Ninety-six years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVI - No. 120
Copyright 1986, The Michigan Doily
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 27, 1986
'Hondurans to battle
From AP AND UPI
As the Senate yesterday battled over
President Reagan's plan to send $100
million to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua,
American-piloted helicopters airlifted
Honduran troops to fighting between anti-
Sandinista rebels and a Nicaraguan
government invasion force backed by ar-
tillery, gunships and reinforcements, U.S.
White House spokesman Larry Speakes
said an undisclosed number of Nicaraguan
troops remained in Honduras after a
weekend border crossing, with as many as
300 trapped inside the country.
He also reported "significant movement"
towards the common border by more
troops of the Marxist-led Sandinista
regime in Nicaragua, as well as fire from
artillery, BM-21 multiple rocket launchers
and Soviet-made MI-8 gunships into Hon-
"THERE ARE a number of Sandinista
units at the border," Speakes sasid.
"Others are en route to the border."
"The situation has not stabilized," he
said. It is premature to draw any con-
clusion that the military situation in the
region is over."
Meanwhile, the Senate, slogging through
an amemdment-by-amendment battle the
GOP is expected to win, fought bitterly
over President Reagan's plan to send $100
million in aid to the Contra rebels battling
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) sought
to terminate all aid to the guerrilla forces
and Sen. Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.)
demanded immediate approval of the aid
without conditions on how Reagan spends
it in his effort to keep Nicaragua's San-
dinistas from spreading communist sub-
version in the Americas.
"PRESIDENT Reagan's policy of shooting
first and asking questions later will only
See SENATE, Page 5
Students split on gulf con flict
By ADAM CORT
Students are expressing mixed reactions
to the recent fighting between the United
States and Libya, but they generally agreed
that the incidents may have some negative
* repercussions for the United States.
Some students said the recent U.S. ac-
tion, in which jetfighters damaged or
destroyed a Libyan missile base and six
Libyan patrol boats, was justified, while
others contend that the U.S. provoked the
attacks by conducting exercises in
"I wouldn't say that we didn't have the
right to enter the Gulf (of Sidra, which
Libya claims as its own and the U.S.
claims is international waters), but testing
the Libyans is not a very good practice,"
said LSA sophomore Chris Drobney. "I
disapprove of the general idea of pushing
SUSAN Shatkin, an LSA senior, agreed
that the U.S. provoked the confrontation.
"We should act the way we want other
people to act," said Shatkin. "Although I
condemn (Khadafy's) terrorism, I don't
think he acted differently from other
leaders trying to protect their sovereign-
But Jeana Lee, a first year Inteflex
student contended that the exercises were
not bad policy. "I think Khadafy was
making outrageous demands," she said.
"To not exercise our right in the Gulf of
Sidra would be consenting to Khadafy's
See STUDENTS, Page 3
Honduran soldiers board trucks in Cifuentes yesterday to head for their border with Nicaragua.
Nicaraguan soldiers have pursued rebels into Honduras.
VP nominee leaves engineering behind
By CAROLINE MULLER dean, Duderstadt has been respon- science. Engineering Associate Dean for stadt would favor the College
If James Duderstadt is appointed to sible for making the college a leader SENIOR, who is also a member of Academic Affais Charles Vest is the Engineering if he becomes the n
Ie position of vice president for in high technology while pushing for a the college's Executive Committee, most likely candidate for acting dean vice president, Vest said Duderst
haepinc affairs and provost, the broader liberal arts education for said the committee is expected to ' He did say, however, that Vest "has might be forced to overlook the pl
caverst wihavea tough tim enginering students. His successor recommend a faculty member next gained the respect of almost everyone of the college in order to prove his i
eplacing the five-year dean of the will face a review of the un- week to the post of interim dean to the in the college for what he has done in partiality.
ollege of Engineering dergraduate engineering curriculum Board of Regents, which gives the the past five years." "If anything, we are concerned ti
Last December, Duderstadt was
reappointed by the Board of Regents
as engineering dean, but University
President Harold Shapiro announced
!Monday that he will recommend
Duderstadt as the new vice president
to the regents at their April meeting.
Duderstadt would replace Billy Frye
as the University's second highest
SINCE HE took over the office of
that Duderstadt initiated to increase
the college's humanities requiements.'
"Duderstadt is a man who moves
very fast. He has set a pace that we
have never before experienced in the
College of Engineering," said Elaine
Harden, assistant to the engineering
"Dean Duderstadt has fairly large
shoes to be filled by anyone," said
Thomas Senior, a professor of elec-
trical engineering and computer
The next step will involve setting up
a national search committee to
review qualifications of candidates
applying to serve as the new dean.
The process usually take several
months, Senior said.
Senior declined to comment on
speculation by members of the
Engineering Council, the college's
student government, that
VEST, a professor of mechanical
engineering, would not comment on
whether he thinks he will be chosen to
succeed Duderstadt. He said the most
difficult problem facing any new dean
will be "keeping up the aggressive
pace that's been set up so far, and
helping the large numbers of new
faculty members to realize their
While some speculate that Duder-
ne might not teeL obiUged tom e con-
cerns of his (former) coleagues,"
PERHAPS the most controversial
move in Duderstadt's administration
has been the elimination of the
college's humanities department, for-
cing students to take their social
science classes alongside their LSA
peers. The move drew strong
See ENGINEERING, Page 5
... faces challenges
-upset at low:
By WENDY SHARP
Michigan Student Assembly elec-
b tion candidates expressed disappoin-
tment last night at the low number of
students - an estimated 5,500 - who
voted in this week's MSA elections.
Assembly officers had expected an
increase over last year's count of 6,000
voters, citing MSA's campaign to
publicize itself and increased student
knowledge about the assembly due to
the Daily's increased circulation.
"THERE were a number of
problems with the organization and
that hurts the number of votes and
Wme," said Kurt Muenchow, who is
running for president on the Meadow
Party ticket. "There were big, big
problems with the organization with
MUENCHOW cited as evidence
student confusion over when to vote at
Mary Markley dormitory. Election
advertisements said the residence
hall would, be open for voters last Junior Archite
See MSA, Page 5 rests on a statu
EADLY SERPENTS have attacked so many
By ALAN PAUL
There are few outlets for
unrestrained student creativity,
but East Quad's RC Players are
proving to be a haven for student
Usually, student playwrights
have to work with professors to get
their plays produced,. but tonight,
tomorrow, and Saturday the RC
Players will present two student-
run plays: Charlie Schulman's
"Angel" and Naomi Saferstein's
"Angel," about a Nazi fugitive
who is discovered singing in a
South American nightclub, is
Schulman's third RC Players
production. His first two, "The Bir-
thday Present" and "The Ground
Zero Club," received Hopwood
awards, and placed him in the top
three at the Young Playwrights'
Festival in New York. Both plays
were later produced off-Broadway.
SCHULMAN, a junior in the
Residential College, credits the RC
Players with giving the oppor-
tunity to experiment with new
"It's the best opportunity to do
what I want and not answer to a
hierarchial system," Schulman
said. "This ('Angel') is risky. It's
the kind of material that wouldn't
be done if we didn't have the RC
Saferstein, a Residential College
junior, agrees that the student-run
organization provides great ar-
"I write what I'm thinking
about, not for a specific audience,"
Saferstein said. "It's great to know
that I have the opportunity here to
get produced. I don't have to cur-
tail anything because I'm trying to
satisfy a decision-making board."
MARTIN Walsh, co-chairman of
the Residential College of Drama
Department, has served as an ad-
visor, who provides guidance, but
LSA senior Kara Miller, who has
a part in "Angel," said the student
orientation of the RC Players
makes the production of the plays
"I love the RC Players," said
Miller, who is appearing in her
twelfth RC Players production.
See STUDENTS, Page 2
Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER
cture student Kevin Putz mulls over his MSA election ballot, as senior Art student Kari Ederer!
ue in the Art and Architecture Building yesterday.
tations and sometimes music to attract and catch live
snakes such as cobras and pythons. The most recent
victim wounded by a snake bite was Professor Mahdi
Adamu, the university's vice chancellor, who was
reportedly attacked when he was in his sitting room,
the daily said. The newspaper said university students
it interviewed confirmed an alarming incidence of
snake bhites non anus
use to cure farm animals and house pets ranging from
parakeets to goats. "The Chinese had used it for
thousands of years on cows, horses and pigs and com-
mercially useful animals but they never used it on dogs
and cats," said Allen Schoen of New York. "They ate
their dogs and cats." Acupuncture is safer and usually
less expensive than surgery, Schoen said, and often of-
LIBYA: Opinion opposes Reagan's military
maneuvers in the Gulf of Sidra. See Page 4.