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Students cannot wait until November if they
want their political voice to be heard. They should
vote by absentee ballot for August's primary.

Sometimes change can be a good thing, like this
past weekend's Pirates of Penzance. Jenny
McKee tells whether or not the Major General
could successfully Charleston.

Michigan javelin thrower Stan Johanning shattered
Matt Panther's Big Ten record with a throw of
232-11. Panther's record throw of 219-73/8 had
stood for 57 years.

Today
Showers and t'storms;
High 69, Low 53 "
Tomorrow
Cloudy, showers; High 68, Low 52

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Nielsen claims
eight years
aren't enough

This is the first in a two-part
series profiling the Republican
incumbents running for reelec-
tion to the University Board of
Regents in November.
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
Regent Neal Nielsen (R-
Brighton) said he doesn't know what
he likes best about being a regent.
"I can't think of any good
things," he said.
Nielsen, who is also an attorney,
said his job as regent takes up 15-20

tive in his community of Brighton,
Nielsen said.
But despite the drawbacks,
Nielsen is still running to defend his
seat on the University Board of
Regents when his term expires in
November.
He said he is running for a
second term because he thinks that it
takes more than eight years for a
regent to make a positive mark on
the University.
"The eight-year regental term is
an advantage, but one term is not
enough time," he said. "It takes three
years to understand the inner work-
ings of the University - the board,
the administration, the hospital and
medical center, satellite clinics. By
the time you really understand how
to make things happen, you are one-
third through the term."
University Vice President for
Government Relations Richard
Kennedy agreed with Nielsen.
"He's right that it takes a good
number of years to understand a
place like this," he said. "It's very
broad. It takes time to learn the
operations of a large university. We
have a major medical center here
which is enough to understand, and
that is just one facet of the
institution. It is difficult to make
sense of all of the issues in a short
time."
There is a two-step process for
See NIELSEN, Page 2

Four to receive
'U'honorary
doctorates
by Purvi Shah
Daily Administration Reporter
The four people chosen to be granted honorary de-
grees at this year's spring commencement are no
strangers to Michigan.
Architect Charles Moore, author Toni Morrison, and
anthropologist Eric Wolf were previously students or
faculty members, and author Joyce Carol Oates has
written about the Detroit-Ann Arbor area.
Dean of Graduate Schools John D'Arms, chair of the
selection committee for honorary degrees, said candi-
dates were selected after extensive review and given
final approval by the University Board of Regents.
"There are lots of distinguished people in this world,
and you want to ask what makes these people worthy of
University of Michigan honorary degrees," D'Arms
said.
After University President James Duderstadt begins
the University Graduate Exercises in Hill Auditorium,
all four recipients will offer brief remarks. More than
1,700 master's degrees will be conferred at the
ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m., May 2.
Moore, who will receive an honorary doctor of
architecture degree, received his bachelor's degree from
the University School of Architecture and is currently
the O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture at the
University of Texas in Austin.
Both Morrison and Oates will receive honorary doc-
tor of humane letters degrees in recognition of their
works of literature.
Morrison served as the University Tanner lecturer
one year, giving her speech in front of an overflow
standing-room-only crowd. She received the 1988
Pulitzer Prize for her book Beloved.
Oates has scribed 20 novels, winning a National
Book Award in 1970 for her work Them. Her most re-
cent project, Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My
Heart, was nominated for the 1990 National Book
Award.
Wolf, former professor and chair of the Department
of Anthropology, will receive an honorary doctor of
See DEGREES, Page 2

Regent Neal Nielsen
hours per week - "much more than
(he) had expected."
In addition, his regental commit-
ments leave him little time to be ac-

Clay Maker - '
Gail Dapogny takes her turn making clay at the Potters Guild, yesterday.

Students get along famously with celebrity names

by Robin Litwin
Daily Staff Reporter
Have you ever wished for the op-
portunity to hobnob with the fa-
mous names of show business?
Wish no longer. University stu-
dents are currently able to hobnob
with the likes of Rob Lowe,
Michelle Pfeiffer, Arthur Miller,
and Bond.
James Bond.
Chances are you have already
rubbed elbows with these individu-
als on the street or perhaps even in
one of your classes. All these people
are currently enrolled at the
University - but they may not be
the stars you're expecting.
While having such recognizable
names may seem like fun, these stu-
dents are often forced to deal with

other people's attempts at humor.
"Everyone loves The Fabulous
Baker Boys. I've never seen it, but

Engineering sophomore Arthur
Miller.
Business School senior Rob
Lowe has received comments both in
person and on his answering ma-
chine.
"People make jokes like, 'Hey,
have you made any videos lately,'
but nobody has really come up with
something so original that it is re-
ally memorable," Lowe said.
"I also have people leaving mes-
sages on my answering machine like
'Hi Rob, it's Demi. I wanted to talk
to you about last night,"' Lowe
added.
RC sophomore James Bond also
said he receives messages on his an-
swering machine, which is not
surprising, considering his machine
plays the 007 theme song and picks

up "Hi, this is Bond, James Bond."
"I've gotten 48 prank calls this
year. They range from 'Hi James
Bond, this is Goldfinger' to 'This is
Q. We have a secret message for
you,"' Bond said.
Pfeiffer said that having a star's
name has brought her extra atten-
tion.
"I think people have the ten-
dency to be friendlier. In all my
classes everyone knows who I am
before I know who they are. It's al-
most as if they make a point of
knowing who I am," Pfeiffer said.
Miller, who bears the name of a
University graduate and play-
wright, agreed, but said he usually
receives attention from English
teachers rather than students.
"Every English teacher has al-

ways brought it up the first day of
class," Miller said. "Being in
Engineering, most students don't
put it together."
Lowe said at times he finds it
easier to meet people because of his

good icebreaker," Lowe said. "It's
always something funny you can
talk about right off the bat."
Bond agreed, but said there are
times when he introduces himself
and people don't believe him.
"When I tell people my name
they say 'No seriously.' I've had to
show a couple of people my I.D.,"
Bond said.
None of the students were named
for their famous counterparts, and
most of them said they rarely re-
ceived reactions from people until
they went to college.
"I was always with everyone I
grew up with and no one bothered
me about it," Pfeiffer said. "No one
said anything about it until I came
here."
See NAMES, Page 2

Michelle Pfeiffers
people usually mention something
about the piano scene," Engineering
sophomore Michelle Pfeiffer said.
"I don't really get many com-
ments, but people have asked me if I
knew Marilyn Monroe," said

Arthur Millers

name.
"I like it when I'm in the mood
to have fun with it, it makes for a

Bollnger
speaks for
academic
f reed om
by David Wartowski
Daily Faculty Reporter

U.N.

envoy calls for Afghan

cease fire to end civil war

Nearly 40 years after three pro-
fessors were suspended from the
University for not disclosing their
political beliefs, academic freedom
is still an issue of concern, Law
School Dean Lee Bollinger told
faculty members yesterday.
Bollinger's speech before the
University Senate was the second
annual Lecture on Academic and
Intellectual Freedom, given as a re-
minder of the value and

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -
With Muslim guerrillas claiming
they now control all major cities but
Kabul, a U.N. special envoy pleaded
yesterday for a cease-fire by gov-
ernment forces and rival rebel
groups.
Benon Sevan, who was trying to
mediate a settlement of the nearly
14-year-old civil war before the fall
of President Najibullah last week,
said he was trying to negotiate safe
passage out of the country for the
ousted leader.
Sevan said agreement was close

for an interim government to replace
the Soviet-installed government, but
a radical fundamentalist group re-
jected that idea. The group, Hezb-e-
Islami, threatened yesterday to attack
Kabul if the city was not surrendered
to its fighters in one week.
.A more moderate group, Jamiat-
e-Islami, which is considered the
best organized of Afghanistan's
many rebel organizations, said its
troops had formed a protective ring
outside the capital. Troops of the
crumbling Communist government

held the city itself.
Many people fear the civil war
will degenerate into fighting among
the various factions and turn this city
of 1.5 million people-into a battle-
ground. An estimated 2 million
Afghans already have died in the
war and 5 million more have fled
their homes.
Diplomats confirmed that
Najibullah was at the U.N. com-
pound in Kabul and that Sevan had
not been able to negotiate his safe
See AFGHANISTAN, Page 2

SHARON MUSHtR/Ualy
Law School Dean Lee Bollinger speaks to University faculty members at
Rackham Auditorium last night.

"It is said to be the left within
the University itself, devouring its
own members," Bollinger said,

dining tables to racial remarks, he
said.
To correct "the impulses of in-

State senators announce plans

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