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MSA to begin PR campaign
By WENDY SHARP
The Michigan Student
Assembly is planning a
communications blitz to improve
its image among students.
Students say they don't have an
opinion about their student
government and some don't even
recognize MSA's name.
New public relations efforts
include sending public service
announcements to local radio
stations, visting dorms around
eampus, polling students about
their concerns, and informing
local papers about rallies, campus
events, and MSA resolutions.
MSA VICE President Daryl
Thompson said most students are
:riot informed about MSA. "Those
'ho do have an opinion, it is
probably based on last year and
*t h ey view it in a somewhat
negative way," Thompson said,
ieferring to negative publicity
about last year's MSA elections.
Thompson said he thinks only a
siiall percentage of students
know what MSA stands for and
:what issues it works on.
Students only know about
"long, cumbersome, and
frustrating" Tuesday night
meetings, said David Lovinger,
LSA senior and vice-chair of
committee, which will double its
budget for the publicity drive.
Lovinger said students are aware
of issues such as the code for non-
academic conduct and extended
service of the Nite Owl, but "they
don't connect these things with
MSA." He said MSA has actively
worked on these and other campus
MSA ALSO publishes a
monthly newspaper, The Campus
Report, and ADVICE, a student
course evaluation guide.
Some students interviewed
recognized that MSA is
responsible for ADVICE, but were
not familiar with The Campus
Report, which has been published
for 12 years. Most students
suggested that MSA should
publicize itself more, while others
said that although MSA does
publicize enough, they don't like
reading about student
"I don't havea clue about what
they do," said LSA spohomore
Fiona Grant. LSA senior Michael
Greyerbiehl agreed. "I don't
know much about it (MSA) and I
don't think they publicize very
much," he said.
GREG Kim, LSA sophomore,
said he is not familiar with MSA
because "I'm just not interested in
To change these perceptions,
Lovinger said, MSA wants "to tell
students what MSA does, what
services we provide." MSA's
internal committees work on
issues such as tuition, campus
safety, military research, and
eliminating racism. MSA
sponsors Student Legal Services
and the Ann Arbor Tenants
Lovinger said MSA will also
attempt to revive 76-GRIPE, a
phone line that students can call tc
voice complaints and ask for
MSA's help. This service began
last year but failed due to
disorganization, Lovinger said.
HE ADDED that this year's
MSA representatives will call
students back with more
assistance, instead of just
listening to the complaints and
offering immediate advice like
last year. MSA will also
participate in Meet-UM, a
campus-wide computer service
available to students through their
Michigan Terminal System
accounts, Lovinger said
LSA senior Paul Josephson,
former MSA president and
current member of MSA's
development committee, said this
year's program is ambitious, but
"it's hard to get people to do a lot of
work." "It's not going to happen
unless MSA goes to LSA and the
communications department and
gets people to help out," Josephson
JOSEPHSON said last year's
assembly was unsuccessful in
trying to work with hall
governments and other student
groups. "Even the best intentions
are left by the wayside,"
Michelle Fischer, chair of the
Committee, said the new
assembly's expectations might be
idealistic, but "by setting high
expectations, it might set a
precedent for other (MSA)
"We're responsible for MSA's
public image," Fischer said.
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jail crowding forces release
GRAND RAPIDS- The Kent County Sheriffs Departmen C
ordered the early release of 42 inmates yesterday and reduced the
sentences of 260 others to comply with a federal judge's order 0*
reduce jail crowding.
A Michigan Sheriffs Association official said other count
jails throughout the state face similar crowding problems.
The Kent County reductions and releases were ordered tp
comply with an August 1985 order by U.S. District Judge Richard
Enslen in Kalamazoo.
The 42 prisoners freed had 10 or fewer days remaining on their
sentences, officials said. The order also required that 10 days be
subtracted from jail sentences for most prisoners.
Jail officials said the offenses of those released early rangd
from misdemeanors to felonies such as larceny, breaking and
entering, and drug offenses.
"I don't think we're talking about releasing a bunch of really
felonious maniacs," said Kent County Sheriff Philip Heffron..
FAA chided for inefficiency
WASHINGTON- Congressional critics charged the Federal
Aviation Administration yesterday with "bureaucratic foot.
dragging ...'and turf-guarding" in failing to have moved quickly
to require collision avoidance systems in commercial aircraft.
"We are here to find out why it has taken nearly three decades to
develop a piece of equipment that could save lives, and why the use
of such equipment was not long ago made mandatory," declared
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), in opening hearings on the
longstanding collision avoidance controversy.
The hearings came a week after the Federal Aviation
Administration said it plans to propose a regulation next year that
would require commercial jetliners to be equipped with devices
that warn pilots of nearby aircraft.
House budget pressures Pres.
WASHINGTON-The House moved yesterday toward approval
of $567 billion in spending authority for federal agencies in the
new budget year, the largest sum ever crammed into a single
Working under the threat of a veto by President Reagan,
members of the House wrapped virtually every facet of
government spending for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 into a
single, giant package.
White House budget director James Miller III said the least
military spending the president could accept was the $292 billion,
in the Senate's pending version of the bill. The House bill only'
includes $285 billion.
The House has included five major provisions it passed earlier
in its defense bill, which would:
-Freeze spending on "Star Wars" research.
-Continue a ban on final-stage tests pf anti-satellite weapons,
-Ban for one year, starting Jan. 1, almost all U. S. nuclear
weapons tests, as long as the Soviets continue to observe their self-
imposed test ban.
-Block production of chemical weapons, which is scheduled to,-
start in fiscal 1987 for the first time since 1969.
-Require continued adherence to the SALT II nuclear treaty by.-,
banning spending on any weapons which would put the U. S. over.
the numerical sublimits of various types of weapons in the treaty.
City forms group to fight off-eampus crime
By EVE BECKER
The Ann Arbor City Council's
Off-Campus Crime Commission
met twice earlier this month and
decided to focus on lighting, bus
services, group housing, and
*exual harassment in a renewed
effort to prevent crime. The group
will begin substantive
discussions next week.
The commission was formed
last summer by City
: ouncilmember Seth
Hirshorn(D-Second Ward) to
form an anti-crime link between
the city, the University, and the
community. It consists of
representatives from city council,
the Ann Arbor Police Department,
the community, the Michigan
Student Assembly, the
Interfraternity Council, the
and other campus organizations.
"I CAN walk down a street in
the University area, and can be
harassed or threatened,"
"The University area has its
own public safety committees and
departments and the city has its
committees and departments.
What I'm trying to do with this
committee is to fill a gap and
work effectively between the
University and the city to identify
additional services that may be
needed," he added.
Hirshorn said the off-campus
community poses special
problems for crime prevention
because of the undefined
boundaries between the city and
"THERE ARE a lot of
transitional areas. The
population is young and there's a
lot of mobility, They're targets.
It's a difficult area, because there
is only so much you can do,"
The first topics the committee
will address are extended
lighting and bus service.
Commission members hope to
coordinate the University's Nite
Owl bus service with the city's
AATA system to help students
safely get from on-campus
locations to off-campus.
The task force will provide
students in off-campus housing
and fraternities with public safety
information, as well as educating
residents about crime prevention
and access to campus safety and
THE COMMITTEE members
were chosen by Mayor Ed Pierce,
and then approvedtby city council
."Why they selected me I don't
know," said Tom Easthope,
University associate vice-
president for student services.
"What I'll bring is a point of view
that has some knowledge of the
University and the
Representatives from the IFC
and the Panhellenic association
have not shown up for either of the
Rob Sadowski, president of the
ICC, said he was disappointed that
the commission was emphasizing
how to avoid crime rather than
focusing directly on crime
"I THINK that we shouldn't
spend time with crime avoidance
so we can talk about important
stuff," said Sadowski. "I saw my
role on the task force as trying not
to do that. We've had people
around discussing that and that's
not crime prevention."
"My main concern is group
housing and especially sexual
harassment, and alcohol-induced
violence in group housing and the
fraternity system, wisaid
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MOSCOW-The Soviet Union yesterday bestowed its highest
honors for heroism on three firefighters at the Chernobyl nuclear
plant who battled flames at.he No. 4 reactor and prevented.a
greater nuclear disaster.
Two of the firefighters, Viktor Kibenok and Vladimir Pravik,
died of radiation sickness. The government newspaper Izvestia
printed a picture of the surviving firefighter, Maj. Leoniil,
Telyatnikov, on the front page beside official decrees naming'
them heroes of the Soviet Union.
Telyatnikov, who was pictured in Soviet media in May with -a
full head of hair, was bald in the Izvestia photograph.
Radiation from Chernobyl spread across several European
countries and large areas of the Soviet Union. The losses to the,
Soviet economy from the disaster have been estimated by the
Soviets at the equivalent of nearly $3 billion.
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associated with the bad outweigh
hoped-for benefits of the good."
"THIS BILL poses no threat to
the economy," Rostenkowski told
the House. "About the only people
I haven't heard from are those
people this bill does the most for -
low and middle-income fa-
milies. They are the men and
women to whom we must make
our case, no matter which way we
The most striking feature is a
significant reduction in tax rates.
The top individual rate, now 50
percent, would drop to 33 percent,
although about three-quarters of
Americans would pay a flat 15
percent rate. The 46 percent
maximum corporate rate would be
cut to 34 percent.
The bill scales back deductions
for IRAs, medical expenses and
job-related expenses including'
union dues, and it repeals
writeoffs for sales taxes and
consumer interest. Non-
itemizers - almost two-thirds of
taxpayers - would lose their
deduction for charitable gifts.
The bill answers a demand for
more fairness by closing off tax
shelters that allow many wealthy
investors to avoid the tax collector
through the judicious use of big
deductions. Many corporations
also would lose their tax-free
If elected, Kay Orr, Nebraska's
candidate, would not- be the
nation's first woman governor.
The Daily incorrectly reported
yesterday that she would.
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yesterday the United States is discussing with other countries the
possibility of conducting joint drug eradication ventures similar
to the operation now under way in Bolivia.
Meese, meeting with reporters to discuss administration efforts
to stop drug trafficking internationally and within U.S. borders,'
was asked whether the much-publicized Operation Blast Furnace
operation, targeting clandestine cocaine laboratories in the.
jungles of Bolivia, was a one-of-a-kind campaign that would not.
"I would hope that we would have similar types of operations
tailored to the situation and the needs of other countries," said,'
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