By MICHAEL LUSTIG
The Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan - facing the
loss of MSA funding - got a boost
recently when forty-three University
professors endorsed the environmen-
tal group's funding system.
PIRGIM currently receives 75
cents from each University student
unless they request a refund. But
referenda questions in this week's as-
sembly elections ask whether the
system should be abolished.
PIRGIM Chair Judy Hyslop said
the endorsement was advertised in a
series of posters put up around cam-
pus before voting began yesterday.
Hyslop said that PIRGIM mem-
bers walked through University
buildings for two days, collecting the
signatures. "We just wanted to show
that a lot of people support PIR-
GIM," she said.
Several professors said they signed
the statement because they agree with
PIRGIM on environmental issues.
"I generally support environmen-
tal issues. I was only too happy to
support (PIRGIM)," said Hebrew
Prof. Edna Amir Coffin.
Classical Studies Prof. Anthony
Edwards echoed that sentiment, say-
ing, "(PIRGIM) has done an awful
lot of good in the state of Michi-
gan... I think it's a very good orga-
Hyslop said PIRGIM has worked
with the faculty in the past. T w o
years ago, the faculty's Senate Advi-
sory Committee on University Af-
fairs endorsed PIRGIM's petition:
drive to get the 75 cent refundable
fee, she said.
The group has been plagued by
opposition from some students who
say it should does not deal with stu-
dent issues, and therefore, should not
receive MSA funds. They also say
that it is too burdensome for stu-
dents, who do not want to contribute
to the group, to ask for a refund.
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 23, 1988- Pagel
MSA: fire police at
By RYAN TUTAK
The Michigan Student Assembly last night
condemned the Ann Arbor police and called for
the firing of two officers for committing
"brutality" at an anti-Nazi protest Saturday.
Earlier, the assembly had listened to two
University students, who were arrested for
participating in the protest. Both said they
were beaten by police.
The resolution, which passedl4-2 with
three abstentions, states that "MSA demands
the firing of Police Sgt. Melby and Police
Officer Forbes for their excessive use of force
and brutality in the arrests of two of the
ON SATURDAY, Ann Arbor police
arrested four of 200 protesters who shouted
and threw bricks, rocks, and rotten food at 38
fatigue-clad, shielded Nazis in front of the Ann
Arbor Federal Building.
Residential College graduate student Paul
Lefrak, one of the protesters, said he was
physically abused by the police. "They
repeatedly banged. my head into the
pavement," he told the assembly. "The police
went out of their way to protect the Nazis.
(The police) just wailed on people. I'd call it a
LSA sophomore Rashid Taher, another
protester who was arrested, said that he was
leaving the demonstration when the police
arrested him. "I wasn't resisting (arrest)," he
said. "But they resorted to brutal force. They
threw me down and shoved my face against a
ANN ARBOR Police Sergeant John
King, who arrested Taher, denied the charge. "I
did not slam his face against anything
whatsoever," he responded. "I personally did
not brutalize anyone and did not see anyone
MSA vice-president and LSA senior Wendy
Sharp, who introduced the resolution, stressed
that MSA should confine the resolution to the
activities of the police without criticizing the
"The issue is not whether the protesters
were throwing rocks," she said. "The issue is
the brutality of the Ann Arbor police." .
But engineering school representative Dan
Tobocman, a junior, who was at the protest,
disagreed. "The rock throwing was an integral
part," he said.
T O B O C M A N added that the police
needed to use force to control the protesters.
"It's difficult to be gentle with 200 people,"
he said. But he conceded that the police were
probably "too brutal."
Lefrak, released on bond from the Ann
Arbor police, said the rock throwing was
warranted. "The Nazi's mere presence is cause
for a riot," he said.
In other business, the assembly passed a
resolution condemning the Salvadoran armed
forces' invasion of the University of El
Salvador at San, the University of Michigan's
The resolution also states that the
assembly holds the El Salvadoran government
responsible for any destruction or loss of life
during the invasion.
Dolly Photo by ELLEN LEVY
LSA Senior Deborah Blatt, coordinator of the campus chapter of Amnesty International,
takes part in a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Graduate Library last night. About 15 to
20 people were protesting the execution last week of Willie Darden in Florida. Blatt
organized the vigil.
By The Associated Press
Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt
claimed yesterday that Democratic
presidential front-runner Michael
Dukakis had made a "battlefield con-
version" to his tough stance on fair
trade, and Jesse Jackson took time
out from campaigning to urge stu-
dents in Lansing to stay away from
Jackson and Gephardt both had a
full day oficampaigning scheduled
yesterday in Michigan, while Ten-
nessee Sen. Albert Gore was due to
make afternoon and evening visits to
northern Michigan and the Upper
Peninsula in preparation for Satur-
day's statewide caucuses.
Gephardt said Monday that
Dukakis, the Massachusetts gover-
nor, had given backhanded support to
his trade stand by supporting a trade
bill sponsored by Sen. Donald Riegle
(D-Mich.) Gephardt said Riegle's
bill was essentially his legislation.
Dukakis rejected the criticism as
inaccurate and said existing laws give
the president adequate authority to
demand fairness from America's trad-
Meanwhile, during his appearance
before some 1,500 students at Lans-
ing's Sexton High School, Jackson
described drugs as the nation's num-
ber one problem and urged the stu-
dents to have the self-discipline and
pride to reject drugs.
Jackson also took a swipe at
President Reagan's long-standing
opposition to the Nicaraguan Sandi-
nista government and support for the
Contra rebels. He also briefly urged
those old enough to vote to take part
in Saturday's Democratic presidential
caucuses, but emphasized that "you
can't help me become president if
you're not helping yourselves."
At Traverse- City High School,
about 650 students showed up to hear
Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore. Of the
students old enough to vote, many
remained undecided about their
choice, though they were impressed
with Gore's message. Terry Brouss,
17, said, "He sounds like he's got
some good ideas. I think he's what
this country needs."
'85 CLIQ AWARDS
Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Hale Auditorium, Business School
ISRAELI FOLK D A
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Thursday March 24
One hour of
by open dancing.
For beginning and
GO ON A SEARCH
Announcing the University Library's
Spring Seminars on Online Searching
M Racir RIC1C1Q
Diag dream coat Dolly Photo by ELLEN LEVY
LSAsophomore student Jamie Mistry, right, who portrays the title character in the UAC-MUSKET show,
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and the rest of the cast sing selections from the show on
the Diag yesterday. "Joseph" will run two shows Friday and Saturday nights with a matinee Sunday at the
A discussion of BIOSIS and the use of the UGLI, Room 120
BIOSIS Previews database. The course foc- Wed., April 20
uses on the coverage and content of the file, 9:00am - 4:00 pm
describes selection of data elements, covers
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included. There is no hands-on demonstration or practice with this course.
Call BIOSIS Education & Training Group 800-523-4806 to register.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Jesse Jackson - presidential
candidate, Crisler Arena, 8:30 p.m.
Vincent Chrypinski -
"Church, State, and Soceity in
Poland Today," Commons Room,
Lane Hall, noon.
Gerald Loeb - "Motor Control
Problems in the Walking Cat,"
1260 CCRB, 1 p.m.
Yannis Yatracos - "Estima-
Journalism - all-day con-
ference, begins at 10 a.m. at 1032
Dana Building, call 763-5327 for
T A R D A A - British Science
Fiction Fan Club, 296 Dennison, 8
God and Money - School of
Natural Resources environmental
advocacy program, 1046 Dana,
U.S. troops to
(AP) - U.S. troops sent here for
emergency training exercises will
stay on to complete the maneuvers, a
U.S. military spokesperson said yes-
terday, although Honduras says its
border crisis with Nicaragua is over.
"Right now the plans are to make
it a 10- to 14-day exercises. We have
not received any directive as to when
to begin redenloyment." said U.S.
An intensive 2-day seminar including a series UGLi, Room 120
of lectures and mini-workshops with hands-on Th.-Fr., April 21-22
practice. Provides instructions for searching 9:00am - 4:30 pm
the BIOSIS Previews database for clinical and
experimental medical topics. The course emphasizes diagonisis of dis-
ease, therapy, searching chemicals and organisms, and public health.
Call BIOSIS Education & Training Group 800-523-4806 to register.
Part of a national teleconference entitled Mod Lang, Rm,2011
TECHNO-COM, the topic of this seminar is Wed., April 27
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