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Aide links
Riegle to
Donald Riegle's attorney and a
, Senate aide clashed Tuesday over the
Michigan Democrat's role in arrang-
ng a meeting with the top national
banking regulator about Charles H.
Keating Jr.'s embattled savings and
Gwendolyn van Paasschen, an
economics aide to Sen. John
McCain (R-Arizona) testified before
the Senate Ethics Committee that
"Senator Riegle was involved in set-
ting up a meeting" with Edwin
,Gray, former head of the Federal
.Rome Loan Bank Board.
Riegle, chair of the Senate
tBanking Committee, has down-
layed his part in two meetings be-
tween senators and federal regulators
ii April 1987. The meetings are key
issues in an Ethics Committee probe
of five senators' ties to Keating, a
mjajor political contributor who
sought their help in battling the
Van Paasschen was among many
witnesses who will testify before the
committees in coming weeks as it
examines complex details of the sen-
'ators' dealings with Keating.
Thomas C. Green, a Washington
-ttorney representing Riegle, grilled
van Paasschen about her version of
events. Green said in an interview
later that the aide was "clearly specu-
* lating. She has nothing probative to
say about Senator Riegle at all."'
Van Paasschen told the commit-
fee Monday that McCain had spoken
of Riegle's involvement in setting
up a meeting with Gray on April 2,
;1987. Riegle was the only one of
five senators under investigation
who didn't attend, but the McCain
aide said her boss and Riegle had dis-
ussed the proposed meeting on the
"Senate floor.
Under questioning by Green yes-
'terday, van Paasschen acknowledged
she did not know Riegle personally
and had never discussed the Keating
Smatterwith him.
In tense exchanges, Green also
-elicited from van Paasschen thatashe
did not remember being told any-
thing about the Keating affair from
11 Riegle's staff.
°;Van Paasschen said in addition to
'McCain's account of his talks with
'Riegle, she formed her opinions
about Riegle's involvement in part
from a letter to Riegle sent by Jack
Atchison, an accountant whose firm
was retained by Lincoln S&L.
The letter, sent to Riegle on
- March 13, 1987, vouched for
Lincoln's financial soundness and
*operating practices. The thrift col-
lapsed in 1989, and the government
bailout of depositors is expected to
cost taxpayers $2 billion.
Green asked van Paasschen
whether her opinions of Riegle's
role was based on "personal knowl-
"Other than those conversations

(with McCain and the DeConci
aide), no," she said.

'U's red scare profs. ask


for broa
LANSING (AP) - A former
University of Michigan professor
disciplined during the red scare in
1954 said yesterday the school's
plans for an annual lecture on aca-
demic freedom are a weak gesture of
"A lecture on academic freedom is
a little like a lecture on mother-
hood," said Mark Nickerson, profes-
sor emeritus at McGill University in
The Michigan Faculty Senate
voted Monday to establish the lec-
ture in the names of professors
Nickerson, H. Chandler Davis, and
Clement Markert.
The three were suspended without
pay by former-President Harlan
Hatcher after they refused to testify
before a subcommittee of the U.S.
House Committee on Un-American
Activities about their association
with Communists.
Davis and Nickerson eventually
were fired. Markert, who fought for
the Communists during the Spanish
Civil War, was reinstated as an as-
sistant professor of zoology and later
won tenure at the university.

der reparations
A year ago, the Michigan Faculty none of the faculty groups or s
Senate Assembly and the local chap- officials involved in disciplinin
ter of the American Association of three ever apologized.
University Professors (AAUP) asked
that the school's board of regents "If now any of these agenci
make reparations or some other sort press regret at this violation of
of compensation to the three. demic freedom, that will impro"
atmosphere of freedom at the ca
The AAUP plans to raise and in the country," he said.
$10,000 to $15,000 for an endow-
ment for the lecture, said Wilfred "The Senate's setting up a sf
Kaplan, executive secretary. lectureship appears to be a gesti
Nickerson, a pharmacology pro- this direction. Whether it is
fessor, said the lecture will have lit- ciently clear-cut to do the jobi
tie value without some acknowl- for me to judge."
edgement from the university that it
erred. Hatcher declined to commen
A visiting professorship for un- Kaplan said he would hav
popular causes, one year's severance ferred that the regents had tak
pay with interest, or honorary de- tion, but Regent Deane Baker st
grees conferred at a public convoca- doesn't know if the board wil
tion would be more fitting, take up the matter again.
Nickerson said.
Kaplan said a brief synopsis of "It's my personal opinion
the 1954 case will be included in the this matter, in its original cas
program for the annual lecture as a in review, was handled app
prmd. ately," he said. He said it was
that the disciplined faculty s
Davis, professor of mathematics academic freedom which wa
at the University of Toronto, said available in Communist countr

Journal entry
Adrianne Camero, an LSA first-year student, writes in her English journal
while enjoying the unseasonably warm afternoon sun.
Iraq to release
German hostages
Associated Press

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Iraqi lawmakers voted yesterday
to allow all German hostages to
leave Iraq and occupied Kuwait, fol-
lowing a personal request by Saddam
Hussein. There was only one dis-
senting vote.
The vote came after 90 minutes
of debate, during which the lawmak-
ers heard from at least 10 of the
"guests," as Iraq calls foreigners
barred from leaving since the Aug. 2
invasion of Kuwait.
The hostages who addressed the
National Assembly said freeing the
Germans would encourage European
countries and the United States to
show their willingness to avert war
and negotiate a settlement to the
Persian Gulf crisis.
Parliament speaker Saadi Mahdi
Saleh said there were 124 Germans
remaining in Iraq and Kuwait. No
specific arrangements were made for
their departure.
In Paris, German Foreign
Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher
said of Iraq's action: "I believe we
should appreciate above all that the
hostages are to be freed."

The gulf crisis continued to dom-
inate the unofficial agenda in Paris at
the 34-nation Conference on
Cooperation and Security in Europe.
French President Francois Mit-
terrand's spokesperson, Hubert
Vedrine, said the conference would
not issue any statements on the cri-
President Bush flies to Saudi
Arabia today to meet with Saudi
leaders. He plans to spend
Thanksgiving with U.S. forces in
the region.
The president voiced optimism
that he would be successful in over-
coming Soviet objections to a U.N.
resolution authorizing the use of
military force against Iraq. "Just be
patient and all will be well," he told
reporters when asked about Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbechev's
In Washington yesterday, a group
of 45 Democratic lawmakers filed a
lawsuit to try to force Bush to seek
authority from Congress before
ordering a U.S. military attack to
drive Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

HAC stages all-night
protest at City Hall
by Matthew Pulliam


Barry Biniarz pushes his hot dog cart to a State St. location.

Daily StafftReporter
Armed with a coffin, grave mark-
ers, and a giant banner of a tomb-
stone, 12 activists staged a sit-in at
the Ann Arbor City Council cham-
bers through Monday night.
The protesters, members of the
Homeless Action Committee, voiced
their objection to the city's planned
demolition of two houses on S.
Ashley and W. William streets oc-
cupied by homeless people. The cof-
fin and grave markers represent the
"deaths" of the two houses.
The protest lasted until 7:30 a.m.
yesterday, when members left peace-
"We're sleeping in City Council
chambers to show that there is inade-
quate housing, and that City Council
is doing nothing about it by demol-
ishing houses," said Leslie Mead, a

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e What's happening in Ann Arbor today

natural resources junior.
HAC presented a list of demands
to City Council with the hope of
preventing the houses' destruction.
The demands included that the two
houses not be destroyed and that the
City establish more than 1,000 units
of housing for Ann Arbor's low-in-
come residents.
The City of Ann Arbor has
planned to build parking spaces
where the houses now stand.
After expressing their intentions
to stay in the Council chambers un-
til arrested, the protesters set up
sleeping bags and a board game
while others held a candlelight vigil
behind Mayor Gerald Jernigan's seat.
The police attending the Council
meeting said they would allow the
sit-in to continue through the night
but that the protesters would be
asked to leave early yesterday morn-
"They kick people out of night
shelters early (in the morning) as
well," said LSA senior Jon Jurva.
City Council members did not
stay after the conclusion of the regu-
lar meeting, but councilmember
Ingrid Sheldon (R-2nd Ward) said,
"I'm very much committed to the
project. I do think they (HAC) raised
legitimate concerns. I don't think the
remedy lies with not constructing
the structure."
Ann Arbor resident Jeff Gearhart,
referring to the plight of the home-
less in Ann Arbor, said, "The city
doesn't want these people. What they
have done is systematically displaced
At 8:30 a.m. yesterday HAC
members attended the eviction hear-
ings of two women currently living
in the house on Ashley, one of those
slated for destruction.

Communist Party newspaper Pravda
yesterday took a grim inventory of
the Soviet pantry for the winter and
warned that "almost everywhere,
supplies are worse than last year."
Although it predicted there would
be no "real hunger" in the coming
months, Pravda said the food that
Russians traditionally count on,
such as cabbage and beets, will be in
short supply.
"'Cabbage soup and porridge is
our food.' It's a famous Russian
proverb. It appears that now we can't
even get this humble portion,"
Pravda correspondent A. Platoshkin
Leningrad Mayor Anatoly
Sobchak on Monday made a public
appeal to the West for emergency
food for his city, the second-largest
in the Soviet Union, to avoid famine

President Mikhail Gorbachev,
who is lining up Western aid for his
nation during his current trip abroad,
admitted in a speech to the national
legislature Friday that the country
faces critical shortages at the start of
winter but insisted the government
has enough supplies.
The Pravda correspondent said he
agreed with Gorbachev's assessment
that there were adequate reserves,
although he also wrote that "what's
in storage doesn't mean it makes it
to the table."
Pravda said there should be
enough bread for the nation after the
government bought 66 million tons
of grain, which is more than last
But vegetables, potatoes and
other foods were in short supply.
The reason for the shortages, ac-
cording to Pravda, is that enterprises
in the various republics are disobey-

Soviets face low pantry for winter

ing orders from the central govern-
ment to fulfill their quotas.
As the Soviet republics push for
local control over their economies,
political structures and culture, they
are disregarding orders from the cen-
tral government. This has caused the
"paralysis of power" that has stalled
Gorbachev's reforms and led him on
Saturday to propose restructuring the
executive branch of government and
put it entirely under his control.
He said Saturday an emergency
program would be drafted within two
weeks to try to solve the country's
food shortage.
In the vast Russian republic,
which has more than half the coun-
try's population, the potato suppiy
is little more than half of what is
needed, Pravda reported.
Potatoes are known as the
"second bread" because of their imn-
portance in the Russian daet.

Editor's note.- The List automat-
ically runs weekly events unless a
group informs us that it will not
meet at the regular time. Be warn-
ed that weekly events in today's
List may not be meeting after all.
Although no one from these groups
contacted us to withdraw their no-
tice, Poe can assume that there are
cancellations due to the break.
EQIRC Social Group for Les-
bians, Bisexuals and Gay
Men, weekly meeting. Call 763-
4186 (days) or 763-2788 (nights)
for location. 9-11:00.
La Parlotte (The French Con-
versation Club), weekly meet-
ing. MLB 4th Floor Commons, 4-
Latin American Solidarity
Committee, weekly meeting.

niques in Capillary Electro-
phoresis," sponsored by Chem.
Dept.; Dave Pallister, speaker. Rm.
1650, 4:00.
Safewalk functions 8-1:30 Sun.-
Thurs., 8-11:30 Fri.-Sat. Call 936-
1000 or stop by 102 UGLi.
Northwalk functions 8-1:30 Sun.-
Thurs., 8-12:00 Fri.-Sat. Call 763-
WALK or stop by 2333 Bursley..
ECB Peer Writing Tutors avali-
ble to help with your papers Sunday-
Thursday, Angell/Haven Computing
Center, 7-11:00.
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate-do
Club, weekly practice. Call 994-
3620 for info. CCRB Martial Arts
Rm., 8:30-9:30.
U of M Cycling Club, weekly
women's ride. For info call Robin
Pena (764-1723). Leaves steps of
Hill Aud. at 3:30.
Central American Beans &

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