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Vol. I C, No. 123 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 30, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily
Hoffman, Davis nab early Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dustin book," Dav
Hoffman, who drew raves for his prize of the
meticulously detailed portrayal of an the novel o
autistic man in Rain Man, won the Oscar the winning
for Best Actor last night at the 61st Davis' a
Academy Awards. from the au
Geena Davis, as the free-spirited dog Auditorium
trainer in the The Accidental Tourist, and to be Franc
Kevin Kline, as the wild-eyed, oversexed sippi Burni
safecracker and seafood lover in A Fish Working Gi
Called Wanda, were surprise Oscar win- "This is
ners in supporting roles. also had no
"First of all, I want to thank Anne ner.
Tyler for writing such a wonderful Rain M
blow for reform
MOSCOW (AP) - The Communist Party news-
paper Pravda said yesterday that Soviet voters struck a
blow for reform in legislative elections, which many
official candidates lost, and three dates were announced
for runoff contests.
The newspaper said Sunday's election, the first in
10 years to give voters a choice, was a vote for the
new policies of President Mikhail Gorbachev.
"Voters did not simply vote, like it was earlier, but
they really made a choice, giving their preference to
candidates whose pre-election platforms suited them
better," Pravda said. "Choosing people's deputies, the
country voted for perestroika."
The official news agency Tass said candidates in
275 districts failed to win the majority needed for a
seat in th enew 2,250-member Congress of People's
"Elections will be held May 14 in 199 electoral
districts in which neither of the two candidates running
for parliament seats won the majority," it said.
In 76 districts with three or more candidates, none
of whom got a majority, runoffs will be held April 2
and April 9 between the top two candidates in each
race, thnagency said.
Sunday's vote was for 1,500 of the parliament
seats. The other 750 were filled by the party and offi-
cial institutions without elections.
Official results will not be released for several days,
but the news reports yesterday added details about the
See Election, Page 2
vis said in accepting the first
night. Davis has said she read
f the same name and coveted
role of Muriel.
award drew yelps of approval
idience of 6,500 in the Shrine
. The favorites had appeared
ces McDormand for Missis-
ng and Sigourney Weaver for
astonishing," said Kline, who
t been considered a front-run-
an was favored to take home
top honors at the show. The low-key
drama about a conniving car salesperson
learning to love lis autistic brother had
eight nominations, more than any other
movie of 1988. It was considered a good
bet to win Oscars for best picture, best
actor, and best director, and has grossed
$134.6 million at the box office.
Yet Rain Man lost the first two cate-
gories for which it was nominated -
Original Score and Art Direction, which
went to The Milagro Beanfield War and
See Oscars, Page 9
Eric Anugraham flew in
from Dallas and arrived at
the Shrine at 6:30 a.m. on
reward was a front row seat
for the Academy Awards
ceremony. 'Dustin Hoff-
man is my favorite,' he ex-
BY MICAH SCHMIT
with wire reports
Michigan schools face the same challenge to adapt
to changing times that confronted the state's factories,
said state Commerce Director Doug Ross yesterday.
Ross was one of more than 10 speakers at a national
conference on economics held at the University's
School of Business Administration.
The conference, which focused on recent research
findings by University economists, was held in
conjunction with a day-long symposium titled
"Beyond the Rust Belt: Michigan's Economy in the
1980s and 1990s."
The symposium included presentations by
economists from the University, Wayne State
University, and the Michigan Department of
State officials and businesses are interested in
promoting new public school programs. Their aim is
to produce graduates who can thrive in today's diverse
industrial climate, Ross said.
Ross compared the skills previously required by
workers to those required by crew members at the oar
of an ancient ship.
"With reasonable synchronization you were
expected to pull for eight hours," he said.
And because workers don't face the type of
immediate overseas competition that confronted
Michigan's automakers, schools may be slower to
change, and thus new incentives must be found, Ross
Ross addressed about 100 economic experts from
universities, businesses, and state government.
Education was a recurring theme among economists
who spoke, said University Professor and symposium
organizer Paul Courant. "The best way we can create
quality jobs is to create people who do well in quality
"Michigan's economy has been very successful at
creating jobs, especially in sectors that were relatively
unimportant previously," Courant added.
But, he said, "the only reliable way for a state or
regional economy to generate significant income
growth is through enhancing the skills of the
There's no place like...
Senior centerfielder Beth Mueller slides into home yesterday against Wayne State. She went 3-
for-4 in the first game, including a double. See Story, Page 11
Waste expert vies
for 4th Ward spol
BY NOAH FINKEL this election has been the
This year's race for Ann Arbor overflowing landfill, and Kolb
City Council seems tailored for as an environmental consult
may help incumbent
Elections '89 I
Chris Kolb, the Democratic candi-
date for a Fourth Ward council seat.
One of the two main issues of
cializing in industrial waste man-
Kolb, a graduate of the Univer-
sity's School of Natural Resources,
calls himself an expert on the land-
"City Council should have a bal-
ance," he said. "It should have
See Kolb, Page 2
BY KRISTINE LALONDE
When your party enjoys a
stronghold in your ward, what moti-
Elections '89 Li
vates you to campaign?
This is the situation incumbent
Jerry Schleicher faces in his Fourth
Ward race for Ann Arbor City
Council. This decade, citizens in the
ward have elected only Republicans.
Just two Democrats served in the
sixties and seventies.
But Schleicher said he "never
takes anything for granted," so he's
campaigning just like any other
Schleicher emphasized the simple
things when discussing his first term
See Schleicher, Page 2
...Fourth Ward challenger
...Fourth Ward incumbent
Czech teens fail to
hijack plane to U.S.
BY AMANDA NEUMAN
AND GIL RENBERG
Attempting "to place current de-
velopments in a longer context... of
the ebb and flow of human history,"
historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. told*
a crowd of 450 that the mood of the
American public runs in "cycles".
Speaking last night at the Power
Center as part of the LSA Student
Government's Speaker Series, the
historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, and
main advisor to President John,
Kennedy focused on the alternating
eras of private enterprise and public
purpose in modern America.
Schlesinger said cycles operate in
30-year intervals, which coincide
with the "span of a generation." A
generation's ideals, which he said are
formed between the ages of 16 and
25, reappear when that generation is
old enough to gain political control.
tides of conservative restoration,"h
which occurred in the twenties," .
fifties and eighties, Schlesinger said.
"Each swing of the cycle produces
presidents responsive to the national
mood," he said.
Schlesinger elaborated on this
subject, saying President Bush's vi-
sion of "a kinder, gentler America"
is a response to a "change in the
Under Reagan, we had
"narcissism" and "individualism."
Bush, he said, is trying to promote
an atmosphere of "volunteerism."
Schlesinger questioned this plan,
asking whether volunteerism can
"take the place of law."
Michael Dukakis's 1988 presi-
dential bid "was a little early," he
said. Schlesinger implied that the
Democrats will regain control of the
FRANKFURT, West Germany
(AP) - Two Czechoslovakian.
teenagers shot their way onto a jet-
liner yesterday in Prague and ordered
it to the United States, but the crew
convinced them it couldn't fly that
far and they gave up in Frankfurt.
They surrendered when American
military would not let them enter the
U.S. Air Force base adjacent to
Frankfurt's commercial airport.
Police said no one was hurt and
the incident ended peacefully less
than three hours after its violent start
in the Czechoslovakian capital where
nearly all passengers were freed.
Witnesses at Ruzyne Airport in
Prague said the teenagers took a
woman hostage, crashed through a
glass wall of the VIP lounge, fired
several shots and threatened a stew-
About 100 people were reported
to heon Tnnl-15 A of th
the ages of the hijackers and said
they initially demanded to be flown
to the United States.
The Hungarian agency MTI said
Lajos Taba, Hungarian consul gen-
eral in Prague, boarded the aircraft
and negotiated the release of 82 pas-
sengers, including all women and
children, trading himself for them.
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