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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

Vol. CII, No. 46

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, December 4, 1991

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by Ben Deci
Daily Staff Reporter
Three AIDS victims shared their
stories while participating in a
panel discussion on the epidemic
during World AIDS Day yesterday.
The high emotional pitch was
supplemented with an educational
emphasis provided by panelists ad-
dressing the spectrum of problems
surrounding the illness.
June Osborn, Dean of the Uni-
versity School of Public Health and
Chair of the National Commission
on AIDS, opened the discussion by
commenting on HIV's far reaching
"It's hard to come to an event
like this. A person needs a sense that
it has to do with them before they
can face the issue," Osborn said.
"But there is a universal risk of in-
fection with this exceptionally un-
See AIDS, Page 2

Steen released;
three hostages

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - The Lebanon
kidnapping ordeal seemed headed for an end
with the release of another American yester-
day, and reports said Terry Anderson, the last
American captive, could be freed today.
The freeing of American Alann Steen was
the latest in a series of dramatic releases sinye
August that has been orchestrated by the
United Nations. Only three Westerners still
are held captive by Shiite Muslim radicals.
U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de
Cuellar said in New York after meeting with
Iranian Ambassador Kamal Kharrazi that he
expected yet another release within two days.
"I know it will be very soon but I cannot say
when," he added.
Kharrazi said it was his understanding that
Anderson would be freed by today, and
sources in Damascus who are close to the
hostage negotiations made the same predic-
tion. There were indications that the United
Nations was working on a separate deal to
gain the Gertodays' freedom:
Steen, a Boston native, spent nearly five
years in captivity.
"It's great to be out," the 52-year-old
journalism teacher told reporters at a news
conference at the Syrian Foreign Ministry.
Steen wept as he was turned over to U.S.
Ambassador Christopher Ross.
"I don't think I can find the words right
now to express how I feel, except that it's
wonderful," said Steen, who was kidnapped on
Jan. 24, 1987 at the U.S.-supported Beirut

University College by extremists posing as
Lebanese police. "Five years is no fun."
The pro-Iranian organization of Islamic Ji-
had for Liberation of Palestine said it freed
Steen in Beirut under a U.N.-brokered agree-
ment. Syrian army officers drove Steen across
the border to Damascus.
Steen was flown last night to Germany,
where he will undergo medical examinations
and be debriefed by intelligence officials.
Nearly 100 people turned out in subfreez-
ing temperatures to greet Steen as he arrived
the U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden.
Steen punched his fist in the air in jubila-
tion as confetti showered down around him
and the crowd cheered wildly. A banner hung
outside the hospital said "Dear Santa, Please
Bring Us One More," referring to Anderson.
Steen was to join American Joseph Cicip-
pio, who was freed Monday. Cicippio was ab-
ducted in 1986. He suffered frostbite in cap-
tivity, the doctor said, but is generally
Steen said in Damascus that he exercised
for two hours every day while in captivity but
had had lots of colds. His face and neck were
covered with what appeared to be abrasions
and Steen said he caused them himself when he
shaved for the first time in three years.
Asked if he had a message for his wife,
Steen said: "I love her, I miss her."
Virginia Steen later spoke to her husband
by telephone from her home in Clark Lake,
See HOSTAGES, Page 2

A Kodak moment MELE:
First year Betsy Barbour residents (clockwise from top) Jennifer Briones, Renee Stokes,
Bryn Gerich, Jen Tipton, and Chris Cotter capture the second big snowfall on film. Gerich,
from flurry-free California, plans to send the picture to Mom and Dad.

Sununu hands in letter of

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WASHINGTON (AP) - John Sununu,
the combative White House chief of staff
whose abrasive style earned him enemies in
both parties, resigned yesterday, telling
President Bush he didn't want to be "a drag
on your success."
Speculation immediately centered on
Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner as
a likely successor, although the White
House said no decision had been made.
Sununu handed Bush a five-page hand-
written resignation note on Air Force One
while Bush was on a trip to Florida and
Bush accepted the resignation, effective
Dec. 15, and said in a statement that Su-
nunu would remain as a counselor with
Cabinet rank through March 1.
Sununu's resignation ended weeks of
rumor that he was on his way out. The 52-
year-old former New Hampshire governor
and Bush campaign aide had come under in-
creasing criticism in recent days from Re-
publicans for his role in the mixed signals
from the White House on the faltering
Administration and Republican sources
said they expected Skinner, a close political

n as chief of staff

ally of the president's who played an active
role in his 1988 election effort, to get the
top White House staff job.
White House spokesperson Judy Smith
said that as far as she knew, Bush had not
offered Skinner the job.
Skinner is well respected by other Cabi-
net members, GOP members of Congress
and Republican campaign workers.
Speculation that he would get the post
was fueled by revelations that he had a pri-
vate dinner with the president on Sunday
and breakfast at the White House on Mon-
day with Bush's son and chief political
trouble shooter, George Bush Jr.
It was Bush's eldest son who delivered
the bad news to Sununu last Wednesday
that there was wide opposition to him
among Bush's top advisers, administration
and Republican sources said yesterday.
In his letter, Sununu said that until re-
cently he had been convinced he could be a
strong contributor to Bush's efforts.
"But in politics, especially during the
seasons of a political campaign, percep-
tions that can be effectively dealt with at
other times can be converted into real polit-
ical negatives," Sununu wrote. "And I

Director resigns after
strengthening SAPAC

by Erin Einhorn
and Bethany Robertson
Daily Staff Reporters
When Julie Steiner became the first direc-
tor of the University's Sexual Assault Pre-
vention. Awareness Center (SAPAC), she
wanted to bring the issue of sexual assault out
into the open on campus.
Almost six years later, Steiner said she
feels she has accomplished her mission and
wants to move on.
Last Wednesday marked her final day as di-
"It's a hard job," Steiner said. "It's time
for me to do some other things and relax, and
see what other mischief I can create."
Steiner said she will continue to consult
and plan workshops related to sexual assault
prevention, but has no other definite career

"Whatever I'll be doing, it will be related
to sexual change," Steiner said.
Interim Vice President for Student Ser-
vices Mary Ann Swain said the University
will be looking for someone to continue "the
excellence in the unit that Julie has built."
Swain has been meeting with SAPAC lead-
ers over the past two days to determine what
qualities the new director should possess and
how that person should be selected.
She expects the search process to yield a
candidate sometime in the spring. An interim
director will be appointed soon, said Wal.ter
Harrison, executive director of University
SAPAC needs "somebody who cares about
these issues, can run a unit, and works well
with students," Swain said.
See SAPAC, Page 2

would never want to not be contributing
positively, much less be a drag on your
Bush wrote to Sununu, "It is with reluc-
tance, regret and a sense of personal loss
that I accept your resignation as chief of

*NSF officials say Duderstadt's
two positions do not conflict


by Bethany Robertson
Daily Administration Reporter
University President James
Duderstadt was recently elected
chair of the board that oversees the
National Science Foundation (NSF),
but foundation officials said that
doesn't mean extra dollars will be
flowing into the University's re-
search coffers.
The board which Duderstadt
chairs creates policy for the NSF, an
independent agency that granted
about 8,000 research projects around
the country handing out approxi-
mately $2.5 billion last year.
Because the 24 board members
are drawn from universities and in-
dustries nationwide, complex pro-
cedures exist to prevent conflicts of

"It's a very intricate process, but
we make up an agenda every month
of matters that board members
should not participate in," said
Lewis Grotke, assistant general
counsel for the foundation.
When research proposals come
before the board that could affect
specific board members' interests,
those individuals are excluded from
discussion, Grotke said. This means
that Duderstadt will be barred from
debate on all University-related is-
"He wouldn't even be in the
room," Grotke said.
In addition to discussions about
their own institutions, board mem-.
bers are also excluded from making
decisions about institutions where
they sit on advisory or visiting

But when general policies come
before the board that will affect
several institutions equally, all
members are allowed to participate.
"If it affects all universities the
same way, there is a regulatory
waiver," Grotke said.
Although the board must ap-
prove all grants for more than $1.5
million, their power is limited, said
Janice Earle, director of the state-
wide initiative program.
"They don't have as much power
as you think," Earle said of the
board. "They're not going to over-
turn staff recommendations very
often." Experts are involved in
forming and writing all proposals
before they are brought to the board.

to enter
by Andrew Levy
Daily Staff Reporter
President Bush will not be the
only candidate vying for the
Republican presidential nomination
this spring when two extreme right
wing candidates join the race in the
next week.
Today, former Louisiana State
Representative David Duke will an-
nounce his intention to enter certain
Republican primaries, as will syndi-
cated columnist and former Nixon
aide Pat Buchanan next Tuesday.
Duke. who has run as a

Elected candidates take over old MSA

by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter
New representatives were seated
last night as the Michigan Student
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elected to serve on the assembly.
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