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PIRGIM condemns MSA ballot
By MARTHA SEVETSON
The Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan yesterday
condemned a question on the
Michigan Student Assembly's
March ballot asking students to
choose either a positive checkoff or
refundable system for PIRGIM
According to PIRGIM Chair and
LSA senior Andrew Swensen, "It
(the question) claims to give
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students a choice that doesn't really
exist. Students voting for a
donation system will think they're
voting to save PIRGIM - when
actually they're voting to kill it."
The PIRGIM Board of Directors
passed a resolution last Sunday
stating the group's intention to
leave the University campus if a
positive checkoff system is adopted.
The University's Board of Regents
offered the group a positive
checkoff system last fall but they
turned it down to pursue the
EARLIER this week, the
assembly was sharply divided over a
proposal to rescind the question
addressing the positive checkoff
"MSA has perpetrated a fraud on
students," said MSA representative
and LSA sophomore Michael
Phillips. 'We're asking them to
vote 'yes' or 'no', but we're not
telling them that 'yes' means 'no."'
MSA President Kurt Muenchow,
whose vote as moderator broke a tie
on the proposal, is in favor of the
positive checkoff system. "It seems
to be the most straightforward and
fair mechanism possible,"
The Assembly passed a
resolution last month to add the
funding question to the campus-
wide election ballot. The assembly
also endorsed a PIRGIM-sponsored
ballot referendum which asked
students to approve a refundable fee
system earlier in February.
Students will vote on both of
the ballot referenda in March. The
funding system that receives the
greatest majority of student support
will be adopted by MSA.
In addition, students will vote on
an adjusted MSA fee, an adjusted
fee for school and college
governments, and the right to vote
on any proposed code of non-
A referendum question regarding
MSA's role in non-campus issues,
sponsored by a petition from the
Involved in Michigan Political
Action Committee, may also be on
the ballot. The referendum could be
removed by the Central Student
Judiciary later this week because the
assembly approved a resolution to
limit itself in this regard last
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"Racists are being shelved by
this University," said Anthony
Henderson, a graduate student in
political science. "The problems are
substantive and we are going to
make movements to the seat of
government on this campus. We are
not going to be swept under
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Duderstadt said racist incidents
are "not appropriate for this campus
and their not appropriate for this
"Particularly on the University
campus wherehwe have to respect
the minority," he added. "We have
got to take actions and educate the
majority in particular about the
importance of respecting pluralism
and diversity on campus."
"We did not come to hear this,"
Henderson said to Duderstadt. "We
made our statement here, we don't
want to hear anymore of this
administrative jibberish. Either act
now or you are going to see us in a
According to LSA senior Aubrey
Scott, "If the upsurge of direct
action settles, institutionalized
racism will continue to seep
through the weak loopholes of
"Unless they (the
administration) meet our demands
another Black Action Movement
may be necessary," she added,
referring to a student, faculty, and
staff strike on the University in
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Detroit plane crash kills nine.,
ROMULUS, Mich. - A commuter airliner carrying 19 people
crashed and caught fire upon landing yesterday at Detroit Metropolitatr
Airport and smashed into a catering truck, killing nine people on the
plane and injuring 20, including 10 on the ground, officials said.
Those hurt on the ground, catering service employees and other
workers, were caught as the burning plane slid along after plunging int6
the pavement off the runway and bursting afire shortly after 2:30 p.m.
The twin-engine Fischer Brothers Aviation aircraft, operating as
Northwest Airlink Flight 2268, smashed into the catering truck atr:
pushed it into another catering truck before coming to rest near a
terminal, officials and witnesses said.
The dead included the pilot, first officer and seven passengers, said
Jim Vollman, director of the Wayne County Office of Public Services.
Convicted spy gets life in jail,
WASHINGTON - Former civilian Navy intelligence analyst
Jonathan Pollard was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for selling
Israel hundreds of secret U.S. military documents in what prosecutois'
termed one of the nation's worst spy cases.
"No, no," screamed his wife, Anne Henderson-Pollard, and she
collapsed to the floor after U.S. District Judge Aubrey Robinson
announced the life term for her husband.
His wife received a five-year prison term for conspiring to receivd
embezzled government property and being an accessory after the fact to
possession of defense secrets.
Federal prosecutors said Pollard gave Israel thousands of pages of
classified documents, which could fill a room the size of a large closet:'
State to step up war on drugs
DETROIT - Michigan will use an additional $20 million in federal
drug-fighting money to increase efforts in education, enforcement and
treatment, Gov. James Blanchard said yesterday.
"Drug education is the single most effective way to cut down on the
demand for drugs, and demand is the major reason for crime," the
governor said at a news conference at a Detroit elementary school.
"The most important thing is teaching kids - and their parents, but
primarily kids - that no single element threatens young people and
their families more, destroys more lives, ruins more careers than drugs,
unless it's ignorance of drugs," Blanchard said.
The $20 million resulting from the Federal Drug Omnibus Act of
1986 will be added to the $70 million the state annually spends on such-
Farm animal drugs can spread
germs to food, study concludes
BOSTON - Use of antibiotics to keep farm animals healthy cdan
also make people sick by promoting the spread of drug-resistant germs
from the barnyard to the dinner table, a study concludes.
The study "documents that farms are a major source of antimicrobiql-
resistant salmonella infections in humans," said Dr. John Spika. "M!e
can say that antimicrobial use on farms has a direct impact on human
In their research, doctors traced germ-laden hamburger from people
who got food poisoning through the food chain to worn-out dairy cows
that were slaughtered for meat.
Local police to hold auction
Bicycles, televisions, stereos, clothing, jewelry, and even a
wheelchair will be auctioned off this Saturday at the Ann Arbor Polico
department's annual public auction. The items were either found,
stolen, or unclaimed, and cannot be returned to an owner. Good bikes
have gone in the past for as low as $15, according to Sargent Jan
Suomala. The auction will begin at 9 a.m., and held in the police~
garage at City Hall on 4th street and Huron Streets. Payment must be
in the form of cash or a check drawn from a local bank.
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Not everyone who skis can be a ski bum or deserves the title, say.,
self-proclaimed ski bum Dick Mero, who has been diligently.
practicing the profession of sorts since 1972.
"There are some who will say they are ski bums, too, but they've
always got a credit card somewhere," he said.
This winter, Mero is working the front desk at Boyne Mounta in
Lodge, a job he keeps to stay close to his first love - skiing. Met
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"The main thing is to get your pass and boogie until you drop, until
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