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The University announced its plans to cut the
men's gymnastics program because of gender
equity. But there are other ways to reach equity
besides eliminating men's programs.

With spring just beginning, you need to know
what the latest clothing trends are. Check out this
year's Spring Fashion issue.

The reaction to Michigan's decision to eliminate
its men's gymnastics program has been negative.
Other Big Ten coaches voice their concerns about
the decision.

Today
Partly sunny;
High 48, Low 36 QO
Tomorrow
Sunny and warmer High 60, Low 44

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Vol. CIII, No. 103 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, March 25,1993 ©1993 The Michigan Daily

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considers selling 3 research areas

by Lisa Dines
The University is considering selling three
research properties to raise revenue despite stu-
dents' objection to the plan.
The School of Natural Resources and the
Environment (SNRE) is proposing the sale of
Stinchfield Woods and Saginaw Forest in the
Ann Arbor area and Camp Filbert Roth in the
Upper Peninsula.
Yesterday, Harry Morton, associate dean of
the SNRE, explained to more than 100 con-
cemed SNRE students and faculty the necessity
of the sales. He also addressed concerns over a
rumor that the properties would be sold for
industrial or residential development.

SNRE is discussing an of-.
fer from the National Forest,
Service to buy Camp Filbert
Roth for public recreational
use. Forestry students attended
thecampuntilitclosedin 1987.
The SNRE would receive
75 percent of the University's
receipts from the sale of the
camp, estimated to be worth'
$500,000, according to the pro-
posed agreement.
The SNRE is also consider
Gelman Science Industriest
Saginaw Forest into a city park

There are
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resource for the University
than the research opportuni-
ties.

some serious problems in trying to
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maintain and manage tnese properties. we had to "There are some serious
look at the properties from the standpoint of what problems in trying to main-
do we put into them and what do we get out.' tain and manage these prop-
- Harry Morton erties," he said. "We had to
associate dean of SNRE look at the properties from
the standpoint of what do we
put into them and what do we
get out.
been made for Stinchfield Woods. "The endowment that the University needs
ing an offer by Morton said the money from the sale of these for renovations is pretty significant," Morton
to consolidate relatively unused properties would be a better said.
. No plans have

Some students worry the University is being
short-sighted by giving up long-term assets in
exchange for a quick fix to funding problems.
The University has researched these proper-
ties for more than 100 years. If the land is sold,
many students and faculty argue that recreation
will prevent continued research and negate the
benefit of past work.
SNRE graduate student Tom Dietsch asked,
"For example, would you sell all the books in the
library to pay for a new building just because
people aren't reading them right now?"
"If money is the problem, then these proper-
ties do not need to be a liability, they can be an
See FORESTS, Page 2

Local bank
evacuated;
fumes hurt 5
by Shelley Morrison
Daily Crime Reporter
Five people were rushed to the University hospital
yesterday afternoon after inhaling a Mace-like chemical
that allegedly saturated a parking structure lobby adjoining
a local bank.
After receiving several reports from callers who com-
plained of strong fumes and difficult breathing inside First
of America on East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor emergency
vehicles were dispatched to the area shortly after noon.
Ann Arbor Fire Department (AAFD) and Ann Arbor
Police Department (AAPD) officials immediately evacu-
ated the bank to begin ventilation and chemical testing
procedures to determine the cause of the potentially haz-
ardous fumes. The bank closed for more than two hours
during the testing.
Investigation of the area revealed no leads, but a sales
representative from Harry's Army Surplus store across the
streetreported twomenhad recently purchased a legalized,
non-toxic form of Mace. This Mace-related product causes
temporary difficulty in breathing and other symptoms
similar to ones described by the victims.
The five people affected by the chemical - all bank
employees - were taken by ambulance to University
Hospitals for treatment.
First of America Branch Manager Valeta Canada said
she first realized something was wrong when a worker
from Tally Hall parking structure -attached to the bank-
complained he could not breathe.
"I first got into trouble when I went to the lobby to
investigate fumes after a workman complained he couldn't
breathe," she said. "I stopped and took a big whiff."
Canada said gas fumes from the parking structure
commonly waft into the bank on humid days when the
lobby doors are frequently propped open.
After inhaling, Canada realized these fumes were dif-
ferent. She began to suffer from dizziness, coughing and a
'burning sensation in her eyes and throat.
Canada said inhaling the chemical "felt like someone
was sticking needles into my throat."
Other victims experienced similar symptoms. One
employee, who suffers from severe allergies, also com-
plained of a strange tightening in her chest.
The employees were all treated and released later that

!Hunger strikers
plead for Haiti

Protesters blast
Clinton for ignoring
refugees in Cuba
by Scot Woods
Daily Staff Reporter
A chicken-wire barricade stood on
the steps of the Law Library yesterday,
screening Gina Ulysse from the protest-
ers she addressed.
"Haiti is bleeding," said Ulysse. "I
don't want to see her bleed."
Ulysse, who is Haitian-born and an
anthropology graduate student, spoke
at yesterday'srally to protestthe Clinton
administration's policy of detaining,
HIV-positive Haitian political refugees-
at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in
Cuba.
The noon rally was sponsored by the
Coalition to Free the Haitian Refugees.
The coalition includes the Ann Arbor
Haiti Solidarity Group, the Haitian Refu-
gee Project, the Black Law Students'
Alliance (BLSA) and AIDS Coalition
To Unleash Power.
The event marked the beginning of
a week-long hunger strike by Univer-
sity students who seek to bring attention
to the condition of the 264 Haitians
detained at the base. The hunger strike
has been traveling across the country
through colleges, which participate for
a week and then pass the strike to an-
other school.
Each speaker at yesterday's rally
entered the wire enclosure and blasted
the Clinton administration, calling for
the admittance of the Haitians to the
United States.
"This violates international human
rights law," said Bentina Chisolm of the
Haitian Refugee Project. "It'salmostas
if they're in prison."
Walter Lanier, aBLSAmember who
will be fasting for seven days, said the
detained Haitians are suffering but have

committed no crime. "They're being
held in sub-human conditions with
scorpions and rats," he said.
Leslie Newman, who directs the
Haitian Refugee Project, said pro-
testers chose a hunger strike to stand
in solidarity with the detained Hai-
tians who have been striking since
Jan.29. "They're going to start dying
soon," she said.
Kathy Wordlaw, BLSApresident,
compared Clinton to former Presi-
dent George Bush, saying, "I thought
we had a new president."
She also said Clinton had prom-
ised to revoke Bush administration
policy and allow the detained Hai-
tians into the United States. "He has
since contracted amnesia," Wordlaw
said.
Kim Johnson, a medical student
and Baker-Mandela Center volun-
teer, accused the administration of
perpetuating a racially-motivated
policy against the Black detainees.
She also accused the media of
ignoring the detained Haitians.
- "Why don'twehave adaily count-
down on the hunger strike (by the
Haitians) like we have a daily count-
down of that fool over there in Waco,"
she said, referring to the stand-off
between Branch Davidian cultists and
FBI agents in Waco, Texas.
The idea of a traveling hunger
strike began when civil rights leader
Rev. Jesse Jackson visited the fasting
Haitians at Guantanamo Bay in Feb-
ruary. After Jackson fasted for 10
days, members of a New York church
group continued the hunger strike.
The "solidarity fast" then visited Yale,
Harvard and Brown.
Michigan organizers took the fast
from Brown and will "pass the torch"
to students at Virginia, Chicago and/
or Columbia.

ELIZABETH IPPMAN/Daily

Bentina Chisolm opens yesterday's rally of the Coalition to Free the Haitian Refugees on the
steps of the Law Library. The event marked the start of the group's week-long hunger strike.

See EVACUATION, Page 2

ETS allows campus MCAT site

by Michele Hatty
Daily Staff Reporter
The Medical College Admissions
Test (MCAT) will now be offered at the
University to 100 students.
Educational Testing Services (ETS)
has authorized the University to offer
the exam on April 17 although it ini-
tially omitted the Ann Arbor campus as
an exam site.
This decision follows complaints by
students that they would have to travel
to other area colleges in order to take the
exam.

"ETS called me Friday and said that
they would open up a test site on theAnn
Arbor campus," said James Kulik, di-
rector of the evaluation and examina-
tions office for the Center for Research
onLearning andTeaching. "Theydidn't
say (why they had decided to offer the
Ann Arbor site). ... It's not clear what
happened."
Kulik sent a formal proposal to ETS
on March 5, offering to supervise a
special administration of the exam. ETS
initially declined Kulik's proposal on
March 9. But after receiving a number

of complaints from University students
by March 19, ETS said it was reconsid-
ering Kulik's offer. On March 20, Kulik
received the call asking him to go ahead
with his plan.
ETS could not be reached for com-
ment.
With less than a month before the
test date, Kulik said coordinating all of
the elements was not easy.
"We're doing it," he said. "But there
is special stuff involved. Getting space
at this point was difficult because ETS
See TEST SITE, Page 2

Educational Testing Services
recently decided to make the
University a site for the MCAT.
Some facts about the testing:
When: Saturday, April 17, 8
a. m.
Where: Angell Hall,
Auditoriums C and D.
Open spots: 100
Contact ETS for more info at
(510) 596-5500.
Other available test sites-
include Wayne State, Oakland
University, the University of
Detroit, U-M Dearborn and
Washtenaw Community
College.

Yeltsin lashes out at
speaker's ultimatums

MOSCOW (AP)-President Boris
Yeltsin and his legislative opponents
ended up no closer to resolving their
power struggle as Russia veered be-
tween confrontation and compromise
yesterday.
Hopes for a settlement dwindled
after Yeltsin's chief rival, parliament
speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, presented
"rude ultimatums" for concessions dur-
ing talks with the president, said Yeltsin
spokesperson Vyacheslav Kostikov.
'The president responded with a
resolute and finn rejection," Kostikov
said, according to the Interfax indepen-
dent news agency.
Khasbulatov later indicated he still

should be established.
Russia's Constitutional Court on
Tuesday ruled both those actions vio-
lated the constitution, although it ap-
proved Yeltsin's request for a national
vote of confidence on him.
Yesterday began with the Supreme
Soviet voting to convene an emergency
session of the Congress tomorrow to
consider removing Yeltsin for violating
the constitution.
"The goal of the Supreme Soviet
and the Congress leadership is not to
stabilize the situation in the country, but
to use any means to remove the lawfully
elected president and open the way to
power for the forces of revenge and

Men swimmers need to overcome Stanford for title

by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer

pionships in Indianapolis.
A deep Stanford squad comes into

ing five swimmers as No. 1 seeds in
their respective events.

100, Grote and fellow Cardinal Tyler
Mayfield will press Wunderlich for the

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