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InWeekend Magazine:

*Research at the 'U': Essential or overemphasized
*Interview: Classical pianist Andre Watts

Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 123

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, April 1, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

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vere later presented to Vice President for
ministration Building demanding that the
on tax law
"So don't pay it because nothing is going to
happen to you," Demedrihidis told the crowd.
However, students will not be allowed to en-
roll in fall classes if they do not pay their bills.
After the rally, the demonstrators marched to
the Fleming Building. While the crowd waited
outside, Demedrihidis and research assistant
Roger DeRoo took two large boxes containing
over 1000 bills to the Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs James Duderstadt's office.
A secretary initially said that Duderstadt would
not be able to meet with them, but when the
students entered the building demanding to see
him, he agreed to talk with them in the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents' meeting room. There,
See GEO, Page 2

Senate OKs
$48 million

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Senate gave lopsided approval,
yesterday to a $48 million
humanitarian aid bill that would
break a one-month drought in the
flow of U.S. supplies to Nicaragua's
Contra rebels and send medical care
to war-injured children.
Approval on an 87-7 vote sent the
measure to President Reagan, who
has promised to sign it into law so
that rebel fighters can be sustained in
the field as they wait for agreement
with the leftist Sandinista govern-
ment on a long-term cease fire and a
reconciliation between the two war-
ring sides.
White House spokesperson Mar-
lin Fitzwater said Reagan, who
leaves Washington today for a 10-day
vacation, wanted to sign the bill be-
fore he leaves. "I would think he
would sign it almost immediately
after receiving it," Fitzwater said.
Congress had twice earlier this
year rejected aid proposals for the
rebels, and their last U.S. support
had expired on Feb. 29.
The easy passage of the bill in the
Senate, and a day earlier in the
House, was made possible by a
March 23 accord on a 60-day truce
between the Contras and the Man-
agua regime reached after talks in

eliad
Sapoa, Nicaragua.
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
noted that the aid bill fell short of the
desires of Contra supporters, who
would have preferred to send weapons
to the rebels, and also bothered rebel
opponents who oppose sending any
aid.
"This package strikes a balance,
and is for the- sole purpose of sup-
porting that agreement in Sapoa,"
Dodd said during a harmonious floor
debate on the measure. "If not for
that agreement, we wouldn't be doing
this today."
A Contra proponent, Sen. David
Boren (D-Okla.) said the action
would "send a strong signal that the
Contras are not being abandoned, ...
If the Sandinistas knew they could
simply wait out the Contras, they
would have no incentive to continue
to negotiate."
But Boren also said the failure of
Congress to agree on military sup-
port for the rebels would prove to be
"one of the gravest mistakes in
American foreign policy ever made."
He predicted the leftist Managua
government will never live up to
promises it has made to restore
democratic freedoms, and said lack of
military pressure from the rebels al-
ready is encouraging the leftist
insurgency in El Salvador.

, collects tuition bills from GEO members, which w
ndreds of graduate students entered the Fleming Ad
n of new taxes on tuition waivers.
inds action
But graduate students expressed anger that the
University hadn't found a way to exempt them
from the costs when the bill was passed in De-
cember. "Why were we billed in the first place?
Why wasn't some other action taken?"GEO
president Don Demedrihidis said at the rally. "I
urge you to keep the pressure up. Don't let the
University get away with what they're doing
now."
He told the crowd that one of the GEO's de-
mands had been met by administrators Wednesday
night, when they decided not to place credit holds
on students who do not pay their bills. Before the
concession, the students would not have been al-
lowed to register or enroll in spring and summer
classes.

La lOC
Wear blue
jeans for
f gay rights
By JIM PONIEWOZIK
Students are being asked to make
a unique fashion statement today, as
the Lesbian and Gay Rights
Organizing Committee (LaGROC)
observes its second annual "Blue
Jeans Day."
The group is asking students in
favor of gay rights to show their
} support by wearing denim today.
Students opposed to gay rights
should "demonstrate your homopho-
bia by doing everything you can to
avoid denim," Residential College
sophomore and LaGROC member
Jim LaForest said yesterday.
LaForest said students not wish-
ing to make any sort of statement
See LaGROC, Page 2

Housing divides 5th
JI Ward candidates

PIRGIM to decide .
fate at 'U' next week
By RYAN TUTAK
Board members of the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan
will decide early next week whether to close down PIRGIM's campus
office. The group's future fell into peril last week when students nar-
rowly voted to discontinue automatic funding of the environmental
lobbyist group.
In the past, students automatically contributed 75 cents to the group
through their seven dollar Michigan Student Assembly fee, unless they
asked for a refund. Some students, however, objected to the system be-
cause they said it was too burdensome for those who didn't want to
contribute.
MSA officials said they would like to maintain the $7 fee next
school year and use the money that would have gone "to PIRGIM for
other projects. But that will be decided in May, when MSA leaders meet
with the University's Board of Regents to set next school year's
assembly budget.
New MSA Vice President Susan Overdorf, an LSA junior, said
MSA would like to reallocate 35 cents of the PIRGIM funds to support
the Michigan Collegiate Coalition, a Lansing-based group that lobbies
for student .interests before the state legislature. Students voted in
another MSA ballot question - 1,916 to 1,528.- to support MCC.
The remainder of the PIRGIM funds may be used to increase the as-
sembly's allocations to Student Legal Services and the Ann Arbor Ten-
ants Union. But Overdorf said, "SLS and the tenants union will have to
show that they need the money."
See PIRGIM, Page 3

By PETER MOONEY
The city's 5th Ward, which con-
tains a mixture of students living
around West Quad and longtime
residents in some of Ann Arbor's
oldest homes, will choose between
candidates who differ on housing is-
sues in Monday's city council elec-
tion.
Democrat Ethel Potts and
Republican Thomas Richardson,
who have differed on a proposed low-
income housing facility on Liberty
Street, as well as on the rent control
issue, are vying for the seat being

vacated by retiring Democratic
councilmember Doris Preston. Lib-
ertarian Peter Budnick rounds out the
City
ELECTION
candidates.
Potts brings a long history of
community involvement into the
See Housing, Page 2

Potts
... cites community involvement

I -

To 1wrs to light up
By LAWRENCE ROSENBERG
If you catch a whiff of some sweet, too-pungent-to-be-cigarette
smoke while you're sitting in your Mason hall classroom today, don't
be surprised.
Begun on a rainy, sleety April Fool's day 17 years ago, the Hash
Bash will continue its infamous Ann Arbor tradition at high noon on
the Diag.
The 1972 festival coincided with the first day of Michigan's mari-
juana law, which lowered the penalty for possession to a misdemeanor
- resulting in a five dollar fine.
In keeping with the bash's origin, High Times magazine, which
advocates dropping the fine, will hold its annual pro-legalization of
marijuana rally in conjunction with the toke fest.
"We are trying to get the drug laws reasonable." said Steve Hagar.

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