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Ini Weekend Magazine.:

The 12th Annual Folk Festival invades Hill " Take a dip
into the Real Seafood Co. - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. I C, No. 84 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, January 27, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

'U'

toxic waste sites

BY PATRICK STAIGER
Two University-owned sites of envi-
ronmental contamination may pose health
hazards to the people in surrounding areas,
but have not yet been fully investigated by
the Department of Natural Resources,
according to DNR reports.
The University sites, identified in 1985
by the Washtenaw County Health Depart-
ment, are located between the University
Medical Center and the Huron River, and
west of Huron Parkway north of Huron
High School. The exact locations of the
sites have not been identified, Washtenaw
County Health Department official Leon

More said yesterday.
Three other contamination sites created
by local businesses have been identified by
the DNR as currently posing health haz-
ards. State environmental lobbyists
Wednesday criticized Michigan's environ-
mental law as failing to give state agencies
enough power to enforce the cleaning of
sites such as those in the Ann Arbor area.
According to DNR and Washtenaw
County Health Department files, the Uni-
versity sites were used until the 1950s for
an unknown period of time, during which
waste was deposited from University labo-
ratories. This waste, according to the re-

ports, includes acids, bases, sol
metals and cleaning compounds.
"Proper containment of these
is unlikely as the site was actin
Act 87, and was not licensed,'
DNR report reads. "As a result
addition to the high permeability
the area, migration of contami
the groundwater and surface wate
probable.
"Should such migration occu
ous residents within a three-mil
the site could become endangere
are many private wells still in o
Further investigation is strong

may pose
lids, liquid mended as potential for extensive contami-
nation is high."
substances University Director of Environmental
ve prior to Health and Safety Ken Schatzle said the
the 1985 University has started monitoring the sites
of this, in in response to a DNR request last year.
of soils in "If there is anything found, then we'll
nants into have to discuss it with the DNR," Schatzle
er is highly said. "We don't expect that there will be
anything, but we won't know until we get
ur, numer- the results."
e radius of Under state law, the property owner of a
ed as there hazardous waste site is responsible for
operation... cleaning the site, under the supervision of
ly recom- the DNR.

threat
"We're hoping that we can spend a lot
more time on the matter, but it's a DNR
regulatory function," More said.
Andy Buchsbaum, program director for
the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan, criticized Michigan's toxic waste
clean-up laws for not giving state agencies
enough power to enforce the cleaning of
Michigan's 2000 contaminated sites, in-
cluding over 40 in Washtenaw County.
"It's not the fault of the DNR, they just
don't have the legal authority to do any-
thing else," Buchsbaum said. He said the
only authority the DNR has at this point is
See Threat, Page 2

Gift to fund
vascular
.study
BY KATHLEEN GRIEM
One of the largest gifts ever given to the University
by a living donor will enable the University's Medical
Center to become the foremost institute of vascular
research in the country.
The gift, estimated to be between three and 10 mil-
lion dollars, will be received by the University this
spring, according to a medical center official. The exact
amount of the gift will not be made public at the
* donor's request.
Caroline Briggs Jobst, president of the Jobst Insti-
tute in Toledo, donated the money to the Toledo Hos-
pital and the University's Medical Center.
The Conrad Jobst Vascular Center will be located at
Toledo Hospital, and laboratories and related activities
will be based at the University's Medical Center.
Trainees from the Toledo Hospital will come to the
Medical Center to work, and joint conferences will be
held between the two institutions.
Dr. James Stanley, University professor of surgery
and head of the vascular surgery section, will serve as
director of the Jobst Laboratories. He was the first re-
cipient of the Conrad Jobst Award for outstanding re-
search in vascular disease in 1972.
Officials hope the joint effort between Toledo and
the University will build a nationally recognized center
for the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular
disease. Emphasis will be placed on medical education
See Grant, Page 2

ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
On top of the World
Mike Twigg, an '87 University graduate and co-owner of the Park Performance Center, relaxes in one
of the center's flotation tanks. See story Page 3.

British
captives
may be
released
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Radio
and press reports yesterday said the
release of two British hostages
might be imminent, and British
Ambassador Allan Ramsay crossed
into Moslem West Beirut.
After Ramsay's return to the
British Embassy, in the Christian
sector of the divided capital, an em-
bassy official said, "We have no ad-
ditional information."
Asked whether a hostage release
was expected, he said, "All I can tell
you is that we're not on alert." The
official spoke on the condition of
anonymity.
Earlier, when asked by telephone
if his trip was linked to the press re-
ports, Ramsay said from the British
consular office in the Moslem sec-
tor: "I often come to West Beirut and
there's nothing significant in my
current visit."
An embassy speaker had said the
purpose of Ramsay'ยง journey was to
check the reports.
The British Embassy and Ram-
say's residence are in east Beirut.
Most hostages are believed held in
west Beirut's Shiite Moslem slums.
The reports said kidnapped British
journalist John McCarthy and
teacher Brian Keenan, who has Irish
and British citizenship, could be
freed within days.
Patrick McCabe, who is Ireland's
ambassador to Lebanon but is based
in Iraq, said he would fly to Beirut
immediately to investigate.
McCarthy and Keenan are among
15 foreigners missing in Lebanon,
who include two more Britons and
nine Americans. Held longest is
Terry A. Anderson, chief Middle
East correspondent of the Associated
Press, who was abducted March 16,
1985.
One of the other Britons is Terry
Waite, a Church of England envoy
who disappeared Jan. 20, 1987, after
leaving his west Beirut hotel to ne-
gotiate with people holding Ameri-
can hostages.
Most of the foreigners are be-
lieved to be captives of Shiite ex-
tremists loyal to Iran, but no faction
has claimed to hold Waite or Mc-
Carthy and Keenan, who were seized
in April 1986.

PROTEST HITS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Group calls for 'U' response to harassment

BY ANNA SENKEVITCH
About 15 people gathered in front of
hockey coach Red Berenson's office yesterday
to protest what they called a lack of Univer-
sity and Athletic Department response to a
Jan. 3 incident in which four University
hockey players were accused of harassing two
women.
After taping a cardboard sign above Beren-
son's door that read: "Coach Berenson, pick
the most serious offense - sexual harass-
ment (or) missing hockey practice," the stu-
dents demanded to hear the University's plan
of action for the four students who have
pleaded no contest to the harassment charge.
Official sentencing at City Hall has been
scheduled for Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Members of People Organized for Women,

Equality and Rights (POWER), who orga-
nized the protest, submitted a memo Jan. 20
to Berenson, as well as to Associate Director
of Athletics Jack Weidenbach, Athletic
Director Bo Schembechler, and University
President James Duderstadt, citing their anger
at the administration's failure to act against
the involved players.
Although POWER demanded that Weiden-
bach attend the protest in the memo, he did
not meet the group yesterday. Instead, an en-
voy representing his secretary took a POWER
representative's name to arrange a future
meeting. Protestors who sought to enter
Weidenbach's office to talk directly to his
secretary could not, because it is located be-
hind a locked door labeled, "Private Area:
Admission for Athletic Business Only."
Both Duderstadt and Schembechler were

out of town yesterday.
According to Pam Kisch of POWER, the
Athletic Department has so far refused to ad-
dress the group's complaints.
"Berenson's secretary called me a few days
ago," said Kisch, a social work graduate stu-
dent. "She said, 'He can't meet with you until
hockey season is over' - which isn't until
April."
The four men, who were unofficially sen-
tenced Jan. 17 for a misdemeanor disorderly
conduct charge, have continued to play in
hockey matches and have not received any
punitive measures from the Athletic Depart-
ment. Weidenbach last week said any action
to be taken against the four players will be
left to Berenson.

Prior to the arraignment, Berenson had
stressed he would not decide on any possible
punishment "until we've got all the facts on
this thing." The day the players lodged their
plea, he refused to comment, saying only the
"public" aspect had been determined by the
15th district court, and that the rest was "a
team matter."
In addition, Berenson explained that there
are no written team rules against sexual as-
sault.
Associate Director of Women's Athletics
Phyllis Ocker said yesterday that rules do ex-
ist against athletes' using "obscene gestures"
or "violent or abusive action." But she
stressed these guidelines have historically
only applied during competitions, not for
non-event conduct.

studentstwounded in
D .schoolshooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - A gunner opened
fire on a crowd of students outside a District
of Columbia high school yesterday, wound-
ing four, police said. The incident apparently
erupted because of a dispute earlier in the day.
One witness said the man "knew where he
wanted to shoot, and then he just started
shooting at random." Police said the assailant
seemed to have targeted the students involved.
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'[He] knew where he wanted to
shoot, and then he just started
shooting at random,'
-A witness at the Washington,
D.C. high school shooting

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