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Ninety-five Years
Editorial Freedom


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Sunny with a high near 50.

Vol. XCV, No. 134 Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 21, 1985 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages

State rep.
LANSING - State Rep. Morris Hood
1 (D-Detroit) predicted yesterday that
the State House of Representatives
would include between $5 and $10
million more for higher education in the
state budget than the $1.2 billion
recommended by Gov. James Blan-
Hood, chairman of the House Sub-
committee on Higher Education said
after a meeting of the subcommittee
that any increases would depend on
how the legislature decides to use last
.year's state budget surplus. "The
question," he said, "is whether we have
an early tax rollback."
THE PROPOSED decrease in state
income tax rates to 4.6 percent next
January 1, combined with an increase
in tax exemptions to $1,750 would cost
the state $400 million in next year's
See SHAPIRO, Page 2




Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY
Up on the roof
Members and friends of Sigma Chi fraternity soak up the sun and slurp leftover green beer yesterday to celebrate the
first day of spring.

The mother of a student accused of
setting fire to his Law Quad dorm room
in 1983 testified yesterday that she had
not washed the pants he was wearing
during the fire.
Experts had testified earlier in the
arson trial of James Picozzi that if he
had set the fire there would have been
traces of gasoline in his clothes after-
wards. But dormitory staff member
Dian Nefranowicz said on the witness
stand last month that Mrs. Picozzi had
told her of washing the pants.
"IN NO WAY did I tell her I washed
the jeans," Mrs. Picozzi said on the
stand yesterday. The disputed conver-
sation occurred when Mrs. Picozzi was
in town after her son was injured during
the fire. She was staying in the Lawyers
Club at the Law School.
"I didn't even know where the
washing machines and dryers were at
the Lawyers Club," Mrs. Picozzi said.
Picozzi is accused of setting fire to his
Law Quad room on March 8, 1983. He
filed suit against University Law School
Dean Terrance Sandalow, saying his
civil rights were violated when San-
dalow did not send a letter of good
academic standing to Yale Law School
on Picozzi's behalf.
AT A HEARING conducted on August
30 and 31 last year, U.S. District Court
Judge John Feikens did not grant the
plaintiff a preliminary injunction but
instead directed the parties to conduct
an administrative hearing to decide if
(Picozzi) set the fire.
Peter Davis, an attorney for the
University, called James Thomas, the
associate dean for admissions and ,

student affairs at Yale Law School, to
Thomas brought Picozzi's admissions
file, and said that the defendant, who
attended Yale as an undergraduate,
was turned down for admission to Yale
Law School as a freshman in 1981 and
as a second year transfer in 1982.
THOMAS SAID that Picozzi reac-
tivated his application in 1983. He read
aloud the letter that Picozzi wrote to
him-on February 9, 1983, stating that he
wished to be again considered for
Yale's second-year class.
Thomas said that Yale normally ac-
cepts 10 to 12 transfer students and one
to three special status students per
Davis asked him to read a letter that
was written by the defendant's brother,
Vincent Picozzi, Jr. to the president of
Yale on March 24, 1983.
IN THE letter Vincent Picozzi said
that "recently a very ugly event took
place. A fire was set outside his room,"
and explained that due to this and
previous harrassment, it would be im-
possible for his brother to remain at
Michigan and that he hoped Yale would
consider Picozzi's application.
Other letters were read including
correspondence between Picozzi and
Thomas and letters of recommen-
DANIEL CRONIN a Flint attorney,
who was a classmate of Picozzi's
testified that he was with the defendant
on the night of March 7, hours before
the fire occurred.
Cronin said that he attended a class
with Picozzj from 7 to 9 p.m. and after-
See 'U', Page 2

Union Carbide blames workers

DANBURY, Conn. (UPI) - Contamination of a
storage tank, possibly caused by sabotage, was
responsible for a gas leak that killed more than 2,500
people at Union Carbide's plant at Bhopal, India,
corporation officials yesterday. They also said the
plan was riddled with safety violations.
Company officials did not pinpoint - blame for
history's worst chemical disaster and said production
of the deadly gas would resume next month in its In-
stitute, W. Va., plant. Production was halted there af-
ter the Bhopal disaster.
IN A REPORT compiled by Union Carbide scien-
tists and technicians from the United States, the
company said 120 to 240 gallons of water "inadverten-
tly or deliberately" was allowed to contaminate an

underground storage tank in the Bhopal plant.
The mixture started a runaway chemical reaction
that leaked a deadly cloud of methyl isogcyanate gas
over the sleeping city of Bhopal on Dec. 3, 1984,
killinig more than 2,500 poeple and injuring thousan-
ds more.
Union Carbine Chairman Warren Anderson stop-
ped short of directly charging sabotage, but said the
company could not rule out the possibility that con-
timination may have been deliberate.
"THE AMOUNT of water that got into this tank
took a while to get in there," he said at a news con:
ference. "That's why he said it might be deliberate. I
can impugn malice here. I can't say it's an act of
When pressed, however, Anderson said, "It doesn't

seem like something that is inadvertent."
Anderson said civil and criminal action is pending
in India against individual employees of Union Carbide.
bide India Ltd., and the Indian government is conduc-
ting a criminal investigation.
"THE ISSUE of fault is before the courts both here
and in India. In light of those proceedings, we will
confine (remark) to what happened and not who was
at fault," he said.
Ron Van Mynen, corporate director of health and
safety for Union Carbide and chairman of the in-
vestigating team, said a refrigeration unit crucial to
controlling chemical reaction had been out of
operation for five months before the leak.
See COMPANY, Page 3

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Sorority 's

The Ann Arbor Zoning Board of Appeals voted yesterday 4-
3 to deny the Collegiate Sorosis Sorority's request to build an
addition to a house because the plan violated three zoning
"The addition can be developed within the zoning ordinan-
ces if you change the plan," said board member Nancy
TO CONFORM to zoning codes the current plan needs a
wider driveway, parking spaces that are farther from the
building, and a wider space between properties.
Last week the Ann Arbor Planning Commission voted to
allow the sorority to move into the house at 903 Lincoln and
build an addition despite objections from neighbors.
The neighborhood is zoned for both single family homes

and group dwellings, but a group who wants to move in must
get the Planning Commission's approval first.
HOWEVER, THE commission did not accept the plan for
building the addition, forcing the sorority to go to the Zoino
Board of Appeals. The sorority had hoped the Zoning Board
would waive some codes and accept its proposed plan.
Neighbors opposing the addition say the balance of the
neighborhood between single family homes and group homes
is endangered. Gerald Lax, the sorority's attorney, told the
board they should not consider whether the sorority should be
in the neightborhood, but rather whether the zoning codes
should be waived.
"The planning commission already decided the special ex-
See PANEL, Page 3

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Three candidates vie for MSA presidency
By AMY MINDELL DIANA SAID he is confident despite
Three students declared their can- 'Generally, MSA has totally lost sight of the fact that his party contains only five
didacy for the Michigan Student what the proper role of student government members. "If I got all of South Quad to
Assembly presidency in time for , vote for me, I'd win. Our objective is to
yesterday's 5 p.m. filing deadline. is.a mobilize people to vote."


Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY
Elizabeth Douvan, the leading candidate in the Residential College's search
for a new director, addresses students and faculty at East Quad yesterday..
RC stuetfaculty
quizpotential director

Approximately 80 students and
faculty of the Residential College en-
thusiastically received. Elizabeth
Douvan, the leading candidate in the
RC's director search, in a panel
discussion at East Quad yesterday.
The LSA Executive Committee
recently approved Douvan as the

program's new director pending the
approval of the Residential College
community and her acceptance of the
DOUVAN HAS not yet decided
whether to replace outgoing director
John Mersereau, who announced last
fall that he plans to step down in June
when his current term expires.
See RC, Page 2

The three represented the MUM
(Moderates of the University of
Michigan), MOVE (Make Our Votes
Effective), and Voice parties. Each
party offers a presidential and vice
presidential candidate and candidates
for seats on the assembly. MOVE has a
itotal of five candidates, while MUM has
:25 and Voice has 27.
Paul Josephson, an LSA junior, charac-
terized his party as "young but ex-
perienced." Josephson and running
mate Micky Feusse, an LSA
sophomore, said they would maintain
-MSA's present structure.
Josephson said the party would con-
centrate on increasing minority
recruitment and retention, fighting a
student code of non-academic conduct,
and working on issues of interest to
women such as increased anti-rape

MUM offers a slightly different ap-
proach. Presidential candidate Kevin
Michaels is an MSA member who feels
that the assembly "has totally lost sight
of what the proper role for student
government is."
HE AND RUNNING mate Thomas
Shelby lead a "diverse group," accor-
ding to Michaels, an engineering
senior. Shelby is an LSA junior.
Michaels said that the present assem-
bly receives little respect from students
and the administration and suffers
from a public relations problem.
"Students ask themselves 'why
should I vote?' and 'what does MSA do
for.me besides all that radical stuff?' "
said Michaels.

- Kevin Michaels.
Candidate for MSA president

Michaels said his party's number one
priority is a campus escort service.
"I AM VERY confident in my leader-
ship ability," he said. "We don't want to
screw up the University."
LSA sophomore Alex Diana is the
presidential candiate for the MOVE
party. Diana's party will concentrate
on "using University resources for
students, compromising with the
administration - for example, a
reasonable compromise on the code,"
he said.
Diana, president of the South Quad
Council, and running-mate Casey
Whitehead, an LSA sophomore, see in
MSA "A potential for great help to
students that is not being fulfilled now."

"Whether it is MSA's fault or the
students, there is not a lot of interest in
what MSA is doing," he said. "I don't
feel that MSA voices views of a
majority of students on campus . . . I
, think that there are a lot more conser-
vatives on campus."
In the April 9 and 10 elections, all
students will be able to vote for a
president and vice president and
students from each of the University's
schools and colleges will elect their
representatives to the assembly.
There are also 17 independents filed
for candidacy. The schools of
Education, Social Work, and Music do
not have candidates
Election director Rob Markus said
the election "is going pretty well so far,
despite such obstacles such as apathy.
My goal is to have 10,000 voters" (as
opposed to 4,000 last year.)

Beef or bull?
CONGRESSIONAL aides dined on fried vegetable
balls at a meatless lunch in honor of the Great
American Meatout, a vegetarian group's call
for a cutback in the consumption of what they
call an unhealthy food. But a beef industry blasted the
"overzealous rhetoric." At least one congressman attended

health of the public is not served by false statements,
misleading arguments and overzealous rhetoric." "I think
that the brochure manages to convey a good deal of misin-
formation about red meat in health," said Roy Rogers,
executive director of the Nebraska Beef Industry
Development Board.
Birthday flight

operated by British Airways, will fly from Omaha to New
York at subsonic speeds before refueling for the supersonic
flight to London.
Mayoral madness
What was billed as a sober look at how two mayors of
New York governed the nation's largest city instead
became a bit of a comedy affair. Mayor Edward Koch, en-

age of police officers in high-crime areas such as The Bronx
and Manhattan. He said officials told him most have less
than three years' on-the-job experience, and that a better
officer often was the one with more years on the job. Koch
quickly shot back: "But the policemen with less than three
years' experience can run as fast as the felon.'



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