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Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVIII, No. 128 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, April 8, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily
v Soviets and
fghans to
Y "e\d/war
MOSCOW- The Soviet Union compromise.
z ~and Afghanistan said yesterday that President Mohammed Zia ul-Hag
an agreement is at hand on ending the said the Geneva accords were ready
Afghan civil war and urged that a for signing, but U.N. mediator Diego
formal accord be signed in Geneva so Cordovez indicated problems
the Kremlin can begin withdrawing remained.
its troops May 15. "There are very difficult decisions
That would be two weeks before and the only good thing I think that
Mikhail Gorbachev and President is important is that the political will
Reagan begin their summit in the is obviously there to take them," he
Soviet capital. Agreement on told reporters in Geneva after the
Afghanistan would resolve an issue
that has troubled relations for nearly
a decade, prompting a U.S. grain
embargo and keeping Americas ..
Cruisin' crew Daily Photo by KAREN HANDELMAN home from the 1980 Olympics in There is certain to be a
The Michigan varsity crew practices yesterday on the Huron River. The 80-member co-ed team began their race season last weekend in Moscow. signed agreement on pol-
Augusta, Ga. they travel to Marietta, OH today and will host Michigan State, Grand Valley, and other teams next weekend at Gallup Park. Gorbachev and Afghan leader ical normhain
Najib issued a joint statementaftr itiC iliZation,
meeting in the Soviet Central Asian
protest city of Tashkent.
"There is certain to be a signedSoitlae M khi
Court bolsters eviction ptst:E-Soviet leader Mikhail
agreement on political normalization, G b h
By PETER MOONEY Department planned to evict the two yesterday legal rights cannot be evicted in retaliation, while he toured a collective farm near
Two tenant activists - who accused their from the complex, owned by McK inle y Riester and Perkins say McKinley Properties Tashkent after the meeting. "I think
landlord of refusing to renew their lease in Properties. has refused to renew their lease because of a rent both Pakistan and Afghanistan will
retaliation for a rent strike they organized - won The time extension gives the tenants three strike they helped lead last year in protest against come to agreement, and that we and
a temporary victory yesterday when the Michigan days to decide whether or not to post the bond poor maintenance. the Americans will agree to be Soviet-Afghan statement was issued.
Court of Appeals reduced their appeal bond, and appeal the district court's ruling that-guarantors." Zia, quoted by Pakistan's official
It reducing the bond required to prevent an McKinley Properties' refusal to renew their lease Steve Falcone, property manager for the The joint communique, distributed news agency, said: "According to
eviction during the appeal process from $6,000 was legal. Riester and Perkins said they had not realtor, refused to comment on why the lease was by the Tass new agency and read unofficial reports, the two
to $3,000, the court overruled the amount set by decided on their course of action. not renewed. during the nightly new program superpowers have agreed on the
a District Court judge last month. The tenants' lawyer, Jonathan Rose, had Rose said the court gave no reason for "Vremya," omitted the -u s u al symmetry under which both would
.Theppeal court als. granted Village unsuccessfully argued that the realtor- had overturning the original district court judgment criticism of positions taken by be, able to provide continued
Townhouses apartment tenants' Leslie Riester violated the Retaliatory Evictions section of the because of the short time they had to make their Pakistan and the United States at the assistance to their respective allies in
and Martha Perkins a 72-hour stay on their state Tenants' Rights Act. The act says tenants decision. He said, however, "I think that it was Geneva peace talks. This omission Afghanistan." No details of the
eviction. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's who protest against landlords to enforce or secure an important victory for us." could indicate some behind-the-scenes alleged agreement were given.
Prejudice, concern over reputations hinder gay Greeks

By JIM PONIEWOZIK
Second of a two-part series
Although gays have made significant
strides in gaining society's acceptance, they
are still largely unwelcome in fraternities,
gay Greek members say.
In an atmosphere in which fraternities
feel that masculinity is a vital part of their
image, gays feel uncomfortable about re-
vealing their homosexuality to their broth-
ers. Those who do, say that they are some-
times harassed or asked to keep their sexual
preferences secret.
"There's a lot of fear... there's still a
stigma toward houses that have open gay
members," said Chris, a gay fraternity
member who asked that his last name be
withheld.
CONSCIOUS OF the difficulties gay
fraternity members face, last month Chris

formed Gay Greeks, a support group for
both gays and lesbians in the Greek system
- the first intra-fraternal organization of
its kind in the country.
Several fraternity officers admitted that
fraternities with openly gay members run
the risk of being stigmatized. Because most
fraternities try to embody "traditional" -
and thus heterosexual - male values, a
gay member can hurt a house's recruiting
efforts.
"Rush is the lifeblood of any fraternity.
If people don't come through the front
door, we're going to die," said the president
of Chris' fraternity, who refused to give his
name out of concern for his fraternity's
reputation.
Therefore, he said, many fraternity
members discourage gay members from

going public. "We want to make sure we
conform to society's norms."
SCOTT BOGGS, an LSA junior and
social chair at Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE),
agreed. "I don't think homosexuals should
be oppressed, but in the Greek system, it's
a hard thing... I think there'd be odd feel-
ings toward a fraternity that would let in
homosexuals," he said.
Several fraternity members cited a ru-
mor, spread in 1985, in which two- DKE
members were supposedly discovered hav-
ing sex. The rumor was never proven true,
and Boggs, a pledge that year, said it was
"unfounded." Nevertheless, several Greeks
said it stigmatized the house.
Mark Chekal, a gay member of the Tri-
angle fraternity, recalled touring Greek
houses while he was a pledge that fall. He

said his guide, a Triangle member, pointed
out the DKE house and told the pledges
about the rumor. "He told us... 'Now all
the faggots rush there."'
Boggs denied that the rumor affected the
house's recruitment. But members of other
houses said the fear of being stigmatized as
"gay" remains.
"IT WOULD have a devastating effect
on our house (if a member announced he
was gay)," said Sigma Alpha Epsilon
(SAE) President Mike Bishop. "It kind of
gives me an eerie feeling to even think
about it."
Chris said part of the reason Gay Greeks
was formed was to try to allay these con-
cerns by drawing members from through-
out the Greek system and countering be-
liefs that gays only rush certain houses. He

said seven "very prominent houses" are
currently represented in the group.
"We need to get houses more comfort-
able, so they can say, 'Well, we've got gay
members, but so does everybody else,"'
Chris said.
Another explanation given for the sys-
tem's negative attitude toward gays is more
obvious: homophobia. Like the rest of the
population, the Greek system contains
many people who dislike gays, and many
believe that the all-male environment
exacerbates this situation.
"IT'S HARD to get away from the
group think," said "John," a Gay Greeks
member, who added that peer pressure
within houses increases the chance that
"people will have male stereotyped ideas
See Greeks, Page 2

Weekend art festival
. exhibits minority talent

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES:
..x.,.... Loal Vetnam vet
y :;'u .rallies for holiday

By KATHRYN SWEENEY
"American Colors - A Celebra-
tion" is the theme of the fifth annual
minority festival taking place at the
Trotter House this weekend. Each
year the festival, which highlights

the talents of minority artists, in-
cludes segments on performing arts
and fashion. But this year the event
has been expanded by a new art ex-
hibit.
The paintings by eight Black,
Native American, Asian, and His-
panic artists are currently on exhibit
in the Michigan Union's art lounge
and in the U-Club until April 30.
But it will be moved to the Trotter
House for a reception tonight.
"The festival is an effort to high-
light the talents of minority student
artists, and give them a chance to
express themselves in a creative
manner," said Festival Coordinator
Leslie Bodden, who is also a resident
staff member of Trotter House.
Snonsored by Trotter 1nHou eand

By KERRY BIRMINGHAM
Speakers stressed the need for a
national Vietnam Veteran holiday at
a rally on the Diag yesterday, telling
students they cannot afford to forget
the tragedy of the Vietnam War.
"We have to pass it on to our
children so they can be aware, learn,
reflect... and be super cautious before
they let our leaders send troops
overseas again," said Col. Charles
Tackett, rally organizer and Vietnam
veteran.
The rally was held to gain sup-
port for a proposed May 7 national
Vietnam Veteran's holiday, to honor
the day the troops were recalled. In
an unanimous decision last night,
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rally support for what Tackett calls,
"a celebration of peace."
"The holiday is not a day to get a
twelve pack, your fishing pole... and
party because you got a day off...
it's a day to reflect, memorialize, and
remember what can happen, how
quickly it can happen, and how long
the effects will last," Tackett said.
Each speaker stressed the rele-
vance of the Vietnam War to Uni-
versity students. "We're on the edge
of war right now with Panama, with
Nicaragua, with the situation in El
Salvador," Economics Graduate
Student Dean Baker said.
Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Ann Marie Coleman (D-lst Ward)
alsn reminded sntdnts nf the r en1

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