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Magazine TIPOFF '89


El Salvador civil war worsens


Squeeze plays Ann Arbor




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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 53 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, November 17, 1989 n

South Africa
*to desegregate
public facilities

Six Jesuit

priests slain
in El Salvador
Witnesses say government
soldiers are responsible

CAPE TOWN, South Africa
(AP) - President F.W. De Klerk
yesterday declared all beaches open to
Blacks, and he promised that the law
allowing racial segregation of public
* facilities would be repealed as soon
as possible.
"There is no alternative for South
Africa but the road of reconciliation,
of creating opportunities for all the
people of this country in a way
which is fair, just and equitable," he
"The time has arrived to repeal
this act," he said, referring to the
Separate Amenities Act which his
*National Party put into law in 1953,
allowing white local governments
across the country to bar Blacks
from parks, libraries, swimming
pools, civic centers, buses and pub-
lic toilets.
But the repeal would still leave
major areas of segregation in South
Africa including residential neigh-

borhoods, medical care and public
education. It also would leave intact
the political system that gives the 5
million whites domination over the
32 million Blacks, Asians, and peo-
ple of mixed-race.
The government is in the process
of designating certain neighborhoods
as multiracial, although it says
whites will retain the option of liv-
ing in segregated areas.
And De Klerk has given no sig-
nal that public schools and hospitals
will be integrated, nor hinted at re-
peal of the Population Registration
Act, which officially classifies all
South Africans by race.
The Separate Amenities Act can-
not be repealed formally until Par-
liament reconvenes Feb. 2. De
Klerk's declaration "that all beaches
will henceforth be accessible to all
members of the public" also requires
action by municipal and provincial


Daily crime watch: Part I I
First-year LSA student Kent Hansen slides on a
tray in the Arb.

stolen Markley cafeteria


Gramers to
By Mark Katz
Daily Staff Writer 4f T , IA)

host convention

They are gamers. Not basketball
gamers or football gamers. Not peo-
ple whp indulge in an occasional
game of Scrabble.
They are wargamers, playing
complex strategy games, from role
.p laying to board games to minia-
Over 800 "gamers" from places
as far as New York will converge at
the Union this weekend for U-Con, a
three day gaming convention spon-
sored by the year-old Michigan
Wargaming Club, a group of 70 stu-
dents who get together for seven
hours every weekend to play games.
* Beginning Friday at 7 p.m., over
135 different games will be run dur-
ing the course of the weekend. At-
tendees will be eligible to compete
in games for $1 and elimination
tournaments for $2 in which winners
will be awarded prizes.
The convention, the first-ever of
its kind at the University, will fea-
ture speeches and presentations by
seven representatives from various
* wargaming companies. Also, hobby
shops and companies will sell gam-
ing items in the Michigan Union
Ballroom, and conference attendees
will bring in rare-gaming items such
as out-of-print magazines and old

over 8

argamers Club expects
X00 this weekend in Union

- board games such as Diplomacy
which are "like Risk, but infinitely
more complex," Meadow explained.
"It's as if you have a novel for a rule
" miniatures, in which people use
miniature lead solliers and equip-
ment on diorama battlefields which
are made to scale to simulate historic
military battles.
UsCon Director Tim Carroll said

(AP) - Armed men killed and muti-
lated six Jesuit priests, their house-
keeper and her daughter yesterday
after bursting into their house at a
leading university. A witness said
uniformed government troops were
The government denied responsi-
bility, condemned the slayings as
savage and irrational" and said an
investigation was underway.
A witness said the killers were
part of a detail of about 30 uni-
formed army or police troops that
entered the house before dawn, ac-
cording to another priest who lives
nearby. He spoke on condition of
The killings were committed
"with lavish barbarity," said the
Rev. Jose Maria Tojeira, the Jesuit
Provincial for Central America. "For
examxple, they took out their brains,"
Tojeira said,
Roman Catholic Archbishop Ar-
turo Rivera Damas compared the
killings to the slaying of his prede-
cessor, Oscar Arnulfo Romero. That
1980 assassination marked the be-
ginning of years of killings and kid-
nappings by right-wing death squads.
"If this spiral of violence contin-
ues, death and destruction will sweep
away many, especially those who are
of most use to our people," said
Rivera Damas after leading a prayer
over the mutilated bodies.
The slayings came on the sixth
day of fierce combat in and around
this capital following an attack by
left-wing Farabundi Marti National
Liberation front guerrillas.
The United States has supported a
succession of governments in a civil
war versus the FMLN.
The dead included Ignaco Ellacu-
ria, rector of Jose Simeon Canas
Central American University, and
vice-rector Ignaco Martin-Baro, the
country's leading expert on polls and
polling procedures. The other dead
priests, all educators, were Segundo
Montes, Amado Lopez, Juan Ramon
Moreno and Joaquin Lopez Lopez.
A servant, Julia Elba Ramos, and
her 15-year-old child Celina, also
were killed, said Tojeira.
"They did not want to leave wit-

nesses," said Eduardo Valdez, director
of Jesuit Studies at the university.
The educators had received death
threats since the heaviest fighting of
the 10-year-old war began Saturday,
and callers to radio talk shows had
vehemently chastized Jesuits as sub-
versives and demanded their expul-
sion or punishment.
Rivera Damas said those who
killed the priests "were motivated by
the same hate that snuffed out the
life of Monsignor Romero."
Romero was killed by a sniper
while saying Mass on March 24,
to hold
on Diag
by Britt Isaly
Daily Staff Writer
The Latin American Solidarity
Committee will hold a rally today at
noon on the Diag to protest Ameri-
can military involvement in El Sal-
This protest follows reports from
the Associated Press yesterday of the
slaying of six Jesuit priests living in
El Salvador.
The slayings came on the sixth
day of fierce combat in and around
the capital, San Salvador, following
an attack by left-wing Farabundo
Marti National Liberation Front
LASC members expressed con-
cern about American funding and ad-
visors within El Salvador. That
could lead to an American-related
conflict, the likes of which haven't
been seen since the late '60s when
an increasing number of American
advisors were sent to Vietnam, said
Rob Hickey, a LASC member.
"I think that there are definite
parallels between Vietnam and (the
See SALVADOR, Page 2

hard-to-find games for an auction.
The convention will offer an
escape from the usual experiences of
everyday life, said Brian Meadows,
president of the Wargaming Club.
"Hacking apart dragons and
searching for treasure in caves is
much more exciting than the real
world," he said. "(Playing the
games) offers a chance to be some-
one and to be somewhere that you
would not normally be."
Playing games is more than just
a chance to have fun. "The games do
help a lot in the process of decision
making," said Wargaming Club
Vice-President T De La Pefla, who
hopes the convention will become
an annual event. "You can get very
good and very fast in making analy-
Most gamers developed their in-
terests before they came to college,
according to De La Pefla. "A lot of
us have played games since high
school," he said. "A lot of our

friends played Dungeons and Drag-
ons with us when they were
younger. We're just the ones that
kept at it."
Gaines at the convention fall into

'Hacking apart dragons and searching for
treasure in caves is much more exciting than
the real world... (Playing the games) offers a
chance to be someone and to be somewhere
that you would not normally be.'
-Brian Meadows, President of the Wargaming

three general categories:
- role playing games such as
Dungeons and Dragons and Star
Trek. These are conducted by game
masters, people with stacks of notes
which outline the universe the char-
acters will operate in. "The game
master describes to the players what
the character perceive," Meadow said.
"Then the players tell the game mas-
ters what their characters do."

the convention will offer a well-
needed break from school. "A lot of
times you don't really have the time
to enjoy yourself," he said. "but
U-Con gives us a good chance to
just relax and play games."
The convention costs $10 for the
weekend and runs from 7 p.m. to 1
a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to]I a.m. Satur-
day, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Registration, in the Union.

Econ prof. releases
,upbeat report for '90

by Ian Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer

When the Nostradamus of eco-
nomics speaks, people listen.
The U.S. economy can expect "a
healthy rebound at the start of the
new year," according to a report re-
leased yesterday by the University's
Research Seminar in Quantitative
Economics (RSQE).
The results were announced today
in a speech by the RSQE's leading
prognosticator, Economics Prof.
Saul Hymans, in the featured speech
of the University's 37th Annual
Conference on the Economic Out-
Hymans is a two-time winner of
the Silbert Award, presented annu-
ally by New York's Sterling Na-
*tional Bank and Trust Co., and given

fall while the unemployment rate
The current economic slowdown
is a combination of "special factors,"
said Hymans. "For example, in the
summer and fall of this year, auto
companies hyped their sales only to
see them fall in the fourth quarter,"
Hymans said.
Hymans also cited the tight
money growth policy of the Federal
Reserve Board as contributing to the
When these and other factors
"return to normal", the economy can
expect a recovery, Hymans said.
Participants of the conference ex-
pressed confidence in the RSQE's
and Hyman's work.
J. David Richardson, an eco-
nomics professor at the University

k¢ Gophers
can spoil
for Blue
by Richard Eisen
Daily Football Writer
Who the hell cares?
Really. It's just one week after
Michigan won its biggest Big Ten
football contest of the year, defeating
Illinois 24-10, and now they will
compete against the mighty Golden
Gophers of Minnesota.
X Again. Who the hell cares?
Really. Talk about anti-climactic,
the Golden Gophers, who average a
paltry 36,630 fans per Big Ten
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