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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 17, 1988- Page 3

MLB after
bomb scare
Late yesterday morning, the
midterm history Prof. Gerald Lin-
derman's was administering "disinte-
grated into 430 little pieces" after the
Ann Arbor Police Department re-
ceived a bomb threat at the MLB.
The 10:30 a.m. threat was made
by a male caller who told officers,
"I'm tired of all the racism that's go-
ing on, there's a bomb in the Modern
Languages Building and I will make
a statement at noon," Lt. Gary
Kistka said.
Six or seven Ann Arbor police
officers and University public safety
officials found nothing in a search of
bathrooms and other public areas in
the MLB for suspicious looking
packages, said Bob Pifer, assistant
director of public safety.
"I don't recall there ever being a
bomb in the past 15 years, and we've
receive hundreds of threats every
year," said Kistka.
He said the police department al-
ways recommends evacuating any
building when a bomb threat is re-
ceived. But the University Depart-
ment of Public Safety decided not to
authorize the buildings' evacuation
and left the decision of whether or
not to hold class to each of the indi-
Vidual course departments, Pifer said.
Pifer speculated that if the caller's
cause was legitimate, the b omb
threat itself was probably the "noon
statement" which the caller said he
would make.
Professor Linderman's history
class was evacuated at 11:30 a.m.
when teaching assistants informed
the more than 400 students - who
were in the middle of his midterm -
about the bomb threat and subsequent
History 161 students Colleen
Tighe and Carrie Detavernier, both
LSA juniors, said they were disap-
pointed because they had prepared for
this midterm.
Detavernier added, "I was jammin
} too."
But one student was heard saying,
"Thank god for terrorists, I wasn't
ready for my midterm."
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U-Mass protesters meet
with chancellor at sit-in

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - More
than 500 white University of
Massachusetts students rallied yester-
day in support of minorities
occupying a building to protest racial
harassment, while the chancellor
opened talks aimed at ending the five-
day protest.
"Hey Joe, racism has got to go,"
students chanted as Chancellor Jo-
seph Duffey made his way to the
New Africa House, which has been
occupied since Friday morning by an
estimated 200 students and several
faculty members.
A student spokesperson said the
negotiations would be conducted by a
nine-member committee and wit-
nessed by all the protesters, who
include Blacks, Hispanics and As-
STUDENTS AND faculty also
read letters of support, including a
message sent yesterday by Democra-
tic presidential candidate Jesse Jack-
son. Some supporters had traveled
from Albany and Philadelphia, and
local businesses and residents had
sent protesters blankets, pillows and
"I came to see if they needed any.
help," said Michelle Norman, a sen-
ior from Pleasanton, Calif., who
added that she was missing two
classes to attend the vigil. "I think
it's a good cause," she said
Jackson, a Democratic presidential

contender who was in nearby New
Hampshire for yesterday's primary
balloting, called the protesters a t
9:15 a.m. to lend his support.
"The students occupying the New
Africa House have taken a principled
position on legitimate concerns. The
quality of leadership in the state and
country can be determined by how it

The six original demands included
a written policy against discrimina-
tion by the university, prosecution of
five white students accused of
attacking two Black men and a white
woman on Feb. 7, and thle
suspension of campus police officers
who allegedly formed a line-up of
Black men when women complain6d
of harassment.
Sara Lennox, a German professor,
said 50 faculty members have signed
a statement deploring the recent
incidents and urging the administra-
tion to resolve the dispute.


'A clim



of hostility,

nd racial intol- "A CLIMATE of hostility,
must not be danger and racial intolerance must pot
o continue.' be allowed to continue," said the
statement, signed by members of an
-Sara Lennox, ad hoc committee to promote racial
U-Mass prof. tolerance. The group was formed iii
response to a fight between Black ano1
white students following theWorld
Series in 1986.

Daily Photo by JESSICA GREENE,

The gift of life
Barbara May, LSA senior, takes time away from her books to donate
blood at the Red Cross blood drive in the Michigan League.
' researchers study
truck related deaths

handles such crises as this one,"
Jackson said in a statement read by a
would meet with Chancellor Joseph
Duffey at 1 p.m. to negotiate on a
revised set of demands, which a
spokes-person of the group declined
to detail. They vowed to remain
until Duffey agrees to their

The university rescheduled classe$
that usually meet in New Afric#
House to other buildings.
"We see this as a short-term
temporary thing. We don't want to
escalate tensions," spokesperson
James Langley said.
Between 50 and 200 students
remained in-the building through the
long holiday weekend, according tc
Roscoe Robinson, 24, of Boston, a
spokesperson for the protesters.

Activist criticizes 1960Os

The University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
yesterday announced the creation of a
new research program to study truck
travel and accidents on a national
The center will fill a void in large-
truck research created by a cut in
federal funding during the last eight
years, said Director Kenneth
Campbell, an associate research
scientist, mechanical engineering
lecturer, and teacher in the department
of statistics.
Due to the tight federal budget,
UMTRI is now the only group in the
nation with a steady program which
focuses on large-truck related
statistical research.
UMTRI receives funding from
private and public contracts, but will
not receive money from t h e
University for this type of research.
The new Center for National
Truck Statistics will focus on
providing an accurate national picture
of the problems related to fatal large

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

truck accidents, Campbell said.
"Our job will be to give the
people who are working on solving
the problems objective guidance," he
Campbell said many people
assume the accident rate must be
greatest on interstate highways
because they think truck travel is
heaviest there. But statistics show
that only 20 percent of fatal accidents
occur on interstates. The accident rate
for rural, non-interstate roads is
double that of interstate highways.
Fifty percent of all large truck
accidents occur on non-interstate
The new Center will have some
involvement with University faculty
and graduate students in statistics
because the research will provide real
problems for graduate students to
work with, which is part of necessary
field experience. The new Center will
also provide some part-time hourly
jobs for undergraduates interested in
conducting telephone and mail based
survey research.
LSA junior Roderick MacNeal
found a flier calling on white stu-
dents to unite and condemning the
integration of Blacks into society
under the windshield of a car parked
near South Quad yesterday afternoon.
The flier is the third anti-Black
flier discovered on campus since the
beginning of winter term.
Officials with campus security and
the Ann Arbor police department said
yesterday they had received no reports
of other fliers being found and no re-
ports have been filed on the incident.
By Jim Poniewozik
The Department of Public Safety
received two complaints last night of
an assault on a University student
and a larceny from a car at Couzens
Hall, public safety officer Sgt. Gary
Hill said.
At press time, security officers
were'still trying to determine whether
or not the incidents were related.
Security officers were interviewing at
least four persons believed involved
in the incident, Hill said.
Hill said the suspects do not
appear to be University students,
staff and faculty.
By Elissa Sard
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Kwame Ture, formerly known as
Stokely Carmichael, the radical Black
leader of the 1960's, urged students
of the 1980's to "rectify the errors"
of the student movements of the '60s
and smash the American capitalist
"The students of the 1960's didn't
properly question the values of
society," said Ture, the former Prime
Minister of the Black Panthers and
organizer for the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee, two of the
more militant civil rights
organizations of the '60s.
Speaking before about 100 people
at Rackham Amphitheatre last night,
Ture said the reformers of the 1960's
"were fighting against a corrupt
system, but only because they
wanted to be a part of it."
Calling on the students not to
"reform" the system as the activists
of the 1960's aimed to, Ture said,
"students have a responsibility to
spark the revolution to bring down
the evil system."
Ture, who popularized the slogan
"Black Power," said the students of
the 1960's failed to achieve what the
slogan embodies. "Black people have
no political power today."
While Africans "have more elected
positions than any other ethnic group
in this country," they have less
political power than any other ethnic
group, he said.

reformers, capitalism

Daily Photo by JESSICA GREEN;
Former Black Panther Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichel) speaks last
night at the Rackham Amphitheatre on the role of the student in the '80s. ,

Prof. Peter Railton - "Human
Nature and Social Change", 7:30
p.m., Michigan Union Wolverine
Room, Sponsored by the Michigan
Alliance for Disarmament.
Prof. W. Wefelmeyer- Dept.
of Mathematical Sciences at Johns
Hopkins, "Efficient Estimation of
Integrated Density Functions",
4:00 p.m. in 451 Mason Hall. .
Geoffrey Wolf- author, will
read from his work, 4:00 p.m.,
Rackham West Conference Room.
Sponsored by the Visiting Writers
Stephen Dunn- Author will
read from his work, 8:00 p.m.,
Rackham East Conference Room.
Sponsored by Visiting Writers Se-
Prof. Milan H aune r- "The
Meaning of Czech History", 4:00
p.m., East Lecture Room, Rack-
TARDAA, British Science
Fiction Fan Club- 8:00 p.m.,
Rm. 296 Dennison Bldg.
LSAyStudent Government-
weekly meeting, 6:00 p.m., 3rd.
Floor Chambers, Michigan Union
Ann Arbor Coalitin Against
Rape- Take Back the Night
Planning Committee, 7:30 p.m.,
Community Action room, 2nd.
floor of fire station across from
City Hall
Asian Student C o a l i t i o n
(UMASC)- General meeting,

mence(a stringed instrument) and
the tambur (a drum). Free concert at
8:00 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium.
"Global Africa" a film- part
of "The Africans" film series,
sponsored by the International
Center and the Peace Corps as part
of the Black History Month cele-
bration. Discussion leaders Debbie
Robinson and Jennifer Sharpe.
Thermal Fluids Seminar-
"Eruption Mechanisms in Turbulent
Boundary Layers", 4:00 p.m. at
2305 G.G. Brown Lab
UAC/Starbound Talent Competition
Finals- 7:30 p.m. Mendelssohn
South African Political
Prisoner Bracelet Program-
Bracelet sale in the Fishbowl, 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sponsored by
International Possibilities Unlim-
"The Journey: from faith to
action in Brazil", film- Part
of. the Environment Film Series,
explores liberation theology, 12
noon. Rm. 1046, Dana Bldg.
"Contemporary Inuit Draw-
ings" art exhibition- Pre-
mier exhibition of the first com-
prehensive survey of Inuit
(Eskimo) drawings, February 16-
March 20, at the University Mu-
seum of Art
Computer Networking Tech-
nology- 1:00-3:00 p.m. at
4212 SEB, Registration required,
call 763-7630
University Lutheran Chapel
- Ash Wednesday Service with
Holy Communion, 7:30 p.m.,

The leaders of the movements in
the 1960s did not get power for the
people, Ture said, "they got political
jobs for themselves."
"The highest expression of Black
Power is Pan-Africanism," Ture said.
"Pan-Africanism," defined by Ture as

the liberation and unification qt
Africa under scientific socialism, isga
central tenet of the All Africa'n
People's Revolutionary Party, far
which Ture is a spokesperson.
"All we ask is that Africans in
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