The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 6, 1995 -5
*Postal rate increase causes long lines, stamp shortages
BY SPENCER DICKINSON
Daily Staff Reporter
Tuesday marked the date of the
controversial increase in the price of
a postage stamp from 29 to 32 cents.
This price increase created chaos at
post offices around the country as
millions attempted to purchase new
32-cent stamps as well as 3-cent
stamps to use with their old ones.
Ann Arbor experienced a second
wave yesterday as University students,
faculty and staff returned from break
to find two weeks of unopened, unan-
solar car at
By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
After years of preparation, months
of work and a week of setup, the
University's Solar Car Team will
unveil its new vehicle today at the
1995 North American International
"Solar Vision" will be displayed
at the Cobo Center in Detroit at 11:30
a.m., near the Mazda and Lotus dis-
The car will not be revealed in a
flashy display like those of Ford Motor
Co., but several University students
will be on hand to answer questions
about Solar Vision.
More than 150 students designed
and constructed the car, which has
been in the works for about a year and
"We have dedicated students from
all over the place," said David
Goodman, project manager and En-
gineering junior. LSA, Engineering,
Business and Art students have
worked on the car.
The vehicle weighs in at 276
pounds without a battery or driver. It
*is powered by 3,238 monocrystalline
silicon solar cells, which are designed
in an array that covers the car.
The cells can produce up to 1,200
watts of power in full sunlight.
Solar Vision is the third Univer-
sity solar car, and it will race against
40 other student-designed, solar-pow-
ered cars in Sunrayce 95 - a 1,200-
mile race from Indianapolis, Ind., to
The race begins June 20. The
vehicle's two predecessors, Maize
& Blue and Sunrunner, took first
place in previous Sunrayce compe-
Students have worked with cor-
porate sponsors including IBM,
Ford Motor Co. and Christy Indus-
tries to raise more than $1.2 million
in funds, materials and technical
Goodman praised the organiza-
tions that contributed to the project.
"Support from our corporate spon-
sors and private donors has been out-
standing," he said.
"I absolutely need stamps to mail
checks for some bills I got over break,"
one frustrated student commented as
she waited in the line at the Nickels
Arcade Post Office.
"I spent about 15 or 20 minutes in
that line," said SNRE first-year stu-
dent Rebecca Mattison. "That's just
Things were worse elsewhere.
Bette Ellis, an alum and Ann Arbor
resident, came to the Arcade after
learning the Liberty Station Post Of-
fice - where she estimated lines were
taking up to half an hour - had run
out of three-cent stamps.
An official at Ann Arbor's main
post office called the mob scene
"worse than Christmas," and claimed
that although they had 30,000 of an
original shipment of 200,000 three-
cent stamps left, she "could foresee
running out of three-cent stamps be-
fore the end of the day."
She also said Detroit was com-
pletely out of the stamps so when
Ann Arbor sells its last, there "just
won't be any more."
At Liberty Station, where a clerk
estimated her branch had done "three
times the normal amount of business"
the three-cent stamps were gone. To
make matters worse, the office was
rapidly depleting its stock of two-cent
"We have enough one-cent stamps
to last a while," she said, but didn't
know what the office would do when
it ran out of those, as there seems to be
a shortage of stamps across the coun-
One postal employee questioned
the wisdom of a price increase so
close to the high-volume holiday sea-
son. "We always get a whole lot of
business around this time of year, and
we always get a lot of business when
they change the prices." She con-
cluded, "They should have done this
some other time."
The post office has taken consid-
erable criticism on not only the recent
increase, but also on general ineffi-
"I hate to say it," said Ellis as she
waited, "but this is what you expect
from the post office."
The Postal Service claims the price
increase is an attempt to keep pace
with inflation, but a growing number
in long lines to
stamps like this
one, after the
of Americans are seeking alterna-
tives to using the Post Office. One
annoyed student in the line at the
Arcade said, "I would be so psyched
if you could send packages on e-maid
and I would never have to use the
Post Office again."
A Chechen fighter smiles back to his comrades as he walks past the bodies of Russian soldiers lying by thei
destroyed infantry building yesterday afternoon in central Grozny.
CMU students accused of
rpe will- not return to scho
a Russian planes
N bomb Grozny
GROZNY, Russia (AP) - Rus- Chechen defenders, who drove the
sian fighter jets swooped over Grozny Russian troops from the city center.
yesterday and bombed the presiden- Russian warplanes dropped clus-
tial palace, ignoring Boris Yeltsin's ter bombs packed with shrapnel on
promise to halt air attacks on the several villages.
ruined capital of rebellious Chechnya. In Shall, 16 miles from Grozny,
Warplanes also reportedly made they bombed a roadside market Tues-
bombing runs outside Grozny and day, then struck again as people were
heavy shelling pounded outlying vil- helping the wounded. An hour later,
lages as Moscow continued its fight they hit the maternity ward of the
to reassert control over the mostly local hospital. Estimates of the death
' °, Muslim, oil-rich southern republic. toll in Shali ranged as high as 100
The palace in the center of Grozny dead with scores more wounded.
was hit by at least one rocket, touch- Russia's human rights commis-
ing off a fire in the upper stories of the sioner, Sergei Kovalyov, arrived in
tall concrete building, said Western Moscow from Grozny yesterday ac-
journalists who witnessed the attack. cusing his government of "ruthless'1
Arhha bOnly the basement and first floor and "massive" human rights viola-
of the palace were occupied - by tions.
AP PHOTO Chechen defenders and wounded Kovalyov, a member of parlia-
from both sides. Witnesses said there ment, is scheduled to meet with
appeared to be no casualties. Chechen Yeltsin today. "I want to look the
President Dzhokhar Dudayev was president in the eye and ask him ... i
reportedly in a bunker elsewhere in he really understands what is happen'
the city. ing," Kovalyov said.
It was the third air strke of the day Another prominent lawmaker,
on Grozny. Comparatively, however, Communist Party leader Gennady
yesterday's attacks were light, per- Zyuganov, called yesterday for early
haps hampered by the fog that blan- presidential elections to dump Yeltsii,
01 keted the city. and the lower house of parliamen,;
Rocket and gun fire rattled the the Duma, was gearing up for an emer-
railway station, but clashes were far gency session on the Chechen crisis
be filed less intense than in recent days. Yeltsin is also under intense criti~
r against Chechen fighters strolled freely cism from foreign governments. '
the case, through central Grozny on the sixth In an interview yesterday with
_ounty's day of Russia's bungled offensive to Voice of America, Secretary of State
ce. take the city and quash the republic's Warren Christopher said the Russiai
igation, 3-year-old independence drive. president has been right to try to sup-
g Attor- Yeltsin's promise on Wednesday press armed insurrection in Chechnya
Nov. 10 to stop the bombing was his second but his military assault has escalated
ufficient of the Chechen campaign - and the out of his control.
up. second to be followed by air strikes German Chancellor Helmut Kohl,
find the the next day. Last time, warplanes said he called Yeltsin on Wednesday
pugnant, destroyed much of downtown and pressed for an end to the blood
facts do Grozny, including an orphanage. shed.
y crimi- Yeltsin ordered the bombing halt "I am deeply concerned at the level
in the face of growing criticism at of violence," said Kohl, who has
ety offi- home and abroad of his heavy-handed warm ties with the Russian leader.
rted as- offensive. Fog hung over Chechnya most of
led first- Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of the day, limiting visibility and mak-
t, which civilians and fighters have been killed ing accurate bombing impossible.
The 19- or wounded in the 3-week-old inva- A lone Russian fighter jet made'
d the as- sion. The Red Cross estimates one raid on Grozny shortly after mid-
rning of 350,000 people are now refugees. night when the bombing halt was sup-
her in a The war grew even uglier after posed to take effect and another yes-
-campus Russia failed to take the capital in a terday morning, said Timur Tsuroyev,
New Year's Eve tank assault and was a Chechen fighter at rebel headquar-
humiliated by outgunned but spirited ters on Grozny's southern edge.
By JOSH WHITE
Daily Staff Reporter
In an agreement with school offi-
cials, three Central Michigan Uni-
versity students, who were alleged to
have participated in a rape on the
Mount Pleasant campus, voluntarily
withdrew prior to the beginning of
the winter semester.
Rae Goldsmith, the director of
public relations for CMU, said the
students have permanently with-
drawn from the university but main-
tain their innocence in connection to
an alleged rape in a dormitory Sun-
day, Oct. 2.
"The students approached univer-
sity officials saying that they were
willing to withdraw from the school
with no ability to ever return in the
future," Goldsmith said. "What the
students asked of the university was
that officials not pursue disciplinary
charges according to the Student Code
of Conduct, which deals with internal
behavioral regulations on campus."
CMU's conduct code has func-
tions similar to the Statement of Stu-
dent Rights and Responsibilities here,
the University's non-academic code
Goldsmith said that the school
agreed not to follow internal charges
regarding the alleged rape, but that
the former students will never be eli-
gible for enrollment at CMU.
"What they did, in effect, by
disenrolling, was inflict the harshest
penalty that the university could have
given on themselves," she said. "If
the investigations had continued, there
is no guarantee that they would have
been found guilty and there is no
guarantee that if found guilty, they
would have been suspended or ex-
"They took the worst punishment
available, they accepted what is con-
sidered as the death penalty in higher
No criminal charges will
against the three students or
four other men implicated int
according to the Isabella C
Prosecuting Attorney's Offi
Following his investi
Isabella County Prosecuting
ney Larry J. Burdick, said in a
press release that there is not s
evidence to prosecute the grou
"In this matter, although I
conduct involved morally rep
it is my determination that the
not support the issuing of an
nal charges," he said.
Department of Public Saf
cials at CMU said the repo
saults by the seven men inclu
degree criminal sexual assaul
involves forced penetration.'
year-old student who reported
saults just after 2 a.m. the mo
Oct. 2 said the men raped h
dorm room following an off
party earlier that night.
Farrakhan buys land in southwest Michig
rONE MEDIUM PIZZA*1
UNION PIER, Mich. (AP) -
Louis Farrakhan is no Oprah Winfrey.
That's the verdict of one new neigh-
bor of the Nation of Islam leader who
purchased a large home and more
than 75 acres of land in rural south-
Farrakhan bought three adjoining
parcels of land in New Buffalo Town-
ship on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, The (St.
Joseph) Herald-Palladium reported in
a copyrighted story yesterday.
The newspaper examined public
documents filed with the Berrien
County Register of Deeds office
showing Farrakhan purchased the land
as trustee for the Number Two Poor
Treasury Trust. The deeds do not list
the sale prices.
It was not clear how Farrakhan
planned to use the house and prop-
erty. Business managers for the Na-
tion of Islam were not in the Chicago
"If he's just a new neighbor who
wants to live out in the country, that's
cool," said Linda Stone, who lives
north of the property. "If he wants to
turn it into a development, that's not
cool. We didn't move into an area
zoned 'agriculture' to have it turned
into a subdivision."
Stone said most of her co-workers
in Michigan City, Ind., don't know
who Farrakhan is.
"If you tell people Louis Farrakhan
moved down the road, you get a blank
look. Seven out of ten people do not
know who he is. If he was Oprah, they
would at least know who he is," she
The skydiver at the Holiday Bowl holds the rank of petty officer, first class in the Navy. This was incorrectly reported
in yesterday's Daily.
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