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Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVII - No. 61

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ang Arbor, Michigan - Monday, December 1, 1986

Ten Pages

Dole

urges

special

Associated Press
A fond farewell
Actor Cary Grant and his fifth wife Barbara Harris are shown at the Hollywood race track
in Los Angeles in 1981. Grant died of a stroke Saturday night. See story, page 8.
Sorori"tys house

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session
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader
Bob Dole yesterday urged President Reagan to
convene a special session of Congress to appoint a
Watergate-style committee to investigate secret White
House arms sales to Iran and money transfers to
Nicaraguan rebels.
Dole (R - Kan.) said he wants the president to
"call a special session of Congress next week and
form this select committee."
Sen. Robert Byrd, the Democratic leader of the
Senate who will assume Dole's post as majority
leader when the new Senate comes in next year, also
called for a select joint committee, but he said it
"would have to wait until Congress reconvened," in
January.
HE SAID that calling a special session would
"contribute to the crisis atmosphere," and instead
urged Reagan to appoint an independent counsel.
One senior Justice Department official, who spoke
on condition of anonymity, said Sunday he believes
"the weight of the arguments now favor moving to an
independent counsel." But he did not believe that a
decision had been made to take the probe out of the
hands of Attorney General Edwin Meese III and other
Justice officials.
Byrd and Dole said they had discussed the proposal
to name a special panel, which the Democratic leader
said must be done by the full Congress "so that the
committe would have all the powers of subpoena ...
which the two leaders themselves cannot give it."
DOLE, interviewed on ABC's "This Week with
David Brinkley," said Congress "ought to be called
back to town next week," rather than waiting until it
reconvenes with new members in January.
White House spokesman Dan Howard called
Dole's proposal "a novel idea," but declined direct
comment on it.
"We simply haven't had time to consider it," he
said. "No one is more interested in getting to the
bottom of this than the president, and he wants to do
so quickly."
REAGAN, on his way to Washington from a
Thanksgiving holiday at his California ranch, told
reporters, "We're doing everything necessary to get at
the truth and we will make the truth known." The
president did not answer any further questions.
Although Republicans will retain control of the
Senate until the 100th Congress meets in January,
Dole said a Democrat would probably be appointed to
head any select committee.
"We'd probably have to pattern it after the
so-called Watergate commission," Dole said,
referring to the congressional panel whose televised
hearings played a critical role in forcing the
See DOLE, Page 5

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U' prof. doubts
North acted alone

proposal
By LISA GREEN
The Ann Arbor Planning Commission
unanimously rejected a proposal to grant
permission to the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority
for conversion of a single-family house into
a home large enough to accommodate 30
women.
The sorority would purchase the house at
910-912 Baldwin if the city approved the
conversion and the right to use the property
as a group home. But after last Tuesday's
planning commission decision, sorority
representatives say they will look for a new
house.
Groups must apply to the commission
for "special exceptions" to make house
conversions.
The North Burns Park Neighbors Assoc-
iation opposed Delta Phi Epsilon in its

rejec ted
request for Commission approval. The
association was formed out of a protest to a
zoning law amendment last year, which
members say facilitates student efforts to
locate group homes in their neighborhood.
The association says there far too many
group homes in the neighborhood already.
The zoning law was amended to include
attic and basement area in the 5,000 feet of
floor space necessary to convert a house into
a group home in1985. .
"When I stand on my front lawn, I see
nine group homes and seven single family
homes," said association member David
Logan, at Tuesday's meeting. Logan, who
lives on Cambridge road, complained about
large parties, noise, litter, and parking
problems due to the presence of Greek and
See CITY, Page 5

Congress

By KERY MURAKAMI
University Political Science
Prof. Raymond Tanter, a former
member of the National Security
Council, said that NSC staff
member Lt. Colonel Oliver North
could not have sent U.S. arms to
Iran and funds to Nicaraguan
rebels without other officials
knowing about it.
"I think it's doubtful that he
carried out the operation alone,"
said Tanter, as NSC staff member
from 1981 to 1982
University professors also said
yesterday that the Iranian arms
controversy will hamper the
Reagan administration's foreign
and domestic policies for. the
remainder of his term.
According to standard foreign
policy procedures, Tanter said, the
deals could have been made
without President Reagan or Chief
of Staff Donald Regan knowing
the specifics. But he said he
"would think" Regan would be
fully informed of such a serious
project.
TANTER REFUSED to
comment on Regan's protest-
ations that he knew nothing about
the deals.
According to Tanter, North
would have needed written author-
ization from President Reagan
before implementing the plan. But
such authorization could have
been safted broadly, such as
suggesting that North make
inroads with moderate Iranians or
provide support for the Contras.
North would then be
responsible for devising a plan,
but would not necessarily be
bound to inform the President or
other top officials of the specifics.

But to implement the plan,
Tanter said, Central Intelligence
Agency and Department of
Defense officials would have had
to authorize transferring arms
from DoD stockpiles to the CIA.
The CIA could then covertly ship
weapons to Iran.
CIA officials would also have
'I think it's doubtful that
he (Lt. Col. Oliver North)
carried out the operation
alone.'
-Political Science Prof
Raymond Tanter
had to authorize diverting proceeds
from the arms sales to the
Nicaraguan rebels.
Tanter did not know whether
Secretary of Defense Caspar Wein-
berger or CIA Director William
Casey'were informed of the plan.
THE DEMOCRATIC cap-
ture of the Senate this November
coupled with the "lame duck"
nature of the last two years of a
presidency will hinder Reagan's
efforts to push initiatives through
Congress during the last two years
of his term, said Political Science
Chairman John Kingdon.
"What the story does is it casts
doubt on what up to now seemed
like the President's invulner-
ability. Not that the Reagan
presidency was devoid of difficulty
before, but this seems so out of
See REAGAN, Page 2

Biology student awarded

Cambridge
By DAVID WEBSTER
University senior David Olson, recent
ly selected as this year's Power Exchang
Scholarship recipient, hopes to use hi
degrees from the University of Michigan
and Magdalene College at Cambridg
University as the stepping stones to
career in research or clinical medicine.
The scholarship is part of a program i
which one University student is chosen t
study at Cambridge University in Englan

scholarship
fQr two years. In exchange, one graduate
- from Cambridge is given the opportunity
e to study at Michigan for the same two-
S year period.
n The scholarship, open to all Uni-
e versity students, was established by the
a Power Foundation in 1968. The Foun-
dation is funded by Eugene Power, who
n also funded the Power Center for the
o Performing Arts.
d See STUDENT, Page 2

Olson
.. receives scholarship

Group to ask regents to 'adopt' a prisoner

By SUSANNE SKUBIK
A student group will ask the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents to "adopt"
two South African political prisoners,
but while some University officials
support the idea, it seems regents will
not approve the plan.
Members of the national Adopt a
Political Prisoner of Apartheid Project
will ask the regents at their January
meeting. Currently about 400 prisoners
are being held for protesting the racist
government.
Group members say the adoptions are
non-political because they protest

human rights abuses, not political sys-
tems. This apolitical nature has drawn
bi-partisan endorsement nationwide,
including Jack Kemp (R-New York) and
John Conyers (D-Michigan).
"This is a humanitarian project," said
LSA junior Sumi Malhotra, a campus
representative of the group. "It's not at
all political, but very bi-partisan."
LSA Associate Dean Jack Meiland
endorsed the effort, saying, "It seems a
very worthwhile effort which demon-
strates our abhorrence of apartheid and
might even have some effect on the
South African government."

Regents, however, may not be as
enthusiastic. Several would not com-
ment, but James Waters (D-Muskegon)
said that he doubts the board will back
the idea.
"I can't think of us getting
involved," he said. Waters cited the
regents' previous reluctance to make
political statements, for example in last
year's drive to give an honorary degree
to jailed South African leader Nelson
Mandela. Of the adoption proposal,
Waters said, "It doesn't sound like
anything the board would agree to."
See STUDENTS, Page 3

Associated Press
Watching Palestinians
Shiite Moslem militiamen watch Palestinian guerillas from a balcony of a burned
Palestinian house outside West Beirut's Chatilla refugee camp yesterday.

TODAY
Upside-down enthusiasm
eff Brasch was impressed when he saw the
Michigan cheerleaders doing handstands at a recent

goal is to have a good time. Brasch, however, can
now do a handstand for about 20 seconds. (When he
started, his top mark was about a quarter second, and
now he's considering trying out to be a cheerleader.)
"We have a lot of fun," he said. "It's turning out to
be a big success."
Meta U.

pennies (literally), and the school began purchasing
land in 1981. By 1983, students in the advanced
course of study were attending classes, clearing and
cultivating the land, raising livestock, and
constructing buildings. The school is designed to be a
University of Wholistic learning, and metaphysics -
"the branch of philosophy that systematically

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language law translates into cultural
racism. See Page 4.
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