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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 28, 1988 - Page?

'Toxic Stop Tour' brings
Proposal C to the Diag

BY KEVIN WOODSON
"Ooooh--are you toxic tonight, do
your lakes glow at night, are you
afraid of drinking dark lemonade?
Tell me dear, are you toxic tonight?"
No, it wasn't Elvis on the Diag
yesterday. And the songs his imper-
sonator sang were not his typical
love songs - they were about the
dangers of toxic waste.
But Corey Dolgon, a Rackham
graduate student, did most of the
singing, as part of the Public Inter-
est Research Group In Michigan's
statewide Toxic Stop Tour '88.
~0ewand
Continued from Page 5
said.

PIRGIM has been traveling to every
county in the state since Sept. 9 to
educate voters about ballot Proposal
C, which would help toxic waste
cleanup.
THE PERFORMANCE to a
crowd of about 30 on the steps of
the Graduate Library was their 79th
stop.
"I was a little leery about going,"
Dolgon said. "I had the feeling no-
body really cared, but we've had an
incredible response from neighbor-
hoods, local groups, and all over the
state."
According to PIRGIM, Michigan
has 1,778 toxic waste sights, mak-

Lewand said his relationship with
Gov. James Blanchard will help the
University's lobbying. He served as
Blanchard's legal counsel and cam-
paign manager in the mid-1980s.
As a regent, he said, he would
push for better lobbyists. "We've
taken a bum rap, and we need the
best people up there (in Lansing),"
Lewand said. "We have this image of

a school that doesn't need money...
We need to set the record straight."
But Lewand's lack of University
experience does shine through in
several areas. For example, he was
not familiar with the controversial
student anti-harassment policy,
passed by the regents last April.
In general, he said, "I don't think
the code of conduct is the answer for
discrimination. If it gets into the area
of free speech, then I want to look at
that more carefully. I'm very con-
cerned about a code of conduct that
starts punishing people for espousing
things."

ing it the third worst state in the na-
tion.
Proposal C asks for approval of
an Environmental Bond of $660
million, of which $425-450 million
would be targeted for toxic waste
cleanup.
In addition to raising conscious-
ness on campus, the rally was
planned to collect signatures sup-
porting the proposal, hopefully
enough to win an endorsement from
prominent political figures like
presidential contenders Michael
Dukakis and George Bush.
ANDY BUCHSBAUM, pro-
gram director and lobbyist for PIR-
GIM, said the bonds would give the
Department of Natural Resources
more opportunity to police current
sights and clean-up sights. "A lot of
companies are afraid to oppose this,"
Buchsbaum said.
After the rally, Dolgon and LSA
senior Tim Hawkins of the Toxic
Stop Tour visited Gelman Sciences,
an Ann Arbor producer of microfil-
tration devices. Gelman used to use
dioxane in its production and is cur-
rently being sued for "ground water
contamination."
Bob Buker, vice president of cor-
porate communications for Gelman,
said, "Gelman supports the bond."
But, he said, "Our experience with
the DNR is that if they are left to
control this, it stands a chance of not
being handled properly."
PIRGIM members said Gelman is
the 11th worst waste sight in
Michigan, but Buker said the bond
would not affect them. "We're in
business to help people," Buker said.
"The intention here was not to pol-
lute."

JESSICA GREENE Dolly'
A surprise appearance by an Elvis impersonator accompanies LSA Senior Tim Hawkins and,'
Rackham graduate student Cory Dolgon as they sing to a crowd on the diag during their
Toxic Stop Tour '88.
Marijuana crops shrink

Taylor
Continued from Page 5
State Senate, he noted, his experience
as chair of a Michigan Reagan/Bush
campaign will help him as a regent.
If elected, he said he would also
work to alleviate the racial tension
on campus the last several years.
"It's unnecessary to debate whether
the University is racist or not," he
said. "But it's perceived as racist, and
that adversely affects ithe University
and the way it carries out its mis-
sion."
But Taylor had few specific ideas

on changing the situation. He would
not favor a quota system, he said,
because the University would be
"admitting people who are clearly not
qualified."
He said he supports University
President James Duderstadt's plans to
increase recruitment efforts. But, he
added, the University must put more
into its programs for minorities on
campus.
Taylor said he would favor the
code of non-academic conduct, as
long as students' rights for fair hear-
ings are protected. "The University
has to have that kind of control," he
said. "It would have to be fair and
hopefully done in a fashion that
would protect safety."

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -
Marijuana growers across the state
are harvesting a disappointing,
drought-damaged crop, but are reap-
ing higher profits because of the low
supply.
The drought has resulted in nearly
doubling the price of the illegal
weed, as well as making it more dif-

ficult for police to find large fields of
cultivated pot this fall, said State
Police Lt. Ken Duskey, chief of Op-
eration Help Eliminate Marijuana
Planting eradication program in
southwest Michigan.
As of Monday, police had seized
only 31,419 cannabis plants in
southwest Michigan; in 1987, al-

most 45,000 plants were confiscated,
according to Operation HEMP
records.
Informants told police that diffi-
cult growing conditions combine4
with stepped-up law enforcement
measures caused the price per pound
of home-grown marijuana to jump to
about $1,000 this fall, compared
with $600 last year.

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Baker
Continued from Page 5
speakers - such as Bush, former
Attorney General Ed Meese, and
former President Gerald Ford - are
"harassed" by protesters.
"Conservatives cannot come to

speak on this campus without
abusive harassment," he said.
Baker once suggested that the
University make protest guidelines
so both speakers and protesters can
be heard. That suggestion led to the
University's new protest policy,
which students have criticized as too
restrictive.

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Varner
Continued from Page 5
University, then received her Ph.D.
at the University of Michigan. When
LSA Dean Peter Steiner made con-
troversial comments that minorities
don't "flock" to Michigan as rapidly
as they do to Wayne State, Varner
took issue.

She and Regent James Waters (D-
Muskegon) were the only regents to
criticize Steiner's remarks, which
drew fire from hundreds of students
last January.
Varner has also spoken in favor
of the code of non-academic conduct.
"I think we have to have some-
thing," she said. "The University of
Michigan is probably the one insti-
tution in the country that doesn't
have some kind of rules."

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