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Chicken pox will
teep Howard, King
out of 'M' battle

Composer's music
spanned a century




One hundred three years of editorial freedom

cold spell
leaves many
without heat
Dozens of record low tempera-
tures left Michigan shivering under
its layers yesterday, forcing a gas
company to ask industries to cut use.
At least two people were dead.
Interlaced utilities serving 21 mil-
gon people from Washington, D.C.,
to New Jersey instituted "rolling
blackouts" and asked customers to
sharply cut back their use of electric-
In Washington, D.C., the federal
government shut down yesterday and
intended to remain closed today be-
cause of the rolling blackouts.
Several city and state governments
lso shut down or curtailed their ac-
Four hundred homes in the De-
troit area were without heat yesterday
morning, after continuing Arctic
weather helped set an all-time record
for gas delivery of 3.1 billion cubic
See COLD, Page 2

'U' braves
bitter cold
flor classes
Wrapped up in warm blankets and dreams of sunny
beaches, University students awoke this morning to a sober-
ing realization: they still had to go to class.
"I was scared to go outside," said LSA first-year student
Stephanie Goldberg. "A lot of people on my hall didn't even
go to class."
The decision not to cancel classes was, to say the least,
highly disputed by the University community. But Vice
President for University Relations Walter Harrison stands
firm by the decision.
"I think it's a very difficult, complex decision. We used
our best judgment," he said.
Both Harrison and Assistant General Counsel Daniel
Sharphorn denied rumors that the University's decision to
hold classes was fueled by fear of possible lawsuits.
The story goes something like this: an unspecified num-
ber of years ago, when the University canceled classes, it was
'aly slapped with a lawsuit from an irate student who wanted his
one day's tuition refunded.
See CLASSES, Page 2

The university vice-preseident's office prepares for possible flooding in their Fleming building yesterday.

*The University's Executive Officers are considering six proposals to
.make parts of campus smoke-free.

Proposed policy snuffs smoking on 'U'

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1. Smoking will be
prohibited in all leased
and owned University
facilities including
parking structures and
University vehicles.


3. Smoking will be {
permitted for controlled
research, educational or
religious purposes with
prior approval of the
dean or director
responsible for facility.
5. Limited smoking
rooms may be
provided in conference
centers and hotels if

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2. Smoking is
prohibited within 50 feet
of outer door entrances,
unless otherwise
4. Smoking is
prohibited in housing
facilities with the
exception of resident
rooms and apartments
according to Housing
Division policies.
6. The sale of
tobacco products is
prohibited on
University premises.

The days of "lighting up" on cam-
pus may soon become smoky memo-
ries. And as the faint glow of cigarettes
on campus fades, a heated debate is
developing in its place.
Early last week, University execu-
tive officers endorsed a draft policy to
prohibit smoking on and/or within 50
feet of all University-owned or -leased
property by Sept. 1, unless otherwise
The policy was written by a sub-
committee of the University's Alcohol
and Other Drugs Policy Council, chaired
by George Zuidema, vice provost for
medical affairs.
The proposal was conceived last
fall when University President James
Duderstadt asked Zuidema to recom-

mend such a policy. Duderstadt's re-
quest was prompted by recent studies of
the Environmental Protection Agency
and other research organizations that
suggested second-hand smoke is harm-
ful to non-smokers.
Some students, like Quinton White,
a first-year Engineering student, want
the policy to pass for medical reasons.
He explained, "(Smoke) bothers me
personally because I'm allergic to it. So
I would be glad if the proposal passed."
Kenneth Warner, chair of the de-
partment of public health policy and
administration in the School of Public
Health, has done research about sec-
ond-hand smoke.
"Passive (smoke) is almost certainly
one of the most damaging environmen-
tal exposures," Warner said. "The risk
of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers

who are exposed to passive smoke is
about 50 percent higher than the risk of
lungcancer deaths in non-smokers who
are not exposed to passive smoke."
A committee currently being as-
sembled by Maureen Hartford, vice
president for student affairs, will gather
feedback on the policy from the Uni-
versity community until April 1-the
tentative date set for an executive of-
ficer vote on the policy.
The committee will accept com-
ments from students and faculty via
writtensuggestions, and possibly apub-
lic hearing. Hartford is expected to ap-
point a chair to the committee, which
will be comprised of smokers and non-
smokers, within the next few days.
Joanne Lound, the interim adminis-
trator for the University's Office of
Initiative on Alcohol and Other Drugs,

MSA officers to get a
'$5,000 tuition waiver

The University has put a price tag
on the Michigan Student Assembly's
Starting immediately, the Office
of the Vice President for Student Af-
fairs will give a $5,000 tuition waver
to each MSA president and vice presi-
* But this decision will not go over
easily with assembly members who
are questioning its constitutionality.
MSA President Craig Greenberg
and Vice President Brian Kight will
each receive $2,500 waivers for the
remainder of their terms.
Greenberg said the tuition waiver
will ensure that MSA's president or
vice president is not dependent on a
,ndidate's financial status.
"Some people wouldn't be able to
handle this job because of their finan-
cial situtation," Greenberg said. "This
should help alleviate that."
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen Hartford said the tuition
waivers will allow students to serve

said it is the committee's aim to gradu-
ally implement the policy until it be-
comes fully effective.
She said since the policy is "fairly
straight-forward," it may be able to
bypass some of the bureaucratic ob-
stacles that can hinder new policies.
LSA junior Bonnie Nix, president
of the campus American Civil Liberties
Union chapter, said she is not planning
to give the committee an approval of the
policy. "I categorically oppose any re-
striction of smoking."
As a member of the University's
Civil Liberties Board, Nix is working
with the group to prepare a critique of
the University's overall Alcohol and
Other Drugs policy, specifically the
non-smoking policy.
Nix said she would like separate
See SMOKING, Page 2
Group offers
free access
to Internet
College students who enjoy an
easy access to electronic-mail capa-
bilities may appreciate a new service
that would allow them access to the
Internet system after they graduate.
Any computer user in the United
States will now be able to attain an
Internet account free of charge through
a service offered by the International
Internet Association (IIA), a private,
non-profit organization.
According to a press release from
the IIA, "the purpose of Internet is to
facilitate the exchange of information
on a global basis in the belief that this
will result in greater productivity and
understanding worldwide."
Internet is the international com-
munications system allowing educa-
tional institutions, commercial busi-
nesses, government agencies and pri-
vate computer users the opportunity
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partnerships, loans, and gifts."
The waiver will be provided
through Hartford's office. Hartford is
one of the University's executive of-
The MSA Compiled Code contin-
ues by saying, "Financial Aid is not
considered a financial relationship."
Both Greenberg and Kight said
they believe the waiver does not vio-
late the MSA Compiled Code.
"I don't think this violates the
Compiled Code or the (MSA) consti-
tution either in the letter or the spirit,"
Kight said.
Greenberg said, "It's a scholar-
ship. It clearly is financial aid."
But Hartford disagreed that the
waiver could be considered a "schol-
arship" and only referred to it as a
"tuition waiver."
Law Rep. Andrew Willeke dis-
agreed with Greenberg and Kight on
whether the waiver violates the MSA
Compiled Code.
"From a practical point of view
it's the same as a $5,000 salary for the
position," he said.


A California earthquake victim sits in front of her T.V. on the street yesterday, just as she used to in her own home.
Victims of Cali fo a a
cope wit damaged homes, roads

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