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The proposed law that would suspend minors'
drivers licenses for possession of alcohol does
not fit the crime, and trivializes the more serious
crime of driving drunk.

Tom Kalin's "Swoon" has arrived at the Michigan
Theater, and the Daily's own Camilo Fontecilla is
there. The film explores the relationship between
famed murderers Leopold and Loeb.

Daily Basketball Writer Ken Davidoff takes us on a
journey through time to show us why - though
Saturday's 76-68 victory against Illinois may have
been a sleeper - the team was motivated anyway.

Today
Sunny, flurries possiblelate;
High 28, Low 16
Tomorrow
Variable clouds, High 34, Low 22

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Vol. CIII, No. 65 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 25,1993 ©1993 The Michigan Daily

Clinton's
first days
get mixed
reviews
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill
Clinton went directly from the at-
tainment of his lifelong dream to his
first presidential apology. It took his
administration just two days to say,
"mistakes were made."
After the roller-coaster opening
of his presidency, Clinton seemed
tired but resolute, telling his first
Cabinet meeting Friday: "I'm off to
a good start."
Between the highs and lows,
Clinton issued orders and memo-
randa expanding abortion rights, lift-
ing deficit targets and imposing
strict new ethics guidelines on senior
government officials.
His administration also got an
early chance to stand up to Iraq, with
U.S. jets firing on Iraqi anti-aircraft
installations two days in a row after
an inauguration-day pause.
The new president hugged,
danced and played his saxophone at
inaugural balls, opened the White
House to thousands of visitors and
took his first presidential jog along
the Potomac River.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, mean-
while, claimed an office in the West
Wing among her husband's other
top aides - the first First Lady to
set up shop on the business end of
the White House. She will be a key
health-.care adviser, among other
roles yet to emerge.
All in all, it has been a busy first
week considering Clinton only
became president in the middle of it.
The fact that he could have a
Cabinet meeting at all just two days
after being sworn in was testimony
to how quickly things can get done
when both the president and
Congress are of the same party. The
Democratic Senate confirmed the
nominations of the Democratic pres-
ident's Cabinet - absent one - in'
record time.
But the empty seat at the table
See CLINTON, Page 2

Iraq denies"
firing at US.,
warplanes
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)-Iraq exclusion zone.
denied its anti-aircraft batteries fired "It's a little soon to make
at U.S. warplanes again and insisted definitive judgments," Aspin said.
yesterday that the cease-fire it de- Appearing on CBS's "Face the
clared last week remained in effect. Nation," Aspin said recent Iraqi ac-
The claims came a day after U.S. tion "was not proof" that Saddam
warplanes attacked Iraqi missile sites Hussein's government was trying to
for the third consecutive day. test the new U.S. administration, or
In Washington, Defense that it had necessarily broken its own
Secretary Les Aspin said it was not cease-fire.
certain the Iraqis opened fire Iraq's information minister,
Saturday night in the southern "no Hamed Yousef Hummadi, called for
fly" zone, but he stressed the pilot "pragmatic, businesslike discussion"
thought he was shot at. with the Unites States, and govern-
U.S. military spokesperson stood ment-run newspapers invited
by the report that American planes President Clinton to settle disputes
were fired on, and a second pilot on through dialogue.
the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk In an interview with CNN,
reported seeing gun flashes during Hummadi said the recent U.S. at-
the Saturday night incident. tacks were "minor ones, and we are
Aspin also reported that there committed to the cease-fire." But if
was "some indication" that Iraqi attacks continue, the two sides could
troops were preparing new sites for be in for a difficult time, he said.
anti-aircraft missiles in southern In other developments:
Iraq, despite allied warnings to keep U.N. experts resumed
such weapons out of the air See IRAQ, Page 2

If you can't stand the heat...
LSA sophomore Rachel Rosen and Jillian Downey clean the kitchen of Michigan Cooperative House as part of
the co-op's work holiday in which members help straighten up and repair the whole house.

Panelists: Ethnic coalition important

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
Addressing the importance of Asian
Americans in current ethnic strife, three pan-
elists spoke Friday on the application of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s message to the
community.
"In light of MLK Day activities, it's very
important to get an Asian American perspec-
tives from last spring's L.A. riots and the re-
cent murder of a Vietnamese American in
Miami," said Edgar Ho, panel moderator and
LSA junior.
Henry Der, executive director of Chinese for
Affirmative Action in San Francisco and chair

of the California Postsecondary Education
Commission, was instrumental in the fight for
the bilingual election's amendment to the
Voting Rights Act.
While Der lauded King for his anti-war
views - indicative of feelings shared by stu-
dents on college campuses - he thought King
was not critical enough of federal government
policies.
"When I was your age in college many
years ago, Martin Luther King, for many of us
at that time, was rather meek and mild - not
aggressive enough," Der said, stressing the
importance of ethnic unity in combating U.S.
hegemony.

Bong Hwan Kim, executive director of
Korean Youth and Community Center based in
Los Angeles, said greater unity on the part of
the Asian American community would have
curtailed much of the violence and looting
which resulted from the L.A. riots.
Kim said rioters looted 2,400 Korean-owned
stores in Los Angeles, totaling more than
$450 million in damage.
Rita Sethi, a housing attorney with
Brooklyn Legal Services in New York City,
stressed the importance of a multi-ethnic coali-
tion, in hopes of creating a group that would
preserve individual identities.
Sethi, also a member of the Coalition

Against Anti-Asian Violence in New York
City, condemned a group called the "Dot-
busters," which discriminates against Hindus.
The name "Dotbusters" comes from the Bindi,
or dot, many Hindu people wear on their
foreheads.
In September 1987 one man was allegedly
killed by this group, but the court still has not
ruled a conclusion yet, she said, adding that
some members of the Dotbusters were children
of New Jersey police officers.
"Now you know why the New Jersey
Police Department couldn't find anything,"
Sethi said.

'U', activists clash over incinerator

by Marc Olender
Daily Environment Reporter
University representatives and
environmental organizations met
Thursday before the Michigan Air
Pollution Control Commission
(MAPCC) to debate whether the
North Campus incinerator should
be shut down.
The meeting was, in one ad-
ministrator's words, informative,
but indecisive.
"When it was all over, it was
no closer to conclusion than when
we started," said Keith Molin,
University vice president for gov-
ernment relations.
The MAPCC is a board of
seven members that decides dis-
putes in which the Department of

Natural Resources (DNR) is
involved.
Currently DNR's permit autho-
rizing the University to burn haz-
ardous materials - such as medi-
cal waste and radioactive isotopes
- in the North Campus incinera-
tor is up for debate.
Dora St. Martin, a member of
Citizens for Safe Waste Disposal
(CSWD), said she was greeted at
the meeting with an unpleasant
surprise.
"(Governor) Engler had just
completely replaced the Michigan
Air Pollution Commission. All of
a sudden, we were talking to an
entirely new set of people," St.
Martin said.
The old commission had been

following the debate between
University officials and CSWD
since September 1991, St. Martin
said. The incinerator's safety has
been questioned partly because of
its proximity to housing areas.
St. Martin said that instead of
the decision that the group had
hoped - revoking the Uni-
versity's permit to burn ra-
dioactive materials - CSWD
spent the meeting briefing the
new commission.
CSWD's case was based on
two University violations it had
brought to the DNR's attention,
St. Martin said. The University
was cited for burning waste at too
low of a temperature, and for'
burning materials not covered

under their permit.
CSWD's main concern, St.
Martin said, is that the University
will continue to burn radioactive
waste while plans for change are
being evaluated.
"It's going to be some time
before they figure out what to do
with the University's waste. We
don't want to be breathing it until
then," St. Martin said.
Molin said the addition of
safety measures has been held up
by the stipulation that any
changes made to the incinerator
must first be approved by
MAPCC.
"We are requesting to
voluntarily employ technologies
See INCINERATOR, Page 2

Citizens for Safe Waste
Disposal is alleging that
the North Campus
incinerator has violated
its permit issued by the
Department of Natural
Resources. Possible
infractions include:
® Operating the
incinerator at
temperatures lower than
permit stipulations;
® Allowing greater
emission rates of adult
thyroid radiation dose
than the permit provides
for, and;
Burning sources, such
as plastic-lined pads,
bedding and animal
cages. The permit only
allows burning of human
and animal remains.

Fraternities
call winter
rush figures
sluggish
by Will McCahill
Daily Staff Reporter
Citing plummeting temperatures,
slippery sidewalks and driving snow,
fraternity rush chairs said this
semester's recruitment efforts seem
to be lagging.
"It's hard to say right now, but it
seems like it's a little slow," Beta
Theta Pi Fraternity Rush Chair Jon
Marsh said.
Chi Psi Fraternity Rush Chair
Sam Inohara agreed that last night's
event was slow, citing the bad
weather and lower interest in winter
term rush as possible reasons.
Steve Fisher, Interfraternity
Council rush chair and, assistant
Sigma Chi Fraternity rush chair, said
the number of students who attended
last week's mass meeting in the
Michigan Union was nowhere near
the number at the fall meeting.
However, he added that the num-
bers were much higher than last win-
ter's mass meeting, with about 250
attending this year over last year's
75.

Ex-Supreme Court
Justice Marshall dies
of heart attack at 84

GEO asks for a higher salary,
more benefits in new contract

by Kenneth Dancyger
Daily Faculty Reporter
With the Feb. 1 expiration of its
contract drawing near, the Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO) is
hoping to reach a settlement as
soon as possible, say organization
representatives.
Rinre. nesrntintinne hi-nan the

issues presented at the bargaining
session Friday included:
salary increases, to raise the
pay scale for TAs who work for the
University;
dental benefits, to eliminate the
present waiting period for new TAs
who need University-covered dental
care:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Re-
tired Supreme Court Justice Thur-
good Marshall died yesterday of
heart failre He was 84.

Supreme Court, Marshall was ap-
pointed to the court on June 13,
1967, by President Lyndon B.
Johnson, climaxing a career as a

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