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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 8, 1984- Page 5
MSA places code on ballot

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By MARCY FLEISHER
The University's pr9posed code for non-academic
conduct has turned into a political battle between
student government leaders and administrators, but
what do students - the main group that will be affec-
ted by the guidelines - think?
During the Michigan Student Assembly elections
March 26 and 27, students will be asked to indicate
whether they support the proposed code.
THE ASSEMBLY voted unanimously Tuesday
night to include two questions on the proposed non-
academic code on the election ballot.
The first question would ask students if the Univer-
sity and MSA should support the proposed guidelines,

and the second would ask if there should be a special
student vote to approve the code before the Univer-
sity can enforce it.
MSA also unanimously approved a proposal that
would allow the Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan (PIRGIM) to hold their elections along
with the MSA election.
If PIRGIM's state board in Lansing approves the
measure tomorrow, it will , be the first time the
student body will have the opportunity to vote for
the group's seven board members.
IN PAST years, only PIRGIM members have voted
in their elections. Although last year the group
distributed ballots through their newsletter, the poor

turnout from that attempt - less than 300 ballots
WERE RETURNED - caused PIRGIM to try to
reach more students through the MSA elections.
"Our goal is to let the students know that PIRGIM's
board of officers are democratically elected and are
supposed to represent all students," said Amy
Gibans, the University's PIRGIM coordinator.
A more visible PIRGIM election will also force
group members to work harder on campaigns and
feel more responsibility for the position, she said.
The deadline for students to submit proposals for
the election is Saturday.

Students demand role in code revisions

(Continued from Page 1)
students who are charged with
repeated violations harsher punish-
ments.
Rowland approves of the second
revision but she is asking for more
changes that must be made, such as
omitting the section allowing the
University to punish students for par-
ticipating in protests or demonstrations
that disrupt University activity, in or-
der for her to accept the code.
But Herbert Hildebrandt, Chairman
of the faculty governing board, says
that the proposed rules on student
only need to be reworded,
not omitted
"I THINK (that section) has to be
redrawn," said Hildebrandt, a business
communications professor. "I think
(the wording) is too severe."'
University officials also made
several technical changes in the wor-
ding of the code which has been
modified four times since it was first
drafted in the spring of 1983.
But code opponent Eric Schnauffer, a
graduate student, said most of the

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changes haven't been real concessions,
but merely moves to appease students.
Schnaufer is vice president of a group
called "No Code" that formed this year
to protest the proposed rules.
"STUDENTS HAVE had very little
input," Schnaufer said. University of-
ficials "are making gratuitous changes
for propaganda purposes. The
repressive parts of the code remain."
Communications Prof. William
Colburn, who chaired the committee
that wrote the initial code, said students
have had a significant role in drafting
the code and added that their criticism
has been helpful. Colburn's attitude has
mellowed since last week when he ac-
cused student leaders of
"stonewalling" the code.
"THE STUDENTS who are against
(the code) are making good argumen-
ts," said Colburn. "The people opposing
(the code) are providing a temendous
service to us in reworking the
document. It's really getting tested
hard."
Colburn said University officials will
meet today to set a date for a public
hearing on the code.
Code opponents are also scheduling a
series of events, includling a teach-in
next Wednesday, to inform students
about the code.
COLUBRN SAYS he supports
Rowland's recommendation to have
only four members on the Hearing
Board.
Rowland also said an MSA represen-
tative should participate in the process
of revising the code. "No Code" mem-
bers go a step further and say that the
University should turn the code over to
students to make all the revisions.
"'No Code' doesn't want to negotiate
with the University as long as the
University controls the revision and
approval process. 'No Code' can agree
to a student code only if students con-
trol it,"-Schnaufer said.
ONE PROBLEM code opponents

have faced is obtaining copies of the
guidelines to distribute to students. If
students could actually read the code,
Schnaufer sayd he is confident they
would reject it.
MSA and "No Code" members asked
Affirmative Action Officer Director
Virginia Nordby to print 10,000 copies of
the code to pass out on campus.

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In a letter responding to their
,,uest, Nordby gave MSA 25 copies of
the code and said the same numer
would be put on reserve for students at
the Undergraduate Library.
Vice President of Student Services
Henry Johnson said requesting 10,000
copies was unreasonable. "We're
thinking in terms of hundreds."

Campus gays push for 'U' policy

(Continued from Page 1)
"The gay movement is so much
stronger than the average straight
person could fathom, and the joys of
being gay are almost stronger," Mack
says. "The straight person will never
experience the jubilation of coming out
against such odds."
Even though it might not end inside
comments or the subtle discrimination,
gays on campus are pushing for an end
to anti-gay attitudes in University
hiring and promotion decisions.
IN DECEMBER 1982, the Lesbian
and Gay Rights on Campus (LaGROC)
group asked the regents and University
President Harold Shapiro for a policy
prohibiting discrimination based on
sexual preference. Today they are still
waiting.
Gays say the policy is needed to show
that the University does not regard
them as pariahs.
"It acknowledges the presence of gay
people," said Naomi Braine, a
sophomore in the Residential College.
Without a policy statement, Braine
says, slights against campus gays may
be ignored because they do not stand
put as a visible minority.
"WE'RE invisible; we don't turn
lavender when we come out. There's
R nothing that marks us as being gay. We
don't have six fingers or four toes," she
said.
If Shapiro and the regents do not ap-
prove a policy it will mean -"that
homophobia is okay at the University of
Michigan" says Molly Adams, a mem-
ber of the Queers Action Committee
(QuAC), a campus gay group.
Gays who haven't come out lack the
support of groups like QuAC and
LaGROC, and the sense of isolation can
be extreme, especially in dormitories.
"YOU THINK 'If I come out, no one's

going to love me,'" says Kate, who
lives in an all-women dormitory.
Few straight people know she's gay,
Kate says, but their reactions are
generally negative when they find out.
"It's kind of an incredible experience
to see this look on a person's face of
repulsion and disgust. They're afraid of
you," Kate says. "If people on my hall
figure this out, I'm sure I'll have a lot of
rejection."
FOR SOCIAL reasons, Kate finds she
sometimes has to hide her sexual
preferences. "You're walking around
10 feet off the ground because you're in
love,'and people just assume it's a,
man," she says.
Rejection of gays can sometimes take
a nastier turn too. Kate said someone
once threw a snowball at her while she
was walking across the Diag arm-in-
arm with a female friend.
Mark (not his real name), a business
school senior said he was "ostracized
by a lot of people," when he, was a
freshman living in Mary Markley, with
pranks by hallmates such as taping a
Playgirl magazine to his door.
RUTH MENDELSOHN, a former
University student had a more serious
experience when she lived in East
Quad.
During Thanksgiving break in 1980,
she said a poster advertising a lesbian
tea was burned off her door while she
was in the room.
"One morning I came out of my room
and it was burnt off my door. There
were (only) charred remains," she
said..

"IT WAS scary when I considered
that if it had caught, I could have been
killed in a fire," she said.
Putting up posters, insignificant as it
may sound, can be a major problem for
gay groups.
"I think gay/lesbian groups have to
poster twice as much as any other
group," says Kathy Godre, an LSA
senior, who is a lesbian. "I've
seen people spit on posters that I've just
taped up," she said, adding "almost all
of (the posters) are down by the next
morning. It's amazing the lengths
people will go to tear them down."-
Denny, the resident adviser in Alice
Lloyd agrees. "The more controversial
the event, the faster a poster gets rip-
ped down."
Tomorro w: Waiting 15 months for
the decision.

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