Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 87 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, February 1, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily
WASHINGTON (AP) - Oliver
North's Iran-Contra trial quickly ran
into jury-selection trouble yesterday
and the judge said there could be
problems with "triability of the
case" because so many people had
seen or read of North's testimony in
U.S. District Judge Gerhard
Gesell said only 16 of the first 54
prospective jurors indicated on ques-
tionnaires. they weren't exposed to
North's congressional appearances.
* The former White House aide testi-
fied to House and Senate investigat-
ing committees in 1987 under a
grant of limited immunity from
prosecution based on his testimony.
North's trial on charges of lying
to Congress, shredding evidence and
conspiring to commit tax fraud
"arises following a period of fairly
intense publicity on television,
newspapers, magazines" which will
continue, Gesell said.
Gesell wants to find 50 people
out of a pool of 300 who have not
been exposed to the congressional
testimony of North or other wit-
nesses at the congressional hearings.
Gesell decided to hear arguments
on how much exposure to such tes-
timony ought to be allowed before a
possible juror was disqualified. He
said he would rule today.
Defense lawyers also filed a mo-
tion asking that "in the event a jury
See North, Page 2
BY ALEX GORDON
After losing its student funding
last year, the Public Interest Re-
search Group in Michigan (PIRGIM)
will begin a petition drive today to
get on the Michigan Student As-
sembly student ballot for funds again
PIRGIM will try to obtain 3,000
student signatures - enough to get
an automatic funding question in-
cluded on the ballot for MSA elec-
tions this March. If the drive is suc-
cessful, it would mark the third con-
secutive year such a question has
In last March's MSA elections,
students voted by a narrow margin to
discontinue PIRGIM's automatic
funding. Previously, PIRGIM had
received a 75-cent student fee, but
students had the option to request a
refund if they did not want to sup-
port the group.
The petition will ask students if
they favor adding $2 to each stu-
dent's MSA fee for the next two
Last year, many attributed PIR-
GIM's loss of funding to students
who actively campaigned against the
group. This year, the opposition re-
mains. MSA Engineering Rep.
Aaron Williams, a senior, said, "I
will work my hardest to stop such a
MSA Rep. Matt Mansfield, an
LSA senior, has opposed PIRGIM
in the past, and said he will continue
to do so.
"If (PIRGIM) wants money they
should have to earn it and not just
get it by default," Mansfield said, "I
see no reason why they, more than
any other group, should have that
Williams said his formal plan for
See PIRGIM, Page 2
Ducks on a pond
Amy Loehndorf, 3, feeds the ducks Tuesday in Gallup park.
MSA condemns rejection of soc. professor
BY TARA GRUZEN
The Michigan Student Assembly voted 34-
2 last night to condemn the LSA Executive
Committee and Dean Peter Steiner for over-
riding the Sociology and Women Studies de-
partments' decision to select a Black woman
professor for a tenure position.
The resolution urges President James
Duderstadt to investigate and intervene in the
rejection in line with his pledge to increase
minority faculty representation.
"It is a legitimate function of the executive
committee to rule over a department. The
problem is that they didn't give a reason,"
said LSA senior Matt Mansfield, an MSA
MSA president Mike Phillips said, "If
MSA can support (the proposal), there should
be a lot of student support."
The assembly also approved a resolution
contesting a new city noise ordinance. The
ordinance provides for an increase in fines
from a maximum of $50 to a possible $500
and allows for the confiscation of sound
equipment, according to the proposal.
"It's easy for the City Council to slam on
the students," Phillips said. "City Council
should look into the issue more before pass-
ing the ordinance."
MSA Rep. Zach Kittrie, an LSA junior,
said the assembly needs to focus more on city
relations and that by passing the resolution,
they are recognizing that the ordinance is a
MSA also heard a presentation by the
Student Organization Development Center
(SODC) last night. MSA members requested
the presentation at last Tuesday's meeting
following criticism by the University's Board
See MSA, Page 2
Football tickets to,
dent pockets in '89
search for Pres.
BY STEVE BLONDER
As tuition rises, other costs
associated with the University must
rise as well.
The athletic department is
jumping on the band wagon, as the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics approved a $2 increase in
the cost of next season's football
The general public will be asked
to pay $20 per ticket, with student
costs rising from $9 to $10 for each
game. Staff and faculty tickets will
cost $16, according to the proposal
"We have no choice," Michigan
Athletic Director Bo Schembechler
said. "There have never been any
handling or surcharges on our
tickets, as other places do. The $2
increase is really insignificant."
Even with the price increase,
Michigan tickets will still be
cheaper than Notre Dame tickets, and
will cost about the same as a ticket
to an Ohio State game.
The price increase is necessary to
offset expenses for which the athletic
department does not currently have
funds. Four hundred thousand dollars
in additional funds has been
earmarked for women's athletics, and
the athletic department is expecting a
tuition increase next year. With the
projected 10 percent increase in
tuition, the athletic department
would have to pay $4 million (up
from $3.6 million).
A cost of living increase in
athletic department personnel
salaries, would require an additional
$500,000. The department also needs
additional revenue in order to pay
maintenance costs and set up better
tutoring services for athletes.
"Even though we are raising
ticket prices, that's not the answer,"
Bob DeCarolis said. DeCarolis
serves as Michigan's Assistant
Athletic Director in charge of
finance. Michigan is forced to split
the ticket revenues with the other
Big Ten schools.
"When the general public pays
$20 for a ticket, the other Big Ten
school takes in $10.
"(Don) Canham was lucky
because he could stay ahead of
inflation without price increases.
Now we need to look at alternative
ways of raising revenues or cutting
costs which means cutting services,"
Board member Stephen Pollock
added that the increase is necessary
now, and basing estimates on
possible funding sources is not
"Potential revenues are just that
- potential. They are plans and we
need to deal with reality," Pollock
The athletic department has an
Expendable Restricted Fund which
See Tickets, Page 7
BY LAURA COHN
Eastern Michigan University's
Presidential Search Committee an-
nounced five finalists yesterday
morning, one of whom may become
president as early as March.
EMU Political Science Prof.
Karen Lindenberg, a member of the
10-person search committee, said the
panel has discussed 134 candidates
since it formed last August.
"Obviously I'm pleased with the
five we presented to the Board of
Regents," Lindenberg said. "They all
have the appropriate degrees, which
was one of the concerns of the fac-
The five nominees are Ronald
Collins, EMU provost and vice
president for academic affairs;
Joseph Johnson, president of
Grambling State University in
Grambling, La.; Judith Kuipers, vice
president for academic affairs at
California State University, Fresno;
Dale Nitzschke, president of
Marshall University in West
Virginia; and William Shelton, vice
president for institutional ad-
vancement at Kent State University.
"We looked for things like expe-
rience in higher education,
leadership and communications
skills, and the ability to work with
the state legislature," said EMU
Director of Communications
Th five finalists will now come
to EMU for one-and-a-half day
interviews with campus
representatives, including members
of student and faculty organizations.
The groups will send comments to
the regents about each candidate,
and the board will take a final vote
by early March.
Collins, who has been working at
EMU since he was an assistant
chemistry professor in 1965, said he
was "ready to assume this position...
I can honestly say that I am both
pleased and honored to have been
chosen as a finalist for the president
Shelton said he has no plans yet
for the university if he should win,
as he has yet to visit EMU.
Nitzschke, Kuipers, and Johnson
were unavailable for comment yes-
Jerry Raymond, EMU student
body president, said, "I'm pretty
pleased with the candidates, but I
think we need to look into just who
these people are." He said the search
should have been conducted in
public so candidates would receive
Criticizing the selection criteria
for being "secretly decided," Ray-
mond said, "In the past, candidates
have been elected as president not
for the university itself, but for
EMU's Board of Regents formed
the search committee.
A. Bartlett Giamatti, President of the National League of Baseball Clubs
and former President of Yale University, spoke yesterday at Hutchins
Hall on "Americans and their games." Giamatti will speak again today
and tomorrow at 4 pm at Hutchins Hall.
Military jet bound for Hawaii crashes, killing 17
ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A military
refueling jet bound for Hawaii with 19 people
aboard crashed in a ball of flames on takeoff
yesterday at Dyess Air Force Base, killing at
least 17 people, the Air Force said.
Military military dependents were among
the 12 passengers on board, said Dyess
spokesperson Sgt. Al Dostal, but he did not
know how many. The plane had a crew of
seven, he said.
with jet fuel, and declined to give details.
Some of those aboard were from Sawyer,
said base spokesperson Sgt. Anita Bailey.
"We re trying to get in touch with the
families now but it's hard, because there's
some confusion," she said. "We're waiting for
the confirmation that these people have been
At least 17 people were killed in the crash,
said Lt. Col. George Peck at Strategic Air
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officials who spoke on condition they not be
"It was toward the end of the roll and he
apparently had no choice but to press on,"
said one source.
"But he didn't. have the power to get up
for some reason," added another.
Military officials said they were recording
the bodies as they found them.
"Any aircraft accident is bad, but the fact
It was the second crash at Dyess in less
than three months. A B-1B bomber crashed
there Nov.8. The four-man crew safely bailed
The KC-135, dubbed the Stratotanker, is
the backbone of the Air force's refueling fleet.
The aircraft, a military spin-off of the
Boeing 707, normally takes a crew of four or
five. It can carry a sizeable load of passengers
even when carrying fuel.