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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday. February 16, 1988- Page3,

Offic lals
to discuss
c ollid er
The state of Michigan, which is
among seven states vying for a fed-
erally-funded Superconducting Super
Collider (SSC) will hold discussions
concerning the environmental impact
of the $4.4 billion project.
The DoE will hold public hear-
ings in each of the seven states, in-
cluding today's, in Stockbridge,
Michigan's proposed site.
University Physics Prof. Gordon
Kane, who will answer questions at
the meeting, said the entire hearing
process is "mandated by federal law."
Each of the seven states also
must submit an environmental im-
pact report to the DoE by this fall.
These reports must address the ef-
fects the SSC will have on its sur-
rounding area, Kane said.
"Every state is treating (the hear-
ings) as the first opportunity to
make a strong impression" with the
DOE, said John Mogk, president of
the Michigan Energy Resource Re-
search Association. Mogk has been
instrumental in preparing the state's
bid for the project.
A DoE panel will recommend a
"preferred site" for the collider in
July, but Energy Secretary John
Herrington is is not expected to an-
nounce the final site decision until
January, 1989.
The SSC, upon completion, will
be the largest super collider in the
world. It will enable scientists from
the United States and abroad to learn
more about the structure of the
The SSC will consist of a under-
ground, oval-shaped ring with a cir-
cumference of 53 miles. Atoms
would be propelled around the ring at
speeds close to that of light, and
then, smashed into one another,
breaking them into smaller parts,
called quarks.
The project is expected to provide
2;500 permanent jobs for scientists
and more than 3,000 temporary con-
struction jobs. The SSC is scheduled
to be completed by 1996.

Faculty seeks


clarification on
conduct draft

LSA senior Heidi Freedman sells bracelets yesterday in the Fishbowl for International Possibilities
Unlimited, a group that makes bracelets to symbolize the struggle of political prisoners in South Africa. The
bracelets will be sold in the Fishbowl through tomorrow.
Bracelets support S. African prisoners

The head of the University's
Civil Liberties Board addressed the
faculty's Senate Assembly yesterday
in an effort to clarify the difference
between acceptable and harassing
The forum was held to elicit fac-
ulty opinions about University In-
terim President Robben Fleming's
draft proposal against discriminatory
acts. The CLB has been examining
the proposal since it was made pub-
lic last month.
The forum was not an attempt to
reach an agreement or consensus by
the faculty on the proposal, assem-
bly head Harris McClamroch said.
He urged faculty members to express
their opinions to University offi-
Philosophy Prof. Peter Railton,
the CLB chair, asserted that both
parties in harassment incidents have
civil rights and liberties that must be
"THE ISSUE," Railton said,
"is not the offensiveness of the
speech itself," but to determine what
speech is protected and what is con-
sidered harassment.
A public speech - even if the
speaker uses racist terms - or an
obnoxious letter to the editor are ex-
amples of speech protected by the
First Amendment, Railton said.
Actions that are not protected in-

clude slipping racist flyers under
doors or harassing individuals .in
elevators - examples of two recent
events at the University, Railton
He did not say whether he
thought the University should im;
pose sanctions in such cases.
meeting, faculty members asked
Railton questions about actini
which could be considered offensive
under Fleming's proposal.
Psychology Prof. Stanley Berant
asked whether provocation should lie
considered in judging a racist inci-
dent. Railton answered that it would
be difficult to enforce restrictions an4
to point blame if both sides harassed
each other.
Mechanical Engineering Prof.
Maria Cominou, however, change4
the tone of the afternoon, calling the
discriminatory acts proposal "futile
and useless."
Civil and criminal courts, and rit
the University, are the place to han-
dle incidents of violence and hara-ss
ment, she said. The real issue,
Cominou said, is institutional
racism, something the proposal
doesn't discuss.
said the proposal was appropriate
because "serious complaints have
been made... about the amount and
intensity of acts" of harassment and
violence directed towards minorities.

Deborah Robinson hopes to provide people with
a personal way to contribute to the struggle against
apartheid. Her organization sells brass bracelets
embossed with the names of South African political
prisoners serving life sentences.
Robinson, who recently graduated from the
University with a Ph.D in social psychology, said
she started the bracelet program in 1985 to stress
the importance of remembering individuals
suffering in the struggle. Her organization, rooted
in Ann Arbor, has sold 2,753 bracelets in 40 states,
she said.
"Some outrageous things have happened in
South Africa because people forget that there are
actual people involved," she said. "You get a
personal feeling about this prisoner. This becomes
apart of you."
JOY CALLOWAY, an LSA junior, has worn
a bracelet for a woman prisoner named Thandi
Modise since November 1986.
"I was pretty emotional about the South African
situation and I wanted to be a part in some way,"
Calloway said, adding that she always rolls up her
sleeves so people will see the bracelet.
LSA senior Richard Lopez bought a bracelet
with the name of Zakhele Mdlalose, imprisoned

since 1977. "It helps me to remind myself every
day what's going on over there," he said.
The bracelets are sold through International
Possibilities Unlimited, a non-profit organization
founded by Robinson. Each bracelet costs $6.76, $1
of which goes to the Washington Office on Africa,
the National Free South Africa Movement, and the
International Defense and Aid Fund.
"WE JUST donated $2,600 to those
organizations, so that's progress for us," said Sales
Coordinator Martha Mc Caughey, an LSA senior.
The rest of the money pays for producing the
bracelets and printing the pamphlets that come with
them. Bracelet buyers are given a brief biography of
their prisoner and why they are jailed, as well as
information on how to write the prisoner's family.
People are supposed to wear the bracelets until their
prisoner is released.
Word of mouth, newsletters, and some
organizations spread information about the bracelets
around the country. Robinson said one ninth-grader
in New York City sold 236 bracelets to her
classmates over the last year.
Locally, the group will sell bracelets at a table
in the Fishbowl between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through
tomorrow. The bracelets can also be purchased any
time at Collected Works, Orchid Lane, and 'the
Shaman Drum Bookshop.

MSA panel begins study


Sharman Spieser, a program associate in the University's Affirmative Action
Office, said she has no set goal for a new sexual harassment policy, but she
said educational programs for a new policy cannot begin until next fall. The
Daily incorrectly reported this information Friday.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Educators say college
racism is increasing

of Steiner's
A committee sponsored by the
Michigan Student Assembly to
investigate allegedly racist
comments by LSA Dean Peter
Steiner met for the first time last
night to set its agenda.
The committee hopes to compile
Steiner's comments about minorities
and University minority enrollment
to evaluate his remarks and their
effect on the University, according to
an MSA resolution passed last week.
Three MSA representatives, a
Black Student Union member, and a
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
member discussed strategy for their
investigation and plans to get other
students involved. The committee is
open to all students.
Steiner came under fire last
month by campus anti-racism and
faculty groups who said that remarks
he made last fall implied that he
thought increased minority
enrollment would lower the

University's quality. Steiner's
character has been defended by
several LSA professors.
When the committee convenes
after spring break, it will try to
gather several viewpoints on
Steiner's comments - fro m
students, other universities in the
state, state legislators, and Steiner:
The committee hopes to report its
findings in two months.
Ann Arbor police arc
investigating a break in that occurred
between Feb. 5 and 8 in a Modern;
Languages Building storage room;
said Sgt. Jan Suomalas
Approximately $1300 worth of
audio equipment belonging to the
University School of Music was
stolen, Suomala said.
-By Melissa Ramsdel'

Virginia Kansky - Repre-
sentative from Kransky Associates
will speak at a brown bag lecture
on "Doing Business in China" at
12:00 p.m. in the Lane Hall Com-
mons Room. Sponsored by the
Center for Chinese Studies.
Prof. Mieczslaw Rodzie-
wiczm - Archaelogical Institute
of America lecturer will speak on
Alexandrian Wall Painting at 5:00
p.m. in room 180 Tappan Hall. A
reception will follow.
Prof. Benson Tongue -
Georgia Institute of Technology
professor will speak on "ICM: A
New Method of Nonlinear System
Analysis" at 3:00 p.m. in room
1131 G.G. Brown Building.
Lawrence Brown - Uni-
versity of Chicago professor will
speak on "Kinetics and Dynamics
of Surface Chemical Reactions" at
4:00 p.m. in room 1300 of the
Chemistry Building.
Study Abroad - The Center
For Western European Studies will
hold an informational meeting
about The 1988-89 Michigan
academic year program in Florence,
Italy at 5:00 p.m. in room 130
Tappan Hall.
British Science Fiction Fan
Club - Room 296 Dennison
Building at 8:00 p.m.
Hebrew Speaking Club -
Room 206 Angell Hall at 5:00

Eskimo Drawings at the
University Museum of Art
- "Contemporary Inuit Drawings"
showcases 83 drawings selected
from the permanent collection at
the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre,
Ontario, Canada. Exhibit runs
through March 20.
Revolutionary History Se-
ries - China 1927, Workers'
Revolution Threatens Imperialism-
Room B118 MLB at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by SPARK.
U of M Women's Lacrosse
Club - Practice, 4:00-6:00
p.m., at the Coliseum on the
corner of Hill and Fifth St.
South African Political
Prisoner Bracelet Progrm
- Bracelet sale in the Fishbowl,
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Sponsored
by International Possibilities
Auditions for the Detroit
Center for the Performing
Arts - Open auditions for
"Dancin' America" at 6:00 p.m.
Prepared material is necessary. Call
Donna at 961-7925.
University Lutheran Chapel
- "Shrove Tuesday-Mardi Gras"
featuring a pancake supper at 6:00
p.m. at 1511 Washtenaw. Choir at
8:00 p.m.
Programming in dBASE III
Plus, Part 1 - Room 3001
SEB, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..
Registration required, call 763-
MTS Basic Skills - Room
3001 SEB, 1:00-4:00 p.m.. Regis-
tration required, call 763-7630.
Introduction to Authoring

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student and spokesperson for the
protesters, blamed the incidents
partly on the university's
The students have demanded that
the university establish a commis-
sion to investigate racial incidents,
and increase funding for minority
"This university is racist, not in a
violent way, but in a very subtle
way," Christian said.
.Barbara Ransby, a University
graduate student and member of the
United Coalition Against Racism
(UCAR), which has made similar
charges against Michigan's adminis-
tration, said yesterday that both the
UCAR and the U-Mass group are
concerned with fighting racism on a
larger scale.
The U-Mass students "are framing
these individual examples of racism
in the context of the larger problem
of University racism," said Ransby.
She said UCAR has sent a message
of support to the protesters.
Wilson said the increase in col-
lege racism is representative of a
more racist climate in American so-
ciety in general, which he blamed on
the conservative climate mirrored in
the national government of the past
"A lack of progressive leadership
at the national level is certainly a
cause," Wilson said. "The outbreak
of racist violence is partly a result of
the fact that our leadership says that
it's okay to express (racist) feel-
Wilson said the Reagan adminis-
tration has fostered a racist atmo-
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sphere through its opposition to
several minority aid programs such
as affirmative action.
University Sociology Prof. Aldon
Morris agreed with Wilson's criti-
cism of the Reagan administration,
but added that there are other factors
such as the increasing cost of col-
lege, which he said leads to white
resentment of Blacks, who are often
given preference in receiving finan-
cial aid.'
Morris also blamed the increase
in racism on the fact that many
white students are not exposed to
minorities in secondary school.
"Studies are now definitely
showing that America is a highly
segregated society... many students
come from an isolatedmbackground,"
Morris said.
The U-Mass protesters are sched-
uled to meet with the university's
chancellor today.

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