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Seriously cold, snow;
High: 17, Low: 6.
Flurries possible;
High: 19, Low: 10.


Gassing it up in
two University
professors' book.
Page 8.

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 57 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, January 15, 1992 CoMycighn a99

Worst snow storm in


hits city

nixed due
to wea ther
by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor resident Mike Pen-
nanen took one glance at the notice
on the doors of Hill Auditorium
and sighed. It read: "Due to in-
clement weather, Rev. Jesse Jack-
son's appearance has been
Pennanen was one of several
hundred people who trudged
through the snow to see Rev. Jesse
Jackson speak last night and left
disappointed after learning the en-
gagement was another casualty of
the snowstorm.
"Jackson's a dynamic speaker and
I think he tells the truth. It's not a
frequent opportunity that we get to
see someone with his credentials up
close," Pennanen said.
College Democrats President
Dana Miller, whose organization
co-sponsored the event, said Jackson
is planning a visit to Ann Arbor
sometime next month. "It's too
bad, because there's a lot of student
interest, but he'll be coming back,"
she said.
"I was lucky enough to see him
in a peace rally in Washington, D.C.
last year and thought it :would be
great to see him again," LSA senior
Jeri Alumit said. "It's a real disap-
Some people were more than dis-
appointed with the cancellation -
they were visibly upset.
"I don't think they should have
cancelled because of the weather.
We've been going to classes all
day," LSA sophomore Richard Clay
said. "I wasted valuable time and
money for a cab to get here."
Some, like Ann Arbor resident
George Taylor, said they were more
sympathetic. "I'm not surprised.
Events get cancelled all the time be-
cause of weather," Taylor said.
Sheldon Lewis, an organizer of
Jackson's Michigan appearance, said
See JACKSON, Page 2

Students slip-slide their
way to morning classes

by Andrew Levy
and Arreba Stafford
Daily Staff Reporters
The campus woke up to a winter wonder-
land surprise, as one of the most severe
snowstorms in recent memory hit Ann Ar-
bor early yesterday morning.
Nine inches of snow, along with high
winds that blew it all over streets and side-
walks, made the trip to class yesterday
treacherous for students and faculty alike.
"Well, there was a lot of snow to walk
through - up to my knees," said Kari
Ifkovits, an LSA first-year student, who had
an anthropology section at 9:00 a.m. "I was
slipping around and fell on my butt, but I'm
University grounds workers began clear-
ing the streets at 7:00 a.m. "We've been
working all day" said Kim Mata, a worker in
the moving and trucking department, which
is responsible for University snow removal.
Despite the ground crews' efforts, stu-
dents complained that not enough had been
"The roads and sidewalks were not
cleared enough," said LSA senior Geneva
Eaddy, who had four classes to attend.
"There were big clumps of snow and there
wasn't enough salt on the roads or side-
Third-year Law student Bernard Hooper
said he was caught off guard by the storm. He
didn't expect all of the snow, and had trou-

ble traversing the campus early in the
"Apparently, the ground crews at the
University didn't expect it either," Hooper
quipped. "But they did do a great job of
cleaning it up between the hours of 8 and
Indeed, conditions improved as the day
progressed. By 1:00 p.m. many roads and
sidewalks had been cleared of snow, and traf-
fic once again started to move. Salt was also
spread in many areas to melt lingering ice
But that did not help LSA sophomore Jin-
Ho Chung, whose 1:00 p.m. English lecture
was cancelled. Most of the students showed
up for class but Professor Lillian Back, who
lives out of town, found the roads
"We drove for one exit in the four-wheel
drive and were afraid, so we got off," Back
Communications Professor Joan Lowen-
stein, an Ann Arbor resident, said she could
have held her scheduled office hours yester-
day morning, but was besieged by other
weather-related problems.
"Well, because the schools were closed,
my son who usually goes to school had to
stay home, and also I have a baby who goes to
a babysitter," Lowenstein said. "The roads
were too dangerous for me to drive a baby to
the babysitter, so I stayed home."
See SNOW, Page 2

Winter weather wears on wheels, as many students whose bikes were outside
discovered yesterday. The snowstorm gave new meaning to the term "all-terrain bicycle."

Pro-choice groups


by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Abortion rights advocates are
moving to block a proposed state
law which would require doctors to
read women a list of possible risks
from an abortion, and implement a
24-hour waiting period before abor-
tions are performed.
The law, Senate Bill 141, has
passed in the state senate and is be-
ing reviewed by the House Judiciary
Committee. Sen. Jack Melborn (R-
Kalamazoo), the bill's sponsor,
called it an "informed consent act."
But Planned Parenthood of
Michigan said the bill's purpose is
to intimidate women seeking

Margy Long, Planned Parent-
hood's state public affairs director,
said the bill requires doctors to read
a "medically inaccurate script" of
information to the patient.
"The list says that if you have an
abortion you will have infertility
problems, problems carrying future
pregnancies to term, and long-term
psychological effects," Long said.
"The list also includes actual risks
such as blood clots and the possibil-
ity of going into shock."
Melborn said the bill requires
doctors to show patients a picture
of the fetus "so that the woman can
tell if it is a glob of tissue or a

it the "M
"The w
trary," Long
'it ... h
troduced in
ers in front
suading herf

fightig abort
ts of the bill have titled "It essentially harasses her and
edical Misinformation makes medical care become a politi-
cal issue," she added.
aiting period is arbi- Spokespeople for Washtenaw
g said. "The bill was in- Right to Life and Students for Life
were unable to be reached for
grasses her and comment.
Former Michigan Govs. William
medical care Milliken and James Blanchard have
a a political joined in an effort to stop the bill.
The two co-signed a fundraising let-
- Margy Long ter for Planned Parenthood Advo-
ned Parenthood cates of Michigan, which is fighting
the bill, Long said.
Melborn said "pro-abortion"
hopes of putting barri- factions have prevented a public
of the woman and dis- hearing from being scheduled.
from having an abortion. Long said the bill has a good

Israel and Jordan
meet as pressure
mounts on Shamir $

ion bill
chance of passing, but that physician
opposition could hurt it.
"Anti-abortion bills have been
successful in the past. The issue is so
volatile that many senators do not
want to get involved so they just
follow along," Long said.
University Coalition to Defend
Abortion Rights member Rhonda
Laur said the bill poses a threat to
women's reproductive freedom.
"The 24-hour wait bill means it
will be more difficult for poor,
working, and young women to ob-
tain an abortion because it means
they will have to take two days off
work or cover two days with their
parents," she said.
by Ben Deci
Daily Crime reporter
Thomas White, the victim of
Monday's stabbing outside the
Union, was upgraded from critical
to fair condition by the University
of Michigan Hospital yesterday.
White, a 35-year-old homeless Ann
Arbor man, was treated for multi-
ple stab wounds in the abdomen,
Although witnesses said they
saw the man who committed the at-
tack flee through the Michigan
Union, police said no suspects have
been arrested.
"The suspect has not yet been
taken into custody," said Sgt. Chris
Spork of the Department of Public
Safety (DPS). He added that the in-
vestigation is continuing.
Police are pursuing a possible
connection between Monday's crime
and a slaying at Westgate mall last
weekend, said AnndArbor Detective
Greg Stuart. He added that the Ann
Arbor Police were waiting to re-

and Jordan began their first formal
peace talks yesterday, and Jordan said
Israeli withdrawal from the West
Bank would not be a precondition to
At the same time, Israel pursued
face-to-face negotiations with repre-
sentatives of the 1.7 million Pales-
tinian Arabs who live on Israel-held
land and are seeking self-autonomy.
Pressure grew on Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir's government not to
offer self-rule to the Palestinian del-
egation and the wounding of seven
Jewish settlers when gunmen opened
fire on a bus in the occupied West
Bank yesterday sparked demands that
Israel pull out of the talks.
The talks with Jordan are the first
publicly acknowledged discussions
between the Jewish state and the
Arab kingdom. Technically at war,
they have coexisted peacefully since
the 1967 war.

Yesterday's two-hour session at
the State Department was designed
to set an agenda. Two Palestinians
attended, under a compromise agree-
ment that ended a procedural
Jordanian spokesperson Marwan
Mouasher said that while Jordan
wants Israel to withdraw from the
West Bank, this was not a precondi-
tion for a peace treaty. "We would
have to see" the kind of peace treaty
Israel proposes, he said.
"Our vision of peace would cer-
tainly include full cooperation in-
cluding diplomatic relations,"
Mouasher added.
A threat by Israeli right-wing par-
ties to bolt the government might
limit the Israeli negotiators to
agenda and procedural items.
"We have a mandate to negoti-
ate," Israeli negotiator Yosef Ben-
Aharon told a news conference, and
See MIDEAST, Page 2


Members of the Jordanian peace delegation meet face-to-face with the Israeli delegation at the State
Department yesterday. The delegation was led by Abdul Salam Majali, right.

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