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Ninety-Three Years
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Wol. XCIII, No. 134

Copyright 1983; The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, March 22, 1983

Ten Cents

Eight Pages

A Facultypasses

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By LISA CRUMRINE
The faculty Senate Assembly voted
yesterday 40-15 in favor of an amended
version of non-classified research
guidelines drafted last month by the
Research Policies Committee.
The new guidelines prohibit faculty
from conducting any University
research of which the "substantial pur-
pose is to destroy or permanently in-
capacitate human beings." The policy
also calls for the schools and colleges to
review their own faculty'sresearch,
rather than for a central University
oversight committee, which some
professors had advocated.
THE RESOLUTION asks the central
administration to appoint a central
committee to monitor the procedure
adopted by the individual schools and
colleges.

The vote capped an 18-month,
examination of the University's policies
regarding military-sponsored resear-
ch. A Senate Assembly member
originally asked in August, 1981, that
the body look at the possibility of in-
creasing Pentagon influence over
University research.
Critics of defense research called
yesterday's action a weak resolution of
the long debate. They had supported the
idea of a central oversight Committee
and retention of the University's present
guidelines that prohibit research "the
clearly foreseeable and probable result
of which ... is to destroy human life."
SOME 80 people gathered outside the
Rackham Building before yesterday's
meeting. About 60 critics of defense
research competed for attention with
about 20 supporters of the new

ilicy
guidelines, most of whomwere from the
engineering college.
Research Policies Committee
Chairman Robert Moyers defended his
committee's recommendation before
yesterday's vote.
"The majority of our committee feels
the new resolution responds ap-
proximately to the charge given us, in
terms of freedom of inquiry and ap-
propriateness of research at the
University," said Moyers.
But Ben Davis, one of the student
members of the committee who issued
a minority report, said, "The proposal
is not a compromise. Instead, it reflects
the opinion that no restrictions should
be imposed on research. We must have
more than defined procedures. A
See FACULTY, Page 2

Daily Photo by WENDY GOULD
Students march to the Rackham building after an afternoon rally to protest military research, while pro-academic
freedom signs left by other students decorate a snowman, prior to the faculty senate's meeting yesterday afternoon.

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Family blames FBI for
fatal shooting of mother

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By GEORGEA KOVANIS
The children of civil rights worker slain
18 years ago in Alabama in an Ann
Arbor courtroom yesterday that an FBI in-
formant killed their mother.

The five children of Viola Liuzzo are
suing the federal government for $2
million, alleging that Thomas Rowe, who
worked as an FBI informant on matters
involving the Ku Klux Klan, was respon-
sible for their mother's death.
THE SUIT, brought by Tony, Tommy,
Sally, Penny, and Mary Liuzzo, charges
the FBI with negligence in failing to
prevent Liuzzo's death. The plaintiffs also
say the FBI didn't provide enough super-
vision and training to Rowe and let him
participate in illegal activities.
Liuzzo traveled to Alabama in March of
1965 to participate in a voter rights march
from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. The
Detroit housewife used her car to shuttle
march leaders between Selma and Mon-
tgomery.
Liuzzo was killed by gunshots which
came from a passing car containing Rowe,
and Ku Klux Klan members Collie Leroy
Wilkins, Eugene Thomas, and William
Eaton. It was first believed that Rowe only
pretended to shoot, and that the bullets
came from one of the KKK member's
guns.

THE CHILDREN, however, now believe
differently. They think Rowe fired a gun
and that it was this bullet which killed her.
"This, your honor is negligence . . .
(which) produced the death of our clients'
mother, Viola Liuzzo," the Liuzzo
children's attorney Dean Robb told Judge
Charges Joiner. Attorneys for the plaintiff
also showed a brief film depicting the
mood of the voting right march.
Sally Liuzzo burst into tears upon seeing
the film clip, which showed pictures of her
mother and contained an interview with
Rowe.
Ann Robertson, representing the FBI,
countered the allegations, saying "the
presence of Gary Thomas Rowe in that car
solved the crime." Robertson said she ex-
pects to show the court that the bureau did
a thorough job of investigating Rowe and
of training him.
REV. FRED Shuttlesworth testified that
he met Liuzzo at the march, and described
her as a "beautiful, young, lady and we
thought she was tremendously concerned
with human rights."
Former klansman Eugene Thomas, who
See SLAIN, Page 7

Spring Skiing

Liuzzo
... claims FBI was negligent

Nancy Benish and Kerry Brayton take advantage of yesterday's unusually seasonal weather by skiing down
State Street on their way to the Arb.

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Dow denies exerting
pressure on EPA

,WASHINGTON (UPI)-Dow
Chemical Co. President Paul Oreffice
said yesterday pressure to delete
material critical of his firm in an EPA
report on dioxin contamination came
from Washington, not from Dow..
Oreffice, interviewed on NBC's
"Today" show and ABC's "Good Mor-
ning America" program, also said
"there is no health problem" in the
Midland, Mich., area around a Dow
plant where dioxins are generated in
the manufacturing process.
He said the first Dow knew of the
study when it was leaked to a Canadian
newspaper. Acting EPA chief John
WHernandez is accused of letting Dow
delete portions of the report critical of
the firm.
"PEOPLE STARTED calling us
about it. We asked the EPA for some in-
formation about it. They sent us a draft'
and asked us for a scientific opinion,"
he said.

Oreffice said review by a firm is not
unusual, and in this case "most of the
technology in that report was developed
by Dow scientists." Such reviews, he
said, are common in the context of
"peer review" of scientific work.
Portions of the report critical of Dow
were eliminated, and Oreffice, asked
how much pressure Dow might have
applied to Hernandez to permit changes
in the report, replied, "For our part,
none."
"WE MADE one comment to the
Chicago EPA. Our scientist spoke to
one of their scientists" suggesting some
changes. "The next thing we knew
there was pressure coming from
Washington," he said. The pressure, he
said, was "strictly internal" and from
"someone in Washington. We applied
absolutely no pressure."
Oreffice conceded the final report
was less critical of Dow than had been
See DOW, Page 7

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Frat party
draws
f accusations
of racism
By GLEN YOUNG
Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity's annual
"Jungle Party" has drawn criticism
and accusations of racism from leaders
of the University's black community.
At the fraternity's event last Satur-
day, at least three partygoers painted
their entire bodies black to look like
jungle natives. The party's theme calls
for people to come as some character
from the jungle, and fraternity mem-
bers said yesterday that there was no
racial slur intended.
BUT BLACK leaders -contacted by
the Daily yesterday said they were of-
fended, but not surprised, by the ac-
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK See BLACKS, Page 3

Some of the attendants of the an-
nual Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity
'Jungle' party came dressed as
jungle natives. The native dress
has drawn charges of racism
from leaders of the black student
community.

TODAY
Congressional comparisons
Y OU'D THINK that in a 13-hour congressional de-
bate, like the one the House had the other day on
a proposed nuclear weapons freeze, lawmakers

careless chess game." Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) said the
resolution, in calling for what amounted to both a freeze
and a reduction, had become "a carnivorous vegetarian."
Speaker Thomas O'Neill (D-Mass) didn't offer an analogy;
just some fractured English. He kept referring to the
"mutual and verifiable" freeze as "a variable freeze."
Secret spirits
THE VILLAGERS in Aaseral, Norway were in fine spir-
its recently - until their sober elders discovered an

answer calls for 12 businesses because of an error in the
new telephone directory. Southwestern Bell's 1983 Yellow
Pages correctly listed Millerman and Millerman's
telephone number - but then gives the same number of 11
other agencies in an joint ad by the Independent Insurance
Agents of Abilene. Southwestern Bell spokesman Jay Allen
said that the data was either entered incorrectly into a
computer or at the book's printer. Nothing can be done
about the numbers now, and the 12 insurance agencies will
have their money refunded, Allen said. O

* 1976 - The University's DNA research policy group
gave the go-aheaad for professors to engage in most forms
of controversial genetic research.
* 1977 - A $39,000 study commissioned by the Mayor's
Blue Ribbon Committee on Fair Rental Practices con-
cluded that Ann Arbor housing is expensive, scarce, and of
low quality. O
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