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Vol. XCV, No. 105,
Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, February 6, 1985
votes to ban
LANSING (UPI) - The House voted
overwhelmingly, 77-32, to ban state .
funding for abortions for women on
welfare.By AMY MINDELL
Those on both sides of the issue were
surprised at the huge margin for the Thed tof end Mssufby t
bill, and a major opponent of they night voted to fire Randy McDuffy, the
measure said it "bodes ill will" for Gov. ASsembly's minority affairs committee
James Blanchard's expected veto. chairman because of his handling of the
Jae TaHaHrsd,'s expectedvetMSA-sponsored International Cultures
IN THE House, a two-thirds WekedEastmoth
majority, or 74 votes of the 110 mem- The committee voted 13-4 to remove
bers, is needed to override a guber- him from his position.
natorial veto. "IF YOU ARE unhappy with the way
Between them, Blanchard and his things are change it," said MSA vice-
predecessor in office, William Milliken, president Steve Kaplan, responding to
have vetoed funding cutoffs 13 tims the trials organization "I was unhappy
since 1978. with the way Randy worked and I made
The bill now goes to the Senate, which a motion to remove him."
is expected to ratify the House action. McDuffie defended himself by saying
The Senate recently passed a virtually that MSA knew about the problems with
identical bill, but it is the House version the Cultural Weekend.
which is being used as the vehicle for "There were no guidelines about the
the funding cutoff. funds when I started putting this event
"THE MARGIN really bodes ill will together," said McDuffie, "I don',t think
for sustaining the governor's veto," Igthatwrog"I
said Rep. David Hollister, the Lansing
Democrat leading the fight against the HE SENT a letter to vice-president
prohibition. "It's going to take an Johnson, said Kaplan, then he changed
enormous amount of work now." the facts and didn't notify the ad-
However, Rep. Michael Griffin, the ministration. That makes us look bad,
Jackson Democrat ushering the he added.
measure through the House, would not
flatly predict victory when the issue Bill Mellin, treasurer of MSA, said
comes back to the chamber in the form Daily Photo by BRAD MILLS MSA may have to pay up to $8429 for the
of an override. IVant yoUr blood arrangements.
Hollister said Blanchard's strategy Steve Faho, an engineering school freshman, donates blood at the Red Cross At last week's meeting the Assembly
will likely be to try to convince Blood Drive held at Couzens Hall yesterday. The blood drive will continue discussed the problems with the
le e is a guber- throughout the week at various campus locations. weekend program, which was
See HOUSE, Page 2
organized by McDuffie's committee. It
was decided then that a "trial" would
be held before last night's meeting to
discuss McDuffie's handling of the
AFTER LAST week's meeting,
however, MSA leaders decided that
there would be no trial. Page said the
issue was being blown out of proportion.
He cited a clause in the MSA con-
stitution which allows the appointment
and removal of members. He added that
there was no provision for any type of
"hearing" for McDuffie and said the
matter would be brought up under old
business on last night's agenda.
During the week MSA Vice President
Steve Kaplan wrote to McDuffie to
outline the Assembly's complaints.
That letter said McDuffie had
knowingly prepared an incorrect
budget for the event, violated orders
from MSA on how to spend the money
allocated, and failed to tell the Assem-
bly about some of the, expenses in-
ON MONDAY the Assembly's
Steering Committee established a strict
format for last night's discussion. It in-
cluded a 30-minute time limit and
restrictions on how many people could
speak. But the committee decided not
to follow the format.
Last night some members of the
Assembly saidsthey were worried that
the discussion would riot be fair because
McDuffie was not offered a hearing and,
... defends actions
because there seemed to be an assum-
ption of McDuffie's guilt before the
meeting began. McDuffie said the for-
mat "only has a semblance of being
Page said the emotional nature of the
issue should not cloud the discussion
because "We are MSA - looking at
ourselves and judging ourselves."
When it came time to discuss McDuf-
fie's performance, the members spent
25 minutes trying to decide how to han-
dle the discussion. At one point, a
frustrated Kaplan suggested that the
body suspend its rules and "just discuss
this until we all get tired of talking."
By JERRY MARKON
The state police's Arson Control unit will offer a reward for
information about a series of fires discovered early Monday
morning in South Quad, according to Walt Stevens, the
University's safety director.
The University's safety department is scheduled to put up
posters today in South Quad advertising the reward. The
newest offering, which will carry a value of up to $2,000, sup-
plements a $100 reward already offered by the Quad.
The fires started in trash closets in Kelsey, Frederick, and
Gomberg Houses, a Gomberg House bathroom, and on a first
floor bulletin board. Fire department officials suspect arson
as the cause of the fires.
But city fire inspector Robert Harris said the department
"hasn't determined a thing yet" in its investigation of the
fires." He added he "has no idea how long the investigation
SOUTH QUAD Building Director Mary Antieau said that she
"has not had any information provided by the fire depar-
tment in relation to the fires."
However, Antieau said that officials are checking out
several leads - including people who in the past have been.
suspected of setting fires.
She would not elaborate on the identification of these in-
dividuals or whether or not they are University students or
In addition, Antieau said that fire department officials in-
vestigated the driver of a car which repeatedly circled around
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Students begin battle
over scarce RA jobs
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By VIBEKE LAROI
What should a-resident advisor do when
a foreign student runs across the street
after spotting an Ann Arbor delicacy -
squirrel - takes it home to the dorm,
and cooks it?
One solution is to get rid of the
squirrel and lecture the foreign dorm
resident on American customs, one
RA told a group of RA applicants
gathered at a mass meeting last night.
WE'RE LOOKING for a very high
quality pool of candidates to effectively
fulfill the positions, John Heidke,
associate director for housing
education said. Resident staff has to
serve many roles - academic, infor-
mational, teacher, counselor, and peer,
Heidke said he anticipates that about
500 students will apply for 100 RA
And it's quite possible that at least
some of the 100 students who win
positions will have to deal with matters
like the squirrel question.
YESTERDAY'S meeting was the
last of two mass meetings held to
recruit next year's resident staff and
explain some of the new selection
For example, applicants are now
required to have a grade point average
of 2.5 at the time of application, Heidke
said. In previous years, students were
given until the end of spring term to
raise their g.p.a. to 2.5.
The policy which was followed last
year led to some disappointment on the
. See RESIDENTS, Page 3
Students battle winter
blues in yearly bout
By JOHN CORTEZ
When the snow floated down yester-
day, did you find yourself sitting with
a stack of textbooks and staring out
the window with visions of the far-off
If so, you probably had a bout of the
winter blahs, or the mid-winter blues.
BUT IS WINTER really the cause?
Robert Pachella, a psychology
professor and LSA academic coun-
selor, says no. According to Pachella,
students experience the blues when
"the mind sags in the middle."
"This holds true for any large-scale
project, not just the school year,"
Pachella says. "There is a burst of en-
thusiasm at the beginning, and at the
end when the person can see the light
at the end of the tunnel. But in the
middle, the mind tends to drag, or
"The climate is not directly to
blame for this," he adds. "Students at
UCLA or Miami go through the same
thing. If the middle of the school year
were to occur in the summer, it would
be the same way. The bleak grayness
of winter only contributes to the
STUDENTS tend to fall into a
routine - something Pachella calls
"The most outstanding symptom of
the condition," he says, "is a loss of
perspective of what you're doing and
why." Students forget why they
registered for a particular course or
that by dropping classes they are
losing credits they need in order to
graduate on time.
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By MARLA GOLD
Surrounded by photographs of old
newspapers and wooden African statues
on shelves throughout the room, West
Quad's residence hall coordinator of-
ficially dedicated the redecorated
Asubuhi Cultural Lounge last night.
"I never thought this moment would
come, but it has," said Alan Levy, West
Quad building director, speaking in a
private ceremony for about 20 people in
the redecorated lounge.
THE CULTURAL lounge, which was
originally commissioned in response to
the Black Action Movement strike in
March 1970, remained a barren room
with only a few scattered couches and
chairs until the renovation project
began almost 2% years ago.
The minority lounge is used for ac-
tivities such as educational programs
and social events for minority students
in West Quad, said Crystal Duncan, a
minority peer advisor and member of
the Asubuhi Minority Organization,
which helped coordinate the dedication
ceremony. Duncan said that the name
Asubuhi means "new day" in Swahili.
Levy said that in addition to a place
for minority students, the Asubuhi
Lounge is an educational center for
everyone as an opportunity to become
aquainted with cultures other than their
See MINORITY, Page 3
Winter means snow, and for many students a case of winter blahs.
Valentine's Day surprise
" VALENTINE'S DAY is just around the corner,
and enlisted the help of Krista Saathoff and Danielle
Busignani, two classmates, as well as her roommate Mar-
jan Panah. The idea came to Edson last fall and she decided
to try and squeeze some academic credit out of it. She suc-
ceeded and the four partners are enrolled in an independent
study marketing class. Last Thursday and Friday, the
women started peddling the breakfasts in Stockwell,
Markley, West Quad, and Couzens dormitories. So far,
Panah said they've received a "lukewarm" response. Ap-
parently, women are less receptive to the idea than men.
Panah said that the ratio of males ordering to females is
nearly eight to one. Many students are ordering the break-
on Colo, Toni, and Cora. It's nothing so romantic as Cupid's
arrow. The match was made by a computerized dating
service for endangered zoo animals. Sunshine the gorilla is
"prime breeding potential," said San Francisco Zoo
zoologist Mike Sulak. Sunshine, 11, will be sent to the
Columbus Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan, in which zoos
zoos across the country lend animals to propagate rare
species. Sunshine will be the king of Columbus' new gorilla
palace, complete with waterfall, playroom, and closed-
circuit television, according to Dianna Frisch of the
Columbus Zoo. Under terms of the agreement, the Colum-
bus Zoo must give the San Francisco Zoo every second baby
more about the marine mammals that you harvest? If you
answer yes to all the above questions, then the Eskimo
Walrus Commission might have a job for you." Walrus
watchers, officially called "field monitors," are paid $10 an
hour to keep track of the village's kill of marine mammals,
according to Doreen Buffas, secretary for the Nome,
Alaska walrus commission. They help the commission deal
with harvest quotas that state and federal wildlife officials
set for Eskimo subsistence hunting, she said. The hours are
"very flexible," but she said the number of positions is
limited-one for each of a handful of coastal villages in