The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 19, 1990 - Page 5
by Ian Hoffman
Daily Research Reporter
The long and winding road to Ep-
cQt Center just got shorter -
On Monday, Amoco Oil Co. will
present a check for $12,000 to the
College of Engineering's Solar Car
team in the atrium of the Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science
Building. University President James
Duderstadt will accept the donation
on behalf of the 110 students work-
ing on the campus-wide project.
'U' Solar Car team
"Michigan has been a prime sup-
plier of employees over the years,"
said Steve Holdaway, the manager of
cost engineering at Amoco and a
Michigan alum. "We feel we are get-
ting an adequate bang for our buck
when we donate to Michigan."
Holdaway said that to his knowl-
edge, the University of Maryland is
the only other school that may be
receiving aid from Amoco.
"We will use $10,000 of the
money to buy the batteries we need
for the car," said Michael Lynch, a
Business School Graduate Student
and the administrative team leader.
Lynch noted that the company
which produces the batteries used
for storing captured solar power de-
clined to make a donation to the
University team because it holds a
monopoly in the market.
The rest of the money will be
used to buy small items and ironi-
cally enough, the gas needed to fuel
a vehicle that will follow the solar
car during the race.
"It is impossible for the team to
chase after donations for every one or
two dollar item we need," said pro-
ject manager Susan Fancy, an LSA
and engineering senior.
Amoco's donation comes at an
opportune time. "At this point we
really need cash - about $35,000
more," said Lynch. "We are about
set on the in-kind donations
though," he added. All totaled the so-
lar car project has raised more the
$560,000 in cash, product and ser-
In addition to the presentation of
the check, a quarter-scale model
replica of the finished car will be
"The media coverage is getting
much larger that I expected and-I'm
getting a little nervous," said Fancy.
Four newspapers and four trade jour-
nals are expected at the event.
The solar car is being built in an-
ticipation of the GM SUNRAYCE
USA which includes 32 university
teams from across the nation. The
teams will compete for a GM spon-
sored trip to Australia, where the top
three finishers will compete in an in-
ternational solar car race with na-
tional teams from other countries.
Lynch said he expects the main
competition will come from the
University of Maryland, Cal-Poly
Technical Institute and MIT.
The race begins July 9 at the Ep-
cot Center in Florida, lasting nine
and a half days as it winds through
nine states. The final stop will be
the GM Tech Center in Warren,
LANSING (AP) - Lawmakers
mourning the death of former Rep.
Dennis Dutko (D-Warren) say
they've learned a tragic lesson about
a system that would jail someone
whose legal troubles stemmed from
a problem such as alcoholism.
The House recognized Dutko
with a moment of silence yesterday.
The 46-year-old Dutko's down-
ward spiral was prompted by his
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Former
leader Todor Zhivkov was put under
house arrest and charged with abuse
of power and fomenting ethnic un-
rest during his 34-year reign, the
government-run news agency BTA
The state agency also said oppo-
sition talks with the ruling Com-
munists broke down yesterday over
access to Bulgaria's broadcasting
networks, which the opposition
wishes to use to spread its demo-
cratic message throughout this
mostly rural nation in advance of
Bo and Bush
one-year jail sentence for drunken
driving, his friends say. Just nine
days after leaving jail Jan. 3, he was
arrested on charges of drug posses-
sion in Chattanooga, Tenn. He died
in his Fort Myers, Fla. condo-
minium Jan. 17.
No immediate cause of death was
determined by an autopsy, but sui-
cide is suspected because an empty
pill bottle was found by his bed.
Test results will be available next
week and will help verify if drugs or
alcohol were involved.
Dutko, his attorneys, and many
House members claimed that the
admitted alcoholic should be allowed
to serve his time in a rehabilitation
center. Despite the pleas, two Ing-
ham County district judges repeat-
edly denied the request.
"I don't know what they did for
him in jail, but I suspect not much.
He needed help, he needed some sup-
port systems," said Rep. Burton Le-
"When you think about it, we
(lawmakers) are supposed to make
the system happen," Leland said.
"Dennis spent 15 years helping to
set up those institutions. It doesn't
say a whole lot for the system if the
system failed a legislature."
arrests Communist ex-leader
promised national elections.
The prosecutor-general's office
issued a warrant for the deposed dic-
tator, who was toppled in a Novem-
ber uprising, charging Zhivkov with
malfeasance in office, inciting ethnic
hostility, and misuse of state prop-
The 78-year-old Stalinist was not
jailed, according to BTA, but was
instead put under guard at an undis-
That makes him the second East
Bloc leader now under official inves-
tigation for abuses disclosed by the
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bo
Schembechler wasn't looking for
pitching help for his Detroit Tigers
when he dropped by the Oval Office
yesterday for a 10-minute courtesy
call, but President Bush offered his
The president gave Schembechler
a White House tie clasp and an auto-
graphed picture of Bush throwing
out the first ball for a major-league
"To Bo Schembechler with great
pride in your phenomenal record in
football!" Bush's inscription read.
"Now in your new work, can you
upheavals that have convulsed East-
ern Europe. Former East German
party leader Erich Honecker, now
hospitalized, faces a charge of high
The charges against Zhivkov
indicate he is being personally
blamed by his reformist Communist
successors for the nation's severe
ethnic and economic problems.
Zhivkov was the author of so-
called "Bulgarization," the persecu-
tion and forced assimilation of the
nation's 1.5 million ethnic Turks
and other native Bulgarian Muslims,
known as Pomaks.
use an old lefty?"
Schembechler didn't accept the
"He doesn't have a real high leg
kick," he wisecracked, showing the
picture to reporters after the visit.
A White House spokesperscn
said Bush invited Schembechler to
Washington because he had missed
the basketball team's White House
visit last spring after winning the na-
"It was great," Schembechler
said. "We talked a little football, a
Did they discuss Michigan's loss
After his ouster, Zhivkov was ac-
cused of corruption when it was r.-
vealed he had maintained at least 30
holiday and hunting retreats
throughout this poor Balkan nation.
Zhivkov's often-violent forced
assimilation policy banned Moslem
religious practices and required ethnic
Turks and Moslems to forsake their
own names and take Bulgarian ones.
More than 300,000 ethnic Turks
emigrated to Turkey to escape the
harsh Bulgarization campaign, but
about 80,000 later returned, citing
lack of jobs and housing in Turkey.
in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl?
"Absolutely not," Schembechler
said. "He didn't bring it up, and you
can bet I wasn't going to bring it
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