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Racing the World
The University's Solar Car Team began the 1,900
mile (3,058 kin) World Solar Challenge Saturday.:
The Sunrunner finished in second place, 30 miles
behind the Swiss entry, "The Spirit of Biel," and
two miles ahead of third placeWesten
Washington University's "Viking XX."






by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
LARRIMAH, Australia - The
15 members of the University's So-
lar Car Team are walking on sun-
shine. Really.
After the first day of the World
Solar Challenge 1990, the team's
car, the Sunrunner, pulled off the
highway in second place, about 30
miles behind "The Spirit of Biel," a
Swiss company-sponsored car.
The World Solar Challenge is a
1,900-mile race of solar-powered ve-
hicles across Australia, with interna-
tional competition ranging from
Japan's Honda Company to Aus-
tralia's Dripstone High School.,
The Sunrunner qualified for the
World Solar Challenge last July after
it won the General Motors' Sun-
rayce, an 1,800-mile race from
Florida to Michigan.
Team members were pleased with
their performance.
"The strategy worked out real
well," said engineering senior Jeff
Pavlat, who handles the solar array.

"The cloud conditions were ideal for
our car to keep a nice average speed
throughout the entire day, and that's
what we did."
The Sunrunner took an early lead,
but was soon passed by Biel, Honda,
and Western Washington University,

ington, and 20 miles ahead of
Honda, which slowed down after a
required media stop in the town of
Katherine. The race will conclude in
Adelaide; on the southern coast.
Pavlat speculated about Honda's
lapse: "I would imagine they've got
a smaller battery pack and just
pushed it a little bit too hard coming
out of town, were hoping to break
into sunshine, but it was unable to
do so, so they had to run under the
sun alone and didn't have any battery
boost after the media stop."
The cars are permitted to have
batteries - chargeable only by solar
power - so they can operate during
inclement weather conditions. The
teams may charge these batteries by
exposing their solar panels to the
sun every day before and after the
Though the University ended the
first day with a strong finish, the
race began with quite a bit of con-
A rainstorm in Darwin that ended
promptly before 6:30 EST caused

race director Haans Tholstrop to de-
lay the start by an hour. Many of the
team members felt his decision was
unfairly biased towards cars that were
not equipped to deal with rain.
"We came here with the intent of
winning in any type of weather con-
dition," said 1990 engineering gradu-
ate and team member Doug Parker,
who controls logistics and finances.
"We were told for over a year now to
be prepared to run in any type of
weather condition."
"Our motto last race was,
'Slower is faster,' and in a way,
that's true," Pavlat said. "We don't
try to get emotional when we see
someone pass us. We don't go crazy.
We just do what's best for our car
and see what happens down the
Ward Phillips, a sponsor of the
race, said the delay was necessary.
"It's unfortunate," he said. "I
would rather have seen the race start
on time. We had two very specific
problems. One, the roads here flood
See RACE, Page 2

Turn to page one of Sports
Monday for a feature about the
Sunrunner's co-driver, Paula
the second-place finisher in the Sun-
The race began at approximately
6:30 p.m. EST, Saturday evening, at
the city of Darwin on the northern
coast of Australia.
The Sunrunner pulled off the road
eight hours later, 30 miles behind
Biel, a short distance ahead of Wash-

V.,.AM igdayht19
Vol. CI, No. 49 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, November 12, 1990 TeMcia al

Six arrested



in brawl
by Theodore Cox
Daily Sports Writer

by Shalini Patel
and Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporters
WATERFORD, Mich. - Three
Ann Arbor residents were arrested
and charged with disorderly conduct
on Saturday as tempers flared at the
Health Care Clinic in Waterford
where pro-choice activists clashed
with members of Operation Rescue,
a pro-life organization.
Police arrested a total of six peo-
ple on charges of disorderly conduct:
two from Operation Rescue and four
pro-choice advocates, including two
University Students.
An estimated 300 people partici-
pated in the confrontation, with
about equal representation from both
sides. Participants' ages ran the
gamut from toddlers to senior citi-
Operation Rescue members ar-
rived first and blockaded both en-
trances to the clinic. w
Soon afterwards members from
the Detroit and AnnArbor branches
of the Committee to Defend Abor-
tion and Reproductive Rights
(CDARR), in conjunction with
,other organizations, responded with a
Clinic Defense - an attempt to

keep the clinic open to patients. Pro-
choicers gained control of the back
door by shoving and elbowing
through the blockade.
"The first priority is to get the
door. Whoever gets the door is going
to command the military situation
for the day," said Shanta Driver, a
defense coordinator. "Without the
door there is little chance to open the
An Operation Rescue member de-
scribed her organization's goal.
"(Our purpose is) to save children
and mothers from the violence of
abortion. We're sitting down in front
of the doors so that the victims can-
not get in," said Lynn Mills, a pro-
, life advocate.
Waterford Police Sergeant Wes
Sebastian said "They're (Operation
Rescue members) blocking it ille-
gally. Our goal is to get patients
through, and we'll make arrests if we
have to." Police officers from other
precincts were on hand for back-up.
"Just because it's the law doesn't
mean it's right. If to save a life, I
have to break a law, I'll do it. We
serve a higher power," said Madison
See CLINIC, Page 2

How's this? KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily
First-year running back Ricky Powers parades into the endzone scoring Michigan's only touchdown of the
afternoon. But despite the 22-17 victory over Illinois, Michigan doesn't appear to be headed to the Sugar Bowl or
the Cotton Bowl. For more on the bowl picture see page 5 of Sports Monday.


Michigan State University first-
year student Bob Alati is pressing
charges against Michigan wrestler
Joey Gilbert for allegedly assaulting
Alati at an Ann Arbor party Nov. 4.
Alati said he suffered four stitches,
two black eyes, a broken nose, lacer-
ations to the face, and contusions to
the back from the skirmish.
Gilbert denied the charges last
According to Alati, he and his
roommate were visiting som friends
on Benjamin St. that night When at
approximately 2:30 a.m. a dispute
arose regarding the outcome of the
Michigan-Michigan State football
Alati said one of the Michigan
fans asked the State students to step
outside to settle the score. The State
students obliged.
When they went outside, Alati
said, "Gilbert knocked me back and
then grabbed my legs. My head hit
the pavement and everything went
blurry. He then pounded my head a
few more times, and kicked it twice
before running down Benjamin."
Gilbert told
the Daily on Tu-
esday that while
he and some other
wrestlers attended -
the party, he left
at 2 a.m. -
before Alati said
the fight started.
Gilbert said
someone must Gilbert
have been pretending to behim.
"Someone was playing a joke on
me," Gilbert said. "I think it was an
Ann Arbor resident."
Gilbert also said that he had not
been contacted by the police.
The MSU students said they had
been drinking, but not heavily-
Witnesses of the party, who left be-
fore the fight, told the Daily that
Gilbert was sick that night, and thus
had not had any alcohol. Gilbert also
said he was not intoxicated.
The MSU student was taken to
University Hospitals, where he re-
ceived treatment for his injuries and
was released at 7 a.m.
The Ann Arbor Police
Department is investigating the
complaint, but as of Thursday,
nothing has been looked at besides
the initial report.
The owners of the house where
the party took place did not see the

MAC investigates 'U' venue band bookings

by Gwen Shaffer
An apparent lack of minority
bands and entertainers performing at
campus venues has prompted the
Minority Affairs Commission
*D(MAC) to conduct an investigation
of the University's business deci-
sions on these matters.
Although University officials at-
tribute the disparity of minority en-
tertainers performing at Hill Audito-
rium, Crisler Arena, the Power Cen-
ter and the U-Club to purely busi-
riess decisions, commission mem-
bers and Black entertainers say it has
become a racial discrimination issue.
The investigation will examine
who decides which bands perform at
the University and whether the Of-
fice of Major Events and the U-Club
have a responsibility to provide en-
tertainment for students of color,
even if it means taking a financial

MAC Commission Member
Delro Harris said the investigation is
necessary because few big name mi-
nority bands play at Hill Audito-
rium, the Power Center or Crisler
Arena despite student pressure to
bring such groups here.
Harris said MAC will attempt to
examine the financial records of the
Office of Major Events and the U-
Club to substantiate their claims. In
addition, the commission will com-
pare the costs of entertainers that
aren't invited to perform at the Uni-
versity to those that do play on
"The complaint by the Office of
Major Events is that they won't
make any money. But if these bands
have sold out all over Europe, why
couldn't they sell out Ann Arbor?"
Harris said. "To us, there is no jus-
tification for this."

University Director of Major
Events Kevin Gilmartin said his of-
fice "absolutely makes a conscious
effort to bring minority bands here."
However, Gilmartin admitted that
bringing Black bands to campus
posed an economic risk. The Office
of Major events simply could not
sell enough tickets to cover the costs
of the bands, he said.
"You take an enormous economic
loss if you try to produce Black mu-
sic in a white bread basket. We are
the first to admit we are limited to
what we can produce. Washtenaw
County has a small market to draw
from," Gilmartin said.
Gilmartin said he has talked to
members of MAC about the issue.
"There is no yes and no answer to
why certain things play," he said.
"Concerts at U of M happen on a
marketplace scale."

However, Director of the Office
of Minority Affairs John Matlock
said the University is not excused
from providing students of color
with entertainment because they feel
it is too costly.
'To us, there is no jus-
tification for this'
-Delro Harris
Minority Affairs
Commission member
"If everyone at the University
took that approach, nothing would
get done. It's too easy to hide be-
hind," Matlock said.
"The Office of Major Events may
lose money on one thing, but make
money on another. It's the end of the

year profit-statement that matters,"
Matlock said. "We're dealing with
exposure and commitment to cul-
tural diversity."
"If we are going to have true plu-
ralism on campus, then it has to be
reflected in every aspect, including
Major Events," Matlock said.
In addition to headline acts, a lo-
cal minority band is claiming that
managers of the U-Club also are
making profits a priority over the
importance of appealing to students
of color.
"Their bottom line is that they
look at their computer readout at the
end of the night, and aren't sensitive
to what they are doing to cater to the
Black community," said Mark
Mitchell, a member of the Black jazz
band Tracey Science whose U-Club
contract was not renewed due to lack
See MAC, Page 2

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