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Vol. XCVIII, No. 31 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, October 22, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily
By LISA POLLAK
The Michigan Student Assembly
has formed a health i ss ue s
committee that will give students an
opportunity to improve their health
care and insurance on campus.
The student health issues select
committee, approved by MSA on
Tuesday, will be the first student
group devoted to "improving the
quality of student health at the
University," said committee chair
Dennis Lopez, a graduate student in
the School of Public Health.
The committee, which now
consists of 25 students, was first
proposed by former MSA Vice
President Rebecca Felton "to get
students involved in determining
their own insurance policies."
Although MSA is responsible for
selecting a student health insurance
policy every three years, the decision
is usually left up to one or two
MSA members, Felton said. "And I
didn't want to make a decision for
the whole University."
Lopez and the other committee
members will work closely with
Professor Dean Smith - who
teaches a class on health insurance
policies at the School of Public
Health - to determine the most
Dr. Caesar Briefer, University
Health Services director, said
yesterday the student committee will
be the most effective way "to deal
with the tricky business" of student
"You have to have an ongoing
body, combined with expertise, to
See MSA, Page 5
Stocks rebound in
Foreign markets reflect
partial recovery in trading
New York (AP) - Investors
flocked back to the world's stock
markets yesterday, shaking off a
trillion-dollar panic and sending
indices to record gains in New York,
London, and Tokyo.
The Dow Jones industrial
average, climbing halfway back from
Monday's historic 508-point
collapse, rose 186.84 points to
2,027.85. The index had risen a
record 102.27 points Tuesday.
The partial recovery in New York
on Tuesday contributed to record
point gains yesterday in indexes on
the Tokyo and London stock
exchanges. The improved attitude
carried over into trading in the
"They're bouncing. They're really
bouncing," said Andrew Lanyi,
managing director at Ladenberg,
Thalmann, & Co., Inc.
Analysts speculated that investors
See stories on stock mar-
ket analysis and student
reactions, Page 5.
leaders' response to the market's
panic, which erased more than $500
billion from the value of U.S.
stocks and more than $1 trillion
from world stocks in 24 hours.
The Dow industrials' plunge
Monday wiped out 22.6 percent of
the index's value - a bigger one-day
decline than during the crash of
West Germany took a small step
this week to hold down its interest
rates, and President Reagan and
leaders of Congress recommitted
themselves to whittling away the
federal budget deficit.
Reagan said yesterday that he has
not eased his opposition to higher
tax rates, while his chief budget
adviser said flat out that the president
"is not going to take a tax increase."
Nevertheless, economists said
there was no major news event to
account for either the plunge or the
"What happened on the market
was a classic case of a financial
panic," said Shafioul Islam, a senior
fellow at the Council on Foreign
Relations in New York.
Advancing issues outnumbered
declining ones by an 8-to-1 margin
on the New York Stock Exchange in
very heavy trading. That contrasted
with Tuesday, when the Dow
industrials gained but losers
outnumbered gainers 5-to-2.
Stocks also gained on the
American Stock Exchange and in the
over-the-counter market, reversing
sharp losses by both Monday and
MIR YN to help 'U'
students find boo ks
Blood battle Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
School of Art graduate student and T. A. Christople Saucedi gives blood
yesterday as part of the faculty's Michigan versus Ohio State blood drive.
The blood drive for students will be held Nov. 10.
Rent control meetings continue
to face low student turnout
By RYAN TUTAK
You know how it feels. You get to the shelf deep in
the catacombs of the graduate library stacks only to
find a gaping hole where your book is supposed to be.
But as soon as July, this may become a problem of
the past. The location of many University library
books can be tracked through a new computer system
currently being installed.
Students will be able to tap into a computer system
called MIRLYN (MIchigan Research LibrarY Network)
through the Michigan Terminal System. The
University will add 90 Zenith computers with the
MIRLYN system, which will be accessible at the 22
libraries. The Graduate Library will house 25 of these
MIRLYN will cross-reference books by subject,
author, call number, title or key-work in the title. By
the end of 1989, the search will also indicate whether
the book has been checked out and when it is due back,
"It's something we've been working on for a long
time," said Judith Avery, head of the Graduate Library
All four million files of the card catalogs and
periodical indices will eventually be transfered to
MIRLYN. More than one million of these files will be
prepared by July, said Assistant Director for Library
Systems David McDonald.
One feature will allow students to search for books
by more than one topic. "It will allow you to expand
searches that you can't do now," said Carla Stoffle,
deputy director of the University libraries.
The University gave $2.6 million to purchase the
program and computers, as well as provide
maintenance. "It may sound like a lot of money," said
McDonald. "But the amount of service is substantially
increased. And it is not reducing the amount of money
the University is spending on books and journals."
In addition to internal funiding, the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation pledged more than $2 million to to help
convert the card catalog to a computerized format.
When all four million files are recorded in 1991,
MIRLYN will be the most complete source of
University Library files and may render the card catalog
obsolete. "In the long-run, the card catalog will be
gone," said Avery.
Geac, a computer system which lists most of the
libraries' circulation, will also be eliminated at the end
The Law Library and Business Administration
Library will not have their files on MIRLYN, nor will
By STEVE KNOPPER
Student mobilization for rent
control has remained relatively low
even though two-thirds of University
students live off campus and Ann
Arbor rents have gone up 10 to 20
percent in recent years.
Fifteen people attended the first
Students for Fair Rents meeting last
night at the Michigan Union, but
most were affiliated with groups
already advocating rent stabilization.
Jen Faigel, coordinator for the
Ann Arbor Tenant's Union,
attributed the low turnout to "poor
publicity," and Ann Arbor resident
Moe Fitzsimons said, "There is a
momentum happening; we have a
long time to wait."
Fitzsimons' organization, the
Ann Arbor Citizens for Fair Rents,
hopes to gather 5,000 registered
voters' signatures by Dec. 28 in
order to put its rent stabilization
ordinance on April's election ballot.
The AACFR's proposed ordi-
nance would limit annual rent
increases to 75 percent of the
inflation rate, while placing a 15
percent total increase limit within
any given year. It would also
establish a five-member Rent
Stabilization Board, to be appointed
by City Council for reviewing all
proposed rent increases.
See GROUP, Page 5
By ELIZABETH ATKINS
About 100 students a n d
community members gathered lasts
night for the fourth annual
candlelight vigil to celebrate women
who have survived domestic violence
and to remember women who have
been killed by their batterers.s
Liz Cramer, a coordinator of the9
vigil and non-residential services
coordinator of the Domestic
Violence Project at SAFEhousey
(Shelter Available For:Emergency)
said, "It's incredible to see 100
people out here in the freezing cold
to show support and educate people
about domestic violence."
In front of the Federal Building
on Liberty Street, vigil participants
sang, read poetry and names of
women who were killed by their
batterers; survivors told stories about
Sandy, a survivor, told the crowd
sewas subjected to domestic
MSA passes plan
for sister school
By ANDREW MILLS.
The Michigan Student Assembly
passed a resolution this week that
establishes sister university ties
between the University and the
national university of El Salvador.
The resolution, proposed Tuesday
night by assembly Peace and Justice
Committee chairs Julie Laser and
Jackie Victor, would establish
relations between Michigan and the
University of El Salvador (EUS).
Under the resolution, which
passed unanimously, the assembly
will exchange information with the
student government at EUS and
educate University students on the
situation in El Salvador and at EUS.
MSA officials will circulate
fliers, conduct workshops and ar-
range speakers to increase student
awareness of the conflict in El
In addition, the resolution requires
the assembly to engage in the
exchange of student delegations with
EUS in the future: No dates have
been set for such an exchange.
Pilar Celaya, a Salvadoran refugee
who resides in Ann Arbor, addressed
the assembly through a translator
Laser appealed to the assembly to
pass the reolution, noting the
widespread participation of other
colleges and universities in this
program. Tufts University, the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania, and Harvard
Medical School are just some of the
schools that have established sister
university ties to EUS.
The resolution follows on the
heels of a proposal passed last week
by the assembly that called for the
release of Salvador Ubau, a student
leader in El Salvador who was
See MSA, Page 3
LaGROC demands liberation for
gay people. OPINION, Page 4
Jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty
will perform at the Power Center
tonight. ARTS, Page 7