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Homosexuals rally at
pride week events
By CHRISTY RIEDEL workshops and programs offered
doubled, Toy said. Over the years the
In 1969, the patience of the New participation "has been pretty con-
York gay community was stretched to stant," he added.
the breaking point. When police "In my opinion, (pride week
raided the Stonewall Union Bar in focuses) on accepting an identity
Greenwich Village one June night, the that's been hard to accept, and caring
homosexual patrons - including about yourself," said Nancy Blum, a
several transvestites - decided to former University student and an ad-
fight back. vocate for students in the Human
The angry people overturned squad Sexuality Office.
cars, set cars on fire, and ultimately "SOME people feel so strongly'
chased the police away. Before long, about who we are that they're willing
patrons from other gay bars in the to take action," said LSA senior Diana
area joined in the rioting, which DeVries, referring to an event two
lasted for two days. years ago when a gunman threatened
ALTHOUGH the riots at the attendees at a pride week rally.
Stonewall Union Bar took place 16 The gay pride movement has
years ago and 600 miles away, rever- mellowed over the years, gay rights
berations from the event can still be advocates say. "In the beginning, it
felt across the country. was a group I'd say was radical,"
Lesbian/Gay Pride Week, an an- Toy said. Toy was involved in the
nual summer event in Ann Arbor sin- early days of the movement in
ce 1972, is a quiet commemoration of Detroit.
the violent events that set the gay Toy said the movement has
rights movement into motion. changed its radical character because
This year's pride week festivities - more people have become involved.
which included an ecumenical ser- "Within the movement there's a lot of
vice, a vigil for victims of Acquired' diversity in how people feel - you get
Immune Deficiency Syndrome liberals and conservatives," said one
(AIDS), dances, movies, workshops, gay rights advocate who asked to
speakers, a rally, and a march - remain anonymous.
drew fewer participants than last That diversity enables gay activists
year, said John Syler, a pride week to work within the political system
planning committee member. "We rather than against it, Toy said.
were smaller but better this year," he "Lesbians and gay men are making
Wsaid. themselves felt at almost every
THIS YEAR 800 people participated level," Toy said.
in the events, down from 1,000 par- For the gay community and its sup-
ticipants last year, said Jim Toy, an porters, Gay Pride Week is a time to
advocate for gay male students in the remember the past and gain strength
Human Sexuality Office. But in to continue the gay pride movement.
previous years the number of par- "From my own perspective, the
ticipants hovered around 800, he said. week is about taking pride in who you
The level of participation rose are and what we've accomplished in
in 1984 because the number of the field of civil rights," Syler said.
WHomosexuals hope
for bylaw change

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 5, 1985 - Page A 15
'U' fund drive nears
$160 million goal
By MARLA GOLD Among the large gifts are donations
When money begins to run low, from the Ford Motor Company,
students turn to their parents for help. Burroughs Corporation, General
The University is trying a similar ap- Motors, Chrysler, K Mart, and the
proach to raise $160 million which Dow Foundation.
administrators claim is necessary to MONEY AND OTHER gifts from
maintain the quality of the Univer- individuals account for 41 percent of
sity. the total so far, but beginning this fall,
The Campaign for Michigan, a five- the drive will year away from
year fund-raising drive which will end soliciting gifts from corporations arnd
next year, is also aimed at increasing - foundations to its final step - hitting
the percentage of University funding alumni for contributions.
which comes from private donations. Half of the raised total will be in
Right now, most private universities vested, with the interest and other
receive 30 percent of their funds from revenue going toward salaries and
gifts and donations, while the Univer- bonuses for faculty, financial aid for
sity receives only 10 percent of its an- students, and funds for special projec-
nual budget from donations. ts, such as research equipment for
"IF REVENUE from the state and graduate studies.
other sources were adequate to the The other half is being used to
educational and scholarly tasks the upgrade existing University buildings
University faces, the institution could and fund new construction projects,
rest on its present endowment. But it Cosovich said.
is not, and the University of Michigan In addition to the formal campaign,
cannot," reads the campaign's infor- different colleges, including the
mation booklet. School of Natural Resources, are
Jon Cosovich, vice president for taking advantage of the campaign
development and University and raising money for their own
relations, said the campaign is "going schools. "We are trying to provide in-
very well," and estimates that more centives and encouragement to the
than $100 million will be raised by schools," by letting them keep the
September. money they raise, Cosovich said.

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Members of the gay and lesbian community commemorate the riots that
initiated the gay movement.
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issues affecting homosexuals can
choose from several campus groups:
*The Michigan Gay Un-
dergraduates - a primarily-male
social group which sponsors social
events, trips, parties, and meetings;
eUniversity Lesbian Network - of-
fers programs and social contact for
lesbians;
'New Group for Women - a support
group which sponsors social activities
and occasional forums;
'Lesbian/Gay Law Students -
promotes discussion of gay issues

within the Law School;
'Gay Liberation Front - focuses on
political and social issues as they af-
fect gays;
'Alliance of Lesbian and Gay Male
Social Work Students - offers sup-
port, education, and outreach;
'Parents and Friends of Lesbians
and Gays - offers support, peer.
counseling, and education for parents
and friends of homosexuals; and
'Lambda Health Project - gay
professionals and students in all
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there is no hearing, the professor can
resign from the University and go to
another university.
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about mentioning sexual harassment
charges if the charges were never
proven in a formal hearing, or slander
suits might be brought against the
University, Nordby said.
"It's a very delicate balance.
You're walking a tightrope between
the teacher's rights and the respon-
sibility to the students," she said.
But when the University checks

references of transferring
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if we weren't told they were a problem
at their home institutions," she said.

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