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Ministry promotes
student activism

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 2, 1987- Page 5
State legislators
delay voting on
'right to die' bill

(continued from Page 1)
in 1982.
"We share with sisters and broth-
ers everywhere a commitment to
non-violent action for the rights of
the oppressed to a more meaningful
and spiritual existence," the state-
ment reads. "Like all people and in-
stitutions we are not neutral; we
stand with those who struggle for
human justice and decency."
Members of AAMISTAD are
currently constructing a 5,600-square
foot soil testing lab in Nicaragua.
About 50 University students have
been working in Nicaragua for two
years on the project, Milbauer said,
and she expects it to be completed
next spring, depending on whether
the war interferes.
Milbauer added that the lab's
walls are completed, and workers are
currently putting the roof on.
Guild House does not donate
money to the project, Milbauer said,
but "they endorse it, and they do our
bookkeeping." AAMISTAD, Cole-
man said, "is one of the most excit-
ing groups around... it's a good ex-
ample of students thinking of some-
thing and carrying it out."
"Don and Ann Marie have a really
good insight on the history of the
community politically," Milbauer
said. "They're able to provide in-
sight, analysis, and support."
LASC member Dave Austin said
the Guild House is "a great institu-
tion. It works behind the scenes,
providing support and services."
The Guild House is sponsored by
several local churches - the
Covenant Association of the United
Church of Christ, and the Presbytery
of Detroit - but it is a "ministry of
the unchurched," Coleman said.
"We're not called to convert peo-
ple... It's a place where people of a
variety of religious traditions spend
time together."
"I'm a very religious person,".
Buchele said, "but I'm not a God-re-

ligious person. We provide a much-
needed raising of issues."
Established in 1892, the Guild
House started as a Bible class when
women in the religious group
Disciples of Christ said they were
concerned about a "godless" Univer-
In 1934, H.L. and Katherine
Pickerell, then directors, moved their
cause into the current house, contin-
uing the tradition of University ac-
tivity through the Guild House.
"People don't think there was
much going on in the 30s," Cole-
man said, "but the building of
Rackham (graduate school) was
protested because of a lack of hous-
In 1958, J. Edgar Edwards took
over the Guild House's reigns,
establishing noon luncheons, when
speakers and community members
debated current events, and weekly
poetry readings by local authors.
Edwards, who spent much of his
time counseling students about the
draft, was a speaker and organizer of
the 1965 Vietnam War teach-in. Ed-
wards also picketed local businesses
that he considered had racial policies,
and the Guild House hosted meetings
of Voice Political Party, which later
became Students for a Democratic
Society, and other groups that
fought racism.
. Edwards died in October, 1973,
and the Colemans took over two
years later. The two met in Texas,
where Don was teaching at Texas
Tech. University and serving as
minister of two churches, and Ann
Marie was working for her ordain-
ment as a reverend.
Working together, Ann Marie
Coleman said, "I knew some things
he didn't know, and we found we
liked to work together. We have
skills that complement each other as
well as strengths of our own."

over the right of a family

to deny

food and water to a comatose relative
is holding up legislation that would
guarantee Michigan residents the
right to die in peace, lawmakers said
Negotiators say that is the only
obstacle holding up the bill, and
Michigan Right to Life has threat-
ened to kill the legislation if it
doesn't get its way, said Rep. Nick
Ciaramilaro (D-Roseville.)
The powerful lobbying group is
seeking an amendment to the bill
prohibiting people from specifying
in advance that they be starved to
death if they become unconscious
and terminally ill.
"That is never acceptable for a
passionate society to allow," Mark
Shaefer, a Right to Life lobbyist
told the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel put off a final vote on
the issue until at least next week,
while negotiators continue to look
for a compromise.
But the bill's sponsor, Rep.
David Hollister (D-Lansing), said he
believes each person should have a
right to select a parent, spouse, or
friend to make medical decisions for
them in the event they fall into a
Hollister said he has been fight-
ing for 13 years to pass a bill guar-
anteeing the right to authorizean-
other person, known as a "patient
advocate," to make medical decisions
for injured or ill patients.
The practice of authorizing a pa-
tient advocate to make such deci-
sions is already common throughout
Michigan, said John Bos, a rep-
resentative of the State Bar Asso-
ciation and an attorney who special-
izes in estate planning.


Jeff Farrah, an environmental activist from Milan, stands outside Guild
House. Guild House, a campus ministry, is used often as a meeting place
for activist groups.

' MSA tables resolution to
Sblast CIA, security official

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Tina Meldrum, a newly seated
LSA representative, said she favored
postponement because not all the
facts were known. She said that she
will research the matter before the
resolution comes up again next
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rewording the amendment to reflect
the known facts and to make it more
acceptable to its critics. According to.
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Assistant Director of Public Safety."
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