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Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 51 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, November 17, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

UM-D installs chancellor

DEARBORN - The University inaugurated
the first woman head of a Michigan public col-
lege here yesterday.
And to a 300 member audience at U-M Dear-
born's Fieldhouse, new Dearborn Chancellor
Blenda Wilson revealed her agenda - to make
the campus the "best in class."
Wilson, former director of Colorado's Com-
mission on Higher Education, outlined U-M
Dearborn's history in setting her goals for its fu-
"We need to invent new ways, and become
more successful in the established ways, of
accelerating the participation of minorities in our
institution," said Wilson, who took over as,
chancellor in July.
The University must "recognize that we are
either male or female, either majority or minority
and that what we perceive as reality is only the
narrow vision permitted by the limited lens of
our own skin, our own sex, our own age, and our
own culture," she said.
Wilson's speech and the accompanying cere-
monies drew statewide attention yesterday,

'We need to invent new ways of
accelerating the participation of
minorities in our institution.'
- U-M Dearborn Chancellor
Blenda Wilson
including a speech by Wayne County Executive
and former Gov. Edward McNamara and a taped
message from Gov. James Blanchard.
All the pomp - the visiting dignitaries in
academic robes, the colorful University flags, and
the speeches about pluralism on campus - was
there, as were the 20 or so members of Wilson's
Wilson is the third Dearborn chancellor, re-
placing William Jenkins, who retired early this
year. She and Flint chancellor Clinton Jones re-
port to University President James Duderstadt and
the University's Board of Regents.
The ceremonies were open to all students and
faculty, unlike Duderstadt's inauguration last
month, which was by invitation only. And un-
like Duderstadt's investiture last month, anti-ad-

ministration student protest was absent.
In fact, most attending students had positive
things to say about Wilson and yesterday's
"She has good potential to get the university
going," said Dearborn senior Jeannine Craig.
"She'll give more recognition to UM-D instead
of it being a branch."
Chris Roosen, vice president of business op-
erations of Dearborn's Student Government
Council, said Wilson has "brought a new attitude
since she's come - not only wanting to get
things done, but being able to get things done."
At the regents meeting two months ago, Wil-
son pleaded SGC's case for a student fee increase
to maintain funds for student programs. The re-
gents voted to cut the fee until next term.
The regents made their decision after Blanchard
pressured state colleges to keep student tuition
and fee increases below 10 percent.
In addition, the regents' request last month for
state funding subtracts $290,000 from U-M
Dearborn's budget, which was balanced when
Wilson became chancellor.
Now, one of Wilson's biggest challenges will
be to bring Dearborn back out of that hole.

Blenda Wilson and University Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline) sing
together at Wilson's inauguration as third chancellor of UM-Dearborn.

leads in
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -
Benazir Bhutto claimed victory yes-
terday afternoon (EST) after early re-
turns showed her populist party lead-
ing in Pakistan's first open elections
in more than a decade.
With 103 of the 205 districts
reporting, the Bhutto's Pakistan
People's Party had 52 seats in the
National Assembly compared with
21 for its main rival, the right-wing
Islamic Democratic Alliance. An-
other 30 seats in the assembly went
to independents and minor parties.
Bhutto, as leader of the victorious
party, would be the first woman to
lead Pakistan.
However, official election results
were reported from only 15 districts,
in which the Bhutto party won five
seats and the alliance won two.
Seven seats went to independents of
Pakistan's federally administered tri-
bal areas and the other went to a mi-
nor party.
Acting President Ghulam Ishaq
Khan will choose a member of the
assembly, presumably the leader of
the strongest party, to become prime
minister and form a government. But
he is under no deadline to do so and,
under the constitution, could wait
beyond the 30-day limit set for con-
vening the new assembly.
In the last open election of 1977,
Bhutto's father, Prime Minister Zul-
fikar Ali Bhutto, won by a landslide
and promoted a coup by General Zia.
Prime Minister Bhutto was convicted
of complicity in a murder conspiracy
and was hung in 1979.
About 48 million of Pakistan's
107 million people were eligible to
vote and unofficial estimates said
slightly more than half voted. Illit-
erate millions chose their candidates
by symbol - an arrow for the Bhutto
party, a bicycle for the Islamic Dem-
ocratic Alliance, and other symbols
such as a ladder, flower, or ink pot
for nearly 30 smaller parties.
Final results are not expected un-
til today.




Freak winds - blowing in excess
of 50 miles per hour - destroyed a
storefront awning and blew out store-
front and University building win-
dows near central campus yesterday.
morning, causing over $10,000 in,
Severe gusts tore the awning loose
in front of Patricia Miles, a women's
clothing store at 347 Maynard St., and
drove its steel frame through two of
the store's 8-foot-tall plate glass
windows at about 11:45 a.m.
"We saw the glass shaking about
fifteen minutes before the awning
came through the window," said store
manger Jane Buck. "We started mov-
ing the clothing to the back of the
store and then, smash!"
"It was like a tornado hit," said
store owner Patricia Miles. "We could
see it coming. Right before the
awning smashed through the. window,j
some of the ceiling tiles started to fall,
to the floor."
As firefighters cleared foot-long,
shards of glass from the window
frames and swept debris from the

sidewalk, store employees scrambled
to cover the clothes that remained in
the front of the store with plastic
Firefighters came to the rescue
with two huge canvas tarps, which
they spread over clothing racks, until
a glass repair company could arrive.
The support struts that tore loose
from the awning also smashed the
rear window of a car parked on
Maynard St., and windows in a
apartment above the store, said
Lieutenant Mike French of the Ann
Arbor Fire Department.
Patricia Miles estimated the
awning would cost about $6,000 and
the windows $1,000 each to replace.
High winds also tore the glass
front door off the Fleming Adminis-
tration Building at about 11:30 a.m.
"I turned around and the door was
gone and glass was flying down the
hall," said building receptionist
Colleen Conquergood. "Not 20 min-
utes before, I had called [Business
Operations Director] J.P. Weiden-
bach's office to say the wind was
blowing the door open."

A firefighter enters the Patricia Miles clothing store at the corner of Maynard and Liberty
Sts. through the store window. High winds yesterday tore the store's awning, and then a
support beam fell through the window.

Wildlife products cross border

From around the world, they're coming to
America. More traveled than the average
person - riding first class in an ear, on a back,
draped over a shoulder, or in a suitcase -
wildlife are crossing the borders, not by
migration, but as commodities.
But if the wildlife is an endangered or
threatened species, crossing borders is illegal.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service confiscated two cat skin coats and one
cat skin hat at the Detroit Metropolitan airport.
After discovering the items through the cus-
toms process, Jill Schweiger, the only wildlife
inspector for the Michigan-Ohio region and
one of 57 in the United States, took the coats
to the University's Natural Science Museum
for identification.

John Klausmeyer, Exhibit Museum
preparator, said tourists often go out of the
country and return with a product made from
an endangered or threatened species.
But the task of combatting those who ex-
ploit animals - either for their tusks, fur,
shells, hides, meat, or use as exotic pets or
plants - is sometimes a futile one. The per-
petrators of drug and wildlife smuggling often
work together, said Klausmeyer. "It resembles
the drug problem."
"For every offender that is caught, count-
less others go free," he said.
"It's sad but true," said Schweiger. People
believe wildlife products are a good
investment because they are rare, she said. For
example, rhinoceros horns are worth more than
gold - they sell for about $1,000 an ounce

and can be made into jewelry.
Schweiger said many travelers are unaware
of the laws and regulations governing wildlife
and are "embarrassed" when their items are
Some of these regulations include the En-
dangered Species Act, which prohibits the im-
port and export of species listed as endangered
and most listed as threatened; the Lagey Act,
which prohibits wildlife trade in violation of
foreign law; the CITES Treaty, a comprehen-
sive wildlife treaty signed by close to 100
countries; and the Marine Mammal Protection
Act, which prohibits the import of marine
mammals and their parts and products.
Although illegal, once over the border, car-
riers of a Nile crocodile purse or a wild cat-
skin coat can not be prosecuted. Often people

s illegally
may want these rare items for social
distinction, said museum officials.
But to make the items, "endangered wild
animals had to be killed, bringing their species
one step closer to extinction," according to the
text of an exhibit on endangered wildlife cur-
rently on display at the museum.
The exhibit items include: a Nile crocodile
purse, Leopard teeth from a necklace, a Cobra
skin briefcase, a stuffed Hawksbill sea turtle, a
Python skin, and skin lotion made from sea
turtle oil.
The United States is the largest consumer of
wildlife, followed by Japan and Western Eu-
rope, according to a brochure addressing the
problems of protecting endangered wildlife.
The brochure is an effort initiated by officials
to promote wildlife protection.

Smokers urged

to stop for a day

Today all over the country, smo-
kers are hiding packs of cigarettes,
chewing gum, or biting their nails
- anything to quit smoking for the
12th annual "Smoke Out," sponsored
by the American Cancer Society.
"People quit for the day - that's
often the biggest obstacle. They say,
'If I can quit for one day, maybe an-

Sponsors of Smoke Out


say quitting can save lives

for smokers addicted to the stimulant
More than 85 percent of cigarette
smokers want to quit smoking, but
cannot because they are hooked on

10 pounds or after midterms," she
said, "but I never seem to do it."
In a Health Services study last
year, 9 percent of first-year students
reported that they were smokers. Of
the national population, 26 percent
are smokers, Herzog said.
The recent fitness craze in the
United States has drastically decreased
the ranks of smokers and also created

trickle in
Although all returns from the
Michigan Student Assembly's fall
election will not be available until

University Health Services pro-
vides information and support groups
to help people quit smoking, but
there will be no specific events on
campus today.

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