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the press
MOSCOW (AP)- The Gorbachev
confidant who is now Pravda's editor
met the foreign press yesterday and
made himself the target, a definite
change at a paper that has bashed
imperialists mercilessly for genera-
Asked how he will stop a sharp
decline in readership in President
Mikhail Gorbachev's era of glasnost,
or openness, Ivan Frolov said: "We
shall not seek to increase circulation
at all costs."
Although he offered some ideas
for enlivening the gray columns -
interviews with members of the rul-
ing Politburo, for instance - the
60-year-old editor seemed to hold
weak commitment by today's
Communists as responsible as the
party daily's content for its flagging
"I can ask the question even more
directly: Do we need more genuine
Communists, members of the
CPSU, than. the already known
number of Pravdasubscribers?"
Frolov said, implying that the real
Communist today is one who duti-
fully reads the paper.
Only one week into his new job,
the white-haired former Gorbachev
adviser already has done something
that would have been a surprise com-
ing from his remote predecessor Vik-
tor Afanasyev, who ran the paper for
13 years.
Frolov opened Pravda's eighth
floor conference room to foreign cor-
respondents and sought their ques-
It was a unique opportunity to
hear the views of a member of the
policy-making party Central Com-
mittee now in charge of the most au-
thoritative, if no longer most widely
read, Soviet newspaper.
As is the custom in such con-
frontations , Frolov occasionally
avoided straight answers, on Pravda's
'circulation, for example.
"We don't have definitive infor-
mation; the circulation was once
10,7000,000; it will probably be
less," he said from the head of a rect-
angle of wooden tables pushed to-
gether to make room for more than
100 journalists, all but a few of
{ them foreigners.
In a story about Greek Awareness Da

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 31, 1989 - Page 3
East Germans

rally for
BERLIN (AP) - East Germans
demonstrated for democracy yester-
day, filling Leipzig streets before a
trip to Moscow by new leader Egon
Krenz for talks with the Soviet
bloc's champion of reform, Mikhail
East German television said
about 300,000 people rallied in
Leipzig, a city of 650,000.
Activists at the scene told the
Associated Press by telephone many
of the marchers demanded that the
Communist Party give up its
monopoly on power.
They said the protestors demanded
free elections, freedom to travel and
legalization of opposition groups.
Recognized political parties must be
aligned with the Communist Party
under East Germany's constitution.
Pro-democracy demonstrators also
assembled in Schwerin, the televi-
sion reported, but it did not say how
many took part.
Krenz reaffirmed the pre-eminence
of the Communist Party yesterday,
telling military academy graduates it
was "at the head of qualitative
changes going in society."
The official news agency ADN
said Krenz would leave for the So-
viet Union today. Krenz has said
East Germany can learn much from

reforms promoted by Gorbachev, the
Soviet president.
That was a major departure from
the contention of his predecessor,
Erich Honecker, that no changes
were necessary in East Germany's
orthodox regime. Krenz replaced Ho-
necker, his mentor, as Communist
Party chief Oct. 18.
Weeks of demonstrations for re-
form have accompanied the flight to
the West of tens of thousands of
East Germans. The largest protests
in the nation's 40-year history have
taken place in Leipzig, including an-
other one last week involving
300,000 people.
In his speech at the academy,
Krenz said "the most decisive factor"
in East Germany was "the unity and
cohesiveness of the party, without
whichithe unity of our people cannot
be achieved."
Opposition groups say the
party's leading role must be open to
Democratic Reform said it had
joined others in demanding the de-
velopment of a "democratic consen-
sus." The organization said it would
become an active opposition politi-
cal party by next May.
Krenz appears more open to
change than Honecker, but many ac-
tivists are skeptical.

But where are the Guys? AMY FELDMANX
Kelly McGrath, who plays Adelaide in the Musket production of "Guys and Dolls" and Angela Peterson who
plays Sarah Brown sing on the Diag yesterday afternoon. The Diag performance was held to promote the play
which runs this weekend.
Gargoyle seeks new era of
popularity and prosp erity

by Gil Renberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Someone may have to change the legend. Perhaps it
is not the Phoenix, but instead the Gargoyle, which pe-
riodically dies and rises from its own ashes.
The campus humor magazine is celebrating its 80th
anniversary this year. Gargoyle Editor-in-Chief Paul
Golin's description of this year's magazine makes it
seem that the Gargoyle is undergoing a renaissance to
coincide with its anniversary.
The Gargoyle has had "dry periods" before and sur-
vived them, said Golin. He perceives his magazine as
emerging once again from the low part of their cycle.
The first issue of the year comes out tomorrow, and
Golin promises a new and improved product. "We do
have very funny people working on it this year," he
Golin says his ambition is to make the magazine
much more of a business than in recent years as well as
making the magazine funnier.
"The goal of the Gargoyle... is to have a larger
circulation than the Daily, and to have a phone in our
office... and to get our staff on salary," he said.
Golin said previous editors neglected the business
aspects of running the magazine, with the result that in-
terest in the Gargoyle decreased among students, staff
members and advertisers.
Golin and Business Editor Jennifer Piehl are the only
people who remain from last year's staff.
In her two years on staff, Piehl took care of all the

business management. Golin said the small business
staff size shows why the magazine "has consistently
lost money for the last ten years."
Last year the magazine was able to come out only
twice. This year, Golin intends to publish five issues.
Golin said this year has seen renewed interest in the
Gargoyle. There are now eight people on the business
staff, and 20 others who contribute the articles, draw-
ings and photographs.
Gargoyle contributors use almost any kind of
vehicle for their comedy. This issue will include
excerpts from Ricardo Montalban's autobiography, as
well as "News in Brief," a collection of phony news
stories which are, Golin said, "blatant distortion of
news, much like the Daily."
The Gargoyle is no longer an underground publica-
tion, Golin said. "We're selling out.... We want to be-
come mainstream... We are whoring out," he said.
The existence of a rival on campus, the Michigan
Delay, does not bother Golin. "There's no competition.
They're not funny," he said.
Golin said the Gargoyle needs to place a new
emphasis on publicity. "The key for our success is
campus-wide recognition," said Golin. He expects that
once people are aware of the Gargoyle, even more will
As a promotion intended to increase circulation, one
of the copies of the Gargoyle will have a $100 dollar
bill taped inside.

U.S. jet. accidentally
bombs U.S. cruiser

warplane accidentally dropped a 500-
pound bomb on the guided missile-
cruiser USS Reeves during maneu-
vers in the Indian Ocean yesterday,
slightly injuring five sailors and
leaving a five-foot hole in the deck,
the Navy said.
The bomb, which detonated upon
impact, set off a small fire in the
ship's forecastle that was quickly ex-
tinguished, said Lt. Bruce Cole, a
Navy spokesperson at the Pentagon.
The fighter, a single-seat F-A-18
Hornet, had just taken off from the
aircraft carrier USS Midway when
the incident occurred.
"We don't know yet why it hap-
pened," said another spokesperson,
Cmdr. Mark Baker. "The pilot has
been returned to the Midway and he
is being asked that question now."
Cole said the five sailors received
minor injuries "as a result of flying
glass and concussion" from the ex-

ploding bomb. The sailors were
treated on board their ship, and the
Navy does not plan to release their
names until their families are told.
The carrier and cruiser were con-
ducting "routine weapons training'
about 32 miles from Diego Garcia in
the Indian Ocean, Cole and Baker
Cole said the F-A-18's pilot
"inadvertently" dropped the bomb,
apparently as it passed over the
nearby cruiser. The spokespeople
said they did not know the altitude of
the plane or how far apart the two
ships were.
Although the bomb left a five-
foot hole in the deck near the
cruiser's bow, it did no damage to
the outer hull, Cole said.
Such a ship is "nuclear capable"
but as is customary the spokespeo-
ple refused to confirm whether nu-
clear weapons were aboard.



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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Lesbian and Gay Men's Rights
Organizing Committee - 7:30
p.m. (7 to set agenda) in Union
Rm. 3100
Student Struggle, for Soviet
Jewry - 6:30 p.m. at Hillel
The Yawp - The Undergraduate
English Association publication;
7 p.m. in 4000 A Union
Michigan Student Assembly -
7:30 p.m. in 3909 Union
Iranian Student Cultural Club
- a non-political group; 7:30
p.m. in room C at the League
Students Concerned About
Animal Rights 7 p.m. in East
Quad Rm. 124
German Club - 6 p.m. in MLB
"Report from Friendship Tour
in Israel, West Bank and the
Gaza Strip" - D o n n'a
Ainsworth, Director of the Inter-
faith Council for Peace and Jus-
tice; noon at the International
"Hemoglobin Structure and
Dynamics from Resonance
Raman Spectroscopy" - Prof.
Thomas Spiro of Princeton; 4
p.m. in Chem. 1640
"Sago Spathe Paintings in
o . - - - - n -

Safewalk - the night-time walk-
ing service is open seven days a
week from 8-11:30 p.m.; 936-
Northwalk - North campus
night-time walking service, Rm.
2333 Bursley; 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
or call 763-WALK
"Ojibwa Basket Making: The
Tradition Lives On" - the ex-
hibit is on display from 9-5 at the
U-M Exhibit Museum
CP&P Programs - MBA and
Graduate School Day 11-4 in the
Union Ballroom; May Dept.
Stores Employer Presentation,
4:30-5:30 in the Bus. School
Kresge. Rm. 1310; Wm. M.
Mercer Meidinger Hansen Em-
ployer Presentation 5:30-7:30
p.m. in the Union Pond Rm.
Pre-Interviews - General Elec-
tric, 5:15-7:15 in 1003 EECS;
Adahl Corp., 5:15-7:15 in 1303
EECS; NCR Corp. 6:30-8:30 in
1301 EECS
Free Tutoring - for all lower-
level science, math and engineer-
ing classes; 7-11 p.m. in UGLi
Rm. 307; and 7-11 p.m. in Dow
Bldg. Mezzanine
Spark Revolutionary History
Series - "The Second American
Revolution: Civil War and Re-
construction"; 7-8 in MLB 122
Internship Openings for the
Winter Semester - at the Stu-
dent Organization Develonment

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