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ACLU establishes

y;Laura Counts
aily Women's Issue Reporter
The American Civil Liberties
Union's campus chapter is calling
together several pro-choice campus
groups that haven't necessarily cru-
sadod for abortion rights in the past.
Organizers of the coalition hope
to activate groups which are con-
cerned with civil liberties, said LSA
senior Matt Leitman, an ACLU
"With the growing threat to abor-
tion rights, the majority can no
longer be silent," Leitman said.
Three groups - the College
Democrats, the University chapter of
the Democratic Socialists of Amer-
ica, and Women of Guatemala -
have joined the coalition so far, and
several other groups have expressed
interest but have not yet formally
The coalition has two initial
goals, Leitman said. The first is to
educate the public about the threats
to abortion rights posed nationally
by pending Supreme Court cases,
and locally by restrictive bills in the
Michigan legislature.
"There are a lot of law students in
the {ACLU who can decipher the le-
1 jargon for the pubic," Leitman

e group
The group will "get the word
out" through letters to newspapers,
and a radio show on WCBN in De-
But the main focus of the group
is legislative, said LSA sophomore
Katie Sanders. Rather than going to
rallies, the group hopes to pressure
legislators through letter-writing
To this end, she added, the coali-
tion hopes to motivate people who
wouldn't normally participate in
protests or abortion clinic defenses
but would like to do something for
the pro-choice cause.
Leitman said the group will also
act as a "watchdog" for communities
where the majority is pro-choice, but
have elected legislators who are in
Lansing voting against abortion
rights. Writing letters to their local
newspapers will let these communi-
ties know what the legislators are
doing, he said.
Members of the pro-choice com-
mittee of the campus ACLU are
planning to do most of the organiza-
tional work for the coalition, while
other groups can contribute as much
or as little as they like, said LSA
first-year student Kimberly Shaeffer.
"The main goal is just to keep them
involved," she said.

E. Ger
cross Ib
DRESDEN, East Germany (AP
- Tens of thousands of protesters i
at least eight cities braved icy wind
yesterday to keep the heat on th
Communist leadership, despite ope
borders and the election of a reform
minded Cabinet one day earlier.
Nearly three million Eas
Germans crossed into West Berli
and West Germany between Frida
and yesterday, the second weeken
since the government opened border
to the West, border police said. Mos
were just visiting for the day.
Ferry service across the Elb
River, which forms part of th
border, resumed yesterday a
Hitzacker, about 80 miles southeas
of Hamburg, for the first time sinc
April 23, 1945.
In another change, the officia
ADN news agency reported that th
roles of the party and th
government in East Germany'
armed forces will be separated.
ADN said 50,000 peopl
participated in Dresden's firs
officially authorized protest rally
Other estimates of the crowd siz
ranged up to 100,000.
"Lord don't forgive them becaus
they knew what they did," said on
banner in the southern city, makin
a biting play on words from Jesu
Christ's agony on the cross.
In East Berlin, thousand
participated in an unauthorized marc
from the Alexanderplatz square t
Parliament, calling for sweepin
reforms and abolition of th
Communist Party's guarantee
monopoly on power.
Parliament on Saturday confirme
a reform-minded Cabinet o
Communist Premier Hans Modrov
and created a committee to stud
possible constitutional changes
including dropping a lav
guaranteeing Communist rule.
"We won't let ourselves b
blinded by the open borders," sai



Remembering Independence

Latvians marched through the capital of their Soviet Baltic republic,
Riga, on Saturday to mark the anniversary of their nation's independence
which was ended by a Soviet occupation in 1940.

High school students visit B-School

by; Vera Songwe
Daily Minority Issues Reporter

Many students and faculty have
been pushing to increase minority
enrollment and retention at the Uni-
Wrsity. But in order to attract mi-
'norities, the University must make
prospective students familiar with
the: campus and the opportunities
available to them.
Last Friday, about 100 students
from seven Detroit high schools at-
tended a "Business Awareness Day,"
organized by the University's Black
Business Students Association
W SSA) to expose Black high school
dents to the Business School.
'fThis program is organized to
bring high school seniors to the
University to make them aware of
the 'opportunities here at the Busi-
nes$ School," said second-year busi-
ness student Byron Foster, chair of
the event.
Denise Harvey, a Business
The International Center and the

School student services counselor,
said, "Minority students listen to a
lot of the rumors out there and make
decisions based on rumors without
talking to administrators or coun-
selors to find out the truth."
Most of the students who at-
tended have shown an interest in
business in their high schools.
"It is a career that kids are most
interested in today," said Christine
Holmberg, a senior advisor and
counseling officer at Cooley High
School. "All the students that came
are in the business co-op program,"
which allows students to intern at
various area businesses.
The event included brief presenta-
tions by five members of the busi-
ness school faculty and presentations
by admissions and financial aid per-
"Often times, high school stu-
dents may not understand or be aware
of the career opportunities that are
University's Office of International

available to them in corporate Amer-
ica," Harvey said. "This is what this
program is intended for."
Later in the day, the high school
students were divided into groups to
perform an exercise simulating a
normal B-School class.
Most of the students praised the
program and some said they would
consider coming to the University.
"I thought about coming here,
but this has made me more enthusi-
astic," said Damon Thorton, a stu-

dent at Osborne High School in De-
troit. "I like the environment and the
different cultures that are represented
Many other branches of the Uni-
versity have similar programs aimed
at making high school students more
aware of the University.
"We are not unique in our ef-
forts," Harvey said. "But if other
students are not doing this they may
want to accept this as a challenge
and begin."

) one protest banner. "Swap DDR
n (East Germany) for Mickey Mouse,"
is said another.
e One sign suggested, "Honecker to
n court," and speakers called 'for
- prosecution of the country's former
leaders, including ousted president
t and party chief Erich Honecker, who
n was replaced by Egon Krenz on Oct.
y 18.
d Krenz was quoted by a West
s German newspaper as saying
st Honecker is one of those under
investigation by a parliamentary
e commission.
e Just outside the capital, about
t 30,000 Communist Party backers
t demonstrated in Potsdam to show
e their support for the government's
announced reform program, ADN
l said.
e ADN reported other pro-
s democracy rallies yesterday in a half-
dozen cities and towns. The official
e agency said "thousands" protested in
t Karl Marx Stadt but did not give a
. more precise crowd estimate for the
e march there or in East Berlin.
e At least some demonstrators were
e cool to the idea of unifying the two
g Germanys, a subject of much debate
s since East German borders opened
i Nov. 9.
Is "Reunification now - No
h Thanks," read one of the banners at
o the Dresden march. "We are not on
g the Reeperbahn where you can buy a
e union for money," it added, referring
d to the famous red-light district in
Hamburg, West Germany.
d "Today we want everything,"
f Ludwig Goettler, a well-known
w classical trumpet player, said in a
y speech. "But in no case do we still
s, want what we have 'achieved' over
w the past 40 years," he said in a
caustic reference to repeated claims
e of East German achievements under
d Communism.
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Scientists find 'oldest'
object yet in universe

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Friday's edition.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - As-
tronomers say they discovered the
oldest, most distant object yet found
in the universe, a star-like body
called a quasar, about 14 billion
light years or 82 trillion billion
miles from Earth.
"We've found the most distant
object on record," said astronomer
Maarten Schmidt of the California
Institute of Technology. "We are
now seeing an object as it was a lit-
tle over 1 billion years after the be-
ginning of the universe."
Other scientists called the discov-
ery significant because existence of
the 14-billion-year-old quasar chal-
lenges a widely accepted theory of
how quickly stars and galaxies
formed. And light from the quasar-il-
luminated gas in space, possibly
giving astronomers their first look at
the primordial matter from which all
stars, galaxies and even life eventu-
ally arose.
The quasar, or quasi-stellar ob-
ject, was seen through the 200-inch
Hale Telescope at Palomar Observa-
tory, northeast of San Diego. It is
located in the constellation Ursa Ma-
jor just below the Big Dipper's

The discovery, to be announced
formally today, is reported in De-
cember's issue of the Astronomical
Journal by Schmidt and astronomers
James Gunn of Princeton University
and Donald Schneider of the Institute
for Advanced Study, an independent
research center in Princeton, NJ.
A quasar is the size of our solar
system. They are the brightest ob-
jects in the universe, the brightest
emitting more light than 1,000
galaxies of 100 billion stars each.
Astronomers believe quasars form
near black holes in the centers of
galaxies. Black holes are objects so
massive their gravity sucks in even
light. But as matter is pulled into a
black hole, intense bursts of light
are emitted.
Scientists say a gigantic explo-
sion called the Big Bang created the
universe 10 billion to 20 billion
years ago. They usually cite 15 bil-
lion years as the universe's estimated
On that scale, the newly discov-
ered quasar formed at least 14 billion
years ago, meaning its distance from
Earth is 14 billion light years, or 82
trillion miles. One light year equals
5.88 trillion miles.

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