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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 6, 1990 - Page 5
UAC organizes
festivities in U nion

by Elisabeth Weinstein
Daily Staff Writer
Michigras - four days of
University Activities Center
sponsored festivities - kicked off
with a bang Wednesday night and the
will continue through Saturday
night.
Michigras will include an
ongoing residence halls competition,
the Battle of the Bands, the
Starbound talent competition Friday
night and the Jazz Cafe Saturday
night. The festivities will end
Saturday night at the Union with the
program's most popular events,
"Casino night" and "Carnival."
Several art exhibits are being
featured everyday in the Michigan
Union.
Walter Griggs, a 1977 University
graduate, will do caricatures in the
mall of the union for $5 or $10,
depending whether the sketch is in
color or black and white. Though
yesterday was slow - he only
received one customer - Grigg's
remains optimistic. "This evening
things should pick up, especially
during the Battle of the Bands."
Despite many campus-wide
activities this week - including

Earth Week, Greek Week and MSA
elections - UAC members don't
expect less student participation this
year than they have seen in the past.
Sue Poopate, Michigras chairperson
and LSA sophomore, said, "I'm not
sure if Michigras was that strong
last year. This year, I'd like to see
more response"
But Michigras chair of two years
ago, LSA senior Susan Goldfarb
said, "Participation is going up.
There should be no problems with
Earth Week. If anything (would
hinder participation) it would be the
weather."
Lowell Cantor, UAC presideni
and LSA senior, agreed with
Goldfarb. "There is generally good
participation, though one goal is
always to increase participation"
Though the entrance fees charged
for Michigras events pay for the
festival, UAC will donate the funds
received from Starbound to the
Ronald McDonald House, said
Cantor.
Like most of UAC sponsored
activities, the purpose of Michigras
is simply entertainment. "Come out
and have fun," said Poopate.

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Cuban President Fidel Castro addresses a youth rally Wednesday in Havana. An estimated 15,000 young
people attended the rally to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Union of Young Communists.

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Lebanese factions agree to cease-fire in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -
Fighting died down today after Gen-
etal Michel Aoun and warlord Samir
Geagea accepted a cease-fire called by
cIrgymen who said the warfare
threatened Christians' "very exis-
tence."
Police said overnight howitzer
aid mortar duels between the rival
Christian forces killed two people
and wounded three in east Beirut and
north of the city before the big guns
fell silent at daybreak.
-' But sharpshooters of Aoun's
army and snipers from Geagea's Le-
banese Forces militia continued to
skirmish in the 310-square-mile
Christian enclave.
' In Moslem west Beirut, President
Mias Hrawi said he would heed
Geagea's appeal that the president's
* 22,000-man, mainly Moslem army
16d by General Emile Lahoud take
over army barracks in the enclave.
But it was not believed he had the
firepower to dislodge Aoun, nor were
there any signs that Syria's army in
Lebanon would back a foray in the
Christian enclave.
The inconclusive showdown for
mastery of the enclave, normally
*home for about 1 million Chris-
tians, has killed 841 people and
wounded 2,298 since it broke out
January 30. Numerous cease-fires
have been declared and broken.

Police say at least one-fourth of
the enclave's population has fled to
safer areas in Lebanon and neighbor-
ing countries to escape the savage
fighting that has inflicted damage es-
timated at $1 billion.
Geagea and Aoun, in separate
statements, said they accepted a
cease-fire in line with the plea from
20 Maronite Catholic clergymen
who met Wednesday with Partiarch
Nasrallah Sfeir at his seat in Bkirki,
north of Beirut.
In their peace bid, the 16th cease-
fire call in the 66-day confrontation,
the clergymen told Geagea and Aoun
their war threatened the Christians'
"very existence in Lebanon.and the
Orient."
The Maronite clerics said contin-
ued fighting between Aoun's 10,000
troops and the 6,000 militiamen of
Geagea would "finish off the Chris-
tians."
"The Christians' fate should not
be decided by two guns confronting
each other and spreading horror,
death and destruction," the clergymen
said in their statement, copies of
which were delivered to Geagea and
Aoun.
Aoun, Geagea, Hrawi and Lahoud
are Maronites, the main Christian
sect that has controlled key govern-
ment posts, parliament, the army
command and the judiciary since in-

dependence from from France in
1943.
Aoun has rejected Hrawi's
November election as president by
Lebanese legislators meeting under
Arab League auspices. He complains
the peace plan under which Hrawi

was elected does not contain a spe-
cific timetable for the withdrawal of
Syria's 40,000 troops in Lebanon as
part of a peacekeeping mandate.
Aoun contends the Syrians abrogated
that mandate by siding with the
Moslems.

ELECTIONS
Continued from page1
that's for sure. But we don't know
how many we're going to have,"
Kittrie said, adding that, as of 9:30
p.m., ballots were still coming in
from the Union and Undergraduate
Library polling sites.
Candidates had mixed reaction
about the heavy voter turnout.
Conservative Coalition presiden-
tial candidate Aaron Williams felt
the extra votes came from publicity
generated from Earth Week, which
he thought rival Action party leaders
used to their advantage.
"It was the dirtiest campaign I've
ever run in," Williams added. "I've
never been called so many names by
people who have no right to be
casting stones."
Action Party presidential candi-
date Jennifer Van Valey, one of
William's rivals, was very enthusi-
astic about the high level of voting.

"We worked damned hard to get
the vote out, and to reach groups that
MSA had traditionally ignored," she
said. "I think people were looking
for someone who would tell them
the truth."
About the negative campaigning.,
Van Valey responded that "it's not
dirty politics to talk about a candi=
date's record... we need a student
government that's accountable, be=
cause we sure don't have one now."
Final results were not available at
press time, but will be in Monday's
paper.
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