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The Michigan Daily - Saturday, November 3, 1984 - Page 3
Sandinista front demands

Reagan,

U.S.

acceptance

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (UPI) - Nicaraguan junta
leader Daniel Ortega, confident of a landslide election vic-
tory, yesterday called President Reagan "the head of the
counterrevolution" and demanded he accept the leftist
government in Managua.
Ortega, presidential candidate of the ruling Sandinista
Front in tomorrow's balloting, said the election would
strengthen the Sandinistas' mandate to continue its leftist
policies.
IN A news conference in Managua, Ortega criticized the
foreign press for what he called "distorting" the truth about
Nicaragua's revolutionary process. Ortega was referring to
some stories about falling popular support for the San-
dinistas.
Ortega said the election was proof of the government's
resolve to allow political pluralism and freedom of ex-'
pression.

Six political parties are opposing the Sandinistas in the
race for president, vice president, and a 90-member Con-
stituent Assembly. But the main opposition group, the
Democratic Coordinating Council, has refused to field can-
didates, claiming electoral fairness could not be guaranteed.
Ortega, dressed in his characteristic pressed olive green
army fatigues, offered few surprises and devoted most of his
talk to defending the Sandinista government against charges
it was losing support among the country's 3 million people.
He pointed to the nearly 100,000 people who thronged the
Sandinista's final election rally in Managua on Thursday
night.
"The truth is very clear and I think that it is a truth the U.S.
administration cannot ignore,"Ortega said.
The CIA has given more than $55 million in the last few
years to rebels trying to topple the Managua government.
Congress voted last month to prohibit further aid to the
rebels until the issue can be considered next year.

Associarea rress
A young girl carries a wooden machine gun in one hand and an FSLN flag in the other during a rally for presidential
candidate Daniel Ortega yesterday in Managua, Nicaragua. The elections are scheduled for tomorrow.

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TAs to get
refund on

By KERY MURAKAMI
University staff and teaching assistants will
get a special refund Nov. 9 on the tax money
withheld from their tuition waivers during win-
ter term, according to University personnel of-
ficial Dan Gamble.
The refund became possible after President
Reagan signed a bill Wednesday returning to
TAs and SAs the tax-exempt status they lost
when Congress adjourned last December
before renewing a tax law.
FOR THE FIRST time the University
withheld taxes on the portion of TAs tuition it
pays for.
University officials did not, however, deduct
for taxes this fall because they expected the tax

law to be reinstated. But the University was the
only institution in the country that withheld any
money for taxes.
"We're very happy that the bill got through,"
Gamble said. "It puts things back to where
they were before January and where they
should be.
"WE FELT badly that we had to withhold
these taxes in the first place," he said.
Cindy Palmer, president of the Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO), the TAs
union, said, "We're really glad for the students.
These withholdings caused some extensive
problems for the graduate staff. Some lost as
much as 25 percent of their incomes,
sometimes more."

Bill Knox, an English TA, said that although
roughly 15 percent of his income was withheld,
"It didn't impose any real hardships. I had to
cut down on my spending, but all it meant was
a trip or a new pair of shoes."
"I'm glad it got passed," said Richard Sax,
an English TA, "But I think it was long over-
due. I know it was really a problem for a lot of
people around here. My wife works fulltime,
but I still had to take out an emergency loan."
AFTER THE University began to withhold
taxes, the Office of Financial Aid set up a
Special Emergency Loan Program that
allowed instructors affected by the withholding
to borrow up to $750, the maximum amount the
federal government expected TA's to lose, ac-

cording to Lynn Borset, assistant director of
financial aid.
"They were automatic, interest-free loans
due at the end of August. But after it became
clear that this legislation wouldn't be passed
until after August, we extended the payment
date until May of 1985," Borset said.
And GEO's Palmer is already worrying
about losing the tax-exempt status when the
tax law expires again in December 1985.
"We want some guarantee that this won't
happen every time there's a change in taxes"
she said. GEO will raise the issue in January
when they negotiate with the University over
TAs contracts, she added.

tuition

bill

taxes

Students forsake quad

food for wo
By ALLISON ZOUSMER
Several local organizations have suc-
ceeded in convincing about 3,000 dor-
mitory residents that it is worth skip-
ping a meal this month to feed starving
citizens as close as Ann Arbor and as
far away as Ethiopia.
The University food services has
agreed to pay the Ann Arbor Commit-
tee Concerned with World Hunger and
the St. Mary's Student Chapel the cost
of one meal for every dorm resident the,
group convinces to join a fast on Nov. 14
,and 15.
THE TWO GROUPS then pass the
,money along to local and international
food relief programs.
The Committee Concerned with
World Hunger will also show a film by
UNICEF Nov. 14 in the Union and hold
ka discussion panel on world hunger
Nov. 15 at Bursley dormitory.
The groups have signed up 30 to 40
,percent of dorm residents in several
weeks they have spent manning tables
in the residence halls.
UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS,
however, would not say how much cash
the students' sacrifice would translate
into for the groups. They said they
would only know after the two days of
'fasting.

rld hunger
Last year, the University paid the
groups $1.30 for each student who skip-
ped a meal. The Committee Concerned
with World Hunger was able to raise
$6;000, said Jean Cilik, campus coor-
dinator for the group.
She said that this year the group
hopes to raise even more money since it
has expanded its efforts to solicit
donations from students living off-
campus.
"THE PROBLEM we had last year
was we didn't have a way for people
living off-campus to participate," said
Cilik. "So this year we will collect
donations in the fishbowl. We are also
talking to sororities and co-ops."
She said that tables will be set up in
the fishbowl on both the Nov. 14 and 15
dates to solicit donations.
Students participating in the Com-
mittee Concerned with World Hunger
Fast were asked to choose whether they
wanted their money donated locally or
internationally.
St. Mary's raised $800 for local food
relief last year, working solely in West
Quad, said Eric Markinson, one of the
group's organizors.
"We'll definitely raise more this
year," he said. "We've had a terrific
response."

Miss. candidates say
race is not key issue

N . . :

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)-Democrat
Robert Clark, trying to become
Mississippi's first black congressman
since Reconstruction, says race will be
an issue-but not the issue-in his bid to
oust Republican incumbent Webb
Franklin.
Clark, a veteran state legislator
whose grandparents were slaves, and
Franklin, a former state judge, both
have some special advantages as the
state's hottest congressional battle
rages across the sprawling 2nd District
along the Mississippi River.
A court-ordered realignment of the
district, which increased its once-slight
black population majority to about 58
percent, was a boost for Clark. He lost
to Franklin by only 2,573 votes in 1982
when the predominantly rural district
that embraces the Delta was 52 percent
black by population.
On the other hand, Franklin's incum-
bency is a plus in this state which
values seniority and traditionally has
kept its congressmen in office for
years.
With a close finish expected, both
candidates were reaching across racial
lines for votes while admitting race was
a factor. However, each called other
issues paramount, denied making
racist appeals and predicted victory.
"I HOPE to get 22-23 percent of the
black vote and to cut into his white
s5 vote," said Franklin. "If I weren't op-
a timistic, I wouldn't be in the race."
e "Race is going to be an issue," Clark

said. "I hope to get enough white votes
to put me over."
Franklin concurred that race was an,
issue, "but no more than sex or age and
no more than a factor that motivates
people to go to the polls. More impor-
tant are the philosophical issues and
differences.
"I BELIEVE most of the people in the
2nd District are basically conservative
people and I am a conservative,"
Franklin said.
"People who work believe they
should take most of their paychecks
home. My opponent wants to raise
taxes so they will take less home. I want
to reduce them."
Clark countered that Franklin "has
voted against education; he has voted
against jobs; he has voted against
housing." He iharged that Franklin
had voted against a bill that would have
provided jobs for minorities.
But Clark agreed with Franklin that
"there are enough people in Mississippi
who want to bury race once and for
all." And the 55-year-old Ebenezer
legislator, chairman of the House
Education Committee, said he was
telling people not to vote for or against
him because of his race.
During testimony in the federal court
suit that brought a realignment of the
district's boundaries, witnesses said
that in 1982 Franklin had gotten 8-10
percent of the black vote and Clark 14-
16 percent of the white vote.

-HAPPENINGS

Highlight
Mediatrics shows a true-blue American double feature starting off with
Knute Rockne - All American at 7:30 p.m. and concluding with Bonzo Goes
to College at9 p.m. It all takes place in the Nat. Sci. Aud.
Films
AAFC - Wild Style, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema 2 - Never Cry Wolf, 7 & 9 p.m., Angell, Aud. A.
Alt. Act. - The Man Who Fell to Earth, 7 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 4.
Cinema Guild - Last Tango in Paris, 7 & 9 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Hill St. Cinema - Diner, 7 & 9:15 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Performances
Brecht Company - Play, Thirteenth Night, 8 p.m., Residential College
Aud.
School of Music / Dance Department - Annual faculty concert, 8 p.m.,
Dance Building Studio A.
School of Music - Voice Recital, Gretchen Stevenson-Poland, 6 p.m.,
Recital Hall; Contemporary Directions Ensemble, 8 p.m., Rackham; Ban-
dorama, 8 p.m., Hill Aud.
The Ark - Teresa Trull and Barbara Higbie, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., The Ark, 637
S. Main St.
Performance Network - Dance.Theater II, 8 p.m., The Performance
Network, 408 W. Washington St.
PTP-Opera, Die Fledermaus, 8 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater
University of Michigan Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, 8 p.m.,
Rackham Aud.
Speakers
Hellenic University Society - Adonis Decavalles, "Odysseus Elytis:
From Eros to Solar Metaphysics," 7p.m., Pond room, Union.
Meetings
Ann Arbor Go CLub - 2p.m., room 1433, Mason Hall.
Miscellaneous

Associated Pres
A man carries a starving infant in a camp for refugees in Northern Ethiopia
recently. Several local groups are sponsoring a fundraising drive to reduc(
world hunger.

Local Sikhs denounce Gandhi assassination

(Continued from Page 1)
ple was invaded. I can remember
thinking 'she cannot be forgiven for
this.' People are crying for Indira Gan-
dhi, but they should have been crying
for those 2,000 people (killed in the
raid). But I'm against the killing of
Hindus and Sikhs alike. A lot of in-
nocent people are being killed."
The assassination willcause per-
manent conflict between the Hindus
and Sikhs, who traditionally have been
allies against Moslem violence.
"We fought for independence
together. What's going on now really
hurts. The seeds of hatred between the
two communities have been sown.

There's just too much passion."
Kanwaldeep Sindu, Minti's
brother, a senior in the College of
Engineering, agreed, saying Gandhi
was "overall a good leader." He
stressed that "most Sikhs are a very,
peace-loving people. (The terrorists)
are only a very small percentage."
He said, however, that the
assassination was not unprovoked,
referring to the 2,000 Sikhs killed in the
raid Gandhi ordered this summer on
the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the
Sikh's most holy place of worship. "I
don't condone violence," he said. "But
then I'm not that sad (Gandhi was
assassinated) either."

Robert Sachdev, a Sikh and an LSA
junior, said "Once you single out a
religion and attack them in their own
temple, you make them second class
citizens. There was no way that any
self-respecting Sikh would sit down
with Indira Gandhi - ever." Sachdev,
however, feared the assassination
would endanger his family.
"FOR MY people, friends, relatives,
(the assassination) is a very bad
thing. It would have been easier to live
with discrimination than it is to live
with what is going on now . . . I'm
disgusted by the Sikhs who say they are

happy she was killed."
Harjot Chopra, a Sikh MBA student,
also criticized Sikhs who he says are i
a minority who praise Gandhi's death.
He said the assassination opposes the
principles of the Sikh religion. "My
family lives in New Delhi. I am afraid
for them," said Chopra, "Those Sikhs
rejoicing in the streets of New York
don't have family in India . . . (and)
they're teaching their children it's al
right to murder."
Sachdev said the assassination will
create long term conflicts in the
already troubled country.

PRESIDENTIAL
DEBATE
BETWEEN NAT'L REPS OF
COLLEGE DEMOCRATS
REPUBLICANS

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