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MSU, homosexuals,
and discrimination
See Editorial, Page 4


Ninety-three Years of Editorial Freedom


Morning fog, otherwise mostly
cloudy, high in the mid-sixties.

Vol. XCIII, No. 16

Copyright 1982, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, September 26, 1982

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

Black Student Union making a comeback

The Black Student Union, an activist
organization that made national headlines in
the '60s before slipping and finally folding in
the late '70s, is reviving itself at the University.
At its peak, the Union was a radical group in-
strumental in the Black Action Movement
(BAM) strike of 1970, which paralyzed the
University for two weeks and gained key
minority enrollment concessions from the ad-
ministration. The University has not yet
fulfilled those promises.
THE DECISION to reactivate the
organization grew directly from the success of
a series of meetings held last winter by the
Markley Minority Affairs Council to plan a
unified black response to a Nazi rally. That

one-hour appearance in Ann Arbor by about a,
dozen neo-Nazis stirred considerable con-
troversy both on and off campus in March.
According to Lisa Blair, a member of the
Union's steering committee, the BSU will serve
as a network for the exchange of ideas and in-
formation among black groups on campus, and
it will try to coordinate these groups' actions
toward specific goals.
SO FAR, response from minority groups on
campus has been "very good," Blair said,
citing the Union's earlier collaboration with the
NAACP in staging a Diag rally against the Nazi
demonstration. Since that time, however, the
Union has been primarily concerned with in-
ternal organizing.
The University chapter of the NAACP, which

also has been recently reactivated since its
dissolution in 1976, concurs with Blair on the
importance of organizing the campus' diverse
minority groups.
"The first step," said Karen Clay, University
NAACP president, "is to keep the lines of
communication open between various
organizations, keeping their leaders in contact
to develop a healthy interdependence."
THE LACK of communication between the
University administration and the black com-
munity, and minority fears of the full im-
plications of the "smaller but better"
philosophy are the most pressing issues facing
black students today, Clay said. The NAACP
intends to work closely with the Union to con-
vey these concerns to the administration, she

"The BSU will be an effective organization
because it has to be," said Kenny Gear, also a
member of the Union's steering committee.
While admitting that apathy continues to be a
problem for the University's black.
organizations, Gear maintains his enthusiasm:
"I see an increase in the number of politically
involved people who realize that it is much
more important for black students to be
political than it is for white students. We have
much more to lose."
Jemedari Kamara, a lecturer in the Center
for Afro-American and African studies,
agreed. "There seems to be among the younger
students a renewed commitment to the issues
and concerns raised during the '60s and '70s. I

am cautiously optimistic about their chances of
organizing effectively."
TODAY'S BSU will be hard-pressed to
duplicate the efforts of the original student
union. That group was one of the prime movers
in the staging of the 1970 BAM strike, one of the
most successful student protests of the time.
BAM was comprised of the BSU, the Black
Law Students, and a number of other black
organizations on campus. The BAM strike,
which lasted 13 days and effectively shut down
the entire University, resulted in several major
concessions from the administration, the most
important of which was a pledge of f0 percent
minority enrollment by 1974.
IN THE EARLY to middle '70s, the influence
See BSU, Page 2

claw 'M'

Believe it or not, Michigan has the
same record as Northwestern.
The now 1-2 Michigan Wolverines
roared to a 21-0 second-quarter lead
over 12th-ranked UCLA, only to see
their defense buried under an avalan-
che of passes which led to the Bruins 31-
27 victory yesterday at Michigan
THE 105,413 fans who ventured out on
a dreary, overcast, autumn afternoon
saw Michigan squander its 21-point lead
by giving up points on five of seven
Bruin possessions beginning midway
through the second quarter and ending
early in the final stanza.
In spite of their defense's inability to
stop a potent UCLA offense which had
erupted for 92 points in its two previous

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Dokie Williams (left) manages to elude Michigan defender Marion Body as the UCLA wide receiver grabs a 46-yard touchdown pass from Tom Ramsey
in the second quarter of yesterday's game.
Holidays pose problems
or some students, profs

games, the Wolverines still had a
golden opportunity to win the game.
With slightly more than a minute
remaining in the game, UCLA had the
ball on second down at the Michigan 28
and Michigan had but a single timeout
JUST FALL on the ball, let the clock
run out and accept the Wolverines'
grudging but congratulatory han-
dshakes, the Bruins must have been
thinking. But such was not the case, for
a far more exciting finish awaited the
throng of spectators that remained to
the very bitter end.
Quarterback Tom Ramsey took the
snap and attempted a pitch to his
trailing back. The attempt was a failure
and a wild and woolly chase ensued.
Michigan defensive back Marion Body
See UCLA, Page 8
T housands
in Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP)- Hundreds
of thousands of people jammed the
Square of the Kings of Israel last night,
expressing outrage over the Beirut
massacre in the largest anti-gover-
nment demonstration Israel has ever
Organizers of the rally said 400,000
people attended the protest. Police
refused to estimate the crowd size, but
the throng topped the crowd that atten-
ded a pro-government rally in July,
which government supporters said
drew 250,000. Israel has a population of
about four million.
SPEAKERS demanded the
resignations of Prime Minister
Menachem Begin and Defense Minister
Ariel Sharon, as well as an independent
judicial inquiry into the conduct of the
army and the government during the
slaughter of hundreds of men, women
and children in the west Beirut
Palestinian refugee camps of Chatilla
and Sabra.
"Never have we stood before such a
See 400,000, Page 3

Although she considers herself more
religious than most Jewish students on
campus, Sherri Herman plans to attend
most of her classes tomorrow, on Yom
Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday.
"I feel bad about it, but right now
classes are important to me" the
business school junior said.
Yom Kippur - which begins at sun-
down tonight and ends at sundown
tomorrow - is a day for solemnity and
rest. It is the most important day in the
Jewish calendar.
THE FACT that the University does
not allow religious holidays to interrupt
class scheduling presents a problem for
many students - Jews, Moslems, Hin-
dus, and Christians alike. Although
conflicts do arise, most students find
ways to deal with the problem.
Administration policy on religious
* holidays is that neither the University
nor individual faculty members are un-
der any obligation to change teaching
or examination schedules to accommodate
a student's religious preferences. It is
expected, however, that faculty mem-
bers should be respectful of students
religious beliefs and practices.

'If the University has to schedule classes
around every single religion, I understand
where that could be a problem.'
-Steven Lupovitch,
LSA junior

, Steven Lupovitch, an LSA junior,
does not plan to attend classes
tomorrow. "It's a day' for introspec-
tion, not going to classes.
LUPOVITCH, however, said he
thought the University's policy was
fair. "If the University has to schedule
classes around every single religion, I
understand where that could be a
LSA junior Susan Straus disagreed.
"I think classes should be cancelled on
Yom Kippur. It's the holiest day of the
year, and a large percentage of the
students here observe it."
Many professors make allowances
for Jewish students, some even cancel
classes. Communication Prof. Frank
Beaver, for example, moved back
filmmaker Robert Altman's screening

of Nashville to accomodate one
student's request that it be shown af-
ter sundown.
TWO PROFESSORS who did cancel
classes - English Prof. Enoch Brater
and History Prof. Arthur Mendel -
consider themselves very sympathetic
to the preferences of Jewish students.
But both Brater and Mendel are
"I never have classes on Yom Kip-
pur," Brater said, "It puts Jewish
students on the spot."
Although . he agfees with the
University's policy on holidays, Brater
said he thought is was important for all
students to tolerate and understand the
religious beliefs and practices of their
See HOLIDAYS, Page 3

Bombs away
Glen McCalla of the City of Ann Arbor Utilities puts the squeeze on a fire
hydrant. He has tested over 2000 of Ann Arbor's 2500 fire hydrants.

Markley "chickens out"
RESIDENTS OF Markley Hall enjoyed a pre-game
feast yesterday morning of 1,500 chicken wings
from Lewiston, N.Y. It all started when
freshmen John Weiss and Todd Lash were sitting
around, reminiscing about the wonderful chicken wings
they had both had in the Niagara Falls suburb. "They were
the most incredible things we've ever had," Weiss remem-
bered with.relish. "We thought it would be a great idea to

more wings, he'll come through with that promise for the
morning of the Wolverine-Minnesota game. D

Oh, IwishI were ...
Y YOU HAVE TO figure with a name like Oscar Maier,
the poor guy has listened to more than his share of
jokes. The ultimate indignity might have come Friday,
though. The police log in Flagstaff, Ariz. carried a report of
Maier being bitten by a mutt. The perpetrator was a
dachshund-one of those low-slung, sausage-shaped hounds
often referred to as a "weenie-dog." E

education may not serve as an officer or director of a
private corporation doing business with the institution.
Also on this day in history:
" 1975-City Republicans called a special session of City
Council to repeal Ann Arbor's $5 marijuana ordinance in
the wake of the arrests of 36 persons in a $4 million drug
* 1976-Michigamua, a secret all-male organization on
campus, was charged with violation of sex discrimination
a1973-A study was initiated by the University's Neurop-
sychiatric Institute, which probed quaalude use and abuse

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