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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 25, 1994 - 5


Mexico mourns candidate's death

Likely presidential
successor gunned
down Wednesday
dreds of ruling party faithful chanted
a mournful farewell yesterday to Luis
Donaldo Colosio, the man who al-
most surely would have been
Mexico's next president but for an
assassin's bullets.
While Mexicans dealt with the
shock of the country's first major po-
litical assassination since 1928, party
leaders began considering the loss of
Colosio as their presidential candidate
five months before the election.
The slaying of Colosio at a cam-

paign rally Wednesday in Tijuana was
a stunning blow for Mexico's leader-
ship, already struggling with a peas-
ant uprising in the south and growing
discontent over economic changes
brought by the free trade agreement
with the United States and Canada.
The killing was "an offense against
all Mexicans and an affront to the
institutions which we have built
throughout our history," said Presi-
dent Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
"It has injured the deepest convic-
tions of the people of Mexico, who
have always been partisans of the
path of harmony, of law and of peace,"
Salinas said.
Officials of the long-governing In-

stitutional Revolutionary Party met
with Salinas, who is barred by law from
seeking a second six-year term and by
tradition picks the party's candidate.
The leaders refused to say when
they might name a new candidate, who
will be the strong favorite to win the
Aug. 21 election and be sworn in as
president in December.
The Institutional Revolutionary
Party has not lost a national election
since it was founded in 1929.
"It is a true tragedy. We still have
not begun to think about the future,"
Oscar Espinosa, Colosio's campaign
finance director, said as officials filed
past the slain candidate's coffin at the
party's sprawling concrete headquar-

ters in downtown Mexico City.
Salinas accompanied Colosio's
body from the airport to the headquar-
ters, where it lay in state under a banner
adorned with the party's red, white and
green symbol. Party activists applauded
as Salinas stood at attention and chants
of "Colosio! Colosio!" rang across the
While party leaders declined to dis-
cuss new candidates, speculation soon
focused on several possibilities.
The front-runners appeared to be
Ernesto Zedillo, who resigned as edu-
cation secretary to coordinate
Colosio's campaign, party chair
Fernando Ortiz Arana, and Manuel
Camacho Solis.

Bosnian actress and author Suada Kapic signs copies of her book at
Shaman Drum Bookshop yesterday afternoon.
Actress tells story of

IFC, Panhel
Greek Week
After a week filled with Olympic
events, donating over 500 pints of
blood, and dedicating 1,300 hours of
community service, Greek Week 1994
came to a close last night in Hill
Auditorium with the annual Sing and
Variety Show.
Among the shrieks and chants of
over 3,000 Interfraternity Council and
Panhellenic Association members, the
show began with the choral division
during which 10 teams made up of
different fraternities and sororities
performed songs such as "A Welsch
Lullabye," "Lean on Me" and "Closer
to Fine."
The second half of the performance
was the variety division. Eighteen
teams danced to various musical se-
lections ranging from "Bandstand
Boogie" to "Wild, Wild, West."
Each division was scored by a
separate panel of judges.
The singing performances were
judged by communication Prof. Joan
Lowenstein; Steven Whiting of the
School of Music; Paul Rauser, gen-
eral manager of Ulrich's Bookstore;

"In Sarajevo there was no war. Only
citizens and terror."
So said Bosnian actress and direc-
tor Suada Kapic on Wednesday to a
brown-bag lunch crowd at Lane Hall
Commons as part of the Center for
Russian and East European Studies'
0 lecture series on the Balkan crises.
Kapic, who is in Ann Arbor this
week as part of the Performance
Network's "Artists under Siege," is
promoting a book she helped put to-
gether, "Sarajevo: Survival Guide."
After living for 15 years in Belgrade,
Kapic moved to Sarajevo in 1991 and
founded an independent production
company. With other artists, they orga-
nized cultural projects as away to resist
the siege by maintaining some form
of cultural normality.
"We reviewed stoves, footwear,
fashion - things that were available
and important to people living under
siege," she said. "We did it for our
mental health. People went to work
even though there was no work to do.
People walked the streets even though
it was dangerous. You couldn't just
stay inside."
Kapic related how her footwear
changed from snakeskin shoes to some-
thing swifter: "You need a shoe you
can run fast in when you are in
Among other projects, author Su-
san Sontag was brought to Sarajevo to
direct a production of "Waiting for
"Sarajevo was the perfect place for
Godot," Kapic quipped. "He keeps
waiting and waiting but nothing gets

A film festival was organized and
directors, including Wem Wenders and
Francis Ford Copolla, sent films. "We
still have a small theater in Sarajevo,"
Kapic said. "In a safe place. That is all
that is important. You can't watch a
movie while shells are going over your
Kapic said humorwas an important
form of resistance. In her talk, she
displayed a sense of humor, tempered
by her experience living in a city under
Likening Sarajevo to a scientific
experiment on the ability of people to
survive without the basics for life, she
compared the city to the recently com-
pleted Biosphere II experiment: "It was
the same except that ours had the ad-
vantage of being much cheaper; it only
cost human lives."
People in the audience laughed out
loud until they realized what they
were laughing at.
Another example of Sarajevo hu-
mor is the book put together by her
production company, "Sarajevo: Sur-
vival Guide," whose title pokes fun at
other survival guides that equate travel
with life-or-death struggle. The book
itself graphically displays the "sights"
of Sarajevo with hundreds of pictures
and commentary.
Kapic was on hand yesterday after-
noon at Shaman Drum Bookshop to
sign copies of the book, with all pro-
ceeds going to a fund for Bosnian
children's relief.
Anyone wishing to send letters
or packages toSarajevo can take them
to thePerformanceNetworkthis week-
end between 4 and 6p.m. Suada Kapic
and others will take them when they
return to Sarajevo. .

In a variety show, different fraternities and sororities show off their best dance moves at Hill Auditorium last night.

Rebecca Vlisides, Ann Arbor Civic
Chorus director; and Becca Greek, a
University student working on her
Masters in Education.
The panel of variety judges in-
cluded Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid B.
Sheldon, University Prof. Ed
Rothman, Kevin Clayboun and Donna
Pisani of the dance department, and
University cheerleading coach Pamela
Saint John.

With the end of the show came the
awards not only for the night's per-
formances, but also for the many ac-
tivities that took place during the
course of the week.
The winner of the choral division
was a team of members from Zeta
Tau Alpha and Sigma Nu for their
harmonic version of "Heavenly." Al-
pha Gamma Delta, Pi Lambda Phi
and Delta Upsilon triumphed in the

variety division with their deathly
dance to the soundtrack from the
movie "Dracula."
Other awards given included the
Spirit Award, taken by Alpha Chi
Omega, Theta Chi and Delta Chi.
The Olympic Award and the Diag
and Hill Day Award were taken by
Alpha Phi, Delta Tau Delta and Chi
Psi - who all captured first place
overall in Greek Week competition.

Noriega's former party prepares to win in Panama

PANAMA CITY - Four years
and three months after U.S. troops in-
vaded Panama and captured Gen.
Manuel Antonio Noriega, the country
appears poised to restore Noriega's old
political party to power in the first free
elections in decades.
The startling turn of events reflects
general disenchantment with the U.S.-
backed government of President
Guillermo Endara, whose administra-
tion has been racked with corruption
scandals and anger over economic
policies that have deepened poverty
and unemployment for many Pana-
Ernesto Perez Balladares of the
Democratic Revolutionary Party, or
PRD, Noriega's one-time political

arm, leads most polls by a wide mar-
gin. He is followed by the
government's former comptroller
Ruben Dario Carles.
The wild card in the elections, which
are scheduled for May 8, is actor and
salsa star Ruben Blades.
The singer returned to Panama
last year from his home in Santa
Monica, Calif., and founded a party
called Papa Egoro, or Mother Earth in
the indigenous Embera language.
Blades prides himself on an unor-
thodox presidential campaign that rep-
resents a clean break from Panama's
shaky past of rule by military dictators
or pro-U.S. oligarchs.
"Ours is an anti-party," he said in
an interview at his apartment over-
looking Panama Bay.
"More than a simple change of
parties, we are trying to present a
change of attitude ... a change in

political behavior."
After a promising start, however,
Blades' candidacy has been hurt by
desertions from the party and his own,
failure to campaign effectively.
He had fallen to third place in a
poll released early this month.
The elections will be Panama's
first conducted without military con-
trols in more than 25 years and are
expected to be the cleanest in its his-
tory. A large number of international
observers will monitor the voting.
Panama has long been a focus of
strategic importance to the United States
because of the U.S.-built Panama Ca-
nal, which connects the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans, and as the headquarters
site of the U.S. Army Southern Com-
mand, which oversees U.S. military
operations south of the Rio Grande.,
Noriega was the de facto ruler of
Panama through most of the 1980s,

despite the presence of a series - of
civilian figurehead presidents from
the PRD.
After years on the CIA payroll, the
Panamanian leader fell out of favor
with the United States in 1987.
As anti-Noriega demonstrationsled
by business leaders and others began
to spread in Panama City, the U.S.
government indicted Noriega on drug
charges and slapped stringent economic
sanctions on the isthmus nation.
Finally, with Noriega refusing to
step aside, then-President Bush ordered
the Dec. 19,1989, invasion of Panama.
Hundreds of Panamanians and
about two dozen U.S. troops were
killed, and Noriega was eventually
captured, transported to the United
States and tried and convicted for
drug crimes.
He is currently serving a 40-year
prison term in Florida.


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sored by the Native American
Students Association, Crisler
Arena, 5-11 p.m.
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travel budget workshop, Inter-
national Center, 3 p.m.
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Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
U Colloquium in Philosophy,
"Sex and Justice," sponsored
by the Department of Philoso-
phy, Rackham Amphitheater, 4
13 "Economic Challenges of the
Presidency; Past and
Present," Edward Gramlich,
sponsored by the Fulbright As-
sociation, Ford Library, 4 p.m.
D "Istanbul Through the Ages,"
Talat Halman, sponsored by the

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[ Psychology Academic Peer Ad-
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K103, walk-ins welcome or call
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[ Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
2275 CCRB, 6-7 p.m.
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phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
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Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
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