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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, December 1, 1987

Inqu.ring
Photographer
By DAVID LUBLINER

IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press reports

Would you support a mandatory University course
on racism and sexism? Why or why not?

Mark VanOsdol, LSA
senior:
"No, I don't feel that a
University course will
Mange people's racist
ipinions, and the presence
b? a mandatory course will
serve only to anger some
people... who object to
,being told to take a course
on racism because they
4pay feel that (the course)
is. based on the assumption
tiat everyone.is racist."

Doug Wolfe, LSA
senior:
"Yes, I would support a
mandatory class on racism.
We already have mandatory
English requirements and
mandatory language re-
quirements and racism is a
problem everyone has to
deal with on campus and
(the course) would be just
as valuable as those two."

Karen Pugh, LSA
sophomore:
"Yes, I think it's important
that everyone take a
mandatory course on racism
and sexism because every-
one should have some
knowledge on how some
people are oppressed in
this country."

Ken Friedli, LSA first
year student:
"I'm not sure if I'd support
a class, although maybe a
mini-course. I definitely
think racism is a problem
on campus and maybe a
mini-class would help."

Janine Cavanellas,
LSA sophomore:
"Yes, I think they should
have a mandatory class be-
cause a lot of people don't
know about any races at
all, they mix them up and
stereotype them. I am
Puerto Rican and everyone
thinks it's just like Mexi-
can, and that makes me
mad because they are very
different."

Kathy Park, LSA first David Dalu, LSA first
yar student: year student:
."Yes I would because it's a "Yes, because it would be
very important issue and an open forum for students
anything that results from to express their ideas on
taking a required course can the different issues instead
only be positive and can't of having people propagate
hurt." various prejudices."

Shelly Roat, LSA Kevin Fingeret, LSA
junior: sophomore:
"No, I wouldn't make the "No, because the school
course mandatory because already has enough require-
you can't push (students) ments that students must
into taking a course they fulfill."
would not want to take."

Gus Campos, LSA
first year:
"No, because there is no
way to have a uniform
teaching system and it
would be too much of a
burden on a junior's or se-
nior's schedule."

Haitian streets are deserted
after election day violence
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP) - Haitians stayed home in fear yesterday,
deserting the deadly streets where men with machine guns and machetes
killed at least 34 people in a weekend of terror that destroyed the first free
election in 30 years.
Most presidential candidates could not be reached at their homes or
offices. The independent Electoral Council's nine members were in hid-
ing.
Most buinesses were closed. Few cars or public minibuses could be
seen and the city's industrial park was virtually deserted. Small groups of
men could be seen in some neighborhoods.
Reagan advocates Star Wars
WASHINGTON - President Reagan said yesterday the Soviet Union
may be planning "a breakout" from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that
the United States would be "totally and dangerously unprepared for"
without his Star Wars missile defense plan.
Reagan made his statement in a speech to conservatives a week before
his summit meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in
Washington. His remarks underscored Reagan's determination to push
ahead with the Star Wars program despite objections from Moscow and
congressional attempts to restrict it.
Meanwhile, the White House said it was unlikely the summit will
produce any breakthrough in U.S.-Soviet negotiations for a 50 percent
reduction in strategic nuclear arms, the most potent weapons in the
superpowers' arsenals.
Small group of prisoners
prevent release.of hostages
ATLANTA (AP) - A "small but aggressive minority" of Cuban
inmates blocked the release of 90 hostages from a federal penitentiary
yesterday, officials said, while hundreds of Cubans who surrendered in
Louisiana were sent to other federal prisons.
The same 100 Cubans, out of a total population of 1,118, earlier
blocked the release of 50 hostages in Atlanta, said Patrick Korten, deputy
director of the public affairs for the U.S. Justice Department.
"Unfortunately, a small but aggressive minority appears to be able to
intimidate this majority into dragging out the incident and avoiding a
settlement," Korten said.
"Had it been up to those who have been negotiating on behalf of the
apparent majority, they (the hostages) would probably be out."
France, Iran swap diplomats
PARIS - France and Iran ended their four-and-one-half month em-
bassy standoff by trading a pair of diplomats yesterday, days after pro-
Iranian captors in Lebanon freed two Frenchmen.
Officials called the events a coordinated effort to mend a rift between
the two nations.
President Francois Mitterrand said the process should lead to freedom
soon for the three remaining French hostages in Lebanon, but advised
pursuing it carefully, "with respect for the dignity of our country."
Paul Torri, first secretary of the French Embasy in Tehran, and Wahid
Gordji, listed as an interpreter at the Iranian Embassy in Paris, were flown
to Karachi, Pakistan.
They were frisked on the runway at Darachi airport and turned over to
officials of their own countries.
EXTRAS
Cajun' s out, but buffalo meat
is on the menu for 1988
DENVER - Fat suctioning, water buffalo meat, and thread bikinis are
going to be hot in '88, but forget about Cajun chow, fried chicken, and
faith healing, says "The American Forecaster 1988."
Booms are also coming in girdle-wearing, fly-fishing, and yuppie
bowling, golf, and softball, predicts "Forecaster" author Kim Long.
But instant coffee, movie sequels, and parenting magazines will fade
next year, says the 192-page, fifth annual edition of the "Forecaster."
What else is in store? According to Long:
-New-wave martinis, such as Cajun concoctions made with chili or
Jalapeno peppers.
-Reverse vacations, in which people visit places they used to live.
-Reverse commuting, where people travel from cities to suburbs to
work.
'Smudge-proof newspaper ink.
-Luxury cars.
-Cuff links.
-Blondes.
If you see news happen, call 76-DAILY.

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Term pap
(ContinuedfromPagel1)
"That paper would not raise any
,questions with any professors," he
said. "It's a nice, average sort of pa-
per. What was interesting about the
,paper was how thorougly 'B-like' it
-was. There was not a single flash of
:anything great; neither was there a
single screwup in the entire paper."
THE FIRMS, which employ
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er firms
staffs of professional writers,
guarantee good grades. The o
Research Assistance would
veal the credentials of hisN
but Peterson said they were pr
graduates with advanced d
because the paper quoted o
sources.
If the paper is inaccur
poorly written, the student
live with it. "You can't s
company for giving you a bat
because you've used it ille
said Sharphorn. "The stude
really get burned."
Peterson and Psycholog}
James McConnell agreed tl
paper had no value as a resear
"It's not that detailed or insi
said McConnell. "It's simpl;
ing some studies, which any
do."
If "anyone" can write a pal
this, why do students pay
sionals to do it for them?
"THERE HAS BEEN
ing of one kind or another gi
since there have been scho
grades," McConnell said.
the best thing to do is mal
students have the skills to w
pers, and find areas they're in
in."
LSA Assistant Dean F
Nissen attributed the prob
high pressure on students in 1
sity courses. Nissen works
with the Academic Judiciary,;
of students and faculty memb
rules on the guilt or innoce
suspected plagiarists.
"I suspect there's a fair am
purchasing term papers,"

escape fraud
do not said. "As long as there's a market
wner of out there, people are going to be
not re- buying the product."
writers, Nissen, who sees approximately
robably 50 cases of academic dishonesty each
legrees term, said the use of purchased term
)bscure papers died down after the 1972 in-
junction. Several local firms were
rate or closed and professors were encour-
has to aged to hold in-class essay exams in
ue the lieu of papers. But today, he said,
d paper the more sophisticated firms have
gally," captured a growing market.
nts can The Academic Judiciary cannot
prove a student guilty of plagiarism
y Prof. without locating the original work.
hat the The purchased papers often vex this
ch tool. process because professors are un-
ghtful," likely to have seen the work before.
y quot- THE UNIVERSITY - un-
one can able to prevent students from buying
the papers - is attempting to
per like counter the firms on several fronts.
profes- Sharphorn said the University
"would contemplate legal action in
cheat- an appropriate case," but he does not
oing on expect to encounter such a case.
ols and University officials and professors
I think agree" that the responsibility for im-
ke sure peding the purchasing of term papers
rite pa- lies with the professors and teaching
terested assistants.
"The term paper companies may
Eugene legally get by with what they're do-
lem to ing, but morally they don't," Peter-
Univer- son said. "I think the whole thing
closely makes the education process a joke."
a board Peterson said he changes his pa-
ers that per assignments each term and works
nce of closely with students on rough drafts
to ensure they are doing original
ount of work. "Smaller classes are probably
Nissen the only way to combat this," he

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said. "The teacher knows the stu-
dents and doesn't just know what
they turn in."
IN ADDITION, the University
is stepping up efforts to prevent
Collegiate Reference Publications,
the local firm, from acquiring stu-
dents' papers. Tom Lynch, a repre-
sentative of the company, solicited
unclaimed papers from teaching as-
sistants last term.
Ruth Hastie, an aide to Provost
and Vice President for Academic Af-
fairs James Duderstadt, has issued a
letter to the deans of the schools and
colleges to warn them about the le-
gal implications of turning over pa-
pers. Sharphorn said taking papers
without students' permission is
larceny.
But selling them is not. Firms
can sell papers within the boundaries
of the law, and students can buy
them. The only catch: the students
cannot turn them in, legally.
"It's a sham," said Peterson. "It
really subverts what education is all
about..
But the owner of Research Assis-
tance maintains that he is providing
an academic service. "We're just
providing access to knowledge, like
a library," he said. "Knowledge, as
far as I know, has never hurt any-
one."
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