One hundred four years of editorial freedom
By JAMES R. CHO
and DAVID SHEPARDSON
Daily News Editors
Gobble, gobble, gobble.
The University ground to a virtual
standstill as most of the 35,000 stu-
dents deserted Ann Arbor and headed
to all points home Wednesday.
Yesterday, many students dodged
al and frozen rain in driving back to
pus while others were left stranded
in airport terminals waiting for planes
that would never take off.
Some students were disappointed
with the brevity of the break that al-
lowed little time for catching up on
sleep. Others brought turkey-day left-
overs like pumpkin pie or cranberries
back to school.
"On vacation, sleep is the most
ught after, but the rarest thing you
n find," said LSA junior Derek Clark, A shopper
who headed to Troy for the holiday.
"I expected to catch up on sleep,
but I ended up partying with old friends
'til four in the morning," he added,
citing going to the bars and simply
"hanging out" as frequent activities.
While many students left town to Studen
visit relatives at home, Dana Dancho's a Michiga
mily from West Leechburg, Penn., delays as
ie up and spent the weekend at Roads
Holiday Inn. as inclem
"I feel really at home at Michigan heavy Tha
now. It was basically a tradition to eat "At ce
at my grandma's but it was good that other time
I had my family up," Dancho said. first-year
LSA junior A.J. Tatge's family night from
did just the opposite; they went to Murthy
Boston to visit other family members, hours, con
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'U' loses annual
blood battle to
By JODI COHEN
* Daily Staff Reporter
It was an arduous battle, and the University
came up just a few pints short from being the
victors - not unlike Michigan's lackluster 7-4
The 13th annual blood battle between the Uni-
versity and Ohio State University ended Nov. 18,
after two weeks of collecting blood in various
dorms and the Union.
The blood drive is held by Alpha Phi Omega
O), a service fraternity, and the American Red
ross. Each fall, the two schools compete to see
which college can collect the most blood during a
APO collected 1910 pints, not enough for
victory. The University lost by 1 percent, or about
50 pints of blood. The final score was Michigan
with 106 percent of the goal met, to Ohio State
reaching 107 percent of their goal.
This is the third year in a row that Ohio State
taken the trophy. However, because of the
fheh demand for blood in southeastern Michigan,
the University's goal was higher. The blood col-
lected by the University goes to 54 hospitals in
five counties in the region. The highest number of
pints that APO collected was on the last day in the
Union. "We collected 254 pints on Friday in the
Union. The last day of the drive has always been
the biggest push day," said C.J. Voci, an LSA
senior and blood drive co-chair.
Katy Vincent, student co-chair of the battle,
led, "The Union is where we have had the hardest
time meeting quota in the past. It is easier to attract
people in the dorms."
Before moving to the Union during the second
week of the drive, collection sites were at various
residence halls. East Quad, where 173 pints of blood
were collected, had the highest number of donors.
Although the University lost, Voci was gener-
ally satisfied with the results.
"APO was phenomenal, the nurses were great,
d so were the people who came out to give. But,
1course, there is always room for improvement,"
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ZAGREB, Croatia-The Bosnian
government yesterday accepted a
U.N.-proposed cease-fire around the
embattled enclave of Bihac, but at-
tacking Serb forces pressed forward
as NATO refrained from new
By agreeing to the cease-fire, the
mostly Muslim government appeared
to be acknowledging that it was in "a
fatally weak position," a senior U.N.
Although the United States had
pushed for a more robust response to
Serb advances last week. Defense
Secretary William J. Perry said yes-
terday that NATO airstrikes would
be ineffective at this point.
Perry said the Serbs were in con-
trol of the situation and could occupy
Bihac "if they decide to do that."
Airstrikes "cannot determine the out-
come of the ground combat," he said
on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press."
Incoming Senate majority leader
Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) called for the
23,000 U.N. peacekeepers to leave
Bosnia and for the United States to
begin supplying arms to Bosnia's
Muslims in violation of an interna-
tional arms embargo on Yugoslavia
and its former republics.
".They're not doing their job, and
they're in harm's way," Dole said on
the same program. "Let's lift the arms
embargo. And let's at least let the
Bosnians defend themselves."
Serb forces in eastern Bosnia de-
tained 150 more U.N. soldiers yester-
day, mostly British and Dutch troops,
to bring their hostage total to about
400, U.N. officials said.
Lt. Gen. Michael Rose, the U.N.
commander, said the peacekeeping
troops in Bosnia may withdraw if the
military situation deteriorates further.
" If the scene gets much worse militar-
ily, then I suspect the peacekeeping
mission would find it very difficult to
continue., he said.
The cease-fire proposal would
force Muslim troops to abandon the
U.N.-declared "safe area" for other,
more dangerous parts of the Bihac
pocket, where Serb assaults could re-
sume, in exchange for a commitment
by U.N. forces to protect the safe zone
and the 70,000 mostly Muslim civil-
ians trapped inside. For their part, the
Serbs, who have not yet responded to
the plan, would be forced to withdraw
from the safe area, although they have
captured one-third of it.
Under the cease-fire, the Bosnian
Serbs would effectively obtain what
their leader, Radovan Karadzic, has
said he wants: the neutralization of
the Muslim army's 5th Corps as a
However, the Serbs would not gain
See NATO, Page 3
By JAMES NASH
Daily Staff Reporter
ts returning from Thanksgiving respites got
an welcome of rain, stiff winds and traffic
a cold front pelted the state with bad weather.
leading back to Ann Arbor were bottlenecked
ent weather combined with the ordinarily
anksgiving traffic to clog major arteries.
rtain points, traffic was at a standstill, but
s I got up to 70 (miles per hour)," said LSA
student Mahesh Murthy, who returned last
n Pittsburgh. "It just went in waves.-
y said his homeward journey took about seven
npared to an average four-hour trip.
st one student, Engineering junior Sandy
leracitano, was happy to return to Michigan.
"You just want to get it over with. You just want to get
back to Michigan and get it all over with," she said of her
grueling journey back from New Jersey.
She faced a half-hour delay at the airport "because of the
weather in Detroit" and another half-hour wait on the plane.
To top it off, leracitano and other students traveling by plane
dealt with long waits for the commuter bus, which brought
them to the Union where many then had to call cabs.
"It was kind of tiring," leracitano added about her four-
Statewide, traffic snarls and accidents were left in the
wake of a cold front that swept the northern Lower Peninsula
and the Upper Peninsula.
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Habitat vows to rebuild
house torched in arson
By JAMES R. CHO
Daily News Editor
The alleged arsonist who torched a nearly-com-
pleted Habitat for Humanity home last week has not
doused the will of volunteers determined to rebuild
it by Christmas.
"I think it was horrible," said Becky Oakes, a
Kinesiology senior and coordinator of the new
campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a non-
profit international group that builds homes for
low-income families. "We would like to help re-
build it but we need lots of students to help."
The efforts of dozens of local habitat volunteers
and the new home for 35-year-old Ypsilanti resi-
dent Kathi Hunter and her three children went up in
flames just before midnight last Monday.
Hunter was to have moved into the house by
Fire ripped through the single-story house on
2565 Russell St. located at the corner of Liberty and
South Maple near the Westgate shopping mall.
The fire has been classified as arson by Ann
Arbor police. "Arson is suspected and an investiga-
tion is underway," said Sgt. Khurum Sheikh of Ann
"Kerosene or gasoline had been sprayed on the
sides of the house," said Margaret Leary, president
of the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and
director of the University's Law library. Habitat
volunteers started construction on the house in June.
"It was pretty shocking that it was burned this
badly," Leary said. "I can't give an estimate on the
cost of the damage but it looked pretty horrible,"
Leary said. "The roof was completely destroyed
and water damage was extensive."
The alleged arsonist apparently targeted a sec-
ond habitat home under construction next door.
"An accelerant was poured on the sides of the house
and porch," Leary said.
The Michigan Arson Prevention Committee is
offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to
See HABITAT, Page 2
Lighted fountains greet shoppers at Briarwood Mall over the weekend.
Students shopped 'til they
dropped over Thanksgivig
Kevorkian assists in 21St suicide
DETROIT (AP) - While supporters and oppo- charged Kevorkian with murder in some previous
nents argue whether a ban on assisted suicide had deaths, declined comment until after police com-
expired when a 72-year-old woman died by inhal- plete their investigation.
ing carbon monoxide, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's attor- Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa
ney said yesterday it doesn't matter. Dragovic ruled Garrish's death a homicide, saying
"Our position is that the whole thing has been she couldn't have killed herself without someone's
unconstitutional since Day 1," attorney Michael help.
Schwartz said. "He wasn't waiting for the law to Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian's other attorney,
expire. He doesn't time these things. It's up to the told KCBS in Los Angeles that Dragovic "invari-
patients to decide." ably terms each one of the assisted suicide cases
Kevorkian was present Saturday at the carbon homicides, and of course we've defeated ally of the
monoxide death of Margaret Garrish. It was the charges."
21st death he has attended since 1990 but the first "Charges may be brought," Fieger said. "If
since Nov. 22, 1993. charges are brought we'll go through a preliminary
Royal Oak police continued investigating the examination and again have the law struck down. I
death yesterday but declined comment. Oakland hope it doesn't go to that, but I think it may."
County Prosecutor Richard Thompson, who has See KEVORKIAN, Page 3
AIDS Awareness Week beglns today
By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
Shopping is as much a part of the
Thanksgiving tradition as turkey,
stuffing and breaks from classes. This
year was no different, with retailers
reporting record sales nationwide.
During the University's recess
from classes, many students did just
that - shopped 'til they dropped.
And as studentsrushed out to
earlv-morning sales on the day after
The malls were busy due to big
sales and beautiful weather last Fri-
day throughout most of southeastern
Michigan. As early as 10 a.m. Friday,
parking lots at malls like Fairlane
Town Center in Dearborn and
Lakeside Shopping Center in Sterling
Heights reported full parking lots as
did mid-Michigan outlet malls in Birch
Run and West Branch.
RI was lucky to get a parking spot,"
LSA sophomore Jessica Pardo said.
By JODI COHEN
Daily Staff Reporter
A week for students and faculty at the Univer-
sity to "learn and live." aboutHIV/AIDS. the sixth
In an effort to educate the University commu-
nity, various groups including
the Public Health Students As- AIDS
sociation. have organized a va-