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OPINION

Page 4.

Sunday, September 26, 1982-

The Michigan Daily

Bo's boys,

profs don't get

the goods

HOW DO YOU graduate from the Uni-
versity and not earn a degree? It's sim-
ple-just join the football team.
It seems that Coach Bo Schembechler's
record of graduating his players is not quite as
good as he claimed. After Sports Illustrated
said in August that more than 40 percent of Bo's
former Wolverines who made it to the pros
never earned a degree, the coach called time-
out.
This week, the Daily discovered that the

sports magazine was a little careless in its
research, but it had the right idea. University
records show that 31 percent of the former
Wolverines in the National Football League
never graduated..
Both Bo and his recruiting assistant, who was
preparing a resporse to Sports Illustrated,
were certain that the figure should have been
around 15 percent.
When the coach found that a few of the
players whom he counted as official graduates
actually are still a few credits short of degrees,
Bo wasn't bummed.
Bo says that if a guy only needs to make up
an incomplete or take another class to earn a
diploma, it's as good as graduating. When that
ex-Wolverine really needs that sheepskin,
he'll have the drive, the determination, the guts
to come back and get it.
And if Bo's team comes marching down the
field 80 yards for the game-winning score, but
is stopped on fourth and goal, it just wouldn't be
fair for those referees to say the boys didn't
score.
Better punt, Bo.
Shouting match
W HAT WAS billed as a "silent march"
Friday to mourn the slaughter two weeks

Doiiv Photo by JEFF SCHRIER

A very noisy silent march.

Laboratories, W.E. Lay Automotive
Laboratory, and the North Campus Library
Stacks.
Engineering a move
TENURE IS often considered the "golden
key" to University job security, but four
professors recently learned that-at least tem-
porarily-they're going to be locked out.
The professors-all from schools under
budgetary review-were promoted without
tenure, a move that angered much of the
faculty. On Monday, the faculty Senate Assem-
bly unanimously endorsed a letter opposing the
promotions.
Tenure review usually comes after seven
years of teaching at the University, although it
can come before. None of the four professors
has taught for more than five years; the
promotions are controversial, however,
because the administration ignored advice
from departments recommending that tenure
be granted.
Some faculty members fear that this method
of promotion will weaken the University tenure
policy. Vice President for Academic Affairs
Billy Frye, however, defended the ad-
ministration's decision to withhold tenure.
"It's not in any way against University policy,"
he said. "We're simply trying to keep these
(positions) open until the reviews, are
finished."
In other words, they're being kept under lock
and key.
Guess who's coming ?
P OLITICS MAKES strange bedfellows.
Political conferences at the University make
them even stranger.
An odd couple-former Presidents Gerald
Ford and Jimmy Carter - will team up on
campus in February for a special forum. The
old rivals will bury the political hatchet to co-
chair a domestic policy conference at the North
Campus Gerald Ford Presidential Library.
If that sounds impressive, just look at this
fall's warm-up act. In November, such State
Department luminaries as Dean Rusk, William
Rogers, Edmund Muskie, and Alexander Haig

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ago of Palestinian refugees deteriorated into a
shouting match between Arab'and pro-Israeli
students.
Leaders of several Arab student groups who
organized the demonstration said the silent
march was a memorial to those civilians mur-
dered by Christian militiamen in Beirut.
But shortly into the march, some of the 200
protestors began to yell slogans blasting
Israel's invasion of Lebanon.
Students supporting Israel's moves coun-
tered with their own shouts when the march en-
tered the Diag. The yelling culminated in near
violence when one undergraduate mounted a
bench to address the crowd. "Fuck you all," he
urged the demonstrators.
Friday's march finished a full week of
organized anti-Israel demonstrations and
programs, including several .speeches con-
demning alleged Israeli involvement in the
Beirut massacre. One speaker, Joe Stork, the
editor of a small magazine on Middle Eastern
affairs, charged that the United States had
conspired with Israel in coming up with its in-
vasion plans.

Lock and key
REMEMBER ALL the skinny guys walking
around campus with calculators hanging
off their belts and slide rules in their pockets?
You bumped into them because their glasses
had fallen off the bridge of their noses. Good old
engineering students.
Well, those days are gone. The engineering
department is on its way to North Campus, and
with it goes quite a bit of big bucks.
The state legislature passed a bill this week
clearing the way for construction of a new $29
million classroom and office complex on North
Campus. The bill provided a mere $100,000 to
finish plans on the complex, which will be com-
pleted in six months.
Construction will begin by next summer, and
last two and a half years, according to top
calculator punchers.
In addition, all those chemical scholars will
be able to bump into the walls of their newly
refurnished North Campusfacilities. Improved
places will include the G.G. Brown

Haig: To visit here in November

also will gather at the Ford library for a con-
ference on foreign policy.
Although both forums have impressive casts
and are bound to attract national media atten-
tion, they are unrelated. The presidential
pairing is the culmination of a nationwide
series of town meetings, while the foreign
policy conference is being sponsored by the
Gerald Ford Foundation.

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The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily staff writers Andrew Chapman, Julie
Hinds, David Meyer, Fannie Weinstein,
and Barry Witt.

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

LETTERS TO THE DAILY:

Screams of delight-or of

terror

Vol. XCIII, No. 16

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

MS dilscrimination:
degrees in hypocrisy

To the Daily:
A few days ago I was working
in my office, when I heard
screams coming from the
hallway. It was 1:30 p.m., a safe
time, and the woman was goofing
around with some friends-a sort
of primeval mating game.
These thoughts ran through my
mind, until I decided that the
screams were lasting too long. I
was met by two other people as I
ran out of my office to find out
what the problem was.
The woman, we discovered,
was grabbed by a man who tried
to kiss her. Fortunately, she was
carrying a metal object, with
which she hit the man. He pushed
her down and ran away. We
arrived too late to hear anything
but the story.
When I returned to my office, I

felt pretty bad that I had not
responded to her call more
quickly. She could have been
trapped in that East Engineering
stairwell with a man with a knife,
gun, stick, etc. Or she could have
been dragged away.
But I also associated the in-
cident with the "boy who cried
wolf" fable. No one hears
screams anymore because they
are far too common and un-
warranted. There were people
sitting in the office next to mine
who laughed when they first
heard her-another girl acting
silly. Under usual circumstances,
their assessment would have
been correct.
At the University, the response
to this incident would be to form a
task force to "look, into" in-
creased security on campus. On a

more personal level, women
might elect to carry
weapons-mace, tear gas, a
knife-to ensure their safety.
Before this happens, though, it
would behoove every female
screamer to analyze why she per-
forms her strange vocal act. And
if the screams are caused by flir-
tation, exuberance, or anything

along those lines, perhaps these
women could learn to shut their
mouths or, better yet, to laugh.
If screams came only from
people who needed help. the
response time would be much
faster, injuries reduced, and
more criminals caught.
-Maureen Fleming
Sept. 23'

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M ICHIGAN STATE University
student John Nowack learned
quite a lesson from his college. He
learned not to count on open-
mindedness, consistency, or fair play.
How could one school teach one
student so much? It's easy when you
play by MSU's underhanded rules.
When Nowack was kicked out of his
fraternity for being a homosexual, he
turned for help to the first source that
came to mindi-the supposedly lear-
ned, equitable MSU administration. He
thought, naturally, that his university
would eliminate such a narrow-minded
discriminatory practice from its cam-
pus.
Nowack received a rude shock. MSU
president Cecil Mackey upheld the
fraternity's decision to throw Nowack
out, claiming that fraternities and
sororities were not under university
jurisdiction.
Mackey's position could have been
chalked up to callous indifference if he
had stuck to his policy of non-
intervention in the affairs of Greek-
letter societies. In fact, he has shown
himself only too willing to intercede-
when the pressure comes from a dif-
ferent minority.
MSU recently rushed to place
another fraternity on probation for
putting an advertisement in a student
newspaper that included what might
be called a "Little Black Sambo" doll.
That move to stamp out racism was

honor on the university; it merely ser-
ved to illustrate MSU's hypocrisy.
In condemning the racist slur, MSU
announced that fraternity behavior
must remain "consistent with the ex-
pectations of the university in race
relations and human relations."
But MSU's expectations have
nothing in common with consistency-
they're high when it comes to race, but
they're nonexistent where sexual
preference is concerned.
MSU taught Nowack that a college
can write its own rules. MSU's rules
happen to include that some minorities
are more important than others; that
discrimination must be stopped, but
only when doing so isn't awkward or
embarrassing; that whatever's fair in
MSU boils down to what Cecil Mackey
and his gang are in the mood for.
Nowack got the message. He's
decided to drop his efforts to be rein-
stated in his fraternity, saying he wan-
ts to spare his family any further suf-
fering.
Nowack learned his lesson. Now he
won't expect people to accept him
without prejudice. He won't expect in-
stitutions of enlightment and advan-
cement to protect him from bigotry
and ignorance.
For anyone else wanting a quick
course in discrimination, why start
with MSU's inane, immature frater-
nities? Go right to the source, where
hypocrisy is fostered-take a lesson

Letters and columns represent the opinions
of the individual author(s) and do not
necessarily reflect the altitudes or beliefs of
the Daily.

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