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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Copyrightc 1990
Vol. C, No. 92 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, February 13,1990 The Michigan Daily



Bush rejects initiative



Move would solidify


MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet lead-
ers called yesterday for a special ses-
sion of Congress to strengthen the
office of president, a move that
would solidify Mikhail Gorbachev's
hold on power.
The development, coming on the
heels of a landmark Communist
1 Party meeting at which the party
agreed to give up its constitutional
monopoly on power, would
strengthen the government and fur-
ther erode the party apparatus that
has ruled the country for 72 years.
Gorbachev now holds the offices
of party general-secretary and offpres-
ident. The new powers being pro-
posed for the president would make
it more of a Western-style office.
Tass said the presidium of the
Supreme Soviet, the country's high-
est executive body, "unanimously
favored the establishment of demo-
cratic presidential power in our coun-
The statement did not say
whether the president should be di-
rectly elected by the voters, but one
of Gorbachev's key allies on the
* Communist Party Politburo said last

s power
week that a nationwide popular elec-
tion might be possible.
Foreign Minister Eduard She-
vardnadze, speaking at the three-day
meeting last week of the party's pol-
icy-making Central Committee, said
a new draft of the Soviet Constitu-
tion now being written could include
"direct and general elections for the
president of the country."
Gorbachev ducked the question of
whether he would run for president if
the office were up for national bal-
"Let's wait and see," he told re-
porters on hand for his meeting Fri-
day with U.S. Secretary of State
James Baker.
The party's Central Committee
approved the idea of a strong presi-
dency at its meeting last week.
But in the text of its new plat-
form, released last night in Moscow,
the party leadership left open the
question of how the new, stronger
president should be selected.
It said a strong presidency is nec-
essary to make reforms irreversible,
make all government institutions
democratic and ensure law and order.

Bush to the press:
rejected Soviet initiative for troop
reductions in Europe
hailed as "wonderful news" the
release from prison of South African
nationalist leader Nelson Mandela
endorsed Gorbachev's plan to end the
Communist party's monopoly of power
hoped treaties on reducing long-
range nuclear weapons and chemical
weapons would be "substantially

for troop
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi- cept Gor
dent Bush rejected Soviet President tion plan
Mikhail Gorbachev's new initiative stay wit.
for troop reductions in Europe yes- ming tro
terday but predicted a "major suc- that wou
cess" on arms control at June's su- United S
perpower summit. there tha
Bush told a White House news BushI
conference there was "solid progress duced to
in pushing the U.S.-Soviet agenda Central E
forward" as a result of Secretary of States be;
State James Baker's trip last week to all of Eu
Moscow. Gorb
Even so, the president said he would m
would stand by his proposal - made ditional
in his Jan. 31 State of the Union ad- wants to
dress - that Soviet troops in Eu- Turkey.
rope be cut to 195,000 and U.S. Bush;
troops to 225,000. Gorbachev last news" an
week counterproposed that the lease fro
195,000 level apply to both sides. black nat
Bush said that he would not ac- dela, but

bachev's latest troop reduc-
n. He said "we're going to
i" his own plan for trim-
ops in Europe - a formula
uld, in effect, permit the
;tates to keep more troops
n the Soviet Union.
proposed that troops be re-
i195,000 on each side in
Europe, but that the United
allowed an overall level for
rope of 225,000 troops.
achev's counterproposal
ean the withdrawal of an ad-
30,000 U.S. troops Bush
keep in Britain, Spain and
also hailed as "wonderful
nd a "positive sign" the re-
m prison of South African
ionalist leader Nelson Man-
said it was still too early to


talk about lifting U.S economic
sanctions against Pretoria.
He said he wanted to talk about
the sanctions with both Mandela and
South African President F.W. de
Klerk when they visit the White
House. He invited them separately.
Bush praised the Communist
Party's Central Committee action
last week "on moving the Soviet po-
litical system toward pluralism" by
endorsing Gorbachev's plan to end
the party's monopoly on power.
Bush also said he continues to
believe that the question of German
reunification must be decided by the
people of both Germanys. But he
said he agrees strongly with West
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
that a unified Germany belongs in-
side NATO.

Bill thwarts anti-abortion activists

by Heather Fee
Daily Staff Writer
State Senator Lana Pollack (D-
Washtenaw County) and Representa-
tive Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
announced a bill yesterday aimed at
curbing the activities of anti-abor-
tion groups which block access to
clinics providing abortions, such as
"Operation Rescue."
The bill would allow individuals
to sue anyone who prevents them
from obtaining medical care and
would also allow health care
providers to sue anyone who pre-

vents them from performing their
In a letter to his House col-
leagues Bullard said, "Sincel987
there have been nearly 25,000 arrests
nationwide for blocking the doors to
reproductive healthcare facilities to
prevent patient access."
If the bill passes it would be the
first of its kind in the nation.
Titled the "Revised Judicature Act
of 1961" the bill is a civil measure
not a criminal one.
Currently "Rescue" crews who
are arrested and convicted of trespass-

ing are jailed a maximum of 30 days
or fined $50, or both.
If the bill is passed, persons pre-
vented from entering health care clin-
ics can seek exemplary damages in
the amount of $5,000 from each
person who prevents their entry into
the building.
Members of the House will read
the bill today and the Senate will
read it this week or early next week.
Maryland criminal law forbids in-
terference with access to any health
care facility, but the Michigan bill is
the first civil measure to be pro-

sState senators and representatives
are planning to propose similar bills
in Ill., Tenn., Wash., Mass., and
Pro-choice groups including the
National Organization of Women
(NOW), the Religious Coalition for
Abortion Rights, and the Washtenaw
County Pro-Choice Coalition as
well as representatives from health
care facilities such as Womancare of
Ypsilanti, and Planned Parenthood
all spoke at the press conference in
See BILL, Page 2.

Student reports rape in
West Quad dorm room

by Mike Sobel
Daily Crime Reporter
A University student reported she
was raped in her West Quad dorm
room on Sunday night, said Mary
Ramirez, West Quad Building Direc-
tor. The student went to the Univer-
sity hospital for treatment immedi-
ately after the incident, Ramirez
Ramirez said the student has re-
cently reported a series of assaults,

but did not mention rape. Last week
she told police an attacker cut her
sock with a knife after accosting her
on a city street.
In Sunday night's incident, the
man allegedly entered the student's
dorm room through a window at
10:45 p.m, Ramirez said. The sus-
pect allegedly forced the woman to
the floor, held a knife to her chest,
raped her, and fled, Ramirez said
Ramirez noted that in the series

of assaults preceding Sunday night's
incident the student said the assailant
wore a ski mask, heavy clothes,.and
gloves. Ramirez could not confirm if
the assailant involved in Sunday
night's attack wore similar clothes.
Ramirez added the student de-
scribed the man's voice as the same
in each case.
Ramirez said she believes Sunday
night's assailant was the same man
See RAPE, page 2

'U' housing officials to ask
regents to approve rate hikes
by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter _ j'.

Part o. (a crowd making is way towards Orlando Stadium in Soweto, where Nelson Mandela was soon to
arrive. (See Story, Page 3)
.Ci~ty Council backs $28
mil1ion solid waste plan

Students will pay up to $350
more to live in the University's resi-
dence halls next year if the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents approves a
5.9 percent rate increase at its Thurs-
day meeting.
A 6.3 percent rate increase for
family housing, if approved, could
increase the cost of living in a fam-
ily housing apartment by up to $45
a month.
The rate increases would cover in-
flationary costs and allow the hous-
ing programto assume responsibil-
ity for two programs now funded by
other University offices, said Direc-
tor of Housing Robert Hughes in his
written request to the regents.
The housing department would
assume responsibility for funding
$361,000 of the Residence Hall
Computer program (Rescomp).-
The program, which maintains
230 computers in 16 residence halls,
is now subsidized by the Univer-
sity's Information Technology Divi-
ein TmTr))

Traditional Halls
Triple Suite
Economy Double
Economy Triple
Fletcher Hall (Room Only)
Converted Triple
Suites for 4 (Room Only)
Apartmentfor3 (Room Only)
Co-op Quad (Room & Board)
Co-op Double (Room & Board


1989-90 Rate

1990-91 Rate


Unanimous support
by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council last
night unanimously supported a
meaure that would raise the average

given in favor of April ballot proposal

city's solid waste needs.
According to the proposal sub-
mitted by City Administrator Del
Borgsdorf, funds generated from the
bond are expected to pay for three

oldest section of the landfill - has
been found to be contaminated. The
state's Department of Natural Re-
sources found a section of Phase II
- the landfill currently being used



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