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In .the rebel-held highlands of
northern Iraq, Masoud Barzani, head
of the Kurdistan Democratic Party,
told reporters that cold, hunger and
disease were causing deaths among
the 300,000 to 400,000 Kurds headed
for the Iranian border.
He said none of the aid air drops
organized by the United States,
France and Britain had reached the
cold mountain passes near the
Iranian border. Most fell near

At a camp at Uzumlu, 35 miles
west of Cukurca camp on the Iraqi-
Turkish border, witnesses said three
Kurds were shot and wounded by
Turkish troops trying to control
distribution of truckloads of bread.
Another refugee was hurt in a melee
when tents were distributed at
Cukurca, a doctor at the camp said.
The Kurds fled their homes over
the past two weeks following
Iraq's recapture of cities that had
been seized by rebels. Both Turkey
and Iran have been overwhelmed by


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the influx of refugees.
State-run Tehran radio said more
than 100,000 refugees had swamped
the Iranian city of Sardasht east of
Erbil, Iraq.
Doctors reported deteriorating
conditions at refugee camps in
"In two or three days, thousands
of children will die of gastroenteri-
tis and pneumonia," said Dr. Sadi
Sadeq al-Maruyyati, the only physi-
cian for thousands of refugees at the
Uzumlu refugee camp in Turkey.
He said 1,000 adults had already
died and 20 children were dying
Iraq, meanwhile, has said the ef-
fort should be channeled through
the' Baghdad government or Iraqi aid
agencies. Apparently in line with
that, Turkey said yesterday the Iraqi
ambassador had offered his govern-
ment's assistance in the relief ef-
In addition to the U.S. assistance
to the refugees - which the White
House said would be increased -
European Community (EC) offi-
cials were to travel to Iran and
Turkey on Thursday to assess the
refugees' needs. The EC has pledged
$185 million in humanitarian aid.

MINSK, U.S.S.R. (AP) - More
than 100,000 workers defied an
appeal from Mikhail Gorbachev
for a moratorium on protests
pouring out of factories yesterday in
the Byelorussian capital to strike
for higher pay.
"The Communist Party Drove
Us Here!" read one placard.
"The people are waking up!"
Sergei Klyuchko, a miner from
Donetsk in the neighboring Ukraine,
told the estimated 40,000 workers
and others packed into the square at
Organizers said 64 major
businesses - including an
automobile plant, electronics
factory and tractor works - were
on strike in the Minsk area. They
said the firms employed at least
100,000 people.
The walkout ignored an

Continued from page 1
comes so close to the end of the aca-
demic year. The University, there-
fore, plans to cover this reduction
for you," wrote Director of
Financial Aid Harvey Grotrian.
LSA junior Jon Hillman said he

was "both surprised and not sur-
prised" that the University decided
to pay for the state cutback.
"It's the state's responsibility
to live up to their promise,"
Hillman said. "I don't think (the
University) should have to pay."
But Hillman said he was glad the
University was going to cover the

state refund, although paying back
the $15 would have only been an
inconvenience, not a problem.
The $41,000 needed to cover the
state cutback was raised in dona-
tions to the University.
"It was money that was donated
by friends and alumni to go towards
assisting needy students," Hubers

impassioned appeal from Gorbachev
on national television Tuesday for a
moratorium on strikes and
"We face the danger of economic
collapse," the Soviet president said,
citing stepped up challenges to
Kremlin authority. He also
proposed a simultaneous
acceleration of the transition to a
free-market system.
But Gorbachev's plan for
salvaging the union of 15 republics
comes amid widespread pessimism
about his ability to halt a demoral-
izing economic decline and his
seriousness about fundamental
democratic reform.
The action in Byelorussia, a
western republic of 10.4 million
people, followed a three-hour
warning strike Tuesday.
The demonstrators in Lenin

Square remained peaceful while
listening to speeches and folk songs,
and police did not interfere.
In his speech on Tuesday,
Gorbachev urged acceptance of what
he called "anti-crisis measures" in
an address to the Federation
Council, which consists of top
national officials and the leaders of
the 15 Soviet republics.
His proposals also included a
stepped-up effort to conclude a new
Union Treaty to hold the republics:
together by shifting some powers
away from the Kremlin..
The official Tass news yesterday
said the program would move the
country toward a market economy
with "measures to encourage eri-
trepreneurship, to demonopolize the



Continued from page 1
the tie-breaking vote which allowed
the money to be allocated. This is
but one example of the new assem-
bly majority pushing forth an
agenda of reactions to the old as-
sembly's actions.
Ochoa attended the meeting and
witnessed the resolution pass.


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"I think we're looking at the ex-
perienced members of the CC key in
on the inexperience and uninformed
status of new representatives,"
Ochoa said.
The first reading of proposed
changes to the MSA commission
structure occurred at last night's
meeting. Next week the assembly
will vote to take the Peace and
Justice, Student Rights, Women's
Issues, Health Issues, and Academic
Affairs commissions out of the
compiled code and thereby make
them defunct for all practical pur-
Also up for a vote is a referen-
dum, which would be added to the
fall election ballot, in which stu-
dents would vote for these commis-
sions to be abolished officially by
an amendment to the MSA
"MSA has so little credibility
as of this moment that it needs ma-
jor reform," Green said. "I don't
believe that the commissions as of
now help students better coordinate
Continued from page 1
was very thorough," he said. "I
liked the class because of him."
Brammer said Zundel did a good
job of presenting the lecture mate-
Zundel explained his teaching
"In a discussion section you've
got a small group and you don't
have any way to lecture. The chal-
lenge is to keep figuring out ways to
reinforce the lecture material with-
out sounding boring," he said.



their activities. I believe they
provide one more layer of
bureaucracy that prevents students
from getting help from MSA with
their activities."
Proposed changes to the MSA's
student group recognition structure
will also be voted on at the next
meeting. If passed, this change
would replace the recognition pro-*
cess with student group registra-
tion. Replacing recognition with
registration will eliminate the pos-
sibility of MSA denying privileges
to a group because of its philosophy
or membership restrictions.
As with the commissions, the as-
sembly will vote on whether to add
this to the fall election ballot to
possibly effect a change to the con-@
Yet another change that will
likely be voted on next week is a
proposal to sever the ties MSA now
has with sister universities in El
Salvador and the West Bank in the
Occupied Territories.
Freyman supports Zundel's in-
volvement with GEO.
"I'm more for GEO because of
him. I trust that he isn'tdoing this
for selfish reasons," Freyman said."
Zundel said he believes that
teaching should be the University's
main priority.
"I realize the University is ex-
pressing a lot of financial concerns,
but TAs play an important role in
the University's mission. If we:O
don't take the time to educate stu-
dents and raise questions, then who'
started in the stone ages, it's some-
thing very pertinent to today's high-
stress culture...it helps you get your
priorities straight."'
Bajwa said Ramadan actually
helps his studying. "The fasting*
helps me to organize my time and
puts me in a spiritual state, where
petty things don't matter."

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"It makes you stronger. Also, by
not eating you can devote more time
to prayer and you save food to give
it to those who cannot afford it."
"It's self-denial, not self-tor-
ture," LSA first-year Kamran Bajwa
said. "It's not a primitive tradition

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