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OPINION
Don't neglect personal contact

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ARTS

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SPORTS
Men's tennis splits over weekend

EFun philosophical fare

Ube d0gnBa
Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 112 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, March 20, 1990 Maa The MiciganOay

'U' crime
report
released
by Mike Sobel
Daily Crime Reporter
A University Task force on Campus Safety and Se-
curity released a five-volume report yesterday, stating
"all major crimes, with the exception of murder, are
problems" at the University, and suggesting a dramatic
restructuring of campus security procedures and policies.
The report specifically states that "the University of
Michigan has an inordinately high incidence of larceny,"
and that "assaults, acquaintance rape, harassment and al-
cohol related incidents are serious problems."
The report also compares crime figures for 1988
with Michigan State,;Northwestern, Ohio State, Wayne
State, and Wisconsin-Madison, and finds the University
is "highest in larcenies, second in reported rapes, as-
saults and arsons, and third in robberies and motor vehi-
cle thefts."
The Campus Security Committee, the Studies in
Urban Security Group (SUSG) in the College of Archi-
tecture and Urban Planning, and the Institute for Social
Research (ISR) compiled crime statistics and conducted
surveys to judge the prevalence of campus crime as well
as the See CRIME, Page 5

LSA faculty to
vote on required

racism*c
by Donna Woodwell
Daily Faculty Reporter
In a vote scheduled for April 2, the LSA
faculty will once again consider requiring its
students to take a course on racism and/or eth-
nicity.
The faculty defeated a proposal for a similar
requirement 140-120 on April 4 of last year.
If passed, the requirement will take effect in
September 1991. All incoming students will
be required to take a class from a list of courses
which fit criteria designated by the LSA Cur-
riculum Committee. Such a course may be in-
cluded under distribution or concentration re-
quirements.
The proposed course criteria include some
focus on racial and ethnic intolerance, an anal-
ysis of how these issues apply to contempo-
rary American society, and some comparative
analysis of discrimination based on race, eth-
nicity, religion, social class or gender.
Greek and Latin Prof. Ruth Scodel, a mem-

ourse
ber of the LSA Curriculum Committee, said
the course did not have to focus entirely on ra-
cial or ethnic issues to meet the criteria.
The Committee has estimated that 50
courses currently taught by the University fit
these guidelines, but additional courses may be
created. The courses would range from large
lectures to small discussion forums and will
represent many fields of study.
Scodel said the proposal has a "reasonable
chance" of passing the faculty vote.
Scodel said the proposal is less rigid than
last April's proposed course requirement. In-
stead of creating a special board to oversee the
course, the new requirement would be regulated
through the existing Curriculum committee.
Committee Chair Henry Griffin, a professor
of chemistry, said the changes may solicit fac-
ulty support. "New proposals are apt to attract
new support," he said.
Scodel said many faculty also seem eager to
participate in a teach- See COURSE, page 2

Performance preview KE'NETH" MO"" "'"a'l
Cast members of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" perform songs
on the Diag yesterday. The show will be performed March 22-24 at the
Power Center.

Higgins leans
toward NBA

Proposed 'sin tax' will
aid state universities

by Steven Cohen
Daily Basketball Writer'
Michigan's 149-115 loss to Loy-
ola Marymount in the NCAA tour-
nament was not only junior Sean
Higgins' final game of the season, it
may very well have been the last of
his Wolverine career.
Though the Wolverine team's
flight arrived in Detroit at about
6:00 a.m yesterday, the former Los
Angeles prep star remained in
California to discuss his future with
his mother, Vicky Benson.
Repeated attempts to reach Hig-
gins at his mother's residence were
unsuccessful.
The Associated Press reported
that Higgins has opted for the NBA,
prompting other news outlets to
carry the report, but Michigan

Sports Information Director Bruce
Madej said there has not been any
decision, and feels that "the reports
of Higgins definitely turning pro are
premature." In any case, an
announcement would be official only
if Higgins filed for entry to the NBA
office by May 13.
"As far as I know, he's coming
back to school," Higgins' father,
Earle, said last night. "All I've heard
are rumors."
Higgins, Sr. did admit, however,
that he hadn't spoken to his son in
about a week, though he expected to
speak to him later in the evening.
The 6'9" forward is expected to
return to Ann Arbor tomorrow, after
catching a red-eye flight tonight, to
discuss the matter with his coaches
and his father.

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Government Writer
Michigan's universities will receive increased fund-
ing if a proposed "sin tax" bill proposed by State Rep-
resentative Perry Bullard, (D-Ann Arbor) is passed by
the state legislature.
The bill, which will be introduced in the legislature
in mid-April, will levy a twenty-five cent tax on ci-
garette packs. It is estimated that the tax will create
$210 million in revenue yearly, $70 million of which
will be earmarked for higher education, Bullard said.
The Presidents Council - composed of 15 Michi-
gan public university presidents - recommended that
appropriations for Michigan's universities increase by at
least 8.5 percent for fiscal year 1991. The bill's spon-
sors included the higher education appropriation in re-
sponse to the request.
Governor James Blanchard's budget proposed only a
5 percent increase for higher education.
"We need to find additional tax revenue to increase
funding for higher education," Bullard said.

The Presidents Council has not yet discussed the leg-
islation. However, the Council did not support a similar
"sin tax" proposed last year by Sen. William Sederburg
(R-East Lansing).
Sederburg's legislation would have generated revenue
for higher education through a tax on alcohol sales. The
Council opposed the legislation saying it was inappro-
priate for universities to profit from the sale of alcohol.
Last year, the Michigan Collegiate Coalition
(MCC), a student lobbying organization, chose to align
themselves with whatever position the Council took on
the legislation. However, MCC will not necessarily fol-
low the Council's lead on the cigarette tax proposal,
said Penny Crawley, chair of the Coalition.
"My own position is that in desperate times, desper-
ate measures are needed," Crawley said.
Bullard and Rep. Lynn Jondahl, chair of the House
Taxation Committee and one of the bill's six sponsors,
both expressed a need for universities to support the leg-
islation.
See TAX, page 2

Higgins
Higgins has long thought about
going pro. Reports of his intentions
that surfaced in January naturally
troubled the Wolverine coaching
staff, who must already cope with
the graduation of seniors Mike Grif-
See HIGGINS, Page 9

'Alliance' wins elections
Party leader de Maiziere urges accelerated
talks on unification of East, West Germany
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EAST BERL ()LIN ( - ie vic-
torious Alliance for Germany said
yesterday the German states must
move more quickly to reunify, but
its leader was rebuffed as he began
trying to form a coalition govern-
ment to move the process along.
The Social Democrats, turned
down an invitation o join the coali-
tion, thus blocking the Alliance
from having a two-thirds majority in
Parliament. Such a majority would
allow East Germany to simply de-
clare a merger with the West.
The three-party Alliance swept to
victory Sunday in East Germany's
first free elections but did not win a
majority in the 400-seat Parliament.
The Alliance got a boost yester-
day from perhaps its biggest sup-

porter, west German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl, who promised finan-
cial aid for East Germany.
The Chancellor had refused such
aid to the Communists, who have
governed since hard-liner Erich Ho-
necker was overthrown in the fall.
Lothar de Maiziere, likely to be
the next East German premier, in-
vited the Social Democrats and the
Union of Free Democrats to discuss
a "grand coalition" to guide the na-
tion toward unification with the
broadest possible consensus.
He clearly was disappointed when
Social Democratic leader Ibrahim
Boehme refused.
However, an alliance of centrist,
liberal parties, which won 21 seats,
was ready to negotiate joining in a

coalition with the Alliance, West
Germany's ARD television said.
That would give a de Maiziere-led
government 214 seats in Parliament.
De Maiziere's Christian Demo-
cratic Union is one of three parties
comprising the Alliance. The party
stresses traditional Christian values
and less government control of the
economy, and traditionally has been
at odds with the Social Democrats,
who follow a socialist-oriented path.
The Social Democrats said mov-
ing quickly to reunify could result in
a loss of East Germany's cradle-to-
grave social services and allow the
country to be swallowed up by its
wealthy neighbor.

Noah's ark?
James Joiner pulls a boat containing his daughter Kelly and her goat Bill through flood waters in Montgomery,
Ala. Heavy rains last week resulted in extensive flooding in the area.

New MSA election directors kick off '90 campaign

MSA spring campaign begins at midnight

Directors pledge to have error-free campaign

by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly spring campaign
kicks off at midnight tonight, and the election staff took

we can run a quality election," Gebes added, referring to
the disputed and invalidated elections of last December,
which resulted in an administrative investigation into
MSA procedures.
Wlhile eletinn jirerptnrc wex~re mninly rq'ncernepA with

by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
After a fall election plagued with errors, the Michi-
gan Student Assembly's spring elections directors LSA
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Aaron Williams.
"I was a candidate," Kittrie said. "I've run in these
elections, so I know what works, and more importantly,
what doesn't work."

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