The Michigan Daily-Monday, March 21, 1988-Page I
Statement defines the
rights of protesters
By MICHAEL LUSTIG
Freedom of speech and artistic expression must be
strongly protected, but the right of individuals to
protest should be preserved as well, according a Civil
Liberties Board statement released last week.
The guidelines suggest appropriate conduct both for
scheduled speakers and protesters in the University
community. "The rights of protesters must be guarded
as zealously as those of speakers and artists," the
Philosophy Prof. Peter Railton, chair of the board,
said the statement is significant because it provides a
clear balance between the rights of speakers and
protesters, and it clarifies free speech rights for both
groups. The existing guidelines, written in 1977, are
"insufficiently sensitive to protest," Railton said.
THE GUIDELINES do not apply to "verbal ha-
rassment or threat directed at individuals." Railton said
the CLB statement "complements" Interim University
President Robben Fleming's policy on discriminatory
acts because it address free speech in a group setting.
The guidelines also do not apply to a classroom
setting, to "freedom of expression among individuals,
or in other University settings where protest might oc-
Fleming's plan applies to incidents between indi-
viduals and includes a list of sanctions for discrimina-
tory acts. The CLB statement applies to group situa-
tions - such as conflicts between speakers and an au-
dience - and does not provide any type of sanctions
for perceived improper behavior.
RAILTON said yesterday that the guidelines in the
document are not intended to become specific rules, but
simply recommendations for groups bringing speakers
to campus and for protesters to follow.
The guidelines recommend rights of speakers and
protesters to be observed, including:
-allowing a speech to continue even if disruption
has been threatened;
-prohibiting "undue interference" by audience mem-
bers of a speech. This point permits shouting, heck-
ling, and displaying signs;
-encouraging a dialogue between a speaker and audi-
*providing security forces to "protect the personal
security and rights of free expression of all parties."
FLEMING and Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs Chair Harris McClamroch said they.
received the CLB statement Wednesday, but both re-i'
fused comment until they had time to study it. The. Y°
statement was also sent to the Michigan Student As-
MSA President Ken Weine said the assembly will
release a statement in response to the CLB statement
after a review of the document.
Railton said it would appropriate for Fleming,.
SACUA, and MSA to approve the statement through a
vote or to offer recommendations for revision. The
1977 document was approved by SACUA and the Uni-,
versity's Board of Regents.
The University Council should examine the docu-,
ment as well, Railton said, because of its past role in
helping form a non-academic code of student conduct.
But the group - a coalition of nine faculty, students,
and administrators - has not met since summer.
"WE HOPE it's a position that all its constituen-
cies can endorse," Railton said.
The task of the CLB, one of the committees estab- -
lished by SACUA, is to operate as an advising and,
consulting body on issues of civil liberties problems or
issues on campus.
The board also has criteria to establish a judiciary.
Railton said the CLB statement does'not require that a
judiciary be created, but he said it would be necessary if
the guidelines are going to be enforced.
Photo by LESLIE BOORSTEIN
At Saturday's Nazi rally in front of the Federal Building, a protester is held to the ground by Ann Arbor police
officers. Some of the anti-Nazi ralliers accused the officers of police brutality because of incidents including
Nazi gathering sparks violence
By KRISTINE LALONDE
About 200 protesters shouted and
threw bricks, rocks, and rotten food
at 38 fatigue-clad, shielded Nazis in
front of the Ann Arbor Federal
Building last Saturday. Ann Arbor
police officers arrested four or five of
Forty-six Ann Arbor police offi-
cers shielded the Nazis, who came
from Detroit, while the Nazis stood
on the steps of the building and
shouted pro-Hitler, w h i t e
supremacist slogans. Their voices
were' soon drowned out by the
demonstrators, who chanted, sang,
and yelled anti-Nazi slogans. Some
protesters threw debris, which broke
several building windows.
Representatives from several
groups including the United Coali-
tion Against Racism, the Progres-
sive Labor Party, and the Interna-
tional Committee Against Racism
(InCAR) joined the counter-demon-
ESCORTED by the police, the
Nazis left only minutes after their
During those minutes a protester
broke through the police line and
approached the Nazis, flailing a
stick. The man was reportedly hit by
a Nazi with a club. The man was ar-
rested on counts of felonious assault,
but the Nazi was not arrested because
Ann Arbor police deemed he was
acting in self-defense.
Ann Arbor resident Jason Radine
said the man who was hit and ar-
rested had been standing next to him
and had identified himself as a mem-
ber of InCAR. He said, "He was one
of those really dedicated guys. He
was really brave." The man contin-
ued to chant anti-fascist slogans as
he was arrested and taken away in an
ambulance to be treated for head in-
Ann Arbor Police Sergeant John
King said, "The Nazis contact us
every year. We try to get them not
to come, but they do anyway. We're
there to protect everybody."
POLICE OFFICERS said the
Nazi group informed police of their
coming in advance.
They also said four or five other
protesters were arrested, but official
reports on the number of arrests were
not available. The arrested protesters
will be arraigned in court this after-
UCAR member Kim Smith said,
"People got knocked down, tram-
pled. There were six people (police
officers) on one person." She added,
"They (the police) were enjoying it;
they were smiling."
BARBARA RANSBY, a
UCAR member, said the police used
excessive force in the arrest of one
man. "I don't know what precipitated
singling him out," she said.
iVSA rep. Phillips d
By RYAN TUTAK
Michigan Student Assembly
presidential candidate Michael
Phillips plans to take legal action
against the Ann Arbor News for a
story written about him Sunday.
The article states that "Phillips
was accused of pulling a knife on a
fellow student... two years ago in a
campus dormitory" and that the
charges were never substantiated. But
Phillips, an LSA junior and chair of
MSA's student rights committee,
said the story did not recount the in-
"Her story was not accurate," he
said. "Nothing happened. All people
want to do is get something in the
media to confuse people. I didn't
pull a knife on anyone. All I did was
PHILLIPS said he will press
h arges of
charges after the MSA elections later
The incident occurred in the win-
ter of 1985 when Phillips was ,a
first-year student in the Mary
Markley Residence Hall. He said an
unidentified student asked him to
perform oral sex. Phillips said the
student began to unzip his pants af-
ter Phillips refused. Phillips said he
felt he was being harassed and tack-
led the student, causing a knife to
fall out of his pants.
A student speaking on condition
of anonymity, who lived on the
same hall as Phillips in Markley,
said he could not comment on the
incident because he was not there,
but that he would not be surprised if
Phillips pulled a knife on someone.
"Overall (Phillips) is a nice guy," he
said. "But he could lose his temper."
aissa ult a
CHRIS CRONKHITE, the'
resident adviser on Phillips' hall °
when the incident occurred, said:
"I'm not sure that (Phillips' account)
is true because it happened three
years ago. But I wouldn't disagree
The student who allegedly ha-
rassed Phillips refused to comment.
Phillips accused Delro .Harris, an
LSA sophomore and chair of MSA's
minority affairs committee, of
telling the story to the: Ann Arbor
News to blemish his campaign for
the MSA presidency.
"It's bullshit that people actually'
can do this and believe that they can:
get away with it," Phillips said.
"(Harris) is telling a half-ass story
that's not true."
Harris was unavailable for com-
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"The whole edifice of science is
built dn honesty and trust," he said.
"It just proves that scientists are no
more moral than any other group."
After the keynote address, partici-
pants attended presentations, broke
into smaller discussion groups, and
reconvened to question the speakers.
DR. PAUL MANI, a teaching
fellow at the University Medical
School, addressed the medical com-
munity's obligation to treat AIDS
patients. Patients have a right to
medical care and doctors have a
moral duty to carefor them, he said.
"The trust that is established be-
tween physicians and patients places
medicine on a higher moral level
than other professional relation-
ships," he said.
The risk of contracting the virus
while treating patients is only 0.76
percent, Mani said.
But Dr. Ronald Abel, a cardiolo-
gist at the Newark Beth Israel Medi-
cal Center, said doctors have the
right to refuse to treat a patient who
has tested positive for AIDS.
HEART SURGEONS,. he
explained, are in a high risk situa-
tion, since they experience an enor-
mous amount of contact between
blood and skin punctures. Instead, he
recommends non-surgical treatment
In addition, the conference ad-
dressed the moral role of genetic re-
searchers, the difficulties with mal-
practice suits, and the excessive
working hours required of medical
The conference was sponsored by
the Medical School, the School of
Public Health, the Inteflex program,
the Department of Family Practice,
and the Rackham School of Graduate
Regents name new finance head
By STEVE KNOPPER
The University's Board of
Regents Friday named Farris
Womack, vice chancellor for
business and finance at the.
University of North Carolina-Chapel
Hill, to replace Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer James
Womack will start the position
on July 1, replacing Brinkerhoff,
who announced his retirement last
Womack has held his current post
at UNC since 1983. Before that, he
was director of the Arkansas
Department of Finance
Administration. He has also served.
as an administrator at the University'
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State Rep. Perry Bullard and
Karima Bennoune- Bullard will
speak on his recent visit to the
Occupied Territories, Bennoune will
speak about her experiences as an
Arab-American visiting the
Occupied Territories, 7 p.m., Law
School, Hutchins Hall, Room 116.
Patrick Street - Kevin Burke,
Andy Irvine, Jackie Daly, Arty
McGlynn, The Ark.
Schubert Piano Sonatas, Part
Asian American Association
- 7 p.m., 1443 Washtenaw, Trotter
Ann Arbor Medieval Festival
- open meeting to recruit staff
members and performers, 7 p.m.,
Pond Room, Michigan Union.
Career Planning and
Placement - Education Career
Prep: Mock Interview Registration,
"Say No to Nicotine" - first
session, $20 preregistration fee,
12-1 p.m., University Health
Disabled Student Services
Sign Language Club - "Signs
of the Times," March 27, 2-4 p.m.,
Michigan Room, Michigan Union.
MSA Candidates Forum -
10:15 p.m., Greene Lounge, East
Quad, 701 E. University.
Peer Writing Tutors - trained
by the ECB offer free services, 3-5
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Graphic Technology and Photojournalism
(10:10am-11:45am, Alumni Center, Michigan League
Eric Nalder and Elouise Schumacher, The Seattle Tin
"The Bomb Factories"
(1:00pm-3:00pm, Hale Auditorium, UoIM Business Sch }
Jane Kay, The San FranciscoExaminer
(3: l0pm-4:O0pm, Hale Aud.) \ -
Sally Squires, The Washington t
"Indoor Air Pollution"
(4:10pm-5:00pm, Hale A
Angus McEachran, The Pittsb
The Ashland Oil Spill
(7:30pm-8:30pm, Hale Aux
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