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Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. 1C, No. 31 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, October 20, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily



Student tuition may increase an-
other 9 percent next year if the Uni-
versity's first budget request to the
state goes as planned.
Today, the University's Board of
Regents will unveil its initial request
for 1989-90 state funding - the first
step in a yearlong budget formulating
If the regents approve the pro-
posal during their monthly meeting
in Flint today, they will forward their
request to the State Legislature for
But the initial figures may not
look anything like the final Univer-
sity budget - usually completed in
"If it were an ideal world, this is
how it would be," said Vice Presi-
dent for Government Relations
Richard Kennedy. "It is not a perfect
This year the University is taking
a different strategy to increase its
state funding. In recent years, Uni-
versity officials lobbied state law-
makers for more funding than they
needed, anticipating that state politi-
cians - working under their own
budget crunch - would give them
less than their request. They would
then increase tuition to make up the
Instead of requesting a certain
amount of money to meet its own




to vote
on state
needs, this year the University will
ask for 2 percent more than the
state's own growth rate.
For example, if .the state's econ-
omy grows by 6 percent next year -
an optimistic estimate, according to
the executive report of the Univer-
sity's budget request - the Univer-
sity will ask for an 8 percent increase
in state funding.
Such a request would be more
plausible than the University's past
efforts, said State Sen. William
Sederburg (R-East Lansing), chair of
the Senate Appropriations Subcom-
mittee on Higher Education. "It may
be overly optimistic, but neverthe-
less, it's realistic," he said. "That's
one of the more realistic budget re-
quests made by the University in
some time."

granted that request, the University
would not have raised tuition at all.
Instead, the state gave the
University a 2.7 percent increase,
even lower than the University's ex-
pectations. To balance the budget,
the University raised the total tuition
pool by 12 percent
This year, out-of-state students
are paying 12 percent more than last
year. In-state students are paying 7.5
percent more, and all students have
paid an additional $30 in fees, or $60
per student.
Recently, students have suffered
from skyrocketing tuition - a 25
percent boost over the last three
years. "It's going to come out of stu-
dents' hides again," said LSA first-
year student Will Curl, a member of
the Michigan Student Assembly's
External Relations Committee.
Based on a 6 percent increase in
overall state revenue, a 9 percent tu-
ition increase would balance next
year's University's budget, accord-
ing to the proposal. But if the state
economy grows less than 6 percent,
tuition could go up higher.
According to the executive report,
the University will increase its
spending by $51 million. Of that, the
University needs $33 million to
maintain its current activities.
State appropriations and tuition
See Request, Page 3

Here, drink this KAREN HANDELMAN/Daily
LSA sophomore Angela Andresen, Alpha Phi sorority member, hands out free apple cider

as part of The Pan Hellenic Association's participation in

Alcohol Awareness Week.

I. i


Ann Arbor police said yesterday
there is "very little doubt" that a man
who sexually assaulted a woman at
gunpoint in her South Forest Street
apartment Tuesday also raped a
Vaughn Street woman about three
weeks ago.
Lt. Dale Heath said the descrip-
tions of the attackers in each case are
similar, both assaults occurred during
the day and both involved a gun. Sgt.
Thomas Caldwell said there "isn't

very much doubt that it is the same
Sgt. Jan Suomala said a woman
was in her room at the apartment
complex in the 700 block of S. For-
est at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday
when a man entered, pulled out a
handgun and sexually assaulted her.
The man fled the apartment after
the victim told him that her room-
mate was returning home, Suomala
See Rapes, Page 2

Last year,1
quested an 11
crease from the

the University re-
percent budget in-
state. If the state had

Bush talks defense "

Police delay
new gun policy

at UM.
DEARBORN - The last time
George Bush spoke at a Univer-
sity of Michigan campus, he was
nearly drowned out by protesters
here in Ann Arbor.
But yesterday Bush picked a
slightly different - and more re-
served - venue for a campaign
stop: the University of Michigan-
Dearborn Ice Arena.
And rather than celebrate the
anniversary of the Peace Corps -
as Bush did here in 1985 - the
vice president delivered a speech
on defense and foreign policy in
front of 3,500 UM-Dearborn stu-
dents, veterans, and Republican
party leaders.
Bush strayed from his usual
stump speech topics like the
Pledge of Allegiance and prison
"This is not an event for polit-
ical rhetoric," he said, outlining


what he thought the differences
were between him and
Democratic Presidential
Candidate Michael Dukakis on
Soviet relations.
"The liberal Massachusetts
governor seems to think that all
we need to do is offer Moscow
economic inducements and a less
aggressive, less threatening, So-
viet Union will be the result. He is
"Instead, our course must be
steady, consistent, and realistic...
Let me be clear: Peace through
strength works."
Bush then made a pitch for a
closer military alliance between
the U.S. and Western Europe,
challenging Dukakis: "Today, I
call upon my opponent to join me
in a bipartisan reaffirmation that
we are not going to reduce our
troops in Europe unilaterally!"
Although Bush's speech was
repeatedly interrupted by thou-
sands of protesters outside the

Michigan Union when he was in
Ann Arbor three years ago, the
Dearborn crowd seemed very re-
ceptive to his visit yesterday.
"The students here are thrilled,
surprised, and honored that he
would show up here," said Doug
Donakowski, a senior in UM-
Dearborn's Engineering school.
Even UM-Dearborn's College
Democrats were excited.
"It gives a good reputation to
our university," said Scott James,
a member of the College Dems.
Before the speech, a group of
25 Democrats rallied outside the
arena, chanting "Bush-Quayle-
Just Say No" and "Bush-Quayle-
Ayatollah." Inside, the group dis-
played their pro-Dukakis posters,
but remained silent.
The stop was Bush's second
visit to the Dearborn campus. He
appeared there in 1980 while run-
ning for the Republican presiden-
tial nomination.
Tom Scharfenberg, President

of the UM-Dearborn Student
Government, said Bush came to
the campus because of its
proximity to Detroit's Metro Air-
port and its generally conservative
University Regent Dean Baker
(R-Ann Arbor) said Bush opted
for Dearborn over Ann Arbor
because of his tight schedule.
Baker said that in 1985 Bush was
"treated rudely and poorly" when
he visited Ann Arbor.
"We'll bring him to Ann Arbor
when he's President," added
Baker, who. is running for re-
election to the Board of Regents.

The Ann Arbor police decided
yesterday to delay its proposal to al-
low police officers to carry 9mm
semi-automatic weapons.
The police administration made
the decision voluntarily, though the
department did feel some pressure
from the Ann Arbor city council,
said Ann Arbor police Lt. Gerald
Miller. "The city council decided to
make it an issue," he said.
Miller stressed that the weapons
mentioned under the policy are semi-
automatic handguns, not fully auto-
matic ones. Only one bullet at a time
will fire when an officer squeezes the
trigger, not a "spray of bullets," he
"The state police are going to is-
sue these weapons on the first of the
year," Miller said, adding, "we're not
out of line by asking to equip our of-
ficers with the same types of
weapons they meet on the street."
City council member Ann Marie
Coleman (D-First Ward) said she
was glad the policy was put on hold.
She said she wants to hear more
discussion on the semi-automatic
issue before forming an opinion.
"I think it's an item we need to be
very concerned with," she said.
Coleman added that she wanted to
know how the officers will be
trained, and why the council wasn't
consulted before police made the de-
cision in early October.

City council member Kathy Ed-
gren (D-Fifth Ward) felt today's
decision was appropriate because it
would give more time for public dis-
cussion and further analysis.
"I'd like to have more information
about why they feel they need (the
new guns)," she said. Edgren added
that the city could face lawsuits if
any officers used the semi-
automatics improperly, and that she
was concerned about the type of
weapons training the officers would
"We hope that our police would
be trained adequately to use the
guns," she said.
Republican city council member
Jerry Schleicher (First Ward) said he
was disappointed by yesterday's po-
lice decision.
Schleicher said the police depart-
ment is entrusted with protecting the
public, and that the semi-automatic
proposal is a "volunteer policy by the
"It's really not a council policy to
make a determination of what type of
equipment police should use," he
said, adding that the new weapons
will cost the city nothing because the
officers must buy their own semi-au-
Edgren said the council would
probably discuss the semi-automatic
policy at a meeting in early Novem-
ber before passing any resolutions
concerning the weapons.


New students
miss orientation

Participants at an informal minor-
ity student orientation program held
last night in the Michigan League
discussed current University issues
and ways for new students to get in-
volved in activities outside the class-
Although few undergraduates at-
tended the program, many graduate
students, faculty, staff, and alumni
showed up for the two-hour event.
A variety of topics focusing on
students' ability to succeed in the
University were discussed.
Low self-esteem is one of the pit-
falls students commonly face at the
University, participants said.

others are waiting for you to fail," he
Participants agreed that students
need a strong support system. To
See Miss, Page 2

Lawmakers assail
nuclear plant safety

Twelve lawmakers, worried that the
nation's nuclear deterrent may be
compromised by safety problems at
American weapons plants, asked
U.S. President Ronald Reagan yes-
terday to reassure Congress the

the Savannah River plant near Aik-
en, S.C., in August after the plant
operator, Du Pont Co., ignored an
unexplained power surge while re-
starting the reactor.
Recent congressional testimony

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