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OPINION

Page 4

Sunday, February 12, 1984

The Michigan Daily

Conduct code,

research elicit

debate 4

THE MICHIGAN Student Asembly calls it
"abhorrent," Jonathon Rose of Student
Legal Services calls it "a return of pater-
nalism," and its supporters call it essential to
the safety of the University. If you don't know
what "it" is by now, you'll sure be surprised
come next fall when you find yourself raking
leaves in front of Angell Hall because you stole
your roommate's toothbrush.
"It," the proposed Student Code of
Nonacademic Conduct, would allow the

University to punish students for offenses such
as theft, vandalism, sexual harassment, and
some forms of civil disobedience. Such crimes
currently fall under the jurisdiction of civil
authorities - students suffer no penalty from
the University for nonacademic offenses.
The Code, which will be presented to the
regents some time this spring, allows for an in-
ternal judicial system comprised of ad-
ministrators, faculty, and students. Offenders
may suffer sanctions ranging from work
assignments, to restitution, suspension, and
even expulsion.
In an open letter to the University com-
munity, MSA criticized the Code because it
could place students in double jeopardy -
students may be tried in both civil and Univer-
sity proceedings for the same crime -,because
it applies only to students and not faculty and
administrators, and because it allows too much
flexibility in matching punishments with
violations.
The Code's proponents, however, say it is
needed to give the University more leverage in
removing dangerous students from campus. It
would also bring together in a uniform
document the hodgepodge of policies currently
floating around in administrative' offices,
which include the Sexual Harassment Policy,
the Hazing Policy, and theRules on Firearms

and Other Dangerous Weapons. These policies
at present have no enforcement mechanism.
The only thing comparable to the proposed
code and judicial system are the Rules of the
University Community, which have been sit-
ting in file cabinets unnoticed since their
revision in 1973. They have never been used,
say administrators, because they were written
in order to contain the "massive protests" in
response to the Vietnam War.
Reasoning on research
Is the issue of military research dead at this
university? Should pentagon-funded projects
be allowed on campus?
Those were the questions posed to six
panelists including University President
Harold Shapiro at a forum Thursday night
sponsored by the Progressive Student Net-
work. Shapiro agreed to star in PSN's show
when activists trooped into his office with the
invitation a week-and-half ago.
Shapiro told the crowd of more than 250 in the
Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union that,
although he sees a need to eliminate "the
nuclear madness that has developed in the last
30 years," he wasn't quite sure how to achieve,
that goal.
The opinions of other panelists ranged from
that of Roger Kerson, former Michigan
Student Assembly researcher, who called the
concept of Military research an "addiction" of
our leaders to LSA junior Brent Haynes who
explained that the PSN's only goal was "the
railroading of their own half-informed
definition of morality" onto the University
community.
Engineering Humanities Prof. Henryk
Skolimowski critized panelists, including
Shapiro, who did not openly oppose defense
research on campus.
"We all are against military research, but
some of us have the courage to-speak out while
others cannot," he said.
Despite conflicting opinions, most everyone
was pleased with the affair. PSN members
called it encouraging and Shapiro summed it
up saying that the large number of people in at-
tendance showed that the issue of military
research "is not dead on campus.,,

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Daily Photo by TOD WrOO'F
At a forum on military research at the University last week, professors Henryk Skolimowski and Ron Bishop and University President Harold
Shapiro were among the participants airing their views.

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The verdict is in

Following two weeks of bizarre testimony, a
Chelsea farmer and his wife accused of holding
two farmhands as slaves were found guilty in
the state's first slavery trial in 60 years. Ike
Kozminski and his wife Margarethe were found
guilty by a twelve member jury of involuntary
servitude and conspiracy to violate civil rights
for holding Robert Fulmer and Louis Molitoris
against their will. Their son ,John was also
found guilty on one charge of conspiracy.
The Kozminskis were accused of holding the
two men on a dairy farm outside of Ann Arbor
and forcing them to work for 16 years,
allegedly without pay. Ike and Margarethe
Kozminski face a maximum sentence of 20
years in prison and a $20,000 fine. John Koz-
minski faces a possible sentence of 10 years
and a $10,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Charles
Joiner will announce the sentencesin April.
David Goldstein, an attorney defending the
couple, said he was upset by the verdict and
that the case will be appealed. Ivan Barris,
another defense attorney, said that the most
damaging testimony came from Michael
Wilcome, a former employee of the Kozminski
farm, who testified that Fulmer and Molitoris
lived in a dilapidated trailer with no running

water and were fed moldy bread. Barris also
said that a psychologist who testified for the
government appealed to the jury's emotions
saying that the farmhands were
"psychological hostages" afraid to leave the
farm.,
A piece of their mind
A parade of speakers this week took a shot at
inspiring students to support everything from
Darwinism to low cost legal service.
Concerns over the plight of the poor were ex-
pressed by Georgia State Senator Julian Bond
and former attorney general Ramsey Clark.
Bond attacked President Reagan's
"nullification of the needs of the needy"
saying that the administration has drastically
weakened the nation's social services and
created a wider gap between the rich and the
poor. He called for voting, political par-
ticipation, and activism as remedies for our
country's ills. "We need to mobilize the troops
and lead them to the streets," he said.
Clark talked to troops of prospective lawyers
in the Law school, asking them to overcome
their desire to get rich and instead provide
inexpensive legal services for the millions of
Americans who can't afford a lawyer. While
Clark was warmly received, the degree to

which his words were taken to heart remains tq
be seen.
University alumnus and former astronaut
Jack Lousam attempted to have his words
taken to heart as he gave a high-flying
prescription for the economic woes of
Michigan. He asserted Monday night that the
state's future lies in high-tech industries add
research. Kicking off a month-long tour of
college campuses, Lousma said that students
will play a very important role in getting his
U.S. Senate campaign off the ground.
Doeko Bosscher, a Dutch professor also gave
high-tech industries a verbal boost by asking
that American missiles be placed on Dutch soil
in order that Holland remain safe from the
Soviet Union. Not suprisingly, defense depar
tment offical James Blaker backed Bosscher
up saying that America has the duty and right
to protect her European allies.
And in the "It hardly has to be said, butsI
have to say it anyway" category, Professi'
Michael Ruse visited the campus from Ontario
to preach the virtues -of Darwinism. He
suggested that the theory is more compatible
with creationism theories than it appears.

The Week in Review was complied by.
Daily Staff writers Sue Barto, Neil Chase,
Karen Tensa, and Pete Williams.

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

A time for goodwill

H IGH TENSION and unchecked
production of nuclear arms will
continue as long as U.S. and Soviet
leaders refuse to negotiate or even to
meet face-to-face.
President Reagan's decision to send
Vice President George Bush to Soviet
President Yuri Andropov's funeral on
Tuesday will ensure that nothing much
changes between the two superpowers.
Until Reagan shows he is willing to
break the chill which began when
American-Soviet arms control
negotiations broke off last November, it
is unlikely that the Soviets will head
back to the bargaining table. It is time
for the U.S. to make a gesture of good-
will.
Western diplomats speculate that
Andropov's programs will hold over to
the next leadership. None of the poten-
tial Soviet leaders are thought to have
enough political clout to change anything
On the surface, this seems to suggest more
of the same unwillingness to trust
American leaders, but a healthy leader
might be more able to attend summits
and open dialogues. The U.S. should
take advantage of even such slightly
increased possibilities for a dialogue.
Chancellor Helmut Kohl of
West Germany, who didn't attend
Brezhnev's funeral, said he will visit
Moscow Tuesday as a move to
strengthen East-West relations. At
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ficials say it is not "usual" to send the
president to such funerals and point out
that he didn't attend Brezhnev's in
1982.
The administration sent a letter to
Moscow expressing condolences and
hope that the Soviet leadership would
"take advantage of the opportunities
at hand" to improve relations. By sen-
ding Reagan to Moscow, the U.S.
would be taking the medicine it
prescribes.
But President Reagan says he is too
busy to be tied up in a meeting with
Soviet leaders who have supposedly
been shipping arms to those fighting
U.S. Marines in Lebanon. Ad-
ministration officials say Reagan has
meetings with other key actors in the
Lebanon crisis on his schedule for
Monday and Tuesday. Why can't he
change his schedule considering the
situation? A death is certainly reason
enough.
By attending the funeral, Reagan
would have at least made an effort
which, as one visiting University
professor and Soviet emigre
suggested, could help leaders of both
countries to "see each other not as
mechanical devils but just (as)
people."
Unfortunately, Reagan has stifled
his chances of making a friendly move
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
- They may be businessmen,
diplomats, or seasoned reporters,
but once in a while North
Americans working under high
pressure in Central America
yearn for a taste of home. That's
when some, furtively or brazenly,
set out to find a familiar Mc-
Donald's - for a burger, french
fries, and a blessedly ice-cold
Coke.
Yet even here, Big Mac af-
ficionados find that the war is
never far away. The doors to the
golden arches on the street called
Avenue of the Heroes are guar-
ded by burly men carrying M-
16's.
Some newcomers say they lose
their appetites in the presenceof
automatic rifles. Old hands,
however, proceed to order from a
menu - in Snanish and English

The golden arch es:
epicurean aid to
Cen tral A merica.

young woman working the coun-
ter. They were serving, however,
french fried yucca. Cokes? Not
today. How about some iced tea?
Coca Cola is available in
Nicaragua, but often it is so scar-
ce that it is served only when or-
dered with a meal or other items.
At Managua's Intercontinental
Hotel, base for congressional
delegations and other visitors}
from the UnitedStates, those who,
want only the soft drink quickly
learn to order "rum and coke"
from the bar - and have them;
served in separate glasses. a
In San Salvador, one journalist,,
said he stops at McDonald's on,
his way out of town to visite
refugee camps or guerrilla-
controlled zones. So small is the:
country and so accessible are
some of those zones in this "taxi
war," he says, that he can be.

By Mary Jo McConahay

were on me in a few seconds and
demanded the film. I think
they're afraid of sabotage."
Being a symbol of Uncle Sam
may make McDonald's a poten-
tial target, yet Salvadoran teen-
s ties eemtonganther, here

Salvadoran army is forcibly con-
scripting young men in the
provinces.
Two hundred fifty miles away
by air, in Managua, the U.S. fast
food outlet also mirrors events in
its adonted hnme The sevre

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