Veronica Latta Smith is ending her eight-year
tenure on the U-M Board of Regents. Smith's
concern and compassion for students' rights will
be sincerely missed.
Barbie's walking down Madison, but it will cost
you a nice chunk of change to bring Madison
Avenue Barbie home. Darcy Lockman previews
the state-of-the-art Barbie line.
The Michigan men's basketball team, fresh off a
victory in its home opener, host the Falcons from
Bowling Green tonight at Crisler Arena.
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by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
A Lansing attorney will defend
Ann Arbor against a lawsuit chal-
lenging aCity Charter amendment
that will move city elections to
The Ann Arbor City Council de-
cided Monday to hire Peter
Ellsworth, a specialist in election
law, to represent it in the suit seek-
ing to overturn the Voter Initiative
for November Elections (VINE).
VINE, a ballot proposal approved
last month, will move city elections
from April to November.
Councilmember Peter Fink (R-
2nd Ward) said he filed the suit be-
cause VINE will end his term five
"I filed the lawsuit because I was
elected to serve two years," he said.
"I campaigned on that basis. I was
elected on that basis. I took the job
on that basis."
Fink said his shortened term will
not fulfill his tenure of public ser-
vice. "That's not the bargain I
signed up to do," he said.
City Attorney Elizabeth Schwartz
said an outside attorney was needed
because her main duty is represent-
ing the council and all of its mem-
bers - including Fink.
"It is necessary under the
Lawyer's Canon of Ethics," she
said,"That is why I requested (an
The council approved the resolu-
tion to retain Ellsworth, 6-5. Some
members objected, saying the coun-
cil should consult local attorneys
first instead of paying for an attor-
ney to travel back and forth from
"Ann Arbor has more lawyers
per capita and a strong bar," said
Councilmember Bob Eckstein (D-
5th Ward). "Why do we need to go
out of the city?"
Councilmember Bob Grady (D-
3rd Ward) said enlisting outside
counsel in the matter was the best
t "I frankly think that where any
local attorney would also be a voter,
we should go outside this jurisdic-
tion," he said.
Schwartz said she interviewed
four attorneys after compiling a list
See VINE, Page 2
U.S. troops land in
Somalia, move to
take capital airport
American troops land for
relief mission to be greeted
by media, not militia; no
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Mobbed
by the media rather than militia, American
troops landed at Somalia's seaside capital
early today, and moved to seize the airport in
an armed mission of mercy to feed starving
Under a nearly full moon, the first group
of six to eight Navy divers came out of the
sea on the beach outside the broken, shattered
city ruled by the gun and reeking of decom-
"Get your hands up!" one of the soldiers
shouted at an Associated Press reporter. Then
the group slipped off into the sand dunes. A
second group come ashore, changed into cam-
ouflage battle fatigues and headed across the
dunes toward the long single airstrip.
Later, three rubber boats came ashore, and
about two dozen troops poured off and
walked up through the dunes into the glare of
Between 50 and 75 reporters and photog-
raphers hurled questions at the troops, their
faces smeared with black and green camou-
flage cream, as they walked toward the tar-
mac and tried to ignore the following mob.
Not a shot wasfired.
Although they had expected no major con-
frontations with Mogadishu's thousands of
armed young militia, the 1,800 Marines in-
volved in the operation were taking no
chances in a fullscale land and sea operation.
Their orders were to defend themselves in
this chaotic land and commanders made it
clear they would shoot first if threatened and
ask questions later.
Announcements from Somalian Gen.
Mohamed Farrah Aidid and his chief rival in
the north, Ali Mahdi Mohamed, raised hopes
that the Marines would meet no resistance
upon landing on Somali beaches.
After separate meetings with U.S. special
envoy Robert Oakley, Aidid and Ali Mahdi
said they had advised their militia to avoid
confrontations with the Americans.
"We welcome the American mission and
'We welcome the American
mission and the U.S. troops
- Mohamed Farrah Aidid
the U.S. troops to Somalia," Aidid told re-
At least 300,000 Somalis have died of
famine caused by war and drought and 2 mil-
lion are at risk.
The commander of the Marine strike force
said he had no instructions to disarm the
Somali factions unless they posed a danger.
Col. Greg Newbold described his mission as
having "a human face on it."
"Somebdy.dialed 911 and we came,"
Newbold said aboard the USS Tripoli.
His troops are the advance party for an
eventual deployment of 28,000 U.S. troops
who will be joined by soldiers from France,
Turkey and Canada, among other nations.
Does Santa take Entree Plus?
Business School junior Kevin Collins, disguised as Santa Claus, collects money for United
Negro College Fund on the Diag yesterday.
UAC to expand multicultural programming
by Saloni Janveja
Daily Staff Reporter
Minority students may soon have
a greater voice in the University
Activities Center's (UAC) decision-
making process due to an expansion
plan to increase the organization's
UAC, an umbrella organization
that coordinates theater groups, lec-
ture series and campus events, is es-
tablishing a board to concentrate on
UAC President and School of
Music junior Jason Hackner said the
organization is trying to be more
"UAC is definitely changing," he
said. "It is in a position to really join
the '90s and get out of the Reagan
The group has brought to campus
people such as former Los Angeles
Police Chief Daryl Gates, and holds
various events such as Laughtrack, a
weekly stand-up comedy routine at
In the past, UAC has only co-
sponsored multicultural events. The
Multicultural Programming Board
- one of Hackner's own creations
- will expand UAC's involvement.
"It's going to be a nine-member
board of representatives of different
culturally diverse groups," Hackner
explained. "The first part of expand-
ing is to get people involved in the
UAC programming stage."
The board will help existing
UAC committees augment their pro-
grams and create new events for
"This is really about empowering
students of color so they can get
quality programming for them-
selves," Hackner said.
The Multicultural Programming
Board is unique because there have
not been many diverse activities in
the past, some campus leaders said.
Mike Dashner, Minority Student
Services representative, said he does
not remember UAC focusing on this
kind of programming in the past.
"I don't think there was a lot of
multicultural programming going
on," he said. "From my experience, I
don't believe - or remember -
very many of their established pro-
grams other than 'Kwanzaa' ad-
dressing minority students."
New programming may include a
campus gay/lesbian newspaper,
workshops with African American
writers, and Arab American cultural
festivals, Hackner said. "But it's re-
ally open-ended at this point."
Although the U-M is known for
advocating diversity, Hackner said
UAC has taken on its new role be-
cause past student leadership has not
worked effectively to provide alter-
"Very little has been asked of
See UAC, Page 2
Hindu unrest continues;
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - The Unrest was reported in m
government cracked down on Hindu India's 32 states and territ
radicals yesterday, trying to halt re- Indian news agencies said vio
ligious violence triggered by the de- ., had abated only slightly
struction of a Muslim mosque, but a Monday, and reported more
second day of rioting pushed the 400 deaths in the two days of ri
death toll past 400. Soldiers patrolled streets
In a rare step, the government of dozen towns assisting civilian p
Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao An estimated 10 million p
authorized security forces to shoot spent a second day indoors
rioters on sight in Bombay and curfew.
Bhopal, cities where extensive vio- Police in New Delhi
lence occurred. There were no im- Ayodhya arrested the leaders
mediate reports of large-scale shoot- Bharatiya Janata Party on chart
ing by police, inciting sectarian violence.
The moves aimed at Hindu radi- Hindu fundamentalist moveme
cals threatened to provoke a back-grown in three years into I
lash in this Hindu-dominated nation second biggest political party.
that could worsen violence fed by - The arrests caused an uprc
Muslim anger over the destruction of Parliament, which was paralyz
the mosque. A Muslim youth wrapped in the second straight day by scree
LSA senior Tim DelCotto browses through Michigan merchandise for a holiday gift at a store on South University.
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