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Pollack urges students to
alleviate hunger problem

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 20, 1990 - Page 3
Faculty elects
new executive
representatiydves
by Donna Woodwell

I

By Debbie Herz
"There's absolutely no reason to,
tolerate poverty in this country," said
State Senator Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor), to students in the Union
l1allroom yesterday. Pollack's speech
commemorated the beginning of
Students Working AgainstToday's
qunger Week.
"Just because other countries
have become wealthier than the U.S.
doesn't mean we are poor. What we
do with the wealth we have deter-
mines how many homeless, hungry,
and poor people there are," Pollack,
siid.
"Michigan residents spend $8 bil-
lion on K-12 education. The same
state residents send $10 billion to
tie federal government for militaryI
splending," Pollack said, adding that1
thte money could be better spent on{
education.1

Pollack said one-fifth of the
country's children are growing up in
poverty. "These children are at risk
'What we do with the
wealth we have deter-
mines how many
homeless, hungry, and
poor people there are
- Lana Pollack
State Senator
for poor health and poor achieve-
ment. They won't be able to hold
down jobs," she said.
While children have been largely
ignored, poverty among older people
has decreased in the last decade; so-
cial security, Medicare and effective
political organizing have helped im-

prove their situation, Pollack added.
Economically, she said, women
and Blacks suffer disproportionately
in the U.S. When women get jobs,
they often average $6,000 a year at
the minimum wage, Pollack said.
"It's not enough to have a job if the
pay doesn't put a roof over your head
and feed your children." Pollack sup-
ports an increase in the minimum
wage.
Last week, Pollack introduced a
bill to make family planning a basic
service for the poor. "One million
dollars spent on family planning
saves the government $18 million
spent later on welfare and health care
costs. It's a good investment," she
said after the speech.
Pollack urged students to work
within the system to solve the press-
ing issues of hunger and poverty.

Pollack

"Run for office" and "Vote" were her
two most persistent messages.
SWAT Hunger is also providing
information tables which will re-
main in the MUG today. Also, they
will hold a service day Saturday to
clean at two local churches and de-
liver Meals on Wheels in Ypsilanti.
Sunday night there will be a benefit
concert at Rick's Cafe featuring the
Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band.

Daily Faculty Reporter
The faculty's legislative assem-
bly yesterday elected three new
members to its nine-member execu-
tive committee - History Prof.
Thomas Tentler, Health Services
Prof. Roy Penchansky, and English
Prof. Ejner Jensen. They will as-
sume their duties on the executive
board May 7.
Tentler is currently a member of
the Religious Studies Executive
Committee and Interim Director of
the Medieval and Renaissance Col-
legium. He has also served on
LSA's English Composition Board.
"I'm very honored, but it is a lot
of work and I have some misgiv-
ings. I'm horrified at the thought,"
said Tentler about his new position.
Penchansky is the chair of the
Senate Assembly's Committee on
the economic status of the faculty.
He also serves on the School of
Public Health's executive committee
and has been chair of the Committee
on the University's Health Care
Costs.
Jensen serves on the Senate
Assembly's Budget Priorities Com-

mittee, the Library Council and the
English Language and Literature Ex-
ecutive Committee.
Tentler, Penchansky, and Jensen
are replacing Internal Medicine Prof.
William Dobbins, English Prof.
Thomas Lenaghan, and Music The-
ory Prof. Edward Chudacoff on the
assembly's executive branch, the
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs, whose three-year
terms have expired.
Lenaghan said the new members
"will do just fine. I think they'll be
very good." However, he said he
doubted their appointment would
herald any changes in the Commit-
tee's decision-making.
The Committee - which meets
once a week - advises the President
and the Executive Officers, enforces
actions of the assembly, and coordi-
nates the faculty government com-
mittees.
The 72-member assembly meets
monthly to discuss central or con-
troversial university issues. Its seats
are allocated to each school or col-
lege according to the number of fac-
ulty in the unit.

CORRECTIONS
A l Daily was in error in identifying
the socialist organization the Work-
ers League, as the National Workers
Leiague. In addition, the Daily
misidentified Helen Halyard, she is
tho Assistant National Secretary of
the League. Members of the League
have not spoken at meetings of the
Uidergraduate Political Science As-
sociation. The Association said no
proof exists connecting any individ-
uao to the letter sent to David North.

Judge overrules mistrial
motion in Poindexter case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fed-
eral judge yesterday denied a mistrial
motion by John Poindexter that was
triggered by a reference in open court
to testimony Poindexter had given
Congress under a grant of immunity.
The information in the reference
was "not new at all," said the judge
in Poindexter's Iran-Contra trial.
With Rep. Lee Hamilton on the
witness stand, prosecutor Dan Webb

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Meetings
LaGROC - The Lesbian and Gay
Mens' Rights Organizing Com-
mittee meets at 7:30 p.m. in
Union 3100; 7 p.m. to set agenda
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry - weekly meeting at 6:30
p.m. in Hillel
Women's Club Lacrosse -
practice 4-6 p.m. at the Sports
Coliseum (5th and Hill)
UM Cycling --- team meeting and
rollers riding 6 p.m. in the Sports,
Coliseum
Arab-American Anti-
discrimination Committee ---
meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union
(check board for room)
Asian American Women's
Journal --- meeting at 5 p.m. in
South Quad's Afro-American
Lounge
Ann Arbor Committee to
Defend Abortion and
Reproductive -Rights
(A2CDAR2) --- new members
meeting at 5:15 p.m., general
body meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the
Union
Women's Issues Commission
of MSA --- meeting at 6:30 p.m.
in 3909 Union
Iranian Student Cultural Club -
- meeting at 7:45 p.m.. in the
Michigan League
TARDAA (Time and Relative
Dimensions in Ann Arbor) ---
Dr. Who/BBC event at 8 p.m. in
2413 Mason Hall
Students Concerned About
'Animal Rights (SCAR) ---
meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union
'Wolverine Room
Indian And Pakistani
;American Students' Council--
,general body meeting from 6:30-8
:p.m. in the South Quad Ambatana
Lounge
'Graduate Employees
Organization (GEO) ---
membership meeting at 8 p.m. in
,the Union Kuenzel Room
:Society of Minority
Engineering Students (SMES)
--- membership meeting and
speaker Anne Monterio on
"Engineering: The Flexible
:Degree" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in
1500 EECS
Speakers
"Membranes in Analytical
:Chemistry: A Personal Tour" -
-- Purnendu K. Dasgupta speaks at
4 p.m. in Room 1640 Chemistry

"In Praise of Fragments:
History in the Comic Mode" --
- Caroline Bynam speaks at noon
in 1524 Rackham
Renaldo Adenas --- will lecture
in Spanish about the role of the
writer in Latin America at 3:30
p.m. in CAB 138 at UM
Dearborn
"Collaboration Between
Practioners and Researchers:
Focus on Gerontology" -
Donna L. Algase speaks at 7 p.m.
at Weber's Inn; admission is $6
"Soviet Jewry in the Age of
Perestroika" --- Professor
Gittelman speaks at 4 p.m. in
3050 Frieze Bldg.
Jazz Guitar Lecture Series ---
Judy Adams of WDET speaks at 7
p.m. in the Trotter House (1443
Washtenaw)
"Central American Update" --
- Don Coleman speaks at noon in
the International Center (603 E.
Madison)
"The Home and Women in
Jewry" --- Shlomo Deshen
speaks at 5 p.m. in 3058 LS&A
"The Purine Path to
Chemotherapy" --- Gertrude B.
Elion speaks at 2:30 p.m. in 1800
Dow Chemistry Bldg.
Furthermore
ECB Peer Writing Tutors -
available for help from 7-11 p.m.
at the Angell and 611 Church St.
computing centers
Safewalk - the night-time safety
walking service runs form 8 p.m.-
1:30 a.m. in Rm. 102 UGLi or
call 936-1000
Northwalk - the north-campus
night-time walking service runs
from 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in Bursley
2333, or call 763-WALK
SPARK Revolutionary History
Series --- "Sit Down! US Strike
Wave of the 1930's" theme of
discussionfrom 7-8 p.m. in B122
of the MLB
Career Planning and
Placement --- resumes: when
you think you have no experience
4:10-5 p.m. CP&P Conference
Room
Because of That War --- as part
of the 11th Annual Conference on
the Holocaust this documentary
will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. at
Hillel
Dave Crossland --- UM graduate
performs this evening at The Ark
SWAT Hunger --- educational

asked about a document, signed by
then-President Reagan, indicating
missiles had been sent to Iran in
1985 to try to win the release of
Americans held in Lebanon.
Had Poindexter ever reported de-
stroying the document? Webb asked.
"He did," Hamilton said in front
of the jury.
The legislator, co-chair of a spe-
cial congressional committee that
investigated the Iran-Contra affair,
was referring to Poindexter's July
1987 testimony to the committee,
during which he said he tore up the
document.
No part of the case against Rea-
gan's national security adviser may
be derived from his testimony to
Congress, given under a grant of
immunity from prosecution.
As soon as Hamilton answered
the question yesterday, another pros-
ecutor, Howard Pearl, stood up and
Webb quickly said "I see the prob-
lem."
Webb rephrased the question, but
Poindexter lawyer Richard Beckler
later asked for a mistrial, saying that
Hamilton had specifically been in-
structed not to refer to Poindexter's
immunized testimony.
U.S. District Court Judge Harold
Greene denied the motion, saying
that Oliver North testified last week
that he watched Poindexter tear up
the finding.

Greene said Hamilton's testi-
mony was "cumulative rather than
harmful."
Beckler suggested the jury might
not find North's testimony credible.
But Greene also noted that "both the
government and the defense referred
to tearing up the finding" in their
opening statements to the jury.
"And you have great credibility,"
Greene told Beckler.
The information about tearing up
the finding "is not new at all,"
Greene concluded.
In November 1986, Hamilton had
been chair of the House Intelligence
Committee that met with Poindexter
to discuss U.S. arms sales to Iran.
Hamilton said the national secu-
rity adviser made no mention of a
U.S. role in the November 1985
shipment of Hawk missiles to Iran.
The CIA-assisted delivery was autho-
rized by the Reagan "finding" that
Poindexter destroyed hours after tes-
tifying before the committees.
Webb asked Hamilton, "Do you
recall whether Admiral Poindexter
said he could reveal all the facts?"
"Admiral Poindexter said ... Pres-
ident Reagan wanted to tell the full
story," replied Hamilton.
The finding that Poindexter de-
stroyed depicted the U.S. role in Iran
arms sales as a straight arms-for-
hostages deal, the kind of arrange-
ment the Reagan administration de-
clared it would never allow.

WARSAW (AP) - Prime Min-
ister Tadeusz Mazowiecki is coming
to the United States to seek support
for the Solidarty-led government's
demand that a treaty guaranteeing
Poland's western border be signed
before Germany unifies.
The former Solidarity editor and
political prisoner leaves Warsaw to-
day for a six-day visit to the United
States, with a one-day stop in
Canada. It will be Mazowiecki's
longest trip abroad since he was
elected in August to lead the first
non-Communist government in the
East bloc.
"I don't need to stress the signifi-
cance of the visit for Poland to a
country which is the world's No. 1
superpower," government spokesper-
son Malgorzata Niezabitowska said

Polish leader visits
U.S. to petition for
border guarantees

recently, outlining the goals of the
visit.
Mazowiecki achieved one aim of
his trip when the four victorious
World War II allies and the two
Germanies last week decided to allow
Poland to take part in sessions of
"two-plus-four" talks that concern
Poland's security.
Now, Mazowiecki will be push-
ing for U.S. backing of his govern-
ment's demand that a treaty guaran-
teeing Poland's western border be
initialed by East Germany and West
Germany before unification and then
ratified by a unified Germany.
Treaties commit the Germanies
to respect the Oder and Neisse rivers
as Poland's western border, but a
unified Germany is not bound by
those terms.

Michigan House committee report encourages
'shock sentencing,' wiretapping drug dealers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
"Shock sentences" or a lengthy
prison term intended to scare straight
a prisoner before it is shortened, is
among the recommendations ex-
pected to be released today by a
House committee.
The report also likely will rec-
ommend non-jail sentences which
focus on treatment for some drunken
drivers, appointment of the Depart-
ment of Corrections director by the
governor rather than by the Michi-
gan Corrections Commission, and
assignment of paid prison jobs only
to inmates who have the equivalent
of a high school diploma.
As expected, the report included
controversial moves such as allow-

ing police to wiretap and enter unan-
nounced the homes of suspected drug
dealers.
The 18-member Ad Hoc Com-
mittee on Criminal Justice has stud-
ied the corrections system since
Sept. 19, and its numerous recom-
mendations are expected to carry sig-
nificant weight because it is sup-
ported by House Speaker Lewis Do-
dak, D-Birch Run.
Many of its suggestions already
are in the form of legislation.
The committee met for the final
time yesterday, but declined to re-
lease the final draft.
. A copy obtained by The Associ-
ated Press shows about 60 recom-
mendations, many of them focused

on broad, long-term goals and pre-
vention methods.
The "shock sentencing" program
would allow judges to sentence an
offender to prison for a long period,
but then modify the sentence at the
conclusion of a shorter time. Such
programs primarily are geared toward
the young offender.
The draft said such sentences
would be limited to a specific list of
offenses, but did not list them.
The committee plans recommend
the development and implementation
of non-jail alternatives for drunken
driving offenses. Many lawmakers
have pushed for this since the suicide
of former state Rep. Dennis Dutko
(D-Warren), who had served seven

months in jail on a drunken driving
conviction just before his death.
His friends said he shouldn't have
been treated as a criminal, rather a
person with an illness that needed to
be dealt with.
Rep. Floyd Clack (D-Flint) ex-
pressed opposition to prohibiting
prisoners without a high school or
General Equivalency Diploma from
prison work.
Other recommendations include:
Developing a statewide data
collection and analysis center for
adult and juvenile justice issues.
Encouraging juvenile courts to
increase restitution and community
service sanctions.

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