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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, November 4, 1987

U' plans response to racist jokes IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press rept

orts

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But the council reached a
ctandstill last summer when co-chair
Shaw Livermore, a history prof-
zssor, said the panel was inherently
incapable of fulfilling its task. The
council met once this fall, but less
than the required quorum of members
were present. Livermore - who
refuses to return to the council
unless asked to do so by Shapiro or
the University's Board of Regents -
said Shapiro had legitimate reason to
delegate authority to the ad hoc
commission.

"I don't think (the incident) can
be properly referred to the University
Council," Livermore said. "I wish
there was a general set of rules for
non-academic conduct so we could do
things in a regular way. In the
absence of such rules, people will
have to act in an ad hoc fashion."
Regents' bylaw 2.01 grants
Shapiro unlimited power over "order'
among the students", but bylaw 7.02
reserves the writing of regulations of
non-academic behavior for the

University Council.
Weine said the uncertainty over
who should address such incidents
stems from the conflict in these
bylaws. "It's imperative that the
message that Payton and Kennedy
send to Shapiro is that academic
sanctions are not an appropriate or
effective way to deal with racism,"
he said.
The specific details of the
proposals drafted by Kennedy and

Payton were not publicly available,
but Kennedy said that "nothing is
different" than last April, when the
commission proposed hearings for
the students. The formal hearing
request listed possible sanctions
including suspension or expulsion
from the University.
Kennedy said the procedure
established in this case will not be
used to address recent or future racist
incidents.

Van Houweling thrusts 'U'to computer age.

(Continued from Page 1)

ONCE AT the University, van
Houweling assembled a staff to
determine how many computers
students needed, where they would
go, and how the University would
finance the operation. Although
some students still wait in line to
use a computer during heavy-use
periods such as mid-term and final
exam weeks, van Houweling said the
computer centers will extend their
hours at the end of the term. He also
expects the center under construction

'Working with Doug is very intense... if your goals
don't agree with his, you feel like you're being run
over,'
- Deputy Vice-Provost of ITD Greg Marks.

to eliminate any remaining lines.
Some students, however, said van
Houweling neglected their interests
when he assessed the $50 fee for
computers to all students, whether

HEALTH &LFIT NESS

they use the computers or not.
Michael Phillips, chair of MSA's
student rights committee, said that
although he likes the idea of
computers, "The University
(assessed the fee) unilaterally and
didn't ask the students."
ITD OFFICIALS said van
Houweling gave students ample time
to voice their opposition to the fee.
Van Houweling defends the fee, now
$100 per semester, because its
primary purpose is to help finance
computer centers on campus, which
he says are as basic to a college
education as a library. "An ITD
account is something every student
should probably use," he said.

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Van Houweling, who spends
about four hours a day on a
computer, says the role of computers
is much more universal than it used
to be. "You don't do computing
with it. You use it to process
information," he said, citing
evidence that students write better
papers on computers.
He also thinks computers will
continue to change the face of
education. van Houweling predicts
such routine parts of teaching as
instruction will be done through
computers. "Then there is more time
to do the human being part of
teaching," such as holding a
discussion, he said.
Van Houweling ended a life-long
desire to be a physicist in college
and opted for political science
because "I wasn't interested in
mathematics. I enjoy working with
people."
Van Houweling met his wife
during their sophomore year at Iowa
State University. They married after
graduation, but went onto graduate
school together, which he attributes
to a simple twist of fate. "She
wanted to go into history of science,
and I wanted to go into political
science," he said, "It turned out that
Indiana University had a good
political science department and an
outstanding history of science
department.".
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U.S. Navy fired on fishing boat
MANAMA, Bahrain - Persian Gulf shipping sources said yesterday a
U.S. Navy frigate fired on a fishing boat last weekend, not a hostile
Iranian craft as the Pentagon believed, and killed an Indian member of its
crew.
They quoted another crewman as saying the warship fired machine
guns Sunday night even though the fishing boat and two others with it
showed lights and were making way for the frigate and a refueling tanker
it was escorting out of the gulf. The Pentagon identified the Navy ship as
the USS Carr.
In Kuwait, a small bomb ripped the side off a police van parked near
the Interior Ministry yesterday, heightening fears of Iranian sabotage in
the rich Persian Gulf sheikdom but causing no casualties.
McLaughlin nominated to
head Department of Labor
WASHINGTON - President Reagan nominated former Interior
Undersecretary Ann McLaughlin to succeed William grock as secretary of
labor yesterday, and bring a woman back into his Cabinet.
Reagan called McLaughlin, who also has held senior roles in the
Treasury Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, a woman
of "uncommon experience and competence... who has won my full
confidence and support."
With only 15 months remaining in the administration, there apppeared
to be little sentiment among Democrats and labor unions for opposing
the nomination.
McLaughlin gave up the No. 2 post in the Interior Department, a job-
she had held for three years, last March following several clashes with
Interior Secretary Donald Hodel.
Slain off icer remembered
DETROIT - Police officers at Detroit's sixth precinct spent yesterday
remembering a slain comrade who died when an apparent family dispute
erupted into a bloody gun battle.
Fellow officers described Officer Andre Barksdale as quiet, respectful,
and one of the most well-liked men in the precinct. He joined the force in
January 1986.
"He just wanted to be a good cop and help people. There's no way in
the world he should have died," said one officer, speaking on condition of
anonymity.
Barksdale was killed shortly after 7 p.m. Monday as he tried to rescue a
girl from her father, after the man apparently slashed the infant's throat.
The man, identified by police as Jesse White, was killed along with
his daughter, Mercedes Smith.
Soviet-American couple united
WASHINGTON - Svetlana Braun joined her husband in the United
States yesterday ending a three-year struggle by the couple, the State
Department, and members of Congress to win permission for her to leave
the Soviet Union.
Braun arrived'in New York aboard a Swiss airliner and planned to fly
immediately with her husband, Kdith Braun, to Washington, where they
were to begin a series of appearances designated to highlight the plight of
other Soviet-American couples.
In September, Matvey Finkel left the Soviet Union to join his
American wife, Susan Graham, in Washington state.
The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews said yesterday it knows of
about 15 divided spouses cases involving the Soviet Union have yet to be
resolved.
EXTRAS
Cokes and condoms: at MSU
use exact change only, please
Our peers at Michigan State University want to buy their comdoms
like their Cheez-its and Snickers - from conviently located vending
machines across campus.
The machines could be installed in East Lansing any day now. "Right
now we're discussing where would be the most appropriate places to put
them," said Lance Brown, director of Michigan State's student govern-
ment.
But we shouldn't start saving our change just yet. Marvin Parnes, a
University residence hall education coordinator, has considered but vetoed
the idea for this campus.
"It's not really the best way to dispense condoms," Parnies said.
"They're more expensive that way. Besides, it's harder to maintain the
freshness of the stock." University AIDS Education Coordinator Polly
Paulson agreed. "The condoms will go stale," she said. Just like those
Snicker's Bars do.
-Lisa Pollak

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