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The Michigan Daily-- Friday, September 25, 1992 -Page 3

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Physics graduate
student commits
suicide in apartment

by Henry Goldblatt
Daily News Editor
A 42-year-old graduate student
was found dead Tuesday in his
apartment, after shooting himself in
the head with a .38 caliber Wesson,
;the Department of Public Safety
reported.
Kenneth Kovacs was pursuing
his master's degree in physics and
worked as a night lobby attendant at
:University Towers. When he did
not show up to work Sunday and
Monday nights, Joyce Maschke,
office manager of University
Towers and Kovacs' supervisor,
said she became worried about his
absence.
Maschke called Kovacs' parents
in Redford, Mich., who called DPS.
Officers entering Kovacs'
University Terrace apartment found
him dead next to the gun he appar-
ently used to kill himself.
The autopsy revealed that
Kovacs killed himself with a single
gunshot to the right side of the
head. DPS officers placed the time
of death at late Sunday night or

early Monday morning - perhaps
36 hours before his body was
found.
Maschke said Kovacs worked
the midnight to 8 a.m. shift in the
building for more than 14 years
- never taking a sick day.
"This was really unusual, I was
worried right away ... When he left
Friday morning he said to the girl in
the office, 'See you Monday morn-
ing,"' Maschke said, adding that
Kovacs did not seem depressed.
"No one could believe he could
own a gun," Maschke said. "He was
just such a gentle person."
Co-workers and friends of
Kovacs said he was an intelligent
man who often kept to himself.
"(Kovacs) was a very decent
man, full of integrity and a good
sense of humor. He was extremely
intelligent," said David Pasino, who
had known Kovacs for 11 years
through their jobs at University
Towers and had taken similar
classes.
Pasino said Kovacs "seemed
fine" when he last saw him Friday

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morning at 11 a.m.
"(Kovacs) kept to himself. He
didn't talk about his problems to
anybody," said Mark Guthrie, a
maintenance worker at University
Towers.
"If you asked him a personal
question, he didn't really answer it.
After a while you learned not to ask
him personal questions," Pasino
added.
Gary Krenz, administrative
manager of the physics department,
said Kovacs had accumulated
enough credits for his master's de-
gree but had not applied for it.
There has been no official determi-
nation to see if he met other re-
quirements, Krenz said.
"(Kovacs) took a large number
of classes, yet very few people
knew him outside the context of
classes," he said.
Krenz received his bachelor of
science degree in mathematics in
1975 and a master's degree in math
in 1980, both from the U-M. He
had been a student in the physics
department since 1982.

lacked will to rescue POWs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top
military officer at the end of the
Vietnam War told a Senate panel
yesterday that the nation "didn't
have the stomach" to resume fight-
ing over possible unreleased POWs
after peace had been negotiated.
Adm. Thomas Moorer, who was
chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
from 1970 to 1974, said it was polit-
ically impossible for President
Nixon to reopen the war in 1973 on
the unconfirmed possibility that not
all Americans had been returned
from Laos.
At that time, Nixon had con-
cluded peace talks with the North
Vietnamese. The government of
Laos was not represented in the ne-
gotiations. And Nixon was preparing
to hold welcoming ceremonies for
U.S. POWs released under those
Paris peace accords.
"We would have had to go to
Laos ... and physically sweep out the
whole area," Moorer said.
"We didn't have the stomach for
it. We didn't have the will," Moorer
said.
Moorer testified before the
Senate Select Committee on POW-
MIA Affairs as it held a third day of
hearings with former military and
Nixon administration officials from
two decades ago.
Some former officials have testi-
fied there was reason to believe that
more Americans than the nine even-
tually released from Laos had been
held in that country as a result of the
fighting in Southeast Asia.
Former Secretary of State Henry

Kissinger also acknowledged the
possibility there may have been
more living Americans in Laos,
though he denounced as "a flat-out
lie" the allegation U.S. officials
knowingly abandoned Americans
there.
Committee Chair John Kerry (D-
Mass.) said, "The evidence is
overwhelming to the committee
'We would have had to
go to Laos ... and
physically sweep out
the whole area.'
- Adm. Thomas Moorer
former chair of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff
there is a gap between stated public
policy at that time and reality."
Moorer was questioned about or-
ders he issued in March 1973 to de-
lay withdrawing the final U.S. troops
in Vietnam until a full accounting of
POWs had been provided. One day
later, Moorer reversed those orders.
"When this started and the POWs
came back and so on, and there was
a very euphoric reception and the
wives of POWs came (to the White
House) and so on, and press release
after press release (said) that we
were withdrawing the troops, at that
point, no president could have said,
'Oops, we're not going to withdraw
the troops,"' Moorer said in his
deposition.
Testifying yesterday, Moorer said
it "wouldn't have been fair" to the

POWs accounted for by North
Vietnam to have delayed their re-
lease while the United States pur-
sued a search for others. He also said
the officials had no confirmed in-.
formation about other Americans be-
lieved to be held but not accounted"
for.
"If we'd known the identity and,
location of certain POWs, we'd have
done something about it," he said.
Nixon announced on March 29,
1973, that "all of our American,
POWs are on the way home," a,
statement that some people testifying,
before the committee have suggested
was a deliberate misrepresentation.
Several former officials, have,
pointed to other words in the same
address in which Nixon acknowl-
edged questions remained about
some of the missing.
Kerry pointed to subsequent re-
marks by Nixon on May 3 and May
24 of that year in which he seemed
to be trying to put the POW question
to rest. Kerry said that on May 24,
Nixon said in a speech to returned
prisoners, "1973 saw the return of all
our prisoners."
Kerry contended that after North
Vietnam returned 591 U.S. POWs,
the issue of possible POWs left be,
hind dropped as a priority to the
administration.
In a second order, recently de-
classified, Moorer wrote, "Of
course, we intend to pursue the
question of other U.S. personnel cap-
tured or missing in Laos following
the release of the men on the Feb. I
list."

Military officer says U.S.

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Postponed Festifall launches student
organizations off to a slow beginning

by Adam Anger
-K Instead of dodging bicycles on
the paths of the Diag today, students
may be dodging student organization
'recruiters.
Festifall - postponed due to the
weather last Friday - is scheduled
for today, but many organizations
Say the late date of the student
organization fair has launched their
year off to a slow start.
More than 200 organizations will
*be assembled on the Diag from II
a.m. to 4 p.m., and entertainment
will be provided by various student
groups.
Leaders of several organizations
said they had planned to promote
their mass meetings at their Festifall
booths last Friday. Because Festifall
was rescheduled, many organiza-
tions have had low participation at
their mass meetings this week.
"The success of the mass meeting
was counting on the promotion from
Festifall, and our own promoting

was not as effective," said senior
Michael Liem, programming direc-
tor for the Asian American Student
Coalition (UMAASC).
UMAASC still held their mass
meeting the Monday after the
planned date of Festifall, but atten-
dance was less than that of last
year's mass meeting, Liem said.
Less than half the expected num-
ber of people showed at the Filipino
American Student Association mass
meeting last Tuesday, said Co-
President Reno Ursal.
"If Festifall would have been
before the mass meeting, attendance
definitely would have been better,"
Ursal said.
Since well-attended mass meet-
ings can be crucial to the survival of
a student organization, many groups
postponed their mass meetings until
after today.
Students Working Against
Today's Hunger postponed its mass
meeting until Sunday.

"We postponed our mass meeting
one week with Festifall to generate
more people of interest," said junior
Shreerekha Pillai, service committee
chair.
Although the postponement
caused inconveniences to some
groups, at least 15 more student or-
ganizations registered for Festifall in
the past week.
Student Organization Deve-
lopment Center (SODC)
Organizational Consultant Beth
Adler said, "I expect it to be a fan-
tastic success due to the amount of
organizations that are registered to
participate. As a result, students will
have more of an opportunity to find
the organization that is right for
them."
Several groups will be perform-
ing at Festifall, including the Alma
De Mexico Mariachi band, U-M
Folkdancing Club, U-M Fencing
Club, and the Gilbert and Sullivan
Society.

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Friday
U Christian Fellowship, Korean
Campus Crusade forChrist, Cam-
pus Chapel, 8 p.m.
U "The Danish Referendum and
the Future of the European
Community," Prof. Anders
Uhrskov of the Denmark Interna-
tional Study in Copenhagen,
MLB, third floor conference
room, noon.
U "Die Deutschen und ihre
Manner," film, Angell Hall,
Auditorium A, 7:30 p.m.
Q The Drum Circle, Guild House
Campus Ministry, 802 Monroe
St., 8-10p.m.
Q Festifall-Student Organization
Fair, Student Organization De-
velopment Center/Alpha Phi
Omega, Diag, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
U "Gaining Political Power," ses-
sion two of "Crossing Currents:
Contemporary Women's Move-
ments in Germany and the United
States," Rackham Assembly hall,
2-4:30 p.m.
0 International Dinner with Nate
Mirza, Green Brier Clubhouse,
3615 Green Brier St.,6:30-9 p.m.
[ "New Angles in NMR Sample
Spinning,"chemistry brown bag
lunch, Prof. E. Wrenn Wooten,
chemistry building, Room 1706,
noon.
U Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, rosary, 7:30 p.m. 331
Thompson St.
U "No More Nice Girls," film,
Angell Hall, Auditorium A, 7:30
p.m.
Q Registration for "Conflict Man-
agement, Mediation and
Styles," Sunday dinner series for
student organization leaders Sept.
27. Registration due today by 5
p.m. with Student Organization
Development Center, 763-5900.
U Registration for "Utilizing Com-
mittee Members Effectively."

Walking Service, Undergradu-
ate Library lobby, 8-11:30 p.m.
Q Senior portraits, Michiganensian
yearbook, UGLi, basement study
rooms, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
D Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice, CCRB, Martial Arts
Room, 6-7 p.m.
U "Study Europe in Copenhagen,"
presentation by DIS director, In-
ternational Center, Room 9, 3-
4:30 p.m.
Q Taekwondo Club, regular work-
out, 1200 CCRB, 7-8:30 p.m.
D UAC/Musket, "The Baker's
Wife" auditions, Michigan
Union, Anderson Room, 7 p.m.-
midnight.
U UAC/Impact Dance Theater,
mass meeting, Michigan Union,
Kuenzel Room, 5 p.m.
U UAC Soph Show Auditions,
Michigan Union, Anderson
Rooms A, B and C, 7 p.m.-mid-
night.
U U-M School of Music faculty
recitals, Willis Patterson, School
of Music Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
U U-M Ninjitsu Club, practice, IM
Building, Wrestling Room 621,
6:30-8.
U Voter registration, City Hall, 9-
5 p.m.
U Welcome Dance, Asian Ameri-
can Association, MichiganUnion
Ballroom, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Q "Working and Social Policy,"
session one of "Crossing Cur-
rents: Contemporary Women's
Movements in Germany and the
United States," Rackham Assem-
bly Hall, 9:30-noon.
Saturday
U "Cultural Practices," session
three of "Crossing Currents: Con-
temporary Women's Movements
in Germany and the United
States."Rackham Assembly Hall,

Q "Reproductive Rights," session
four of "Crossing Currents: Con-
temporary Women's Movements
in Germany and the United
States," Rackham Assembly Hall,
1-3 p.m.
Q Safewalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Undergradu-
ate Library lobby, 8-11:30 p.m.
Q UAC Soph Show Auditions,
Michigan Union, Pendleton
Room, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Q U-M Shotokan Karate, practice,
CCRB smallgym,11 a.m.-1p.m.
Q "Worship in Daily Life: A Re-
treat in the Woods," Lord of
Light, 801 S. Forest St., 9 a.m.
Q "Yellow Earth," Chinese film
series, Lorch Hall, 8 p.m.
Sunday
Q Alpha Phi Omega Service Fra-
ternity, chapter meeting, Michi-
gan Union, Kuenzel Room, 7p.m.
Q High Holiday Services, Ortho-
dox services at Hillel, 9 a.m. and
7:05 p.m.; reform services at
Hillel, 10 a.m.; Conservative ser-
vices at Michigan Union Ball-
room, 9:05 a.m. and 7:05 p.m.
Q Hindu Students Council Back-
to-School Get Together,
Stockwell Hall, Blue Lounge, 8
p.m.
Q Safewalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Undergradu-
ate Library lobby, 8-11:30 p.m.
Q UAC Soph Show Auditions,
Michigan Union, Anderson
Rooms A, B and C, 11a.m.-5
p.m.
Q U-M Bahai Club, general meet-
ing, Michigan. Union, Room
2203, 6 p.m.
Q U-M Biological Society, mass
meeting, Natural Science Build-
ing, fourth floorconference room,
7 p.m.
Q U-M School of Music faculty

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