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OPINION

Page 4

Sunday, March 18, 1984

The Michigan Daily

Area becomes

focus of

campaign

'84

_ T HREE DEMOCRATIC presidential
:candidates intensified their campaigns in
the state and one threw in the towl this week as
the contest for 136 of Michigan's delegates
gained momentum.
All three major Democratic candidates
swept through southeastern Michigan -

Walter Mondale to reinforce his almost airtight
labor support, Gary Hart hoping to boost his
growing grassroots support, and Jesse
Jackson to sell himself as an alternative to the
other two candidates.
John Glenn dropped out of the race on the eve
of yesterday's state caucus.
One. month ago, no one would have given
Hart a chance in this labor-strong state. Mon-
dale corralled the AFL-CIO endorsement way
back in the fall. And shortly thereafter he ap-
peared to lock the state up when Detroit Mayor
Coleman Young and Gov. James Blanchard
backed the campaign.
On a campaign stop in the fall, Mondale con-
fidently called the endorsements a "grand
slam" of the state.
It's likely, however, that he isn't saying that
about the results of yesterday's caucus.
The-former vice president took the most
delegates, but he faces the disconcerting
problem of losing while winning. Hart's respec-
table percentage of the state's votes reveal
possibly irreparable cracks in the labor foun-
dation of Mondale's campaign.
Hart, on the other hand, possibly faced the
last state on the road to San Francisco where
he had little to lose and everything to gain. No
one expected him to break Mondale's wagon-
train of union support. Even a respectable loss
makes him look good.

Worth the wait?
University gays and lesbians have been
calling for a policy for 15 months, and have
given University President Harold Shapiro
three deadlines. Finally last week, Shapiro
came out with the long-awaited statement ban-
ning discrimination against gays on campus.
The policy released Monday, adds "sexual
orientation" to age, sex, religion, and national
origin, as categories which are to be considered
irrelevant when the University considers
someone for a job or educational position.
Although the regents did not have to vote on
the statement, some gays feared they might
decide to turn it down anyway. But Deane
Baker, (R-Ann Arbor) was the lone regent to
speak against the policy, and he did not get a
second when he called for a vote to turn it
down.
Most gays praised the policy as a major step
forward: "The policy statement will send the
message that it's OK to be gay," said Bruce
Aaron, a spokesman for Lesbian and Gay
Rights on Campus (LsGROC). But some said
the presidential statement does not carry the
weight of a change in the regents' bylaws -
LaGROC's original demand.
Under the statement, the University will not
have to add the "sexual orientation" phrase to
University materials about hiring. The
statement also does not include a clause gays
had hoped for, calling for ROTC and other
military recruiters to end their discrimination
against homosexuals.
Protesters victimized
A protest by the Progressive Student Net-
work never goes unnoticed on campus. There is
usually plenty of positive, as well as negative
response immediately following any PSN
demonstration. These opinions are generally
somewhat rational and at least partially con-
structive.

response to their protests. One member called'
the actions "an inconvenience, an attempt to
scare us," and went on to say that the group
will continue its fight against Pentagon-funded
research on campus.
Hartigan saw the unfortunate reaction as
having a "unifying" effect on the group. He
called the reaction "just stupid," and said
members are "outraged that people could be so
ignorant, and so afraid, and stoop so low."

Cutting down
It's the largest cut so far in the University's
five-year budget redirection plan, and Friday
the regents were told how 40 percent will be cut
from the education school's budget.
"We've created, literally, a new School of
Education," said Dean Carl Berger.
The school will lose 8 percent of its money
each year for five years, beginning this July.
The school will lose 30 teaching positions, but
Berger said they will be eliminated as
professors retire or transfer.
The new school will be without its guidance
and counseling program, international and
comparative education division, graduate
audiology program,* and some of its ad
ministrative staff.
There will be only four academic units in-
stead of 13, 15 doctoral programs instead of 54,
and a reduction in masters specializations
from 63 to 13.
Having fewer professors will raise the:
student-faculty ratio from 14-24:The panel that
reviewed the school said the ratio of 14 was
smaller than it needed to be and had been
caused by a drop in enrollment. The school will
begin an active recruiting program to keep
enrollment at current levels.
The Week in Review was compiled b,.
Daily staf reporters Neil Chase and Pete
Williams, and Daily editors Jim Sparks and
Bill Spindle.

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Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
Jesse Jackson brought his message to the Michigan Theater Friday amidst intense
campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Following PSN's March 6 sit-in at the
laboratory of Prof. George Haddad however,
the reaction some protesters received was far
less innocuous. Reaction came in the form of
life-threatening phone calls and vandalism to
the homes of PSN members.
John Hartigan, who reported that he had
been kicked several times in the back by a
student researcher in the laboratory during the
sit-in, claimed that he had been the subject of
life-threatening phone calls by two or three
people who identified themselves as friends of
the researcher.

Hartigan, who has not decided whether to
press charges of assault, has filed a report to
Ann Arbor police. He attributed the calls to
engineering students who "felt their work is
threatened by the sit-ins."
He reported the calls to University security
and had police put a tracer on his phone.
Another PSN member, who asked to remain
anonymous, confirmed that some homes of
PSN members had been vandalized. Hartigan
said this vandalism consisted of rocks being
thrown at windows.
PSN didn't seem too upset about the violent

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Religious zealotry

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Church officials from the Church of
Christ in Collinsville, Okla. went
too far when they read a woman's
private confession of adultery in front
of the 100-member congregation after
the woman herself refused to confess
publicly to violating the Scriptures on
fornication. The church and the elders
had no justification in violating this
woman's right to privacy and the
members of a jury in Oklahoma
Thursday rightly awarded the woman
$390,000 in damages.
Outraged by the ruling, the elders'
attorney said they would appeal and
that this case sounds a death knell to
"every fundamental group that believes
in discipline." The discipline of such'
fanatical groups should not be allowed
to victimize individuals within that
church.
"Anytime God's law conflicts with
man's law, we have to stick with God's
lawG said one of the elders.
But there is no reason why the
Oklahoma woman should be made an
outcast in her town when she chooses
not to abide by the ways of the church
and when the church supposedly told
her that her confession would be held
in confidence.
Surely Marian Guinn is not the only
member of the congregation who hasl
committed such a "sin." It is contrary1

to the words of the Bible to insist that
she repent by confessing publicly. But
when Guinn brought up the point that
the Scriptures say "Judge not that ye
be not judged," one of the elders
disregarded this citation and decided it
did not apply.
The elders were willing to overlook
the Biblical notion of forgiveness so
that they could destroy this woman's
reputation to set an example for the
community. But there must be limits
on the actions a church can justly take
to discipline their members - the U.S.
Constitution and a sense of decency.
The elders clearly violated this
woman's right to privacy and acted in-
sensitively.
Few in this modern society would
wish to step back to the days of
Puritanism, but this is what the Church
of Christ elders tried tordo. Further-
more, this case is more. a threat to
civilized religion all over this country
than it is a question of the laws of God
versus the laws of the state. Religious
groups which attempt to emotionally
whip, as in Guinn's case, or physically
abuse their members are dangerous.
Let the church remain a place of'
refuge which offers forgiveness and
human warmth instead of inflicting
pain and suffering.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:

PSN should mold tactics to '80s

To the Daily:
It has come to my attention, in
talking to people around town,
that the Progressive Student
Network is neither respected nor
seriously considered an heir to
the radical crown. And with good
reason. Their "takeovers" of
professor's workspaces are more
ridiculous than they are effec-
tive.
I am one of many non-students
who share the political convic-
tions of the PSN. I believe I am
also one of many who wish it
would become more than a poor
imitation of the '60s. I get the im-
pression that they're more into
being "radical chic" than they
are into effective change. The

PSN to get out to people. They
need to develop a base of popular
support, and then get their
message about military research
into everybody's hands. If they're
really . serious about doing
something, they'll spend the time
and energy talking to students
and non-students alike. My

opinion about the PSN could be
changed if they knocked on my
door, asked me to sign petitions,
sent me something in the mail. I
live one block from East Quad
and I've never been spoken to or
approached.
The PSN could become an open
forum, with nothing to fear and

no spies to worry about. Let us in
on what you're doing, huh, folks?
Why not try educating others to
advance your cause? A lot of
people out there are interested in
what you're doing, just not how
you're doing it.
--David Bornstein
March15

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To the Daily:
As you are most likely aware,
the elections for next year's
Michigan Student Assembly are
soon upon us. On March 27 and 28,
students will not only have the
opportunity to elect next year's

tingly low number of voters. It is
said that MSA is not represen-
tative of the student population as
a whole. This may be the case,
but is it the fault of the MSA or is
it the fault of those who failed to
vote?

power by such a small and
focused student sector?
It is time that MSA get back to
the students as a whole, it is time
for MSA to reach out and combat
the atmosphere of, ignorance
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