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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 28, ±993- 7

OH, GIVE ME A HOME

City discusses plan to build

Arb-Gallup
By SOMA GUPTA "We're
DAILY STAFF REPORTER tracts along
Students may have the opportu- ing an inne
nity to avoid wintery weather when tem," said
traveling from Nichols Arboretum to sources co
Gallup Park. Construction of a tunnel "We are ve
connecting the two leisure areas is big factor i
one possible projectbeing considered town."
by Ann Arbor's Department of Parks A tunn
and Recreation. Gallup par]
At its meeting last night, the de- nection bet
partmentdiscussedupdating themas- tral Campu
ter plan for open space in Ann Arbor. pus.

Park tunnel
considering buying the Mitchell field," said Thomas Raynes,
g the Huron river and creat- the Manager of Park Planning and
r green belt walkway sys- Development.
Jerry Clark, capital re- The University and the city would
ordinator for the project. like to see the tunnel link created.
ry aware that the river is a However, they have had problems
n the quality of life in this getting permission from the railroad
company that owns some property
el connecting the Arb and that would involve the tunnel.
k would mean adirect con- The committee has also proposed
ween North Campus, Cen- getting rid of a University parking lot
us, and the Medical cam- near the intersection of Lawrence and
Kingsley Streets to provide a little
nnel would be approxi- green space.
eet in diameter and 70-80 "There is a surface parking lot
, and would begin along there right now. You can get a won-
the meadow in the Arb and derful view of across the river and it
cross from Huron Towers would only cost the University about
s. 12 parking spaces. The problem is
nnection would mean bet- that with the University Hospitals
to parks for everyone. It expanding the way it is, they are not
vide ready access between giving up any of that space," Clark
and the University's said.

Within the next four to six weeks,
the department should have a draft
version of the blueprint it will follow
for the next five years. A final version
should be complete by year's end.
Possible plans include the pur-
chase of several pieces of land around
Ann Arbor, building of a greenway
along the Huron river, and the con-
nective tunnel.

The tui
mately 8 ft
feet across
the edge ofj
end right a
Apartment
"The co
ter access
would pro
Bell field

PETER MATTHEWS/Daly
Geese roam as a University bus passes by on North Campus.

College Republicans see surge as conservatism indicator

By MAGGIE WEYHING
FOR THE DAILY
The College Republicans, whose mem-
bership has skyrocketed from 12 to 350 in two
years, said campus conservatism is on the
rise.
With their new power in numbers, the
College Republicans are beginning to take a
.ore active role on campus-taking its stand
on current issues such as AIDS Awareness
Week and the recent amendment to regent's
bylaw 14.06.
"We're really stepping up the assault on
the 'politically correct' institutions here on
campus," said LSA senior John Damoose,
president of the University College Republi-
cans.
Damoose attributed the membership in-

crease at least partially to a backlash against
President Clinton's administration. "I think
that people are fed up with the liberal agenda
that has gone unchecked for years on cam-
pus."
Bill Lowry, an LSA senior who chairs the
state College Republicans, said he sees the
swing to conservatism as a nationwide activ-
ity. "I think that what is happening (on
campus) is reflective of a broader trend," he
said.
Lowry said the University environment
stifles the conservative viewpoint and inhib-
its some students from expressing their true
viewpoints.
"We want people to know that it's okay to
be conservative," he said.
Recently, the College Republicans has

been taking its stand on AIDS Awareness
Week by distributing posters stating morality
and family values cure AIDS. The posters
stirred opposition among the campus gay com-
munity.
Damoose said the fliers intended to send a
message that AIDS could beavoided ifpeople
live by "family values" - avoiding homo-
sexuality, abstaining from sex and drugs, and
knowing the sexual history of a partner.
"The reaction from the gay/lesbian front
was typical," said Rachel Rouse, member of
the College Republicans and coordinator of
the Michigan Conservative Network. "They
had no problem with the educational and
factual message of the posters, but they did
have a problem with the moral message.

Lowry emphasized taking responsibility
for one's own actions. "The people that do not
take responsibility of their own actions are the
same people that go running to the federal
government asking for more money," he said.
He added, however, that these are not
personal attacks, but rather attacks against the
liberal philosophy of safer sex.
The College Republicans also spoke out
against the University's recent decision to
amend its anti-discrimination policy to in-
clude sexual orientation.
Damoose said he finds the change inap-
propriate. "The day that bylaws and human
guidelines outweigh religious beliefs is the
day that America is in trouble."
Rouse argued that the change violates the
constitution.

The day that bylaws and
human guidelines outweigh
religious beliefs is the day
America Is in trouble.'
- John Damoose
Pres., College Republicans
"Christian groups should have the right to
exclude homosexuals from leadership ormem-
bership if it is in accordance with their reli-
gious beliefs," she said.
Lowry added, "The bylaw is a horrendous
violation of freedomofreligion to force people
to admit members who they have religious
differences with."

'Veltsin lifts land sales barriers; rifts in government grow

MOSCOW (AP) - President
Boris Yeltsin destroyed one of the
remaining cornerstones of commu-
nist rule yesterday by lifting virtually
all restrictions on buying and selling
land.
The action gives a huge boost to
russia's transformation to a market
economy and likely will lead to the
breakup of thousands of inefficient
collective farms.
Yeltsin's earlier efforts to privatize
land had been hampered by restric-
tions imposed by the hard-line parlia-
ment he disbanded last month.
As the president pushed ahead with
reforms, the fault lines in his govern-
ent widened. Yeltsin accused his
nrime minister Tuesday of trying to
seize control of the media.
The president's decree privatizing
land allows Russians who own land
to sell it, rent it or give it away.
The decree would remove the "last
obstacles" to a real free market in
Russia, presidential spokesman
Anatoly Krasikov told The Associ-
ated Press.
* Under the earlier, limited reforms,.
ordinary citizens could own up to a
quarter-acre, that they usually used
for country homes and vegetable gar-

dens. Farmers could own larger tracts
but could not resell them for at least
five years.
The decree says the government
cannot confiscate private land with-
out compensation at market value.
More than 90 percent of Russia's
agricultural land is now collectivized
on some 26,700 farms. The average
farm has 20,000 acres and 300 work-
ers.
In the last three years, thousands
of tiny private farms have sprung up.
Occupying only a fraction of the ar-
able land, they are much more effi-
cient than the collectives and produce
more than a third of Russia's produce,
by some estimates.
Farmers now will receive a cer-
tificate guaranteeing theirrightto land.
Would-be private farmers have com-
plained that collective farm directors

have refused to give them land, or
given them only the worst plots.
Russian investors also were ex-
pected to benefit.
Vladimir Bashmachnikov, presi-
dent of the Association of Private
Farms and Farm Cooperatives, told
the Interfax news agency he welcomed
Yeltsin's move but favored keeping
some restrictions. He said land should
not be sold to foreigners or to anyone
who would use it for other than agri-
culture.
Russia's powerful agrarian lobby,
which represents collective farms,
opposed the decree.
The president has stepped up the
pace of reforms since disbanding par-
liament Sept.21, and sent tanks against
hard-liners holed up in the parliament
building early this month.
Since the fall of that clearcut op-

position, his government's own divi-
sions have been surfacing.
Many of the disputes are over the
media, especially in the run-up to new
parlimentary electionsDec. 12. Many
Cabinet reformers are seeking elec-
tion, and have branched off into at
least three blocs.
Yesterday, Yeltsin's spokesman
Vyacheslav Kostikov accused Prime
Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin of try-
ing to create his own "ministry of
propaganda" by taking over the
parliament's TV broadcast center.
Kostikov said the move to take
over the television center "may dam-
age Russia's democratic image."
Chernomyrdin's spokesman,
Alexander Shpikalov, said the prime
minister had acted properly and was
surprised to learn of Yeltsin's accusa-
tions.

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