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Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom
Vol. XCVIII, No. 92 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, February 11, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

Purse 11 's
Contra
vote irks
opponents
By ANDREW MILLS
The primaries are still six months
away, but candidates for the con-
gressional seat now held by U.S.
Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth) are
wasting no time in exchanging ver-
bal jabs. The latest controversy
comes over last week's House vote
to cut off aid to the Nicaraguan
Contras.
Pursell, one of 211 representa-
tives to vote in favor of the aid, is
now being criticized for his vote by
both of his Democratic rivals, Uni-
versity graduate student Dean Baker
and State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor).
"It is outrageous enough that
Pursell would vote to send 63 mil-
lion dollars that's desperately needed
up here to support terrorist thugs in
Central America, but that he would
make such decisions based on his
anger over a leaflet, or to preserve
his party position, is absolutely in-
tolerable," Baker said in a statement.
The leaflet Baker referred to is a
mock-up of an article about Pursell
in a ficatious newspaper, T h e
Washington Herald-Tribune, entitled
"Congressman linked to Drug-Tor-
ture Ring."
Pursell's press secretary, Gary
Cates, said the leaflet was only a
"very minimal, minimal factor"~ in
Pursell's decision.
Cates did acknowledge, however,
that Pursell's desire "to preserve his
See POLLACK, Page 5
Panama
,helped
U.S. train
Contras
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Panama's military leader, Gien.
Manuel Antonio Noriega, provided
military training for U.S.-backed
Nicaraguan rebels after he met twice
in 1985 with Lt. Col. Oliver North,
a former top Panamanian
intelligence official testified
yesterday.
North told Noriega in October
1985 that the Panamanian training
bases were needed because U.S. laws
at the time banned any direct U.S.
Shelp for the rebels fighting
Nicaragua's leftist government, Jose
I. Blandon said through an inter-
preter.
Blandon, who was fired last
month by Noriega as Panama's con-
sul general in New York, also told a
Senate Foreign Relations subcom-
mittee that Vice Pres. George Bush

used Noriega to send a warning to
Cuban leader Fidel Castro hours be-
fore the U.S. invasion of Grenada in
1983.
Bush, who was asked at the
White House if he ever called Nor-
iega, replied "Nunca. Never."
"Nunca" is the Spanish word for
never.

State to appeal
divestment case
High court may review ruling

By ANDREW MILLS
The state attorney general will appeal last
week's ruling - which found unconstitu-
tional a 1982 law requiring universities to di-
vest from companies doing business in South
Africa - to the state Supreme Court, an offi-
cial in the attorney general's office said
yesterday.
The state Court of Appeals, in a unani-
mous three-judge decision, ruled in favor of
the University and found the law unconstitu-
tional because it infringed upon the autonomy
granted to the state's colleges and universities.
The University initially filed suit against the
state in 1983.
Assistant Attorney General Paul Zimmer
said the decision to appeal has been made, but
since a brief needs to be written, the official
appeal will not be filed until later this month.
Attorney General Frank Kelley decided to ap-
peal Tuesday.
"We think that there are some further ar-
guments that can be made," Zimmer said,
though he refused to elaborate on what those
arguments might be.
The 1982 law was sponsored in part by
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor),who
appeared before the court of appeals to testify
in favor of the state. Both Bullard and Rep.

Virgil Smith Jr. (D-Detroit) filed amicus
briefs on behalf of the state. According to an
aide to Bullard, he will file another brief to the
supreme court and will probably argue again
before the court.
"We applaud the attorney general in his ac-
tion to appeal this (decision)," John Hansen,
an administrative assistant to Bullard, said.
Former University General Counsel
Roderick Daane is handling this case for the
University although he is now in private
practice. Daane was not surprised at the deci-
sion to appeal, but is confident of retaining
victory in the supreme court.
"I do think that the decision of the court of
appeals is well reasoned and that it won't be
overturned," he said.
Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey) also ex-
pected the appeal, but couldn't comment fur-
ther, not having seen the court of appeals'
opinion.
The state must now file a leave to appeal
with the supreme court. The court has two
options: it can deny the appeal, in which case
the appellate court ruling stands, or it can de-
cide to hear the case and make its own deci-
sion. The Attorney General has until Feb. 24
to file such a leave.

Dolly Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Thin ice
Pat Hudson, a Brighton resident, ice fishes on Whitmore Lake for Muskie and Pike yester-
day. Hudson says he fishes mostly, for sport.

Students vie for dorm adviser positions

By ELIZABETH STUPPLER
Not everyone wants to move out of the
dorm after their first and second years of col-
lege. In fact, many juniors and seniors not
only want to live, but also work in the
dormitories.
"Dorms are where the excitement is," Bruce
Young, a current resident adviser in Adams
House of West Quad, said. "Anytime day or
night there is someone around to talk to. I
also like the idea of making a difference."
Pam Friedl, currently applying for an RA
position, wants to develop a sense of
community and increase the level of respect

between residents. "People must have respect
for each other on a lower level first if we ever
want to increase respect to higher levels such
as sexism and racism." As an RA, she thinks
she could work towards this goal b y
encouraging hall unity.
, TjiHSI YSEAR, the University is faced
with the task of hiring resident hall staff for
the upcoming fall term. Over 350 people will
be vying for 100 resident advisor positions.
These employees will be the support system
for thousands of students as they are bom-
barded with a flood of new experiences and re-
sponsibilities.

John Heidke, associate director of housing,
Andrea Knapp, coordinator of staff selection,
and Marvin Parnes, assistant director for
training and programing, explained the detailed
process of the resident hall employee selec-
tion.
Anyone who want to be a RA has to go
through a two step selection process consist-
ing of two three-hour seminars that deal with
a variety of topics relevant to the RA posi-
tion. The first session consists of programing
situations the RA will be expected to organize
and run. The second workshop deals with is-
sues on community living and problem solv-

ing, Parnes said. During these classes the ap-
plicants are observed by current staff mem-
bers.
When they pass this original screening, the
applicants apply at the residence halls of their
choice. The interviewing process varies at
each different hall, but Parnes would not elab-
orate because the hiring process is currently
going on.
AT THE END of the process, the

housing
choices
candidate

staff tries to balance the candidate
of halls with the hall's choices of
es.
See HOPEFUL, Page 2

Health risks rank

low
By ALYSSA
University stu
ized as men and
- smoke less of
ten, and are less
seatbelts than an
In addition, they
and tend to be ur
ing to a study f
Department of Pc
The report, re
the 38th Annual
ence, tracked the
risk factors by ag
tion, and income
physical activit
obesity, and the
belts, and alcoho
The results r
health improvem
a decline in the p
ers and overweig
crease in the nt
users, alcohol at
cisers.
"People know
risks are, and h
behavior. They
ways," said Ra

among students
LUSTIGMAN director of the Michigan Department
idents - character- of Public Health.
women aged 18-24 "The leading killers today are not
ten, drink more of- infectious diseases but those brought
likely to use their about through varying behavior pat-
iy other age group. terns," she added. Weiner estimated
exercise frequently between 12,000 and 15,000 deaths
nderweight, accord- from diseases induced by "risk be-
rom the Michigan havior" were preventable.
ublic Health. About 65 percent of 18-24 year-
leased this week at olds surveyed said they had smoked
Director's Confer- fewer than 100 cigarettes in their
-se six basic health lifetime, compared to 32.8 percent of
ge, sex, race, educa- adults aged 45-54.
brackets. It studied But the category of 18-24 year-
y, hypertension, olds was least concerned with seat-
use of tobacco, seat belt use - 11.8 percent claimed
4. they never used them.
eflected an overall Males aged 18-24 ranked highest
ent in Michigan - among heavy drinkers (14 or more
percentage of smok- drinks per week) at 13.8 percent. But
ht adults, and an in- females aged 18-24 were the most
umber of seatbelt frequent abstainers, at 48 percent.

bstainers, and exer-
w what behavioral
ow to modify their
can change path-
j Wiener, acting

Females aged 18-24 were most
likely to be under weight - 29.7
percent were more than 10 percent
below their ideal weight for sex and
See DRINKING, Page 5
IN SID E..

'Officials defend 'U'

Doily Photo by KAREN HANDELMAN
Al Wheeler, former mayor of Ann Arbor, has played an active role in promoting racial equality in the city. A
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, he was the first full-time Black faculty member of the University.
First Black prof recalls fight

minority
By JIM PONIEWOZIK
with wire reports
The University of Wisconsin-
Madison's announcement Tuesday of
a multi-million dollar plan to com-
hat racism and increase minority en-

rograms
sin's program.
"We are not going to join in the
old game of measuring our progress
in terms of what other institutions
do or don't do," he said.
But Moody added that "compe-

Rep. Carl Pxsel'srcut vote in
favo of Conitra aid i inexcusable
and he should jsijfy hbisacion to
his constituency.OIN
WCBN launches 88.3 hours;of
special progrmngtday for its
kNinth Annual Fudraiw's Bash. *

for equality in Ann Arbor

By DAVID WEBSTER
In 1937, when Albert Wheeler
first came to Ann Arbor, there
were no signs reading 'White
Only' or 'Colored Only.' But the
attitudes that could promote the

sity, was not discouraged. In 1952
he was appointed assistant profes-
sor of microbiology, and became
the University's first full-time

gree from Iowa State University
in the mid '30s. Then Wheeler
came to Ann Arbor to attend the
University's School of Public
Health.
At that time Black students

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