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Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 61 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, December 5, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

groups revive
Diag presence

A year-old shanty was repainted,
and a new board depicting the plight
of Palestinians in the occupied terri-
tories was constructed on the Diag
yesterday by members of the Pales-
tine Solidarity Committee and the
Arab Student League.
The work is somewhat in re-
sponse to a bus erected Nov. 14 by
Tagar, a pro-Israeli student group,
but is primarily a call for "peaceful
co-existence," and an international
peace conference, group members
A standing pro-Palestinian shanty
was repainted to list the names of
many of the 457 Palestinians killed
since violence began in the Israeli-
occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A symbolic painting showing the,
destruction caused by the Arab-Israeli
conflict, and the opportunity for
peace, is on the board.
But shanties, which have captured
students' attention on political is-
sues since 1986, are losing appeal
for many University students as they
gain a standard place in campus
politics. They have simply become a
part of the scenery, some students
"There are so many of them that
they are not really that effective.
When they first came up I noticed
them, but now I don't notice them,"
said LSA senior Diane Hamilton.
The original shanties, which de-
pict the living conditions of Blacks
in South Africa, went up two years
ago to protest University invest-
ments in U.S. firms that do business
in that country.
"So many of them have been
there for so long that they are kind
of like the buildings here," Hamilton
But for some students, including
members of the Palestine Solidarity
Committee, the Arab Student

League, and Tagar, shanties and
boards are still "an effective form of
According to the artists' interpre-
tation of the new board, the two
graves represent the death of a ten-
year-old boy innocently killed in the
uprising and the Palestinians who
have died throughout history. They
say the olive tree represents their de-
sire for peace in the Middle East.
The holy shrines of the Christians,
Moslems and Jews, which form the
backdrop, symbolize a desire for
peaceful coexistence between the
three religions.
But the real purpose of the board
and the repainted shanty is "to edu-
cate people about the facts," Kamal
"The bus (constructed by Tagar)
is misleading people," said alumnus
Husian Odeh, who helped to paint
the board.
Slogans on Tagar's wooden
school bus read, "Come To The
Peace Table and "Stop All Terror-
"But we (the Palestinians) are
coming are to the peace table,"
claimed Odeh, citing the recent ac-
ceptance of United Nations Resolu-
tion 242 by the Palestinian National
Congress, which implicitly recog-
nizes Israel.
"We don't support bombing such
a bus," he said. "We are against all
Tagar President Keith Hope said
these new constructions "definitely
misrepresent the situation."
"They make people believe that
every Palestinian must live in a
shanty. All (Palestinian) attempts to
come to the peace table have actually
been smoke screens,' he said.
Despite the disillusionment some
students express toward the Diag
See Shanty, Page 2

Michigan vs. South Dakota State.
Final score: 104-66. Easy.
Michigan vs. Grambling State.
Final score: 102-62. Easy.
But easy is a relative term.
The Wolverines' margins of
victory this past weekend imply
effortless domination. The scores
seem to prove that Division II South
Dakota and weak Southwest Athletic
Conference member Grambling State
can only be simple pickins for the
No. 2 team in the country. But the
men's basketball team maintained
that its games this past weekend were
challenging, worthwhile wins.
"Both teams were good competi-
tion," Michigan forward Loy Vaught
said. "Playing teams like these is
hard because people knock these.
lower-caliber teams. But we use them
to improve our game."
"No game is easy," guard Sean
Higgins said. "We always have to
work hard to win a basketball game.
You don't score a hundred points by
just walking on the court."
But usually teams don't score 100
points themselves and 40 more than
their opponents when the competi-
tion is tough.
Michigan played like a superior.
team the entire weekend. At the eid
of the first half of each game, the.
Wolverines led by 15 or more points
and then came out of the locker room
recharged to put the games away.
Surprisingly, South Dakota gave
the Wolverines more trouble than the
Division I Grambling Tigers.
"I didn't expect (South Dakota) to
be that good," Vaught said. "When I
think of Division II, I think of small
skinny guys. They had a lot of big
See Patsies, page 12

Michigan forward
his game-high 24

Loy Vaught overpowers two South Dakota State
points Saturday. Vaught helped Michigan post a

defenders to net two
104-66 victory.

ends in
(AP) - Hundreds of heavily armed
soldiers agreed to give up their guns
and surrender yesterday, ending a
four-day military revolt, the govern-
ment said. At least four people were
reported killed in the uprising.
The army said in a communique
that the 500 insurgents who had
been holed up at a military base just
outside the capital agreed to give up
their weapons and explosives.
But the government news agency
Telam reported that some rebels still
had refused to surrender at the base,
and that some rebels still laid siege
to another military installation at
Mercedes, 60 miles west of Buenos
At least three civilians and one
police officer were killed and 35
people wounded during a clash yes-

Government news reports
say that some rebels are
still refusing to surrender
and retain control of a
military base.
terday between hundreds of anti-rebel
cemonstrators and the. insurgents,
Radio Rivadavia reported yesterday.
President Raul Alfonsin - facing
the worst threat since his civilian
government replaced military rule in
1983 - denied that any deals were
made with the rebels.
The rebels had demanded an
overhaul in the military heirarchy, a
bigger military budget, and an end to
prosecutions for human rights
abuses committed during the 1976-
83 military dictatorships.
"This has been a really important
success," Alfonsin told reporters at
Government House. "There were no
concessions of any kind."
But a spokesperson for the op-
position Peronist Party requested a
detailed briefing by Defense Minister
Horacio Jaunarena about how the
settlement was achieved.

Gorbachev to meet
with Castro in Cuba

MOSCOW (AP) - When Presi-
dent Mikhail Gorbachev meets
Cuban-leader Fidel Castro later this
week, Soviet experts expect him to
try to persuade the veteran revolu-
tionary that it's past time for Castro
to draw in his horns.
"We are not going to worsen our
relations with Cuba," said a Soviet
expert on Latin America. "But Gor-
bachev is a very persuasive man, and
he will try to explain his intentions."
The trip to Cuba to mark the 30th
anniversary of the revolution that
brought Castro to power has been in
the planning stages at least since last-
But it assumed a flavor more
palatable to Washington two weeks
ago, when Gorbachev disclosed the
visit would be sandwiched between a
trip to New York to address the
United Nations and meet with Presi-
dent Reagan and President-elect
George Bush and a stop in Britain for
talks with Prime Minister Margaret
Thatcher and a meeting with Queen
Elizabeth II.
The Soviet expert, who agreed to
discuss Soviet-Cuban relations on
condition he not be identified, said
Castro's regime has become not only
a financial burden at a time when the
Kremlin is trying to divert resources
to its domestic needs but a foreign
policy liability as well.'
The source predicted Gorbachev
would use his trip to Havana to offer'
encouragement to the Contadora na-
tions trying to hammer out a re-
gional peace settlement in Central
America. And he is expected to seek
support from Castro, who has been
openly hostile to the Soviet leader's
efforts to encourage individual initia-

Nabil Kamal and Ibrahim Shummar of the Palestine
Solidarity Committee work on their addition to the Diag. The
board is in response to Tagar's bus, and also a call for peace.
Ford, Carter come
to campus summit

Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev is expected to
use his visit to Cuba to
encourage a regional
peace settlement in Cen-
tral America and to seek
Fidel Castro's support
for his 'new political
concentrate on improving the lot of
its own people, must disengage from
regional trouble spots around the
world and try to convince the West
that Moscow no longer poses a threat
to world security.
"The Cuban government does not
accept the shift in our policy," the*
analyst said. "They are displeased
with the wav we are trvino- tn rernn-

Former Presidents Gerald Ford
and Jimmy Carter will participate in
an international discussion about de-
mocracy this week at the Ford Li-
brary on North Campus.
Diplomats, legislators, and aca-
I demics from close to 50 nations will

archivist Richard Holzhausen.
Ford is a University alum and has
returned to his alma mater to host
events like this in the past. Two
years ago, the Ford Library was the
site for a taping of a PBS series on
the presidency and the constitution.
Today's session will start with a

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