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Ninety-five Years
of
Editorial Freedom

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Mostly sunny with a high in the 70s.

Vol. XCV, No. 158

Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, April 18, 1985

Fifteen Cents

Eight Pages

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By JERRY MARKON
University proposals for funding to conduct
research on behalf of President Reagan's "Star
Wars" defense initiative have stirred op-
position from some students on campus.
Researchers at the University have submit-
ted four proposals totalling $4,366,000 to the
Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, ac-
cording to James Lesch, University director of
research, development, and administration.
The Reagan Administration established the
organization in 1984 to study Star Wars
i technology.

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LSA JUNIOR Mark Weinstein, a member of
the Progressive Student Network, said he is
"opposed in general to military research on
campus, and Star Wars is about the biggest
proposal in history."
In an article published in Defense magazine
in 1984, Lt. Gen. James Abraham, the
program's director, said the "purpose of the
Strategic Defense Initiative is to defend people
and use our military forces."
"THE IMMEDIATE objective is to conduct
research on those technologies for defense
systems which might be capable of intercep-
ting ballistic missiles after they have been

Wars'
launched to prevent them from hitting
targets," Abraham continued.

research funds

their

'The purpose of the Strategic
Defense Initiative is to defend
people and use our military
forces.'
_- Lt. Gen. James Abraham
program director
But University professors involved in the
research proposals emphasize their non-

military applications.
"It represents a major source of basic
research over the next few years," said
aerospace engineering Prof. Robert Howe.
"The faculty members I've talked to haven't
been particularly concerned with the political
issue."
"WE'RE ONLY concerned with the research
aspect. If we're going to survive as a first-rate
institution, the Defense Department must sup-
ply much of our basic research," Howe said.
The aerospace engineering proposal, Howe
said, would improve NASA's ability to change
satellite orbits and control large space struc-

tures.
He added, however, that switching orbits
could give space stations better positioning to
intercept enemy stations in a futuristic space
battle.
"IT'S NO BIG deal. It's a big deal from a
publicity point of view and to certain students,
but it's business as usual for us," said elec-
trical engineering Prof. John Meyer.
Meyer claimed there was "not a line of
military wording" in his proposal, which he
says would "improve the reliability and per-
formace of high speed computer systems."
See STAR, Page 3

Cal. students skip
classes for sit-in
By PETER WILLIAMS the crowd. "I don't like to see the state "People were standing on roofs to se
The sleep-in at the University of drag its feet when UC students ex- it," Churchon said. "I've never sees
Califora-Berkeley reached its eighth pressing their freedom are put in jail." people standing on the roofs to se
Cayyesera epter tahedarrsgth YESTERDAY'S noon rally was the anything."
day yesterday, despite the arrest by largest yet, with an estimated 3000 sup- Nearly all of the 136 protesters wh
campus police of 136 protesters on porters in attendance. SeCLPg
Tuesday.. See CAL., Page 2
The demonstrators, most of whom i ""
are students demanding that the iT w uie ra r j oi ni n
university divest its holdings in South
Africa, have vowed to remain on the
steps of Sproul Hall until the universityad s i e ie s Sq
administration meets their demands. anf ap rhd
"WE WANT to free South Africa, and
we feel that this is the way to do it,"
said Jane Churchon, one of the student By AMY MINDELL schools involved to grant amnestyt
the protesters and fully divest fro
protesters. Students in Ann Arbor are joining holdings in companies which
Students also held a rally at noon, as protesters across the nation this week business in South Africa.
they have done on every school day sin- in demonstrating against apartheid and "As students we must not rema
ce the protest began last Wednesday, calling for divestment from companies aloof from the problems that confro
which included a pledge of support dealing in South Africa. the world, but must actively work1
from California State Assembly mem- In its first resolution, the newly- overcome them," the resolution said.
ber Maxine Waters. Waters pledged the elected Michigan Student Assembly In Berkeley, student protester Jan
support of the Assembly in the demon- Tuesday night unanimously expressed Churchon said the MSA endorseme
strators' efforts to "pressure the regen-- "deep support" for the anti-apartheid
ts" into a decision on divestment. demonstrations at Columbia University was read at the rally there. "Any su
"What am I doing at the capitol when and University of California-Berkeley. port from different schools means fori
I should be at Berkeley?" Waters asked THE RESOLUTION called upon the See MSA, Page 2

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More than 2,000 people show their support for demonstrators at the University of California-Berkeley in a rally held
Monday at Berkeley's Sproul Hall. The demonstrators, who yesterday marked their eighth day of continuous presence
on the steps of the building, are demanding divestment of university holdings in South Africa.

Panel debates civil disobedience

By ERIC MATTSON
The University Council agreed yesterday to con-
sider letting individual colleges and the housing of-
fice enforce parts of the proposed code of non-
academic conduct, and failed to reach a consensus
over whether to exclude civil disobedience from the
code.
Prof. Ann Hartman, a faculty representative on the
council, suggested at the beginning of the meeting
that the council should publicly state that civil
disobedience will not be included in any code it for-
mulates.
SHE SAID the political ramifications of punishing
protesters are so volatile that the issue should be
- treated separately from a code. "If we deal with
them in exactly the same ways, I think we're out of
business," she said.
Eric Schnaufer, a first-year law student on the
council, agreed. "I would say that we shouldn't use

any intra-University procedures for dealing with
political issues," he said.
But the issue was postponed when several council
members expressed opposition to the plan. Bill
Sturgis, an administrator on the council, said
protesters shouldn't be treated differently than other
students.
"IF THE University as a community needs rules to
protect particularly meaningful University goals,
and somebody violates that kind of rule - preventing
research, for example - then that's a very special
kind of wrong that should have a sanction," he said.
The plan for decentralization would let individual
schools and colleges handle minor problems like
classroom disruption, but responses to life-
threatening behavior and sexual harassment would
be determined by a central authority.
The housing office would also play a role in the
decentralized plan by setting up a system to deal with

problems in the dormitories.
PROF. SHAW Livermore, a faculty representative
on the council, said he doesn't like the idea of a cen-
tralized code because it would concentrate too much
power in one place.
"Trying to get a central authority is fatuous. The
world doesn't work that way," he said.
Hartman agreed that a unified code could be too
powerful, but she added that a decentralized system
might be unfair because students would be treated
differently under separate systems.
AS A RESULT, the council would set up general
guidelines for the decentralized systems, and will
oversee their operation. The council would also
establish an appeals process to a central authority.
"We would be like the Supreme Court, and they
would be like the states," Hartman said.
Livermore also said the council - which is com-
See PANEL, Page 3

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Panel won't
reconsider
waiving
codes for
sorority

By SUSAN GRANT
The Ann Arbor Zoning Board of Ap-
peals yesterday denied Collegiate
Sorosis' request to have the panel
reconsider waiving three zoning codes
in order for the sorority to build an ad-
dition on a house it wants to purchase.
"There has not been a substantial
change in the facts to warrant a
rehearing," said board member Nancy
White.
THE BOARD denied the sorority's
first request to build the addition at a
March meeting because panel mem-
bers felt the modifications to the house
at 903. Lincoln could be implimented
without violating the zoning ordinan-
ces.
Collegiate Sorosis is looking for a new

house because the lease on the house
they now rent from Alpha Epsilon Pi
fraternity expires this year. Alpha Ep-
silon Pi recently reorganized its chap-
ter at the University and plans to move
back into the house in the fall.
Collegiate Sorosis wanted the board
to reconsider the plan because the
sorority felt that this proposal was
superior to other alternatives.
IN ORDER to conform to the zoning
code, the current plan would have to be
modified to include a wider driveway,
more space between nearby property,
and parking spaces located farther
from the house.
Before the first zoning board
meeting, the city Planning Commission
had approved a special exemption

allowing the sorority to use the house as
group dwelling.
Because zoning code modifications or
variances were not passed by the board
of appeals, the special exemption will
not be valid, said city attorney Bruce
Laidlaw.
The neighborhood is zoned for both
single family homes and group
dwellings, but a group who wants to
move in must get the Planning Com-
mission's approval first.
Despite the denial of the request, the
sorority has developed an alternative
proposal that will conform to the zoning
regulations. The Planning Commission
will decide on the new site plan and the
special exemption next Tuesday.

Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY
Novelist E. L. Doctorow meets with Hopwood winners after the announ-
cement of the 1985 awards at Rackham yesterday.
Doctorow inspires 1985
Hopwood Award writers

By CAROLINE MULLER
Author E.L. Doctorow challenged
over 500 eager writers yesterday at
the Hopwood Awards ceremony in
Rackham Auditorium by telling them
that contemporary writers "lack
some rage of imagination."
Doctorow, author of Ragtime and
Lives of Poets, complained that
modern novelists lack the romance of
Hemmingway, and blamed part of it
on the increasing political com-
plications.
"TWO superpowers are holding our

brains hostage," he said.
Doctorow congratulated the 1985
winners of the Hopwood Awards as he
took the stage.
This year marked the 54th annual
awards ceremony, and a total of
$27,000 was awarded to un-
dergraduate and graduate participan-
ts in the categories of fiction, poetry,
drama, and essay.
TWO PEOPLE won prizes this year
for the Jeffrey C. Weisberg Memorial
Prize in Freshman Poetry, which is
See DOCTOROW, Page 2

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TODAY
East Quad
A .15-YEAR-OLD girl sent home from school for dying her

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pink streaks and some orange from when I died it red."
That was a. reference from a previous hairy adventure.
Pola said she had been at school for a week with purple hair
before Grey said anything. Grey said Tuesday that he
hopes the situation dies down. He said purple hair is not
appropriate at school.

more students, especially men. Now all he needs is to get
everyone to agree on a new name. The Institute of Child
Development objects to "College of Human Development,"
and "College of Applied Arts and Sciences" sounds too
much like the old name of the College of Liberal Arts, which
used to be the College of Arts and Sciences. The latest
proposal is "College of Human^Economy." But that's a
poor use of the word ecology, complained several members

a number of disc jockeys in nearby Fargo, N.D., who in the
past have organized the Zip to Zap and the Fling to Flom,
both Tiny North Dakota communities. The festivities include
the Herman Trot, a three-quarter mile biathlon involving
water buckets and baggy pants; an accordion contest; a
barbecue to feed 5,000; a dance, and a raffle. Money raised
will go toward the mortgage on Herman's American Legion
hall.

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