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One hundred four years of editorial freedom


.Wolverines battle Spartans for bragging rights, first place

Daily Basketball Writer
Jimmy King isn't guaranteeing a victory
against No. 12 Michigan State in Sunday's
battle for the top spot in the Big Ten, but he's
coming pretty close.
"It doesn't matter what (Michigan State)
saying," the senior said when asked about
leSpartans believing that they belong in the
top spot, and not the Wolverines. "As of
Sunday we'll be in first place and they won't."
That isn't a guarantee?
"No, but I'm confident," King said. "If
you step on the court and think you're going

to lose - you shouldn't play."
As a result, one can assume that King will
be on the floor Sunday at Crisler Arena when
the Wolverines (4-1 Big Ten, 10-6 overall)
battle the Spartans (3-1, 11-2) for first place in
the conference and state bragging rights.
King and fellow senior Ray Jackson find
themselves, and their team, in an unusual
position heading into a game against Michi-
gan State - they're underdogs.
"It's kind of like role reversal," said Jack-
son, who has gone 5-1 against the Spartans in
his career. "But we have the confidence to
beat them now.

"We feel pretty good about the way we're
playing and I think we have the talent to beat
Michigan State is coming off a 93-56
dismantling of Northwestern and coach Jud
Heathcote brings his best Spartan team in a
number of years to Ann Arbor.
The key to the Spartans' success this sea-
son, however, happened last summer when
then junior guard Shawn Respert made the
decision to stay at Michigan State and not
leave school for the NBA.
Now a senior, Respert averages 25.5 points
per game. With 49 3-pointers, he has made

only I1 fewer treys than the entire Michigan
team. He scored 40 points in a, 82-89, loss at
Indiana on Jan. 11.
"Respert has a maturity and poise that very
few players in the country have," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said. "He makes everyone
around him better and we all know that's the
sign of a great player."
Unlike past seasons, the Spartans do not
have to rely on just Respert to get the job done.
The emergence of senior guard Eric Snow,
who is averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 assists a
game this season, =has given Michigan State
one of the top backcourts in the country.

Junior forward Jamie Fieck is the third Spar-
tan averaging double figures, scoring just over
10 points per game.
1 think they have a good team all the way
through,' King said. "They have a good sup-
porting cast and that's the difference."
If Michigan State didn't have enough of a
reason to be excited for the Wolverines, the
game will also mark the final appearance in
Crisler Arena for Heathcote, who is retiring
after the season.
"He's really going to have his team pumped
up and I'd hate to send him off with an 'L', but
that's business," King said.

to House
Daily Staff Reporter
State Rep. Liz Brater D-Ann Ar-
bor) was appointed to three commit-
tees in the House of Representatives
earlier this week.
In her first term, Brater will serve
on the State Mental Health, Higher
Education, and Conservation, Envi-
ronment and Great Lakes committees.
"I'm very pleased," said Brater, a
rmer Ann Arbor mayor. "I think it
will give me a good opportunity to
serve my constituents and work on
issues I talked about during the cam-
As a member of the Higher Edu-
cation Committee Brater said she will
have the "opportunity to network with
people from other university commu-
nities and to try and build a coalition
* advocacy for support of higher
Also, Brater said she will work to
keep funding for higher education
from "losing ground."
Brater said she will work on legisla-
tion concerning toxic waste for urban
areas and increasing recycling while
serving on the Conservation, Environ-
ment and Great Lakes Committee.
*,Fighting for insurance parity for
mentally ill citizens, and providing
adequate facilities and vocational
training for them tops Brater's goals
for the Mental Health Committee.
Brater said she will request posi-
tions on several subcommittees, and
she intends to "take an active role" if
placed on some.
Each representative serves on two
or three House committees. Brater
tbmitted five requests, including the
ppropriations Committee which she
called "a long shot." She said her
three appointments were among her
top five choices.
With state representatives limited
to three two-year terms, Brater said
"it's very likely" she can serve as a
committee chair or ranking member in
the next four years. This year, only 10
?Tw Democrats and nine new Repub-
ans were elected to the State House.
There are 110 members in the State


Quake toll hits 4,000;
hundreds still missing

Tardiness of
aid criticized
The Washington Post
NISHINOMIYA, Japan, Jan. 20
(Friday) - The death toll from
Tuesday's massive earthquake in west-
ern Japan passed 4,000 late last night,
and officials began to acknowledge an
inadequate government response to the
nation's deadliest quake since Tokyo
was destroyed by one in 1923.
As rescue workers continued to
drag hundreds of bodies and a hand-
ful of survivors from the rubble, top
officials began pointing fingers and
shifting blame for the sluggish, ill-
coordinated relief effort that left more
than 200,000 displaced people with-
out adequate food, shelter and sanita-
tion facilities for a third straight day.
Public anger over government un-
preparedness was evident when Prime
Minister Tomiichi Murayama, visiting
the strickenarea for the first time yes-
terday, stopped at an emergency shelter
in Kobe - the city hardest hit by the
quake-where he reiterated pledges of
aid and exhorted residents to "please
keep your spirit up."
Public television aired the bitter
reaction of one woman at the shelter:
"It's just meaningless words."
Murayama told reporters the dam-
age was "much worse than I had ex-
pected," and the government has more
than doubled the number of troops
initialed mobilized for the relief ef-
fort - from 13,000 to 30,000. The
prime minister noted that the quake
was the first in modern Japan to affect
a highly developed urban area and
that many houses and buildings were
simply not built to withstand a tem-
blor as powerful as Tuesday's -
which measured 7.2 on the open-
ended Richter scale.
Early this morning, the official
death toll stood at 4,048, with 727 still
listed as missing - which exceeds
the toll in a 1948 quake in Fukui that
killed more than 3,700. In this cen-


Hungry survivors crowd around a vendor to buy food and water in Kobe,
Japan. Arrival of government relief was slow, refugees said.

tury, only the "Great Kanto Earth-
quake" that leveled Tokyo seven de-
cades ago took more lives - an esti-
mated 143,000.
In Tokyo yesterday, high-ranking
government officials began trading re-
criminations over the plodding relief
effort. Nobuo Ishihara, the deputy chief
cabinet secretary, told reporters that
troops should
have been mobi-
lizedmuchsooner 'We have t

icism, patiently waiting in long lines
at supermarkets and lugging heavy
loads of food, water, toilet paper and
other necessities to relatives and
friends despite having to walk or bi-
cycle for miles because of disrupted
rail service.
"We can't rely completely on the
government," said Kazuo Kai, a resi-

A percussionist warms up before the School of Music's College concert
GOP working tol C m bl

o do all we

than they were and
that "the govern-
ment was late in
'assessing damage
and late in adopt-

card to help ourselves.'
- Kazuo Kai
Kobe resident

dent of one of
Kobe's most dev-
astated neighbor-
hoods who ped-
aled his bike for
four hours to an
undamaged train
line so he bring
back two large

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -In an epic leg-
islative struggle that nearly capsized
his presidency, President Clinton last
summer squeezed out a nail-biting
victory on a six-year $30 billion bill
to fight crime.
With House Judiciary Committee
hearings that started yesterday, Con-
gressional Republicans begin an ag-
gressive drive to dismantle that bill and
recast it in a more conservative image.
After a fall campaign in which
tough promises on crime helped to
drive the historic GOP gains, Repub-

licans are poised to once again fight
the battles on spending priorities they
lost last summer and force onto the
agenda long-sought conservative le-
gal reforms that Democrats barred
from last year's bill. In both cham-
bers, Republicans are provoking ma-
jor confrontations with Democrats by
proposing to divert billions of dollars
in social service "crime prevention"
programs included in last year's bill
to prisons and law enforcement.
At the same time, the GOP has
taken aim at Clinton's top priority by
See CRIME BILL, Page 2

ing measures."
Defense Agency Director
Tokusaburo Tamazawa responded
that under Japanese law troops cannot
be mobilized for such purposes un-
less local authorities request them,
and he indirectly blamed those offi-
cials for failing to do so. But Ishihara
contended that the agency should have
offered help to the local authorities
"because they were in confusion"
immediately after the quake struck in
predawn darkness.
As officials quarreled, thousands
of residents in the affected areas bore
their misfortune with remarkable sto-

bags of supplies from Osaka.
"We have to do all we can to help
ourselves and rely on our friends and
relations," he said. "That's what most
people are doing."
A single instance of looting has
been reported since the quake hit:
Several men tried to steal merchan-
dise from a damaged Kobe jewelry
store. Police were summoned to the
scene and promptly arrested the
thieves. A television reporter recount-
ing the incident told viewers he felt
very sorry because "until now there
have been no such cases."

Russian troops
take Chechen
The Washington Post
GROZNY, Russia - Vastly outnumbered and
outgunned, several hundred Chechen fighters yes-
terday relinquished control of the Presidential Pal-
ace here, the stronghold from which they had held
off a ferocious assault by thousands of Russian
troops for nearly three weeks.
* The last defenders left the 11-story building
shortly after midnight, about 10 hours, after it was
rocked by a pair of gigantic Russian bombs that
penetrated to the basement hospital, killing dozens
of Chechens and wounded Russian prisoners. Hours
after the Chechens slipped out of the palace under

Prof. to discuss mobile
university in Sarajevo


For the Daily
University history Prof. John Fine
embarked this week on a two-week
trip to the besieged capital city of
Sarajevo to discuss plans for a mobile
In Sarajevo at the mayor's invita-
tion, Fine and other scholars will be
discussing plans for the project, which
they hope to implement in the sum-
mer of 1995. Beginning in Sarajevo,
-the project will eventually travel
throughout Bosnia.
The university will provide aca-

demic contacts, through workshops
and lecture seminars, for Bosnia's
isolated intellectuals.
The program was originally designed
by Suada Kapic, who is scheduled to
speak at the University in March-and is
the director of a Bosnian foundation
dedicated to maintaining the cultural life
of Sarajevo during the war. Together
with Kapic and others, Fine will deter-
mine the size and scope of the project.
Upon returning, Fine said he hopes
to begin recruiting faculty from west-
ern nations to teach for the mobile
See SARAJEVO, Page 2


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