The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 21, 1987 - Page 3
Ukranian student group recalls
By ALYSSA LUSTIGMAN
In an attempt to increase student
awareness on the dangers of nuclear re-
actors, the Ukranian Students Association
yesterday offered University students an un -
usual form of demonstration in commem-
oration of the one year anniversary of the
Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Members of the organization traced the
outlines of clothing and human bodies with
masking tape on the Diag to symbolize the
victims of the accident.
The Soviet Union has said the accident
was directly responsible for more than 35
deaths, but the number of individuals who
will die from radiation-related ailments is
Alex Gamota, a Natural Resources
sophomore and organizer of the event,
hopes that the demonstrations will "not
just evoke sympathy for Ukranian people,
but will make people everywhere aware
that there should never be another nuclear
accident anywhere, ever again.
"Something positive should happen
from the disaster. We want to show that
people died from the inefficiency of the
system," Gamota said.
Most students, however, were unaware
of the memorial commemorating the
accident. Few had any idea of what the
outlines symbolized. Guesses ranged from
rape symbolism to protests on nuclear
research. Students who realized the sym-
bolism behind the 'bodies' expressed con-
cern about the effects of accident.
"It makes me wonder. We're supposedly
so much more careful than (the Soviets)
are. You wonder it it could happen to us,"
LSA junior Karen Struffert said. Other
students expressed concerns over the poli-
tical ramifications of Chernobyl.
"The Soviets were amiss when they
didn't tell anyone about the accident.
Scandinavian crops were contaminated, and
other countries in that area suffered from
what happened," second year medical stu-
dent Alan Mishra said.
Next Wednesday, Ukranian students will
sponsor a noon rally on the Diag at which
its members and representative from
Greenpeace will discuss the effects of the
Chernobyl disaster. Nine campus groups,
including SANE, the College Democrats
and Republicans, and Women's Action for
Nuclear Disarmaments, are supporting the
According to Newsweek magazine,
May 12,1986, the meltdown occurred when
the cooling system failed in one of the
reactors. The core of the reactor overheated,
allowing gases to build up. Eventually,
pressure within the core caused an
explosion which tore the roof off of the
A radioactive cloud escaped into the
atmosphere, and radioactive gas fires caused
by the explosion continued to burn for
almost a week.
Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
University alumnus Michael Jeffreys, left, plays the congas, and alumnus Jeffrey Newton plays the soprano saxophone on
the diag yesterday. They have been playing together for three years. Jeffreys is a talent agent and Newton is going into enter-
SACUA voices dismay at regents' classified research decision
By WENDY SHARP
The Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs is disap-
pointed with the Board of Regents'
new policy on classified research,
according to a statement announced
at a faculty Senate Assembly
SACUA supported the "Majority
Report" of a special committee
appointed in 1985 to study the
University's classified research
policy. The report, rejected by the
University Board of Regents last
week, recommended a "de facto" ban
on classified research.
It suggested research results be
published within a year after fund-
ing ends and that all sponsored
research contracts be made available
for public inspection.
In November, SACUA added a
resolution to the majority report
suggesting that researchers abstain
from conducting projects that could
kill or maim human beings. These
projects used to be prohibited by an
"end-use" clause in the classified
Last Friday the regents accepted
a policy that eliminates the "end-
use" clause and places almost no
restrictions on classified research.
The SACUA statement said the
new classified research policy
'There's a lot of difference between a sheet of paper
and the way things are carried out.'
- Harris McClamroch, SACUA chair
acknowledges a "tradition of favor-
ing life," but does not continue it.
It said that while the "old policy
joined students, faculty and admin-
istrators in hard debate to define
'public interest,' the new policy
suggests that the public interest is
obvious and need not be discussed
THE STATEMENT said the
former policy constrained some
actions, and that the new policy
"indicates that more or less any-
thing goes." The statement urges
researchers to adopt "a new and
higher vigilance in pursuit of the
goals of openness and the enhance-
ment of life; ignoble acts need not
be prohibited in order to be
Harris McClamroch, chair of
SACUA and professor of aerospace
and computer engineering, said
SACUA may not approve the new
classified research policy and will
attempt implement its own goal
within the confines of the regents'
"There's a lot of difference be-
tween a sheet of paper and the way
things are carried out," McClam-
Also at yesterday's Senate
Assembly meeting, Percy Bates, a
minority faculty member and
professor of education, spoke on
racism at the University.
"This is a University problem,"
Bates said. "Unless we are willing
to embrace it, it will continue."
Bates said minority faculty and
student problems are directly related
to numbers of minorities on
campus. As the number of
minorities drops, "they're more and
more uncomfortable," Bates said.
He said an increase in minority
faculty may make students more
Bates said campus minority
groups would still be discussing
issues if Rev. Jesse Jackson had not
mediated between Black activists
groups and the University. Jackson-
met with students, faculty, and;
executive officers to discuss racial
incidents at the University in late
In other Senate Assembly busi-
ness, Vice President for Information
Technology Douglas Van Houwel-
ing spoke on the University's
Ulrich's employees debate book destruction
By REBECCA COX
Last Friday, store employees at
Ulrich's Bookstore cut the spines
off an estimated 3,000 unsold
booksand left them for trash
Ulrich's books manager Randy
Nylund said the books were de-
stroyed tokeep people from steal-
ing them from the trash.
Unsold books at Ulrich's are
usually destroyed rather than do-
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Something Wild (Johnathan
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The Three Amigos (John Landis,
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Local filmmakers strut their stuff.
For further info, dial 662-2470,
Jacques Guathier- "The
Importance of Fossils in Amniote
Phylogeny: An Experimental
Approach in Phylogenetic
Systematics," Dept. of Geological
Sciences, 4 p.m., 4001 C.C. Little.
Ernst Katz- "Man and the Nine
Ranks of Superhuman Beings," 8
p.m., The Rudolf Steiner Institute,
Betty Lowe and Patricia
Hopkinson- "Gardening with
Perennials," 7:30 p.m., Matthaei
Botanical Gardens Auditorium.
Henk Habers-"A Discussion of
Center, 603 E. Madison.
Thomas Schwenk- "The Family
in Health and Illness: A New
Specialty in Family Practice," noon,
Chelsea Community Hospital, 775
S. Main St., Chelsea.
TARDAA/Dr. Who Fan
Club- 8 p.m., 296 Dennison.
Union of Students for Isreal-
7 p.m., Hillel.
Campus Bible Study- 8 p.m.,
Michigan League Room C.
Alpha Kappa Psi,
Fraternity- 5:15 p.m., 1320
Series- "The Black Movement
1943-1968: Had the Power to Des -
troy Capitalism, but not the
Perspective," 7 p.m., 439 Mason
Rugby Football Club- 8 p.m.,
The Coliseum, corner of Hill and
nated to local organizations, accord-
ing to an Ulrich's employee.
Marvin Roberson, a graduate
student in philosophy and Ulrich's
employee, objects to the policy. He
proposed the books be donated to
the Friends of the Ann Arbor
Public Library, a support organi-
zation for the library. Roberson
contacted members of the library
organization last Friday about
accepting the books, and he said
they were willing to take them.
He and other employees volun-
teered their own time to package the
books and transport them to the
library, but he said Ulrich's man-
agement rejected the plan. The man-
agement felt the book donation
would create competition between
the library and the bookstore, he
Nylund said the library would
not accept them because the copies
were all thoroughly used. He said
Ulrich's has tried to donate books
to non-profit organizations in the
past, but they often failed to meet
the organizations' standards for the
book's condition. He also said local
organizations stopped accepting the
books because "they have so many
Mary Parsons, director of the
Friends of the Ann Arbor Public
Library book store, wasn't aware
that the organization had been
contacted about the books from
Ulrich's, but said "we take any-
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