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home to spend the holiday with her
"It's really hard that I have to
risk it but it is important to my
family that I go home. It's too bad,"
But administrators argue that
students are not at such great risk of
losing their places in classes.
Eugene Nissen, LSA assistant
dean of Student Academic Affairs,
said though there is no official pol-
icy which prohibits professors from
dropping students, the administra-
tion "strongly encourages" profes-
sors to be sympathetic to observant
Most students said their profes-
sors didn't mention the potential
Randy Sklar, an LSA sophomore,
was angry that his professor did not
"I think this is typical of a
University like Michigan which
claims to be very aware of the needs
of minority groups but in reality do
not recognize several major holi-
days of other religions," he said.
"I think we need a blanket policy
under which professors who do not
comply are reprimanded," he added.
Even non-Jewish students said
the holiday forces them to postpone
scheduling decisions until after
"I don't have time to keep going
to classes if I'm not sure I'm going
to get in," said Claudia Cabello, an
Hillel Director Joseph Kohane
said in past years he has been pleased
with University policy on the
Jewish New Year and other impor-
"The University has a good pol-
icy in that students do not, in fact,
get dropped from class lists."
While some professors may occa-
sionally drop students, infractions
are rare, he added.
Kohane said although he would
be "delighted" if classes were can-
celed for the Jewish New Year, he
added that then the University
would have to respond to requests
of other minority groups.
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The Congress endorsed the plan
by a lopsided 1,682-43 vote. When
the tally came up, Gorbachev nodded
and clapped, and Russian President
Boris Yeltsin, seated next to him,
The plan was fashioned by
Gorbachev and the leaders of 10 re-
publics - including Yeltsin, who
emerged as his governing partner af-
ter leading nationwide resistance to
last month's abortive coup.
"We've said all along, as long as
they continue on the reform path in
both economics and politics, as long
as they arrive at decisions in a peace-
ful manner that's mutually accept-
able to the center and the republics,
the final outcome is something that
they have to decide for themselves,"
said Deputy White House Press
Secretary Roman Popadiuk.
The new Soviet defense minister,
Gen. Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, told a
news conference yesterday that the
country's nuclear weapons are under
Shaposhnikov also said he would
hold talks with representatives of
all republics on the status of Soviet
troops on their territory.
Congress agreed on rapid moves
toward a market economy, including
the right to own property, and
passed a sweeping human rights dec-
People's deputies applaud after President Mikhail Gorbachev's proposal to abolish the centrally-controlled
state was approved by an overwhelming majority at the Congress of the People's Deputies in the Kremlin.
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The human rights declaration
promises freedom of speech, the
press, ideology, religion, assembly,
life, health and security. It also bars
censorship and promises protection
for ethnic minorities.
The controlled breakup is sup-
posed to bring more freedom and
quicker economic reform. But some
republics may use the escape from
Kremlin control to roll back
Gorbachev's reforms and revert to a
Reformist legislators said that
could happen in Uzbekistan, where
the Communist Party still controls
the press, the government and the
Another trouble spot was
Georgia, where the Parliament or-
dered most Georgian-language
newspapers closed as demonstrators
gathered for a fourth day to demand
the resignation of authoritarian
President Zviad Gamsakhurdia.
The resolution allows republics
to choose their form of participa-
tion in the new union, and calls for
immediate negotiations with re-
publics that choose not to join.
Lawmakers expect the new union
to attract 10 or 11 of the republics.
The Baltics and Georgia are expected
to sign onto an economic coopera-
tion agreement, but Moldavia's par-
ticipation is uncertain.
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ATLANTA (AP) - A federal
investigation of bid-rigging on
school milk contracts has spread to
16 states in a scandal that has vic-
timized school children and cost
taxpayers millions of dollars.
In the latest turn of events, Pet
Inc. pleaded guilty Wednesday to
violations of the Sherman Antitrust
Act for fixing bids for milk con-
tracts in South Carolina.
"In the short run, the kids at
school are the victims. If you're hav-
ing to spend more on milk, you
don't have as much to spend on other
food for them," said Paul
McElwain, chief of school nutrition
in Kentucky. "In the long run, the
taxpayers are the victims."
Since the investigation began in
1988, the Justice Department has
filed 40 criminal cases against some
50 dairy companies and executives,
including some of the nation's
Thirty-eight dairy companies and
executives have entered guilty pleas,
and 18 people have been sentenced to
prison. Seven companies and execu-
tives have been acquitted; charges
have been dismissed against two
Dairy companies have been
slapped with almost $19 million in
fines and damages, and the Justice
Department was seeking another
$6.1 million in damages, a
The investigation began when
federal officials learned that dairy
marketers were fixing milk prices
in Florida schools to undercut com-
"Somebody talked in Florida and
it's been spreading northward and
westward ever since," said Jim
Gulick, head of the North Carolina
Justice Department's antitrust divi-
Federal investigations have been
conducted or are pending in
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
Kentucky, New Jersey, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Texas, Virginia and five
other states the Justice Department
would not identify.
"It's quite widespread ... and
quite appalling," said Judy
Whalley, deputy assistant attorney
general in the Justice Department's
Officials at Pet, one of the larger
dairies that has pleaded guilty in the
scam, said the St. Louis-based com-
pany is trying to distance itself
from the fresh dairy business. Pet
sold its fresh dairy division in 1985,
but the sale was unrelated to the
federal probe, Spokesperson Beatrice
"We're concerned about the issue
and we're concerned about our good
reputation," Miller said. "No
employees that were involved in the
fresh dairy division are with Pet at
In its plea agreement Wednesday,
Pet was fined the maximum $1 mil-
lion recommended by the U.S.
Officials at Coble Dairy, another
large dairy that has pleaded guilty,
refused to comment. As part of its
plea agreement, Coble has agreed to
help the Justice Department unravel
the complicated scheme, federal
The nation's public schools serve
more than 24 million lunches a day,
and most of those include milk. The
U.S. Department of Agriculture
subsidizes many of the lunches.
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