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Levin stresses budget priorities IN BRIEF
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"One of the priorities you have to
decide when you go about budgeting is
whether or not you can cut that kind of
thing in order to make room for
something else," he said.
Levin, who defeated Republican
Robert Griffin, in 1978 to gain the Sen-
ate seat, criticized the Reagan ad-
ministrations support of nuclear
"I think we spend much too much on
nuclear weapons and not enough on
conventional weapons, which will lower
the chances of ever having to rely on
nuclear weapons," Levin said.
"THE BOTTOM LINE is that there's
an approximate balance of terror in the
world," he said.
The campaign for Levin's Senate seat
has attracted a lot of attention in the
last few days due to a campaign adver-
tisement of Levin's that shows Lousma
telling a group of Japanese
businessman during a trip to Japan that
he owns a Toyota automobile.
In Michigan, where the call for im-
port restrictions is perhaps louder than
anywhere in the country, such a
statement could damage Lousma's
chances of defeating Levin.
Lousma, who is reportedly trailing
the imcumbent according to recent
polls, said the ad was a dirty trick and
explained the car was his son's.
DESPITE LOUSMA's complaints,
Levin defended the use of the ad. "He's
probably the first candidate in history
to complain about being quoted ac-
curately," Levin said.
"It's a fair commercial because it
contrast's what I was doing last Oc-
tober," he said about the ad which says
that Levin was in Washington fighting
to curb unemployment in Michigan,
while Lousma was in Japan.
Up to now, the campaign had focused
on economic issues like the deficit and
taxes, and Levin was quick to point out
that Lousma doesn't support many of
the efforts aimed at trimming the
growing federal deficit.
He cited the Deficit Reduction Act of
1984 as an example, "(Reagan) hailed
it, 83 of us voted for it in the Senate. So
did I. My opponent opposed it," Levin
GETTING INTO another controver-
sial area, Levin told the class that
Lousma was, against the measures
aimed at patching-up the ailing Social
"Reagan signed it. Eighty-eight
senators signed the Social Security Act.
The president hailed it," Levin said. "It
voted for it. My opponent opposed it."
Another key issue of the campaign
has been the question of whether the
United States should fund rebel forces,
in Nicaragua who are trying yo over-
throw the Sandinista government there.,
"WE HAVE NO business trying to
overthrow a government that we don't
like. . . we have full diplomatic
relations with them. We have an em-
bassy there," he said.
Passf ailflunks elsewhere, strong at 'U'
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LSA junior Carolyn Zann said she
elected her French classes pass/fail
because "she didn't want the hassle of
trying to get a good grade."
But Zann, like others, said she ac-
tually got an A or B. Several students*
said they probably performed better in
courses they elected pass/fail because
they weren't worrying about grades.
RICH DOVE, an engineering senior,
said he probably would not have
enrolled in one history class if he had to
work for grades. He didn't have the
time to do the extra studying and didn't
want to risk lowering his grade point
Dove said he "paid more attention to
lecture and enjoyed class" without
worrying about grades.
Some schools have abandoned the op-
tion because students were taking too
many courses pass/fail. Northwest
Missouri State University, for example,
changed its pass/fail system in 1979,
limiting its use to a maximum of nine
"IT'S NOT overused anymore," said
Northwest Missouri Registrar Linda
Girard. "People were taking advantage
of it - using it for hard major classes
and (general education degree)
In Ann Arbor, however, students
rarely exceed the 30-credit limit. Last
year, out of about 2700 LSA graduates
at most only two exceeded the limit, ac-
cording to associate dean Eugene
Still, there are those who shy away
from the pass/fail system, fearing that
it will raise the eyebrows of graduate
admissions counselors and employers.
"It looks bad on the transcript," said
Lori Ruddock, a pre-med freshperson
in the Honors Program who said she
was discouraged from taking courses
pass/fail by counselors at summer
But Judith Goodman, director of ad-
missions at the business school, said the
system is "very good." Admissions
counselors will only look down on
pass/fail if the course is a key
prerequisite to graduate study.
The University does not keep records
of how many students elect courses for
pass/fail each term, but Nissen said
there is no move among faculty mem-
bers to change the policy.
"We've had good experiences with
it," he said, "I think it's here to stay."
College Press Service contributed
to this story.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
Reagan shrugs off economic bill
WASHINGTON-The government's main gauge of future economic ac-
tivity rose a modest 0.4 percent in September but revised data showed p
third consecutive monthly decline in August-a pattern that in the past has
signaled an impending recession.
The Reagan administration was quick to discount the June to August
declines in the index of leading economic indicators and focus instead on the
September gain as proof that the economy is not headed into a tailspin.
But many private economists said the leading indicators were flashing
unmistakable signals of sluggish growth and rising unemployment in
In other sobering news of economic activity, the government reported that
the nation suffered its second largest monthly trade deficit in September, an
imbalance of $12.6 billion, 27 percent above the August deficit and only
slightly lower than the all time record of $14.1 billion set in July.
While U.S. sales abroad were up a slight 0.8 percent last month, imports
coming into the country rose an even stronger 10.5 percent. With the dollar
showing little signs of weakening, officials held out little hope for relief in
coming months. The deficit is expected to reach $130 billion this year, far
above last year's record of $69.3 billion.
Israel, Lebanese agree to talk
UNITED NATIONS-Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar has
arranged military-level talks between Israel and Lebanon to discuss the
withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, it was announced
Francois Giuliani, the secretary-general's spokesman, said in making the
announcement that the conference is to begin Monday at the headquarters of
the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon at Naqoura.
The announcement said: "Following consultations with the governments
of Lebanon and Israel, the Secretary-General has convoked a conference of
military representatives of Lebanon and Israel to discuss military aspects
relating to the withdrawal of Israeli forces and security arrangements in
Princess evades abduction
PARIS- An armed man and woman tried to kidnap Princess Stephanie of
Monaco as she returned to her family's apartment in Paris, officials of the
Mediterranean principality said yesterday.
The 19-year-old princess, youngest of the three children of Prince Rainier
III and his late wife, Princess Grace, filed a formal report with Paris police
The princess reportedly was confronted Monday night by a man armed
with a small pistol and a woman companion who told her to get out of her car
and into their vehicle, according to police sources and a spokeswoman for
the palace in Monaco.
Princess Stephanie, previously a design student in Paris, began working
with the fashion house of Christian Dior on Tuesday. She was going home
from work when confronted by the couple, the police sources said.
OPEC vows to 'create' oil crisis
GENEVA, Switzerland-OPEC pledged yesterday to create a temporary
world oil shortage this winter in a bid to reverse a downward trend in prices.
Analy'sts questioned, however, whether all cartel members would resist
the temptation to pump more oil when demand picks up during the heating
"For now it's a paper agreement because it can't be tested" until the oil
producers are faced with turning away their oil buyers, said Walter Levy, an
oil consultant in New York.
The 13 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
agreed on the third day of an emergency meeting to cut their production
ceiling by nearly 9 percent starting today.
The cartel said in a final communique that cutting overall daily production
from 17.5 million barrels to 16 million barrels would be shared by 11 of the
member countries. Nigeria and Iraq were deemed to be hardship cases and
thus were exempted from the reduction.
"Our decision today is to create the necessary shock in order to increase
the price faster," Yamani told a news conference after the oil ministers
completed their talks in a Geneva hotel. -
Poles mourn murdered priest
WARSAW, Poland-In a day-long procession, thousands of Poles bore
candles and flowers to the twin-spired church of the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko
yesterday in homage to the slain pro-Solidarity priest.
At the Vatican, Pope John Paul II said the killing of Popieluszko had
shaken consciences throughout the world. Poland's prelate, Cardinal Jozef
Glemp said Popieluszko was slain with "cruelty and meditation" but said
there must also be prayers for those who kidnapped and killed the priest.
Church sources reported Popieluszko would be buried Saturday in a War-
saw cemetery after a funeral Mass celebrated by Glemp.
The funeral is expected to draw thousands of mourners and supporters of
the outlawed Solidarity trade union.
Popieluszko, 37, one of the most outspoken advocates of Solidarity in the
Polish Roman Catholic clergy, was abducted Oct. 19. His body was found in
a reservoir on a river in northern Poland on Tuesday.
The mourners gathered throughout the day at St. Stanislaw Kostka Church
in Warsaw, where Popieluszko served. Many placed flowers and candles
around the fence of the church that has become a shrine to the priest.
A long line of people waited to buy wallet-size photographs of Popieluszko
that were on sale in the church.
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