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Ninety-five Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Spring
Foggy and breezy with a'chance
of rain. High in the mid 40's.

Vol. XCV, No. 119

Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-- Friday, February 22, 1985

Fifteen Cents

Ten Pages

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Greeks make big

come back

Membership can only go up.
significant is rush-it's been
up every year.

What's really
going up, up,

-Maggie Michaels
Panhellenic Association president

crease over rush in fall 1983.
Fraternities have been experiencing
similar increases. Nine hundred ninety
men attended the first set of parties
during rush, Walter said and this year's
pledge class saw a large increase.
"We're looking for 500 pledges - this
time last year we had 369 pledges,"
Walter said. Currently 480 men have
pledged.
OPINIONS on why fraternities and'
sororities are enjoying a surge of
popularity vary. According to
Michaels, the increase "may be related
to conservatism."
Another possible explanation, off-
ered by an alumna who asked not to be
identified, lies in the atmosphere of the
University itself. "Students find (the
University) a very, very large place.
The school and the job market are very
competitive and they need a release
See GREEK, Page 2

all University women belong to
sororities. Harry Walter, an LSA senior
and president of the Interfraternity
Council, said that 21.6 percent of all un-
dergraduate men here are fraternity
members.
Since 1972, sororities on campus have
more than quadrupled their member-
ship. Michaels estimated that sorority
membership in that year totaled 400

women. Following last term's rush
figures and the addition of another
sorority, Sigma Kappa, last October,
that figure is now up to 1,796 women.
"Membership can only go up,"
Michaels said. "What's really
significant is rush - it's.been going up,
up, up every year." Michaels men-
tioned that 1,054 women registered for
rush last term, which is a 15 percent in-

Testimony
may flaw
arson hearing
'U' lawyers still confident

By JERRY MARKON
Attorneys for an ex-University law student ac-
cused of setting his law quad room on fire said
yesterday they weakened the testimony of a key
prosecution witness.
James Picozzi, a former law student, is accused
of deliberately setting his law quad room afire on
March 8, 1983. He suffered burns over 10 percent of
the left side of his body, and broke his back when he
jumped out of a third floor window due to the blaze's
intense heat.
THE UNIVERSITY had allegedly been relying ona
the testimony of Brian Meyers, a local gas station
attendant, who told police he sold gasoline - the ac-
cererant used in the fire - to a man missing two
fingers several hours before the 4 a.m. blaze.
Picozzi, who did not own a car, is missing two
fingers on his right hand because of a previous in-
jury.
But Ann Arbor Police Detective David Jachalke,
the investigating officer in the case, admitted on the
stand yesterday that a police Sgt. may have prod-
ded Meyers when obtaining his statement.
BECAUSE THE Sgt. specifically asked Meyers if
he "noticed anyone buying gasoline with missing
fingers," instead of obtaining the statement in an
un-biased manner, Jachalke said, "it was

discredited by the department, and was not
weighted heavily against Picozzi."
".I didn't feel it was a valid identification based on
how (the Sgt.) obtained it - it appeared to be tain-
ted by information Meyers learned from a source
other than recall," Jachalke said.
According to Alan Silber, Picozzi's principal
counsel: "Meyer's testimony was critical. His is the
only testimony that links Picozzi to the gas that set
the fire."
It seems to me that we destroyed
Brian Meyer's creditibility through Jachalke,"
Silber said at an- interview during a break in the
proceedings.
Josiah Thompson, the investigator for Picozzi's
legal team, agreed that "the day went blisterlingly
well."
"The only significant piece of evidence offered
against Picozzi was Meyer's testimony," he said,
"but that's been taken out of the case. . . it is no
longer believed by any reasonable man."
UNIVERSITY attorney Peter Davis, however,
dismissed the weakening of Meyer's testimony as
having "nothing to do with the case."
"I don't think Meyers is even a key witness," he
said. "The physical evidence from the fire will
See LAW, Page 3

LAST MAY'S demonstrators were demanding that the
University's guidelines banning classified research that's
results would be to destroy or incapacitate human life, be ex-
tended to non-classified research. They wanted to put a stop
to Haddad's research on microdes which can be used in
See PSN, Page 3

Daily Photo by SCOTT LTUCHY
A PSN demonstrator stands outside a campus engineering lab yesterday in
protest of arrested PSN members.

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Students rent
more movies
By JIM GRANT
Students bored with the fare at local movie theatres can
now see the film of their choice by renting it on a
videocassette.
Though not a new idea, renting movies has only recently
started to catch on around campus.
"WE HAVE had movies since September," said
Michael Heitjan, a Campus Corner employee. Rentals
during the middle of the week are relatively slow, but by
the weekend they pick up considerably, he said.
See HOME, Page 3

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Security debate arises
after two bomb threats

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By STEVEN E. HERZ
If a telephone caller threatens to blow
up a building do officials react accor-
ding to standard procedure? Or do they
make a spur of the moment decision?
This question was debated in two
separate bomb threat incidents in the
last week.
OFFICIALS decided not to evacuate
the two campus buildings when bomb
threats were phoned in by anonymous
callers over the past week. University
Hospitals received a threat last Friday,
West Quad received a bomb threat
early Wednesday morning.
But was the decision correct?
"Our department policy is to always
recommend evacuation," said Ann Ar-
bor Police Sgt. Jan Suomala.
In reference to the West Quad in-
cident, Suomala replied: "It would be

impossible to check a building like that
for a bomb."
ACCORDING TO standard operating
procedures, all resident advisors are
supposed to notify their residents of a
bomb threat, and allow individual
residents to decide whether or not to
evacuate.
A random sampling of West Quad
residents, however, disclosed that only
a fraction of them were notifed of the
threat.
Officials say time was a key factor in
notifying students.
THE CALLER said that the alleged
bomb would be detonated 20 minutes
from the time of his call-2:03 a.m. By
the time housing security officers had
made a decision not to evacuate, the
RAs were notifed, only minutes
remained for the students to be infor-

med of the threat.
"It's very difficult to inform 150
people in five minutes," said Marc
Wernick, an Adams House RA.
Franco Fazzalari, an RA in Michigan
House said, "By the time I could notify
all of my residents the police had left. I
had good reason to believe the threat
was over."
Fazzalari acknowledged potential
flaw in the policy. "I have to deal with
the panic... and a false panic and be a
bigger detriment," he said.
THE SITUATION in the hospital was
dealt with under different guidelines.
Arthur Howison, hospital security
director, said, "Nobody was evacuated,
I can't evacuate a hospital. We've got
people hoooked up to intravenous
machines, life support systems... it's
See BOMB, Page 3

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school graduate, can refute that accusation. When asked by
a member of the audience at a high school football dinner
how serious a student he had been at college, according to
Sports Illustrated, he replied: "When I approach the com-
plex question of academics, I find it difficult to desensitize
myself to the derogatory implications that non-educated
people have on me; the affected class. Through research I
have found that most academic institutions fabricate fic-
titious additions, luring adolescent, students, causing them
to capitulate to the system, detrimental to their advan-

East German territory Tuesday. The dog landed between
an old and new section of the barrier built by communist
authorities to stop escapes to the West. The dog immediately
began to yap andhowl, prompting residents in nearby apar-
tments to alert West Berlin police. French military police
were called in, and they used a megaphone to call the East
German border guards, asking them to help rescue the
animal. But the megaphone brought no response. So
Western police sent a telex to the East German guards, who
then acknowledged the dog's plight. During the night. East

VOTER REGISTRATION
DEADLINE - MARCH 1
In order to vote in the April 1 city election, voters must be
registered by Friday March 1. For most students this
means registering before leaving town for Spring Break.
On the April 1 ballot will be the elections for Ann Arbor
Mayor and City Council and a proposal to force landlords to
increase weatherization of some rental units: Contact the

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