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MSA puts code, PIRGIM to vote
Compiled from Associated Press reports
By LISA WINER
Two traditionality hot issues on
campus - a proposed code of non-
academic conduct and a negative
chek-off funding system for the
Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan - may help decide the
outcome of Michigan Student
Assembly elections next week.
The issues will be voted upon by
students as three of five referenda
presented this year. But the two
tsues will undoubtedly also
influence voters' choice between the
two parties hoping to be elected.
Candidates from Students First
And Common Sense strongly
disagree on the two issues.
Two of the referenda involve
PIRGIM. They state:
-Whereas the existing funding
contract between MSA and PIRGIM
does not state the conditions under
which PIRGIM receives funding,
should the contract be terminated,
and PIRGIM be forced to follow the
same procedures in obtaining MSA
money as other student
-Should PIRGIM's refundable fee
- reduced by the University's Board
of Regents from $1.25 to 75 cents
per student for1987-88, be
maintained through Winter term
Michael Phillips, an LSA junior
and presidential candidate for
Students First, said he supports
PIRGIM and respects the process by
which PIRGIM attained funding.
But Vice presidential candidate for
Common Sense Ricky Nemeroff, an
LSA junior, strongly opposes both
PIRGIM's presence on students'
tuition bills and the signature
collection process by which
PIRGIM was put on the bills.
He said most students signed the
organization's petitions without
understanding what PIRGIM does
and how it spends its money. "They
got students signatures but not their
support," Nemeroff said.
The code referenda states:
-If MSA votes to approve or
disapprove of any proposed code of
nonacademic or racist conduct,
should MSA first put the code before
the students for a vote?
Phillips supports the referendum
regarding the code. He said he
believes such a policy "should be
written by four constituencies
(students, faculty, administrators,
and workers) and then be voted on by
Nemeroff said he supports the
referendum because students should
be involved in a decision regarding a
code. But he said he does not support
the referendum because it's too
important to be decided by the only
4,000 students who vote in an MSA
The other two referenda state:
-The Michigan Collegiate
Council is a student run, state
association of student governments
which lobbies the state legislature
on student issues. Should the MSA
fee be increased by 35 cents per term
to fund the MCC?
-Should students urge Congress
to establish a holiday recognizing
the plight of Vietnam veterans?
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proposal is an anti-discrimination
policy, not behavioral rules, and
therefore falls under the jurisdiction
of by-law 14.06. That bylaw states
that people shall not discriminate
against others at the University.
However, it does not currently have
any means of enforcement.
LAST WEEK'S debate among
student groups for an alternativehas
overshadowed the debate about
Fleming's policy itself, since its re-
vision from an earlier draft two
Fleming's revised document
would set up a hearing panel, con-
sisting of two students and a faculty
member, to review cases and admin-
ister sanctions. Punishments would
range from expulsion to taking a
mandatory class that "addresses the
type of discriminatory behavior at
issue." A student would be able to
appeal to the Vice President for Stu-
dent Services and the President.
The faculty's Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
praised the policy last week, but
qualified its support by requesting a
similar proposal for faculty and staff.
Affirmative Action Office Director
Virginia Nordby said such a policy
will be released this week.
SACUA chair Harris McClam-
roch, an aerospace engineering pro-
fessor, said, "I don't see how, on the
one hand, people say racist acts are
intolerable, but on the other, people
say they don't want procedures. I see
that as a contradiction. You can't
have it both ways."
BUT STUDENTS have argued
that the proposed procedures do not
guarantee due process. Law student
and anti-code activist Eric Schnaufer
contends that the civil court system
has been effective for two centuries,
and the University is inherently
incapable of duplicating it. ie said,
for example, the University does not
have the power to subpoena wit-
However, Law Prof. Frederick
Schauer said that a university must
only set up a method of notifying the
accused and allow the accused to
speak on their own behalf to be con-
Universities have to provide
methods of due process before prose-
cuting, but they need not look any-
thing like the requirements in a
criminal trial," Schauer said.
Students have also expressed con-
cern that Fleming's proposed proce-
dures can be rewritten even if the re-
gents accept their policy. Because
codes at other universities would
punish crimes such as "blocking
buildings," students are worried that
Fleming's policy could restrict
But Nordby said Fleming's docu-
ment would not restrict student
protest, because demonstrations
would occur in a public forum.
"Unless there was violence, this pol-
icy wouldn't be touching that," she
Fleming's policy, states that stu-
dents in public forums like the Diag,.
the Daily or Regents Plaza are
"entitled to engage in the most wide-
ranging freedom of speech, bound
only by the limitations on freedom
of speech enunciated by the courts."
Coup fails to unseat Noriega
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Soldiers tried to overthrow Gen. Manuel
Noriega yesterday but loyal troops prevailed and he emerged from army
headquarters after sounds of battle, calling the gunshots "kisses."
Thousands of people went into the streets to protest Noriega's
continued rule. It was the largest outpouring of discontent since civilian
opponents began trying last summer to oust the general as chief of the
Panama Defense Forces.
The Defense Forces said the coup attempt had been staged by officers
apparently led by Col. Leonicas Macias, head of the national police force.
President Reagan said Tuesday the United States wants Noriega "out of
there." Sanctions such as freezing Panamanian accounts in U.S. banks
and withholding Panama Canal fees have created a cash shortage that
makes it impossible to pay public employees.
President Reagan vetoes civil
rights bill, receives criticism
WASHINGTON - President Reagan vetoed a major civil rights bill
yesterday, saying it would "vastly and unjustifiably extend the power of
the federal government over the decisions and affairs of private organiza-
Reagan also proposed an alternative that he said would "protect civil
rights and at the same time preserve the independence of state and local
governments, the freedom of religion and the right of America's citizens
to order their lives and businesses without extensive federal intrusion."
The veto was immediately criticized by civil rights and other groups,
and congressional Democrats predicted the veto would be overridden.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Labor and Human
Ri..ources Committee, called the veto "a kick in the teeth of civil rights.
It is the most regrettable and least justifiable of all the Reagan vetoes."
Pre-paid tuition faces changes
WASHINGTON - Michigan and other states may be able to restore
tax-free status to trust funds that guarantee college tuition by rewriting
the laws that govern the programs, a University of Indiana law professor
The Internal Revenue Service ruled that the Michigan Education Trust
would be required to pay federal taxes on its earnings, although individual
investors in the trust would have no additional tax-liability, Gov. James
Blanchard said Tuesday.
Under the programs, payments into the fund give a child the right to
enter a college or university without additional cost. The payments can
be made either all at once or periodically.
The amount to be paid depends upon the child's age when the payment
is made and on estimates of the trust's return on its investment and the
likely cost of tuition when the child reaches 18.
Reagan backs peace proposal
WASHINGTON - President Reagan said yesterday he will not revise
or abandon an American plan for Mideast peace talks even though Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir complainedthat it was "not conducive to
Ending two hours of talks with Shamir in apparent deadlock, Reagan
warned that opponents of the U.S. proposal face certain consequences.
"They'll need to answer to themselves and their people as to why
they've turned down a realistic and sensible plan to achieve negotiations,"
the president said.
Reagan said Shamir did not specifically say "no" to an international
peace conference demanded by Jordan's King Hussein with U.S. support.
Man hiccups for 65 years,
many offer bizarre remedies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A 94-year-old man's offer of $10,000 to
anyone who can end his 65 years of hiccupping has drawn some exotic
nostrums - dill seed, magnesium phosphate, holy water, Indian hemp -
but the man hiccups on.
"Unbelievable," Lucretia Peterson of rural Aitkin said as she sifted
through some of the more tan 5,000 letters, cassettes, and parcels that
have poured into her home from Europe and North America since her
father, Charlie Osborne, offered the reward in January.
"People really care. Even though the $10,000 is a big deal to some of
them, a lot say keep the money and spend it in good health," she said.
Suggested remedies have ranged from homespun concoctions involving
sugar and vinegar to scientific nerve-treatment regimens complete with
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