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administrate minority services more
effectively and equally.
NORRIS'S opposition to the report
and his refusal to work for its recom-
mendations is one reason steering
committee members feel Norris has
neglected his duties as committee
chair, Josephson said.
"Norris was appointed to try to im-
plement the recommendations in
Roderick Linzie's report. But he has
opposed most of those efforts,"
Norris declined to comment yester-
day, but wrote in his letter to the
"EVEN THOUGH I am an officer of
MSA, I have felt closer and more
responsible to, and more a represen-
tative of, the 1600 Black UM students
and the other 1600 other minority
"I encourage all of my black
brothers and friends at UM to secure
our MSA funds so that we can put it to
better use for ourselves," Norris
wrote. Students pay a mandatory
$5.07 each term to MSA at the same
time they pay tuition.
Neither Marvin Woods, president of
the Black Student Union, nor James
Latham, president of the black
fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha were
available for comment on Norris's
THE ASSEMBLY is also
questioning Norris's fulfillment of his
duties, Josephson said, because of
complaints from other minority
leaders that Norris has not pushed
minority interests except those of
Norris did not respond to those
charges in his letter.
On the charge of working for
Sudarkasa, Norris wrote that his
duties with her office "is quite none of
your business. If I thought my duties
were harmful to black students or just
to me, I would not carry them out."
JOSEPHSON compared Norris'
dual jobs to a situation "where if
(University President Harold)
Shapiro was cutting me a check of $75
a week, I don't think students would
be satisfied that I'm representing
them about the code."
On the third issue of threatening
Bullard in her office, Norris respon-
ded that Bullard had violated his
rights as a University student.
Bullard learned of Norris's job with
Sudarkasa when she found a timecard
in Norris's bookbag. Bullard said the
bag had been left in MSA's office, and
she was merely trying to identify it.
"I could not believe that Ms.
Bullard went through my personal
belongings. Moreover, I could not
believe that she scandalized the con-
tents of my bag," Norris wrote.
NORRIS, though, has apologized for
allegedly threatening Bullard for her
But he added he felt the charges
against him were, in part, race-
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Russian luxury liner sinks
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A Soviet luxury liner with more than
700 people aboard slammed into rocks and sank yesterday off New
Zealand's South Island. Twenty crew members were feared drowned and
as many as 70 people were missing.
The 20,000-ton Mikhail Lermontov was cruising through the fiord-like
area between Tasman Bay and the Cook Strait when it struck the rocks
and sank 25 miles northwest of Wellington at 6 p.m.
The Soviet vessel - carrying an estimated 400 passengers, most of
them elderly Australians - was split open by the impact and water
crashed into the engine room, shutting down both engines.
New Zealand navy Capt. Brian Perry said it was believed 20 members
of the ship's 340-person crew - 330 Soviets and 10 Australians - went
down with the vessel.
The vessel's Russian captain ignored the pleas of a New Zealand pilot
to immediately abandon ship and allowed the liner to drift for several
hours in 20-knot winds and heavy rain in an attempt to beach it, officials
Tylenol makers offer reward
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The makers of Extra-Strength Tylenol said
the appearance of deadly cyanide in the popular pain capsules was "an
act of terrorism, pure and simple," and offered a $100,000 reward for in-
formation leading to an arrest.
A prosecutor said it was possible that the capsules were tainted in a
Meanwhile, nine states and the District of Columbia joined New York in
banning the sale of Tylenol capsules. Officials in Colorado, North
Carolina, Kansas and Georgia asked retailers to pull the capsules from
their shelves voluntarily.
Johnson & Johnson and the FDA have called on all consumers nation-
wide not to use the capsules. Supermarket and drugstore chains removed
the capsules from thousands of stores nationwide.
"The investigation has not produced any suspects as yet," FBI
spokesman Jack French said Friday night as U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministraiton officials went through bottle after bottle of Tylenol capsules
searching for additional evidence of cyanide.
Portuguese to choose first
elected pres. in 60 years
LISBON, Portugal - Early turnout was light yesterday among Por-
tugal's 7.6 million registered voters casting ballots to choose the nation's
first elected civilian president in 60 years.
In the running were three-time former Prime Minister Mario Soares,
leader of the moderate Socialist Party, and Diogo Freitas do Amaral,
founder of the right-wing Christian Democrats and a former deputy
The runoff election was Portugal's fourth nationwide poll in as m'any
months and its 14th since returning to representative government 12
The winner will become the first civilian head of state since President
Bernardino Machado resigned after a military coup in 1926 that initiated
48 years of right-wing dictatorship.
Declining oil prices may help
bolster lagging U.S. economy
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy, bolstered by falling oil prices,
should enjoy significantly better growth this year than in 1985, many
economists now believe.
The new optimism represents a sharp turnaround from expectations
little more than a month ago. At that time, many analysts felt the
economy would muddle through the new year much as it did last year,
with sluggish growth and a stagnant unemployment level.
However, plunging world oil prices have altered that view. In the last
month, oil prices on the spot market have fallen by one-third, dropping
from $25 per barrel to around $17 per barrel.
Such a precipitous decline could spell trouble for countries such as
Mexico, which depend on oil revenues to finance their heavy debt, but it is
likely to be good news for most Americans.
The beneficial impact of falling oil prices will be felt in two ways,
U.S. output will rise because consumers and businesses will have more
to spend on other items, since their oil bills will be less, and inflation in
this country will be lower.
Medicare rule denies benefits
WASHINGTON - For every dollar the government pays health in-
surance companies to process Medicare claims, the Reagan ad-
ministration expects them to deny at least $5 in benefits, according to
The obscure rule for evaluating the performance of insurance com-
panies hired by the Health Care Financing Admnistration is cited by
critics as evidence the administration is trying to make it harder for
elderly people to get Medicare to pay for post-hospital care.
The regulation, which was formally adopted in 1982 and has been up-
dated several times since, was detailed in a letter last summer to Chair-
man Edward R. Roybal, (D-Calif.), of the House Select Committee on
Aging from Lawrence J. DeNardis, acting assistant secretary of health
and human resources.
"Both medical review and audit are critical elements," DeNardis
wrote of the cost-benefit ratio. "Failure to succeed in these elements
could lead to various contract actions, including termination."
No insurance company's contract has been canceled for failure to
return $5 in savings for every dollar it earns. But critics contend that
companies getting the lucrative audit contracts feel pressure to deny
benefits with little regard to the merits of claims.
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