Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 1,1990
by Ian Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer
American, Chilean, Ivorian,
Libyan, and Vietnamese ambassadors
will debate the major issues facing
their countries in the assembly halls,
backrooms, and corridors of
Hutchins Hall this weekend.
And they all go to Milford High
Talk about diversity.
More than 350 high school
students will participate in the
second annual University of
Michigan Model United Nations
(UMMUN) beginning today and
continuing through Sunday. The
simulation is organized by Michigan
International Relations Society
(MIRS) and will host .14 high
schools from Michigan as well as
one school each from Indiana, Ohio,
We hope to promote better
speaking skills, encourage critical
thinking and involve high school
students in the political research
process and actual workings of the
United Nations," said Mark Burstein,
an LSA junior and the UMMUN
Security Council Director.
Amy Herrup, a Residential
College junior and the Secretary
General of UMMUN said, "Basically
we see UMMUN as an educational
experience that far exceeds what a
text book or lecture provides because
Model UN is education through
Participants are divided into six
committees including the security
council, the disarmament committee
and the social, humanitarian and
cultural committees among others.
They will discuss a variety of issues
pertinent to their committee while
keeping in mind their country's
"This is not a debate, but a role-
playing activity," said Herrup.
"Parties have to submerge
themselves in their roles as delegates
to the UN."
Burstein, who runs the security
council, would not elaborate on what
issues his group will contemplate
but he did hint they will face a crisis
"similar to when the U.S. invaded
In addition to attending
committee sessions participants will
have a chance to visit University
classes, take campus tours and attend
a dance in the Michigan Union
Ballroom Saturday night.
Although there are many different
model UN conferences Michigan
high school students can compete in,
the University's gathering has an
"Cost is a prohibitive factor for a
school like Milford, other
conferences in the state charge fees
that limit their participation," said
William Floyd, an international
relations teacher at Milford High
"We were able to get the
Hutchins Hall in the Law Quad this
year and the rooms are perfect," said
Herrup, adding that because the
University doesn't charge MIRS for
building use, the cost can be held to
$10 per participant.
"In Milford it tends to be a little
provincial. Students don't get a
chance to get into areas like Ann
Arbor very often," said Floyd,
listing another advantage of the
While Sunday is reserved for
presenting the best committee
delegate and best delegations awards,
individual recognition is not the
focus of the conference.
"We do select outstanding people
but it takes everyone to make it
worthwhile," Herrup said.
MOSCOW (AP) - American
fast food got off to a fast start here
yesterday, with thousands of people
lining up beneath the golden arches
and hammer and sickle for their first
taste of a McDonald's "gamburger."
They also eagerly tried
chizburgers" and "Filay-o-feesh"
sandwiches. The queue-hardened con-
sumers seemed unfazed by the long
line that snaked out the door. They
moved briskly, thanks to the twenty-
seven cash registers at the world's
largest McDonald's, the first of
twenty planned in the Soviet Union.
"Well, my wife makes better
food," said Victor Kunyasev of
Moscow. "But it was nice, a good
place to take a break and grab a bite
"It tastes great!" a fourteen-year-
old boy said.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Test detects disease carriers
BOSTON - A new test can spot three-quarters of all adults who risk
having children with cystic fibrosis, and more accurate versions should
soon allow routine screening of everyone in the United States for this
common genetic defect.
Last summer scientists pinpointed the precise genetic error or mutation
that is responsible for most cases of cystic fibrosis. The latest study found
that by checking people's genes for this defect they can identify seventy-
six percent of all carriers.
The screening can help parents avoid having children with cystic fibro-
sis. But experts say it also raises difficult ethical and practical questions
about who should get the test and what should be done with the informa-
tion it provides.
Experts hope that adults will use the test results for family planning.
If couples learn that both are carriers, some might decide to adopt rather
than run the risk of having a child with cystic fibrosis.
Northwest invests $422 mill
DETROIT - Northwest Airlines will spend $422 million over the
next five years to lure customers with new plane interiors, more choices
of food and more on-time arrivals, airline President Fred Malek said yes-
The nation's fourth-largest airline, already experimenting with German
and Thai dishes on some flights, will spend about $100 million to serve
meals on more flights and add choices to standard in-flight fare, Malek
Northwest will also spend about $100 million to put more powerful
engines on some of its Boeing 747 jumbo jets, step up maintenance ca-
pability and build up spare parts inventories to cut delays due to mechani-
cal problems, he said.
Malek and Chairman Alfred Checchi, who with other investors ac-
quired Northwest last August for $3.7 billion, have said they want it to be
the first choice of travelers by 1995.
Budget cuts hurt Boston harbor
BOSTON - George Bush made headlines in the 1988 presidential race
when he took a cruise on Boston Harbor to blame his opponent, Gov.
Michael Dukakis, for its polluted waters. But Bush's first budget as
president cuts $20 million which Congress authorized to clean it up.
The $20 million Bush left out of his budget would pay for a five-mile
tunnel that would carry sewage to a new treatment plant. It is a key com-
ponent of the harbor cleanup.
Paul Levy, who heads the agency responsible for the $6 billion harbor
cleanup, said the state will have to try to persuade Congress to put the
$20 million back in the budget.
If Congress doesn't come up with the money, the bill will go straight
to Boston-area ratepayers who already face escalating water and sewer costs
because the court order requires the state to build the pipeline, with or
without federal money.
Indicators forecast dismal
outlook for U.S. economy
WASHINGTON - The government's main economic forecasting
gauge rose in December at its fastest pace in eight months, the govern-
ment said yesterday, but analysts suggested the economy remains weak
although able to avoid a recession.
The commerce Department said the Index of Leading Economic Indica-
tors rose 0.8 percent last month, helping to inch the forecasting gauge up
0.4 percent for the year. It was the weakest increase since the index actu-
ally fell 1.5 percent in 1984.
And since the index rose just 0.4 percent for the year, compared with
an increase of 3.9 percent for all of 1988, it suggests the economy could
be more sluggish this year than in 1989. The index is designed to forecast
economic activity six to nine months in the future.
Many economists agree with Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan, who told Congress on Tuesday that the economy is unlikely
to fall into a recession.
Random thoughts on a last
Michigan Daily night
It's 11:40 p.m. The Daily should be just about done and ready to be
sent to the printer. Obviously, it isn't.
The Student Publications Building is a strange place. During my first
three years here, it looked like someone had defecated all over it. Now,
after renovations, it looks like someone defecated all over, and then
someone else covered it with carpeting.
During a much-too-long, almost-four-year Daily career, I've been
protested, yelled at, called names, and required to work eight-hour shifts
on nights before tests that determined significant chunks of my grades.
I'm not complaining, though, because hundreds - no, thousands -
of Daily dweebs have done the exact same thing since the paper began a
I don't regret a minute of it.
Adios, folks. See you in the next world. - by Steve Knopper
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A Soviet woman checks out the newest taste sensation behind the Iron Curtain: hamburgers. Hundreds of
people crowded around the first McDonald's in the Soviet Union during its grand opening yesterday. Moscow
is the proud home of this franchise.
Continued from page 1
"It's time to act together," Bush
said in a speech intended to help set
an election-year agenda for a Demo-
cratic-run Congress. He condemned
racially motivated mail bombings,
saying the nation "must confront and
condemn racism, anti-semitism,
bigotry and hate."
"And let me say that so long as
we remember the American idea -
so long as we live up to the Ameri-
can ideal - the State of the Union
will remain sound and strong," he
Confronting a sensitive issue,
Bush pointedly rejected a proposal
by, Sen. Daniel Moynihan (D-N.Y.)
to roll back a Social Security tax in-
crease that took effect Jan. 1. "The
last thing we need to do is mess
around with Social Security," Bush
Continued from page 1
Bush also expressed concern over
the nation's health care, and directed
Health and Human Services Secre-
tary Louis Sullivan to lead a review
of recommendation on the quality,
cost and accessibility of the health
care system. "I am committed to
bringing the staggering costs of
health care under control, " Bush
The president said the challenge
before America now is "to take this
democratic system of ours, a system
second to none, and make it better."
He spoke grandly of a nation
where everyone could get a job, feel
confident that their children are safe,
where the environment is clean, the
economy is strong and where "Made
in the U.S.A." is a symbol of qual-
ity and excellence.
still is paramount and that the presi-
dency is not strong enough to be the
country's main leadership post.
The political turmoil comes
while the Soviet Union is torn by
nationalist and ethnic violence in
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said - allegedly grabbed the student
by her hair when she tried to run to
her car. He then forced her to the
ground in between two cars and
ripped the back of her clothes with
the knife, reports said.
After last Wednesday's incident,
Ann Arbor Staff Sgt. Thomas
Caldwell said the woman's initial
testimony indicated she was not
raped and that she would be able to
identify her assailant.
Caldwell added he thought the
suspect mightabe thesame manwho
assaulted another University woman
with a knife and dragged her by the
hair, two days before, because,
although both students could only
give vague descriptions of their
assailants, "the method was the
Azerbaijan, drives for independence
in several republics and an economic
It also comes just five days be-
fore what is expected to be a fiery
meeting of the party's Central
Committee - the one body with the
official power to remove Gorbachev
as party leader.
Police also said the student
allegedly attacked in her residence
hall yesterday described her
assailant's voice as "scratchy" and
said it matched the voice of the man
who assaulted her last week.
Neither the Ann Arbor Police nor
University public safety speculated
on how the man was able to enter
the residence hall and declined further
comment on the continuing
Housing Security Services
Manager Joel Allan, however,
discussed precautions being taken to
ensure the student's future safety.
"We're taking care of the security
side. We're not going to stick a
guard at her door but we'll have extra
guards making extra rounds," he
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