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Buying out Poland

Bang a gong

Full slate of weekend sports action

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

Vol. C, No. 80 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, January 26,1990

copyrightO 1990
The Michigan Daily



Bush's veto

The Senate on yesterday narrowly
upheld President Bush's veto of a
bill protecting Chinese students
from deportation, leaving his China
policy intact and giving him a
victory in the year's first test of
strength with the Democratic-
controlled Congress.
Senators voted 62 to 37 to over-
ride Bush's veto, four short of the
two-thirds necessary.
The action came a day after the
House had voted overwhelmingly to
reject Bush's veto, and followed an
intense White House lobbying blitz
that included telephone calls from
Bush and former President Richard
Before the Senate roll call, Senate
Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-
Maine), said that while Bush has
voiced support for democratic reform
in Eastern Europe, "this veto sends a
contrary message to the millions of
students and workers in China who
are struggling for democracy in their
country." See VETO, page 2

Michael Sullivan
Chinese University students have
worked hard for a Congressional
override of Bush's November veto of
a bill which would have allowed
Chinese students to stay in the U.S.
An Emergency Action Commit-
tee, coordinating the efforts of the
the Chinese Student Solidarity
Union (CSSU), the Chinese Student
Union, and the Democracy for China
Foundation (DCF), launched a "fax
and mailing action," urging
Congress to overturn the veto.
In response to the Senate vote,
CCSU member Kuang Zhian said,
"A lot of the Chinese here are disap-
pointed." But Kuang doesn't think
this will shake their faith in Ameri-
can democracy.
"The American system is the best
one, but not perfect," Kuang said,
noting that Chinese students have
received support from across the
Xianghui Zhang, an engineering
PhD candidate and Action Commit-
See CHINESE, Page 2

Members of the Housing Action Committee proceded through downtown yesterday demanding affordable housing.


Action Committee

otests citycounc
by Amy Quick Last Friday, HAC members went member Terry Martin (R-2nd Ward) HAC participant Susan Hoffr
Daily Staff Writer before the city council to talk'with said-"Sounds like this tninot "I'm -.MA

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Cars driving by City Hall honked
and waved in encouragement to
members of the Homeless Action
Committee (HAC) as they carried
signs and shouted to a drum beat
while they marched to the mayor's
office yesterday.
Approximately thirty people
gathered at HAC headquarters at 337
S. Ashley to begin a march to the
City Hall demanding action in solv-
ing the affordable housing problem
and finding more accessible housing
for the disabled.

council members about the 1,500
Ann Arbor homeless and demand
improvements on low-income hous-
ing. At today's rally, committee rep-
resentatives said the meeting was not-
constructive; they were allowed to
voice their opinions to councilper-
sons, but no action came out of the
discussion. "We expected a response
and got none," said HAC member
Jeff Gearhart
HAC members said they were in-
sulted; in response to former home-
less person Bob Harris, council

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very hospitable to you, Mr. Harris...
Why do you stay here?"
HAC's strongest criticisms were
against the city's use of $9 million
for new parking facilities instead of
more low-income housing.
"The parking structures that are
already here haven't been taken care
of," said HAC member Tandy Watts.
The protestors also sought acces-
sible housing for the handicapped.
"The number of units of low-income
housing is 364. Only eight of those
are handicapped-accessible," said

in mo years oi an n a uread t
depending on Mommy." Because of
her disability, Hoffman receives
Supplemental Security Income, and
Social Security Disability Income.
Hoffman said that she pays over half
of her $436-per-month income on
rent. Most of the other half is spent
on utilities.
HAC began today's protest with
a rally at their base, an old house
with peeling paint and a collapsing
porch. Plans have been made to tear
it down this spring to make way for
See HOMELESS, Page 7

Plane crashes--
on Long Island
142 passengers aboard,
number of deaths unkown

Senator Biden speaks on
future of Supreme Court

by Ed Krachmer
Addressing a variety of political
and legal topics, U.S. Senator
Joseph Biden (D-Delaware) spoke to
a crowd of nearly 500 at the Law
School yesterday.
"Abortion, 15 years from now,
will look like child's play as a de-
bate in this country in terms of how
much it impacts upon the nature of
us as a people," said Biden, com-
menting on looming high court is-

sues involving biotechnology and
what he termed the "new morality".
He added that "the Supreme Court
will play a major role [in this pro-
The majority of Biden's speech,
entitled "Advice and Consent: The
Senate's Role in the Judicial Selec-
tion Process," focused on past and
future politicization of the confirma-
tion process.
Biden, who was chair of the Sen-

ate Judiciary Committee at the time
of the hotly contested Robert Bork
nomination to the Supreme Court,
defended the rejection of nominees
based on their philosophical or polit-
ical views in certain circumstances.
"Philosophy can and should be
taken into consideration when the
President makes that the reason he
has chosen the person," Biden said.
Bork was nominated on that basis,
See BIDEN, Page 7

NEW YORK (AP) - A Colom-
bian Boeing 707 jetliner crashed yes-
terday on Long, Island, authorities
Officer Peter Franzone of the
Nassau County police said the
Avianca airliner crashed in the town
of Cove Neck. As many as 142 pas-
sengers were aboard, police said.
There were no immediate reports
on the number of injuries, although
police said numerous ambulances

and helicopters were at the scene.
Jim Durant, supervisor of opera-
tions at John F. Kennedy Airport,
said an Avianca's fight No. 52 was
missing, adding it was believed to be
the aircraft that crashed on Long Is-
He said the flight was coming
into Kennedy for a landing but he did
not immediately know where the
flight had originated.
"The plane is down. It's defi-
nitely crashed," Durant said.


Two University students
,*report sexual assaults
by Mike Sobel year-old University student was initial testimony indicated
Daily Crime Reporter walking to her car at 8 p.m. not raped and that she would

she was
[be able

A University student was sexu-
ally assaulted Wednesday night as
she was walking to her car near the
intersection of Mac and Elm streets,
police said. The alleged assault took
place two days after a similar inci-
dent involving another University
Ann Arbor Detective Staff
Sergeant Thomas Caldwell said a 20

Wednesday when a man in his twen-
ties, whom she could only describe
vaguely, confronted her with a knife.
When the woman tried to run to
her car, the man grabbed her by the
hair, forcing her to the ground be-
tween two cars. He then cut her
clothes in the back with the knife,
Caldwell added.
Caldwell also said the woman's

to identify the assailant. She sus-
tained no treatable injuries, he noted.
Although Caldwell said the po-
lice have no viable suspect, he said
the method of this assault resembles
one that occurred earlier in the week
on Hill St.
On Monday night, another Uni-
versity student was allegedly as-
See ASSAULT, Page 7

Michigan wakes up in time to
defeat Northwestern, 86-79

by Steve Cohen
Dailv Rakethall Writer

first conference win against them.
On the- nther hnnr Northuwetern

quit playing frustrated and start to
han: th nnlnal fa ..lofa w mnnt-.


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