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Computers may open up
politics to universities

Associated Press
4 Pachyderm pull
"Mardji," an 8,500-pound Asian elephant, pulls a fork lift out of the mud yesterday at Marine World Africa USA
in Redwood City, Calif. The fork lift got stuck during moving and packing operations at the animal park. Hun-
dreds of animals are being moved to the park's new home in Vallejo, Calif.
Council promotes violence awareness

LANSING (UPI) - Sen. William
Sederburg announced yesterday the
creation of a Higher Education Com-
puter Forum - a unique high-tech
network he said prefigures the future
of political communication in
The system - called an "electronic
bulletin board" and a "public hearing
... held through a computer" - offers
information and a means of ad-
dressing important figures in higher
Police Notes
Clothes stolen
Six hundred dollars worth of
clothing was taken from a woman's
room in Stockwell Hall over the
weekend, according to Bob Peifer,
assistant director of campus security.
The woman had left for the
weekend, Peifer said, and she
discovered the missing clothes Sun-
day when she returned.
Car stolen-
A 28-year-old Belleville man held a
couple at gunpoint late Sunday night
on the 400 block of East Liberty before
stealing their car and leading police
on a chase which ended at Arborland
Mall, Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Jan
Suomala said yesterday.
Police captured the suspect after he
tried to flee on foot from the scene.
-Linda Holler

Those wishing to participate may, if
they have the necessary equipment,
plug into the forum by dialing an East
Lansing phone number, 517-355-3276.
Once plugged in, they can review
the proposed report of the Senate
Select Committee on Higher
Education, "vote" on its recommen-
dations and leave messages to other
Among those who have agreed
periodically to plug in and participate
are Wayne State University President
David Adamany, Grand Valley State
Colleges President Arend Lubbers,
Saginaw Valley State College
President Jack Ryder and Sederburg,
who chairs the select committee, and
the higher education budget sub-

The project is being supported by
the Kellogg Foundation.
The advantages of such a system
over traditional letterwriting, Seder-
burg said, are speed, ease and
greater informality.
"This is probably the mode of the
future as far as interaction is concer-
ned," said Sederburg, a computer
fancier who has a similar system for
communicating with his constituents.
Too often, he said, lawmakers deal
only with the lobbyists and get a
"filtered down, homogenized version
of what's going on out there.
"This cuts out the middle inter-
The system fizzled, however, in a
scheduled media demonstration.
Sederburg said press room phone
lines "aren't sensitive enough."

In a special session last night, the Ann Arbor City
Council unanimously voted to proclaim the week of Oct. 6
"Domestic Violence Awareness Week."
Lowell Peterson (D-First Ward), who sponsored the
resolution, said it was designed to show that the city's
elected officials recognize the severity of domestic violen-
OCTOBER'S "Domestic Violence Awareness Week"
has already been declared by Governor James Blanchard,
and is a national observance sponsored by the National
Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
This is the third consecutive year the council has ap-
proved such a resolution.
"It is something that has to be redone every year," sa-
id Susan McGee, a member of the Domestic Violence
Project/Safe House. The house is a non-profit corporation
that provides shelter for battered women and their
children and a 24-hour crisis hot-line.

NEITHER the city nor the Domestic Violence Project
Safe House, have specific plans for the week.
"We do a lot for Rape Prevention Month in April,"
Peterson said.
Included in the resolution were statistics illustrating the
depth of domestic violence:
" A woman is battered every 18 seconds in the U.S.d;
" 35 percent of female homicide victims are killed by
their husbands or boyfriends;
" Domestic violence affectgs one in three families and
cuts across race and cultural lines; and
" As a group, college-educated males are more likely to
physically abuse their wives than non-college educated
"We have an illusion that battering doesn't occur in af-
fluent areas - but it does," McGee said.
A vigil will be held for the women that "have died at the
hands of their assailants" Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. at the Federal
Building, according to McGee.
The vigil will be sponsored by the Women's Crisis Cen-
ter in Ann Arbor.

STUDENTS: Until this Friday, October 4, you can pick up
a REQUEST ACCOUNT on MTS at the UNYN station in
the Michigan Union.
REQUEST ACCOUNTS ARE: Accounts that are "free for
the asking" and will give you up to $50/term of MTS-
based services to be used for any academic purpose.
Graduate students doing thesis work may get up to
AFTER OCTOBER 4: You can still get a Request Account
from the Computing Center's Business Office at the
Computing Center on North Campus between 8 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
FACULTY AND OTHERS: Request Accounts are available
to you too; up to $1200/year to Faculty, research
scientists, and librarians. Call or visit the Computing
Center's Business Office (764-8000) between 8:30
a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

RPC approves classified conference proposal

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because he felt it may violate Univer-
sity guidelines which prohibit resear-
ch "the probable result of which ... is
to destroy human life or incapacitate
{human beings."
''MY CONCERN was that we were
essentially giving a carte blanche to a
series of workshops to develop
military projects and we didn't even
know what projects were going to be
discussed," Isaacson said, adding
that Sinnott had given the committee
a preliminary agenda for the confere-
nce only yesterday.
Sinnott refused to comment on the
agenda or any other aspect of his
research, but Economics Prof.
Thomas Juster, another committee
member, said that vague agendas are
common to scientific conferences.
None of the RPC members contac-
ted yesterday would reveal the name
of the faculty member who cast the
other negative vote on Sinnott's
ACCORDING to University
p guidelines, a Classified Review Panel,

consisting of two faculty members
and one student, must review every
proposal for classified research. If
any member of the panel vetoes a
proposal, the guidelines state, the
proposal will then go the RPC for con-
ISA junior Ingrid Kock, a member
of the Classified Review Panel, said
she rejected Sinnott's proposal
because she thinks it could threaten
human life.
In a written report submitted to the
RPC, Kock outlined her view that
some of the research discussed at the
conference will investigate infrared
surveillance technology, and armor
shields used to protect tanks.
"RESEARCH on anti-tank weapons
will contribute to the destruction of
the human beings who are controlling
the tanks," Kock's report stated.
"Research on infra-red sensing .. .
will facilitate the destruction of
enemy soldiers."
In addition, Koch wrote, "It would
be precipitous to make a decision on
the 1986 conference before the final

agenda is available for review."
But RPC members who supported
Sinnott's project doubted its military
applications, and emphasized that its
results will be published.
"It's my belief that the conference
involves the basic science of
metallurgy and does not have im-
mediate and direct military ap-

plications," said Computer and In-
formation Systems Prof. Thomas
Schriber, who also serves on the RPC.
Juster emphasized issues of
academic freedom, saying the con-
ference "is just a talk session. Scien-
tists generally regardthese as useful,
so it's hard for me to see why that
should be troublesome."

The School of Music's concert of the month, the Prism Saxophone En-
semble, will be at 8 p.m. in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union.
CG - The Seven Samurai, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell Hall.
MTF - El Norte, 7 & 9:40 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Business Administration - Lecture, J. Passino, "Strategic Use of In-
formation," 4 p.m., K1320 Kresge Library.
Geology - Turner Conoco Distinguished Lecture, Robert Newton,
"Fluid Regimes & Evolution of the Deep Crust," 4 p.m., 4001 CC Little.
International Center, Ecumenical Campus Center - Lecture, James
Lewis, "Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras - The U.S. Connection,"
noon, 603 E. Madison.
Chinese Studies - Brown Bag Lecture, Michael Yahuda, "China &
Southeast Asia: Problems of Perception," noon, Lane Hall Commons
Action Against A.I.D.S., 7 p.m., 1st floor, League.
College Republicans - 7:30 p.m., Conference Room one, League.
CEW - Job Hunt Club, noon, 350 South Thayer Street.
Rugby Football Club - Meeting, 7 p.m., Tartan Turf.
The Science Research Club - meeting, 7:30 p.m., Chrysler Center
Microcomputer Education Center - Workshop, Basic Concepts of
Microcomputer Telecommunications, 3 p.m., 3113 SEB.

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