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Students hold Mandela protest

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asked.
He also said the board would lean
against making the exception because
it considers the University's decision
to divest 90 percent of its investments
in companies that do business with
South Africa a strong stand against
apartheid. "We felt strongly about it,
and people told us that it would be a
great step to take, so we made the ex-
ception. We had to move mountains to
get divestment."
OTHER regents yesterday would
not discuss making an exception for
Mandela. But one regent - Sarah
Power (D-Ann Arbor) said as she left
the regents room after the students
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had occupied it, "A bylaw can be
changed."
Leaders of the Free South Africa
Coordinating Committee, responsible
for the protest, said they hope to stay
in the building until late this after-
noon.
Robert Potter, the University's
director of communications, said the
students would be alloweed to stay,
and in fact, people were allowed to
leave and enter the building at will
last night.
POTTER, however, when asked if
the University would take any action
if the students still occupied the room
when the regents arrive this morning
for the second-day of their monthly
meetings, replied: "We'll have to
make that decision then."
Barbara Ransby, a leader of the
group, said they had not decided how
to react to the regents meeting, or
whether they would try to stay in the
room past tomorrow.
Ransby helped organize a two-week
blockade of a Columbia University
building last spring in an attempt to
get the school to divest.
The protest began after five
speakers urged the regents during the
meeting's public comments session,
to give Mandela the degree. After the
last speaker, Ransby, announced they
would hold an all-night vigil in the
room. The regents left through a back
door.
The number of students in the room
fluctuated from about 150 during the
meeting, to about 30 afterwards, then
to about 150 again to listen to South
African poet and activist Dennis
Brutus speak last night.

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MSA military researcher Ingrid Kock listens to Free South Africa Coor-
dinating Committee leader Barbara Ransby's speech at yesterday's
regents meeting.
South African poet calls
for continued pressure

IN BRIEF
COMPILED FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS AND
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
El Salvador army officials
accused in kidnapping ring
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Two men arrested for allegedly
working with rightist kidnapping rings said yesterday that two army
colonels and a major on active duty were involved in carrying out the
abductions of prominent businessmen.
The accusations came as leaders of the country's coffee industry urged
the Senate to investigate alleged "interference" by U.S. Ambassador
Edwin G. Corr in domestic politics.
Lt. Rodolfo Isidro Lopez Sibrian and Urlando Llovera, in separate ap-
pearances before a military judge, said the three soldiers - Lot. Col.
Robert Mauricio Staben, commander of the U.S.-trained Hrce Battalion,
Col. Joaquin Zacapap, and Maj. Jose Alfredo Jimenez - were involved in
at least five kidnappings since 1982.
Lopez Sibrian, removed from active duty in 1983, and Llovera, his
father-in-law, both arrested March 31, said they did not participate in the
kidnapping ring.
House speaker says GOP
faces difficulty on Contra bill
WASHINGTON - House speaker Thomas O'Neill Jr. said yesterday he
thinks the Republicans face long odds in their gamble to win an up-or-down
vote soon on President Reagan's program of aid to Nicaraguan rebels.
O'Neill told reporters that "in my judgment, the president had his best
chance" on Wednesday, when consideration of the issue was halted abrup-
tly by a GOP tactic aimed at divorcing the vote from an unrelated spending
bill that President Reagan wants to veto.
Told of O'Neill's prediction that the GOP would have problems in getting
the Contra aid issue considered as a separate :measure, House Republican
leader Robert Michel (R-Ill.), said, "I don't think we'll have difficulty.
We're going to come down hard on our own people."
Michel said his goal is "a free-standing bill" limited solely to the
question of giving military and other assistance to the Contra coun-
terrevolutionaries.
~Stalin's daughter returns to
U.S.; granddaughter to U.K.
CHICAGO- Josef Stalin's daughter Svetlana. Alliluyeva has returned to
the United States, which she criticized when she defected back to the Soviet
Union after 17 years in the West, but her whereabouts yesterday remained
a mystery.
Her ex-husband, William Wesley Peters, said in Scottsdale, Arizona, that
she was expected to surface shortly.
Alliluyeva, 60, arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Wednesday on a
flight from Zurich, said Cherise Mayberry, a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Customs Service at the Airport.
Her former husband "is not at liberty to give out information as to the
whereabouts of his ex-wife, and he expects that she will make this infor-
mation available shortly," said Tere Teames, secretary to Peters, the
chief architect at Taliesin West. an architectural institute.
Alliluyeva's departure from the Soviet Union came one day after her-
American-born daughter, Olga Peters, left to return to the Quaker boar-
ding school she had attended in England before the move to Moscow.
Teen comits suicide on t.v.
AMHERST, Mass. - A 17-year-old boy drank cyanide-laced Kool-Aid on
live, closed-circuit television and died on the floor of the Hampshire
College studio while his brother and friends laughed and urged him to quit
joking, students said yesterday.
When Andrew Hermann refused to quit his "act" on the comedy show,
students carried him to a hall. Security guards later found he was dead.
"Everyone thought it was a joke. No one realized he had actually done
it," said Philip Jackson, student producer of the student broadcast.
"We've had some rather extreme things on the show. One time a group of
Arabs came on and hijacked it. Everyone thought he was fooling."
Hermann's older brother, Stephen, a Hampshire student who served as
co-host of the program siad, "I thought, like everyone else,.,that it was just
an act."
"I had intuitive feelings that something was going wrong, but it didn't
register. It fit so well into the entire speech," he said
"He said he would die for his views about the administration of this cam-
pus. It was tongue-in-cheek humor. He was joking. But what he did was
serious.'
Hermann described his younger brother as a very intelligent youth who
was bored with high school and had "other problems." He said Andrew
had planned to attend Hampshire College next year and had been accep-
ted.
GNP increases 3.2 percent
WASHINGTON-The real gross national product grew at a healthy an-
nual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 1986 as an improving trade
balance, low interest rates and low inflation combined to stimulate the
economy, the Commerce Department said yesterday.
The preliminary GNP estimate falls squarely in the middle of gover-

nment and private forecasts of 2.5 to 4 percent growth. It reflects
the swiftest pace of economic growth since the first quarter of 1985 and a
quick rebound from the dismal 0.7 percent gain during the final quarter of
last year.
The real GNP grew $28.4 billion to $3.62 trillion last quarter, according to
the Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis. The estimate is based on
incomplete data and will be revised twice, in May and June.
White house spokesman Larry Speakes said the figures indicate
Americans "are enjoying an expanding economy,"
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By EVE BECKER
Dennis Brutus, an exiled South
African poet and former political
prisoner, spoke last night about the
current situation in South Africa. He
encouraged divestment and increased
pressure on the South African gover-
nment to abolish its system of apar-
theid.
Brutus spoke in front of about 150
students who were occupying the ad-
ministration building last night
because of the Board of Regents'
refusal to grant an honorarydegree to
South African Nelson Mandela.

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Brutus led a sports boycott kicking
South Africa out of the 1972 Olympics
because of its racist policies. He was
then labeled by the South African
government as one of apartheid's top
20 opponents, and was imprisoned for
18 months at Robben Island. There, he
met Mandela and other activists.
"The situation in South Africa, as
I'm sure you are aware, has shar-
pened dynamically," he said. "Since
August, there has been ferment, con-
tinual challenge to the apartheid
system, until it is almost at the
breaking point."
He said evidence of outside
pressure on the apartheid gover-
nment by divestment is one of the
most important factors in generating
tension in South Africa. The South
African government reports eight
bankruptcies a day, and a steady
drain of the white population.
This economic and political
pressure will "contribute to the
gradual breaking up of that struc-
ture," Brutus said. "It is probably
true thatrthe apartheid regime today
is politically stronger than it has ever
been," he said, but he added he
suspects that the military may soon
overthrow the South African gover-
nment.
Brutus is also calling for a national'
boycott against Shell Oil for supplying
the South African army. He also said
the United States should not bring
South African students to America.
He said American corportions are
bringing South African students to
America to train them to eventually
work in their companies. These
students are "stooges and Uncle
Toms" Brutus said.
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