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The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, December 12, 1990 -age

Higher oil prices
hurt trade deficit

Student outcry
limits reduction of
computing hours

Wig WASHINGTON (AP) -The na-
tion's foreign trade deficit, hurt by
higher oil prices and increased mili-
try spending from the Persion Gulf
crisis, widened a sharp 13.9 percent
in. the July-September quarter, the
gpvernment said yesterday.
The Commerce Department said
e $25.6 billion third quarter deficit
was up from a second quarter deficit
Oof 22.5 billion. It was the largest
WQuarterly imbalance since a $26.7
b'llion gap in the final three months
of 1989.
The new report covered the cur-
i6nt account, which is considered the
iost important yardstick of the
country's international performance
because it measures not only trade in
merchandise but also trade in ser-
vices and investment flows between
' The higher deficit in the July-
September quarter was viewed as
especially ominous because an im-
proving trade balance had been the
only bright spot in a lackluster
economy this year.
A rising trade deficit would make
the recession many economists be-
freve has already started even steeper
by removing the strength that export
*rowth has provided to the manufac-

turing sector over the past several
Before Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of
Kuwait sent oil prices soaring, some
analysts had forecast that the trade
deficit for this year could drop as low
as $90 billion, which would have
been the smallest imbalance since
For the third quarter, the primary
weakness came from a 29 percent
jump in the merchandise trade,
which rose to 29.75 billion as im-
ports hit an all-time high. More than
half of the increase .in imports re-
flected higher petroleum prices.
Another factor contributing to the
increase in the third quarter deficit
was a rise in direct spending for U.S.
military operations overseas, which
climbed to 4.31 billion, a 17 percent
increase reflected the troop buildup
in the Middle East.
That increase lowered the overall
services balance to 5.8 billion in the
third quarter.
In one bright spot in the report,
the balance on investment earnings
shifted into a surplus of 2.46 bil-
lion, reflecting improved earnings by
Americans on their overseas invest-
ments. That had been in deficit by
$1 billion in the second quarter.

by Melissa Peerless
In response to a student outcry,
Instructional Technology Systems
has decided to modify its plans to re-
duce the hours of operation of Cam-
pus Computing Sites.
Deborah Masten, associate direc-
tor of Instructional Technology Sys-
tems (ITS), announced the revised
plans yesterday to faculty, staff, and'
students over electronic mail.
For the Winter 1991 semester,
the adjustments in hours include:
The three largest computing
sites, Angell Hall, NUBS, and
UNYN, will continue to operate
seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
During the Winter semester,
some small sites will have reduced
hours during the times when low
utilization has been observed.
During the last five weeks of
the semester, some smaller comput-
ing sites, such as the Chemistry
Building, will have extended hours.
If ITS determines through monitor-
ing usage that additional hours are
necessary earlier in the term, they
will be added.
The site at 611 Church Street
will have the greatest reduction in
hours for the first two-and-a-half
months of the term, continuing to'
operate 24 hours a day during the
week but reducing weekend hours of
operation to between noon and mid-
"We are facing budget cuts this

fiscal year and we were trying to
make the cuts so that there was the
least amount of user inconvenience,"
Masten said.
ITS's original proposal for hour
reductions during the period of Jan. 2
to Feb. 2 included operating Angell
Hall from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mon-
days through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to
p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to lb
p.m. weekends. Until March 24, 61|
Church St. was to be open from y
a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noop
to 8 p.m. weekends. Small sites
were to operate between 9 a.m. and 5
p..m. every day. UNYN and NUBS
were to remain open 24 hours a day;
When ITS proposed its original
Winter semester schedule last weelp,
many students expressed dissatisfaq-
tion about the hours of operation v
petitions and electronic mail mes
sages to ITS and the administration.
"We received, in various fashion;
information from students that thq
proposed changes would have a negat
tive impact on them," Masten said.
Tejal Patel, first-year-student it
the school of Engineering said, "I'
happy because I haven't had Englis
yet and I was sorry the computing
sites were going to close when I ha4
to write my papers. I really need th4
time after 12 to work on the coiA

All wired up
Charlie King cleans out a line in order to install a new emergency phone
as part of the University's effort to improve campus safety.

Foreigners leave Iraq and Kuwait


Associated Press
Nearly 500 more foreigners flew
out of Iraq and occupied Kuwait yes-
terday, ending four months at the
sword's point following the Iraqi in-
vasion of the oil-rich emirate
One freed British hostage said he
saw bodies on the street outside his
Kuwait hideout yesterday morning.
Three chartered flights brought
243 foreigners from Kuwait to
Baghdad to join hutdreds of other
hostages on three chartered jetliners
that left Iraq for Bangkok, London,
and Frankfurt.
Calllum Strachan, dressed in a
traditional kilt from his native
Scotland, saluted the other hostages
by playing his bagpipes as the for-

eigners cleared Iraqi passport control.
"The people who deserve the
greatest admiration are the Kuwaitis
who sheltered us despite the fact that
they could be executed on the spot if
they were found helping us," said
Briton Ken Emsden.
He said there still was gunfire ev-
ery night in Kuwait and that he saw
the bodies of four civilians in the
street yesterday morning.
"We're just happy it's finally
over," said Sid Hatcher of Knoxville,
Tenn., who was held at an industrial
site in Iraq.
Diplomats said just 14
Americans were on the flights from
Baghdad. There were no Americans
on the flights from Kuwait to

"We must have gotten them all,"
said one American consular official,
referring to earlier evacuation flights
from the Persian Gulf emirate. He
spoke on the condition of
In Washington, the Bush admin-
istration said a planned evacuation
flight tomorrow is "likely to be the
last" for Americans and will proba-
bly also carry home the remaining
staff of the U.S. Embassy in
"We would anticipate that once
all Americans who want out have
been able to get out that we would"
remove the entire staff of the em-
bassy," said White House spokesper-

son Marlin Fitzwater.
The plane bound for Frankfop
yesterday carried 16 freed hostageR
The flight to London carried 310
people, nearly all of them Britons.',
A Japanese-chartered jetline left
Baghdad for Bangkok with 159 p6o4
ple aboard, including 14 JapanesO
diplomats from Kuwait. Nearly aI
the others were former Japanese
Diplomats said about 40Q
Americans were expected to rem
in Iraq and Kuwait, mainly peo
with dual U.S.-Iraqi citizenship
American spouses of Iraqis.
or charities
was out on the Diag collecting ft
their "Adopt-a-Family" campaign,
which helps local families during the
holidays. Her techniques to get cer-
tributions aren't aggressive.
"Just standing out there askin.
for money to help feed and clothe
needy families usually is enougki,'
said Winston. "It's funny how peo.
ple will sometimes ignore you witt
a blank stare. But a lot of people ar
getting into the holiday spirit," sh
said, nodding at her bucket of coins
and dollar bills.

Crossword anyone?
Graduate student Erik Lunden does his Daily crossword puzzle on the
Diag while enjoying the unusually warm weather.
Eunice Royster Harper has been selected for the position of Associate Vice
President for Student Services. The Daily apologizes for suggesting that
Harper would take over Interim Vice President Mary Ann Swain's position.

Students in holiday spirit collect f


What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Attention all groups that make submissions
to the List or the Weekend List:
Beginning in January, the List in .Weekend Magazine will
include performances, movies and other entertainment
,events for the entire week, Friday through Thursday. For
this reason, we ask that you submit such items at least one
week before the issue of Weekend in which you want your
item to run.

by Megan Nortz
'Tis the season for fund raising.
Whether they be medical'Otudents
toting buckets for the Galen' Tag
Day Drive or fraternity members
chiming bells at Salvation Army
kettles, students are out there collect-
ing for the charities.
In 1989, the Salvation Army
raised $87,000 in Ann Arbor
through kettle collections and letters
of appeal. With this money, they
provided holiday food baskets and
certificates for 860 families in Ann
Arbor and bought $1,781 worth of
new toys for children.
This year Delta Tau Delta and
Tau Gamma Nu fraternities and
Delta Delta Delta sorority rang bells
on street corners for the charity.
"Last year we had to do it (as com-
munity service) because we had
some noise violations but this year
we chose to help collect because it
was so much fun," said Scott Sten-
man, president of Delta Tau Delta.
By working one post for forty
hours, Delta Tau Delta raised $900

for the Salvation Army, coming
close to the $1,400 they raised last
year at two posts.
"We have over forty such groups
and organizations throughout Ann
Arbor helping us," said Col. Harold
Crowell, Community Relations Of-
ficer for the Ann Arbor Salvation
Yet, not all organizations can de-
pend on bucket drive proceeds. Mary
Moffet, Director of Public Support
for the American Red Cross, said,
"The donations are nice additions but
we can't rely heavily on bucket drive
donations because the money they
bring in varies so much."
Moffet mentioned Kappa Sigma
fraternity's bucket drive to collect
money for victims of Iraq's invasion
of Kuwait. They collected on a rainy
day and raised $451.50. "If the
weather had been nicer, they might
have brought in more money," Mof-
fet said.
Tom Cunningham from Kappa
Sigma said the fraternity members
socialize and have a lot of fun while

doing bucket drives but "they're a
one day shot" which makes it less
time-consuming than other fundrais-
ers. Organizations can raise a lot
money in a few hours.
"It's 100 percent non-profit (for
the sorority). All the money goes to
the organization," said Jennifer
Bruder from Alpha Epsilon Phi. Her
sorority raised $1,600 for the Ameri-
can Cancer Society through one
bucket drive.
Anita Winston, President of the
Labor of Love Campus Fellowship


-Health & Fitness 4

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 meeting.
.MLB 4th Floor Commons, 4-6:00.
Latin American- Solidarity
Committee, weekly meeting.
Union, Rm. 1209, 8:00.
PIRGIM, weekly meeting. Union,
Rm. 4109, 8:00.
U-M Snowboarding Club. Union
MUG, 6:00.
Learning Disability Society,
lunch and meeting. Union, Rm. 4306,
ACT-UP Ann Arbor (not asso-
ciated with the Workers' Revolu-
tionary League), weekly meeting.
1017 Oakland, 7:30.
Organic Seminar, topic unavail-
able; Dr. John Eisch of SUNY

Emission Spectroscopy," Dave
Slinkman, speaker. Rm. 1650, 4:00.
"Why People Can't Forgive,"
sponsored by Orthodox Christian
Fellowship, Fr. George Shalhoub,
speaker. Union, Rm. 2209, 7-8:00.
Safewalk and Northwalk will be
back after the break.
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 &
Rice Dinner, weekly event. Guild
House, 802 Monroe St.,6:00.
"Life on a Curve," a show about
education sponsored by The Resi-
dence Hall Repertory Theatre Troupe.

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