hesitate on code
The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 10, 1984 - Page 5
libel suit trial to begin
flegot at on
By ERIC MATTSON
Michigan Student Assembly leaders presiden
last, night tentatively rejected the ad- negotiate
ministration's latest offer of terms for ludicrous
negotiations over the proposed code for WHILE
non-academic conduct. not byp
MSA established three preconditions negotiati
tfornegotiating with the administration there is
over the code, which would regulate passing
students' activities outside the impasse.
classroom: that the administration will Kapla
not-ask the regents to bypass MSA's agreeing
vetq power over the code; that the ad- MSA wo
ministration treat the code and its ac- there sh
coipanying judicial system as one to negoti
document; and that the administration mitted th
revise the current version of the code to Eric Sc
reflect the first two restrictions. code co
BUT UNIVERSITY President Harold adamant
Shapiro rejected any preconditions in a over the
September 28 letter to MSA, saying that "As it
"preconditions would unnecessarily negotiate
constrain what may be creative ap- ditions a
,beaches to any particular problem." negotiat
In a letter dated October 8, however, student o
Shapiro softened his stance. them r
"I assure MSA and the student body Schnaufe
as a whole that I will not make any The lat
proposal to the Regents for their action fair, Schn
'tis .long as good faith negotiations con-
njie," he said. .to be eni:
1M SA reaction to Shapiro's latest offer with a far
was mixed. The m
"What he's saying is he's not going to negotiate
pull the rug out from under us while the code,
we're negotiating," said MSA vice input w
t Steve Kaplan. "For us to
e under those terms, I think, is
E THE administration might
ass MSA's authority while
ons are going on, Kaplan said,
nothing to stop them from
the code if the talks reach an
n also explained that by
to negotiate over the code,
uld tactly be admitting that
ould be a code. "If we enter in
ations . . . we've already ad-
hat there will be a code."
chnaufer, chairman of MSA's
Dmmittee, was even more
about rejecting negotiations
1 stands now, we will not
e unless our three precon-
re met," he said. Instead of
ing, MSA should instigate
pposition to the code and "hit
ight between the eyes,"
est version of the code is so un-
naufer said, that it would have
tirely scrapped and replaced
ain reason MSA should not
with the administration over
Schnaufer said, is that MSA
ould legitimize the code.
NEW YORK (UPI) - Gen. William
Westmoreland, sitting in a ramrod
military posture, watched intently
yesterday as jury selection began in his
$120 million libel suit against CBS over
charges he deceived the nation about
the enemy troop strength in Vietnam.
Westmoreland, now retired, contends
he was libeled by the 1982 CBS
documentary, "The Uncounted
Enemy: A Vietnam Deception."
THE documentary claimed the
general played down the numbers of
North Vietnamese troops in order to
persuade Johnson the war was almost
won and with continued U.S. in-
volvement could be over shortly. The
Tet offensive, however, was
a devastating blow to the Americans
and a factor in Johnson's decision not to
run for re-election in 1968.
Westmoreland denies any deception
took place and claims he was held up to
"scorn, contempt, and ridicule" by the
documentary. In 1982, he filed a $120
million libel suit against the network.
The key legal issue at the trial is the
balance between the rights of an in-
dividual and freedom of the press. But
trial testimony is expected to go beyond
the legal issue to address the conduct of
civilian and military commanders
during the Vietnam war.
On the courthouse steps, Vietnam
War activist Daniel Ellsberg handed
out cables between the state depar-
tment and the U.S. Embassy in Saigon
that dealt with enemy troop figures.
The defendants are CBS News
correspondent Mike Wallace, who
narrated the documentary, CBS
producer George Crile and former CIA
analyst Samuel Adams, a consultant on
University Prof. Gregory Markus
made no evaluation as to how effec-
tively the candidates in Sunday's
presidential debate got their messages
across to the viewers. A story in yester-
day's Daily incorrectly attributed those
remarks to Markus.
Democratic Presidential nominee Walter Mondale waves to a crowd at
Detroit's Kennedy Square yesterday for a rally which was delayed by heavy
Mondale rails GOP
on stop in Detrot
"lTexas frat strikes it rich
COLLEGE STATION, Tx. (CPS) -
"We're obviously very pleased," un-
dergtates William Powell.
H has reason to be. Powell's frater-
nity, the Texas A&M chapter of Sigma
Chi, Just had its own oil well become a
AN OIL company proposed drilling
some 150 yards from the fraternity
house last school year, and a Houston
*rm, INEXCO, eventually bought the
drilling rights. INEXCO struck oil in
the well the first week of September.
No one at INEXCO or Sigma Chi is
certain how much the well will be wor-
th, though it, currently is producing
about 483 barrels of oil a day. At current
prices, it could be worth a gross amount
of $13,000 a day.
Proceeds, of course, would be split
among INEXCO, middlemen, Sigma
Chi headquarters, and the campus
Sigma Chi Corporation, which owns the
land on which the well was drilled.,
It's not like we're instant
millionaires," notes Andy Beaky, the
house's former treasurer. "We'll get
royalties each month, but that will go
toward building a new house."
IN the meantime, the oil strike and
well have other uses for Sigma Chi
"During rush it was a great topic of
interest," Beaky reports. "At night
parties, we put lights all over it for
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"IF REPUBLICANS are looking for
heroes to honor, don't use ours, use
your own: Like Hoover, Nixon, Agnew,
and the others," he said.
He also charged Republicans with
"trivializing" the election.
"This election isn't about jelly-beans
and pen pals, . . . it's about Jerry
Falwell. picking justices for the
Supreme Court," Mondale told the
estimated crowd of 6,000.
At the rally were 69 University
students who chartered a bus to see the
Democratic presidential hopeful. Most
of whom skipped classes to attend.
TAEKU LEE, East Quad's dorm
coordinator for the Mondale campaign
and an Inteflex senior, said the rally
was important, "especially in light of
the recent debate."
Dan Conley, an LSA senior, attended
"to relieve my profound guilt for railing
against the Reagan administration for
four years, but doing nothing about
The two pulled into Kennedy Square a
little after noon, just in time to hear Hal
Linden, of "Barney Miller" fame, tell
an estimated crowd of 6,000, "I want a
president who/loves his country more
than he fears his enemies . . . I want
The Rev. Charles Adams, minister of
the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church,
took the stand after Linden and blasted
Reagan for his policy on the school
"Be careful of those who use religion
as a political ploy to ensnare you,"
Adams said. "When the bell rings, it's
not time to pray, it's time to learn."
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