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Vol. C1, No.44 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, November 5,1990 TeMicin IDal
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American students in Israel cope wi
0 Mark Katz Program at the Rothberg School for of Israelis inside Israel-proper in the one of panic.

JERUSALEM - When nearly
500 American college students
boarded the plane to come here this
past summer, anxiety ran deep. The
thought of spending one year abroad
in Israel evoked much excitement,
but at the same time many worries.
For many, it would be the longest
time ever spent away from home. In
*dition, it would be their first time
in the midst of a region notorious
for instability and random terror.
That was July 31.
-Three months later, American stu-
dents enrolled in the One-Year
a frontier
by Tami Pollak
The history of the North Campus
*ommons expansion project is full
of chickens and eggs. Unfortunately,
very few businesses are interested in
cooking them up for that growing,
hungry community.
, - The Commons expansion, which
doubled the size of the facility, was
completed in the fall of 1989, adding
approximately 45,000 square feet of
floorspace. Today, most of that
voce remains vacant.
The expansion was originally in-
tended to serve as a "place where
those who learn, work, or reside on
North Campus can get a sense of
belonging' or community, through
social interaction," according to the
Program Statement issued by the
University Planner's Office in March
of 1986.
Specifically, the services and fa-
z ilities outlined for the Commons
included many Union-like services
such as informal restaurants, a book
and supply store, a convenience
store, a post office, student lounges,
hotel rooms, and a computing center
In line with these expectations,
much of the Commons' interior was
left uncompleted, awaiting commer-
" al development. However, only
'one-fifth of the space added to the
original commons is currently uti-
lized, including a computing center,
a bookstore, a fast food stand, and as
of this December, a credit union
Financially, the Commons
planning team put all their eggs in
one basket, depending on retail in-
vestment for the bulk of their fund-
"It is a chicken and the egg type
thing," said John Brockett, senior
associate director of the Michigan
Union/North Campus Commons.
Brockett said it is hard for busi-
nesses to see the money that could
be generated by investing in the
'Commons because few people fre-
quent the area now. At the same
time, he explained, businesses would
generate more consumer patronage.
Frank Cianciola, Director of the
Michigan Union/North Campus
Commons/Student Program ex-
plained, "I think that in terms of
commercial areas, they need to see
sustained consumer traffic which just

isn't there yet... However, I believe
that with the imminent development
of the I-Tech facility, there should be
a tremendous increased draw to North
Completion of the I-Tech facil-
ity - the Interdisciplinary Technol-
ogy Instruction Center - is antici-
pated in 1992. As explained by
Alen Samuels, a professor of design
in the School of Art, "This facility
will be designed to enable all kinds
of people to have access to all sorts
of technologies that would not ordi-
narily be available in their own dis-
ciplines. For example, a dancer

Overseas Students at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem find them-
selves with much more to worry
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's
threats to destroy Israel with an arse-
nal of chemical and biological
weapons was taken more seriously
than past threats made by other Arab
leaders. Many Israelis have the gov-
ernment-issued gas masks at home
-o prove it.
Internally, the combination of vio-
lence on the Temple Mount three
weeks ago and the random stabbings

following week have further in-
creased tensions among American
students here.
Mark Katz is a University junior and
a Daily staffer, currently
studying in Israel on
Hebrew University's
One-Year program.y-s
- r
However, the mood among
American students at Hebrew
University is, for the most part, not

Out of the 550 students on the
predominantly American one-year
program, only 39 have left. That
figure represents approximately
twice the number of students who
usually leave at the outset of each
year due to personal complications,
said Dr. Aharon Singer, director of
the Hebrew University's one-year
People involved in the program at
all levels agree most of the early de-
partures were caused by parental
pressure from back home.
Nevertheless, students have been

ith regional
affected by the realities of the threat deal with4
to their security coming from within Dana S
Israel as well as from Iraq. Universit
"Of course, I'm scared. The fact is Diego, ad
that there might be a war," said appears t
LSA junior Merav Barr, one of nine stage that
University students on the program. tacks wit
"It's scary living in Jerusalem know- evitable it
ing we're so close to violence. It's avoidable;
scary knowing I could have very eas- scary."
ily have been at the Western wall the The re
day of the Temple Mount incident." made mo:
Barr added, "But at the same time, choosing
we still go to classes and go out at what area
night. You have to deal with it. It's example,
a taste of what the Israelis have to

on a day to day basis."
Shaw, a student from the
.y of California at San
dmitted that "the Intifada
o be moving into a new
will include individual at-
h live weapons. The in-
increase in terrorism is un-
and unpredictable, and very
cent events in Israel have
st students more cautious in
what busses they ride and
as they walk through. For
many students will no
See ISRAEL, Page 2




Governor seems poised to
be re-elected to a third term

LANSING (AP) - Gov. James
Blanchard remains a comfortable 14
percentage points over GOP
challenger John Engler, a poll pub-
lished yesterday showed.
Michigan residents, who said
they were certain or very likely to
vote Tuesday, favored Blanchard over.
Engler by a margin of 54 to 40,
with six percent undecided, The De-
troit News poll found, A month ago,
a similar poll showed Blanchard
ahead by 26 percentage points.
The telephone survey of 814 reg-
istered voters was conducted by the
Gannett Corporate Research Depart-
ment on Thursday, Friday and Satur-
day. The margin of error was plus or
minus 3.5 percent.
Some analysts said the survey in-
dicates Blanchard is poised to win a
third term, barring defections to En-
gler or a dismal voter turnout in ar-
eas of Democratic strength. But Alex
Gage, a Republican political consul-
tant from Southfield, said 20 percent
of voters could change their minds in
the next two days.
Engler, campaigning at a craft

show in the Detroit suburb of Ster-
ling Heights yesterday, said he
wasn't shaken.
"I'm confident that we're going
to pull this out. We've had the mo-
mentum for the past three weeks
with our emphasis on taxes and edu-
cation," Engler said, as he handed
out campaign literature and passed
out nickels that he contends repre-
sent the voters' meager gains from
Blanchard's tax-cut proposals.
Engler campaign spokesperson
Dan Pero criticized the News poll in
a statement, citing a survey last
week that found Engler within four
percentage points of Blanchard, 46 to
42 percent.
Thenewspaper poll also found
that U.S. Rep. Bill Schuette has
gained little ground on U.S. Sen.
Carl Levin in three months.
Schuette, a three-term Republican
from Sanford, trails two-term Detroit
Democrat Levin. Poll respondents
said they preferred Levin by a margin
of 64.4 percent to 31.4 percent, or
33 points, the News poll said.

The pressure's on
Michigan outside linebacker Martin Davis pressures Purdue sophomore quarterback Eric Hunter in the
Wolverines 38-13 rout of the Boilermakers.

Associated Press

prepared to

fight for


In a new outburst of belligerence,
Iraq said yesterday it was ready to
fight a "dangerous war" rather than
ever give up Kuwait. One European
official warned that divisions over
the hostage issue are endangering the
anti-Iraq alliance.
"Iraq is not going to negotiate on
Kuwait," Iraq's information
minister, Latif Jassim, told reporters
in Baghdad. He insisted Iraq's
annexation of Kuwait would stand.
"We are going to defend our 19th
province on any condition, even if
we have to fight a dangerous war,"
he said.
Iraq also said it was recalling an
unspecified number of retired army
officers to active duty.
Secretary of State James Baker
" visited U.S. troops in the Saudi
desert yesterday and said it was hard
to say whether they would be called
into combat. The presidents of
Egypt and France expressed hopes

that economic pressure rather than
military might could force Iraq out
of Kuwait.
Meanwhile, four American ex-
hostages were on their way home a
day after being freed, and fifteen
Europeans arrived in Jordan after
being released by the Iraqis. They
were among thousands of foreigners
trapped in Iraq and Kuwait when
Saddam Hussein's troops took over
the emirate August 2.
The first prisoners-of-war of the
Persian Gulf crisis, three French
soldiers, had a homecoming of their
own in Paris yesterday, but it wasn't
exactly a hero's welcome. French
officials have said the soldiers, who
were captured last week, might have
strayed into Iraqi territory, and that
they probably face punishment for
their carelessness.
The new Iraqi vow to keep
Kuwait at all costs came only hours
after a former Japanese prime
minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone, met

with Hussein and said the Iraqi
president had demonstrated "great
earnestness and seriousness" about
seeking peace.
Nakasone's visit, aimed at
winning the releasesof Japanese
hostages, comes as Japanese
lawmakers are considering a plan to
send troops to the gulf to join the
multinational force arrayed against
The troop-deployment proposal
has drawn ,strong criticism from
those who say it would violate
Japan's postwar peace constitution,
even though the troops would be
confined to non-combat roles.
Iraq's official news agency said
Nakasone had told Hussein it was
unlikely lawmakers would approve
the proposal. Nakasone, speaking to
reporters, made no mention of such
assurances, but the report
underscored the way the hostages can
be used as leverage.

.AP Photo
President Bush expresses his frustration with Iraq's treatment of U.S.
hostages at a press conference last week.

U.S. weighs training militaries of Warsaw Pact countries

Pentagon may soon be training mili-
tary officers from the very countries
it once viewed as archenemies.
Th aminctn.nnirni.;in-

"Who would have believed we
would train officers from the very
countries which we viewed as our
enemies just last year?" said one De-
fi-nc Tlnm. t _,,i:a,

That official said the decision on
whether to include any East Euro-
peans in the program would not be
_ma unt:, Tim hpr L _hs_ ,,-

There are more than 800,000
troops in the Warsaw Pact, not
counting the Soviet Union. But the
alliance is crumbling; it lost one of
seven members this year when East

painful transition from a state-run
economy to a free-market system.
The Soviet Union also is trying
to save money. Its forces have begun
pulling out of Hungary and

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