'U' to build social
The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 8, 1990 - Page 5
by Lisa Fromm
One more empty field will soon
give way to University expansion.
In the next few years, the Univer-
sity will tear up the empty field on
the corner of South and East Univer-
sity to build a new School of Social
The school, with about seven
hundred masters and Ph.D. candi-
dates, is presently in the Frieze
building and various other places
"Having a building of our own
will be good so that the school can
build an identity and people will feel
like more of a community," Social
Work Associate Professor Larry
The tentative cost estimate for
the new building is $11 million,
said Paul Spradlin, director of plant
extension. The School of Social
Work will raise money by asking
alumni, friends and foundations for
contributions, said Johnson.
Once the money has been raised,
construction will take about two
years, Spradlin said.
"We have an architect preparing
designs and we're simultaneously
preparing a campaign to raise
money. We will start building as
soon as possible," said Harold John-
son, dean of social work.
The new building will include a
library, classrooms, a computing fa-
cility, and office space. Some social
work classes will also be in the old
School of Education building next
door, Johnson said.
"We're sort of isolated right now
(in the Frieze building)," said first--
year social work graduate student
However, one student said other
things are more important than a
new building. "Before the school
gets a new building, it needs internal
things. It's more important to put
money into fundamentals, like more
people of color in the faculty," said
Marina Barnett, second-year social
work graduate student.
The building will be designed by
the same architect who designed the
Angell Hall computing center and
the engineering center in the Dow
LSA senior Bob Keating anxiously awaits an interview with Dayton-
Hudson at Career Planning and Placement.
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EAST BERLIN (AP) - Erich
Honecker was sometimes generous
enough to buy his fellow East
Germans bananas for Christmas, but
prosecutors say the former Commu-
nist leader ran a thoroughly corrupt
state where officials even stooped to
stealing money from private mail.
The allegations, the most thor-
ough to date of corruption under Ho-
necker's rule, were made yesterday
by East Germany's deputy chief
prosecutor Lothar Reuter.
Reuter said that during 40 years
of Communist rule, corruption was
rampant but that prosecutors work-
ing across the nation still have not
uncovered all the details.
Honecker kept a private account
that on any given day contained
about $60 million, Reuter said,
most of it supplied by a former offi-
cial accused of arranging illegal arms
Honecker used $454,000 from
such an account to buy a pocket
watch once owned by Vladmir
Lenin, Reuter alleged.
The former leader, ousted in the
fall pro-democracy movement, also
apparently had his generous side.
Sometimes just before Christ-
mas, he would "bless the people"
by arranging purchases of bananas,
nearly non-existent in East Ger-
many. Reuter charged that at such
moments, Honecker was trying to
play "Santa Claus of the nation"
even while Communist officials
were biking the country.
Reuter read off a list of the ex-
travagances and corrupt activities al-
legedly committed by Communist
Party officials during Ho-
necker' si8-year rule.
He said leading officers of the
state security service stole Western
currency sent through the mail to
East German citizens from West
German friends and relatives. In the
last three years alone, more than $4
million was spirited away in this
fashion, he alleged.
Honecker who was ousted Oct.18,
and a number of his lieutenants are
waiting trial on a broad range of
charges, from high treason to human
rights violations to misuse of public
The former leader was arrested
last week and sent to prison. He was
released a day later after doctors de-
termined he was too frail to with-
Authorities announced yesterday
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high treason in March and tried be-
fore the country's supreme court. He
could face life in prison if convicted.
Many of Honecker's former lieu-
tenants are in jail and also will
stand trial, such as ex-premierWilli
Stoph, ousted economics chief
Guenther Mittag and fired security
chief Erich Mielke.
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