Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, August 11, 1983
Delayed aid strands-
NEW YORK (AP) At least 10,000
Nigerian students are stranded on
American campuses without money for
tuition of living expenses because of
delays in scholarship funding from
their homeland, university officials
American officials blame the delay
on the Nigerian government's response
to an economic pinch, while a Nigerian
official attributes it to bureaucratic
errors. But whatever the cause, the
students without funds . have been
barred from registering for classes at
hundreds of colleges and universities
That leaves the students, who cannot
work under U.S. immigration rules, in
violation of their student visas and sub-
ject to deportation, officials said.
Jule Rose of Iowa State University,
coordinator for Nigerian students for
the National Association for Foreign
students, said 10,000 to 13,000 Nigerian
students - about half the Nigerian
students in this country - have not
received their scholarship funds.
She said those students will be unable
to pay their tuition, rent and utilities or
buy books and even food as the fall
semester begins later this month. The
students owe $22 million in tuition and
$65 million in living expenses to hun-
dreds of colleges and universities, she
Rose said each school where Nigerian
students are in default is handling the
problem on its own. She said most
universities are not allowing the
students to register for classes this fall
if they still owe for last year, though
some require all students to pay at least
part of this semester's fees in advance.
"The financial condition of Nigerian
students in the United States is an em-
barrassment to all of us associated with
international education," said Dixon
Johnson of the University of Tennessee.
Johnson, president of the National
Associatin of Foreign Student Advisers,
said one Nigerian student, a young
woman who is blind, has not received a
penny of her promised living expenses
since arriving in Knoxville last March.
He said university officials are using
her $4,500 tuition deposit to pay for her
room and board.
"It appears that their government,
through a policy of neglect or indif-
ference or corruption or all of the
above, is placing these students in an
impossible position," Johnson said.
Local group plans to attend
national civil rights rally
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GROUPS supporting this year's rally Unitarian Church on Washtenaw
range from the United Auto Workers Avenue.
and the National Association for the THE BENEFIT will feature local
Advancement of Colored People, to the performers and speakers volunteering
National Organization for Women. their time for the night. Tickets are $3
National planners expect 100,000 at the door. Some of the money will be
people will turn out for the anniversary used to help subsidize the cost of bus
rally. tickets, and some for publicity, Peter-
Over 200,000 people swelled the son said.
streets of Washington in 1963, when The The benefit will also give people who
Rev. Martin Luther King gave his "I can't make the tripto Washington a
have a dream" speech. chance to participate.
City councilmember Larry Hunter "It's a good time for people who can't
(D-First Ward), who helped organize afford to go to Washington to come and
the coalition, said he hopes the rally support the cause," Peterson said.
wil ofer chnceto reae iporant The coalition's buses will leave
will offer a chance to create important Friday, August 26 at 7:30, and return to
political alliances.AnAbrthmrng fhe2h.
"THERE'S strength in numbers. The Ann Arbor the morning of the 28th.
coalition might be the source of some
vital political action," he said. THE DAILY
Hunter said the coalition has sent out CLASSIFIEDS
750 notices announcing the rally, in anCL SIED
effort to show the link between peace, ARE A GREAT
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Libyan forces threaten Chad
N'DJAMENA, Chad - A furious Libyan armor and air onslaught is
threatening the collapse of the strategic northern outpost of Faya-Largeau,
Western military sources reported yesterday night.
The reports conificted with statements made earlier in the day by Chad's
Information Minister Soumaila Mahamat, who said President Hissene
Habre's government troops at Faya-Largeau had "decisively defeated" and
beaten back the Libyan assault.
The Libyan-backed rebels, led by former President Goukouni Oueddei,
claimed to have completely overrun Faya-Largeau.
Western military sources in the capital of N'Djamena said all radio con-
tact with Faya-Largeau was lost at midday and that the situation there was
regarded as "extremely critical."
Beirut cabinet officials kidnapped
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Druse foes of Christian President Amin Gemayel
kidnapped three of his Cabinet members yesterday and rocketed the U.S.
Marine compound at Beirut airport, the Defense Ministry and the Presiden-
Authorities said the shelling killed five Lebanese civilians and wounded 30
people, including a Marine. An Israeli soldier also was killed by a rocket
fired during a daylong renewal of the Druse-Christian warfare in the Israeli-
occupied central mountains.
One of the Druse shells landed 500 yards from U.S. presidential envoy
Robert McFarlane as he toured the Marine compound at the airport, and
he left hurriedly under escort. The Marines leaped into foxholes and went on
their highest state of alert, and six U.S. Navy support ships pulled back from
the Beirut coast.
Kissinger Commission member
assails Pres. Reagan's policy
WASHINGTON - The Kissinger Commission on Central America policy
was sworn in yesterday as the White House rejected conservative demands
that one member be replaced, and two other panelists expressed dismay
over President Reagan's present course in the region.
Minutes before the State Department ceremony, San Antonio Mayor
Henry Cisneros, a Democrat on the commission, said the chief problem for
the United States is the "heavy-handed" image it has acquired in region
through such activiities as "toppling governments and rigging elections."
Declaring that pursuit of such policies has cost the United States dearly
and are "always a danger," Cisneros said he hopes President Reagan will
take no actions which will pre-empt the work of the commission. On
Tuesday, Cisneros called administration's policies "wrong and potentially
'Blood Alley' crash kills 11
COACHELLA, Calif. - A car fleeing the Border Patrol on a dangerous
desert highway called "Blood Alley" ran a stop sign yesterday and was hit
broadside by a tractor-trailer truck, killing 11 men and boys, authorities
Ten were found dead at the scene of the collision which culminated a 30-
mile chase at speeds up to 100 mph, according to the California Highway
Patrol. Another died 10 hours later at a Palm Springs hospital.
Neither the Border Patrol agents nor the driver of the truck, which was
loaded with hay, were injured.
The victims appeared to be Hispanic, possibly farmworkers, said highway
patrol spokesman Jim Mousely.
The accident occurred about 2 a.m. on a stretch of two-lane Highway 86
about 120 miles east of Los Angeles. It brought to at least 57 the number of
people who have died on the highway in this area since 1980, officials said.
Highway patrol officer Tom Granger said most of the victims, jammed in
the 1974 Ford Galaxy, were hidden during the chase.
Toxic fumes float over Atlanta
ATLANTA - A burning truckload of chemicals spread a cloud of toxic fumes
over parts of southwest Atlanta yesterday, sending more than 60 people to
the hospital, forcing the evacuation of 100 homes and closing part of a busy
highway at the morning rush hour.
The injured included 19 of the 80 firefighters who doused the chemicals
with water for nearly eight hours.
The blaze broke out about 5:30 a.m. in a tractor-trailer carrying 160 55-
gallon drums of sodium hydrosulfite on Interstate 285.
The mixture of water with the chemical created a toxic cloud of sulfurous .
acid vapor that forced officials to close five miles of the highway as the mor-
ning rush hour began. Homes within a half-mile radius were evacuated.
The highway was reopened in time for the afternoon rush hour after em-
ployees of O.H. Materials, a Covington firm under contract with the En-
vironmental Protection Agency, removed the drums from the trailer.
Fire Chief B.J. Thompson said the vacuees were allowed to return to their
homes about 3:30 p.m, and the "hazard is completely over."
Officials built a water-filled lagoon along the highway to submerge the
drums as they were removed from the truck.