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OPINION

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Sunday, February 3, 1985

The Michigan Daily

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

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Vol. XCV, No. 103

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109

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

Pornographic rights

Are students - members of a
University community - considered
adults? Do they maintain the same
constitutional rights as other citizens
not affiliated with a university? It
seems that recently these questions
have been answered negatively all too
often by university administrators
looking for a convenient way to solve
campus problems. The most recent
example of infringement of students'
rights is at Michigan State Universtiy.
An independent movie group on the
campus of MSU has been told by the
university administration to stop
showing pornographic films. Moses
Turner, MSU's vice president for
student affairs, said that such
showings are inconsistent with the
university's values.
The controversy began when the
movie group, Beyolyer Cinema, had
planned to bring the X-rated
film, Cherry Trucker, to MSU's Wells
Hall. Turner canceled the group's
reservsation in Wells and subsequently
called for a halt of X-rated films in the
future.
Darwin Greyerbiehl, Beyolyer's
director, will take his case to the Lan-
sing chapter of the American Civil

Liberties Union next week. ACLU's
Lansing chairman, Philie Dean, said
the organization would first have to
prove that the students' First Amen-
dment rights were violated by the
university. That should not be a dif-
ficult task.
Supreme Court decisions in the last
decade have consistently said por-
nographic film showings are protected
by the First Amendment. Students, as
adults and citizens of this state, are
also granted the Constitutional right to
show or see whatever film they desire.
University officials in this case looked
for the quick and easy solution to
something they defined as a problem.
Unfortunately for the administration,
this solution is not within their rights to
institute or enforce.
It is time universities and those who
run them stop ignoring the rights of
students to set their self-made codes of
behavior. At a university, where free
exchange of information and ideas is of
the utmost importance, censorship of
this type must not be tolerated.
Students must be exposed to all media
of expression abailable - and that in-
cludes the expressions of a Cherry
Trucker.

Sen. David Holmes, a Detroit Democrat,
has introduced a bill which would allow some
athletes up to 15 years to complete their un-
dergraduate education.
The bill, proposed on Jan. 22, would obligate
universities to offer varsity letter recipients
in basketball, football, and hockey full
scholarships for ten years after their
eligibility had expired.
Sen. Holmes said universities do not share
enough of the ticket receipts with their
money-making athletes. "These schools
make millions off of these boys, millions," he
said.
Holmes said the period of the free-schooling
extention was negotiable but justified. "The
training period is so strenuous.. .they don't get
enough time to concentrate on their studies."
According to the Michigan athletic depar-
tment, an in-state player costs about $5,331 a
year. An out-of-statercosts about $10,017.
Multiply those figures by fifteen, and you get
a price athletic administrators are not
anxious to pay.
gThe Week
in Review.
Don Canham, the University's athletic
director, called the bill inappropriate, saying
"I don't think it's effective at all."
"We can't provide any more financial aid
for the athlete than for the student body,"
Canham said.
Strong south wind
Things were not smelling like a rose last,
week in South Quad where a urinal line leak
left part of the main lobby sectioned off to
protect students from being "dripped on."
The cause of the leak was unknown by
students working at the East desk in the lob-
by. Housekeepers chaned up the puddles
beforeleaving for the nay but by 5 p.m. new
puddles had formed.
Maintenance workers w ere called and they
fixed the leak the following morning.
Nevertheless, students 1 ad to spend the
evening dodging droplets. '1 Ve area suffering
the leakage was taped off a. d adorned with
signs which said, "What you smell is what is
is!! Watch the drips!!"
Students making their way t( dinner found
the situation less than appetizing.
"I'm really glad you told me," said Kara
Swancson, an LSA sophomore. "You just

ruined my dinner. But it doesn't smell worse
than food here."
For LSA freshperson Jessica Durrie the
situation was rather revolting, "It's pretty
disgusting and it doesn't really help my ap-
petite."
South Quad has been plagued with a rash of
mishaps, mainly fire alarms, and students
are becoming used to things out of the or-
dinary.
"It's typical of the Quad, you expect things
like that to happen. It always smells like
sweatsocks anyway," said one resident who
asked to remain anonomous.
Educated spending
For the third year in a row, Gov. James
Blanchard called for an increase in state
spending for education. In his budget
recommendations toathe state legislature on
Tuesday, Blanchard asked for a $300 million
increase in education spending, including an
11 percent increase for higher education.
If the governor's budget gets through the
state legislature unscathed, the University
will get a large share of the pie: a $16 million
increase in its general operating budget, fun-
ding to renovate the chemistry and natural
science buildings, and the largest share of a
$25 million fund to help support research in
the state's colleges and universities.
The governor also proposed an increase of
$18 million for state financial aid. Blanchard
pictures the creation of a Michigan
work/study program to augment the federal
program, and doubling of the state's need-
based competitive scholarships.
Richard Kennedy, vice-president for
government relations at the University said
recommendations are an 'encouraging signof
the governor's continuing interest in higher
education."
Overall, the budget was a "toe-the-line
budget" with an increase of only 2.4 percent,
well under the 4 percent inflation rate. The
state's program, excluding education,would
suffer an overall cut of $16.9 million.
Strike three
In baseball terms, three strikes means the
batter is out. Although the U-Club may not be
out of the liquor game, it could receive its
third strike in less than a year if another in-
vestigation currently underway by the state's
Liquor Control Commission detects a
violation of commission rules.
The new investigation was prompted by an

anonymous complaint about an adver-
tisement for the "World's Largest Nacho
Platter," which was held at the U-Club last
November.
The controversial ad featured an,4
illustration of the giant platter, the Union
logo, and the U-Club as the place of the event
- seemingly a harmless juxtaposition. The,
problem. however, was that the as also men-
tioned Labatt's beer as one of the platter's
sponsors.
Much to the surprise of the members of the
University Activities Center who designed the
ad, it may have violated an LCC rule which
says that "the name of a retail licensee shall
not appear in the advertising of a manufac-
turer of alchoholic beverages."
In addition to determining whether the
"flyer" officially qualifies as advertising for
Labatt's - which could subject the U-Club to
a fine of up to $300 and suspension or even
revocation of its license - the LCC will
determine if Labatt's and the U-Club entered
into the advertisement jointly.This would
violate another LCC rule against
"cooperative advertising."
The U-Club was already cited by the LCC last
summer and again in the fall for violating its4
member-restricted liquor license by selling to
liquor control officials who, not surprisingly,
were not club members.
The struggle continues
Civil rights activist Dick Gregory told a
Rackham Auditorium audience last Sunday
that the FBI considered his "injecting himself
into the racial movement" of the 1960s
"dangerous." "Injected?" questioned
Gregory with his usual sardonic wit, looking
at his dark skinned arm, "It doesn't look like
it comes off."
Gregory has collected millions of dollars in
donations for drought striken Africa and for
domestic funds' such as the NAACP and
Operation PUSH. Both are organizations con-
cerned with advancing the positions of
blacks in American society.
Once a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha
fraternity at Southern Illinois University,
Gregory denounced black fraternities and
sororities for "too much game playing" and
not making contributions toward relief efforts
in Africa. He also expressed his frustration
with the low levels of minority student
enrollment, recommending athlete boycotts
of the "white racist institutions."
The Week in Review was compiled by
Daily staff writers Jody Becker, Sean
Jackson, Jerry Markon, Ker Murakami,
and Stacey Shonk.

Abad joke

T he nomination of President Ronald
Reagan for the 1985 Nobel Peace
Prize is like a bad joke: the incredible
irony of the suggestion provides the
opportunity to issue a collective
chuckle at the inherent absurditites
and contradictions of human nature.
To like the notions of solidarity,
social justice, and sacrifice embodied
by such humanitarians as Lech
Walesa, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther
King Jr., and other honorable recipien-
ts of the award with Ronald Reagan is
to bastardize the ideals and significan-
ce of the Nobel distinction.
Peace is more than just a temporary
lull in hostility. It is the process of
working toward greater justice in the
world without resorting to violence.
Where Ronald Reagan seeks a
stronger America, a true worker for
peace calls for a better world.
Furthermore, Reagan seeks stability
through the buildup of arms and arms

technology. He has called for the
largest peace-time military budget in
history, a proposal which clearly in-
dicates his view of the future as one in
which conflict - either on the bat-
tlefield or in the laboratory - will con-
tinue. In addition, that proposal
comes at the expense of the unem-
ployed, the homeless, education, and the
arts.
The current tensions between the
superpowers is frighteningly palpable:
Reagan has managed to bring the cold
war with the Soviet Union to an
aggravated freeze, which the most
recent efforts in Geneva might only
begin to thaw.
The skewed priorities and militant
nationalism with which Reagan is
associated must not be legitimized by a
Noble Prize nomination. Hopefully the
nomination will be viewed by the selec-
tion committee as the bad joke it is.

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Letters
PSN Protesters were guilty, but naive

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASH I NGTON

To the Daily:
I would like to respond to your
editorial of January 29, "Guilty,
but noble." The Progressive
Student Network members that
trespassed Prof. George Had-
dad's research facility support a
very noble cause, namely, the
end of the arms race. They are
courageous enough to break the
law in hope of accomplishing
their goal. What these PSN
members lack, though, is a
realistic view of today's world

and the nature of the arms race.
The Soviets have never been
inclined to disrupt their massive
arms research nor their equally
rapid arms buildup. They are
unlikely to halt or even slow such
research purely because of the
humanitarian reasons to do so.
The continuing Soviet massacre
of the Afghan people shows just
how humane the Soviets are.
Let us now suppose that public
opinion in the United States
swayed enough to reduce or even

Hail to the Victors

ban arms research here. Even-
tually the USSR would be
superior to the United States
militarily. Inferior to the Soviets,
would the United States have an
answer to Soviet aggression and
blackmail? Other nations have
tragically seen what happens
when they are inferior to the
Seat belts
To the Daily:
I cannot find any logic in your
Saturday editorial on the
proposed enactment of a seat belt
law.
The passage of an effective
seat belt rule in no way infringes
on the civil rights of the operator
of a motor vehicle on a public
thoroughfare. The driver of an
automobile must obey rules such
as traffic signals and driving on
the correct side of the road in a
prudent manner. The use of seat
belts gives the operator more
assured control of the vehicle by
keeping him behind the steering
wheel. Of paramount importance
to me is my own safety on the
highway. If an oncoming vehicle

To the Daily:
I just started receiving the
Daily once again and thoroughly
enjoy your coverage of the
Wolverines. "One Small Voice"
by Bergida has rapidly gained
my attention and appreciation.
This may not be too timely as it
takes 10 to 14 days to get each
issue, but the columns on the laid-
back Michigan fan was of special
interest. I totally agree with Jeff
in his analysis and regret the
"self-absorbed, pseudo-

Soviets.
It is this kind of instability that
would be a threat to world peace
and our way of life. Pehaps a
more fitting phrase to label the
PSN members would be "Guilty
and naive".
-Edgar Kalns
January 29
make sense

Let's get a proper student sec-
tion at Crisler and wake up the
casual observer. My heart and
soul are still behind the
Wolverines from 4,000 miles
away so it should be a lot easier
from the confines of the arena or
stadium.
This weekend, Michigan-
Dearborn hockey is in town and
to see the reaction from the
players when I walked into the
dressing room with "The Vic-
tors" blaring was more than
enoug~h to convince me that fans

is under the control of a firmly
belted driver, we are both more
likely to live longer.
The financial burden to society
of automobile accidents is borne
by every user of a motor vehicle
in higher insurance rates and the
social expenses of hospitalization
and job displacement. A seat belt
law cannot prevent all accidents
but it certainly will mitigate the
highway carnage.
My wish is that the final
legislation enacted will carry a
higher fine for violations and
mandatory arrest for all unbelted
adult occupants of the vehicle.
- Donald E. Hoff
January 26

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