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Page 2-The Michigan Daily -Friday, October 20,1989
Student- produced T

show begins

third season on Sunday morning

by Sandhya Rao
While most students sweat their
way through midterms, a fortunate
few are getting to use their talents in
a more artistic fashion. These are the
crew members, producers, scriptwrit-
ers and above all, creators of 'B-
Side', a monthly television show to
be broadcast on the Ann Arbor
Community Access channel and
WIHT-TV channel 31.
Student participants feel that their
final product is more gratifying than
receiving a letter grade on a test.
LSA senior Josh Pollack, one of the

show's producers, said, "The sense
of accomplishment that I get out of
B-side is much greater than what I
would get out of reading a book or
writing a paper."
The Communications Depart-
ment offers B-Side as a Special Pro-
jects Course. Marshall Hall, execu-
tive producer of B-Side, feels that the
television show is a perfect way for
students to "work in a situation that
is as close to real life... [as can be
created] in an academic setting."
Hall described the show as "a
video magazine." Each half-hour

show is hosted by two students who
introduce and discuss the program's
segments. B-Side is created to appeal
to students as well as the Ann Arbor
community, Hall said. The show's
contents range from a piece on the
continuing local support the struggle
for Chinese democracy to a segment
on the local comedy troupe Just Kid-
B-Side project participants choose
to "contract" a certain level of in-
volvement ranging from one to three
credit hours. However, the amount
of time and effort students put into

the show is often far greater than the
credit hours represent.
"One four or five-minute seg-
ment will involve many hours of
editing," Pollack said. He has spent
60-70 hours working on his four-
minute segment. Although the com-
bination of writing, filming, and
editing is a long process, Pollack
said he feels that the end result is
definitely rewarding.
The first show of B-Side's third
season can be seen this Sunday at 11
a.m. on the Community Access
channel and channel 31.

Survivor of 'Dirty War' speaks about
her struggle for justice in Argentina

by Hunter VanValkenburgh
Kidnapping, torture, and extra-judicial execu-
tion. These were the perils of living in Argentina
as a "subversive" during the period from 1976 to
So said Renee Epelbaum, an Argentinian Jew
whose three children "disappeared" in 1976 and
were never seen again. Epelbaum spoke at Guild
House yesterday afternoon.
In a voice cracking with emotion, she de-
scribed the military coup that overthrew the
elected government and proceeded to eliminate
anyone suspected of leftist leanings.
"They said they were leading a 'holy war'
against subversives." Her own children were 20,
23, and 25 years old, and worked with the poor in

Buenos Aires, which made them suspect.
Several parallels were drawn about the simi-
larity between the so-called "Dirty War" and the
Holocaust. The Argentine military used the a
Nazi model of organization and discipline, Epel-
baum said, and was known to have ties to
escaped Nazis.
While Jews were not specifically targeted for
disappearance, they were disproportionately repre-
sented among the victims, and received harsher
treatment. Some of the victims and their relatives
had fled Nazi persecution earlier in the century.
On April 30, 1977, a group of women - in-
cluding Epelbaum - who had lost children, took
their case to the street. They formed "Los Madres
de Plaza de Mayo" (mothers of May Plaza) and

staged daily rallies in the center of Buenos Aires.
Until the ascension of the civilian govern-
ment, Epelbaum said, the mothers had to endure
harassment, fire hoses, and the risk that they too
would fall victim to the repression. One of the
group's founders was kidnapped in 1977, and
tortured to death.
The civilian government commissioned an
investigation into the Dirty War in 1982. De-
spite public outrage at the report, few officers
have been imprisoned for their crimes, according
to Epelbaum.
Los Madres are still meeting in the Plaza de
Mayo because they still haven't been told where
their children are.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
German activists contine to
pressure Communist Party
BERLIN - Protesters may fill East German streets again unless the
new leader, Egon Krenz, abandons his hard-line record and begins the kind
of reforms under way elsewhere in the Soviet bloc, pro-democracy ac-
tivists said yesterday.
Krenz made it clear almost immediately after replacing Erich Honecker
on Wednesday that the Communist Party would resist the democratic
trends evident in Poland and Hungary.
"Krenz stands for the continuation of neo-Stalinist politics," said
Reinhard Schult, a founder of New Forum, the largest pro-democracy
group in East Germany.
Speaking on RIAS radio of West Berlin, he said Krenz "did not have
one word to say about the causes of the current crisis and made no offer
for talks with the opposition."
Author RoIf Schneider, a critic of the government, told RIAS: "The
crisis will keep dragging on."
Quake rocks rural China
BEIJING - A series of at least six earthquakes rumbled across rural
Northern China late Wednesday and early yesterday, destroying more than
10,000 homes, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 150.
The quakes measuring from 5.0 up to 6.1 on the Richter scale, hit
Shanxi and Hebei provinces, the official China Daily said today.
Most of the destruction occurred in the Shanxi province, and the daily
quoted a local Communist Party official there as saying, "The problem is
serious and the casualties may increase."
The worst quake was centered about 135 miles west of Beijing on the
border of the Shanxi and Hebei provinces and struck less than 24 hours
after a massive earthquake hit the San Francisco area, but State
Seismological Bureau officials said there was no evidence the quakes were
Spanish author wins Nobel
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Camilo Jose Cela, a Spanish writer whose
violent, grotesque images sprang from the civil war that killed more than
1 million of his countrymen, won the Nobel prize for literature yesterday.
The Swedish Academy cited Cela, 73, for "rich and intensive prose
which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's
It said his novel "The Family of Pascual Duarte," published in 1942,
was the most popular work of fiction in Spanish since Miguel Cervantes'
masterpiece "Don Quixote" was published nearly 400 years ago.
"I understand that this is the culmination of my literary career after
many years of work," Cela told Swedish radio from his home in Guadala-
jara, 30 miles northeast of Madrid.
Cela, a bon vivant know in Spain for a flamboyant lifestyle, told re-
porters over lunch that "life is like a game of tennis, and this time I won.
State supports AIDS victims
LANSING - The state has begun paying the private insurance premi-
ums of a handful of AIDS patients, and the new program already has saved
thousands of Medicaid dollars, officials said yesterday.
The Michigan plan has served as a model for programs being developed
in other states, including Colorado, Wisconsin, New York and California,
said state Rep. David Hollister (D-Lansing) who devised the idea.
He said the plan could save the state $4 million by 1991.
Nine meii have been approved so far to participate in the two-year pilot
program, which began Oct. 1 in the metropolitan Detroit counties of
Wayne, Oakland and Macomb, home to about 70 percent of the state's
AIDS-infected population.
The help is given to AIDS victims who had a job with insurance, but
were forced to stop working because they became too ill. Federal regula-
tions allow them to continue their insurance for up to 18 months at their
own expense, but many can't afford it.
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positioned themselves below the
window of Hutchins Hall and at-
tempted to disrupt Rehnquist's
speech by chanting, "Racist, sexist,
anti-gay; William Rehnquist go
Law School Dean Lee Bollinger
confronted the demonstrators and de-
clared, "I will have you removed
from here and arrested if you don't
move away from here. If you disrupt
by yelling I'm going to have you ar-
When questioned by the
protesters, Bollinger said, "Don't de-
bate the law with me."
As the protestors slowly dis-
persed, Laur said, "We're leaving be-
cause we don't want to get arrested."

Sgt. Allen Hartwig of the Ann
Arbor Police Department said the
demonstrators were on University
property and if Bollinger asked them
to leave and they refused, they could
be arrested.
"Whether or not the University
wants something done... you have to
have people breaking the law first,"
he said.
Hartwig said 11 Ann Arbor po-
lice officers were on hand during the
speech. The University asked for the
police presence, he said.
In addition, six to eight campus
security officers were located at the
entrances to the Law School, said
Assistant Director of Public Safety
Robert Pifer.
Organizers felt the effort was suc-
cessful. "Despite the weather it was
a good turnout. It was a very mili-
tant turnout," said Laur.

'U' graduate leaves
behind a lofty legacy

By Mike Sobel
Daily Staff Reporter
"His parents wanted to do some-
thing to perpetuate his name and his
spirit," said Brad Canale, director of
the Engineering Development Of-
fice, of Francois-Xavier Bagnoud, a
University graduate who was killed
in a helicopter crash in 1986.
Yesterday the University's Board
of Regents accepted a donation of $5
'million from the Francois-Xavier
Bagnoud Association, to help fund a
new $18 million aerospace engineer-
ing complex on North Campus to be
named after Bagnoud.
The Association, founded by his
parents, also consists of other family
and two University graduates (Alon
Kasha and Silvana Paternostro) who
were close to Bagnoud.
Bagnoud was.a skilled pilot as
well as an aerospace engineering
graduate. The Association will also
donate several million dollars to set
up student fellowships in aerospace
"It is very clear they're making
the gift to the students," Canale said.
Bagnoud, a native of Geneva,
went to secondary school in Paris
and then spent a year at the Ameri-
can school there before enrolling at
Michigan in 1979. In addition to be-
ing a member of "Vulcans," a high
honors engineering society at the
University, Bagnoud used to fly
twin-engine planes weekly at Ypsi-

lanti's Willow Run Airport, said Pa-
After graduating in '82, Bagnoud
returned to Switzerland, where he be-
came the youngest commercial pilot
in Europe and helped his father with
his helicopter rescue company. Bag-
noud died in an accident in Mali,
Africa on Jan. 14, 1986 during the
Paris-Dakar auto race for which he
was a rescue pilot.
Kasha, Bagnoud's roommate for
four years, remembered him as "a
very social and involved person. He
didn't just lock himself up in the li-
Paternostro agreed: "He was a
beautiful person... the way everyone
said hello to him on the Diag was
like nothing I've ever seen before."
Bagnoud came from an affluent
background. His mother, the Count-
ess Albina du Boisrouvray, is selling
a collection of valuable artworks and
jewelry at auction around the world
to generate funds for the Associa-
tion, which will sponsor humanitar-
ian activities around the world,
Kasha said.
"He was a regular student... he
didn't drive around in a Rolls Royce.
And he loved Ann Arbor," Kasha
Canale said the gift reflects the
great impact the University had on
"Had he lived, he would have do-
nated it himself," Canale said.

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search and teaching laboratories,
classrooms, offices, computer labs
and wind tunnels.
Five million dollars of the initial
funding is being provided by the
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Associa-
tion, which was formed in honor of
a graduate of the aerospace engineer-
ing program who died in a helicopter
crash in January 1986 (See related
story on page 2).
The University administration is

also requesting $181,100,000 from
the state for renovations of campus
buildings. Major renovation requests
include $20,000,000 for the Frieze
Building; $15,000,000 for Angell
Hall; and $11,000,000 for the
School of Natural Resources Build-
Again, these projects are contin-
gent on receipt of state funding.
President James Duderstadt said
upkeep of the buildings should be
important for the state. "This is a
very important issue for the people
of Michigan; their institutions are
literally crumbling around them."

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