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OPINION

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Page 4 Sunday, November 18, 1984 The Michigan Daily
CIA leaves campus for safety reasons
shouted that they wanted answers to theseAll the fun and games came to a productive leader was Constantin Chernenko because "He
ECRUITMENT officers for the Central questionable actions. halt when the protesters filed into the regents is stupid and ill."
R Intelligence Agency found they were the Meanwhile, the around 39 students who were room to listen to the monthly meeting and tell Later in the symposium a question on the role
target of around 100 protesters who flooded a scheduled for interviews with the CIA were the regents their problems with the proposed ofrhetoric in Soviet-American relations came
room last week where the agency had asked to submit their resumes to the recruit- code. up. Ford said that harsh rhetoric isn't, of cour
scheduled an informational presentation and ers. Some of those who lost out on the code,_se, a positive force for better negotiations, but
held a mock trial. During the trial, protesters campus interview process felt they lost a good e and said nonetheless comon. Heold of
shouted, whooped, cheered, and banged pots as job opportunity. S uicdean nuclear war Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko's
"Howarethe gong o mae adecsio tohabit of reading an official statement com-
one of them charged the CIA with a number of o athy going t ae ei Nuclear arms control has been on Ann Arbor letely condemning the United States right
violent, illegal acts. In response to the group, hire me without getting the chance to interview residents' minds for the past month. Students before his meetings with Ford. Once he had
the recruiters headed for their cars to flee me?" said John Potter, an LSA senior. Against Nuclear Suicide (SANS) brought their finished reading the prepared statement, Ford
campus, with some of the protesters on their yproposal, which would force the University to said, they commenced negotiations as if
heels. missed interviews against interested University stock suicide pills in the event of a nuclear war, '
students. And University President Harold before the Michigan Student Assembly nothingnastyhadbeenexchanged.
Shapiro said he would apologize to the students Tuesday. And former Presidents Gerald Ford The power of the spoken word should never
who missed out. and Jimmy Carter gathered here Wednesday be overestimated.
T It seems to be an instance of job seekers along with other top officials to offer their view
z pitted against the seekers of the truth behind
of new weapons technology and Soviet- Victory for Tear
the CIA's covert operations. American relations.
___SANS ran into some problems with MSA in
In leWtheir attempt to get approval for the proposal
SThe code II which they want on this April's ballot. Some theLSA tent benmet lat eek. Bu
tr e e p a r pp ,the LSA Student Government last weekn Bo
MSA representatives felt the idea was just a while Tear was hardly in a mood to cry about
Just when it seemed that this community was i and others felt at the word the way the elections turned out, turnout was
Jus t when itk seemedtha this Mrcommunty wa suicideshouldn't be included because teen- down from past years.
Apparently in response to the protesters, the going to be stuck with the March draft of the This booklet is part of the information the suicide is a touchy issue. SANS can still get the Only about 1,700 of the approximately 14,000
CIA cancelled all of its Wednesday interviews student code for- non-academic conduct, CIA distributes to potential employees, measure put on the April ballot if it collects eligible students went to the polls last Tuesday
on campus out of "concern for the safety of University officials had to go and make another The CIA cancelled its campus recruit- 1,000 student signatures. And MSA is working and Wednesday to cast votes. Last year 2,300
terpersonnel," sithUnvrty drco draft. ment meeting due to protesters. with the group to reword the proposal. The suet oe nteeeto.Ei emn
of Career Planning and Placement. Later, a Although the University originally seemed to group's leader, however, said SANS is no students voted in the election. Eric Berma,
CIA spokesperson said that the recruiters fight student demands that the rules cover willing to compromise on the word suicide the current LSA-SG president, had previously
would indeed return. She said the CIA faculty members, deans, directors, and the Eric Schnaufer, chairman of MSA's code because that is the meat of the proposal. hoped at least 3,000 students would vote, and
recruiters were not, however, interested in executive officers, they have suddenly changed committee, said that the administration "is on SANS believes that by equating nuclear war that if even 2,500 students voted, the election
"being targets," but only in interviewing. the rules of the code to include these people. the right track," but added that "a lot of with suicide more students will take action in would be a success.
Ironically, the protesters were charging the Now it is up to the University Council to revisions are tactical and not substantive." attempting to end the arms race. This year's flood of voter apathy was at-
CIA with doing some of their own targeting. issue a code which can be voted on by the Thursday around 80 students and one It's hard to say how the former presidents tributed to the time students spent working on
They questioned the representatives about the Michigan Student Assembly, the faculty Senate kangaroo rallied against the proposed code. would have reacted to the suicide pills the national elections. Apparently, students
recent CIA manual which advocated targeting Assembly, and the Board of Regents. The The kangaroo symbolized the similarity bet- proposal, but one thing the Washington insiders were too pooped even to get themselves into the
Nicaraguan government officials and council is composed of students, faculty, and ween the proposed conduct guidelines and the could probably agree with SANS on is the Fishbowl or the Michigan Union to vote in the
assassinating them for political purposes. They administrators. "Kangaroo courts" which are unfair judicial necessity for arms reduction talks to begin student elections.
also charged the CIA with such things as Most of the changes were drawn from the systems with secret hearings, lack of due soon. The opposition party, SPCK, didn't con-
illegally mining Nicaraguan harbors, funding recommendations of the University's Civil process, and vague rules. Ford said that he believes the national elec- tribute to any increase in the awareness, said
the anti-government rebels in Nicaragua, and Liberties Board and individual students. Student protesters seemed to be having a tions had held the president back from the election officials, because they didn't excite the
interfering in the elections of other countries. In the new draft, among many changes, the jolly good time hopping up and down like negotiation table and that negotiations would electorate.
"The CIA has no right to be on this campus ... participation of attorneys would be unrestric- kangaroos and shouting "Student rights, start soon. Maybe if an Indiana Jones type had run a
they murder people, they torture people, and ted; sanctions imposed under the code would student power. There's no justice in the Ivory Richard Burt, assistant secretary of state for party in the election more University students
they have replaced democratically appointed not be noted on students' transcripts; hearings hTheyalso' European and Canadian affairs said he
governments abroad with military dictator- would be before an all-student board and would ey. Ho, ho. The code of conduct has got bel thebal fh hiftedto University campaign officials could start now
ships," said Lisa Vihos, a Rackham graduate be open - that is unless the hearing officer - a variation of the "Hey, hey. Ho, ho. The CIA rthe United Statesand thato get him to run in the 1986 LSASG elections.
student and one of the protesters. decided otherwise. has got to go" chant, and resembling a benefit us in any negotiations.
One of the CIA representatives responded to But if the administration thought it would thousand other protest themes, but not to be Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew
the charges, claiming that he did not come to please students by making these changes, it confused with the laugh associated with Santa Brzezinski spoke some of the most popular The Week in Review was compiled by
answer questions. Nonetheless, the crowd was mistaken. Claus. words of the day. He said his favorite Soviet Daily Opinion Page editor Jackie Young.

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

LETTERS TO THE DAILY
Daily disregards free speech principle

Vol. XCV, No. 64

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board
Fears involved with rape

THERE IS A LOT of fear at Central
Michigan University; some of it is
understandable, some of it is un-
forgiveable. Those who have ex-
perienced the psychological trauma of
rape must live with that nightmare for
life. Several women at a CMU sorority
have accused members of the campus
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity of raping
them. The women's fear of taking
their case to court is understandable,
especially considering that many
members of the fraternity have par-
ticipated in some destructive acts
directed toward silencing them. What
is unforgiveable is not only the frater-
nity brothers' actions in trying to keep
the women from pressing charges
against their members, but the great
number of people within the university
community and the women's sorority
who urged them to keep the whole
issue quiet in order to avoid a public
disturbance. A public disturbance is
necessary, however, if the problem is
ever to be solved or addressed legally
in the courts and in the victims' minds.
Women often end up being the vic-
tims in more ways than one. If they
have the courage to admit that they
were raped, they then face the
questions, "What did you do to deserve
it?" or, "Why not just forget the whole
thing?" This places the victim on the
defensive and makes it harder for her
to prove her offender's guilt. Fifty Sig
Ep members made the whole process
even more painful by surrounding the
Phi Mu sorority house last month and
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should have taken this into account
before she told one victim to let the
matter go. No responsible person
should give such bad counsel.
Similarly, the fraternity's national
organization has refused to comment
throughout the investigation. The least
that could be expected is a statement
from the organization condemning
rape and all those who would try and
prevent it from being reported. This
would allow the accused to have- his
day in court but would show that the
organization is opposed to rape. It is
also not unreasonable to expect that
the CMU Sig Eps would apologize for
the harassment they have openly ad-
mitted to. It may be that not all of the
fraternity's members participated in
the rape or the following harassment,
but all of the members should condemn
such unacceptable behavior and intim-
idating tactics. Instead, they issued a
statement emphasizing the damage
the incident has caused to their
"tradition of excellence."
The bureaucratic wheels of the CMU
administration have finally become
involved in this case and have taken
appropriate action: They have
severed their ties with the local Sig
Eps and requested that the national
organization revoke the fraternity's
charter.
The climate of fear at the university
is not going to disappear quickly. But
an important attempt to address these
fears is being made by the CMU ad-
ministration and local law officials.
The sorority advisor should have lear-
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To the Daily:
In my four years as a reader of
the Daily, I've come to ap-
preciate, with some amusement,
its editorials for their frequently
uninformed invective. The recent
commentary regarding the
break-up of a CIA recruitment
meeting, however, forces me to
respond. In asserting that those
who protested last Wednesday's
meeting served the Michigan
campus a valuable service shows
a blatant disregard for the rights
of both the representatives of the
CIA and those who legitimately
wished to attend the meeting.
The Daily asserts that those
who blocked Wednesday's
meeting stimulated "...a
valuable discussion of the CIA's
strategies and invited the
representatives to explain the
agency's morals." It fails to
recognize, however, that a
recruitment meeting is neither
the time nor the place for an open
forum on the merits of covert ac-
tivities. The Central Intelligence
Agency did not send its recruit-
ment representatives to take part
in a spectacle reminiscent of the
Scopes monkey-trial. It is one
thing to hold an open debate on
the need for covert activities; it is
quite another to obstruct a
meeting that is of a legitimate in-
terest to graduating students of
the University. While asserting
the value of a policy debate on
CIA activities, the Daily ignores
the rights of both the agency's
representatives and its potential
recruitees.
The Constitution has been
shown to protect the rights to
both speech and assembly. Thus
those who are opposed to the ac-
tivities of the Central Intelligence
Agency are most certainly en-
titled to those rights (as some
showed most effectively last
Wednesday). Against these
rights, however, are the same
guarantees available to the CIA
and its recruitment patrons. The
Daily seems to suggest that the
rights of protestors are greater
than the CIA's, however, because
they possess a moral imperative.
No such analysis of First Amen-
diment rights peists.

just whose views are to be freely
exchanged. That's a little like the
proverbial kettle calling the pot a
fascist. An academic community
"where ideas are freely
discussed and debated," does not
mean that some views are given
more access than others, just
because they may be of higher
moral cause to one group or

another.
Justice Douglas spoke of the
"market-place of ideas" that
exists within the United States.
This concept guarantees that all
views, no matter how pernicious,
have a right to be expressed. It
does not give one group license to
shut out the views of another via
its right to speech and assembly.

Code won't deter sexual assaults

By asserting that last Wed-
nesday's protest served a
valuable experience for this
community, the Daily blindly
disregards the principles of
speech and assembly on which
this nation rests.
-Dan Gentges
November 17

To the Daily:
In the introduction of the
proposed code for non-academic
conduct, it states, "The purpose
of the Student Code of Non-
acaderhic Conduct is to help
protect the safety and well being
of the campus community...".
Yet according to President
Shapiro in the code forum on Nov.
8, safety was in no way the main
issue of the proposed code. We
think safety should be a major
reason for passing the code, one
in particular, is the problem with
sexual harassment. We are con-
cerned about the prevention, not
just the punishment of, sexual of-
fenders. As it presently stands,
the code is extremely vague
regarding the issue of sexual
assault. For instance, what con-
stitutes an "unwelcome sexual
advance?" Unless the code is put
into more specific terms, it is
useless in regards to having any
effect on the deterrence of sexual
assaults.
The passage of the proposed
code is not the answer to solving
these problems. Instead, the
University should be em-
phasizing programs already in
existence, such as the student
legal services, or the many coun-
seling facilities that are available
to the student body. These
programs are excellent in
helpingsvictims of sexual
harassment, yet most students
aren't aware they exist, or how to
go about finding them. We think
the University should be
promoting student
awareness of these programs,
which provide functions the code
can't compensate for.
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deterrents. Also, how would the
measures in the code act as a
deterrent against non-student of-
fenders? It can't!
The purpose of the code is to act
as a deterrent to crimes in
general, including sexual assault.
Judging by what is included in
the proposed student code in
regards to sexual assault, the

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code will have no effect in the
prevention of this problem.
Therefore, the code should not be
passed on the basis of preventing
sexual harassment.
-Lee Dolan
Dave Hoogterp
Brian Kolb
Ken Haller
November 16

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MSA reworks proposal

4

To the Dailf :
Regarding the article "MSA
vetoes suicide pill referen-
dum" (Daily, Nov. 14), a couple
of points need to clarified.
First of all, the headline was
misleading. The assembly
shares the concern about nuclear
war with SANS, and these con-
cerns were discussed heavily at
the MSA meeting of Nov.
13. MSA has problems with the
content of the proposal as it stan-
ds: members expressed concern
at the possibility of the
promulgation of an advocacy of
suicide within the student com-
munity, and desires instead to
make a broader, more obviously
nonbinding statement about the
reprehensibility of nuclear war.
Once again, it is important to
note that the assembly does not
fault the idea of protest of nuclear
war; we merely ioult the idea of
suicide.
Second, the article. tates, "Due
to misunderstanding c. the rules
of MSA, the assembly acciden-
tally closed discussion on the
SANS proposal before a
discussion was actually

finished." We do not "acciden-
tally" close discussion. We can't.
When a majority of usdecide to
close discussion, we bring 'he
subject to a vote. Not all assem-
bly members may be pleased
with an end to discussion, but
when 39 vocal people, all of whom
care deeply about the assembly
and about the welfare of their
constituents, the students, are
expressing their concerns a
discussion is bound to get lively
and consequently must receive
guidance from the leaders of the
assembly.
Guidance came in the form of a
call for a vote. The outcome of the
vote was that MSA will not accept
SANS' proposal as it stands. In-
stead, MSA will work with the
organization to arrive at a
statement about nuclear war
which is in the best interests of
the students here at the Univer-
sity.
-Noreen Ball
November 14
Ball is MSA 's director of
volunteers

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