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Reagan says

Bork is



Over 150 University community
members gathered yesterday on the
Diag to rally against rape and to
present a list of demands which they
believe will decrease the occurrence
of rape on campus.
Tuesday night, University Presi-
dent Harold Shapiro agreed to meet
with Cathy Cohen, a University
graduate student, and others to dis-
cuss the situation. Cohen will pre-
sent the demands at that meeting.
Cohen's group, People Organized
to Wipe Out Rape (POWOR) de-
mands that the University:
-create a mandatory University
course on sexism, racism and clas-
sism; increase on-going training of
University Public Safety an d
Security personnel about acquain-
tance rape;
-increase funding for the
University's Sexual Assault and
Prevention Awareness Center
(SAPAC) for more educational pro-
grams, outreach, and support ser-
vices for rape survivors;

-make the Inter-Fraternity Coun-
cil establish a policy condemning
acquaintance rape and undergo sexual
assault prevention training.
NICK Seitanakis, president of
the Interfraternity Council, said the
IFC is planning sexual assault
awareness programs with Julie
Steiner, director of SAPAC, but will
not make the programs mandatory
for all fraternities. "Providing the
programs is sufficient," he said.
Seitanakis also said the IFC has
appointed a Sexual Assault Aware-
ness Chairman.
Yesterday, Steiner told the crowd
that rapes happen every day, every-
where and that verdicts - such as
the recent acquittal of a former Uni-
versity student in a rape trial - are
"normal operating procedure" in
"It's time we change our laws to
protect victims of rape so they're not
further victimized," Steiner said.
BARBARA Ransby, a Univer-
sity graduate student and coordinator
See SHAPIRO, Page 3

By The Associated Press t
WASHINGTON - President
Reagan yesterday disputed a
Democratic headcount showing his{
nomination of Robert Bork in
trouble and exhorted the Senate to
choose "statesmanship over par-
tisanship" in voting on the embattled
Supreme Court nominee.
Reagan says he is optimistic Bork
will be confirmed, and both he and
White House Chief of Staff Howard
Baker challenged Senate Democratic
Whip Alan Cranston's tally showing
at least 49 senators now against
Baker acknowledged the ad-
ministration can only count 40 votes
for Bork - the same figure Cranston
has - but the Reagan aide said there.
are just 30 votes in opposition and
about 30 undecided "souls yet to be
Cranston had said of Bork on
Tuesday,. "I think he's licked." But
his Republican counterpart, Sen.
Alan Simpson (R.-Wyo.) predicted
yesterday that Bork would be
By his count, Simpson said,
"We're four up with about 20 to two
dozen undecided." He said of
Cranston, "Al might have cooked his
numbers a bit; that's not the kind of
trend we see."
Reagan and top-ranking admin-
istration officials, reacting to.
statements by Bork critics that the
nomination is endangered, took the
offensive as the Senate Judiciary
Committee hearings wound to a quiet
close on Capitol Hill after 12 days
and more than 100 hours o f

In other developments yesterday:
-Reagan's predecessor, Jimmy
Carter, announced his opposition to
Bork's confirmation, saying the
nominee's views on civil rights are
"particularly obnoxious."
-Judiciary Committee Chairperson
Joseph Biden (D-Del.) announced the
panel will vote Tuesday on sending
Bork's name to the Senate floor.
Still to be decided is whether the
nomination will be forwarded with a
rcommendation of approval or dis-
approval or with no recommendation.
Cranston, at the Capitol, said a
vote of no recommendation would be
"a setback to Bork's candidacy"
because most nominees recieve a
favorable recommendation.
At the outset of the final day of
hearings on the 60-year-old Bork, a
judge on the U.S Circuit Court of
Appeals for the District of Co-
lumbia, Biden said that 1925 deans
and professors, from 153 of the
nation's 172 law schools, have
signed letters to the committee
opposing Bork.
But in the auditorium of the Old
Executive Office Building, Reagan
was telling an audience of what the
White House called "grass-roots'
Bork supporters that the judge enjoys
"a growing and impressive" list of
endorsements, including those of
retired Chief Justice Warren Burger,
two current members of the court,
four former attorney generals, and
"legal scholars from around the

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Doug Bartman, LSA junior and member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity
(left) and Diab Bjerius, a graduate student and member of POWOR
(People Organized to Wipe Out Rape) discuss the issues about rape
yesterday on the Diag after the anti-rape rally.

Miller reminisces
/ about life, the 'U'

Alumnus Arthur Miller read
from his unpublished autobio-
graphy, Timebends: A Life, last
night before a full house at
Rackham Auditorium.
Miller began the reading by
explaining the title of his work.
"This is my autobiography, but it
is not in chronological order; rather,
it follows time as the mind does, in
He intermingled his views of life
with recollections of his childhood.
He described his mother from his
viewpoint as a child "two and a half
feet off the floor." Miller explained
later, "These views from the carpet,
although full of misunderstanding,
are the purest. Their impact is red
hot. Those visions are our very
own, shared by none. These are the
soul of poetry."
Describing his life before the
stock market crash, he said, "In
these times, life was accepted as an
unending roll... a scroll of surprise
and mostly good news."

Miller remembered his days at
the University as "the testing
ground for all my prejudices." He
recalled, "In the '30s, Ann Arbor
was seen as the radical enclave of
the Midwest. The Daily was home
to every radical group, and they
fought to dominate the editorial
page. Competition was fierce."
Miller returned to the University
in 1953, at the height of
McCarthyism, to write a story on
the campus. He remembered it as
"unrecognizable." One student told
him, "As resident of a cooperative
house, I am thought of as a
Communist because I don't live in
a dorm."
When Miller returned to the
Daily to look at newspapers from
his days as a nightside editor, he
found a man leafing through current
papers. He asked an editor who he
was. The editor replied, "He's state
police. Anything or anyone that
sounds leftist is reported to the
Governor's Office."
See MILLER, Page 5


Pukakis admits
aides leaked
Biden video

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
University alumnus and author Arthur Miller addressed a large crowd at
Rackham Ampitheater last night, discussing the University and his life.
CivI Libertles oard

expands protest
By MARTHA SEVET SON attention to the
The University's Civil Liberties while protect
Board last month released a draft speakers.
statement expanding the rights of In March 198
protesters at demonstrations and arrested outsid
speeches. If the statement is adopted, office near Bria
it will serve as the University's demonstration
philosophical position on freedom of Nicaraguan Cor
speech. arrest was the i
The declaration is a combination new statement
of 1977 Statement on Freedom of groups.
Speech and Artistic Expression and a The recently
supplement released last March. says protester
According to Jack Weigel, former display signs so
chair of the Civil Liberties Board, the force speakers
1977 statement gave only "fleeting See STATE

rights of protesters,"
ing the rights of
86, 39 protesters were
e Rep. Carl Pursell's
arwood Mall during a
against aid to the
ntras. Weigel said this
mpetus for drafting a
to protect protesting
y released statement
s may heckle and
o long as they do not
to discontinue their
MENT, Page 2

By The Associated Press
BOSTON - Two days after is-
suing a denial, Gov. Michael Du-
kakis(D-Mass.) said yesterday he had
learned that his campaign was the
source of a videotape that showed
Sen. Joseph Biden(D-Del) lifting part
of a speech from a British politician.
Dukakis, a candidate for the Dem-
ocratic presidential nomination, at
first refused to accept the resignation
of campaign manager James Sasso,
who distributed the tape, but Sasso
and another staffer resigned yesterday
The disclosure came two days after
Dukakis said he had interviewed all
of his paid staffers and was assured
none was the source of a videotape
showing that Biden had borrowed,
without attribution, a moving and
apparently personal passage from a
speech by British Labour Party leader
Neil Kinnock.
"Although I had no knowledge of
this, as a candidate in this campaign I
accept full responsibility for it," a
grim Dukakis said at a morning news
Dukakis called Sasso's action "a
very, very serious error in judgment,"
but had added, "I think his
contributions as a public servant
outweigh the mistake."
However, Sasso told reporters
later that he persuaded Dukakis to
accept his resignation. Dukakis also
accepted the resignation of Paul
Tully, the campaign issues director
who was aware of the v i d e o
distribution, Sasso said.
Tully had joined the Dukakis
campaign after working for former
Sen. Garv Hart the erstwhile

rhetoric, and over disclosures that he
had misrepresented his law school
In Washington, Biden had nothing
to say. "I think you ought to talk to
the governor. I have no comment at
all," the Delaware senator said.
Among the other Democratic
candidates, former Arizona Gov.
Bruce Babbitt, who happened to be in
Boston, said the disclosure "is not
going to sink(Dukakis') campaign."
But he said he would have fired
Sasso. "It simply cannot be tolerated.
If there are rules and they are broken,
you've got to go," Babbitt said.
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO),
whose campaign had been falsely
implicated in the video incident, said
through an aide, "I hope we can close
the book on this incident and get on
with the campaign."
Although supplying reporters
with damaging information about
political rivals is a common tactic in
Massachusetts politics, the Demo-
crats running for president have all
stressed their commitment to
"positive" campaigns.

Pro-choice advocates
solicit signatures

A petition to end Medicaid-funded
abortions in Michigan will become
law on April 1 unless pro-choice ad-
vocates come up with 120,000 sig-
natures by December.
T .ct eR n ri, mtmhni of the

Both sides will brief the Michigan
Supreme Court on Oct. 9 on the
question of when the RTL initiative
will take effect.
PEOPLE'S Campaign for
Choice (PCC), an umbrella organi-
zation for the state's nro..choice

The Ann Arbor housing shortage
makes building new dormitories
The Young Fresh Fellows bring
their sounds to Ann Arbor tonight
at the Blind Pig.
ARTS, Page 7
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