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Vol. Cl, No. 73 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 14, 1991 eCopyright,1991
The Micigan D i

Soviet troops hold,





rebukes crackdown

- VILNIUS, U.S.S.R. (AP) - So-
viet troops occupied more buildings
in Lithuania Saturday, and Russian
President Boris Yeltsin confronted
*Mikhail Gorbachev and condemned
the military crackdown at a stormy
Kremlin meeting.
The neighboring Baltic republic
df Estonia, meanwhile, braced for
the planned deployment of 2,000
Soviet paratroopers yesterday.
At ieast eight people have been
injured in Lithuania since Friday,
when Soviet troops smashed into six
government buildings in the Krem-
Un's latest attempt to halt the repub-
lic's 10-month-old independence
The use of the army
against legally
elected organs is
*illegal and unconstitu-
-Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Before dawn Saturday, Soviet
troops seized buildings belonging to
the Lithuanian police academy and a
villa that recently was occupied by
the republic's national guard.
Hundreds of pro-independence
Lithuanians maintained a weekend
vigil at the republic's main televi-
sion station and about 1,000 people,
including uniformed nationalist
guards with rifles and metal rods,
stood outside parliament.
Asked if the military would take
O any action against the hundreds of
people who have formed an armed
guard inside parliament, Gen.
Vladimir Puskobchik, the head of

the Vilnius garrison, said "such a
possibility could arise."
He and Gen. Antis Viskotskis,
the military commissar for Lithua-
nia, said troops were trying to ensure
that property belonging to the
Communist Party and the Soviet
Defense Ministry remained under
their control.
Yeltsin, Gorbachev's chief politi-
cal rival, bitterly criticized the crack-
down in a meeting with the Soviet
leader, warning that military force
could provoke violence in other re-
gions and unleash "wide-scale civil
"The use of the army against
legally elected organs is illegal and
unconstitutional,"said a statement
read by Yeltsin at the meeting of the
Federation Council. The council is
the Kremlin policy-making and advi-
sory body that includes representa-
tives of the 15 Soviet republics.
Yeltsin's toughly worded state-
ment, drafted on Saturday at an
emergency session of the executive
council of the Russian Federation,
urged the central government to
"withdraw the supplementary con-
tingentsof the armed forces from the,
Yeltsin said later that Gorbachev
reacted to the criticism "emotionally,
as he often does."
The council agreed to send to
Lithuania this weekend a delegation
headed by Byelorussian President
Nikolai Dementei and Armenian
President Lev Ter-Petrosyan to seek
a political solution.
Latvian President Anatoly Gor-
bunov tried to elicit a promise from
Gorbachev that force would not be
used during the delegation's visit,
"but Gorbachev responded that no
additional statements would be
made," said Uzbek President Islam

UHS to carry
*Norplant device

by Bonnie Bouman
University Health Service (UHS)
will be carrying the Norplant birth
control device within 30-60 days.
Norplant, an implantable device ef-
fective for five years, was recently
4pproved by the Food and Drug Ad-
.ministration (FDA), 30 years after
the introduction of the birth control
* ill.
"I have two on my waiting list,
and there's a dozen or more people
who want to know more," said Dr.
Robert Baker, director of the Gyne-
cology Clinic.
Norplant is a fan-like arrange-
ment of six matchstick-sized silicon
tubber capsules. Inserted under the
skin of a woman's upper arm, it
prevents pregnancy for five years
with no other steps necessary.
In addition to its convenience,
another advantage is Norplant's
reversibility. After removal, fertility
returns within one day.
"I think there'll be quite a market
for this," said State Senator Lana
Pollack (D-Ann Arbor), "especially

for monogamous women for whom
STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)
are not an issue."
Baker thinks the price, estimated
at $300-350, will deter Norplant's
use by college students. "It's consid-
ered cost-effective, but they'll have
to pay that whole fee upfront," he
said. Baker added that UHS would
probably get a discount on purchase,
which will be passed on to students.
Since Norplant releases less hor-
mones into the bloodstream than a
typical birth control pill, risks of
side effects are less. The most com-
mon complaint by women who tried
Norplant was disrupted menstrual
Norplant should be a welcome
addition to the current array of birth
control options available to Ameri-
cans today. Norplant is the first ma-
jor birth control device to be ap-
proved in the U.S. since the Pill.
"Research shows that the more
methods are available, the more
women will use contraception," said
See NORPLANT, Page 2

Fear of war
draws 2,000
to teach-in
by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Every generation has its war.
For the 2,000 people who attended the second
teach-in on the Persian Gulf crisis, war is fast be-
coming a frightening reality.
"It made me scared. It doesn't make any sense to
me. It made me think about people our age going to
war," said Natural Resources sophomore Laura Rus-
sell about the teach-in.
The teach-in, held all day Saturday, was headed
by University faculty and student groups. Organizers
and participants felt a heightened need for more in-
formation, as Congress was voting Saturday to give
Bush the power to authorize military force in the
Middle East.
Between lectures and workshops, anti-war ac-
tivists handed out newspapers, flyers, sold buttons
and encouraged people to attend marches in Wash-
ington, D.C. later this month.
At noon, organizers led a march from Angell
Hall to the Federal Building, where they joined a
separate anti-war march that began at the Farmers'
Market. Approximately 1,500 protesters endured
frigid temperatures for more than an hour to listen to
speakers and sing songs of peace.
Afternoon assemblies addressed the issues of the
media's role in the crisis, the Vietnam War and the
long-term effects of war. Political science professors
Antony Sullivan of the University's Ann Arbor
campus and Ron Stockton from the Dearborn cam-
pus gave a lecture titled "Today's 'Middle Eastern
Question:' Israel, Iraq, and the United States."
Students there said they chose to attend this par-
ticular lecture for a variety of reasons.
"I went because I'm concerned about the issues
and to get a better perspective of them," said RC se-
nior James Licht.
LSA senior Lori Burg said: "You hear so many
sides of an issue it is good to hear from someone
who actually knows and has done research."
The teach-in concluded with speeches from
University of Chicago Prof. Rashid Khalidi on the
consequences of a war in the Gulf and Bishop
Thomas Gumbleton on stopping the war.
Students said they felt the event was important.
"Telling the government that not everyone is be-
hind them will have an impact," said LSA senior
Nanci Holder.
"Basically education and increased awareness of
the local community will make a difference," said
LSA junior Matthew Porter.

People of all
ages withstand
the cold and
snow Saturday to
protest U.S.
the Gulf (top).
Reverend Joe
Summers of
Incarnation leads
the crowd at the
Federal Building
in asing-along,
"MWe shall not be
{ moved" (bottom).
Local groups protest
U.S. forces in Gulf

MIHtLLtE uuruaily


by Annabel Vered
Daily Staff Reporter
As Congress debated over the use of force
in the Persian Gulf Saturday, a coalition of
University and Ann Arbor groups cast their
votes for peace in the city's second major anti-
war rally since the crisis began.
Approximately 1,500 students and commu-
nity members converged outside the Federal
Building on E. Liberty after participating in
separate marches which began at the Diag and
"It's a public witness about community
feeling concerning the need for peace in the
world, which means no war," explained march
organizer Robert Hauert, director of the Uni-
versity's Office of Ethics and Religion.
Part of a daylong teach-in on the Persian
Gulf Crisis, the rally featured both anti-war
speeches and songs.
Betsy Barlow, a speaker at the rally who
works for the University's Center of Near
Eastern and North African Studies, said, "Most
of you have a sense of impending doom. We
have a feeling that very soon our country is
going to commit a tremendous evil."
To prevent such an evil, Barlow continued,
"Call the president. Call your representatives.

Do everything you can. The country you save
may be your own."
Erik Larsen, founder of GIs for Peace,
echoed this sentiment. Larsen resigned from
the Marine Corps last month after refusing to
go to the Gulf in August.
. "I was driven 'by my conscience not to be
indoctrinated into hating another people, to kill
millions of human beings over the principle of
(oil)," Larsen explained.
"I call on soldiers today to think about why
they are being sent to the Persian Gulf. I call
on all soldiers to say no to a war in the Middle
East. Aggression in the face of aggression is
not the way to solve this problem," he
Patience is needed to bring peace to the
Middle East, Larsen said. "I don't want to see
another Vietnam memorial. The American
people have faith," he said.
"We know what must be done. We know
the road to empowerment when one voice be-
comes a hundred voices. We must break away
from the indoctrination. Let's do the right
thing," Larsen concluded.
After the rally ended, the groups marched
See MARCH, page 2

Westen to leave 'U' for
lack of a tenure offer

by Garrick Wang
Daily Staff Reporter.
Psychology Prof. Drew Westen,
instructor of the popular Psychology
172 class, said he will be leaving the
University within a year and a half
because his department won't con-
*sider him for tenure.

As an adjunct professor, Westen
is not on a tenure track, said John
Cross, LSA associate dean for aca-
demic appointments. Cross added
that giving Westen an assistant pro-
fessorship would imply that he was
on a tenure track.
Prof. Patricia Gurin, undergradu-


leaders: only Saddam can stop war

speaker Thomas Foley said yester-
day the United States faces a "very,
verv real nrnnect of war" in the

Secretary of Defense Dick
Cheney declined to predict whether
there would be war.
"Nobody can anticinate at this

yesterday in a bid to avoid military
conflict in the Persian Gulf, and
said later that "god only knows" if
there will be war.

Iraq has said that if attacked by
the U.S.- dominated multinational
force, it would strike first at Israel.
Israeli Defense Minigter Moshe


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