Page2.-The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 22, 1988
may be dangerous fun IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press reports
By JENNIFER MILLER
Students love to spend moonlit
winter nights "traying" - sledding
on cafeteria food trays - down the
snowy hills of the Nichols Arbore-
tum, but public safety officers say it
is risky and dangerous.
. "It's a blast as long as you don't
hit a tree," said Nan Thomas as he
and Chris Neisesian, both first year
LSA students, climbed the snow-
covered hills, trays in hand, at 2
"Variety is the spice of life, and
you don't get to tray in the Arb at
home. Besides, its a great place to
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'Variety is the spice of life, and you don't get to tray in
the Arb at home.'
Dennis Storm, an LSA sophomore.
take a date and it's cheaper than Mc-
Donald's," said Dennis Storm, an
ROBERT PIFER, assistant
director of Public Safety, said trayers
in the Arb are the department's "pet
peeve," and that officers routinely
patrol the Arb during weekends.
Public safety officials said hills
and snow in the Arb make rescuing
injured people difficult.
Jorge Lopez, a Village Corner
employee, suffered from a possible
collapsed lung while traying Jan. 9.
Public Safety Officer Terri Seames
said Lopez was lucky that rescue
crews were able to reach him.
Hector Padilla, an LSA sopho-
more and friend of Lopez, said Lopez
was sliding down a hill on a food
tray and went over a bump. Padilla
then heard "a loud sound" come from
Padilla said he still plans to tray
again: "I didn't even get to go down
before Jorge got hurt," he said.
BECAUSE THIS year's
snowfall is less than other years -
down 18 inches from last year's 31.9
inches at this time - only one
serious traying injury has been
reported so far. But Seames said
reports will probably start coming in
when more snow falls.
Despite safety risks, students still
consider traying a favorite pastime
during cold Ann Arbor winters.
Many students say they like the
danger and risks involved -starting
with their plots to steal food trays
from residence hall cafeterias.
WORKERS IN THE Mary
Markley cafeteria said they have not
noticed a large decrease in trays yet,
but they expect more to disappear
when more snow falls.
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"It isn't as much of a problem
now as in the old days when weused
to have aluminum trays. Those can
really give you a good ride," said
Dave Folk, associate director of
But for the serious trayerhthe
plastic trays suffice and getting them
out of the cafeteria only adds to the
Lisa Fish, a first year LSA stu-
dent, said lunchtime is the best time
for getting trays. "There aren't many
people, so it's easy to just walk over
grab a tray off the dessert table -
it's near the door - and book. Then
'NO SLEDDING" signs
posted at the entrances on Geddes and
Washington Heights and Public
Safety officers who patrol the Arb
nightly fail to discourage students
from late night sledding.
Pifer said students in the Arb
aren't always spotted in the dark, and
when caught after 10 p.m., they face
no penalties, but are asked to leave.
Neisesian said he also likes the
danger involved. "It was a blast. We
wiped out big time and I took a
chunk out of the snow with my
head. It was fairly deadly, but fun."
s uspec ts
PHOENIX (AP) - As he faces
criminal charges and possible recall
or impeachment, Gov. Evan
Mecham says he has yet another
worry: Someone may be eaves-
dropping on him with laser beams.
The Republican governor told a
group of lawyers earlier this week he
suspects someone might be using
the sophisticated electronic devices
to spy on conversations at his Cap-
itol office and his home, two
attorneys said yesterday.
"That was just one of several
things that were talked about," at the
break fast table before Mecham spoke
Tuesday to the Phoenix For u n
Breakfast Club :attorney Sam Ciatu
Mcham had called a Phoenix
radio station's talk show Monday
and was explaining to the lawyerF
why he had been listening to the
.program, said attorney Ernest
Mecham told the lawyers h e
keeps the radio on all the time to
keep laser beams out, Calderon said.
Mecham is scheduled to be
arraigned today on six felony counts
of fraud, perjury and filing false
document in connection with his
failure to report a $350,000 cam-
paign loan. His brother and cam-
paign treasurer, Willard, is to be
arraigned on three similar counts.
Laser beams are used in oneform
of electronic surveillance, according
to experts in the field. These lasers
can "read" vibrations in window
glass caused by voices. Other noise
in a room, such as a radio, would
make it harder to interpret conver-
Ken Smith, Mecham's press
secretary, said there is continuing
concern that the governor's office is
the target of some sort of electronic
surveillance, but that no evidence
has been uncovered.
Lawmakers who read reports
about Mecham's statements reacted
either with disbelief or mirth.
Reagan lowers Contra request
WASHINGTON - President Reagan plans to ask next week for a
watered-down military aid package for Nicaragua's Contras, but
congressional Democrats said yesterday that even the scaled-back request,
will provoke a confrontation over U.S. Policy when it comes to a vote in
A senior administration official said yesterday that the aid request.
which Reagan will argue for in his State of the Union speech Monday
will be close to $50 million, with the bulk of that amount earmarked for
Nonetheless, any such amount would be far less than the $270 million
military aid package the administration had prepared last year, but
abandoned in the face of a five-nation Central American peace accord:
signed Aug. 7
Israel eases refugees' curfew
JERUSALEM - Israel eased curfews on some Gaza Strip refugee
camps so Palestinians could go to work yesterday, and assigned more
police to an Israeli highway where Arabs threw firebombs, missing a
A strike by merchants continued to paralyze Arab east Jerusalem.
A visiting Red Cross official said there appeared to be no critical food
shortages in refugee camps under curfew, which supported the Israeli
position. U.N. officials who administer the camps in the occupied:
territories challenged his statement.
Defense Ministe; Yitzhak Rabin's decision to have soldiers beat
protesters instead of firing on them brought this comment from the Stae
Department: "We are disturbed by the adoption of a policy by the
government of Israel that calls for beatings as a means to restore or
FAA expresses concern over
teaming beginning pilots
WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration called on
airlines yesterday to avoid teaming inexperienced pilots in the cockpit,
citing concern about the experience level of the pilots in the crash of a
Continental Airlines jet in November.
The agency also announced tighter restrictions on aircraft maintenance
and released year-end statistics showing a 26 percent increase in the
number of near-collision reports.
Reports of near-collisions involving at least one commercial aircraft
- jetliner or commuter - jumped 40 percent from a year earlier.
Michigan judge invalidates
surrogate baby agreement
Ithaca, Mich. - Surrogate agreements are not in society's best interest
and should not be enforced, a local judge said yesterday, canceling a
contract between a Michigan woman and the Arkansas man who fathered
"I think it goes without saying that surrogacy denigrates human
dignity," Gratiot County Circuit Judge Timothy Green said.
"Contracts of surrogacy are void as contrary to public policy and
therefore are not enforceable."
Laurie Yates of Ithaca had asked the judge to negate the contract and
award her permanent custody of her 4 1/2-month-old son and daughter.
The babies' father, Barry Huber of Jonesboro, Ark., also sued for custody.
The contract was arranged by Dearborn Attorney Noel Keane, who is
responsible for 199 surrogate births, including New Jersey's "Baby M."
Student loses points in class
for meeting Gorbachev
LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - A high school student whose grade was
lowered in history class for being absent while he met Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev said Wednesday he will appeal to Gov. George
Andy Leman, regional. president of the California Association of
Student Councils, said the school board refused in closed session Tuesday
night to overrule his teacher.
History teacher Rolf Moeller's policy is to lower a student's grade by
one point after five days of .unexcused absences. Leman spent 11 days in
Moscow and Wshington, meaning his "A" grade will fall to a "B".
Leman started final examinations Wednesday, but said he would use
his breaks to contact the governor as well as the American Civil Liberties
Union. He said Moeller is a good taecher, but the dispute is a matter of
principle -- that both student and teacher believe they are doing what is
right and fair. He said the grade is crucial for college entrance.
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