Pa'ge 4 - TheMichigan Daily - Sunday May 13; 1984
Reagan praises schools
in weely radio adess
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Reagan
said yesterday that American schools
are "getting back on track" after 20
years of decline because they are
tightening academic standards, im-
posing classroom discipline and
requiring students to take courses in
math, science and English.
In his weekly paid political radio
speech, broadcast from Camp David,
Md., Reagan said that basic values -
including school prayer - must be put
back into America's public schools.
HIS SPEECH was similar to the
statements he made Friday at the
White House, when he accepted an
Education Department report that said
schools have made great strides in the
year since a presidential commission
concluded that public education was at
a low point.
Reagan in his 44th public statement
as president on the subject of
education, said, "Now, one year later,
we can report that together we have
met the rising tide of mediocrity with a
tidal wave of reforms.
Reagan noted that schools have used
a variety of techniques to improve
education, including increasing school
hours, standards and discipline.
ALTHOUGH public education. is a
state and local responsibility, some
educators say that federal aid plays a
crucial role in school financing and
have criticized the administration for
its budget cuts in the area.
But Reagan said, "This entire reform
movement proves how wrong the people
are who always insist that money is the
only answer to the problems of our
He added, "The 20 years they kept
shoveling money in was the same 20
years that theschools deteriorated."
"Money was never the problem.
Leadership was," the president said,
"leadership in getting the schools back
... commends traditional values
to basic values, basic traditions and
basic good sense."
Reagan said he will continue working
to "control school crime" win
congressional approval of tuition tax
credits for parents of private school
pupils and pass a constitutional amen-
dment to allow prayer in schools, "for
nothing is as basic as acknowledging
the God from whom all knowledge
Museum blast injures ten
FLORENCE, Italy - Two ex-
plosions ripped through the ground
floor ofthe 15th century Pitti Palace
museum yesterday, injuring at least
10 people. None of the priceless pain-
tings in the building were damaged.
A gas leak was believed to be the
cause of the blasts.
The explosions, which occurred
almost simultaneously in the
ground-floor administrative offices
at about 11:25 a.m., blew a 13-foot-
wide hole in a frescoed ceiling and
knocked outa main exit door.
Bush visits India
NEW DELHI, India - Vice
President George Bush began a
three-day mission yesterday to im-
prove ties with India.
The presence of more than 100,000
Soviet troops in Afghanistan, he
said, "has fundamentally altered
the strategic balance in the region
and created the world's largest
refugee population" - 3.5 million
people, many of them in Pakistan.
Several major Indian newspapers
said India could expect little from
the Bush visit because the United
States clearly has favored China and
sells arms to India's rival, Pakistan.
Park fire kills eight
JACKSON, N.J. - Arson in-
vestigators resumed their search
yesterday for more bodies and the
cause of a suspicious fire that turned
an amusement park's Haunted
Castle into a "heated oven," killing
at least eight young people.
Eight others were injured in the
fire Friday night at the Six Flags
Great Adventure Park.
The fire struck the 17 metal
trailers that make up the Haunted
Castle and spread quickly as winds
fanned the flames. Firefighters said
the blaze reached heights of 100 feet
and temperatures inside the trailers
reached up to 2,000 degrees.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -
Five masked leftist guerrillas who
held 73 people hostage after a
bungled supermarket robbery
released their prisoners yesterday
and flew to Mexico City under the
protection of the Mexican Embassy,
In another development, the ultra-
right Nationalist Republican Allian-
ce of presidential candidate Roberto
d'Aubuisson denounced official
presidential election results that
gave the victory to moderate Jose
Napoleon Duarte and charged the
election was rigged by the CIA.
Highway deaths decline
Highway deaths declined last year
but the drop was far below the num-
ber registered in 1982 and there is an
"obvious danger" the downward
trend might be reversed, a federal
safety panel said yesterday.
The National Transportation
Safety Board said the nation's high-
way death toll was 42,500 in 1983,
down from 44,018 the year before.
Road fatalities generally account for
90 percent of all transportation
There were 46,115 people killed in
all modes of transportation last year
compared with 47,936 the year
before, the board said.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The Sri
Lanka government hinted yesterday
it would reject the ransom demands
of separatist guerrillas who abduc-
ted an American couple, but it
promised not to prosecute the kid-
nappers if they freed their captives.
About 150 to 200 foreigners living
in the northern city of Jaffna, where
the Americans were kidnapped,
began evacuating to the capital of
Colombo after the government war-
ned their safety could no longer be
Shelling kills 16 in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Fierce
shelling erupted in Beirut yesterday,
killing at least 16 people and igniting
huge fires throughout the capital
just hours after hundreds of children
marched through the streets in
Lebanon's first peace march.
Fighting engulfed the
predominantly Christian east Beirut
and mostly Moslem west and spread
to Christian villages in the moun-
tains above the capital.
Christian Phalange radio reported
10 shells per minute fell on the east
Beirut suburb. Five cease-fires were
arranged and disregarded, Beirut
Apple computer sales
are high at the 'U'
By GREGORY HUTTON
The University's own computer store
has received over 1,000 orders for
microcomputers from students and
As part of a deal made with Apple
Computers Inc., last winter the Univer-
sity sells Apple's Lisa and recently-in-
troduced MacIntosh models for about
50 percent of the retail price.
The program has been successful,
said program organizer Greg Marks,
an assistant to the University provost.
He said enthusiasm about the sale has
been greater than he predicted and
more sales are expected.
But there is a bug in the program. A
nationwide shortage of printers for the
Macintosh is causing a 90-day wait for
"Apple expected about one-half the
orders it did receive," Marks said.
"They just opened a brand new factory
to produce these computers."
The deal is part of a growing relation-
ship between the company and the
University. Last fall, the College of
Engineering purchased 800 computers
at substantially reduced prices.
The MacIntosh can be purchased
from the Computer Education Center
on the third floor of the School of
Education Building for about $1324-
$1400 less than retail. A 20 percent down
payment is required with the order.
University officials are hoping that
close ties with Apple will make it easier
for professors to purchase the equip-
ment and use computers, while the
company is hoping to tap into the huge
market of college students.
Two dozen colleges and universities
have a similar deal with Apple. The
company requires that students and
staff who purchase the computers not
resell them for at least two years. The
covers of the computer have "U-M"
engraved on the back to discourage
Although the staff's time is spent
primarily selling the computers, ac-
cording to Marks, the computer center
is more than just a store.
In addition to having demonstrator
models of the Apples that are for sale,
the center offers courses in basic com-
puter skills for those with "computer
The center is "open to the entire
University community for all types of
instruction," said Elaine Cousins, an
advisor of the center. "We operate to
help students and faculty choose which
programs are best for them, as well as
which computers would best be suited
to their needs."
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