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Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 73 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, January 12, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

TAMPA (AP) - Olympic diver
Bruce Kimball unexpectedly
switched his plea to guilty in his
drunken-driving manslaughter trial
yesterday, admitting he sped into a
crowd of teenagers last summer,
killing two and injuring four.
The plea came as trial testimony
began. The first witness, a deputy,
described body pieces he saw strewn
along a stretch of roadway when the
25-year-old athlete changed his mind
about his plea.
"Are you pleading guilty because
you are guilty and for no other
reason?" the judge asked.
His voice barely audible, Kimball
replied, "Yes."
In the face of strong evidence, the
1984 Olympic silver medalist
pleaded guilty to two counts of
driving under the influence,
manslaughter, and three counts of
causing great bodily harm during the
August 1, 1988 tragedy.
Dick Kimball, the University's
diving coach and his father, said, "He
did it for the right reasons. He did
not want to put the parents of the
kids through a horrible trial, or our
"We did not talk about it. It was
Bruce's decision. I am proud of him
because I think it is something
Bruce is trying to face and I'm really
sorry," said Kimball, sobbing.
An hour after the accident,
Kimball registered a blood alcohol
level of .2 percent, twice the limit at
which a person is considered
intoxicated under Florida law,
prosecutors said.
The diver will be held in custody
until sentencing on January 30. He
faces b'tw& seven and 22 years ins
prison, under state sentencing
A witness who saw Kimball get
out of the car would have testified
that he beat his fist on the ground
and said "there go the Olympics,"
assistant Hillsborough State
Attorney John Skye said.
The case generated extensive
publicity last summer when Kimball
decided to compete for a spot on the
1988 Olympic diving team less than
a month after the accident.
Outraged members of Mothers
Against Drunk Driving along with
friends and family of the victims
staged a silent protest in





A Residential College search
committee has chosen Herman
Blake, a Swarthmore College soci-
ology professor, as their nominee for
RC director, several committee
members said yesterday.
The committee recommended
Blake over five other finalists to
LSA Dean Peter Steiner in Decem-
ber. Steiner would not comment on
the choice, but a member of the
committee said Blake has been in-
vited to campus to "negotiate the
position" within the next few weeks.
Blake was travelling to Washing-
ton and could not be reached for
comment last night. It is unknown
whether he would accept the posi-
"It was pretty much a consensus
decision in favor of Blake," said Jeff
Allen, an RC senior on the search
committee, which consists of nine
faculty and three students.
"Blake has awakened in us the
original visions the founders of the
RC had," said Marty Richardson, a
sophomore on the search committee.
"He was motivational and exemplary
and uplifted the people who heard
him speak."
When Blake visited the RC last
month, several University graduate
students who had him as a professor
at Oakes College in Santa Cruz,
California unexpectedly came to
hear him speak and to talk about him
to the RC community.




Herman Blake
Candidate for director of
Residential College
B.A. from NYU -1960
M.A. from University of California,
Berkely - 1965
PhD. from University of California,
Berkely --1974
Currently Eugene M. Lang visiting
professor of Social Change at
Swarthmore College
President, Tongalloo College, 1984
Provost, Oakes College at
University of California, Santa
Cruz, 1972-1984
Professor of Sociology at
University of California,
Santa Cruz from 1966-1984
Named one of the top 100 young leaders
at the American Council on Education
in 1978
Age: 54 (born March 15, 1934)
"It is obvious that what he started
at Oakes College didn't end there.
Blake's students were very
impressed by him and that made an
impression on us," said Richardson.
Blake and the five other final
candidatesavisited the RC lastrmonth
to speak with students and faculty,
who wrote evaluations and ranked
each candidate.
After all of the candidates visited,
a general meeting was held to deter-
mine who RC students wanted as the
next director. The students expressed
unanimous support for Herman
Blake and subsequently put up peti-
tions around the college asking for

the signatures of other students who
supported Blake.
The petitions were sent to the
search committee before their meet-
"Herman Blake will expect as
much from us as we will expect
from him," said Patrick Staiger, a
junior on the RC Executive Com-
mittee, at the general meeting. "He's
got ideas about how to change the
RC and it sounds like he'll really do
"He has a way of using his mot-
tos to make other people accept
them," said Richardson. "He
believes that no one is unteachable.
He said it is possible to teach even
the most non-traditional student."
In a six-hour meeting on Dec. 18,
the search committee read all of the
evaluations and rankings before de-
ciding upon Blake.
"We talked a lot about Blake ver-
sus Herb Eagle," said Richardson.
Herb Eagle is the present interim di-
rector of the RC.
"Blake is an external candidate so
he will probably be treated better by
the administration and Eagle has
agreed to work alongside Blake if he
is hired."
Blake is expected to announce the
dates of his visit within the next few
"We are in a very delicate point
of negotiation right now," said
Charlie Bright, an RC history
professor on the search committee.

Dr. Dave Jackson and Dr. Cheryl Hayes of the University
Hospitals, examine an underwater scene ice sculpture
created by Cynthia Halse. The sculpture is part of an exhi-
bition in the Hospital courtyard.



When classes are cancelled Mon-
day, University students will be able
to choose from a long list of activi-
ties planned by the administration
and students to honor Martin Luther
King Jr.'s Birthday.
But many students across the
country don't have the day off, while
others find few opportunities to cel-
ebrate on campus.
"That is the difference between
Michigan State and the University of
Michigan," said MSU student Joe
Lamport, who must attend class on
Monday. "University of Michigan
students know how to get out and
fight for things around them," he
said, referring to past student strug-
gle to get classes cancelled for the

holiday here.
Lmp6rt said MSU held a Unity
March last week, but few other
events are scheduled, "because stu-
dents don't get that involved," he
University of Georgia at Atlanta
students don't have the day off, and
any activities honoring Dr. King
will be organized by students, said
Sharlene Smith, editor of the Red
and Black student newspaper there.
Although classes will be can-
celled for University students in Ann
Arbor, they will be held at the Flint
and Dearborn campuses.
"The students are almost all
commuters... We felt it would be
better to have a week of events
organized around school hours," said

Committee to.plan cvents. But the
students must find the time to attend
such events between classes.
"We have always had classes, and
I do not remember us having a unity
march," said Melanie Fridl, a senior
at Northwestern University.
Without cancelling classes,
Dartmouth College is planning a
week of celebration for Martin
Luther King Jr., said school news-
paper editor Liza Labada. Events
there will include students, faculty,
and staff, she said.
More similar to the University's
plans, Stanford University will can-
cell classes and have many speakers,
events, and a unity march involving
faculty, staff, and students.
Rev. Samuel Proctor, a personal

friend of King and Pastor of the
abyssinian Baptist Church in New
York, will speak there.
Stanford began celebrating Martin
Luther King Jr. Day in 1984, a year
before it was recognized as a national
holiday, said Kathy O'Toole, a
member of the Commemoration of a
Dream Committee there. But the
Stanford Black Student Union has
held an annual unity march to honor
Dr. King since his assasination in
Rev Allan Boesak, President of
the World Alliances of Reformed
Churches and a South African anti-
aparthied leader will be the keynote
speaker at Stanford.

Director of News and Information
Steven Wasko.
Other schools, such as the Uni-
versity of Chicago, have committees
similar to the University of Michi-
gan's Commemoration of a Dream

See King, Page 2

'U' Council will likely

*meet by
The University Council, a nine-memf
drafts rules for student conduct, is expec
February for the first time in more than a
Three students and three administrator
been selected for the panel, but the three
bers have not yet been picked by the Sen
Committee on University Affairs, the f
erning body.
The faculty nominees will be announc
few days, and will likely be approveda
assembly meeting, SACUA Chair Beth R
Reed, a professor of social work, sai
members have been tentatively selected
not release their names until a third rep

early February
ber panel that The council's first task will be to choose a neutral
ted to meet in mediator to facilitate compromise. The council then
year. plans to discuss guidelines for student protest on cam-
s have already pus, said student representative Julie Murray.
faculty mem- The council has been called ineffective by the Uni-
nate Advisory versity's Board of Regents because student members
aculty's gov- have consistently refused to accept any proposal that
would sanction students for non-academic behavior. In
,ed in the next the past, council members have angrily stormed out of
at the Jan. 23 meetings when both sides seemed unwilling to com-
Zeed said. promise.
d two faculty The University Council's future became cloudy last
, but she will July, when the regents voted to disband the body in a
)resentative is See Council, Page 2

Chemical weapons
agreement reached

Laura and Debbie, University Health Services peer volunteers describe a diagram of the
female anatomy at a program on contraception last night at Chicago House in West Quad.
See Story, Page 8.
Smokers face greater

PARIS (AP) - The United Na-
tions conference of 149 countries
pledged yesterday not to use chemi-
cal weapons and to work to elimi-
nate them, but it's final declaration
was tempered by political compro-
mise between Arab and Western na-
*tions. .,

they would pursue their objective at
negotiations in Geneva.
The United States, the most fer-
vent opponent of the Arab states,
succedded in blocking these efforts to
link the two types of weapons. The
U.S. was not interested in dealing
with nuclear arms and felt the two
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