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Ninety- nine years of editoria/ freedom

Vol. IC, No. 4

Ann Arbor, Michigan- Tuesday, September 13, 1988

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fMany Jewish students having a
difficult time deciding whether to
attend the third day of classes or
Rosh Hashanah services yesterday
were unaware of a University policy
implemented last winter term to
make their decision easier.
In a memo to all department
deans, University President James
Duderstadt, then provost, asked that
all faculty "be as sensitive and ac-
commodating as possible" to all stu-
dents wishing to observe Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur - the
major religious holidays of the year
for Jewish students.
But a virtual ignorance of any
policy- coupled with the prospects
of getting dropped from crowded
classes and wait lists - compelled
many to attend classes.
"It's strange for me to be going to
Sclass during the holidays," said first
year LSA student Katie Sanders.
"Judaism is an important part of my
life, but I'm afraid to miss my
classes because of my heavy class
The new policy was distributed
only to new incoming students
through the Office of the Registrar
last August, said Assistant Vice
President of Academic Affairs
Robert Holmes.
"Unfortunately, this means that
some students probably didn't re-
ceive word," Holmes said.
The memo that was eventually
distributed to all faculty members
stated that wait lists and overrides
should not be acted on Monday or
Tuesday. to give all students an
"equal opportunity" if space became
It also indicated that it would not
be necessary for students to give
reasons for their absence on the
holidays and that the coincidence of
a major religious holiday with the
early part of the term creates special
See Class, Page 2
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -
Hurricane Gilbert slammed into
Kingston yesterday with torrential
rains and 115 mph winds, ripping the
roofs off buildings, pounding beach-
front resorts and spawning flash
floods and mudslides.
The brunt of the storm, which
lashed the Jamaican capital city of
750,000 people, knocked down

power lines, uprooted trees and flat-
tened fences. On the north coast, 20-
foot waves hit Ocho Rios, a popular
resort where tourists were evacuated
from hotels.
Most of Jamaica's 2.3 million
people stayed home and boarded up
their windows with only minor
injuries reported in Kingston.
Jamaica-bound flights were cancelled
at Miami International Airport.
"The eye of the storm moved
lengthwise down the island," said
Bob Sheets, National Hurricane
Center director. "The eye is on the
western tip of Jamaica and will be
moving toward the Cayman Islands."
Sheets said the Cayman Islands
has a dearth of sheltered areas.
"They're very flat, there's not a lot of

two, freed.

MSA president Mike Phillips speaks to about 50 people at a rally sponsored by the Campaign for a
Democratic Campus at the Diag last night.
About 0people protest
'U' olicies at Diag rally

Syrian troops yesterday rescued
an American engineer who was
abducted by gunners in Lebanon, and
took him to the U.S. embassy in
Damascus, a source close to the
Foreign Ministry reported.
In Beirut, Shiite Moslem
kidnappers freed West German hos-
tage Rudolf Cordes yesterday, after
declaring that they were ending his
20-month ordeal in response to
Syrian and Iranian intervention, an
official said.
Various sources identified the
American engineer, working in Saudi
Arabia, as Kenneth Paul Wells, Keith
Weiss and Paul. Wells. One source
said he went to Lebanon on Sunday
to marry a woman whose family
lives in Baalbek but was kidnapped
by unidentified gunners before he
reached his fiancee's home.
The U.S. Embassy in Damascus
refused comment.
But the Christian-run Voice of
Lebanon in Beirut gave a different
The radio said a man identified as
Keith Paul Weiss married Nadia
Sharafeddine in Baalbek and that
three gunners intercepted the
newlyweds a few hours after the
The Voice of Lebanon said the
bridegroom, "who excels in karate,"
overpowered the gunners, who are
armed with automatic rifles, dis-

armed them and took refuge at a
nearby Syrian army post, when he
was driven to Damascus.
The S harafeddines are a well-
known Shiite Moslem family in
Baalbek, a stronghold of the Iranian
backed Hezbollah, or Party of God,
an extremist Shiite group that is be-
lieved to be an umbrella for various
factions holding 18 foreign hostages
in Lebanon, nine of whom are
In Beirut, the An-Nahar newspa-
per published a statement signed by
the Holy Warriors for Freedom,
saying Cordes would be freed in 48
hours. The group, made up of Shiite
Moslem zealots loyal to Iran, had
claimed responsibility for Cordes'
The statement also said that Iran
and Syrian President Hafez Assad
had "guaranteed" that the problem
for Mohammed Ali and his brother,
Abbas, who are jailed in West Ger-
many on terrorist charges, will be
It added that the decision to re-
lease Cordes "does not in any way
mean the abandonment of Mujahed
(holy warrior) Mohammed Hamadi.
"He remains in our heart and
mind. but we will take legal and ju-
dicial ways to release him. If these
fail, then we shall be obliged to
again resort to violence," it con-

At 7 p.m. yesterday, it looked like the rain had can-
celled the first protest sponsored by the newly formed
Campaign for a Democratic Campus.
But 10 minutes later, the rain stopped, a rainbow
appeared, and about 50 people gathered on the Diag to
express discontent with three new University policies
they say repress student rights.
The University's Board of Regents voted in July to
accept former Interim President Robben Fleming's
proposal to deputize two public safety officers;
suspend the University Council, a nine-member
committee of students, faculty, and staff which creates

rules for student conduct; and ratify a new policy that
places limitations on student protest.
In a speech during last night's 20-minute rally,
Michigan Student Assembly President Michael Phillips
said the new protest policy was "vague and
ambiguous," and asked students to express their
"disagreement and disapproval about things" to the re-
gents before their meeting this week.
"All the administration does is try to cream over the
top of a lot of problems, such as racism and sexism,"
said Phillips, the only speaker at the demonstration.
"They're telling people, 'If you've got the power, and
See Rally, Page 2


haste to rid waste

List of closed
beaches grows

MEARS, Mich. (AP) - Author-
ities combed beaches across three
southwest Michigan counties yes-
terday as medical debris continued to
wash up on Lake Michigan's shore-
line, forcing the closing of several
public beaches.
Hypodermic syringes, vials with
traces of blood, pills, surgical gloves
and other used medical supplies be-
gan washing ashore in Oceana Coun-
ty on Friday and Saturday, prompting
the closing of the beaches at Charles
Mears State Park in Pent-water and
Silver Lake State Park in Mears.
The U.S. Coast Guard ordered
Grand Haven State Park in Ottawa
County, about 45 miles south of
Pentwater, closed about 8:30 a.m.
yesterday after three syringes and a,
surgical glove were found. The beach
was opened three hours later after
authorities searched the shoreline. ,
Meanwhile, Gov. James Blanchard
and Attorney General Frank Kelley
announced yesterday the formation ofj
an interagency strike force to invest-
igate the extent and causes of the il-
legal dumping. The strike force
includes representatives of the De-
partments of Public Health, the DNR
and state police.
Petty Officer Don Johnson of the
U.S. Coast Guard at Muskegon said
some medical debris had been sighted
in the Whitehall-Montague area of
Muskegon County. Officials at the
state Department of Natural Re-

defense director, said yesterday that
cleaning up the beaches has been a
slow process. The machine which the
county uses to remove debris from
the sand covers only about one-
eighth of a mile in an hour.
"Every time the waves go up, up
pops another needle," Merten said.
Between 100 and 150 syringes
were among the five barrels of medi-
cal waste that have been collected
along Oceana County's 23-mile
shoreline, said Oceana County Sher-
iff Fred Korb. A dump truck filled
with debris-laced sand also was being
held for examination by the state
Department of Public Health and the
state police crime lab.
Local authorities planned to meet
with state and federal officials from
the Environmental Protection Agen-
cy to develop a cleanup plan, Korb
said. The dumping was compared
with similar contamination of beach-
es along the East Coast this summer
and in Lake Erie near Cleveland last

Graduate student Corey Dolgan and LSA senior Tim Hawkins sing about Michigan - its golden plains,
its sparkling waters, and its toxic waste - to launch PIRGIM's vote drive.
Students sing to clean
upstate environment

Most musicians travel from club
to club when performing on tour.
But folksingers and environmen-
talists Corey Dolgon and Tim
Hawkins will travel to the worst
toxic waste sites in Michigan to help
educate voters about a $660 million
Pnvirnnmental Rond nnearine on

nated sites, said Andrew Buchs-
baum, program director for the Pub-
lic Interest Research Group in
Michigan. PIRGIM is leading the
eight-month campaign.
The remaining funds will be
spent on other projects such as
recreational parks and cleaning
Great TLakes.

that the environment should be top.
priority in the state," he said.
In past years, the Michigan legis-
lature has spent $12 million annually
on the environment, cleaning up less
than ten sites a year.
"It would have taken literally
thousands of years to clean up the
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