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Railroad Jerk
doesn't suck.
Page 8.


Mostly sunny;
High: 62, Low: 40.
Cloudy, rain likely;
High: 59, Low: 44.

Since 1890
Vol. Cl. No. 136 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, April 18, 1991
and EO clash
f' bq I ~over strike turnout
by Stefanie Vines press statement. "As of late yes- TAs who did not return the
Daily Faculty Reporter terday afternoon, our survey shows form, or who admitted to partici-
4 The University is not planning even less impact from the current pating in the job action were to be
T to take action against teaching GEO job action than from that held penalized by a 1.5 percent cut in pay
assistants who participate in this on April 4." and tuition waivers for each day
week's work stoppage and adminis- University spokespersons they missed.
4-trators now say their latest offer Colleen Dolan-Greene and Joseph Owsley, the director of News
submitted at Monday's media- and Information Services, said,
y Owleysai the University pack- an
tion session - is "subject to age presented at Monday's media- "With such a light impact on the
change." Bargainers from the tion session is not a final offer and University we aren't going to send
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Graduate Employees Organization is "subject to change." the letter."
had said the University presented "We are interested in reaching a "We don't really sce a problem.
the package as its final offer. settlement and in improving un- The work stoppage has not been
Provost and Vice President for dergraduate education," Dolan- widely implemented," Owsle
Academic Affairs Gilbert Greene, the University bar- said. "We think less than 5 percent
Whitaker said this week's three gainer, said. of the TAs participated."
day work stoppage has not been Dolan-Greene denied accusa- But GEO organizer Ingrid Kock
disturbing enough to warrant ac- Lions that the University is trying disagreed with Owsley.
tion to break the union. "Hundreds of TAs participated
"The University has been After conducting a survey of by cancelling classes or holding
s b/ . closely monitoring the impact on different departments, the them off campus. I went to depart
"..'"'E' ' . ....undergraduate education of the University decided not to send a ments like English, Sociology, and
A FELDMAN/Daiy three-day work stoppage announced roll-call letter to TAs asking to History and no one was there. I
Members of the Graduate Employee Organization marched in a picket line outside the Fishbowl yesterday. by the Graduate Employees report their participation in the don't know where (the University)
Marching will continue through Friday. Organization," said Whitaker in a work stoppage. See GEO, Page 2

'Democratic majority will

influence city redistricting

by Lynne Cohn
Daily City Reporter
As the Democrats take control
of Ann Arbor politics, they gain the
opportunity to influence the upcom-
ing redistricting in their favor. But
whether or not they will engage in a
little gerrymandering remains to be
The wards go through a redis-
tricting after every 10-year census.
After the city receives the census re-
sults, a council-appointed 11-person
commission must divide Ann Arbor
into five pie-shaped wedges. The
wedges meet in the middle of the
city, commonly thought to be the
campus area, according to the city
Herb Katz, a staff member in the
city clerk's office, said the intention
of the charter is to create diverse

"Usually, the party in control
appoints a committee sympathetic
to their side," Katz said. "It is sup-
posed to be a bipartisan committee,
but it seems to me there'll be one
party dominating."
David Cahill, an attorney for the
Michigan House of Representatives
who has been involved in Ann
Arbor's redistricting for more than
two decades, said the last two
redistricting commissions created
"classic gerrymanders."
"The Republicans tried to put as
many Democrats in the first ward as
possible and divide the Democrats
equally into the remaining wards,"
Cahill said.
"They tried to dump a majority
of students in the first ward because

two-thirds to four-fifths of college
students are typically known to be
Democrats. As a result, we tend to
have wards which are fortresses," he

shaped wards should be representa-
tive of the city as a whole, was
written before students had the
right to vote in city elections.
"The purpose is not to water

'Those were wild days on council. They
ordered pizza at the meetings and were
instrumental in putting through the $5 mari-
juana fine'
- Herb Katz, of the city clerk's office

"unusually low."
"It is more difficult for stu-
dents to get elected because their
constituency doesn't get to the
polls," he said.
University students were active
in local politics in the early 1970s
through the Human Rights Party, a
political party that attracted stu-
dents who were against the Vietnam
War, Cahill said.
"The Democrats weren't liberal
enough - it died out with that gen-
eration of students," he said. "There
is not the same social alienation as it
was then."
Two students were elected to
council in 1972 under the Human
Rights Party. They did not run again
in 1974, although another student
was elected and served on council

until 1976.
"Those were wild days on coun-
cil," said Herb Katz, from the city
clerk's office. "They ordered pizza
at the meetings and were instrumen-
tal in putting through the $5 mari-
juana fine."
Councilmembers representing
the Human Rights Party joined the
Democrats on council, influencing
the 1972 redistricting. But in the
1982 redistricting, the Republicans
held a council majority.
"Gerrymanders occurred (in
1982) to make the districts favor-
able to the Republicans because Ann
Arbor is a basically Democratic
city," Mayor Liz Brater said.
Zimmer has a strong interest in
creating five balanced wards, in
See ZONING, Page 2

Many believe the commission
generally tries to avoid creating a
student ward. However, that has not
been substantiated. Also, the city
charter, which dictates that the pie-

down the student vote, even though
it does that," said Councilmember
Kurt Zimmer (D-Fourth Ward).
Cahill said the problem is that
student turnout in city elections is

Ex-CIA agent assails U.S.

More students protest
CUNY tuition increase

foreign policy as

by Robert Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
Last night, a man spoke of a U.S.
government which lies to its peo-
ple in order to subvert democracy
and wages warfare to promote the
economic interests of a select few.
One might be tempted to dis-
miss this as nonsense, but the man,
Phillip Agee, served in the govern-
ment as a member of the CIA for
12 years and can speak first-hand on
the subject.
Agee, speaking to about 350
people in MLB Auditorium 3 last
night, began by discussing the Gulf
War. He said that with the demise

of communism, a threat he called
"manufactured," the U.S. needed an
international threat to "justify the
continuation of the permanent war
economy in the United States."
The U.S. government, Agee said,
decided after the Second World
War the U.S. needed a crisis situa-
tion in order to promote arms ex-
ports. He quoted a National
Security Council resolution to that
"(Bush) needed a world crisis
to replace the East-West crisis
which has largely disappeared with
the end of communism," he said.
Agee claimed the U.S. lured

Iraq into attacking Kuwait. Bush
gave "not on word of warning to
Kuwait - this with 100,000
(Iraqi) troops massed at the
(Kuwaiti) border," he said.
"The Bush administration...
needed the crisis, wanted the crisis,
and encouraged Saddam Hussein to
think he could get away with it,"
Agee added.
Agee also said that despite the
end of the East-West aspect of the
cold war, the North-South dimen-
sion had continued.
"The war against Third World
countries for control of their na-
tional resources, markets and labor

continues," he said.
It is here, he said, that the CIA
does its work.
"The CIA has undertaken to
overthrow democratically elected
governments and replace them
with military dictatorships. This
See AGEE, Page 2

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Higher Education Reporter
Students at four more City
University of New York (CUNY)
campuses and two State University
of New York (SUNY) campuses
joined CUNY students protesting
proposed tuition hikes yesterday.
The original protest, which be-
gan at CUNY City College in
Manhattan, is in its 10th day.
If a proposal by Gov. Mario
Cuomo passes in the New York
State Legislature, CUNY students
will face a 67 percent tuition in-
crease, program cancellations, and
scholarship cuts. There will be more
than 800 faculty layoffs. SUNY
schools will also be hurt by the

Early yesterday morning, stu-
dents at York College in Queens
took over a classroom building on
their campus. Students at John Jay
College (Manhattan), York
College (Queens), and the CUNY
Graduate Center (Manhattan) also
occupied campus buildings in
Students at SUNY Cornell in
Ithaca and SUNY Purchase have
also begun protesting. Columbia
University students have organized
a rally in support of the CUNY
* Rafael Alvarez, president of the
Day Student Government at CUNY
See CUNY, Page 2

House passes 'cool-off'
for national rail strike;

industry shippin

Associated Press
Freight trains ground to a halt
* yesterday in the first nationwide
railroad strike in nearly a decade,
halting rail shipping of everything
from coal to car parts and interfer-
ing with most Amtrak trains and
some commuter services.
Congress and the Bush adminis-
tration sought a quick end to the
strike, with talks focusing on a
cooling-off period that would al-
low a new emergency board to make
* recommendations for settlement on

ditch bargaining failed to produce a
settlement before the midnight
Tuesday expiration of an initial
cooling-off period. The strike waged
by eight unions and honored by three
others against 10 companies, started
at 7 a.m.
The strike by 235,000 rail work-
ers over wages, work rules and
health care costs could also idle as
many as a half-million non-railroad
Earlier this week, the Bush ad-
ministration said Congress should

g stops
strike," said Earl Lockwood, presi-
dent of United Transportation
Union Local 683. His local repre-
sents about 200 Conrail employees
in the Detroit area.
Lockwood said his members
were angry over three years without
a pay increase and an industry pro-
posal for further wage erosion in
the next four years as well.
"They want to take away our
health insurance," said Bobby
Schmittou, an inspector and repair-
man. "They've kept us down for

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