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.The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 15, 1988- Page 3
WASHINGTON (AP)- An
underwater explosion tore open
the hull of an American guided-
missile frigate in the central Per-
sian Gulf and injured 10 crew-
members yesterday. Pentagon
sources said it appeared the
warship hit a mine.
The injured sailors- six with
slight burns, one with second-de-
gree burns, one with a hernia and
two with back injuries- were
evacuated from the USS Samuel
B. Roberts, the Defense Depart-
The Roberts then began steam-
ing slowly under its own power
toward port in Bahrain.
The sailor with the second-de-
gree burns was flown to Bahrain,
the Pentagon said late yesterday.
The other nine were transferred to
the USS San Jose, a combat
stores ship operating in the central
Defense sources said the crew of
the Roberts had spotted "some
mine-like objects" in the water
immediately before the 10:10 a.m
EDT explosion. The Pentagon
declined official comment on the
The sources, who insisted on
anonymity, said the frigate was
"making only about two knots"
on its own power yesterday after-
noon and would probably be taken
under tow by the cruiser Wain-
The Roberts and Wainwright
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are two of 14 Navy ships assigned
to the Persian Gulf force to pro-
vide protection to commercial
ships flying the American flag.
The San Jose was in the area only
because it was on a resupply mis-
The Reagan administration in-
creased the U.S force in the region
last summer in response to a re-
quest from Kuwait, whose oil
tankers came under attack in the
course of the Iran-Iraq war.
Dan Howard, the Defense De-
partment's chief spokesperson,
said the Roberts had been in no
danger of sinking and that the
crew had managed to staunch
flooding in the engine compart-
ments on its own.
CBN fears Fleming's funding cut threat
By STEVE KNOPPER
Members of the Campus Broadcasting
Network said they were "frightened" by Interim
University President Robben Fleming's
statement Wednesday that the administration
might consider removing CBN's funding.
The University now gives $13,000 a year to
CBN, which oversees the campus radio stations
WCBN and WJJX, and allots $8,000 for a part-
time professional chief engineer.
When the University's Office of Student
Services makes its budget request this summer,
Fleming said, it must question the value of
having both CBN and the University-operated
"If the answer is 'not very valuable,' then you
have to say we only need one," he said.
Fleming said both CBN and handicapped
services need more money next year, and when
the budget comes up, Vice President for Student
Services Henry Johnson will have to decide
which activity is more important.
"You can make a very real argument to take
the money, and put it into something else, such
as handicapped aid," Fleming said.
Fleming said the actions of WCBN disc
jockey Chris Daley last December had no
influence on his statements.
Daley was suspended from the station for
airing a song called "Run, Nigger, Run," which
many considered racist. Others say the song,
originally performed by a Black slave in the '20s,
is a legitimate reflection of U.S. history.
Daley, who has since apologized for the
incident, was reinstated because the board said he
"satisfied the requests made of him pursuant to
CBN student workers yesterday defended the
station yesterday, saying it is an important
Fleming's statement, said CBN General
Manager Paul LaZebnik, an LSA senior,
"frightens me. There are some problems, but I
don't think this is the way you solve the
problems. They should do it in a constructive
way - mend the wounds that are there."
"Taking funds from the radio stations would
be a big mistake," WCBN Sports Director Dave
Mammel said. "These are great educational
benefits they may not be able to get from a
lecture or book."
Union Director Frank Cianciola, who is
reviewing CBN, said he wasn't aware of
Fleming's statement. But he said, "The radio
station can be a good learning environment for
students. It is important, however, that the
people associated with the station function in
their roles responsibly. When that environment
isn't maintained, I don't support it."
Cianciola said the board's decision Wednesday
night to reinstate Daley was "not in the best
interests of the student environment we're trying
to work towards at the University of Michigan."
Last week, Johnson sent LaZebnik a letter,
saying he was considering hiring a "professional
manager" for the station. Though Johnson's
letter suggested that the CBN Board of Directors
postpone the selection of next year's general
manager, the board selected LSA junior Emily
Burns for the position at Wednesday's meeting.
By ANDREW MILLS
Special to the Daily
LANSING - A State Senate
subcommittee recommended yester-
daythat the University's Ann Arbor
campus receive a 2.1 percent or $5
million increase in state funding
next fiscal year - more than double
the amount recommended by Gov.
James Blanchard in January.
The recommendation comes as
part of a 2.9 percent or $25.7 mil-
lion funding increase the committee
proposed for higher education state-
wide. That figure is 1.9 percent more
than what Blanchard proposed.
However, the proposed funding
hike for the University still falls far
short of the 11 percent increase it
requested last fall.
"THE ONLY encouraging
thing is that it's an increase," said
Richard Kennedy, University vice
president for government relations.
Administrators have said that unless
the University receives a much
greater share of the state budget,
large tuition increases are inevitable.
The budget next moves to the
state House next month, before it is
finally approved this summer. While
the house traditionally boosts the
governor and the senate's recom-
mendations, University administra-
tors do not expect to receive the full
Of the $5 million increase pro-
posed by the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Higher Education,
$4.4 million would go to the Uni-
versity's general operating budget,
and $549,000 to cover maintenance
costs of new facilities.
The University's Flint campus
and Central Michigan University re-
ceived the largest recommendations
- increases of 6.5 percent and 6.1
IN MUCH OF the proposal,
only one part of the overall state
budget, the five large research insti-
tutions (University of Michigan-an
Arbor, Michigan State University,
Michigan Technological University,
Wayne State University, and West-
ern Michigan University) are sepa-
rated fromthenotherten smaer
Funds for new facilities, for.,ex-
ample, are not allocated equally:-he
smaller schools received 40 persent
of their requests while the larger
schools received only 20 percent.
"The smaller schools need a larger
share of their operating budget than
the larger schools" for new btiid-
ings, Subcommittee Chair ;4n.
William Sederburg (R-East Lansing)
In the recommendation, the
smaller schools receive money or4a
per-student basis while the five
larger universities receive funps
based on a "needs" model developed
The model attempted to ascertain
the level of underfunding at these
universities. University Director pf
State Relations Roberta Palmor,
however, said the University has
never considered the model accurate.
Under it, the University ranks a tar
second behind Michigan State.
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Voters to decide on Medicaid abortions
By VICKI BAUER
Voters will decide in November
whether to continue Medicaid funded
abortions in Michigan, ruled a state
panel Wednesday in officially ending
a nine-month battle to place the is-
sue on the election ballot.
The Board of State Canvassers
validated the required 120,000 signa-
tures to block Right to Life's peti-
tion to ban medicaid funded abor-
-tions starting March 29.
The pro choice group, People's
Campaign for Choice (PCC), sub-
mitted 230,000 signatures on March
28 to extend funding until the
Although the signatures were of-
ficially certified this week, the deci-
.sion to extend state funded abortions
until the November elections had, in
effect, already been made by State
Attorney General Frank Kelley last
week. He decided to continue abor-
tion funding last week, based on past
rulings and the overwhelming num-
ber of submitted signatures.
Both groups are vying to have
their stance placed as the negative for
the 'yes' or 'no' phrasing of the bal-
lot question. The Board of State
Canvassers will decide the wording
within the next month, after negoti-
ating with lawyers from each side.
"Studies have shown that when
people don't know an issue, they
vote 'no'-- particularly when it's
about money," said Molly Henry,
coordinator of PCC's petition drive.
Michigan taxpayers now pay $5.8
million a year for indigent women's
abortions under the current system.
PCC hopes to raise $4 million
for their advertising campaign to ed-
ucate the public about the issue,
"Past experience has taught us
that we are going to need a lot of
money for TV commercials - that's
where the vote is," she said.
Henry said Right to Life's emo-
tionally charged advertising cam-
paigns are a potential threat to
PCC's chance to win the vote.
"Right to Life's message is more
emotional, more easy to digest,"
Henry said. "(PCC's) message is
more logical. But once people listen,
they will be persuaded."
Rae Anne Houbech, chair of
Washtenaw County Right to Life,
said "I'm optimistic. We will have
the support when we need it."
Right to Life's campaign will
also include heavy advertising, in
addition to hiring speakers and
mobilizing voters, said Houbech.
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