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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 14, 1987

Writer finds America


(Continued from Page 1)
That adjustment was hard on Rosenboom at
first. As he placed a pinch of Drum tobacco into
a Drum rolling paper and rolled a cigarette, he
described his first month in Ann Arbor asa
"silent, lonely month." Another Dutch lecturer in
the German department had not arrived at the
time, so Rosenboom had no one to talk to.
"But I'm much more comfortable now than in
the beginning," Rosenboom said. "I'm more or
less anonymous here. Ann Arbor is a hotel to
me. It's temporary."
Rosenboom finds many similarities between
Dutch and American societies. Everyone in Hol-
land watches American TV, he said, and Dutch
universities are modeled after American ones.
Despite the similarities, however, he said that
America "is a very exotic country for me."
The responsibilities that have come with

teaching have made Rosenboom -feel like a
"normal person," he said. "That's very new to
me." He assigns one writing exercise each week
and has his students read fiction and literature. He
also spends time commenting on students' pa-
Rosenboom does all of his writing in Dutch.
His class - a creative writing class in the De-
partment of Germanic Languages and Literatures
- is taught in English, and many of Rosen-
boom's students have not studied Dutch. Rosen-
boom can also speak French and German.
Teaching has given Rosenboom a life that he
says is more structured and disciplined than his
life as a professional writer in Amsterdam. But
teaching has not completely regulated his life. As
a writer-in-residence, he instructs only one class,
and has the rest of his time available to do his

own writing. Rosenboom said the free time,
"makes it attractive for writers to come to Ann
Arbor" through the program.
"What (the writers) do here is really up to
them," Kyes said. Besides teaching at the
University, the writers travel to other universities
to speak about their writing and the program.
Rosenboom said speaking in a classroom is
more relaxed than lecturing to a large group; the
transition from formal speaker to familiar writing
instructor was tough because he has never talked
one-on-one about other people's writing or even
his own.
When Rosenboom's year as University writer-
in-residence ends, he will return to Holland and
his girlfriend. He is currently working on a his-
torical novel, and added that he will someday in-
clude his American experiences in his writings.

A representative will be on campus
to discuss
Interviews may be scheduled at

Reagan bypassed Pentagon
n sale to Iran, official says

Reagan administration bypassed
normal Pentagon channels when it
decided to sell weapons to Iran and
failed to get the military's
assessment on the impact of those
sales on the Iran-Iraq war, the
nation's top uniformed officer has
told Congress.
Adm. William Crowe, chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he
did not learn about the arms sales
until at least five months after
President Reagan approved them in

January 1986.
When he eventually asked
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger
about the sales, Crowe said,
Weinberger replied that "it was his
understanding that a conscious
decision had been made that it was
not a military matter, so it was not
necessary to bring in the military."
The weapons were transferred
from Defense Department stocks to
the CIA, which helped get them to




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Compiled from Associated Press reports
State Senate votes to approve
mandatory AIDS education
LANSING - In an attempt to stem the spread of the deadly AIDS
virus, the state Senate voted unanimously yesterday to require Michigan
school districts to teach students about the fatal disease.
The bill, passed 35-0 without debate, now goes to the House.
It would require schools to teach pupils about the recognition,
prevention, and treatment of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome,
which attacks the body's immune system and is inevitably fatal.
"While this bill is not a cure-all, if it saves even one life, it will be
worth our efforts," said Sen. Jackie Vaughn (D-Detroit) and the bill's
"One of the best ways to prevent the continuing rapid spread of AIDS
is to present our young people with factual information about it while
they are still in school," Vaughn said. "There is a great deal of
misinformation about AIDS and this bill wil help correct that problem,
House approves speed limit
LANSING - A state House panel yesterday passed a bill raising the
speed limit to 65 mph on Michigan's rural interstates, but added a $5
surcharge on all traffic tickets to help pay for stricter speed enforcement.
The bill, approved 10-2 by the House Transportation Committee, now
moves to the House where Majority Floor Leader Lewis Dodak said a
vote by the chamber could come as early as today.
The panel added the $5 ticket surcharge, earmarked for more state and
local police officers, to satisfy Gov. James Blanchard's demand for more
speed patrols.
But the provision is controversial and may run into trouble when the
bill returns to the Republican-controlled Senate for concurrence in the
House changes, said Sen. Doug Cruce, the bill's sponsor.
Court to review slavery law
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to resolve a
dispute over the definition of slavery, entering a case in which a Michigan
family allegedly held to retarded farmworkers in involuntary servitude.
The court, in a case that could affect some religious cults, would
review a ruling that psychological coercion alone cannot amount to
Ike and Margarethe Kozminski, who own a dairy farm in Chelsea,
Mich., were convicted of keeping Robert Fulmer and Louis Molitoris in
involuntary servitude for more than 10 years.
The Kozminskis were given suspended prison sentences and placed on
probation for two years. Ike Kozminski also was fined $20,000 and
ordered to pay Fulmer and Molitoris more than $6,000 each in restitution.
Court will study admission
of past "bad acts" as evidence
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to study how
difficult it should be for prosecutors to introduce evidence in criminal
trials of prior "bad acts" by defendants.
The court said it will hear an appeal by a Michigan man convicted of
possessing stolen videotapes in violation of a federal law. Jurors at his
trial were told he earlier sold television sets to a store owner for $28 each.
The Reagan administration urged the court to hear the appeal for a
different reason than that offered by the defendant. The administration said
the justices should adopt a more relaxed standard in permitting evidence of
past bad acts by defendants.
I Michigan's richest man isn't
rich enough-for Lifestyles
A. Alfred Taubman, multi-million dollar contributor to the
University, owner of the A&W root beer chain, and the genius behind
Briarwood Shopping mall, is the richest man in Michigan and the
seventeenth richest man in the nation, according to Forbes magazine.
But even though he's worth a reported $1.5 billion, The
Bloomfield Hills shopping mall developer shouldn't be expecting a
visit from Robin Leach anytime soon.
"No, we're not planning on doing something on him," said
aLifestyle's of the Rich and Famous production assistant contacted
yesterday by the Daily.
"We haven't even heard of him, to tell you the truth," the assistant
said. That's okay, Mr. Taubman, we still appreciate you. After all,

you did establish the program in American Institutions by donating
the tidy sum of $2 million. And you did kick in $3 million for the
replacement hospital instead of buying that suede covered bowling
alley for your airplane. (How do you bowl on suede?)
Take heart, Al, actions speak louder than Robin Leach.
-By Dov Cohen
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