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Cloudy, some rain;
High: 62, Low: 45.
Mostly cloudy;
High: 55, Low: 38.

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Scorsese's Fear is
scary but trite.
Page 5.

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 37 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, November 19, 1991°6Y°9°

.Islamic Jihad releases



DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -
Shiite Muslim kidnappers freed
British hostage Terry Waite and
American Thomas Sutherland yes-
0 terday, and Waite said the remaining
three Americans held hostage in
Lebanon would be released by
month's end.
"Terry Waite and I are very
happy to have received our first
gulps of Lebanon and Syrian fresh
air but we have to wait to tomor-
row to meet the sunshine," Suther-

land said on his arrival from Beirut.
Their release by the group Is-
lamic Jihad was a dramatic advance
toward ending the hostage ordeal.
The United Nations has been leading
diplomatic efforts to gain freedom
for Western hostages in Lebanon in
exchange for the release of Arab de-
tainees held by Israel.
Sutherland and Waite's release
raised speculation that the Israelis
may have made a commitment to
free Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid.

Waite said at a news conference
that his captors told him before
they set him free that American
hostages Joseph Ciccipio and Alann
Steen would be released within the
next five days, and Terry Anderson
by the end of the month.
He said he did not know when
the three remaining hostages - two
Germans and an Italian - would be
released. U.N. Secretary-General
Javier Perez de Cuellar said all
See HOSTAGES, Page 2

Student files against ROTC

arrest 4
by Ken Walker
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor Police officers ar-
rested four members of the Home-
less Action Committee (HAC) for
trespassing in a vacant floor of a
downtown office building yester-
day afternoon.
The four carried sleeping bags
and backpacks to the fourth floor
of 110 N. Fourth Ave. and at-
tempted to establish residence in
the vacant offices on that floor.
Those arrested were Renuka
Uthappa and Jeff Gearhart, Ann
Arbor residents; David Noel, a taxi
driver who has been homeless for
the past five years; and LSA junior
Michael Sasson.
The four were part of a raly
staged by 20 to 30 HAC members
and supporters who marched on the
sidewalk in front of the building.
HAC distributed news releases
before yesterday's rally claiming
that the First of America Bank had
foreclosed on the building's mort-
gage and was the sole owner of*the
See PROTEST, Page 2

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Higher Education Reporter
A gay Eastern Michigan Univer-
sity student is trying to receive a
U.S. Army scholarship, despite hav-
ing dropped out of ROTC last win-
ter because of the military's policy
forbidding homosexuals from
0 enlisting.
Sophomore Lee Neubecker has
filed both a harassment complaint
and a discrimination complaint
against ROTC with the university.
Neubecker claims his military sci-
ence professor repeatedly made ho-
mophobic remarks, including, "No
gay, faggot, homosexual drug-users
are allowed in here."
Neubecker is meeting with the

university's Access and Equality
Committee today to discuss the
The EMU incident is one of
many recent controversies over the
U.S. military's anti-gay policy. Sev-
eral universities, including Harvard,
have kicked Reserve Officer Train-
ing Programs off their campuses be-
cause of discrimination. The Univer-
sity of Michigan faculty voted last
June to formally oppose the na-
tional policy, but ROTC has not
been asked to leave by University
Neubecker said he was awarded
the three-year Army scholarship,
which would pay his tuition and
provide him with a $1,000 annual

stipend, his senior year in high
school. Neubecker was uncertain of
his sexual orientation at the time,
but dropped out of the program
when he realized that he would have
to lie, he said.
"The first few days of class we
were handed a form that asked us to
check a box identifying our sexual
orientation. I stayed in the class for
the whole first semester. I could
not say anything because I had not
completely accepted the fact that I
am gay," Neubecker said.
Neubecker said he dropped the
class in December during his first
"I knew the forms would be
See ROTC, Page 2

An Ann Arbor police officer handcuffs Renuka Uthappa, an Ann Arbor
resident and HAC member, for trespassing in vacant office space.

Polls open today for MSA elections

by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter
A common precept argues that
fate is written on the wall, but the
Michigan Student Assembly's fate
may be inscribed on candidates'
campaign fliers as voters take to the

There are 38 candidates vying for
the 25 assembly seats up for elec-
tion this term. The slate of candi-
dates includes 15 members of both
the Conservative Coalition (CC)
and the Progressive Party and eight
candidates running as independents.
Even though every school does

not have a vacant seat, all students
can vote in the election since two
referenda are included on the ballot.
The referenda consist of propos-
als for automatic student group
recognition and the addition of the
Environmental Issues Committee.
In order for the referenda to be
passed, two-thirds of voting stu-

dents must voice their approval.
Although candidates have criti-
cized the election campaign for fo-
cusing on petty partisan politics,
each side has voiced heated opinions
on issues ranging from administra-
tion-student relations to students'
See VOTE, Page 2

Students express lack of interest in MSA, elections

See the Daily's special MSA
election coverage on page 3
polls today and tomorrow.
This fall's MSA election has
featured charges against campaign
fliers ranging from libel to ob-
struction that some argue stemmed
from election suits filed during last
semester's presidential election.
Progressive Party co-manager
Todd Ochoa claimed last winter's
$5 fine given to Common Sense vice-
presidential candidate Angie Burks
for forging another candidate's sig-
nature damaged the party at the
Ochoa said success of the suit
against Burks led to the filing of
petty complaints during this year's
campaign, but it still remains to be
seen whether any of the charges will
adversely affect either party this

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Michgan Student Assembly can-
didates will be looking for a stu-
dent mandate today and tomorrow
- but similar to past elections, the
resounding student message will
probably be one of apathy.
Students said they do not plan to
vote in MSA elections because they
are either unaware of the assembly
and its purpose or are disheartened
by the ineffectiveness of past and
current administrations.
"There's a general overall sense
of apathy. They (MSA) don't do as
much as they used to and no one
cares anymore," said Carl Fowlkes,
an LSA senior. "It's ineffective be-
cause it's the student government
and they never have as much power
as we'd like them to have."
Many first-year students do not
plan to vote because they say they
are unaware of the issues and candi-

dates involved.
"I don't think I'll vote because I
don't think I'm really into Michi-
gan yet," said Jimmy Poh, a first-
year student. "I'm a freshman here
and I don't know what's going on
On the other side of the spec-
trum, many seniors are apathetic
about voting due to their pending
graduation. "I'm not going to vote
because I'm leaving and graduating
and I don't really care," said LSA
senior Tom Bacon.
Other students don't plan to
vote because they claimed they
haven't seen the assembly accom-
plish anything in the past.
"I'm probably not going to
vote," said Business senior Andrew
Pillsbury. "I don't think it's an ef-
fective organization and I don't
want to waste my time."
But students who plan to vote

say it is the only way to voice stu-
dent concerns. "You might as well
exercise your right to vote if you are
paying dues," said LSA senior Glenn
Most students who plan to-vote
have aligned themselves with one of
the two parties vying for the 25
open seats on the assembly.
"If I were to vote I'd probably
vote Progressive because I define
myself more to the left," said LSA
junior Michael Schreyer.
LSA senior Mark Matouka dis-
agreed. "I'm leaning more toward
the CC or the independents because I
don't believe in the things that-the
Progressive Party wants," he said.
Other reasons for not voting in-
clude a lack of publicity by MSA.
Many students said they have seen
the posters but they don't know
where the election will take place.
See INTEREST, Page 3

On strike
University alum and Ann Arbor resident Lawrence Finn pays a visit to the
bowling alley yesterday on his day off.
i 'U' spends most for
research, survey says

by Andrew Levy
Daily Research Reporter
A National Science Foundation
report leaked to an official in the
University Division of Research
Development and Administration
shows that the University ranked
first among public universities na-
tionwide in research spending for
the fiscal year 1990.
The announcement, made by Vice
President for Research William
Kelly at last week's Board of Re-
gents meeting, shows that the Uni-

versity's approximately $310.6
million in research spending edges
out the previous leader, the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin at Madison, by
more than $700,000.
"That's the kind of No.1 ranking
we all like," University President
James Duderstadt said.
Among all universities, public
and private, the University ranked
third, behind leader Johns Hopkins
University which, with a $668.9
million research budget spent more
See RESEARCH, Page 2

1986 1987 1988 1989eN990
(in millions) Source: National Science Foundation ~

by Tami Pollak
Daily Staff Reporter
Little progress has been made in
substantiating stories circulating
about a rape in front of Stockwell
Hall last week, although the Uni-
versity Department of Public Safety
(DPS) has confirmed an incident of
sexual assault at the back entrance
to East Quad on the morning of
Nov. 9.
DPS Lt. Vernon Baisden said
yesterday that the East Quad inci-
dent should have appeared on sum-
mary reports released early last
week, and said he could not explain
why it did not.
"It should have .been there,"
Baisden said, adding, "We have taken

Attack near Stockwell
remains unconfirmed

what procedure housing security
followed in notifying residence hall
staff, but said he would look into it
this morning.
Baisden added he too had been
hearing stories about an incident in
front of Stockwell Hall since last
Thursday, but said neither DPS nor
the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center have been noti-
fied of an attack.
However, the woman who was
attacked at the entrance to East
Quad last Saturday, who requested
to remain anonymous, said the secu-
rity officer who took her report
told her the description of the man
who attacked her matched that of a

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