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OPINION

Page 4

Friday, October 30, 1987

The Michigan Daily

Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan

Plan

against passing

up

4

Vol. XCVIII, No. 37

420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other
cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion
of the Daily.

Out-state enrollment

By Terry Calhoun
Part two in a two part series
Two quick and effective ways the ath-
letic department can end passing up. Those
of you who perpetrate passing up should
note that the athletic department is much
more aware of its potential liability in this
type of situation than it was in 1979; if it
doesn't make such a strong attempt at
ending the situation, the first woman seri-
ously hurt (and this is inevitable) could
siphon off a lot of the football program's
profits for that year with an effective civil
suit. Mainly for the use of plaintiffs' at-
torneys in upcoming (I hope) lawsuits, I
offer two effective ways that the athletic
Calhoun holds M.A. and J.D. degrees
from the University of Michigan and is a
publisher.

department could quickly end passing up.
(1) Have an athletic department official
watch the end zone with binoculars. When
he or she sees a woman being passed up--
stop the game. Then announce that the
game will not continue until the woman
is put down. Do this two or three times
and passing up will end.
(2) Turn one of the athletic department's
video cameras on the end zone. Intercept
victims after they are finally put down,
comfort them and support their prosecu-
tion of the offenders for assault and battery
and rape. Offer the videotapes and the ath-
letic department official's testimony as
evidence for identifying and prosecuting
the perpetrators. One or two guys standing
trial should end passing up.
An effective way the community can
end passing up : Learn that it is not part
of the game, it is a crime, it hurts and
women don't like it. Show your social

approbation of those who perpetrate it.
This might take longer, but really, what
do you think your chances are that the
athletic department will do anything effec-
tive about it? Nothing short of arrest or
intensive social approbation will stop the
assholes who actually grab the women in
the first place. If you see it happen-stop
it. If the woman comes by you-stop it.
If you know the guy who started it, tell'
him what you think of him. If your group
of friends wants to pass a willing person
up, reflect on the facts that (a) you are
contributing to a situation where someone
will eventually be seriously hurt, and (b)
that it might be your friend who gets
hurt-you don't know who is sitting forty
rows back. Let's learn from history. This
was once a serious problem, with over
100 women being assaulted in Michigan
Stadium each home game. Education was
all that we needed then. Aren't we at least
that sophisticated now?

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ONE OF THE REASONS THE
University succeeds as an
institution is because of its
diversity. Students at Michigan
come from- all fifty states. These
students bring their backgrounds,
ideas, and cultures to the
University. Diversity is imperative
for the success of any body of
people and the University is not an
exception.
In November, a panel of state
legislators including Sen. Joseph
Conroy (D-Flint), Sen. William
$ederburg (R-East Lansing), Sen.
John Schwartz (R-Mount Pleasant),
Rep. Morris Hood (D-Detroit),
Rep. Robert Emerson (D-Flint) will
meet to decide whether the current
proportion of out-state students is
acceptable. They claim qualified
Michiganders are not being
admitted.
According to the most recent U.S.
News and World Report survey of
institutions of higher, education,
however, Michigan "is tied for
eighth nationally. The out-state
students and the popularity of
Michigan to out-state students
deserve a great deal of the credit for
this success. Out-staters are usually
excellent students, since admissions
are more selective for !them, and
their enthusiasm upon arrival helps
the school academically and
socially.
They also help the financial
stability of the University because

out-staters pay much more tuition
than in-staters and actually save
Michigan taxpayer's money because
each less in-state student is one less
whose tuition must be subsidized
by the state government.
The present proportion of 36
percent out-staters is the perfect mix
for a positive atmosphere at the
University. The University has
exceeded this proportion several
times in the past; throughout much
of the 19th century and in the '30s
the University had more than 40
percent out-of-state students.
The reason the proportion of out-
state students was lower in the
'60s and '70s was that the baby
boom generation expanded the
population of qualified in-state
students. In the '80s, that
population has decreased.
This is not to say the University
should not deemphasize its
responsibility as a state institution.
Only that part of this responsibility
involves maintaining diversity.
Besides maintaining non-resident
enrollment at its present level, the
University should redouble its
efforts to expand minority
enrollment.
Last summer, some legislators
threatened to cut state funding levels
if out-of-state enrollment was not
capped. If acted upon this threat
would diminish the quality of the
University and decrease its ability to
act as a both a state and a national
resource.

Mud slung between GOP candidates

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By Noah Finkel
A few months ago, President Reagan
hosted the Republican Presidential
candidates in the White House and invoked
the "11th" commandment: "thou shalt not
speak ill of another Republican."
Judging from the amount of mud slung
back and forth Wednesday night by the
Republicans in Houston, it's clear that
even they now consider Reagan's words
irrelevant.
Vice President George Bush received the
brunt of the punishment. At the start, he
refused to give examples of the Reagan
Administration's mistakes because "I
won't start now what I haven't done for
six or seven years." Bush should realize
he is now running for President, not VP.
General Alexander Haig picked up on
this immediately. Waving a finger at Bush
he told him that "loyalty is not telling
your boss what he wants to hear." H e
surreptitiously called Bush a wimp and
was easily the wittiest Republican.m d
Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole
next encountered Haig's wrath when Haig
said "a Dole-Dole ticket is nothing but
watered-down pineapple juice."
Haig's opposition to SDI shows
independence and he was far and away the
most convincing Republican on foreign
policy and on humor.However, he showed
a lack of understanding on domestic issues
when he expressed a desire to "reorganize
Congress and get it away from its present
one-man, one-vote anarchy." General
Haig, that concept is called democracy.
Are you familiar with that?
Former Delaware Gov. Pierre "Pete" Du
Pont IV was another interesting subject.
He is a Republican version of Gary Hart,
full of "new ideas." But as George Bush
says, new ideas can be stupid ideas.
Du Pont has worthwhile thoughts on
reforming the Social Security and welfare
systems, but his support for an education
Noah Finkel is a member of The
Daily's Opinion page staff.

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-Associated Press
Governor Pierre DuPont, left, shakes hands with Sen. Jackr1Kemp as Vice-
President George Bush and Alexander Haig look on., The four,along with Sen.
Robert Dole and Pat Robertson, squared off Wednesday night in the first
Republican presidential debate.

Fall thoughts

'FALL USUALLY CONJURES
IMAGES OF colorful trees, crisp air,
exciting new academic challenges,
and vibrant football crowds.
This year, however, fall has
defied our expectations.
Cold, rainy days have come early
and snow has already buried the
Upper Peninsula. Weather sages
have dashed all our hopes for an
Indian Summer with their
predictions of an unusually harsh
winter, as if the usual ones weren't
grueling enough.
What is most dismaying however,
is the oddly pessimistic world
climate this fall.
The planned superpower summit
seems shaky at this point as' both
sides bicker over the Strategic
Defense Initiative. We hope such
points of contention will be
resolved before the tragedy of war
falls over us.
Costa Rican President Arias'
peace plan is creating quite a storm
this fall as Central America tries to
find solutions to its internal
problems while external nations
seek to force a stability more pliable
to their wishes. If the peace plan is
successful, however, the area may
return to the relative tranquility
usually characteristic of fall but
which has been absent for so long.
More unusual is that the perennial
bulwark of fall - a successful

Michigan Football team - is
strikingly missing. Most of u s
cannot even remember the fall of
1967 when a Wolverine squad last
lost to Indiana's Hoosiers. And
what could be more unexpected
than the declining health of Bo
Schembechler, whose animation
usually belies his age?
While the fall is election time and
typically sees the rise of powerful
political figures, this year has
brought the collapse of America's
foremost politician, Ronald Reagan.
The president has slipped out of the
limelight and into the doghouse,
now bearing the onus of all the
nation's woes and receiving all of
its ire, even from previous
supporters. It is difficult to think of
another leader who has seen such
highs and lows within such a short
space of time (Gary Hart aside).
Perhaps the stock market took the
season too literally as it experienced
monumental declines and posted
record losses. With a recession
possibly waiting in the wings, the
nation anxiously anticipates the
proverbial spring and hopes to
avoid winter altogether.
With such unexpected
occurrences this fall we should
remember that seasons are cyclical
and what is grim now will be shed
like leaves to make room for new
optimism.

voucher system is a turn-off as is his
proposal to administer drug tests to
teenagers who apply for driver's liscenses.
Also, Du Pont's voice sounded like Mr.
Rogers'. "Can you say piss in a cup,
boys and girls? I knew you could."
The Rev., excuse me, former Rev. Pat
Robertson did his best in the debate to
disassociate himself from his religious
ties. He was successful in that respect but
still came off as a nut. He claimed that
one out four American workers is high on
the job. He noted several times that he
founded a University.
Needless to say, Pat U. wasn't listed
among the top ten in the U.S. News and
World Report ranking. Robertson also
claimed that one of his ancestors signed
the Declaration of Independence. No
wonder I am so suspicious of calls for a
return to the "original intent of the
founding fathers." Most troubling of all

was Robertson inability to stop laughing
or smiling.
Bob Dole took pains to stress his
"insider" role in government. He says that
in 1976, 1980, and in 1984, Americans
elected an outsider and in 1988 they are
ready for an insider. Does reelecting the
President in 1984 really constitute the
selection of an outsider? Come to think of
it, in Reagan's case it does.
Rep. Jack Kemp (R-New York) was
probably the least impressive candidate.
He came out with the same rhetoric he has
employed for the last ten years about
going into the "future" with "progressive
conservative ideas." That is strange
considering Kemp's beloved supply-side
economics is now a thing of the past.
Kemp then promised the American people
"full employment with no inflation." I'll
believe that can happen when I see
Michigan play in the 1988 Rose Bowl.

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LETTERS
Experts shed light on rent control

To the Daily:
Strange that in this liberal
age of reason in this liberal
town there runs the Gospel:
that government is the source
of economic well-being as
realized through majoritarian
fiat (sorry, "rent stabilization").
Such faith is impervious to
reason, certainly, and such faith
does not seek reason. Severin
Borenstein, an economics
professor at a world-class
university, is essentially
ignored in the Daily's "Support
Rent Stabilization" editorial
(Daily, 9/23/87) : one of those
"so-called experts," a bother-
some local boy with "views"
about rent control. Certainly,
as denizens of Berkely, Cali-
fornia and New York City
know, dilapidated and aban-
doned buildings, finders' fees,
lawsuits, and homeless bag

suppression and majoritarian
rule: the reason rent control
will not cause a shortage of
new housing is because "the
supply of new housing i s
primarily governed by a
political decision to limit new
development, rather than eco-
nomic considerations." What
the Daily is saying, in essence,
is that the Ann Arbor City
Council has already wrought so
much damage in the local
housing market through its
"limited growth" policies that
the marginal effect of rent
control will be zero. We might
as well legislate rent control
because it will not do any
harm. God, what a compelling
argument.
I have a theory about renting
in Ann Arbor that does not jibe
with the trendy view, namely,
that local leases for a uni-

at the expense of new residents
and the poor. In their arduous
quest for substance in ar-
gument, did the Daily editors.
realize that William Tucker, an
American Spectator social sci-
ence correspondent, and Jeffrey
Simonoff, a mathematics pro-
fessor at NYU, ran a statistical
regression of each of the most
commonly accepted causes of
homelessness in America and
found the single most im-
portant cause of this malady to
be rent stabilization (National
Review, September 26)? Their
conclusion: "The presence of
rent control is associated with
an increase in homelessness of
250 percent" over what it
would be in the absence of rent
control.
But let us get down to brass
tacks here. The issue is not
rents but rights. Does any

individual or group have the
right to interfere with the free
negotiation of the price of a
commodity and the answer is
no, no matter how offensive
that might be to political
favor-seekers. No one is
forced to attend the University
of Michigan and no one is
forced to live in Ann Arbor. To
claim status as a university
student and Ann Arbor resident
as if it were as basic and
necessary as food and water is
arrogant and selfish, to say the
least. If you want more
housing you have to build
more houses. It is as simple as
that. Artificial caps on rent and
restrictive zoning laws will
only make the housing
shortage worse.
-Bruce Poindexter
October 16

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