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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

Vol. C, No. 115

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, March 23, 1990

CopyrightO 1990
The Michigan Daily

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policy

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expression

The next Buster Douglas? JONATHAN
LSA sophomore Brent Wartner spars with first-year LSA student Chris Jakubowski during a U-M Boxing Club workout yesterday at Elbel Field
House. The Club will host "Dare to Care," the Boxing Club's Annual Display to aid UCO and Mochito, Honduras, Friday, April 6th at Domino's Farms.
1ithuania struggles for freedom

by Diane Cook
and Noelle Vance
Daily Staff Reporters
Students' public demonstrations
and means of expressing their opin-
ions will be regulated by a new Uni-
versity policy that could be finished
next fall, said University President
James Duderstadt yesterday.
Duderstadt said the new policy
would regulate the method of expres-
sion allowed on campus, for instance
it could dictate the size of the
shanties or the amount of time they
could remain on the Diag.
Duderstadt announced the devel-
opment of the new policy after a de-
bate arose concerning the removal of
all shanties from the Diag at yester-
day's Board of Regents Meeting held
on the Dearborn campus. The policy
will be developed by a six-member
committee of students, faculty and
staff,
But Jeffrey Hinte, a political
science graduate student, and LSA
senior Daniel Orlowski, who spoke
at the meeting, said the new policy
would infringe upon students' first
amendment rights.
"Not all people believe the peo-
ple of South Africa should be free or
the people of Palestine should be
given a state," said Hinte. "But my
understanding of the United States
Constitution is that people should
be allowed to express themselves."
Hinte and Orlowski were respond-
ing to Regent Thomas Roach's (D-
Saline) comments at last months
meeting in which he called the
shanties "an unsightly mess" and

suggested the University "clean-up"
the diag.
However, Roach said the removal
of the shanties is not an issue of
censorship.
"I don't see it as a free speech is-
sue. It's only an issue of campus
beautification," Roach said. "(The
shanties) seem to self-reproduce. I
think we had as many as seven."
But Hinte said the shanties repre-
sent minority opinions and should
be protected by the Constitution.
Using the argument that the campus
must be beautified is "aesthetic
tyranny," he said.
Regent Neal Nielsen (R-
Brighton), agreed the shanties were
unsightly.
"I think Regent Roach is abso-
lutely right that all that trash should
be taken out of there," Nielsen said.
He said the regents and Duderstadt
needed to take steps to clean up the
Diag this semester.
Vest, Associate Vice-President
for Academic Affairs Mary Ann
Swain and Vice-President and Chief
Financial Officer Farris Womack
will choose the members of the
committee in the next few weeks.
Swain said Michigan Student
Assembly President Aaron Williams
had already been contacted about the
committee. Williams was unavail-
able for comment.
Orlowski said the issue went be-
yond the shanties. He accused the re-
gents and University of being iso-
lated and unavailable for students.
"If you are really interested in
See Policy, Page 2

VILNIUS,. U.S.S.R. (AP) -
Soviet armor rolled through Vilnius
in a show of strength yesterday and
leaders of this rebellious Baltic re-
public appealed for world support to
forestall the possible use of force in
Lithuania.
In his escalating war of nerves,
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
also demanded yesterday that Lithua-
nia stop signing up its own volun-
teer force.
"It is clear that another republic
is going to use force against Lithua-
nia and its citizens," said a Lithua-
nian government appeal to the world
issued late yesterday afternoon. "We
are asking people to prevent this by

protesting the possible use of vio-
lence against a member of the world
community ... against Lithuania and
its citizens."
The republic's president, Vytau-
tus Landsbergis, in an emotional
speech to the Supreme Council leg-
islature, pledged that Lithuanians
would keep their drive for full inde-
pendence from Moscow peaceful.
"If tanks are sent to take away
shotguns and hunting rifles, we
won't shoot at the tanks," said
Landsbergis, a music professor. "Our
resistance will be non-violent."
Lithuania, forcibly incorporated
into the Soviet Union in 1940, de-
clared its independence on March 11

in a decision Moscow refuses to rec-
ognize.
Hundreds of Lithuanians left the
Soviet armed forces to return home
after Lithuania declared independence
and were warned to return to their
units by Saturday.
Algirdas Saudargas, head of the
Lithuanian Parliament's Foreign Af-
fairs Committee, said Lithuanian of-
ficials feared an effort to round up
deserters might give Moscow an ex-
cuse to use force.
Lithuanian officials continued to
call for negotiations with Gor-
bachev, and said he had too much to
risk by using force.
Kazimiera Prunskiene, Lithua-

nian Prime Minister, said yesterday,
"A military attack would be the end
of perestroika and Gorbachev's pol-
icy and authority. I don't think Gor-
bachev would take such a measure."
Ludwigas Sabutis, the republic's
parliamentary secretary, said, "We
need support, we need help."
IN WASHINGTON, President
Bush commended the Kremlin for
dealing peacefully with changes in
Eastern Europe, and implored the
Soviets not to use force to block
Lithuania's secession. He also urged
the breakaway republic to recognize
"certain realities" of Moscow's
control.

. Child c
by Eric Phillips
In an effort to show the adminis-
tration they are not satisfied with the
available child care facilities on
campus, University students and
employees will rally at noon today
in the Diag.
The rally is intended to raise
awareness about the inadequacy of
the University's child care services,
said LSA junior Bobbie Simson, a
member of the Alliance for Campus
Child Care, which is sponsoring the
rally. Simson said the march is the
latest effort in a 16 year struggle to
enhance child care services for Uni-
versity students and employees.
The University is affiliated with

A

are group to ra
the Children's Center for Working 200 at the Children's Center for
Families and the Pound House. Working Families."
Although all of these facilities are Alliance member Judith Hunt,
open to the public, they do not re- an LSA sophomore, said she had to
serve any space for children of Uni- hire a babysitter to take care of her
versity students and employees, who child while she is in classes.
have had to turn elsewhere for child "There have been times when
care. the sitter forgot when I had class,
"We have a serious child care and I've had to bring my daughter to
problem not only here at the Univer- school. I couldn't get anything done,
sity of Michigan but across the en- because everyone was paying atten-
tire country, and we don't have a tion to my daughter - they thought
clue as to how to deal with it," said she was so cute," Hunt said.
Steven Sternberg, the director for Although a referral service was
two of the three child care centers af- recently implemented by the Depen-
filiated with the University. "We dent Care Task Force to help Uni-
have a waiting list of almost 500 at versity employees find child care and
the Children's Center and almost a University Medical Center day care

l,

lly agal
facility is scheduled to open, students
with children have received very lit-
tle attention from the administration,
Simson said.
"I see this issue as one of affir-
mative action, of discrimination and
of equality of access to education and
employment," said Simson.
LSA junior and Alliance member
Janet Ostendarp Riefenberg said the
group feels that it is discriminatory
not to have quality, low cost child
care on campus. "The University
does not serve the needs of non-tradi-
tional students, and if you're a stu-
dent with children, you're already
just scraping to pay for tuition and
rent,' Riefenberg said.

nst 'U' services

Riefenberg said she and her hus-
band have to shuffle their schedules
so that one of them is always home
for their two year-old child. "But
about two years ago, my husband
was out of town and my babysitter
got strep throat. I couldn't study for
my French final because I had to
take care of my son, and I flunked
my French final."
Earlier this month the Alliance
sent University President James
Duderstadt a letter stating the need
for quality, low cost child care on
campus. Simson said she wasn't
satisfied with the University admin-
istration's response the Alliance re-
ceived this week. "It wasn't a total

brushoff," said Simson. "They basi-
cally told us that they are following
the Dependent Care Task Force rec-
ommendation for a referral service."
Walter Harrison, director of Uni-
versity Relations, said, "The Univer-
sity's policy has generally been to
work with private child care grout s
to meet our needs."
The Alliance plans to march to-
day in front of Duderstadt's office,
after speaking in the Diag. If the
administration continues to ignore
the group's needs, said Simson, they
may look to the legislature or the
Ann Arbor city council for help in
the future.

* 'U' comedian wins
national contest

Party candidates
differ on city issues

by Jennifer Worick
Comedian Tom Franck, a junior
in the School of Art, is going
places. Last Wednesday night Franck
was named the winner of the Certs
6 U.S. College Comedy Competition
at the finals in Daytona, Fla.
"I thought he was very funny and
original," said Comedian Jerry Sein-
feld, one of the judges of the compe-
tition. "His personality and ideas re-
ally came through. He seems to have
a lot of fun also. That's why I liked
him."
Franck competed against two
other finalists from Rutgers and
Texas Tech Universities. His win-
ning performance will be aired on ei-

(because Seinfeld was there)," Franck
said.
Performing in front of 1,500 col-
lege students, Franck said he was not
fazed by the mercurial crowd.
Michigan State and Ohio State stu-
dents booed him when he was intro-
duced. But after seeing Seinfeld
laugh at his first joke, Franck said
he knew he could win.
Taking his success in stride,
Franck said he will have a lot of
time in the summer to concentrate
on comedy but, "Right now, I'm in
academic trouble because I've missed
classes this week. Everyone else here
(in Daytona) is on spring break,"
Franck said.

by Josh
Daily City

Mitnick
Reporter

The lines are drawn.
At the last candidate forum before
Ann Arbor's April 2 elections,
Democrat and Republican hopefuls
reiterated partisan stands on major
issues confronting the city.
No new positions were brought
out at last night's League of Women
Voters-sponsored forum. Instead,
candidates attempted to draw con-
trasts with opponents on issues
ranging from affordable housing to
increasing homeowners' taxes.
While Democratic candidates said
the city council should take the lead

But Republicans stressed that the
city was not equipped to fully pro-
vide such housing. Ann Arbor needs
to lobby the federal and state gov-
ernment for funds to create the nec-
essary housing units, said incumbent
Councilmember Ingrid Sheldon (R-
Second Ward).
Another topic of dispute was
how the city should deal with its
solid waste crisis. If voters do not
approve funds for the Materials Re-
covery Facility (MRF) by passing
city ballot Proposal A, Republicans
said they would support a private
corporation operating a recycling
plant. Councilmember Mark Ouimet

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