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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 66 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, December 8, 1989 Th* NpaO
by Laura Counts
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
With abortion rights under fire
both nationally and statewide, a
group of pro-choice activists have
decided to bring the issue to local
level, proposing an amendment to
the Ann Arbor City Charter. The
amendment would declare the city a
"Zone of Reproductive Freedom."
The proposed amendment -
which would take effect only if abor-
tion were outlawed in Michigan -
would make abortion a civil infrac-
tion, punishable by a $5 fine.
It is based on the Michigan law
allowing cities to preempt state laws
*and enforce similar measures with
lesser penalties. Ann Arbor's $5
marijuana ordinance falls under this
The idea was proposed by Sabre
Briere, a School of Public Health
employee. She jokingly compared
the proposal to "nuclear-free zones,"
and the idea soon became serious.
Last Sunday, the pro-choice
coalition Citizens for Reproductive
Freedom began a petition drive to
get the question on next April's city
Briere predicted there would be no
problem getting the 3,800 signatures
necessary by the Jan. 2 deadline.
She cited Ann Arbor's rejection
of Proposal A - which banned
Medicaid-funded abortions in the
state - as evidence of pro-choice
strength in the city. "If I didn't think
See ZONE, Page 2
Choice looses critical
LSA sophomore Lisa Di Ponio serves to LSA junior Mike Harneling at the CCRB racquetball courts.
'M' ready for Devil of a time
by Karen Akerlof
Daily Staff Writer
Michigan Student Assembly
Election Director Michelle Putnam
said yesterday that she disposed of
the ballots for the contested assem-
bly LSA elections Tuesday night
after the Election Court validated the
Losing Choice candidates Nick
Mavrick and Jason Krumholtz -
both LSA juniors - discovered the
ballots had been destroyed yesterday
afternoon when they filed their
party's appeal with the judiciary to
contest the elections' validity.
Choice won one LSA seat in the
election; the Conservative Coalition
won eight of the remaining nine.
Putnam, an LSA sophomore,
said, "It is irrelevant at this point. I
don't think there is need for con-
cern," but would not comment fur-
ther on the matter.
Mavrick said Putnam and co-
Election Director Sumi Malhotra, a
third-year medical student, told him
they tossed the ballots after consult-
ing with assembly General Counsel
The assembly's compiled code re-
quires the ballots be forwarded to the
Election Court for certification, but
doesn't specify when the ballots may
Choice losing candidate, and LSA
sophomore, Jennifer Van Valey said,
"All common sense would say none
of this should be done, but it isn't
written anywhere that it can't be."
Choice's appeal will be taken up
by the judiciary's highest court
Monday night, CSJ Chief Justice
Laura Miller said. The judiciary will
decide whether to hear Choice's ap-
peal and, if so, it could possibly
overrule the Election Court's Tues-
Since Tuesday night, Choice can-
didates have questioned the number
of invalid ballots - 19 - produced
by Putnam for CSJ during the Elec-
tion Court trial. The candidates said
the number was too low, considering
the number of people who had con-
tacted their party after voting on
When Miller, a natural resources
junior, pronounced the LSA elec-
tions valid on Tuesday she labeled
Choice's allegations "hearsay," and
said the court could not take the al-
legations into account until Choice
produced more inaccurate ballots.
Putnam's disposal of the ballots
renders such a recount impossible.
Miller said she told Putnam "to
hold onto the ballots," but that Put-
nam clearly didn't understand.
"It wasn't improper procedure be-
cause the (MSA) Constitution says
the Election Court validates the elec-
tion," Miller said.
See MSA, Page 2
by Taylor Lincoln
Daily Basketball Writer
Saturday's game between Michi-
gan and Duke will be long forgotten
by tournament time, but it might
provide an early-season litmus test
to determine who the Final Four
contenders will be when March
"There's nothing like a game like
this to tell you where you.are on a
national level," said Michigan for-
ward Loy Vaught.
No. 6 Duke has the dubious task
of replacing two starters, including
Danny Ferry, the second player cho-
sen in last year's NBA draft. But by
virtue of reaching the Final Four
three of the past four years, the Blue
Devils have proven themselves to be
a perennial power. This year's team
has lost only once, 80-78, to No. I
Syracuse, Wednesday night.
The Blue Devils sport a formid-
able front line, featuring the forward
tandem of Robert Brickey and Chris-
tian Laettner. Brickey is averaging
over 19 points a game. Laettner, a 6-
foot-11 power forward, is averaging
18 points and 11 rebounds.
"It's going to be tough," Mich-
igan power forward Terry Mills said.
"Me and Loy have got to crash the
boards. Sean and Rumeal have to get
out there and run the floor."
At the guard positions, Duke has
a senior and a frosh. The senior, Phil
Henderson, is scoring 17 points with
six assists while the rookie, Bobby
Hurley, has 6.5 assists per game.
Regardless of who wins, there
See DUKE, page 9
Change in E. Europe
Soviet Republics bid Czech Premier resigns
for political reform during bargaining
MOSCOW (AP) - The Communist Party suffered PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) - Premier
a major defeat in the Soviet Union yesterday when the Ladislav Adamec resigned yesterday while still bargain-
republic of Lithuania abolished constitutional guaran- ing with a powerful opposition that demanded the
tees of Communist supremacy and legalized a multi- Communists form an acceptable government or suffer
party system. another general strike.
Similar action has been taken in Poland, Czechoslo- Adamec announced his resignation at a meeting with
vakia, Hungary and East Germany as part of the wave of non-Communist party officials about changes in the
political upheaval and reform that is diminishing the government, said Bohuslav Kucera of the Socialist
role of the Communist Party in those nations. Party. He quoted Adamec as saying a new, younger
Lithuania's parliament defied Moscow with a re- leader was needed to achieve a compromise.
sounding 243-1 vote to end the party's total dominance President Gustav Husak asked Deputy Premier Mar-
of all political and social organizations within the Baltic ian Calfa to take over and continue searching for a solu-
republic. Another 98 deputies abstained or stayed away tion, the official CTK news agency reported.
from the session. Calfa, a Communist, has attended most of Adamec's
President Mikhail Gorbachev has resolutely opposed recent meetings with opposition leaders, who rejected
a multiparty system for the Soviet Union. The chal- the Cabinet he formed Dec. 3.
lenge to the Communist power structure comes at a Adamec had been expected to name a new govern-
time when he faces a crippled economy, growing na- ment today that would involve some form of power
tionalism and demands from conservative communists sharing with the opposition, which in a few weeks has
for more order. become strong enough to break the Communist Party's
The move in Lithuania, one of 15 Soviet republics, 41-year monopoly on power.
thrilled other Soviet activists who are organizing a two- The Civic Forum opposition movement and its Slo-
See REPUBLICS, page 2 See CZECH, page 2
by Alex Gordon
Daily News Editor
Room and board game -N I 'M ~"'
Students in Mary Markley take a break from studying. Here are some pieces of trivia which you all should
know. Corinthian columns first appeared at the Temple of Apollo in Bassai. Homer may not have written the
final few chapters of the "Odyssey." Eggs become heavier near the Equator. Myrna Loy never did a nude scenE
in a movie. Ringo actually wrote "Octopus's Garden." One of these was false. See if you can spot which one?
'U' profs. join hundreds
to stop aid to El Salvador
by Noelle Vance leadership of Alfredo Cristiani I think what it's doing is inappro
Daily Government Reporter (ARENA) has escalated in the last ate."
Outraged by recent killings in El
Salvador, more than 700 university
faculty and staff members across the
country have signed a national peti-
tion calling for the end of U.S. mili-
tary aid to the Salvadoran govern-
The petition, sponsored by Fac-
ulty for Human Rights in El Sal-
vador and Central America
(FACHRES), was printed in The
four weeks, killing more than 500
and wounding over one thousand.
Bombs have almost completely
destroyed the University of El Sal-
vador and the Central University of
"I'm not a scholar on Central
America," said Audrey Gomen, stu-
"I'm concerned about
making a public state-
The advertisement called for an
immediate end of U.S. aid to El Sal-
vador. Total U.S. aid to El Salvador
in 1989, according to volumes one
and two of the U.S. Congressional
Foreign Aid Report, was $394.8
million. Included was $85 million in
military aid and $1.4 million for in-
ternational military education and
If U.S. aid to El Salvador was
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