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dent Reagan sends Congress his final
budget proposal Monday, a $1.15
trillion spending plan that would
award the military a hefty increase
while calling for the elimination of
scores of domestic programs.
But Congress is already looking
beyond Reagan's budget to see how
President-elect George Bush will
keep his campaign promises to
boost spending for education, child
care, and housing without raising
taxes while at the same time erasing
the budget deficit through a "flexible
freeze" on other government pro-
The Reagan administration insists
that its final budget for the 1990
fiscal year which begins next Oct.1
is not irrelevant even though Reagan
will be out of office 11 days after it
is unveiled. ,
Joseph Wright Reagan's budget
director, said the spending plan
would give Bush an excellent start-
ing point for his own neg~otiations
because it does not seek any new
taxes and leaves Social Secretary
untouched, two commitments Bush

also made.
Reagan will leave
budget that propos
$1.06 trillion inr
spending $1.15 trill
budget deficit of $92.
The deficit figur
would be the lowes
billion deficit in 19
Reagan took office w
balance the budget 1
gan's campaign p
swamped under a tide
has almost tripled thei
The budget deficit
fiscal is projecte
economists to total
identical to the defic
year which ended last
The president's fini
ideologically conservai
that revives many of
vorite themes agains
ment, proposing to
government governii
while protecting his do
and recommending a b
the space-based nucleau

V. A
as Star Wars.
office with a To trim the deficit, Reagan Nel
ses collecting propose closing down the Interstaf,
revenues ang Commerce Commission, reducei
ion, leaving a subsidies for the Amtrak railrwi
5 billion, passenger service, and moving sobe
regional power authorities into pri-
c, if realized, vate hands - all ideas Reagan has
t since $73.7 advanced before without success.
981, the year In the way of increases, Reagan's
ith a pledge to budget will propose spending o$5
by 1984. Rea- billion a year over the next 1vp
promise was years to close or merge hundredsgf
of red ink that failed savings and loan associations.
national dept. It also makes a down paymentof
$900 million to start cleaning y
in the current and rebuilding the governments ag-
d by many ing nuclear weapons plants.
$155 billion, However, some estimates if the
it in the fiscal costs of the S&L bailout now top
Sept. 30. $100 billion and the Energy De-
partment has said the weapons plants
al budget is an could require as much as $138 bil-
tive document lion over the next 20 years.
Reagan's fa- Democratic critics say the gap
t big govern- between what reagan is recommend-
eliminate 82 ing for the S&L crisis and the nu-
lent programs clear cleanup and the expected cots
defense buildup highlight the problems Bush wvill
ig increase for face in keeping his no-new-taws
Lr shield known pledge.

Several men enjoy a "Boy's Night Out" at the Nectarine Ballroom last Friday. The
Bar initially had one gay night, Tuesday, and has since added two more, Sunday and
Gay night at local bar is
not quite so different

Gay nights are different from
other nights at the Nectarine
Ballroom and The Blind Pig, but at
the same time, they're not. Men and
women sit together, people talk,
people dance.
"It's really not that different from
any other bar, except who you go
home with at the end of the night,"
one Nectarine Ballroom patron said.
"Gay relationships are more
tense, and it's haider to go out on a
date," said one University student.
"Society doesn't accept our kinds of
relationships, and we don't have the
institutions to back us up that
straights do. But in the end, the hu-
man emotions are the same, so peo-
ple react and behave quite the same
as straights do."
Another patron said gay bars, or
gay nights at bars, are far more re-
laxed and cultural than straight bars.
But that depends on where you
go. One frequent patron said the
Flame, a gay bar in downtown Ann
Arbor, is a smaller drinking and
talking bar, while the Nectarine is a
"pretty boy scene; you go there to
see and be seen."
Blind Pig general manager Todd
Headrick said his bar also offers a
smaller, more casual atmosphere, in
contrast to the glitzy, fast-paced,
dance environment at the Nectarine.

"The feedback I've gotten is many
of the women feel that our bar pro-
vides a homier, more personal
atmosphere," he said. "At the Nec-
tarine there are male dance revues -
something the women don't like -
and the crowd is mostly men."
Nectarine manager and DJ Roger
Le Leivre agreed that men dominate
their gay nights, and said the situa-
tion would feed on itself. He said the
bar would tend to orient itself to-
wards the crowd that most consis-
tently supported it.
And the gay community, particu-
larly gay men, has consistently sup-
ported the Nectarine since it opened
in 1984 with one gay night, called
"Boys Night Out."
The idea for a gay night was part
of the "trendy, New York-style club"
effect owner John Carver was look-
ing for, according to Le Leivre.
Tuesday's gay night, which drew
a high turnout and good profit,
prompted the management to add
two new gay nights, including a
weekend night, this year, Nectarine
managers and bouncers said. The
second started late in the summer,
and the third began Nov. 1.
Gay nights attract an "older
drinking crowd with money to
spend," Le Leivre said. "They're not
rowdy, and they don't damage the

"It's a party crowd; if they
weren't in "ur bar they'd be in
somebody else's," he added.
The Nectarine, though, is the
only Ann Arbor dance bar offering
gay nights. The alternative is driving
45 minutes to one of Detroit's gay
dance bars or visiting the more laid-
back Flame or The Blind Pig.
But The Blind Pig's "Gay '90s"
night, scheduled every Sunday, is
primarily aimed at Ann Arbor's les-
bian community. The bar features a
DJ and dancing on Sundays, while
the other six nights are reserved for
live bands.
Headrick said that The Blind Pig
did try to have a night aimed at gay
men, but it was not a success.
In fact, "The Gay '90s" at The
Blind Pig used to be called
"Womyn's Night," but had to be
changed because city officials felt
that was discriminatory.
The Nectarine Ballroom has not
been questioned about whether or not
"Boys Night Out" as a title for gay
nights is discriminatory.
One patron described the Nec-
tarine's crowd as "gay, white,
upperclass males," but others who
frequent the gay nights said they felt
the crowd was a good mix of all
races, and included both students and
non-students alike, as well as a few

CBS This Morning may
broadcast from 'U'

The University's highly touted
Michigan Mandate may become part
of a "CBS This Morning" broadcast,
as program producers explore the
possibilities for a two-hour spot to
be broadcast from the Ann Arbor
Themes for the show, which
would air on Feb. 3, are still in the
planning stages, but a network
official said it would be a look at
what universities, professors, and
students are planning for the next ten
years. He indicated that other
universities would be looked into
and perhaps compared to Michigan.
Jay Kernis, a CBS planning pro-
ducer of series and special projects,
mentioned the mandate and the Uni-
versity's emphasis on trying to end
racial tensions as themes that would
be woven into the overall coverage
at the University.
"You want to make news with
the show, and this is a University
that is making plans," Kernis said.
Kernis emphasized that the show
would not be a two-hour commercial
for the University, nor was the ob-

ject of the show to come to Ann
Arbor and dig up dirt. He said the
show would be a balance of
information and investigation, and
added that the angle of how a big
university solves its problems was
another theme that might be pur-
The show, which would be
broadcast from Ann Arbor, would
include a mix of live broadcasting
and taped footage, perhaps with
some live or taped interviews. The
University must give its approval
before the show can come to cam-
University Director of News and
Information Services Joseph Owsley
mentioned Diversity Day as a possi-
ble subject of pre-taped footage to be
incorporated with the live coverage.
CBS has not said whether or not
they will definitely come to the
University, even with permission.
Senior Producer Roberta Dougherty
said that a survey of the site would
have to be done to determine feasi-
bility for production. Until this was
carried out, she said, a final decision
could not be made.

The decision-making process at
the University began with Owsley,
who sent information about the pro-
posed show to Director of Commu-
nications Keith Molin, and to the
President's office last Friday. Molin
said the decision would be made
sometime this week, and that the
University administrators involved
would probably look favorably upon
the idea.
Molin was not sure who exactly
would make the decision, but said-it
would be some sort of joint decision
among the Executive Officers. Al-
though the University's Boardof
Regents would be told, this isn'tga
regental decision, he said.
Dougherty, of CBS, said tle
show would air during the important
sweeps period, a designated week in
which the networks compete for the
largest share of the TV audience. The
sweeps periods influence the amout
of money a station charges for its
"CBS This Morning" is a two
hour national show that competis
with ABC's "Good Morning Amed-
ca" and NBC's "The Today Show.";


While the holiday season ended for most
on New Year's Day, Armenian students and
community members came together Friday
night to celebrate their Christmas holiday and
also to unite the area's Armenian population.
About 50 people gathered at St. Aidan's
Episcopal Church to celebrate the Armenian
Christmas, which falls on Jan. 6 in the old or
Greek Orthodox calendar.
And though the approximately 180
Armenian students at the University attended
classes that day, while winter break allowed
those who celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 to
do so at home with family, many Armenians
agree that they are used to being outside of

the mainstream in this respect.
"It's part of being a minority," said Ara
Sarafian, a School of Education graduate stu-
dent and member of the Armenian Students'
Cultural Organization. "Most of the time I
don't even think about it. It's a part of life,
but at times it can be awkward."
Although the organization's members an-
nually sponsor a student Christmas party,
this year's gathering was the first in which
Ann Arbor's local Armenian population was
also involved.
"We are attempting to build a strong Ar-
menian community here in Ann Arbor," said
Armen Asherian, an education graduate stu-
dent and treasurer of the organization. "We

have to strengthen the Armenian community
here before we can help those in Soviet Ar-
Because Armenians are still in the midst of
a 40-day mourning period for earthquake vic-
tims in Soviet Armenia, Asherian stressed
that the Christmas celebration was not a party
but rather a "get-together."
"It was a chance for Armenians to discuss
the situation in that part of the world, espe-
cially the situation between Azerbaijan and
Armenia," Asherian said. "At this point we
need to encourage each other, form a fellow-
ship - that's the best word for it."
Armenia is demanding that an area of
Azerbaijan that is highly populated by Arme-

nians be annexed to Armenia. Both regions
are Soviet provinces.
Asherian said the recent earthquake in Ar-
menia also continues to be a major concern
for his group, which has already raised over
$3,000 in donations through bucket drives
around the city.
The Armenian Students' Cultural Orga-
nization is continuing their fund-raising ef-
forts by sponsoring a dance Jan. 28 at the St.
Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that will
feature a live band. The cost for students wvDl
be between $8 and $10 and all profits ftk
the event, which will feature a live band, W
go toward the earthquake relief efforts.

Continued from Page 1
not there is a treaty."
"What they are doing is playing
catch-up ball," said one senior
member of the U.S. delegation to
the five-day conference, which ends
Wednesday. He spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity.
The United States, while de-
stroying older chemical weapons on
a limited basis in Utah, continues to
modernize them. U.S. officials here
said there has been no way to verify
whether the Soviet Union has indeed
halted production.
The United States and the Soviet
Union have been the only countries
to acknowledge producing and stock-
piling chemical weapons. The Uni-
ted States says it produces the arms

to counter those produced by the
U.S. officials estimate some 20
other countries possess the weapons.
In April 1987, Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev said his country
had stopped manufacturing chemical
The Soviet Union declared it had
50,000 tons of chemical weapons.
The United States has about
30,000 tons, officials say.
Shevardnadze called on other
countries to end production of chem-
ical weapons.
Without referring to the United
States by name, he said: "There is
another country that possesses equal-
ly significant chemical weapons
stockpiles and who could share with
us the task of finding a compromise
solutions in the interest of com-
prehensive and global verification."

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