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Vol. Cl, No. 2 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, September 7, 1990 The Michigoan Dily
Lush may speak
via TV to Iraqis
Hussein says president's message
will be broadcast without editing
by Donna Woodwell
Daily Staff Writer
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Presi-
dent George Bush will accept Sad-
dam Hussein's offer to broadcast a
message to Iraq, but only on his
own terms, Bush's spokesperson
said yesterday. The president will
make a tape in lieu of an interview
with an Iraqi TV crew.
"It's a real opportunity," Bush
said of Saddam's offer to televise the
U.S. leader's comments. Bush's
pokesperson said the president had
a very distinct message' to give the
Iraqi people about American reasons
for the massive military buildup in
the Persian Gulf.
Iraqi Ambassador Mohamed al-
Mashat said in Washington that "of
course" Iraqi TV would air Bush's
message "in its entirety without edit-
ing. Here you edit; in Iraq we do not
* On another topic, looking ahead
to this weekend's superpower sum-
mit, Bush said he will use the meet-
ing not only to discuss the Persian
Gulf with Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev but to press for a quick
resolution to strategic arms talks.
Before embarking on a one-day
political trip to Kansas and Florida
yesterday, Bush spoke by telephone
with a number of world leaders on
the gulf situation and his upcoming
meeting with Gorbachev. They in-
cluded Syrian President Hafez al-As-
sad, Turkish President Turgut Ozal,
French President Francois Mitterrand
and West German Chancellor Hel-
mut Kohl, the white House said.
He also called United Nations
Secretary-General Javier Perez de
Cuellar to thank him for his unsuc-
cessful try at resolving the gulf cri-
sis in talks last week in Iraq.
Bush also met yesterday with Is-
rael's visiting foreign minister,
David Levy in Washington.
The president did not comment
further on the offer to address the
Iraqi people, but his press secretary,
Marlin Fitzwater, said the White
House would be happy to tape a
message of 10 or 15 minutes.
Fitzwater said that wouldn't be
necessary, "we'll produce it our-
selves." See BUSH, Page 2
K "MDelegates from the Michigan
o Student Assembly-financed trip to
the Israeli-occupied territories held a
press conference yesterday to discuss
their activities in the area.
LSA senior David Levine and
School of Public Health graduate
Luiz Vasquez spent two weeks in the
y%3 Gaza Strip and the West Bank in
MSA and the Rackham Student
Government each allocated $1000 to
subsidize the delegation. The PSC
and the delegates made up the re-
maining $500 to $1000 in costs.
Levine and Vasquez met with
trade unions, women's committees,
and cultural unions as well as stu-
dents and faculty of Birzeit Univer-
,.,sity. - -
In March 1989, MSA initiated a
KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily sister-university relationship with
Graduate Luiz Vasquez and LSA senior David Levin spoke yesterday at a At that time the Assembly allo-
press conference about their trip to the Gaza Strip and West Bank. cated $3500 to the Palestine Solidar-
ity Committee to help finance a 6-
person delegation to Palestine, ac-
cording to a news letter distributed at
The 1989 trip resulted in debate
in the MSA chambers as to the pro-
priety of such funding.
MSA representative Tony
Barkow, an LSA senior, said he op-
posed MSA financing such trips.
"Sending two people, one of
which is not a student at the Univer-
sity, is not a benefit to the whole
student body, so therefore i am
philosophically opposed," Barkow
Barkow said he was upset that the
decision to fund the trip was made
during the summer when most MSA
members were not present.
Levine said students' money was
being well spent.
"The money is effectively being
brought back to campus," said
Five presentations and discus-
See PSC, Page 2
Students react to Bush's deployment of US troops
by Sarah Schweitzerstrawa..btptigte "ImainttutI on
Daily Staff Writer fears the threat of Saddam Hussein's start a war... but putting them "I'm against it, but I won't "I hate the immediate reaction of could be heard saying, "I think I'm
As classes resume this fall, the acquisition of nuclear weapons. Har- (soldiers) over there is giving them a protest because I don't have the time 'I don't want another Vietnam.' This gonna think about grad school now."
largest deployment of American rigan is also worried by what he sees chance to start a fight in a place we or energy. If I had relatives or if I is not the erroneous 'Stop the When asked whether they would
troops since the Vietnam War is be- as parallels between Hitler and Hus- really don't understand," she said. were a political science major I Communists battle.' The escalation be comfortable with long-term
ing met with acceptance and praise sein. Despite her disapproval of the de- would," she added. has been right away... Bush has been American military presence in Saudi
from many University students. Jennifer Rabiah, an LSA senior ployment of American troops to the Unlike the Vietnam conflict very upfront," Hannagan said. Arabia, students who agreed with the
urw,,..-I,-- -.v . .4 . ;P r, .tat Middle East, Hrycko said she would which fueled massive campus LSA junior Michael Malicsi saw ;"*,* d ,' thp
When asked, many students ex-
pressed support for President George
Bush's decision to send troops to
Saudi Arabia in response to Iraq's
*August 2 invasion of Kuwait.
"This guy (Saddam Hussein)
could take over the whole Middle
East... if shots are fired, that will
change things but as of now I can't
complain about the president's ac-
tions," said Steven Mischler, a grad-
uate student in the School of Public
LSA senior Michael Hannagan
also supported Bush's decision to
send troops. Hannagan said he backs
the president primarily because he
wno is Iraqi, saia that America
should not become involved in the
Middle East crisis because it
concerns mostly Arabs. "It's sad that
it's coming to this," she said.
While many students echoed sup-
port for Bush's military and diplo-
matic actions thus far in the crisis,
some students were concerned about
the repercussions which could arise
from the troop deployment.
Natural Resources senior Julia
Hrycko feared that by stationing
American troops in the tense region,
tempers are more likely to flare and
lead to armed conflict.
"Bush doesn't seem to want to
'Bush doesn't seem to want to start a war...
but putting them (soldiers) over there is giving
them a chance to start a fight in a place we
really don't understand'
Natural Resources senior
the Persan Gulf crisis as a much
more clearcut conflict than Vietnam.
"In Vietnam you didn't know
who was who, but now the world is
together in condemning Iraq," Mal-
One aspect of the Persian Gulf
crisis which all students seem to
agree on is their concern for friends
and relatives stationed in Saudi Ara-
bia and a fear of being sent there
Fifth-year senior Davina Taylor,
an orientation leader this summer,
said many of the incoming first-year
student in her orientation group
initiai troop depioyment sam uwy
Mischler said "if the rest of the
world pitches in, it's fine for troops
Graduate student Christin Jenny,
an exchange student from
Switzerland, said he is concerned
American troops will stay longer
than their presence is needed.
"The Swiss think the Americans
are out doing superpower business
again. They will have to watch out
they don't burn their fingers this
time... and convince the Europeans
that they will pullout."
not publicly oppose the action.
"Being a science major, there's
no time to get involved in politics,
people only get involved in things
that they're not directly involved in,"
protests in the 1960s, students do
not seem interested in holding
protests over the crisis. Most stu-
dents said they saw no parallel be-
tween American involvement in the
Persian Gulf and Vietnam.
by Amanda Neuman
Voters may resolve
The streets of Ann Arbor
teemed with activity yesterday as
students returned to classes for
the start of a new school year.
For most people, it was a
long, hectic day. But for those
who needed to drop or add classes,
it was even longer.
LSA sophomore Carey Sills
took a friend's advice and arrived
at CRISP at 6 a.m. to secure her
spot in line. By 7:30 a.m., 100
people were in line, anxiously
awaiting to make schedule
"It's too frustrating. I've never
seen a line of this magnitude,"
said first-year student Donald
Burgess. "They could have started
this before today," he said.
Burgess, like many other
students starting Michigan for the
first time, experienced feelings of
loneliness, homesickness and
T C A riret-ver tndnt WHether
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A
state board decided yesterday that
anti-abortion activists gathered
enough signatures to put a parental
consent measure before the legisla-
ture, where it's expected to pass
The Board of State Canvassers
voted 4-0 that Right To Life of
Michigan got more than the 191,726
signatures needed to initiate the mea-
sure. The group turned in petitions
with nearly 335,000 signatures.
The measure is identical to one
approved earlier this year by the leg-
islature but vetoed by Gov. James
It would require unmarried young
women 17 and younger to get a par-
ent's permission or an exemption
from a probate judge before they
could get an abortion.
It now goes before lawmakers,
who will have 40 days to approve or
reject it. If it's not approved, it will
go before voters.
Because the measure was started
by a petition drive, Blanchard won't
be able to use his veto if the legisla-
ture approves it.
arhara Listing nreident of
sure in Ingham County Circuit
Court. The former Michigan Demo-
cratic Party chair told the canvasser's
board yesterday that he wasn't chal-
lenging the signatures, rather the
constitutionality of the measure.
Ferency said the proposal is un-
constitutional because it violates the
due process rights of physicians, cre-
ates two classes of minors, unduly
interferes with the minors' rights to
privacy and intrudes on their ability
to make contracts with physicians.
"I have no doubt this is unconsti-
tutional. I'm satisfied I'm going to
win that lawsuit ultimately," he
said. "My only regret is that these
kind of questions were never debated
when the legislature first considered
Listing rejected that, sayingthe
proposed law had been drafted very
carefully to stay within constitu-
tional guidelines set by recent U.S.
Supreme Court rulings.
A legal challenge was expected,
she said, adding "we view it as more
of an expense rather than something
to worry about."
The abortion issue returns to the
ian:ai-nt :. i - t e th a. orn atorial
Some unfortunate students, such as Residential College sophomore Kris
library on the first day of class yesterday.
KENNET H lO -LLmlua
Erickson, found themselves in the
LSA junior Mark Gedman
said he enjoyed his break but was
ready to come back.
"After summer, you're going
kind of crazy. It's good to get
back to some kind of routine.
Nu-, WPnmlkiens A nnt nring
Angell Hall Computing Center
preparing their resumds for next
summer's job search.
They agreed it's kind of a
"drag," to have to search for
summer jobs already.
Basketball season was
local bar with
The first week of school was
equally hectic for businesses. Be-
tween six and seven thousand stu-
dents trekked through Ulrich's
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