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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CI, No. 61 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, January 22, 1992 CTeMiganDi92

0 Court to
rule on
by Gwen Schaffer
*Daily Staff Reporter
The Supreme Court set the stage
yesterday for an important election-
year ruling on abortion but left open
the question of whether it will
broadly reconsider its 1973 abortion-
legalizing decision.
The court said it will review a re-
strictive Pennsylvania law that has
been substantially upheld by a
federal appeals court.
Activists on both sides of the
abortion debate said they expect the
court to use the Pennsylvania case to
undermine its landmark Roe vs.
Wade ruling. They said the decision
likely will make abortions far more
difficult to obtain even if states are
not allowed to putlaw virtually all
Several activities will be taking
place on campus this week in com-
memoration of the Nineteenth
Anniversary of Roe versus Wade.
Students for Life are sponsoring a
pro-life rally in the Diag at noon to-
day. The Fourth Annual Students for
Life Candlelight Vigil will be held at
5:30 p.m. on the steps of the Union
tonight. In addition, the Pro-Life
See ABORTION, Page 7

Howard to
pass up
final season

Desmond Howard announced yesterday that he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.


Desmond made

-Sheran My Thoughts A
When Desmond Howard announced his decision to
forego his final year of football eligibility at Crisler
Arena yesterday, few heads turned.
That's amazing. Not because the decision was a sur-
prise, but because there were just so many heads. Writ-
ers, broadcasters, photographers, and camera operators
swarmed Howard, who finally informed them of
what they'd been buzzing about since midseason.
If you ask me, Howard's decision was a no-brainer.
Not because of the money, or the threat of injury, or
even the fact that he will earn his degree anyway.
Simply because Desmond Howard shouldn't have

right decision
to endure another year of handling the enormous me-
dia strain while still a student.
He's handled the pressure well - evidenced by his
3.44 GPA amid the enormous demand last semester.
But last semester featured very answerable questions,.
like, "What would winning the Heisman Trophy
mean to you?"
Desmond always answered these questions.
Always. Even when, after a sound Rose Bowl defeat
for Michigan, the questions turned to, "How do you
account for making only one catch all game?"
See SHERAN, Page 10

by Phil Green
Daily Football Writer
Ending weeks of speculation,
Michigan wide receiver Desmond
Howard announced yesterday that
he will forego his final season of
eligibility and will play profes-
sional football next season.
"I consistently told the media
during the course of the season that
I had planned on returning to
Michigan for a fifth year and to
play football again and to pursue
my Ph.D. in social work. I meant
everything I said," the Heisman
Trophy winner said at a press con-
ference at Crisler Arena. "Four
years ago a young child left
Cleveland, Ohio to come to
Michigan to pursue a degree ... and
to be the best college football
player he could be. I'm graduating
in May and the Heisman's in
Michigan coach Gary Moeller,
though not ecstatic with the an-
nouncement, stood behind Howard.
"Obviously his teammates and
the coaching staffs would like to

see him back in Maize and Blue in
1992, but I'll support him,"
Moeller said. "He's a true student-
athlete.... We want to wish him the
best. We want him to remember,
hopefully, some of the values he's
learned at Michigan and he will
take those with him forever."
Howard, who earned a 3.44 with
one incomplete last term, will re-
ceive his bachelor's degree in
Communication in May.
"There's nothing new that I
could have done. Maybe break a few
more records, but as far as awards
and accolades are concerned, once
you've won the Heisman most peo-
ple in college football think
you've done it all," Howard ex-
plained. "I don't think there's any-
thing else I could have done indi-
vidually. All I would have been
striving for had I elected to come
back would have been the national
Howard called his parents just
past midnight Monday to tell
them to drive to Ann Arbor for his
See HOWARD, Page 14)

''U' police force wields $25,000 worth of weaponry

by Ben Deci
Daily Crime Reporter
Twenty-nine shiny new 9-mil-
limeter pistols, some nickle-plated,
will be hanging in the holsters of
the recently deputized Department
of Public Safety (DPS) officers as
they make their rounds this
semester. The pistols are among the
new equipment ordered by DPS for
the upcoming year.
This choice of weapon is standard
among University police forces, said
Officer Roger Herman of the
Michigan State University Police,
whose department also uses a 9-
millimeter pistol. Michigan State
University has had deputized police
officers for about three years.
"It's probably the least potent

round carried on the street," said
Bill Green of CMP distributors, the
suppliers of the DPS weapons. "I
would suggest a .45, but those are
big military style weapons and
would scare the public - and a 9-
millimeter can still get the job
Although none of the DPSoffi-
cers has ever fired a weapon while
patrolling campus, the officers are
required by both Michigan law and
departmental policy to register high
scores on a firing range.
"The departmental guidelines
are stricter than the state guide-
lines," said Leo Heatley, director of
DPS. "We require officers to take a
target test 10 months out of 12," he

While Heatley says he hopes that
none of his officers will ever have
to use their weapons, the ammuni-
tion ordered by his department
should insure they have a practiced
aim. Twenty cases of 9-millimeter
ammunition, and 20 magazines were
ordered along with the pistols.
"The elimination of error
increases safety," explained Green.
This can be accomplished by practice
and such equipment as night sights,
which aid officers aim in the dark.
"Most crimes don't happen at 12
noon out in the open," Green added.
DPS has nine pistols equipped with
such night sights.
"The newly deputized officers
have all attended and graduated
See COPS, Page 2

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Deputization hearings set for near
break as students, 'U' negotiate

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
University administrators and
Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) representatives met yester-
day to discuss plans for new deputi-
zation of campus police.
Vice-President for Academic
Affairs Mary Ann Swain, Vice
President of Student Services Dr.
Maureen Hartford, her Associate
Vice President Royster Harper,
MSA President James Green, Rack-
ham President Mark Buchan, Law
School Rep. Michael Warren and
LSA Rep. Robert Van Houweling,

both from the Students' Rights
Commission (SRC) attended the
State-mandated public hearings
over regental deputization are set
for February 19 and 20 - the
Wednesday and Thursday before
spring break begins.
The hearings, non-binding fo-
rums.for expressing public opinion,
were originally planned to last for
one hour each but the student repre-
sentatives at the meeting asked the
administration for them to be ex-
tended to two or three hours each.
See HEARINGS, Page 2


Haley discusses impact of
oral tradition on his work

and Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporters
Alex Haley has seven comput-
ers at home, yet he does most of his
writing on an old typewriter, the
renowned author told an overflow
crowd of about 600 in the League
Ballroom yesterday.
Haley said that while he loves
computers, they leave no evidence
of a first or second draft, "just a
final copy."
It was by searching through
such old drafts and records, and
hearing stories passed on orally,
that Haley was able to track down
the information needed for Roots,
his famous book about his family
life, he said.
In a world of rapidly advancing
technology, Haley stressed that
people need to remember the value
of seemingly old-fashioned meth-
ods of relating information.
"Before there was writing, in

all of our culture ... there was no
other way to retain and relay in-
formation but from ear to brain
and out of mouth to ear, from gen-
eration to generation to genera-
tion," he said.
Haley illustrated the value of
the oral tradition with a story
'You should open your
arms wide and
physically hug them
and say thank you for
making you possible.'
- Author Alex Haley
about his work on Roots. He told
of being in Africa, researching his
genealogy, and meeting members of
a tribe in the country of Gambia.
The tribe members told a story
about Kunta Kinte, a young man
who had been chopping wood to
make a drum when he disappeared.

Haley immediately recognized
this as the same story he had heard
as a young boy from his grand-
mother and great-aunts.
"I got goose pimples," he said,
when he realized the man he was
told of in Africa was his ancestor,
the same man he had heard about in
Afterward, Haley returned to
Africa again on a ship, but avoided
the luxuries of a stateroom.
Rather, he said he slept on a
wooden shelf like Kunta Kinte did
when he was brought over as a
Haley said he imagined Kinte's
feelings and possible conversations
between Kinte and other slaves and
recorded them in the dark. One
night he said he heard voices of his
ancestors telling him he was doing
a good job and should continue.
From these experiences, Haley
See HALEY, Page 2


Alex Haley addresses a question from the audience during a panel
discussion yesterday afternoon in the Hussing Room of the Michigan

by Barry Cohen
Daily Government Reporter
"Michigan is a state of change
on course for a great future," Gov.
John Engler said last night in his
State of the State address in
The speech emphasized positive
changes to enable Michigan to gain
an upper hand in educational stan-
dards and economic opportunities.
Stressing that workers cannot
compete for jobs on the open mar-
ket unless they have the necessary
skills, Engler said he is not satisfied

New Student Affairs V.P. plans to increase student input in 'U'

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
She has a new house. A new last
name and a new husband to go with
it. And a new job.
For Maureen Hartford, the Uni-
versity's new vice president for stu-

Hartford will be spending the
first week in February living in
South Quad.
"I will be eating in the residence
hall. I will have a roommate, and I
plan to go to all of the events," she

Hartford said a priority is to es-
tablish a Student Research Office,
which will help her gauge what to
expect and how to improve the cur-
rent Student Services program.
"I'm interested in meeting with
students that I might not otherwise

fits in on campus and what pro-
grams would benefit the system.
' Hartford will also join the Uni-
versity's Task Force on Alcohol and
Other Drugs. She said new federal
legislation has established more
regulations for the use of these con-

Safety should prove to be a hot
issue on campus as the regents pre-
pare to convert campus police from
sheriff's deputies to regental police.
Hartford hopes to involve students
in this process. She met with stu-
dent leaders Monday to organize the


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