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March 09, 1990 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-09

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I LOCAL NEWS I

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make the difference...

Students Await Answer
To Complaint At MSU

RICHARD PEARL

Staff Writer

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group of 19 Michigan
State University
students, 17 of whom
are Jewish, are awaiting a
verdict on a harrassment
suit they filed with the uni-
versity's Anti-
Discrimination Judiciary
Board against MSU Presi-
dent John DiBiaggio and
Provost David Scott.
The board has until March
14 to answer the suit, which
was filed Feb. 14 in the wake
of the university's decision
to fund the Feb. 18 ap-
pearance of Nation of Islam
leader the Rev. Louis Far-
rakhan, who is known for his
alleged anti-Semitic and
racist remarks.
The lawsuit seeks a formal
apology from Scott "for the
total disregard and insen-
sitivity towards the MSU
community" inherent in his
authorization of university
funds for Farrakhan's ap-
pearance.
The suit demands an
"admission of respon-
sibility" from DiBiaggio for
his role in the decision and
seeks to block payment of
funds to As One, the black
students' group that brought
Farrakhan.
Scott's office originally au-
thorized $5,000 in university

_ -
funds for Farrakhan's ap-
pearance, but the ensuing
uproar resulted in a
moratorium cutting the
amount to $1,000. Of that,
$500 was given As One for
deposit on the MSU
Auditorium, where Far-
rakhan spoke. The suit seeks
return of the money.
Also sought is a policy by
MSU trustees regulating use
of university funds for
speakers.
The student group,
organized by Jennifer Eps-
tein of West Bloomfield,
made the suit public Feb. 7
because it had received no
response to the suit other
than hearing indirectly that
Scott would meet with mem-
bers to discuss their con-
cerns.
"This university has a
moral responsibility to take
a stand against all forms of
bigotry," Epstein said in a
press statement. "The uni-
versity would not hire a pro-
fessor who promoted bigotry
and racism. Why, then,
should it fund a guest
speaker who does?"
The MSU Hillel Student
Center, in supporting the
suit, stated the university
administration has, in effect,
tacitly endorsed Far-
rakhan's remarks by not
disassociating itself and
MSU from them. ❑

Project Sherut
Is Having Success

In less than two months,
Project Sherut, a joint effort of
the Jewish Community Coun-
cil and The Jewish News, has
made a positive impact on
several local public service
agencies.
The project matches donors
with agencies with equip-
ment needs.
"We found that, while the
financial assistance we were
allocating to these groups was
much appreciated, many
agencies asked for our help in
finding hard goods they need-
ed to maintain their pro-
grams," said Steven G. Silver-
man, chair of Council's Task
Force on Hunger,
Homelessness and Housing.
Project Sherut (Hebrew for
"service") began in January
and appears weekly in the
Amazing Marketplace section
of The Jewish News.
One agency benefiting from
the project is the Coalition on
Temporary Shelter (COTS).

Brother and sister team
Elisheva Shapiro, age 3, and
Yonathan Lerner, 7, donated
gift certificates from a local
toy store, which COTS
redeemed for toys, diapers
and other items needed for
their children's program.
Aish HaTorah/Aleynu,
which coordinates a network
of Jewish adult educational
opportunities, received a Sony
VCR, camcorder and editing
equipment which will be used
to produce educational
materials.
Project Sherut has also
generated calls from donors
seeking recipients. A woman
donated a king-size comforter
and children's clothing.
Miriam Schey Imerman,
Council's director of domestic
concerns, matched her up
with the Women's Survival
Center Sojourner House,
which provides a supervised
living program for young
mothers and their children.

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