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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 29, 1989
Tuition coalition fails

by Noelle Vance
Daily Government Reporter
After failing to receive positive
feedback from University student
groups on a proposed coalition that
would have studied financial aid and
tuition at the University, members
of the Michigan Student Assembly's
External Relations Committee
(ERC) have dropped all efforts to
establish the body.
"We couldn't get enough interest
from other groups," said newly-ap-
pointed chair Jeff Veach, an LSA se-

External Relations Committee
moves in different directions

o form
who would be chair and to Thanks-
The group will move in a new di-
rection now, though no definite
agenda has been set, Veach said.
After meeting with Vice Presi-
dent for Government Relations
Richard Kennedy last week, the
group decided to focus on lobbying
the legislature against a bill that
would require universities, if they
sell goods and services, to sell them
at prices competitive with local re-

Members of the External Rela-
tions Committee had hoped students
would lobby the administration to
keep tuition from skyrocketing and
to put more pressure on the state
legislature to raise appropriations.
The coalition was the pet project

of former ERC chair and LSA senior
Matt Weber, who resigned from the
Assembly in October.
Since Weber's resignation, the
group has had little chance to refocus
itself due to some confusion over

Palestinian supporters hold

by Heather Fee
More than a dozen people huddled
on the Diag last night, sheltering
small white candles from the wind,
in a Palestine Solidarity Committee
(PSC) vigil held to honor today's
anniversary of the National Solidar-
ity Day for Palestinians.
In 1974, the United Nations de-
clared November 29 National Soli-
darity Day, commemorating the
1947 resolution -'which partitioned
Palestine into two states.
Some held signs reading
"Freedom and Independence for the
Palestinian people," while some laid
down their posters to warm their
PSC members gathered to show
their solidarity with the Palestinian

independence movement. "I feel it's
important to be in solidarity with
people that are fighting for indepen-
dence and self-determination," said
LSA sophomore Joel Scott. "I also
support independence in Latin Amer-
ica and South Africa."
Literature passed out discussed
the meaning of Palestinian Indepen-
dence Day. The Palestine National
Council declared independence on
November 15, 1988. According to
the literature, this was "a significant
turning point in a national struggle"
because it "is a reaffirmation to the
world by the Palestinian people that
they... deserve to exist as a free and
independent nation."
One of PSC's concerns is that

they feel the land was unfairly di-
vided by the United Nations.
"Thirty percent of the population
was given 54 percent of the land
while 70 percent of the population
was given 46 percent of the land,"
Scott said. "They didn't take into
consideration the legitimate claims
of the indigenous population."

PSC held the vigil next to its
newly-rebuilt shanty, located in front
of the Fishbowl. The shanty has
been torn down four times in the last
four weeks, Scott said. The group
plans to repaint it and hold a
"Freedom for Palestine Rally" at
4:15 on the Diag today as part of
their observance of National Solidar-
ity Day.

Czech government to
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PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP)
- Premier Ladislav Adamec
promised yesterday to include non-
Communists in a new government,
and new Communist Party Chief
Karel Urbanek said yesterday the
party would give up its
constitutional monopoly on power.
Adamec made the pledges in a
meeting with the opposition Civic
Forum movement after 11 straight
days of unprecedented protest in
Czechoslovakia. Millions of workers
observed a two-hour general strike
Monday, but the streets were quiet
yesterday because the Civic Forum
asked for calm.
After the meeting, government

minister Marian Calfa said Adamec
would submit a coalition govern-
ment to President Gustav Husak by
Civic Forum spokesman Jiri
Kanturek appeared on state TV's
evening news with a10-point state-
ment outlining concessions made
and further opposition demands.
Two demands were for free elec-
tions and the resignation by Dec. 10
of Husak, a central figure in the
crackdown on reform after the So-
viet-led invasion of August 1968.
At a news conference, prominent
dissident Jiri Dienstbier read a letter
saying Husak's resignation "would
calm the situation down."

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Calif. crane topples, kills 5
SAN FRANCISCO - A crane tipped over and plummeted from the
16th story of a building under construction yesterday, flattening a school
van, crushing several cars and smashing into an office building across the
street. At least five people were killed, 21 injured and five left missing,
authorities said.
Concrete and twisted steel rained on one of the busiest intersections in
the financial district.
"It felt like an earthquake said Merrill Lynch Vice President Joe
McLaughlin, who was in the damaged office building.
Three construction workers, the school bus driver, and a pedestrian
were killed, police Capt. John Newlin said.
Debris rained down on a taxi driven by Issa Massarweh, who had two
passengers at the time.
"I don't know where my passengers are," he said. "I threw myself un-
der the dashboard."
Pope to ask Soviets for
official ties to Kremlin
ROME - The Vatican yesterday suggested establishing permanent
ties with the Kremlin on the eve of the first visit by a Soviet leader.
President Mikhail Gorbachev arrives today for a state visit before
meeting with Pope John Paul II on Friday and then flying on to Malta for
his summit with President Bush.
Although overshadowed by the events immediately following them,
the Soviet leader's talks in Italy with President Francesco Cossiga and
Premier Giulio Andreotti are expected to focus on the dramatic changes in
Eastern Europe, where Czechoslovakia has joined East Germany, Poland,
Hungary and Bulgaria in breaking away from hard-line communism.
Bush says no arms accords
will result from summit
WASHINGTON - President Bush sought to reassure European allies
yesterday about his summit with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev,
promising "I'm not going to surprise them" with any agreement to cut
nuclear weapons or reduce U.S. troops overseas.
Bush said he and Gorbachev may discuss possible military cutbacks
"in a general way" when they meet off the coast of Malta on Saturday and
But he added, "In writing, I have made it clear to Mr. Gorbachev - in
my handwriting so he knows it comes from me and not the bureaucracy -
that this is not a summit for arms control agreement."
He said it was very important for the allies to know "I'm not going to
go off and prematurely jump out there and try to grandstand by
committing them to something. That's not the way to keep an alliance
After the two-day summit, Bush will fly to Brussels on Dec. 4 to brief
NATO leaders on the discussions.
Young may get salary hike
DETROIT- Mayor Coleman Young, whose salary may soon rival
the pay of his counterpart in New York City, has long topped the
earnings scale among Michigan's city executives.
The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission on Monday
recommended a 3.7 percent raise for Young that would boost his salary
from $125,350 to $130,000.
The raise goes into effect in 30 days unless rejected by at least six of
the nine-member City Council.
Young runs a city with 21,000 employees. David Dinkins, elected this
month to replace Ed Koch as mayor of the nation's largest city, will head
an 82,000 employee operation.
Francis Kornegay, chair of the commission that recommended Young's
raise, said the increase was consistent with pay hikes won by municipal
employees this year in collective bargaining.
The council members, too, will receive pay raises, boosting their
salaries to $60,000 -- the third-highest in the nation.
College condones class clowns
LANSING - Class clowns don't bother teachers of one course at
Lansing Community College. Indeed, they're the whole reason the teach-
ers are there.
The 11-week beginning clown class, offered each semester, is taught
each Monday by Al Fast and Georgia Morris. Tuesdays are reserved for
advanced clowning classes.
Professional clowns such as Fast and Morris have their clown faces

and costumes copyrighted and registered in the Library of Congress. They
said their students have begun developing distinct clown identities as well.
None of the students flunk the class, "but there are some who are just
not urged to go on," Fast said.
The students will put their skills to the test Dec. 9 when they are to
perform at a local shopping mall. Fast and Morris will then critique their
clowning skills.
Five graduates have been hired by the Ringling Brothers Clown Col-
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