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The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, April 9, 1991 - Page 3

Soviet miners
.rebuff offers by
Five-month strike continues;
factory workers support effort

Protesters call
,_ for improved

MOSCOW (AP) - Despite
'ikhail Gorbachev's offer to dou-
ble their wages, Soviet coal miners
refused to return to work yesterday
and insisted on the president's
The five-week-old walkout by an
estimated 300,000 of the nation's
12 million coal miners has been
joined in recent days by thousands of
workers at more than 50 factories
across the country, and general
strikes are threatened in the
republics of Georgia and
*The growing labor unrest, exac-
erbated by drastic price increases,
has the potential to cripple the
Soviet economy. But Gorbachev,
whose term in office runs until

1995, has steadfastly refused to step
Coal miners earn an average of
$664 a month, about 40 percent
more than the national norm. Last
week, Prime Minister Valentin
Pavlov offered to double their
wages over the next year, if pro-
duction rises.
Strike leaders across the country
told The Associated Press in
telephone interviews Sunday they
were rejecting the government's
offer because the wage increases
would quickly be swallowed up by
inflation. The prices of most con-
sumer items, including food and
clothing, doubled and tripled on
April 2.

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to
Unleash Power) members staged a
rally to protest treatment of AIDS
patients at the University Medical
Center yesterday.
"The purpose of the rally is to
expose the University hospital's
failure to institute clinical trials
(experimental drug testing) for
AIDS victims, failure to provide ad-
equate training to hospital workers,
and poor treatment of patients,"
said rally organizer Pattrice
A University hospital
spokesperson refused comment on
the accusations.
"No one at the hospital has re-
ceived a contract of demands so
we're not in a strong position to
make a statement," said hospital
spokesperson Toni Shears.
Shears added the hospital does
treat people with AIDS.
ACT-UP member David
Rosenberg said AIDS patients are
uncomfortable with the treatment
they receive at the hospital.
ACT-UP is demanding clinical

trials for patients. They claim the
hospital offers no alternative to the
only federally licensed medication
(ZDV) for AIDS patients.
"(ZDV) is sold at a 600 percent
profit, which makes it unattainable
to many patients," said ACT-UP
member Cindy Colen. "You would
like to think that a university hospi-
tal would conduct experimental
However, Dr. Jim Gordon, from-
the Department of Infectious
Diseases, said the hospital does ad-
ministrator unapproved drugs when
ACT-UP claimed the hospital's
policies concerning AIDS education
for employees may be illegal.
Occupational Safety and Health
Association (OSHA) guidelines re-
quire all employees who interact
with AIDS patients to receive
"The hospital's own AIDS task
force said the hospital must hire a
full-time AIDS coordinator. The
hospital says they don't have enough
money, but we know it is the most
profitable university hospital in the
country," Maurer said.

*Couzens resident

staff comforts

ACT-UP members Patrice Maurer and David Rosenberg protested the
University hospital's lack of treatment for AIDS patients yesterday.

grieving students B-school students discuss Soviet
by JoAnne Viviano porate sponsors, students paid for Zarya Shoe Factory, a construction fruit, and lots of
yLar Baragerl Business School students who the trip themselves. plant, the Collective Farm Market, ally expensive. F
~ily Staff Reporter last night or to contact their resi- visited the Soviet Union during Several members of the grouind te sa'Ir.ti-n __an-
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meat, but it's re-
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The residence staff at Couzens
Hall brought in a counselor last
night to aid them in dealing with
students' grief after the death of
'Katie Kruse - the University stu-
dent who was killed last Thursday
by a hit-and-run driver.
Building director Ellen Shannon
said, "A couple of people are spend-
*ing a lot of interactive time with
Shannon distributed a memo to
residents yesterday during dinner to
inform them of her plans to rent
vans to take students to Kruse's vis-
itation today and her funeral tomor-
row. Shannon said about 30 students
have signed up so far.
Interested students were asked
4o sign up for the vans during dinner

dent advisors if they needed trans-
Kruse's visitation will be held
today from 1-4 p.m. and from 6-9
p.m. at the Sullivan Funeral Home
in Utica. Funeral services will be
held tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
at St. Vianney Church in Utica,
The vans for the funeral services
will leave Couzens Hall tomorrow
morning at about 7:15 a.m. and will
return prior to 1:00 p.m.
The Couzens resident staff is
also planning a memorial service for
Wednesday evening.
Shannon said, "We're planning
to continue the support we've been
giving and getting in touch with our
own feelings."

spring break learned more about the
country than just its available busi-
ness opportunities.
The 24 second-year MBA stu-
dents are members of a graduate-
level international business course,
"Emerging Business Opportunities
in the Soviet Union."
"It was a good opportunity to
see how things are operated in a dif-
ferent culture, aculture that was
not able to be exposed here," Yuval
Moed said.
Mark Holman added, "We prob-
ably have a lot of preconceived no-
tions. Some are right but some are
very wrong. We have to confront
our beliefs."
The course was created this year
due to the initiative of Moed and
Bruce MacRae. After trying unsuc-
cessfully to raise money from cor-

discussed their experiences with
other students yesterday afternoon.
They showed photographs from the
trip and answered questions.
During the trip, students at-
tended a number of lectures, toured
businesses, and went sightseeing.

dII LI aVVYo W - 4J 1LV
ture between the Soviets and
Richard Ross told of his surprise
at the conditions in Soviet factories.
"The manufacturing was a little ar-
chaic. They were a couple of genera-
tions behind. And the safety was

'It was a good opportunity to see how things
are operated in a different culture, a culture
that was not able to be exposed here'
- Yuval Moed
Second-year MBA student

The lectures included a discus-
sion of foreign trade in the Soviet
Union, economic reform, regional
decentralization of the economy,
problems of the Soviet economy,
and joint entrepreneurship.
The group also made visits to

outrageous by our standards."
Holman disagreed, "They were
actually good Soviet factories that
weren't far behind."
They also discussed the condition
of the food system. "There is food
in Moscow. They have vegetables,

People smoking marijuana at the Hash Bash Saturday were arrested as well
as ticketed.
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 p.m.
German Club, weekly mtg. MLB,
Rm. 2004,7:00 p.m.
Anthropology Club, weekly mtg.
,Dominick's, 7:30 p.m.
Time & Relative Dimensions in
Ann Arbor, weekly mtg. Call 971-
2072 for info. 2439 Mason Hall, 8
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.
Conference Rm. 4/5, League, 7:30
AsianAmericanAssociation, work-
shop mtg. Trotter House, 7 p.m.
Project Outreach, informational
mass mtg. Angell Hall Aud A, 6 p.m.
UM Visiting Writers Series Michael
Dennis Browne of the University of
Minnesota. Michigan Union
Pendleton Room, 5 p.m.
"The Native American 'Peyote
Case' - A Threat to All Religious
Freedom?" Michael McConnell of
the University of Chicago, Marc
Stern of the American Jewish
Congress, and Reuben Snake of the
Native American Religious Freedom
Project. Honigman Aud., Law
School, 4 p.m.
Raoul Wallenberg Lecture Joseph
Esherick of the University of

their Master's Voices" Elaine Marks
of the University of Wisconsin.
Assembly Hall, Rackham, 3 p.m.
"Trends in Soviet Central Asia"
Kenneth Church, Doctoral
Candidate in Russian and Central
Asian Studies. International Center,
"African Compromise and
Control: A 15th/16th Century
Export Ivory" Kathy Curnow-
Nasara of Cleveland State University.
Aud. D, Angell Hall, 4 p.m.
"Human Rights in Burma
(Myanmar): A Secret State Of
Terror" Tun Thwin, Burmese
Amnesty International member.
Wolverine Rm, Union, 7 p.m.
"Research on Contemporary
American Society and Afro-
Americans" Sponsored by the
Anthropology Club. Dominick's, 7:30
Safewalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions 8-1:30 Sun.-Thurs.,
Fr.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 936-1000 or
stop by 102 UGLi. Also at the Angell
Hall Computing Center 1-3 a.m. Sun.
- - Thurs. Call 763-4246 or stop by the
Northwalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions Sun.-Thurs. 8-1:30
am., Fri.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 763-
WALK or stop by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sun.-Thurs.,
Angell/Haven Computing Center, 7-
11:00 p.m.; 611 Church Street Com-
puting Center, Tue. and Thurs. 7-
11:00 p.m., Wed. 8-10:00. p.m.
Free Tax Preparation. Sponsoreddby
VITA until April 15. Union, 3rd

times more tan in state-run
stores," Ross said.
Photos of McDonald's and Pizza
Hut also prompted discussion.
Students agreed that the Soviet
McDonald's provided excellent
service and was cleaner than the
restaurants here. According to Ross,
the restaurant serves 15,000 meals
daily. The Soviets often waited in a
two hour line to spend half a day's
wages on one of these meals.
Sightseeing included a tour of
the Kremlin and shopping on Arbat
Street. They also attended the
Moscow Circus and an opera at the
Bolshoi Theatre.
As part of the class, students
will write reports analyzing their
experiences with agriculture, com-
puters and telecommunications, en
ergy, medical supplies and devices;
and retail.
WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) - A
leader of truck drivers opposed to
policies they say favor U.S. truck-
ers operating in Canada was ar-
rested at the Ambassador Bridge
yesterday after rush-hour traffic
was blocked for about 15 minutes.
"No one gives a damn," said
Wayne Whitney, who last May led
about 300 truckers in a 40-hour
blockade of the bridge that links
Windsor and Detroit, Mich. The
truckers said they were protesting
government policies that give un-
fair advantages to U.S. truckers
operating in Canada.
Whitney was arrested after traf-
fic was blocked by a banner that
was stretched across the road.
Whitney, accompanied by his
wife and another trucker, said he's
now fighting for everyone who's
lost a job due to Prime Minister
Brian Mulroney's policies.
with this couol
18 112 X 11, white sel serve or auo led ono

Hammer time
LSA junior Floyd McDaniel posts Diag boards on the Diag yesterday. These boards are replaced every Monday
after 5 p.m.
Eastern Germany up for sale

BERLIN (AP) - For Sale:
Used country, sea view. Needs
work. Good fixer-upper for right
buyer. Must sell. No reasonable of-
fer refused.
Everything, as they say, must
The increasingly anxious effort
to lure investors into the economic
swampland that is east Germany
hasn't quite come down to a single
want ad. But it's getting there.
The agency trying to unload the
nuclear plants, ice cream parlors,
pubs, publishers and pickle makers
is putting new marketing spin on
its nitch to adventurous investors.

agency's management board; said
the catalogue was cooked up so
"we can sell faster and better."
What once was the strongest
economy in the old Soviet bloc
has now been reduced to 600 crisp
pages of sales pitches.

come a bookbinder, book pub-
lisher, bridge builder, house
painter, picture framer or parquet
floor manufacturer.
You can get into the business of
sawmills, seaports, airports, air-
guns, hunting guns, "humane
slaughtering equipment," meat
processors, leather processors and
data processors.
You can buy factories that build
ships, yachts, bicycles, motorcy-
cles, fire engines and diesel
Even East Germany's massive
nuclear plant complex in
Greifswald is listed, although the

You can get into the
business of sawmills,
seaports, airports, air-
guns, hunting guns,
"humane slaughtering
equipment," meat
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