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PA. STUDENTS ASK FOR WORSHIP TIME
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Reagan ad-
ministration yesterday urged the Supreme Court
to allow student religious groups to meet for
prayer and worship during public high school ac-
"Congress has concluded that high school
students are sufficiently mature to make the same
distinctions we all do between neutrality and en-
dorsement," government lawyer Charles Fried
told the court.
HE SAID a federal appeals court decision that
banned such meetings at a Williamsport, Pa., high
school casts "grave constitutional doubt" over the
Equal Access Act of 1984.
In it, Congress made it unlawful for high schools
receiving federal money and allowing some
student groups to conduct meetings on school
property to deny access to any student group
based on what it proposes to discuss.
But during an hour-long argument session
yesterday, three justices raised the possibility
that the court might not decide the constitutional
issue presented in the Williamsport case.
JUSTICE SANDRA Day O'Connor, John Paul
Stevens, and William Brennan repeatedly
questioned whether the case should be dismissed
because of a procedural defect.
Fried and two other lawyers who participated in
the argument session suggested that such an out-
come would be inconclusive and unsatisfactory.
The dispute, the latest outgrowth of the high
court's 1962 decision outlawing organized prayer
sessions in public schools, arose when students in
1981 sought permission to meet at Williamsport
Area High School during twice-a-week activity
DURING THOSE periods, (held during school
hours), about 25 different student groups as varied
as the Future Homemakers of America, the
Spanish Club, and the student newspaper meet.
Faculty advisers are also present.
Students also have the option of remaining in
their homerooms, studying in the school library or
seeking career guidance.
The students initially were granted permission to
form a religious club, but after its initial meeting
the club was told it would be "legally improper"
for school officials to give the impression the
meetings were endorsed or approved by the
The students sued, and a federal trial judge
ruled for them. The religious club was allowed to
meet during the 1983-84 school year.
But the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last
year ruled that allowing the meetings would
violate the constitutionally required separation of
church and state.
MSA endorses divestment, students rights bills
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promulgate any code."
In a related resolution, the assem-
bly voted unanimously to endorse the
Michigan House of Representatives
Student Bill of Rights.
THE BILL calls for a series of
rights that students are entitled to
before any public universities can
take action against a student based on
The rights include the student's
Practicing Pharm. D.s discuss
Doctor of Pharmacy Graudates
A U-M College of Pharmacy seminar
open to all students
Tuesday, Oct. 23-7-9 p.m.
3554 C. C. Little Bldg.
(corner of Church & Geddes)
College staff members will be present ot answer questions about
admissions to U-M Doctor of Pharmacy program.
right to an attorney, a formal hearing
before a jury solely comprised of the
student's peers, the right to cross-
examine all witnesses, the right to
appeal a final decision resulting from
the hearings to the regents, the right
to confront his accusers in all
hearings, and the right against self-
"This bill doesn't say we can't have
a code but any code that takes this
language into consideration is more
acceptable," said LSA senior Steve
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419 E. LIBERTY
(2 bks. off State)
Heyman, one of the resolution's spon-
IN ANOTHER move, the assembly
voted unanimously to endorse the
right of students to be elected to the
board of regents, the University's top
"The University exists for students
and everything the regents consider
pertains directly to students,
therefore, what better way to solicit
student input than to have a student
on the board," said Heyman, one of
the resolution's sponsors.
The assembly also voted to endorse
the state House bill that calls for all
public universities in Michigan to div-
est their stocks from any companies
that have money in South Africa.
MARYANN Nemer, an LSA junior,
voted against the proposal saying
"I'm really tired of MSA being a
sounding board for personal, political
beliefs. Students here should not be
concerned with state employee's pen-
The photos on the front and back
pages of last Friday's Daily were
taken by Scott Lituchy. The credits
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Strikes begin at Chrysler
HIGHLAND PARK - Chrysler Corp. bargained with the U.S. and
Canadian autoworkers unions yesterday against the midnight expiration
of their labor contracts, as worker in it feast three U.S. plants walked off ;
But an apparent decision by Chrysler to bargain in Canada largely on
the pattern of Canadian contracts at General Motors Corp. and Ford
Motor Corp. raised hopes of settlements on both sides of the border.
Owen Bieber, president of the United Auto Workers, which represents
the 70,000 American workers, said a lot of work remained.
Bieber has not said whether the union would shut down Chrysler
nationwide or strike key plants.
Two major unresolved issues were job classifications and outsourcing"
- the practice of sending work to outside companies.
Chrysler has 45 plants in 15 states and six in Canada.
50 killed in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh - The roof of a university auditorium collapsed
during heavy rain last night, killing at least 50 students and injuring more
than 300, rescue officials said.
Students and officials at the scene said the toll could be much higher.
They said the roof had been under repair.
About 500 Dhaka University students were watching a popular
television program when the roof collapsed at 9 p.m. during heavy rains
caused by a storm approaching the southern coast of Bangladesh from
the Bay of Bengal.
State television asked for blood donations. Many of those injured were
said to be in critical condition.
Two hospitals near the university were packed with victims. Fellow
students carried many of them in because of a shortage of stretchers.
"It is horrible. We are confronted with a gigantic task," said a doctor at
Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
MIT prof wins Nobel Prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Franco Modigliani, a Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology professor, won the 1985 Nobel Prize in economics
yesterday for theories he developed 30 years ago on personal savings and
the value of businesses.
"I am obviously very pleased," the 67-year-old economist said at his
home in Belmont, Mass. "It's always nice to hear that the work I've done
is appreciated and regarded as important."
Modigliani, who emigrated from his native Italy to the United States at
the beginning of World War II, was cited for theories on how people save
for their old age and for refining economic thinking on how to determine
the market value of businesses.
Yesterday's award marked the 13th time in the 17 years of the prize that
it was won or shared by an American.
Professor Assar Lindbeck, a member of the Swedish prize jury, said af-
ter the announcement that Modigliani's work "is not explaining what we
should do. It explains what we see and help us understand the world."
Marine helicopter crashes
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - A Marine helicopter carrying 19 people
crashed in 50 feet of water early yesterday as it took off from a ship on
maneuvers near the coast, and officials said one passenger was killed,
four were rescued, and 14 missing.
The crash of the twin-rotor CH-46D "Sea Knight" helicopter, carrying
four crewmen and 15 passengers, occurred in darkness about 6 a.m.
"It's a very safe aircraft for us," said Gunnery Sgt. John Simmons.
"It's real good. It's been in the inventory since Vietnam."
The cause of the crash was being investigated as Navy and Marine
divers launched a search and rescue operation for the missing in Onslow
Bay, officials said.
Four Marines were plucked from the water near the Norfolk, Va.-based
USS Guadalcanal, a helicopter and troop ship that was taking part in
helicopter operations, said Simmons.
The four rescued were reported to be in good condition aboard the ship.
European nations urge U.S.
to counteroffer arms proposal
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European NATO nations strongly urged the
United States yesterday to make a counteroffer to the Soviet Union's new
proposal to drastically cut the nuclear arsenals of both superpowers.
The Europeans, some of whom are deploying U.S. nuclear missiles,
told Secretary George Shultz that the Soviet proposal, while flawed, could
be a catalyst to a deal.
Shultz met for about three hours with foreign ministers from the 15
other North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations in a special session to
spell out President Reagan's planning for his November meeting with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Shultz told NATO partners that the United States will not go beyond
research into space defense systems without consulting its allies and
negotiating with the Soviet Union.
After briefing the NATO council Shultz said there was "universal hap-
piness at hearing of the president's reaffirmation of his intention to keep
our Strategic Defense Initiative program within the confines of a
relatively narrow interpretation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty."
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