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'U' supports forum;
I questions objectivity
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funding from the Office of Student
Services, University President
Harold Shapiro's office and from the
office of former Vice President for
Research Alfred Sussman.
But Sussman was somewhat
cautious in his support.
"I think the University is a place for
the exploration of issues and this con-
ference may help to do just that,'' he
said. "I think an attempt has been
made to bring indiverse points of
view, but a lot depends on the fairness
with which the audience and the
organizers listen and act.
"I WOULD suggest that looking at
the program is not enough - a lot
depends on implementation,"
CAWS member Ingrid Kock, who is
the event's main organizer, says she
is opposed to the 'Star Wars'
program, and to 'Star Wars' research
being conducted on campus.
"I'm opposed to 'Star Wars'
research because I think the research
is going to be directed towards fur-
thering the 'Star Wars' program,"
She then called the proposed 'Star
Wars' system a "destablilizing
program" that "has already affected
our relationship with the Soviet
Union, and I think has the potential to
break arms control treaties."
Electrical engineering Prof. John
Meyer, who has already been granted
$75,000 in 'Star Wars' research funds,
and engineering college Dean James
Duderstadt beliveve that Kock's and
CAWS's opposition may affect the ob-
jectivity of the conference.
"The conference is being sponsored
by a group that clearly has a negative
position on it," Meyer said. "I've ex-
perienced things like this before.
These controversial issues tend to at-
tract the negative side far more."
MEYER CITED last month's
disruption of a regents meeting,
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which came after the board passed a
resolution supporting 'Star Wars'
research on campus, as an example of
a negative incident associated with
But he emphasized that he is
"pleased that both sides of the issue
are being represented. I think it's
good to air things in a public forum; I
just hopes it's civilized."
Duderstadt agreed with Meyer that
he is "skeptical anytime a group that
so vehemently opposes something-...
organizes an event, and says it will be
"'IN THIS CASE, the deck appears to
be loaded," he said.
Kock objected to any hint of a
biased event, saying that "it would be
silly for us to protest a conference that
we're putting on ourselves."
"This conference has been put
together by students. Every effort has
been made to make it a balanced
panel, and I think it's outrageous that
these doubts are being raised about
our conference," she said.
BIOLOGY Prof. John Vandermeer
also defended the conference's objec-
"The panel represents a broad
spectrum of attitudes about SDI
research on campus," Vandermeer
said. "I would urge everyone to attend
Kock and other CAWS members
have organized a panel of speakers
for the conference that does appear to
represent diverse points of view on
THE PANEL will include two
representatives from the Reagan ad-
ministration - James Ionson, the
director of the Strategic Defense
Initiative organization, and Alvin
Streeter, a member of the Arms Con-
trol and Disarmament Agency in
Streeter said this week that his pur-
pose in attending the symposium is to
"present the Reagan administration's
position on the relationship between
the Strategic Defense Initiative and
the arms control talks between the
United States and the Soviet Union.'
According to Streeter, the Soviet
Union's "using the issue of 'Star
Wars' as a propaganda cover for (its)
status as an offensive power."
UNIVERSITY political science
Prof. Raymond Tanter will also serve
on the panel. Although Tanter
couldn't be reached for comment, he
has stated his support of the 'Star
Wars' program in the past.
In contrast, two of the other
panelists qualify as vehement op-
ponents of the 'Star Wars' plan.
Michio KaKu, a professor of
Nuclear Physics at the Graduate Cent
ter of the City College of New York,
called 'Star Wars' "a trillion dollar
hoax - one of the greatest hoaxes
ever perpetrated on the American
Rosy Nimrody, a member of the
National Council on Economic
Priorities, said her "primary aim is to
come to the conference and dissem-
inate my belief that the SDI is a com-
plete economic waste to the country
and should be stopped.
"The conference's organizers have
tried to make it clear that their inten-
tion is to present all points of view,
and I think they're sincere in that,"
said Billy Frye, vice president for
academic affairs and provost.
"But emotions run high on this
issue, so there's some risk that it
might fall short of what they expect.
"I hope it doesn't," he added.
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Hostage executed in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon - A terrorist group claimed today it was executing
William Buckley, a political officer at the U.S. Embassy who was kidnap-
ped 18 months ago, Lebanon's leading independent newspaper reported
The newspaper, An-Nahar, said it received at 1 a.m. today an envelope
containing a statement by the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad, saying it
would execute Buckley in retaliation for Israel's air raid on the Palestine
Liberation Organization's guerrilla headquarters in Tunisia on Tuesday.
It said the execution would take place as soon as the statement was
published. The statement was published in An-Nahar.
A polaroid color photograph of Buckley was enclosed with the
statement, the paper said.
Buckley, 57, of Medford, Mass., was kidnapped March 16, 1984, outside
his home. He had been in captivity the longest of six Americans kidnap-
ped and believed being held in Beirut.
Soviets fear for 3 surviving
diplomats kidnapped in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Soviet Union's senior diplomat in Beirut said
Thursday he expects "sad news" about three colleagues held by kidnap-
pers who already have killed one embassy employee.
The kidnappers seized the Soviets on Monday and threatened to kill
them all unless Moscow forces Syria, its main Middle East ally, to stop an
offensive by Syrian-backed leftist militias against Moslem fundamen-
talists in the northern port of Tripoli.
An anonymous caller claimed the kidnappers were members of the
Islamic Liberation Organization.
Anonymous callers also have said suicide bombers will blow up the
Soviet Embassy in the Corniche Maazra district of west Beirut, the
capital's Moslem sector.
Yuri Souslikov, the embassy charge d'affaires and Moscow's ranking
diplomat, said his government had asked Syria "to exert pressure on the
concerned Lebanese parties to secure their release."
Atlantis joins space shuttle fleet
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis joined America's space shuttle
fleet yesterday with a dazzling liftoff on a mission of mystery, carrying
five astronauts and a pair of military satellites built to withstand nuclear
Except for the launch, which could be seen from much of central
Florida, the flight had as much secrecy as the Air Force could muster.
The Air Force said in advance there would be only two public reports
about Atlantis unless problems develop. The first, a status report four
hours into the flight; the other, a 24-hour notice that the shuttle will land
at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Atlantis' maiden flight, the 21st of the shuttle program, was the second
all-Pentagon mission. A spy satellite was delivered to orbit on the first.
Despite the news blackout, there was reliable information that the
astronauts will deploy two Defense Satellite Communications System
satellites, an advanced model known as DSCS-3. The $100 million
satellites are designed to prevent an enemy from jamming their com-
munications aid for use by the president to send emergency instructions
to nuclear forces around the globe.
Three Mile Island plant restarts
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Technicians triggered a nuclear chain reaction
yesterday to restart the undamaged Unit 1 reactor at Three Mile Island,
dormant since its sister reactor caused the nation's worst commercial
nuclear accident 6% years ago.
"The process went very smoothly. There weren't any problems," Lisa
Robinson, spokeswoman for the plant's operator, GPU Nuclear Corp.,
said after the self-sustaining chain reaction started shortly before 2 p.m.
Over the protests of demonstrators but with the U.S. Supreme Court's
approval, operators began lifting some of the 69 control rods out of the
reactor at 4:30 a.m. to allow the radioactive uranium fuel to build up to
the chain reaction.
Technicians also removed boron from the core's cooling water. That
element is often called a nuclear poison because it soaks up neutrons, the
subatomic particles fired out by dividing uranium atoms that otherwise
would make more atoms split.
"The plant is performing very well. We're very pleased," said Philip
Clark, president of GPU, which operates the plant for General Public
-Utilities Corp. "The instructions to the crew are to proceed deliberately
and safely with emphasis on safety."
Gorbachev discloses arms plan
PARIS - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev disclosed details yesterday
of a new, three-point Soviet plan for reducing superpower strategic ar-
senals by 50 percent, and offered to talk directly with France and Britain
on reducing their independent nuclear forces.
Gorbachev outlined three major elements of the Soviet plan in a speech
to French legislators: to cut strategic weapons by half and prohibit space
weapons, to talk with France and Britain on reducing nuclear weapons in
Europe, and the reduction of Soviet medium-range missiles targeted on
He said the Soviet Union is cutting back its SS-20 medium-range
missiles in Europe to 243, the number he said were deployed in June 1984.
"There can be no victors in a nuclear war," the Soviet leader said. "It
is time to draw a practical conclusion from this - to stop the nuclear ar-
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