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Cars ablaze in a street of south Lebanon's town of Nabatiyeh yesterday. Israeli-backed south
market town with heavy artillery, killing four people and wounding 18 others.
Lebanon army militia pounded the shiite Moslem
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versity should be highly panicked
about the disproportionate numbers.
In 1987 Black students repre-
sented more than half of the students
Who left the University in each class
except non-returning seniors.
"I think it's pretty horrible," Har-
Minority students represent only
a small percent of the student popu-
lation, Harris said, and when an av-
erage of 10 percent of them leave
each year, it contradicts the Univer-
sity's highly touted recruitment and
retention statistics: "It's pitiful."
"I really would like to see an all-
out fight (on the part of the Univer-
sity to keep minority students) as far
as retention and financial aid goes,"
Eunice Royster, assistant to both
the provost for academic affairs and
the LSA dean, said in January she
will be calling students who have
dropped out to get a sense of their
experience on campus.
Through the telephone survey,
which she initiated, she will be try-
ing to determine whether the stu-
dents are leaving because of their
Despite all the roadblocks stu-
dents encounter, most end up gradu-
ating from college.
"When I look at the alternatives I
have (as a Black student) of making
money other than through school -
which are sports, entertainment or
drugs - I think I want to get back
to school," Rucker said.
For students who cannot afford
elevated tuition, one alternative is to
change schools, but again they face a
"I can't even transfer to another
university because the University
would not release my transcripts,"
own uncertainties or because of the
shortcomings in the University,
such as problems with the financial
"We have to understand that for
students, what seems like a reason-
able response - to ask for help -
is really hard to do. My vision is
that we would make that process a
lot gentler for students."
However, Charles Judge, director
of academic services counseling, said
he questions the necessity of such
exit interviews. Judge said he thinks
it is healthy for students to be free to
make their own decision and called it
ironic for the University to say it
wants to talk to students before they
leave but does not want to talk to
students before they register.
Judge cited potential problems
with exit interviews: they occur at
the end of he year, the busiest time
for counselors, and also it would be
difficult finding out, before the be-
ginning of the semester, the number
of students who will drop out.
As an alternative, Holmes sug-
gested that if students hadn't regis-
tered by a certain date, they could be
contacted by letter to find out why
they hadn't registered.
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"I had no idea how their financial
aid was set up," said Erica Trass a
first-year student who may be leav-
ing the University at the end of the
semester. "I had excellent test grade
points; I was a merit student so I
would have expected the University
to give me scholarships," Trass
However, the University does not
offer merit-based financial aid; they
pnly offer aid to those they consider
financially in need.
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inunists into the 21-member Cabinet
and left Communists in control of
all key ministries. Thirteen were
holdovers from the previous Com-
In an indication the government
may respond to demands for new
ministers, First Deputy Premier Bo-
humil Urban met with two opposi-
"I might be able to pay enough
money for them to release my tran-
scripts and allow me to go some-
where else," she added.
Having children drop out of
school can be a very frustrating ex-
perience for parents.
"It is very upsetting, and I think
it is terrible that our country does
not cater to the good brains we
have," said Yvonne Roundtree,
whose son left the University for fi-
nancial reasons. "There are so many
young kids out here [in Detroit]
selling drugs who are intelligent
enough to go to college if our coun-
try would stop sending money to
other countrie's and educate them."
Financial aid problems persist,
but some students are determined to
stay at the University even if they
have to take semesters off in order to
"I have the goal of graduating
from the University of Michigan re-
gardless of what is happening now,"
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
U.S. officers detained in GDR
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Soviet military personnel in East Germany
detained a team of U.S. military officers for seven and a half hours on the
eve of President George Bush's summit with Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev, the Pentagon said yesterday.
"There were no U.S. or Soviet injuries. U.S. personnel were released
later that day. The incident is under investigation," Pentagon
spokesperson, U.S. Navy Ltr. Cmdr. Ken Satterfield said.
Satterfield said the U.S. team was "on their assigned mission" which
involved observing installations in East Germany. It was not immediately
clear how many U.S. and Soviet personnel were involved in the incident.
The spokesperson said the vehicle in which the U.S. team was riding
was detained and "a tire was punctured with a bayonet," Satterfield said the
team was not threatened by the Soviets.
Chief S&L regulator resigns
WASHINGTON - M. Danny Wall, under fire for his handling of
what may become the costliest savings and loan failure in history, re-
signed yesterday as the government's chief S&L regulator.
In his letter of resignation to President George Bush, Wall complained
he was being made "a scapegoat for the problems of the entire industry
and denounced a "steady stream of one-sided information" from congres-
sional hearings concerning the collapse of Lincoln Savings and Loan As-
sociation of Irvine, Calif.
Rep. Henry Gonzalex, (D-Texas), chair of the House Banking Com-
mittee, has blamed Wall for allowing Lincoln to remain open until last
April even though government examiners had recommended in May 1987
that it be closed. The bailout of the institution is expected to cost taxpay-
ers up to $2.5 billion.
Wall set no firm date for his departure, saying he would stay on for a
transition period. He said he was looking forward to a job out of govern-
ment but had no specific position in mind.
Greenpeace fails to halt
Trident 2 missile launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The U.S. Navy outmuscled Greenpeace
anti-nuclear protesters yesterday, crippling their vessels and towing them
out of an area where they tried unsuccessfully to halt the test launch of a
Trident two missile.
The high seas drama took place in the Atlantic 50 miles off the Florida
coast just before the nuclear-powered submarine Tennessee unleashed the
$26.5 million missile on a test that put the Trident two program back on
track after two explosive failures in the first three undersea launches.
The Navy said its ships had to "shoulder" aside a large ship carrying
protesters, and capture and tow away two high-speed rafts called Zodiacs
from the launch area.
Shannon Fagan, spokesperson for the protesters, said Greenpeace was
considering legal action against the Navy. Greenpeace had successfully
used the ship and Zodiacs to block a Trident two launch attempt July 28.
Court affirms first suspect in
Pan Am Flight 103 bombing
UPPSALA, Sweden - A court affirmed yesterday that a Pales-
tinian facing charges of murder is also a suspect in the bombing of Pan
Am Flight 103, and it approved the seizure of evidence in a raid on his
Abu Talb is believed to be the first suspect to face a court proceeding
in connection with the bombing Dec. 21, 1988, over Lockerbie, Scotland,
that killed 270 people.
The court classified its hearing records as secret and ordered any evi-
dence removed from Sweden to be returned when the investigation is
completed. Abu Talb, listed in court documents as Abo Talb, appeared at
a closed hearing Friday.
A verdict in the case of Talb and three other Palestinians is expected
Dec. 21. Their trial ended Nov. 15 on charges of murder and attempted
murder in four bombings in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Stockholm in
1985 and 1986.
Ahmed Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General
Command is the group most often accused of the Pan Am attack.
SONG gives nerds revenge
It's the laugh. That obnoxious giggle that ends in a full-fledged snort.
That's the mark of the true nerd.
Jeremy Kahn has it. Naturally. He is the founder, president, and ideo-
logical spokesperson for the newly formed Society of Nerds and Geeks -
or SONG - at Harvard University.;
If "Veritas" (truth) is the motto of Harvard and "Vanitas" is the motto;
of the Harvard Lampoon, then the slogan of SONG is "Veritas is more
important than Vanitas," explained Kahn, 20, a junior majoring in math.
Despite their failings, nerds go on to invent amazing new machines
and make millions on the patents. Geeks go on to found new companies
and become the CEO featured on Fortune's cover for maverick style.
Nerds and geeks always have the last laugh.
"Basically it's putting academics ahead of social life," Kahn said of his
With about 35 members, SONG meets weekly and fosters discussions
on how to study better and improve academic standings.
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tion representatives to negotiate a
new meeting with Communist
Premier Ladislav Adamec later this
Frantisek Pitra, the premier of
the Czech republican government,
asked for more time to consider
changes at the republic level, post-
poning an announcement originally
scheduled for yesterday night.
The governments of the Czech
and Slovak republics control key ar-
eas such as justice and education in
their respective regions.
Eleven of the 17 ministers under
Pitra in the Czech republic have
submitted their resignations, includ-
ing the unpopular ministers of edu-
cation and justice, the state new
agency CTK reported.
A parliamentary commission re-
ported on its investigation into po-
lice brutality against student demon-
strators on November 17. It con-
cluded that police used inappropriate
force and seriously injured peaceful
demonstrators. It said some police
on duty then may face charges of as-
sault and abuse of office.
According to CTK, the report
blamed "high political figures" for
the repression, which "was one of
the decisive reasons" for the subse-
quent mass protests. CTK listed no
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