Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVII, No 62
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, December 8, 1987
Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily
for slush fund
By DAVID SCHWARTZ housing office at the Student Activities
Three West Quad residents will be evicted Building to protest. "A few people are getting
from their rooms for organizing and blamed for the action of the whole hall," said
contributing to a "slush fund" used to buy first-year LSA student Bryan Traynor, who is
alcohol for parties, and for refusing to turn in not a resident of Williams, but is concerned
someone who posted a derogatory flier, their that a similar incident could arise in his
house president and vice-president said house.
yesterday. The protesters accused Resident Director
Andrea Walker, Beth Stoner, and Natalie Ratnesh Nagda of unfairly singling out the
Halich, sophomore roommates in West Quad- three women because of his poor relationship
Williams House, were told yesterday by with them.
University Housing Director Archie Andrews The protesters said that their residence staff
that they must terminate their dorm leases by has known about the slush fund since the
the end of the term or move out of the house beginning of the term, and that signs for the
into other University housing, said house vice fund were posted openly in the bathrooms.
president Susan Brown, who attended the They said Nagda took action against these
meeting. three women because he believed they had
Both Andrews and West Quad Building been harassing him with a flier.
Director Alan Levy refused to comment. The flier announced a party in the women's
Assistant Housing Director John Heidke said a room and said that money from the slush fund
slush fund used to purchase alcohol is a would be used to buy alcohol for the party.
violation of state law and grounds for The flier also included a picture of Nagda with
eviction. line through him, similar to the logo from the
Upon hearing of the eviction, about 45 movieGhostbusters, and the letters FYR,
West Quad residents, most from Williams which residents interviewed assumed to stand
House, gathered yesterday in front of the See STUDENTS, Page 3
Daily hoto by DANA MENDELSSON
West Quad residents Bryan Traynor, a first-year LSA student; Jerome Mychalowych, an LSA sophomore; and "Juan Litvak, an LSA
sophomore, protest the eviction of three West Quad women at the Student Activities Building.
Gorbachev arrives in
America for summit
WASHINGTON (AP) - Soviet of Soviet-American relations, ques-
leader Mikhail Gorbachev, setting 'tion of reducing strategic offensive
foot for the first time on American arms," Gorbachev said.
soil, said yesterday he hopes to hear The While House summit opens
"new words" about prospects for today, highlighted at 1:45 p.m. by
cutting long-range strategic weapons the signing of a treaty to eliminate
at his White House summit this intermediate-range nuclear weapons
week with President Reagan. (INF), the first-ever agreement call-
The Reagan administration rolled ing for the destruction of an entire
out the red carpet for Gorbachev and category of atomic arms.
his wife Raisa, and in a welcoming The shorter range weapons do not
statement the Soviet leader wished pose a threat to the United States,
"peace and well being to all Ameri- but are targeted on Soviet and West-
cans." ern Europe. Strategic arms can be
"At the center of our discussions fired across the world and are consid-
with the president of the United ered the most serious nuclear threat.
States will be the pivotal questions A strategic arms pact eluded Rea-
gan and Gorbachev at their summit
in Iceland last year because of differ-
ences over the U.S. Star Wars mis-
sile defense plan. While there are
signs of a lessening of Soviet
objections to Star Wars, American
officials say there is a lot of negoti-
ating ahead before the two leaders
could sign a strategic weapons treaty
at another summit in Moscow next
"On behalf of the people and the
government of the Soviet Union, I
wish to assure all Americans that we
sincerely want better relation be-
tween our peoples and countries,"
Commuter plane crashes; all
44 people abo
HARMONY, Calif. (AP) - A Pacific Southwest
Airlines commuter jet carrying 44 people crashed yes-
terday after crew members reported hearing gunfire in-
side the plane, and all aboard were feared dead, federal
The four-engine jet en route from Los Angeles to
San Francisco went down on a ranch near Harmony at
4:14 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.
There's airplane parts and body parts and luggage
all over a 15-mile area. I don't know how anyone could
have survived," said rancher Bill Hartzell, on whose
property the jet crashed.
There were 39 passengers and a crew of five aboard
ird feared dead
the flight, said PSA spokesperson Jeremy James.
FAA spokesperson Fred Farrar in Washington D.C
said it was believed none survived the crash. He identi
fied the plane as PSA Flight 1771.
"Just west of Paso Robles, the crew reported gun
shots in the... plane," said Drucella Andersen,;
spokesperson for the National Transportation Safet
Board. "The plane crashed near Templeton."
The FBI sent agents to the scene, said burea
spokesperson Fred Reagan in Los Angeles.
"We too have at least heard the reports of gunfire,
Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for the dissident magazine The
Nation, lambasted the media for its coverage during the Reagan Ad-
ministration to an audience of 300 at Rackham Ampitheatre last night.-
Jourina lists seenas
too easy on Reagan
'By MICHAEL LUSTIG
LSA faculty members departed
from their usual monthly meeting
format of quickly approving resoL.
tions yesterday, and spent more tin
an hour discussing racism and how
the faculty can combat it.
A speech by LSA Dean Peter
Steiner and a discussion that for-
lowed stressed that to begin a
change, individuals must first look
at their own values regarding what
"I mean each of us - including
me, and including you: this is true
for Blacks as well as white, for Jews
as for Christians as for Muslims.
Until we each start treating it as
partly our problem, we will not
maximize our efforts to deal with
it," Steiner said.
The faculty is in a position t_
"see if we can contribute to the pr
cess of doing something constructive
to improve the situation," Steiner
John Cross, associate dean for
faculty, echoed Steiner's position,
and he mentioned all-day sit-ins on
racism and personal values held by
other schools, like the School of
Social Work and the College of Ar-
chitecture. But he said a similar ef-
fort would be impossible for LSA,
which has 17,000 students and 700
Cross said one solution would be
for departments to have their own
teach-ins, and added that he would
help organize them. He mentioned
Martin Luther King Day in January
as a possible date for teach-ins.
Cross also asked for faculty to
give him suggestions and ideas on
how he might develop other recruit-
ment and retention programs.
"To talk about race and racism is
not racist," said Vice Provost
Charles Moody. "I'm glad that Peter
(Steiner) said that it is everybody's
See LSA, Page 2,
By KEITH BRAND
Columnist Alexander Cockburn,
holding nothing back in a speech
last night at the Rackham
Ampitheater, blasted the U.S. media
for its coverage during the Reagan
Cockburn, who writes for the
dissident magazine The Nation, as
well as occasional columns for the
Wall Street Journal, spoke to a
crowd of about 300, who seemed to
enjoy his pointed barbs at the likes
of President Reagan, Oliver North,
and even NBC newscaster John
Citing the media's downplay of
the Iran/Contra affair and what he
called its overuse of the White
House version of stories, Cockburn
lambasted the press for what he
called irresponsible reporting.
The columnist stressed that he
wants people to look at media
techniques and to guard against
them, for example, what he calls the
"bogus parallel", when the media
attempts to link two separate ideas
to make a point.
He cited press reports that recent
Haitian violence was a caused by
aggression from both the left and the
right sides of the political spectrum.
"Why don't the journalists look
at who's dead. Gee, a labor
organizer. Oh, a typical victim of
the left," Cockburn said in the
sarcastic style he used throughout
the speech. The audience responded
to many of his points with laughter..
See COLUMNIST, Page 2
Council, police chief
discuss false reports
By STEVE KNOPPER
Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Jeff Epton (D-Third Ward) and Chief
of Police William Corbett debated
one-on-one during last night's
council meeting over an arrest three
said the assault doesn't occur,
"It is a matter of law that it is
very difficult to disturb the peace of
a police officer," Epton said. "It
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