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Film fest examines issues
By PETER ORNER
Films on issues facing the local community and the
nation highlight State Rep. Perry Bullard's (D-Ann
Arbor) fifth annual fall film series. This series presents
films on nuclear war, abortion, Central America, the
environment, and South Africa.
The films began with Dr. Strangelove on Sept. 20
and will be shown Sunday nights at 7:30 in either the
Modern Language and Natural Science Building
Auditoriums. "The goal of the film series is to arouse
some student interest in the issues and provide a forum
for students to get in touch with issues," said Bullard.
"People need to get active. There are new students at
the University, both undergraduate and graduate levels
that have never been involved before," he said.
Each movie is followed by a discussion led by
Bullard. "The main thrust of the discussion is how
people can become effective by organizing around
More than 200 people attended Dr. Strangeglove,
according to Bullard, and many stayed to participate in
the lively discussion afterward.
The second film, Nicaragua: No Pasaran, shows
Oct. 4 and describes Nicaragua under the dictatorship of
General Anastasio Somoza and the events leading up to
the revolutionary Sandinista movement. "US
imperialism in Central America is the underlying
aspect of the film," Bullard said.
Koyaanisqatsi, airing Oct. 18, is about how
technology has effected human beings and the balance
of life on earth.
A film depicting life in South Africa under
apartheid, called A Place Of Weeping, will be shown
Nov. 1. "Not only is this film about the situation in
South Africa," Bullard said. "But it is also focuses on
racism around the world, particularly in the U.S. and at
the University of Michigan where it is clear racism
Personal Decisions, The Silent Scream, and Planned
Parenthoods Response to Silent Scream, three videos
dealing with abortion rights, will run November 15.
Bullard said most of the films deal with the sides of
these issues he supports. "I think they (the films) are
certainly sympatico with legislation I have worked on,"
"For example, we are pushing hard right now for
Michigan's state pension fund to be divested from
corporations dealing with South Africa.
... make war, not love
Retired justice denies Bork's extremism
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iarism and exaggerated his academic
He said he couldn't spend the
effort to get his candidacy back on
track and still be closely involved in
the hearings on Bork, whose ap-
pointment he said would "profoundly
affect our future."
Biden, who opposes the nom-
ination, said of the fight over Bork,
"I intend to be deeply involved in
that battle. I intend to attempt to
bring it to victory."
At the hearings, Burger reiterated
his previous endorsement of Bork as
among the best qualified court nom-
inees in the past 50 years.
Acknowledging that his tes-
timony was unusual, Burger said he
was prompted to speak up because "I
don't think there has ever been more
hype, more disinformation" spread
by opponents of a high court nom-
He specifically mentioned "full-
page newspaper ads" opposing the
nominee but gave no further details
and was not questioned on the point
by the committee.
Later, Burger was asked by Biden
about a Supreme Court opinion the
former chief justice wrote granting
the public a right to attend criminal
trials even though such a right was
not spelled out in the Constitution.
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Band members learn
from experience, others
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Band members prepare for the
final auditions, held the last day of
Band Week to determine which
students will be in the 225-member
performing block and which will
be placed in the reserves, a group
of 60 to 70 band members who
perform with the band in the stands
but only march if a block member
is injured or if extra players are
Gmerek said reserve members
are some of the most dedicated
people in the band. "These kids
work just as hard or even harder
just to get the chance to challenge
into the band every week."
One result of all this hard work
is. injuries. Like all athletic teams,
the marching band has its share of
them, yet most accept it as a fact
of marching band life. Since the
University band uses what is
known as a lock-step march, which
involves raising the knee up to the
waist, tension occurs over the en-
tire leg area and an injury may in-
volve the heel, ankle, knee, or leg
Steve Pearson, a first-year alto
sax player, said that the doctor
called his bruised joints a "typical
band injury." He said the stomp-
ing as the band takes the field sends
"major shock waves up into your
First-year piccolo player Liz
Chamberlain said fatigue hurt her
concentration and she started land-
ing wrong on her heel, causing-
what doctors think is a stress frac-
ture or badly bruised bone. But, she
said, "no pain, no gain." She par-
tially attributed the injury to inex-
perience. "You have to be street-
wise," she said, "You have to
watch and learn from everyone else
how to take care of yourself."
Veteran band members have ex-
pertise and leadership to offer. Fred
Clarke, a senior trumpet player, is
in his fourth year with the march-
ing band and is serving his second
year on equipment staff. "As a
freshman," he said, "I was amazed
at the way things were run. But
now, I get to see the band behind
the scenes and feel more like I'm
helping to make it happen."
Renee Thibodeau, a first-year
trombone player, said that although
everyone complains about how
hard the work is, "any one of us
would rather die than lose our place
in the band."
According to Thibodeau, the
hard work always pays off. "We
wouldn't be as good a band as we
are if we didn't work that hard."
Compiled from Associated Press reports
U.S. sweeps for mines in gulf
MANAMA, Bahrain - American warships swept a strip of the
central Persian Gulf yesterday to recover mines believed planted by the
Iranian ship that U.S. helicopters attacked this week.
Commercial ships were warned away from the waters about 50
miles northeast of Bahrain and there were reports that some mines had
Five Iranians were reported killed and 26 were captured in the heli-
copter raid on the Iranian vessel Monday night. It was the first direct
American attack on Iranians in the two months since the United States
began protecting shipping in the gulf.
Iran has vowed revenge for the American attack and the Iranian
president said in New York that the two nations were moving toward
Britain announced it was closing Iran's military procurement office
in London because of the attacks.
House approves aid package
WASHINGTON - The House yesterday approved $3.5 million in
new "humanitarian" aid to the Nicaraguan Contras, and House Speaker
Jim Wright said he expects it to be the last U.S. aid ever sent to the
The money was part of a stopgap spending bill to keep the
government running after the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30. The
measure, approved 270-138 after little debate, was sent to the Senate,
where it is not expected to encounter major opposition.
The Contra aid money had been worked out in a bipartisan
agreement betwen Wright (D-Texas), and House Republican leader
Robert Michel of Illinois.
Justice dept. opposes merger
of Detroit News, Free Press
WASHINGTON - The antitrust division of the U.S. Justice
department recommended yesterday that Attorney General Edwin Meese
turn down an application by two Detroit newspapers to merge their
In a brief filed in the case here, the division argued that The Detroit
News and Detroit Free Press "had not met their burden of showing that
the Free Press is a failing newspaper within the meaning of the
(Newspaper Preservation Act) and therefore that approval of the
application is necessary to preserve two independent news and editorial
voices in Detroit," said Pat Korton, the department's deputy director for
The antitrust division has equal standing in the case with the
newspapers and other interested parties.
AIDS victims return to school
SARASOTA, Fla. - Three brothers whose exposure to AIDS made
them pariahs in their rural hometown enrolled in a new school yesterday
without incident and with a hesitant welcome from schoolmates and par-
Deputies patrolled the grounds at Gocio Elementary School. And
officials reported that 120 of the 615 pupils stayed home. Up to a dozen
pupils were with drawn. The usual absentee rate is about 3 percent.
But the day had encouraging moments for the Rays - Ricky, Robert,
After school, acting Principal Lee Coose said: "We had a super day.
A-OK across the board."
The boys attended school in Arcadia for a week under federal court
order. A boycott emptied classes, and telephone threats were made against
the school and family.
Diligent dog discovers den of
dastardly, devouring demons
NASHVILLE, Tenn - Henry, a 1 and a half-year-old beagle (that's 10
to you, me, and Lorne Greene), has won rave reviews for his performance
at the Grand Ole Opry House.
The 15-pound male who is specially trained to detect termites, sniffed
out two infestations of the little critters Tuesday in the cellar and lobby of
the 13-year-old Opry House (that's 2 years old to Henry).
"He has a lot of personality," said Dot Taylor, spokewoman for Hill-
Smith Pest Control of Nashville. "He's happiest when he's walking.
He's really happy right now."
"We were curious to see him work," said Max Dillard, Opryland's
director of pest control and environmental safety. "He's like a bird dog.
who points and then doesn't break off until he's given the command."
After a hard day's work, what does your average termite-sniffing pooch
crave? That's right, a high protein treat, and that's exactly what he got.
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