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Page 2- The Michigan Daily -Friday, October 27, 1989

by Terri Jackson
Renowned paleontologist and au-
thor Stephen Jay Gould espoused his
controversial views of evolution be-
fore a standing-room only crowd at
Rackham auditorium last night.
Gould was in town to promote
his new book, called Wonderful
In his speech, co-sponsored by
Border's Book Shop and The Univer-
sity of Michigan Paleontology Mu-
seum, Gould stated his firm belief
that evolution simply means increas-
ing diversification and has nothing
to do with superiority.
"Time comes in millions and bil-
lions of years, and this is contrary to
the popular view that humans are at
the top of the evolutionary ladder,"
Gould said.
"Geology's most frightening
fact," he said, is that "human history

Evolution is a
Controversial palentolo gist
speaks before full house
is confined to the last inch of the from the early Cretaceous peri
cosmic mile." In order for the view This period was directly followed1
of human evolutionary excellence to a great mass extinction of orga
make sense, Gould joked, we have to isms.
interpret past history as preparatory By studying the Burgess sha
for humans. Gould has decided that evolution
"Therefore," Gould said, quoting not a "cone of upward increasingc
Mark Twain, "'Man has been here versity," as other scientist's conter
32,000 years but it took 100 million but is rather a system of "decimati
years to prepare the world for him."' and diversification."
"If the Eiffel Tower represented "Creatures have been discover
geological time, humans would be a in the shale that are not similar
tiny sliver of paint on top. Clearly, any known organism," Goulde
the rest of the tower was constructed plained. "One animal is so stran
to support it," Gould quipped. that it has been officially named h
Wonderful Life concentrates on lucogenia."
the new studies concerning the Only about one in 10 spec
Burgess shale, a remarkably well fossilized in the shale survived, 1
preserved layer of soft-bodied fossils it was a "random lottery." There




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ties Director George SanFacon.
The investigation was a response
to calls from worried parents and res-
idents who believed there might have
been a hazard. SanFacon estimated
that the department has received 50-
60 calls over the past few years.
Asbestos was found in students
rooms on exposed pipes, as well as
other areas in the residence halls
when the investigation was first
done. The asbestos is still there,
SanFacon said but is not dangerous
unless "they harm it, hang plants on
it, or whatever." Warning stickers
have been posted in all rooms with
The Housing Department has
spent more than $1.1 million on as-
bestos removal, encapsulation, and
enclosure during the last four years,
according to a pamphlet published
by Monroe and SanFacon.
According to the pamphlet, "The
vast majority of people who contract
an asbestos related disease are smok-
Dr. Howard Sawyer, director of
Occupational, Environmental and
Preventative Medicine at the Henry
(Episcopal Church Chaplaincy)
218 N. Division (at Catherine)
Sunday Schedule
Holy Eucharist-5 p.m.
in St. Andrews
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Virginia Peacock
Celebrant: The Rev. Susan McGarry
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StoryTelling-7:00 p.m.
Call 665-0606
1432 Washtenaw Ave.
Sunday Worship at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
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Innovative, informal communion services
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no evidence to show that the organ-
isms that lived were better than
those that didn't, he said.
"If we couldrewind the evolu-
tionary tape back to the Burgess
time period and then play it back, it
would be different every time,"
Gould said.
Gould complemented his charis-
matic speaking style with humorous
slides of popular but incorrect ideas
about evolution and reconstructions
of some of the unusual Burgess
shale creatures. He concluded the dis-
cussion by describing a Burgess crea-
ture called Pikaia, our earliest known
"After (this whole discussion),
you might say, 'Who gives a shit! I
don't care about invertebrates - I
eat lobster,"' Gould said. "But, re-
member Pikaia. Pikaia was lucky
enough to survive the decimation
and if it hadn't we wouldn't be here."
Ford Hospital in Detroit, said "the
risk of cancer is 90 times greater for
people who smoke and are exposed
to asbestos."
Sawyer said asbestos, in general,
posed no danger to students. "If they
are non-smokers, there is no threat
(of cancer) from walking past as-
bestos removal in an adjacent area,"
he said. "The history of cancer vic-
tims due to asbestos is that they
have been people exposed to high
levels over a long period of time
who smoke."
Current asbestos projectsiat the
University include removing it from
the six miles of storm tunnel under
the University.
Continued from Page 1
cluding those who filed the com-
plaint against Wu, were manipulat-
ing the policy to act on personal
grudges against other students.
"The universities have opened
themselves up for exploitation by
students," Torre said. "That's very
Lisa Petrone, one of two students
who filed the complaint, said it was
not filed as a personal attack.
"It wasn't a grudge against her,"
Petrone said. "What she had on the
door, we were sort of appalled by it.
We're not the ones trying to manip-
ulate the system, (Wu) is."
Petrone said she and the other
complainant had previously filed
complaints about Wu's conduct.
Continued from Page 1
said. "On the other hand, we do ap-
preciate the intent of this and if it
can develop into something concrete,
why, that might be a hopeful sign."
Later, Fitzwater revised his re-
marks, saying, "In fact we do not
consider this a hopeful sign."
Gorbachev said the Soviet Union
already has taken two of its six Golf-
class submarines out of operation
from the Baltic Sea and pledged to
destroy the remaining four by the
end of next year.
The Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute has de-
scribed the Golf II as obsolete and
predicted they would be removed

from service because they are of lim-
ited value.The United States has ex-
pressed concern that removal of the
sea-launched missiles cannot be veri-
fied, and it has balked at their inclu-
sion in a superpower arms pact be-
ing negotiated in Geneva.

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
S.F. heals from earthquake *
SAN FRANCISCO - President Bush's signature yesterday added
$3.45 billion to help Northern California heal the wounds of a killer
earthquake, as residents and businesses tear down what can't be fixed and
look to the emotional salve of a World Series and Halloween.
Crews were starting to tear down some of the "red-tagged" buildings -
those determined unsafe - and demolition went on at a 14 mile stretch of
Interstate 880 in Oakland.
For the first time since the Oct. 17 quake, tolls were charged on the
Golden Gate Bridge yesterday, partly because an average of $107,300 a day
had been lost and partly because the free ride seemed to encourage driving
at a time when officials are trying to persuade people to use public trans-
The quake closed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and parts of
several highways, including a collapsed section of Interstate 880.
Levin fights against capital
punishment for terrorists
WASHINGTON - Sen. Carl Levin took a high-profile stand against
capital punishment for terrorists yesterday, a move Republicans said *
would come back to haunt him in his 1990 re-election campaign.
Levin, a two-term Democrat from Detroit, co-sponsored an amendment
to substitute mandatory life imprisonment for death in a bill prescribing
punishment for murders that fit the definition of terrorist acts under federal
The Senate rejected the amendment 70-29 and then approved the death-
penalty bill 79-20. Levin voted for his amendment and against the bill.
GOP strategists make no secret of their intention to attack Levin, an
outspoken death-penalty foe, on the issue next year.
President Bush scored heavily in last year's campaign by portraying
himself as tough on crime and his opponent, Michael Dukakis, as a cod-
dler of criminals.
U.S. economy grows 2.5%
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy shrugged off Hurricane Hugo
and the poorest trade performance in six years to grow at a moderate 2.5
percent annual rate from July through September, the Commerce Depart-
ment reported yesterday.
The department said that the increase in the gross national product, the
country's total output of goods and services, was accompanied by a dra-
matic slowing of the inflation rate. A price index tied to the GNP rose at
an annual rate of 2.9 percent, the slowest in three years, as both energy
and food costs moderated.
The combination of moderate growth and lower inflation was hailed by
the Bush administration, but many private economists said the big deteri-
oration in the trade deficit and a buildup of unsold business inventories
posed significant threats to the economy in coming months.
The stock market, reacting to the negative aspects of the GNP report,
turned down.
Bush calls for new pesticide
laws to protect food supply
WASHINGTON - President Bush called for legislation yesterday that
would allow dangerous pesticides to be taken off the market more quickly,
saying the government's ability to ensure a safe food supply was being
called into question.
But his proposed changes in how pesticides and other chemicals on
foods are regulated were criticized immediately by environmentalists and
some members of Congress who said provisions of the president's plan
could instead make foods less safe.
While Bush's proposal to streamline regulation was praised, critics
said other provisions of his plan would ease the risk levels used to deter-
mine if a pesticide is to be banned and also would have the government
preempt state pesticide-control laws that often are stronger than federal
The proposed food safety package will be sent to Congress within
Willy needs you...
If you were wondering what to do now that Rainforest Action Week is
over, look no further.

Willy needs you.
Yes, it's true that most of you mock that rodent-on-steroids that
prances daily through the Diag, but Willy the Wolverine is in dire straits.
It seems the bigwigs in the Athletic Department won't let Willy onto the
football field for tomorrow's homecoming game versus Indiana.
In fact, poor ol' Willy might not even be allowed inside the stadium.
After the tears dry, you can help. Willy co-creator Adam Blumenkranz,
an LSA senior, is organizing a rally outside the student entrance to
Michigan Stadium before tomorrow's game - and you're invited.
"If students want to rally to get Willy in," Blumenkranz said, "they
should come to the student entrance Saturday."
Need more incentive? Well, Blumenkranz promises that Detroit
television crews will be on hand to record the momentous occasion.
"This is really going to be an event," he said.
-David Schwartz
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