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One hundred three years of editorial freedom

'U' agenda for women to include goals for recruitment

* University President James J.
Duderstadt will announce an ambi-
tious plan tomorrow, designed to im-
proved the climate and opportunities
for female faculty, staff and students
- to be implemented immediately.
The plan, called the "Michigan
Agenda for Women," will include
specific goals for increasing the num-
ber of women in high administrative
positions and is expected to trans-

form many facets of the University,
ranging from gender equity in varsity
sports to the appointment of women
to top positions.
Duderstadt will reveal the agenda
at 1:30 p.m. in the Michigan Union
Tappan Room and has withheld giv-
ing specific details of the plan until
"It is designed to recognize the
important concerns about women that
are not being addressed at the Univer-
sity," Duderstadt said in an interview

Tuesday. "We hope to change the
climate and create more opportuni-
ties for women at the University by
addressing the pressures they face
including sexual harassment, the glass
ceiling, ... and under-representation
in certain fields."
Jayne Thorson, a member of the
University's Advisory Commission
on Women Issues, will work as a
coordinator and liaison for the agenda.
Thorson praised the Duderstadt's at-
tempts to make the University more

friendly toward women.
"It's an ambitious effort to change
some fundamental aspects of culture
at the University. It is an attempt to
increase the representation of women
in faculty and staff positions and in
positions of leadership."
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg
agreed. "I am very pleased President
Duderstadt is making this a top prior-
ity," Goldenberg said in a telephone
interview yesterday. "The climate at
any large organization could always

be better. I am glad our University is
going to stop out and set the model for
improving the climate for women at
the University."
Thorson noted the so-called "glass
ceiling" that prevents women at the
University from being promoted and
said the women's agenda will address
this problem.
"Women staff and faculty mem-
bers aren't offered the same opportu-
nities for promotion," she said.
"Women are terribly under-repre-

sented. They tend to be concentrated
in lower-paying jobs here."
Mary Mattingly, an LSA senior,
agreed. "For the most part, my pro-
fessors have been female," she said.
"I have noticed that when I go to an
administrative office and I encounter
a woman, she is usually the one work-
ing at the desk."
Thorson also said the policy is
necessary to provide a level playing
field in terms of promotion and op-

Engler begins
bid for 2d term
LIVONIA (AP) - Gov. John Engler began his quest
for a second term yesterday touting a tough guy image and
claiming his policies ignited a hot streak in the state's
"For the first time in years, Michigan is on the right
track. Our state is a national leader in reforming govern-
ment, reforming welfare and reforming education," Engler
said at an early evening rally with about 350 supporters.
"We faced the challenge of tough times. We made the
tough decisions. And today, we're confident about the
Engler promised in the next four years he would create
400,000 new jobs, eliminate parole, make sure criminals
serve their minimum sentences and fight for giving par-
ents the right to pick the schools their children attend.
In his first term, Engler said, he trimmed the size of
state government, cut taxes seven times and slashed prop-
erty taxes with the passage of Proposal A.
"Together we fought the special interests - the tax
and spend crowd. We said no to the status quo - no to
business as usual. We told the world: Michigan's back and
we're second to no one," he said.
The campaign rally kicks off a "promises made, prom-
ises kept, grass roots tour" that will take Engler to 41
Engler was state Senate majority leader in 1990 when
he eked out a whisker-thin victory over two-term Demo-
cratic incumbent James Blanchard.
His confrontational style from the start won him few
friends. His popularity now hovers around 50 percent.
Engler slashed the number of state employees by 8
percent with layoffs and program cuts. He also ended
welfare programs and cut into arts subsidies to wipe out a
$1.8 billion budget deficit.
He ruffled the feathers of environmental groups with
his reorganization of the Department of Natural Re-
Educators were angered by his attacks on teacher
unions and his push to let parents pick the schools their
children will attend. Mental health advocates were out-
raged when he closed Detroit's Lafayette Clinic where
some of the state's most severely mentally ill were treated.
Engler's version is that he did what he had to do to get
state government costs under control.
His central campaign promise - to roll back property
taxes -was kept this year. The March 15 vote to increase
the sales tax will offset a cut in school operating taxes.
The Engler camp claims his restraints on state govern-
ment and the property tax cut have helped trim the state's
unemployment rate, bringing it lower than the national
rate for the first time since March 1978.
And he boosts that his welfare changes have put more
recipients to work. 23 percent of Aid to Families with
Dependent Children recipients work at least part-time.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates said they won't
let Engler shake his past.

In ljtny Israel
IN Eve ' m1 s 6,
wounds 28

Islamic opponent of
peace agreement
kills himself in effort
to end ongoing talks
HADERA, Israel (AP) - An ap-
parent suicide bomb claimed by Is-
lamic opponents of Israel-Palestinian
peace talks ripped through a bus
jammed with soldiers and civilians
yesterday, killing six people and
wounding 28.
Senior officials warned that two
such attacks in a week could mean the
start of a gruesome pattern that would
be difficult to combat. Militant Is-
lamic groups vowed they would carry
out at least three more suicide bomb-
ings as revenge for the Feb. 25 Hebron
mosque massacre.
Officials reacted quickly to try to
reassure the Israeli public, whose sup-
port for the peace talks is largely
based on the belief they will bring
security inside Israel's pre-1967 bor-
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin sent
more troops to seal off the occupied
Gaza Strip and the West Bank, where
authorities believe the bomb was con-
structed, but said he would continue
with peace talks even in the face of
future attacks.
The morning explosion at the cen-
tral bus station in this coastal city
midway between Tel Aviv and Haifa

reverberated across the country at the
start of an extended holiday weekend,
when Israel first mourns its 17,955
war dead on Remembrance Day and
then celebrates its 1948 creation on
Independence Day.
Police said they suspect a West
Bank Palestinian either rigged the
explosives to his body or carried thema
in a bag and ignited them after climb-
ing in the back door of the public bus,
which stops repeatedly on its route
from Tiberius across the country to
Tel Aviv.
A second bomb left on a bench
outside the bus was timed to go off at
11 a.m., when sirens sounded nation-
wide for two minutes in memory of
the war dead and virtually everyone
stands at attention. It was exploded
harmlessly by police.
Bus passengers said someone out-
side had noticed an abandoned black
bag, suspected it contained a bomb,
and was yelling at the driver to move
the bus when the bomb inside the
vehicle went off.
Blood, flesh, glass and burning
metal flew in all directions.
"Suddenly there was a roar, I felt
things hitting me from all sides," said
Rachel Muallam from her hospital bed.
"The man sitting next to me was either
wounded or killed. He was completely
mangled, covered in blood, his head
See ISRAEL, Page 2

Chemistry Lecturer Brian Coppola delivers his "ideal last lecture" as he receives the Golden
Apple Award for outstanding teaching last night at Rackham auditorium.
Coppola proUmotes lea n1g

Before this year's Golden Apple Award re-
cipient, Brian P. Coppola, delivered his "ideal
last lecture" at Rackham auditorium last night,
he followed his custom of sipping a Diet Coke,
which he does before every chemistry lecture.
Speaking before about 300 people, Coppola,
in a speech titled "How a Chemist Used Psy-
chology to Repair an Engine, and Other Illus-
trated Stories," spoke about the bad reputation
chemistry has received, the role of organic chem-
istry in a liberal arts curriculum and the impor-
tance of learning in education.
The Golden Apple Award, coordinated and
presented by Students Honoring Outstanding

Undergraduate Teaching (SHOUT), was voted
on by University students who fill out ballots
that indicate their favorite teacher.
Coppola was the first natural science teacher
to win the award in its four-year existence. The
winner receives a $1,000 gift, and must deliver
an ideal "last lecture."
"I believe that however you choose to ex-
press yourself, whatever it is you're trying to
communicate, you're involved in a teaching
activity," Coppola began.
Organic chemistry, Coppola said, suffers
from three problems: bad press, bad word of
mouth and bad advertising. He said natural
See COPPOLA, Page 2

Population growth
remains womsm

U.N. troops
may leave
. Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) - Gov-
ernment troops and rebel soldiers
traded artillery fire and fought street
by street in downtown Kigali yester-
day as Tutsi rebels pushed to capture
Rwanda's capital.

More Ie
a preacher,
presses on


One of the most critical factors
affecting the environment is popula-
By the year 2050, the United Na-
tions estimates that the world popula-
tion will exceed 10 billion people,
according to an
article in the
Amicus Journal.
That's a lot of
hungry mouths to
A direct link
exists between
population and

ation of population growth is the fact
that the United States is one of the
largest consumers of global resources.
"It's not necessarily a Third World
problem," Plater added. "While the
U.S. makes up only five percent of the
world's population, it consumes 25.
percent of all resources."
Overpopulation will be addressed
during Earth Week activities, includ-
ing today's noon Water Condom Toss
on the Diag. Activities like this one
hope to encourage voluntary birth
control so coercive measures will not
have to be implemented, said Michelle
Ferrerase, the Michigan Student
Assembly's environmental issues


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