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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 76

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Wednesday, January 20, 1988

Copyright 1988; The Michigan Daily

to present
new state
Gov. James Blanchard's State of
the State address tonight commences
the long and often arduous legisla-
tive process that will end in the ap-
proval of, among other things, a
budget allocation for the University.
The University bases its budget
upon this allocation and additional
revenue, including student tuition.
Faced with continued rising costs,
this year the University has requested
an 11 percent increase, or $50.2
million, in its state appropriation for
the upcoming fiscal year 1988-89.
The University's fiscal year begins
July 1.
Because the budget process won't
end until mid-summer, officials can't
be specific about tuition increases or
spending cuts, although they ac-
knowledge that both are necessary.
RECENT bleak projections for
the state's economy have made
University officials skeptical they
will get the full 11 percent increase
they requested. "We are already
hearing warning signals for the state
that suggest appropriation increases
in the range zero to four percent, at
best," said Vice President for Aca-
demic Affairs and Provost James
Duderstadt, in a report to the
University's Board of Regents last
The $50.2 million request in-
cludes faculty and staff salary in-
creases, student financial aid, and
funds for minority recruitment and
retention. If the University received
the full $50.2 million requested from
the state, it would not need to raise
tuition for the coming year.
But it is not unusual for the ac-
tual state appropriation to fall short
of the University's request, according
See STATE, Page 3
City may
state rent
At press time last night, the Ann
Arbor City Council appeared ready
to oppose a bill under consideration
by the Michigan state legislature
that would prohibit cities from
enacting rent control ordinances.
Citizens for Fair Rent, a local
organization, has submitted more
than 5,000 signatures to put a rent
control ordinance on the April
Michael Appel, a member of
Citizens for 'Fair Rents, spoke
against State Senate Bill 583 during
public comments at the beginning of

the meeting.
"If you feel the state legislature is
better equipped to determine Ann
Arbor's housing than the city
council, then vote against the
resolution," Appel said. He said that
if council members supported "home
rule" they should vote for the
See LOCAL, Page 3


works to

Shaman Drum Bookstore owner Karl Pohrt (far right) looks on as his staff crowds into a corner of the store.
Pohrt describes the store as "like walking into someone's livingroom."
Alternative bookstofre offers
selection ofschoarlyworkis

A U.S. Department of Justic
ficial has urged Interim Unive
President Robben Fleming to
mally state the administration's
to resolve the conflict overI
Dean Peter Steiner's allegedly r
remarks before the week's end.
Fleming said last night he h
to release such a statement in
next few days, but wouldn'tc
ment on possible plans until c
pleting scheduled meetings
Steiner, Vice Provost for Min
Affairs Charles Moody, and Pr
and Vice President for Academi
fairs James Duderstadt this w
"At this point we're just ta
about changes in the college in
eral," he said, but would not e
Moody and Duderstadt wer
available for comment. Steine
fused comment.
F L E M IN G maintained
"from the beginning of the inc
we have had no expectatio
releasing Dean Steiner," alth
members of the United Coal
Against Racism (UCAR) dema
his removal last week.
UCAR members, still anger
the administration's refusal t
parts of Steiner's essays
speeches "racist," said they w
satisfied only with Steiner's
"We expect more than justa
mal, fancy statement. Our pos
now is that we want him remo


said Kim Smith, a UCAR steering
e of- committee member.
for- But William Hall, a conciliation
plan specialist from the justice depart-
LSA ment's community relations service,
acist said yesterday he is optimistic that
the conflict can be resolved to the
satisfaction of the entire University
oped community, "... and no. one wants
n the this done more than President Flem-
com- ing."
with HALL came to campus last
ority week to assess the controversy and
ovost mediate between the conflicting
c Af- parties after he -learned of the
reek, situation through the media.
lking "
Ien- Any time you have a major
labo- official who makes comments that
could be interpreted negatively, it's a
serious situation," Hall said. "The
re un- comments had. racial implications
er re- and racial overtones."
Hall has sent a report about the
that controversy to the U.S. Attorney
ident, General's office, but will not rec-
n of ommend any specific actions to the
lough University.
ition This is a controversy that the
anded University community in Ann Arbor
will have to'solve," Hall said.
U C A R steering committee
ed by member Rajal Patel said UCAR will
o call probably request another meeting
a n d with Steiner soon. She said a-short,
'ill be informal meeting of several students
dis- with Steiner and Duderstadt Monday
was unproductive.
"Steiner had nothing to say to
a for- us," Patel said. "He said he wants to
sition wait a while to do anything, to let
ved," things settle down."


Shaman Drum bookshop doesn't market sweatshirts
or office supplies, and it doesn't stock bestsellers. The
store, unlike its corporate-owned cousins, specializes in
scholarly literature on subjects ranging from
archaeology to Zen Buddhism.
Situated in four rooms above Wild's Clothing on
State Street, Shaman Drum is named for an instrument
used by a priest or medicine man in religious rituals
throughout North America and Asia. The drum - like
a good bookshop - signals the change from one state
of consciousness to another, said owner Karl Pohrt.
Shaman Drum stocks an assortment of textbooks,
but Pohrt stresses that Shaman Drum is first and
foremost a scholarly bookshop.
Pohrt has allowed local political groups to use the
store while working on fundraisers, although he only
invites groups whose ideology he supports, like
Amnesty International.
In addition, the store often plays host to book

parties, which help celebrate a local author's publica-
tion. Romance Languages Prof. Domna Stanton, and
English Prof. Steven Mullaney have been honored at
Pohrt's parties. Pohrt has also planned a book party for
English graduate student Arthur Versluis, who has
published a science-fiction novel.
"It's nice to have a celebration when one's
colleagues are published," said History Prof. Geoffrey
Eley, one of the first faculty members to begin
ordering textbooks from Pohrt.
Eley said his business was "a kind of subsidy" for
Pohrt. "He's a very valuable part of the community,"
he said.
And now the community has started to pay him
back. "After eight years (the store) is starting to be in a
healthy position," Pohrt said.
Shaman Drum is gradually developing a following
among students and faculty alike. English graduate
student Claire Eby said it is smaller and more humane
than the larger bookstores in town. "They don't treat
the students like cattle," she said.

University graduate succeeds
in Spanish folk music scene

Four years ago, University
graduate Michael Lee Wolfe went to
Spain for the summer and fell in
love with the country's provincialY
music. He has not returned for more'
than a visit since.
"I had no intentions of staying,
but I got involved in the music
scene, though not always with suc-
cess at first."
Wolfe - known as the Wolfman
- graduated in 1984. A native of
Pittsburgh, he is the only American
involved in the folk music scene of
Asturias, Spain.
The folk music of Asturias, a
province of one and a half million
people in northwestern Spain, is a
far cry from the traditional stereotype
of Spanish music performed by
flamboyant acoustic guitarists. As-
turian music is Celtic and dominated
by the bagpipe.
Wolfe, who has played guitar
since age 10, was surprised by the
unusual sound of the Asturian mu-
sic. But his keen improvisational
skills made it easy for him to pick it
up. The first day there, he attended a
Celtic music night with all local
musicians that highlighted the harp.

"I had no idea what the music up
there was all about," said Wolfe.
"But I was very impressed with the
quality of the music scene, and I
-have now become an integral part of
When he first arrived in Spain,
Wolfe had minimal knowledge of the
language. "I took Spanish 101


pass/fail in my last semester and we
all know what that means," Wolfe
said with a deep chuckle.
He joined his hometown friend
Sy Williams, who played guitar in
the streets of Leon. There, Wolfe
played for five and a half months and
learned the language.
Williams, who has since returned
to the United States, was already a
successful street musician and
showed Wolfe the ropes. He said he
is amused - but not surprised -
that Wolfe has settled into the
Spanish music scene.
"He came over to Spain, and

didn't know the language or any-
thing," Williams said. "But he just
acted like he was so bad - that's
just the Wolfman."
Wolfe now plays the mandolin
and is the principle arranger for
Ubina, a seven piece Asturian folk
band which is currently recording its
first album. Wolfe has high aspira-
tions for the album, hoping it will
allow the band to expand their tour-
ing beyond Spain, where they are a
successful festival attraction.
"Last year we did about 35 festi-
vals in Spain - for 150 people to
30,000. It's very exciting," Wolfe
said. "You play the best you can and
let the sound system do the work,"
he said, adding that festival concerts
are more impersonal than smaller
clubs where the band performs closer
to the audience.
At first, Wolfe spent several
months playing solo in Asturian
clubs, concentrating on native
American musics - including blue-
grass, jazz, country, and blues -
before he teamed up with Rody
Juarez, Ubifia's guitarist. Juarez
taught his American partner Asturian
folk music and, a year and a half
See THE, Page 2

Michael Lee Wolfe, a 1984 University graduate and Pittsburgh native,
lives in provincial Spain where he is pursuing a career in music.

. MSA elects new chair to fill
vacant 'U' committees

Reagan authorizes

Students, if they want and know
how, can help choose the new Uni-
versity president, work on plans for
the improvement of life for minori-
a ties, and help draft a code. But most

Campus Governance Committee..
"I think it's a very important job.
It's up to that committee to see that
there is student empowerment," said
Kristen Cabral, LSA sophomore,
and MSA representative.

on University committees. Last
year, the committee advertised in the
Daily and on the MTS network.
"There is always room for im-
provement in advertising," said
George Davis, former chair of the

Daily readers argue over Pairs-
tsraeli folksing er David Throza..
performs at the Mendelssohn
Theater tonia.
ARTS, Page

dent Reagan yesterday authorized the
CIA to resume airdrops of weapons
to Nicaragua's Contra rebels, as
congressional opponents worked to
offset an expected presidential

aid. If it approves the request, the
Senate would vote the next day.
In a speech to administration po-
litical appointees yesterday, the
president reiterated his belief that
only continued military nressure on


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