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TODAY
Cloudy, rain possible;
High: 75, Low: 59.
TOMORROW
Partly cloudy;
High: 74, Low: 59.

It uT1a t

Lay It On with
Fall Fashion.
See WEEKEND.

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 20 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, October 25,1991 \-ha'

Koreas
emove to
reduce
tensions
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -
North Korea, whose 1950 invasion
of South Korea started a war that
has never formally ended, agreed
yesterday to stop trying to
overthrow its neighbor and
accepted a framework for seeking
reconciliation.
Although specific language re-
mained to be worked out, North
Korea also pledged to renounce ter-
rorism and to work toward uniting
millions of Koreans separated since
the Korean Peninsula was divided
after World War II.
Officials of both sides hailed the
agreement as historic and expressed
hope for more progress at the next
round of high-level talks in Seoul in
December. But differences between
the rivals are wide-ranging and mu-
tual distrust is deep. Negotiations
on a single document could take
many months.
BothKoreas have been under
pressure from their allies to defuse
tensions on the heavily militarized
peninsula, long considered a flash-
point for hostilities in northeast
Asia.
It was the second move toward
peace on long-standing Asian con-
flicts in as many days. On
Wednesday, the four warring fac-
*tions of Cambodia signed a peace
treaty that is designed to end a 13-
year-old civil war and bring free
elections under U.N. supervision in
18 months.
The Korean agreement came in
talks held in North Korea's capital,
Pyongyang, between the prime min-
isters of the two Koreas, which have
been bitterly divided into Coin-
munist North and capitalist South
See KOREA, Page 2

Zimmer attacks
Dems. plan for
new city wards

BI-AN GAN iuNi/aily
Friendly skies
LSA first year Kristen Cantrell learns about the University Flying Club from member Grant Borne yesterday.
Gridders serve up

by David Rheingold
Daily City Reporter
City Councilmember Kurt
Zimmer (D-4th Ward) yesterday
criticized the redistricting plan
adopted by the city Ward Boundary
Commission Wednesday, and said
the chances are "very, very good"
that he will file a lawsuit if the
City Council approves it.
The plan's five new wards, which
are similar to existing ones, would
displace about five percent of Ann
Arbor residents.
The City Charter requires the
council to redistrict the city every
10 years into five pie-shaped wards,
roughly equal in population and ra-
diating outward from the center of
the city.
One controversy, which often
arises with the redistricting process,
is "gerrymandering" - a larger
political body redistricting to its
own advantage.
"Obviously, the majority of
council is going to pass a plan that it
likes. When Republicans controlled
redistricting (in 1981), they passed a
plan that pleased them," said Ann
Arbor attorney Tom W ieder, the
commission member who submitted
the new plan.
Wieder said most of the coun-
cil's Democrats endorse his plan.
But Zimmer called the plan an
"incumbent protection plan,"
which he says favors the council's 8-
3 Democratic majority by further
solidifying existing partisan
control.
Zimmer centers his argument on
election results, which he has used
to calculate the winning margins in
each contested race for the past 10
years.

According to Zimmer's tabula-
tions, the new plan would give
Democrats a strong hold on the 5th
Ward - the city's closest thing to a
swing ward - by more than dou-
bling their victory margin from 260
to 577 votes.
Despite these figures,
Councilmember Thais Peterson (D-
5th Ward) said she doesn't think
previous election results can accu-
rately forecast the future.
"The 5th Ward was designed 10
years ago to be a safe Republican
ward, so that shows you how much
things can change," she said.
But Zimmer says the nlan does

gop er ball tonight
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Football Writer tonight at 8 o'clock.. just like high school ag

gain."

"Darn those Blue Jays!"
It's not that Michigan football
coach Gary Moeller is a zealous fan
of Toronto baseball, but their oust-
ing from the American League
Championship Series has made him
unhappy.
Because the Minnesota Twins
have laid claim to the Hubert H.
Humphrey Metrodome for game six
of the World Series tomorrow
night, Michigan's game with the
Golden Gophers will be played

"It just adds one other thing that
can lead to an upset," Moeller said.
"I know Minnesota has to use the
dome, but that's not college foot-
ball. It's not supposed to be played
on Friday nights; that's for high
school football."
The Wolverines, however, are a
team stocked with prep stars, some
of whom are anxious to begin the
weekend on the gridiron.
"I think it's gonna be fun," tail-
back Ricky Powers said. "It'll be

While Michigan may be enjoying
its season, Minnesota (1-2 in the Big
Ten, 2-4 overall) has been frustrated
by a string of injuries that have left
coach John Gutekunst wondering
how his Gophers are going to beat
No. 4 Michigan (3-0, 5-1).
"They deserve all the national
ranking they have," Gutekunst said.
"I'm really impressed with their
line blocking and their backs."
Powers and tailback Jesse
See MINNESOTA, Page 11

Zimmer
not go far enough. Zimmer has re-
peatedly said he wants five swing
wards to increase competition for
City Council seats - thus yielding
more enticing candidates.
Some Democrats, however, feel
that closer races would decrease di-
versity on the council.
"If all of the wards have equal
numbers of Republicans and
Democrats, they (would) tend to
have opinions that gravitate toward
the center," said Councilmember
Bob Eckstein (D-5th Ward). "If ev-
ery ward is homogeneous, you won't
get as much diversity of opinion on
council."

Coalition will ral

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Women will rally today at Lib-
erty Square to support Anita Hill
and provide a forum for women's
concerns about the issue of sexual
harassment.
The rally is being sponsored by
an informal coalition of women
who "support Anita Hill and op-
pose the violences and subtleties of
sexism and racism," coalition mem-
ber Cathy Silbur said.
It will feature speeches by ex-
perts on the issue of sexual harass-
ment and an "open mike"
discussion in which survivors of

sexual harassment will have the
opportunity to speak about their
experiences will follow the
speakers. A brainstorming session
for conceiving further actions which
the group might take in the future
will follow.
"We hope to spark women to
take action," said Pattrice Maurer,
the emcee of the rally.
The event will be videotaped and
sent to Anita Hill.
Rally organizers said that a fear
of dissipated interest in the issue of
sexual harassment spurred them to
hold the rally to keep interest in the
subject alive.

ly today
"Already, some debate about the
Thomas issue has died down, but we
still feel there's emotion to be
tapped," said Lorna Thorpe, a gradu-
ate student in the School of Public
Health.
The rally will be held at Liberty
Square because, "We felt it would
be easier to ask students to come out
of their cubbyhole into the real
world instead of asking the real
world to come onto the campus,"
Thorpe said.
In addition to demonstrating
support for Anita Hill, the coali-
tion hopes to focus on more long
term goals, such as increasing the

number of women in government
offices.
"We want to work within the
'We still feel there's
emotion to be tapped'
- Lorna Thorpe
School of Public Health
graduate student
public system to get more women
reps into the Senate, Congress and
executive committees. We are also

working to get those who deliber-
ately showed a lack of consideration
for women's issues out of office,"
Thorpe said.
Thorpe said that the idea for the
coalition was conceived on Oct. 16
after she and other women got to-
gether to discuss their dismay over
the confirmation of Clarence
Thomas for the Supreme Court.
She said, "I walked through the
day feeling angry. A group of public
health students got together that
afternoon and just began to talk. We
felt that we wanted to do some-
thing reactive and immediate."
After conferring with women

from the Chinese Literature De-
partment who were also dismayed
by the Thomas confirmation and
wanted to take action, the School of
Public Health students decided to
join forces with them. The first
meeting of the two groups was held
on Sunday, Oct. 20, where today's
rally was planned.
"What we had in mind was a
rally that would give women a
chance to speak out in response to
Thomas' confirmation while anger
was still present and before despair
had set in,"-Silbur said.
The rally will be held from 5:30
to 7 p.m. at Liberty Square.

to support Anita

Hill

Lectures to commemorate Columbus voyage.

by Karen Sabgir
To mark the 500th anniversary of
Christopher Columbus' voyages and
the simultaneous expulsion of the
Jews from Spain, the University
will begin the first of a year-long
lecture series on Sunday.
While the majority of lectures in
the series will focus on the patterns
of race relations in the New World
as a result of the the two events,
this Sunday's conference will focus
on the Jews and Conversos in me-
dieval Spain.
Conversos were Jews who con-
verted to Christianity after being
pressured by pogroms and anti-Jew-

ish legislation. However, most were
never fully accepted by the tradi-
tional Christians.
A major focus of the first ses-
sion will be Spanish restrictions on
immigration to the colonies. Many
Jewish scientists, inventors, and fi-
nanciers contributed to -Columbus'
expeditions but were not allowed
to settle in the New World. Speak-
ers will also raise the question of
what impact this policy had on
Spanish colonies.
The lecture series - Jews and
the Encounter with the New World
- was planned and organized by
Judith Elkin, a research scientist at

the Frankel Center for Judaic
Studies. She stressed that the
upcoming programs are a
commemoration, not a celebration,
of the expulsion of the Jews and
Columbus' voyage.
The main goal of the conferences
is to inform the public about how
these events are linked. "It's just a
subject that no one has ever dis-
cussed," said Elkin. Although
Columbus Quincentenary programs
will be held nationwide this year,
Elkin pointed out that this program
is the only one with a Jewish per-
spective.
Scholars from universities na-

tionwide will participate in the
conferences. "We're bringing in the
world's foremost scholars in their
fields and we will present them be-
fore a general audience who can ask
questions."
The conference will continue on
Monday at Wayne State University
in Detroit where Miriam Bodian, a
professor of Jewish medieval his-
tory at the University, will speak
about tracing the Sephardic diaspora.
Bodian pointed out that "despite
the expulsion, Spanish Jewry had a
long career ahead of it while other
cultures lost their identities and
See COLUMBUS, Page 2
that appaet h etdyS
e the pr-b av~e da

Daily ad prompts Diag rally

by Bethany Robertson
Daily Staff Reporter

In reaction to an advertisement
run in The Michigan Daily yester-
day, Hillel's student groups will
hold a rally on the Diag today at
noon.

David Glazer, a law student and
rally organizer. "Almost everyone
has lost a relative to the Holocaust.
For them to pick up the Daily and
see this is unbelievable."
Organizer Ken Goldstein, a po-
litical science graduate student, said
the rally uill serve two nnoses~

ready is an issue,' Glazer said.
' History Professor Todd Endel-
man will be one of three speakers at
the rally. Last night he compared
the revisionists' viewpoints to say-
ing "the earth is flat or that Blacks
came over to America on cruise
shins."

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