The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 14, 990 - Page 3
by Henry Goldblatt
Although David Souter's nomination
to the Supreme Court has remained a hot
topic in recent news, it has sparked little
student reaction on the University cam-
pus, according to an informal survey of
On a national level, however, some
students are speaking out against Souter.
"No one is really vocalizing an opin-
ion about Souter. No student groups
have mobilized either way," said Beth
Grossman, project coordinator for the
University's branch of the National
Lawyer's Guild. The apathy by no means
signifies a general University consensus
on Souter's nomination, said Grossman.
She attributed the lack of interest to stu-
dents preparing for the start of the school
nior, favored Souter. "Souter should not
be judged in what he believes, but more
in lawmaking ability," he said. "Issues
like abortion and civil rights should not
be issues in the confirmation hearings.
Doug Morris, engineering senior and
a member of the University College Re-
publicans concurred. "A judge should not
legislate from the bench. His personal
views should not come into play during
On a national level, United States
Student Association (USSA) has taken
an aggressive stance against Souter. The
Washington, D.C. based USSA is the
largest student organization in the coun-
The USSA organized a student rally
on Capitol Hill last Friday to protest the
Souter's stand on various issues such as
right to privacy, right to choose, and
civil rights. Souter is not answering
questions. We can't accept someone who
won't stand up for his policies," said Se-
lena Dong, legislative Director of USSA.
USSA members expressed concern
that Souter was very evasive when ques-
tioned about women's rights and abortion
Women's groups both locally and na-
tionally are concerned about Souter's po-
tential position on the court. "Lacking
organization by the National Organiza-
tion of Women (NOW) and the National
Abortion Rights Action League
(NARAL), the court would not feel sig-
nificant pressure to uphold Roe v Wade,"
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Many University students interviewed Souter nomination which drew more than said Rhonda Lour, member ofr U
had never heard of Souter. 300 people. Arbor Committee to Defend Al
Sanjeev Acharya, an engineering ju- "The USSA is very perturbed by and Reproductive Rights (AACDA
Greenspan: gulf crisis may
lead to inflation, recession
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Evelyn Hollenshead, age four, explores the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum with her
grandparents. She didn't like being photographed very much.
Officials look for cause
of oil tanker explosion
-' BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Crews
skimmed the Saginaw River yesterday for ga-
soline spilled by the fire-mangled Jupiter as
*federal investigators continued trying to find
out what caused the tanker's explosion.
- "There is a sheen on the water, contractors
ate skimming it off," said Coast Guard Cmdr.'
Tpm Daley. Private workers hired by the
tanker's owner also put booms out to contain
gas from the tanker, which exploded Sunday
and was doused for good Tuesday.
. Ashland Oil Inc. of Ashland, Ky., was
waiting for salvage crews to arrive and assess
damage and plan how to move the vessel,
company spokesperson Roger Schrum said.
The Jupiter leaked 3,500 gallons of the one
.iillion-gallon cargo aboard it when the blast
"The cost (of the cleanup) and the damage is
going to be in the millions," Schrum said.
Not all of the badly listing, 391-tanker
seemed badly damaged by the flames; its living
quarters and engine room look unscathed, Da-
"The lights were on on the bridge during
the fire and the windows weren't even broken,"
Also yesterday, a body believed to be the
remains of tanker crewman Tom Sexton was
found in the river. A positive identification
was expected by Friday, Bay County Medical
Examiner Howard Hurt said.
Sexton, 46, of Iowa, was believed to have
died while trying to swim away from the burn-
ing tanker Sunday. One of the other 17 crew
members remained hospitalized in fair condi-
Federal investigators continued their second
day of questioning explosion witnesses. The
U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation
Safety Board plan to file separate reports on the
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Re-i
serve Chair Alan Greenspan told Congress:
yesterday that the Persian Gulf crisis has
piled "new and substantial" risk on an al-
ready faltering national economy.-
In a generally gloomy assessment of
U.S. economic prospects, Greenspan said
the jump in oil prices since Iraq's Aug. 2
invasion of Kuwait had increased the threat
of both higher inflation and a recession.
But the chair of the central bank rejected
suggestions that U.S. economic policy
makers were in effect being held hostage by
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
While he conceded that the Fed's job of
promoting non-inflationary growth has
been made more difficult by the unfolding
events in the Persian Gulf, he insisted the
central bank still had tools to mitigate the
But private economists said Greenspan's
pessimistic comments reflected the tough
choices facing him. Normally rising unem-
ployment and other signs of sluggish
growth would prompt the central bank to
slash interest rates in order to spur demand.
But the oil price shock means that the
country is now in the grips of its worst
bout of inflation in nine years with con-
sumer prices climbing at an annual rate of
Financial markets had been eagerly
awaiting Greenspan's first report on eco-
nomic conditions since the Persian Gulf
turmoil began. But for the most part they
reacted with disappointment as the Fed
chief seemed to dash hopes of a quick move
to lower interest rates.
The Dow Jones industrial average was
down almost 10 points in late afternoon
Greenspan's comments represented a set-
back for the Bush administration as well.
The administration had been lobbying for
months for the Fed to lower interest rates
in order to avert the first economic down-
turn since the 1981-82 recession.
Greenspan said at present the economy
was still growing, although at a very slow
pace. But he ticked off a number of nega-
tive impacts stemming from the more than
$10 per barrel rise in oil prices since Aug.
2 and said prospects of a future downturn
could not be ruled out.
"Regrettably, events in the Middle Easl
have introduced new and substantial risks to
the outlook," Greenspan told the congres-
sional Joint Economic Committee.
While refusing to say whether the
chance of a recession was now above 50
percent, he did say, "The oil shock has
clearly increased both the probability of in-
flation and recession."
Greenspan did not signal that the Fed ei-
ther had eased credit already or was planning
any immediate easing moves.
Instead, he merely repeated comments
made in the past that financial markets
would respond favorably to a creditable
deficit reduction package by pushing long-
term rates, such as mortgage rates, lower.
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Washtenaw Area Volun-
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its first meeting of the year at
the .Human Resource Devel-
opment Building, 1111 Kilpe
Drive, near Crisler Arena, at
Amnesty International Mass
Meeting in the Pendleton
Room, Michigan Union 7:00
"Global Climate Change: A
Challenge for China and
South Asia" - Dr. William
Moomaw, Director of Center
for Environmental Manage-
ment, Tufts University. 8 p.m.
"Imperialism and the Per-
sian Gulf Crisis" - David
North, Secretary of the Work-
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Ahmed el-Sawy of the Sohag
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Mediatrics - Sneak Pre-
view: "Narrow Margin," 10
p.m. Angel Hall Aud. A.
Soundstage - "Crossed
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People Power - the leader-
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ter at N. Campus Commons
For more info, contact SODC,
763-5900 and 2202 Michigan
Multi-Racial Cultural Group
needs contributors for its Vi-
sual Expressions Art Show.
Drop in on today in the Cro-
foot Room in the Michigan
Union to create a personal
statement of your experiences
being biracial, multi-racial, or
involved in an interracial rela-
Picnic at the Trotter House
WASHINGTON (AP) - Amer-
ica's gas-guzzling cars are under the
heaviest attack in more than a decade
as the Mideast crisis brings home
the country's reliance on foreign oil.
The Senate is about to take up a bill
calling for 40-mile-per-gallon cars,
and Detroit is shuddering.
The bill would require new car
fleets to average 40 miles per gallon
by the year 2001, up from the cur-
rent 27.5 mpg minimum. Automak-
ers say the standard is technologi-
cally infeasible unless they stop
making all but the smallest cars.
Supporters say technology is
available to achieve the 40 mpg tar-
get without drastically shrinking car
sizes. They say automakers made the
same arguments in the 1970s against
the original fuel-economy legislation
but managed to comply.
Dingell pressed Boxer and Miller
to list the technological advances au-
tomakers could utilize. When they
mentioned improved transmissions,
aerodynamic design and use of
smaller engines, Dingell said they
were being used already.
fie demanded to know why so
few Americans buy fuel-efficient cars
already on the market, such as the
GEO, which gets 60 mpg.
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