page 2,-The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 18, 1988
Groups address 'U'
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
" Several students who want to see
Inilitary research discontinued at the
4 niversity made an unusual presen-
'tation at the public comments por-
tion of yesterday'scUniversity's
:board of Regents meeting.
Rather than condemning weapons
research on campus, two students
gave tongue-in-cheek speeches out-
lining and exaggerating the benefits
of research projects sponsored by the
b" S. Department of Defense.
. The presentation to the regents
a his planned by a group called the
Nuclear Family, which was formed
about a month ago to expose mili-
tary research taking place on cam-
pius, member Marjorie Winkelman
Winkelman, an LSA junior, sar-
castically told the regents that mili-
tary research should be continued,
and even increased. "May I commend
your ability to resist the small group
of hard-core radicals" who are against
military research, she said.
During the course of the
presentation, several of the regents'
laughed at the exaggerations voiced
by Winkdlman and Timothy
Mueller, who also spoke. Even In-
terim University President Robben
Fleming cracked a smile.
Mueller, who recently transferred
from Western Michigan University,
discussed specific research projects
during his speech, sarcastically say-
ing that these projects were signifi-
cantly contributing to the UniversityI
by conducting their research projects.
Mueller said sarcastically, "I am
excited to discover that a large por-
tion of the funding for this research
comes from my tuition."
After addressing the regents,
about 20 people in the audience
stood and sang a song, mockingly
supporting the military research tak-
ing place at the University.
By JIM PONIEWOZIK
Over 245 members of University
housing's resident staff signed a
petition presented to the University's
Board of Regents yesterday, calling
on the regents to amend anti-
discrimination bylaw 14.06 to pro-
hibit discrimination based on sexual
The signatures represent about 87
percent of the University's resident
Judy Phalen, a resident director at
Baits, presented the petition to the
regents during yesterday's public
comments section. She said that the
regents' past refusal to amend the
bylaw sends to students "a mixed
message" which some may interpret
as condoning the harassment of les-
bians and gays.
"(Some students) feel that it's not
so bad to discriminate against gays...
students know when there's not a
coherent (anti-discrimination) pol-
icy," Phalen said.
Members of the resident staff fre-
quently have to deal with homopho-
bic acts by students, including abu-
sive comments and destruction of
fliers advertising lesbian/gay pro-
grams, Phalen said.
"As resident staff members, we
live, work and play closely with over
10,000 students here," Phalen told
the regents. "Part of this process is
ensuring that people are not harassed
for personal differences."
The petition calls for the regents
to add sexual orientation to the list
of categories protected under the by-
law, which currently includes "race,
sex, color, religion, creed, national
origin or ancestry, age, marital sta-
tus, handicap, or Vietnam Era sta-
Last January, the regents unani-
mously voted down a proposal to add
sexual orientation to the bylaw. They
continued to defend the board's stance
after yesterday's meeting.
"I see no reason to change what
we've already said," Regent Thomas
Roach (D-Saline) said. Regent Neal
Nielsen (R-Brighton) said that he be-
lieved the board had already done
enough to protect gays in the Uni-
versity community from discrimina-
Bryan Winter, an LSA senior and
resident director in South Quad's
Frederick House, said he signed the
petition in reaction to displays of
homophobia he has witnessed around
"You can see (homophobia) every
day, just walking around campus: the
comments by men and women, the
derogatory comments, the voice cari-
catures," Winter said. "You find ho-
mophobia everywhere, and the resi-
dence halls are no exception."
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Government takes control of
public services in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama - The government yesterday took over
major public services crippled by strikes, and heavily armed soldiers
patrolled the capital to keep order after an attempted coup against Gen.
Manuel Antonio Noriega.
Leaders of the National Civic Crusade, an anti-government coalition,
had planned demonstrations yesterday, but the sight of hundreds of
soldiers carrying automatic rifles and tear gas canisters apparently
A day earlier, opposition activists and public employees furious about
not being paid poured into the streets in the biggest protest yet of
Noriega's military rule.
Plane crashes in Colombia
CUCUTA, Colombia-- A Boeing 727 jetliner carrying 136
passengers on a domestic flight crashed yesterday in northern Colombia,
local police said.
Police in the town of Zulia said they had been told by three witnesses
that the plane crashed into trees and later slammed into the earth. The
witnesses said the plane burst into flames and no survivors were apparent,
the police said.
There was no immediate confirmation from Avianca Airlines or the
Civil Aeronautics Agency.
The state-run Avianca airlines jet left the city of Cucuta, about 250
miles northeast of Bogota, at 1:16 p.m. EST, the agency said. It said the
plane was headed for the Caribbean port city of Barranquilla, on the
northern tip of Colombia.
IRA buries slain guerrilla
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The Irish Republican Army buried a
guerrilla yesterday alongside the trampled graves and tumbled tombstones
where a Protestant gunner killed three people and wounded 68 at an IRA
funeral a day earlier.
Wearing shamrocks and green or black armbands on a somber St.
Patrick's Day, 3,ooo mourners gathered in the Roman Catholic Milltown
cemetery to bury Kevin McCracken yards from where the gunner opened
fire and hurled grenades on Wednesday. -
At St. Patrick's Day services, Catholic leaders appealed for calm amid
fears the cemetery killings will herald new and prolonged sectarian
clashes. For the second day, police reported sporadic rioting and car
burning in Belfast's Catholic districts yesterday.
Democrats attack dispatch of
troops to Central America
Democratic presidential contenders Michael Dukakis, Jesse Jackson
and Richard Gephardt debated long-distance with Republican Bob Dole
yesterday over the dispatch of U.S. troops to Central America, with
Gephardt charging the administration had "abandoned the rule of law."
Dole called for U.S. military help for the Nicaraguan Contra rebels,
who he said were being "slaughtered by the hundreds."
But, Jackson, campaigning in Michigan, said, "we are being told we
have to be saved from the Sandinistas. There are no Sandinistas in
Jackson also included Vice President George Bush, the GOP
presidential front-runner, in his verbal attack. Commenting one day after
former White House aide Oliver North and three other men were indicted
for their roles in the Iran-Contra money diversion, Jackson said.
jumped the gun, lost prize
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - An ambitious 8-year-old got a head
start selling Girl Scout cookies and had sold about 140 boxes in the first
ten days of the sale, but her enthusiasm won't translate into a sales award
for the second-grader.
Girl Scout officials say Opal McClurg is ineligible for the prizes
because she started taking orders four days before the sale began Feb. 5 at
Marge Rice, a spokesperson for the Gloving Embers Girl Scout
Council, said scouts and their parents are informed by letter and by a
notice stamped on each sales list that scouts are not to sell before the
official start. The warning is also included on parental permission slips,
As a third-year scout, she should know the rules, Rice said.
"I do feel sort of sad like," McClurg said, "but I just wanted to be a
good sport and stuff."
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