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TODAY
Partly sunny, cold;
High: 18, Low: 9.
TOMORROW
Chance of snow;
High: 22, Low: 6.

4.F

The films of 1991:
movies or money?
See WEEKEND etc.

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

Vol. CI, No. 58

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, January 16, 1992

Copyright 1992
The Michigan Daily

'Bush says
he's got big
problems
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - President Bush
told New Hampshire voters yesterday he's got "big
problems" in a hard-times campaign for their leadoff
presidential primary, but said he'll deliver answers to
deal with their economic woes.
On his first re-election campaign mission, Bush said
he'd come to listen and to tell troubled New Hamp-
shire that he cares.
"And I think I understand," he said. "But help me."
With a conservative Republican and five Democratic
presidential candidates campaigning against him, Bush
cast himself as the man who knows the territory.
"We are in a demagogic year," he said. "A lot of
people that have discovered New Hampshire for the
first time, they've never been in this state, never heard
of it, don't know the heartbeat of the state. And I think
I do."
Bush came with no specific proposals on the econ-
omy, promising answers in his State of the Union mes-
sage on Jan. 28. "That's only two weeks away, so stay
tuned," he said.
He did say that while the economy should get a lift
from current low interest rates, "I'd like to see them
down further, frankly."
Bush also said his program will include a compre-
hensive health care plan that won't require new taxes,
and measures to restore the lost value of the homes
Americans own.
"People say you're in trouble in New Hampshire,"
Bush told about 300 Republicans at an invitation-only
town hall meeting in Exeter. "Well, that may be. But
See BUSH, Page 2

Hornback to
bail out of 'U'
'corporation'

by David Wartowski
Daily Faculty Reporter
After 28 years of teaching at the
University, Professor Bert Horn-
back has decided to resign from
what he describes as an institution
that is no longer devoted to under-
graduate education.
Hornback notified the Univer-
sity Jan. 1 that he will begin teach-
ing at Bellarmine College in
Louisville, Ky., in August.
"I can no longer work in an in-
stitution for which I have no re-
spect," Hornback wrote in a letter
to "friends" announcing his
resignation.
"The corporate entity which uses
the title 'The University of Michi-
gan' is a sham. Those who run it -
and so many of those who work in it
- are no longer interested in teach-
ing, and they care not the least about
students," he wrote.
Hornback, perhaps best known
for his public readings of Charles
Dickens, is currently an English
professor and counselor in the Hon-
ors Program. He has served as the
head of the Honors English De-
partment, the English Counseling

Department, and the Great Books
Department, in addition to partici-
pating in foreign studies programs
affiliated with the University.
"He said he would be more com-

Hornback
fortable with a smaller university
without the other responsibilities,"
like graduate research, said Univer-
See HORNBACK, Page 2

Linda Keskinan shows President Bush how to assemble armrests as he visits
Davidson Interior Trim Plant in Dover, N.H., yesterday.

16 students

form Asian-American fraternity

by Robin Litwin
Daily Staff Reporter
After returning from a recent
trip to Taiwan, several Asian-Amer-
ican students decided to embark on a
new voyage and colonize Lambda
Phi Epsilon, making it the first pre-
dominantly Asian-American frater-
nity in the Midwest.
Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded
as an Asian-American fraternity at
UCLA in 1981, and chapters have
since been formed at nine other col-
lege campuses - mostly on the
West Coast.
The University chapter was char-
tered in September by 16 students,
with the goal of increasing the un-
derstanding of Asian-American

culture.
One way the fraternity hopes to
achieve this objective is through
greater community involvement. By
volunteering their time for commu-
nity service, the students hope to
present a positive image while dis-
pelling negative stereotypes of
Asian Americans. Currently, mem-
bers help foreign students at the
University overcome language and
cultural difficulties in one-on-one
settings. Brothers also tutor disad-
vantaged children at Lawton Ele-
mentary School in Ann Arbor.
"The tutoring program involved
is for younger children so it is an
opportunity for them to see what

we're like at a young age and stop
some of the misconceptions early
on," said William Zee, a member of
Lambda Phi Epsilon. "Hopefully
we will be able to do this in the
University as well."
"We want to build a name
around our service work," said Al
Wang, vice-president in charge of
service for the fraternity.
Members also see Lambda Phi
Epsilon as a means of drawing di-
verse groups together. By requiring
only that members be committed to
the overall goals of the group -
furthering an understanding of
Asian-American culture - the fra-
ternity hopes to avoid creating a

purely Asian organization.
"We like to serve as a bonding
group bringing men of diverse back-
grounds together," said Homer Sun,
president of Lamb' phi Epsilon.
"We hope to be well recognized on
campus and encourage diversity. All
men interested in Asian American
culture are welcome."
Zee stressed that the fraternity is
interested in tackling issues that
plague all minority groups and
wants to approach problems from as
many viewpoints as possible.
In addition to narrowing the gap
between different groups, Sun said
the fraternity hopes to diminish the
gaps within the Asian community as

well. He said that with so many
Asians scattered throughout cam-
pus, this group would serve as a
means of bringing them together.
The new fraternity has been wel-
comed by other Asian student
groups.
"The fact that it is an Asian fra-
ternity may seem segregated," said
Tony Nam, president of the Korean
Student Association. "But it also
provides Asian males with a sense
of brotherhood that they may not be
able to find in other houses. Hope-
fully there will soon be an Asian-
American sorority as well."
"It would be great to have a fe-
male counterpart to see the gender

differences as well as the ethnic dif-
ferences," said TuongVan Do, presi-
dent of the Vietnamese Student As-
sociation. "Depending on how you
approach and apply it, it can be a cel-
ebration of our differences and
similarities."
Bruce Namerow, president of the
Interfraternity Council, said he
would like to see Lambda Phi Ep-
silon become a part of the Greek
system.
"We've never had a minority fra-
ternity before and I think now's the
right time to," Namerow said. "I
think we can learn a lot from them,
and we could really help them grow
See FRATERNITY, Page 2

High Court seeks
to upgrade state

Regents meeting
not much more
than campus visit

o school
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court made it easier yes-
terday for government officials to
seek changes in court settlements
requiring them to improve condi-
tions at prisons and mental hospi-
tals or desegregate public schools.
The court unanimously relaxed
the standard federal judges should
apply when confronted by govern-
mental requests to modify consent
decrees.'
The justices then split 6-2 in
telling a federal judge to apply the
new standard and restudy efforts by
Suffolk County, Mass., officials to
modify a 1979 consent decree in
which they agreed not to put two
jail inmates in any one cell while
they await trial.
In another ruling, the court said
juries in child abuse cases may hear
out-of-court statements made by al-
leged victims who are available to
testify but excused from doing so.
The unanimous vote in an Illi-
nois case gives judges broader power
to protect children from having to
testify, and limits the right of peo-
ple charged with child abuse to
question their young accusers in
court.
And in a third decision, the court

s jails
court-approved agreements over
conditions at state mental hospitals
and desegregation efforts in public
schools.
Hundreds of state hospitals and
school districts are operating under
such consent decrees.
A typical consent decree over
conditions at three prisons in
Michigan and care for mentally ill
inmates has cost the state more than
$100 million so far.
"We would be very interested in
any opportunity to amend that con-
sent decree," said Gail Light, a
spokesperson for the state Depart-
ment of Corrections. "We haven't
seen the actual decision, but we are
cautiously optimistic it will help
us."
Yesterday's decision came on the
heels of a major policy reversal by
the Bush administration regarding
court-imposed limits on prison
populations.
In a speech Tuesday, Attorney
General William P. Barr said the
Justice Department will seek to put
more violent criminals behind bars
and keep them there longer by help-
ing states escape consent decrees
limiting inmate populations.
t _ _ _ a

John Matlock answers questions at yesterday's Michigan Mandate
progress report.

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
The University Board of Regents
will hold its monthly meeting in
the Fleming Administration
Building this afternoon and tomor-
row morning.
Because the University has been
open for only a short time since the
December meeting, University
President James Duderstadt said in
an interview yesterday that he ex-
pects the meeting to be short and
lacking in new business.
"The problem is that this meet-
ing occurs only one working week
after the last one, so we only had a
week to raise business issues," he
said.
Duderstadt added that the timing
poses a problem for the January
meeting evey year.
"The issue is raised of whether
to have a meeting at all, but the re-
gents want to be on campus each
month so we just have a short meet-
ing," he said.
Today's meeting begins at 2:30
p.m. rather than the usual 1 p.m.

starting time.
The regents will discuss a short
agenda and then convene to the
Pendelton Room of the Michigan
Union for the monthly public
comments session at 4 p.m.
The agenda includes:
personnel issues, including
faculty appointments and
promotions;
financial and property
reports;
matters involving the
University's Flint and Dearborn
campuses, and;
implementation of the
Regents' Policy on Research Grants,
Contracts, and Agreements, Fiscal
Year 1991.
The research policy, which was
originally implemented in April
1987, requires that the vice presi-
dent for research give a yearly re-
port to the regents detailing the op-
eration of the policy.

'

0

Mandate must

focus on resources

by Rob Patton
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
The number of minority stu-
dents enrolled at the University
has substantially increased in the
three years since President James
Duderstadt implemented the
Michigan Mandate.
But increased enrollment needs
to be met with increased resources

protested minority enrollment fig-
ures that were lower than state and
national percentages and what they
perceived as a hostile climate for
minority students. The University
began implementation of the
Mandate in 1988.
The report showed substantial
gains in minority enrollment over
the last three years. Black enroll-

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