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by Alan Landau

SAFWAN, Iraq (AP) -
Employing brutal tactics, the Iraqi
military has recaptured every major
city in southern Iraq, according to
resistance fighters and refugees who
fled to U.S. military outposts
Monday seeking food, shelter and
Tired, hungry and dirty, the
refugeessaid they had escaped from
Basra, Najaf, Nasiriya and other
southern cities as Saddam Hussein's
troops crushed anti-government ac-
tivity with tanks, helicopters and
heavy artillery.
The official Iraqi news agency,
monitored in Cyprus, reported
Monday that Vice President Taha
Yasin Ramadan had visited Karbala
and met with Hussein Kamal,
Saddam's son-in-law who is minis-
ter of industry and military indus-
trialization, and other high offi-
Ramadan urged reconstruction
efforts to wipe out traces of the re-
bellion, it said.
The rebels in the south, made up
mostly of Shiite Muslims, have lost
control of all the larger cities and
towns that they controlled as re-
cently as March 15, the refugees

Fighting continued in northern
Iraq, where Kurdish rebels reported
numerous casualties from air as-
saults by forces loyal to Saddam.
Iran's official Islamic Republic
News Agency said refugees arriving
at its border reported clashes con-
tinuing in some southern cities and
garrison towns.
Refugees said Republican Guard
troops, Saddam's best-trained and
most loyal soldiers, patrol the
streets in tanks, giving young men a
stark choice: join the army or be

lost my wife and children when m4
house was bombed. I have nothing
The physician said he treated sev-
eral young girls he said were vic-
tims of a napalm attack at Najaf
Refugees who arrived Monday
from several different cities and
towns told similar stories of brutal
military operations crushing resis-
They also claimed that soldiers
were distributing poisoned oranges
and bread in Basra, which is suffer-
ing widespread food shortages.

'I lost my wife and children when my house
was bombed. I have nothing left'
- Dr. Makki Jaffar Taher
Iraqi Civilian

a complaint; they do not know
which offices handle different types
of complaints, Harrision said.
"This is a complex, decentral-
ized administration," he said. "It is
very hard for students and even peo-
ple within the administration to
figure out who to go to with con-
cerns and problems."
Administrators claim they have
made efforts to improve communi-
cation with students.
In January, the University set up
a phone hotline at the Campus
Information Center (CIC) desk.
"The term 'rumor hotline' is a
misnomer," said Vice President for
Student Services Mary Ann Swain.
"It becametclear in a decentralized
place like this it is hard to get in-
formation about what's going on.
The CIC desk seemed the best place
to do this. It is set up for people to
be there to answer questions.
"We need some place that has in-
formation to keep rumors under
control," she added.
In addition, the administration
has published mini-newsletters for
distribution at the CIC desk. These
"issue updates" answer questions
the administration perceives to be
troubling students.
Furthermore, University
President James Duderstadt makes

regular visits to classes and resi-
dence halls, Clarkson said.
Other student campus groups
said their limited communications
with the administration have been
Panhellenic President Katie
Kendall said she has had only posi-
tive experiences with the adminis-
"We've had representatives from
the administration at Greek
Leadership Conference, Order of
Omega scholar leaders, and the ser-
vice awards dinner," Kendall said.
When the University's Student
Sponsored Social Events policy was
violated last semester, the adminis-
tration was very supportive of the
University Activities Center, said
UAC President Sarah Jackson.
But Jackson expressed some con-
cern with the administration's re-
ception of student input. "I would
like to see more students having
more of a say on what goes on. The
administration is still going to do
pretty much what they want any-
how. I've gotten pretty disillu-
sioned that my input will not influ-
ence any of their decisions," Jackson
However, Swain said she views
the meetings with student leaders as
a constructive way for students to
voice their concerns with the admin-

Continued from page 1
U-M Friends of VOW has been
working to help those in need of
medical care. Collection canisters
have been placed in local businesses
and on campus. Members have set up
tables to collect donations, in the
fish bowl and at the Michigan
Theater during last weekend's film
Yesterday, a mailing was sent to
2,000 people. "The Community
Coalition Against War has agreed
to underwrite the cost of this mail-
ing. It wil probably be very lucra-
tive," Sandler said.
The group also benefited from a
dance fund raiser in mid-March.
Future plans include raising
funds through performing street
music, a bucket drive, and a benefit
concert to be held in May.
"I'd like to urge other people to
get involved and to help out. It is
possible that more people will die
from the lack of a healthy environ-
ment in which to live than from the
bombing itself," Sandler said.
Ray agreed, "We can't even
imagine the destruction, but we can
try to rectify what's been done. I've
been concerned from the very begin-
ning about the human cost of war."

"They keep 7,000 prisoners at a
university (in Basra), and they shoot
about 50 to 100 every day," said
Khalifa Reheem, one of 26 Iraqi sol-
diers who surrendered Monday to
U.S. forces occupying territory just
west of Safwan, a war-battered
town on the Iraq-Kuwait border.
Dr. Makki Jaffar Taher, a civil-
ian, broke into tears as he said: "I


In fighting in northern Iraq, theW
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
said many people died in the oil cen-
ter of Kirkuk in two government air
The use of aircraft would violate
the terms of a temporary cease-fire
that went into effect last month.
The United States air force shot
down two warplanes last week for
violating the ban.

'Prissy press' and the public


Speaker says media
by Jill Parrott
The press' attempt to censor
dirty language from news coverage
actually deceives the public, said
former New York Times Reporter
Tom Goldstein last night in a speech
at the Michigan League.
Goldstein's talk, entitled "The
Prissy Press: Media Self-
Censorship," marked the first in a
series of lectures on journalism and
media ethics to be held this week.
Goldstein, dean of the
Journalism school at the University
of California at Berkeley, said the
press' attempt to keep the news
clean actually deceives the public.
"The problem with media-self
censorship arises from the desire to
uphold community values, yet in ef-
forts to protect the public from
dirty language, the tendency is to
distort the meaning," Goldstein

self-censorship distorts news coverage

"The press must not protect
readers from crucial views out of
niceness by using euphemisms to
distort important issues. Often
readers might wince, but the press
must describe things as accurately
and as tastefully as we can,"
Goldstein said.
He said his talk was inspired by
the press' coverage of the Cincinnati
censorship trial concerning the con-
troversial works of artist Robert
"When the New York Times
first covered the Robert
Mapplethorpe case, they used the
non-specific word 'Homeoerotic'
eighty-nine times," he said. "Only
after the jury verdict ... did the
Times finally come up with the de-
scription: 'One of the five photos
shows a man urinating into another
man's mouth, another shows a fin-

ger inserted into a penis.'
"It is this omission of details
that leaves people asking, 'What's
the fuss?"' he said. "We must
remember to give the readers the*
true flavor of what's going on.
Instead of covering up with words
like. Homeoerotic.'- be specific."
Goldstein gave a final word of
advice to reporters, "Try to be spe-
cific, but don't be a cavalier. If you
use a four letter word, use it for a
specific and good reason. Use it to
inform your public."
The series is sponsored by the
University's Department of
Communication. Other speakers in-
clude Janos Horvat on freedom of
the press in Eastern Europe and
Peter Maslowski on journalism in
the military.

1991 MSA
Winter Elections
March 26 & 27
All registered U-M Ann Arbor students
are eligible to vote at various poll sites
around campus.
All students are eligible to vote for
presidential and vice presidential
candidates. Students will be voting
for representatives from Rackham and
the Schools of Engineering,
Business Administration, Art,
Architecture, Law, Medicine,
Natural Resources, Nursing, and
Sample Ballot:
You may vote for up to
five (5) candidates.
Place a 1 next to your favorite
Place a 2-5 next to your 2nd
through 5th favorite candidates.


Continued from page 1
Dodge said he believes that pri-
vatization of city services needs
closer examination.
"I don't think we should hold
out on privatization as a panacea. I

think that would be a mistake. But I
think we owe it to the tax-payers to
shop around," Dodge said.
"I'm in favor of looking at it in a
couple of isolated cases and seeing
how it works," he added.
Klimaszewski earned his bache-
lor's degree in urban studies at the
University of Michigan at Flint and




his master's in Social Work from
Wayne State University.
He is currently a social worker
in the Washtenaw Intermediate
School District.
Klimaszewski said he's running
because he's concerned about what
he perceives as a breakdown of the
city administration and services.
"I think that we need to really
take a look at efficiency in govern-
ment. We need to make sure we're
doing the right things with our
money," he said.
Klimaszewski said he's strongly
opposed to privatization, because he
feels the city could lose money in
the long run to private corporations
that might raise their prices in the
"I think it's a misnomer that it
would save money. If it did save
money, it would be in the begin-
ning," he said.

Klimaszewski said he'd like the
city to form coalitions with the
townships and the state government
to improve their communications.
"We need to collaborate with
other government units as much as
possible," he said.
Klimaszewski also said he
would like to keep density and de-
velopment lower on the peripheries
of the city.
"We need to institute a policy to
build no higher than the highest tree
on the block to ensure lower density
and development ... in the interest
of the neighborhood," he said.
One suggestion Klimaszewski
had for downtown parking is the
providing of free parking for 15
minutes, before charging fines.

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Recycle U-M, weekly mtg. 1040 Dana,
7 p.m.
Kaffeestunde, weekly German con-
versations. MLB third floor confer-
ence room, 4:30-6.
German Club, weekly mtg. MLB,
Rm. 2004,7:00.
Anthropology Club, weekly mtg.
Dominick's, 7:30.
Time & Relative Dimensions in Ann
Arbor, weekly mtg. Call 971-2072 for
info. 2439 Mason Hall, 8:00.
Ultimate Frisbee Club, weekly mtg.
Fuller Park, lower fields, 5 p.m.
Students Concerned about Animal
Rights, weekly mtg. Dominick's, 7:30.
Take Back the Night, weekly mtg.
League, Conf. Rm 4/5, 7:30-9:30.
"Climbing Mt. Everest,"
Dr. Xuehan Ning of the Peoples
Republic of China. International
Center, noon.
"In Vitro Studies of Schwann Cells,"
wt * this couoon"
8 12 X 1. white. self serve or auto ted on
expires 4/30/91
Open 24 Hours

Gihan Tennekoon. N. Ingalls Bldg,
10th level, rm 1000, noon.
"New Perspectives on Urban
Neighborhood Revitalization." Rev.
Eddie Edwards. Rackham, West Conf.
Rm, 11 a.m.
"How Does Extremism Impact in
the Middle East?" John Rothman.
Hillel, 7:30.
"Is Socialism Relevant To Today's
World?" Ahmed Shawki. Guild
House, 802 Monroe, 7:30.
Safewalk , nighttime safety walking
service. Functions 8-1:30 a.m. Sun.-
Thurs. Call 936-1000 or stop by 102
UGLi. Also at the Angell Hall Com-
puting Center 1-3 a.m. Sun. - Thurs.
Call 763-4246 or stop by the courtyard.
Northwalk, North Campus nighttime
walking service. Functions 8-11:30
Sun.-Thurs. Call 763-WALK or stop
by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
Sunday-Thursday, Angell/Haven
Computing Center, 7-11; 611 Church
Computing Center 7-11.
Free Tax Preparation. Sponsored by
VITA until April 15. Union, 3rd floor,
9-5. '
U of M Taijiquan Club, weekly prac-
tice. Cube, 5:15.
"Living Lightly," workshop. Alice
Lloyd, Blue Carpet Lounge, 8-10.
Child Abuse Victim Volunteer
Advocates Orientation. Juvenile
Center, 7 p.m.
"The Medical School Application
Process." Career Planning and
Placement, 4:10-5.
All items for the weekday list
mee ho mail.,,..,ar.. nr ,4alvararl tn. ise at

"You make an incentive for peo-
ple to use free parking and be there
short-term," he said.


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