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OPINION

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Sunday, October 14, 1984

The Michigan Daily

U-Club board closes meeting to Daily

SALESMEN peddling everything
from encyclopedias to Ginzu knives
frequently get doors slammed in their face.
This week two Dailystaff members found they
too could identify with the plight of salesmen.
Members of the Michigan Union's University
Club Board of Directors cancelled their
meeting when they found the Daily's editor-in-
chief at their door along with a reporter.

Prof. Charles Lehmann, president of the
board, told the Daily that the meeting was
closed to the public. Bill Spindle, Daily editor-
in-chief, told Lehmann that he thought the U-
Club meetings should be open to the public. The
Daily considers the board to be a public,
decision-making body and thus, a group which
is prohibited from holding private meetings by
the Michigan Open Meetings Act.
The Daily considered this meeting especially
important because the board was expected to
decide how it will respond to several liquor
license citations the club has received, Spindle
said.
Reacting to the univited guests, Lehmann
responded: "If you (the Daily), are going to
stay, then there will not be a meeting."
There was no meeting and Lehmann did not
reschedule it.
Looks like the University Club's .members
won't have a clue as to how the board intends to
handle the violations charged by the state
Liquor Control Commission. The commission
officials have said the U-Club has until Oct. 18
to respond to its violations. However, officials
emphasized that this is not a strict deadline.
Bullard on the code
University administrators take note: studen-
ts aren't the only citizens concerned about
potential violations of civil rights in the

proposed code for non-academic conduct. This
week State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
announced legislation that would make several
provisions of the code illegal. The bill will be
formerly introduced into the House of
Representatives Nov. 13, though no action will'
be taken on it until next fall.
The administration likes to make it sound as
if students are just overreacting to the
proposed code and judicial system, but ap-
parently Rep. Bullard also seems to think some
real due process issues are in danger.
The bill is "largely an educational tool and an
indication to the regents that there are impor-
tant due process concerns at stake," Bullard
said.
Among the things the legislation would
require are: unrestricted use of an attorney
during all stages of a disciplinary proceeding;
a formal hearing before a jury of the student's
peers; the right to cross examine all witnesses;
the right to avoid self-incrimination; the right
to confront accusers in all hearings; and the
right to a formal hearing process that follows
the state's rules of evidence. These rights are
not just kids stuff, they are guaranteed to every
citizen by the Constitution.
Of course, the University believes that it is in
compliance with the laws of the land. Thomas
Easthope, associate vice president for student
services, said state and federal courts have
already upheld the right of universities to use
mechanisms similar to the code and judicial
system.
"As long as these codes don't violate your
legal rights, the courts pretty much leave (the
schools) alone," Easthope said.
Students would contend that the University's
proposed guidelines do violate students' rights.
Who do you believe?
Debate-watching
As the University of Michigan goes, so goes
the nation. Or something like that. As the two
candidates for president debated furiously
Sunday night on national television, University
students and faculty argued in their living
rooms. And according to members of both
Mondale and Reagan camps, Mondale may
have begun to shed his wimpy image.
Political Science Prof. Greg Markus con-
cluded after Sunday's debate: "I think he
really surprised ,a lot of people with his
strength. He really attacked the president
strongly without being disrespectful. I think
Mondale has lost his 'wimpy and whining'

A real nobody

If you think President Reagan will unwit-
tingly push the nuclear war button and his
Democratic challenger Walter Mondale will let
the Russians nuke us, then there is one person
you can depend on: "Nobody."
Wednesday the "Nobody for President - in
1984" campaign made its Diag debut with
leader Wavy Gravy, best known as emcee at
the Woodstock music festival 15 years ago.
Gravy doused the Diag crowds with a good
deal of political satire decked out in a blue
clown's suit with white stars. Campaign
spokespersons said the intent of "Nobody's'
candidacy is to make students more aware of
the crucial decision they face on Nov. 6.
And contrary to President Reagan's conten-
tion that he won the race in 1980, "Nobody for
President" organizers say that of the total
number of registered voters, less than half ac-
tually voted. Thus, "Nobody" could by.:,al
rights have been declared our incumbent
president.
Let's hope that "Nobody" means something
to everybody on campus so that students will
pull that lever on election day and truly elect
the next president of the United States.
Dissatisfied TAs
University graduate teaching assistants and
staff got a break this week as the Senatehap-
proved a bill to discontinue the tax on their
tuition waivers. And if all goes well, President
Reagan is expected to sign the legislation
sometime within the next week.
Cindy Palmer; however, president of the
"Graduate Employees Organization, wasn't en-
tirely grateful to the Senators who postponed
their fall break to handle this measure and
other legislation. Palmer said that the ap-
proval of the tax exempt status that expired
last December was only a short-terra solution
to the problem.
- "The bill will expire at the end of tax year
1985. We want a situation where we're not
vulnerable to changes in tax law - where :we
can count on a living," Palmer said.
Looks like the TAs will just have to keep: on
fighting.
Onward University soldiers, the battle for
your pocketbooks has got to be worth fighting.
The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily editors Jackie Young and Georgqa
Kovanis.

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Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON

Leader of the "Nobody for President" campaign, Wavy Gravy, came to campus Wednesday
toting signs with slogans such as "Nobody bakes apple pie better than MOM" and sporting buttons
advocating "Reagan for SHAH."
image." spirit of Thursday's debate best when she said
Some debate-watchers noted that President "people tend to say that their candidate was
Reagan may have picked up a new image, too. the winner no matter what."
But hardly a favorable one. In fact, several
students observed that the president looked The president of the University's College
flustered and dazed - an actor seeming to Democrats saw both Vice President Bush and
have forgotten a few key lines. Congresswoman Ferraro as "impressive.", Yet
LSA junior Bill Wehrle assessed the the president of the University's College
situation: "Reagan really looked bad tonight. Republicans thought "Bush won fairly
He really looked confused like he was trying to clearly."
remember what his aides told him to say." Whoever has a better perspective on the con-
As for the vice presidential candidates, the test surely depends on the eyes of the beholder
winner was less easily detectable. Political - or rather on the party affiliation of the
Science Prof. Edie Goldenberg caught the viewer.

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

Failing the fact test

F. THE presidential and vice
presidential debates held last week
were college-type examinations, all
the candidates would probably have
flunked.
The candidates made a number of
disturbing factual errors caused by the
bad habit of using misleading
statistics and twisting the opponent's
policies.
Here are a few of them.:
President Reagan fell way out of line
Sunday in some of his statistics on pov-
erty. Reagan said there is "a lower
rate of increase" in poverty now than
"in the preceding years, before we got
here." But the facts say something
else. The number of people in poverty
during the first three years of
Reagan's term rose. 2.2 percentage
points, while poverty rose only 1.2 per-
centage points during the four Carter
years. Reagan gets an E for this
statistical distortion.
Democratic challenger Mondale said
Sunday that the Republican platform
included "a religious test for judges."
But the actual words of the platform
say only that the party supported the
appointment of judges "who represent
traditonal family values and the san-
ctity of innocent human life." Mondale
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budget analysts say that spending for
those programs had been reduced un-
der the Reagan administration. Bush's
deputy press secretary defended his
statement explaining that he had
arrived at his conclusion by comparing
the dollars spent in the fiscal year 1980,
which ended four months before
Reagan took office, with the expen-
ditures in the fiscal year 1984, which
ended a week ago Sunday. Still, this is
an obviously unethical use of statistics.
In fact, in constant 1983 dollars spen-
ding for the programs declined.
In addition, the bipartisan
Congressional Budget Office
calculated the spending for welfare
and food stamps and found that in the
current fiscal year it is expected to be
13 percent below spending in the fiscal
year 1982, the first year Reagan had
full power over the budget. Bush gets
an E for deliberately using statistics he
knew would confuse voters.
Ferraro is guilty of overstating her
case on Thursday when she said that in
a second Reagan term, the Rev. Jerry
Falwell "would pick two of our
Supreme Court justice." Although
Mondale-Ferraro campaign
spokespersons say they made this
assumption based on a quote from
Falwell in a Washinitnn Pnt stnrv

By Jackie Young
I have a confession to make.
An&what I have to say is going to
be of extreme pleasure to all
those male chauvinists out there.
I too am sexist, though I preach
sexual equality and consider
myself a feminist. Yes, I mean
that I often desire men to be
submissive to my will as a way of
getting back'at all the men I have
met who wished me to submit to
their will. This is sexual politics,
and whether or not the public is
willing to openly discuss it as
abortion or the deficit is
discussed is immaterial. It is a
major factor in our daily lives
and in this November's election.
D.H. Lawrence wrote about the
power struggle between the sexes
in his novel Women In Love. He
effectively showed men and
women embroiled in one
emotional arm wrestling contest
after another as they desperately
try to realize their ideal
sexuality. I will attempt to show,
from a woman's perspective,
why many career women of the
'80s are turning to sexist at-
titudes as they seek to dominate
the men in their lives. The
behavior I detail is in no way per-
fect, or even acceptable. But it is,
in a sense, a result of a vindictive
philosophy taught by a nation
which advocates a strong defense.
It is a manifestation of a society
which values its presidents not on
their intelligence or stands on key
issues, but on their projected
ability never to give in to anyone,
especially the Russians or
women.
THUS, I, and many of my
girlfriends, have picked up the
habit of revelling in reverse
discrimination - women seeing-
men as sex objects and as beings
who must inevitably be
conquered if they are to be

A perfume advertisement in November's Playgirl Magazine shows
how the modern woman is beginning to change her sexual politics

from submission to aggression.
" You subscribe to Playgirl sin-
ce you view most men as sex ob-
jects, and leave your magazines
laying about your bedroom for all
your male friends to see when
they drop by. In discussions
where men are present, refer to
that month's centerfold by name
somehow. November's name is
Jeffrey Erickson, in case you're
curious.
" You invite your female frien-
ds over to chat about each other's
sexual prowess. Although you are
probably still a virgin, make it
sound as if you are a real Joan
Collins type. Talk about how you
just adore casual sex without any
real emotional attachment.
" You have contests with your
female friends. Place bets on
your ability to get the shy, han-
dsome guy in your economics
class to a wild party at your
house. Vie for the title: Masher of
the Year.
*You tell men how terrific you

her honeymoon, if she hasn't
already read it.
" If you are in college, your
career comes before all else -
and that means men. If a man
begins to take time away from
your studies or disrupts your
nights out with the women, you
dump him fast.
* You build up your muscles so
that you can flex them in front of
your male acquaintances. Do
jazzercise or dance aerobics to
keep your shape. Then arm
wrestle with a weak man and
win.
* You go to the bar with
girlfriends and talk about how
you hate men but can't live
without them. Analyze your
dependency on the men in your
life and become concerned if you
call them more than they call
you. Although as a woman you
must be aggressive and ask the
man of your choice out, once the
relationship has started, the man

cheerleaders at the football
game, or even the players them-
selves.
If these codes of non-academic
conduct repulse you, then you are.
probably not alone. These are,
repulsive symptoms. Some
psychologists and sociologists
have pointed to the emergence of
these traits in women today as
evidence of a new "fear of in-
timacy." There is a phobia in-
volved in this type of female at-
titude. But it seems more ac-
curate to describe it as a fear of
submission to men. Women do
not want to make the mistakes
their mothers or grandmothers
did. And why should women con-
tinue to be subjected to the iden-
tical treatment by men without
even retaliating? Men should
respect the sexist woman. She's
no wimp.
Women, of course, shouldn't
have to compromise themselves
for men. Yet society is always in-
sisting that women play by rules
in life developed by men. It is no
small coincidence then that'
women are cultivating the sexist,
uncaring, unemotional traits that.
many males exhibit to show them
that turn about is fair play.
FOR EXAMPLE, if por-
nography offends omen, then to
show men how offensive it 'is
women must purchase those por-
nographic magazines depicting
men as objects displayed for the,
pleasure of women, and
manipulated and abused by
women.
Women are developing a strong, *
defense against oppressive male.
attitudes and actions by
mimicking or reversing those at-
titudes. Sure, one might argue
women aren't creating their own
style of leadership. Women have
tried for a decade and have
largely failed to make society
hold typically female attributes
in high esteem. The only option
then is to show the truly destruc-

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