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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 22, 1988




at 140, riots persist

RANGOON, Burma (AP) -
Yesterday Gen. Saw Maung became
the fourth head of Burma's
government in two months. The
government said troops have killed
more than 140 civilians since the
hard-line officer ousted the civilian
president on Sunday.
Troops killed 67 people, wounded
34 and arrested 100 "in the course of
the government's law and order
restoration work" in Rangoon and
three other areas Tuesday and
yesterday, government spokesperson
Kyaw San told reporters.
He listed eight separate incidents
in Rangoon during a 20-hour period
beginning Tuesday morning in which
57 people died as troops broke up
mobs looting government ware-
houses and a biscuit factory.
Nine more poeple died when
security forces beat back attacks on a
local government office in Mudon
and a patrol in Mandalay, Kyaw San

A MOB in southern Mergui city
hurled a hand grenade at security
personnel on patrol, wounding 15.
before they retaliated and killed one
of the attackers, he added.
Kyaw San said he had no
knowledge of a rumored sweep by
authorities against student leaders
who spearheaded the pro-democracy
The latest tally brought the
official death toll since the coup to
144, but some Western diplomats in
Rangoon believe at least 400 people
have been killed in the Burmese
capital alone, many when troops
opened fire on largely unarmed
protesters Monday.
"At Rangoon General Hospital
there were 200 corpses on Monday
night, and that was only one
hospital," one diplomat said,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Maung was named prime minister by
the nine-member governing council,

which was appointed Tuesday and is
made up primarily of Saw Maung's
military cronies. He also holds the
defense and foreign affairs portfolios.
Pro-democracy demonstrators who
have filled Rangoon by the hundreds
of thousands in recent weeks stayed
off the streets Tuesday and yesterday,
residents reported. The demonstrators
are demanding democracy and a halt
to 26 years of authoritarian rule.
All major markets remained
closed although small food stores and
roadside shops were open.
TROOPS conducted house-to-
house searches in the heart of
Rangoon yesterday after a nighttime
attack against City Hall and the main
government administration, residents
and officials said. No casualties were
"There doesn't seem to be any end
to the cycle of violence that has been
going on since March," a Western
diplomatic source in Bangkok,
Thailand said.
A gray tarpaulin, valued at
$2,000, was stolen from a room in
Hill Auditorium earlier this month,
Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Jan Suomala
said yesterday. Suomala said the 20-
by 70-foot tarp was stolen between
September 7 and 18.
-Nathan Smith




Cutting down bush?
Pam Smith, a University horticultural assistant, trims a bush on Maynard Street yesterday.
Jewish students study
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When Scott Stern arrived at camp last summer, he
wasn't sure what to expect. But he said the four weeks
spent scrutinizing his cultural values and haggling over
controversial issues was the best thing he ever did in
his life.
Stern, a music school junior, and Jewish students
from all over the world, studied Jewish history, ethics,
and laws at Brandeis Camp Institute in California last
The program puts students in a living environment
where clear and independent thinking is the primary
goal, said Michael Brooks, the director of University
Hillel and a scholar-in-residence at the camp.
"The first thing they're told when they walk in the
door is that there is no such thing as a dumb question,"
said Roberta Lipshutz of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
Stern said the intense discussions of issues - rang-
ing from the current situation in Israel to abortion to
Jewish religious laws and traditions - stressed looking
at problems from different points of view and taught
him to respect other people's opinions while forming

his own.
"My mind has to be open," Stern said. "Once'it's
opened I have to listen before I react."
Stern said the students gained a better understanding
of why Jews perform certain rituals, rather than
accepting them just because they grew up with then.
For example, he said he learned the meaning and his-
tory behind Jewish prayers as opposed to just saying
the words.
In addition to seminars, students participated in
dance, drama, and art sessions directed by experts in
each field - many coming from Israel to participate in
the program.
Students are required to submit an application to
take part in the two four-week programs each summer.
While students from all types of Jewish backgrounds
are admitted, Lipshutz said, the students are selected
based upon an application essay and their particular
Brooks, who helped students understand Jewish
prayers, said the program was like teaching an intense



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