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Ninety-seven years of editoria/freedom


Apple Computers is expected to
announce a new line of Macintosh
computers next week and another
line next month, but Apple
officials say their upcoming
Macintosh sale at the University is
not an attempt to dump their
Apple officials refused to
comment on the new models, but
rough descriptions of the machines
fate of
Old Main
The old University Hospitals
complex, a landmark at the corner
of Observatory and East Ann for 61
years, will gradually be demolished
if the Board of Regents authorizes it
at its monthly meeting tomorrow.
Under the proposal, demolition
would begin in the spring.
V"THE complex, known as "Old
Main," was virtually deserted
following the opening of the new
hospital last spring. Currently, Old
Main houses only the Medical
School's radiation oncology unit,
which is waiting to move into the
Alice Lloyd Memorial Laboratory.
The lab is expected to be complete
Iby the summer of 1988.
Keeping in line with an eight-
year-old state-issued Certificate of
Need - the document that
authorized construction of the new
hospital - Old Main houses no
patients. The certificate states that
the University should demolish the
hospital. If kept, the certificate
says, it cannot be used for patient
arVice Provost for Medical Affairs
George Zuidema said he doesn't
know how much the demolition
will cost the University, but said
Old Main "is not an efficient
building. It costs us $1 million a
See OLD, Page 5

Macs expected

from Apple

can be compiled from campus
experts' accounts. The computers,
code-named "Alladin" and "Paris,"
will have larger screens, faster
processors, larger memories, built-
in hard disk drives, and will be
compatible with IBM machines,
according to sources.
HARD disks have more room
for storage than floppy disks, but
they must currently be purchased as
a separate accessory for the

Macintosh Plus.
The larger screen will allow
people to view an entire page at
once, cutting down the time it takes
to read a file and providing more
space for graphics, according to
Chuck Nicholas, a computer
consultant in the College of
Engineering. Nicholas said with its
increased clarity, looking at the
larger screen will be "like looking
at a photograph." A small screen

has been the principal complaint
that users have had with the
Macintosh Plus, he said.
Processors do the actual
computing operations in a
computer. With the new computers'
faster processors, "you won't have
to waste time waiting for a file to
be printed out and you can do more
than one thing at a time," said
IBM compatibility would give

Macintosh users access to software
developed for IBM computers.
Phoenix Software Associates of
Norwood, Mass. has reportedly
developed the technology to link
Macintoshes and IBM compatible
computers, but company officials
were unavailable for comment.
For most students, however, the
Macintosh Plus will remain
"I think that the main use of

computers on campus is word
processing, and other kinds of
editing. For that task, a Mac Plus
does all that one wants and even
more," said LSA junior Nick Rose,
an, independent software developer
for Apple.
NICHOLAS, though, said the
Macintosh Plus may become
obsolete in a couple of years. "Once
See APPLE, Page 5

city h
de t


Plan would limit growth
offratiernities, sororities

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission,
after an emotional public hearing, last night
debated a controversial proposal to restrict
group housing in the North Burns Park area.
The commission, as of midnight last
night, had not yet voted on the plan, which
could cause a major housing crunch for the
University's Greek system. Commission
members have predicted they will approve
the plan, which was proposed by a
neighborhood association opposed to future
Greek expansion.
The plan would change city zoning laws
to prohibit "group" housing on 45 lots,
though it would not affect 21 existing
fraternities, sororities, co-operatives, and
non-residential groups. It would still have to
be approved by the Ann Arbor City Council
before it could be implemented.
More than 100 people crowded City

Council chambers for the public hearing.
Speakers supporting the Greeks emphasized
the lack of off-campus student housing, and
some attacked the tactics of the
neighborhood association.
"The University of Michigan has buried
its head in the sand and stopped providing for
student housing," said David Eastlik, an
alumnus of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Eastlik outlined how students - Greek
and non-Greek - are being "squeezed out"
by high rents and upscale economic
development. He acknowledged that some
'fraternities have had "behavior problems,"
but he attributed them to poor supervision
by the University.
Betsy French, a member of Alpha Chi
Omega sorority, said North Burns Park
residents "envision a town where students are
never seen, nor heard - where they just
deposit their money."
See G'IEEKS, Page 2

Daily photo by SCOTT LITUCHY

AnnA residents Joe Krasny and Robert Donaldson create model ships in the West Bigineering
building yestenlay. Students will use these ships in naval architecture lab experiments.

Official: tuition plan may work

Pending approval from the Internal Revenue
Service, Michigan's new tuition-guarantee
program could begin operations by the end of
the year. But many are already questioning how
the program will work, and how it will avoid
cost overruns that have plagued similar
programs in the past.
Under the program, called the Michigan
Educational Trust, parents or guardians of a
student would give the state $3,000 to $4,000
- either in a lump sum or in installments -
in exchange for four years of tuition at any state
college or university. The program was once
called the Baccalaureate Education System
TO RAISE funds for tuition, the state

would invest the money in stocks, bonds, and
real estate, financing the program from the
revenues, according to State Treasurer Robert
If the student decides to go to a private or
non-Michigan school, the parents would get
back the full amount of their investment, along
with an as yet undetermined amount of interest.
The program would eliminate two of the
risks parents face when providing for their
children's education - rising tuition and an
unpredictable investment market. After the
parents pay the initial sum, the state would
assume these risks.
ONE University official said he thinks the
state probably won't have to worry about
astronomical tuition rises - at least for now.

"The years of skyrocketing tuition increases are
over," said Harvey Grotrian, the University's
director of financial aid.
The IRS is now considering whether it will
make the MET payments tax deductible, as the
proposal stipulates. If it doesn't, the proposal
will come back before the Legislature for
further deliberation. Bowman said, however,
that he thinks the IRS will approve it.
Robert Holbrook, a University administrator
who is following the program's developments,
said he doesn't think the IRS will approve the
program because "it is looking to raise taxes,
not lower them."
See STATE, Page 3

... could use help with aid

Congressman praises King

in blaze
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)
- A Dupont Plaza Hotel
maintenance worker was arrested
yesterday and charged with 96
counts of murder for the New
Year's Eve fire at the posh hotel.
The suspect, Hector Escudero
Aponte, was an employee of the
hotel for 10 years and was the first
person arrested in the case.
But according to charges filed in
the U.S. District. Court in this U.S.
commonwealth, Escudero Aponte
set the fire "in concert with and in
agreement with others."
Hector Rivera Cruz and Jerry
Rudden, chief spokesman for the
Law school administration
unfairly sends student newspaper
Arts previews Shaw's Candida
playing tonight at the Michigan
Michigan wrestler John Fisher

Rep. William Gray (D-Pa.), an
emerging black leader, began a two-
day symposium honoring Dr.
Martin Luther King last night by
reminding a crowd of 500 at Hill
Auditorium that the battle led by
King has not been won.
Gray, chairman of the House
Budget Committee, spoke on
several issues he believes the slain
civil rights leader would be
involved with today, including
apartheid in South Africa, President
Reagan's education funding cuts,
and the "decaying values of
"As long as America keeps
silent on apartheid, we are a
onsnirator anu due to he indicted."

'The question in 1955 was whether I could go to
the University of Mississippi. The question
today is whether I could pay the tuition.'
-Rep. William Gray (D-Pa.)

question today is whether I could
pay the tuition," he said.
Gray contrasted President
Reagan, who has proposed a
decrease in spending for higher
education, with the civil rights
leader, who "understood that
education is one of the key
ingredients for achieving the
American dream."
The Budget Chairman was

fly those planes?" Gray asked.
Like the man he honored, Gray
is a Baptist minister, and he pointed
to the rise in drug addiction and
teenage pregnancy as symptoms of
America's loss of faith and decline
in values. He said those
developments would have deeply
disturbed King if he were alive
"Remember that Martin got his

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