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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 31, 1987- Page 3
Students favor recent
BAM HI, UCAR protests

LSA freshman Keith Hope, LSA sophomore Marc Berman, LSA freshman Laura Gibul, and LSA freshman
Debbie Schlussel (left to right) build a prison on the Diag yesterday to protest the plight of Soviet Jews.
Cell commemorates Soviet Jews

Most students interviewed on
campus support the recent BAM III
and UCAR protests, despite pre-
dictions that current student apathy
would prevent a repeat of the 1970
strike on the University.
"Nothing but graphic actions
would have gotten the University to
do anything," said LSA sophomore
Ashish Prasad, a Michigan Student
Assembly member.
"But I think that if they carried
as far as in 1970, it would not have
gotten the broad-based support it
would have needed to be suc-
cessful," Prasad said. "There's too
'Nothing but graphic
actions would have gotten
the University to do
- Ashish Prasad
MSA representative
many white students who, while
they sympathize with (the Black
Action Movement III's) demands,
wouldn't go as far as to protest
with them."
MSA vice-president-elect Becca
Felton, an LSA junior, said she
was not involved because of the
concurrent assembly election, but
she strongly advocates the groups'
concerns and would be involved in
future protests.
"It's very exciting and a little
threatening to think the Union
could be closed down, and the
Fleming Building," Felton said. "It
makes me nervous - but that's
good. It makes a very strong state-
Natural resources freshman Matt
Guthartz said he might have
participated in the sit-in, but he
didn't know about it beforehand.
Although Guthartz has not noticed
racist discrimination firsthand at the

University, he is concerned by
incidents such as the circulation of
racist flyers at Couzens dormitory.
"My friends and I hear about the
racist incidents on campus, and
we're shocked," said Guthartz.
"What kind of loonies are doing
stuff like that?"
LSA sophomore Mary Beth
Damm first heard about the planned
sit-in when she attended the
"American Pictures" slide show
earlier that week.
"I decided to participate more for
the UCAR demands than the BAM
demands," Damm said. "When I
first heard about the BAM demands,
I had a really hard time with them
- I thought it would be a good
opportunity to talk with these
people and see their point of view."
Damm said that she was initially
reluctant to support the demand that
black professors fill 30 percent of
the department chairs. "I kept
thinking 30 percent should be
female, and someone will think that
30 percent should be Asian... Now
I understand the purpose is really to
have 30 percent minority repre-
sentation; now it seems more
Natural resources freshman Jeff
Feldman had reservations about the
same demand. "There shouldn't be
anything to hold the University
back from hiring black department
heads," Feldman said, "but they
shouldn't go out specifically look-
ing for a black person to head the
The BAM III and United
Coalition Against Racism demand
for a required University course on
racism and sexism appears to be the
subject of the greatest dispute
among students. Nearly all of the
students advocated such a course,
but were reluctant to endorse any
type of mandatory requirement.

LSA junior and chair of MSA's
Budget Committee Ed Kraus
expressed the view of many
students: "The obvious problem is
that the people who don't want to
go to a class are the people who
need it most," Kraus said. "That's
why requiring it is a logical thing,
but I still hate to think of requiring
Feldman was opposed to requi-
ring such a. class, although he said
that he would be interested in
taking it. "There are no required
courses now," he said. "Why should
there be something on Blacks but
nothing on religion?"
BAM III member Charles
Wynder said there was a precedent
for this specific course at other
campuses. "Syracuse University
used to require of all incoming
freshman the taking of a course on
public affairs and citizenship."
In addition, Wynder said that
such a course is in line with recent
'My friends and I hear
about the racist incidents
on campus and we're
- Matt Guthartz
first-year Natural
Resources student
academic trend toward more specific
Although a few students thought
that racist incidents on campus had
been over-dramatized recently, most
agreed that black student groups had
valid complaints with institutional
"I think certain people and
events have been scapegoated a
little too much," Kraus said, refer-
ring to the racial jokes aired on
WJJX. "Racism here is very subtle."

A third structure was erected on
the Diag yesterday as members of
Tagar, a campus Jewish action
group, built a mock prison to call
attention to the plight of Soviet
A dummy symbolizing a Jewish
"refusenik" - a vocal opponent of
Soviet policies who asks to
emigrate - was suspended inside,
and a sign reading "Soviet Union
let my people go" was tacked to the
The cell represents a Soviet
gulag in which Jewish prisoners of
conscience are jailed. Members of
Tagar, Hebrew for "the spirit of the
challenge", hope the new structure
will increase student awareness of

the problems of Soviet Jewry.
The Jews on campus know Jews
are oppressed, but do little about it,
according to Tagar member Joel
Lessing, an LSA freshman. "The
non-Jews don't realize there is a
problem," he added.
There are currently 400,000 Jews
trying to leave the Soviet Union,
according to LSA freshman Keith
Hope, who helped organize the con-
"Fantastic scientists have been
made street cleaners," Hope said,
"Jews can go to jail for 12-15 years
for teaching Hebrew, the only lan-
guage in the Soviet Union that is
illegal... The Soviet Union is on
the same level as South Africa."
Tagar members plan to spend

tonight and tomorrow night in the
prison, unless the temperature drops
below freezing, as it did last night.
Braving the cold and dark on the
Diag doesn't seem to faze them. "I
feel sleeping out is minor compared
to what our brethren in the Soviet
Union go through daily," Lessing
Hope said Tagar members will
also wear T-shirts made to look like
prison uniforms, with the names of
refuseniks on the back. They will
also paint the name of one refuse-
nik on each of the 36 bars of the
prison, and hand out flyers to peo-
ple who pass by the prison. The
prison will remain up for two



What's happening in Ann Arbor today

SACUA elects new
chair, vice chair

Campus Cinema
Dadascope (Hans Richter, 1961),
Eyemediae, 8 p.m., 214 North
If you don't exactly know what
dada means in terms of film either,
this is the perfect introduction.
Play It Again, Sam (Herbert
Ross, 1972), MTF, DBL/7:15 p.m.,
In yet another of Allen's hilarious
and poignant self-portraits, he plays
a recently-divorced schmuck who
takes advice from the spirit of Bogart
in his quest for one moment of
romantic bliss which will match and
justify all the cinematic cliches he
has come to identify with.
The Maltese Falcon (John
Huston, 1941), MTF, DBL/9 p.m.,
The epitome of the private eye
genre. Sam Spade (Humphrey
Bogart) tries to find out who killed
his partner, and gets tangled up with
a group of shady characters, all of
whom want to possess the "stuff that
dreams are made of'.
University Symphony Orch -
estra- 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium,
Lincoln E. Moses- "Statistical
Vignettes," Dept. of Statistics, 3
p.m., 2402 Mason Hall and 8 p.m.,
Graduate School of Business
Administration, Hale Auditorium.
Sonia Sanchez- "The
Resurgence of Racism in Reagan's
America," 7 p.m., Rackham
Georgiana Siehl- "Parenting the
Difficult Child," 7 p.m., Ann Arbor
Norman Bryson- "Women,
Painting Pompeii," Dept. of the
History of Art, 7:30 p.m., Angell
Hall, Auditorium D.
John Valley- "The Role of
Fluids in Granulite Facies
Metamorphism: Revisited," Dept. of

Social Work, 12:15 p.m., 3065
Frieze Bldg.
Dr. Juan Cole and Mike
Philips- "Solving the Problem of
Prejudice," 7 p.m., Michigan
League, Room D.
Rick Berthelot- "Photography,
Dark Room," 7 p.m., Ann Arbor
Pat Yohey- "Food Power: A
Coach's Guide to Improving
Performance," 7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor
Union of Students for Israel-
7 p.m., Hillel.
Campus Bible Study- 7 p.m.,
Michigan League, Room C.
Native American Student
Assn.- 7:30 p.m., Guild House.
Alpha Kappa Psi,
Professional Business
Fraternity- 5:15 p.m., 1320
Revolutionary History
Series- "Anger of Black People
Forms Separatist Movement: The
Garvey Movement, The Nation of
Islam," 7 p.m., 439 Mason Hall.
"Surviving and Thriving in
Europe"- 3 p.m., 603 E.
Rugby Football Club- 8 p.m.,
The Coliseum, Corner of Fifth and
Hill, (996-4529).
Parent Support Group - 8
p.m., Huron Oaks Chemical
Dependancy Treatment Facility,
5301 E. Huron River Drive, (572-
English Country Dancing- 8
p.m., Michigan Union, (663-0744).
Send announcements of up-
coming events to "The List," c/o
The Michigan Daily, 420
Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mich.,
48109. Include all pertinent in-
formation and a contact phone
number. We must receive an-
nouncements for Friday and
Sunday events at least two weeks

(Continued from Page 1)
search, improving the undergrad-
uate program, affirmative action,
tenure issues, and classified
research. McClamroch said
SACUA hopes to represent facul-
ty interests on all these matters.
He feels SACUA should
become involved in recruiting
more minority faculty members.
"We need specific actions,"
McClamroch said, but he would
not elaborate.
"Harris will make a tremendous
chair and Beth a vice chair," said

Loup. Reed will be the only
female member of SACUA next
year since present member Lor-
raine Nadelman will be on sab-
Loup said it is important for
next year's SACUA that Reed was
elected vice chair. "(Reed) has a
good chance of being chair of
SACUA," Loup said.
Since SACUA's creation in the
mid-1960s there has never been a
female chair of SACUA. Loup,
elected last year, was the first
female vice chair.


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to force the Reagan administration
to adopt toughter standards fro
installing air bags or automatic seat
belts in new cars was thwarted
Monday by the Supreme Court.
The justices, without comment,
rejected an appeal by New York
officials who said the
administration's rules are too lax
and sacrifice "life and limb on lthe
roads" to avoid inconvenience and
expense for automakers.

The adminstration is allowing
car maufacturers to phase in either
air bags or automatic seat belts
until all new cars are equipped with
the safety devices by 1993. Car
buyers will pay an estimated extra
$320 for an auto with air bags.
New York Attorney General
Robert Abrams noted the
department in 1984 estimated
mandatory use of air bags in all
new cars would save up to 9,110
lives and could prevent more than
155,000 serious injuries each year.


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