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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 19, 1995

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U.S. approves Castro's
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republi- routinealthoughthe
can senators bowed to Democratic op- State Department,
position yesterday and dropped a bid to not wishing to seem
starve the Cuban economy by denying overeager, an-
ithard currency. They received another nounced its ap- y
setback when the administration autho- proval nine days af-
rized a visa to President Fidel Castro to ter the request was
travel to the United Nations. filed.
After a Saturday arrival in New York, The announce-
Castro is expected to speak Sunday at the ment came shortly
United Nations' 50th birthday celebra- after Sen. Jesse
tion. Visas for foreign heads of govern- Helms (R-N.C.) Casts
ment to travel to U.N. headquarters are dropped a provision from Cuba sa

visa to attend UN. birthday


legislation that was aimed at drying up
foreign investment on the island. Follow-
ing the deletion, a watered-down Cuba
sanctions bill remained, and final ap-
proval is expected today.
Cuba has been actively courting in-
vestment from Spain and other coun-
tries to reverse the nation's economic
decline, and Helms argued that Castro's
days would be numbered if his bill
forced would-be investors to take their
money elsewhere.
Many lawmakers who had supported

the provision also had been insisting
that the administration deny Castro's
visa request on grounds that Cuba has
the hemisphere's worst human rights
record. Senate Majority Leader Bob
Dole called the administration's deci-
sion "regrettable."
Dole's chief rival for the Republican
presidential candidate, Sen. Phil Gramm
of Texas, called the decision shameful.
He said Castro was acriminal andshould
be handcuffed and arrested upon his

Astronomers discover distant planet
For the first time, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of a planet around
a star similar to the sun.
The star, 51 Pegasus, is just 40 light years distant and visible to the naked eye in
the northern hemisphere. The long-awaited discovery of a planet in a system
apparently similar to the solar system has made the fifth-magnitude star the focus of
intense excitement among astronomers around the world as word spread this week.
The only unshakable evidence of planets outside the solar system, until now, had
been found in a system that is dramatically different from the sun's. That was the
confirmation within the last three years ofat least two planets orbiting a whirling dead
star called a pulsar that, instead of light, emits a barrage of deadly invisible radiation.
The confirmation of the 51 Pegasus planet gives new credence to theories that
there are other earth-like worlds that could harbor life, said Geoffrey Marcy,
professor of physics and astronomy at San Francisco State University, whose team
confirmed the discovery reported by a Swiss team at a conference Oct. 6.
Last week, in four days of observations using the three-meter telescope at Lick
Observatory near San Jose, Calif. Marcy and University of California at Berkeley
postdoctoral researcher Paul Butler made independent measurements of the 51
Pegasus system. They had never studied that star during their own years of searching
for planets because, they said, it had been misclassified in a leading star catalogue.



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Students fabricated stories
in Rolling Stone interviews

Yale Daily News
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Under-
graduates fabricated the stories behind
this month's Rolling Stone magazine
expose depicting an active heroin sub-
culture at Yale, student sources said.
The Yale students featured in the
Oct. 19 article, "The Hard Core Cur-
riculum," made up stories about wide-
spread drug use on campus to create a
stir in a national publication, students
According to the article, B and K, a
Yale group known to students by names
ranging from "Bong and Keg" to the
"Society for Benevolence and Knowl-
edge," once had the upper hand on drug
parties, but has since passed the bong to
"D Party."
The article profiles the drug scenes at
Yale and five other schools, alleging
that D Party sponsors biweekly heroin
bashes where the 40-60 attendees
smoke, snort or shoot up.
But students said there is little merit
to the Yale angle of the story. "A lot of
people interviewed exaggerated a lot to
cause some controversy in the pages of
Rolling Stone," said a B and K member
who asked not to be identified.
Other students who said they are
aware of an obscure hard-core drug
scene at Yale had never heard it
"I've been to parties where people do
heroin. I've been to parties where they
have, like, a drug bar," a senior who
declined to be identified said. But he
has not heard of D Party, he said.
A junior who said he is familiar with
the B and K party scene said the idea of

D Party is absurd.
"They interviewed some people who
just made up stories. There's no (wide-
spread) hard-core drug use. Anyone
who thinks you can get 40 to 60 people
using heroin is ridiculous," he said.
David Lipsky, the author of the ar-
ticle, said in an interview Tuesday that
two of the nine people with whom he
spoke said they had heard of D Party.
While the existence of D Party is
questionable, B and K has been a pres-
ence on campus since the 196N, the B
and K member said.
The article, which played up the sig-
nificance of B and K, identified the
group as a secret society - like Scroll
and Key or Skull and Bones - where
"all we do is smoke pot."
Members had some gripes with this
representation. They saidthey gatherto
party each week, but do not have the
secret meetings and elaborate rituals of
Yale's exclusive societies.
"I would vehemently say it's not a
secret society. It's something to ensure
that there will be a party every Thurs-
day night, kind of like the Feb Club,"
the B and K member said. "It's sort of
like the Pundits."
Students who attend B and K parties
said bongs and kegs are present, but
they have not seen hard-core drugs -
heroin, cocaine or hallucinogens -
cropping up.
"It's not the kind of thing where
everyone goes to a party and does mush-
rooms. I've never heard of that kind of
thing," said ajunior who asked not to be
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Continued from Page 1A
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills), said the board is not
planning on having an interim presi-
"If it appears that we can't complete
a search in June, we will appoint an
interim president," Deitch said. "We
have not given any thought to who that
might be, but the person would come
from within the rolesof University lead-
ership, past or present."
Duderstadt said he will not take the
year sabbatical his resignation allows.
He plans to return to teaching in the
School of Engineering next September.
"In 28 years at the University, I have
never taken sabbatical; I think I have.
four saved up," Duderstadt said. "I am
very dedicatedto the school, and I know
that (my wife and I) are not going to
leave Michigan. I have had offers from
half a dozen schools about presiden-
cies, but I want to return to teaching.
"I think I still have enough brain cells
that I can teach. While I have some
doubts that I can't do the same kind of
research that I used to do, I am looking
forward to teaching again."
We cover Michigan -

Live rocket that
terrified town turns
out to be a toy
LEVEL PLAINS, Ala. - Word that
a live Air Force rocket had slammed
into a backyard shed sent this commu-
nity of 2,000 scrambling on Tuesday:
the block was evacuated, an Army bomb
squad was called in, and police fretted
about detonation.
It turned out the weapon was merely
a model stuck with Air Force decals.
"We're just glad it was a toy," court
clerk Marsha Neagley said. "You just
never know these days."
The uproar began when Adrian
Ashworth found a cylindrical, 18-inch,
finned white projectile protruding from
his shed.
He alerted authorities because of its
official-looking decals and numbering,
thinking it could have been fired from
Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, about
100 miles southwest.
After about four hours, specialists
from Fort Benning, Ga., determined
that it posed no danger, spokesman Rich
McDowell said.

"I thought it was a hobby rocket,'but
I didn't know for sure," Ashworth said
after the all-clear. "I wish whoeverfired
it would come up and patch the hole in
the roof."
Police are investigating the origin of
the device.
Study: Geo Tracker,
Corvette bave
highest death rates
A new report by an insurance indus-
try trade group says the Geo Tracker
and Chevrolet Corvette have the high-
est and second-highest driver death
rates, respectively, among 178 passen-
ger vehicles studied - in both cases
almost three times the average.
The discontinued Volvo 240 and the
Saab 9000, had the lowest and second-
lowest rates, respectively.
The Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety based the ratings on fatal crashes
between 1990 and 1994 involving 1989'
through 1993 model cars and trucks. -
In general, vehicles with the highest
death rates tended to be small economy or-
sporty vehicles and those with the lowest
rates were larger, family-type vehicles.

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Prime Minster urges
Quebec not to secede
QUEBEC - Prime Minister Jean
Chretien ventured into a separatist
stronghold yesterday to plead with Que-
beckers to spare Canada a traumatic
breakup when they vote in an indepen-
dence referendum Oct. 30.
"Think hard and long before you
vote," Chretien told the Quebec City
Chamber of Commerce. "It is an irre-
versible choice."
The latest polls show a deadlock be-
tween the separatists and federalists as
the referendum date nears.
Chretien's speech yesterday, in the
capital of the separatist provincial gov-
ernment, was billed as his most impor-
tant of the campaign. His main target
was the separatists' claim that an inde-
pendent Quebec could smoothly negoti-
ate a partnership with the rest of Canada.
"They are offering you a one-way
ticket to separation,"Chretien said. "The
price of the ticket is your passport and
all the advantages that go with it."
He mocked separatist leader Lucien
Bouchard's recent remark that sover-
eignty would be like waving a magic
wand to solve Quebec's problems.
"Mr. Bouchard's mandate after the
referendum would be to unmake the
omelette and put the eggs back in their
shells," Chretien said. "I can tell you it

takes one big wand to do that."
Bouchard, the most popular and char.
ismatic politician in Quebec, took over
as the separatists' main campaign
speaker 10 days ago and has been cred-
ited with closing a gap in the polls.
Britain may not insist
on IRA disarmament
LONDON - Prime Minister John
Major and his Irish counterpart John
Bruton plan to meet this week amid
signs that Britain might ease demands,
that the Irish Republican Army begin
disarming before peace talks can start.
The British disarmament demand and
the IRA's refusal to comply with it have
stalled negotiations on endingmore than;
25 years ofsectarian violence in North-
ern Ireland.
"I expect to be talking to Mr. Major
during the week to further advance dis-
cussions I have hadwith him and to build
in the progress that has been made,"
Bruton told the Dail, or lower house of
the Irish Parliament, yesterday.
Last month, Bruton withdrew at the
last minute from a summit planned with
Major to pave the way for peace talks.;
The key sticking point was Britain's
insistence the IRA commit to giving up
its weapons before its political ally, Sinn
Fein, be allowed to join negotiations. .
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