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V. C1l No. 30l

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, November 8, 1991

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after talks
by Karen Pier
Daily Staff Reporter
In the wake of the Madrid peace
talks, many members of University
Jewish and Palestinian groups say
they are optimistic about the results
the talks could eventually have for
Arabs and Jews.
Many stressed that simply hav-
ing the two sides come together was
a major step.
Valerie Benenzra, an LSA junior
and member of Reform Havura - a
religious organization for Reform
Jews on campus - said, "I think it's
a great idea to get together." She
said that the talks will be beneficial
in the long run since they have al-
lowed Palestinians and Israelis to
see things from the other's
LSA senior Carole May, of the
American Zionist Youth
Federation, agreed. "I think it's
great," she said of the talks. "I
never thought it would happen in
my lifetime."
Yet LSA senior Evan Albert of
the Jewish Learning Network of
Michigan said the talks must be
viewed with a degree of caution. "I
think myself and the Jewish com-
munity are cautiously optimistic
(about) the chance to sit down and
talk with the other side," he said.
LSA senior Zeid Zalatimo, a
member of the General Union of
Palestinian Students - one of two
Palestinian student organizations
on campus - agreed that getting the
countries together for talks was a
major step forward but said that au-
tonomy for Palestinians would be a
good step and that giving up land
might eventually be in Israel's best
to interest.
"Anything that the Palestinians
delegation can achieve will be better
than the status quo. At this point,
it's too early to talk about an inde-
See TALKS, Page 2

Magic quits Lakers
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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -
Magic Johnson, the former Michi-
gan State standout whose beaming
smile and sparkling play entertained
basketball fans for more than a
decade, announced yesterday that he
has tested positive for the AIDS
virus and is retiring.
"Because of the HIV virus that I
have obtained I will have to retire
from the Lakers today," Johnson
told reporters gathered at the Fo-
rum, where he played for 12 seasons
with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I plan on going on, living for a
long time... and going on with my
life," he said. He added that he
planned to become "a spokesperson
for the HIV virus" and would cam-
paign for safe sex.
Both Johnson and the Lakers'
physician, Dr. Michael Mellman,
said he does not have AIDS, only the
virus that leads to it. "I feel really
good," Johnson said. "I feel great."
Johnson didn't say how he con-
tracted the virus, which is usually
transmitted through sex or intra-
venous drug use. Mellman said he
didn't know. But Johnson repeat-
edly stressed that "safe sex is the
way to go.
Johnson, 32, led the Lakers to
five NBA championships. He is the
most prominent American to an-
nounce his infection with human
immunodeficiency virus since actor
Rock Hudson.
More than just a basketball star,
Johnson has been a philanthropist, a
prominent corporate spokesperson
and a role model for young people.
His broad grin, familiar nickname
and electrifying ability have made
him familiar to people around the
Johnson came in fourth in a re-
cent consumer survey of the appeal
of athletes as commercial endorsers,
ranked behind Michael Jordan, Bo
Jackson and Tommy Lasorda. He has
endorsed Converse athletic shoes,
Slice soft drinks and Kentucky Fried
Chicken, among other products.
Johnson appeared nervous at the

outset of his announcement, but
later relaxed and smiled frequently.
"I'm going to go on, I'm going
to beat it and I'm going to have
fun," he insisted, displaying some of
the irrepressible zest for life that he
brought daily to the basketball
"What we have witnessed today

is a courageous act by a very brave
man," Mellman said. "He is not a
person who is invisible, and because
of his presence, because of his poten-
tial impact on society... I think that
he should not only be commended
but held as a modern-day hero."
Johnson said he found out the fi-
nal results of his HIV test on
Wednesday. Mellman said Johnson
was initially tested for an insurance
Johnson, who was married two,
months ago, missed the Lakers' first
three games this season because of
what was described as the flu. On
Monday, he was cleared to begin
Mellman said he recommended
that Johnson not play professional
basketball, or participate in the
1992 Olympics, because of the in-
tense level of physical activity both
would require. Johnson had been
chosen for the U.S. Olympic squad
that will play next summer in
His retirement, coupled with the
news of his HIV infection, came as a
sharp blow to those who knew him,
See MAGIC, Page 15

Krista Bray, a Dickens Preschool student, drinks healthy milk after a
visit from University medical students. The medical students taught
Krista and her classmates not to be afraid of doctors.
Med. students teach
children to say 'h


East Lansing residents
stunned by Johnson news

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Staff Reporter
University medical students are
attempting to make preschool
children's visits to the doctor less
traumatic by acquainting them
with the procedures and instru-
ments used by pediatricians.
Through the Preschool and
Elementary School Health
Promotion and Awareness
Program, about 75 first- and sec-
ond-year medical students have
made presentations at four Ann
Arbor preschools this year.

"We show children what doc-
tors do and make them less intimi-
dated by us and more comfortable
with doctors," said Andrea
Soulliere, a first-year medical
school stident,.and co-coordinator
of the program.
At each presentation, medical
students - robed in white coats -
allow the children to play with
various instruments of the medical
profession including: a stetho-
scope; an ophthalmoscope, a tool to
examine the eyes; an otoscope, a
See MEDICAL, Page 2

by Ken Davidoff
and Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writers
munity in which Earvin "Magic"
Johnson grew up and attended col-
lege reacted with shock to Johnson's
retirement from professional bas-
ketball yesterday. The 6-foot-9 Lak-
ers point guard ended his formidable"
12-year career at a press conference
after testing positive for the HIV
Michigan State basketball coach
Jud Heatheote, who coached Johnson
during the Spartans' NCAA cham-
pionship season in 1979, paid tribute
to Johnson in a press release last

"This is a sad day for all of bas-
ketball, including Spartan basket-
ball," Heathcote said. "I've always
said, when Earvin retires from the
.game, he will go down in history as
the greatest guard ever to play the
game. That is the case today. Our
thoughts and prayers are with him
and his family."
Michigan State students sat
glued to the large-screen television
in the student union while Johnson
held his 6 p.m. news conference. Af-
terwards, they all expressed similar
"I'm just shocked," sophomore
See REACTION, Page 15

DPSS opens new
branch in North
Campus Commons

Company preserves
rare and common
texts with microfilm

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Crime Reporter
The University Department of
Public Safety and Security (DPSS)
opened a satellite office at the
North Campus Commons yesterday.
The new location will be used
primarily as a base for officers pa-
trolling the North Campus area.
"We basically built this office
to bring our department closer to
the students," said Sgt. David Betts,
an officer who will be working at
the North Campus branch.
Betts said when a student on
North Campus calls University po-
lice with an emergency or a com-
plaint, the call will still reach
DPSS at its central campus location
on Church Street. The officers who
respond to the call, however, will
return to the North Campus
Commons office to fill out the case-
related paperwork. They will also
use the office for a haven during
their breaks from action.
Betts added that several officers
will be assigned exclusively to

North Campus now that a base of-
fice exists there. He said North
Campus used to be a shift given to
officers for only days at a time.
"From now on, officers will
work on North Campus for periods
of up to nine months. We want to
keep the same people on patrol there
so students will get to know them
and be friendly with them," he
DPSS Director Leo Heatley said
the implementation of a DPSS
branch on North Campus has been an
integral part of the department's
long-term plan since the beginning.
"We thought of this center even
before we deputized our police
force," Heatley said.
He added that DPSS will not be
adding more officers specifically to
staff the new location.
"We are taking the same number
of people and assigning them to the
two branches. We are continuing in
our pattern of gradually increasing
our numbers and phasing in more of-
See DPSS, Page 2

by Eden Schafer
Need to see the Gutenberg
Bible? Want to view one of the ear-
liest printed versions of Chaucer's
Canterbury Tales? Would reading
the scrapbooks of Winston
Churchill give you the edge you
were looking for on that history
All of this and more can be
found on microfilms in the vaults
of University Microfilms
International (UMI), an informa-
tion resource company with its in-
ternational headquarters located on
the outskirts of Ann Arbor.
UMI claims to have more in-
formation in its collection than
any other institution in the country
other than the Library of Congress.
In its 25,000 square feet of climate-
controlled vaults, UMI stores the
equivalent of over 570 million
pages of material, ranging from
doctoral dissertations to telephone
The company was founded in
1938 by Eugene Power, a pioneer in

the microphotography field. Power
was a University regent from 1956
until 1966, when he resigned amid
controversy. Claims were made
that as head of UMI, Power had
overseen the making of illegal
profits through the sale of theses
written by University students,
and had used a room at the
Undergraduate Library for com-
mercial practices without paying
rent to the University.
Power started UMI by making
microfilm copies of rare books
available to the scholastic market,
in part an effort to preserve impor-
tant sources and make them more
widely available for research. In
1938, he traveled to England to be-
gin an exhaustive program of mi-
crofilming collections in museums
and libraries to ensure their safety
during World War II.
Since then, UMI has expanded
its focus and now produces micro-
film copies of virtually every type
of information source. According

Todd Rumler, preservation specialist, takes pictures from a book about
Madagascar, which University Microfilms acquired from the 1913
Northwestern Library collection.

Renovation of North Campus Commons gives students variety

by JoAnne Viviano
Daily Staff Reporter
With the renovation of the
North Campus Commons, students

good product and getting it out
fast,"he added.
Some students said they appreci-
ate the convenience and added vari-

Caesar's is better than ... just having
what's upstairs."
Yet other students said they ob-
ject to the change.
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patterns at all," said Ron Swedlund,
graduate student in the School of
Music. "Even Sunday night, most
people I know send out for pizza."

cafeteria's attendance levels, but
might prove beneficial in the long
"It's a little early to tell. It


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