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Ninety-five Fears
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Sunny and hot with a chance of
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Vol. XCV, No. 162

Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, April 23, 1985

Fifteen Cents

Ten Pages

* Blanchard
unveils
'85 tax
proposal
LANSING (UPI)-Gov. James Blan-
chard yesterday proposed, as a matter
of "fairness," the elimination of
loopholes enjoyed by banks, insurance
companies, and stock owners coupled
:with general reductions in the income
and property taxes.
"We're asking the few to pay their
fair share to give benefits to the many,"
Treasurer Robert Bowman said.
BLANCHARD SAID he believes there
will be adequate support to get the
complex plan through the legislature.
'But it won't be easy," he conceded.
The Republican-controlled Senate
already has adopted income tax cuts
more extensive than those proposed by
the governor. And there were in-
dications his new taxes on business will
face stiff resistance.
Blanchard's program calls for the
following tax cuts:
8,Reducing the income tax rate to 4.6
percent on July 1, 1986. The tax now
stands at 5.35 percent, but will drop to
SI percent Nov. 1. Under current law, it
See BLANCHARD, Page 5

T e n - a e

GEO ratifies

newI
By BARBARA LOECH]
Members of the Graduate E
Organization ratified a new
contract with the University y
after working under an exten
tract for nearly seven weeks.
The contract, which was app
a vote of 527 to 22, includes a 5
tuition waiver and a five perc
increase for the Universit
teaching and research assist-an
THE UNION won con
stipulations for continued disc
working conditions betwee
tment chairs and TAs, plus p
for English assistance for fore.
GEO bargainers were not aLb
a provision to protect TAs fro
waiver tax liability. Unionf
and chief bargainer Jane Ho
GEO would negotiate with the
sity on the issue early next ye
law exempting waivers is not r
Holzka said GEO officia
"delighted" with the results of
The contract, she said, reflect
owing strength and solidarit
union.
"CONSIDERING how hard
ratify a contract with o
stitution-which requires that

contract
ER
mployees percent of the union's (1,024) members
one-year approve-it is significant when we
yesterday ratify," she said.
nded con- The old contract-the first since
1976-was ratified by a margin of only
proved by six votes in November 1983 with 325
50 percent(out of 637 members at that time)
ent wage - voting for the approval.
y's 1,700 When union officials announced the
nts. terms of the new contract last month,
itractual GEO bargainer Stephen Grossbart
cussion of said, "Everyone is pleased with every
n depar- aspect of the contract...except a ten
)rovisions percent minority who contest the
ign TAs. duration."
le to gain THE CONTRACT IS scheduled to ex-
m tuition pire March 15, 1986 and Grossbart said
president some GEO members wanted the con-
lzka said tract's expiration date changed to
e Univer- December 31, 1985 to coincide with the
ear if the expiration of the waiver exemption
enewed. legislation.
ils were When reinstatement of the exemption
the vote. law was delayed last year, many TAs
is the gr- had .to pay taxes on their waivers. At
y of the the time, the University refused to
compensate the TAs for losses because
it is to the salaries guaranteed in the operative
ur con-
tover 50 See TEACHING, Page 3

W ho'll stop the rain? Daily Photo by STEVE WISE
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the Great Lakes Steel plant in Detroit. As a project for Rohr's Ecological Issues Class, each balloon carried a card
asking whomever receives it to return the card if they are concerned about acid rain. Rohr hopes the balloons will
follow the path of the coal-burning plant's smoke, which contributes to acid rain.

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Students
plan apartheid
rally on Diag
tomorrow

By KER Y MURAKAMI
Since the University's Board of Regents decided to divest
about 90 percent of its investments in South Africa two years
ago, the University has been a quiet scene of apartheid
disapproval.
Educational forums, lobbying city councilmen, and selling
chain-like bracelets in solidarity with political prisoners in
South Africa replaced the Diag rallies that pushed the
University to divest all but $5 million of the $50 million in
South Africa-related stocks they owned in 1982- the largest
divestment of any public intitution.
BUT THIS year, as waves of protest have closed in on Ann
Arbor from Columbia in the east and Berkeley from the west,
interest in apartheid has resurfaced-even motivating some
University students to join the protests at Columbia and
Berkeley. Tomorrow, chants, cheers, and songs against
apartheid are due to return to the Diag, in the shape of a

solidarity rally for other schools seeking divestment of South
Africa-related stocks.
The rally, initiated by newly elected Michigan Student
Assembly representative Ed Kraus and MSA News editor
Jennifer Faigel, has three goals, Kraus said.
In addition to showing support for protesters at Berkeley
and Columbia and urging the Ann Arbor city council to push
divestment of pension funds from companies doing business
in South Africa, a major aim of the gathering is to demand
that the University totally divest itself of South African
stocks, Kraus said.
THE UNIVERSITY currently holds shares in five com-
panies that do business with South Africa- Dow Chemical
Corp., General Electric, General Motors, International
Business Machines (IBM), and Minnesota Mining and
Manufacturing- to the tune of $5,391,562.50, according to
Kraus.

The regents justified their decision to hold these stocks by
saying that they provide jobs for Michigan, and that the
stocks provide a basis for filing a suit against the state,
challenging the constitutionality of a 1982 act mandating
divestment.
Regent James Waters (D-Detroit) emerged as the main
proponent of total divestment.
"I don't see any difference between Michigan firms doing
business in South Africa and firms outside of Michigan,"
Waters said, adding that he did not believe the University
should be going to court wasting taxpayers and public money
fighting this issue. "I do not think it infringes on the
autonomy of this University, and if it does, it is slight."
IN PROPOSING THE challenge to the suit, Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor), said the act "represents an uncon-
stitutional intrusion on the powers and authority of the regen-
See 'U', Page 2

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Student volunteers
vital to U' hospitals

U' student wins
second place in
Fauto contest

By KELLY ANN COLEMAN
"Who ya gonna call?" asks LSA
senior Terry Majewski as 15-month-old
Ashley holds a toy phone receiver to her
ear. The young patient of Mott
Children's Hospital smiles
mischievously at the question, drops
the phone, and darts inside a playhouse.
Majewski follows her, calling "I seee
your','
Majewski is looking after one of five
toddlers in the ward's classroom this
day as part of the hospital's volunteer
program. She has been working with
patients-both young and old-for four
years. The experience has been so
rewarding that she -has decided to
make social work her profession.
"I REALLY like giving the kids at-
tention and giving them a comforting,
friendly feeling," Majewski says. "I try
to let them know I'm a big person who's
a friend and (who) isn't going to hurt
them, or poke them, or whatever."
Majewski's supervisor, busy playing
with another child in the room, says the
LSA senior and other volunteers like
her are "essential" to hospital
operations.
"Volunteers can give the kids one-to-
one contact that the nurses and doctors
can't because they are concerned with
other medical procedures," says Anne
Mendy.
MAJEWSKI is one of nearly 500
students who donate their time at the
University's main, children's, and
psychiatric hospitals. The benefits of
the services they provide are two-fold:
They show patients the personal care
that physicians are often too busy to
give, and they give experience-som-

etimes quite eye-opening-that helps
volunteers formulate career goals
while complementing class work with
first-hand training.
About 75 percent of the volunteers are
exploring careers in the health field,
according to Helen Krieg, director of
volunteer services at Main Hospital.
But others volunteer their time just to
sharpen their interpersonal com-
munication skills or to get a break from
the daily grind of classes. Most students
work two to four hours a week for two
terms, often for credit through Project
Community or Project Outreach.
In Mott Children's Hospital, the most
popular volunteer assignment is the in-
fant ward, where students work around
the clock to feed and care for the tiny
patients.
"NURSES HAVE so much to do in
their shift that they can't always have
the time to just sit and hold a child, so
that becomes a very important function
of a volunteer," says Peg Griffen, an
activity therapist in the infant ward.
"Since parents are afraid to leave
their child, thinking he will be left alone
in the bed with no one to care for him, it
is important for a parent to know that a
volunteer will be available to rock and
hold and love their child," she adds.
Majewski says she often tells paren-
ts, many of whom have spent several
sleepless nights keeping watch over
their sick child, to take a break for a
few-hours while she is in the classroom.
A LARGE NUMBER of students
working in the main hospital don
scrub suits and assist in the recovery
room, reorienting patients when their
See STUDENT, Page 2

By DAVID GOODWIN
A marvel of an auto driver from the
University won a scholarship and the use:
of a new car by finishing second last
week in the third annual National
Collegiate Driving Championships held
in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Chris Marvel, a sophomore in
mechanical engineering, won a $3,000
scholarship and the use of a Dodge
Daytona Turbo for a'year for finishing
second in the contest of driving skills.
The competition was sponsored by the
Dodge Division of Chrysler Corporation
and Goodyear Tire Company.
THE ST. LOUIS native lost to first-
place winner Scott Wright, a senior at
Western Michigan University, by a
margin of only .016 seconds in the final
heat."You would be hard-pressed bat-
ting an eyelash at that," Marvel said,
but added that anyone could have
walked away with first place - the
competition was just that good.
Marvel competed against 80 un-
dergraduate college and university
students. They were the top finalists out
of 40,000 full-time undergraduate
students competing in preliminaries
since September at universities across
the United States.
Each contestant must negotiate a
course marked by barricades and traffic
cones. Drivers are scored by clocking
the time it takes them to drive the cour-

se with one second added for each pylon
knocked down.
"I FIGURE I paid for all the clut-
ches, all the transmissions I'd ever
ruined,"' Marvel said. The picture of
sports cars on his Bursley dorm room
walls attest to his avocation of racing
stock cars.
Included among them is a picture of a
Mazda RX-7.
"I went to my first autocross in my
dad's RX-7 without his knowing about it
and trophied in fourth place," Marvel
said.
"I WAS NOT a real good kid," said
Marvel, who feels lucky to have sur-
vived his first three months on the road.
He also borrowed a friend's Shelby
Charger last year, placing in several
competitions.
So how much practice did Marvel
have going into the competition? "I
hadn't driven in eight months," he said.
WITH THE support of the National
Highway Traffic Safety ad-
ministration, and the National Safety
Council, the championships bring
students a message about the dangers
of drinking and driving. What is also
stressed, according to Cindy Kurman of
Dodge Public Relations, is trying to
help people understand safe driving
techniques, and, of course, it is a chan-
ce for Dodge and Goodyear to show off
their products.
See U', Page 2

Daily Photo by ALISA BLOCK
Student volunteer Terry Majewski plays with Ashley, a patient at Mott
Children's Hospital.

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shipper. On hand were 50'dozen kolaches - fruit-filled
Czech sweet rolls - from Verdigre; big pans of Nebraska-
I grown popcorn from North Bend; 15 cases of Goodie Pop;
110 pounds of ice cream made at the University of
r Nebraska-Lincoln; 120 pizzas and 50 cinnamon rolls from
Lincoln; and 500 runzas - concoction made with bread,.1
beef, cabbage, and onions. Four hundred people showed up
for the event, which was sponsored by New Yorkers for
Nebraska. In addition to the food there were souvenirs,
cookbooks, and menus from Nebraska. "I saw matchbooks
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penny has paid for a half-hour's parking at downtown
parking meters. The city's 571 downtown meters will be
refitted by this summer to take a nickel for 30 minutes of
parking, the city council announced Sunday. According to
Kim Green of Duncan Meters, the world's largest meter
manufacturer, penny parking is virtually obsolete on the
East and West Coasts and exists only in a few midwestern
towns. In New York City, the meters gobble 75 cents per
hour. Boston just installed $1-an-hour machines. The $15,000
renovation of the Caldwell meters will boost the city's

will have to clean it up. Spitting in public has been banned
for three years, but the newest policy is the toughest yet.
Anti-spitting squads will be established in each factory and
community, and authorities plan street exhibits with
microscopes to teach the public how unsanitary the custom
is.

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