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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVIII, No. 114 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, March 21, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

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Friday's decision by the University's
Board of Regents to approve a discrimina-
tory acts proposal drafted by Interim Uni-
versity President Robben Fleming drew a
variety of reactions from student activists,
who consistently criticized the decision but
for differing reasons.
While some students remained vehe-
mently opposed to any system of academic
} sanctions for non-academic acts, others,
including the United Coalition Against
Racism (UCAR) and the Black Law Stu-
dents' Alliance (BALSA), affirmed their

support for a racial and sexual harassment
policy but criticized specific aspects of
Fleming's draft.
Approved by a 5-2 margin, the policy
outlines a system of academic punishments
up to and including expulsion, to deter
racist and sexist acts by students..
UNDER the policy, cases would be
heard and sanctions administered by a panel
composed of four students and one faculty
member. Students found guilty by the
panel could appeal to a panel of one student
and one faculty member.
"As we've always said, (UCAR has)

never supported the policy in its present
form, and we still don't," UCAR steering
committee member Barbara Ransby said
Ransby criticized the policy for not
containing a specific definition of racism,
not including faculty members and admin-
istrators under its jurisdiction, and not
guaranteeing the participation of minority
students in the hearing and appeals pro-
"No legitimate policy on racial harass-
ment could be put into place without the
input, approval, and consent of those peo-

ple which that policy is designed to serve
and protect," Ransby said.
BUT Ransby said UCAR supports a
discriminatory acts policy in principle and
hopes to present the regents with suggested
revisions during the 30-day period within
which the regents voted to accept criticisms
of the policy for consideration at their
April meeting.
Other students supported the policy in
principle, but maintained some reser-
vations. "We would have liked for the re-
gents to have voted to wait until the April
meeting to formally adopt a formal racial

and sexual harassment.policy," Charles
Wynder, a second-year law student and
BALSA member, said Friday.
Wynder said BALSA plans to submit
suggestions to the regents over the next
month. "We're trying to take a non-protest
posture and be as constructive as possible,"
he said.
Michael Nelson, president of the Uni-
versity chapter of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People,
said the NAACP plans to work on
suggesting revisions as well, but is "happy
See Code, Page 2

Israeli killed
by protester
Palestinians may
replace rocks with guns

Nazis protest Photo by LESLIE BOORSTEIN
A rally attended by 38 local Nazis drew out about 200 opponents Saturday for a confrontation at the Federal Building. Several of the anti-
Nazi protesters were beaten and arrested by the Ann Arbor police when violence broke out between the two groups. See story, page 3.

Minority groups must pool their resources if
they hope to achieve social change, speakers told
students at a Minority Awareness Symposium
held this past weekend.
"Respect for minorities will come when we
have power. And power cannot be achieved with-
out each other," said openly-gay Boston City
Council Member David Scondrass to about 50
Six speakers representing various minority
groups participated in the two-day conference,
presenting different perspectives on issues of so-
cial responsibility. The symposium closed Sun-
day with a panel discussion in which each
speaker stressed the need for unity.
"WE HAVE a common history of oppres-
sion," said Cynthia Robbins, Chair of the
Southern Africa Committee for the National

encourages m
Conference of Black Lawyers. "We must em
power ourselves to end it."
Law School students Roy Esnard and Kevin
McClanahan organized the symposium because
they were frustrated that certain minority issues
weren't being addressed at the University. "We
want to address issues that are broader than the
code," Esnard said. "(The conference) concerns the
state of race relations in the Urrited States."
Rudy Acuna, author of Occupied America,
spoke about changing social prejudices. He criti-
cized faculty at universities, saying they "teach
about equality and are tolerant of racism." He
added that prejudice has increased since the civil
rights movement, citing the popularity of televi-
sion characters like Archie Bunker. "We laugh at
him slandering the rights of many," he said.
Donald Tamaki, former executive director of
the Asian Law Caucus, represented Japanese

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inority unity
American Fred Koramatsu - whoreftised an or-
der to report to concentration camp during World
War II- when his case against the United States
was reopened in 1985.
THE SUPREME COURT originally de-
cided against Koramatsu, in what has become one
of the most famous civil liberties violations in
history. "The lawyers lied," Tamaki said. "They
misrepresented facts about Japanese American
sabotage, espionage, and loyalty. We reopened
the case and won."
In addition, speakers addressed issues facing
women, Native Americans, homosexuals, and
Jennifer Liu, an LSA senior and member of
the University of Michigan Asian Students
Coalition, said she attended the symposium be-
cause she "wanted to see how other people solve

BETHLEHEM, Occupied West
Bank (AP) - An unidentified person
opened fire at close range yesterday
on a reserve soldier standing guard
near a Palestinian refugee camp,
marking the first Israeli army fatality
in four months of unrest in the oc-
cupied lands.
The army's chief of staff, Gen.
Dan Shomron, said the' shooting
could augur greater use of guns by
Palestinian activists. He stopped
short of saying it signaled a major
change in the tactics of protesters,
who have mainly hurled stones and
bottles at Israel's occupation forces.
"I don't think we can yet see this
as a shift to an armed struggle," he
But Defense'- Minister Yitzhak
Rabin indicated stronger action
would taken to quell Palestinian up-
"To the extent that extremist
Palestinian terrorist elements try to
combine terrorist acts with the
civilian disturbances, we will have
to adjust our operations and take
harsher measures to'cope with both,"
he said.
The army identified the slain sol-
dier as Sgt. Moshe Katz, 28, from
the northern port city of Haifa.
He was shot two or three times in
the head at close range while guard-
ing a government building facing the
small Beit Jibrin Palestinian refugee

camp in this biblical city, the mili-
tary said.
Troops immediately sealed off the
road, the main tourist route from
Jerusalem to the city's manger
square, the site of Christ's birth.
They also slapped a curfew on the
refugee camp and "rounded up every-
one who was in the area" for ques-
tions, an army spokesperson said.
Shortly after the killing, a dozen
Israeli soldiers guarded about 100
Palestinians in front of shops. Sol-
diers led them away in small groups
for questioning.
Rabin and Shomron rushed to the
"It's a painfulday, but we are de-
termined to, go: on to make sure
security will prevail in Israel and the
territories," Rabin said later at the
Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old
City, the most sacred site in Ju-
He told a group of supporters that
the protests in the occupied territo-
ries had the same goal as the Arab
wars against Israel: "the purpose is
through the use of force to get rid of
Bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij said
the situation in the territories "will
be aggravated" by the shooting. But
he blamed the frustration of Arab
protesters on Israel's occupation of
lands captured in the 1967 Middle
East war.

rac ismn,
Racism and sexism are not only
problems for the groups at which
they are directed, but result from
forces that contribute to the oppres-
sion of people of every race and
gender, civil rights activist Angela
Davis told a crowd of about 2,000 at
Rackham Auditorium Saturday
"All (forms of discrimination) are
rooted in a common structure,'
Davis said in her lecture, "Fighting
Racism and Sexism in the 1980s."
That structure, she said, uses dis-
crimination to keep power in the
hands of wealthy capitalists and
politicians by pitting workers
against one another.
As a result, Davis said, white
workers have felt in the past that
"they had more in common with the
man who had his foot on their necks
because he was white, than they had

Conference focuses on ethics
and morality in medicine

Do physicians have an obligation to treat AIDS pa-
tients? Are genetic engineers playing God? Are medical
malpractice suits a system of punishment or
compensation? Should medical residents' working
hours be limited?
The answers elude even the best-equipped medical
researchers, but the questions themselves prompted a
day-long conference at the Michigan Union Saturday.
The Sixteenth Annual Conference on Ethics, Hu-
manism, and Medicine was a forum which provided an
opportunity for the general public to mix with mem-
bers of the medical community to discuss important
ethical issues facing society today, explained first-year
medical student and co-director of the event Kim

"It's the general public that needs to make policy,
not just medical professionals," she said. "In
something like genetic engineering, researchers have a
tendency to get caught up in finding new things,
without thinking of the ethical implications."
ABOUT 100 participants including undergraduates,
law students, medical students, faculty members, and
local medical practitioners attended the conference.
Dr. Irwin Goldstein, Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies at the University Medical School,
delivered the keynote address on "Integrity in Re-
search." He said cheating in research stems from com-
petitiveness and the pressure to publish.
See Ethics, Page 3

Ga tors,
Special to the Daily
first time since 1977, the Wolverines
have made it to the final 16 of the
NCAA tournament. By knocking off
Florida, 108-85, Michigan snapped a
three-year string of second-round


plenty of help from his teammates in
slamming the monkey.
Glen Rice scoring 39 certainly
helped, and Loy Vaught's 22 points
and 15 rebounds didn't hurt either.
But it was a total team effort, as the
Wolverines shot an amazing 65 per-
cent and outrebounded the Gators, 41-

Dolly Photo by LISA WAX
Angela Davis speaks to a standing room only crowd at Rackham
Auditorium Saturday night about racism and sexism in the 1980s. Davis
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