The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, April 1, 1992 - Page 3
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MOSCOW (AP) - President
Boris Yeltsin scored a political vic-
tory yesterday as regional leaders
from across Russia signed a treaty he
said will help protect the country
from "chaos, lawlessness" and disin-
"At this critical moment that
Russia is experiencing, we found the
strength, reason and responsibility to
remove the danger of fragmentation
looming over Russia, and to do it to-
gether," Yeltsin said at the signing
ceremony in St. George's Hall in the
For Yeltsin, signing the pact
marked the end of a winter that was
milder than forecast and less tumul-
tuous than expected.
Although consumer prices have
quadrupled since Jan. 2 under
Yeltsin's economic reforms, the
winter passed without the
widespread demonstrations or food
riots that had been predicted by
members of Yeltsin's own govern-
No one is reported to have died
of starvation or frozen to death be-
cause of the reforms, despite rising
numbers of unemployed and home-
Yeltsin faces plenty of political
storms ahead, however, as reflected
by the resignation yesterday of a top
aide, Vice Premier Sergei Shakhrai,
a victim of political infighting in the
days before the opening of parlia-
ment on Monday. The parliament, or
Russian Congress of People's
Deputies, will be holding its first
session since the Soviet Union col-
lapsed last December.
In addition to criticism from
Russian lawmakers, Yeltsin is en-
countering disputes over military is-
sues with Ukraine.
Yeltsin said the treaty, which
gives regions greater autonomy,
"will make it possible to liberate the
vast and varied experience of Russia,
the initiative and enterprise of its cit-
Ann Arbor resident Cory Hinman takes a break from his job as a used bookstore clerk to practice copying and inking cartoonist
Frank Frazetta's work yesterday.
Assembly approves resolution to
issue apology for 1ght in chambers
by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 50 Panhellenic Association (Panhel) and
Interfraternity Council (IFC) officers participated in A
workshop last night to find ways of eliminating sexual
assaults, especially those linked to alcohol consumption.
IFC President Bruce Namerow said the Greek sys-
tem is beginning to realize sexual assault is a problem
that needs to be addressed.
"By reaching the leadership, we hope awareness will
filter down," he said. "We think it is a societal problem,
but fraternities foster an environment of parties where
sexual assault can happen more frequently."
The workshop, titled "Alcohol and Sexual Assault,"
was co-sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC) and University Health
"It is a really hot issue in the Greek system now,"
said Health Education Coordinator Gen Stewart. "There
is more visible alcohol use and abuse in the Greek
system than on the general campus."
According to SAPAC statistics, 90 percent of cam-
pus sexual assaults are acquaintance rape, and an esti,
mated 75 percent to 100 percent of these involve
Workshop participants discussed the connection be-
tween alcohol and sex created by advertising, as well as
myths associated with sexual assault.
Panhel President Laura Hansen said the Greek sys-
tem needs to be pro-active in preventing sexual assault,
because the system is often associated with sexist
attitudes and behavior.
"Unfortunately, the Greek system is targeted because
of the nature of all women's groups and men's groups
coming together for social functions where alcohol is
involved," Hansen said.
Theta Chi Fraternity President and LSA sophomore
Curt Krasik said the main goal of the workshop was to
raise awareness within the system.
"Through awareness, this issue will hopefully be
dealt with. As leaders on this campus, we should take a
decisive role," Krasik said.
Fraternity Coordinator Joe Foster said IFC participa-
tion in the workshop was a "good thing." He said in 'in
cidents of date rape, there are generally three main fac-
tors - alcohol is present, the incident occurs on the
man's home territory and the man pays for the date or
supplies the alcohol.
"You can equate this to a typical fraternity party,"
Foster said. "A high percentage of date rapes and as-
saults occur during or after fraternity functions."
Some Greek system officers stressed the importance
of talking about the link between sexual assault and al-
"This workshop is a great opportunity for both fra-
ternity and sorority presidents to get together and talk
about the issues and see where members of the opposite
sex are coming from," said Alpha Gamma Delta
President Karen Weiss.
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
Members of Couzens Active Minority
Ethnic Organization (CAMEO) addressed
the Michigan Student Assembly last night,
calling on representatives to explain the
events of last week's meeting and asking
the assembly about plans to ensure the
prevention of a similar occurrence.
Last night's meeting was held in the
Couzens cafeteria because election tallying
was being completed in assembly
Constituents expressed concern over the
fight that erupted in MSA chambers last
week when LSA Rep. Bill Lowry called
Safiya Khalid "a bitch" after she addressed
"We were enraged. His comment was
very out of line," LSA sophomore Robyn
Richardson said. "Obviously if we had
never come, this issue would never have
Lowry declined to comment, on the
advice of his attorneys.
"What is the assembly going to do to
prevent this from happening, because I
know it won't be brushed off because I ex-
pect more from my MSA," LSA first- year
student Sannyu Bogan said before the
Some representatives said they agreed
with the constituents and thought an
apology was necessary.
"We have constituents asking us to do
something. For us to say 'thank you for ad-
dressing us, now go home,' is not enough,"
School of Social Work Rep. Jennifer
Prompted by constituent questioning,
rules were suspended to consider a motion
for MSA to apologize for events of last
A motion passed 12-10 with three ab-
stentions to issue a formal statement pub-
lished in the Daily apologizing to Safiya
Khalid and all MSA constituents for the
events that occurred at the March 24
An amendment to the main motion also
passed 11-8 with three abstentions to pub-
lish an apology in the next MSA News to
appear in the Daily and for Rackham Rep.
Maria Yen and Collins to draft a letter of
apology to be debated at next week's
"This will give us the ability to make an
immediate statement and also give us time
to give sufficient attention to the issue,"
Rackham Rep. Amy Polk said.
Some representatives said this was not
an isolated incident and the assembly needs
to work on showing respect for others.
"It's a respect issue and it's something
we need to work on. We see the mistake
and we are trying to work on fixing it.
That's all we can do now," MSA Vice
President Julie Davies said.
Other representatives said they thought
Lowry should apologize - not the
"What happened last week was unfortu-
nate, but for the assembly to issue an apol-
ogy on behalf of the assembly means we're
all to blame. Personally, I don't feel I have
control over what Bill said. I believe the
apology should be on Bill's behalf not
mine," said Business School Rep. Andrew
Neil Plotkin was incorrectly identified in Tuesday's Daily.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
State officials approve clearing of voting booths
Ann Arbor Coalition to
Unleash Power, Michigan Union,
Crofoot Rm, 7:30 p.m.
Hindu Students Council,
weekly mtg, Bhagavad Gita- Chapter
7, learn Hindi, B115 MLB, 8 p.m.
Korean Students Association,
weekly mtg, Michigan Union,
Anderson Rm, 5 p.m.
Magazine" General Meeting 8:00
p.m. Michigan Union
Latin American Solidarity
Committee, weekly mtg,
Michigan Union, 2203 Rm, 8 p.m.
Rainforest Action -Movement,
weekly mtg, 1046 Dana (School of
Natural Resources), 7 p.m.
Students Concerned About
Animal Rights, weekly mtg,
Dominick's, 7 p.m.
Federation (AAF) 3040 Frieze
Bldg. 6:00 p.m.
u or M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do
Club, weekly meeting, CCRB
Martial Arts rm, 8-9 p.m.
"Abortion Conflict in E
Central Europe," Lane Hall
Commons, 12:00 noon
Cage Compounds, and their
use in Carbocation
Chemistry," 1640 Chem bldg.
" Colloq., Ultra-fast
Relaxation in Nile Blue," 170
Dennison, 4 p.m.
"Surface second harmonic
generation studies of
molecules orientation and
order at condensed pphase
interfaces," 1650 Chem, 4 p.m.
"Military Strategy and
National Security," RN perle,
Ford Library 2 p.m.
"Math Fair" 4:00-5:30 p.m 3201
Tacky Art Scale, N campus
"Spring Projects Meeting,"
Michugan Student Club, 3040 Frieze
Bldg, 6 p.m.
"Residence Hall Repertory
Theatre Troupe, Life at the You,
and A power play., 8:00 p.m.
Native American Film Series,
Nat Sci Aud 7:00 p.m. Music, 7:30
Safewa k, night-time safety walk-
ing service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30
a.m., Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop
by 102 UGLi or call 936-1000. Also,
extended hours: Sun-Thurs 1:30-3
a.m. Stop by Angell Hall Computing
Center or call 763-4246.
N o r t h w alk, North Campus
nighttime team walking service. Sun-
Thur 8 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8:00
p.m.- 11:30 p.m. Stop by 2333
Bursley or call 763-WALK.
Peer Advising, Undergraduate
Psychology Office, K-108 West Quad,
9:00 a.m.- 4: 00 p.m.
ECB Writing Tutors,
Angell/Mason Hall Computing
Center, 7-11 p.m.
Film Stars, Wayne & Garth on
U-M Taekwondo Club, Monday
workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm
2275, 6:30-8 p.m. Beginners
East Quad/RC Social Group for
Lesbians, Gay Men, and
Bisexuals, weekly mtg, 9 p.m.
U of M Ninjitsu Club, practice,
I-M Bldg, wrestling rm, 7-8:30 p.m,
Cantebury House, Eurcharist,
4:10 p.m. Lord of Light Church
Stress and Time Management,
Consultations with peer counselors
available, 3100 Michigan Union, 1-
by Shelley Morrison
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor city officials said they
are relieved they will be able to use
voting machines instead of paper
ballots for the April 6 City Council
Due to pressure from city offi-
cials statewide, the state Board of
Canvassers met Monday to grant
certification to clear voting machines
of results from the March 17
Michigan primary. According to
state law, it is a felony to clear the
machines without county and state
If the board had not granted per-
mission to clear the machines, 38
Michigan cities - including Ann
Arbor - would have been forced to
use paper ballots for April's citywide
Paper ballots would have cost
taxpayers between $8,000 and
$9,000, prolonged the vote tabula-
tion process and possibly affected
accuracy, said Yvonne Carl, Ann
Arbor deputy city clerk.
Ann Arbor City Attorney
Elizabeth Schwartz and Ypsilanti
City Attorney John Barr were
preparing a legal suit to bring against
the state and the Board of
Canvassers to rectify the situation in
time for next Monday's elections.
Ypsilanti also would have been
affected by the law due to the prox-
imity of presidential primaries and
"The conflict of this law is
twofold," Barr said. "On the one
hand it says that voting machines
cannot be cleared without authoriza-
tion, and on the other it says that vot-
ing machines must be cleared 20
days before an election."
'All I can say is that I
- Yvonne Carl
Ann Arbor deputy city
"Since the 20-day mark was
rapidly approaching, the problem
Barr said Schwartz went to
Lansing this week to assess the situ-
ation, and had planned to take legal
action if necessary to force the board
to authorize the clearing of the
State Bureau of Elections repre-
sentatives said they were pleased the
situation was resolved without legal
intervention. However, they said the
problem is not unique to the area.
"I'm glad we could solve this
problem without all the legal mess,"
said Bradley Whittman, director of
Information and Voter Registration
for the bureau. "The truth is, how-
ever, that this happens every once in
a while. It's a scheduling problem,
not our problem."
Whittman said he knew of n6
plans to prevent the problem fron
Carl said she was glad the bureau
voted to clear the machines.
"All I can say is that I am re-
lieved," Carl said. "I had doubt$
about how the Board of Canvassers
would handle this situation, butfI'm
glad everything worked out. All I
can do is hope it never happens
A woman reported that a male
acquaintance attempted to force his
way into her apartment at 9:40 p.m.
Saturday, according to reports by the
University Department of Public
Police said the man, who fled
from the scene before officers ar-
rived, is also a suspect in a criminal
sexual conduct case.
A week prior to the unlawful en-
try, the woman reported that she had
been fondled by the man while
attending activities at Crisler Arena.
The Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center was notified
of the incidents and investigations
R9. nfficer finds
Department was also unsuccessful.
While on routine patrol, however, a
DPS officer found the car abandoned
in the Forest St. parking structure.
The shot gun was missing, according
to police reports.
Police end robber's
Upon arriving at their home on
Bolgos Circle Friday, two apartment
mates were stopped from behind by
a man who demanded their money,
according to reports by the Ann
Arbor Police Department.
When one of the victims moved
to give the man his wallet, he felt a
gun being pressed into his back. The
victim then produced his wallet.
The suspect instructed his vic-
tims to look forward and count to
five after he had their money. When.
the victims began to count, the sus-
pect told them to count slower, and
fled from the scene.
The victims reported the incident
to the police, who recognized a simi-
lar mode of operation in a previous
armed robbery. In the previous case,
which occurred on the same day, the
Employer sexually Si*rens wil
A newly-hired woman reported
she was sexually harassed by her
boss March 18. According to Ann
Arbor Police reports, the woman
said she was pinched and forcibly
kissed by her boss. When she re-
sisted, the man grabbed her hand and
forced it between his legs.
A fight which erupted between
two Community High School stu-
dents last Friday produced a gun,
which one of the youths had been
While the two were being pulled
apart by teachers, one of the com-
batants dropped a hand gun, accord-
ing to police reports. The student-has
been identified and the incident is
Parents of high school students
said they were shocked by the inci-
dent. They said they were surprised
by Liz Vogel
Although today is April Fool's
Day, the warning sirens which will
be sounded sometime between 9
a.m. and 10 a.m. are "not a joke,"
said Disaster Preparedness Planner
The Ann Arbor Police
Department is collaborating with de-
partments statewide to conduct one-
minute tests of sirens for Tornado
Awareness Week, which falls be-
tween March 29 and April 4, Davis
Sirens in Washtenaw County are
tested silently by remote control
each month and tested audibly once
a year by the Ann Arbor Police
Department. Davis said the sirens
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