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The Michigan Daily, Thursday, September 22, 1983 -Page 3
Watt criticized for
conuent on norities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior
Secretary James Watt, upset at a Senate
vote barring him from leasing any
more federal land for coal mining, told
a business group yesterday that he is
being advised on the issue by "every
kind of mixture . . . I have a black, I
have a woman, two Jews and a crip-
ple."
After coming under fire from blacks,
women, Jews and the handicapped,
Watt issued an apology, saying his
choice of words "was unfortunate."
WATT'S COMMENTS provoked
laughter in a speech to the U.S. Cham-
ber of Commerce, in which he also at-
tacked members of Congress for failing
to support his energy development
progam and criticized the news media
for being only interested in "sex and
controversy and scandal."
Watt was clearly angered by a Senate
vote the day before to place a
moratorium on further coal sales until
the Commission on Fair Market Value
Policy for Federal Coal Leasing
reviews the government program and
recommends reforms.
Referring to the commission, Watt
said, "We have every kind of mixture
you can have. I have a black, I have a

'We have evey kind of mixture you can have.
I have a black, I have a woman, two Jews
and a cripple.'
- James Watt
Interor secretary

woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we
have talent."
WHILE THE remark drew laughter,
one member of the audience asked Watt
during a question session whether such
a comment was wise in light of
criticism the administration has
received from minorities.
Watt later issued a statement saying,
"My choice of words today about the
coal leasing commission was unfor-
tunate and I have apologized to the one
member of the commission who is han-
dicapped. I remain very proud of the
commission, which is made up of highly
talented people, reflecting a broad
cross-section of our population."
VARIOUS groups representing those
singled out by Watt were quick to at-
tack the secretary.
Phyllis Rubenfeld, president of the

eight million-member Americai
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilitie,
said she was upset as a Jew, a woma
and as a person with polio.
"The word 'cripple' is as archaic ana
Neanderthal as Watt's thinking," shy
said. "I am totally outraged that a mab
of his stature and position would talk
this way."
Denton Watson, a spokesman for the
National Association for the Advari-
cement of Colored People, said it was
"unbelievable that a high government
official would be so insensitive to the
feelings of all people."
Rabbi David Saperstein, Washington
representative of the Union of Hebrew
Congregations, said, "This seems to be
a pattern of Mr. Watt's careless and in-
sensitive dealing with ethnic com-
munities in America."

Sprucing up
Harvey and Harvey Jr. at work for the State Street Association
area merchants.

Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
help clean and renovate with the financial support of

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-HAPPENINGS-
Highlight
Those who want more information on the federal government's law linking
financial aid and the draft dan attend a panel discussion in the Lawyers Club
Lounge at 7:30 p.m. tonight. University Financial Aid Director Harvey
Grotrian and Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union Attorney Amy
Silberberg will discuss the law and answer questions.
Films
Cinema Guild - Yojimbo, 7 & 9 p.m., Lorch.
AAFC - The Rocking Horse Winner, 7 p.m., Sons and Lovers, 9 p.m.,
Angell Aud. A.
CFT - Bedazzled, 7:35 p.m., And Now for Something Completely Dif-
ferent, 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Mediatrics - A Little Romance, 7 & 9 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Latin American Culture Project - Pablo Neruda, Poet, noon, MLB 1.
Performances
Ark - Dougie McLean, 8 p.m., 1421 Hill.
Eclipse Jazz - Ray Charles and the Raelettes, the Marcus Belgrave Sex-
tet, 8 p.m., Hill.
Performance Network - "Wisdom Amok," by Albert Innu ato, 8 p.m.,
408 W. Washington.
Latin American Culture Project - Patricio Manns, 8 p.m., Rackham Aud.
The Brecht Company - "kMan'sa Man," 8p.m., 701 E. University.
Guild House - Poetry reading, John Peter Beck, and Sheila Murphy, 8
p.m., 802 Monroe.
Speakers
Japanese Studies - Brown bag, Whitmore Gray, "Use and Non-Use of
Contract in Japan," noon, Lane Hall Commons Rm.
Rackham; Pharmacy; Parke-Davis Co., - Sem., George Keith
Mulholland, "6-Methoxyquinolines and Quinolinequinones as Potential An-
tineoplastic Agents," 4 p.m., 3554 CCL. \
Chemistry - Physical Chem. Seminar, Efrat Lifshitz, "ESR In-
vestigations of MPS3 Intercalation Compounds," 4 p.m., 1200 Chem.
Gerontology; Sociology; ISR - Martin Kohki, "Aging & Work: A Case
Study," 3:30 p.m., Rackham W. Conf. Rm.
English - Colloquium on Critical Theory, Robert Berkhofer, "The (DE)
(RE) Construction of the Past: Understanding History as Understanding,"
Rackham W. Lecture Rm.
Natural Resources: ILIR: Japanese Studies: ECR Assocs. - Amory &
Hunter Lovins, "New Participation Opportunities for Saving Resources,
Jobs, & Money," 7:30 p.m., League.
Rackham; Classical Studies; - Paul Zanker, "Divi Filius: Octavian's
Forms of Self-Representation Before the Year 28 B.C.," 4 p.m., 207 Tappan
Hall.
Computing Center - Chalk Talk, CC consulting staff, "MTS Files, Devices
& I/O," 12:10 p.m., 1011 NUBS; Forrest Hartman, "Full Screen Editing, On-
tel Terminal," 1:30 or 3:30 p.m., Ontel Rm., NUBS; Bob Blue, "Intro to
MTS, III," 7 p.m., 2235 Angell.
English - Donald Reiman, "Shelley and the Poetics of Exile," 4 p.m.,
Rackham E. Conf. Rm.
Museum of Art - Art Break, Vicky Juliue, "Hotei by Korin," 12:10 p.m.,
North Gallery.
School of Art Steering Committee - Slide show and lecture, Richard
Raiselis, 12:30 p.m., 2107-08 School of Art.
Social Work; Voter Participation Project - Richard Cloward, "Voter
Participation and Political Change; New Strategies for Social Agencies,"
3:30 p.m., 3064 Frieze.
Anthropology - Brown bag seminar, Hitoshi Watanabe, "Disappearance
of Pit Dwellings & Fuel Economy," noon, 2009 Museums Bldg.
Meetings
Michigan Economic Society - Mass meeting and kegger, 4:30 p.m., 101
Lorch.
Sailing Club - Brief meeting followed by sailing lecture, 7:45 p.m., 311 W.
Engin.
Med. Center Bible Study - 12:30 p.m., Rm. F2230 Mott Children's
Hospital.
Ann Arbor Libertarian League - 7 p.m., Dominick's.
Marxist Group - Lecture and discussion, "The Political Economy of
World Peace - Civil Rights & ERA," 7:30 p.m., 2443 Mason.
Michigan Windsurfing Club -7 p.m., 4398 Mason.
Ann Arbor Democratic Party - "Planning Issues in Ann Arbor: Plannee
vs. Planner," panel discussion, 8 p.m., Community High School.
Women in Communications - 4:30 p.m., 2035 Frieze.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving - 7 p.m., Washtenaw County Sheriff's
Dent.
Miscellaneous
Scottish Country Dancers - Beginning class, 7 p.m., intermediate class, 8
p.m., Forest Hills Community Center, 2351 Shadowood.

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