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OPINION
Friday, November 22, 1985

Page 4

The Michigan Daily

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Students reelect LSASG incumbents

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For what appears to be the first time in
history, an incumbent has been reelected
president of LSA Student Government.
Michelle Tear of the SAID party piloted her
slate to a virtual sweep on Monday and
Tuesday's elections.
In addition to Tear and Michael Rolnick,
the new vice-president, all 11 members of
TheWeek
in Review
the SAID party were elected as represen-
tatives. An additional four members of the
Action party filled up the 15 representative
seats.
Steve Herz, president of the Action party,
finished second in the balloting. Noting that
much of his campaign had centered on
making LSA-SG more responsible to
students, he said of the newly elected SAID
slate, "If the effort they showed in cam-
paigning is indicative of the effort they'll be
putting in, then the students were the real
winners.,

Keith Titen of the CAUSE party finished
third in the largest presidential field in four
years. He too complimented Tear for her
campaign. "(Tear) made a big presence in
the campaign. If she did that during the
school year, and kept people informed, that
would be just what the student body needs.
She's got the energy to do it," he said.
Fourteen percent or 2,388 of the eligible
students voted this year, up by 700 from last
year.

MSA referenda

TWO NON-BINDING Michigan Student
Assembly referenda passed by wide
margins in voting on Monday and Tuesday.
A two-part referendum on the new com-
puter fee which will begin next term to
collect $50 from each student and $100 per
term thereafter passed in both parts.
Oh the first half of the computer fee
referendum, students voted 1,855 to 476 that
they do not approve of the fee.
On the second half, students indicated by
2,142 to 177 that they want input on Univer-
sity computing policy.
Students passed the second referendum
1,468 to 359, approving change in the MSA
constitution. That change, most importan-

tly, would result in biannual elections for
MSA, an increase of about 25 percent in the
number of MSA representatives, and a
restructuring of internal MSA committees.
Although both referenda are non-binding,
MSA will almost certainly work to im-
plement and interject changes. The issue of
computer fees should remain in the news a
long time to come, but in spite of the over-
whelming need for student input there is no
guarantee students will win that input.
Computer error
The votes are in, and it's clear that the
student body does not support the Univer-
sity's mandatory computer fee. In its
special election this week, the Michigan
Student Assembly asked students if they
supported the $50 fee for next term and $100
each term there after to pay for the Univer-
sity'scomputerexpansion. 1855 students
said they did not support paying the fee,
while less than 500 supported the Regents
plan.
In response, MSA President Paul
Josephson said the assembly might urge a
student boycott of the fee as one of several
strategies the assembly will consider.
Douglas Van Houwerling, Vice Provost for

Information Technology and the man who
introduced the plan to the Regents, respon-
ded late Wednesday night by saying he
regrets having to charge students the fee,
but he emphasized that his office is pur-
suing other sources of funding for computer
services. These sources, he said, include
donations from private corporations, and
reallocations from the University's general
fund.
The student body also easily supported
changes in the MSA constitution this week
that will allow the assembly to hold two
elections each year, and to increase its
number of representatives.

vulnerability. Afterall, a student suc-
cessfully sued the University of Colorado
last year after injuring himself on a tram-
poline at a fraternity at the school. If the
courts hold the universities responsible for
what goes on in a fraternity, or for that mat-
ter, a co-op, shouldn't universities have
jurisdiction over crimes that occur in frats?
These are issues the council addresses as
progresses in drafting an alternative to last
year's code proposal by the administration.
Meanwhile, however, patience with the
council's progress is running thin among
the University's decision-makers. Univer-
sity President Harold Shapiro reportedly
has threatened to propose a code to the
regents for approval in January unless the
council has finished work by then. And
Friday, in informal meetings with members
of the Michigan Student Assembly, several
regents expressed skepticism at the coun-
cil's desire to finish a code, and said they
want to take action on the issue soon.
The Week in Review was compiled by
opinion page editor Joseph Kraus and
staff writers Jerry Markon and Kery
Murakami.

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Showdown looms

What does a drunken brawl in a privately-
owned fraternity house have to do with the
University? That's what those who opposed
the code last year asked, and that's what
some ask again this year, as the University
Council haggles over how far the Univer-
sity's jurisdiction should reach in affairs of
non-academic conduct.
On the other side of the question are those
concerned with the University's legal

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ANYONE RER

Homeless shelter

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A NN ARBOR Mayor Edward
Pierce has declared this week
"Homeless Awareness Week".
Many community groups have
responded by volunteering time
and donating items to the Ann Ar-
bor Shelter Association's
renovated church at 420 W. Huron.
Community involvement with the
shelter is the key to its continued
success and improvement. Even
more important is a cooperative ef-
fort toward helping the homeless
find homes.
Often, shelter users have lost
their jobs, government benefits, or
have broken up with their families.
They need a base from which to get
back on their feet, save some
money, and hunt down a job or
government support.
It is crucial to establish residence
in order to apply for employment or
government aid. Few. employers
can make contact with or hire these
people if they have neither an ad-
dress nor a telephone number.
According to a recent shelter
survey, about half of their guests
are mentally ill and one quarter
are alcohol or drug users. This is
indicative of the larger problem;
people need to be a part of the
community in order to survive, but
for many the price of community is
beyond their means.
In February, the Ann Arbor City
Council Task Force on Housing
Problems reported that there is a
shortage of affordable housing in

Ann Arbor for moderate or low in-
come residents. Even when ear-
ning minimum wage, it is nearly
impossible to scrape together
enough money for the required
security deposit and first month's
rent.
Back in 1982, St. Andrew's
pastor, Reverend Lewis convinced
his parish to rent a house for the
homeless, but neighbors com-
plained that the house violated
zoning laws. So Reverend Lewis
opened up the basement of St. An-
drew's.
These days, some neighbors of
the W. Huron shelter complain that
shelter users are undesirables who
gather in West Park and litter the
area with empty bottles. Other
neighbors are more compassionate
and have even considered volun-
teering at the shelter.
As November slips into Decem-
ber, contributions of time, food, or
old clothing are crucial. Seven
Krogers in Ann Arbor and Ypsilan-
ti are donating bottle and can
refunds to the shelter at their
customers' request. With more
funding, the Ann Arbor Shelter
Association will be able to im-
plement a daytime program with
counseling services.
Hopefully, "Homeless
Awareness Week" has helped to
open up the eyes of the community
to the plight of the homeless. It is
up to the individual community
member to lend a hand or look the
other way.

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LETTERS:
Big business ignores world hunger

To the Daily:
How can we teach big
agricultural businesses the
realities facing our world today?
There are millions of people star-
ving all over the world, including
the U.S., yet many multinational
corporations only concern them-
selves with sales and profits.
Recently I came across an ar-
ticle, in the business section of
the New York Times, that
discussed how farm suppliers,
such as those of agricultural
machines and fertilizers, are suf-
fering from one of the worst farm
economies since the Depression:
sales are down, profits are
minimal, and there is an over
supply of new equipment. The
best reason that I found in the en-
tire article for this poor farm
economy was said by the author
himself, Keith Schneider, who
states, "The trouble in America's
agricultural areas is mainly a
result of the farmers doing their
work too well." Of course there
are other reasons for the poor
economy: reducing acreage of
crops that require lots of fer-
tilizer, foreign competition, and
availability of low-priced used
farm equipment.
The ma~in rse!~cin forrmy i cn

People can try to convince big
businesses to help the hungry but
it all seems like a waste of time.
Big executives are ruthless, how
do you think they got where they
are now? I am positive there are
many others who agree with me

that educating the younger
generation on the subject of
world hunger will have more of
an impact. Having people that
know about the subject and can
provide solutions must go to all
levels of schooling from elemen-

tary to post graduate. It is
through the learning institutions
that people will become infor-
med, I just hope it isn't too late...
-Ricardo Rengifo
November 15

Sperm Wars 'gimmick inappropriate

To the Daily:
I am writing this letter in
response to the "Sperm Wars"
picture and byline in today's
(Nov. 20) Daily. I must say, these
people will go to any means to get
attention. I had to read the
paragraph about four times
because I could not believe that a
protest group would actually put
on a theatrical presentation
depicting sperm as missiles.
First of all, I don't believe that
the comparison between human
reproductive capacity or preven-
tion is in any way, shape, or form,
similar to halting the Star Wars
plan. I believe that protesters
have the right to hold their views,
but I also think that it should be

done in an appropriate way.
Personally, I found their action
offensive and tactless. How can
protesters expect to gain respect
when they put on antics like this?
Their action was done to gain at-
tention . with the belief that
students would listen to them if
they had a gimmick like the ex-
ploitation of sex, to attract them.
They got some attention but
probably over half the audience
was laughing at these people for
their foolishness, and in the
process, their opinion of this
protest group went down.
The analogy between sexual
functions and prevention to Star
Wars is irrelevant and tasteless.

It makes fun of sexual relations,
and it causes me to pray that
these people never get elected to
a. public office in their lifetime.
Their tactics are out of line.
Anyone who freely acts like a
sperm cannot be taken seriously.
Silverman says she doesn't
want this campus to be a part of
the destruction of human life, but.
she seems to be for the preven-
tion of human life by the use of
diaphrams.
My point is that the protesters
should think through their
methods of protesting to decide if
it is really appropriate.
-Catherine Paler
November 20

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