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I
MSA
4ommittee
to decide
on funds
for forum
By STACEY SHONK
The Michigan Student Assembly will
decide today on whether to fund a con-
Itroversial symposium that some cam-
pus leaders say may offend members of
the Jewish community.
MSA president Scott Page said the
group's budget priorities committee
will meet with members of the Muslim
student Association which is spon-
soring a symposium entitled "Palestine
...Zionism and Racism," to determine
if the request for funds misrepresented
the topic of the symposium scheduled
for today.
LSA STUDENT Government retrac-
ted its support for the forum earlier this
week after several students and the
director of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foun-
dation said the symposium's title
associates Judaism with racism.
The original title for the discussion
was "The Heart of Palestine," The
Il uslim student group changed the
tppic to better reflect the topics which
e speakers submitted, president of
e organization, Doug Slocum said this
*eek.
According to Slocum, the symposium
will still take place today as planned.
"Funding the rally isn't a problem
here," Slocum said. "We're more con-
k erned about trying to dispel the con-
tern (that the symposium is anti-
semetic)."

The Michigan Daily - Saturday, November 10, 1984 - Page 3
. .
Heavy fighti
in Salvadorian
rebel province

Associated Press
Women factory workers in the capital are instructed by a Sandinista soldier on how to use a Soviet made AK-47 rifle
yesterday. The Nicaraguan government, fearing an invasion by the United States, has been preparing citizens across
the country to use weapons in defense.
Nicaraguapreparesfor invasion

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP)
- Airborne troops drove leftist
guerrillas out of Suchitoto, an impor-
tant town north of the capital, in an 11-
hour battle yesterday, according to a
military source and reports from the
area.
The military source, who spoke on
condition that he not be named, said
government forces had recovered the
town by 2 p.m. (3 p.m. EST) after some
of the heaviest fighting in four months.
He had no casualty count, but said
troops were recovering bodies of the
dead on both sides.
A CIVILIAN resident of Suchitoto
said fighting ended at about midday.
Evelina Contreras, 35, said by
telephone that the guerrillas "were all
over town and on the outskirts" earlier
yesterday, but the situation was back to
normal by afternoon.
A civil defenseman said "the city is
now under control... We saw a vehicle
arrive on the road and it had no
problems, but the guerrillas are still on
the road." He declined to be identified
for security reasons.
Helicopters ferried wounded to the
military hospital in San Salvador
during the day and a hospital official
said all the beds were filled. He said all

routine medical work was canceled
because of the emergency.
A DEFENSE Ministry communique
issued earlier in the day said three
national policemen had been killed in
Suchitoto and eight soldiers, including
two helicopter pilots, had been woun-
ded. It gave no report of rebel
casualities.
Three guerrillas battalions of about
300 men each pushed into the town 27
miles north of San Salvador at 3 a.m.
yesterday, rebel and military sources
said. The rebels quickly knocked out
national police and civil guard posts on
the periphery and fought their way into
the center of town, the sources said.
The army airlifted elite counterin-
surgency troops in by helicopter to
relieve the national police and civil
guards, the only defense foprces on
duty at the time of the attack.
The assault on Suchitoto involved the
largest mobilization of guerrillas forces
in a single attack since the June 29 at-
tack on the Cerron Grande dam, eight
miles to the east, when at least 100
soldiers were killed.
Suchitotorhas been attacked at least a
dozen times during the five-year-old
civil war here, but guerrillas have
never taken over the town.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (UPI)-A suspected U.S. spy plane
roared over major Nicaraguan cities for the second striaght
day yesterday in a war of nerves that prompted the leftist
government to step up preparations for a feared U.S. in-
vasion.
War fever swept Managua as government radio broad-
casted revolutionary songs, interviews with factory workers,
and new bulletins on Nicaragua's most serious confrontation
with Washington since the overthrow of dictator Anastasio
Somoza in1979.
"THERE IS not an invasion planned of Nicaragua," State
Department spokesman John Hughes said in Washington,.
but refused to rule out military action if it turned out MiG-21
parts were delivered to Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista gover-
nment.
Tensions were heightened by preparations for a major ar-
my exercise at Fort Stewart, Ga., involving 15,000 soldiers of
the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division and the crack 82nd
Airborne and 101st Air Assault Divisions.
A sonic boom rattled windows in several cities, sending
hundreds of nervous residents out into the streets where they
caught a glimpse of the plane's vapor trail.

NICARAGUAN OFFICIALS identified the plane as a U.S.
SR-71 "Blackbird," which traveling at three times the speed
of sound can cross the entire country in three minutes. The
same type of plane flew over the country Thursday and Oct.
31, they said.
The Pentagon refused to confirm or deny whether the sonic
booms were from a U.S. spy plane but defense sources said a
high-flying SR-71 may have flown over Nicaragua to
photograph the Soviet freighter Bakuriani tied up at Corinto.
A senior American official indicated the United States has
decided that the Sovet arms buildup in recent weeks in
Nicaragua is to be used as a bargaining chip in future arms
control negotiations. He likened it to the 1962 Cuban missile
crisis that he said resulted in "a privileged position for the
Cubans and guaranteed the continuing of Soviet sponsorship
in Cuba."
The escalation of the Nicaraguan arsenal could threaten
that country's neighbors, including Honduras, El Salvador
and Guatemala.
"The real effect of the significant escalation is to signal en-
during Soviet support in Central America," the official said.

Elementary libraries
ban Blume stories

Slocum
-,was not
,udaism,
Israel.*

had said that the discussion
supposedrto be critical of
but rather of the-country of

Eric Berman, president of LSA-SG
said the group never would have
received the funding had they
priginally made their appeal using the
new title.

NATO ado
RUSSELS, Belgium (AP)-NATO
yesterday adopted a counterattack doc-
trine calling for non-nuclear bombing
deep inside Eastern Europe in the event
'of a Soviet first strike on the West,
sources said.
The doctrine, called "Follow-On For-
ces Attack," is designed to reinforce
NATO's front-line conventional defen-
ses along West German borders by
isrupting the second wave of a War-
saw Pact attack, according to sources
who spoke on the condition they not be
identified by name.
THE DECISION to adopt the con-
trdversial doctrine is the first step in
what is expected to be a lengthy process
of deciding what kinds of newly
deyeloped weapons should be built and
Z when they should be available.
Critics of the strategy say it would
*siphon off huge amounts of North Atlan-
Stic Treaty Organization financial
resources at a time when the alliance is
hard-pressed to meet its spending

pts new counterattack strategy

requirements for existing defense
systems.
Gen. Bernard Rogers, the NATO
supereme allied commander in Europe
has been one of the most outspoken
champions of the new doctrine. He con-
tends it would allow NATO forces to
hold off a Soviet-led attack for a longer
time, reducing the risk that the Western
allies would resort to nuclear strikes to
avoid being overrun.
THE NATO sources who reported
yesterday's decision to adopt the new
doctrine stressed that it did not mean a
change in the alliance's basic defense
stance against preemptive strikes.
The Follow-On Forces Attack doc-
trine was adopted yesterday by NATO's
Defense Planning Committe, made up
of ambassadors from all NATO nations
except France, which is not part of the
alliance's integrated military com-
mand.

The subject is expected to be
discussed by the committee again in
early December when it meets in
Brussels with NATO defense ministers.
But formal approval by the defense
ministers is not required, according to
the NATO sources.
The new doctrine was developed by
NATO's military wing as part of the
alliance's effort to look farther into the
future for ways of improving its defen-
se.
The approval disclosed yesterday
makes this doctrine part of NATO of-

ficial policy, but it leaves many
questions unanswered. Still pen-
ding-and sure to trigger lengthy
debates in national capitals and among
NATO officials-are decisions about
exactly what new weapons systems will
be developed, by whom and at whose
expense.
The sources said the ambassadors'
approval did not include a timetable for
buying the futuristic weapons and
tracking systems, which may include
laser-guided non-nuclear missiles and
pilotless drones to transmit data on
enemy forces far beyond the horizon.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Three books by
an award winning writer of children's
stories have been banned from the
city's public elementary school
libraries because of their sexual con-
tent or strong langugage, officials said
yesterday.
The three works by Judy Blume, who
has written 14 children's books and
three novels for adults, were removed
Monday.
ELEMENTARY school libraries are
open to children from kindergarten
through eighth grade, and the books
were deemed inappropriate for pre-
seventh-grade readers, said Associate
Superintendent Dennis Gainey.
"I'm not here to tell you Judy
Blume's books for readers from age 9
they're excellent," said Gainey, ad-
ding that two of his children had read
some of Blume's books "at the ap-
propriate age and they thought they
were good."
"But our libraries are open to kids of
all ages and that's the reason we
removed the three," he said.

I

RACHEL Goldsmith of the American
Library Association in Chicago said her
junvenile division recommends
Blume's books are bad, they're not
through the early teens because of her
"realistic portrayal of young people's
problems."
"She handles young people's
problems - sensitively and not out to
shock - that a lot of parents would
rather not have discussed at all," Gold-
smith said.
Richard Jackson, editor-in-chief of
Bradbury Press, publisher for most of
Blume's children's titles, called the
school district's action "lunatic"
because the three books are readily
available at plublic libraries and
bookstores.
"THERE HAS been a lot of con-
troversy on her books," Jackson said
from his Scarsdale, N.Y., office. "This
isn't the first time, but I wish it was
going to be the last."
Barbara Van Auken, president of the
American Civil Liberties Union's
Peoria chapter; called the ban "censor-
ship. This is the whole problem, when
government starts deciding what's ap-
propriate and what's not."
The banned titles are:
" Then again maybe I won't,
about an adolescent boy who must ad-
just to a new neighborhood and sexual
awakening. In one scene, he mastur-
bates while watching a neighbor girl
undress.
* Deenie, about a young girl with
back problems who discovers her
developing body. It also includes a
reference to masturbation.
" Blubber, an award-winning
novel about a fat girl who must over-
come cruel teasing by schoolmates. It
contains some strong language.
Jackson said "Blubber" won the 1977
Young Reader's Award from the
Pacific Northwest Library Association,
which covers Alaska, several North-
west states and two Canadian provin-
ces.
He declined to allow an interview with
Blume, saying he tries "to shield her"
from having to defend her works again-
st such criticism.
In 1966, Peoria's public school system
removed "Little Black Sambo" and
"Nicodemus and His New Shoes" from
library shelves after the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People objected to their depic-
tions of blacks.
Two committees - each with three
teachers, two principals, a reading con-
sultant and a librarian reviewed six of
Blume's works after complaints from
several parents, Gainey said.
The three banned books were deemed
inappropriate for readers below the
seventh-grade level; the other three
remain on school library shelves.

- HAPPENINGS-
Highlight
Prism productions presents an English band, The Cure, tonight at 8 p.m. in
the Michigan Theater.

I- -Films

Alt. Act. - La Cage Aut Folles, 7 p.m., La Cage Aux Folles II, 9:40 p.m.,
MLB.
AAFC - The Cars That Ate Paris, 7 p.m., The Plumber, 9 p.m., Nat. Sci,
Aud.
Cinema 2 - Yojimbo, 7 & 9 p.m., Angell Aud A.
- Cinema Guild - Das Boot, 7 & 9:35 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Hill St. Cinema - Scenes From A Marriage, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Mediatrics - Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 3.
Performances
Musical Society - Concert, Viktoria Mullova, 8:30 p.m., Rackham Aud.
School of Music - Oboe recital, Januth Hayashi, 4 p.m., Clarinet recital,
Annette Edwards, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
The Ark - Reilly & Malloney, 8 p.m., 637S Main St.
Men's Glee Club - 125th Year Reunion Concert, 8 p.m., Hill Aud.
Performance Network - Video Festival, 8p.m., 408 W. Washington.
Rudolf Steiner Institute - Puppet Show, "The Queen Bee," 3 p.m., 1923
Geddes Ave.
Meeting
Ann Arbor Go Club - 2 p.m., room 1433 Mason Hall.
Miscellaneous
Union Minorities/Women Leadership training Project - Conference,
"Bridging the Gap," 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., North Campus Commons.
Muslim Student Association - Seminar, Palistine...Zionism, and

Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
Scalpin' in the rain
Ticket scalper Harry Litow, in front of the Union, is offered a ticket by a passer-by yesterday. Litow, was willing to pay
a dollar for the stub to today's final home game of the season. The dismayed salesman accepted the offer.

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