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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 109
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 15, 1990
The Michigan Daily
vie for chance
on game show-
by Michael Sullivan
Daily Staff Writer
They clapped. They smiled. They
More than one hundred students
assembled in the Union's Pendleton
room yesterday to audition for a
place in the Wheel of Fortune - a
nationally televised game show -
In the end, Engineering senior
Brian Guffey, LSA junior Susan Po-
tok, first-year LSA student Emily
Everson and LSA sophomore Dave
Mountz won the right to represent
the University on the show.
Everson said she was eating
lunch Tuesday and thumbing
through the newspaper when, "all of
a sudden, I saw the ad -
'(University Activities Center) pre-
sents Wheel of Fortune' - and I
said 'No Way!' I said, 'Okay I will
skip class and go to Wheel of For-
tune; this is like a once in a lifetime
Wheel of Fortune special events
coordinator Harv Selsby and contes-
tant coordinators Scott Page and
Debbie McGee put the would-be-
wheel-spinners through a rigorous
three hour audition process.
The selection process first sepa-
rated the true wordsmiths from the
pretenders with a short quiz of
phrases with missing letters, which
the students were asked to complete.
Only 30 of the 110 students sur-
vived the cut.
The remaining contestants took
turns picking consonants, buying
vowels and solving puzzles in the
next two phases of the competition.
As each student auditioned, the
others kept up a steady stream of ap-
plause, broken by "ooohs" or
"ahhhs" as the Wheel stopped at
"bankrupt" or $2500 markers.
After taking their turn at the
wheel, the students introduced them-
selves, regularly punctuating their
speeches with "Hi Mom and Dad"
and "Go Blue" as if they were really
on the show.
The 15 students who survived the
second cut went on to try their hands
at more puzzles and speed and bonus
rounds before the officials made their
Picking contestants for the show
is a science, officials explained.
"Merv Griffin commissioned a sur-
vey of Wheel of Fortune viewers to
find out what they like in contes-
tants," Selsby said. The survey
found viewers liked contestants who
were excitable, skillful, and took
"Some people have been watch-
ing the show for 15 years," he said.
"They're hard-core viewers and they
know how to play. If they don't like
the way a contestant plays the game
they write us a letter."
Selsby offered the students sev-
eral pointers on Wheel technique:
Be frugal. "Don't buy a vowel
if you know the answer. That $250
could put you in the bonus round."
Pay attention. "The letter
board is right there. Learn to look at
the letter board and don't call letters
Don't.be too polile.."Please
costs time. Don't say 'Pat, may I
please have an N, please, sir."'
Learn the tricks of the trade.
"Call T first. Look for double-Ls;
call Y. S is the letter you want to
call on plural categories - not T, S.
If you see an IN go for the G. I don't
know how many times that N just
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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - A
Libyan plant the United States says
is used to produce chemical weapons
was on fire yesterday and Libya
closed its borders, a spokesperson for
Tunisia's Interior Ministry said.
Mahmoud Azzabi, press secretary
at Libya's U.N. mission in new
York, confirmed reports of a blaze at
the Rabta plant 60 miles southwest
of Tripoli, saying, "There is a fire."
"There is speculation that itwas
possibly sabotage, somebody com-
ing in from Tunisia," he said.
One report said Libya blamed the
United States and Israel. Both na-
tions denied involvement.
President Bush said the United
States had heard rumors that the
plant was on fire. However, Bush
told reporters in hallway at the
White House "we didn't know" what
White House press secretary Mar-
lin Fitzwater said the United States
would not confirm the report of the
Fitzwater said, "We deny we had
any involvement" in the reported
A diplomatic source said the
United States learned of the fire from
Tunisia, which borders Libya. It re-
layed its information to Italy and the
United States, the source said.
ABC News quoted unidentified
security sources as claiming that the
plant was burned to the ground by
the action of U.S. and Israeli agents.
"We have no information to indi-
cated that," said Roman Popadiuk, a
White House deputy press secretary,
about the ABC report.
The plant is located about a mile
from Rabta, in a new industrial
complex about 60 miles south-
southwest of Tripoli.
For more than 14 months, the
United States has accused Libya of
using the plant to make chemical
weapons, including mustard gases
and nerve gases.
Libya has denied this, and in the
past Libyan dictator Col. Moammar
Qadhafi has said the plant was de-
signed to produce pharmaeuticals.
A spokesperson for the Tunisian
Ministry of the Interior, in a tele-
phone interview form Paris, said
Libya has beefed up its border forces
and that it was impossible to cross
the frontier from Tunisia.
Eyes on the ball ~IV'NSZCH"""y
First-year engineering student Danny Slaim takes advantage of the
uncharacteristically warm weather yesterday at the tennis courts near
by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
As the University heads into the
nineties, the rising cost of higher
education is on the minds of many
In an effort to keep tuition in-
creases down, representatives of
Michigan Student Assembly's Ex-
ternal Relations Committee (ERC)
traveled to Lansing with other stu-
dent leaders yesterday, and spoke
with state legislators about tuition;
concerns as part of MSA's first Stu-s
dent Lobbying Day.
The student representatives met
with members of both the Senate
and House Subcommittees on
Higher Education to discuss the im-
pact of decreased state funding for,
higher education. They pointed out
that decreased funding not only re-
sults in higher tuition costs, but
could cause cutbacks in student ser-
"If the University does not re-
ceive additional funding, many pro-
grams under student services will be
cut back, including the Office of
Minority Affairs, and other services
that assist minority students," said
LSA junior Manuel Olave, who rep-
resented MSA's Minority Affairs
Commission on the trip.1
Upon their return to Ann Arbor,
the student leaders said they were
pleased with the day's events and en-
couraged by the legislators' recep-i
"Most of the members of the
subcommittees on higher education+
were very supportive and were on;
our side as far as making education a
priority," said LSA senior Barbara
Wolkowski, President of the Michi-
gan Economic Society.'#
"A few of them pointed out the
realities, though, of the necessary
budget restraints for the state next
year. All other state programs had a
2.5% cut, except for education," she
explained. Appropriations for educa-
tion decreased by 1%.
Wolkowski assisted ERC with
research on the effects of the funding
decreases prior to the Lobby Day.
She said student lobbying is neces-
sary because "tuition increases are an
important issue. Tuition rates have
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by Ted Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
STILLWATER, OK- The
magic continued for the Michigan
women's basketball team last night,
as the Wolverines won their first
NCAA tournament game ever, 77-
68, over the hometown Oklahoma
St. Cowgirls in front of 22,050 at
"This is the best competitive ball
we've played all year," Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege said. "I was
thrilled with the poise we showed to
hold OSU off down the stretch."
After some opening jitters,
Michigan's size, depth, and talent
came together to overwhelm the
"Their size might have
intimidated our inside kids a little bit
more than I expected," Oklahoma St.
coach Dick Halterman said. "We
weren't having trouble getting the
ball inside, but when we did, we
weren't doing well with the ball."
The opening minutes of the game
began the way a track meet would b
run. The Oklahoma State mascot
Pistol Pete, fired into the air and i
was off the races for both teams.
Michigan guard Caro
Szczechowski quickly exploited he
five inch height advantage by goin
right over Cowgirl Liz Brown t
give the Wolverines an early 4-
Brown then countered with he
quickness. The junior guard and he
backcourt partner, Althea Cox
See NCAAS, Page 9
MOSCOW (AP) - Lawmakers yesterday decided
that they, rather than the Soviet people, should elect
the country's new, powerful president. Mikhail Gor-
bachev was the only name on the ballot.
Premier Nikolai Ryzhov and the Interior Minister
Vadim Bakatin were nominated for the post by a group
calling itself "Soyuz," or "Union," which is opposed
to efforts by Soviet republics to break away. But both
Balloting was to begin last night and results were
expected this morning.
Gorbachev needed a simple majority in the 2,250-
e member Congress of People's Deputies, the Soviet
t, Parliament. On Tuesday it approved his plan to greatly
t increase the powers of the presidency and create a mul-
1 Gorbachev narrowly cleared procedural vote yester-
r day allowing the parliament to elect him directly to a
g five-year term. He needed 1,497 votes in that vote.
o The final tally was 1,542-368 with 76 deputies ab;
0 staining. More than 200 deputies either boycotted the
vote or were absent, making it even more difficult for
r Gorbachev to muster the required two-thirds majority.
r If Gorbachev had lost, he would have been forced to
, face disgruntled citizens in a national election cam-
paign this year to keep the job he has held since 1988.
The decision to hold the emergency election in the
congress of People's Deputies came after a respected
scholar warned that the soviet Union was not yet ready
for a nationwide presidential campaign.
Leningrad historian Dmitri Likachev, considered by
many the dean of Soviet culture, said the country
would face civil war if it had to go through its first
presidential election now.
"I remember the revolution of February (1917) very
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