Ninety-six years of editorialfreedom
Vol. XCVI - No. 61
Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, December 2, 1985
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By VIBEKE LAROI
First in a series
One freshman engineering student said he
thought he could catch AIDS if someone
with the disease touched a doorknob after
yawning or crying and then he touched the
"If I touch the same doorknob and bite my
nails, then I could get AIDS and die," said
Gordon said he also believes colds can be
contracted by touching doorknobs infected
people have grabbed. "I don't think (AIDS)
is that different (from colds) because it's a
body fluid it's a big risk."
While Gordon and his buddies used to
crack jokes about contracting the disease,
he said it is becoming less of a joking matter
as the disease spreads into the heterosexual
Gordon's misconceptions about Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome are not un-
common. Many members of the University
community are undereducated about the
risks involved with AIDS, a virus which
breaks down the body's immune system,
leaving it vulnerable to infections and other
SOME of the common myths about AIDS
include the belief that it can be spread
through casual contact and that it is a "gay
Charles Fallis, a public affairs specialist
with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlan-
ta, said "there has been no case of AIDS
transmitted through casual contact."
Although gays and bisexuals constitute
the majority of the AIDS cases, currently 73
percent nationally, the remainder of the vic-
It I touch the same
doorknob and bite my
nails, then I could get
AIDS and die.'
- Kenneth Gordon,
tims include intravenous drug users,
hemophiliacs, recipients of blood tran-
sfusions, and heterosexuals who have had
intercourse with an AIDS victim, Fallis
THE DISEASE, of which 14,519 cases
have been reported in the United States, can
only be contracted through blood and
semen, Fallis said. It can also be passed
from mother to child at birth.
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ranks 18th in terms of severity of the disease
in the population, he added. New York and
California are at the top of the list in the
number of AIDS cases reported.
Currently University Hospitals is actively-
treating eight suspected AIDS cases, about
:half of which are from the Ann Arbor com-
munity, according to Dr. Stephen Ross, a
University Hospitals infectious disease
ROSS and other hospital officials refused
to disclose whether any of the patients were
members of the University community.,
University officials say they fear the con-
sequences of a student or professor contrac-
ting the disease because of the misinfor-
mation spread through jokes and uninfor-
Engineering freshman Gordon typifies
the reaction of many dormitory residents to
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live on the same floor.
GORDON said if anyone found out about.
the person's disease, that person would
"have no choice but to leave" the residence
hall. "No one would want to live with him
around," he said. "I wouldn't. You all
share the bathroom."
"I'm not sure I'd want to (live with an
AIDS victim)," Gordon said, because "they
(medical experts) don't know anything yet.
So why take the risk."
David Jackson, an LSA senior and mem-
ber of the Michigan Gay Union, said he feels
a lot of people on campus assume that you
can get AIDS by sitting in the same room as
a gay person, using the same restrooms,
swimming pool, dishes and silverware, or
by giving blood.
See DOCTORS, Page 6
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From AP and UPI
JERUSALEM - Israel made a
belated and conditional apology to the
United States yesterday over the
Jonothan Pollard spy case. It
promised to punish culprits and
disband a secret intelligence unit if an
investigation finds that the U.S. Navy
analyst was recruited to spy for
The apology was issued in the name
of Prime Minister Shimon Peres and
delivered to U.S. AmbassadorThomas
Pickering in the hope of defusing the
controversy, officials said.
The announcement fell short of a
full admission of guilt, but said that
any Israeli espionage directed against
the United States "was wrong, and the
government of Israel apologizes for
"SPYING on the U.S. stands in total
contradiciton to our policy," Peres
told the Cabinet in a report later read
"Such activity, to the extent it did
take place, was wrong and the gover-
nment of Israel apologizes."
PERES said an inquiry was under
way into allegations that surfaces af-
ter the arrest Nov 21 of Pollard, a
civilian U.S. Navy intelligance
analyst charged with selling secrets
."The government of Israel is
determined to spare no effort in in-
vestigating this case thoroughly and
See PERES, Page 5
By TOM KEANEY
Special to the Daily
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Ugly.
Dirty. Downright filthy. Wallowing
through the mire, the Wolverines slid
into a 49-44 victory over Georgia Tech
in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in
Springfield Mass. on Saturday.
VICTORY IS usually a thing of
beauty. But on Saturday, victory was
ugly, really ugly.
If it wasn't Mark Price chucking
airballs (two, count 'em, two) at one
end of the court, it was Michigan's
starting front line at the other,
cashing in for all of four field goals,
zero each for forwards Richard
Rellford and Butch Wade.
If it wasn't the Wolverines' shooting
eighteen percent in the first half, it
was Georgia Tech's shooting 29.6 per-
cent for the game.
OOOH, UGLY. Very ugly.
The details are sordid. Take the fir-
st half, for instance, which saw Tech
take a 25-17 lead into the intermission.
Antoine Joubert came out looking
squeaky clean in the first half, can-
ning two jump shots in the first 2:39 of
play. But then the Wolverines made a
mess of things.
IT TOOK Michigan over ten
minutes to get another basket, and the
mud-meisters were to only get four
the entire half.
Suffice it to say, the Wolverines' 17
points in the first 20 minutes did
nothing to earn the awe of the sellout
crowd in the Springfield Civic Center
or the admiration of TV viewers ever-
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
however, the Yellow Jackets gave a
spotty performance themselves in the
IRONICALLY, it was Price, pre-
season all-everything, who was the
guru of grime for Georgia Tech.
The senior guard clanked in at zero
for six from the field, with five tur-
novers by halftime.
All in all, it was an unattractive 20
minutes of basketball. A real dog. Not
See WOLVERINES, Page 10
Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Antoine Joubert puts up a jumper over a Roy Tarpley pick on Georgia Tech's Tom Hammonds as
Richard Rellford moves into rebounding position in Saturday's 49-45 Michigan win. The win moves the
team's record to 3-0 and may vault the Wolverines into a No. 1 ranking in the polls.
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Half in poll
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By United Press International
Half of Michigan residents surveyed in a recent Detroit
News poll were unaware of apartheid - the South African
government's policy of discrimination against nonwhites.
Those familiar with the issue remain evenly divided
about the debate over divestiture as a means of applying
pressure to the South African government to change its
THE FINDINGS from a statewide survey of 753 people
conducted by The University's Institute for Social
Research come at a time when the Michigan Legislature
is debating a policy of divestiture for state-administered
See STATE, Page 5
Most crimes unreported,
Justi0ce dlept. study says
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LOS ANGELES (UPI)-Bill Scott, popular television series, "Rocky and
the voice of cartoon characters His Friends," which starred a flying
Bullwinkle the moose and Mountie squirrel named Rocky and his
Dudley DoRight, died Friday of a sidekick moose, "Bullwinkle."
heart attach at his suburban home in THE CARTOON show began in 1959
Tujunga. He was 65. and spun off several other programs
Scott was best known as the head until 1973. The shows are now in
writer, co-producer and the voice of reruns.
several cartoon characters on the Although the show never received
good ratings, it enjoyed a hard-core
following. The networks talked of
reviving the program in the mid-
1970s, but nothing came of it.
"It was a show that affected people,
especially smart kids growing up,"
Scott said in a 1984 interview. "I guess
that's who the audience really was."
See CARTOON, Page 5
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two thirds of
America's crime victims don't call
the police, and people are more likely
to report car thefts than rapes or
other types of assault, the Justice
Department said yesterday.
The department's Bureau of Justice
Statistics said only 35 percent of some
37.1 million crimes in 1983 were repor-
ted to police.
THESE FINDINGS, gleaned from
twice-a-year interviews with 129,000
randomly selected people age 12 and
older, showed that nearly 70 percent of
motor vehicle thefts are reported
while less than half of rapes and other
violent crimes are reported.
Among other things, the report may
give impetus within the federal law
enforcement establishment for
upgrading and improving the quality
of crime statistics compiled by and
reported by the FBI.
In fact, Steven Schlesinger, director
of the bureau, the statistics-gathering
arm of the justice Department,
revealed recently that a wide-ranging
plan to improve the FBI's Uniform
Crime Report is being evaluated by
the Office of Management and Budget.
AMONG OTHER things, a revam-
ped FBI crime reporting system
would rely more heavily than in the
past on statistics that indicate the
types of people who commit crimes
rather than merely showing the
volume of reported crimes.
In the report released yesterday,
based on an analysis of statistics
gathered during the Census Bureau's
survey of some 60,000 randomly selec-
ted households, the department found
Only 48 percent of some 6 million
violent crimes such as rape, robbery,
and assault were reported to police.
" Completed crimes are more likely
to be reported than attempted
" The proportion of crimes reported
to police increases as the value of
property theft or damage goes up.
" Women and blacks are more likely
then white men to tell police they were
victims of violent crimes.
" Teen-agers and under-educated
people are less likely to report crimes.
The findings pretty much mirror
the conclusions drawn from a similar
study a decade earlier, Schlesinger
"Each year, about two-thirds of
personal and household crimes are
not reported to the police," he said in
a statement. "If crimes are not repor-
See FEW, Page 5
was not impressed with Carter, 35, of Cincinnati. She
was caked in mud and hadn't slept in 24 hours while
Carter was clean and rested. He made a comment she
didn't like about how the damage assessment team
was doing its job, Landerfield said. "The last thing I
needed was someone telling me how to do my job," she
said But they discovered they both enjoyed teasing
world's champion duck calling contest in Stuttgart,
Arkansas, Saturday, defeating a field of 39 state and
regional champions from 16 states and Canada for the
title. Ronnie Wright of North Little Rock was second,
and Johnny Mahfouz of Stuttgart, who said he prac-
tices about 10 minutes a day on his calling, won the
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