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Here's mud - er, I mean tear gas in your eye.
The Ann Arbor police paid no regard to gas
etiquette in clearing South U. Monday night, and
the students' attitude was not much better.

Tommy Stinson's no longer just a 'Mat - he's
doing his own thing with a new band, Bash 'n'
Pop, which plays the Pig tomorrow night.

Hail to the Victors! Even though the men's
basketball team lost to Duke, they're still #1 in our
hearts. Fans flooded Crisler Arena yesterday to let
them know.

Today
Mostly sunny;
High 56, Low 34
Tomorrow
Sunny; High 60, Low 38

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Students question
cop use of teargas
by Ben Deci old man from Sterling Heights was charged
Daily Crime Reporter with disorderly conduct for such behavior

The dust is still settling from Monday
night's riot on South University and is loaded
with aggravation, attempted explanation -
and teargas.
The police reported three arrests in total.
Two men were charged with disorderly con-
duct. The third, a 22-year-old man from
Windsor, was arrested for streaking down
South University after receiving encourage-
ment from his fellow rioters and other
observers.
Sgt. Sherry Woods of the Ann Arbor Po-
lice Department said "fighting in the street
among the students" precipitated the initial
action, a mounted division sweep of streets
crowded with approximately 5,000 students.
But some students said the violence
started after the police began to take action.
"There was no violence going on until the
police came in and shot us with teargas,"
LSA first-year student Jason Menges said.
The mounted division swept up and down
South University twice. Students taunted the
force, slapped their horses, and tugged at the
officers, an eyewitness said.
According to police reports, an 18-year-

A police damage summary detailed a car
whose windows were shattered when the
driver attempted to cross East University, a
See RIOT, Page 2

'U' waits to discuss
tearrassinJ!incident

I

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter

The University administration has not yet
discussed Ann Arbor Police officers' tear-
gassing of a crowd of students after Mon-
day's NCAA Championship basketball
game because many administrators were still
in Minneapolis - where the tournament
took place.
"Right now, nobody has the facts to com-
ment about it," said Director of Presidential
Communications Shirley Clarkson.
Clarkson added that University President
James Duderstadt and Executive Director of
University Relations Walter Harrison did not
See UNIVERSITY, Page 2

DOUG KANTEPJDaily
An unidentified student cheers as a kiosk goes up in flames on the corner of South University and East University late Monday night
after police officers left the scene.

-Speakers
clash during
Israeli-Arab
discussion
By Pari Berk and
Ren6e Huckle
Daily Staff Reporters
Speakers clashed during the first University Jewish-
Arab sponsored Israeli-Palestinian dialogue before two
hundred people at Rackham Auditorium last night.
The dialogue, titled "Prospects for Mideast Peace:
Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue," was a discussion between
Henry Ford Community College Anthropology
Professor Dr. Nabil Abraham and Ambassador Uriel
Savir, Consul General of Israel-New York.
The dialogue was mediated by Law Professor
Theodore Antoine.
Syma Kroll, a liaison between the two parties said,
"The conference is important because it's Jews and
Arabs taking risks to sponsor something jointly because
of the sincere desire to bring about peace."
Abraham, a member of the Detroit American Anti-
Discrimination Committee, said, "Prospects for
Palestinian peace are as poor today as they were last
October. The present government in Israel is not ready,
to meet Palestinians halfway."
"We are heading towards a bi-national state which is
unequal. It is more like an apartheid state where the ad-
vantages accrue to the Israeli state," Abraham added.
Savir, the second highest-ranking Israeli diplomat in
the U.S., said, "A bi-national state is suicide for both
parties.
"The real conflict is between Arabs and Israelis who
want peace and the dangers that loom against them. Am
I optimistic? Yes, because the alternatives are too dev-
astating to imagine," Savir added.
In response to a question from a member of the audi-
ence about why self-determinism of Palestinians is a se-
curity threat to Israel, Savir said, "Everything (Israel)
gave up is tangible and irreversible. This is not true for
the other side.",'
Abraham responded, "Security is a smoke screen for
Israel to retain the occupied territories."
Abraham added the issue is not one of security, but
one of demographics.
The dialogue became heated during the question and
answer period.
LSA sophomore John Fleming said the issues in-
volved were emotional. "You can't argue out of feeling;
you need facts." he said.
The conference was sponsored by several groups
including Hillel, the Departments of History and
Political Science, and the Residential College.

Arafat's plane
disappears over
Libyan desert

LONDON (AP) - Libyan radio
reported Wednesday that radar con-
tact was lost Tuesday night with an
aircraft carrying Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat over Libyan airspace
in "bad weather."
Libya's Voice of the Greater
Arab Homeland, quoting the Libyan
news agency JANA, said the plane
was crossing Libyan airspace from
Sudan and disappeared from radar
screens at 8:45 p.m. Libyan time
(2:45 p.m. EDT)
The radio said radar contact was
lost when the plane was 70 miles
from the village of Sarah.
It quoted Libyan civil aviation
sources as saying that Al Kofra air-
port in Tripoli lost contact with the
plane due to "bad weather condi-
tions."
"The civil aviation sources at the
Great Jamahiriyah (Libya) launch an
appeal to the International Red
Cross, to the international meteoro-
logical, artificial satellites, and civil
aviation authorities to help in fixing

the spot where the plane had landed
or the airspaces it had crossed," the
radio said.
An Arafat aide, speaking on
CNN, said Arafat had been in the
Sudan for some time and was on his
Libya's Voice of the
Greater Arab
Homeland said the
plane was crossing
Libyan airspace from
Sudan and
disappeared from
radar screens at 8:45
p.m. Libyan time.
way to observe Palestinian guerrillas
training in southern Libya. The net-
work also reported the weather pat-
tern, commonly known as a"funnel"
system, was likely to cause sand-
storms.

MICHELLE GUY/Daily
Put on a happy face
University basketball player Chris Webber smiles at the Homecoming pep rally at Chrisler Arena
yesterday afternoon.

MSA resolution condemns police action

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly members
passed a resolution 12-3 last night con-
demning the Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment's use of teargas to quell a rally on
South University Monday night when
thousands gathered after the Michigan
basketball team's loss to Duke in the
NCAA championship.
"The police followed the Student
Rights Commission's (SRC) recommen-
dations on April 4 and the tactics were
successful in maintaining the peace. The
police directly contradicted the SRC's
recommendations and conducted an ill-
advised sweep on the night of April 6
leading to the unjustified teargassing of

students," the resolution states.
The resolution, introduced by former
Student Rights Commission Chair
Michael Warren, calls on the assembly to
ask for a city investigation with MSA
student representation of the incident and
of general crowd control procedures.
"MSA needs to use this incident to
show we're there for them," newly-
elected LSA Rep. Tobias Zimmerman
said. "First and foremost we're here to
protect students and stand up for them.
At the very least, we should demand a
City Council investigation of some sort.
At the most, I would hope to see a repo-
sitioning in the police department and it
could even come to MSA taking a class
action suit against the police on behalf of

all the students."
However, not all representatives
supported the resolution.
- "I think it's ludicrous that in every
circumstance it's as if there's a law
against the police using tear gas," Engi-
neering Rep. Brent House said. "No one
can say what would have happened if
tear gas had not been used and I'm
adamantly against this resolution."
In other business, School of Social
Work Rep. Jennifer Collins and Rack-
ham Rep. Maria Yen placed a letter to
Safiya Khalid on last night's agenda
apologizing for the assembly's behavior
at the March 24 meeting. The adoption
of the letter passed 13-10 with two
abstentions.

The letter says standards of respect
were violated when LSA Rep. Bill
Lowry called Khalid a "bitch" while she
was addressing the assembly.
"Lowry's action was inexcusable, not
only on personal and moral levels but on
a broader level. No speaker who ad-
dresses the assembly should ever be
threatened or intimidated by a
representative. Consequently, the entire
assembly can be held complicit in the
actions of one of its members," the letter
states.
"The letter is important because the
assembly as a whole needs to make a
very clear statement that we welcome
constituents at our meetings," Collins
said.

* SRC chair resigns after speech code delay

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