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OPINION
Page 4 Wednesday, January 14, 1987 The Michigan

Contragate

will inspire

How exactly will Contragate end?
Will 1988 come early for George
Bush, who takes office as Ronald Reagan
resigns in disgrace?
Will Ronald Reagan become the
Richard Nixon of the 1980s?
Dov
Cohen
Will Oliver North become the G.
Gordon Liddy of the '80s save the
pyromania?
Will the American public even get a
decent TV miniseries out of this whole
scandal?
The answers at this point are
unknown. However, one can make some
reasonable guesses.
One doubts whether the President

will be tried or impeached over this
scandal, except by the students at Brown
University. Liberals, who for the past 6
years have contended Reagan doesn't
know a thing about what goes on in his
own White House, are hoping the
President had shown at least a modicum
of interest in this affair. They are likely
to be disappointed, however. It is
probable the President knew as much
about this matter as he does about any
other - that is, next to nil. The
conservatives, in the end, may have the
last laugh. "There's no conspiracy here,"
they can say. "Reagan didn't break the
law. He was just ignorant and
irresponsible. So there."
Aside from this, a disturbing trend
has become apparent during this whole
scandal. It seems Poetic Justice has
decided to exact retribution on the organs
and body parts of persons. who have

offended it. Reagan is a prime example.
His swaggering machismo show-em-
your-a-man attitude got us into this
whole situation. And then a prostate
problem struck him. It seems he received
slight discomfort in his swaggering
machismo everytime he tried to use it.
(Of course, other members of the
administration must be on guard against
this poetic justice plague. Will Ed
Meese, who has made some of the most
asinine statements ever to come out of
the White House, be struck with "Hoof in
Mouth" disease? Or will chief brown-
noser George Bush come down with
"mono-rhoids" - a strange and exotic
mutation combining strains of the
kissing disease and hemorrhoids?)
Besides the impending medical crisis,
there will be another result of Contragate.
Somebody is going to get a good book
out of this whole deal. And, of course, a

miniserie
f people are going to get positively, but sources have al
s out of it. Oliver North will disclosed that Nancy Reagan has reqi
ne. He is fast becoming a that Bea Arthur play her part.
aving been named one of As this affair will have now
gazine's 25 most intriguing resigned to books and drama, the
'he impressiveness of this media - TV, newspapers, etc. -
be in question, however. have to go into withdrawl. Onc
ection reveals Vanna White scandal ends the press will have
e list). Oliver's Story could back to reporting on the usual fare.
hmaltzy, personal side - the most fun sinceM Watergate," as
es - of this one man policy Bradley said, will have to end.
iver's Twists could be There is no doubt Contragat
the more conspiratorial set end. Given the President's abil
ven appeal to a few gullible defuse any crisis, it's likely there u
ers as well. I also expect a no major upheaval. We willi
ing the media coverage of the probability get a good TV miniserii
so, a book critiquing the of it, though. This too seems poet
f the media. And, to further the end, the American electorate is
a critique of the critique of to get out of this crisis what they g{
of the media. Rumors of a of the Reagan presidency all alonj
have also been reported. lot of good acting, but not a whole
et has been confirmed substance.

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T &U0STMA TE BIND OFFIRE-SEMrI*
CONSEVTIVE TflAT RV3USCAWS

Evicted without notice

WHEN THE UNIVERSITY admini -
stration told the Law School
newspaper, the Res Gestae, that it
would no longer be allocated office
space, there was almost no time for
it to find. new space for Winter
term. This shows a lack of concern
both-for the newspaper and for the
students in general.
The Res Gestae had had its
office in Hutchins Hall. Because
of an influx of new faculty and a
general office space crunch in the
Law School, the Res Gestae was
sent packing. This decision may
not have been completely unfair:
certainly in administratively allo -
cated space, faculty come before
students.
The administration argued that
the Res Gestae could move to
offices set aside for student
organizations which the Law
School Student Senate allocates.
Because of the short notice,

however, the Senate had to move
four groups into one office to make
room for the newspaper. Some
groups were not aware of changes
being made since the controversy
took place during finals when most
law students were busy studying.
Associate Dean Susan Eklund
said the newspaper received such
late notice only because the
adminstration was trying to find a
way not to remove the newspaper.
This does not explain why the
administration was unable to in -
form the newspaper that changes
were being considered.
At the meeting at which the Res
Gestae was new office space
Senate Secretary Jeff Winnick
expressed justifiable anger that
such short notice had been given to
the paper.
In the future the Law School
administration should give the
students adequate notice before
evicting them from office space.

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you To 6E THE Go ES1PENTA
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~feminist anger
femminists don't have a sense I am not angry at Mr. Kulkis,
of humor and take life too nor do I believe is the
seriously. This is an unfair femminist movement as a
accusation. Femminists choose whole. I would only hope that
to challenge, seriously, you too would be angered by
"accepted" cultural practices statistics such as those above.
which endanger or exploit They surround us daily,
women aand minorities. This building walls between people
does not make us a subversive, and generating understandable
anti-social subculture we see a anger. Rather than be angry at
need for change and are us, can't you be angry for us.
unwilling to wait passively for -Heather Morrison
it to occur. November 19
ither contras nor Marxists
characterized by some people as people's views.
being a right-wing reactionary -Roberto Javier
organization, just because this Frisancho
group supports democracy. So President, Coalition for
by these standards, anyone who Democracy in Latin
opposes communism must be America
a fascist! Now, one sees how December 2
easy it can be to assume
Professors should not punish
To the Daily:
The article on plagarism in bindig on me as on the
a recent Daily ("College sdudent. Every examination
Plagiarists Risk Suspension, give contains the statement go
D laari st R is/ S u/ p e) io n th e co v er p ag e: " If y o u are
Daily, 11/18/86) both observed cheating, your
interested and troubled me. It examination answer sheet will
interested me because as a be sent to the Joint Student-
professor who teaches a class Faculty Judiciary for possible
enrolling approximately 425 disciplinary action. Please do
highly competitive students cheat; its Pea d
each year, I encounter a cheater ocheat;vintoturn you in." If in

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To the Daily:
Mark Kulkis' article "New
femminists attack men too
much" (Dailiy, 11/19/86)
reveals an astounding lack of
awareness and undersanding of
the femminist movement.
Mr. Kulkis explains to us that
there are two divisions of
femminism, "old" and "new".
The "old femminists" he
describes are endurable because
they knew better than to
challenge social structures
which enable rape culture to
exist. They also had the good
sense not to reveal anger at
their oppression. Mr. Kulkis
depicts "new femminists" as
those who "rail against rape
culture" and who, he mis-
takenly believes, are motivated
by a basic desire to persecute
men. Ironically, Mr. Kulkis
expresses a great deal of anger
himself toward the anger he
does not understand and
consequently feels should not
exist.
In reference to the incident aat
the Illinois football gaame,
where a blow up sex doll was
passed around , Mr. Kuljkis
was outraged.-that not everyone
could see that "it's always fun
to pass objects around, be they
beach balls or dolls." The
trouble arises with people who
have trouble making the
differentiation between these
objects aand women. For those

culture, for any in doubt that
we are part of one: a women is
raped every seven minutes, a
women is battered every 18
seconds, rape within marriage
is not illegal in Michigan (or
in many other states), more
than one out of every three
girls will be sexually abused
before age 18 and only two
percent of reported rapes will
result in arrest.
Mr. Kulkis feels that
Condone ne
To The Daily:
Lately, there have been some
rumors flying around this
campus that the Coalition for
Democracy in Latin America
secretly supports the Nicara -
guan rebels trying to topple the
Marxist Sandinista Govern -
ment of Nicaragua. Obvious -
ly, if the one who had started
these rumors had consulted the
coalition first, they would have
found out that it does not
condone the actions taken by
the resistance in Nicaragua. At
this moment the integrity of
the Nicaraguan rebels is in
question due to their abuses of
human rights and the sources
of their finances for their
combat operations.
But, what must be stressed
about the coalition is that,
unlike other organizations on
campus, it has various view -

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