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Second year law student Ken Rudofski checks out the "Ecotopia" constructed by landscape architecture students outside the Natural Resources
building. The display explains ways to conserve energy and preserve the environment.
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"The current MSA president did
not enforce meeting attendance all
year," she said. "Assembly reps have
to be responsible and responsibly
represent their constituency, no mat-
ter what that constituency is."
Van Valey and other Action Party
leaders have also pledged to change
the atmosphere of the assembly and
the attitude of the weekly MSA
"We want the MSA chambers to
be a nice place," said Corey Dolgon,
Rackham representative and one of
the Action Party organizers. "The
hostile atmosphere will be gone, and
groups that come in will not be con-
fronted with the male arrogance that
has plagued the assembly for a year.
Students and student groups will be
treated with courtesy, which has not
been the case in the past."
Dolgon said he thought the large
number of women elected in last
week's elections will help to rid
MSA of the hostility and chauvin-
ism that has upset assembly mem-
bers and enraged student groups.
"With a significant female mem-
bership on the assembly, the tal-
ented, intelligent students and repre-
sentatives we have elected will chal-
lenge the arrogance that members on
the assembly have displayed in the
past," he said.
Van Valey agreed with Dolgon,
but wanted to dispel any rumors that
the number of new female represen-
tatives will mean a biased assembly.
"Some have said we're going to
focus unfairly on womens' and mi-
norities' concerns, but that's not the
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case," she said. "Why do people get
concerned when a number of women
get elected, but don't care when a
group of men get elected?"
"I don't care what my gender is,"
Van Valey stressed. "I've got a job
to do, and I'm going to do it."
The new assembly president said
her principle goal would be to put a
stop to the partisan bickering that
paralyzed MSA for the last year. She
and Dolgan stressed that the Action
Party no longer exists, now that the
elections are over, and she hopes her
opposition will do the same.
"I hope we can be adults, and
have constructive debate on pressing
issues," she said. "I think we have
enough people with similar opinions
and ideaologies, that we can get a lot
LSA representative Melissa
Burke, the only CC member to win
an LSA seat, said the CC would
continue as it has in the past, and
the LSA junior expressed hope that
Van Valey could do her job.
"It all depends on whether Jen-
nifer is serious about promoting
assembly unity," Burke said. "That
will decide how the assembly func-
tions in the upcoming year."
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ticides that were much worse." He
added "I'm not convinced that it is
safe or isn't safe. I don't have infor-
mation into what form of Dursban
they're using and how they're apply-
"What I'm hearing students say is
let's look at all options so that ev-
eryone is better informed before we
make a decision; that makes sense to
me," Witter added.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Court rules Detroit police
union not liable for layoffs
CINCINNATI - The city of Detroit and the Detroit police union are
protected from liability for the 1979-80 layoffs of 900 Black police
officers because the layoffs were done under a legitimate seniority plan, a
federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
unanimously rejected the liability claim filed by the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People and the Guardians, an organization
of Black police officers.
Defendants in the federal suit filed in September 1980 included the city
of Detroit, Mayor Coleman Young and city police officials and the
Detroit Police Officers Association, the city police union.
Young ordered the layoffs because of a city budget deficit.
Discovery to launch today
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA said there was only a 40 per-
cent chance that weather would delay today's launch of the space shuttle
Discovery on its mission to place a telescope in orbit to look toward the
edge of the universe.
Launch of the 35th shuttle mission from Kennedy Space Center was
set for 8:47 EDT. There was a chance that low clouds could push that
Once in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope, 42 feet long, 14 feet in di-
ameter and weighing 245,250 pounds, will be lifted out of Discovery's
cargo bay with the ship's mechanical arm, given an exacting checkout,
and will be dropped overboard this afternoon if all goes well.
The telescope, being launched seven years late because of the 1986
Challenger accident and technical problems, represents an investment of
more than $2 billion - $1.5 billion for the telescope itself and $600 mil-
lion a year to operate and maintain.
Native American fishing
rights to be decided in court
TRAVERSE CITY - The state of Michigan and three Native Ameri-
can tribes are headed back to federal court over treaty fishing rights in
A 1985 federal consent agreement with Michigan set a January 1990
deadline for the tribes to stop using gill nets in Hammond Bay. Michigan
Department of Natural resource officials have promised to enforce the
But the tribes claim Michigan has failed to live up to its end of the
bargain; help in marketing and finding new fishing methods. The Sault
Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Bay Mills Indian Commu-
nity voted last month to allow 32 tribal fishers to continue using gill nets
in Hammond Bay when fishing resumes May 1.
U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen in Kalamazoo is accepting propos-
als to change the Hammond Bay rules for this season. The deadline is to-
Polish workers face lay-offs
SANOK, Poland - Poland's fast shift to a market economy has,
shocked the 6,300 workers and managers of the Autosan Bus Factory,
long wrapped in the warm cocoon of central planning.
With unsold buses gathering dust on the factory's parking lot, most of
the plant is on "work holiday" and at least several hundred people are to be
laid off permanently.
It is an example of how, for the first time in decades in this formerly
Communist country, economic failure packs a painful punch.
To make things harder for Sanok, a remote community on the edge of
the Carpathian Mountains in the southeast corner of Poland, there are al-
ready 1,500 registered job-seekers and no employees large enough to ab-
sorb them. In housing short Poland, relocating is seldom an option.
"People are depressed by the situation, really depressed," said Jan So-
lar, foreman in charge of the tooling department. "Everyone is wondering,
If I am fired, who will employ me?"'
IRS chief finds taxes taxing
DETROIT - Fred Goldberg said yesterday that tax forms and regula-
tions are too confusing for him - and he's the commissioner of the In-
ternal Revenue Service.
"The law is terribly complicated... it is too complicated for the Ameri-
can public," Golderg, 41, IRS commissioner since July 1989, said at a
news conference before addressing the Economic Club of Detroit.
"They deserve an easier system, and I deserve as easier system, too,"
said Goldberg, who estimated he spent three hours gathering information
for his 1990 return to present to a tax preparer.
Goldberg received a degree in economics from Yale University and was
a partner in a Washington D.C., law firm before joining the IRS in 1981.
With the tax filing deadline a week away, Goldberg said, the IRS is re-
ceiving more returns earlier and processing them faster. He gave much of
the credit to electronic filing, in which tax-return information is forwarded
to the IRS via computer.
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