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'age 2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 10, 1989
Student lobbyists
to converge at U'

Student leaders from around the
state will gather together at the Uni-
versity this weekend to create a uni-
fied voice for student concerns.
During a retreat sponsored by the
Michigan Collegiate Coalition
(MCC), a state-wide student lobby-
ing group, 60 student government
representatives from 13 public uni-
versities will learn'lobbying tech-
niques and discuss issues of higher
"A united student force creates
power," said Margie Heinlen, the
MCC student governor who repre-
sents the University. "We're work-
ing on getting students appointed to
boards at the state level, which will
give us more of a chance of getting
students appointed to boards on the
university level."
The retreat will allow student
leaders to respond to President
George Bush's State of the Union
address, Gov. James Blanchard's
State of the State address and the
group's meeting with Blanchard last
month, said Heinlen, an LSA junior.
The coalition will also draft a re-
sponse to Blanchard's statements on
tuition, said Michigan Student As-
sembly Rep. Zachary Kittrie, an
LSA junior.

Alaina Lewis, chair of MCC, said
the retreat this weekend was sched-
uled "to help students understand the
appropriations process and the poli-
tics going on in Lansing and to get
them thinking about certain actions
they can take in regard to bills."
At last month's meeting, students
expressed concern to Blanchard about
the rising cost of tuition at state
Each of Michigan's 15 public
universities has one student governor
who represents them in MCC. The
governors, who are the main deci-
sion making body of the organiza-
tion, will also be holding their bi-
monthly meeting during the week-.
Among the speakers for the
weekend is State Sen. William Se-
derburg (R-E. Lansing), chair of the
Senate Appropriations Subcom-
mittee on Higher Eductition, who
will give a presentation regarding a
beer and wine petition drive.
The petition proposes increasing
taxes on certain types of alcohol and
using the money for higher educa-
tion, said Lewis.
Mary Ann Swain, associate vice
president for Academic Affairs and
interim director of Affirmative Ac-
tion, will also be speaking.

Mourning Associated Press
HOLON, Israel - Vered Jerassi cries at the funeral of her
father, Albert, who died Wednesday from burns and suf-
focation after unknown assailants allegedly doused him
with gasoline and set fire to the van he was in. He was the
fourteenth Israeli to die since the intifadeh, or uprising,
began in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in December,
1987. Over 300 Palestinians have also died.

Union Board to reconsider
iYA .. book group's space request
Ik D%7 lu? - A T ITAn.,.

I - The Michigan Union Board de-
cided yesterday to consider a student
book exchange group's request for
operating space next year in the
"U nion.
t' Last December, Union Director
I'III Frank Cianciola denied Student Book
. Exchange-Textbooks for Less.(S BE)
permission to use Union space for
its January exchange.
SBE allows students to buy text-
'# '*j books for lower prices and sell them
for more money than other retail
Next month, SBE will make a

presentation for space to the board,
which will advise Cianciola on his
final decision.
Currently Barnes and Noble is the
only bookstore operating in the
Union. If SBE receives Cianciola's
permission, it could make for text-
book competition.
Some board members said they
object to this prospect. "Compe-
tition is not necessary," said Uni-
versity alum Matthew Neumeier, a
board member. "I don't think anyone
supports student bookstores more
than I have, but Frank made a
commitment to Barnes and Noble. If
we lose an anchor (B and N) down
there, we're going to be .in big trou-
ble," Neumeier said.
Cianciola said he has an under-
standing with Union retailers that he
would not allow potentially com-
peting services to operate in the
Others disagreed, saying com-
petition would help students. "I
really don't think SBE is a very sig-
nificant threat to Barnes and Noble at
all," said Susan Overdorf, a board
member and vice president of the
Michigan Student Assembly. It's
more important to allow a student
group to use the Union if it is going
to try and save students money, she
SBE Vice President Steve Bleis-
tein praised the board's decision. "If
there's enough pressure on Cianci-
ola, there's a possibility that he will
decide to grant our request."
Huron St. (between State & Division)
across from Campus Inn
Sunday, 9:55 a.m.: Worship Service
11:15 a.m. Church School classes, all ages
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.: free supper,
fellowship, and Bible Study.
(across the.CCRB off Washtenaw)
10 a.m.: Morning Worship "Lent: Journey
through the Desert"
6 p.m.: Evening Prayers plus "Public Places,
Private Spaces", an original video of
modern dance. Music by Stephen Rush,
U-M Dance Department
Everyone welcome!
(Episcopal Church Chaplaincy)
218 N. Division (at Catherine)
Sunday Schedule
Holy Eucharist - 5 p.m.
Celebrant and Preacher:
The Rev. Dr. Virginia Peacock
Supper - 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m. - Life Beneath the Gloss:
'Jsus' Way of Seeing"
Call 665-0606
801 South Forest at Hill Street
Sunday: Worship at 10 a.m.

Similar student book exchanges
have operated out of the Union in
the past. U-Cellar began in 1968 as
a student co-op running in the
Union's basement. The group re-
ceived funding after many students
protested the administration because
of high textbook prices.
Neumeier, president of the ex-
change for a year, said Cianciola put
operating conditions on U-Cellar
when the Union was renovated in
1981. It could not sell insignia
items, which yielded the most rev-
enue, and Cianciola would not hesi-
tate to rent space to competitors, he
The group realized it could not
succeed under these conditions and
relocated to E Liberty Street. It op-
erated privately before facing finan-
cial difficulties which forced it out of
business in 1987.
In 1981, Barnes and Noble re-
placed the U-Cellar in the Union.
The store now pays $100,000 in
rent every three months for the
Union space.
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Attorney General: most of
stolen S&L assets are lost
WASHINGTON - President Bush's $50 million crash program to
prosecute white-collar crime, which is blamed for one of every four sav-
ings and loan failures, will recover only a tiny fraction of the billions of
dollars lost to embezzlement and fraud, Attorney General Dick Thorn-
burgh said yesterday.
In testimony before Senate Banking Committee members eager for re-
tribution against owners and operators whose insider loans drove many of
the S&Ls into insolvency, Thornburgh said little of the money is still
"In many cases, the assets have been dissipated and are beyond the
reach of federal authorities," he said. "We'd be fooling ourselves to think
that any substantial portion of these assets is going to be recovered."
Thornburgh's pessimism was disheartening to many lawmakers who
are being asked by Bush to have taxpayers fork out $40 billion of the
cleanup costs in the administration's rescue plan for the industry.
Mich. GOPs to elect chair
LANSING - With the internal warfare of the past two years behind
them, Michigan Republicans gather today to elect a state Chair and
discuss battle plans for the 1990 elections.
Spencer Abraham, the current Chair, faces no serious opposition for a
bid for his fourth two-year term, and while there may be sporadic battles
at the district level, no major dispute is anticipated, according to party
The only person challenging Abraham is Paul Jensen, of Ann Arbor,
who has run unsuccessfully for mayor and the state House.
Also up for election are six party vice-chairs, district chairs and
members of the state central committee.
About 1,870 Republican delegates and an equal number of alternates
will convene at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and nearby Grand Center
for district caucuses tonight, followed by the convention and election of
party leaders on Saturday.
Ford urged to recall cars
WASHINGTON- More than 5 million cars manufactured by Ford
Motor Co. between 1965 and 1985 have dangerously designed fuel
systems that have already caused more than 200 deaths in fiery rear-end
crashes, a group founded by trial lawyers contended Thursday.
The newly formed Institute for Injury Reduction urged Ford to recall
and fix the cars at a news conference.
Ford spokesman Jerald Horst said the company "is not aware of any
hazardous condition in their passenger cars which would warrant
modifications of their fuel systems, and we have confidence in their
He said requiring.automakers to modify older models to include each
improvement in the automotive product would mean "innovations and
improvements would soon come to a halt."
David E. Perry, a lawyer from Corpus Christi, Texas, said if Ford fails
to act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Congress
should step in to force a recall.
Dems still weary of Tower
WASHINGTON- Democrats said yesterday that Defense Secretary-
designate John Tower's nomination will hinge on answers to outstanding
questions. Meanwhile, Republicans rallied to Tower's side, with one
GOP member complaining of a "feeding frenzy" of allegations.
Armed Services Committee chair, Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) currently
opposes Tower's nomination. However, he added yesterday that no matter
how he personally voted, he'd be ready to work with Tower if the
confirmation goes through, .
Nunn also said, "there are questions that still have not been answered
to my satisfaction. I do not foreclose the possibility that there may be
satisfactory answers... but I have not received them yet."
Nunn has delayed a committee vote on the nomination at least until
Feb. 21 so the FBI can review allegations of a financial nature against the
former Texas senator. Other questions involve Tower's use of alcohol.
Fox's new family ties not
popular with prolific fan
LOS ANGELES - Michael J. Fox received 5,000 threatening letters
from a woman who was upset he got married, a district attorney investi-
gator said yesterday.
Tina Marie Ledbetter, 26, was arrested in Westlake Village last week
but was released after posting $100,000 bail, said investigator Gary
Schram. Ledbetter faces a possible charge of making terrorist threats,
officials said.
Fox, 27, who won two Emmys for his portrayal of the insufferable

conservative son of liberal parents on the NBC series "Family Ties,"
married his former co-star on the show, actress Tracy Pollan, last July.
They are expecting their first child.
Fox began receiving unsigned letters last February and the letters
continued after his marriage, said Al Albergate, spokesman for the Los
Angeles County district attorney's office.
"The letters threatened the lives of Fox, his wife and their yet-to-be-
born child," Albergate said.
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