Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom
Vol. XCViII, No. 44 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, November 10, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily
By STEVE KNOPPER
An ordinance to severely restrict
firearm stores in Ann Arbor was
vetoed yesterday evening by
Republican Mayor Gerald Jernigan.
The ordinance was passed by the
City Council last week.
Jernigan vetoed the law because,
according to a written message to
City Clerk Winifred Northcross,
"The f i n d ings section is
unsubstantiated," it would be
"extremely difficult to enforce," and
he opposes firearm store regulation
in the law's specified areas.
Councilmember Dave DeVarti
(D-Fourth Ward), writer of the
ordinance, said he plans to speak
with the mayor, but he does not
know if he will submit another
proposal. "There may be the
possibility of b i p a r t i s a n
cooperation," he said.
The vetoed law, in its findings
section, said, "The presence of
firearm stores in close proximity to
residential areas degrades the quality
of those residential areas by
increasing the ready availability of
weapons, creating a climate of fear."
*The ordinance would have
disallowed firearm stores from
moving within 500 feet of the
downtown areas. It would have
permitted themsto locate only in
zoning areas which contain mostly
shopping malls as a "special
New firearm stores, under the
special exception use, would have
gone before the P la nn in g
Commissionrfor discussion before
they were allowed to move in.
See MAYOR, Page 2
Reagan policy changes
Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
Paul Passavant, an LSA junior, points to a painting in the study lounge in the Michigan Union as part of the
Asian American Art Exhibit which opens this week.
Asian Americans express
anger, love through art
WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Reagan yesterday said the
United States would take part in talks
with Nicaraguan authorities if they
engage in serious cease-fire nego-
tiations with the Contra rebels.
Reagan emphasized that such
discussions - the first between the
United States and Nicaragua in al-
most three years - would occur only
if representatives of other Central
American countries are also present.
The president outlined the U.S.
position to a luncheon gathering of
Western Hemisphere foreign min-
isters assembled here for the annual
meeting of the Organization of
American States, Nicaraguan Foreign
Minister Miguel D'Escoto was
among listeners as Reagan spoke.
The United States and Nicaragua
have had no substantive bi-lateral
talks since the latter half of 1984,
when a series of meetings were held
in Manzanillo, Mexico. By insisting
that other Central American countries
be a part of any future contacts with
the Sandinistas. Reagan appeared to
rule out a resumption of bi-lateral
Reagan's announcement appar-
ently was linked to the surprise
statement by Nicaraguan President
Daniel Ortega last Thursday that his
government would agree to open,
through an intermediary, cease fire
talks with the U.S.-backed Contras.
Reagan's remarks were consistent
with the previous administration
position that the United States would
ease its stand on talks with the leftist
Sandinistas only if they first opened
a dialogue with the Contras.
Reagan said that Secretary of State
George Shultz "will be ready to meet
jointly with the foreign ministers of
all five Central American nations,
including the Sandinistas' represen-
tative" if Nicaragua engages in "ser-
ious negotiations" with the Contras.
The statement appeared to suggest
continued forward movement in the
Central America peace agreement
signed by five presidents of the
region last August.
The administration, rejecting Saq-
dinista appeals for direct U.S.-
Nicaraguan talks, has confined its
contacts in recent years to the four
friendly Central American nations -
El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala,
and Honduras. In diplomatic jargon,
these countries are known as the
The United States is not a
signatory to the peace agreement but
has been looking for ways to play a
more active role because of what
Reagan considers to be important
American security interests in the
By HEATHER EURICH
"Go home Jap!" yelled an old man sitting on the
Diag before he spit in the face of Curtis Lim, an Asian
American student, and challenged him to a fight.
For Lim, contacting campus security and the Ann
Arbor police was futile.
This incident, which happened last year, and other
accounts of racism, discrimination, and stereotyping
inspired Lim to express his anger and frustration in a
painting of the man. Lim's, and other art is exhibited
at the Asian American Art Show being held in the left
study lounge of the Michigan Union this month which
Lim started the exhibit to show that Asians are
active in artistic fields and that they have a lot to say
about themselves and their culture.
"Asians are typically seen as smart in mathematics
and the hard sciences, but that doesn't speak about all
Asians," Lim said.
The art show, funded by University Activities Cen-
ter, portrays art work by Asian American artists. Pot-
tery, paintings, photography, sculptures, and graphic
art decorate the study lounge. But a grand opening on
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. will be much busier.
Indian Americans, often overlooked as Asian
Americans, will perform dances. Music and skits will
also be played and food served. Lim said that people are
often intimidated by art because they don't understand
it, but he hopes the presentation will be fun. He said,
See GROUPS,_Page 3
centers to run
round the clock
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
Dr. Thomas Beresford, the
Director of the University Alcohol
Program, spoke last night at a
special "Health Night Out" event
that dealt with the difficulties of
detecting and treating alcoholism.
The forum, at the Ann Arbor Inn,
was sponsored by the University
Alcohol Program, which was created
last year "to help people reach and
maintain sobriety by offering
comprehensive treatment and
aftercare." The program offers
extensive in-patient care for alco-
A recovering alcoholic and drug
addict also told about his problems
with alcohol and his realization that
he was an alcoholic before the crowd
of 150 community members.
The former alcoholic, who asked
not to be identified, is currently a
professor of English at Stanford
"I had a feeling of impending
doom," he said of his life as a heavy
The professor said that after his
use of alcohol got severe, a. doctor
finally convinced him to see a
therapist. "When I went to see the
counselor I was drinking a gallon of
wine a day, drinking a six-pack of
beer a day, and smoking four to
eight marijuana joints a day," he
"I hoped she would tell me I
wasn't addicted," he said.
Beresford expressed concern that
many people don't think of
alcoholism as a disease, but as a
social problem. "It is not an illness
one can take lightly. People can die
from alcoholism," he said.
"My purpose in being here is so
that we don't go off half-cocked with
the wrong answers (about
alcoholism)," he said.
Beresford said the best method
alcoholics can use to remain sober is
"to not drink, by spending a large
amount of time with others who
The professor said that alcoholics
only comprise one group that is
affected by alcoholism. "We're a
small minority of the people who
are affected by the disease," he said.
By RYAN TUTAK
As the semester draws to an end
and the demand for computers
increases, the University this week
expanded the hours for many
computer centers on campus.
The large center on 611 Church
St. is now open 24 hours. With 143
Macintoshes and 18 Zeniths, it is
the largest cluster on campus and
workers there say lines are rare.
The Union computing center and
the North University Building,
which closes 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m.
weekends, already offer round the
Students say the expanded hours
could not have come too soon, as
many have been waiting in line for a
terminal at the popular center in the
basement of the Union.
LSA junior Jim Correll likes the
prospect of all-night computing.
"I'm a procrastinator andI usually
wait until the last minute to write
papers." Correll said he waited more
than 90 minutes for a Macintosh at
the Union Sunday night.
Smaller centers have also
increased their hours. The Dana
Building cluster, with 1 0
Macintoshes and 20 Zeniths, will be
open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday
through Saturday and noon to
midnight on Sunday.
The Frieze Building center, with
seven Macintoshes and 26 Zeniths,
will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday through Friday and noon to
11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On Nov. 30, the cluster at the
School of Public Health, with 20
Macintoshes and 40 Zeniths, will
expand its hours to 8 a.m. to 11
p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8
a.m. to "7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 11
p.m. on Sunday.
Although the hours of these
centers have been expanded, they
cannot stay open 24 hours because
they are restricted by hours that their
building is open, according to Jane
Baker, supervisor of the
microcomputers centers on campus.
The extended hours were also
limited to the budgeting of the
computing center to pay wages.
Judge Douglas Ginsburg's drug
use should not have killed his
nomination. OPINION, Page 4
Rare Art performs music formed
from the Canadian Celtic tradi-
tion. ARTS, Page 5
Daily Photo by DANA MENDELSSOHN
A Stanford University professor and former alcoholic, who prefers
anonymity, speaks last night at the Ann Arbor Inn about the problems
alcoholics face as they overcome their problems. About 150 people atten-
ded the event as part of National Alcoholism Awareness Week.
'U' survey reveals
cautio us consumers
Kennedy tops list
for court vacancy
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
The recent decline on Wall Street
has 'translated into wide-spread
consumer fear, prompting
prospective buyers to be more
cautious, according to a University
uses a February 1966 base of 100.
"It's a fairly severe shake-up to
consumer optimism about the
economy," said Thomas Juster, ISR
Economic Behavior Program
Director. Juster said the stock market
decline had a major effect on
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
White House, yesterday, called federal
appellate judge Anthony Kennedy the
front-runner for the Supreme Court
nomination and subjected him to new
background questioning as other Re-
publicans doled out blame for the co-
President Reagan, meanwhile, said
that harassmant from outside rather
than inside the administration forced
Ginsburg to withdraw.
Reagan and other White House
officials denied that Ginsburg had
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