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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 125 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, April 6, 1990 Teichnai

by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
Heavier than normal student
turnout in Michigan Student
Assembly's spring elections delayed
any conclusive election results last
night, as the elections staff worked
through the night to tabulate an es-
timated 5,000 to 5,500 ballots.
"We estimated 3,400 after yes-
terday's voting and we've counted at
least another thousand already
tonight. So we should get over 5,000
ballots," said MSA General Counsel
Mike Donovan, and Engineering se-
Donovan said he was pleased
with the big turnout, especially with



MSA elections '90
the increased number of voters from
Rackham, LSA and Engineering
schools. He said the turnout for these
elections could possibly be the high-
est ever.
Last year's presidential elections
attracted approximately 4,400 voters.
"The record turnout in assembly
elections is 18 percent (student par-
ticipation overall), and we might just

make that," he said.
This number may not seem high,
but Donovan said low voter turnout
is to be expected at such a large uni-
"From what I've been told, 18
percent of the students voting is
pretty good for a school this size,"
Donovan said.
Election Directors Rebecca
Gebes and Zachary Kittrie recruited
student groups to tabulate the ballots
and said the workers probably would
be working until 5:00 or 6:00 in the
morn ing.
"Turnout has been significant,
See ELECTIONS, page 5

Irene Young, LSA sophomore, counts MSA election ballots in the Michigan Union yesterday. Laura
Klearman, LSA first-year student is to her right.


Nader, O'Connor
call for toxic free air



by Catherine Fugate
Daily Staff Writer
The entablature of the Statue of
Liberty issues a call to the tired,
poor and huddled masses and those
"yearning to breathe free," but Ralph
Nader and John O'Connor said last
night the right to breathe free is in
O'Connor, a victim of toxic as-
bestos in his hometown and the di-
rector of the National Toxics Cam-
paign, and Nader, a consumer rights
advocate, spoke to a crowd filling
Rackham Auditorium and overflow-
ing into the auditorium's atrium.
O'Connor introduced Nader, who
was met with overwhelming re-
sponse. Nader said the shift in envi-
ronmental efforts "has gone from the
scholarly to the community."
Focusing his presentation on stu-
dents, Nader recalled Earth Week
1970 and asked what had happened to
the environmentally conscious stu-
dents of that time. He speculated
they are now working for Fortune
500 corporations. Nader urged the
students of today not to follow in
their path and encouraged making
environmental awareness a part of
According to Nader, the Clean
Air Act is cheap compared to
Congress' other projects even
though Congress considers the $21
billion per year predicted to run the

Clean Air Act to be "a tremendous
burden." Congress spent $300 bil-
lion to bail out Savings and Loans,
$150 billion on cleanup of radioac-
tive waste and $70 billion on the
stealth bomber, Nader said.
Nader brought his presentation to
a conclusion by calling for the for-
mation of a third political party.
'You've got the
energy, the idealism,
and the loss of
innocence, what
you're lacking is the
personal urgency that
changes your routine'
-Ralph Nader
"Let's start it here in Ann Arbor...
to start the political campaign based
on the empowerment agenda," he
"You've got the energy, the ideal-
ism, and the loss of innocence, what
you're lacking is a personal urgency
that changes your routine."
Nader said "to strive for justice is
the greatest work of human beings
on Earth." The call for a "new party"
brought thunderous approval from
the crowd.
Before Nader's speech O'Connor
said, "Every day is an Earth Day"

dent Bush and Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev have agreed to
hold their next summit from May
30-June 3 in the United States, the
White House announced yesterday.
The announcement came as Sec-
retary of State James Baker and So-
viet Foreign Minister Eduard She-
vardenadze were holding their second
day of meetings here.
"I am looking forward to meeting
with him," Bush told reporters a few
hours after the formal announcement
was made.
The summit announcement came
from the White House and the So-
viet news agency Tass as Secretary
of State James Baker and Soviet
Foreign Minister Eduard Shevard-
nadze were in their second day of
meetings, expected to focus on arms
control issues.
The two leaders hope to sign a
treaty limiting long-range nuclear
missiles deployed on land, in sub-
marines and aboard bombers, but
several knotty issues must be settled
first, and scheduling the summit
weeks earlier than initially antici-
pated could poss a problem.
Also in the arms control field,
Bush and Gorbachev made an initial
agreement for a phased reduction of
American and Soviet chemical

weapons. But an international ban
depends on agreement among more
than a score of nations negotiating
terms in Geneva.
They could set final terms for re-
ducing U.S. and Soviet troops, tanks
and other conventional forces in Eu-
rope, but a treaty would be finalized
at a 35-nation summit meeting later
in the year, provided there is no
hang-up in negotiations.
There had been speculation that
the crisis in the breakaway republic
of Lithuania might force a post-
ponement of the summit as Gor-
bachev worked to deal with internal
Lithuania casts an imposing
shadow over the State Department
meeting, and will be taken up by
Baker and President Bush with the
visiting Soviet official before his
departure Friday night.
"It is a matter where we want the
Soviets to know our views," White
House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater
said Wednesday.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorb-
vachev's views are contained in a let-
ter Shevardnadze brought for Bush.
But Baker declined to provide any de-
tails, although he said "there is no
disagreement" on the importance of

Ralph Nader speaks in the Rackham Auditorium yesterday as part of the

Earth Week events.
and advocated protests and mass
movements to create a world fit for
People need to become involved
in the clean air campaign, O'Connor.
said, and called for a direct democracy
in which people have the right to
dictate what chemicals industries put

into the atmosphere.
O'Connor suggested a number of
solutions to save the planet. These
included a move from an oil-based to
a carbohydrate-based economy, a
move toward a sustainable agricul-
ture, and the creation of environmen-
tal laws sensitive to the poor.

Detroit shooting kills five [: .

Six shot Wednesday night in suspecte
police deem multiple slayings the wor




DETROIT (AP) - Five people,
including three teen-agers, were
found shot to death inside a sus-
pected crack house and a sixth was
critically wounded, police and wit-
nesses said.
The shootings occurred about 11
p.m. Wednesday, said police Deputy
Chief James Younger. He said police
called to the scene found the six.
This incident was the worst mul-
tiple murder in Detroit since June
1971, when seven members of a
heroin ring were found shot execu-
tion-style in a west side apartment.
Four of the victims, ages 15,16,
20 and 32, were dead at the scene,
said Officer John Leavens, a police
spokesperson. Another in his late
teens died at Detroit Receiving Hos-
pital, where a sixth victim was in
critical condition yesterday morning,
*Leavens said. Police did not know
the age of the survivor and the hos-

and semiautomatic weapons, police
said. Four died instantly, two
unidentified males were shot while
trying to run downstairs and were
found in the basement.
Found dead on a floor upstairs in
the two-story bungalow were Steven
Owens, Carl Williams, Bobby Lee
Frazier and Robert Lee Hill, all of
Detroit, said Sgt. Christopher Buck,
a police spokesperson. Each had
been shot in the head.
The attackers then ran back to a
car with a second woman at the
wheel and fled, police said.
There were no immediate arrests,
Younger said.
Buck declined to discuss a possi-
ble motive, and calls to the depart-
ment's homicide, narcotics and spe-
cial crimes units were not returned
or drew no responses. But at least
one neighbor said the bungalow

st since 1971
that claimed five lives here, crime
experts said yesterday.
"Crack is decentralized. Anybody
can go into business," sai4 Carl Tay-
lor, an adjunct professor of criminal
justice at Michigan State University.
"You're seeing a lot of nameless and
faceless gangs."
Crack is a highly potent smoke-
able form of cocaine which surfaced
in Detroit in about 1983. It has gen-
erated more violence than heroin in
two ways- by the vastly large num-
bers of people involved in its distri-
bution and by its physical effects on
the user, said a 25 year Detroit po-
lice veteran who spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity.
Perhaps 10 times as many people
are involved with crack production
and distribution than with heroin in
Detroit, with turf wars and other vio-
lence rising proportionately, the of-
ficer said.

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