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Britain negotiates with IRA
JHouse of Commons shows support after documents released

UW police

LONDON (AP) - The govern-
ment won praise and encouragement
in the House of Commons yesterday
as it defended its secret contacts with
the Irish Republican Army. Both sides
left the door open for more exchanges.
"We shall keep exploring again
and again the opportunities for peace,"
said Sir Patrick Mayhew, the Cabinet
Sfficial responsible for Northern Ire-
land.
Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein,
said he expected contacts to continue,
although he accused the British gov-

ernment of lying and of inventing
excuses for not negotiating.
"Sinn Fein is committed, and I
personally ... am committed, to try-
ing to bring about peace," Adams said
in an interview with Independent Tele-
vision News.
Mayhew and Prime Minister John
Major were embarrassed over the
weekend when The Observer pub-
lished a document exposing the secret
contacts. Some Protestant lawmakers
from Northern Ireland called for the
resignation of Mayhew and even

Major, who had strongly denied that
any talks were taking place.
Fears have been rising among Prot-
estants in Northern Ireland that a Brit-
ish deal with the IRA could eventu-
ally end the province's union with
Britain and make them a minority in a
reunited Ireland dominated by Ro-
man Catholics.
"I think there is no question of
resigning by reason of any efforts that
I or the prime minister have made to
secure, by proper means, peace in
Northern Ireland," Mayhew said,

drawing cheers from Conservative
Party colleagues.
He released copies of the
government's communications with
the IRA and its allies. Though these
did not resolve all the differences
between Mayhew's and Adams' in-
terpretation of events, they did show
Britain had insisted throughout that
the IRA had to call off violence be-
fore any negotiations.
Contrary to its public demands for
a permanent cease-fire, the govern-
See IRA, Page 2

The British House of
Commons defended its secret
contacts with the Irish
Republican Army yesterday
after secret documents were
released over the weekend.
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ANDREW TAYLOR/Daily

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Visually -ipire
sthudents strie t
open others' eyes '"

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More than three years ago, the
mericans with Disabilities Act be-
ame law; its intent being to shake up
the status quo, to force so-called
"able-bodied" members of American
society to modify their mindsets and
to become aware of the basic needs
that people with disabilities share.
This week, the Daily explores the
concerns of students who face a veri-
table obstacle course each day at the
University. Today, we provide a look
Ot what two visually-impaired stu-
dents face on and off campus.
By MICHELE HATTY
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
If you look into Richard Clay's
coffee-colored eyes long enough,
you'll become convinced that he's
gazing into your very soul. Unfortu-
nately, those eyes have not seen the
*olors of this world in 20 years.
Richard, an LSA senior, is totally
blind.
And he is just one of many stu-
dents who tackle each day at this
University with a physical disability
in tow.
"One thing about being a student
with a disability," Richard began in
his deep, throaty voice, "I know when
go to class with a new professor, I
ill have to educate the professor to
my needs and come up with ways in
which we can adapt to meet them.
That's almost like another job for me
as a student. I don't mind meeting that

role, but that's something the Univer-
sity needs to work harder at."
Richard, whose classes this se-
mester range from Botany to Corpo-
rate Strategies for Entrepreneurs, says
that although each student is different
and will ultimately have different
needs, the University still needs to
provide the basic courtesy of educat-
ing professors generally on the types
of adaptations
OVERCOMING they should ex-
pect to make to
T accommodate
A students with dis-
C abilities. He says
L that he shouldn't
E have to start at
S square one with
1 each professor
each term.
"I know that
1 the first thing that
goes through
their minds when they look at me is,
'Oh my gosh, how am I going to deal
with this; this is new to me.' That's
something that doesn't have to hap-
pen if the University educates the
professors about the basics ahead of
time," Richard added.
The challenges visually-impaired
students face on this campus are steep.
"Most of the time the hardest ob-
stacle has been making that informa-
tion accessible to me," he said.
"None of the books I have for my
classes are in Braille and only half of

investigate"
stadim
stampede
By JAMES NASH
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
University of Wisconsin-Madison
(UW) officials don't deny that Camp
Randall football stadium was over-
crowded during the Oct. 30 Michigan
game, but they're vigorously fending
off ;rumors that oversold tickets fed
the human stampede that injured 90
people.
The Capital Times, a Madison
newspaper, reported last Monday that
the police recorded two phone calls
from "confidential informants" alleg-
ing tickets were oversold for the Oct.
30 game.
The Times story was followed the
next day by a front-page report in a
UW student newspaper, the Badger
Herald. UW investigators confirmed
that they are looking into the allega-
tions.
But overselling is "just one of a
thousand possible reasons" for the
melee, said UW police Lt. Gary
Johnson. The UW police investiga-
tion is one of at least three inquiries
into the Camp Randall crowd inci-
dent.
Two UW athletic department au-
ditors investigated the possibility of
overselling the game, but dismissed
the allegations, citing UW police
records.
Alan Fish, a UW athletic adminis-
trator, said, "We have written docu-
mentation and independent verifica-
tion from our police department that
all 77,745 tickets were either sold or
locked away." Camp Randall seats
77,745.
Fish, however, acknowledged that
fans "migrate" to the student section,
where the O'ct. 30 surge originated.
He said 11,800 tickets were sold for
the student section, but observed that
the section swelled with many more
fans at the conclusion of the Michi-
gan game.
Rumors circulating around the UW
campus indicate that admitted stu-
dents may have packed the student
section by lending their football passes
to students outside the gate. UW se-
curity officers moved to end this prac-
tice the following week by exchang-
ing plastic passes for paper tickets.
The UW chancellor is expected
to launch a separate investigation
See STAMPEDE, Page 2

MICHELLE GUY/Daily
LSA senior Richard Clay sits on his porch. Clay, who is blind, faces many obstacles at the University.

the books for the classes I've taken
are on tape so that makes it very
difficult for me to do with that infor-
mation what I need to do with it."
To conquer that mountain, Rich-
ard uses a variety of methods.
At the beginning of the semester I
try to get as many of the books as I can

on tape. Then I'll try to get students in
the classes I have to read to me," he
said, noting that this sometimes works
because those students have to study
the material anyway.
But, Richard concedes, even those
students may not be able to give him
the help he needs. "What happens a

lot of times with sighted students is
that they'll wait until the last minute
to read the bulk of the material, and
then only read what's absolutely nec-
essary. Since they can highlight within
the books, that's fine for them, but
that doesn't work for me."
See OBSTACLES, Page 2

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Supreme Court to hear church-state suit
Decision in case of New York school could revise 22-year-old court rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court agreed yesterday to
consider revising its 22-year-old rule
for interpreting the constitutionally
required separation of church and
state.
The high court said it will use a
case involving a New York school
district created for disabled children
of a Hasidic Jewish community to
decide how far government can go to
accommodate religious practices.
New York courts ruled that the
creation of the Kiryas Joel Village

School District was an unconstitu-
tional government endorsement of
religion.
The school district is asking the
high court to overturn the landmark
1971 ruling it has used in deciding
many church-state cases. The court
has re-examined that ruling several
times in past years but each time
stopped short of replacing it.
"I'm not looking for a lower stan-
dard," said school district lawyer
George Shebitz. "I'm looking for a
more appropriate standard, a work-

IN OTHER ACTION...
See page 2 for other
decisions the Supreme Court
made yesterday.
able standard."
Steven Green of Americans United
for Separation of Church and State
said any decision dismantling the 1971
standard "could lead to wholesale tax
support for religious education.".

The high court's ruling in the reli-
gion case is expected by July. The
justices are allowing the Kiryas Joel
district in Orange County, N.Y., to
See COURT, Page 2

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