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Demands Action

Musical Birth, Musical Death

The cirriculm of a Boilermaker

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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

Vol. C, No. 83

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Wednesday, January 31, 1990

Copyrights 1990
The Michigan Dlaily

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Prof. Jack



dies in auto accident

by Donna Woodwell
Daily Faculty Reporter
Jack Walker Jr., chair of the De-
partment of Political Science and
one of the University's most es-
teemed professors, was killed in a car
accident in California Monday night.
He was 54 years old.
Walker was on sabbatical serving
as a Fellow at the Center for Ad-
vanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences in Stanford, Calif. He was
conducting research for a monograph
on American interest groups.
Details of the accident were
"He was a person of real vision,"
said long-time friend and colleague
John Kingdon, the University's Orin
Muffin Professor of Political
Science and acting chair of the de-
Walker wrote two books and 42
articles and papers; his works are

widely cited and have won numerous
awards. In 1980-81, he received the
Guggenheim Fellowship and he was
a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wil-
son International Center for Schol-
"Jack Walker was an internation-
ally known authority on interest
groups and policy making," Kingdon
said. "He had been a central figure in
the Department and the University
for many years. It will be impossi-
ble to replace him."
Political Science graduate student
David King worked closely with
Walker as his research assistant. "He
was a fun person to be around. He
played with ideas as an engineering
prodigy might play with tinker
toys," King said.
"As a mentor he took you right
up close. He was not just a teacher,
he was a friend," King said. He added
that several of Walker's former stu-

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Diag becomes landfill
Jim Hartman, right, a member of Recycle U-M, moves trash around on the Sty-ag. Hartman, who lists as his
heroes Jabba the Hutt and Dennis the Menace, has been obsessed with trying to create a replica of Devil's
Tower ever since he saw some weird lights in the sky one night. The unidentified man on the left is busy
washing his hands. See Story, page 3.

dents are considering completing hi.
current research in his absence.
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg, a
Political Science professor, also
worked closely with Walker. "He
See WALKER, Page 2


opens D.C. office

to aid relations with feds

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Government Writer
In order to improve University re-
lations with the federal government
and "provide a home away from
home" for University officials in
Washington, D.C., the University
has established a new government
relations office in Washington.
Government Relations Officer
Thomas Butts, who will be heading
the office, said the new ;branch is
simply an "evolution" of the role of
the government relations office.
to address
by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter
Protesters who choose to demon-
strate on the second floor of the
Fleming Administration Building
will now be able to find at least one
person willing to listen to their de-
Five administrators have been
designated "officers of the day" to
answer questions and coordinate
longer-term responses to protester's
demands. The idea was conceived by
Director of University Relations
Walter Harrison.
"Last semester, two student
groups appeared (in the administra-
tion building during lunch), and no
one was here to answer them," Har-
rison said. . With the new system,
someone will always be available to
find out what the protesters want, he
Each of the five administrators
has been assigned one day of the
week to serve as an officer. On his
or her day, the administrator will
> stay within the vicinity of the build-
ing and be readily available.
The administrator will decide how
to respond to the situation depending
on the protester's demands. For in-
stance, demonstrators last semester
said they would not leave the build-
ing until University President James
Duderstadt spoke with them. If the
system had been implemented then,
the officer of the day might have'
tried to contact Duderstadt and get

Butts, who has been commuting
between Washington and Ann Arbor
for the past eight years, said the
University "felt that (opening the of-
fice) was in keeping with what's
happening in higher education."
Current government relations ac-
tivities focus on obtaining funding
for research and lobbying the federal
government in regards to its finan-
cial aid and higher education budget.
The office will perform various
functions in addition to government
relations, Butts said.

Establishing the office will pro-
vide support for the 7,000 University
alumni in the Washington area, pro-
vide office space and computers for
visiting faculty, help students in the
area needing assistance, and aid stu-
dents in finding Washington intern-
In addition, University President
James Duderstadt hopes to develop a
"study-abroad" program in Washing-
ton for University students, Butts

"The office will improve our ca- "As we've become more active, puters with access to the Michigan
pacity to do what we do," said Butts, we've had to go to other's offices for Terminal System (MTS), which will
allow office staff to maintain contact
with students, faculty and adminis-
'The office will improve our capacity to do what trators in Ann Arbor.
wmButts estimated the set-up cost of
we do. As we've become more active, we've hadthe office at $75,000-$80,000. The
to go to other's offices for meetings' majority of the expense stemmed
- Thomas Butts from computers, furniture, and rent
Government Relations Officer - which Butts said is "modest" for
the Washington area.
The University moved into the
who has been working out of an ef- meetings." space two weeks ago, and the office
ficiency apartment in Washington. The office includes several com- is still in the process of opening.

MSA appoints
committee chairs

by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
After arguments and negotiations
that spanned three meetings, the
Michigan Student Assembly finally
finished appointing chairs and vice
chairs for most of its 12 committees
and commissions last night, during a
meeting held in Bursley Residence
Hall'sEast Lounge.
Throughout the three-week
nomination procedure, many MSA
representatives speculated that
members of the Conservative
Coalition would gain control over
many of the committees, and
continue to consolidate their power
base in the assembly.
Despite the speculation, the
coalition did not sweep the elections
for committee and commission
The assembly did re-elect
Conservative Coalition member
Bryan Mistele to chair the Budget
Priorities Committee, which
allocates and monitors funds for
student groups, and selected coalition
member Laura Peterson as vice
Conservative Coalition leader Jeff
Johnson challenged incumbent

Susan Langnas, a Choice party
member, for the position of chair of
the Campus Governance Committee,
which nominates and appoints other
members to the MSA committees.
Johnson pledged to fill all the
positions on MSA committees; in
the past, many seats have remained
Langnas, who took over Campus
Governance when the committee was
in disarray, said she had some
difficulty getting things started, but
that she would continue her work.
Langnas won the spot for another
term in a close vote.
Nominations for the Campus
Governance vice chair were tabled
until next week's meeting because
Choice member Ori Lev, the
incumbent vice chair, could not
attend last night's meeting.
LSA junior Melissa Burke will
continue as chair of the
Communications Committee, and
Art School junior Liz Moldenhauer
was selected as vice chair. Burke and
Moldenhauer will be in charge of all
public relations for the assembly.
MSA then elected LSA Senior
Jeff Veach, who ran unopposed, to
See MSA, Page 2

Now give me a '
Jon Steiger, an LSA Junior, stretches out as he prepares for his dance audition for "Best Little Whorehouse in
Texas." No, this is not some bizarre sex-position, even if the play is about a bordello. Unfortunately, Steiger did
not recover. If you see a guy who looks like a pretzel walking around, it's probably Jon. Say hello, but whatever

Reagan's diaries ordered for Iran-Contra trials

A federal judge yesterday ordered
former President Reagan to provide
excerpts of his personal diaries to
John M. Poindexter for the former
national security adviser's upcoming
Iran-Contra trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Harold
Greene said a 1985 entry includes a
"somewhat ambiguous comment"
indicating that Reagain kne~w of

Thursday. Greene said entries
covering more than 29 different dates
in 1985 and 1986 contain
"information of significance."
Theodore Olson, one of Reagan's
lawyers, declined to comment.
If Reagan balks at turning over
the material, Greene said he would
provide the former president and the
Justice Department with a secret

December 1985 to Central America.
"The entry includes a somewhat
ambiguous comment arguably
indicating that the former president
knew" of Poindexter's "activities on
behalf of the Contras," Greene said.
The judge said Poindexter is
entitled to diary entries in which
Reagan describes an effort to
persuade the government of
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the military or parliamentary opera-
tions of the Contras," Greene said,
adding that one entry "addresses
'The entry includes a
somewhat ambiguous
comment arguably
indicating that the
former president

have known about the diversion" of
proceeds to the Contras from the
administration's secret sale of arms
to Iran.
Reagan has denied knowing about
the diversion and Poindexter testified
before Congress that he didn't tell
the president.
Poindexter is charged with
conspiracy, two counts of

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