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pnd Japanese negotiators, insisting
that they were making progress,
struggled yesterday to resolve final
dlifferences on an unprecedented
* greement attacking the huge trade
imbalance between the two nations.
U.S. officials said the two sides
would meet again today in the hope
pf wrapping up the talks, which are
aimed at altering fundamental eco-
nomic and business practices in both
countries to help reduce America's
huge $49 billion trade deficit with
U.S. Trade Representative Carla
Hills denied that the extra negotiat-
ing sessions indicated the talks had
run into unexpected roadblocks.
"There is no deadlock. We are
making progress," she told reporters.
But in a speech yesterday to a
J.S. manufacturing group, Hills
sounded a warning on the possible
Consequences if Japan fails to agree
to American demands to open its
markets to more foreign goods.
"There never has been a nation
that benefited so greatly as the
Japanese from the freedom to sell
Ond invest in foreign markets," she
said. "If the Japanese do not open
their second largest market in the
world, there will be enormous polit-
* cal pressure to restrict those oppor-
tunities that have given them so
much. It will kill the goose that laid
iheir golden egg."
Both sides have a lot riding on
the outcome of the current negotia-
tions. The Japanese are anxious to
stem a rising tide of anti-Japanese
sentiment in their largest overseas
market, while the Bush administra-
tion is seeking ways to reduce Amer-
ica's $45 billion trade deficit with
Japan, nearly half of last year's total

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 5, 1990 -- Page 3
Task force meets
to address, solve
housing concerns

She's got gas
First-year engineering student Marie Powell captures propane gas in a flask for an experiment in Chem 125.
Professor helps students
become environmentalists
by Megan McKenna

by Gwen Shaffer
Rental agents, members of the
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union, stu-
dents, and University housing offi-
cials addressed housing issues at a
public hearing last night for stu-
dents, faculty and staff.
Student concerns over a lack of
low-income housing, protection of
tenants' rights, and options for stu-
dents choosing to live on campus
were among the topics which the
speakers discussed.
The University's Housing Task
Force sponsored the event.
Resident Operation's Housing
Program Director Edward Salowitz
said the task force was formed last
year,"to find out if there is enough
housing and what the University is
doing to contribute to the situation.
We want students to talk to us."
Racham graduate student Mary
Ann Kerttula, a single mother who
lives in Northwood Apartments, ex-
pressed her anger over the five year
time limit for residents of family
housing. She also recommended
housing be made more affordable by
charging students according to a slid-
ing scale based on income.
Claudia Green, from the Ten-
nant's Union, said, "I'm really glad
to see the women from the single
parent network. I think the Univer-
sity could be doing more to provide
low-income housing."
Nicholas Roumal, an attorney
with Student Legal Services, offered
solutions to problems related to
rental housing. "Students have come
to me because of privacy invasions

by their landlords." He cited a story
of client who said she returned home
to find the maintainance man asleep
in her bed. He also suggested a cen-
tral information center on campus
housing be set up.
In regards to recycling for north
campus housing, Becky Driscol,
who lives in Northwood Apart-

Don't take things that aren't
yours. Put things back where you
found them. Clean up your own
So reads a T shirt created by
several students in Peter Kaufman's
Biology 106 class: "People, Plants
and the Environment." The shirt is a
result of an environmental action
project for the class, part of what
makes students more interested in
this class than they might be in
classes that utilize the ordinary
"canned" format of lecture courses.
Students said Kaufman, who they
lovingly call "Doc," creates a lively
and inspirational atmosphere for the
class. He makes learning about
botany, ecology and biology a
memorable experience. For
example, he sports a paper hat when
teaching about recycling. Once he
stomped on a loaf of Wonder bread
to show his support for organic

"I never know what he's going to
do," says LSA junior Adria
In honor of Earth Week,
Kaufman has helped his students
carry out environmental action
projects of their own choosing so
that they can discover how
individuals can contribute to the
solution of the problems discussed
in class. "Many have changed their
lifestyle and have more respect for
the environment. They know they
can change things themselves,'
Kaufman said.
First-year LSA student Josh
Keidan asked the participants in his
project to adopt a tree, for which
they receive adoption papers, and
become responsible for its care.
Their responsibilities include talking
to the tree, patting it and even
giving it a hug.
Other students successfully
pressured several restaurants on S.
University Ave. to stop using
Styrofoam products. Another group
planted trees.
Kaufman's devotion to the
environment may be catching.
Students said his attitude spreads
enthusiasm for taking an active part
in overcoming environmental

problems. He provides slides, tapes
and handouts for the class and
organizes field trips to his farm.
"It's rare to find someone who
enjoys teaching so much. He's
sensational," said School of
Education junior Jill Vermut.
Mari Ziegler, facilitator for the
class, emphasizes the positive nature
of the class and "finding out what
the power of a pair of hands can do."
The class empowers students and
helps them realize what they can do
to help, she said.
"It's a productive alternative to
negative discouragement about the
environmental problems the students
have inherited," said Ziegler.
Kaufman calls Biology 106 a
"student's class."
"They'll take it with them when
the term is over," he said. Following
his example, many students are
willing to go out on a limb to
contribute to change. While taking
pictures of an oil refinery for a
project on air-pollution, one student
had her film taken away by security
"It's not whether you choose to
chain yourself to an oak tree or write
letters to your senator, but about
believing in something and acting
upon it," said Ziegler.

ments, told the panel she has
"noticed a need for for greater recy-
cling," specifically more than one
pick-up center and more student or-
Alice Lloyd Building Director
Mark Kaplan spoke of the advan-
tages for students enrolled in the Pi-
lot Program, which, like East
Quad's Residential College holds
classes in the residence hall.
"Students are able to carry their
conversations from the classroom
into the elevator, and into the cafete-
ria," he said.

Thatcher moves to

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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
floor of the Union
Amnesty International - cam-
pus group meeting 6 p.m. MLB
UM Cycling - team meeting
and rollers riding 6 p.m. in the
Sports Coliseum
Ann Arbor 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 (67 Trees)
University Students Against
Cancer (USAC) - meeting at 6
p.m. in Union 1209; new officers
report at 5:30 p.m.
Jewish Peace Lobby - meeting
with elections at 7:30 p.m. at
"Evolution of the Sharing of
Food Bonanzas with
Strangers in Ravens" - Bernd
Heinrich speaks at 4 p.m. in the
3rd Floor E. Lecture Room of
"Empire Builders" - a
colloquium from 2-5 p.m.in
1524 Rackham
Lee Smith - the author will be
reading from her fiction at 5 p.m.
in Lorch Auditorium
Kavousi Excavations in Crete
- Leslie Day speaks from noon-
1 p.m. in Room 4009 Natural
Science Museum
"The Soul and the Social
Order" - Kenneth Leech

Floor Commons of the MLB
Joseph Sax - speaking at 7p.m.
in 250 Hutchins Hall for the
Environmental Law Society
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 7-11 p.m. UGLi 207
Don Pasquale - Gaetano
Donizetti's opera will be
performed at 8 p.m. in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre; tickets are
$10, $7, and $5 for students with
To Kill A Mockingbird - the
movie will be followed by a
discussion re-examininng men's
roles in cinema at 7 p.m. in
Room 126 East Quad
Birdy - the film will be
screened at 8 and 10:15 p.m. at
McCoy Turner - performing
two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. at
The Ark
Michigras - Battle of the Bands
at 8 p.m. in the U-Club; arts and
crafts 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the Union
Mall, Pond and Anderson
Rooms; Residence Hall
competition at 6 p.m. in the
Union Kuenzel Room
"An Introduction to Siddha
Meditation" - a workshop at
7 p.m. at the Siddha Meditation
Center of Ann Arbor (315 W.

reduce 0o
LONDON (AP) - Recognizing
it is in serious political trouble,
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's
government has moved to blunt the
impact of its unpopular new local
government tax.
But even though the so-called
poll tax has provoked protest and a
demonstration that turned into a riot
Saturday, the government shows no
sign of backing down.
Instead, Thatcher is taking a
gamble that she can make the tax
palatable by the mid-1992 deadline
for the next election. And that, even
close aides acknowledge, is an uncer-
tain prospect.
On Tuesday, Environment Secre-
tary Chris Patten ordered 20 high-
spending local authorities to impose
lower taxes and cut their budgets for
the current fiscal year. He said the
move would reduce the bills of 4
million people by $50-$160 a year.
The tax that took affect April 1
averages $592 a person a year, about
one-third higher than the government
target. It must be paid by most of
the 38 million adult Britons. Previ-
ously, only some 12 million prop-
erty owners paid local government

11 tax rate
But the immediate effect of Nit
ten's "capping" of the high-spenders
was to exacerbate the controversy.
The opposition Labor Party wad
angered that no authorities ruled ty
Thatcher's Conservative Party weie
on the list.
The targeted authorities claimed
they would have to cut services afnd
accused the government of being
vindictive. Some threatened to fight
the measure in court.
Patten, who is in charge of the
tax, is dropping hints of further fine-
tuning. But Thatcher says she will
not abandon the community charge,
as the tax is officially called. '

Paintings recovered
in Miami drug bust

DETROIT (AP) - Four 17th
century oil paintings went back on
display yesterday at the Detroit Insti-
tute of Arts, nearly eight years after
they were stolen and used as drug
collateral, museum and FBI officials
"They are not the greatest trea-
sures in the museum collection, but
some of them were very popular,"
DIA Director Samuel Sachs said dur-
ing a news conference. All were re-
turned in good condition and will be
displayed together indefinitely, he
The oils were stolen May 28,
1982 from a storage room while the
museum's Dutch and Flemish exhi-
bition area was being renovated,
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* Soccer
* Sofftball
* Field Hockey
* Lacrosse

Sachs said. The museum will return
the $310,000 insurance settlement it
received after the thefts, he said, de-
clining to estimate the work's cur-
rent value.
The paintings were recovered be-
tween Dec. 7 and Jan. 19 in Miami
as part of an undercover drug inves-
tigation, Special Agent John An-
thony said from the FBI's Detroit of-
fice. Word of their recovery was de-
layed because of the continuing in-
vestigation, he said.
"We believe the original motive
(for the thefts) was to use these
paintings as collateral in a major co-
caine shipment from Miami to De-
troit," Anthony said. The FBI has
identified several suspects, he said
without elaborating.


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