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Nit-itya adm
Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIIl, No. 85

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, February 2, 1988

Copyright 198'8; The Michigan Daily

Meese: does
not recall
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Edwin
Meese said yesterday that he did not recall reading the
portion of a memo on a $1 billion Iraqi pipeline pro-
ject that referred to a payoff plan involving the Israeli
Labor Party of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
The memo to Meese from his longtime friend, at-
torney E. Robert Wallach, is the focus of a criminal
investigation of Meese's activities by independent
counsel James McKay that began nearly nine months
After receiving Wallach's memo in 1985, Meese
took no action in regard to the potential illegal activity
mentioned in the document, sources familiar with
McKay's investigation have said.
Meese said that since Friday, when the memo's ex-
istence was first disclosed in the Los Angeles Times,
"there has been a cascade of misinformation, false
headlines, half truths, innuendo, and misunderstanding
of the law."
Meese responded with a five-page statement which
he read to reporters. He refused to answer any questions
and walked out of the room as a reporter asked him
whether he would remain as attorney general.
see MEESE, page 2



infer ior'

Bus stop
LSA senior Sheryl Jones waits for the commuter bus in front of the Union last night,
preferring the bus to a walk in the icy rain.

Campus security and University
employees reported finding fliers
reading "niggers get off campus,"
posted in University buildings, dor-
mitories, and on kiosks yesterday
, The fliers were distributed by a
group which called themselves
"Students for White Supremacy."
The text of the fliers termed
Blacks genetically inferior to whites
and said, "Darkies don't belong in
classrooms, they belong hanging
from trees."
THEY also referred directly to
LSA Dean Peter Steiner's September
comments that the University should
not become "another kind of institu-
tion where minorities would natu-
rally flock in much greater num-
The fliers contained a photograph
of LSA Dean Peter Steiner with a
halo drawn over his head and a cap-
tion reading "Dean Steiner was
Steiner came under fire last
month from student and faculty
groups who said that his remarks
implied he believed increased minor-
ity enrollment would lower the
quality of the University. Steiner has
said his remarks supported affirma-
tive action and were taken out of
STEINER said yesterday that he
had not seen the fliers and had no
comment on them.
Vice President of the Black Law
Students' Alliance (BLSA) Barron

Wallace said he believes the fliers
were intended to "test the waters" to
see if the public would approve of
the opinions stated in the flier.
"If the University and community
do not come out strongly against
(the fliers).., it will send a message
that they are tacitly approved of,"
said Wallace.
Interim University President
Robben Fleming and Vice President
for Student Affairs James Duderstadt
released statements yesterday deplor-
ing the fliers and asking students to
report information about the incident
to the University.
"I have no way of knowing
whether this particular' flier was
conceived as a sick joke or reflects
the thinking of a morally corrupt
mind," said Fleming in the state-
"fIN either event, the thinking
reflected in 'the flier and the act of
distributing the flier are utterly
inconsistent with the values and
aspirations of the University."
Wallace urged the University to
set up a special investigation into
the extent of the white supremacist
movement at the University.
"Fleming can now make good on
his racial harassment clause," said
Wallace, referring to Fleming's pro-
posal to punish racist acts commit-
ted by members of the University
Fleming said he agreed to conduct
an investigation into the incident
during a meeting with University
Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
See SECURITY, Page 2

Char ges against

Prof. dropped

University Prof. Thomas
Rosenboom was dismissed from
charges of sexually assaulting a
University student by the
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Defense attorney Leslie Seeligson
introduced a motion to the court to
drop charges on the grounds of
insufficient evidence to prove his
client's guilt and the sexual intent of
the assault. When Prosecuting
Attorney Kirk Tabbey rejected the

motion, Judge Ross Campbell ruled
to dismiss the case without a jury
"Based on his evaluation of all
the evidence he had heard to that
point, the judge concluded that no
rational person could prove beyond a
reasonable doubt that any sexual
contact had occurred," Seeligson
Rosenboom pleaded not-guilty
when the student charged him with
fourth degree criminal sexual conduct
- any type of non-solicited
touching or feeling that does not

result in injury. Rosenboom in turn
filed a counter suit for defamation of
character against the student and
University sexual assault counselor,
Kata Issari.
Director of the University's
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center Julie Steiner had
no comment about the case or the
defamation suit.
"It's tragic that she was even
encouraged to bring it to court. I'm
sure its been painful for her. I know
it was painful for Thomas,"
Seeligson added.

Tabbey, Rosenboom, and the
plaintiff could not be reached for
The plaintiff testified for two
hours before the judge dismissed the
"That a judge should take it into
his own hands to second guess a
survivor's experience of sexual
assualt and self defense is ridiculous
and unjust," said Cathy Cohen, a
member of People Organized to
Wipe Out Rape.
See JUDGE, Page 2

Many students fail to take

Computers have become a fact of life
at the University.
All around us- in libraries,
classrooms, and even our dorms-
computers are swiftly entering our lives.
Currently, there are about 360 University
classes that are using computing facilities
for instructive purposes, including classes
in the philosophy and English
Despite 'an increase in computing
stations and number of classes using
computers, a surprising number . of

students are unaware of the vast electronic
world that resides within our University.
WHILE a fee included in students'
tuition helps pay for their use of
computing centers across campus, there is
a perk that only a small percentage o f
students take advantage of - a -Michigan
Terminal System (MTS) account.'
The computing fee 'ranges from $108
to $164, depending on level and school.
Engineering and out-of-state students
paying the highest rates.
But many students are unaware that
their tuition pays for their use of

University computin
sophomore Sendhil S
was never informed
(computing resources)
MTS is the nam
network at the Univ
make use of the pr
printing, and commu
this extremely fast and
students must sign up
Each student at
entitled to a student re
allows them to tap it
for their classwork,

ig resources. L S A entertainment.
ubramanian said, "I MTS enables
we were paying for electronic mail, c
from our tuition." computations, a
e of the mainframe conferences which
versity. In order to the hill area dormst
ogramming, laser Despite all of
nication abilities of *done with this sysi
[powerful computer, unknown to many s
for an account. Of the approxim
the University is at the Universi
quest account which undergraduate, 1971
nto MTS and use it candidate students
information, and request accounts.

of MTS accounts
Of the approximately 16,500 students
students to send who have MTS accounts, 4,499 are LSA
onduct sophisticated students, 3,155 are engineering students,
nd participate in and 1,203 are from the School of Business
range from events in Administration.
to political issues. Assuming that the University has
the things that can be about 35,000 students, only 48 percent of
tem, MTS is virtually University students are taking advantage of
tudents on campus. the computing resources they paid for.
nately 35,000 students LSA senior John Neff, believes "MTS
'ty, only 15,222 accounts are a waste of time" and they
precandidate, and 1,218 "only benefit (Electrical Engineering and
have active student Computer Science) majors."
See COMPUTER, Page 3

Court sets trial date

Council considers

for CIA protester
By MELISSA RAMSDELL Marcuse could still be d
Graduate student Harold Marcuse, time before the trial if
accused of assaulting a police officer tion is discovered durin
and a University public safety offi- gation of the incident.
cial during a CIA demonstration last Through the Fr
November, will go on trial March Information Act, Rose h
24th. information from the
Defense Attorney Jonathan Rose about any contracts th
and Prosecuting Assistant City At- have had with the Un
torney Ronald Plunkett appeared be- Ann Arbor Police, or c
fore Judge Pieter Thomassen yester- rity regarding the han
day morning to set the date. - demonstration.
Since Marcuse stood mute at his M A R C U S E sa
Dec.10 arraignment, the court en- represent himself d
tered a plea of not-guilty on his be- month's trial, but will
half. final decision until clos
MARCUSE said today he felt date.
confident the jury would find him City attorney Bruc
innocent. "I think we're going to still reviewing the incid
ensnare them in their own lies." whether or not to pres
Plunkett told the judge yesterday charge against Assistan
he had agreed to the defense's request Public Safety Robert P
for information - testimonies con- kicked Marcuse in the
tained in police reports, documents, the protest. Patrick tes
and photographs- from t h e police report his actions
prosecution. defense.

ropped at any
new informa-
g the investi-
'eedom o f
has requested
city attorney
he city may
iversity, the
ampus secu-
dling of the
id he may
during next
not make a
er to the trial
e Laidlaw is
ent to decide
ss a criminal
t Director of
Patrick, who
groin during
stified in the
were in self-

Last night the Ann Arbor City
Council considered a resolution de-
signed to make the Ann Arbor Po-
lice Department more accountable to
the public.
The resolution is intended to help
the council gain a better understand-
ing of the city's crime problem by
providing monthly reports of crime
in Ann Arbor.
The resolution was submitted by
all seven Democratic councilmem-
bers. It also requires police officers
to present business cards when deal-
ing with the public in relation to a
crime, and wear larger identification
At press time, the council had not
voted on the resolution.
DeVarti (D-Fourth Ward) said one
incident that inspired the resolution
occurred during last summer's Art
Fair, when police officers were
accused of beating people with

e reports
names," said Hirshorn. The police
department had no objections to the
proposed ID badges, but wanted the
business cards to be discretionary,
said Hirshorn.
Councilmember Jerry Schleicher
(R-Fourth Ward) indicated he would
support the resolution, but said the
amount of information required in
the proposed monthly report should
be decreased.
See CITY, Page 3


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