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Page 2-The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 12, 1989
Mountain bikes
may endanger Arb

by Beth Johnson
The Arb, that peaceful retreat
.from the pressures of college life,
lias been invaded by bicycles -
specifically mountain bikes.
With little other terrain to ride
on, many students have turned to the
Arb, for off-road riding. Traditionally,
bijkgrs have been encouraged to use
the Arb, but as the popularity of
mountain biking has grown, the fo-
liage and soil there have been dam-
Harrison Morton, Arboretum di-
rector and professor of forestry in the
School of Natural Resources, said
the damage is not serious yet, but
because bicycles are tearing plants
eot.of the ground and causing ero-
sion, it may get worse.
As long as the riders stay on the
main paths and keep the bikes under
control, they are "more than wel-
come," Morton said.
Bikes are permitted on the Arb's
:four major roads.
Morton said mountain bikers
"inherently want to go to the steep-
est, slopes possible," but steep
slopes are the most erosion-prone ar-
les f
Bikers have run over valuable
collections planted specifically to
stop erosion, Morton said. About 10
University classes are now using the
Arb for research and some projects
have been torn up because of bikers,
the said.

However, Jim LaFleur, an em-
ployee of Great Lakes Cycling and
Fitness on South Main Street and an
avid mountain-biker, said he doesn't
think mountain bikes are causing the
Arb damage.
"The only time that any erosion
would occur is when people skid
their tires, and this does not happen
enough to cause serious damage," he
said.
Morton said several "Keep Off'
signs are posted throughout the Arb,
but LaFleur said he has never seen
one.
Lisa Warren, an LSA junior,
rides her mountain bike frequently
through the Arb, but said she "rides
on the designated trails because the
terrain is too uneven and dangerous."
She said the erosion might stem
from other sources, and she sug-
gested that research sites be more
clearly posted.
Erosion from mountain bikes is
not exclusively a problem at the Ar-
boretum; many public parks and re-
treats have had to place restrictions
on mountain bikers.
Ron Olson, superintendent of
Ann Arbor's Department of Parks
and Recreation, said the Ann Arbor
City Council "was seriously consid-
ering banning bicycles completely
from city parks, although no mea-
sures have been taken as of yet."

My what a big tree you have
First Lady Barbara Bush appears dwarfed by the White House Christmas
tree in the Blue Room as she shows off its ornaments. Mrs. Bush gave a
tour of the White House decorations yesterday.

ALLIES
Continued from page 1
portant meeting. We (the Soviets)
underlined the need for stability."
jhose attending were Vernon
Walters, Christopher Mallaby and
Serge Boidevaix, the U.S., British,
and French ambassadors to West
Germany, and Vyacheslav
Kochemasov, the Soviet ambassador
to East Germany.
They made no comment, but
posed for cameras under the flags of
tbeir countries, which hung side by
PROPOSAL
Continued from Page 1
gdemand that the University imple-
ment a mandatory class on racism to
improve campus race relations.
;'Currently the LSA curriculum
'committee is working on a new pro-
posal and is expected to present their
.finlings to the faculty next semester.
Railton said he hoped the com-
mission's recommendation would
show people that the curriculum
committee has been on the right
track and help speed up the discus-
sions. "I do not know how the fac-
ulty would respond to such a rec-
ommendation," he said. "They are
concerned to make up their own
minds."
However, Railton said the com-
mission's action will not necessarily
make the University community
more open towards the idea of such a
requirement. Many people have

side from a balcony of the ornate
former courthouse that serves as the
Allied Control Authority.
In their statement, the ambas-
sadors said the Soviet Union had
"expressed favorable interest" in an
initiative on Berlin former President
Ronald Reagan outlined in 1987.
Reagan invited President Mikhail
Gorbachev of the Soviet Union to
"work to bring the Eastern and West
parts of the city closer together."
His proposal also called for im-
proved air service to Berlin, making
the city the site of youth exchanges

and international conferences, and
holding a future Olympics there.
Further meetings of the four
powers may be held, the statement
said. A French diplomat would not
give a timetable, but said the level
of future sessions would depend on
the issues to be addressed.
East Germany opened the Berlin
Wall and its other borders a month
ago to halt a flood of emigration and
huge pro-democracy protests at

trouble making up their minds be-
cause the issues surrounding the re-
quirement are complex, he said.
"The idea was that there will be a
certain criteria that would make a
course fit the requirements... the
graduation requirement could be sat-
isfied by a vide variety of classes,
not a particular one," he said.
After last year's faculty vote,
University English Prof. Leo Mc-
Namara, one of the professors who
objected to a mandatory class, said
"clearly the proposal aims at a moral
effect," and didn't have an intellec-
tual purpose.
Other professors argued that im-
plementation of such a class would
only lead to the passage of other re-
quired courses on political issues.
UCAR member Pam Nadasen,
however, said, "On a campus like
the University of Michigan that is
predominantly white, many students
are very ignorant of the kind of racist

atmosphere that exists here and the
impact it has on others. I do not
think the courses would eradicate
racism on this campus but I do think
it will help alleviate it."
Nadesen added that while she
wasn't familiar with the commis-
sion's recommendations yesterday,
she thought it was a step in the right
direction. "We (UCAR) want a
course that deals specifically with
racism and not about ethnics diver-
sity," she said.
Racial incidents, such as racist
jokes being aired on a University of
Michigan radio station, prompted the
commission to get involved in pre-
venting racism.
There are seven Universities
across the nation that already require
students take a class dealing with
race relations.
- The Associated Press con-
tributed to this story

home. Since then, public demand for
reform has become so great the en-
tire Communist Party leadership re-
signed.
Such West German politicians as
Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Willy
Brandt, former chancellor and West
Berlin mayor, have made a point of
visiting the city.
Kohl says Germany will be re-
united one day, but not now.
The
Daily
Advice
Column
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IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Bush defends China relations
WASHINGTON - President Bush yesterday defended his decision to
renew contacts with China, saying relations with Beijing are still strained
by the Tiananmen Square crackdown but "I don't want to make it any
worse."
He pledged to "keep looking for ways to find common ground" despite
the Chinese army's killing of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators
last June.
"I don't want to see that China remains totally isolated," the president
said. However, he said his initiative toward China was "not a signal of
total normalization" of relations.
Acknowledging that China remains unapologetic for the crackdown,
Bush said, "We have contacts with the countries that have egregious
records on human rights.
Even as Bush spoke, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
condemned the U.S. overture as "embarrassing kowtowing to the Chinese
government."
Capt.: Iowa was sabotaged
WASHINGTON - The captain of the USS Iowa said yesterday that
he doesn't "agree or disagree" with the Navy's conclusion that gunner's
mate Clayton Hartwig likely caused an explosion that left 47 sailors dead,
but he did say he thought the ship had been sabotaged.
"I embraced that it was an intentional act," Capt. Fred Moosally told
reporters after his appearance before the Senate Armed Services
Committee.
"I cannot make the jump that it was absolutely Petty Officer Hartwig.
..I don't think I can say that a definite individual did it. He was a good
gunner's mate."
Moosally, testifying publically for the first time since the April 19
blast in the Caribbean, also softened previous statements, made under oath
to Navy investigators, that were sharply critical of the Iowa crew's gun-
firing capabilities.
Moosally, however, said he thought the ship had been sabotaged
because he didn't believe there could be any other explanations.
Court aids age-bias victims
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday made employers
easier targets for class action age-bias lawsuits by allowing federal judges
to lend a hand in alerting possible victims of discrimination.
In a 7-2 ruling, the court let judges help plaintiffs in such suits locate
other possible victims and seek their participation.
The decision is a boost to workers suing Hoffman-La Rouche, Inc.,
which is accused of bias against older workers in laying off or demoting
some 1,200 employees at New Jersey plants.
The court said federal law permits judges to help plaintiffs locate other
possible victims of discrimination, who may be unaware of the lawsuit,
and solicit their participation.
Senator calls for delay in
vote on parental consent bill
LANSING - The senate probably should postpone a vote on a
parental consent abortion bill until after the first of the year, Senate
Majority Leader John Engler (R-Mount Pleasant) said yesterday.
The House approved the measure on a 65-39 vote last Wednesday and
sent it over to the Senate, which approved a similar bill earlier this year.
However, Engler said the House bill has enough different provisions
that he believes it should be considered by a committee first, then come
up for a vote after the first of the year.
One provision he cited is one that abortion opponents fear could
become a giant loophole in the bill, which calls for minors to receive
parental permission before obtaining an abortion.
EXTRAS
Looking back at the 1970s
Do you realize that you are holding in your hand the last Michigan
Daily of the 1980's? It's true. In commemoration of the decade, we have
reprinted a column printed in the December 10, 1979 Daily offering a
look ahead at the 80s... some of the predictions were right on target, and
some were not as close.
"Well, they're over at last. Yes, today is the last issue of the '70s, the
end of the 'me' generation. We've seen the rise of disco, the Bicentennial,
countless episodes of Fantasy Island, the Watergate scandal, and President
Carter being attacked by a killer rabbit.
But let's not look back. No matter how much we reminisce,
nothing will bring Elvis back. He's dead. After all, he's not going to
just show up at the Burger King in Kalamazoo, Michigan one day.
So what do we see for the '80s? We see a liberal political tide
sweeping over the nation; in fact by 1988 we see incumbent and newly

converted socialist John Anderson - after the repeal of 22nd
Constitutional amendment - returning for a third term in office. Just as
JFK had his Cuban Missile Crisis, Anderson will have to delicately deal
with the mounting communist presence in Greneda.
So put on your Reeboks hightops, pop a Loverboy tape in your
Walkman, pull out that Batman t-shirt, and donate to Jim Baker's PTL
ministry... it'll be the 80s way."
- by Alex Cruz and Miguel Gordon

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