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Oil spill
harms
Antarctic
*wildlife
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
(AP) - An Argentine supply ship
sank in heavy seas after running
aground off Antarctica, and authori-
ties in the region said oil from the
ship had created a 10 mile slick that
was killing wildlife.
No one was injured in the sinking
late Tuesday of the 400-foot Bahia
Poraiso, which began leaking diesel
fuel after striking rocks Saturday, the
government news agency Telam re-
ported, citing a navy communique.
Peter Wilkniss, director of the
Antarctic program of the U.S. Na-
tional Science Foundation, said it
was not known how many gallons
* of oil had spilled out but that it
could be an "incurable disaster."
The foundation has said the
Antarctic could face an ecological
calamity if all 250,000 gallons
aboard the ship spilled.
"The ship rolled over, is lying on
its side almost fully below the wa-
ter," Wilkniss told ABC's Good
Morning America yesterday.'
"This is a very enclosed area. It's
a bay ... bounded by a glacier and
some islands and our (research) sta-
tion. So if the oil goes into the area
then it will have an effect on the
shoreline, on the ice, on the ani-
mals, on the organisms, on the sed-
iments," he added.
The depth of the water was not
immediately known.
Officials from the National Sci-
enice Foundation, Greenpeace, and a
U S. research facility near the wreck
said leaking fuel had killed krill, a
shrimp-like crustacean that is the
main food of the baleen whale and a
vital part of the Antarctic food chain.
"The krill are dying; they are lit-
erally jumping out of the water," the
New Zealand Press Association
quoted Greenpeace spokesperson Pe-
ter Bogart as saying. "Seabirds at-
tracted by the krill are diving into
the slick...It's a real environmental
disaster in no uncertain terms."
More than 300 tourists and crew
were evacuated from the ship after it
ran aground about 600 miles south
of Cape Horn. Salvage efforts were
hampered by 50 mph winds.
The ship was carrying supplies
including jet fuel, gasoline, and can-
isters of compressed gases to the
Argentine Esperanza station near the
tip of the peninsula.

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 2, 1989 - Page 3
Speakers
evaluate
Glasnost,
refusernk s

Sign 'em up LIZ STEKETEE/Daily
LSA sophomore Linda Rosenfeld, an employee, of the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan (PIRGIM), solicits student signatures yesterday in the Michigan Union. The en-
vironmental group wants a referendum placed on the Michigan Student Assembly's election
ballot which would provide PIRGIM with MSA funding.
Arrested fugitive returns
to Michigan after hiding

BY SARAH SCHWEITZER
Glasnost's positive and negative
effects on civil rights in the Soviet
Union and refuseniks - Soviet Jews
who are refused exit visas - were
discussed last night at the Hillel lec-
ture hall.
In a program sponsored by the
Students' Struggle for Soviet Jewry,
a University professor's play entitled
"Proverbial Human Suffering" and
an excerpt from a documentary film
were presented to about 30 students,
faculty, and Ann Arbor residents.
The play was acted out by several
University students and its author.
Prof. Ari Roth's play focused on
the hardships of living in the Soviet
Union. Those struggles were also
the subject of the documentary "Back
in the USSR," which Roth co-au-
thored with his wife Kate Schecter.
Schecter, who lived in the Soviet
Union for two years as a child while
her father was head of Time maga-
zine's Moscow bureau, spoke about

the changes she and her family found
when they returned 20 years later.
These changes were the basis for
their PBS documentary, which aired
last March, and their recently pub-
lished book. Both works were the.
collaboration of Schecter's four,
brothers and sisters, her husband, her
parents, and other family members.
"Glasnost is a good idea, but:
needs time to catch on," Schectern
said in a brief speech preceding them
video presentation. "It should be ap-
proached with great expectation, yet
prudence."
Schecter's video excerpt featured;
refusenik families' discussions od
problems they face in the Soviet
Union. They focused on changesF
which glasnost and perestroika hadF
brought about in their personal
lives.
Glasnost and perestroika have
been termed by Soviet leader Gor-
bachev as the country's commitment
to "openness" and"restructuring."

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Fugi-
tive David Davis returned to Michi-
gan yesterday after eight years of be-
ing hunted by authorities on a charge
of murdering his wife by injecting
her with muscle relaxant.
Davis, 44, was handcuffed and
shackled when he was led by federal
marshals into the Federal Building.
State police spokesman Robert
Nelson said he heard Davis say, "I
didn't do it," when a crowd of wait-
ing reporters questioned him as he
walked by.
State police Detective Sgt. Dou-
glas Barrett said the warrant charging
Davis with first-degree murder in
connection with the death of his wife
Shannon Davis would be read to him

inside a holding cell in the Federal
Building.
Davis would then be advised of
his rights and transferred to Hillsdale
County Jail to await his scheduled
arraignment today in 2nd District
Court in Hillsdale, Barrett told re-
porters before Davis' arrival.
Barrett said security was in-
creased for the transfer because of the
notoriety that surrounds the case.
Davis was apprehended in Amer-
ican Samoa after a woman recog-
nized him from a rebroadcast of the
NBC-TV show "Unsolved Mysteries
" which featured the death of Shan-
non Davis.
Shannon Davis died at the cou-
ple's farm in Waldron on July 23,

1980. Davis maintained she fell and
hit her head while riding a horse, but
authorities said later investigations
showed she had been injected with a
muscle relaxant.
Davis spent several years living
in the Caribbean and Alaska during
his flight from authorities. He had
been living under the name of David
Bell in American Samoa for more
than three years and was chief pilot
for Samoa Air, a small inter-island
airline.
After being arrested in American
Samoa on Jan. 6, Davis was trans-
ferred to Honolulu, where he waived
extradition to Michigan.

Tower denies

CBS segment, study to focus
on stress in university life

drinking
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense
Secretary-designate John Tower to-
day denied allegations that he has a
drinking problem yesterday morning.
Conservative activist Paul
Weyrich said Tuesday that he had
on a number of occasions" seen
Tower publicly inebriated and in the
company of women other than his
wife.
But in a closed committee, Sen.
Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) said
Tower denied that he was a woman-
izer, had drinking problems or that
past business ties with military
contractors would hamper his work.
Tower later responded to the alle-
gations in an open session. Asked
by Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., the

charges
committee chair, if he has a drinking
problem, the nominee replied, "I
have none. I'm a man of some
discipline."
Nunn expressed chagrin Tuesday
after Weyrich testified that "after a.
number of occasions" he had seen,
Tower publicly drunk and in the,
company of women other than his
wife. Tower has been divorce twice.
Tower said last week in two days
of testimony that he received fees of;
more than $1 million for consulting,
work for seven defense contractors.V
The committee is expected to ap-
prove Tower to head the Defense
Department, and. there was no
immediate indication that Weyrich's
remarks would charge that.

BY DIANE COOK
University students are experiencing more stress
than ever before, according to a study published in
January by a University of California at Los Angeles
research team.
This finding is the basis for a segment on stress on
campus for the CBS This Morning show, which will
be broadcast from the University between 7 and 9 a.m
Friday.
About 300,000 university students around the
country were given the survey, exploring their feelings
on a wide range of topics. An overall 20 percent in-
crease form last year was reported on questions regard-
ing student depression and heavy workloads.

"Stress has been in the news after the UCLA re-
port," said Jeff Cooperman, who produced the seg-
ment. "We're going to take a look at stress factors on
campus."
The segment will feature the University's Student
Counseling Services, an office which offers counseling
at no charge to enrolled students.
"I see a lot of Superman-Superwoman syndromes
on campus. There is a tremendous focus on grades,
rather than seeing the college experience as an educa-
tional process," said Tom Morrison, a counselor at
Counseling Services who will be interviewed for the
show.

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CORRECTIONS
University Housing Advisor Carolyn Shaklee's name was misspelled in
Wednesday's paper.

Apple preservative may
contribute to cancer

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University Communications Prof.
in yesterday's paper.

James Gindin's name was misspelled

THE

LIST

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
Visiting Writer Series - Debra
Bruce, reading from her work, Rack-
ham E. Conference Rm., 5 pm.
"The Cost of Children and the
Cost of Sex Among Herero" -
Henry Harpending, Ph.D., Anthro.
Dept., Penn. State University, Rack-
ham E. Lecture Rm., 4 pm.
"Americans and Their Games"
- A. Bartlett Giamatti, William W.
Cook Lecture 3, 100 Hutchins Hall, 4
pm. Wheelchair accessible.
Meetings
Students Concerned About
Animal Rights - 124 E. Quad, 6-
8 pm.
ACLU Meeting - Law School,
424 Hutchins Hall, 5:30 pm. To or-
ganize forum in Feb. on abortion and
father's rights.
Democratic Socialists of
America - 124 E. Quad, 7 pm.
Intervarsity Christian Fellow-
ship - Henderson Rm., Michigan
League, 7 pm.
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry - Rm. 3 Hillel, 6:30 pm.
Palestine Solidarity Committee
--212 MTLB 7 nm.

Islamic Coffee Hour Presents
"Islam & Superpowers" - 1303
EECS, 12:30-1:30 pm. Free refresh-
ments.
LASC Film Series - "One Way
or Another", Rackham Amphitheatre,
8 pm.
63rd Annual Kiwanis Sale -
Kiwanis Activities Center, Downtown
Ann Arbor, 10 am-6 pm. Used fur-
niture, clothing, books, toys, etc.
Northwalk - Sun.-Thurs., 9 pm-1
am. Call 763-WALK or stop 3224
Bursley.
Safewalk - Sun.-Thurs., 8 pm-
1:30 am; Fri.-Sat., 8-11:30 pm. Call
936-1000 or stop by 102 UGLi.
Performances
University Dance Company -
Presents Viva Stravinsky! Power
Center, 8 pm.
Michigan Theatre Las Vegas
Night - Blackjack, roulette, craps,
etc. Ann Arbor Inn Ballroom, 7-8:30
pm, free admission; 8:30-12 pm, $2.
Music at Mid-Day - Afro-
American Collections Center
Presentation, 12:15 pm. Free.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
government proposed a ban yesterday
on a chemical that makes apples
appear more appealing and last
longer, citing "an inescapable and
direct" link to cancer that could cause
five deaths for every 100,000 people
exposed.
While the Environmental
Protection Agency said the cancer
risk is not high enough to warrant
an emergency action to remove the
chemical from the market, it urged
its manufacturers to withdraw the
chemical until a final regulation
banning the chemical can be issued.
Officials said formal agency ac-
tion ordering the chemical withdrawn
will not likely come for another 18
months and then is likely to be
challenged, a process that could take
another one year to three years.
The object of the EPA's concern
is a growth control chemical called
daminozide, which is sold by the
trade-name Alar. The chemical is
absorbed by the fruit and has been

used by apple growers since the early
1970's to spur even growth, reduce
spoilage and help preserve apples so
they can be sold all year.
Alar's manufacturer, Uniroyal
Chemical Co. of Middlebury,
Conn., immediately challenged the
EPA findings and promised to con-
test any government ban. The com-
pany said it would not withdraw its
product voluntarily.
"We don't see any basis for tak-
ing (Alar) off the market," Uniroyal
spokesperson Yanis Bibelnieks said.
"All of the studies that have been
done since 1985 have supported our
position that Alar poses no signifi-
cant health risk."
He said it was "inappropriate to
make any judgements based on in-
terim results" cited by the EPA.
Bibelnieks said Alar production
has been reduced by about 75 percent
since 1985 because of the health
controversy which began in 1977
when it was first thought the
chemical might cause cancer.

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