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One hzundred frve years of editorzl freedom
March 18, 1996
Baston ' error
must be kept
"Maceo had everyone believing we were
going to Dallas."
- Michigan men 's basketball coach
Steve Fisher, March 10, on the Wolver-
ines' speculation about where they might
play in the NCAA tournament.
ILWAUKEE - It would have
been nice for Maceo Baston. He
would have gone home to
Dallas, played in front of his family,
introduced his teammates to his friends
back home. He would show the Wolver-
ines around his hometown. They would
have had a good time
Now, a week later,
doesn't even want to
go there himself.
With 3.2 seconds
left in Michigan's
MICHAELagainst Texas on
ROSENBERG Friday, Baston called
Roses are a timeout his team
Read didn't have, and as
his hands came
together the Wolver-
es' chances came crumbling apart.
The sound of the referee's whistle was
immediate and final. Technical foul,
Michigan. Two free throws, Texas. The
Longhorns nailed them both..Boom,
boom. End of season, Michigan. Texas
moves on. Baston is moved to tears.
"I didn't know we didn't have any left,"
Baston said. "When I heard my teammates
saying 'No! No!' my heart just dropped."
Suddenly, a trip back to Dallas holds
different connotations. Maceo Baston
Oill hear about the timeout from high
school friends, from Texas fans, from
almost everybody. All he did was make
a mistake, but when you make a mistake
on national television, you're not
allowed to forget.
Baston stayed on the court for the final
3.2 seconds, unable to stop crying. He will
be reminded of his mistake constantly.
People will joke about his error, laugh at
s expense. Maceo Baston, six feet and
The Michigan hockey team earned a first-r
NCAA tourmament with its 4-3 win over Law
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® Residents brace for
attack from nearby
Chinese as national
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Squeez-
ing onto a crowded ship, more than
half the population of two Taiwanese
islets fled their homes yesterday, one
day before China launches a new
round of menacing war games just IlI
Some 300 people evacuated the tiny
Chu Islands, near China's coast, but
about 100 people were left behind be-
cause there was no room on the boat,
Taiwanese news reports said. Another
hundred chose to stay, officials said.
Determined to quell independence
sentiment in the week before Taiwan's
first direct presidential elections, Beijing
is to begin a new round of military
exercises in the Taiwan Straits today,
just as another round ends.
Chinese troops used live ammuni-
tion for war games .that started last
week and are set to end tomorrow, but
it has not said whether the new maneu-
vers will follow suit.
Still, Taiwanese military officialssay
China may take advantage of today's
high tide to practice beach landings on
Pingtan Island, near the Chu Islands,
Taiwan's China Times reported yester-
For many Chu residents, it was too
risky to stay.
"The exercises are so close ... and
everyone feels uneasy," an unidenti-
fied Chu resident told television station
TVBS after he evacuated to nearby
The evacuation came a day after
China denied U.S. claims it had prom-
ised not to invade Taiwan, which it
regards as a renegade province to be
reclaimed by force if necessary.
Beijing claims that Taiwan's Presi-
dent Lee Teng-hui - sure to win
another term in voting Saturday - is
growing less inclined to reunite
Taiwan's government with the Chi-
nese mainland. Lee's ruling Nation-
alists party -fled the mainland after
losing a civil war to the Communists
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
With tensions escalating more
than 10,000 miles away in the Tai-
wan Strait, members of the Univer-
sity Taiwanese community are be-
ginning to demonstrate their con-
cern for China's actions.
Yu-Ping Tsai, a member of the
Michigan Taiwanese Student As-
sociation, has posted fliers around
campus asking students to support
Taiwan in its conflict with China.
"Students can try to understand
the situation and why Taiwan wants
to be free," he said. "Send a letter to
President Clinton and Congress in
support of Taiwan."
Tsai said that although he is a
little worried about his parents, who
still reside in Taiwan's capital of
Taipei, he does not think China
will take any further action beyond
the missile tests.
"If China really wants a war,
then we are ready to fight," he said.
LSA senior Caroline Huang said
she is not very worried either.
"With the recent U.S. involve-
ment, I don't think the U.S. will
allow this conflict to escalate to the
level of serious violence and war,"
Caroline Huang spent last sum-
mer in Taipei, enrolled in a cultural
studies program, when the missile
Yasheng Huang, an associate pro-
fessor of political science, said that
although the Taiwanese should be
worried now, he doesn't think there
will be a war in the near future.
"The purpose (of the exercises)
is to discourage the voters from
voting for a candidate who is in
favor ofTaiwanese independence,"
The Taiwanese presidential elec-
tions, scheduled for March 23, are
the first direct presidential election
See TAIWAN, Page 2A
nine inches of determination, will be reduced
to a punchline.
It's important to remember two things
here. Michigan almost certainly would have
lost if Baston hadn't called timeout. And the
Wolverines never would have been close to
winning if Baston hadn't played. Baston
scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
He was virtually unstoppable.
"Maceo had a terrific, terrific game,"
Maceo Baston almost won the game for his
team. In the dim mind of some sports fans, he
lost it. It's not fair. That doesn't seem to
"I told him not to worry about it,"
forward Maurice Taylor said. "We didn'
want to turn our back on a teammate
because of a mistake. It was a mistake
anyone could make."
It was a mistake anyone could make.
Michigan fans know that all too well.
Three years ago, the best player in the
Wolverines' recent history made the
same mistake in the national title game.
. See ROSENBERG, Page 5B
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Picketers ask f
'concern' for GI
While the University B
ents conducted its mont
eeting Friday, 16 sign-ca
ers of the Graduate Empl
ization circled the perin
The group remained sil
f the hourlong meeting.
ers interrupted, wanting t
oard directly. When Univ
t James Duderstadt cor
he business agenda, th
shouted unanswered ques
oard, and then left the Regt
at the Fleming Administr,
"We are wondering why
concerned with GEO,
Alejandra Marchevsky, on
"On behalf of the GEO n
concerned this does n
portant to you," Marchev
ued, as GEO members w
Duderstadt told the pr(
the regents' business mee
the proper place to discuss
or more of collective bargaining," Power said.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
EO said the regents are not directly in-
volved in GEO's negotiation process.
"There is a very specific forum for
them to express their views, and that's
oard of Re- the bargaining table," Baker said.
hly business Power said the regents are "aware of
rryingmem- this matter and regard it with appropri-
oyees Orga- ate concern.... The regents shouldn't
neter of the do collective bargaining."
Both Power and Baker said the pro-
ent for most testers' presence was not distracting to
Then mem- the meeting. "They have every right to
o address the be here," Power said.
'ersity Presi- After leaving the meeting,
ntinued with Marchevsky said she was disappointed
e picketers her group was not allotted time to ex-
tions to the press its views.
ents'nt Room "We had hoped there would be a
ation Build- space to speak," Marchevsky said. "We
in fact did not see it as an interruption.
you are not We saw it as an open forum."
" shouted On Thursday, the regents allowed
e of the pro- time forpublic comments at their meet-
ing in Dearborn. Two GEO members,
nembers, we including President Scott Dexter, spoke
ot seem im- at that time.
vsky contin- Before Friday's meeting, GEO mem-
alked out of ber and comparative literature doctoral
candidate Monika Cassel described the
otesters that group's presence as "an informational
ting was not picket."
their frustra- Cassel, who also addressed the re-
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Frederick Neidhardt, associate vice president for research,
will add his name to the list of University officials who will
soon hold interim positions. Neidhardt will step into the role
of vice president for research July 1.
Homer Neal, who currently holds this
position, will assume the role of Univer-
sity interim president on this day.
Neidhardt will remain in the position
until Neal returns to the post, the day the
new University president takes over.
"Both Dr. Neal and I feel this would
provide strong continuity," University
President James Duderstadt told the
Board of Regents at Friday's meeting.
Neidhardt said he is looking forward
to continuing to work with Neal. Neidhardt
I1 came here to work with him be-
cause I was excited about his program and elected the
opportunity to work with him on it," Neidhardt said about his
decision to join the administration 2 1/2 years ago. "I am
happy he will be the interim president."
Neidhardt said the transition will be easy since he has
worked in the research office -and with Neal-since 1993.
"We share similar views on things," he said. "We don't
want the University to be on hold during this time. We can't
just suspend the important initiatives until a new president is
Neal said Neidhardt was an appropriate choice. "He is a
very respected member fo the faculty and an extremely
valued colleague," he said.
Alok from the Indian Progressive Study Groups, Sayan Bhattacharyya from the Michigan India
Development Service, and Lee Booth from Ypsilanti hold signs and hand out fliers outside the Law
School on Friday at the beginning of the symposium on Third World development. The three were
protesting the World Bank's policies on loans to Third World countries. Mark Malloch Brown, vice
president of the World Bank, said the protesters' letter was welcome in the symposium forum.
Leaders, academics 'retbink'
Third World development
By Matt Buckley
and Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporters
A University Law School symposium took a
closer look this weekend at the huge percentage of
the world that lives without food, shelter and other
basic needs, examining the questions of Third
other nations, said third-year Law student Grant
Sovern, a symposium coordinator.
"Students who have worked in developing coun-
tries feel isolated here in America where we have
so much," Sovern said.
Although international organizations have been
working with underdeveloped countries for years,