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Asbestos: Hazard


'U' housing

Editor's note: Today's article is the
first of a two part series. On Monday the
Daily will examine student reaction to the
administration's asbestos removal policy.
Asbestos in University residence halls.
has sparked student anxiety and
administrative action. The substance is a
fire-proof insulator used in buildings until
the early 1970s when legislators tightened
laws and concern about its hazards
Inhaling asbestos' airborne, micr-
osopic fibers can cause lung lesions and
cancer and the white, fibrous insulator is
found in an estimated three- quarters of

University buildings.
University officials have made
asbestos removal from residence halls the
top priority, because students spend most
of their time in their rooms. Gary
Monroe, manager of University
Occupational Safety and Environmental
Health, said removal and sealing of the
asbestos in other University buildings
will occur during the next two or three
years, after residence halls are completed
next year.
"We're going full steam ahead" in the
removal program, said George San Facon,
Director of Housing Physical Properties,
though he does not believe the asbestos

problem poses an immediate health hazard
to residents, compared to the threat of
fires, for example.
Asbestos fibers must be airborne in
order to be dangerous, according to Lise
Anderson, a toxics education specialist at
the Ann Arbor Ecology Center. Anderson
said asbestos is a health hazard only when
in its "friable" state, when it's crumbled
and the dust becomes airborne.
Friction causes asbestos to crumble
and become. airborne. In residence halls,
asbestos can become airborne when
students put hangers on pipes covered
with asbestos and insulation chips and
crumbles. Also, when maintenance

workers work on pipes insulated with
asbestos, the substance inevitably
deteriorates and becomes airborne.
T O COMBAT the asbestos
problem, the University has hired an
asbestos survey firm and an asbestos
removal firm for residence halls,
according to Monroe. Asbestos removal
workers use special equipment, face
masks, gloves, and protective clothing
when removing the substance. Depending
on the specific case, workers cover the
asbestos with a bonding material which
prevents fiber release into the air.
Workers also enclose asbestos by
constructing a barrier between the

asbestos and the environment.
Monroe said room-by-room surveys
inspect asbestos insulation in rooms and
assess its condition. He said each room
must be checked because sometimes
insulation appears to be asbestos when it
is fiberglass, which does not pose a
health risk.
About 80 percent of the inspections
for asbestos in students' rooms has been
completed, and should be finished by the
end of March, Monroe said.
Surveys are currently being done in
Mary Markley and surveys of
See 'U', Page 2

child care
Employers must provide child
care to retain their employees,
according to a recent study from
Harvard University. And while
University administrators feel ade -
quate facilities exist on campus,
employees and students disagree.
"The University is behind the
times," said Martha Adler, field
service specialist for the Center for
Sex Equity. "There's no doubt in
my mind that the need is there."
Former coordinator for Child
Care "'rvices Kathy Modigliani
said, "I'm pessimistic about there
ever being substantial support for
child care on this campus." Child
Care Services is a group under
Family Housing Community Ser -
vices on North Campus.
"The University doesn't feel
responsible in this area at all," she
added. "Most Big Ten Universities
have more campus child care than
here, and more Michigan colleges
1and universities have more sup -
The University partly subsidizes
two University programs: the
Children's Center and the Child -
ren's Center for Working Families,
both located at 400 North Ingalls.
The enrollment in both programs is
170, with a long waiting list,
according to Steven Sternberg, the
programs' director.
STERN BERG said the
University should play a larger role
in providing child care benefits,
even if the aid is indirect such as
"making use of IRS provisions and
tax breaks."
The study agrees with this
assessment, saying millions of
families are in need of child care and
the employer should aid their sit -
Study authors David Bloom of
Harvard University and Martin
See CHILD, Page 2


Members of a newly formed co-
aliton to fight campus racism
declared intentions yesterday to file
a civil rights law suit against the
University. The suit, announced at
a civil rights rally, is in response to
the distribution of a racist flyer in
Couzens Residence Hall.
The coalition does not yet have a
name, but consists of members of
The Free South Africa Coordinating
Committee, the University chapter
of the NAACP, and several other
student groups.
Speaking to an audience of about
75 marchers, FSACC member
Dave Fletcher announced the exist-
ence of the coalition. The North
Campus Unity March and Rally
was organized by FSACC, The
Black Baits Council, The Baits
Intercooperative Council, and resi-
dence hall staff members from
Bursley and the Baits complexes.
Coalition members say their
strategy is to fight campus racism
on three fronts. The group intends

Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH'
A mannequin in a cage on the Diag yesterday symbolizes the plight of Jews denied exit visas from the Soviet
Union. The mannequin was imprisoned by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry as part of International
Solidarity Day.
Medical school officials
modify caldendar Changc

occurred on January 27 at Couzens
Residence Hall, when a flyer read-
ing "Open Season on Blacks" was
distributed, and
-demand that the administration
provide an equal and safe environ-
ment for all students.
John Simms, executive board
member of the University chapter
of the NAACP, cited an incident
last year when watermelons were
thrown against an ethnic mural at
Mary Markley Residence Hall.
"We are going to document and
distribute these incidents," said
"We are here today because we
are tired," said Simms, an LSA
junior. "It's about time that we
persecute those who are persecuting
Michael Nelson, president of the
University chapter of the NAACP
said, "There is nothing definitive
we can do to change a pro's
opinion, but our examples should
be so overwhelming that they will
send a message that will deter those
racist policies, forms and postures."
After the rally, many marchers
attended a special teach-in called
Confronting Racism on Campus,
sponsored by the Pilot Program and
See RACISM, Page 5

After students appealed a change to
the Medical School's academic
calendar which would have
shortened their vacation by a week
and cut their exam period by three
days, the school's executive
committee voted yesterday to
ammend its decision.
The executive committee will
modify its decision to change the
medical school academic calendar,
still shortening winter vacation by
one week and starting classes later
in August, but cutting two days off
the class schedule in order not to
shorten the exam period.

The change is contingent upon
faculty approval to cut the class
time by two days. Administrators,
students, and faculty say the faculty
will approve the change.
The changes were made in an
effort to bring the medical school
calendar more in concordance with
the undergraduate calendar.
Currently, classes for the medical
school start two weeks earlier than
LSA classes. This poses problems
for inteflex students and pharmac-
ology students who take classes in
the medical school and in LSA.
Dr. Henry Swain, assistant dean
for faculty affairs, said the executive

committee decided to change its
decision after hearing student
appeals against cutting examination
The committee voted to take two
days off the class schedule, which
would give students a nine day
exam period. The students requested
a cut of three days from the class
schedule and al0 day exam period.
The change is only effective for
the coming year, however, because
future curriculum might make an
extended exam period unnecessary.
The emphasis on studying for
See MEDICAL, Page 3

'document racial incidents on the
University campus;
-file a lawsuit against the Uni-
versity for the racist incident which

Turkish group
launches seminars

Triskaidekaphobics: beware of bad luck

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It's possible that all Hell could break
loose today, or maybe it won't.
For superstitious people, today is a good
day to stay in bed and lock all the doors and
windows. Avoid ladders, black cats, and
cracks in the sidewalk at all costs. If you
find a penny be sure to pick up because
today you are going to need all the good
luck you can possibly muster.
Today is Friday the 13th and tonight's
sky will play host to a magnificent full
The superstition associated with Friday the
13th ones hack to the early days of

"Combine Fridays and 13s and you just
have a double whammy for some people,"
he said.
A sampling of University students
showed that most are not concerned about
the negative conotations associated with
today. But there are those students who
will be looking over their shoulder as they
walk to class today.
"I'll be extra careful not to walk under
ladders," said Debby Weisman, an LSA
junior. Weisman is also concerned about
the exam she has to take today in her
Zionism class, although her professor told


The University Turkish Student
Association launched its series of
seminars on Turkey last night, just
one of the events the more than 20-
year-old club plans this semester.
The association boasts a
membership of 90 people which
includes students, alumni, and area
residents of both Turkish and non-
Turkish descent.
The lecture series will be led by
a variety of speakers which include
archeologists, doctors, and pro-
fessors and will be held every
Thursday through the rest of the the
winter term.-
"These lectures are to acquaint
people with Turkey's culture,
economy, politics, and history,"
said Betul Dundar, the organizer of
the lecture series and an LSA
Last night, Doctorate candidate
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Candidates Ann Marie Coleman
and Jerry Schleicher are endorsed
in the First and Fifth Ward
The National Theater of the Deaf
will perform The Heart is a
Lonely Hunter this Sunday.
The Nanooks traverse the con-

ments were built illegally on state
land," said Chesley during her
lecture to an audience of about 50.
Other lecture topics that will be
covered in the series include: the
Turkish economy, the Ottoman
Empire, and the role of Turkish
women throughout history.
See TURKISH, Page 5


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