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Aoun go
on trial
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -
Lebanon and France quarreled yester-
day over the fate of Gen. Michel
Aoun, whose 11-month mutiny in
he Christian heartland was crushed
by a Syrian-led military blitz.
Aoun remained inside the French
Embassy, where he fled during Sat-
urday's attack and was granted
Lebanese officials were insisting
that the general remain in the coun-
try for possible trial on charges in-
cluding the alleged theft of $75 mil-
ion from the state treasury.
Staccato burst of machine gun
fire echoed across the pine woods
surrounding the shell shattered presi-
dential palace in the Christian sub-
urb of Baabda. Helmeted Syrian
troops searched the the hills for sup-
porters of the defeated general.
The final casualty toll from the
eight-hour crackdown on Aoun's en-
clave Saturday stood at 160 dead and
800 wounded, according to the police
Syrian and Lebanese troops set
up checkpoints on roads leading to
the French Embassy in Beirut's
Christian suburb of Hazmiyeh. Em-
bassy guards mined the walls.
Syrian soldiers and troops of
President Elias Hrawi's army be-
ieged the Embassy Saturday night,
ours after Aoun and three senior
aides took refuge there. The embassy
compound also houses Ambassador
Rene Ala's residence.
; There were no soldiers in the em-
bassy's immediate vicinity late
t; A Lebanese neighbor of the com-
pound, who identified himself only
by his first name, Antoine said
Aoun arrived at the embassy entrance
in an armored personnel carrier early
Saturday, 45 minutes after Syrian
warplanes and artillery started bomb-
ing the presidential palace.
"He was met at the entrance by
(Ambassador) Ala. As they ran on
foot toward Ala's residence, shells
started falling on the embassy com-
pound. They nearly got killed." An-
toine said.
W The embassy's swimming pool
was hit by shells, as was the main
lobby. A carpet of glass shards and
debris blanketed the main entrance.
France, the traditional protector
of Lebanon's Christians, promptly
granted Aoun asylum on Saturday.
French Foreign Minister Roland
Dumas said: "We were talking with
Lebanese and Syrian authorities to
allow his departure in good




recycling plan
for batteries

Pressing Flesh ^JU""a
MSU alumnus and Michigan Governor, James Blanchard, shakes hands with Michigan fans before the
Michigan-MSU football game. Blanchard is in the midst of his second re-election campaign.
Kohl's party projected to
win German state elections

by Garrick Wang
Students and Ann Arbor residents
can recycle household batteries start-
ing today.
"The city had identified household
batteries as being the largest compo-
nent of hazardous waste based on the
findings of the Washtenaw County
Solid Waste Management Program,"
said Nancy Stone., coordinator of
Solid Waste Educational Services.
According to a news release from
city officials, Americans discard bil-
lions of household batteries each
year with their household solid
waste. Batteries contain heavy met-
als such as mercury and cadmium
which are potentially toxic.
"The issue the city is addressing
is the potential for future breakdown
and leaking of these materials into
the landfill," Stone said. "We are not
aware of any breakdown at this point
or in the near future. This is a pro-
active/preventative program."
The University started recycling
batteries in the fall of 1989, said
Gary Monroe, manager of Health and
Safety Services. This program was
started "to help save the environ-
Monroe also said that the Univer-
sity's goal was to "get a one hundred
percent participation in this pro-
gram." The recycling program started
at the University Hospital and has
slowly expanded to include all de-
partments on campus. The Univer-
sity has collected approximately ten
thousand pounds of batteries since
the program's inception.
To expand the program, the
University has also "made arrange-
ments to distribute white buckets to
each residence hall," said Jennifer
Cotner, recycling education assis-
tant. The buckets will be located be-
hind the residence hall's front desk.
"When those buckets are two thirds
full, each residence hall is instructed

to call Occupational Safety and En-
vironmental Health to pick them
up," she said.
"We will pick them up and seii
them to our hazardous waste contrae,
tor," Monroe said. The batteries will
then be "sent back to the manufai;
turers and distributors for recycling;"
Students living in residence hallg
have expressed favorable responses
to recycling batteries.
'The issue the city is
addressing is the
potential for future -
breakdown and
leaking of these
materials into the
- Nancy Stone
Solid Waste Educational
Services Coordinator
"I'm in favor of it. I think it's i
good thing that they are going 14
separate batteries from the rest of th4
trash," Todd Berg, a West Quad resif
dent advisor, said.
"It's really important to recycl4
anything and everything because yo'
are saving it from the landfills anj
saving materials," said Jennifdf
Austin, another West Quad RA.
Students living in residence ha114
will be receiving information about
battery recycling and other recyclin6
programs in a letter from the Recy
cling Office. The letter also provide
phone numbers which residents catt
call to obtain additional information.

BERLIN (AP) - Voters in what
used to be East Germany chose gov-
ernments yesterday for the five states
their nation has become and again
backed the conservative party of
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, projec-
tions said.
The projected results will add
even more momentum to Kohl's al-
ready dominant position going into
national elections on Dec. 8.
In the western state of Bavaria,
where elections were also held, the
radical right-wing Republican Party
won seats for the first time in. the
The prevailing theme in eastern
Germany was again the dominance
of the Christian Democrats,
although their support was lower
than in East Germany's first free
elections in March.

Wolfgang Thierse, a top Social
Democrat in eastern Germany, said
the Christian Democrats dominated
because they promised a quick pros-
perity to the downtrodden eastern
The former Communists who
ruled East Germany for 40 years also
apparently won seats in state legisla-
tures, indicating they still have
enough support to grab a place in
the united German Parliament in
Kohl's party easily won the most
votes in four of five East German
states, Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-
Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Lower
Pomerania, according to projections
by the German television networks,
ARD and ZDF.
However, the Christian
Democrats were losing the state of

Brandenburg to the left-leaning So-
cial Democrats, the main opposi-
tion. In the March national elec-
tions, the Christian Democrats won
that state.
The early projections solidified
the Christian Democrats as the dom-
inant party in East German territory,
thus giving something of a preview
of the united German elections on
Dec. 2.
Those elections will be the first
united German elections in 60 years.
Kohl, the politician most responsi-
ble for uniting the German states on
Oct. 3, is widely favored to win.
"The Dec. 2 elections have not
been won, the results will come on
Dec. 2," Kohl said on television.
"But we are in a good starting


Student 'guinea pigs'

upset by psych. requirement

by Meryl Finkelstein
Introductory psychology students
wanting to study animal behavior are
finding themselves becoming "the
guinea pigs" in their classes, and
some students are upset about it.
As part of the Introduction to
Psychology coursework, students are
required to participate in five hours
of "human subject experimentation,"
volunteering their time outside of
the classroom in experiments rang-
ing anywhere from self-esteem anal-
ysis to studies of social prejudices.
Alternate library research assign-
ments are available, but few stu-

dents, if any, opt for the extra book
Some students say the
"mandatory/voluntary" subject pool
unfairly forces students to act as
"guinea pigs."
First-year LSA student Heather
Muench participated in a "deception"
experiment in which four students
were given a test (thinking this in
itself was the experiment), and were
then arbitrarily given grades - two
passing, two failing. The experi-
menters then asked the students a
series of questions about a Univer-
sity student's intelligence versus that

of an Ohio State student to see if
their supposed high or low scores af-
fected their answers.
"They were trying to deceive me,
but I knew it was a fake," Muench
said, dissatisfied with the system. "I
can understand (the department re-
quires the testing) because they
probably wouldn't have enough sub-
jects, but it's somewhat unfair to
make them mandatory."
But psychology Prof. Drew
Westen said the time spent is
worthwhile for both the students and
the experimenters.
"The department has worked hard

to keep the experiments from being
boring," Westen said. "I hear from
most students that they get a kick
out of (participating):"
LSA sophomore Anthony Wein-
ert disagreed, "I didn't learn anything
from (the experiment)... it just bene-
fitted the people doing the experi-
ment while taking up our time."
Victor Chen, also an LSA
sophomore, felt differently about the
experiments. "I thought it would be
interesting... I think it's the the only
time students get the opportunity to
look into the experimental side of

psychology... it reinforces what
you're learning in the classroom."
Although ISR Director and psy-A
chology Prof. Robert Zajonc at-:
tributes the success of the projects t
the "talented, imaginative, and cre-
ative" experimenters, he acknowl-
edges that without the 1,700-persog
subject pool, the tests would not b$
as accurate. "The population 61
(volunteers) would be self-selected
The results would be applicable tS
only those who wanted to be tested,
Zajonc said.

Dirt-eating forestry prof. wins Professor of the Year award


by Katherine Kim
- Not many professors would eat
dirt for their students, but that's just
one of the qualities that makes Bur-
ton Barnes, the Stephen H. Spurr
Pofessor of Forestry, Michigan Pro-
fessor of the Year.
The Council for Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE)
selected Barnes from among 24 nom-
inees representing 15 different state
educational institutions. The CASE
Professor of the Year program hon-
prs professors who "excel as teachers
and influence the lives and careers of
their students and former students,"

according to a press release announc-
ing the CASE award.
Barnes, who teaches courses For-
est Ecology and Woody Plants, has
been at the University since the fall
of 1964. Modest and soft-spoken,
Barnes regards enthusiasm and pre-
sentation as the keys to teaching. He
feels combining research and teach-
ing is an important part of the pro-
"I concentrate on presentation, on
thinking on how to present things as
organized as possible in an entertain-
ing way. We try to have a lot of fun;
we try to make it interesting," says

Barnes' students say his enthusi-
asm for teaching and knowledge of
the subject make him an outstanding
Natural Resources senior Chris-
tine Housel said his "enthusiasm's
the main thing. He loves his sub-
ject. He's not afraid to go and eat
dirt, step around in the mud, and
slosh around in the rain and traipse
through the woods."
Natural Resources senior Nyu-
min Lee added, "I've never seen a
professor so dedicated to his subject,
who is so excited about his area and
so excited about sharing it and teach-
ing it to his students."

"He's such an amazing professor.
He really tries to get you motivated.
He gets undergraduate students inter-
ested in what you are doing so you
want to go on and really learn more,
while other professors just teach you
the material to get it over with," said
Michelle Biggerstaff, a Natural Re-
sources junior.
Barnes grew up in Charleston,
Illinois, spending many summers in
camps in northern Minnesota and
Canada. His love for the outdoors
motivated him to major in the area
of Forestry as an undergraduate at the
University. Later he received his
masters in Silviculture and Ph.D. in
Forest Botany, also from the Uni-

Besides being a professor, Barnes
is also a musician, gardener, author,
and world traveler. He played in the
Michigan marching band and sym-
phony under the direction of William
"(Revelli) affected my life a great
deal. He illiciated performance. You
really had to play," Barnes said.
Barnes has also played in brass
groups and sings in a church choir.

"if your hair isn't becoming
to you you should be
coming to us."
- 6 Stylists-No waiting -
opposite Jacobson's 668-9329

Last Friday, a headline for a front page article by the Associated Press
should have read "Jews Try to Assert Control of Western Wall."
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

October 15, 1990
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Michigan Union
" meet with admissions officers
from U.S. law schools
k -explore the diversity of law
school programs and their emphases

Evening Writers Series ---
Joseph Curtin and Elizabeth Moray
speak at 8 p.m. in the Guild House,
802 Monroe Street.
ENACT -UM --- meeting
focuses on environmental education
a artin at 7n m SN R(Dnna

Internships in the Canadian
House of Commons --- information
available from 3 to 5 p.m. in the
Graduate Student Lounge, room
6602 Haven Hall.
Pre-Law Day --- Career Planning
and Placement presentation at 11
a.m. in the Kuenzel Room,
Michigan Union, 764-7460.
Nnr --- _* n n t 1 a im

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