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Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 95

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, February 16, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Doily

'U' unrest
A group of minority students oc-
cupied a university building last
Friday, and says it will remain there
until the university's administration
takes steps to combat racism o n
The sit-in is not taking place
here, but at the University of Mas-
If the news sounds familiar, some
college students and educators say
the explanation is not a coincidence,
but a rise in racism at American
"There has been over the past two
} years a substantial increase in racist
attacks" on college campuses, Regi-
nald Wilson of the Washington-
based American Council on Educa-
tion said in an interview yesterday.
The U-Mass sit-in began in re-
sponse to recent race-related incidents
on the campus, including an attack
on two male Black students by five
white students.
In a phone interview yesterday,
Robert Christian, a U-Mass graduate





Shave and a haircut
Bob Dascola cuts Lt. Col. Charles Narbaugh's hair yesterday at Dascola's Barber Shop at 615 E. Liberty.
Dascola said he used to cut former University President Harold Shapiro's hair.

By The Associated Press
Vice President George Bush fore-
cast a win, but Sen. Bob Dole
showed confidence yesterday as the
GOP presidential field sprinted for
the finish line in a tight New
Hampshire primary race. Also,
Democratic candidate Michael
Dukakis said his expected win in
tomorrow's primary might be
smaller than predicted.
Bush campaigned side by side
with former Sen. Barry Goldwater,
patron saint of conservatives, as he
threw all his campaign could muster
into a bid to arrest Dole's week-long
surge and regain his own political
In the meantime, GOP candidate
Jack Kemp called Bush a n
"embarrassment" to the Republican
party during a day that featured many
attacks by candidates on their com-
Bush's once formidable lead in na-
tional polls by suggesting that Bush
was more a bystander than a partici-
pant in the Reagan administration.
That tactic worked well for Dole
in Iowa last week and now Bush,
looking more like an underdog, has
adopted it in New Hampshire. Bush
is portraying Dole as a Senate leader
who has failed to produce the votes
to sustain Reagan vetoes or to get
Robert Bork a seat on the Supreme
The most outrageous example of
an attack that went beyond normal
bounds was material distributed by
supporters of former television
evangelist Pat Robertson that sug-
gested a member of Kemp's family
had an abortion.

Kemp aide Mary Brunette said the
allegation was "a lie. There's abso-
lutely no truth in it whatsoever."
DEMOCRAT Dukakis, gover-
nor in next-door Massachusetts, held
a commanding lead among the
Democrats with support of roughly
40 percent of the voters. Rep.
Richard Gephardt and .Sen. Paul
Simon, who finished a close one-
two in Iowa's caucuses last week,
are in a duel for second place. Jesse
Jackson, Bruce Babbit, Gary Hart,
and Sen. Albert Gore are far behind
in the polls.
Simon, who faces tough times if
he falters today, said he was sure he
would defeat Gephardt for second
place. Referring to Dukakis' com-
manding lead in the polls, he said, "I
think there is a possibility of a real
surprise coming tomorrow."
IN ADDITION, Robertson
said yesterday that he wouldn't "back
off" his assertion that there are So-
viet missiles in Cuba, drawing an
emphatic denial from the White
House and skepticism from a man
identified as his source. Campaign
rivals blasted the assertion as
"outrageous" and "rash."
Robertson told a GOP candidate's
forum -in Dover, N.H., that "the
least we can do in this is get those
nuclear weapons out of Cuba," a re-
iteration of statements he had made
Sunday during a debate.
Yesterday, White House spokes-
person Marlin Fitzwater said missile
sites established in Cuba in 1962
"were confirmed as: having been de-
stroyed in that year. We also are
confident that the missiles were re-
moved from Cuba at that time."

MSA removes 6 reps. for absences

Six representatives lost, their positions on the
Michigan Student Assembly last week after
chalking up too many absences, prompting
another representative to resign in protest during
the middle of the assembly's meeting last
Combined, six schools are now temporarily
not represented in the assembly. MSA President
Ken Weine said the vacancies will be filled
quickly by nominations. from the various
schools' governments.
The MSA constitution allows representatives
12 absences per year before they are booted off

the assembly. Members are counted absent if
they miss either of two roll calls at meetings, or
if they fail to work on committees.
But representatives said they had not been
updated on their absence records since the end of
last term, and many said they were unaware they
were close to the 12 absence limit for the year.
Weine said the absentee rule was "a healthy
thing for MSA. We get rid of people who can't
commit themselves. We are doing a service to
students by kicking them off."
He stressed the accomplishments of the
"committed" assembly members who have
lobbied in Lansing for rent control, worked for

the establishment of a sister school in El
Salvador, and put the PIRGIM funding question
on the MSA ballot.
However, the Rules and Elections Committee
- the committee responsible for attendance
records - proposed at last week's meeting that
MSA mark three absences off every member's
"I felt the Rules Committee had been slack in
keeping people up to date in absences, and that as
a courtesy we should (grant members the extra
absences)," Bruce Belcher, a member of the Rules
and Elections Committee, said.
See MSA, Page 2

Last all-male residerwe hall
plans to turn co-ed next fall

Next fall, Fletcher Hall, the
' University's only all-male residence
hall, will become co-ed.
The decision was made at a meet-
ing last January, when the Univer-
sity's Housing Planning Committee
voted unanimously to convert the
hall to co-ed housing.
"We will see how it works," said
Director of Housing Information
Leroy Williams. He said the decision
will be reviewed after a year.
Fletcher support the change.
"Anything to create a diverse
atmosphere is a better place to live,"
said Christopher Murray, an LSA
"It was a good idea," said George
Margelis, an engineering school ju-
nior. Margelis said he believes there
is "more of a sense of community"
in a co-ed residence hall.
Fletcher's Building Director
Brenda Herman said residence hall
staff conducted a door-to-door survey
just before winter break to discover
why people choose to live in
Fletcher Hall.
"We found that most residents
weren't interested in an all-male hall,

but in other features of Fletcher,
such as room type, location and
price," she said.
located on Sybil Street near the
Intramural Sports Building, is a less-
expensive alternative to traditional
dorm living, partly because Fletcher
residents do their cooking in a
basement kitchenette.
Herman said the additon of 28
females will "expand the students'
opportunities for social interaction."
She said the hall has proposed going
co-ed to the housing committee three.
or four times in the past three years.
In the committee's recommenda-
tion, members said Fletcher repre-
sents a good economic option that
should be open to women and that
the the addition of women would
raise the hall's morale, Williams
The recommendations were made
to Associate Director for Student
Relations Archie Andrews, who was
unavailable for comment
Phyllis Englebert said the arrival of
women to Fletcher will not require
any structural changes in the facility.
"As a co-ed residence hall,

Fletcher will offer a greater degree of
social interaction, interpersonal de-
velopment and community building
than is currently fostered in an all-
male environment," Englebert said.
While only half of Fletcher's 70
residents made Fletcher their first
choice when applying to the
University, many develop an affinity
for it.
DAVID GRAMS, president of
Fletcher's house council and an art
school senior, said the addition of
women probably won't change the
quiet atmosphere at Fletcher.
"It won't get rowdy. I think it
will be a nice experience where ev-
eryone will get to know each other,"
he said. Grams added that of the few
residents who were against the
change some "socially haven't dealt
with females."
For many years, women stu-
dents had to live in private residences
that were left over once all the males
were housed. The female residence
hall Martha Cook was constructed in
1915 to remedy this problem.
Fletcher Hall was established in
1922 by a non-profit alumni organi-
zation who felt males should have
on campus housing as well.


Potts beats Surovell
in Fifth Ward race

Heads up
First-year Nursing student Lisa Tuveson fires a heat-seeking, exploding snowball at first-year LSA student
Marsha Davison yesterday outside Mary Markley Residence Hall.
Groups expand on safe sex
idea during Condom Week

Ann Arbor voters selected Ethel
Potts over Edward Surovell to be the
Democratic candidate for the City
Council's Fifth Ward seat yesterday.
Potts defeated Surovell 778 to
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Her opponent agreed the election
did not hinge on any one overriding
"I think they (the results) reflect
identification and ties with individual
candidates more than anything else,"
Surovell said Srovell owns a local

Students at more than 300
universities across the country are
practicing safe sex this week, as
public health centers and Planned
Parenthood organizations give away
nanAn- to nn. . - nra nlin

race to see who can put a condom
quickly and correctly on a cu-
cumber," Hughes said.
. "We are trying to change the
public's image of condoms from an
embarrassing medical necessity to
.nmethinu integrater in normal life-"

Although the University is not
officially participating in this week,
students are still actively supporting
safer sex. Amy Schwartz, a
sophomore in the Art School, and
LSA sophomore Josh Charlson won
first nlace in the Carter-Wa11ae-

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