. One research, development, testing
features Mr. Spock's warning, "Ban- production of nuclear weap
ning technology is illogical." Other delivery systems for such wealpns
SPOCK "spokesperons" are Mr. T and command control and communic
the Three Stooges. systems for such weapons" woud
SPOCK says banning nuclear resear- outlawed.
ch is "illogical." It opposes the PROPONENTS of the plan sat
measure for "a couple of reasons," said See STUDENT, Page 2
Eric Shapiro, a SPOCK member.

A the
of the
ed, he
rch is
g, is it
ng or
uld be
.y that

They began by hanging their song lyrics on the steps of the
Graduate Library at noor. yesterday. Fifteen people, mostly
women, gathered togethier and locked arms, shuffled, and
then shouted several :imes: "Keep our nation on the track.
One step forward. Three steps back."
The group, Bedtime for Bonzo Street Theater Ensemble,
has been performing their theatrics in the Diag area several

times a week over the past month in an attempt to "educate
people on why they shouldn't vote for Ronald Reagan," said
spokesperson Diane Meisenhelter, a University graduate
student in history.
TWO SEPARATE demonstrations held yesterday lasted
five to ten minutes. Though some passersby stopped for a
See WOMEN, Page 5


HALLOWEEN, THAT time of scary tales about
ghosts and blood-sucking vampires, is a favorite
holiday for Merlin Tuttle, of Milwaukee, who
grabs the annual chance to debunk myths about
the creatures he loves: bats. "The problem is that people
fear most what they understand least. People don't know

vampire legend -as portrayed in the tale of Dracula, the
creature from the grave that relied on blood from the living
to renew its life- to Europe before people there were even
aware of the existence of blood-sucking bats that inhabit
Latin America. And Tuttle said the vampire bat has little in
common with Dracula. "You could walk .into a cave filled
with vampire bats and never be attacked," he said.
"They'd try to get away from you." He said the vampire
bat is a "small timid creature" that sneaks up on its prey,
often while the prey is sleeping, to feed on the blood.

mitories. "I took him to a wedding last week and dressed
him up in a tuxedo," Greg Woodman, 26, the creator of the
$19.95 cardboard coach, said Monday. "People were dan-
cing with him and holding him up. He's great for parties.
" The soccer team placed one on the sidelines as an extra
"coach," and "one guy had him strapped into a seat in his
car," Woodman said. "People can use him for all kinds of
stuff." Paterno said he will donate his 6 percent share of the
proceeds to a book endowment fund for the school's Patee
Library. About 2,500 cardboard Paternos are in stock and
450 have been sold so far, according to Woodman, a 1983
Penn State Graduate.

day. "We were just about starting the unit on computer
crime and computer ethics," Dolce said . The missing com-
puters were valued at $40,000. "Some of the students had
been working on programs since the beginning of the school
year, and some had given the computers names," said
Dolce. "They felt a real personal ownership of the com-
puters. They were furious when they found out what hap-
pened." The computers were insured and more have been
ordered, but Provost Michael Foy said the loss "puts quite
a kink in our computer program." Foy said all 60 students
who attend the school were affected since each student is
required to take a computer class.






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