The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 20, 1985-- Page 3
State House approves
mandatory seat belt bill
Vegas crash Associated Press
Nineteen people were injured yesterday when a car and a bus collided in downtown Las Vegas. The driver of the car
was reported in stable condition, the bus driver in satisfactory condition.
LANSING (UPI) - The House yesterday approved
mandatory seat belt legislation on a 64-41 vote, putting
Michigan on the verge of becoming the fourth state in the
nation to pass such a law.
Only Senate concurrence in a relatively minor amendment
now stands in the way of the bill going to Gov. James Blan-
chard for his signature. Blanchard has endorsed the bill
SEN. DOUG Cruce, the Troy Republican sponsoring the
bill, said he believes the Senate will easily accept the amen-
dment, which nullifies the law if the federal government
requires air bags in cars.
The bill, which takes effect July 1, imposes fines of $10 for
drivers and front-seat automobile passengers and who fail to
buckle up this year and $25 beginning Jan. 1, 1986. The
measurM prohibits police from stopping motorists soley for
failure to wear their belts.
Thtee other states - New York, New Jersey and Illinois -
have already passed similar laws.
A MAJOR argument for the bill in Michigan, the home of
the nation's automobile industry, has been the threat that air
bags or other restraints will be required unless two-thirds of
the nation's population is covered by mandatory seat belt
laws. Automakers have opposed the airbag requirement -
proposed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole -
as too expensive.
Backers of the bill estimate that as few as 10 large states
are needed to pass the law to meet the two-thirds
OPPONENTS of the bill denied the air bag threat was real.
"A lot of you have been told that either you vote for seat
belts or you will have mandatory air bags," said Rep. Ernest
Nash, (R-Dimondale). "That is not true." He said other for-
ms of restraints - including so-called friendly interiors -
would be acceptable.
He said the car companies were asking the Legislature "to
do their dirty work for them," because they know neither air
bags nor redesigned interiors would be acceptable to the
Rep. Perry Bullard, and Ann Arbor Democrat and staunch
liberal, said car manufacturers want to avoid building safe
autos and he called the seat belt legislation "a pretty good
example of mass hysteria."
He said state legislatures are convinced they can get
General Motors Corp.'s massive new Saturn subsidiary if
they pass mandatory belt laws.
However, Hollister, a Lansing Democrat, said Saturn
played only a minor role in the debate.
He said the major argument for the bill was its effect on
saving lives and preventing injuries.
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would only be identified as "Phil."
"It's nice to be able to advertise Bud-
weiser," he said. "It gets the message
across.... If you have a beer adver-
tisement, then people will come over
ban alcohol promotion
Several campus newspapers - The
State News, at Michigan State Univer-
sity, the Central Michigan Life, and the
Western Michigan Herald - have ex-
pressed concern that the new law could
be interpreted as banning liquor adver-
tisements in student newspapers.
Although the law's draft only refers
to promotion and never mentions ad-
vertising, an LCC Aid for Executive
Services, Ken Wozniak, conceded that
"the term used is promotion and that's
what advertising is - promotion."
Gras celebration comes to a close
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FOR WARREN, Mardi Gras is
nothing but a lot of people who come to
New Orleans, make a big mess all over
the town, and go home when the parade
stops. Then, he said, the sanitation
trucks come through and clean up, and
everything is back to normal until next
But Rasnis had a more romantic
image of the mess.
"The way they judge how many
people were at Mardi Gras, how good
Mardi Gras was, is the next day when
the sanitation department comes
through," he said.
AREA businesses say they are
delighted to accommodate the throngs
of revelers. Some say Carnival is the
biggest shot in the arm their businesses
get all year.
Herbert Mize, a University alumnus
and owner of Rick's breakfast shop
located along one of the parade routes,
said his restaurant doubles or even
triples its business during the Mardi
"We're making most of our money all
year," during Mardi Gras, said David
Galloway, a bartender at the Colonial
Room in the central city. Galloway said
his bar raises its drink prices about 25
percent during the parade, which
passes right in front of the bar.
Yet money isn't the only reason local
residents look forward to the
celebrations all year.
Mize says the feeling he gets from
watching the parade is wonderful. All
racial tensions disappear during Car-
nival and whites and blacks celebrate
together, he said.
Some partiers say they just like Mar-
di Gras for hedonistic reasons.
Richard Lowenthal will speak about "Totalitaranism As A Historical Concept"
in a lecture today at 4 p.m., in the West Conference Room at Rackham. The
Center for Russian and East European Studies is sponsoring the lecture.
MTF-Animal House, 7 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Hill St.-Dog Day Afternoon, 7 p.m., Hill St.
Farm Labor Organizing Committee-Alambrista, 8 p.m., room 126, East
Cinema For Survivors-What About the Russians, 6 p.m., room 126, East
Jewish Law Students' Union and Program in Judaic Studies-The Pawn-
broker, 8 p.m., 116 Hutchins.
University Philharmonica-Concertos, 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium.
Ark-Songs from North Country Opera & Prodigals, 8 p.m., 637 S. Main.
Netherlands Wind Ensemble-aria highlights from Mozart's opera "The
Abduction from the Seraglio," 8p.m., Rackham.
Center for Russian and East European Studies-Brown Bag, "The
Problem of Communist 'Emancipation' In The Lifetimes of Stalin & The
Cominterm", noon, Commons Room, Lane Hall.
College of Engineering-"Scattering Information Between the Operating
Systems of a Multicomputer", 1 p.m., 2039 East Engineering, "Totally Dual
Integral Systems", R. Chandrasekaran, 4 p.m., 241 IOE Building, "Sans of
Polystyrene/Toluene", William Boyer, 4 p.m., Cooley Building.
U-M Computing Center - "Using the IBM-PC and Zenith 2-150 Micros
with MTS", 4 p.m., 2346 School of Education.
Center for Afroamerican and African Studies-Amiri Baraka,
"Afroamerican Literature and Its Diasporic Experience," 7 p.m., Hale
Auditorium, Business School.
Statistic Department-Douglas Simpson, "Robust Inference and Discrete
Probability Models," 4 p.m., 451 Mason Hall.
Biology Department-"Biology of Testicular, Ovarian and Embryo-
Derived Teratocarcinomas", 4 p.m., lecture room 2, MLB.
New Jewish Agenda-Brown bag lunch, Detroit Free Press journalist,,
Steve Franklin, will speak about his experiences in the Middle East, noon,
Michigan Conference Room #5.
Medical School-"Killing and Letting Die, Part I", noon, S. Lecture Hall,
Medical Science I.
Chemistry Department-Ping Li, "Mass Spectrometry of Metal-Organic
Negative Ions", 4 p.m., room 1200, Chemistry, C. Chen, "Free Radical Ring-
Opening Polynerization", 4 p.m., 1300 Chemistry Building.
Women's Research Club=-N.S. Weber, "Michigan Morels-A Closer
Look", L.A. Goldstein, "The Flying Machine and Modern Literature", 8
Medical Chemistry-J.A. Secrist, "The Synthesis and Biological Activities
of Nucleosides Related to Certain Nucleoside Antiobiotica", 4 p.m., 3554 C.C.
Psychiatry Department-P.S. Appelbaum, "Informal Consent and
Psychiatric Research", 10:30 a.m., CPH Auditorium.
Academic Alcoholics-1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Science Fiction Club-:15 p.m., Michigan League.
Dissertation Support Group-8:30 p.m., 3100 UCS.
School of Education-Secondary teacher certificate meeting, 2:30 p.m.,
Michigan Gay Undergraduates-9 p.m., Guild House.
LSA Student Government-5:45 p.m., MSA Chambers, Union.
Michigan Alliance for Disarmament - 7:30 p.m., 2013 Angell Hall.
American Civil Liberties Union-7 p.m., Anderson Room D, Union.
School of Business Administration-Three Day Seminar, "Financial
Analysis for Non-Financial Managers Using Microcomputers."
CRLT-Workshop, "Discussion", 3:15 p.m., E. Conference Room,
SODC-Workshop, "If Nobody Knows, Nobody Goes: Programming &
Publicity", 6:30 p.m., Union.
Tau Beta Pi-Tutoring, lower level math, science, engineering, 8 p.m., 307
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Chinese celebrate holiday
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There are many tales behind the
origin of the Chinese New Year. One
legend says that Buddha held a high
celebration and invited all of the
animals, but only 12 animals showed
up, much to Buddha's displeasure. To
disgrace, the rest of the animal
kingdom, Buddha established a 12-year
cycle to honor each of the animals in at-
tendance. Last year honored the rat, for
example: the boar was honored in 1983.
SIMILAR TO the Western horoscope,
the animal figures lend characteristics
to the people born in their year. People
born this year under the sign of the ox,
for example, are supposed to grow up to
be stubborn and strong.
Christine Liu, an Ann Arbor resident
who has published several Chinese
cookbooks, recalls the weeks of
preparation that went into New Year
celebrations when she was growing up
in Shanghai 30 years ago.
"We would clean the house, make
new clothes for everybody in the
family, and start to prepare the food,"
By tradition, Chinese families avoid
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very capable replacement for the
Buchen, who was the only person in-
terviewed by MSA member Laurie
Clement and MSA work-study student
Erica Freedman, is not currently a
University student. He was a Univer-
sity student last year, but took time off
to travel and work on a political cam-
paign in Illinois.
Buchen has worked on local and state
elections, canvassing, campaigning,
and networking, said Clements. "He is
very experienced in reaching out to a
lot of people," she said. He was also
very active in SANE, an anti-nuclear
Clement said that Buchen's job would
be less that of a researcher than an
educator. She said that Winkelman had
researched the history of the code, but
that now it is necessary to inform
students and toscreate "educational ac-
tivities" concerning the code.
"Many students have no understan-
ding of. what the code really is,"
The position of students' rights staff
member only lasts through March and
the new assembly members will then
decide if they want -to renew the
cooking, cleaning, and using sharp in-
struments on New Year's Day to ward Fun & Exotic Foods
off badIluck. Ethnic Cuisine
In Communist China, the New Year is Gourmet Goodies
being celebrated for three days. The
People's Daily, the official Communist Special ReCipies from
Party Paper, recently warned that "a Gloria Pitzer
spree of extravagance, price gouging, The Author of
and gift giving is tainting the holiday COOKS QUARTERLY
spirit and the Communist Party's
But the paper's warning has gone
unheeded as schools and businesses
close down to let friends and families PREMIERINGTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
gather to wish one another 'Gung Hay
Fat Choy" - good luck in the New
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