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Vigil held for Soviet refusniks
Compiled from Associated Press reports
By THERESA LAI
The Jews who are struggling to
leave the Soviet Union could not see
their candles or hear their prayers, but
the students who kept vigil all night
on the Diag made all passersby
immediately aware of the hardships
Jews endure behind the Iron Curtain.
The all-night candlelight vigil,
sponsored by the Student Struggle
for Soviet Jewry, was the second
annual event to honor the struggle
for emigration and "increase student
awareness in human rights," said
member Jerry Wish, an LSA senior.
Throughout the night, students
read the names of 11,000
"Refuseniks," Soviet Jews who have
been denied a visa to the leave the
Soviet Union. Phyllis Glink, co-
chair of the Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry, said 250,000 Soviet
Jews have applied to emigrate, and
she estimates that another one
million want to leave.
After each student read 50 names,
the group signed a letter to one of
101 state senators expressing concern
for Jews who are forced to stay in the
Soviet Union and asking for help
from the legislative branch.
"The vigil makes a difference in
that more people on campus are
aware and write letter and sign
petitions," Wish said.
Each year, the campus group
sponsors two Soviet Jewish families
and writes letters to congress in their
behalf. Two of the families
sponsored over the past two years
have been released, and their stories
were retold in billboards behind the
Jordan Glazian, an LSA
sophomore who stopped to watch the
vigil, said, "even if nobody hears the
names, it is still a great symbolic
But he said it was unfortunate that
more non-Jewish people were not at
NEW YORK (AP) - Larry Speakes' disclosure that
he concocted quotes for President Reagan while White
House spokesperson drew criticism from public rela-
tions executives yesterday, with most calling it decep-
tive and damaging.
However, none was willing to say Speakes should
quit his position as head of communications at the
Wall Street investment giant Merrill Lynch & Co. A
few said they expected the entire episode to fade quickly
from public interest.
Merrill Lynch spokesperson Fred Yager said the
company had no comment on the controversy
surrounding Speakes, who made the phony quote dis-
closures in a book about his White House tenure.
Speakes said Tuesday that he had told Reagan about
the quotes and the president never objected. But Reagan
said yesterday that he was not aware until recently that
Speakes had attributed statements to him that he didn't
"In the 34 years I've represented controversial and
prominent people, I've never taken it upon myself to
make up a quote," said Howard Rubinstein, who heads
a large public relations firm in New York.
Hijack negotiations hit snag
ALGIERS, Algeria - An Algerian official said yesterday that
Kuwait's "intransigence" had created a deadlock in negotiations with
Shiite Moslem hijackers for the release of 32 hostages on a Kuwaiti
Food and water were taken in the afternoon to the blue-and-white
Boeing 747, which the hijackers call the "plane of martyrdom." It baked
under the North African sun on an isolated patch of tarmac at Houari
A delegation from Kuwait arrived yesterday afternoon to help in efforts
to free the remaining hostages and the plane, which was hijacked April 5
on a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait with 112 people aboard.
It spent three days on the ground in Mashhad, Iran, flew to Cyprus on
Friday, and arrived here yesterday morning.
State may restore primary
LANSING - A bill to reinstate a presidential primary election in
Michigan in four years advanced in the Senate yesterday as lawmakers
rejected attempts to make it more "open" to independent voters.
The bill that moved into position for a final vote would schedule;a
presidential primary for the third Tuesday in March in 1992. But to vote,
people would have to declare a party of preference 30 days before the
The primary would replace party caucuses, which were used by
Republicans and Democrats this year to select delegates to their national
presidential nominating conventions.
"We need to open up the process so they (citizens) have a more direct
say in the nominating process," said Sen. Dick Posthumus (R-Alto), the
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Surrogate mother drops
custody suit for children
LANSING (AP) - The surrogate
mother of 7-month-old twins con-
ceived under contract has ended her
custody fight and agreed to relinquish
the children to their natural father,
attorneys said yesterday.
Laurie and Richard Yates of Ithaca
agreed late Tuesday to drop their
lawsuits and let Barry Huber of
Jonesboro, Ark., the twins' natural
father, have permanent custody, said
lawyer Kathleen Boyle, who repre-
sented Huber and his wife Glinda.
"The Hubers are very happy (and)
looking forward to getting their chil-
dren home," Boyle said.
"It was probably the ultimate act
of love on Laurie Yates' part," said
attorney Robert MacAloine, who ne-
gotiated the settlement for the Yates
"They realized that in their precar-
ious financial condition they could
never provide the kind of home for
the twins that the Hubers could," he
said. Both Yateses are unemployed.
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not kept pace," the report stated.
The report, compiled by the staff
of the Affirmative Action Office,
said "vigorous recruitment and
imaginative retention efforts" and
nationwide efforts to produce minor-
ity Ph.D.'s are needed to counter this
"(The statistics) are a challenge to
graduate schools," Nordby said. "We
really have to do something about
The gap in graduation rates be-
tween white students and Black and
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Hispanic students has shown little
sign of decreasing, the minority stu-
dent report shows. Although reten-
tion rates for these groups have in-
creased during the past decade, the
white retention rate has,. also in-
creased, the report states.
The four-year graduation rates for
Blacks and Hispanics who entered
the University from Fall 1979 to
Fall 1983 are 32 and 43.2 percent
respectively, compared to 56.7 per-
cent for whites in that time span.
The report also includes figures
released by the University last fall,
which show Asian Americans com-
prising the largest minority group
on campus for the first time ever, at
5.6 percent of the total student body.
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Mammel. "He's paid his dues to get
back on the air."
LSA sophomore Jeanne Gilliland,
a CBN Board member, said, "The
incident was offensive to many
people in our community. The effect
was inflammatory even though the
intent was not."
Board members Fred Remley and
Kevin Gilmartin, the two
representatives chosen by Johnson to
represent the Office of Student
Services, voted against the proposal.
Continued from Page 1
Fleming in January, will set up a
hearing panel of four students and a
faculty member to judge student
harassment complaints and apply
sanctions. Cases can be appealed to
another panel of one student and one
faculty member, chosen randomly
from a list of eligible students and
If a student is found guilty, the
panel could choose a sanction,
ranging from a formal reprimand to
suspension or expulsion, depending
on the charge.
Though Fleming, BALSA, and
most regents have hailed the policy
as the first step toward fighting
racism on campus, others - such as
Smith and MSA - have labelled it
a code of non-academic conduct,
which could control student speech
attempting to enter Israel
JERUSALEM - Troops killed three Arab guerrillas trying to enter
Israel from Lebanon yesterday, and 70-year-old Palestinian woman was
suffocated by tear gas soldiers tossed into her home, according to army
and other reports.
Two Palestinians were reported wounded by gunfire and 51 injured by
rubber bullets, tear gas, and beatings in a battle between Palestinians and
Isreali soldiers in the Gaza Strip.
At least 144 Palestinians have died in the rebellion that began Dec. 8
in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to U.N. figures.
Arabs attacked merchants who defied a Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion order to close their businesses, firebombing the shop of a Jerusalem
money changer and setting stalls ablaze in the Bethlehem produce market,
police and witnesses reported.
U.S. firms, Soviets join forces
MOSCOW - Seven major U.S. companies said yesterday they've
joined forces with the Soviets to produce everything from crackers to
computer disks in a consortium that will market capitalists products in a
In addition, U.S. industrialist Armand Hammer announced a joint
venture under which he will build two plastics factories in the Ukraine.
U.S. Commerce Secretary C. William Verity and a group of about 400
American business leaders are in Moscow this week for meetings with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and other officials about the possibility
of expanding trade between the superpowers.
Several agreements have been announced already, and the business
leaders say the climate for broader cooperation has warmed considerably in
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