The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, April 3, 1991 - Page 3
by David Rheingold
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor citizens not only
have a new mayor; they also have a
new mayor pro tem.
0 City Councilmember Larry
Hunter (D-First Ward) will take
over the position.
As mayor pro tem, he will as-
sume Mayor-elect Liz Brater's du-
ties whenever she is out of the coun-
cil chambers during the weekly ses-
The position is traditionally
Villed by the member of the mayor's
aucus with the most seniority on
the city council.
Hunter has served on the council
for the last nine years.
"It is a task that needs to be done
and I know how to do it," Hunter
Hunter also served as mayor pro
tem under former Mayor Edward
qierce from 1985-87.
Unlike that term, however, the
Democrats will now preside over
the council with an 8-3 majority.
"I feel that it's a historic occur-
rence," Hunter said. "I never
dreamed the Democrats would be
able to get an 8-3 majority on the
The city charter requires a mini-
um of eight council votes to affect
any major money expenditures.
Councilmember Jerry Schleicher
(R-Fourth Ward) has served as
mayor pro tem during Mayor
Gerald Jernigan's term.
Committee suggests policy changes
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Higher Education Reporter
A University of California at
Berkeley committee recommended a
series of policy changes - including
abolishing the Affirmative Action
program - as the school's popula-
tion includes for the first time a ma-
jority of "minority" students.
In addition to gathering student
and faculty opinions about issues
such as class size and professor-stu-
dent relationships, the committee
also analyzed the ethnic composi-
tion of Berkeley's student body.
The committee found that, for
the first time in Berkeley's history,
non-Hispanic white students are not
in the majority.
The current Berkeley student
body includes: 42 percent non-
Hispanic whites, 28.6 percent
Asians, 14.5 percent Hispanics, 7.2
percent Blacks, and 1.3 percent
The committee did not explain
how it defined the categories.
Christina Maslach, a Berkeley
psychology professor and chair of
the committee said, "We tried to
look at the campus as a psychologist
would look at the campus. We are
trying to figure out how to deal
with the multicultural environ-
ment and make the Berkeley experi-
ence a positive experience."
Chang-Lin Tien said, "We have-.
found that many students feel that 2
Berkeley is intimidating because ity
'We have found that
many students feel w,
that Berkeley is
it is so ethnically
diverse, large, and
- Chang-Lin Tien
is so ethnically diverse, large, and,
competitive. The main goal of the
commission was not only to define
the problem, but also to find long-
In its report, the committee sug-
gested eliminating the university's
affirmative action program.
"It implies that the students areC
less qualified," said Commission,
member and Nutritional Sciences>
Prof. George Chang.
"Because increasing the represent;
tation of minority students is not* ,-
our main goal right now, there is no.
reason to make them feel inferior,"
Go fly a kite
LSA sophomore Joe Shamanski prepares for take off while flying his kite behind South Quad last week.
Plaintiff calls Flight 255
DETROIT - An attorney for
McDonnell Douglas Corp. asked
federal court jurors yesterday to
blame negligent Northwest Air-
lines pilots for a 1987 crash that
killed 156 people rather than the
maker of the MD-80 jetliner.
Howard Stuart was incorrectly identified in yesterday's GEO story. Stuart
a United Auto Workers organizer. Also, the final vote tallies for the
ollowing candidates were not included in yesterday's Daily: Brater,
10,349; Jermigan, 9,206; Raaflaub, 375; First Ward: Coleman, 1,696; Second
Ward: Salvett, 82; Ackerman, 117; Third Ward: Meade, 2,353; Barry, 1,252;
Damroze, 80; Park, 88; Fourth Ward: Hayward, 124; Fifth Ward: Eckstein,
2,885; Borda, 2,589.
What's happelning in Ann Arbor today
Undergraduate Philosophy Club,
weekly meeting. 2220 Angell Hall, 6
AIESEC (International Association
of Students in Economics and Busi-
ness),6weekly meeting. B-School, Rm.
Latin American Solidarity Commit-
tee (LASC), weekly mtg. Union, 8 p.m.
EQ/RC Social Group for Lesbians,
Bisexuals and Gay Men, weekly mtg.
Dorm residents especially encouraged
to attend. Call 763-2788 for info.
Revolutionary Workers League
Current Events Study Group,
weekly mtg. East Quad, 52 Greene,
Students Against U.S. Intervention
in the Middle East (SAUSI), weekly
outreach mtg. Michigan Union, Tap
Room, 5 p.m.
Students Against U.S. Intervention
in the Middle East (SAUSI), weekly
action mtg. Michigan Union, 3rd floor,
MSA office, 6 p.m.
Michigan Video Yearbook, weekly
mtg. Union, 4th floor, 6:30.
dents Council, weekly mtg. League,
rm B, 6:30.
Islamic Study Group, weekly mtg.
League, 3rd floor, 5:30.
U of M Students of Objectivism.
Video: "My Thirty Years with Ayn
Rand." Union, rm 2209,8 p.m.
Via Hillel, last mtg. Hillel, 7 p.m..
"Democratic Reform in Post-
Communist Poland," Zbigniew
Sobolewski of Poland. Lane Hall
"Allylsilanes: Tools in Organic
Synthesis" Michael Nellett. Chem
Bldg, rm 1640, 4p.m.
"Blosensors Based on Piezoelectric
Effect," Dong Liu. Chem Bldg, rm
"Random Logisitic Regression
Models," Peter Lenk. 451 Mason, 4
"The Socialization of Public
Behavior: A Case Study of Discipline
in Japanese Preschool and
Pin.amanturv , Qhnnir 99 T n.Dnip -A nan-
Parliament. Rackham Assembly Hall,
"Greenhouse Gases and Effects,"
Prof. Walker. Dana Bldg, noon.
"The Environment, Water, and the
Gulf," John Kolars. Ecumenical
Campus Center, 921 Church, 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 Cei ter 1-3 a.m. Sun. - Thurs.
Call 763-4246 or stop by the courtyard.
Northwalk, North Campus nighttime
safety walking service. Functions 8-
1:30 a.m. Sun.-Thurs. Call 763-WALK'
or stop by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sunday-
Thursday, Angell/Haven Computing
Center, 7-11:00. 611 Church Comput-
ing Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-
Free Tax Preparation. Sponsored by
VITA until April 15. Union, 3rd floor,
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate-do Club,
weekly practice. Call 994-3620 for
info. CCRB Martial Arts Rm., 8:30-
U of M Tae Kwon Do Club,
Wednesday workout. CCRB Martial
Arts Rm., 7-8:30.
U of M Shotokan Karate Club,j
Wednesday practice. Call Ravindra
Prasad for info. IM Bldg. Martial Arts
U of M Ninjitsu Club, Wednesday
practice. Call David Dow, 668-7478,
for info. IM Bldg, Wrestling Rm, 7-9.
Beans and Rice Dinner, weekly event.
- Guild House, 802 Monroe St., 6:00.
American Chemical Society tutor-
ing. Every Monday and Wednesday,
Chem Bldg, rm 1706, 7-9.
U of M Women's Rugby Club,
Wednesday practice. Tartan Turf, 7-9.
"Just Who the Hell Do You Think
'You Are?" a show about image and
identity. West Quad, 10 p.m.
Womyn's Rites and Rhythms,
weekly radio program. WCBN 88.3. 6-
Massage Workshop, part of Lesbian,
Only one passenger survived; 4-
year-old Cecelia Cichan. Her par-
ents and brother were killed, and
she lives with relatives in
"We had a crew that was not
competent, was not alert, was not
well-trained, that had prior prob-
lems," attorney Donald Shely said
yesterday in final arguments in a
17-month-old liability trial in the
crash of Northwest Flight 255 at
Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Seeking to shift blame away
from the aircraft maker, Shely re-
minded the jurors of his words in
opening arguments when the trial
began Nov. 2, 1989: "Any product
can be misused."
U.S. District Judge Julian Cook
had announced when the trial be-
gan that all but a handful of dam-
age claims by victims' families
The following Michigan Student Assembly
members were present for opening and
dosing roll call at last night's meeting:
Mat Benson (Business)
Angela Burks (LSA)
Sreenivas cherukan (Engin)
Lynn Chia (LSA)
colleen Crossey (Soc Work)
Timothy Darr (Rackham)
Rochelle Davis (Rackham)
Jeff Gauthier (Rackham)
Joy Goldberg (LSA)
James Green (LSA)
Jeff Hinte (Rackham)
Steven Kahl (Business)
Andrew Kanfer (Business)
Brian Kight (Engin)
Megan Landers (LSA)
Johnathan Line (LSA)
Gregory Morrison (LSA)
Pedro Padilla (Lib Sci)
Elissa Silverman (LSA)
Christa Sinz (Education)
Jennifer Van Valey (LSA)
Michael Warren (Law)
Kim Watson (LSA)
Brett White (LSA)
The following Michigan Student Assembly
members were absent for either opening or
closing rollcallatlast night's meeting:
Mary Aitken (Nat Res)
Stephanie Andelman (LSA)
Amy Arnett (LSA)
Stefanie Brown (Nurs)
Melissa Burke (LSA)
Paula Church (LSA)
Bill Cosnowski (Engin)
Julie Davies (LSA)
Jennifer Dykema (LSA)
Brian Johnson (Engin)
Michael Kline (Rackham)
John Lapins (Architecture)
Mark LePage (Med)
Aberdeen Marsh (LSA)
Elizabeth Moldenhauer (Art)
Jonathan Naltjes (Music)
Paul Oppedisano (Pub Health)
Susan Richey (Pharmacy)
Lisa Schwartzman (LSA)
Jennifer Starrman (Engin)
Jonathan Uy (Med)
Hunter Van Vakenburgh (LSA)
had been settled with the defen-
dants out of court, and the remain-
ing claims had been severed from
Northwest and McDonnell
Douglas attorneys and the victims'
families have declined to discuss
the settlements. Cook ordered par-
ticipants not to talk about the case.
In 187 courtroom days leading
up to yesterday's closing argu-
ments, attorneys for Northwest
sought to prove the plane was de-
fective, while McDonnell Douglas
tried to place the blame on the
Flight 255 crashed Aug. 16,
1987, as it attempted to take off
from Detroit on a flight to Phoenix.
The plane barely lifted, rolled from
side to side, struck a light pole
MOSCOW (AP) - Hard-line
Communists yesterday dropped
their drive to dump Russian
leader Boris Yeltsin, in yet an-
other sign of a stalemate between
reformers and conservatives in
"Let's agree on the fact that
the situation in Russia is serious.
And our duty is to stop disintegra-
tion in all spheres of Russia's
life," Russian Communist Party
leader Ivan Polozkov told a meet-
ing of the Russian congress.
"But I think that to change the
leadership, the chair, his
deputies, the presidium, or any
other bodies is not timely,"
Polozkov said, referring to Yeltsin
and his deputies.
Polozkov and other hard-line
Communists in the Russian
Congress of People's Deputies
had collected signatures for the
extraordinary session of congress
in order to force a vote of no-con-
fidence in Yeltsin.
Following Polozkov's speech,
support collapsed for the no-con-
The hard-liners have been un-
that sheared off 18 feet of its wing,
The National Transportation
Safety Board ruled that the crew
failed to set the flaps properly. The
agency also said a cockpit warning
system failed to alert the crew to
Northwest attorneys accused
McDonnell Douglas of supplying
the plane with a defective circuit
breaker that prevented a cockpit
aural warning system from func-
Shely reviewed testimony by
McDonnell Douglas witnesses who
said it was likely the plane's crew
turned the circuit breaker off to si-.
lence the system's digitally syn-
thesized voice warnings, such as
He said the pilots should have.
known the flaps weren't set any-
way, from the plane's behavior and
other cockpit indicators, such as a
"stick-shaker" stall-warning that;
began shaking the pilots' control
yoke one-half second after the
plane lifted from the ground.
Flight recorder records indi-
cated the stick-shaker, joined after
4 1/2 seconds by a flashing stall
warning and a digital voice saying,
"stall, stall," continued for the 14
seconds the plane remained aloft
before it crashed, Shely said.
He said the crew failed to take
the prescribed stall-recovery steps %
of applying full power and extend- k
ing flaps for more lift.
Cook said the case would go to
the jury tomorrow.
Moscow citizens jam a counter to buy milk at a state owned food shop
yesterday as milk and bread prices escalated in the Soviet Union.
Prices increase up to
1,000 percent in USSR,
able to schedule
MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet
shoppers complained, cursed and
even cried yesterday after the
government increased prices on
many goods for the first time in 30
years, but in the end they dug
deeper in their pockets for more
"We are becoming beggars, real
emptied the shelves in recent weeks
and shipments of goods with new
prices had not arrived.
That seemed to surprise some
shoppers, who believed that offi-
cials might try to increase the se-
lection of goods to soften the
blow. There had also been rumors
of goods being stockpiled.
Mik1hail (inrhaichv'v govern-
Likewise, Yeltsin and his re-
formist allies have been unable to
garner the needed two-thirds ma-
jority in the congress to amend