The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 8, 1993 - Page 3
by Michelle Guy
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Ford and
General Motors are not the only
ones displaying concept cars at
the 1993 North American Auto
A model of "Maize & Blue"
- the University's new solar car
- previewed yesterday at Cobo
Hall. The car, currently under
construction, will compete in
Sunrayce 93, a 1,000 mile inter-
collegiate race from Dallas to
Minneapolis, this June.
In addition to the model of
"Maize & Blue", the University's
Sunrunner is also on display. The
car took first-place in the 1990
GM Sunrayce USA and won third
in the 1990 World Solar
Approximately 100 University
students work on the solar car
team, but as team member
Jennifer Kott noted, they are
"always looking for people."
The actual drivers have not yet
Some members of the University Solar Car Team pose in front of the Maize & Blue model during
conference at the 1993 North American Auto Show.
been determined, but about 20
people will be selected to drive
throughout the race.
Kott, an Engineering senior,
said a lot of time has been spent
on fundraising because the
University contributes only 5 per-
cent of the total funds. Many cor-
porate sponsors, including Ford
Motor Company, IBM and the
U.S. Department of Energy have
donated money and supplies.
The team is raising its own
money through the Buy-A-Cell
Campaign, which targets alumni
to donate $100 toward the pur-
chase of one solar cell. The team
is also selling T-shirts for $10.
According to Project Manager
Furqan Nazeeri, more than 60,000
hours have been spent designing,
building, testing, and training
since the project began in 1991.
"Our goal is to win a national
championship for the University
of Michigan in June and a world
championship in November,"
Nazeeri said in a press release.
The auto show is open to the
public Jan. 9-17.
by Megan Lardner
Daily Higher Education Reporter
University of Alabama students
no longer have to suffer intiidation
from storekeepers or ribbing from
friends when buying condoms at the
Students at the university's
Tuscaloosa campus now have con-
venient access to condom machines
"The condom machines are pri-
vate and students don't have to go to
the drugstore to get them," said Bill
Williamson, director of student life
at the university.
The new condom machines were
installed in six restrooms in thestu-
dent Union during the last week of
the fall semester. The condoms are
available to both male and female
restrooms for 50 cents.
While the majority of Alabama
students have reacted positively to
the installation of condom machines
on campus, some community mem-
bers and university supporters have
expressed dissatisfaction with the
Williamson attributed most of
the negative reactions to the fear that
campus condom machines will en-
courage students to become
"We are not promoting sex or
babies. We are trying to deal with a
disease for which right now there is
no cure," Williamson explained,
adding that condom machines repre-
sent a method of increasing AIDS
awareness on campus.
"Any time you do something like
this, there is going to be some con-
flict," Williamson said. "We are not
forcing anyone to get the condoms,
but at least they are here and
University of Alabama junior
Don McDaniel, who made the origi-
nal proposal for the machines, said
he thinks the decision has resulted in
a positive addition to the university.
"Most of the opposition toward
the machines has been from off-
campus," McDaniel said. He added
some negative responses have in-
cluded parents discouraging their
sons and daughters from attending
McDaniel first promoted the idea
of the condom machines in response
to a friend who tested positive for
the HIV virus. He said he hopes the -
machines will influence students to
take responsibility for themselves.
The installation of the condom
machines was approved unani-
mously by all campus student
groups. The university has already .
introduced the idea of installing neW-L
machines in the residence halls at
some future date. For niow, adminis-
trators are waiting to see how more
people respond to the new machines.
A new student group on campus
- Students for Education to Prevent.
AIDS - has formed and is organiz-
ing speaking bureaus to increase
While the University of Alabama
is the only school in that state to of-
fer condom machines accessible to
its students, other universities
throughout the country, such as
Florida State University, are follow-
ing in the new trend.
Group fights to ban assisted suicide in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The
legislative arm of the Roman
O Catholic Church in Ohio said yester-
day it is seeking support for a law
that would ban assisted suicides like
those involving Michigan's Dr. Jack
"You can expect a bill in the
Legislature very soon," said Tim
Pond, director of health affairs for
the Catholic Conference of Ohio.
The conference, which is the
church's public affairs agency, rep-
resents interests of the state's six
Catholic dioceses before the
Pond said work on the proposed
legislation was under way months
before word Wednesday that
Kevorkian might begin assisting
suicides in Ohio, where there is no
law against the practice.
"We hope the Legislature will
take immediate action on it. With
him extending his tentacles, so to
speak, in Ohio, we're leery and fear-
ful that this will happen, and we
want to get on top of it right away,"
A 1987 Ohio Supreme Court de-
cision noted there is no state law
against aiding a suicide.
Sen. Betty Montgomery (R-
Perrysburg) who sponsored the
state's 1991 living-will and health
care power of attorney law, said the
possibility of Kevorkian coming to
Ohio probably would lead to support
among Ohio physicians.
Kevorkian, who is not licensed in
Ohio, said in an interview
Wednesday he was being contacted
daily by a growing number of people
who are thinking about killing them-
selves. He would not say how many
he is counseling, but said there were
several in Ohio.
"Had I known it was not illegal, I
would have gone farther with a
couple of patients there in the past,"
Violence grows as U.S. Marines attack clan camps in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
U.S. forces sent a devastating mes-
sage to this lawless city yesterday,
unleashing a barrage of tank, heli-
copter and rocket fire on two clan
camps where snipers were taking
potshots at troops.
The attack, the biggest and dead-
liest of Operation Restore Hope, was
meant to instill fear among
Somalia's feuding clans and mur-
derous thugs, who have been grow-
ing bolder by the day.
Clans have skirmished in the cap-
ital, and U.S.-led troops have in-
creasingly been targets of looters,
rock-throwing youths and snipers.
The violence also has intensified
safety worries by relief agencies
trying to provide food and medicine
to Somalia's starving. The
American-led international force
came to the famine-stricken Horn of
Africa nation to protect such
Mogadishu shook with thunder-
ous cannon booms, screaming mis-
siles and ripples of machine-gun fire
during the 20-minute onslaught
At least seven Somalis were
killed in the raid, directed at two ar-
senals in northwest Mogadishu con-
trolled by fighters loyal to Gen.
Mohamed Farrah Aidid, one of
Somalia's two most powerful war-
lords. Military officials said the
Somalis inside the compound ap-
peared to be leaderless and
One Marine was wounded by
friendly fire in what officials said
was a case of mistaken identity. The
injury was not life-threatening, and
he was being treated aboard the heli-
copter carrier USS Tripoli.
"We hit them with a firestorm,"
said Maj. Gen. Charles Wilhelm,
commander of the 1st Marine
Division and the officer who ordered
The attack involved 400 troops,
AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters,
M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, am-
phibious assault armored vehicles
and other heavy weaponry.,,
"A strong display of resolve, de-
termination and force is the best way
to prevent the next one from happen-
ing," Wilhelm told reporters.
Wilhelm said he had no informa-
tion on Somali casualties, but offi-
cers at the scene said there were at
least seven deaths.
More than a dozen pecle were
taken prisoner from the two walled
compounds, and the Marines seized
weapons caches including tanks,
anti-aircraft guns, mortars and more
than 15 field artillery guns, Wilhelm
He said the attack would have no
effect, however, on the balance of
clan power in Somalia, which Js-
armed to the teeth after years of
courtship by the Cold War
Ann Arbor community expresses
mixed opinons over new sins
by Kelly Bates
Engaging in homosexual acts is
still a sin, according to the Catholic
Church, but the new catechism -
the first in more than 700 years -
dictates that discriminating on the
O basis of sexual orientation goes
against the Church as well.
University students expressed
mixed opinions about some of the
new and controversial definitions of
Drunk driving, tax evasion and
artificial insemination are identified
as new sins, along with discrimina-
tion against homosexuals.
Even some Catholic students
were surprised to hear about the new
"All that stuff is in there?" asked
RC senior Allison Grigaliunis.
Other students scoffed at the new
catechism, but seemed less
LSA sophomore Denis Butkovic
said the Catholic Church "is a big
contradiction. God ... forgives ev-
eryone but people still go to hell
Butkovic said he grew up
Catholic, but was turned off by the
religion because of the contradic-
tions in the catechism.
Some students said they feel that
these new sins are acceptable,
"Those are sound moral codes to
follow," said LSA Senior Tanya
Norris, adding she thinks homosexu-
ality is unnatural. But, she said, "I
feel that I don't have a right to judge
Sister Margie Lavonis of Ann
Arbor's St. Mary's Student Chapel
agreed with Norris. She explained
the Catholic Church is against
"unnatural acts," including artificial
insemination and homosexual acts.
Homosexuals cannot help their
sexual orientation, although they can
inhibit themselves from performing
homosexual acts, Sister Margie said.
The Catholic Church is only against
same-sex acts, not homosexuality.
"(Homosexuals) are not bad or
intrinsically evil," she said. "They
need to be treated with respect."
U Drum Circle, GuildHouseCam-
pus Ministry, 802 Monroe St.,
Q Hillel, Shabbat Services, 5 p.m.
Q Korean Campus Crusade for
Christ, Christian Fellowship,
Campus Chapel, 8 p.m.
Q Leonardo's Friday Night Mu-
sic, Montage, North- Campus
Commons, 8 p.m.
Q Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, rosary, Saint Mary
Student Chapel, 331 Thompson
St., 7:30 p.m.
U TaeKwonDo Club, regular
workout, CCRB, Room 2275,
U U-M Bridge Club, duplicate
bridge game, Michigan Union,
Tap Room, 7:30 p.m.
D U-M Ninjitsu Club, practice,
I.M. Building, Wrestling Room
G21, 6:30-8 p.m.
U U-M Shotokan Karate, prac-
tice,CCRB, small gym, 10a.m.-
School of Music Recital Hall, 2
U Museum of Art, ChAMPs
Stained Glass Workshops, AV
Room, 12:30 and 2 p.m.; Sun-
day Tour, Information Desk, 2
U Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, Peer Ministry Meet-
ing, 3 p.m.; Bible Study, 6:15
p.m.; Leaven Group Informa-
tion,7 p.m.; Saint Mary Student
Chapel, 331 Thompson St.
U Phi Sigma Pi, Induction and Gen-
eral Meeting, Michigan Union,