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Wear blue jeans tomorrow!




Michigan spikers hope to tame Broncos

Big Chief wants to play Cobo, warming up
for Paula Abdul

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 24' Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, October 10,1989 The Mic*2hign'

Bo gives
nod over
By Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
Now smarting from the desig-
nation of being the quarterback in
"the worst 24 point victory ever,"
Elvis Grbac needs a good game to
win back the confidence of Wol-
verine fans.
He will get his chance. Look for
Grbac standing behind center Steve
Everitt when Michigan's offense
takes the field against Michigan
"Right now, we will undoubtably
start Grbac," declared Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler at yester-
day's luncheon for the media.
Grbac looked mediocre in the
Wolverines' 24-0 win over Wiscon-
sin. The red-shirt frosh did complete
16 of 23 passes for 167 yards and
drive the team downfield for a
touchdown in the first drive of the
second half. That, however, doesn't
excuse Grbac from his ugly first
See GRBAC, page 8

the ba
by Ian Hoffman '
Daily Staff Writer
In 1492, Columbus sailed the'
ocean blue.
In 1989, most U.S. college se-
niors remembered that historical'
event, but not all knew the exact'
In an 87-question, nationwide
survey of 696 college seniors re-
leased Sunday by the the Gallup1
Organization for the National
Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH), "significant gaps were found{
in the senior's knowledge of a vari-
ety of subjects," according to the
study's accompanying analysis.
In an informal Daily telephone
poll quizzing 10 University seniors
on four of the survey questions, the
results were no more encouraging. <
Only 70 percent of the students
answered correctly that the first 10
U.S. Constitution amendments are
called the Bill of Rights, and 50 per-
cent knew the legend of Prometheus,
who stole fire from the gods. Only


one student was aware that the
Emancipation Proclamation "freed"
only slaves in the Confederate states.
However, on Columbus Day,
nine out of the 10 students correctly
responded that Christopher
Columbus sailed for the New World
before the year 1500.
Complementing the release of the
Gallup survey was 50 IIours, a re-
port written by NEH chair Lynne
Cheney outlining a detailed core cur-
riculum to help prevent college stu-
dents from graduating without know-
ing "basic landmarks of history and
The backbone of the suggested
curriculum is 18 hours of Western,
American, and non-Western civiliza-
tions and their origins. Also included
are 12 hours of foreign language, six
hours of math, eight hours of natural
sciences in a lab setting and six
hours of modern social sciences.
In an interview yesterday,
Marguerite Sullivan, assistant direc-
See SURVEY, page 2




plans for speech policy input

by Kristine LaLonde
Daily Administration Reporter
Now that the University's original
anti-discrimination policy has been
struck down in a federal court, University
officials are taking steps to develop new,
permanent rules.
University General Counsel Elsa Cole
said the administration plans to set up
three committees - representing stu-
dents, staff, and faculty - to advise offi-
cials in formulating the new guidelines.
Cole said the committees will review
the current interim policy, gather infor-
mation on the racial atmosphere on cam-
pus, and submit suggestions for a per-
manent policy.
"Part of (the committees') purpose is
to gather information about what's hap-
pening on campus because there are still
needn't cut
by Noelle Vance
Daily Government Reporter
The University should not be
forced to reduce the number of out-
of-state students it admits, said 41
percent of respondents in a recent
statewide survey.
The one-question survey of 800
Michigan residents was conducted
between Sept. 8 and 18 by the
Marketing Resource Group, Inc. of
Sixteen percent of those surveyed
said the University "definitely
should" be required to reduce the
number of out-of-state students it
But the majority of respondents
declared that the University
"definitely should not" or "probably
should not" reduce their enrollment.
William Ballenger, who commis-
sioned the survey for use in his sub-
scription newsletter Inside Michigan
Politics, said, "I don't believe any-

Three co mmittees to consult on permanent policy

people who doubt that we have a serious
(racial) problem at all," Cole said.
Shirley Clarkson, assistant to the
president, said the University is solicit-
ing student groups for representatives to
the student committee. The administra-
tion has not yet announced which student
groups will be selected, she said.
However, Michigan Student
Assembly Student Rights Chair Nick
Mavrick said the University should not
create special committees to handle stu-
dent input, and ought to use established
bodies - like MSA or the University
Council - for such issues.
"They don't even intend to use the
mechanisms that are already -et up and

are making mechanisms of their own,"
Mavrick said. "They haven't consulted us
and they won't."
MSA's Student Rights Committee is
currently planning a forum on the issue,
as well as a grassroots educational pro-
gram that will include dorm talks and in-
formation tables outside of cafeterias.
The administration has not decided on
a plan for considering the committee's
input, Clarkson said, but she added that
many people would be involved in the
consideration process.
A deadline for developing the perma-
nent policy has not been set, Clarkson
The original policy, struck down as

unconstitutional in federal court on Aug.
25, was scheduled for review at the
University's Board of Regents meeting in
With the original policy nullified, it
will instead be the interim policy up for
review at the December meeting. The re-
gents may decide to keep the interim pol-
icy in place until the permanent policy is
University administrators decided not
to appeal the Aug. 25 decision striking
down the original policy. The deadline
for appeal was yesterday.
Cole said the University did not ap-
peal in order to "devote our time and en-
ergies to developing a new policy."


17th among
nation's best
by Kerry Birmingham
The University placed 17th in U.S. News & World
Report's third annual overall ranking of national col-
leges - eight places higher than last year's finish.
The study, released yesterday in the Oct. 16 issue of
U.S. News, evaluated top universities based on admis-
sions selectivity, faculty quality, financial resources,
student retention, and reputation for academic excel-
However, Director of University Relations Walt
Harrison downplayed the ranking's significance. "While
it's very important to remain in the top group of
schools, one specific poll doesn't matter a whole lot,"
he said. "We are consistently rated in the top group."
The University ranked eighth in the magazine's first
edition of "America's Best Colleges" two years ago.
In this year's study, Yale University finished first for
the second straight time, with Princeton University sec-
ond and Harvard College and Radcliffe College third.
Rounding out the top 10 were the California Institute of
Technology, Duke University, Stanford University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dartmouth

Associated Press
University of California-San Francisco virologist J.
Michael Bishop toasts to his Nobel Prize in medicine
yesterday morning.
Cell growth
researchers win
Nobel Prize
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Harold Varmus says
his first reaction was disbelief when he was awakened
by a radio interviewer yesterday morning and told he had
shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in medicine.
"I didn't know if it was a false alarm or they got my
name confused, not having talked to anyone directly,"
said Varmus. "As we say in science, I needed confirma-
tion of the information." He and J. Bishop, a colleague
at the University of California School of Medicine in
San Francisco, won the Nobel for their discovery of the
cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes.
Their 1976 work on oncogenes, which control the
growth of cells, helped explain how malignant tumors
develop, the Nobel citation said.

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