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Ninety-four Years
off
Editorial Freedom
Vol. XCIV-No. 128 Copy
Herdsman
testifies in
slave trial
he abused
farmhands
By CAROLINE MULLER
A herdsman charged with holding two
mentally retarded workers against
their, will on a Chelsea farm testified
yesterday he had to use force on the
two, "more times than I want to talk
about."
Michael Asam, 24, faces a maximum
20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for
two counts of involuntary servitude,
and one count of violating the farmhan-.
ds' civil rights.
ONE OF THE farmhands, Robert
Fulmer, testified in U.S. Federal
District Court in Ann Arbor that Asam
hit him once and "knocked the wind
out." He also said Asam hit the other
farmhand, Louis Molitoris, two or three
times a week.
Fulmer, 57, said Asam once hit
Molitoris with the steel part of a hoe,
another time with the handle of an axe,
and once threw Molitoris against a
wall.
The owners of the farm, Ike and
See DEFENDANT, Page 2

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fright 1984, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, March 13, 1984 Fifteen Cents Eight Pages
Shapiro
issues policy

shielding
By GEORGEA KOVANIS tory.
"THE
After 15 months of protests, demands stronger t
and deadlines by gay groups on cam- Molly Ad
pus, University President Harold tial Colle
Shapiro yesterday released a statement somethin
prohibiting the University from sity."
discriminating on the basis of sexual Cathy
preference. member
Shapiro said the statement clarifies mitee (
the University's position on gay rights, pleased tf
but added that they were "well- to comeo
protected" even before the statement. victory .
"NO ONE has presented any solid better thi
evidence to me that there's a particular OneI
problem with discrimination of gays," statemen
he said. ROTC at
The statement, says it is the Univer- must als
sity's policy to treat "an individual's CURET
sexual orientation" in the same way, as U.S. milit
age, sex, religion, and national origin, "I ques
in "educational and employment sity is try
decisions." governm
Shapiro's action drew a mixed ROTC fr
response from gays on campus, with Berman
some calling it "a cop-out," and others
hailing the statement as a major vic-S

gays
POLICY sounds good. It's
than the ones we heard," said
ams, a senior in the Residen-
ge. "It's a big step to have
g on the books at the Univer-
Godre, an LSA senior and
of the Queers Action Com-
Q'uAC), said "I'm really
hat a policy statement is going
gut. I think that this is indeed a
.. (but there are) bigger and
ngs to pursue."
point missing from the
t, is a provision declaring that
nd other military recruiters
o abide by the policy.
NTLY gays are excluded from
tary service.
tion whose interest the Univer-
ying to protect by excluding the
rent, the military, and the
om this policy," said Marcy
, a lesbian senior in the
See SHAPIRO, Page 5

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHONI

'No comment'
Bobo refused to babble at a public hearing last night about what she thought of Ann Arbor's proposed ordinance that
would keep such dangerous animals as rabbits, gerbils, and birds locked safelyin their owner's homes. City Council
heard about ten concerned pet owners say the ordinance is absurb, and will probably kill the amendment before next
week. For other City Council news, see page 3.

a

Democrats t

By NEIL CHASE
with wire reports
Democratic presidential rivals
Walter Mondale and Gary Hart bar-
nstormed through the South yesterday,
reaching out for undecided voters in a
frantic, final day of campaigning
before the delegate-rich round of
primaries and caucuses on "Super"
Tuesday."
Election '54
Dark horse contenders John Glenn,
George McGovern and Jesse Jackson
made their final appeals, as well. But
public opinion polls and party leaders
indicated the race was between Mon-
dale and Hart in most if not all the nine
states where Democratic presidential
contests were on the schedule.
LOCAL supporters of Glenn and

McGovern waited anxiously for the
results of today's voting to find out
whether their candidates will still be in
the race when Michigan holds its
caucus Saturday.
"It totally depends on what happens
tomorrow night," said McGovern
backer Chris Hill, an LSA senior.
McGovern has said he will drop out of
the race if he finishes poorly in today's
Massachusetts race.
Hill said the 20 to 25 McGovern sup-
porters in Ann Arbor and the network of
organizers throughout the state would
attempt-to launch an extensive media
campaign for McGovern if he does well
today.
"We're waiting to see what happens
tomorrow," said LSA senior Paul Mor-
ton, a coordinator of the Glenn cam-
paign on campus. Glenn removed his
paid staff from Michigan and closed his
campaign offices in the state last week.
Local supporters have been able to do

3 pick
little because the Ohio senator's cam-
paign funds have been channeled to the
South.
GLENN has been campaigning non-
stop in the South since the Feb. 28 New
Hampshire primary.
Standing outside the Jefferson Coun-

511

delegates today

ty courthouse in Birmingham, Ala.,
yesterday, he said, "Don't take all this
business about momentum and a big
stampede that seems to be goin on. I
believe my views are the ones that will
prevail."
See DEMOCRATS, Page 5

Hart's state bandwagon
picks up momentum

By NEIL CHASE
The day after the New Hampshire
primary, some 200 students signed up in
the Fishbowl to volunteer to work on
Colorado Sen. Gary Hart's presidential
campaign.
Riding on the wave of momentum

sparked by Hart's surprise victories in
New Hamshire, Vermont, Maine and
Wyoming in the past two weeks, his
Michigan supporters have watched
their organization quadruple in size -
and importance.
"WE'RE GETTING more calls than
See HART'S, Page 5

Mondale Hart
.. . needs Southern victories .. . favored in North

Reporter ties church to revolution

By LAURIE DELATER
The Roman Catholic Church - not
Cuban expansionism - is the driving
force behind the revolution in El
Salvador, said Newsweek Foreign
Correspondent and University Alumna
Beth Nissen Sunday night.
"In effect, if not in intention, Catholic
priests quoting the Bible have inspired
far more revolutionary activity in Cen-
tral America then leftist guerillas
quoting Marx," Nissen told a crowd of
more than 200 at the First United
Methodist Church in Ann Arbor.
LEFTIST squads were organized by
the church and Sunday sermons
became launching points for attacks on
the government, said Nissen, who has
reported on the war in Central America
since 1980 but currently is a visiting
professor of journalism at Columbia
University.
Nissen, a former Opinion Page editor
at the Daily, graduated from the
University in 1971.
She and other journalists would at-
tend church services regularly because
priests often provided the most ac-
curate death tolls and battle updates.

' . . Catholic priests quoting the Bible have
inspired far more revolutionary activity in
Central America than leftist guerrillas
quoting Marx.'
- Beth Nissen
Newsweek correspondent

Although 90 percent of all Central
Americans are baptized as Catholics,
for centuries the Roman Catholic Chur-
ch had been an ally of the ruling elites.
BUT IN THE 1960s when El
Salvador's rightist government began
to politically oppress the peasants,
Catholic priests and bishops came to
the workers' aid, Nissen said.
The church organized trade unions,
food cooperatives, and peasant
movements, some of which became
militant. Religious leaders urged
peasant farmers to protest social in-
justices and demand change, Nissen
said.
PRIESTS attempted to teach the

peasants to resist government op-
pression by pointing to Biblical exam-
ples of exploited peoples banding
together to overthrow corrupt gover-
nments.
But Nissen said the peasants' inter-
pretation of the Bible often led them to
accept their way of life rather than
spurring them to change it. Instead of
viewing Jesus Christ as a revolutionary
figure, peasants saw him as "sort of a
wimp . . . beaten down, tortured and
killed by a higher authority," she said.
Peasants considered God a dictator
who supported wealthy landowners, a
ruler who must be appeased with
See CHURCH, Page 3

Fleeing from flames AP Photo
A Boston firefighter avoids the flames escaping from the roof of a business building in Boston's Dorchester section. The
two-alarm blaze, which began early Sunday morning, injured two firefighters and caused $40,000 in damages, officials
.said.

TDAY-
Unlucky Winners
OMEONE OUT THERE owns a $200 tape deck and
probably doesn't even know it. He or she was one of
the. top prizewinners at Michigras Saturday night
and never claimed the gift. That, or the lucky win-
ning ticket was carelessly tossed on the floor and swept up
with the rest of the trash mountain at the Union Saturday

woman

half-empty bottle and an assortment of safe-opening tools
within easy reach, police said. Richelle Marine, 24, of Den-
ver, was arrested Saturday, after a security guard found
him asleep in an office at a north Denver building, accor-
ding to police reports. The security guard told police he
found the suspect snoozing beside a safe, with the wine bot-
tle and various tools scattered beside him. Durham han-
dcuffed the man to a desk and called police. Martin was
roused and advised of his rights, then arrested, police said.
He was being held in the Denver City Jail for investigation
of burglary. Police said Martin entered the building by
breaking out a door window, and unlocking the door. A

he'd be happy to do it again-in the interest of science, of
course. The Highway Patrol was demonstrating the new
"nystagmus-gaze" test-named after a Greek word
meaning "drowsy"-for policy from more than a dozen
Summit County towns, and needed two guinea pigs. Duffy,
assistant manager of the Akron Automobile Club, and
Cuyahoga Falls Patrolman Gordon Tomlinson volunteered.
"I'm bombed. I'm crocked," Duffy said after the demon-
stration Thursday. "I'll volunteer again-in the interest of
science." Duffy, who weighs 260 pounds, drank 10 ounces of
vodka mixed with fruit juice. Tomlinson, who weighs 205
pounds, drank 11 beers. Trooper Larry Steen then asked

agreement after nine months of negotiating and a four-
week TA strike.
Also on this date in history:
" 1918 - Ann Arbor Mayer Ernest Werster refused to
stop the showing of the film Cleopatra "until it had been
shown and proved unfit for the public," after a woman's
group asked him to ban the film;
" 1968 - A Student Government Council referendum
asking students if the University should ban classified
research was defeated 1,520 to 1,011;
" 1973 - The Human Rights Party and Ann Arbor Tenen-
ts Union marched to city hall to fight for city-wide rent con-

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