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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 8, 1988
Forum stress
BY MICHELLE NELLETT sity students a place to ga
"Benign neglect" is how Michael discuss the Black commun
Dawson, a University professor of pact on the upcoming elec
African and Afro-American studies, Todd Shaw, a graduate stu
described the presidential candidates' the Black Student Union
commitment to the Black commu- advisor.
The forum focused on i
"It is clear neither candidate is the education of urban yi
concerned about inner-city problems panelists also stressed the
and the urban agenda," Dawson said effects of grass roots politi
yesterday in a forum entitled as an important way of g
"Empowering Black Youth to Black voice heard both lo
Learn." nationally.
About 30 people attended the "We can't depend on
Black Student Union's forum in wins tomorrow to help us,
Stockwell Hall's Blue Lounge to said. "We have to depen
observe national Black Solidarity Black community to advan
Day. regardless of whoever is pr
For the past two years, Black of November 9."
Solidarity Day has provided Univer- Panelist Pedra Chaffers

es Black education

ather and
pity's im-
tion, said
udent and
'S policy
outh. The
e positive
ical action
etting the
ocally and
" Dawson
nd on the
ce society
resident as
s, a senior

in art education and a student teacher
at Huron High School, said a unified
community is essential to ending
the problems. "There are always
barriers, and we have to overcome.
We have to look at what people have
done before."
Richard Coleman, a Save Our
Sons and Daughters member, said
community support and use of role
models would excite young Black
students about education. The group
is a state-wide support system cre-
ated to provide positive support for
Black youth.
"We as individuals need to take
time to help children feel good about
themselves," said Coleman. "(Right
now) they're getting their drive from

peer groups, and

that's very

Each panelist suggested ways to
interest Black children in learning.
"They need something to connect to
outside the classroom," Chaffers
said. She advocated programs both
inside and outside the school system,
including library clubs and textbooks
covering Black figures.
Dawson emphasized that the
community needs organization to
develop an independent, positive
base in the Black community which
would empower the youth to gain
self-esteem and interest in education.
"A tree without roots is sick and
endangered," Dawson said, quoting
Malcolm X.


SSC may collide with overruns

The cost for the world's largest
atom-smashing superconducting su-
percollider may be up to $2 billion
more than expected, according to a
recently released congressional budget
office report.
The SSC could cost up to $6.4
billion if the collider were to have
post overruns similar to other super-
colliders. Without extra costs, the
price of the collider could range from
$4.6 to $5.1 billion.
The report examines cost overruns


of four particle accelerators built in
the 1980s, and the Department of
Energy's proposed estimated costs.
Seven states are still vying for the
collider, and several of those have
approved public funding to help de-
fray construction costs.
The report of higher costs may
not hurt Michigan's chance at win-
ning the conductor, said Michigan's
SSC commission spokesperson Jack
Burdock. If Michigan wins the col-
lider, it will be located in Stock-

bridge, a city roughly halfway be-
tween Ann Arbor and Lansing. +
"It's impossible to predict what
will happen, but nobody wants to
pay more than they have to," Bur-
dock said.
The atom smasher will use about
10,000 superconducting magnets to
hold protons on a 53 mile long path
as they accelerate to nearly the speed
of light. The protons will collide at
intervals along the path and break
into smaller particles called quarks.

The Department of Energy, how-
ever, stands by its original $4.4 bil-
lion estimate. Additional projects
during the research and developmental
stage increased the cost, said Phil
Keef of the Congressional Press Of-
"A more valid comparison," Keef
said, could be made with the super-
collider at the Fermi lab in Chicago
- currently the largest supercollider
in the United States - which "came
in on time and on budget," he said.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Gun vote may impact U.S.
BALTIMORE - The future of gun control may hang in the balance
when Maryland voters decide today whether to keep that state's pioneering
new law effectively banning cheap handguns.
Both sides, in what has become one of the nation's most bitter and
costly ballot contests, predict the outcome could affect gun control legis-
lation pending in states across the country.
Pro-gun lobbyists have spent more than $4 million on Maryland's
ballot issue, making it the most expensive campaign of any kind in the
"Either way it goes, it's going to have some impacts in other states,
said Richard Gardiner, a counsel for the Washington-based National Rifle
Polls projected a close race in the referendum on whether to keep the
new gun control law or repeal it.
Afghans low on weapons
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Moslem guerrillas surrounding this
southern city say they are running low on weaponry while Moscow
supplies new warplanes and missiles to the Marxist government to repel
the guerrillas' advances.
One guerrila leader says some fighters have acquired satellite-guided
U.S. mortars but supplies are limited and some of the weapons were
destroyed by Soviet bombings.
Soviet-Afghan forces defending Kandahar, the country's second-largest
city 300 miles southwest of the capital Kabul, bombed the area in the
past week with newly introduced Soviet MiG-27 jets, the guerrillas said.
The Soviets said last week that they have sent advanced weapons to
their southern neighbor because of unrelenting pressure from the anti-
communist guerrillas known as the mujahedeen, or Islamic holy warriors.
Addicts get free needles
NEW YORK - New York city yesterday began a pilot program to
stem the spread of AIDS by providing drug addicts new hypodermic
needles in exchange for their used ones.
Although the program, aimed at reducing needle sharing among ad-
dicts, is intended to serve as many as 200 intravenous drug abusers, by
early afternoon no applicant had appeared at Health Department head-
quarters in lower Manhattan.
"Today, we're going to have only a handful," said the health commis-
sioner, Dr. Stephen Joseph. "We're going to build slowly up" over a
period of weeks or months, he predicted.
The program is open only to addicts over age 18 who have applied for
drug treatment and been denied immediate admission to the city's over-
crowded programs.
Rise in transfusion-linked
AIDS attributed to detection
DETROIT - Several years have passed since the screening of blood
donors began, but the number of people developing full cases of
transfusion-related AIDS is still growing since the virus in pre-detection
donations has had sufficient time to incubate.
In Michigan, five ofi 5 cases of AIDS linked to blood transfusions
have been reported within the past year alone, said Dr. William Hall,
chief of disease surveillance in the state Department of Public Health.
Those who received the AIDS virus through transfusions of
contaminated blood were infected before the spring of 1985 when a test to
screen donated blood was federally approved.
Hall said transfusion-related AIDS cases eventually will level off
because of blood screening and other factors.
Thieves reel in big one
ANCHORAGE - Police on the Kenai Peninsula are keeping an eye
peeled for the one that got away, and by allaccounts it's a real whopper.
The Alaska state troopers said a thief or thieves swiped a 14-foot-long
king salmon made of plastic foam and fiberglass.
The fish had been installed in front of Lynn and Kathey Kennedy's
southwest of Anchorage. Troopers said it was removed from its mounting
poles sometime Friday or Saturday.
The trout of trouts is valued at $2,300, troopers said.


Continued from Page 1
Radio Beijing report said total casual-
ties were 600, including both dead
and injured.
The State Seismology Bureau in
Beijing, which had reported 18 killed
and 54 injured, said it had no new
figures. Dispatches from the official
news agency Xinhua said at least 37
people were dead and more that 100
UM News in
The Daily

A Yunnan official reached by
telephone said the provincial govern-
ment had no idea how many people
were killed. Asked whether 600 was
plausible, he said: "It might be. It
might not be."
If the death toll of 600 is accurate,
this would be China's worst earth-
quake since the 1976 tremor that hit
the northeastern city of Tangshan.
Officials say 242,00 died, but
unofficial estimates put the toll as
high as 800,000.
That quake measured 7.8 to 8.2 on
the Richter scale, a gauge of the
energy released by an earthquake.
Each number on the scale indicates a
ten-fold increase in strength and a
temblor of 7 can cause heavy damage
in populated areas.

Continued from Page 1
Ransby said if the suspects were
singled out solely because of their
race, police are not necessarily any
closer to arresting the rapist.
"To alarm the community of one
type of person in no way brings (the
police) closer to the one person that
they're trying to catch," she said.
Julie Steiner, director of SAPAC,
said she did not condemn the use of
the composites in the Daily. But the

Daily article accompanying the
composites should have addressed the
myth of the Black male rapist, she
Caldwell said the public should
not view all Black men that fit the
description of 6-foot-2 and 160
pounds as rapists. But he said people
should call the city's emergency 911
number whenever they feel threat-
"I don't want (people) to be call-
ing me just because (a man) is Black
- that doesn't mean anything to
me," Caldwell said.
He added that the two composite
sketches are different from each other
because the victims weren't able to
recall precisely what their attacker
looked like. "The sketches were
made 18 days apart by two different
people - why should they look
He said even though the compos-
ites are different, they both are still
helpful in generating information
that might lead to an arrest.





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