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By CHARLES SEWELL
The trial of 11 members of the Progressive Student
Network arrested last March for blockading a
University research laboratory has been postponed
for the third time - this time until Jan. 24.
Last week, Judge S.J. Elden decided to postpone
the trial, scheduled to begin Dec. 20, in the 15th
District Court, because the date was inconvenient for
the defendants, according to his secretary.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY Donald Koster said he
never filed a motion for adjournment.
Martin Blank, Koster's co-attorney in the case, said
he told Elden's secretary that the date would be in-
convenient for everyone involved but never made a
David Lady, the assistant prosecuting attorney,
said the trigl may have been postponed because it
was inconvenient for some of the witnesses. The cour-
ts do not schedule trial dates around witnesses, Lady
said, but witness convenience is a consideration..
ELDEN POSTPONED the first trial date in August
because he expected the defense to appeal a court
postponed until Jan.
ruling against the defendants' claim that their ac-
tions were justified under international law because
they were acting to prevent a crime.
Elden was ill at the time of the second trial date in
November, and a new trial date was set for Decem-
Erica Freedman, one of the defendants, said
January will be a much better time for the trial
because more students will hear about it. Protesting
is "a tool for educating people," she said. If the trial
had been in late December, then there would have
been far less publicity, she added.
WHEN THE CASE is heard in January, it will have
been more than ten months since the incident took
place. Lady said delays of this length usually weaken
the prosecution's case because witnesses tend to
forget the details of an incident after a while. He said
that this would not be a factor in this case because the
defendants' actions were videotaped.
Koster said the University benefits from the post-
ponements because as long as the fate of the defen-
dants is unknown other students will be reluctant to
protest on campus.
"(The University) has this hanging over the head
of every activist on campus," said Koster.
Freedman said she is not intimidated by the pen-
ding trial. "I'm not going to let the court case stop me
from protesting," she added.
A mattress caught fire in a room at Bursley Hall
last night around 9 p.m. According to Gus Goetz,
resident director for the section of the building where
the fire occurred, most of the damage to the room
was caused by the water used to extinguish the blaze.
Fire department officials had not determined the
cause of the fire at press time last night. The blaze
was on first Rotvig, a men's floor.
Your attention is called to the following rules passed by the Regents at their
meeting on February 28, 1936: "Students Shall pay all accounts due the
University not later than the last day of classes of each semester or summer
session. Student loans which are not paid or renewed are subject to this reg-
ulation; however, students' loans not yet due are exempt. Any unpaid ac-
counts at the close of business on the last day of classes will be reported to
the Cashier of the University and
"(a) All academic credits will be withheld, the grades for the semester or
summer session just completed will not be released, and no transcript of
credits will be issued.
"(b) All students owing such accounts will not be allowed to register in
any subsequent semester or summer session until payment has been
By NANCY DOLINKO
The Michigan Student Assembly last
night voted unanimously to join the
Michigan Collegiate Coalition, a stud-
ent lobbying organization established
The MCC "allies all students in a
common lobbying group in Lansing,"
said MSA President Scott Page.
As a member of MCC, MSA will pay
four cents for every student at the
University - about $155 - to belong to
the group. The money will come out of
the MSA budget.
Fourteen out of the 15 public four-
year institutions in the state now belong
to the lobbying group. MCC was formed
so that schools could exchange infor-
maiton about their student governmen-
ts and lobby lawmakers in Lansing for
increased support to state universities,
Similar programs have been
established in California and Min-
nesota. MSA representative Kevin
Michaels organized the effort to get the
University involved in the group.
MCC's president is Michigan State
University student Rocky Beckett.
MSU was chosen as the center for the
group's activities because of its
proximity to Lansing.
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"IF YOU'RE really stuck, really
aggravated, you can take a break, send
a few messages, and go back to the
program," agreed LSA sophomore Jo
Users can send four types of
messages through the system -
"mail" is sent between individuals or
groups; "sign-on messages" are
general messages printed on the screen
to everyone using the system;
"bulletins are messages sent to selec-
ted users; and "dispatches" are instant
messages sent between two operating
Several users mentioned that the
conversation mode of the message
system - which allows users to
establish a quick exchange of messages
between each other - is a particularly
convenient aspect. "Because the ex-
change can take place relatively
quickly, it is like a conversation on the
screen," said one unidentified user.
MESSAGES VARY as much as the
students who send them. They range
from a simple request for a phone call
to an offer for a date. One student who
asked to remain anonymous told of a
romance that grew from a friendship
through the message system.
"We had a poli sci class and a com-
puter class together," he said. "We
were friends in the class, but became
more than friends by sending
At the year's end, the two decided to
use the remaining two dollars in their
accounts by exchanging messages, he
said. "We sent a few short messages
and had a nice soliloquy at the end.
Then that was the end of the money."
One of the most popular methods of
sending a message is through a dispat-
ch because the message gets to the
recipient immediately. Although con-
venient, the mechanism can also be an-
noying because it interrupts the
LSA senior James Boughton said his
work on a project was recently in-
terrupted by "a friend who sent me
Hamlet quotes." Boughton added,
however, that if interruptions become
too frequent or annoying, there is a
method by which the receiver can stop
the message from reaching the ter-
When the going gets tough, LSA
senior Mile Rafeld said he occasionally
sends a rather creative dispatch.
The message, which Refeld calls
"Chinese Terminal Torture," consists
only of the word "drip," which in-
terrupts the recipient's work to make
its appearance on the screen. "It's like
Chinese water torture on the terminal,"
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Doctors stike at Rhopal hospital
NEW DELHI, India - Doctors at the largest hospital in Bhopal walked off
the job in a wildcat strike yesterday and left victims of history's worst
chemical disaster without medical treatment, the Press Trust of India said.
It was not known how many gas victims remained in the Hamidia hospital,
but PTI said at least 30,000 already had been treated there - the largest
number of victims of the Dec. 3 leak treated at any single facility.
The disaster occurred when a cloud of methyl isocyanate spewed from the
Union Carbide pesticide plant on the outskirts of the city on Dec. 3, some 360
miles south of New Delhi, leaving at least 2,250 people dead and 200,000 in-
The strike began at 3 p.m. when a municipal official slapped one of the
doctors on duty, PTI said, quoting N.R.Bandarj, medical superintendant for
the region. It was not immediately known what sparked the incident.
No one was attending to the victims inside as a steady stream of suffering
people trying to get help were treated outside the hospital entrance, Bandari
Hostages say Iran aided captors
Two Americans freed from a hijacked Kuwaiti airliner headed home
yesterday as other hostages charged that Iranian authorities supplied,
hijackers with guns, ropes, and handcuffs during six terror-filled days at
The Americans, scarred and bruised from beatings and torture at the han-
ds of the hijackers, arrived in Kuwait with other hostages aboard a Kuwaiti
jetliner that picked them up in Tehran, the official Kuwaiti News Agency
The return of the hostages coincided with charges from two released
passengers in Karachi, Pakistan that Iranian authorities supplied the four
Arabic-speaking hijackers with ropes, handcuffs and weapons.
"They had silver-colored pistols when they hijacked the plane and they
had nothng except that," said Sheik Abdul Hafiz, 50, a Kuwait Airways
"After two days, they had .38 revolvers, iron handcuffs they put on the
American passengers, and nylon ropes by which they tied me and other
passengers," he said.
Lab technician catches AIDS
BOSTON - A medical technician caught AIDS after being exposed to high
risk blood in a laboratory, and experts attempted yesterday to learn whether
he got the disease from on-the-job contact, a form of transmission never
The possibility that lab and hospital workers might catch AIDS from
patients has been a major concern since the epidemic began, and a variety
of studies have shown that those people face little, if any, unusual risk.
The unidentified victim, who has been hospitalized for' about a month, is in
poor condition in the intensive care unit at the New England Medical Center.
AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is marked by the
inability of the body's immune system to resist disease. The cause of the
disorder is not known, but researchers have evidence that it is caused by a
virus discovered in France in 1983.
Anne Speakman, a hospital spokeswoman, quoted doctors as saying that
the man was not a homosexual, a needle drug abuser, a Haitian, or a
hemophiliac - all groups considered to be at higher-than-usual risk of con-
tracting the disease.
U.S., Cuba agree on refugees
WASHINGTON-The United States and Cuba have reached basic agreem-
ent to return to Havana more than 1,000 "undesirable" refugees while
allowing thousands of other Cubans to emigrate here with regular U.S. visas,
an administration official said yesterday.
He said an announcement would be made later in the week unless com-
plications developed over the legal problems of Cubans in detention in this
The talks with the Cuban government are "basically wrapped up," said
the official, who spoke only on condition that he not be identified.
The Justice Department has expressed concern that legal problems raised
in U.S. courts by Cubans who want to be set free might make it difficult to
repatriate them. "There may have to be some back and forth with the Cuban
government over this," the official said.
In return for Cuba's taking back criminals and mental patients, the United
States would resume the processing of visas for regular emigration from
that country to the United States. More than 20,000 Cubans might come here
as a result.
Leftists bomb NATO pipelines
BRUSSELS, Belgium-Bombs exploded at six NATO pipeline sites in
Belgium yesteday, spewing fountains of burning fuel into the air and shut-
ting down sections of the Alliance's largest pipeline system in Europe, police
No injuries were reported in the bombings, claimed by the terrorist group
the Communist Combatant Cells in a "war" against NATO.
The blasts came 48 hours before 16 alliance foreign ministers
Secretary of State George Shultz were to begin their regular fall session in
Brussels. Shultz arrives in Brussels today.
"The war against NATO has become the main thrust of our action," the
Communist Combatant Cells said in claiming responsibility for the blasts in
a letter to the Brussels newspaper La Cite.
I NATO operates a series of pipelines throughout its European territory.
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