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The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 8, 1988-Page 3

for new
U $Pres.
As the University's Board of Re-
gents winds down its search for a
new University President, members -
of their advisory search committees
continue their duties with little
*knowledge of the search's progress.
The three search panels -
alumni, students, and faculty -
have been reviewing candidates and
recommending cuts to the regents
since they were created last summer.
BUT THE committees' work
may soon be finished. The regents ~
may select a replacement for former
President Harold Shapiro as early as
next month, Regent Paul Brown (D- ~ .
Petoskey) said.
nThe regents, however, are under Sn i ~sp c
noobligation toupdate the commit- S g Q
tee members on decisions they make LSA juniors Marianne Ray and A
in private. During the Next few weeks studeni
This lack of information among
group members has been frustrating, WE
said LSA senior Dave Newblatt, 3tADo
chair of the student advisory com-
mittee. "(The regents) have made no
promises either way," he said. "We
only have their assurance that our
views will be taken into account. e ps
We have no formal authority or By DAVID SCHWA RTZ
anything." The campus chapter of Women's
Newblatt said having three decen- Action for Nuclear Disarmament
traliZed committees is "cumbersome" hopes to force the University to end
because there is "no communication, all weapons research on campus by
We really have such little control hitting the administration where it
with what's going on - it's rather hurts most - in the wallet.
surprising." Newblatt said students, During a noon rally on the Diag
*faculty, and alumni should meet to- today, WAND members will ask
gether, along with the regents, in students to sign a petition pledging
narrowing candidates. not to make any donations to the
BUT MANY say the system University until the controversial
will lead to a better University Pres- research is prohibited. .
ident. The regents used a similar They will then present the peti-
system in 1979 before selecting tion to the University's Board of
Shapiro Regents during the public comments
The regents must make all final session of its Apri 14meeting.
decisions to keep the process stable, DVN A ERO , o-
some panel members said. "We coordinator of campus WAND, said
0agreed to participate in the process," the group is "trying to get the word
said alumnus Lawrence Lindemer, out, to mobilize people on campus"
former regent and chair of the alumni in order to fight the weapons re-
advisory committee. "I don't have search taking place at the University-.
any sense that no one's paying Information about military re-
attention to us." search has been less publicized since
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said the panels have been "very
useful, vy helpful, veryconstruc-Posi
*smoothly with smaller, separate ad-
it's particulaily cumbrsome... In j 3 trIjcjIOj
some ways, it's an advantage be-
cause you have a better relationship ByADE IL
witha salle grup.Offensive speech should be re-
stricted, even in a society that values
Farnuers fIn First Amendment rights, said Law
f Dean Lee Bollinger and Law Prof.
i'eig ~ Sallyanne Payton at forum las t
.7 night.
Both Bollinger and Payton said
~ cornthey advocate some type of Univer-
EDMORE, Mich. (AP) - In the sity conduct code to deal w ith
corn-rich Midwest, where farmers are racially, sexually or otherwise
always scouting out new markets for offensive speech, akin to the policy
their surplus crop, .two Michigan approved by the University's Board
*men have developed what they of Regents last month.

believe to be a first - a corn- University graduate student and
burning furnace. United Coalition Against Racism
While there are furnaces on the member Barbara Ransby, and
market that burn a combination of Howard Simon, executive director of
wood chips and corn, the two the American Civil Liberties Union
furnaces developed by Jerry Vaughn of Michigan, were also slated to
of Edmore and Scott Merchant of speak at the forum, but neither at-
Ithaca are believed to be the first tended. Organizers say that they
fueled solely by corn. never got a firm commitment from
After monitoring prototypes Simon and that an unexpected emer-
during the winter, the two men gency prevented Ransby's appear-
believe they've worked out the bugs ance.
and are now awaiting approval from NEVERTHELESS, the fo-
Underwriters Laboratory, which rum, entitled "The Regulation of
0 conducts product safety certifications. Racist Speech and the First Amend-

Mich. Senate to
vote on marital
rape law

kmanda Carlson wait their turn to register for classes at CRISP yesterday.
ots will register for spring, summer, and fall classes.
btoldrally to protest

research oj
'We are trying to get the
word out, to mobilize
people on campus' in order
to fight the weapons
research taking place at the
- Devon Anderson, co-
coordinator of campus
the regents voted to change the re-
search guidelines last April, Ander-
son said. Formerly, the guidelines
prohibited classified research deemed
harmful to human life.
"We're getting people to sign
something saying they won't donate
money until guidelines are rein-
stated," Anderson said. She said re-

ra campus
strictive guidelines against weapons
research should be imposed, and that
they should cover all research, not
just classified research.
Anderson said WAND is begin-
ning to fight back against the change
in the research guidelines. "Now
we're in the position of creating
awareness and arousing public inter-
est," she said.
THE SPEAKERS at the rally
will be UCAR steering committee
member Barbara Ransby, University
Physics Prof. Daniel Axelrod, and
WAND member Sarah Cooley.
Cooley said she plans to give
specific examples of research which
she believes should not be taking
place on campus.
Cooley said the priorities of the
University are faulted because they
value weapons research over more
important social concerns, such as
education and racism.

The Michigan Senate should ap-
prove a revision of the 1974 rape
law that would allow married women
who are raped by their husbands to
take their case to court, Jan Ben Dor,
co-author of the rape law, said yes-
Ben Dor joined Libby Pollard,
the assistant prosecuting attorney for
Washtenaw County, to discuss
"Rape and the Court System." The
session was the last of a weekly se-
ries about sexism in society, spon-
sored by the Sexual Assault Preven-
tion and Awareness Center.
Though the State House of Rep-
resentatives unanimously passed a
bill to include marital rape in the
law last week, Ben Dor said she is
concerned about the bill's chances of
passage in the Senate.
CURRENTLY, 18 other states
prosecute marital rape.
Ben Dor spoke of the history of
reforms made in rape law, adding
that the marital rape bill has a better
chance of passing today than it did in
1974 - when there were no women
in the State Senate and only three
women in the State House of
"We had no one to speak for
women's issues. It was entirely up-
hill," she said.
Ben Dor, with the help of Uni-
versity law students and Affirmative
Action Office Director Virginia
Nordby, met in Ann Arbor's St.
Andrew's Church in 1973 to revise
the law.
"We were tired of watching
women get raped twice - the second
time in the court system," Ben Dor
ALTHOUGH the marital rape
provision was initially part of the
proposal to reform Michigan's Rape
in 1974, the state legislature decided
to exclude it from the law final revi-
The revised rape law, "Criminal
Sexual Conduct (CSC)," defines four
degrees of sexual assault rather than
the old "Carnal Knowledge" law
which defined rape only by sexual
penetration, Ben Dor said.
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The 1974 law "at least expresses
that rape is a crime," said Pollard,
who spoke about the steps a rape
victim must go through to bring the
case to court.
UNDER CSC, a victim's past
sexual activities are banned from the
trial and they must no longer prove
nonconsent or use of force in the
rape, Ben Dor said.
CSC sends 800 to 1,000 con-
victed rapist to jail a year rather than
50 to 100 sentenced under the old
law, Ben Dor said.
"Many women and children vic-
tims are glad they took their lives
into their own hands," Pollard said,
encouraging victims to come forward
and prosecute.
"They often get a feeling of em-
powerment. Taking action can have
a positive effect," Pollard said.
A rape victim, male or female,
must undergo a series of procedures
before getting the case to court,
Pollard said.
rape to the police, the victim must
undergo a pelvic exam where doctors
look for semen, blood types, and in-
juries. The judge ultimately decides
if the case is a crime or not, Pollard
"We will give the defendant the
opportunity to make a statement. It
locks him into his story and makes a
stronger case for the prosecution,"
Pollard said.
"We are not advocates for the
victim - otherwise we would lose
our credibility," Pollard said about
the role of the prosecutors. "We have
to appear more objective."
But the Court Accompanyment
Program (CAP) - a group of vol-
unteers-who provide help for the
victim throughout the trial - offer a
victim support, said Clara Steinzar,
the coordinator for CAP who at-
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uss 1st Amendment,
s on racist speech

ment," attracted about 150 people to
Hutchins Hall.
Bollinger, a First Amendment
scholar, said that he is not persuaded
by many of the traditional arguments
against a policy that attempts to
somehow regulate speech. These in-
.that completely free speech
facilitates a useful discussion of the
issue at hand;
-that open discussion will get at
the truth of a matter; and
-that it is impossible for someone
to judge what is offensive and what
is not - too great a gray area exists.
HE SAID the risks of imple-
menting a policy that might be
vague in its definition of what is
"offensive," "outrageous," or
"beyond the pale" are outweighed by
the risks of not having any policy at
"I see (offensive speech) as bad
behavior," he said, "It's a bad act...
it produces harm. I have an intuition
that the society is strengthened by"
having bad behavior restrained, he
"I think it's possible for us to say

as an institution (there is) certain
behavior that occurs... that we ought
not to allow."
BOLLINGER IS in favor of
dividing up the University into dif-
fering forums - where the most free
speech would be enjoyed in parks,
streets, and on the Diag, and where
tighter regulations would be placed
on speech in such places- as class-
room buildings and dormitories.
Difficulties arise, he admitted,
when one tries to assess what pun-
ishments should be laid down for
what acts.
Payton said that the adoption of a
policy by the University administra-
tion would act as a deterrent to racist
or otherwise offensive speech.
"IT IS... part of the Univer-
sity's own responsibility to set and
enforce a standard of conduct to al-
low people to know what is expected
of them," she said, adding that it
will be effective by virtue of its ex-
istence and not necessarily through
imposing sanctions.
"In a well run community this
behavior does not exist - that's the
bottom line," she said.


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Ann Arbor police are investigat-
ing a break-in Wednesday in the 500
block of E. Jefferson., Sgt. Jan
Suomala said. A transmitter worth
$200 was reported stolen.
Two break-ins were reported to
police in Mary Markley residence
hall, Suomala said. The first,
occuring on April 1, resulted in the
theft of $255 worth of compact
discs. A second break-in occured on

April 3. Suomala said the suspect
entered a room through air vent
covers in the ceiling and stole $880
worth of framed prints.
Police are also investigating a
break-in that occured between April
1 and April 4 at the University's
Schol of Art, 2000 block of
Bonisteel Drive. Suomala said a key
was used to gain access to the
building, but nothing was stolen.
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