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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 136

Ann Arbor, Michigan-- Wednesday, April 20, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Doily

UCAR, Black groups react to controversial split

By ANDREW MILLS
A decison by the leaders of two Black campus
groups to break from the United Coalition Against
Racism has sparked controversy and unrest among
members of Black organizations across campus.
In an opinion article in the Daily yesterday, Black
Student Union President Jeff Williams and Barron
Wallace, president of the Black Law Students Alliance
announced their split, saying that UCAR does not
"represent our organization, our motivations, or our
membership."
But while BSU's execuitve committee has
unanimously backed Williams, BLSA last night voted
last that Wallace did not represent their views in the
article. Wallace refused to comment.
UCAR steering committe member Barbara Ransby,
a Rackham graduate student, downplayed the column

on two fronts, calling it only the views of two people
and not their entire organizations. Also, BSU and
BLSA, founding organizations of UCAR, have not
been active in the coalition since September.
"You have people disassociating themselves who
really haven't been associated," she said.
Also last night, Thomas LaVeist, a former UCAR
steering committee member and current member of the
Minority Organization of Rackham said that MOR will
discuss at its next meeting whether to quit UCAR.
"I think it's likely that we'll pull out," he said,
noting that he is not speaking for MOR.
Williams and Wallace alleged that members of
UCAR tried to take over a BSU meeting, to
"manipulate" BSU's constitutional process, and that
one UCAR member physically attacked a BSU member
at a BSU meeting.

Other students, calling themselves members of both
BSU and UCAR, have categorically denied the
accusations and maintain the two presidents are
speaking on their own and not for their groups. BSU
officers claim that these students are not official
members of BSU.
One of the students who claims joint membership,
Rackham graduate student Roderick Linzie, said, "The
allegations are wrong. They are incorrect and
unsubstantiated - all of them."
But BSU Vice President Stephan Tibbs, a former
representative to UCAR from BSU, said last night that
he could attest to all the allegations and that he has
witnessed them. He said Linzie and Rackham graduate
student Dan Holliman exaggerated stories of racist
incidents to a State House committee chaired by Rep.
Morris Hood (D-Detroit) which held hearing on racism

last spring at the University. Both denied the charges.
BSU executive committee member Sean Brown said
he was physically assaulted at the April 6 meeting of
the BSU by Holliman. Brown said he hasn't decided
whether to press charges against him. Holliman denied
the assault last night, although he said that the two did
argue.
Holliman was critical of the article in an earlier
interview last night. "I don't see the Black Student
Union and the Black Law Students Alliance splitting
from UCAR," Holliman said. "I see two individuals
claiming to represent their organizations without
discussing the matter with their organizations." He
called Williams and Wallace "manipulative" and
"elitist" for doing so.
See Groups, Page 8

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Daily Photo by ELLEN LEVY

Graduation reflections
Engineering senior Dave Parish tries on his cap and gown at Jacobson's yesterday in preparation for next week's graduation ceremony at

By STEVE BLONDER
Michigan football coach Bo
Schembechler this morning will be
named to replace retiring athletic di-
rector Don Canham, according to a
source in the office of Interim Uni-
versity President Robben Fleming.
The source also said that Jack
Weidenbach, the University's director
of Business Operations, will be ap-
pointed associate athletic director.
Weidenbach will be in charge of
running the day-to-day operations.
Both Schembechler and Weiden-
bach were unavailable for comment
last night.
REGENT Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor) said, "If what you say is true,
I'm absolutely delighted in the
selection. He's a man of great stature
in the national athletic community."-
Schembechler initially was offered
the athletic director job in February,
but turned it down because that offer
required him to retire from coaching
after this season. Schembechler said
at the time that he would accept the
job if he was allowed to continue
coaching. The new offer places no
restrictions on Schembechler.
Several members of the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents, along with
Fleming, have maintained that serv-
ing as both football coach and ath-
letic director is too much work for
one person. Contacted last night,

Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor)
said that the regents had not budged
on this position.
"I think it was the feeling of the
Board that Bo was extremely well,
qualified to be athletic director".
However, serving in both jobs poses
terrible risks for any human to be
in," he said.
Under the offer, Schembechler and
Weidenbach will split up the duties
performed by Canham.
"Bo has been at Michigan a long
time, as has Jack (Weidenbach).
They know the ins and outs of
Michigan athletics. Weidenbach and
Bo will pick up between them the
jobs I do," said Canham after prais-
ing the selection.
SEARCH committee member
Sarah McCue said, "I'm glad the re-
gents decided to go with the search
committee's expectation rather than
their own." The committee recom-
mended three finalists to the regents
- Schembechler, North Carolina
Athletic director John Swofford, and
St. Louis advertising executive
Clayton Wilhite.
Several Michigan coaches praised
the decision, saying Schembechler
was the right person for the job.
"I'm excited. Schembechler is the
right guy for the job. I was disap-
See Bo, Page 14

Michigan Stadium.Parish will attend the University for graduate school.
swins big in

New

York

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Dukakis scored
a convincing victory over Jesse Jackson in the
New York primary last night as he bid for con-
trol over the Democratic presidential race.
"I love New York," Dukakis said in a victory
statement prepared for a hotel rally in midtown
Manhattan. "Friends, if we can make it here, we
can make it anywhere."
Sen. Albert Gore was running a weak third
and seemed likely to quit the race later in the

week. He planned an announcement for tomor-
row. Tennessee Gov. Ned McWhirter said he ad-
vised him to "gracefully get out" of the race.
With 76 percent of the precincts reporting,
Dukakis led the race with 53 percent of the vote,
Jackson followed with 33 percent, and Gore
trailed with 11 percent.
Jackson had hoped for an upset to propel his
candidacy through the final six weeks of pri-
maries. NBC News said polling place interviews

showed, "as expected, Blacks are going over-
whelmingly for Jackson," but that the showing
would not override Dukakis' advantage among
other voters, particularly those in the suburbs and
in upstate New York.
Vice President George Bush was the winner
for sure on the Republican ballot. New York
offered 96 delegates for the vice president,
steadily closing in on the 1139 needed to secure
his nomination.

MA Y BE LSA REQUIREMENT:

Faculty plans class on racism
By MICHAEL LUSTIG the chief architect of the course, has would be to examine the que
Taking a semester-long manda- worked with several other LSA pro- "We've got this inequality; ho
tory class on racism will be required fessors, all members of a faculty ac- we explain it?" Railton said.
for all LSA students beginning in tivist group called Concerned Fac- standard way of explanation r
Fall, 1989, if LSAs officials ap- ulty, to examine what he calls the serious rethinking and criticism.

stion
w do
"The
needs
.

prove it next fall.
Once approved, the class would
become mandatory for anyone enter-
ing the University from that time
on.
Philosophy Prof. Peter Railton,

problem of racism and how to com-
bat it. The class is "part of how we
might begin to make more progress
than we have on racism and sexism,"
he said.
The goal of the one-term course

Early designs of the course had
tried to encompass aspects of racism,
sexism, and other forms of discrimi-
nation, but Sociology Prof. Howard
Kimmeldorf, one of the planners,
See Class, Page 8

Regent
adds 'U'
experience
to board
By STEVE KNOPPER
Once a year, Thomas Roach --
the University regent with the cigar
and Sherlock Holmes hat - grabs a
snare drum and heads to Michigan
Stadium to strut with the marching
band.
Roach, who played for the
Michigan Marching Band before
graduating from the University in
1951, said the Alumni Band's annual
PROFILE
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By RYAN TUTAK was inappropriate, and passed an
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voted narrowly to revoke its demand
for LSA Dean Peter Steiner's resig-
nation, as part of a resolution that
condemned Steiner for making "a

amenament, uy a a1- 11Vote, to re-
scind it.
"I don't think a resignation is the
way to solving racism problem
here," said School of Natural Re-

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