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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 10, 1996 -3

Nom,
:Cars bumped in
U' parking lots
1n separate incidents this weekend,
eieveral vehicles were damaged when
4;ars bumped into each other in
University parking lots.
One incident reported to the
department of Public Safety
involved two cars parked in the
Church Carport on Church Street.
The caller reported "a small amount
-ofFpaint" chipped off her vehicle,
Which was parked on level two of the
parking garage.
She told DPS the vehicle that had
Wtrmped her car was still present at
the scene and was parked right
behind her.
A second incident occurred at the
East Medical Center. The driver
reported to DPS that a valet employ-
eb scraped the bumper of his car
when backing it into a space of the
oehter's lot.
DPS found the "valet" to be the reg-
gtered owner of the car. Further inves-
igation is still pending.
Caller reports
chemical fumes
An anonymous caller reported "a
strong smell" in the elevator shaft of
"the College of Pharmacy Building on
Saturday night and said it was coming
frdm "the basement level and first floor
,of the elevator shaft:,
* Occupational Safety and
Environmental Health responded to the
's'cne and located a one-gallon contain-
der, of ethyl acetate that had leaked
'through a small hole.
'OSEH reported that the liquid had
evaporated upon contact with the floor
,but might have come into contact with
another chemical, Mercaptan. OSEH
-personnel cleaned up the chemicals.
There were no injuries.
RA hand-out kits
stolen at EQ
Three resident advisers' hand-out
kits were stolen from the front desk of
East Quad on Friday. The hand-out kit
contained food and other various items,
including a sewing kit, according to
East Quad advisers.
The damages were reported at $30.
The boxes were given to students dur-
ing move-in.
Domestic dispute
reported
A man reported to DPS that he was
attacked "by the mother of his child."
He said she was throwing nearby items
at him.
DPS reported no injuries, and the
ctim left the apartment to wait for
DPS officers at the lobby of
Northwood's Community Center.
SQ resident
shoves RA
A male resident shoved a female
resident adviser in South Quad when
he exited his room after the RA
asked him "to turn down the radio or
Close the door." The RA did not
dress charges, and the student was
confined to his room for the
evening.

There were no injuries, and he
┬░rported that he had bumped her on his
v ay out of his room. The housing staff
Kjlans to handle the altercation.
Verbal attacks
ade in lot
At the East Medical Center's park-
ing lot, a visitor attempted to exit the
structure from a closed area on level
three-A. A contractor attempted to
Stop the visitor, and both verbally
p attacked each other, according to
DPS reports.
There were no charges pressed,
and the contractor asserted that the
= visitor would not listen to his initial
warnings.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
,: Anupama Reddy.

MSA travels out
of Union office
for meeting

KRISTEN SCHAEFER/Daily
High-tech hair styling
Recent graduate Rebecca Hewitt previews possible hairstyles on a computer imaging program with a Salon Selectives
representative.
kSmall fire in a NrSciemOce
Bldg.0may afect classes

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
To increase student involvement in
the political process and to better
address minority concerns, the
Michigan Student Assembly will meet
today at Trotter House, a multicultural
center on Washtenaw Avenue.
"We are trying to get students out to
see the meeting and get involved in the
process," said LSA Rep. Dan Serota.
"Instead of asking them to come to us,
we are going to them."
Serota said Trotter House provides a
less formal arena for students to see
MSA in action. "Trotter House itself is
less intimidating by its nature," he said.
"We hope students will see a way to get
involved."
MSA Vice President Probir Mehta
said today's meeting is also an opportu-
nity for MSA to increase its sensitivity to
the needs of minority students.
"In the past, MSA has been accused
of ignoring minority issues," Mehta
said. "As a minority myself, I am sensi-
tive to those feelings, and I think a
meeting at the Trotter House is a great
way to address those concerns."
Engineering Rep. David Burden
also said tomorrow's meeting should
be a good way to address minority
concerns.
"There have been some complaints,
especially by minority groups, that the
assembly is isolated," Burden said. "This
meeting won't make those complaints
disappear, but it is a good first step."
Mehta said the idea to hold meetings

outside of the MSA's Michigan Union
office was an issue that he and MSA
President Fiona Rose first proposed
during their campaign last March.
"We hope to have about one meeting
a month outside of the office in the
future lie said.
Mehta said the next meeting outside
of MSA chambers may be at one of the
residence halls.
"We are looking at the Hill dorms"
he said. "We need a big enough room ti
hold all of our members and sometimes
that's a problem for some of the dorms
- we can't use an auditorium-because
you don't have the same open environ,
ment."
Last year. MSA held a special meet-
ing on North Campus which did not
attract many students, but Mehta said
he hopes more students will attend
tomorrow's meeting.
Ed Bernett, coordinator of Trotter
House, said the multicultural center is
an available meeting place for any
interested student groups. "We are open
to all student groups and there is no
charge," he said.
MSA plans to elect a new External
Affairs Committee Chair at tomor-
row night's meeting. Members also
plan to discuss new code resolutions,
including a proposal that would pro-
hibit the placing of campaign posters
on any painted surfaces, and another
that would prohibit spending MSA
funds on trips outside the state and
limit spending to S2,000 for any sin-
gle event.

By Josh White
Daily News Editor
A small blaze in the Natural Sciences
Building last night may affect classes
today.
Two Ann Arbor Fire Department
engines, two ladders, a rescue vehicle
and the battalion chief reported to the
scene at about 10:15 p.m. last night.
Battalion Chief James Breslin, who
coordinated the firefighting effort from
the median of North University Avenue,
said the blaze started in a Natural
Sciences Building laboratory.
Breslin said he had not begun his
investigation, and the cause of the fire
remains unknown.
"There was a bit of smoke and a lot
of water on the third floor," Breslin
said. "The water was leaking down onto
the second floor and may cause some
damage there as well."
A firefighter who had just exited the

building called the fire "no big deal."
but said there would be a considerable
effort to clean LIP water damage.
At 11:15 p.m., firefighters were still
working from a ladder on a third-floor
laboratory facing State Street. Smoke
spilled from the darkened room, but
Breslin said the fire had been con-
tained.
"The main problem was getting to it
and getting the water shut down," he
said. "It shouldn't be too serious for the
building, unless the water gets into the
electrical systems."
Breslin said there were no injuries
associated with the incident, adding
that he did not know whether or not
anyone was in the building at the
time.
"We are still in the middle of looking
into what may have caused this, but
right now we are focusing on dealing
with the water," he said last night. "It

looks as if a few rooms will be affected
by this and that may have some impact
on the building's use tomorrow."
The five AAFD vehicles that report-
ed to the scene was a "normal
response" to a small fire, Breslin said.
"Because we didn't know exactly
how were going to get to it, we wanted
to be a little more cautious, that is why
we have an extra ladder here" he said.
"Also, there being a lot of chemicals in
the building, we wanted to be certain
there was no danger."
AAFD officials closed off the por-
tion of North University Avenue from
State Street to Fletcher Court for about
1 1/2 hours last night, and a ladder
blocked off an entrance to the Diag so
firefighters could have access to the
third floor via a large window.
Breslin said there is no way to esti-
mate damage to the building before a
thorough investigation.

Perot plans to end
mystery, announce VP

UAW, Ford enter marathon talks

DETROIT (AP) - The lights will
stay on into the night this week at the
Glass House Ford Motor Co.'s world
headquarters - as contract talks with
the United Auto Workers near
Saturday's deadline.
Both sides said yesterday that they
were hopeful this week's marathon talks
would result in a new national agree-
ment for Ford's 105,025 UAW-covered
workers by the midnight deadline.
"We are very optimistic about that,"
Ford spokesperson Jon Harmon said.
"We're very optimistic we're not look-
ing at a strike."
UAW spokesperson Karl Mantyla
said the talks were becoming more
intense with the goal of reaching agree-
ment on or before the deadline.
"That's what everybody's working
hard to attain," he said. "The lesson of
history is that it's very difficult to get
some of these matters resolved until the
pressure of that deadline is upon you."
Unlike past UAW negotiations, how-
ever, there have been no threats of a
strike if no agreement is signed by the
deadline. If no deal is reached, both sides
are expected to extend the current three-
year contract and continue talking.
While the union last week designated
Ford as the lead company in this round
of talks, low-level subcommittee talks
are continuing at General Motors Corp.
and Chrysler Corp. -- another break
with UAW tradition.
But a union source dismissed specu-
lation that agreements with all three
companies might be announced at the
same time. "I don't think that's in the
cards," said the source, who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
Rather, intense talks with GM and

Chrysler will begin once a settlement is
reached at Ford. In the past, the first
contract became the pattern for pacts

with the other two
union officials
are avoiding the
term "pattern bar-
gaining" this
time, it appears
their intent is to
follow that prac-
tice.

companies. Though
We're
optimDisil
not lookip

"The coming Srif{ ."
week is critical
said Harley
Shaiken, a labor Fo
professor at the
University of California-Berkeley.
"That's when the pattern takes
shape."
Harmon said all the Ford subcommit-
tees were meeting yesterday, as well as
executive committees of top company
and union executives. All the issues
were being discussed, he said.
Besides wages and benefits, the
biggest issue to be resolved is the
growing Big Three practice of "out-
sourcing" parts work to outside, usu-
ally nonunion, suppliers. The UAW
and Ford are reported to be dis-
cussing a compromise that could
lead to increased UAW representa-
tion at supplier plants, thereby
reversing the long decline in the
union's membership.
Union and company officials have
declined to comment on the issues, fol-
lowing edicts from UAW President
Stephen Yokich that there be no leaks
from the negotiating table.
Sources say Yokich last week even
dictated to Ford what it would release

rd

about the UAW's decision to target Ford
as the lead company, which was very
little.
"There's still a lot of ideas being dis-
cussed that nay
or may not ever
Y itake final
forim" a Ford
c we're source said.
"We're still in
ig at a the creative
stage."
While UAW
members are
- Jon Harmon getting few
J spokesperson specifics about
the talks,
Yokich can afford to conduct the nego-
tiations without public fanfare.
"He's got a united union and a rank
and file that's quiet," Shaiken said.
"He's got a lot of confidence and a lot
of popularity. That's important political
capital. What Yokich doesn't want to do
is raise expectations and then come up
short of delivery."

DETROIT (AP) - Ross Perot will
announce his vice presidential running
mate tonight - during a 30-minute TV
ad.
Perot said yesterday his No. 2 "has
the background, experience and the
qualifications." But he wouldn't give
any hints about who it might be.
He had said when he accepted the
Reform Party's presidential nomination
on Aug. 18 that he would announce a
running 1mate
soon after Labor
Day. But le
reportedly has
been turned
down by several
potential choic-
es.
The broad-
cast, which
already has
been taped, will Perot
be shown at 8
p.m. EDT on CBS, he told the
Economic Club of Detroit. The politi-
cal ad also will discuss Perot's policies
on income taxes and his promise to
abolish the current system.
Californian James Campbell, Perot's
former boss at IBM and his stand-in
vice-presidential running mate on bal-
lots in more than 20 states as well as on
Federal Election Commission filings,
said he was not the choice.
"I do know they're going to have me

fill out all of these forms to resign,'
Campbell said. "I know some of the
people they were talking about. I think
it's inappropriate for me to say."
Perot twice made overtures to
University of Oklahoma President
David Boren, a Democrat, but the for-
mer governor and U.S. senator said he
didn't want the job.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) also
declined an offer.
Rep. Linda Smith (R-Wash.) also
reportedly was approached. She said
she would not accept the nomination, if
offered.
Clay Mulford, Perot's son-in-law and
attorney, said last Thursday that Perot
had made a vice presidential choiceand
an announcement could be imminent.
But Russell Verney, national coordina-
tor for Perot's campaign, said the next
day that that was wrong.
Perot made the announcement to
about 900 members of the economic
club, where he has spoken four times.
The Texan, who is well-known in
auto country because of his bitter battle
to restructure General Motors, was
politely received by the crowd.
"I think he's got some good points.
I'm sorry he's not more in the forefront.
We need someone like Ross Perot,"said
Kim Roberts of West Bloomfield. "I'm
sorry I don't think he can win," said
Roberts, who buys and sells used metal
in the automotive industry.

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Corrections
U The Michigan Student Assembly meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Trotter House. This was incorrect-
ly reported on yesterday's Daily editorial page.
.- Texas A&M (0-1) is ranked 25th with 180 points on the AP Top 25 poll. They were previously 25th. This was missing
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