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Ninety-six years of editorialfreedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, September 26, 1985

Vol. XCVI - No. 16

Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily

Eight Pages

Hispanics tryto

keep cultural ties

necessarily a unified one. In fact, some

4 Like most freshmen, Teresa Frausto felt
alone, intimidated, and confused when she
first arrived at the University.
"You're thrown into the water here and
they say 'Good luck, kid, swim out.'"
BELONGING to a minority group, a splin-
tered one at that, magnifies feelings of in-
security. When you're a Mexican-American
student, swimming out of the pool's deep
end is difficult, more difficult than it is for
the average first-year student.
Last year, Hispanic students - Puerto
Ricans, Mexican-Americans, Cubans and
South and Central Americans - represen-
ted about 1.7 percent of the students on
campus. Although the group is small, it isn't
MSA heads
'criticize 'U'
handlig of
Michigan Student Assembly leaders
criticized the University administration
yesterday for asking all school and college
governments, in addition to the assembly,
to recommend students to serve on a
committee reviewing classified research
MSA plans to send a letter today to new
University Vice President for Research
Linda Wilson requesting that she
disregard. recommendations from other
tudent governments.
Wilson's office had requested nominees
from the governments for students to ser-
ve on the panel, which will also be com-
posed of faculty members.
THE COMMITTEE is being formed in
response to a request from several mem-
bers of the Board of Regents, who have
suggested the current classified research
guidelines are too restrictive.
The regents' concern for ~.cirer
guidelines was first expressed at their
August meeting, after the former vice
resident for research, Alfred Sussman,
had rejected an arms control research
project submitted by Political Science
Prof. Raymond Tanter.
The guidelines, approved in 1972 and
amended in 1976, restrict research, "the
specific purpose of which is to destroy
human life or to incapacitate human
MSA PRESIDENT Paul Josephson said
he feels the assembly should be the only
student government submitting names of
Students to serve on the committee, citing
the MSA constitution.
The constitution gives the assembly the
power to "serve as the appointing body for
selection of members of student commit-
tees, and student representatives outside
Committees under this MSA jurisdiction
the constitution states, include "all
presidential committees."
University President Harold Shapiro
will appoint all members of the research
review committee, Wilson has said.
Shapiro's intent is to try and get as many
students on the committee as possible to
try to weed out potential troublemakers,"
Josephson said. "We want to make sure
that everyone who votes on the committee
See MSA, Page 2

students, ashamed of their background and
fearing discrimination, lie about their
"When I first got here . . . I had no role
models, no nothing," said Fausto, now a
"I don't think it's very cohesive because
there are too many small groups. I think
what we need to work on is one group," said
Fausto, who is a Mexican-American.
Because the group is so small and made
up of so many different ethnic backgrouds,
Hispanics aren't as unified as black studen-
ts, said Esteban Cabello, an engineering
school junior.
"(Cohesiveness) depends on each ethnic
group, said Ofelia Martinez, an LSA

sophomore. "The Puerto Rican students are
very organized due to their numbers."
PUERTO Ricaan and Mexican students
are the largest Hispanic groups on campus.
Ivette Perfecto, a member of the Puerto
Rican Association and the Puerto Rican
Solidarity Association, agrees with Mar-
tinez - Puerto Rican students are close.
But they don't share a closeness with
other Hispanic groups.
"THERE have been some attempts to
bring Puerto Rican and Chicano students
together," said Perfecto, a graduate stud-
dent from Puerto Rico. "But I don't think
they've been successful."
She added that one possible reason for this
division could be the fact that most active
Puerto Rican students are graduate studen-

ts while most active Chicano students are
Some students simply don't want to be
reminded of their ethnic heritage.
"SOME students don't even like to think of
themselves as Hispanic," said Ara Mar-
tinez, an engineering school sophomore.
She explained that some students are
afraid of losing their national identity by
allowing themselves to be grouped under
the umbrella term 'Hispanic.'
Other students choose to sidestep the issue
of heritage because they fear
"A LOT OF Hispanics are American,"
Martinez said. "There are a lot of
philosophies about this, but some say

they're American just to forget about (their
heritage). Some even say they're Italian."
Last year, the number of Hispanic studen-
ts at the University rose .2 percent from the
previous year. Admissions officials expect
that number to rise a bit again this year.
But according to Martinez, efforts to in-
crease the number of Hispanic students on
campus may at the same time be increasing
"THE UNIVERSITY might stress a whole
lot that 'minorities, minorities, we're trying
to get minorities,' she said. You're
separating them from the rest of the group."
As a result, some people resent minority
students, assuming that they're attending the
See CAMPUS, Page 3

MSA approves
Cole as new
vice president

The Michigan Student Assembly
last night unanimously approved the
nomination of LSA junior Phillip Cole
as the assembly's new Executive Vice
MSA President Paul Josephson
nominated Cole last Friday to replace
Micky Feusse, who resigned from the
post Sept. 8. A two-thirds approval
from the assembly was required for
his confirmation.
THROUGHOUT 'the vice presiden-
tial search process, minority leaders
pressured Josephson to appoint a
minority student to the position, citing
his campaign pledges to increase
minority involvement in MSA.
Some assembly members
suggested last week that Josephson
initially hesitated in nominating Cole
- who is black - for fear of caving in
to minority pressure.
But last night the politicking ended,
and assembly members expressed
support for Josephson's choice.
"I FULLY anticipated that Phillip
Cole will do an excellent job as the
Executive Vice President of MSA,"
said Roderick Linzie, the assembly's
minority researcher.
MSA minority Affairs Committee
chairman Lawrence Norris echoed
Linzie's optimism: "I'd like to com-
mend Paul (Josephson). It was an ex-

.appointed as MSA VP
tremely difficult thing to do, and I
think the selection was handled. very
professionally." Last week, Norris
was critical of assembly leaders for
what he said was their unwillingness
to nominate a minority candidate.
"It sounds like Paul's found a good
candidate for the position. It sounds
like he's going to be a hard worker."
See MSA, Page 2

Crashin' out,
When it's time to relax, the lawn outside Angell Hall is as good a place as any.

Daily Photo by JAE KIM

Policies quiet once rowdy


Couzens, ranked last year as the
rowdiest residence hall on campus,
is uncharacteristically quiet these
Since the second week of classes,
when Building Director Jerral
Jackson instituted controversial
mandatory quiet hours and an
alcohol policy barring beer kegs, the
atmosphere at Couzens has changed
replaced by small parties kept
behind closed doors while stereos

are no longer heard from sidewalks
outside and are barely audible as
one treads in the halls inside.
AND THE ANGER some residents
expressed at a meeting with Jackson
Sept. 12 has faded into a wait-and-
see attitude toward the quiet hours
policy and into fear that the keg ban
will spread to other residence halls.
Residents will vote on whether to
change the quiet hours next Monday.
and Tuesday.
The majority of the residents sur-
veyed by a reporter have accepted

the new rules. But a few continue to
disagree with them.
"I FEEL JACKSON to be a bit
harsh in his actions, but what can we
do?" complained one resident who
would identify herself only as Amy.
"He's the building director and,
therefore, has the authority to exert
his power where he sees fit."
Another resident, LSA junior Allen
French, called Jackson the "warden
of this prison." But he added that the
new alcohol policy may prevent
some students from drinking until

they vomit. Ill party-goers, he said,
were a common sight last year.
Impromptu baseball games in
hallways and round-the-clock
blasting stereos were also a frequent
occurence, accordinghto LSA junior
David Williams, who has lived in the
basement of Couzens since fresh-
man year.
to hit the books, he was forced to
leave the basement, reputedly the
hall's noisiest section. Now he
studies in his room.
Williams said he wants to boost his

grades so that he can transfer to the
College of Engineering.
"Jackson's policy isn't too strict,
it gives me a chance to study," he
mandates have fallen into the hands
of the hall's 13 resident advisers.
Students who are loud and disrup-
tive, or who are found drinking
illegally, are to be given three war-
See COUZENS, Page 3

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of famlies is
a myth, new
1 survey says ^

NEW YORK (AP) - The disintegration of the
American family is a myth and families today are closer
than ever to the image in the television series The
Waltons, according to a survey released yesterday.
The results of a telephone survey of 1,514 adults con-
ducted for Family Circle magazine found that "the
three-generation family may never have been stronger
or closer than it is today."
THE FAMILY Life Survey was conducted by the
National Opinion Research Center of the University of
Chicago and the participants represent a cross-section
of Americans over the age of 18.
"The best news to come out of this survey is that the
American family is alive and well, contrary to the

popular idea that we are a nation of strangers," said
Gay Bryant, editor of Family Circle.
"The strong ties between grown childen and their
parents, brothers and sisters are evident in the extraor-
dinary amount of socializing they do," the magazine
said in the first of a two-part series published in the Oc-
tober issue.
AMONG THE survey's findings were that women with
one or both parents living see them about 62 times a year
and men about 47 times, and that 45 percent of all adult
Americans live within 50 miles of their hometown.
It also found that 38 percent of adults live within 10
miles of a parent, 66 percent live within a two-hour drive
and a third of adults have a sibling living nearby.

Another finding was that six out of 10 Americans have
not . moved for at least 10 years, contrary to the
sociological belief that America is becoming a nation of
Bryant said the survey also debunks the idea of the
"nostalgic-past image" of families like the TV Waltons,
where three generations lived happily together, calling
it "pure fiction." The magazine said such a famiily is
more typical today that it was in the past.
As for the types of families, the survey said a majority
accepted so-called non-traditional families; both paren-
ts working full-time, one parent raising children alone,
and couples who are childless by choice.




Chipping in

ridiculous," said Supervisor Louis Renne, chairwoman
of the city's Finance Committee. "Even putting the
best possible light on that kind of suggestion, it is ab-
solutely ludicrous."
Cream of wheat

Comet coming
Seattle astronomers say Halley's Comet, already
the subject of t-shirts, seat cushions, hats and
neckties, may lay an egg in the Pacific Northwest. "To
quote Dickens, it's the best of times and the worst of

ARRESTS: Protester explains Pursell office
protest. See Page 4.

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