The Michigan Daily -Friday, November 16, 1990 - Page 3
third place position
by David Rheingold
"Daily Staff Reporter
In the Australian Outback Hoxan
stalled, Western Washington
,crawled, and Michigan regained its
~third place ranking in the World So-
Jar Challenge yesterday.
The University's Sunrunner fin-
ished day five of the 1900-mile
World Solar Challenge 1990 42
,miles north of Gledambo, and 1,479;
miles south of the start line in Dar-,
lar cells. Hoxan pulled off the road
near the end of the afternoon, report-
edly because of engine trouble.
"(The) performance on our part
was flawless. I thought it went text-
book. It was exactly as it should
have been, could have been. The
weather predictions were right on.
We had scattered clouds in the morn-
ing, which we handled perfectly,"
said engineering graduate Doug
Parker, who handles the team's
:' Port Piria
Racing the World
The University's Solar Car team com pleted the fifth
day of the World Solar challenge Wednesday. The
Sunrunner regained it's third place postion - only
26 miles behind Honda, and 170 miles behind the
Swiss Biel team. Western Washington
University's, Viking XX, dropped to fifth place.
to threat in Italy,
U.S. official says:
Ingeniershule Biel of Switzerland business and finances.
remained at the front of the pack, a The Sunrunner expects to cross
,mere 170 miles from the race's con- the finish line tomorrow. Whether
clusion in Adelaide. Biel is expected they do so ahead of Honda remains
to finish today. to be seen.
Honda's lead over Michigan grew "
to 26 miles. Hoxan and Western "We've built a bulletproof car.
Washington, meanwhile, both suf- It's tough, it hangs in there. It's re-
fered major failures and further sepa- ally got the Japanese (Honda) sweat-
rated the race's leaders. ing because we don't give up... ev-
Viking XX, Western Washing- ery time they look back, we're
"ton's entry, blew out a tire and spun there," Parker said. "They can't
off the road breaking some of its so- shake us; that bugs them. They're a
multi-million dollar powerhouse in dents."
the automotive industry, and they "It'sI
can't shake a bunch of college stu- laughed.
great. It's just classic," hel
Speaker discusses Jewish-Muslim issues
guy Lee Shufro
Daily Staff Reporter
Former minister of the Nation of
*lslam Siraj Wahhaj, a Muslim reli-
-gious leader, urged renewed coopera-
'iion between Jews and Muslims in a
speech at Hutchins Hall yesterday.
Wahhaj is a board member of both
the North American Islamic Trust
and the Islamic Society of North
"I greet you with, words of
-peace," Wahhaj said as he proceeded
to read from sections of the Koran in
*.Arabic. He said all lecture-goers
"should create an atmosphere open to
"both agreement and disagreement.
Muslims and Jews should begin
wto form a common cord of coopera-
.tion and understanding, Wahhaj said.
° Don't judge Muslims by the bad
character of an individual. Judge
:them by the Koran," Wahhaj said.
Wahhaj is critical of the role the
United States plays in the conflict
between Jews and Muslims.
" You can criticize anything but
the 51st state of the U.S.: Israel,"
Wahhaj said. "The U.S does not be-
long in the Middle East. President
Bush is not the custodian of Mecca,"
Ann Arbor resident Mohammed
Khan said of the speech, "I'm a
Muslim, and I could stick with the
topic, but for people who are not
Muslim, most of the lecture proba-
bly was not relevant."
LSA junior Brad Lerner said, "He
avoided the issues and never ad-
dressed the conflict between Mus-
lims and Jews. All he did was focus
on the Koran."
When Wahhaj opened the lecture
to discussion, many people voiced
The first comment concerned an
incident that occurred before the lec-
ture. Dan Randolph, an Ann Arbor
resident, claimed to have been barred
from the lecture by Wahhaj's en-
"When I walked in they told me I
was a security risk. Maybe I'm not
from the Middle East. I'm just a
white American. I guess that means
I'm subversive," Randolph said.
Wahhaj answered by saying,
"First of all I apologize. But unfor-
tunately, (in) the climate that we
live in, there is a need for certain se-
curity risks. There is a concern for
At one point the discussion was
interrupted by arguments that broke
out between members of the audi-
ence about Israel's existence.
Muzammil Ahmed, a board mem-
ber of the Muslim Students Assoc-
iation said, "The lecture was relevant
to various events around the world. I
hope this will lay the commun-
ication needed between Muslims and
The lecture was sponsored by the
Muslim Students Association, the
Office of Ethics and Religion, and
the Black Student Union.
by I. Matthew Miller
FLORENCE, Italy - Universi-
ties, parents, and students are overre-
acting to a note threatening to retali-
ate against American students in
Florence in the event of a U.S. at-
tack against Iraq, a high-ranking
U.S. consular official here said yes-
The official, who requested
anonymity, said the local consulate
believes that people who are panick-
ing are causing more of a problem
than the threat of the letter itself.
The letter, which was hand-copied
in Italian six times, was mailed to
six American programs - including
the University's program - in Flo-
rence on Oct. 31. The letters were
mailed from the central post office
here by a group calling itself the Se-
cret Popular Revolutionary Move-
ment. There is no record of such a
group existing prior to this incident.
The universities received the letters
between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.
"The Italian police are investigat-
ing very seriously," the consular of-
ficial said, "but they are not con-
vinced that it's a real threat."
Italian and U.S. officials here
agree that the letter seems phony,
especially since it includes a sen-
tence that claims the group knows
the home addresses of all of the more
than 1,000 faculty, staff and students
in approximately 30 U.S. programs
in the general Florentine vicinity.
Nevertheless, some students have
already left and others are planning
to return to the U.S. earlier than
scheduled. The universities, some
believe, helped cause this exodus by
calling parents and frightening them
into bringing their children home.
The Michigan program is ending a
week earlier than planned.
"Michigan got a hold of my par-
ents two or three times and that in-
creased the problem," LSA junior
Ryan Rosett said.
Bob Rosett, Ryan's father, said
he was "very concerned... The
school is taking it very lightly.
There are eighty lives over there and
they're worried about money and
credits," he said. If war breaks out
Rosett plans to bring his son back
So far, three of the 53 students in
the Michigan program, which in-
cludes students from other U.S. uni-
versities, have left for home. None
of the ten Michigan students, how-
ever, have as yet left.
"The University would not pult
the students in any undue danger if
there was a real problem," said Dana
Bernstein, mother of a student in the
Italy program. "We want him to fin-
ish the semester."
LSA junior Marshall Widick s;id
he had planned to spend the entire
year in Florence but doesn't think he
will return after winter break because
he fears the reaction that might fol-
low a war in the Persian Gulf.
"If there were a war, I believe
enough parents and administrators
would panic (and shut the program
down)," Widick said. "If current hy-
teria indicates the proportion of hys-
teria that would happen if war brooe
out, then it would (be shut down).''
At Gonzaga University, in Flo-
rence, an American school that dd
not receive a letter, one student lias
left and eight more are planning;to
leave early. Matt LaMott, a studeit
there, is not leaving because he said
the threat lacks credence. He note,
however, "If my friend's arm gets
blown off, then I'm coming home.4
This is the only reported threat
the U.S. has received in Europe as4A
result of the Gulf Crisis. The State
Department has not issued any war*l
ings a4bout travelling to or from Eq-
rope, but had earlier advised Amen,
cans against taking Mediterranea4
The consulate has suggested tfi4
programs in Florence increase pro,
cautions and use common sense;
but, the consular official remarkeu,
"We are 99 percent sure it's a hone
but we can't tell (American studen
in Florence) that they're perfectly
safe. But we couldn't assure they4
be perfectly safe in Michigan, e.
Daily staffer Jay Garcia coX-
tributed to this report.
Return to the 60s?
'U' faculty, staff to conduct
teach-in on Persian Gulf Crisis
by Chris Afendulis
Daily Staff Reporter
In 1965, in response to U.S.
involvement in the Vietnam War,
the University conducted the nation's
first teach-in about the war.
Today, with the possibility of
war in another far-away country
looming, members of the
University's faculty are planning a
teach-in on the Persian Gulf crisis.
The teach-in which will take
place in Angell and Mason Halls
Sunday evening from 7 p.m. until
midnight and is sponsored by groups
such as Concerned Faculty, the
International Center, and the Latin
American Solidarity Committee.
The teach-in found its inspiration
in the feelings of a student who
spoke with English Professor Bert
Hornback in the LSA Honors
Program Office two weeks ago.
"He said, 'Why aren't we doing
anything?,"' said Hornback, referring
to the lack of discussion about the
crisis. Hornback agreed, and found
support among faculty for such a
Subsequent meetings crystallized
the teach-in's schedule of speakers
and topics. Twelve different "classes"
will take place on the ground floor
of Mason Hall.
Former U.S. Ambassador to
Saudi Arabia James Akins, a former
member of the foreign service in the
Middle East, will deliver the keynote
address. He will speak on reasons for
the current military buildup and its
Other topics include international
law, the draft, media coverage of the
conflict, and the threat of nuclear and
chemical war. In addition to
University faculty, local community
members and instructors from other
area institutions - such as Eastern
Michigan and UM-Dearborn - will
be contributing to the forum.
Economics Professor Tom
Weisskopf, an organizer and
contributor to the teach-in, said "We
ought to do more to alert the campus
community so that we can do
something about (the crisis)."
Weisskopf felt the teach-in might
have the same influence as the
University's first one in 1965,
which caused campuses around the
country to conduct similar programs
about the Vietnam War.
"The timing is very good," he
said. "This may be a catalyst for
Hornback said the prospect of the
University leading a new wave of
teach-ins has sparked the interest of
national news organizations, who
have been calling during the week
Election results not in
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
weekly meeting. Call
Ober (662-1958) for info.
U-M Chess Club,
g. Call Tony Palmer (663-
or info. Michigan League,
"The Cognitive Status of
Common Sense," sponsored by
Thilosophy Dept.; Lynne Rudder
,Baker, speaker. 2408 Mason Hall,
"Human Rights in Guatemala
Today," luncheon and discussion;
Pat Chaffee, speaker. Guild House,
"East Asia and Global
Ch an g e," twor seminars on
"Evolving Regional Economic Situa-
tion," 9-11:30, and "Evolving Re-
gional Political and Security Situa-
tion," 1:30-4. Lane Hall Commons.
Prof. David Caron of Berkeley,
speaking on environmental law;
sponsored by Environmental Law
Society. 236 Hutchins Hall, 2:00.
"Israel, the United States and
the Persian Gulf States," panel
discussion. Hillel, 1429 Hill St.,
Safewalk functions 8-1:301 Sun.-
Thurs., 8-11:30 Fri.-Sat. Call 936-
1000 or stop by 102 UGLi.
Northwalk functions 8-1:00 Sun.-
Wednesday, Angell/Haven Comput-
ing Center, 7-11:00.
U of M Shorin Rye Karate-do
Club, Friday workout. For info call
994-3620. CCRB, Martial Arts Rm.,
Semi-annual wine and cheese
party, sponsored by the Michigan
Economic Society. Lorch Hall
Puerto Rican Cuisine Potluck,
part of the 8th Michigan-Puerto Ri-
can Week. Trotter House, 7:30.
MSA vs. ASMSU Flag Foot-
ball. Tartan Turf, 7:00.
Polish culture evening, featur-
ing traditional food, a Polish film,
and rock music. Lane Hall Com-
Multicultural Teaching. Oppor-
tunity for students to question TAs.
4050 LSA, 4:00.
U of M Cycling Club weekly
ride. Leaves from steps of Hill Au-
ditorium, 9:00 am.
Playwriting workshop with
Paul Stephen Lim, part of Asian
American Writers Series. East Quad,
Rm. 126, 7:00.
Puerto Rican Culture Night,
featuring the Ritmo Orchestra as part
of 8th Michigan-Puerto Rican Week.
Union, Anderson Rm., 9:00.
U of M Cycling Club weekly
ride. Leaves from steps of Hill Au-
ditorium , 10:00 am.
Israeli Dancing. One hour of in-
struction followed by one hour of
open dancing. Hillel, 1429 Hill St.,
Teach-in on the Persian Gulf.
Several classes on various aspects of
the Middle East will be conducted in
Angel Hall Aud. B/C and Mason
by Christine Kloostra
Daily Staff Reporter
Results from the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly were unavailable at
press time, but, validated ballots in-
dicate a slightly above average
Unofficial counts show approxi-
mately 3,211 students - or 10 per-
cent of eligible voters - cast ballots
in the elections, which took place
yesterday and Wednesday. Students
from several schools could not vote
because the seats were not up for
election this term.
An average of 3,000 students
vote in MSA's fall elections.
Election Director Catherine Fu-
gate said she was pleased with ile
Fugate said she expected turnt
to be lower than average becausef
Smaller schools, such as thle
School of Public Health, where 21
percent of students voted, showed a
higher turnout than larger schools
such as LSA and Rackham.
About 14 percent of LSA and
School of Engineering students cast
ballots. Slightly more than four per
cent of Rackham students voted.
Five schools - Dentistry, Edu±
cation, Library Science, Medicine;
and Social Work - had no candi
dates running to fill their seats,.
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