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OPINION

Page 4 Sunday, October 28, 1984 The Michigan Daily
Thousds show up to gape at Mondale
W HEN STUDENTS come out of theirhtrol officials on several occasions, despite the So as it stands now, we'll just have to wait a
rooms, busloads of people stream onto fact that the club is allowed to serve alcohol few months to sing. in the Purple Rain.
the city streets, a band other than the Michigan only to those who are members of the club:
Marching Band begins to play Hail to the Vic- University students, faculty, staff, and
tors, and thousands wave miniature versions of registered alumni who are of legal age. Central America Day
Old Glory-creating a red, white, and blue The board decided that their attorney will
splendor that outdoes the autumn leaves-one meet with the attorneys from the state to
might conclude one of two things. One: leave discuss the incidents. However, a meeting date Organizers of Central America Day had their
town immediately because it's all too easy to be has not yet been set. The board will also hearts in the right place, but fate - and over-
trampled upon. Or two: a presidential can- acknowledge what happened, tell them why it whelming support - just didn't seem to be with
happened, and explain what precautions they them this year.
are taking to prevent future violations, accor- Members of the Latin American Solidarity
^'ding to University attorney John Kettlehut. Committee (LASC), the Faculty Committee for
- Board members claim that the U-Clubs HmaRihsnE SvdradCnra
management was so excited about getting America, The Progressive Student Network,
people into the bar, which has been plagued and 25 other groups sponsored a teach-in Wed-
rwith debts, that they became careless about nesday to educate the campus community
alir J£( 4 L checking identification. about U.S. involvement in Central America.
U-Club managers will just have to take a Only six of the 25 sponsors contributed
dose of some sober medicine and grill the bar's money, however, leaving much of the
patrons for their I.D. cards. The risks are just monetary responsibility to members of LASC.
too high if they don't. The cure is simple Originally, the sponsors asked professors to
didate has invaded this previously sacred, non- ,aenough, though a hassle. cancel classes or discuss the day in their
partisan community and the only thing to do is ___ __ _classes, and planned a full menu of panel
to go and gape at he who might be at the helm nEdiscussions and debates.
of this nation some day. Daily Photo by DAN HABIB Prince on campus Unfortunately, few professors cancelled
Most Ann Arborites followed the second plan Democrat presidential candidate Walter Mondale pumped some hands Tuesday as he classes, and few students stayed away from
of action and an estimated 10,000 or more tur- brought his campaign to Ann Arbor. The way he sees it, "anybody who wants to be president plating Central Aeria ssue
ned out at the Diag to see the man they will vote should come to the University of Michigan and ask for your votes." The estimated 10,000 Wouldn't it be nice to see the hyper-popular LASC members said that was all right,
foNov. 6, ake fun of an yawn t one the students and area residents who attended the rally seemed to agree with that idea. artist Prince without having to restructure your though, because the class boycott was onlya
and shoves, and waves, enjoying one of the schedule around a trip to Joe Louis Arena, small part of the festivities, and they had seen
andshoes an wves enoyng neof heWhat dedicated Prince and Revolution-lover lots and lots of enthusiasm from a number *I
more physically exciting aspects of this' Tuesday and President Reagan ventured into Reagan's reelection bid, it's not too difficult to wouldn't jump at the chance to see the Purple people.se
nation's democratic political process. Buckeye territory on Thursday. see why. Wonder at the nearby Chrisler Arena? Th whe h
Those ho anted to get a iec o the action But Mondale obviously knew where he had to Although the president may find he is out- Ann Arbor pop enthusiasts, you may have debate had to be cancelled because the sp;
before Mondale appeared included the campus go, especially since the polls have shown him numbered by Mondale supporters in this area, that chance. The University's Major Events sors couldn't find an American leader who was
darling, Sen. Gary Hart. The Coloradan woke hurting among the 18 to 25-year-old voting it won't be known for sure until Nov. 6 when the Office is now negotiating with the artist for an willing to participate . (They were refused by
up those who had intended to stand amidst the group. The Democratic challenger and former real Mondale and Reagan supporters stand up appearance at Chrisler. According to MEO the State Department, the White Hous
thousands in silence. And for Republian ears University of Minnesota student, claimed per- and are offically counted by the voting Director Kevin Gilmartin, those negotiations Speakers Bureau and Michigan State
particularly, he urged students to abandon suasively that there is so far one qualification machines, have been going on for about six months and a Republican Party.)
their materialism for idealism and vote the for the presidency which he meets and the concert in the area of December, late January, As it ended up, Luis Mendez, a counselor to
Mondale/Ferraro ticket. Gov. James Blan president does not: Reagan has not come to the T C ubr saga continues or March could become a reality, the Nicaraguan embassy in Washington,gave
chard,. Attorney 'General Frank Kelly, and University. V-Clu sgq co tiue Sources in MEO said early this week that a speech in place of the debate, and a small
o r pegit pThe way I look at it, anybody who wants to there was a possibility of Prince scheduling a crowd on the Diag grew to about 150 as Englis
condemnation of the incumbent president and be president should come to the University of couple concernt either prior to or immediately Prof. Alan Wald and State Rep. Perry Bullard
floated a few names of their party s candidates Michigan and ask for your votes," Mondale At their annual public meeting Friday the following his Joe Louis engagements next mon- (D-Ann Arbor) warned against continuing U..
through the air. proclaimed with gusto. Michigan Union's University Club bar finally th. involvemtn in Central America
Meanwhile, not too far away, two members Why shouldn't the president want to make an decided how it will respond to the two citations The Howard Bloom Agency, a New York firm
of that other presidential ticket made their appearance here and meet that qualification? it has received from the State Liquor Control that handles Prince's publicity, cast doubt on The Week in Review was compiled by
case to lesser schools. Well, considering that three University Commission for violating its liquor license. that rumor last Thursday saying that the Kid Daily editors Georgea Kovanis, Sue Barto;
Vice President Bush took his campaign to students have enlisted more than 10,000 people As expected, the board won't deny that U- was already scheduled for concerts throughout Cheryl Baacke, Pete Williams, and Jackie
Western Michigan University that very same in just over 40 law schools nationwide against Club waitpeople served alcohol to liquor con- the month of November. Young.

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Vol. XCV, No. 46

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Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board
The EPA: Wasting Away

T OXIC WASTE represents a prob-
lem for which there is currently no
solution. But instead of working
toward a solution, the Reagan ad-
ministration and the Environmental
Protection Agency are relaxing stan-
dards of protection and only loosely en-
forcing environmental safeguards. It
is a dangerous negligence that in
decades to come promises large social
and economic costs.
A recent EPA report obtained by an
independent environmental group
shows that the government's program
to monitor the contamination of un-
derground water supplies simply does
not work. The report shows that
numerous storage and disposal sites
can and do contaminate the water
systems beneath them.
The 1976 toxic waste law requires
waste facility operators to monitor
leakage from their sites. These
operators, unfortunately, are not
known for their rigorous adherence to
the law. The profit motive is usually
stronger than their commitment to en-
vironmental and social responsibility.
In most cases, the EPA delegates
responsibility for enforcement to the
states in the belief that the states will
be diligent in their efforts. The report
showed, however, that the operators
haven't been monitoring their own
sites, the states haven't been
monitoring the onerators. and the EPA

contaminations now will not remain so
as the toxins spread through water
systems. The longer solutions are put
off, the more difficult and costly those
solutions will become.
To a large extent, the EPA's in-
potence comes out of a lack of funding.
The Reagan administration's budget
priorities have gutted many of the
agency's programs. More importantly,
however, is a negligent attitude among
the agency's officials. The toxic waste
report illuminates a characteristic
example of this attitude. There had
been little willingness to assure that the
states have legitimate programs for
enforcement.
Another example is the EPA's an-
nouncement on Wednesday that it
would not produce controls on airborne
radioactive materials such as those
produced by nuclear reactors. The risk
from such emissions was termed
"relatively trivial" by agency of-
ficials. But under current levels of ex-
posure for people living near some of
the unregulated facilities, the risk of
incurring cancer from radiation is 1 in
1,000. Such risk is certainly not trivial
and it is disturbing that it should be
termed so by administrators of the
EPA.
The Reagan administration has
shown its lack of commitment to en-
vironmental protection in its
nomination of agency directors who

By A lan Price
After being "attacked" several times in the
press about my role in the current campaign
to defeat the nuclear free zone proposal, I
would appreciate your considering the actual
facts:
" Did I go to Cambridge, Massachussetts to
investigate their campaign which defeated a
similar zone proposal last November? Yes, I
particularly visited the president's offices at
Harvard and MIT, seeing how their staffs
recommended distinguished faculty freeze
advocates who also treasured academic
freedom (like Jerome Wiesnerand Ernest
May) for a Citizens Against Research Ban
committee (CARB). I collected President
Bok's and President Gray's strong statemen-
ts to the academic community opposing the
zone proposal. This information was judged
important for our executive officers in con-
sidering the Ann Arbor issue. (The Michigan
Alliance for Disarmament (MAD) group in
Ann Arbor said they patterned their zone
proposal after the defeated Cambridge one).
- Did I send them a confirming note on
based opinion survey in Ann Arbor, or "hire"
a California-based consulting firm? Of course
not. I was informed by the Ann Arbor Cham-
ber of Commerce president that his board had
recommended a loan to retain the firm, and
that local companies had pledged support for
the poll. No University person every voted to
spend such money.
" Did I solicit names and persons willing to
serve on an "Ann Arbor CARB" group to op-
pose the amendment? Yes, the chamber
president asked for names 'of faculty who
might be interested in the zone proposal; I
said I didn't know how they felt about the zone
issue, but I knew several who had strong
feelings on the academic freedom versus
review of non-classified research issue. These
were individuals whose public opinions I had
heard at our Research Policies Committee
and Senate Assembly meetings or at our
Collegiate Institute for Values and Science:
Professors Carl Cohen, Thomas Donahue,
James Duderstadt, Thomas Dunn, Edith
Gomber, Gordon Kane, Paul McCracken,
James Neel, Michel Oksenberg, and James
White.
This distinguished. group of faculty needed
only to be asked if they were aware of the zone
proposal, and they immediately responded
unanimously that they were opposed to it,
primarily on grounds of freedom of inquiry,

faculty interests and University policies to
anyone who asks. I offered help similar to
that above to MAD/PSN members Lee
Winkleman and Nancy Aronoff who visited
me on Sept. 26 and Oct. 9. I also gave Judy
Wenzel our classified research policy for her
use as an "analogy," for her Ann Arbor News
letter published Oct. 6. I gave Roger Kerson
data on our DoD research volume for
proponent Perry Bullard's use at the ACLU
debate Oct. 12 against Carl Cohen. I sent my
talks with questions about the meaning and
impact of the zone proposal, to five campus
ministers who were endorsers of the
proponents' advertisements and solicitation
letter.
" Are such activities in violation of the
state's law for public institutions regarding
ballot proposals? No, such activities must not
be charged to the University's igeneral flunds
accounts or other restricted accounts. I never
told anyone I was doing this as a "private
citizen." Such activities are either unpaid or
recharged to other appropriate community
relations accounts. Similar examples would
include any University staff working against
the old Tisch Amendment or the new Proposal
C.
" Am I or is the University against the zone
proposal? My personal, private vote is
irrelevant; however, as I told the students, I
am sympathetic to their genuine frustration
with the ever-growing arms race. (When I was
their age, I participated in Martin Luther
King audiences, anti-Vietnam War symposia,
etc.).
President Shapiro has given his personal
reactions to the proposal: it "represents a
significant threat to the vitality of the Ann
Arbor community and, potentially, to the
academic vitality of the University. Thus, I
am opposed" to it. Last week at least four of
the regents personally spoke against it as
well.
" Does the University impose other restric-
tions on research? Yes. I am personally
responsible for the vice president for resear-
ch to ensure that all University research work
complies with federal and University
guidelines/regulations for humane use of
human and animal subjects, as well as for
safe use of recombinant DNA, radioisotopes,
and other chemically and biologically hazar-
dous materials. All these areas are ad-
ministered and monitored closely for us by
University professionals and by expert
faculty committees. In each case there could
be an immediate threat to the health of the

whole areas of non-classified research 4h
academia.
* Would the zone amendment be difficult fo
my University colleagues and me to ad-
minister? I will note only two of the dif-
ficulties, where, I believe, even the proponen-
ts/drafters of the zone amendment apparen-
tly contradict themselves.
MAD organizer Justin Schwartz in "A step
toward ending the arms race" (Daily, Oc-
tober 23) states: "Work affected by the law is
classified. If you discuss its contents freely,
the government will put you in jail."
However, the word "classified" does not ap-
pear anywhere in the zone proposal. Instead it
clearly says it "Will review all contracts
requiringwork in AnnArbor granted by
either the DoD or DoE..."

Yet in the adjacent column of the same ar-
ticle, Schwartz cites a specific example of
"such aggressive weapons work being done in
Ann Arbor. At the University, engineers are
working to harden nuclear missile and bom-
ber electronics ...." And the MAD brochure
text, reiterated by Nancy Aronoff to the
regents last week, cited three specific
professors and their DoD projects. The fact is
that all of the research is unclassified, fully
open to public scrutiny and fully publishable,
clearly contradicting Schwartz's claim
above.

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Schwartz and his colleagues state "the
proposal only extends existing University
policy to the city as whole." No, we have a 4
panel within the University only to review
classified proposals. (We have only one or two
per year, and they are termed "classified"
only because of the need to have access to
classified facilities or information. The con-
tract files and the research results are not
classified and can be freely disseminated.)
Indeed, the regents' 1972 classified research
bylaw clearly demands that all such
"classified work" be publishable within a
year; thus we have no "secret work" on carti-
pus. The regents' bylaw insists on that in or- I
der to defend academic freedom (the right to
publish without censorship), and we impose
it on all research contracts and grants at the
University.
Last year the regents voted against having
any faculty committee (much less a citizen's
commission) "review all DoD and DoE con-
tracts." Such review was thought to come too
close to a violation of academic freedom for
such open, unclassified research. This prin-
ciple remains. As President Shapiro has

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