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U Maxine Kumin to speak at Hopwoods




More corruption in MSA

M wrestlers face MSU

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 77 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, January 23, 1990 Th M ichign ,a,
Bomb threat forces partial evacuation of C.C. Little building


by Joanna Broder
Daily Health Issues Reporter

Ann Arbor police and University
security officers evacuated two lec-
ture halls in the Clarence Cook Lit-
tle building yesterday afternoon after
employees in the department of geo-
logical sciences' office received a
bomb threat.
Assistant Director of the Univer-
sity's Department of Safety and Se-
curity Robert Pifer said a male tele-
phoned the department and told a re-

ceptionist he had planted a bomb set
to explode sometime between 2:00
and 3:00 p.m. in one of the build-
ing's two lecture halls.
According to an employee in the
office, the threat was made between
1:40 and 1:45 p.m. The caller
claimed to be unhappy with the
University's involvement in El Sal-
vador. The employee, who requested
anonymity for safety precautions,
said she warned people on other
floors and the receptionist notified

the police.
Police evacuated and searched lec-
ture halls on the first and fourth
floors but they did not warn or evac-
uate students in neighboring class-
Staff Sergeant James Tieman of
the Ann Arbor Police said, "for all
intents and purposes, (everyone in)
the building was not evacuated."
LSA junior Michael Kelly was in
Geology 125 at about 2:05 p.m.
when a University security officer

came in, announced the bomb threat,
and proceeded to clear the room.
Kelly said he was unalarmed by the
threat, since the officer was calm.
"I really didn't care (and) didn't
take it seriously from their atti-
tudes," he said.
Michael Edelstein, an LSA senior
in the same Geology class, also
thought little of the bomb scare. "I
figure if there's going to be a bomb
threat," Edelstein said, "it'd be at the
Chemistry Building."

However, an employee in the
Geological Studies departmental of-
fice said they took the incident seri--
ously, stressing that if "somebody
threatens to blow me up, you better
believe I take it seriously."'
Margo Liss, a first-year graduate
student in Geology and teaching as-
sistant for the class, said a colleague
told her heard about the bomb scare a
few minutes before the police ar-
rived. After the scare was over, Liss
did not seem frightened.

"It's over," Liss said. "Who
cares? I assume nothing blew up on
Other students attending classes
in the building who were not evacu-
ated were confused by the commo-
tion. Traci Burton and Fanshen Cox
were in Religion 335 on the first
floor when they saw five policemen
in the hallway.
"They stood outside the door and
See BOMB, page 2



Pro-life vigil
draws pro-choice

to investigate

by Diane Cook
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
By the flickering candlelight,
nearly 300 anti-abortion demonstra-
tors walked through Ann Arbor in a
vigil last night to commemorate
"babies that have been killed" by
abortion. Following the procession
was a group of over 100 pro-choice
The procession, which covered
three entire city blocks, wound
through the streets of Ann Arbor on
its way to the Washtenaw County
Court House on the corner of Main
and Huron, where it was addressed by
various speakers.
Ann Houbeck, Chair of Right-
To-Life of Washtenaw County, said
last night's event was the best
turnout the local pro-life organiza-
tion has seen. Houbeck said the
movement has gained momentum
this year.
"It's been a pretty exciting year
for the pro-life movement," she
noted, referring to the parental con-
sent legislature in the state govern-
ment, Proposal A - which ended
Medicaid funded abortions in Michi-
Nation r
Associated Press
Demonstrators marched with re-
newed fervor at state capitols and ci-
ties around the nation yesterday tc
commemorate the 17th anniversary
of the Supreme Court's Roe vs.
Wade ruling, which legalized abor-
At least 9,000 people marched
against abortion at the Georgia Capi-
tol in Atlanta, while Washington's
annual March for Life carried a simi-
lar message to the White House, the
nation's Capitol and the U.S.

gan; and the Webster v. Reproduc-
tive Health Services - a Supreme
Court decision which tossed the
abortion decision back into hands of i
the states.
Houbeck said most of the pro-life
support has come from church orga-
nizations in Washtenaw County.
The vigil was to commemorate 5J,.
the "25 million babies that have
been killed" since the Roe v. Wade
Supreme Court ruling of 1973,
Houbeck said.
"It's bigger than just religious is-
sues. It's constitutional," said pro- k
life demonstrator and Ann Arbor res-
ident Andrea Nelson.-
"These are children of the United f
States, defended by the constitution,
that are being killed. How can any-
-one say it's someone else's right?"
Pro-choice activists, seeing state ~
legislators debate abortion issues re-
cently, have been organizing o
counter-demonstrations against pro-
choice activities.
"For many years it was the status-
quo (abortion was legal) so people A woman at the anti-abortion vigil in front of the Washtenaw County
See VIGIL, page 5 Court House holds a candle.

by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter
University President James Dud-
erstadt will start his informal inves-
tigation of the Michigan Student
Assembly's November elections by
asking University General Counsel
Elsa Cole to review the election's
events and determine if any procedu-
ral laws were violated.
Duderstadt released the informa-
tion yesterday through Special As-
sistant to the President Shirley
Clarkson. Cole was in Clearwater,
Fla. and could not be reached for
MSA President Aaron Williams
said he did not know anything more
about the investigation. However, he
pointed out the decision to involve
the general counsel was logical since
Cole was included in a December
meeting between Williams, Duder-
stadt and Henry Johnson, vice presi-
dent for student services.
On Dec. 12, one day after the
Central Student Judiciary invalidated
the MSA election results, Williams
met with Duderstadt to discuss
whether the president could overturn
the CSJ decision.
A defendant can appeal a decision
made by the CSJ by requesting
clemency from the University presi-
dent according to the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly Compiled Code sec-
tion 50.15.

Williams, a member of the Con-
servative Coalition party, said he
acted on his own initiative in meet-
ing with Duderstadt. After the meet-
ing, Williams said it was clear Dud-
erstadt had no authority under the
Michigan Student Compiled Code to
overrule CSJ's decision because it
was a civil action, not a disciplinary
"He made no indication to me
that he was planning to do some
kind of investigation," Williams
Williams said he first heard of the
investigation at last Friday's regent's
meeting after Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor) proposed the regents
look into the MSA elections. Baker
withdrew his proposal on the condi-
tion Duderstadt continue investigat-
ing the election.
Baker brought his proposal to the
regents after hearing an appeal from
Conservative Coalition members.
Jeff Johnson, director of the Con-
servative Coalition party and an
engineering senior, said he ap-
proached Baker about the MSA elec-
tions because he felt the Conserva-
tive Coalition did not receive a fair
hearing from the CSJ.
The Conservative Coalition did
not have a representative present at
the CSJ hearing on the MSA elec-
tions. See MSA, page 2

emembers Roe v.

Supreme Court.
"It may be a long fight," the
Rev. Pat Robertson told demonstra-
tors in Atlanta, "(but) we will come
back this year, we will come back
next year, we will come back the
year after .. until sooner or later we
have victory."
Norma McCorvey, the woman
who was the "Jane Roe" in Roe vs.
Wade, was scheduled to appear at a
rally on California's capitol steps in
The Roe vs. Wade anniversary

has become an increasingly impor-
tant day to those debating the future
of abortion in the United States.
This year's commemoration carried
special weight because of last sum-
mer's Supreme Court ruling in Mis-
souri's Webster case.
That ruling, which opened the
door for states to impose some re-
strictions on abortion, was the
biggest legal victory in decades for
anti-abortion forces and led to specu-
lation that the high court would
overturn Roe vs. Wade.

It also pumped new life into or-
ganizations on both sides of the
abortion debate, and led to a flurry of
legislative proposals to both restrict
and guarantee access to abortions.
The Webster case also provided a
backdrop for one of the stranger inci-
dents in the abortion observances.
On Sunday night, police in San
Francisco cited McCorvey for
illegally posting stickers bearing the
name "Roe" on city street signs. The
signs were on Webster Street.

Student accused of
assaulting police

by Mike Sobel
Daily Crime Reporter
Bailey Brown, a 23-year-old ju-
nior in the Computer Engineering
honors program, was released on his
own recognizance from Washtenaw

Azerbaijanis remember
troops slain by Soviets

MOSCOW (AP) - Hundreds of thousands
of wailing, black-clad Azerbaijanis marched
through Baku yesterday to mourn people killed
when Soviet troops put down a nationalist re-
volt, and the republic's legislature threatened
secession if Moscow did not pull out its sol-
In another move in defiance of President
Mikhail Gorbachev, local legislators declared
Moscow's state of emergency void, and mili-
tants vowed to keep up crippling strikes until
troops leave.
Also Monday, Communist leaders from
Soviet Armenia and Azerbaijan took a tentative
step toward ending 10 days of ethnic warfare,
agreeing to withdraw armed groups from areas
along their border, Tass said. But activists in
Armenia and Azerbaijan said they were skepti-
cal the truce would be kept.
The official Soviet news agency reported 12

districts with Armenia, said Baku lawyer
Viliyad Mamedov, who attended the 1 1/2-hour
overnight session.
Lawmakers also demanded the lifting of the
curfew and state of emergency in Baku and
other areas of Azerbaijan, which Moscow im-
posed without the approval of Azerbaijani au-
thorities, Mamedov said in a telephone inter-
The official Soviet news
agency reported 12 more
people were killed in ethnic
clashes yesterday on the
border of the two republics,
raising the toll since Jan. 13
to 167. Soviet officials said
83 of those were from the
Soviet assault on the

County Circuit Court yesterday after
facing charges of assault with a
deadly weapon.
Brown allegedly leveled a shot-
gun at an Ann Arbor police officer
early Sunday morning near his home
on Hill St.
Ann Arbor Detective Staff
Sergeant Thomas Caldwell said a
patrol car was sent to the 800 block
of Hill after police received reports
of a disturbance shortly after 4 a.m.
While officer Christopher Rich went
to investigate, his partner, officer
Randy Coultes, spotted Brown
standing in front of a house holding
a shotgun.
After reports of "shots fired" over
the radio, Rich rejoined Coultes who
told Brown to drop his weapon. Po-
lice reports say Brown turned and
pointed the gun at Rich. Rich drew
his gun and fired a single shot at
Brown which hit the window of a
parked car. Brown then dropped his
gun and was taken into custody,
Caldwell added.
Police officials also said they
found three rounds of shotgun fire in
back of the house next to Brown's.
Brown was taken to the
University Hospital for a brief psy-
chological examination after giving


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