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One hundred four years of editorial freedom
Vol CV, ,, 4m ' - a 4

.for AATU
Michigan Party will
retain majority of
seats on assembly;
6.2 percent vote
Daily Staff Reporter
The balanceofpoweron the Michi-
gan Student Assembly will not change
significantly following last week's
midterm elections, but a majority of
voters disagreed with the party in
power on at least one issue.
The Michigan Party will retain a
majority of assembly seats. Students
did, however, approve direct funding
for the Ann Arbor Tenants' Union
(AATU), which the Michigan Party
*as opposed.
Through a ballot question, 55 per-
cent of voters approved a fee raise of
25 cents exclusively to fund the
AATU. All other student groups re-
ceive funding through MSA's Bud-
get Priorities Committee.
AATU Coordinator Pattrice
Maurer said she was pleased with the
outcome of the election, but she as-
rted that pro-AATU turnout would
ave been higher if not for vandalism
of the tenants' union's campaign
"I think had somebody not been
actively preventing us from getting our
materials out to the voters, the margin
would have been higher," she said.
The fee increase must be approved
by the University Board of Regents to
take effect.
* "The next step is for (MSA Presi-
dent Julie Neenan) to fulfill her prom-
ise to me and her obligation to stu-
dents and take this proposal to the
regents and argue strenuously for it,"
Maurer said. "As president of the as-
sembly, I think she has an obligation
to lobby for what students want no
matter what her personal feelings are
bout it."
Neenan said she will bring up the
ballot question at either the Decem-
ber or January meeting of the Board
of Regents. MSA will discuss the
ballot question at Tuesday's meeting,
Neenan said.
University President James J.
Duderstadt said, "I don't know
whether the University would recom-
mend it (the fee raise) or not. The
egents have always been very re-
ctant to approve funding for spe-
cific designations. ... We don't re-
strict MSA as to how they use their
The unofficial election results
show the Students' Party, which has
supported the tenants' union during
its fight to gain funding from the
assembly, will hold 16 seats on the
assembly when newly elected repre-
' ntatives take office. The Michigan
Party will hold 20 seats. Four of the
elected representatives ran indepen-
dently, and one representative is from

the Wolverine Party. Five assembly
seats are still open.
The new representatives will join
the assembly at the regular meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Turnout in the MSA elections was
about 6.2 percent of the student body.
0lection results are expected to be
confirmed today.
Newly elected LSA Rep. FionaRose
of the Students' Party said she would
See MSA, Page 2
French director Luc Vesson's
"The Professional" fails to
please anyone.

Black s still
lag behind

^ 'DOUGASK NT-vaily
Ohio State students celebrate as 'M' loses again
Ohio State students who attempted to approach the field goal posts after the win against Michigan were met by
police armed with mace. See SPORTSMonday for complete Ohio State coverage.
LSA add~ws 3 cooncenitrations

Daily Staff Reporters
After six years of working to in-
crease diversity at the University, the
number of minority students on cam-
pus has increased from 13.5 percent
to 24.2 percent. But for Black stu-
dents and faculty, the gains still lag
behind other groups.
The number of Black faculty mem-
bers has failed to increase as fast as
other minority groups, especially
Asian Americans, as has the number
of Black students in comparison to
other students. Black students tradi-
tionally graduate at a lower number
than white or Asian American stu-
In an interview Friday, University
President James J. Duderstadt attrib-
uted the socioeconomic background
of Black students as a reason for the
disparity in graduation rate.
In 1987, the University started the
Michigan Mandate, a program aimed
at increasing the level of minorities
on campus.
"As I look through it, I am very
delighted with what I see in respect to
all minority groups ... with the ex-
ception of African Americans,"
Duderstadt said. "What I'm trying to
do is figure out why and find out what
needs to be done."
In 1988, the number of Asian
American and Black students on cam-
pus was equal, with both making up
6.2 percent of the student body. To-

l think the differences
are driven more by
background than by
race. If you look at
Asian Americans, many
of them are coming
from the best school
districts In the
- James J. Duderstadt
University president
day there are 706 more Asian Ameri-
cans on campus than Black students.
Duderstadt said one reason that
Black graduation rates continue to lag
behind other groups is because Blacks
tend to come from cities and attend
schools that have less funding.
"Most Asian students are coming
from affluent families, most of our
African American students are com-
ing from cities," Duderstadt said. "I
think the differences are driven more
by socioeconomic background than
by race. If you look at Asian Ameri-
cans, many of them are coming from
the best school districts in the coun-
Public Health Prof. Rashid
Bashshur said he thinks many of the
See MANDATE, Page 2

Daily Staff Reporter
As CRISP begins this morning, undergraduate stu-
dents will have the option to apply their credits toward
three new LSA concentrations.
Beginning last September, concentrations in classical
civilization, Near Eastern studies and biological chemis-
try were introduced to give students additional options
within broad departments.
The three latest concentrations appear in the wake of
the general biology and A.B. physics concentrations,
which were implemented last year.
The recent flurry of activity surrounding the under-
graduate program reflects the different student needs at
the University, said Michael Martin, LSA associate dean.
"(The new concentrations) reflect a new energy on the
part of the departments to meet student needs. We have a
very diverse student body with different needs," Martin said.

Classical civilization
The classical studies department previously consisted
of three concentrations in Greek, Latin and classical ar-
cheology. The department added a major in classical
civilization in an effort to attract students who objected to
the other concentrations' rigorous language requirements.
Prof. John David Dillery, the classical civilization
adviser, hopes the new concentration will now formally
recognize students who have accumulated credits in the
classical studies department.
"The break with the previous majors here is that we're
going to try to get people through classical antiquity
without having them take Latin or Greek," Dillery said.
In addition, the department has altered the previous
curriculum to include the introductory seminar "Studying
Antiquity" and additional seminars for more advanced
See LSA, Page 2

Asian American editor urges student activism

Daily Staff Reporter
Helen Zia, the contributing editor of Ms.
Magazine, spoke to about 60 students Saturday
about her life as an Asian American activist and
her work to change society.
"There's nothing mysterious or cosmic about
being an activist," she said. "All it means is
wanting to change something and going out and
doing something."
Zia told the audience of her life as an obedi-
ent first-born daughter in a traditional Chinese
"My father was God, my mother served

God. ... My brothers and I were expected to be
seen and not heard."
She said she played that role until she dis-
obeyed her father by going to college. Her father
had not wanted her to go, she said, because he
felt it was improper for a Chinese girl.
College was an opportunity to "break free,"
Zia said. While at Princeton University, she
became active by protesting the Vietnam War.
Zia asserted many people do not believe
Asian Americans suffer discrimination and they
are seen as a "model minority."
She said a wake-up call came in the early
'80s when Vincint Chin, a Chinese American,

was beaten to death in Detroit because he was
mistaken as Japanese during a time of strong
anti-Japanese sentiment among auto workers.
"The two men who killed Vincint Chin never
spent a day in jail," Zia said.
She said the incident caused the Asian Ameri-
can community to come together in protest, but
such an incident should not be needed to mobi-
lize people.
"Nobody is going to hand us anything, we
have to get out there and stand up for our-
selves," she said. "Otherwise the status quo will
stay. No one will take you seriously unless you
make them take you seriously."

Zia challenged the audience to "think
broadly" to take the Asian American commu-
nity into the next century.
"Every bit of social change you make today
will have an effect tommorrow," she said.
Zia encouranged students to look at their
own campus for activism opportunities.
"If you're wondering what kind of work
might be left for you, I have big news -- there's
Marie Ting of the Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives, said her the office
See ZIA, Page 2

U.N. considers j-
air attacks
against Serbs

Parties square off as
fight on GATT looms

The Washington Post
ZAGREB, Croatia - The United Nations
put its 43,000 soldiers in the Balkanson red
alert yesterday as U.N. and NATO officials
considered launching airstrikes against rebel
Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia.
While U.N. and NATO officials declined to
rule out any course of action, including a robust
attack on Serb targets, they stressed that the
increasingly volatile situation on the ground
and the weaknesses of the lightly armed U.N.
force are constraining their ability to act.
Striking could trigger a wider war in the
Balkans by prompting a Serb attack on Croatia
after almost two years here of an uneasy but
enduring peace. But doing nothing would fur-
ther erode the already meager authority of the
troubled U.N. mission here and could invite
retribution from Bosnian Muslim soldiers and
civilians fed up with 31 months of international
inaction and apparent indifference to their plight.
Once again, the United Nations appears to
have no way out.
"We've reviewed the options and all of
them are bad," said a U.N. official after meet-

a .



Dole to White House:
Make concessions for'
support on GATT
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Senate Republican
leader Robert Dole yesterday dramatically in-
creased the price of his support for an interna-
tional trade agreement, adding to his demands
that the White House make concessions that
would help Republicans achieve a reduction in
capital gains taxes. '
Dole, set to take over as Senate majority
leader in January, said he told senior Clinton
administration officials on Saturday that he wants
some "assurances" that budget rules would not
interfere with passage of a capital gains tax cut.
Dole said he will support the new General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) if he
gets the assurances and some changes he has
already requested in the trade legislation.
Dole's comments, on ABC's "This Week
With David Brinkley," illustrate the new power
equations after the GOP takeover of Congress.

Harkin plans to push
for end to Senate's
filibuster tradition
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Vowing that "Demo-
crats should not do unto Republicans the way
they did unto us," Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is
mounting a campaign to do away with one of
the Senate's hoarier traditions: the filibuster.
Frustrated to the point of sputtering rage by
Republicans' repeated use of rules allowing un-
limited debate to delay or kill Democratic initia-
tives in recent years, Democrats are now in a
position to use the filibuster rule to block the
agenda of the new GOP congressional majority.
Many Democrats have said they are reluctant
to turn the filibuster tables on the Republicans, but
none has gone as far as Harkin in urging repeal of
the rule, under which it takes 60 votes, rather than
a simple majority of 51, to invoke cloture: limit
debate and force a bill to a vote.
"I'm one of the few individuals who can do
it, because I'm in the minority and I've used the

Danish U.N. soldiers atop an armored
personnel carrier peer through binoculars
toward a hill surrounding Sarajevo yesterday.
attack Serb targets in Croatia, including the
Udbina airfield where the Serb aircraft are based.
It marked the first time that the council sanc-
tioned airstrikes on Serb forces or installations


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