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Women gymnasts face Gophers

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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 104 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, March 1, 1990 eMichiganD

Ortega calls
.halt to attacks





MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -
President Daniel Ortega declared a
halt to attacks on the Contras yester-
day and called again on the United
States to help dismantle the rebel
* force.
President-elect Violeta Barrios de
Chamorro, who joined Ortega on
Tuesday in asking the U.S.-backed
Contras to put down their arms,
praised his move as a step forward.
"The causes of civil war in
Nicaragua have disappeared,"
Chamorro told a news conference.
"There is no reason for war."
She said the Contras, most of
1 them based in neighboring Hon-
duras, "must lay down their weapons
and come home to work for the re-
construction of Nicaragua."
Ortega said in a statement that he
ordered all offensive military opera-
tions against the Contras to halt. He
said the United States should help
pay for demobilizing and relocating
the rebels.
Chamorro upset Ortega in an
election Sunday that he agreed to as
part of a Central American plan for
ending the war and which he clearly
expected to win.
Demobilizing the Contras is the
trickiest issue in transition talks that
began Tuesday between Chamorro's
14-part coalition, the United Na-
tional Opposition, and 'the stunned

Sandinistas, who have been in power
for over 10 years.
Sandinista officials say they can-
not give up control of the armed
forces and police, both party organs,
as long as the 10,000-person Contra
army force is intact.
Chamorro made it clear she ex-
pects Ortega to keep his promise to
turn over power and that her gov-
ernment plans to run the army and
security forces.
"I'm the one who is going to
give orders," said the silver-haired
widow, who was chosen to run
against Ortega because of her power-
ful symbolic value.
The 1978 death of her husband,
opposition publisher Pedro Joaquin
Chamorro, touched off the revolu-
tion that overthrew dictator Anasta-
sio Somoza and put the Sandinistas
in power.
She said the Sandinistas "have to
turn over everything," including the
armed forces - the traditional source
of real power in Latin America.
"The minister of defense will be a
civilian," she declared.
The current minister, Gen. Hum-
berto Ortega, the president's brother,
leads the Sandinista transition team.
Chamorro's son-in-law and cam-
paign manager, Antonio Lacayo,
heads the United National Opposi-
tion team.



by Phil Green
Daily Sports Writer
In November of last year,
Michigan lost starting running back
Tony Boles against Minnesota with
a serious knee injury. Yesterday, the
Wolverines suffered another blow as
they lost the other half of their
starting backfield, Leroy Hoard.
Hoard, who had 1706 career yards
rushing on 314 attempts (5.4
average) and 19 touchdowns, decided
to pass up his final year of
eligibility to enter this spring's
National Football League draft.
"It was a lot of different little
things. The best decision for me was
to leave," Hoard said. "I wanted to do
something to make me happy. It's{
not like I've been unhappy, but
everything's been the same. I
haven't done anything spectacular. I
was ready for a change. By making
this decision, I've taken a stride."
Michigan head coach Gary
Moeller, however, was disappointed
when he heard Hoard had elected to
enter the draft. "I do not think this
decision is in the best interest of
Leroy Hoard. However, this is his
option (fifth) year, and he must
make the decision. We wish him the
best," Moeller said.

One of the many contributing
factors for Hoard leaving was the
chance that his football career could
suddenly end were he to get hit the
wrong way.
"I thought about getting hurt," he
said, "and if this was my last year of
playing football had I done
everything I wanted to do. The
answer was no - I wanted to play
professional football."
Hoard added that Michigan's
recent coaching change played no
part in his decision to turn
professional. "It would have been the
same had coach Schembechler been
here," he said.
After this semester, Hoard will be
one class shy of graduation, and if he
is unable to attend the spring
semester he "will definitely come
back to graduate."
Whether or not he returns for the
spring semester this year will depend
heavily on where he begins his
professional career. For now, the
1989 Rose Bowl MVP is unsure of
where the upcoming draft will send
"I didn't even consider that (where
he would be picked in the draft) in
my decision. I'd like to play in a
See HOARD, Page 8

Leroy Hoard, pictured above, decided to pass up his final year of
eligibility and enter the professional draft this spring.



battle for sho

.. ._ -

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer

It all comes down to this.
Tonight and Sunday afternoon
will decide whether the eighth-ranked
Michigan Wolverines will have a
chance to hoist a Big Ten Champ-
ionhip banner in Crisler Arena
representing the 1990 season. The
Wolverines trail league-leading Pur-
due by a game and a half and 14th
ranked Michigan State by a game.
,bill cuts,
LANSING (AP) - The House
r narrowly passed a property tax cut
plan yesterday that has enraged the
business community because it takes
money that corporations used to get
in tax breaks and gives it to home-
The 58-43 vote was along party
lines except for the approval of two
Republicans, Rep. Mickey Knight
of Muskegon and Rep. D. Roman
Kulchitsky of Warren.
The two bills that actually pro-
vide the property tax relief were ap-
proved unanimously.
The measure that takes $344 mil-
lion in business taxes to pay for the
package is the one in dispute. A
Court of Claims judge recently
threw out a deduction to the Single
Business Tax for businesses.
Rather than giving the money
back to businesses with some other
tax break, as businesses claim the
state should do, the money would go
toward property tax relief, which all

This evening they travel to East
Lansing and will be introduced to the
new Breslin Center as they begin
their final chase for the Big Ten
crown. Sunday they travel to West
Lafayette to face Purdue.
* If the Wolverines win these two
crucial road games, they will almost
certainly be assured at least a co-
championship in the conference.
Their remaining games are at Crisler
Arena against lowly Wisconsin and

"This is our run for the Big Ten
title," Terry Mills said simply.

we're in a world of hurt."
The ball is in the Wolverines
court - as will Sean Higgins, who

'They're looking more to an inside attack so
we're going to have play great inside
-Michigan center Terry Mills on MSU
Michigan coach Steve Fisher returned to limited action last
said, "If we don't win these four, Saturday against Northwestern and is

t at Big
expected to log significant time in
tonight's game (8 p.m.; Channel 7,
WJR (760), WPZA (1050), WXYT
While Michigan (10-4 Big Ten,
20-5 overall) gains its three-point
threat back, the Spartans (11-3, 22-
5) lose the league's top long bomb
threat, Kirk Manns, who is out two
to three weeks with a stress fracture
to his right foot.
When these two teams hooked up

Ten title
a few weeks ago it took a running
hook by Rumeal Robinson as time
ran out to lift Michigan to a 65-63
win over their intra-state rivals. The
action and excitement was fierce, and
one noticed the competition even
before the tipoff.
Last season, the Michigan-
Michigan State game started without
the two teams meeting at center
court for traditional pre-game
See MSU, Page 8

Bush, Gorbachev
converse by phone

NEW YORK (AP) - President
Bush telephoned Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev yesterday for a
"very conservative" and frank discus-
sion on the political shakeup in
Nicaragua, where the Kremlin is
credited with helping promote an
honest election.
In what was believed to be only
their third telephone conversation,
the two leaders also discussed issues
of European security, including
German reunification, and prepara-
tions for a superpower summit this
summer, according to U.S. accounts
and the Soviet news agency Tass.
Bush said he assured Gorbachev
he was committed to moving ahead
on arms control negotiations under a
timetable set up by Secretary of
State James Baker and Soviet For-
eign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
The administration hopes for ma-
jor progress this year on treaties
dealing with strategic nuclear
weapons, conventional arms in Eu-
rope and chemical weapons. Both
sides have raised the possibility that
the strategic weapons treaty can be
signed at the two leaders' summit in
The talks came three days after

honest election.
The U.S. description of the So-
viet role was a substantial change
from past complaints about Soviet
arms being passed along by
Nicaragua to revolutionaries in El
Bush said he was very pleased by
the Soviet willingness to recognize
the election winners. He said it was
largely due to the willingness of re-
gional leaders to ensure a peaceful
transition in Nicaragua.
The president characterized the
conversation with Gorbachev as
"very good, forthright."
"And where we differ, we can
spell out the differences without ran-
'Where we differ, we
can spell out the
differences without
rancor and I think that
is important in the
-President Bush
cor andI think that is important in
the Soviet-U.S. relationship," he

Sign him up
Former graduate student Luis Vasquez (left) registers LSA sophomore Brian Ersdstein to vote in the upcoming
Ann Arbor elections.
Students promote peer voter

registration for city elections


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