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ALMA, Mich. (AP) - A
program in international business
offered by Alma College continues
to attract students to the tiny central
Michigan school, despite a growing
debate about the value of the degree.
Alma is one of the few colleges
that offers an international business
degree. Other schools with a similar
program includes the University of
South Carolina, Arkansas State and
Pall State.
? Many scholars agree that
international experience is necessary
if U.S. companies are to be
ompetitive in the world economy,
put some academicians are
Fhallenging the worth of a degree in
international business.
"Companies prefer business
hmajors who have competence in
nterational as well as other areas,"
laid Gunther Dufey, group
chairperson of the international
business group at the University of
;Michigan. "We discourage people
From going into a purely
nternational business curriculum."
Of the 14 people expected to
graduate from Alma's program this
sprmg, only one so far has found a
;ob in international business. None
;of the 70 students who have
graduated from the program since
,1981 are working abroad.
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beginning of the flight and was just
trying to hassle the flight attendant
when she asked him to move his
camera. Later when he screamed 'we
are going to die' most people
ihought that it was a joke,"
Abensohn said.
The pilot announced that the
plane was undergoing mechanical
difficulties and would have to land in
John Ashton, director of security
~or.American Trans Air told, The
,Detroit News that because the pilot
was notified of the threats while the
Splane was moving down the runway
it was impossible for him to abort
the takeoff.
When the flight landed in
Indianapolis, Pierson was arrested by
,FBI agents who escorted him fron
,the plane.
"It was just like a spy movie,"
said Steve Yaung, LSA sophomore.
"Two men in dark glasses came onto
* the plane and took this guy away.
4Nobody suspected that there was a
'bomb scare so everybody was taken
:by surprise."'
Once on the ground, the
passengers were directed off the plane
dnto a terminal while the FBI and
;bomb squad dogs searched the plane
for two hours.

After the search, Pat White, a
supervisor of operations for
American Trans Air came into the
terminal to address the crowd.
"We are pleased to inform you
,that no explosives were found on the
Plane and we will be ready to board
*hortly," she said.
Sandy Houston, an American
Trans Air passenger service
representative, spoke to a group of
students who had reservations about
e-boarding the plane.
"The plane would not take off if
there was an explosive on it," she


The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 6, 1989-Page 3
'Parking amnesty'
to begin March 28

If you ignore parking tickets -
stuffing them in the garbage or the
glove compartment instead of paying
them - you're not alone. The city
of Ann Arbor is waiting for payment
on $3.5 million worth of tickets.
But a "parking amnesty" program is
going to allow ticket holders to pay
50% of the ticket price.
Ann Arbor City Council mem-
bers expect the program will gener-
ate about $350,000 to help alleviate
the city's estimated deficit of $2.8
"It allows the city to make a big
dent in our fiscal budget difficulties,"
said councilmember Larry Hunter
(D-First Ward), the resolution's
sponsor. "It sort of does something
nice for the people who have to pay
all the time."

Ann Arbor's 15th District Court
judges opposed the resolution, say-
ing it would encourage disrespect for
the law. But the council passed the
bill with a 7-3 vote.
Ticket debts may be paid between
March 28 and May 1. Hunter has
proposed that four temporary
cashiers be hired to handle collec-
tions on weekdays from noon to 8
p.m. at City Hall. Payments may
also be mailed.
The council has pledged to crack
down on those who do not take ad-
vantage of the amnesty and continue
to ignore their tickets. Ticket holders
may be served court summonses,
have their vehicles towed, or not
have their driver licenses renewed.
The program will only apply to
tickets issued before Jan. 1, 1989.

Associated Press
The Rev. Jesse Jackson shows his support for the International Association of Machinists union
strike against Eastern Airlines during a rally yesterday near the Atlanta airport.
Eastern Airlines rendered
helpless as pilots walk out

City council to
mandate recycling.,

MIAMI (AP) - Eastern
Airlines warned its pilots they
risked their future by honoring
picket lines in the 2-day-old
Machinists strike, which cut flights
drastically, stranded weary
passengers at airports and threatened
to expand to a nationwide
transportation snarl.
Eastern pilots, who virtually
shut down the money-losing carrier
by honoring picket lines of the
striking Machinists Union, are
risking not only their careers but
"the very existence" of the airline,
said Eastern spokesperson Robin
"By continuing to stay out, the
pilots are committing economic
suicide," he said at a news briefing.
Eastern was hit with a strike at
12:01 a.m. Saturday by the
Machinists union. About 8,500
mechanics, baggage handlers and
ground crews walked out over
Eastern's demand for contract

concessions, escalating a 17-month
union-management battle at the
nation's seventh-largest airline.
Eastern ordinarily schedules
1,000 flights with 100,000
passengers daily. On Saturday just
85 flights took off: expectations
were for 125 flights, Matell said.
Nineteen had gone by 2 p.m. EST,
the pilots said.
The strike threatened to spill
over into a union sympathy action
against as many as 12 commuter
railroads around the country , which
could create rush-hour havoc this
morning, especially in the New
York metropolitan area. Strikers
planned picketing at commuter
railroads and received assurances no
-ail workers would cross their lines.
But U.S. District Judge Robert
Patterson yesterday signed a
temporary order blocking sympathy
strikes by workers at three railroads
in the metropolitan New York area,
said spokesperson for the

Metropolitan Transportation
Authority. The order was not made
public immediately.
Ed Yule, general chairperson of
the United Transportation Union
which represents conductors and
railworkers on the Long Island Rail
Road and Metro-North Commuter
Rail Road, said his workers intend
to obey the law. But he said he has
asked the railroads to have any
pickets removed.
If his members try to cross
picket lines, Yule said, "they could
get their heads bashed in, they could
get their cars turned over, they
could get their families threatened."
And Transportation Secretary
Samuel Skinner, interviewed on
NBC's "Meet the Press" said that if
the situation warrants, the Bush
administration will propose
legislation eliminating provisions
in the Railway Labor Act that
allow secondary picketing.

A proposed city ordinance may
soon make taking out the garbage a
little more complicated. The ordi-
nance would prohibit certain items
from Ann Arbor's local landfill and
require residents to separate recy-
clables from their garbage.
The ordinance itself has not been
passed but last week the council re-
solved to implement the ordinance
by this spring.
"It's very complicated to get the
ordinance drafted. We have to put it
in a form the city can work with,"
said councilmember Liz Brater (D-
Third Ward), the resolution's co-
The city council voted to imple-
ment a mandatory recycling ordi-
nance by mid-April. The resolution
followed the adoption of the Solid
Waste Task Force Report, which
outlines ways to ease the city's solid
waste disposal crisis. The report
calls for four new recycling centers
to be scattered throughout the city, a

composting facility for yard waste,
and research into a variable waste
A variable fee would create a
sliding scale for garbage pickup. One
way for implementing the fee would
be a limit on the amount of garbage
cans per household; if the limit is
exceeded a charge would be assessed.
Brater said the people of Ann
Arbor - which has the highest re-
cycling participation rate in the state
- are behind recycling.
"There's a general overwhelming
support for comprehensive recy-
cling," she said.
The ordinance would include only
limited punitive measures, such as
small fines. Mike Garfield, Envi-
ronmental Issues Director at Ann
Arbor's Ecology Center, said the or-
dinance would be more educational
than punitive, like Michigan's seat-
belt law.
The Ecology Center offered a
proposal on mandatory recycling last
year which will serve as a starting
point for the council.

Despite growing numbers,
Moslems still fight stereotypes

Railroad officials

S .slam may surpass Judaism as the nation's largest
minority religion by the turn of the century, but
American Moslems still are struggling to find their
place in a nation that has long defined itself as
"Protestant, Catholic, Jewish."
The U.S. publication of Salman Rushdie's "The
Satanic Verses", a novel some consider blasphemous,
is to many of the nation's estimated 3.5 million
Moslems only the latest example of how acceptable
anti-Moslem prejudice has become in America.
"The eight years they lived under Reagan were not
easy years. The enemy moved from being the 'evil
empire' of the Soviet Union to Islam." said Yvonne
Haddad, professor of Islamic history at the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. "I've seen the prejudice.
It's almost American to bash Islam."
Nor has their exclusion from the American reli-
gious landscape ended with Reagan's departure, accord-
ing to Moslem leaders. There were neither Moslem
participants nor any mention of Islam at an Interfaith
National Prayer Service after President Bush's inaugu-
"We felt a bit insulted but blamed it on their igno-
rance rather than discourtesies," said Mohammed
Mehdi, a co-chair of the North American Interfaith
Network and-secretary general of the National Council
on Islamic Affairs. The service was organized by a
National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving committee.
Ever since interfaith support was drummed up for

World War I, with Protestant, Catholic and Jewish
leaders showing unprecedented cooperation, the portrait
of the nation as consisting of three basic faiths has
been implanted on the public mind.
Moslems have settled in America since the 19th
century, but tremendous growth did not take place un-
til the 1960s and 1970s when relaxed immigration
rules and a jump in Islamic students related to the oil
boom coincided with a movement by Blacks to Islam.
No one knows how many Moslems there are in the
U.S. estimates range from 2 million to 10 million,
but many scholars and religious leaders say Haddad's
estimate of between 3 million and 4 million is most
If that estimate is correct, there are more Moslems
in the United States than two of the nation's most in-
fluential denominations, the 3-million-member Pres-
byterian Church and the 2.5 million-member Episco-
pal Church.
Because of higher rates of immigration, births and
conversions among Moslems, there also is substantial
agreement with Haddad's assessment that if current
demographic trends continue the nation's Moslem
population will be larger that the Jewish population
"possibly by the year 2000, definitely by 2015." The
nation's Jewish population is estimated at 5.9 million.
But growing numbers have not meant growing re-
spect for Moslems, who still must contend with pub-
lic perceptions of them ranging from "camel jockeys"
to more dangerous stereotypes fostered by American
anger over the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran.

look into
LONDON (AP) -The driver of a
passenger train that hit another train
and killed ive people said yesterday
he ran through a red light before the
collision, but there is evidence he
tried to stop, a British Rail official
Gordon Pettitt, general manager
of British Rail's Southern Region,
said investigators found signs of
"severe brake application" by David
Morgan before his train rammed the
other train Saturday.
Morgan was one of 94 people in-
jured when his train, travelling from
Littlehampton to London, hit a
London-bound train, traveling from
Horsham. Authorities said the Hor-
sham train was crossing from the
slow track onto the main line when

when it was struck from behind.
Thirty-one victims were
hospitalized yesterday, 10 in'serious
condition, Scotland Yard said.
"The safety of our signaling sys-
tem does obviously depend on
drivers stopping at red lights. It did
not stop." Pettitt added.
"We have a system of multiple
signaling where a driver gets an
indication of a red light three sec-
tions back."
Pettitt said investigators were
looking for anything that might of-
fer an explanation for the crash. He
said there was no evidence of sabo-
tage and that the signaling equip-
ment at Purley Station, outside
London, appeared to be working

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