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Continued from page 1
on the immediate financial ledger.
While Tate may be content to let
the future determine her school's
economic fate, Duderstadt and his
athletic department have an idea
wvhich would immediately help
Michigan's financial status. Interim
Athletic Director Jack Weidenbach
sees this situation as an opportunity
to change the current revenue-sharing
program which governs the confer-
.Unique to the rest of college ath-
letics today, the Big Ten splits all
bowl, tournament and television rev-
' nue evenly among its 10 members.
n addition to the post-season reve-
6ue sharing, gate receipts and ticket
price increases are also shared
eqally. With the addition of Penn
State, the necessity of sharing with
Another school leads Weidenbach to
resent the obvious alternative:
4hanging the current format.
"The University of Michigan
Would like the revenue sharing re-
iewed," Weidenbach said. "I believe
it you're going to admit somebody
4lse to the conference, it's an appro-
priate time to review that. We share
|evenue, but everyone has a different
xpense base. While we have high
revenues, we also have higher than
normal expenses."
Duderstadt agrees. "In terms of
inances, there are a whole number
fcimplications about that," he said.
Whrt of the difficulty we have had is
that the Big Ten has for years had
tis rather bizarre policy of 50-50
sharing in gate receipts for football,
Mhich gives the University of Mich-
igan an incredible balance of pay-
ipents problem; a couple of million
dollars a year go to subsidize other
schools in the Big Ten."
But every other school in the Big
Ten, especially those with lower ex-
tenses and smaller budgets, are not
i4n- favor of changing revenue shar-
s Even Ohio State, which would
probably be a recipient of increased

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The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 29, 1990 - Page 3
Report finds 'U'
Towers pesticide
applied correctly

by Ian Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer
In their recently released report
concerning the alleged misuse of "4
the Birds" pesticide by the extermi-
nation company Michigan Terminix,
The Michigan Department of Agri-
culture (MDOA) concluded they
found no evidence of wrongdoing.
MDOA initiated an investigation
of Michigan Terminix following a
complaint last November by the
Humane Society of Huron Valley.
The Society said Michigan Terminix
had applied the pesticide in the
wrong way on the roof of the Uni-
versity Towers building.
The pesticide is designed to make
birds' feet, specifically those of pi-
geons, sticky to discourage them
from roosting in treated areas. The
Humane Society based its complaint
on reports that many pigeons had
died in the area of the building last
Humane Society volunteer Carol
Akerlof said the pesticide also covers
birds wings, making it impossible
for them to fly and often causing
them to fall to the street below.
However, Pamela Griffin, general
manager of University Towers, said

she wasn't surprised by the report's
conclusion. "I had understood all
along that we had it applied cor-
rectly," she said. "It's really for hu-
man welfare we're doing it."
Pigeons droppings can cause
many diseases in humans including
the lung condition histoplasmosis.
While the report clearly stated
-University Towers and Michigan
Terminix acted legally, it did not ad-
dress whether the University Towers'
application harmed the pigeons in'
"Our main purpose is to deter-
mine if the pesticide was applied ac-,
cording to the directions on the la-
bel, and in this case it was," said
Jean Meiner, a pesticide and ground-
water specialist at the MDOA, who
conducted the investigation.
"It's impossible to say for sure
where the birds were poisoned with-
out knowing what other buildings in
the area are using. It's like looking
for a needle in a haystack."
Akerlof said she was disappointed
by the report's conclusion and added
that "this shows that products such
as this are not humane even when
applied according to the law."

funds with the abolition of revenue
sharing, is not in favor of changing
what has been called by some confer-
ence officials the "cornerstone" of
the Big Ten.
"If my council asks me for my
recommendation, I would insist on
keeping the current revenue-sharing
program," Jones said. "The way we
share revenue is the strength of this
conference and we shouldn't tamper
with it."
And, of course, the smaller
schools are also vehemently opposed
to changing the economic status
"I would think we would def-
initely need to look long and hard at
any changing of the revenue-sharing
process," Northwestern Assistant
Athletic Director for Intercollegiate
Affairs Betsy Mosher said. "Chang-
ing it would obviously affect us."

Regardless of the Big Ten's feel-
ings, Duderstadt doubts Penn State
will join the conference with the
current plan.
"There's no way in the world
Penn State is going to enter the Big
Ten with a stadium that seats 85,000
and be restricted by that," Duderstadt
said. "So in that sense, Penn State
joining could be an advantage for us
because it might get us to open the
opportunity for more rational shar-
ing of gate receipts, so we're not
subsidizing Northwestern to the
degree that we are right now."
But Duderstadt's perception of
Penn State may be incorrect. Steve
Garban, Penn State's senior vice
president, says the Nittany Lions are
committed to the Big Ten's current
However, Penn State Director for
Fiscal and Personnel Planning of
Athletic Administration Paul Etters
was unable to take a stand on what
the Nittany Lions would be inter-
ested in because "not enough infor-
mation has been disseminated to us.
We haven't seen any hard facts,"
Etters said. "But I can tell you that
the $1 million take we get from
football gates would (decrease) upon
joining the Big Ten."
And while Penn State would
seemingly enhance the value of the
conference's current ABC television
contract, which lasts until 1996, Big
Ten Director of Communications
Mark Rudner said renegotiation of
this contract "will not happen."
ABC refused to comment.
Penn State is also locked into an
unescapable television deal with
ABC and the College Football
Association - which represents the

majority of Division I football
schools - lasting through 1995.
Even when a new contract is ne-
gotiated, though, Penn State's addi-
tion does not guarantee a financial
windfall. With the recent multi-
million dollar contract to Notre
Dame, the emphasis on paying for
specific conferences instead of indi-
vidual institutions is seemingly
In addition to the Big Ten's prof-
itable television contract, football
bowl games are another large source
of revenue. Penn State, many foot-
ball experts argue, would add another
team to the conference's traditional
entourage of four to six teams in
postseason games. And another team
would seemingly mean additional
revenue to be shared.
However, as Wisconsin Athletic
Director Pat Richter points out,
Penn State's dominance may not be
so beneficial.
"When you look at bowl games,"
Richter said, "if they [Penn State]
are as good as they are now in the
future, that will push one of the
traditional Big Ten teams out of
their bowl opportunity because they
probably will not be having a .500
Until the actual numbers have
been figured out, though, bottom-
line figures are pure speculation.
"It's too early to draw conclu-
sions," Minnesota AD Bay said.
"But I think preliminarily it's hard
to find additional revenues finding
their way back into the Big Ten just
because we've added Penn State."

Lithuania backs off
border guard plan

i ii
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Lithuania's government backed down
yesterday on one of its hottest points
of conflict with the Kremlin, a plan
to establish its own border guard,
and said it wanted to avoid clashes
with Soviet troops.
It also told citizens not to resist
if Soviet officials try to seize their
Red Army troops refrained from
entering Lithuanian buildings or
rounding up more Lithuanian mili-
tary deserters, a day after the first vi-
olent confrontations in the standoff
with the republic.
However, the Soviet military
stepped up a war of words against
Lithuania, complaining of increased
attacks on soldiers and accusing it of
a campaign to discredit the Soviet

President Vytautas Landsbergis of
Lithuania said his government sus-
pended its plans for the border guard
for fear of sparking clashes with So-
viet troops.
"At present, establishing border
points would be stepping up con-
frontation," Landsbergis told a news
conference in the Lithuanian capital,
Lithuanian officials said they had
pushed for the border guards in hopes
of winning formal recognition from
foreign governments of their March
11 declaration of independence.
Landsbergis said even discussion of
the subject had provoked conflicts
with Moscow, and he said there had
been reports of Soviet troops trying
to control the roads between Lithua:
nia and Latvia, the neighboring re-

Socially Active Latino Student
Association - 7:30 p.m. in
Angell Hall Rm. 221
'Earth Day Organizing Com-
mittee - meeting at 7 p.m. in
Room 1040 Dana Bldg.
Michigan Video Yearbook ---
meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth
jfloor of the Union
t Amnesty International --- cam-
pus group meeting 6 p.m. MLB
UM Cycling --- team meeting and
s rollers riding 6 p.m. in the Sports
oAnnArbor Libertarian League
--- meeting at 6:30 p.m. at
.Palestine Solidarity
Committee Meeting --- meeting
at 7:30 p.m. at the International
Tagar --- meeting at 8 p.m. at
Hillel (66 Trees)
UM Biological Society ---
meeting with museum tour at 8
p.m. at The Ruthven Museum
Students Fighting Anti-
Semitism --- meeting at 6:30
p.m. at Hillel
ACLU --- meeting at 7:30 p.m. in
Room 120 Hutchins Hall
Collegiate Entrepeneurs Club-
-- meeting at 7 p.m. in Room
2413 Mason Hall

"Multifractals in Diffusion,
Aggregation and Reaction
Kinetics" --- Shlomo Havlin
speaks at 4 p.m. in Room 1640
Chemistry Bldg.
Flamenco dance
demonstration - room 1202
Education Building at 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Romance
Language Department.
Women's Club Lacrosse -
practice 4-6 p.m. in the Coliseum
(5th and Hill)
Northwalk --- the north campus
night time walking service runs
from 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in Bursley
2333 or call 763-WALK
Safewalk --- the night time safety
walking service runs from 8
p.m.-1:30 a.m. in UGLi 102 or
call 936-1000
ECB Peer Writing. Tutors--
peer writing tutors available for
help on papers 7-11 p.m. in the
Angell/Haven and 611 Church.
St. computing centers
Free Tutoring --- for all lower
level science and engineering
classes 8-10 p.m. in UGLi Room
Music at Mid-day --- members
of the Academy for Early music
perform Renaissance-era music at
12:15 p.m. in the Union
Pendleton Room
"Small Happiness" --- a film
presented by the Feminist
Women's Union at 7:30 p.m. in
East Quad's Greene Lounge
Tony Bird --- performs this
evening at The Ark
"Homosexuality -- What's in
it for You?" --- an advanced gay
rap at 9:30 p.m. in the Benzer
Library of East Quad
Don't Give a Damn (Lo Som
Zayin) --- film concerning a
crippled Israeli soldier to be
shown at 7:30 p.m. at Hillel
Women's Seder --- planning
session at 7:30 p.m. at Hillel
Gates of Heaven & The Thin
Blue Line --- documentary double
feature at 8 and 9:45 p.m. at

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David Margolick in yesterday's paper. Steve Edlestein, General Motors
Volunteer Spirit Award winner was incorrectly indentified in a photo
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Responsibility and a Fulfilling
Lifestyle: An Amish Farmer's
View" --- David Kline speaks
from 7:30-9 p.m. in Room 1040
Dana Bldg.
S"Guatemalan Indian Children
of War" --- a panel discussion
from 7:30-9 p.m. in East Quad
Room 126
"Capacity of Constrained
Optical Channels" --- Aaron
Wyner speaks at 4 p.m. in Room
1200 EECS
"Human Reproductive
Ecology" --- Virginia Vitzthum
speaks at 4 p.m. in the East
Lecture Room on the 3rd floor of
Joel Katz --- graphic designer
speaks at 7:30 p.m. in the
Lecture Hall of the Art &
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