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Ninety- nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 80 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 23, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

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GDANSK, Poland (AP) - Soli-
darity yesterday welcomed the gov-
ernment's offer to negotiate legaliz-
ing the trade union movement and
said talks should begin as soon as
possible to combat Poland's chronic
economic and social ills.
A Solidarity statement, released
after a nearly two-day meeting, clears
the way for the first formal talks be-
tween Solidarity and authorities
since a December 1981 military
crackdown crushed the organization.
But Solidarity leader Lech Walesa
cautioned, "I wish that there be no
euphoria. Anything is still possi-
"Is it true we will be solving
Polish problems in a pluralistic free
way? We will see very soon," he
told about 5,000 people after Mass
at St. Brygida's church in Gdansk.
Solidarity's National Executive
Commission said it is willing to
meet the government's condition
that it respect Polish law and ob-
serve the statute that made Solidarity
the East bloc's first and only legal,
independent union in 1980.
The statement said that by agree-
ing to negotiate its legalization, the
government has met the union's
* conditions for beginning reform
talks authorities first proposed dur-
ing serious labor unrest in August.
"We are responding, stretching
out our hand because the other side
stretched out its hand too," said
Walesa. "We are committed to
agreement... But we have to remain
free and self-governing."

The Solidarity leader appeared
happy at an impromptu news
conference after Mass. A Solidarity
pin adorned his lapel and his tie was
clipped with a gift from George
Bush during his visit to Poland in
After the Mass, about 1,000 peo-
ple marched from the church chant-
ing, "Solidarity! Solidarity! Legalize
Solidarity!" Police blocked the
march after a few blocks and the
group disbanded peacefully.
Solidarity national spokesperson
Janusz Onyszkiewicz said coopera-
tion between the union and govern-
ment seems "the only solution" for
the nation's chronic consumer
shortages, mounting debt to the
West and rising inflation.
There was no immediate govern-
ment response.
The statement from the 20-mem-
ber executive commission, adopted
unanimouslyswith one abstention,
said: "We state that the possibility
of negotiations concerning Solidarity
and the matters of the country has
been created.
"It is necessary to start negotia-
tions as soon as possible."
Walesa told reporters Solidarity
could be ready within two months to
hold its first nationwide congress
since 1981. He indicated the union
might resume its Weekly Solidarity
newspaper because "without a press,
we would be nothing."
No date has been mentioned for
the talks, but both sides have indi-
cated they could begin within a few

Anti-choice protesters try to close an abortion clinic outside of Detroit while pro-choice demonstrators attempt to keep

it open.

Students rally

Road woes: 'M'
falls to Badgers

for Roe
Bitter winds and freezing temp-
eratures did little to deter about 80
abortion rights supporters from
rallying on the Diag at noon Friday.
They brought with them numerous
chants and signs, one of which read:
"Get Out Of My Womb - Defend,
Abortion Rights."
The rally commemorated the
landmark 1973 Supreme Court deci-
sion on Roe vs. Wade, which
legalized abortion.
Carolyn Paden of the School of
Public Health asked the ralliers to
"envision a slightly different world:
it's still male-dominated, but instead
of women getting pregnant, it's men
that get pregnant. We wouldn't be
here today in the freezing cold to
defend abortion rights."
Paden added that abortion has
become politicized, and it should be
remembered that it is also a health
She said that because Proposal A
passed last fall, women who would
have received state-funded abortions
now must wait until later into
pregnancy until they have money for
the abortion. The delay poses an
added health risk, she said.
Paden said that if abortion were
made illegal, quality control and

regulations that make the operation
safer for women would disappear,
resulting in the return of unsafe
back-alley abortions.
Recently, pro-choice activists
have been worried by the high
court's decision to review a federal
appeals court decision that reversed
key provisions in a Missouri law
regulating abortion.
The law to be reviewed prohibits
state employees from performing
abortions or encouraging abortion in
counseling, and prohibits abortions
at government-run hospitals.
Laura Anderson, of the Women
Law Students Association, specu-
lated on the possibility that the '73
decision could be overturned during
the course of the high court's
She said that women had to "get
radical... they are trying to take
reproductive freedom away." She said
women must keep their eyes on the
courts and and on Congress.
"My life is 500 percent better be-
cause of my abortion. If I'd have had
my baby at age nineteen when I was
a fucked-up mess, that baby would
have had nothing going for it. Now
I'm about to become a lawyer... and
help people," Anderson said.
See Rally, Page 5


MADISON - Michigan
basketball coach Bill Frieder has
been saying for a long time that
winning on the road against a
second-level team is a difficult thing
to accomplish. Last Saturday against
Wisconsin, his team proved his
After trying to fend off a hungry
Badger team for 39 minutes, sixth-
ranked Michigan finally gave in and
allowed Wisconsin (9-5 overall, 2-4
in the Big Ten) to inch out a 71-68
victory in the final seconds.
"I think you have to give
(Wisconsin) credit. They played
extremely well," Frieder said. "This
is a preview of things to come.
You're going to have to get used to
it because this is going to happen to
a lot of teams in this league. These
teams are just too good."
Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder
said: "I suspect this was our biggest
action on.
Soc. prof.
Several students upset with what
they characterize as insensitive be-
havior by a sociology professor pre-
sented a list of demands to the
Sociology Department's Executive
Committee on Friday.
The students' complaints centered
around Prof. Reynolds Farley, who
taught Sociology 303, Racial and
Cultural Contacts, last term. The

win recently. It was a big win for us
at this time."
Michigan's record fell to 15-3
overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Michigan trailed in the game, 69-
68, with nine seconds left to play.
With a chance to regain the
Wolverines' lost lead, Rumeal
Robinson stepped to the free-throw
line to shoot two shots in front of
11,174 arm-flailing fans.
Robinson missed the first one off
the front end of the rim, and then
after a Wisconsin timeout, missed
the second.
"I don't think the crowd effected
Rumeal at all," Wolverine forward
Mark Hughes said. "He's a good
athlete, and good athletes block the
crowd out. He was concentrating a
lot on that shot, and he just missed
it. He didn't choke."
Terry Mills grabbed Robinson's
rebound but appeared to be fouled.
See Upset, Page 11

The possible reversal of Supreme Court decision Roe vs.Wade
aroused protesters in Lansing last Saturday. LSA Sophomore
Michelle Fleischer was just one of several University stu-
dents who protested.

Pro-choicers rally in Lansing

LANSING - A sense of
urgency dominated Saturday's rally
at the state capitol as activists
reacted to the Supreme Court's re-
cent decision to hear the appeal of a
Missouri law that threatens to
overturn or restrict the 1973 decision
legalizing abortion.
Sixteen years after Roe v. Wade,
many pro-choice activists again feel
their rights threatened. The rally, at-
tended by about 300 people, was
sponsored by the National Organiza-

tion for Women.
"The first brick has fallen in
Michigan. Medicaid is no longer
available here," said Debbie
Stabenow, Lansing-area state repre-
sentative. Stabenow referred to the
recent passage of Proposal A, which
ended Medicaid funded abortions in
"I do not support abortion. That
is not the issue. I support choice,
real choice, for every woman,"
Stabenow said.
If the Missouri law, which bans
abortions in public hospitals and

bans public employees from
performing abortions, is upheld by
the Supreme Court, many fear it
will overturn Roe vs Wade, and
enable individual states to outlaw
abortion, state Sen. Lana Pollack
(D-Ann Arbor) told a gathering of
Ann Arbor residents at Arborland
Mall earlier Saturday.
"Older, mature, affluent,
resourceful women will be able to
get abortions, but the younger,
poorer person will have a harder and
harder time," Pollack said.
"It's a critical time for us to fight

back and to make sure that the right
to choice - which is essential for
women - is preserved," said state
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
before the group left for Lansing.
The Supreme Court hearing on
the Missouri law is scheduled for
Poorer women may once again
resort to unsafe methods to terminate
unwanted pregnancies if abortion
rights are restricted, said speaker
Carol King.
King recounted a friend's desper-
. See Lansing, Page 2

University helps students in
annual apartment search

Coming back to school after break is a good time
to see friends, start new classes, and... go house-
hunting. For students seeking off-campus housing for
next year, the process may be time-consuming and
difficult, housing officials say.
Jo Rumsey, the University's assistant director of

LSA junior Stephanie Shulak and her housemates
even started the third week in September because some
of them were going abroad second semester, which can
pose a problem for students looking for housing.
But February is the Housing Division's official
"kick-off month," starting with the second annual Off-
Campus Housing Day on Feb.1. Housing officials



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