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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVI1I, No. 117 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 24, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

Congressional
support for
collider wanes

By DAVID SCHWARTZ
with wire reports
The battle among states to win
the proposed $4.4 billion Supercon-
ducting Super Collider (SSC) may
end sooner than expected, if
Congress decides not to approve
funding for the project.
Rep. Don Ritter (R-Penn.) is
among opponents of the atom-
smasher, which would be the largest
such facility in the world. Ritter said
Monday that House support for the
SSC is diminishing rapidly.
In order to fund the super collider,
Ritter told the House Science,
Space, and Technology Committee,
other important projects would have
to be cut.
MICHIGAN IS one of seven
states still in contention for the
SSC, but the project is contingent
on federal funding. The number of
sites under consideration was reduced
from 25 to seven on Jan. 5.
Though President Reagan asked
for $363 million to fund the project
for fiscal year 1989, the House Bud-
get Committee only appropriated
$100 million for fiscal 1989, which
begins Oct. 1.
The $100 million appropriation
could continue developmental re-
search for the super collider, but
would not likely cover any of its ac-
tual construction costs.
DESPITE the l o w e r
appropriation, Department of Energy
spokesperson Jeff Sherwood said the
department is "optimistic" about
achieving funding. "We will
continue to work with Congress to
get full funding for the project," he
said.
Sherwood said the collider is of
national interest and should be sup-
ported by people from all over the
country.
Congressional leaders from six of
the seven states still in contention
for the project formed an ad hoc task
force last week, hoping to push
funding through Congress. The
Congress members are asking for at
least $100 million, not the $363
million requested by Reagan.
AMONG THE members of the
task force is Rep. Carl Pursell (R-
Plymouth), who said yesterday, "As
long as we've got good support from
the leadership, we're sure we can get
through the budget process."
Pursell's press secretary Gary
Cates said, "There's a lot of declin-
ing support (for the project). One of

the goals of the task force is to bol-
ster support for the project."
Cates said the amount of money
being requested by the task force is a
compromise. "They would like to
see more, but the reality of the
situation is that they're trying to get
what they can."
JOHN MOGK, secretary of
Michigan's SSC Commission, said,
"We don't expect Congress will
eliminate SSC funding altogether.
They're looking at how much more
than $100 million will be
approved."
Mogk, who is also president of
the Michigan Energy Resource Re-
search Association, said of the task
force, "I don't think that any Con-
gressman from Michigan is content
with $100 million, but I think they
are trying to back a proposal that the
majority of Congress would back."
The realization that funding may
not be approved for the super collider
came on the same day that Michi-
gan's Stockbridge site passed an im-
portant geological test. The latest
survey showed that the site has no
underground faults that would im-
pede construction.
"WE ARE NOW confident that
we have a no-fault site that is the
absolute best in the nation for the
SSC," John Hanieski, executive
director of the Michgan SSC
Commission, said.
The super collider will consist of
an underground, oval-shaped ring
with a 53-mile circumference. About
10,000 superconducting magnets
will propel protons at speeds close
to the speed of light and then smash
them into one another, causing the
particles to break into even smaller
parts, called quarks.
The collider is expected to enable
scientists to learn more about the
structure of the atom, and may lead
to an unlimited variety of new in-
ventions.
IN ADDITION, the SSC will
create at least 3,000 construction
jobs, as well as 2,500 permanent
positions, and is expected to be a
tremendous boost to the economy in
the state in which the collider is
located.
The Department of Energy plans
to select a "preferred site" for the
collider in November, and Energy
Secretary John Herrington will con-
firm the site selection in January,
1989.

Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
Democratic presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson addresses a crowd of about 6,000 at Crisler last night. Jackson stressed the need to fill a
presidential "leadership gap" throughout his 90-minute speech.
Js comestCrisler Arena

By ANNA BORGMAN
Rev. Jesse Jackson stormed
into Crisler Arena last night,
donned a University of Michigan
football jersey, and swept about
6,000 listeners onto their feet.
"I come to you live and in per-
son," said Jackson, who was in
Ann Arbor to whip up support for
Saturday's Democratic caucuses.
He approaches the Michigan
caucus a close second place in the
delegate count to Gov. Michael
Dukakis of Massachusetts.
His appearance marks the one-
year anniversary of his visit to
Hill Auditorium, during which he
attempted to ease racial tension at
the University.
JACKSON attacked last
week's presidential veto of a civil
rights bill and Vice-president
George Bush's endorsement of the
veto. "A chance to be a leader, but
destined to be a follower," Jackson
said of Bush.

Addresses a crowd of 6,000;
criticizes Reagan and Bush

He further criticized the Reagan
administration, saying "There is a
credibility crisis in the White
House. Clearly our challenge
tonight is to reach out for bold
leadership and a new direction... I
stand in that gap with Jackson
action."
The candidate also addressed the
"rainbow" audience about the drug
problem. "We need you sober and
sane and clear to move America
forward," he said, calling drugs the
largest threat to American national
security.
JACKSON addressed the
crowd for over an hour and a half.
"Jesse Jackson has n o
limitations in terms of what he
thinks he can do," said Myrna
Mesa, a second-year law student

who is a volunteer in the Jackson
campaign.
Jackson also talked about the
situations in South Africa,
Central America, and Israel,
saying "We must end the battle of
occupation and the pain of the
occupied."
Jackson accused the Reagan
administration of using the
deployment of troops in Honduras
to divert attention away from the
Iran-Contra indictments of four
Reagan administration officials
and to garner support from
Congress for renewed aid to the
contra rebels.
"OUR FUTURE is beyond
the war," he said. "Three million
Sandinistas are not threatening us,

and if they are, 15,000 contras
cannot save.us from them.
"(The Reagan administration)
uses a red flag to lead us around
blindly like bulls. We must stop;
we must think. We are intelligent
people."
Jackson also spoke of raising
the minimum wage, passing the
ERA, cleaning up the
environment, and investing in
education and health care. "Most
poor people are not on welfare -
they work every day, and they still
cannot afford to buy health
insurance... we are a better nation
than that," Jackson said.
And regarding foreign trade, he
said, "The Taiwanese are not
taking jobs from us. American
corporations are taking jobs to
them. Let's reinvest in America...
more market share and more
people working is a superior idea
to build one's economy."

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Peace
talks in
Nicaragua
continue
SAPOA, Nicaragua (AP) - Neg-
otiators for the Sandinista govern-
ment and Contras chipped away at
differences in a third day of peace
talks yesterday. State radio reported a
rebel truce violation, but the talks
were unaffected.
The two sides had agreed to a
battlefield truce during the talks,
which began Monday and were
scheduled to end yesterday. Sources
on both sides said the negotiations
might be extended.
Gen. Humberto Ortega, the leftist
government's defense minister and
delegation leader, said he offered a
"synthesis" yesterday of earlier pro-
posals from both sides.
He told reporters the plan could
make it "possible to be successful in
this historic encounter," but gave no
details. The meeting at Sapoa, a
town on the Costa Rican border, is
the first time the two sides meet on
Nicaraguan soil.
Bosco Matamoros, a Contra
spokesperson, told reporters there
was "intense dialoizue" yesterday. but

Reagan, Gorbachev
schedule summit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pres-
ident Reagan announced yesterday he
would go to Moscow from May 29
to June 2 for his fourth summit
meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev and his first visit to a
nation he once branded an "evil
empire."
The five-day visit will mark the
first trip to Moscow by an American
president since Richard Nixon's 1974
summer meeting with Leonid
Breshnev. Later in that same year, in
November, Gerald Ford met with
Breshnev in the Soviet port city of
Vladivostok.
The summit's intended centerpiece
was the signing of a treaty to scrap
30 percent to 50 percent of the

superpowers' long-range bombers,
missiles and submarines. However,
Reagan has already suggested an
agreement will not be ready, saying
time is too limited.
Secretary of State George Schultz
and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard
Shevardnadze reported yesterday night
that differences remained between the
two sides of the accord.
The two said in a joint statement
they would meet again in Moscow
on April 21-25 and also in May, but
did not indicate where that session
would be held.
"Both side have worked hard and
some progress has been realized in a

Reagan
... plans Moscow summit

See Summit, Page 2

RC anniversary to
host forum on AIDS

By VERONICA WOOLRIDGE
The AIDS crisis has taken
precedence in the world of medical
research, but the social implications
of the disease have received less
attention, said the organizers of this
weekend's Residential College AIDS
fr-n

begin the the forum today with a
keynote address entitled, "AIDS: A
Disease of Human Beings," followed
by a round-table discussion.
The forum is part of the Residen-
tal College's 20th Anniversary cele-
bration. "A lot has been done on the
.n :te. . -Can r.. e rn a n al11.

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