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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 38 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, October 27, 1989 a

Soviets
to cut
forces in
Baltic
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) - So-
viet President Mikhail Gorbachev
said yesterday Moscow will cut its
nuclear forces in the Baltic Sea and
will destroy four aging submarines
and the nuclear missiles they carry.
Gorbachev also said the Soviet
Union has removed all tactical nu-
clear missiles that could strike the
northern European region and will
take certain types of sea-launched
nuclear weapons out of the Baltic
Sea.
In a 45-minute speech to Finnish
business leaders, politicians and
other guests on the second day of a
three-day visit to Finland, Gorbachev
repeated his hope to eliminate nu-
clear weapons from the 148,600-
square-mile Baltic Sea.
"We are prepared to come to
agreement with all the nuclear pow-
ers and the Baltic states on effective
guarantees for the nuclear-free status
of the Baltic Sea," he said in a na-
tionally broadcast speech in
Helsinki's Finlandia Hall.
Gorbachev said the Soviet Union
was taking the steps unilaterally,
dropping previous conditions that
Western countries first agree to a nu-
clear-free zone.
In Washington, White House
press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said,
"We do 'Oot believe nuclear-free
zones contribute to security in Eu-
"Most of these proposals have
been designed to affect NATO deter-
rence capability while leaving Soviet
nuclear weapons intact," Fitzwater
see SOVIETS, page 2

Michigamua,
MAC fail to
reach accord
Deadline for agreement on
society's rituals is delayed

Sud d ingMonet? KENNETH SMOLLER/ Daily
Art school student Carolina Reyes paints the sprawling scenery of North Campus.
Indiana and Thompson try
to topple * chigan defense

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
The deadline for an agreement be-
tween the Michigan Student Assem-
bly's Minority Affairs Commission
(MAC) and Michigamua, an all-male
honor society, has been pushed back
to next Thursday because negotiators
from the two groups could not reach
an accord over Michigamua's con-
troversial initiation rituals.
The original deadline was to be
today.
Last April, MAC considered fil-
ing a complaint with the Michigan
Civil Rights Commission, charging
that Michigamua's initiation cere-
monies were a mockery of Native
American traditions.
However, MAC chair Delro Har-
ris said that MAC decided to pursue
the dispute under the University's
Discriminatory Acts Policy instead.
"We wanted to give the University a
chance to address the issue," he said.
Harris explained that the deadline
on the accord was moved back be-
cause MAC would rather come to an
independent agreement with
Michigamua than go to the Civil
Rights Commission.
"We want this to be as positive a
solution as possible," he said.
However, Harris added that
Thursday would be his commis-
sion's final deadline. If an agreement
is not reached by then, Harris said
MAC will file a complaint with the

Civil Rights Commission. If that
happens, he said, the case will be
out of MAC's hands.
Harris said Michigamua's rituals
perpetuate stereotypes of Native
Americans and are based upon an
image rather than a culture. "This is
not something that people want to
be perpetuated, especially at an insti-
tution of higher learning," Harris
said.
Associate Athletic Director Don
Lund, a member of Michigamua's
"Old Braves Council," said members
'We want this to be as
positive a solution as
possible'
-Minority Affairs
Commission Chair
Delro Harris
of the extra-curricular honor society
are not trying to offend anyone.
Referring to Native Americans
and their rituals, Lund said, "We feel
kindly towards them. We take them
in reverence."
"Michigamua is a solid bunch of
people over the years who've done a
good job for Michigan. All we want
to do is do good," Lund said in de-
fense of the group.
Michigan Hockey team goalie
Warren Sharples, the Michigamua
president, could not be reached for
comment.

by Richard Eisen
Daily Football Writer
This weekend's Homecoming contest between
Michigan and Indiana (12:05 p.m. start on ABC) not
only offers the Wolverines a chance to go 4-0 in the
conference, but also brings forth the possibility of
Michigan becoming the answer to a trivia question.
Imagine, if you can, Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler attending a wne and cheese party in the
near future. Just after Schembechler takes a bite of brie,
the host breaks out the Trivial Pursuit board.
Imagine, if you can, Schembechler rolling the dice
first and luckily landing on the orange sports space.
Tension fills the room as Michigan's most prolific
football coach has a chance at that all important first

wedge.
Q: Against what team did Indiana tailback Anthony
Thompson break the all-time NCAA record for rushing
touchdowns?
A: Michigan.
Ouch. Imagine, if you can, Schembechler chucking
the board out the window and ordering another Amstel
Light.
While the possibility of Schembechler drinking
Amstel Light is slim, the chance that Thompsor will
break the record against Michigan happens to be quite
conceivable. Thompson, who needs only one more
rushing score to break the record, already has 17
touchdowns this season, 10 more than the entire
Wolverine squad. See INDIANA, page 11

'U'9
works to
clean up
asbestos
by Heather Fee

U-Conn to revise
harassment policy
Will use 'U' case as precedent

Earlier this year some students
were surprised to find a mammoth
blue dumpster, surrounded by red
tape warning "Danger Asbestos,"
blocking the passage from State
Street to West Quad.
As time passed some students
ripped this tape down and used it to
decorate their doors, but others ex-
pressed concern that their health
might really be in danger.
Asbestos, a material once com-
monly used in pipe insulation, ceil-
ing tiles, and roof shingles, can
cause cancer if the fibers from ex-
posed areas are inhaled.
"I was (concerned). No one said
anything about (the asbestos)," said
LSA first-year student Nicole James.
"I didn't know whether it was in the
Union or the frat house or what was
going on."
Though the dumpster was re-
moved earlier this week, asbestos
removal is an ongoing project at the
University.
Ed Valentine, asbestos coordina-

JONATHAN LSS/Daily
housed asbestos removed from a crawl space under Cambridge house
independant contractors work on an average of three asbestos
At times during the summer, they worked on seven projects a day.

by Kristine LaLonde
Daily Administration Reporter
The University of Michigan is
not the only school struggling to re-
duce discriminatory harassment
while at the same time maintaining
free speech rights.
The University of Connecticut is
having similar problems and is in
the process of revising its anti-ha-
rassment policy.
U-Conn is currently reacting to a
case filed against the school Oct. 10.
Student Nina Wu, the plaintiff in the
case, was expelled from her residence
hall for a sign on her door which
said "homos" and "bimbos" would
be shot on sight.
The expulsion, which includes
banning Wu from the campus dining
halls, lasts until the fall of 1990.
Wu filed a case this month
against U-Conn on the basis that her
free speech rights had been violated.
Paul Shapiro, Connecticut's as-
sistant attorney general assigned to
U-Conn, agreed last Tuesday to work
with Wu's lawyers towards an out-
of-court settlement, which would
likely include a revision of the pol-
icy.
"We are attempting to settle the

case," Shapiro said. "I agreed to
work with the plaintiff's lawyer and
the ACLU to try and revise the con-
duct code so it protects the students
from harassment and not infringe on
First Amendment rights."
Shapiro would not comment on
the changes that may be made to the
policy.
U-Conn's anti-harassment policy,
which is a part of the school's
broader student conduct policy, bans
"making personal slurs or epithets
based on race, sex, ethnic origin, re-
ligion or sexual orientation."
Karen Torre, Wu's legal counsel,
said the provision outlawed making
racist jokes, laughing at such jokes,
and harming someone's self-confi-
dence. All of these examples could
be punished under the policy.
"The statute is blatantly uncon-
stitutional," Torre said. "There are
very few lawyers who will argue that
these regulations are constitutional."
The University of Michigan's
policy was struck down as unconsti-
tutional in federal court on Aug. 25.
Torre is using the Michigan case as
a legal precedent in her case.
She said U-Conn students, in-
See POLICY, page 2

This dumpster , in front of the Union,
in West Quad. Plant Operations and
removal/encasement projects a day.
tor for the University's Department
of Occupational Safety and Envi-
ronmental Health, said asbestos re-
moval, encapsulation, and enclosure
are not unusual on campus. In the
case of the dumpster, asbestos was
being removed from a crawl space
under Cambridge House because
plumbers needed to fix leaky pipes.
"It's an ongoing process," Valen-

tine said. "We have three projects a
day on the average. Some are big and
some are small."
Valentine estimated that 80 per-
cent of University buildings contain
asbestos. "(But) there is no danger
for students," said Gary Monroe,
manager of the Department of Occu-
pational Safety and Environmental
Health.

Three years ago, the Housing Fa-
cilities Department investigated the
University's residence halls in order
to "identify where asbestos was in
the buildings, locate areas in the
building where asbestos posed a po-
tential hazard to residents, and make
a recommendation addressing the po-
tential hazard," said Housing Facili-
See ASBESTOS, page 2

MSA elections loom
Today is last day to register as a candidate for the Michigan Student
Assembly's fall elections, which will be held Nov. 29 and 30.
Students who want to run for office must submit their names by 5 p.m.,

Blanchard axes $50M from the welfare budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Programs to help
poor youth get on the right track are part of $46
million Gov. James Blanchard is cutting from

decided to work through an obscure state law. It
states that he can implement a "reduced spending
plan" as long as he gives at least 15 days notice.

He and his House counterpart, Rep. David
Hollister (D-Lansing), are awaiting an opinion
from Attorney General Frank Kelley. The cuts

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