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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
legacy at 'U,'
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Eugene Power, a founder of the modern microfilm
industry and one of the University's most influential
alums, died Monday night. He was 88.
Power, who had been fighting Parkinson's disease
since 1972, died at his home in Barton Hills.
* Power graduated from the University in 1927 with-
a bachelor of arts degree and received a master of
Business Administration in 1930.
He founded of University Microfilms, Inc., in 1938
and practically invented the data base publishing in-
The company, now a subsidiary of the Xerox Corp.,
has sales of more than $100 million annually.
By combining microfilm with xerography, he solved
the historic problem of books and newspapers going
#ut of print. Publishing dissertations in microfilm form
both slashed the cost of scholarly publishing and
radically increased the availability of cutting edge
research. Today, nearly all are published on microfilm.
University President James Duderstadt said in a
statement, "Eugene Power devoted a major portion of
his life to serving the University of Michigan, as an
alumnus, a Regent, and a benefactor. He has left an
indelible stamp of his presence here."
Duderstadt also referred to his long service. "Eu-
gene Power has set an example of unselfish service for
See POWER, Page 2
100 students protest
reported S.Q. rape
By SHARI SITRON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
By the light of candles shining on the Diag last
night, anger and frustration could be seen on the
faces of more than 100 University students.
These students joined together in a candlelight
vigil sponsored by Third Wave and the Women's
Issues Commission of MSA.
Lori Lee, a member of the Women's Issues
Commission, said the vigil was more than a protest
against the reported rape near South Quad.
"It is a protest against every rape and the whole
tendency of society to blame the woman," LSA
senior Lee said.
On the steps of the Graduate Library several
women shared their experiences, fears and night-
mares about sexual assaults.
Mimi Arnstein, an LSA senior and managing
editor of Third Wave, opened the vigil calling for
women to get together in an attempt to rid feelings
"We can no longer accept this rape culture in
which we live," she said.
LSA junior Erika Gottfried commented that it
is important for students to take the initiative to
prevent further assaults.
Although the vigil addressed the broad issue of
sexual assault, vigil attendees focused on sexual
assault on campus.
Jaime Nass, an LSA sophomore, complained
about the lackadaisical attitude that the University
is taking on issues of safety.
"The University needs to do more here than
they're doing," said Nass.
Jodi Masley, an LSA sophomore and member
of the National Women's Rights Organizing
Coalition, said forceful action must be taken in
order to provide safety for women on campus. She
called for a demonstration on the Diag tomorrow
that would culminate in a march to the Fleming
The general feeling of the vigil was disgust and
fear due to the sexual assault reported on campus.
Deanna Duram, an Engineering junior, came to
the vigil "because I'm just angry that I have to be
LSA senior Marcy Weitzman said, "I'm a
survivor of sexual abuse and I wanted to see what
was going on."
Her best friend, Rebecca Bastman, also an LSA
senior, said she came to support Weitzman as well
as all women on campus.
Brian Podge, an LSA sophomore, also at-
tended the vigil to show his support for the
survivors of sexual assaults. "Sexual assault is an
issue that affects everyone," he said.
Arnstein concluded the vigil by asking for a
minute of silence to think of survivors of sexual
assaults. When she reconsidered that notion, she
realized that silence did not seem right. She asked
for only ten seconds of silence because, "We
should not be silent any longer."
LSA junior Amber Viddi listens to speakers during last night's vigil.
After 5 decades, U.S. reveals 800 radiation experiments
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
government has concealed more than
200 nuclear weapon tests since the
01940s and conducted about 800 ra-
diation tests on humans, the Energy
Department acknowledged Tuesday.
"It left me appalled, shocked and
deeply saddened," said ,Energy Sec-
retary Hazel O'Leary about informa-
tion she learned only recently that 18
civilians had been injected with highly
radioactive plutonium in the 1940s to
determine what doses workers might
be exposed to safely.
"It is apparent that informed con-
sent could not have taken place," she
said. All the individuals are dead,
although many of them lived for years
after the experiment.
Learning of the plutonium tests
"just gave me an ache in my heart,"
Her department released summa-
ries of previously secret information
about nuclear tests in Nevada, the
amount of plutonium produced and
currently located at weapons facto-
ries, and limited information about
government tests during the 1940s
and '50s on humans to determine the
health effects of radiation doses.
O'Leary said she was personally
stunned by information she has re-
ceived about the human testing, al-
though she said she was prevented by
privacy laws from disclosing details
at this time.
Recently the Albuquerque Tribune
reported the testing and identified five
of the 18 individuals. Those five per-
sons were injected with plutonium as
part of work being done by the Man-
hattan Project in the 1940s in the
development of the first atomic bomb.
O'Leary directed that as much in-
formation as possible be released on
the tests involving the 18 people, as
well about 800 other radiation tests
involving some 600 individuals.
The fact that some tests were done
on humans in connection with the
government's nuclear program has
been known for years, but few details
have been available and officials have
said the participants always were
aware of the potential danger.
O'Leary said in the case of the 18
individuals whose cases are being in-
vestigated she would not rule out a
possible lawsuit against the govern-
*Rumor of rape has
students of attack
By SCOT WOODS
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Fear can take hold quickly in a
community that has recently experi-
enced a rape, and fear can lead to
Such rumors have circled the Uni-
versity campus in the wake of last
week's reported rape near South Quad,
leaving students fearful and con-
The most recent rumor states that
a rape occurred in the Law Quad
Monday night. However, the Depart-
ment of Public Safety (DPS) and the
Ann Arbor Police Department both
stated that no sexual assaults have
been reported since last week.
This rumor was started by a suspi-
cious man who approached females
walking alone near the Martha Cook
Building and cautioned them to be
careful because he had heard of a rape
at the Law Quad.
Pifer said the man was simply
"He had talked to someone'at a
parking structure. He had not heard
any official reports," Pifer said.
He encouraged students who see
or hear something suspicious to check
it out with DPS.
"If they hear something, the thing
to do is exactly what they did, and call
us," he said.
The Daily attempted to contact
State Security Services, but no one
was available for comment.
Some students are responding to
the reported rape and the rumors by
being more cautious when walking at
Courtney Amann, an LSA first-
year student, said she has heard ru-
mors about recent rapes on campus,
and her friends are concerned.
"Everybody is being about 100
percent more careful about walking
to work, getting to class, or walking
home," she said.
Amann said she thinks the rumors
do more good than harm.
"I don't see much danger in (the
rumor mill), because it has made
ment by survivors. The last of the 18
died two years ago.
The department said it conducted
204 more underground nuclear tests
between 1963 and 1990 at its Nevada
test range than previously had been
announced, or about one-fifth more
than officially acknowledged over the
Private researchers previously
have estimated that there were about
940 U.S. tests.
By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The noisy confusion of Michigan
Student Assembly chambers last night
seemed an appropriate end to a se-
mester of debate, election chaos and
wacky remarks - by both constitu-
ents and assembly representatives.
Along with electing new commit-
tee and commission chairs, MSA rep-
resentatives seemed to enjoy each
other's company more last night than
in previous meetings. Many mem-
bers attributed the change to the
assembly's reduced focus on party
"I think (MSA has) been a lot
more moderate and a lot less radical
than previous assembly," said Engi-
neering Rep. Michael Bruno. "It pre-
vents any one political wing from
imposing its beliefs on the campus."
LSA Rep. Dave Pava had only
one thing to say: "Spam."
Yet one area of dispute still re-
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