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Finally, a breath of fresh air in the University
administration. Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen Hartford is serious enough about
students' concerns to move into South Quad.

Melanie Griffith does anything but shine with
Michael Douglas in David Seltzer's new World
War 11 spy thriller Shining Through.

Kalei Beamon led the Michigan women's tennis
team to an 8-1 victory over the Eastern Michigan
Eagles in the Wolverines' season opener.

Today
Rain turning to snow;
High: 38, Low: 21
Tomorrow
Brisk, colder; High 28, Low 15

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No.70 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, February 4, 1992 The Michigan Daily

'U' denies
NORML
Diag for
Hash Bash
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
A local group advocating the le-
galization of marijuana said yester-
day that it is being denied its rights
because one University official
wants to restrict its access to the
Diag during the 21st annual Hash
Bash.
Members of the University chap-
ter of the National Organization to
Reform Marijaua Laws (NORML)
obtained a computer-mail memo sent
by Associate Vice President for
Academic Affairs M9ary Ann Swain
to the Student Organizations Devel-
opment Center (SODC), in which
she stated that NORML should be
prohibited from using the Diag on
the day of Hash Bash.
According to the memo, NORML
is not to be scheduled for the Diag
because "of problems with personal
safety of persons in attendance in
former years and also problems with
property destruction (sic)." Swain
also proposed that the University
hold an indoor forum to discuss
items on NORML's agenda.
U of M NORML Secretary Adam
Brook said that when NORML
members went to SODC to reserve
See DIAG, Page 2

UT police officer held
' f on $1 million bond

by Karen Sabgir
Daily Higher Education Reporter
TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo mu-
nicipal judge Denise Dart granted
the police request for a $1 million
cash-only bond yesterday morning
in the arraignment of a iUniversity
of Toledo (UT) police officer
accused of murdering a UT student.
Jeffrey Hodge, 22. was arrested
Saturday in connection with last
week's shooting of Melissa
Herstruin, a 19-year-old UT
sophomore.
Herstrum's body was found
frozen to the ground Jan. 27 near
the Engineering and TecImology
Building - about a mile from the
center of campus. She had been shot
14 times in the legs, back, and head.

Defense co-counsel Alan Konop
said he could not elaborate on the
case because he had been hired
Sunday and had not thoroughly
investigated the case.
But Konop said -lodge is "a man
with an exemplary record who has
never been in custody ... This is not
the type of thing he's ever been
involved with or accused of."
Konop said he felt the $1 mil-
lion bond was excessive, but that
he had expected a substantial fine.
"Whether it was S100,000 or SI
million, it didn't matter," Konop
said.
Since his arrest, I lodge has been
suspendled with pay' from the
UTPD. le was hired as a police
dispatcher for the U'l police force

ANUEW LEVY/Uaily
Jeffrey Hodge, center, awaits arraignment yesterday morning in the
Toledo Municipal Court for the shooting of a UT student.

in March 1990 while a junior at
UT, and in March 1991 he began a
year of probation as an officer.
The police have not established
a clear motive, but the
investigation has been linked with
an incident in a women's dormitory
last week. Six shots were fired
from a 9mm pistol - the same
type of gun used to kill Iferstrum
- into one of the rooms, barely
missing a stU(lent.
The Toledo Blade reported that
preliminary ballistic reports indi-
cated the shells may have been
from the same Mull.
According to the Toledo Blade,
police are also reinvestigating a se-
ries of fires set in several UTl
See TOLEi)O, Page 2
campus
groups, carry Mace, or something
- you'll be fine."
Seimat said she was "really sur-
prised because I thought our
campus was really safe. I didn't
think anything like this would
happen."
"I think that more safety mea-
sures need to be taken,'I 'l' sopho-
more Ukali White said. White sug-
See REACTION, Page 2

Murder of student shakes up UT

by Andrew Levy
Daily Staff Reporter
TOLEDO, Ohio - About 50
students were sitting in the
University of Toledo's (UIT) pizza
bar, Angelo's Attic, as yesterday's
noon news came on the biro-screen
TV. The chat ter of their voices
slowly came to a halt when the an-
chor started talking about the mur-
der.
"The murder" refers to the Jan.

26 slaying of 19-year-old UT
sophomore Melissa 1lerstrum on
campus, allegedly by Jeffrey
Hodge, a UT Police Department
officer. And, though classes went
on as usual at this primarily
commuter campus yesterday, there
was little question that the murder
was on everybody's mind. -
"It's quite frightening, really,"
said UTi junior Matthew Duffy,

originally from En gland. Duffy
said he wasn't particularly
frightened for himself, but rather
for women.
"My girlfriend always walks
home quite late, so I make sure I'm
with her," he said.
Most students said they agreed.
in light of the murder, that safety
is of increasing concern. Tlhere
seemed to be an air of helplessness

with regard to late-night campus
safety.
"During the daytime I feel
pretty safe,' UT senior Denise
Weaver said. "When it starts get-
ting dark out, I don't know if I feel
safe anywhere."
UT first-year student Cassandra
Seimat shared these safety
concerns, but added that "as long as
you take precautions - walk in

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State reps. propose tobacco tax.hike

Wby Barry Cohen
Daily Government Reporter
Michigan smokers may soon pay
more for their cigarettes, if State
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
has his way.
Bullard and State Rep. William
Bryant (R-Grosse Pointe) presented
a proposal Wednesday to increase
state taxes on all tobacco products.
If successful, the bill would
double taxes on cigarettes to 50
cents per pack.
Dave Monforton, an aide to
Bullard, stressed the importance of
bipartisan cooperation to ensure the
bill's passage. "We hope to get the
support of the governor and other
people necessary to get it through
the legislature," Monforton said.
Currently, the tax-increase pro-
posal has been assigned to the state
Legislature's taxation committee.

Monforton said he did not know
when the Legislature would vote on
the final proposal.
"I am hopeful and not discour-
aged that even Governor Engler

The tax increase would raise
more than 5220 million in new rev-
enues to be earmarked fir programs
including substance abuse counsel-
ing and prenatal and infant health

'I am hopeful and not discouraged that even
Governor Engler will publicly support a major
increase of the tobacco tax.
- William Bryant
State representative

disease, cancer, and emphysema.
Anthony said these diseases are
largely responsible for the state's
having the highest rate of
"preventable diseases" in the
country.
Anthony said that 29.2 percent
of Michigan residents smoke. She
compared that figure to Kentucky's
29.9 percent - the nation's highest
ranking.
If the proposal passes, the new
revenues will address Anthony's
concerns. Rep. Bryant said he wants
to use the tax income on new pro-
grams stressing preventative
medicine.
John T'ruscott, Engler's press
secretary, said the governor is wait-
ing to see what actual legislation
passes before commenting on the
proposal.
See TAX, Page 2

will publicly support a major in-
crease of the tobacco tax," Rep.
Bryant said.
The goal of the tax increase is to
raise more revenues, while indi-
rectly discouraging the use of to-
bacco products, he added.

care.
Vernice Davis Anthony, Gov.
Engler's public health director, said
she thinks the revenues from the tax
increase should target high risk
chronic diseases, such as heart

I

U.S. program
begins effort
to repatriate
Haitian refugees
U.S. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The
United States began its repatriation program for
thousands of Haitian refugees yesterday, turning over
381 people to Haitian authorities with $15 in their
pockets and an uncertain future.
U.N. officials and human rights advocates warned
that many of the 12,000 boat people in U.S. custody
face death or intimidation at the hands of Haitian
security forces if they return to their towns and vil-
lages.
Officials at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba said those who returned on two Coast Guard
cutters yesterday did so voluntarily, while others did
not want to go back.
Dozens in the first group said they had risked their
lives fleeing in rickety boats to get away from Haiti's
poverty and not political persecution.
The United States has denied asylum to most
intercepted Haitians, saying they were not political
refugees as U.S. law requires. The Supreme Court
onened the way Friday for their repatriation by over-

Protesters set up a styrofoam nuclear warhead outside City Hall
yesterday to symbolize U.S. military spending.
Activists rally to call for
milfitary spending cuts

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Several community organiza-
tions, joined by local and. state
elected officials, rallied outside City
Hall yesterday, calling for more se-
vere cuts in U.S. military spending
and a reinvestment of savings in
social and environmental programs.
The demonstration marked the
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five years is not nearly enough.
"What Bush promises as 'big
changes' are only small steps," she
said. "That is why we have adopted
the 'Women's Budget,' which calls
for a 50 percent reduction in mili-
tary spending over a five year
period," Victor said.
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor) said the United States is im-
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