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In Weken Ma azine:

East Coast meets Midwest " Tom Monaghan
The List (with campus cinema for spring break)

Ninety-seven years of editorial freedom





By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN create new prog
and EUGENE PAK just throw mone
University President Harold range from racisn
Shapiro publicly announced a $1 "This is as
million initiative toward eli - direction to seet
minating minority and racial to the bottomc
problems at the University. said Regent P
In a statement addressed to the
Board of Regents at yesterday's
monthly meeting, Shapiro said, "I
am appalled to discover that in the
midst of all the exciting things
going on at the University, several
incidents of racism have occurred." ci
Shapiro is on sabbatical until
March, but returned to Ann Arbor By REBECCA
to head this month's meeting. Despite a for
Shapiro's announcement of the University Te
initiative may seem to be in Committee, it ai
response to a recent rash of racist Regents will1
attacks, however, administrators approval to den
stress that it has been planned for complex in orde
months, and is addressing the structure.
perpetual problem of racism on Although th
campus. considering an
rDARRIAN SMITH This minority initiative is the 1,000-car s
he Fleming modeled after the Undergraduate likely decide to
Initiatives Fund and is intended to initial plans a


grams, rather than Petoskey).
y at problems that Kurt Muenchow, president of the
;m to retention. Michigan Student Assembly, said,
step in the right "As I see the University becoming
that we are getting more aware of the evident racism
of this problem," here, I just hope that we just keep
Paul Brown (D- See STUDENTS, Page 5

ceful effort by the
errace Solidarity
ppears the Board of
today give final
molish the housing
-r to build a parking
e regents had been
alternative site for
structure, they will
comply with their
nd the University

Medical Center master plan.
The ten-year-old plan mandates
eventual destruction of the Uni -
versity Terrace graduate student
housing to make way for the
hospital's growth, but Terrace
residents say they never knew of the
"All of the regents have been
sympathetic to the students in the
University Terrace, but our invest -
ment in the hospital is just too
See HOUSING, Page 5

Doily Photo by
Inteflex junior Anthony Varasis, a member of the United Coalition Against Racism, speaks yestei
public comments at the Board of Regents meeting. About 200 students attended the meeting at t
Administration Building.

,Phoney Elvis Presley
faces jury trial

WJJX shut down for

Some Elvis Presley imper -
sonators make millions with their
acts. Others get taken to court for
One student is suing another for
making numerous phone calls,
which included renditions of such
Elvis tunes as "Tutti Frutti," in
what the Elvis impersonator's
lawyer called "a joke."
Muhammad Zafar, an engi -
neering senior, pleaded no contest at
a pre-trial hearing yesterday to

charges of making obscene and
threatening calls between July and
Oct. 1986.
According to Zafar's lawyer
Jeanice Dagher, a staff attorney at
Student Legal Services, the charges
stem from a series of phone calls to
LSA senior Alex Rothis, in which
Zafar sang Elvis songs and spoke in
Elvis's voice.
Rothis rejected Zafar's plea and
asked Judge George Alexander of
the 15th district court to set a date
See ELVIS, Page 3

. .
The University's Office of
Student Services shut down campus
radio station WJJX yesterday
morning after a student disc jockey
aired racist jokes on his program.
Students protested at the station
Wednesday afternoon and played a
tape of the program to Vice
President of Student Services Henry
Johnson, the University's highest
ranking black administrator.

acist jokes

"I think there's no excuse for
this type of behavior. There's no
such thing as a big joke in this
situation," Johnson said. He closed
the station pending review by its
governing board.
Station manager Jim Lamb,
LSA senior, officially apologized
for the racist remarks, but said he
was disappointed that the station
was closed for the acts of one
staffer. Lamb fired the disc jockey,

Ted Sevransky, an LSA sopho -
more, and promised to implement
corrective measures to hinder such
occurrences from happening again.
Sevransky could not be reached
for comment, but Lamb said he had
spoken with Sevransky and he
would likely issue an apology
The Associated Press contributed
to this story.

... imitated

,Spring Break travellers: Far
flying can bring on jet lag

Jet lag: Former U.S. Secretary
of State John Foster Dulles blamed
the failure of negotiations with the
Soviet Union on this problem.
U.S. Olympic diver Greg Louganis
said he struck his head on a diving
platform at the 1979 Olympic trails
because of this. Students who are
planning to jet away for spring
break could also be afflicted.
Jet lag strikes when body
functions are not coordinated with
external time. People who travel
from east to west, and those with
less stable body rhythms and more
flexible sleep habits suffer less jet
The symptoms of jet lag can
include sleep disturbances, hunger
at odd hours, indigestion, frequent
urination, depression, irritability,
aggression, headaches, dizziness,
nausea, fainting spells, and
impaired physical and mental

SEVENTY to 75 percent of
travelers who rapidly jet across
several time zones suffer jet lag. In
25 to 30 percent of travelers the
problem is severe, according to Dr.
William Dement, professor of
psychiatry and behavioral sciences
at Stanford University School of
Dr. Michael Aldrich, director of
the University's sleep disorder
clinic, said that jet lag, which is
usually taken lightly, can be a
serious problem depending upon the
distances traveled.
"The body has an internal clock
that can only be adjusted about one
hour each day. This can present a
problem for airline pilots or people
whose job requires a lot of
travelling. As far as going on
vacation, it's not a serious
problem," Aldrich explained.
Insomnia can also result from jet
lag. "If the body's clock is

desynchronized, the body says it's
asleep while the mind says it's
awake," Aldrich said.
Aldrich said there are still many
unanswered questions regarding the
treatment of jet lag. There has been
recent research on short-acting sleep
medications which facilitate sleep.
Studies suggest people eat less on
the days they travel, avoid
overeating and excessive use of
alcohol when travelling, and stay in
sunlight which helps to readjust the
biological clock to decrease jet lag.
"We have yet to master jet lag,"
said Dement in a report. "Perhaps
the most significant piece of
information to come out of these
studies is the discovery of how
profoundly jet lag can impair us. In
effect, we've realized that until we
conquer it, we must make
allowances for it and take steps
against it to help protect our health
and safety."

Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH
Computer blues
Frustrated Yolande Herbert, an LSA senior, sits at a Macintosh computer in the Undergraduate Library
Computer Center yesterday typing a paper. "You know the feeling," she sighed.

Reagan should use first Iran story, says senator

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former
chairman of the Senate Intelligence
Committee said yesterday he believes Presi -
dent Reagan gave advance approval to an
Israeli arms shipment to- Iran in August
1985, and "ought to stick with" that story he
reportedly once told investigators but later
* Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.) also
cnir nmhnth-. Whitt- Nnivct Chief of Crtaff

"The security of our country and of the entire western world is very
much an issue today. There is a very real threat the Arab world could
be united under this (Iranian) fundamentalist revolution."
- Rep. Robert Torricelli (D -New Jersey)

arranging seven U.S. weapons shipments.
Reagan himself said nothing during the
day to reporters on the continuing inves -
tigation into the secret sale of arms to Iran
and apparent diversion of profits to the
Contra rebels in Nicaragua. He has
repeatedly defended the arms sales, but said
he knew nothing of the alleged diversion of
funds until Attorney General Edwin Meese
III unearthed evidence in November of last

;Throwing eggs. Is it an effective
media ploy or a violent
immature act?
The Prism Saxophone Quartet
will dazzle audiences at
Kerrytown this Saturday.
The hockey team finishes its

Nicaraguan government. The Democratic-
controlled Senate Foreign Relations
O --rn-mtn r m r n ahill onn

entire western world is very much an issue
today. There is a very real threat the Arab
wnrld cnuld h unitedu nder this (Tranian)

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