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Roberts sleeps
with the enemy.
See ARTS
Page 5.

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TDAY
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TOMORROW
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High: 31, Low: 18.

Since 1890
Vol. Cl, No.94 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, February 12,1991 ThMcigheanDaiy

'U' releases

names for
members of
.Safety panel
by Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Administration Reporter
The names of the 12 students, staff, and faculty
members who will serve on the Safety and Security
Advisory Committee were released by Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs Gilbert
Whitaker last week.
The students selected include: LSA junior Peter
McPartlin, a fraternity member; Engineering junior
*Trudy Robertson; second-year law student Timothy
Williams; and LSA sophomore Jennifer Eshelman, a
member of Safewalk and the Residence Hall
Association.
Architecture and urban planning Prof. James
Snyder will serve as the committee's chair. Three
other faculty members and four staff members will
also serve on the committee.
The committee's primary responsibility will be to
monitor the implementation of the twelve recom-
mendations made last March by the University's
Task Force on Campus Safety and Security. Among
the task force's recommendations were improved
lighting, expanded walking services and the contro-
versial deputization of campus security officers.
Additionally, the committee will receive and
make recommendations to Whitaker regarding com-
plaints against the University's deputized security
officers.
Assistant to the Provost E. Kay Dawson empha-.
sized that the committee will not be a policy making
body, although will be able to propose policy to
Whitaker and Vice President and Chief Financial Of-
ficer Faris Womack.
Dawson said the students, faculty and staff se-
lected for the committee were chosen from recom-
mendations solicited from the student governments of
17 schools and colleges, deans of specific colleges,
Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, and
the Residence Hall Association.
In the selection of the student representatives, 50
nominations from student groups were received and
9 four were chosen on the basis of their residence loca-
See COMMITTEE, Page 2

Engler says
education is
top priority
Governor addresses tax cut,

budget in State
by Bethany Robertson
and Shalini Patel
Daily staff reporters
LANSING - Gov. John Engler
skirted the controversy surrounding
his proposed deficit reductions and
instead discussed his goal to make
education the government's
"absolute spending priority" in his
first State of the State address last
night.
Engler also proposed "strong
medicine" for the ailing economy
by reinforcing his plan to cut
property taxes by 20 percent,
thereby creating new jobs.
"Those who oppose (the tax

of State speech
cut) are voting to send jobs to
other states, to pull our people out
of work, and to force thousands
more of our fellow citizens either
to leave Michigan in search of
opportunity, or to remain here,
dependent upon the state," Engler
said before the joint session of the
House and Senate. "This is why I
believe if we are serious about
creating jobs in Michigan, this
legislature will support my
program."
Engler said his goals for
educational reform include
See ENGLER, Page 7

Pointing the way
First year LSA student, Yan Baczkowski, gives prospective students and their parents a
tour of the University "amazin blue" style. Amazin blue is a student organization that runs
campus tours.

Regents'
by Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Administration ReporterI
Daily News Analysisa
In the past year, student disruptions
of University Board of Regents'
meetings have been so common theyl
have almost become regular agendaa
items. Yet, while student disruptions doe
not appear to be subsiding, regental
tolerance does seem to be waning. C
After a student disruption of lastr
week's regents' meeting, Regent Neal
Nielsen (R-Brighton) proposed-
suspension as a punishment fort
students who engage in disruptivec
activity.

patienCec
Nielsen said after the meeting his
primary concern was with the teaching
assistants whom he believed to be the
instigators and leaders of the
disruptions. Being employees of the
University, he said, the TA's should
accord the regents the same respect an
employee in the private sector would
give to an employer. Otherwise, their
contracts should be terminated,
Nielsen said.
While the motion was not seconded
by any other regents, it did mark a
break from the usual regental manner
of handling student protest or disrup-
tion: quiet tolerance while turning the

is wear
other cheek and waiting for more
"civilized" student behavior to come
forth.
Last November, when large
demonstrations protesting the deputiza-
tion of campus security officers were
held outside the Fleming Administra-
tion Building and 40 students stormed
University President James Duder-
stadt's office to hold a sit-in, regents
reacted by moving the meeting to
Chrisler Arena for safety purposes. To
the dismay of the student protestors,
entry to both the meeting and the
public comments session which
followed the meeting was restricted.

gthin
Similarly in January, when
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
representative Corey Dolgon and others
interrupted the regents' meeting, the
students were physically removed and
the meeting was moved up the third
floor of the Fleming Building. Public
comments were cancelled.
Of the six regents' meetings and
public comments sessions held within
the last year, only one went off without
hitch. The other five were disrupted by
student protests, interruptions, and die-
ins.
Yet prior to the February meeting,
See REGENTS, Page 2

MSA

V.P. Burks prefers

'people over politics'

by Julie Foster
Daily MSA Reporter
Many students would recognize
MSA Vice President Angie Burks
standing near a podium with a mi-
crophone in front of the many dep-
utization or anti-war rallies. Few
people would imagine her as a
Sunday School teacher at the Sec-
ond Baptist Church in Ann Arbor.

Indiana - a small midwestern
town. She said she was very driven
by her successful family, starting
with her grandmother.
She said her grandmother had
to sneak to school in Kentucky to
evade the segregation laws. "She
wanted to be a business woman
and see more Black women in
power in Louisville." Eventually,
she started Burks Enterprise, which
is composed of many different
companies. Burks said her grand-
mother has appeared in Money
Magazine, Black Enterprise, and
was invited to the White House
during the Carter administration.
The motivation to succeed
passed to the next generation. Her
father, after being told he would
never be anything more than a
plumber, became a Colonel in the
military and is now the Associate
Director of Intercollegiate Athlet-
ics. Her mother is the Director of
personnel for a marketing company
covering the entire North Ameri-
can continent.
"There is a lot of pressure for
success in my family. It was diffi-
cult sometimes. I think that is why
I'm such a spiritual person," Burks
said.
Like her parents, Burks said she
fights racism by channeling her
anger into a motivation to succeed.
She said one man made a racist
comment to her when she was a
child. She said she responded by

trying hard to be nice to him and,
"ten years later that same man
was telling everyone to vote for
Angie Burks" in MSA elections.
Burks tries to convey these
feelings to children in her Sunday
school class. "Sunday school is re-
ally important because we not only
have the basic type of educa-
tion... but we have that combined
with the teaching of ethics, morals
and values," she said.
Burks said she enjoys working
with people to help them improve
their lifestyles. She also worked in
a drug rehabilitation center in De-
troit. "All they needed was some-
one to tell them that they were
good people. Eventually, they
started to believe it." She said the
highlight of her week was when
she could make one of the inmates
smile.
Because Burks is so active on
campus, she says she has little
time to "sit down and enjoy life."
She said one thing she does like to
do is "dance in front of the mirror
to the Supremes or Marvin Gaye."
She also likes to make people
laugh. "If I was real rich I think I
would be a comedian," she said.
Instead, Burks said her goal is
simply "to improve the quality of
life for a population... in terms of
things that I see as being ne-
glected" such as education, sub-
stance abuse, and homeless
people.

Weather
aids U.S.
air war
in Gulf
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia
(AP) - U.S. and allied jets
stepped up the air war yesterday
due to brightening skies with
hundreds more bombing runs
against Iraqi targets, while Presi-
dent Bush said that he will hold off
a bloody ground war against Iraq
for now.
Better weather yesterday en-
abled air commanders to mount
2,900 sorties over 24 hours. The
U.S command said 750 missions
were directed against Iraqi posi-
tions in the Kuwait theater, includ-
ing 200 against the dug-in Repub-
lican Guard, the Iraqi army's elite
units.
"We hated to come back, but
we ran out of bombs," an exuber-
ant U.S. Air Force pilot told re-
porters on his return from the city
of Basra, the strategic heart of
Iraq's defense.
Emerging from a White House
meeting with Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney and joint chiefs chair
Gen. Colin Powell, both just back
from Saudi Arabia, the president
said the air war "will continue for
a while."
As for a ground offensive, Bush
said, "we're not talking about
dates."
In Baghdad, the government
announced it was reaching still
deeperminto the Iraqi population for
teen-age soldiers to help "destroy
the e~nemies of God and human-

Burks
Despite her image as one of the
more visible political leaders on
campus, Burks says she is more
concerned about people and the
quality of life rather than political
issues. "The main reason why I am
so involved is for change and for
progression. It's not for any type of
self-fulfillment. If I was in for that I
would want to go into business,
and I want to go into politics,"
Burks said.
Burks was raised in Columbus,

- KENNETH SMOLI1/UDaIy
Holding on tight
Mary Lynn Doletzky lends support to Peter from Dexter, Mich., during
the noon skate session at Yost Ice Arena.

Mayoral letter on deputization draws criticism from Council

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