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Ninety- nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 77 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, January 18, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

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Players
plead no
contest
to assault
BY JOSHUA MITNICK
AND ANNA SENKEVITCH
Four University students were ar-
raigned in 15th district court yester-
day on charges of harassing two
women on campus earlier this
month.
The women filed the misde-
meanor harassment charge against
four men who they say chased them
in a truck from N. University St. to
Stop 'N' Go through- the Diag,
yelling sexually abusive threats as
the women walked home.
Jeffrey Urban, Todd Copeland,
Mark Sorenson and Bradley Turner,
all members of the varsity hockey
team, pleaded no contest to the
charge. A no contest plea is treated
the same as guilty, though the de-
fendant does not admit guilt.
Ann Arbor Police Det. Mark
Parin, who investigated the case,
said each student will likely be
placed on six-months probation,
during which time they would serve
50 hours of community service and
pay a $100 fine, and would not be
permitted to contact the victims. The
official sentencing will not be until
Feb. 3.
Parin said that through a deferred
sentencing program, if the students
have no further violations during the
next six months and fulfill their
probation requirements, the crime
will be erased from their records.
Senior Associate Athletic Direc-
tor Jack Weidenbach said the court
system, not the athletic department,
is responsible for determining the
players' culpability. He added that
the men should be viewed as stu-
dents, not necessarily athletes.
Weidenbach said Hockey Coach
Red Blnson will handle the situa-
he explained that "it's not serious
compared to robbing a bank. Where
the women are concerned, it's not
like they've been attacked, or an as-
See Court, Page 2

Report
accuses
Meese
Former Attorney
General's actions
found unethical

JESSICA GREENE/Daily

Hands on

LSA sophomore Heather Wolf and Vassar University student Zoey
TV monitor at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. A computer then
the screen.

Lyle watch themselves yesterday on a
generated a print-out of the image on

I

Hopwoods
BY LAURA COHN
"Love. If it's so tough, forget it."
World-renowned poet Derek Walcott
suggested this approach to love as he
prefaced the 1989 Hopwood Underclass-
men Awards Ceremony yesterday by read-
ing selections from his award-winning
poetry.
Twelve first- and second-year students
won Hopwood Awards, totalling $2925,
in essay, fiction, and poetry categories.
Three other awards were also presented
yesterday by the English Department: The
Academy of American Poets Prize, The
Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize, and The
Michael R. Gutterman Award in Poetry.
LSA sophomore Karen Weiss won an
award of $225 for two of her Hopwood-
winning poems, "She Knew the Room"

given to 1
and "Fake Rubies, But Golden Fridays."
"I was inspired by my creative writing
TA, Gay Rubin. I was so unsure that I had
a chance that I only told one person that I
entered the contest. I never even expected
to win," she said.
Avery Hopwood, a successful Broadway
playwright and member of the Univer-
For a complete listing of
Hopwood Award winners,
see Page 5.
sity's class of 1905, left a substantial part
of his estate to the University to be used
for the encouragement of student creative
writing. The first Hopwood Awards were
given in the spring of 1931 and a contest
for first-year students was inaugurated the
following year.

Sstudents
The English department also sponsors
the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellow-
ship, made possible by contributions of
Hopwood winners and other students of
Professor Cowden, who was the director of
the Hopwood Prize Program from 1935
until 1952.
Yesterday, five students were awarded
the fellowship, which is given on the ba-
sis of demonstrated writing talent and fi-

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department
concluded yesterday that former Attorney General Ed-
win Meese III violated federal ethics standards five
times in six years and that his relationship with
Robert Wallach "dictated government action" in major
cases.
Meese's assistance to scandal-plagued Wedtech
Corp. and his efforts on behalf of a proposed Mideast
oil pipeline involved "three federal actions," said the
report by the department's Office of Professional Re-
sponsibility. Wallach, who collected $1.3 million
from Wedtech from 1982 to 1986, is awaiting trial in
New York on racketeering and other charges. He is ac-
cused of peddling his Meese connection.
"As a direct result of the preferential, improper ef-
forts of Meese and his staff, the Army awarded a $32
million engine-building contract to Wedtech in 1982
while Meese was counselor to President Reagan," said
the ethics report on Meese.
Meese also violated ethics requirements, the report
said, by failing to report a stock sale on his 1985 fed-
eral tax return and by participating in a Justice De-
partment decision favoring the regional Bell telephone
companies in which he held 14,000 in stock at the
time.
If Meese were still attorney general, "We would
recommend that the president take disciplinary action,"
the report concluded. A department statement said no
further action against Meese is warranted because he is
no longer a government employee.
Independent counsel James McKay decided last
summer not to prosecute Meese, although McKay
concluded Meese had probably twice violated conflict-
of-interest laws in connection with his Bell holdings
and had violated tax laws in connection with failing to
report the stock sales.
McKay's report "far from vindicates Mr. Meese,"
said the new Justice Department report. "It details
conduct which should not be tolerated of any govern-
ment employee, especially not the attorney general of
the United States."
See Meese, Page 2

nancial need.
In 1967, the underclassmembers con-
test, open to both first-year students and
sophomores who qualify, was established.
Walcott is the recipient of numerous
awards, including the Rockefeller Scholar-
ship. Yesterday he spoke to about 200
people at Rackham Auditorium and read
selections from his most recent work, The
Arkansas Testament, published in 1987.

Violence continues
in Miami district

a*I

Arafat invitation
sparks debate

MIAMI (AP) - Angry crowds
burned a car and hurled rocks and
bottles at police yesterday as vio-
lence flared anew after a night of ri-
oting sparked by the fatal shooting
of an unarmed black motorcyclist by
a white police officer.
Schools were closed and police
cordoned off a 130-block area as city
leaders sought to restore calm in the
predominantly black Overtown
neighborhood.
But trouble erupted again when a
white man in a luxury car reportedly
fired into a crowd of blacks in the
area yesterday afternoon, wounding
one person before driving away.
"All I know is that one person
was hit in the side," police
spokesperson Angelo Bitsis said,
adding that the unidentified victim
was hospitalized in fair condition.
The car of Associated Press pho-
tographer Mark Pesetsky was burned
and he was roughed up by a mob
when he attempted to take pictures
of the crowd that had gathered near
the site of yesterday's shooting.
"I saw someone coming around a
building and throwing rocks, and I
said 'Let's go, get out of here,"' Pe-
setsky said.
Police fired tear gas at the crowd
and in turn were pelted by rocks and
bottles. They then sealed off a sev-
eral block area and shots could be
heard from within.

i ne r11.1annolunce.,u mat Lit Vwouiu

open an investigation into Monday
night's shooting to determine
whether there were civil rights
violations.
"I can't tell you how long it will
take, but it will be an extensive and
thorough investigation and it will be
done as promptly as possible," said
Miami bureau spokesperson George
Kiszynski.
'A passenger on the motorcycle
who was injured when the driver
crashed into a car after the shooting
died yesterday at Jackson Memorial
Hospital of massive head injuries,
spokesperson Betty Baderman said.
"People are angry, people want a
full explanation of what happened,"
said Mayor Xavier Suarez, one of the
targets of rock and bottle throwing
Monday night. Suarez also expressed
particular concern about the damage
to Miami's image less than a week
before the city hosts the Super
Bowl.
At least two buildings and three
cars were burned in the rioting,
which broke out about two hours
after a white police officer shot and
killed the black motorcyclist being
chased for a traffic infraction. No
damage estimates were available.
Authorities said seven civilians
and three of the 280 police officers
called to the scene were injured.

DETROIT (AP) - Yasser
Arafat's acceptance of a Detroit at-
torney's invitation to speak at a
gathering of Arab-Americans in
Washington may present an early
diplomatic test to the Bush adminis-
tration, officials say.
The Palestine Liberation
Organization leader accepted the
invitation to address an April 13
convention of the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee, the
largest chapter of which is in De-
troit.
'(This) will be recorded as
a historic event in the
relations between Ameri-
cans of Arab descent and
the Palestinian leadership.'~
-Jabara, president of the
Arab-American group
But the State Department refused
to say Monday whether Arafat would
be allowed to enter the United
S tates.
"There is a dilemma," said
Sol Lachman, a former president of
the Detroit chapter of the American
Zionist Federation. "Even as a sup-
porter of Israel, I can understand why
the U.S. would want to talk to the
PLO, and why it's completely ap-
propriate to serve as an intermediary
in the cause of peace."
"But Arafat in Washington? To

nizing Israel's right to exist.
Jabara, president of the Arab-
American group, met with Arafat in
Tunisia last weekend. He said Arafat
agreed to address his organization's
annual convention in Washington.
"(This) will be recorded as a his-
toric event in the relations between
Americans of Arab descent and the
Palestinian leadership," Jabara said
in a written statement from Tunisia.
"The granting of a visa to the
PLO chairman will not only be a
gesture of good will toward the 2
million Americans of Arab descent,
but would also underline the new
administration's commitment to re-
solving the Palestinian-Israeli con-
flict within the framework of free
and open discussion of all parties."
Terry Ahwal, chief of the group's
Detroit office, said Monday the in-
surance of a visa would demonstrate
the commitment of Arab-Americans
to peace in the war-torn West Bank.
"(Arafat) is an important figure to
Palestinians, obviously, but to other
Arab-Americans as well," Ahwal
said.

An unidentified woman (center) faints after seeiaed Pme
injured in a chase with police in Miami's Overtown sec-
tion Monday. The incident erupted into a major distur-
bance involving a crowd of about 75 people and 125 riot-
geared police officers.

Planned MLK day class upsets fire union

BY NOAH FINKEL
A firefighters' class originally scheduled by
Fire Chief George Markus on Dr. Martin Luther
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the violation, the fire chief initially refused to
cancel the class, said Fire Department Lt. Mike
Jackson.

should stick by it."
Calling the fire chief was unusual, Ouimet
said, because "councilmembers shouldn't be in-
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