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Softball team attempts sweep of EMU


MSA elections: A job well done

Seattle as center of the universe

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom



Vol. C, No. l/7

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, April 10, 1990

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toxic spray
in Dana Bldg.

Passover begins
In celebration of the first night of Passover, first-year student Jane Naidoff makes preparations for a Seder held in the Kelsey House lounge at South Quad
fast night.

by Joanna Broder
Daily Health Issues Reporter
Students gathered outside the
Dana building early yesterday morn-
ing to protest the potential use of
Dursban and Diazanon- pesticides
which some believe cause harmful
side effects - in the building.
Exterminators were to use these
chemicals to kill cockroaches, said
Ed Delhagen, a graduate student and
a principal organizer of the protest.
"Although (Dursban and Di-
azanon) are thought to be less toxic
than other organo-phosphates, they
can produce acute health effects such
as headache, sweating, nausea and
vomiting, muscle twitching and fetal
damage and death," said Delhagan.
Harry Morton, associate dean of
the School of Natural Resources
(SNR), called off the extermination
at about 6 a.m. Morton explained
that this last minute cancellation
provided him with an opportunity to
look over the problem. "They'll
(the exterminators) have to come
back," he said.
"Of course any material can
cause serious health problems if not
used as directed. It could happen
with materials in your medical cab-
inet. The student's assumption that
using these materials is inherently
dangerous is wrong," Morton said.
Delhagen wrote a' letter to Uni-
versity President James Duderstadt
yesterday, demanding that University
officials warn students when they
plan exterminations.
Delhagen took copies of his let-
ter - with 50-100 signatures - to
Duderstadt's office yesterday morn-
Shirley Clarkson, assistant to
President Duderstadt said the presi-
dent had not yet seen the letter..
In the letter, Delhagan called for
the University to implement a sys-
tem in which exterminators first try
less potent alternatives to pest con-
trol before resorting to chemicals

Hungary e
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Voters ended
the Communist era by giving a strong mandate
to the country's main conservative party in what
could be the genesis of a center-right trend among
Soviet bloc countries emerging into democracy.
_ The Hungarian Democratic Forum cam-
paigned on an anti-Communist platform that in-
corporated universal conservative values as well
as a strong dose of nationalism. It scored an im-
pressive victory in parliamentary elections that
wrapped up Sunday.
It was the second win in two Soviet bloc elec-
tions for conservative forces. In East Germany's
March 18 vote, conservatives fell just short of a
majority in the first free national elections in any
Warsaw Pact country. As in Hungary, remnants
of the long-ruling Communists were relegated to
a relatively minor opposition role.
Hungary's Democratic Forum captured 165 of
the 386 seats at stake Sunday. In the first round
of balloting March 25, they won 43 percent of

nds Communist

which have potentially harmful hu-
man side effects.
Delhagan also requested the Uni-
versity keep buildings closed for two
days after the spraying of pesticides.
Closing buildings after extermi-
nations is not required, Morton said,
adding that Dursban is not a high
potency material.
Among Delhagen's other sugges-
tions were the identification and re-
moval of cockroach habitats such as
water and food and the use of "low
level" pesticides.
Bill Foerderer, a graduate student
and co-organizer of yesterday's
demonstration said in the spring of
1988, after the University sprayed
the Dana building with Dursban,
"Many people reported headaches,
uneasiness, nausea (and) symptoms
of low level contamination or toxic
Morton said he is not opposed to
alternatives. He added, however, that
since the Dana building is an old
structure with many cracks and
crevices, its lay-out makes it diffi-
cult for alternative techniques to
work effectively.
Simon said another problem as-
sociated with the utilization of po-
tent pesticides is that since only the
strongest roaches survive, extermina-
tors need to use an even more potent
chemical the next time, perpetuating
a harmful cycle.
John Witter, an SNR professor,
heard the building would be sprayed
with pesticides last Friday afternoon
and requested that his lab not be
"I didn't even think about notify-
ing the students; I had assumed that
students had gotten notified just like
professors. I had no idea what kind
of insecticide they were using and I
had to be careful."
Witter said, "Dursban has a lot of
good qualities compared to other pes-
See SPRAY, page 2


the vote.
Despite preliminary predictions of a close
race, the Forum left the liberal League of Free
Democrats far behind, with 92,seats and 24 per-
cent of the vote, forcing the rival party to bury
any aspirations of sharing a government role.
The ruling Socialists, created by reform
Communists last October, were sent packing.
Despite their commitment to political plurality,
they captured only 33 seats or 9 percent of the
vote, victims of widespread sentiment that they
were the heirs of decades of repressive communist
Its strong position left the Democratic Forum
independent of any party with which it had major
differences. Instead, it gained the Smallholders
and Christian Democrats, which share many of
its conservative views.
Conservatives in other East European coun-

tries preparing for the first free elections in more
than four decades clearly hope that the same anti-
Communist backlash that worked in favor of
kindred parties in East Germany and Hungary
will also give them an edge.
In Czechoslovakia, where voters go to the
polls June 8, the hope of victory has resulted in
the Christian Democrats in Slovakia forging an
alliance with Czech center-rightists, despite a
general drifting apart of the two constituent re-
publics. Only the conservatives have managed to
formally coordinate their election strategies na-
The Slovak Christian Democrats, led by
Czechoslovak Deputy Premier Jan Carnogursky,
are expected to win up to 60 percent of the vote
in their traditionally Catholic republic, and the
well-organized alliance is likely to finish strong
overall in the country, although no one can pre-
dict how strong.

New MSA pres.
*promises change


by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
Daily News Analysis
The effects of last week's Michi-
gan Student Assembly elections will
be felt almost immediately on the
assembly, and the new makeup of
MSA's membership should take the
assembly in new directions, accord-
ing to LSA sophomore Jennifer Van
Valey, the newly elected MSA presi-
Van Valey, her Vice President
Angela Burks, a LSA first-year stu-
dent, and the other 15 Action Party
candidates who won seats will be
sworn in at next Tuesday's MSA
The Action party won eight of
the nine available LSA seats as well
as taking a sizable portion of the
seats in smaller schools.
Failing to come through with the
landslide they predicted throughout
their campaign, Conservative Coali-
tion (CC) won one LSA seat and
four positions in Engineering, Busi-
ness and Medicine.
As a result of the elections, the
liberals have gained a majority in the
assembly. Approximately 25 MSA
representatives ran with the Action

position and the CC party in disar-
ray, the new MSA leadership will be
able to carry out their campaign
promises if Van Valey and her new
assembly make the effort.
Van Valey ran on several specific
platforms, including establishing an
Environmental Affairs Commission
and fighting the 'administration on
its efforts to institute a code for non-
academic conduct and deputize cam-
pus security. She said she will fol-
low through on her campaign
promises and work to make the
assembly effective once again.
"The administration's argument
has always been that the assembly is
not representative of the students,"
Van Valey explained. "This election
showed them that that's not the
"We're going to set a strong
agenda, and show the administration
that they cannot control us," she
said. "I intend to stand up for stu-
dents' rights."
Van Valey added, however, that
MSA will keep dialogue channels
open with the administration on cer-
tain issues.
"There are many things we can

Suspects in
crack house
killing s jail ed
DETROIT - Four suspects accused of killing six
men in Detroit's bloodiest mass slaying in 19 years
were ordered jailed without bond yesterday.
Police, meanwhile, said robbery was apparently the
only motive for the April 4 killings at a suspected crack
house on Detroit's north side.
Tamara Marshall, Mark Bell, Jamal Biggs, and Mark
Caison, all of Detroit, were arraigned in 36th District
Court on six counts each of felony murders. Marshall,
Bell, and Biggs also were arraigned on one count of use
of a firearm during commission of felony.
Each defendant stood mute to the charges during the
5-minute hearing. Magistrate Izetta Bright entered inno-
cent pleas on behalf of each and ordered them held in the
Wayne County Jail pending preliminary examination
April 20.
Conviction on any of the murder charges is punish-
able by mandatory life imprisonment. The felony
firearms conviction carries a mandatory additional 2-year
The suspects, appearing in street clothes, made no
statements during their arraignments or when plain-
clothes detectives hustled them from police headquarters
into two cars that took them to the courthouse two
blocks away.
Witnesses said last week that the slayings followed a
soured affair between Marshall and Steven Owens one of
the victims. Others said they believed the killings
stemmed form a drug dispute.
But Inspector Gerald Stewart, head of the police de-

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