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Student entrepreneurs profit from parties
By MARC CARREL
Two University seniors with a knack
for throwing parties are cashing in on
their talent by hosting bashes from
Chicago to Paris.
LSA students Ray Solnik and Scott
DeGraff last year formed Karma
Productions, a business which
produces theme parties, after Solnik's
partner in a similar business
USING THE reputation he had
gained from his previous business,
Solnik approached the Nectarine
Ballroom about hosting a beach party
in September. After the party's suc-
cess, Karma Productions signed a con-
tract to put on a party at the ballroom
every Thursday from October
To attract crowds to their parties,
Solnik and DeGraff offered special
promotions such as a free trip to New
York and reduced drink prices. The
two entrepreneurs donated a varying
portion of their profits to charity.
Jan Loader, director of the local
chapter of the March of Dimes, which
has received some of Karma's
charitable contributions, said, "Ray
approached us. He does everything
,and just brings us the money."
"FOR people to voluntarily do
things like this, I think it's good,"
Loader said. "They're not saying
'What's in it for me?"'
After the financial success of
several parties which ran on budgets
averaging $400 to $15,000 and grossed
thousands of dollars, Solnik and
DeGraff decided to take their
business across the Atlantic-to
Hiring a French production com-
pany to handle the details overseas,
Solnik and DeGraff planned a party
over the telephone.
THE TWO businessmen dubbed
their project "A California Beach
Party in a Paris Winter" and
scheduled the party over last spring
break. Two and one-half weeks before
the party, Solnik and DeGraff flew to
Paris to finalize their plans and send
out 20,000 bilingual invitations.
Invitations were distributed to
American students studying in
Europe, as well as Europeans and
Americans living and working in
"We had a very diverse crowd,"
Solnik said of the party, which attrac-
ted 1,400 to 1,500 guests.
THE PARTY, which featured a
California band, a fashion show, a
large video screen, and beachwear
displays, was described by Solnik as
"a wild party-a real extravaganza."
"It basically brought together
European students and American
students who were in Paris at the time
or could make it to Paris.,,
"It blew my mind," said Mark
Cohen, an LSA senior who went to
Paris just to attend the party. "It was
either Paris or Aspen and the party
sounded like a better time than
"IT LIVED up to my expectations,
though," he said. "I was there until 6
in the morning."
"We are a bit much, I have to ad-
mit," Solnik chuckled, showing off a
watch which sports the Karma
Productions logo. He said that he had
two watches, one for himself and one
for DeGraff, made for the holiday
Karma Productions is currently
planning a college graduation party to
be held in May simultaneously at
nightclubs in both New York and
Chicago. Some of the proceeds will go
to the Better Boys Foundation, which
supports under-priveleged children
primarily from the Chicago area.
"INVITATIONS are being passed
around to schools across the country
and commercials for the party are on
the radio in Chicago," DeGraff said.
He and Solnik are looking into a
video hookup between the two parties,
possibly through MTV, but have not
made any definite arrangements.
Besides Karma Productions, each
student is involved in other business
ventures. Solnik, who is from Roslyn,
N.Y., owns a moving service and co-
owns a messenger service.
HIS MOVING service, Move U,
transports students' belongings back
from Michigan to the New York area,
and runs only in the fall and spring.
His other business, Mercury's
Messengers, delivers bouquets of
balloons and cakes for special oc-
DeGraff represents Life's a Beach
surf gear and sold drinker helmets
during the last football season.
DeGraff plans on attending law school
next year. Solnik is headed for Stan-
ford University business school.
Both plan on resurrecting Karma
Productions once they finish their
respective educations, and DeGraff
said they may even do one or two par-
ties a year in they have the time. For
now, though, both are still planning
the graduation party.
"A LOT of people think that you
host a party and it's no big deal. But
it's a lot of work. We've had a good
time doing it, though." DeGraff said.
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are one of the key reasons he wants to
leave his rented beachfront home in
Hawaii and go to another country, ac-
cording to persons who have spoken to
But Marcos has found no other
country willing to take him. He has
been turned down by Spain, Mexico,
Singapore, Indonesia, Panama and
Marcos landed in Hawaii on Feb. 26,
a day after his 20-year regime collap-
sed and he was replaced as president
by Corazon Aquino. Since then, there
have been numerous revelations from
Manila about the lavish and profligate
lifestyle of Marcos and his wife,
Mrs. Aquino has formed a Com-
mission on Good Government and
charged it with recovering as much as
possible of what commission chair-
man Jovito Salonga has termed Mar-
cos' "ill-gotten" wealth. Salonga
estimates Marcos' wealth may reach
$5 billion to $10 billion.
Last week, Salonga returned to
Manila after a trip to the United
States and Switzerland, where he won
promises of cooperation in both
nationsand set in motion a series of
legl maneuvers aimed at blocking
Marcos' access to the money.
The most publicized case in the
United States involving alleged Mar-
cos' assets is in federal court in New
York, where lawyers operating on
behalf of Mrs. Aquino's government
have sued to block the sale of five
properties they claimhare owned or
controlled by Marcos.
The properties-a Manhattan shop-
ping center, three Manhattan office
buildings and a Long Island
estate-are worth $350 million, accor-
ding to Rep. Stephen Solarz, D-N.Y.,
chairman of a House subcommittee
investigating Marcos' American
A temporary restraining order has
been issued blocking liquidation of the
Ralph and Joseph Bernstein, the
two New York brothers alleged to
have been involved in Marcos' pur-
chase of the real estate, will testify in
public Wednesday before Solarz'
panel, the House Foreign Affairs sub-
committee on Asia and the Pacific.
They had previously refused to testify
In addition, federal grand juries in
Alexandria, Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa.,
are investigating dealings between'
U.S. businesses and officials of the
Philippine government and armed
Marcos has not been subpoenaed by
either of those panels, but the Justice
Department said last week it was
sending two top prosecutors to Manila
to look at newly uncovered documents
that might be sent to the panels.
A student in Political Science Prof.
Raymond Tanter's class, "The Arab-
Israeli Conflict," was incorrectly
identified in Friday's Daily as a
member of the Israeli Defense Force.
According to Prof. Tanter, there are
no members of the IDF in the class.
The Daily regrets the error.
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Investigators suspect Libya
in German nightclub bombing
BERLIN - A West German newspaper yesterday quoted Bonn
security officials as saying Libya was behind the bombing of a
discotheque frequented by American soldiers and is planning more at-
tacks on U.S. targets.
The Welt am Sonntag newspaper also reported that security officials
suspect a link between the disco bombing, which killed an American
soldier and a Turkish woman and injured 204 people, and Wednesday's
bombing of a TWA jetliner over Greece, which killed four people.
It said the officials will use laboratory tests to compare remnants of the
bomb used in the disco bombing with the explosive device used in the
The Welt am Sonntag newpaper quoted unidentified security officials
as saying the attack on a main street in the American sector fo the city
was part of Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy's campaign of vengeance
against the United States for the recent clash in the disputed Gulf of Sidra
Soviets launch Afghan attack
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -Waves of Soviet and Afghan jets blasted rebel
positions yesterday in Afghanistan's strategic Paktia province as elite
commando units backed by tanks fought to encircle the insurgents in a
Guerrilla officials said that Soviet and Afghan commandos, borne by
the helicopters, and tank units were closing in on a string of heavily
defended insurgent strongholds in southern Paktia, near the Pakistan
border. Both sides suffered heavy casualties, the officials said.
Officials of the Yunis Khalis guerrilla group, one of seven Afghan
guerrilla groups fighting the Marxist government of Afghan President
Babrak Kasmal, said more than 1,000 commandos were landed by heli-
copter Friday night around the large Yunis Khalis base at Zhawar.
Officials at the Afghan Information Center in the Pakistan border city
of Peshawar said the guerrillas were rushing reinforcements from camps
in Pakistan to aid defenders of their embattled positions in Paktia.
Soviet and the Afghan forces tried unsuccessfully to capture the
Zhawar base last summer, but were beaten back.
Mandela quoted in media
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Winnie Mandela was quoted in the
South African news media yesterday for the first time in 11 years by two
leading newspapers that said the government ban on quoting her is no
One paper, the Sunday Star of Johannesburg, quoted the anti-apartheid
leader as assailing President Reagan and British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher as "Friends of the racists," referring to South Africa's
The Star said that in an interview Saturday, Mrs. Mandela also called
for "immediate and total" international sanctions against South Africa.
Mrs. Mandela, the wife of jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela
delarhas been under government banning orders for most of the past 23
The orders restricted her movements, barred her from political ac-
tivity and prohibited the nation's news media from quoting her. The last
time she was quoted directly by the national media was in 1975, during a
brief lull before her restrictions were renewed.
Shanties incite college arrests;
MADISON, Wisc. - A handful of anti-aparthei demonstrators were'
back on the Wisconsin capitol grounds in Madison yesterday after police
arrested 17 protesters during the night while dismantling
makeshift shanties erected there for a second time.
But no immediate attempt was being made to build the shacks, which
symbolize housing conditions in black South Africa townships, for a third
The dismantling of a shanty also sparked arrests over the weekend at
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Twenty-two people, 19 of them
students, were taken into custody Saturday and charged with trespassing
after they refused to end their demonstration, said university spokesman
The situation at Purdue was quiet yesterday, officials said.
At Yale University in New Haven, Conn., protesters received per-
mission to leave six shanties standing until April 12, when the school's
governing board is to meet. Originally, the university had ordered the
protesters to abandon the shanties by noon Saturday.
Police raid Protestant office
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Police raided the headquarters of the
main Protestant paramilitary group before dawn yesterday after ex-
tremists burned or stoned the homes of 16 police officers and six Roman
Catholics, police said.
Police seized tapes and documents at the Belfast office of the Ulster
Defense Association, suspected of helping organize an unprecedented
wave of anti-police violence by Protestants.
Protestants oppose the Anglo-Irish accord signed Nov. 15. which gives
the overwhelmingly Catholic Republic of Ireland a consultive role in
British-ruled Northern Ireland, where Protestants outnumber Catholics
Arsonists razed two police officers' homes, and youths rioted overnight
in two Protestant neighborhoods in Belfast, police said.
Royal Ulster Constabulary spokeswoman Sgt. Isabel Uprichard said
one police officer fled from his blazing home with his family. The other
police officer's house was unoccupied.
Police arrested six people, but no injuries were reported. The homes of
103 police officers have been attacked in the past week.
The Protestant violence followed a bomb explosion Saturday in a down-
town Belfast tavern, which police sources said they suspected was the
work of the IRA or the Irish National Liberation Army. Four people were
hurt, two seriously.
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