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Page 2 --The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 12, 1987

Students to host Bunyan

After months of searching, the
Natural Resources Club has rescued
Paul Bunyan and brought him back
to the University.
Well, not exactly. This Paul
Bunyan is a 15-foot-high papier-
mache replica of the legendary
forester. Members of the club built
him in 1979 as an emblem for its
annual Paul Bunyan Ball.
The club lost track of Paul last
year, but recently found him, torn
and frayed, in a barn just west of

Ann Arbor. He is being patched up
right now and should be in fine
form for the club's upcoming ball,
which will be held at the Michigan
Union Ballroom this Friday at 8
The dance started in 1938 as an
alternative to the stuffy, formal
balls in other schools and colleges.
"In those days, all the schools at
the University had a formal ball
each year with tuxedos and long
dresses. And the forestry students at
the School of Natural Resources

wanted to have an alternative to
that. So they decided to have a
square dance/hoe-down kind of
thing," said Steve Houseal, an
environmental law student and
president of the Natural Resources
Last year, the ball was not held
because of low student interest.
Members of the club are reviving it
this year and making a few changes.
Instead of holding the dance in a
barn in Saline, it is being moved to
the Union Ballroom.

The club will hold a Paul
Bunyan look-alike contest, a
whooping contest, a buck-sawing
contest, and contests in which
participants guess at Paul's height
and diameter at chest level.
In addition, the Pendleton Room
in the Union will have refreshments
and several table displays by such
groups as the Recycling Club, the
Wildlife Society, and the
Environmental Law Society. The
displays describe the history and
focus of natural resources fields.

me support code as response to racism
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expulsion of the students responsible for
the incidents.
"These recent events have certainly brought
the question of the code to the forefront," said
Although the University can currently expel
students only with a presidential order, a code
would give the administration the power to use

academic santions to regulate unwanted non-
academic student behavior.
"I can't say that it wouldn't be nice to handle
such incidents with a consistent policy, rather
than having to form an ad-hoc committee each
time such an incident occurs," said Richard
Kennedy, vice president of government relations
and head of the committee investigating both
the Couzens and WJJX incident.

Jon Cosovich, vice president for
development and communication, stressed that
any discussion of the code has to conducted in
the context of protecting civil rights.
"No one should be expelled just because
another student group calls for action, but I
would not be surprised if more talk is ahead for
establishing some kind of standards for student
behavior," Cosovich said.

Potential students may be deterre

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Sims realizes that whichever
school she choses, she will
encounter racial discrimination. But
she hopes to minimize this by
choosing a school with a reputation
for positive racial relations.
Referring to a racist flier slipped
under a lounge door at Couzens
Hall, Sims said, "My feeling is that
if someone can stick a racist flier
under the door where black women
were meeting, I should choose
another school where racial
pressures and discrimination are less
demanding and prevalent.
But Sims's classmate Christoph
Mosby does not regret his decision
to attend the University.
"The events themselves didn't
affect me that much. U of M is still
a good school, and I don't think the

publicity will change many minds
about going there," said Mosby.
Mosby feels that the media has
implied that racist incidents pervade
all aspects of student life. But he
felt that the Couzens flier and recent
racist comments made by a WJJX
announcer are isolated events and
the actions of a small minority of
According to Mosby, the
incidents won't sway many
minority students' opinions about
the University.
"On a national level, some
minority students may not want to
go. But on a local level, based on
what I've seen and heard, I don't
think many students will change
their minds, because a lot of them
have been to U of M or know
people there," Mosby said.

Mark Rush, another senior at
Cass Tech accepted by the
University, agreed.
"The media should have focused
on these issues a long time ago.
It's not like racism has just
surfaced. It has always been
around. I kind of feel that the
media is overreacting, that racism is
not really anything new," he said.
According to Monique
Washington, Associate Director of
Undergraduate Admissions, only a
few prospective students have
contacted her office about the racist
But she stressed that it was too
early to assess the influence of
recent publicity on minority
students' decisions, and that such an
assessment will probably never be
"Unless we survey all the
students and ask them why they
didn't choose this school, we will
never know the causes behind their
decision not to come," she said.
To encourage minority
enrollment in post-secondary
institutions, the State of Michigan
has legislated a bill that allocates

d by racism
funds to the four-year institutions
in Michigan. The funds are to be
used in a newly instituted program,
called the Martin Luther King
Jr.-Rosa Parks Educational
Initiative. A specific provision in
this bill designates a certain
proportion of the funds for a
College-Day Program, in which
students in grades 7 through 11 are
invited to these four-year
The program targents school
districts with high proportions of
minority students.
The College-Day Program
follows a student's course through
high school into college, giving
advice along the way. The goal of
the program is to reach down the
"educational pipeline" and
encourage minority students early
in their academic careers to plan a
curriculum that will prepare them
for college.
Sims, Mosby, and Rush all
agreed that the publicity has
increased an awareness of racial
tension at the University, but that
tension did not surprise many high
school students.

Compiled from Assocated Press reports
State official says federal
budget may cut student grants
LANSING - President Reagan's proposed 1988 budget would mean
24,000 fewer Pell Grants to Michigan college students and a loss of
$60 million in Development Action Grants, says state Budget Director
Robert Naftaly.
Those were just some of the highlights of Naftaly's report Tuesday
on the impact of $300 million loss in federal aid to Michigan over the
next three years.
Naftaly sent the report to Michigan's 18 congressmen in hopes they
can help lessen the blow to the state of belt-tightening measures in
"We support congressional efforts to strike a reasonable balance
between funding key programs and restraining federal deficits," Naftaly
wrote. "The real losers would be the citizens throughout our state.
Czech. jazz promoters jailed
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia - A judge yesterday convicted five
leaders of the Jazz Section, a cultural group that promoted jazz and other
non-sanctioned art forms.
Two defendants were sentenced to prison terms of 10 months and 16
months, while the other three were given suspended sentences.
About 150 supporters outside the courtroom sang "Give Peace a
Chance." Their rhythmic clapping could be heard throughout the court
Some spectators tried to prevent plainclothes agents from filming
them but were pushed away by a man in a raincoat. One handcuffed
defendant shouted "long live jazz" before he was led away.
Congress votes on immunity
for U.S.-Iranian businessman
WASHINGTON - Congressional committees voted yesterday to
seek limited immunity for Iranian-American businessman Albert
Hakim, sources said, as investigators worked to penetrate the tangled
financial web of the Iran-Contra affair.
At the same time, independent counsel Lawrence Walsh met with the
Senate Iran-Contra panel to press his case for a 90-day delay before
partial immunity is granted to two former Reagan administration
officials, ex-National Security Adviser John Poindexter and his former
aide, Lt. Col. Oliver North.
The exact votes in the House and Senate committees on limited
immunity for Hakim were not disclosed, although a two-thirds majority
is required for such proposals to pass.
'86 trade gap hit all-time high
WASHINGTON - The nation's merchandise trade deficit hit an all-
time high of $38.4 billion from October through December as higher-
priced imports swamped gains in U.S. export sales, the government
reported yesterday.
The Commerce Department said the imbalance between what the
nation imported and exported rose 3.3 percent from the July-September
period and helped to push the annual trade deficit to a record $147.7
billion. The figure was 18.7 percent above the previous all-time high of:
$124.4 billion set in 1985.
The new report confirmed parallel figures released earlier that put
both the quarterly and annual deficits even higher. The new deficit totals
are lower because they reflect trade on a "balance of payments" basis,
omitting such factors as military sales and the 'cost of shipping 'and


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The University of Michigan School of Music
A GALLERY OF DANCES Thurs-Sun., March 12-15
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JAZZ BAND Thurs., March 12
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'Jigsol' isn't a slur, it's a game
Jigsol, a word that has been spray-painted around campus and misinterpreted
as a racial slur last semester, is actually a word game played with hexagonal
And if Scrabble and Boggle have lost their appeal for you, just hang on one
more week because relief may be on the way.
Jigsol players must use their 25 tiles to form words in an allotted three
minutes, while competing to earn the highest score. But - more challenging
than Scrabble - players can build words three ways off of a tile, vertically,
horizontally and diagonally.
The name Jigsol is a combination of the words jigsaw and solution,
according to inventor Eric Whittler, age 33, a University alumnus and Ann Arbor
Whittler designed the game to do away with the problems in other word
games. "The game is designed to transcend all the flaws you can think of in
Scrabble and Big Boggle."
Jigsol was designed to allow large numbers of people to play, and there is a
larger variety of words one can spell than in other word games, he said.
Jigsol is being released next week in K-Marts and Community Newscenters
in Ann Arbor for $14.95 to $16.95 a set. Whittler hopes the game will be a best
seller, and predicts Jigsol "will be the number one word game in the next three
years, and will stay that way for at least 16 years."
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