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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. IC, No. 88 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, February 2, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Doily

CBS chooses four students

for panel

On "CBS This Morning's" broadcast from the Uni-
versity tomorrow morning, one of the longest seg-
ments will be a live panel discussion with four Uni-
versity students.
The panel includes John Kolesar, wide receiver for
the football team; Marc Selinger, editor of the Michi-
gan Review magazine; Audrey Wright, president of the
Black Greek Association; and Nicole Yakatan, a resi-
dent director at South Quad.
They "just struck me as a representative sample of
the University," said segment producer John Costello.
The four students were chosen from an original
pool of "about 200-300," of which about 16 were in-
terviewed in-depth, said CBS News Producer Lisa

"I think we have a wonderful cross representation
- a complete political spectrum from liberal to con-
servative," Costello said.
Costello said he did not choose students to represent
specific groups or organizations, such as the Michigan
Student Assembly, because "there were so many
groups with a legitimate point of view, there was no
way to narrow it down to four groups."
But some MSA members have criticized that ap-
proach. "I definitely think someone from MSA should'
have been asked because we're the elected student rep-
resentatives," said MSA rep. Nick Maverick.
Members of the United Coalition Against Racism
expressed concern that CBS News did not ask UCAR

for a representative, although Costello has referred to
Wright - who is a member of UCAR - as the
panel's "UCAR rep."
"The major point of criticism is that CBS shouldn't
choose who represents us," said UCAR steering com-
mittee member Kim Smith. "They did not come to
UCAR for a representative. To not get a representation
of the anti-racist struggle is irresponsible journalism."
But Costello said UCAR will be shown in a pre-
taped four-minute segment about racism on campus.
He later added that Wright does not represent any spe-
cific group.
Costello failed to give a clear explanation as to
what makes a student a "representative" of a group.
Wright said she sees herself as "representing the

liberal voice of the University...I hope they didn't
choose me because I am Black but because of the is-
sues I feel strongly about as they relate to Black stu-
dents on campus."
Originally, the panel also included a representative
from the Daily. On Tuesday night, segment producer
John Costello told Daily opinion page editor Betsy
Esch that the panel included herself, Kolesar, Wright,
and Selinger.
But after they discussed the segment's issue, "John
Costello said that he was going to reconsider the deci-
sion to include me, because he wondered whether I
would be representative of enough students," Esch
See CBS, Page 2

City opposes

The Ann Arbor City Council
voted to oppose a state plan to use
the Varsity House Motel as a
halfway house for 120 to 160 pris-
oners last night during a special
council session.
Halfway houses hold soon-to-be-
released prisoners who work or look
for employment in the daytime and
remain under supervision at night.
A halfway house at the Varsity
House, next to Denny's restaurant
on Washtenaw Avenue, would be
Ann Arbor's third. The other two
house a total of 14 prisoners.
The state's halfway house plan
has many opponents, who have ar-
gued that this particular house would
contain too many prisoners and
would be located t9 close to homes,
businesses, and a day-care center.
The council approved 9-0 a reso-
lution sponsored by Mayor Gerald
Jernigan that calls for the state to:
-opcrate with full public partici-
pation on decisions regarding the lo-
cation of correctional facilities;
-insure that all inmates at the
halfway house are residents of
Washtenaw county and did not
commit violent crimes;
-insure that there is no large con-
centration of prisoners in such low
security facilities in a single com-
munity; and to
-insure that halfway houses be
located at least 1000 feet away from
schools, day-care centers, and resi-
dential neighborhoods.
The resolution does not bind the
Department of Corrections since the
city has no legal authority to block



Sacred Music, Sacred Dance
Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery
at the Rackham last night.

perform a ritual prayer for peace and environmental purification

Search of tanker crash continues

ABLINE, Texas (AP) - Air Force personnel
used numbered flags yesterday to map a wreck-
age-strewn area where a fuel-laden tanker crashed,
but the investigation may be hampered by the
lack of a flight data recorder and the apparent loss
of many maintenance records.;
All 19 people aboard the KC-135A Stra-
totanker died when it crashed on takeoff Tuesday
about a half-mile south of a Dyess Air Force
Base runway.
The KC-135A tanker, based at K.I. Sawyer
Air Force Base in Michigan, stopped at Dyess en
route to a training mission. It was scheduled to
refuel some F-16s in the air before flying to
Hawaii and then to Guam.

The plane was carrying military members and
their dependants, as well as 30,000 gallons of jet
fuel, officials said.
Air Force workers yesterday mapped out about
two square miles of scorched grassland and woods
around the crash site with red flags, said Master
Sgt. Al Dostal, a Dyess Spokesperson.
"Once it's staked out, it can snow and these
flags have numbers. They can still see where
things are," Dostal said.
Sam Matta, an Abilene justice of the peace
who spent Tuesday at the site to record deaths,
said the plane was in many pieces, the largest of
them the tail section.
There were "a bunch of small pieces every-
where," Matta said. "There's a few big sections,

10 to 12 feet long. There's a big wing, pretty
badly burned."
The last two bodies were found Tuesday
evening. As of yesterday afternoon, they were
still being held at Abilene as military officials
made arrangements for autopsies and returning
them to relatives. Names of the dead were being
withheld until the last families are notified.
The flight manifest showed 17 passengers
from Sawyer, and two from Dyess, Dostal said.
Seven were crew members, four were active duty
military members, four were retired military, and
four were dependants, including a boy about 7, he
said. Officials said members of the military, re-
tirees, and their dependants are allowed to take
routine flights if space is available.

the state's plan for the halfway
Councilmember Terry Martin (R-
Second Ward) said the resolution is
an "expression of the feelings of city
council... its a chance to kick up its
Other council members also fa-
vored the resolution, but with reser-
Larry Hunter (D-First Ward) said
he was opposed to the
"warehousing" of prisoners in such a
large facility, but stressed that the
city council should not oppose all
halfway houses.
Hunter, along with many other
councilmembers, condones halfway
houses for their role in prisoner re-
Kathy E gren (D-Fifth Ward)
supported dIe resolution, but played
down the concerns of some commu-
nity members who feared the
halfway house would bring increased
"What (the Department of
Corrections) is trying to do is en-
hance security by centralizing" the
area's halfway houses, Edgren said.
Edgren and Liz Brater (D-Third
Ward) questioned the need for yester-
day's special session to approve the
Edgren accused the mayor of
"shameless political opportunism of
the worst kind."
Jernigan deemed the charge
"unfortunate." His Republican col-
leagues defended him, calling the is-
sue a bipartisan one and praising the
mayor's strong leadership on the
opposition to the halfway house.
Jam to
Two of Ann Arbor's more popu-
lar pop bands, Big Box of Nines and
The Iodine Raincoats, will play
tonight at the RAM JAM, a special
concert at The Beat to benefit the
Tamdopata Wildlife Reserve in Peru.
The Rainforest Action Move-
ment (RAM), a community organi-
zation formed by a group of Univer-
sity graduate students last fall, orga-
nized the concert. RAM limits its
activities to Ann Arbor, but shares
information with the national Rain-
forest Action Network.
The group earmarked the proceeds
of tonight's benefit for the reserve,
which will use the money as it sees
fit. Possible uses include purchasing
more land to increase the buffer zone



don't want pay raise

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Jim
Wright abruptly changed tactics on a 50 percent
congressional pay raise Tuesday, promising to
schedule a House vote if members demanded one in a
confidential survey.
"If the members want it, yes, of course," Wright
told reporters, but said that he doubted members would
contradict what they've told him privately: let the raise
become law without a vote.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on raises this week,
and an Associated Press Survey showed at least 88

senators favored rejection, with six indicating support
and six undecided.
The Senate vote would take on new meaning if a
House vote were to occur, because only rejection by
both houses would stop the raise from becoming law
Feb. 8.
"I don't think there will be a vote," said House
Majority Whip Coelho (D-Calif.), who is directing
bipartisan negotiations on a package of outside income
restrictions - including an end to speaking fees and
campaign finance reform.

Opponents seek. to
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nents of the partial merger of The
Detroit News and the Detroit Free
Press asked a federal appeals court
yesterday to delay the business deal
until a legal battle over the agree-
ment is resolved.
Michigan Citizens for an Inde-

. merger
nization's motion said. "It will re-
sult in the elimination of approxi-
mately 500 jobs, the publication of
a single paper on weekends, in-
creased circulation prices and proba-
bly higher advertising prices as
The newspapers would suffer

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