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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom



Vol. C, No. 46

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Wednesday, November 8, 1989

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The Mi@Mphn Oaity

quits as
by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
Delro Harris, chair of the Michi-
gan Student Assembly's Minority
Affairs Commission, announced at
last night's MSA meeting that he
.will step down from the position
this month.
Harris - who has served for two
years as chair of MAC - said it was
time for the commission to have
new leadership. Although he will no
longer be serving as chair, Harris
said he would continue to work as a
MAC member.
Harris also said he was concerned
the commission may have become
verly dependent on his leadership.
We have to make an extra effort to
ensure the transition to the next can-
didate is as smooth as possible," he
Next week, MAC will be recruit-
ing candidates to succeed Harris as
chair. Harris said the commission
will choose the candidate and make
recommendations to the assembly
>Tov. 27. The assembly will have fi-
al say on whom will succeed Har-
MSA Music School Rep. Laura
Sankey said Harris made MAC a le-
gitimate and respected organization
which benefited other minority orga-
nizations. "He worked really hard to
bring unity between minority groups
on campus, and succeeded," she said.
Under Harris's leadership the
commission was able to:
'forge an agreement with
Michiguama eliminating all refer-
ences to Native Americans in the all-
male honor society's rituals, thus
ending a dispute dating back to
'revitalize Minority Student Ser-
victs as a support group for minor-
ity students and organizations, and;
'expand required minority student
*representation on the commission.
BERLIN (AP) - East Ger-
many's government resigned yester-
day amid growing nationwide unrest,
a continuing exodus of thousands of
its people, and pleas from within the
Communist Party for a sweeping
top-level shakeup.
The 44-member Council of Min-
isters resigned jointly, government
s~pokes man Wolfgang Meyer said.
he cabinet, led by Premier Willi
Stoph, has little power and imple-
ments policy made by the Commu-
nist Party's ruling Politburo. Sev-
eral of the cabinet ministers are also
Politburo members.
"We appeal to the citizens who
intend to leave our republic to recon-

sider their step once more. Our so-
cialist fatherland needs everyone,"
F*said a statement issued by the outgo-
ing cabinet.
Since early Saturday, more than
28,000 East Germans have fled to
the . West through neighboring
Czechoslovakia. They arrived in
West Germany yesterday at the rate
of 120 an hour.
The government will remain in
office until Parliament elects a new
Council of Ministers, Meyer said.
He did not say when such an election
.nn.,l nrriir ThI. flflrfvfe r p 'ntral

Detroit Mayor:
Coleman Young
predicted winner
over Tom Barrow
Proposal A:
Proposal B:
Virginia Governor:
L. Douglas Wilder, pro-
jected winner. Will be the
first Black elected
governor in the U.S.
New York Mayor:
David Dinkins, projected
over Rudolph Giuliani


Election I
Young wins re-election
in landslide over Barrow,

)ay, 1989
Proposals A and B are
both defeated easily

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor
Coleman Young appeared assured of
an unprecedented fifth term yesterday
with early returns showing him
comfortably ahead of accountant
Tom Barrow.
. With 46 of 921 precincts report-
ing, Young lead Barrow 56 percent,
or 11,129 to 44 percent or 8,762.
The precincts reporting were made
up of absentee voters.
The nonpartisan race was some-
what more competitive rematch of
the two candidates' 1985 contest,
and once again the overriding issue
was Young's controversial record as
mayor of the nations' sixth-largest
Rain for much of the day kept

voter turnout below the projected 50
percent of the city's 522,523 regis
tered voters.
Young, who beat Barrow by a
61-to-39 percent margin in 1985,
faced a barrage of challenges this
year over his personal and profes-
sional conduct.
A paternity suit filed by a former
city worker as settled out of court,
and Young blunted criticism of his
handling of a deal in which the city
paid 20 times more than the assessed
value for land on which Chrysler
Corp. will build a $1-billion assem-
bly plant.
Polls released after last week's
annual Devil's Night soiree showed
see MAYOR, page 2

LANSING, Mich (AP) -
Michigan voters headed to the polls
yesterday to see that two ballot pro-
losals intended to generate more
:noney for schools by raising the
state sales tax were defeated.
Voters rejected both proposals A
and B by a three to one margin.
Despite the $3 million advertising
campaign to support proposal A, it
went crashing down, losing 439,134
to 149,257. Proposal B fared just as
badly with a 425,886 to 175,404
State wide, about 85 percent of
the 6.8 million people eligible to
vote in Michigan were registered,
said Brad Wittman, state director of
voter registration. However, the

school finance proposals were not
expected to draw much voter interest.
Voter turnout also suffered due to
gloomy skies and widespread rain
throughout the state.
Voters could have chosen one,
both or neither of the proposals.
The one winning the most support
would have prevailed if both had
earned a majority.
Yesterday's election closed an-
other chapter in the longtime effort
to refinance the way Michigan funds
its kindergarten-12th grade public
schools. This is the sixth school fi-
nance issue that voters have rejected
since 1972.
Proposal A would have raised the
see PROPOSALS, page 2



votes no on ballot


Students won 't decide fate of
Peace and Justice Committee

b -
- l.
Rainy weather plagued the
Ann Arbor area yesterday,
forcing LSA senior Larry
Polatsch (above) to hop over a<
puddle on the Diag while
heading for class.
Engineering Soph-
more Jeff Soya "\
(right) looks up at
the rain clouds o
while waiting at
the Bursley Bus

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
A proposal to let students vote
on the continued existence of the
Michigan Student Assembly's Peace
and Justice Commission was rejected
by the assembly last night by al-
most a 2-1 margin.
If the referendum - sponsored by
Rackham Rep. Gene Kavnatsky -
had been approved, a proposal would
have been placed on the spring ballot
to delete the Peace and Justice
Commission from MSA's constitu-
tion, which would effectively elimi-
nate it as an official assembly body.
Despite the vote, Peace and Jus-
tice Chair Ingrid Fey remained un-
convinced that the battle over the
commission's existence had finally
ended. She said she expected a peti-
tion to be circulated next term to put
the question on the ballot. "It's a
never ending battle," she said.
Fey said the commission. would
continue its activities to try and
prove its worth to students. "Actions
speak louder than words," she said.
The vote represents the second at-
tempt this fall by assembly conser-
vatives to force a campus vote on
Peace and Justice.
Two weeks ago, MSA president
Aaron Williams made a last-minute
attempt to circulate a petition to
place a similar referendum on the fall

ballot. However, the petition drive
failed, falling short of the required
1,000 signatures to place the ques-
tion on the ballot.
Both Williams and Kavnatsky are
members of the Conservative Coali-
tion party, which pledged in last
spring's elections and will again
stress in the approaching November
elections a focus on campus-related
Last night, supporters of the ref-
erendum argued the proposal was not
aimed at killing the commission, in-
sisting that it would let students de-
cide the future of Peace and Justice.
Kavnatsky said he had received
numerous complaints from students
about the way in which the commis-
sion was using student funds 'that
convinced him it should be put to a
"Why can't we let the students
decide?" he said. "We cannot shove
something on them that they don't
Bryan Mistele said he thought
representatives who opposed the
measure were afraid that the vote
would not go their way.
In opposing the proposal, LSA
rep. Nick Mavrick expressed concern
that a referendum would divert MSA
from its regular business and "freeze
this assembly in its tracks." He
added that in the future, the existence
see MSA, page 2

Soiled students suffer
scorching showers

by Diane Cook
Daily Research Reporter
Before you even set foot into the
locker room at the Central Campus
Recreation Building, an ominous
sign on the door warns you of "the
hot water in this lockerroom
(showers, sinks, toilets)."
Bathers dance in and out of the
stream of water, anticipating the
surge of scorching water following
the toilet flush.
"When you're taking a shower,
the water tends to fluctuate rapidly to
the point that you want to jump
out," said Gary Mora, a researcher at
the Dental School who exercises at
the CCRB.
But a second sign explains that
it's not a problem exclusively at the
CCRB; the nearby apartment build-

water system and the city's cold wa-
ter pressure.
"We have to balance the pressure
- the city's cold water and our own
in-house hot water," said John
Klein, general supervisor of Univer-
sity plumbing and heating.
"When we get everything bal-
anced, we won't have the problem,"
said Klein. "It's like finding a needle
in the haystack."
The city has sent out pressure
recorders in various areas near the
CCRB, according to Duane Otto,
field superintendent of Ann Arbor's
utilities department. The outside
pressures seem to be quite level. But
inside the building there is a fluctua-
tion of the cold water system levels.
"I think it's in an investigative
area, seeing where and what this
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