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Incoming
.regents
meet'U
officials
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
Although the University's two
new regents have been formally in-
troduced to all the administrators,
they have not had the same introduc-
tion to faculty, staff and students.
"We haven't met with anyone
formally (outside the administration)
since the election but we've made it
clear that we would like to," said
Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Arbor).
Larry Deitch (D-Bloomfield
Hills) and McGowan will attend
their first official regent meeting this
month. They are replacing Veronica
Smith and Neal Nielsen.
During their two-month orienta-
tion, Deitch and McGowan have met
with all University administrators
and their staffs. They are also
scheduled to visit the Flint and
Dearborn campuses within the next
three months.
"We've only met with the admin-
istration but we don't view these
meetings as a substitute for the com-
munications we talked about during
the campaign with all segments of
the University - students, faculty
and staff," Deitch said. "But this was
a starting point."
0 McGowan said she does not have
a formal plan to meet faculty, staff
and students.
"We don't have any agenda,"
McGowan said. "I'm not going to
people and saying, 'What do you
want us to do?' But I want to have
an understanding, not only at the
Fleming building level, but at all
levels, of what people are interested
in. That happens more informally."
Deitch agreed and said that while
this orientation has been helpful,
they still need to meet students, fac-
ulty and staff.
"(This) provides a grounding but
1think it's important to get a variety
of perspectives and I intend to do
that," Deitch said. "I intend to ac-
tively seek out opportunities to meet
with people and to the extent people
want to meet with me I will make
myself available."

First U.S. Marine dies in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Pvt.
Domingo Arroyo has become the first U.S.
Marine to die in this repository of lawless-
ness half way around the world.
His comrades in arms are angry that
Arroyo will never fulfill his dreams. They
are afraid that a bullet might also earn them
an unwanted niche in history.
The Marines had hoped to leave with
everyone they brought into Somalia on
Dec. 9, even though snipers regularly have
fired on them.
Now that hope is gone, and they see the
finality of death at its ugliest.
"Everybody should realize that this is
the real thing over here. It's not a game,"
said one man who stared death down and
didn't blink.
Lt. David Ballinger, of Nashville,
Tenn., led a patrol that fought off an am-
bush in a dark alley Sunday near the former
U.S. Embassy, now Marine headquarters.
"There's people really out there trying

to put a bullet in you," said Ballinger, a
soldier who joined a rifle company the
night of the ambush. "This is the first time
I've ever done anything like this. It's kind
of scary."
The bullet that killed Arroyo also men-
tally wounded scores of his comrades with
the shrapnel of pain,guilt and anger.
"I don't know how I'm feeling right
now, just built up," said one of Arroyo's
best friends, Cpl. Quanta Perry, of Augusta,
Ga. "I hated that it had to end this way."
Perry had stood in harm's way as a
guard at the gate of the former U.S. em-
bassy, facing crowds of Somalis who stare
endlessly at the Marines and sometimes
taunt them.
The news dazed him, and his sergeant
pulled him away from the gate and took his
rifle away.
"Anytime someone gives you bad news
like that, they take (your gun) away be-
cause they probably think you're going to

commit suicide or shoot Somalis," Perry
said through tears. "I guess he just thinks I
might open up on the crowd."
Perry walked around the Marine com-
pound, thinking. Perhaps he should have
been hardened to death by now - he had
lost a couple of buddies in the Gulf War
with Iraq.
Perry and Arroyo had never talked
about their fears. "We didn't expect any-
thing like this to happen," said Perry.
Arroyo used to talk about returning to
school after he left the Marines in four
months. Perry remembered how much Ar-
royo had enjoyed working on his car back
at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps
base in California.
"I'm not going to injure myself," Perry
said. "le was a good friend but I have to
continue on with the mission. I'm here to
do my job but I can't take my aggression
out on them."

AP PHOTO
A cousin of slain Marine Pfc. Domingo Arroyo mourns
in New Jersey yesterday.

I

Tenants: Public housing.
needs to be restructured

by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
Public housing tenants upset with
city housing policy and with the fir-
ing of former Housing Commission
Director Conrad Benson got their
opportunity to air their concerns be-
fore the Ann Arbor City Council last
night.
Public housing tenants had been
pleading to tell the whole council
their side of the story ever since
Benson was fired in early
November.
"We have a pretty severe housing
problem here in Ann Arbor," said
Housing Commission staff member
Tony Taylor. "HOPE would be a
way to solve this. It is an excellent
opportunity to find replacement for
housing in Ann Arbor - affordable
housing - and it's not costing the
city a penny."
HOPE, a U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) program, appropriates funds
for construction of new public hous-
ing and for rehabilitation projects.
The tenants repeatedly called for
Benson's reinstatement and for reor-
ganization of the Housing
Commission.
"My whole goal is that public
housing is a success," said Mary

Ann Hinton, a member of Unity, a
public housing tenants' group. "The
management is a problem. They
don't understand the problems of
public housing because they don't
live in it.
"If you set policies for people,
you should know how they live.
People's lives are at stake. Right
now there is chaos down at the
Housing Commission. We're not
getting much done. We are
regressing."
Robert Morgan, another public
housing resident in Ann Arbor, said
Benson's fate had historic
precedents.
"Every time you get a good man
in the position, something happens
to him. Look at what happened to
John F. Kennedy. Look at what to
Martin Luther King. Look at what
happened to Robert Kennedy,"
Morgan said.
Ann Arbor public housing resi-
dent Laurie Young also . lauded
Benson's performance.
"We finally had somebody in the
housing commission that was com-
passionate, who worked with the
tenants to provide solutions for
problems that have been ongoing,"
Young said. "One of the biggest dis-
appointments is that nobody asked

us what we thought, what we felt.
People I voted for are not working
for me."
Galiea Anderson reminded the
council of the principles of
democracy.
"You guys still work for us," she
said. "If not for us, there would be-
no you and no jobs."
Ann Arbor housing advocate
Larry Fox summarized the evening's
discussion.
"The residents of public housing
have demonstrated very clearly that
they don't get along with the hous-
ing commissioners," Fox said. "Not
having communication with the ten-
ants is enough to have them
removed.
"There is no sense to keep going
along like this unless it's a charade.
There is no working relationship be-
tween the commissioners and the
tenants. Nothing is happening. It's
still the same old fight between the
commission and the tenants.
"There is nothing they can do to
regain the trust of the tenants," Fox
said. "We need a clean slate."
Avon Cowens emphasized*
Unity's demands.
"Let us vote," Cowens said. "Let
us make our own decisions 'cause
you have messed up."

Wild west wind-walker
A woman grimaces as she walks west on William street yesterday.

I.
pipes and a pocket knife in the

C.C. Little robbery
latest in series of
computer thefts
A $2,000 Zenith computer may
have been stolen from room 2557 in
the Clarence Cook Little Science
building in the last two months.
According to University
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
reports, no one had been in the
office since November.
Officers arrest
woman at Hospital
* DPS officers arrested a woman
Tuesday night at the University
Hospital on five outstanding
warrants, including one charge of

failing to appear in court to face
larceny charges.
The woman was found sleeping
in a lounge and gave officers two
different names and one date of birth
upon arrest. A warrant search by the
Police$
Beat
officers found four outstanding
warrants on the woman from the
Detroit Police Department under one
of the names, and the larceny charge
warrant from the Ypsilanti Police
Department.
DPS officers found two crack

pipes and a pocket knife in the
woman's possession.
DPS give warnings
to scalpers
DPS gave warnings to three
ticket scalpers at Crisler Arena
before the Michigan-Indiana
basketball game Tuesday night.
Armed ex-
employee holds up
local business
A local business on the corner of
E. Washington and Fourth was
robbed by an armed ex-employee
early Tuesday evening.
- by Daily Crime Reporters Will
McCahill and Shelley Morrison

TA
Wr:
Take a Spring Break reality
check. Trash the trappings
of winter and school, and
don the warmth of a tropical
island. Next, slip into
the rippin' blue waters
of South Padre. Soak
up the sun on our 34
miles of white sand
beaches. Our
playground has beach
volleyball, sand castle
building contests and
lots of really cool
entertainment.

Student groups
Q AIDS Coalition to Unleash
Power, meeting, East Engineer-
ing Building, Baker-Mandela
Center, 7:30 p.m.
Q American Movement for Israel,
mass meeting, Hillel, 7 p.m.
Q Institute of Electrical and Elec-
tronics Engineers, technical
luncheon, Electrical Engineer-
ing and Computer Science
Building, Room 1311, 12:30-
1:30 p.m.
Q Intervarsity Christian Fellow-
ship, meeting, Natural Re-
sources Building, Room 1040,
7 p.m.
Q Islamic Circle, weekly meeting,
3rd floor, Michigan League, 6
p.m.
Q Korean Student Association
(KSA), weekly meeting, Michi-
ganUnion, WelkerRoom, 7p.m.
U Graduate Affairs Committee,
meetino 5Schno of Education

Q UAC Multicultural Program-
ming Board, mass meeting,
Michigan Union, Pond Room, 7
p.m.
Q U-M Pre-Dental Association,
meeting, Dental School Build-
ing, Room G340, 5:30-7 p.m.
Q U-M Pre-Med Club, general
meeting, Michigan Union,
Anderson Room, 6:30 p.m.
Q U-M Sailing Club, meeting, West
Engineering Building, Room
311, 7:45 p.m.
Q U-M Shotokan Karate Club,
practice, CCRB, Small Gym, 8-
10 p.m.
Q U-M Snowboarding Club,
snowboarding, The Cube, 5p.m.
Q Women's Issues Commission,
mass meeting, Michigan Union,
Room 3909,-8 p.m.
Events
Q Blood Drive. snonsored by the

Q Housing Division Resident Staff
Selection Required Mass In-
formation Meeting, Michigan
League, Ballroom, 7:30-9:30
p.m.
Q Inverstigation into the Prehis-
tory of Tobico Marsh, Michi-
gan, James Payne, Brown Bag
Lecture, Natural Science Mu-
seum, Room 2009, 12 p.m.
Q Real-Time Structural Electro-
chemistry of Platinum Clus-
ters Using Despersive X-ray
Absorption Fine Structure
Spectroscopy, Physical Semi-
nar, Chemistry Building, Room
1640,4 p.m.
Q Russian Tea and Conversation
Practice, Slavic Department,
MLB, 3rd floor Conference
Room, 4-5 p.m.
Q Welcome Back Party, Korean
Student Association, Michigan
Union, Pendleton Room, 10p.m.

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