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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, September 18, 1986


*Vol. XCVII - No. 11

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ten Pages

] Rehnquist




Senate approved President
Reagan's elevation of William
Rehnquist to Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court last night.
Rehnquist replaces the retiring
Chief Justice, Warren Burger.
The Senate voted in Rehnquist
by a 65-33 margin. Only two of the
Senate's 53 Republicans, Lowell
Weicker of Connecticut and
Charles Mathias of Maryland,
voted against the Rehnquist
SIXTEEN of the Senate's 47
Democrats voted for the
Earlier, Republicans were
successful in curtailing the debate
in a 68-31 procedural vote, paving
the way to the final vote hours
later. .
Next on the Senate's agenda
will be the nomination of Antonin
Scalia to fill the Supreme Court
vacancy left by Rehnquist.
Scalia, a conservative federal
appeals court judge, was expected
to win nearly unanimous
REHNQUIST'S approval was
not without fanfare. Senator
Donald Riegle (D-Mich), said

last night that Rehnquist not only
shouldn't lead the Supreme Court,
he shouldn't be on it at all.
"I don't recall a choice that is
more disappointing or falls
shorter of what is needed in an
extraordinary position of
responsibility in our government
than is the case here with
Rehnquist," Riegle told the
Senate. "...It is a flawed choice.
And it's one that I think will
damage our country in a number
of ways over a period of many
years in the future."
In a 90-minute .speech to the
Senate earlier this week, Senator
Carl Levin (D-Mich), said
Rehnquist had "a consistent
record of insensitivity" to
minorities and displayed a lack
of candor when he testified before
the Senate Judiciary Committee.
REHNQUIST was first named
to the Supreme Court in 1971. He
was previously a Justice
Department lawyer in the Nixon
During the confirmation
hearings earlier this year,
Democrats had attacked him as
insensitive toward minorities
and women and contended that he,

Daily Photo by SCOTT IUTUCHY
Newly elected city councilman, Seth Hirshorn (D-Special Ward), discusses his plans for improving relations
with the University. Hirshorn is a professor at the University's Dearborn campus.

Councilman stirs

Newly elected Ann Arbor city
councilmember and U-M
Dearborn prof. Seth Hirshorn (D-
Second Ward) sits comfortably in
a plastic folding chair in the
empty council chamber. "As a
professor you speak as an
authority. But when you speak as
a politician you are speaking as
less than equal. They have a
sense that they can use and abuse
you and I have been used and
abused," Hirshorn says of his
new position.
Hirshorn says his election to
city council last April was
suprising. He represents the
Second Ward, in northeastern
Ann Arbor, which has
traditionally been Republican.
And for a politician whose only
previous elected post was student

representative in graduate school,
Hirshorn considers himself
HIRSHORN is in many
respects the new kid on the block.
He was the only new
councilmember elected last April,
when the other four positions were
taken by returning council
With a boyish, smiling face
and wavy brown hair parted on
the side, he laughs easily and
appears .easygoing. But his
presence and outspoken views are
stirring up some council-
members, some of whom
complain about his unfamiliarity
with legislative procedures.
At Monday's city council
meeting, for example, Hirshorn
spoke his piece on a controversial
issue-creating a shopping mall
near North Campus-- but later
felt he had to add more.
"I can't resist," he said
smiling," I've got to read a.part of
my speech."

ANOTHER councilmember
tried to intervene, asking the
mayor if this was allowed, but the
mayor, with a fatherly smile, told
councilmembers,We tradition-
ally have been liberal in
allowing arguments for
Hirshorn read a part of his
Republican councilmember
Dick Deem, Hirshorn's co-
representative of the Second
Ward, said that Hirshorn's
presence on council is disruptive
because of his outspokenness and
his unfamiliarity with the
council. Deem said one of the
first issues Hirshorn faced
during his term was building a
conference center. "He voted it
down at the first hearing.
Generally the council doesn't vote
things down at the first hearing."
DEEM SAID having to work
with Hirshorn in the ward makes
See HIRSHORN, Page 3

Rehnq uist
... confirmed by Senate
has a too-narrow view of
individual rights.
They disclosed that the deed of
Rehnquist's summer home in
Greensboro, Vt., contains a
restrictive covenant barring its
sale to Jews.

Coke tosell S. African assets

ATLANTA (AP)- The Coca-Cola Co.
announced yesterday it will sell all of its holdings
in South Africa in protest of that country's policy of
racial separation.
The soft drink company plans to sell at least part
of the holdings to black South African investors.
Coke products still will be sold in South Africa.
"WE SAW this move as one of the many weapons
that can be effective against apartheid," Coca-Cola
spokesman Randy Donaldson said. "We have
chosen this route as a way that will allow the
formation of a multi-racial canning system."
Donaldson said the Atlanta-based .company
made the final decision to pull out because it was
dissatisfied with progress toward abolishing
Final plans for Ithe pullout will not be completed

for another six to nine-months, but Donaldson said
the overall plan involves selling off all interests in
bottling and canning plants in the racially torn
A COCA-COLA syrup production plant will be
moved out of the country and the syrup shipped in for
"Once completed, the Coca-Cola Co. will not own
any holdings in South Africa," Donaldson said.
The decision to divest came after a long period of
discussion, Donaldson said. Donald Keough, Coca-
Cola's president and chief operating officer, said in
a statement yesterday that the company had been
reducing its investments in South Africa since 1976.
DONALDSON said he could not estimate how
much money is involved.


Ann Arbor man
charged with
sexual assaults,

Lucas appeals to
blacks for support

An Ann Arbor man was
charged yesterday with sexually
assaulting two University
students last week.
Police connected Christopher
Banard Skinner, 20, with the
assaults on Greenwood and East
Ann streets when his description
matched those given by assault
victims. At a police line-up
Monday, each woman identified
Skinner as their assailant.
Skinner was also charged with
three counts of breaking and
W Suomala of the Ann Arbor Police
Department, an intruder broke
into one victim's home on East
Ann St. early Thursday and a
second attack occurred early
Friday morning on Greenwood.
The rapist assaulted both women
in their beds, and fled, Suomala
Skinner, who gave a Packard
street address at the arraignment,
was arrested Sunday morning

for disorderly conduct near the
location of Friday's assault.
According to Police Lt. Dale
Heath, Skinner "was in people's
back yards, looking in
Last Thursday, nine minutes
after the victim described her
assailant to police, a patrolman
stopped and questioned Skinner,
Who was in the area, Heath said.
Police did not have enough
evidence to apprehend him at the
time, but kept the interrogation on
POLICE ALSO said Skinner
eluded arrest by running away
last August when they responded
to a breaking and entering
complaint on Greenwood and
found him in the house, according
to Heath.
Skinner's bond is set at
$175,000. The maximum penalty
for breaking and entering is ten
years imprisonment, and life
imprisonment for first degree
sexual assault.

In his effort to become the
nation's first elected black
governor, Republican candidate
William Lucas is urging black
voters to support him.
But according to University
experts, blacks may instead vote
for Gov. James Blanchard
because they question Lucas'
attempts to align himself with
President Reagan and his
committment to minority
interests. Blacks are also
suspicious of Lucas' recent switch
to the Republican party, several
professors said.
Michigan state convention, the
Wayne County Executive told
black voters "I needed you then, I
need you now. Come on home."
Lucas' press secretary Bill
Johnson, in an interview,
estimated that Lucas needed 40
percent of the black vote to defeat
Blanchard. According to a recent
poll, Blanchard would win by a 2-
1 margin if the election were held
University Assistant Sociology
Prof. Aldon Morris attaches high
significance to the Lucas
campaign and thinks it could
encourage other minority groups
to pursue high office.
But Morris expressed concern
that Lucas' links with Reagan

and other conservative leaders
may hurt his appeal for black
votes. Morris said that Reagan
has a "long history of
conservative stance on minority
issues," and other civil rights
leaders have accused the
administration of subverting
civil rights gains.
black voter turnout on both sides
due to the race's historical
significance and because Lucas'
candidacy may factionalize
black voters who will strongly
support him or strongly oppose
him. "The black community has
never been a monolithic group,"
Morris said.
According to Associate
Political Science Prof. Michael
Traugott, Lucas could end up
alienating both traditional
Republicans and black voters.
Republicans could be suspicious
of his drive for black votes, while
blacks would remain skeptical of
his ties to Reagan.
Traugott said that Reagan's
upcoming visit to Detroit,
organized by the Lucas
campaign, could have been held
outstate where Lucas' association
with Reagan would not hurt his
LISA GRAYSON, Blanchard's
See BLACK, Page 2

Daily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG
George Zuidema, Vice-Provost for Medical Affairs, dedicates the new
Burn Center with University President Harold Shapiro. See story, Page 3.


Daily prurience
Mailing lists are wonderful things.

Kids these days
Former pro football player Bubba Smith says he
decided to bow out of Lite Beer commercials when
he appeared at Michigan State University's
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making the movie Police Academy 4. "Once I
saw it, I thought, 'I'm not going to do it anymore.'
How much money can you make before you ruin
everybody?" Smith said he gave up a
"considerable amount" of money, but he won't
discuss figures. He said he made the decision
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OXFAMINE:Opinion growls about blocked
food shipments to Nicaragua. See Page 4.
SWEET DREAMS: Arts reviews the Pulitzer
Prize-winning play about self-fulfillment
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