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Ninety-five Years
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Vol. XCV, No. 75

Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, December 6, 1984

Fifteen Cents

Eight Pages

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India death toll from

poison gas tops

From AP and UPI
BHOPAL, India - The death toll from a poison
gas cloud climbed past 1,600 yesterday amid fears
of epidemics from hundreds of decomposing bodies
and warnings of long-term health problems among
the thousands injured in the world's worst chemical
disaster.
Injured wandered the streets, many of them blin-
ded by the chemical that spread over their city as
they slept Monday morning. An estimated 50,000 have
been treated in hospitals overflowing with the suf-
fering.
THE DELAYED effects of the gas continued to
claim more victims with more than 1,000 people still
hospitalized with blinded, or inflamed eyes, seared
lungs and vomiting.
Authorities have confirmed 670 deaths, but poin-
tedly added that they are not disputing the unofficial
counts by doctors and newspapers.
Doctors have said some of the injured, many of

them children, may still die, be permanently blind or
become sterile.
THE MASS-CIRCULATION Hindustan Times
newspaper, quoting unnamed doctors at Hamedia
Hospital, said survivors who breathed the gas could
develop lifelong lung, kidney and liver problems, and
said pregnant women who were affected may give
birth to retarded children.
Officials said the collection of human bodies and
thousands of animal carcasses was being hampered
because the lower caste people who normally handled
such tasks in India were among the worst affected by
the accident.
Teams of volunteers searched for bodies left in the
stricken slum and carted them away along narrow,
muddy paths as medical teams assessed environ-
mental conditions and watched for any outbreak of
disease.
VASANT SATHE, minister of chemicals and fer-
tilizer, said there was no shortage of medicine in

1,600
Bhopal and that the government was trying to fly in
oxygen from New Delhi and Bombay.
Union Carbide Corp. President Warren Anderson
was due to arrive in India today with a team of
technical experts and medical personnel from the
United States.
A preliminary investigation determined that 25
tons of deadly methyl cyanate spewed out of a U.S.-
owned pesticide plant and engulfed Bhopal Monday,
after a "runaway chemical reaction" caused a
pressure buildup in an underground tank.
AN INDIAN GOVERNMENT official called on
Union Carbide, builder of the pesticide plant where
the leak occurred, to provide relief for the thousands
of victims "as it would have done had this accident
occurred in the United States."
A technician with Avasti said a safety valve failed
to close and the flow of gas had to be stopped
manually.
See DEATH, Page 3

CIA faces camp us

protests

By KERY MURAKAMI
. Sixty-three students who participated
in a CIA protest at Brown University
last month faced expulsion last night as
they were brought before that Univer-
sity's Council on Student Affairs.
According to Brown senior Juliet
Brodie, one of the protesters, fifteen
minutes into a CIA recruitment
meeting on November 14, demon-
strators blew a whistle and made a
citizen's arrest of the two represen-
tatives.
THE BROWN protest, like other
demonstrations on college campuses
around the nation including the Univer-
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB sity of Michigan, illustrates the
W indow pain growing opposition to the government
intelligence branch's recruiting efforts.
Michigan forward Richard Rellford lays-in two of his 20 points off the glass Last month at this University, a
in last night's game against Youngstown State. Rellford led all scorers as the group of about 200 students demon-
Wolverines beat the Penguins, 103-73. See story, page 8. strated at a CIA presentation at the
'U' takes two steps
toward new diem, facility

Modern Language Building, chasing
the three agency representatives off
campus.
The protest at Brown forced the can-
cellation of a CIA informational
meeting, much like the protest here,
but unlike Brown, no disciplinary ac-
tion was taken or even publicly con-
sidered for the University demon-
strators.
OFFICIALS at Brown are expected to
make a decision on the possible ex-
pulsin of the protesters by this morning,
according to Brucie Harvey, a univer-
sity spokesperson.
The disciplinary panel is made up of
faculty, administrators, and students,
Harvey said.
She said the protesters are being
charged with "disrupting the exercise
of others at their basic rights to which
they are entitled to on campus."

While the Brown incident has gained
a considerable amount of media atten-
tion in the last few weeks, it is just the
latest in a string of protest at the
nation's colleges.
IN OCTOBER at Tufts University in
Boston, twenty students formed a
human chain between the CIA
representatives and 50 students who
came to hear the presentation.
After a 45 minute stand-off, the
recruiters left, but came back to con-
duct interviews a few days later.
A Tufts judicial committee found
nineteen studentĀ§ guilty of creating a
disturbance during the incident, but
issued no punishments.
JOHN ROOSA, who participated in
the protest, said the committee
recognized the motivation of the group
and didn't take any formal disciplinary
action.

The protesters did not recognize the
repercussions of their action, Roosa
said. "We just thought that what we
were doing was good, and didn't even
think we would be punished for it."
Unlike the Tufts demonstrators,
Brown protesters were aware of the
consequences. "We knew that we could
face dismissal or suspension," Brodie
said, "but we felt it was worth it."
BROWN protesters said they were
merely upholdinig the law by attem-
pting to stop what they consider illegal
activity by the CIA in countries like
Nicaragua.
"Our action wasn't just a symbol,"
Brodie said. "We felt the CIA should be
held responsible for their actions."
"They were soliciting students to
commit illegal acts like the mining of
harbors in Nicaragua," she said.
See CIA, Page 3

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By LAURIE DELATER
The University took two significant steps toward building a
riew classroom and laboratory facility for the chemistry
*department after receiving the go-ahead from the state
legislature and a $1.5 million gift from Dow Chemical Com-
pany.
Dow's gift, announced yesterday, is the first major con-
tribution made toward the new facility and renovation of the
existing chemistry building. The project is $60 million, ac-
cording to Roy Muir, director of the University's capital
' ampaign.
LAST MONTH the state legislature's Joint Committee on
Capital Outlay approved the selection of an architect for a
new 270,000 square foot chemical sciences building and
allocated $472,600 to prepare initial technical drawings of the
building. Construction is expected to begin in about two

years, according to Prof. Robert Taylor, assocaite chairman
of the chemistry department.
So far only $20,000 has been raised from private donations,
Muir said. Dow's donation is the largest single contribution
the company has ever made.
COMPANY spokesman Manson Carpenter said Dow, the
second largest chemical company in the nation, has had long-
standing ties with the University through research grants
and scholarship and fellowship programs. The University is
also a key recruiting ground, he added.
"(The gift) had to do with the feeling that this is a very im-
portant undertaking and the management has been very im-
pressed with what the University is trying to do," Carpenter
said.
Money for renovation and expansion of the chemistry de-
See DOW, Page 3

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By ARONA PEARLSTEIN
A former director of the University's
Trotter house minority center, who
claims he was unfairly fired from his
job, has reached an out of court set-
tlement with the University eighteen
months after filing suit.
John Powell was given a monetary
award and his personal records were
cleared of any mention of his firing.
POWELL, WHO also served as
Assistant Director of Community Ser-
vices, was allowed to place a letter of
resignation in his records with the
University.

Powell was fired in May, 1983 on
charges of misconduct by the Univer-
sity, including allegations that he
bought food and liquor with University
funds for staff at the Trotter House and
permitted students in the house to make
long-distance phone calls with Univer-
sity funds.
"I have never purchased food or
liquor for anyone (at Trotter House).
There were only one or two instances of
problems with the long-distance phone
calls," said Powell, now an ad-
ministrative assistant with the
See U, Page 3

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Even six inches of snow can't cover the praying hands sculpture at the City of Faith Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Yesterday's cold spell around the country was the first snow of the season for the area.

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TODAY
Fire alarm frustration
T WAS NO TIME to be standing outside, especially
with very little on. A fire alarm at South Quad flushed
dorm residents out into the small sidewalk area in
the 20 degree weather during lunch yesterday. A
recent rash of fire alarms at the dorm have frustrated the
students to the point that they have one favorite adjective
to describe the situation. Yes, that favorite "f word." In

showed his wisdom when he stated, "day alarms are
never false." He was correct indeed. The cause of all the
students' misery was an elevator engine that had
overheated, according to fire department officials.
Scrooge
A PARTY STORE AND GAS STATION ON THE MAIN
drag in Christmas, an Upper Peninsula Village of 300,
won't be Santa's Post Office this year. Santa's helpers say
the U.S. Postal Service pays worse than Scrooge at $1 a
year. Dick and Sharon Miller, who own the store, have

12,000 greeting cards bearing the Christmas postmark and
then routed through the Munising Post Office. Even
though the Millers aren't doing the handstamping this
year, there will still be greetings with the familiar post-
mark. Al Gruetzmacher, Munising postmaster, has taken
over the job but without the Santas and wreaths. Next
year, however,-Gruetzmacher hopes to have a new com-
munity contract station in Christmas. The job will be
open to bidders, but won't be awarded on time for this
year's holidays. Dick Miller, citing his experience, is
among the bidders. But he says he wants more than $1 a
year.

supermarket parking lot told Chemung County Sheriff
Deputy William Fitch "it was the first time she ever wore
it and she wouldn't wear it again." Fitch answered a call
of a "hysterical" woman trapped in a car in Elmira, N.Y.
Sunday. Braving a stream of verbal abuse, the deputy
climbed in the passenger's side, jabbed the buckle's but-
ton a couple of times and managed to set the woman free.
"She was rather highly upset," Fitch said. "She was very
critical of the new law. I told her I didn't make the new
law and I was just here to enforce it." Fitch said "it took a
little doing" for him to open the belt buckle because it ap-
parently had never been used even though the car ap-

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