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Humanities receives $2 million
By JIM BRAY
The Campaign for Michigan has
received a $2 million gift from a
University alumnus to build the
proposed Institute for the
William Searle, a 1955
University graduate, donated the
money to reflect his interest in hu-
manities-based education and con-
tinue the support given to the
University by his family. His father,
John Searle, established endowed
Searle professorships in medicine,
pharmacy, and public health.
Searle could not be reached for
comment. His donation is part of the
$143.7 million that has been raised
by the Campaign for Michigan, a
University effort to solicit private
funds to supplement state funds.
The institute will be housed in the
Horace Rackham Building. It is
planned to open at the beginning of
the 1988 fall term.
John Knott, chairman of the
Department of English and spokes-
man for the proposed institute, said
its goal is to "...stimulate new kinds
of thinking and intellectual ac-
tivity..." at the University.
Both graduate and undergraduate
schools would be involved in the
institute, which will draw faculty
from the schools of music, art, and,
law, as well as The College of
Literature, Science and the Arts.
Planners hope to facilitate the;
exchange of ideas on humanist issues
by presenting programs such as
visits from distinguished scholars and
conferences and seminars on the
Post-crash test find drugs in crewmen
Washington (AP) - Both crewmen of the
Conrail locomotive that ran a stop signal and
slid into the path of a speeding Amtrak
passenger train were found to have marijuana in
their system at the time of the accident, federal
investigators said yesterday.
One source close to the investigation said
the amounts of marijuana on blood and urine
samples taken from the two men within hours
of the Jan. 4 accident near Baltimore were "a
significant amount" to indicate possible chronic
or recent use of the drug.
It remained uncertain, however, whether the
marijuana was sufficient to have affected the
performance of the engineer or the brakeman at
the time of the accident, said the source, who
asked not to be identified.
Meanwhile, motor vehicle officials in
Maryland confirmed that the engineer, Robert
Gates, has a number of motor vehicle
violations. They said he was cited for speeding
and negligent driving in the past and last month
was arrested for drunken driving.
The Federal Railroad Administration, which
released the test results, said in a statement,
"The findings do not constitute an allegation of
fault or determination of probable cause" and
will be considered along with other evidence
developed during the investigation under way by
the National Transportation Safety Board.
There was no comment from NTSB
The tests on Gates, an 11-year employee of
Conrail, and the brakeman, Edward Cromwell,
showed no evidence of alcohol in either of the
Tests of tissue samples of the Amtrak
engineer, who along with the 15 passengers
was killed in the accident, showed no evidence
of either alcohol or illegal drugs, the Federal
Railroad Administration said. The tests were
conducted by the Civil Aeromedical Institute.
The investigation into the accident, the
worst in Amtrak history, has focused on the
performance of the locomotive crew because
investigators have been unable to find any
evidence that either the locomotive equipment
or the track signal system had malfunctioned.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Pentagon asks for $25 billion
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is asking Congress for an
estimated $25 billion for classified programs, much of it going for
radar-evading Stealth weapons and other high-tech projects, an analysis
of the proposed fiscal 1988 defense budget shows.
The estimate is based on information provided by Pentagon and
congressional officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, along
with analyses by the private Center for Defense Information, which
often is critical of Reagan administration defense proposals, and the
Defense Budget Project, which seeks to inform the public about
Their studies show that proposed spending for classified programs is,
rising, but the rate of increase is dropping in line with smaller increases;
requested in the public portions of the $312 billion defense budget.
These totals include some but not all the money appropriated by
Congress for intelligence activities by the Central Intelligence Agency
and other agencies.
Busboy charged in hotel fire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A Dupont Plaza Hotel busboy was
charged Wednesday with helping a maintenance worker start the New
Year's Eve fire that killed 96 people at the luxury hotel.
Both longtime hotel employees were in custody on arson charges as
investigators of the fire indicated more arrests could follow.
"The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms will
continue to investigate this case until we're certain anyone connected
with the fire has been identified and brought to justice," said Jerry
Rudden, a spokesman for the agency.
Armando Jimenez Rivera, a 28-year-old busboy, was arrested
Tuesday and arraigned yesterday on a charge of arson in U.S. District
Court. He was accused of helping Hector Escudero Aponte set fire to
Iraq defeats Iranian offensive
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Iran said its forces recaptured a chain of
strategic hills from Iraqui troops insa new offensive northeast of
Baghdad yesterday, but Iraq said it repulsed the assault and inflicted
"immense losses" on the Iranians.
Iran also said it hit the Iraqui capital with a missile for the second
straight day, while Iraq said its planes bombed Iranian cities for a fifth
Iran's pre-dawn thrust in the central sector of the 730-mile battlefront
came five days after an estimated eight divisions of Iran's fanatical
Revolutionary Guards pushed into southern Iraq, apparently aiming for
the port city of Basra.
An Iraqui military spokesman warned: "To let the Iranian rulers
know they are mere dwarfs, Iraq's retaliation will be swift and
Black Caucus elects leader
LANSING - It took two ballots, but the Legislature's 16-member
Black Caucus finally agreed on its next chairperson, yesterday, after the
late arrival of a supporter swung the vote to state Rep. Alma
The closely contested election for chairperson marks the end of a
three-month struggle for control of the caucus, which is made up of 13
representatives and three senators, all Democrats.
Stallworth emerged from the secret vote saying she would work hard
to build the caucus' image in the Legislature.
Computers provide social outlet for 'U' students
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Trek was big; there were a lot of
critiques of the new movie. Monty
Python was also popular."
The advantage to computer
conferencing is that it offers an
"open forum," Rashes said. "It's
sort of a cocktail party. You just
throw something into the air and
you've got 100 people commenting
on what you've just said," he said.
Maya Bernstein, who helped
found Meet: Students before she
graduated from the Residential
College last year, said one benefit
of the project is its convenience.
"People don't have to be at the
same place at the same time," she
said. "You don't have to schedule
it. Anyone can sign on 24 hours a
day," she said.
Bernstein added that the project
can be a foundation for solid
friendships. "You don't look at their
appearance or what color they are.
You look at what they think. When
you read these messages, you
develop concrete images of what
someone looks like. They're always
wrong. It's fun to blast those
images apart when you meet the
person. Most of the friends I've met
in the last year have been through
Any student or faculty member
can join the SCP, because
computer fees are included in
tuition bills. People interested in
joining can receive a Student
Request Account at the
Microcomputer Education Center in
the School of Education. A new
member is initially given an
account of $20 for computer access
time and is allotted $12.50 for
every month afterward.
Limited funds pose a problem
for the SCP, Bakal said. The
computer system runs similarly to
the phone system: the user is
charged according to the length of
time he spends on the system.
Computers stay cheap
TUESDAY LUNCH LECTURES
INTERNATIONAL CENTER - 603 E. Madison
January 20: "WORK OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD"
Speaker: JANE DICKSON,
International Center Staff
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Campus Center
and The International Center
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"We don't want people rushing
their decisions and getting ticked at
the University," Marks said.
Marks said concerns raised at the
seminar about the advent of a new
line of computers that would
outdate the Macintosh Plus were
unfounded. "There is no new
product coming from Apple in
January and the Macintosh Plus is
going to be on the product line for
a long time," he said.
Ron Lovdeless, a computer con -
sultant at the Microcomputing
Center, explained to an audience of
more than 60 people that the sale is
not an attempt by Apple to clean
out its inventory. The Macintosh
Pluses are being manufactured at
the end of this month upon specific
request of the University.
Besides clarifying the procedures
for purchasing a computer, the
seminar provided potential con-
sumers with an overview of the
Macintosh Plus' capabilities.
It was also announced that pick
up of new computers on Feb. 7 and
8 has been moved from the North
Campus Commons to the Old
Computers will still be available
through the University after next
Friday but at higher costs.
Put Yourself on
Denver police con suspects
with 'free' Super Bowl tickets
Donnie Chavez clutched his rabbit's foot and smiled at -television
cameras when he arrived at Denver's Curragin Hall to get his "free"
SuperwBowl tickets. "This seems too good to be true," he said.
Within minutes, he was handcuffed and on his way to jail in a sting
that police say netted 67 fugitives Tuesday. Sixty-five were wanted on.
felony charges ranging from forgery to sexual assault on a child,
Last week police sent 1,883 letters from a fictitious Rocky
Mountain Sports Federation to the last known addresses of suspects in a
wide variety of felonies and misdemeanors.
The letters offered two free tickets to the Super Bowl, to be played,
between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets on Jan. 25. When
the "winners" arrived undercover police officers led them to the hall's
second floor where six uniformed officers waited.
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