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Vol. CI, 142 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, September 6, 1991 Copyght 01991
The Michigan Daily

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Michigan
opens
season at
Boston
by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Wolverine fans should enjoy this
weekend's football game all they
can, because the next couple of
weeks could get rough. Michigan
begins the 1991 campaign with an
easy opponent in Boston College,
before playing four straight games
against top 25 teams.
That Michigan won't lose its
,season opener to Notre Dame for the
first time in four years is another
reason to relax. The Fighting Irish
can wait a week. This is a chance for
the Wolverines to flex /their mus-
cles.
Unfortunately for BC, Michigan
has decided they are not going to
look a game ahead.
"We just set our goals the other
night," Michigan offensive tackle
xGreg Skrepenak said. "We are going
to play week-by-week, game-by-
game. We've put Notre Dame and
Florida State in the back of our
minds."
The Eagles opened their season
last weekend with a 20-13 loss to
Rutgers. Rookie coach Tom Cough-
lin's tenure got off to a rocky start

Kremlin loses
power to new
Soviet gov't

MOSCOW (AP) - In a dra-
matic break with seven decades of
iron-fisted Kremlin rule, lawmak-
ers yesterday approved the creation
of an interim government to usher
in a new confederation of sovereign
states and put a graceful end to the
disintegrating Soviet Union.
After three days of stormy de-
bate and intense back-room negotiat-
ing, the 1,900-member Congress of
People's Deputies declared a transi-
tion period to a "new system of
state relations."
The measure they approved envi-
sions a voluntary union based on in-
dependence and territorial integrity
for the republics, and enshrines
democracy and human rights.
President Mikhail Gorbachev
praised the lawmakers, saying they
"rose to the occasion" at a crucial
juncture in Soviet history.
"Tremendous renewal has cer-
tainly taken place," he told the Tass
news agency later.
"The Soviet Union is finished,"
Reformist Lawmaker Arkady
Murashov told reporters.

The lawmakers' overwhelming
endorsement of Gorbachev's re-
structuring plan capped three weeks
of dizzying change that began with a
coup by hard-liners and triggered
the collapse of central authority and
the Communist Party.
All but five of the 15 Soviet re-
publics have declared independence,
and Gorbachev was poised to for-
mally recognize the first of them -
the three Baltic states. He said he
and his new State Council would act
Thursday on Baltic independence.
Gorbachev dominated the huge
and raucous parliament, squelching
debate and refusing to accept pro-
posals from the chamber.
"I will not yield the microphone
to anyone from the floor!" he said
as some deputies tried to speak.
"Either make a decision or not.
That's all!"
After Wednesday's session,
Gorbachev sent lawmakers into cau-
cuses, where they were subjected to
arm-twisting by republic leaders
who had helped put together the
See SOVIET, Page 2

Lawmakers leave the Congress of the People's Deputies at the Kremlin yesterday, after perhaps the last
meeting of the Soviet legislative body. The Congress virtually voted itself out of existence.

Legislators debate merits of out-of-state
enrollment caps at Michigan universities

by Bethany Robertson
Daily Administration Reporter
Four years after an informal
agreement was struck limiting"the
proportion of out-of-state students
enrolled in Michigan universities,
state legislators are debating
whether that balance should be
mandated by law.
Although caps limiting the
number of out-of-state students to
30 percent would apply to all state
universities, much of the attention
has focused on the University of
Michigan, which traditionally at-
tracts many out-of-state students.
"Many legislators have gotten
angry letters from constituents
who have had students apply to the
University of Michigan... and they
couldn't get in," explained Alaina
Campbell, legislative director of
the Michigan Collegiate Coalition
(MCC), a student lobbying group

Other universities say 'U' will grab all top high
school graduates if 70-30 proportion remains

M's Martin Davis
when BC's Jay Clark fumbled the
opening kickoff at the Eagles' 25-
yard line, setting up Rutgers' first
touchdown.
"We really established nothing
on offense throughout the day,"
Coughlin said. "Defensively, we did
play well in the second half. I
thought we stabilized them."
See OPENER, Page 21

based in Lansing.
The University has held the
number of out-of-state undergradu-
ate students to under 30 percent for
the past few years, said Richard
Kennedy, vice president for
Government Relations. Next week a
conference committee of the
Michigan House and Senate higher
education appropriation subcom-
mittees will address whether the
cap should remain in place.
Rep. Morris Hood (D-Detroit),
head of the house subcommittee,
supports keeping a limit on the
number of out-of-state students.
Sen. John Schwarz (D-Battle Creek),
Hood's counterpart, opposes legis-
lation which removes authority
from the public universities.

"It's not up to the legislature to
micromanage the universities," said
Scott Sowulewski, an aide to
Schwarz.
Schwarz has also said that if uni-
versities are forced to take 70 per-
cent of their students from within
the state, schools such as the
University will be taking all the
best students away from other state
schools. The pool of high school
graduates has been shrinking over
the past few years, and there is a
concern that there are fewer good
students to go around.
"We are obviously taking a
larger and larger share of that
pool," Kennedy said. "That is a con-
cern for some of the other state
schools. We continue to siphon off

all the best students from
Michigan."
But Campbell said that even
though the number of high school
graduates is decreasing, enrollment
figures have remained constant as
more adults return to college.
The University has not taken a
position on the issue, Kennedy said,
but university administrators were
a part of the process which origi-
nally approved the 70-30 split in
1987.
"We would not deliberately run
contrary to a deal we were a party to
in the first place," Kennedy said.
Kennedy also questioned the con-
stitutio'nality of the state control-
ling University policy.

City building codes
delay fall opening of
private student dorm
by David Rheingold ferent building codes

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"Technically, the legislature
cannot mandate who we admit and
who we. cannot admit," Kennedy
said.
However, there are ways to en-
force proposals without legislation,
Campbell said. In 1987, the
University was threatened with
funding cuts if they did not comply
with the state's proposal.
Kennedy said that.even if there
was no limit on the number of out-
of-state students the student popu-
lation would probably not change
dramatically.
"I can't imagine that there
would be a very drastic change,"
Kennedy said. He estimated that
when th . cap was first discussed in
1987, 34 percent of University
students were out-of-state.
Legislators will continue to dis-
cuss the proposal as a part of this
year's budget negotiations.
Jewish New
Year poses
dilemma
for students
by Elizabeth Marshall
It happens every year.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh
Hashanah, always falls in the
months of September and October,
but rarely during the first days of
the semester.
The University has instructed
professors to recognize and be sensi-
tive to potential conflicts, yet many
students are unaware of the unwrit-
ten policy and fear being dropped
from class lists if they are absent.
In a July 25 letter, Gilbert
Whitaker, provost and vice presi-
dent for Academic Affairs, asked
that professors be "sensitive and
accommodating" and that wait list
actions be postponed until
Wednesday.
"We should all be aware that the
coincidence of a major religious hol-
iday with the start of the term will
impose special problems for some
students and faculty," he wrote.
However, Mary Koukhab, an

The conversion of the former Ann Arbor
Inn to a private student dormitory has been
delayed until at least winter semester. -
.The city recently required an upgrade of the
building's fire emergency system before open-
ing its doors.
Neil Gorosh, a partner in the Southfield
firm of LoPatin Co., plans to work with the
Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm of Pacific Ho-
tel Associates to convert the vacated hotel,
located on the corner of Fourth and Huron
streets, into a dormitory.
However, repairs have delayed his initial
hopes of opening this fall, he said.
"The best case scenario is that it's opened
on some basis during the winter term,"
Gorosh said. "I'd like to have it open February
or March so students can take a look at it."
Larry Pickel, planning review director for
the Ann Arbor Building Department, said the
building can "compartmentize" its rooms by
dividing the floor area into smaller units con-

"The legal use of existing structures can
continue," he said. "When the use is changed,
we take a look at what changes are required for
the building code and then we apply them."
Pickel added, "The only problem with the
building code is that we can't apply it to all
existing buildings. We have buildings right
now that need sprinkler systems."
In addition to the delay, Pitamber Enter-
prises, a Roseville, Calif., firm, has expressed
interest in purchasing the building.
But Gorosh said he is still committed to
converting the building into a student dorm.
"They have an interest, but right now, it's not
for sale," he said.
Gorosh purchased the building in March.
He said that although its cost will probably
be higher than that of University housing, it
will provide such luxuries as maid, secretar-
ial, and laundry services.
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