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Forum focuses on
fighting fascism

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, April 13, 1988-
Opening Day
brings fun to
festive fans

Page 3

By MICAH SCHMIT
Prompted by what they called
brutal treatment of anti-Nazi
protesters by Ann Arbor police at a
rally last month, four panelists at a
Monday night forum said capitalism
fosters the formation and survival of
fascist and racist hate groups.
The forum was sponsored by the
Ad Hoc Committee to Fight Fas-
cism and Police Brutality. A group
of about 10 University students and
workers assembled to learn about
fascism and how people can fight it.
Paul Lefrak, one of the counter-
demonstrators arrested at a March 19
Ann Arbor Nazi rally, said organiza-
tions such as the Nazis and the Ku
Klux Klan are protected by police,
while protesters often are not.
L E F R A K denounced police
protection of the Nazi demonstrators.
"Even when I had completely given
up resistance they pounded my head
into the pavement," he said.
Lefrak said free speech favors fas-
cist organizations because reac-
tionary groups help the capitalist
establishment maintain the status
quo. Therefore, he said, the right to
freedom of speech must be limited.
"When (the platform) calls for
genocide then the freedom of politi-
cal expression must be restricted,"
Lefrak said.
Facism appeals to the disenfran-
chised middle class youth, particu-
larly "the skinheads and young peo-
ple who see no future for them-

selves," he said.
PAUL HENRY, a member of
the Revolutionary Workers League,
attended the forum and said many of
these people blame minorities for
their personal crises.
Young people who are attracted to
the hatred and racism of those groups
should be taught that these racist or-
ganizations will not be tolerated,
Henry said.
Tom Gaughan, a community ac-
tivist, recounted instances in which
Detroit police brutalized protesters,
including demonstrators against a
1981 neo-Nazi rally.
"Police represent the bourgeois
community and try to maintain the
status quo. (The police) brutalize
people who can't defend them-
selves... the poor, minority, and
non-mainstreamers," Gaughan said.
PANELIST Eileen Scheff, de-
fense attorney for several counter-
demonstrators, said, "We can't de-
pend on government to protect us
from the fascists, we've got to do it
ourselves... We need to build a big-
ger broader mass of anti-fascist peo-
ple."
Mike Ketchum, a member of the
Progressive Labor Party and the In-
ternational Committee Against
Racism, said, "If you can eliminate
racism then you can eliminate capi-
talism. We need Communist leader-
ship to eliminate the ruling class and
build a classless society. Don't vote.
Sit in, protest, fight."

By MIKE GILL
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - Red, white, and
blue banners, Fat Bob Taylor
singing the national anthem, Sparky
Anderson addressing the crowd, the
crowd booing Mayor Coleman
Young and Governor James Blan-
chard, and yes... a Tiger win ushered
in Opening Day yesterday at Tiger
Stadium.
Fans young and old, clad in
sportcoats and t-shirts, from Detroit
and the suburbs, played hooky from
work and school to attend the Motor
City's unofficial holiday.
Dave Bassett, a Chippewa Valley
teacher, found solace away from
school books as he attended his fifth
consecutive Opening Day.
WHEN ASKED if his princi-
pal knew of this field trip, Bassett
went on the offensive. "Not yet, but
this guy here is Jim Myers and he
says 'hi' to our principal, Don
Wichert. Do you know this guy
missed a department chair meeting to
come here?"
"The boss knows I'm here," said
Norman Akar, an middle-aged em-
ployee of Walbridge Aldinger. "I
have a client with me. This is one of
the most important days of the year.

You can take your client to lunch
and then to a big baseball game."
Many. fans expressed concern,
about an end, rather than the start Qf,
the new baseball season - specifi.
cally, the possible demolition of
Tiger Stadium. 4
"I think it stinks," said Larry
Flynn, 14, a student at Royal Oak
Kimball High School. "It's been'
here 76 years. (Tiger owner Tom)
Monaghan and Young are taking the
tradition right out of baseball."
TIGER STADIUM'S new
security guards also made their de-
but. Dressed in blue blazers, this
group of mostly college students
were well groomed, a change from
last year's privately hired "rent-a-
cops.
Before the game, Nick Feldman,
an elderly Bengal fan with a long
white beard, was once again seen
circling the stadium on his bicycle
in his full length Tiger outfit. In
1984, he circled the stadium 104
times - once for each Tiger win.
This year he was assessing the
Tiger's chances.
"They got rid of a prima donna
(Kirk Gibson) so they'll be more of
a family," he said. "They've got a
great chance."

Doily Photo by ELLEN LEVY
I scream, you screwm . . *
Two-year old Robert Newton gets ice cream all over his face, much to his
mother's chagrin and to his delight. After picking up his sister from kin-
dergarten, the three stopped for a sunny day treat at the Dairy Queen on
Stadium Blvd.

Prof le
Continued from Page 1
At the University's International
Center - a source of counseling,
education, and advice for the 6.9
percent total foreign student popula-
tion - Lee is helping three other
students start the Women Interna-
tional Student Exchange (WISE),
"for students from different countries
to get together, learn about each
other, and share experiences."
Lee, whose light voice is tinged
with a British accent ("people always
ask me about it") after four years at
Oxford boarding school, says she
was surprised by the lack of foreign
students she encountered here in her
first term.
ACCORDING to International
Center statistics, only 1.5 percent of
undergraduates come from other na-
tions, in contrast to 16.4 percent of
graduate students.
"So it was hard for me, espe-
cially in my dorm (Betsy Barbour)
where there are only two interna-
tional students in the whole build-
ing, and I was meeting more Ameri-
cans than international students in
my first weeks here. It's hard to
meet people in huge lectures, and
then, after classes end, you stop see-
ing people you met there."
"Basically I love to meet people
from other countries, American and
otherwise. But it's important to
meet other international students so
you can have people around to dis-
cuss your problems, people who are
going through the same things you
are."
THOUGH still in her first year
of college, though still making so-
cial and academic adjustments, Lee
has already distinguished herself to
peers and administrators as one of a
small group of foreign students
who's especially involved in trying
to meet and educate the others.
"There's a lot of information and
programming available," said Lee,

who regularly attends seminars for
foreign, female undergraduates at the
Center for the Continuing Education
of Women. "But many international
students aren't aware or don't partic-
ipate. I try to tell to people to come,
and the ones who do really appreciate
the information," Lee said.
"At one seminar on cross-culture
communication we learned that in
America if two people are talking,
and then there is a silence, people
feel uncomfortable. I wasn't aware of
anything like that," she said.
"I would call her participation
unusually active among international
students," said Kay Clifford, the In-
ternational Center's programming
director, "And considering that one
of the difficulties our office has is
participation, I would see her as one
of the leaders."
YET Lee's most important role
on campus may not be her
"uniqueness" as a leader, but her ea-
gerness to relay the "typical" diffi-
culties of foreign University students
to others. She smiles and laughs
constantly when she thinks back to
her first weeks at school.
"It was so strange when I would
hear people say, 'Oh I just called my
mom, I just called home,"' Lee says.
"I suppose I could call home but
even then I don't know if they could
understand how I feel or what I am
going through because they haven't
seen this University and don't know
what it's like."
What-it's-like, Lee says, is hav-
ing to figure out American slang
("like when we're standing outside of
the cafeteria, and I say 'Oh, how
long is the queue down there." And
everyone says 'what do you mean?'
because I think 'queue' means 'line'
and they don't know that..."), and
trying to learn how to pay tuition
when your checks come from across
the world.
And it means having special
forms filled out for even a one-day
trip to Windsor because - even
though you might sometimes forget
- you only have a temporary stu-

dent passport; and it means staying
at friends' houses for vacations be-
cause you can only go back home to
Hong Kong once a year.
"I WAS so lost back at orienta-
tion. I got the big course guide and I
didn't know how to use it, or what I
could get from it.... Especially the
first semester; I was lost in this
whole big system."-
"But I guess I'm more settled this
term. I know more about what the
system is like, the weather, the peo-
ple and things."
In place of her confusion, Lee is
beginning to develop ideas about
how the University "can do more to
help international students learn
about the system and how it works,
how we can learn to translate our
ways to theirs." She wants to be ac-
tive next fall in orientating incom-
ing international students, teaching
them the "little things" like the
meaning of abbreviations in the
course guide, and how to start a bank
account.
Margaret Krasnoff, coordinator of
CEW program's for international
women, supports Lee's plans.
"There is a definite need for in-
coming foreign women students to
have something more than the
orientation they had when they come
in," Krasnoff said. "They need more
support groups, opportunities to
meet together." Such groups are es-
pecially important for women be-
cause they are a minority (33 per-
cent) of the foreign students, Kras-
noff added.
UNDERLYING Lee's as-
sertiveness is a true appreciation and
desire for "international" education
- despite the problems. In fact, she
isn't even sure if she will return to
Hong Kong after graduation. "In
your own country you might feel
more comfortable. On the other
hand, I think here in Michigan I get
to learn other stuff, too, like the
American way of living, and I get to
meet other international students
who are not from Asia. Learning
about other cultures is fascinating; it
makes everything worth it."

ROTC
Continued from Page 1
would be responsible for the loading and unloading of
ships.
"The marine corps offered me a physical challenge,"
Pastva said. "I like the comraderie and the discipline."
Pastva said her decision to join the military was
natural because her father was in the Navy and she grew
up on various naval bases around the country.
ROTC awards two, three, and four year scholar-
ships to students based on their academic merit and
leadership, ROTC Lt. Col. Charles Narburgh said.
The four year scholarship, the most competitive,
pays for tuition, books, and provides $100 a month for
expenses.
ROTC cadet Ann Panzica, on a four-year scholar-
ship, joined ROTC initially so she could attend the
University.
But Panzica, an Engineering sophomore, said she
intends to pursue a military career.
"IN 20 YEARS from now, I will get a pension. I
can be retired by the time I'm 40 years old," Panzica
said, who hopes to work in a technical capacity in the
Army.
LSA senior Brigette Seeger, an ROTC Army cadet,
hopes to fly air ambulances, helicopters that transport
wounded soldiers to hospitals.
But Suzanne O'Donnel, a cadet in ROTC Air Force
and Engineering sophomore, said though she originally
joined to get a free education and to fly, she now wants
out of the military.
"Seven years of your life is a long time," she said
about the time it takes to qualify to fly in the Air
Force. "I couldn't see myself staying in it for that

O'DONNEL said she could take out a student loan
and pay back the Air Force for her education, exempt-
ing her from serving. "They are paying for my school
right now, that's why I'm going to be an officer,"
O'Donnel said, adding she dislikes the stress and
physical training of the ROTC program.
"I want to do the four years and get it over with,"
O'Donnel said. She hopes to work as an officer in a
technical capacity.
In the military, women are excluded only from
combat positions. Job opportunities run the gamut
from military intelligence to working for the national
space program to working in the medical field.
WOMEN make up 10.4 percent of officers in the
Army, 10.1 percent in the Navy, 3.3 percent in the
Marine Corps, and 11.5 percent in the Air Force, ac-
cording to an armed forces report issued last year.
Col. Raymond Hunter of Air Force ROTC said the
only problem he sees for some women officers is bal-
ancing their time and roles if they decide to marry and
have children.
Narburgh said pregnant women in the military are
given a paid leave of absence of about six weeks or as
advised by a doctor.
The prospective ROTC cadet must also meet before
a board made up of ROTC officers, professors, and
students in the program. The applicant is interviewed
to determine leadership potential and sincerity for get-
ting a commission into the military. Narburgh said
ROTC Navy and Air Force have similar interview pro-
cesses.
Applicants must also pass a physical exam which
tests their vision and physical ability.
AFTER their sophomore year, students must sign
a contract in which they agree to serve and to comply
with military regulations.
Narburgh said a student's background is investigated
by a national secret level security check.

THE IST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

long."
Vietnam
Continued from Page 1
longer hold the event there.
THE S O D C, employees of
which could not be reached for
comment yesterday, has enforced the
policy more rigorously since the be-
ginning of fall 1987.
Dolgan called the policy "repres-
sive." He said past MSA president
Ken Weine told him that MSA never
addressed with the issue of the Diag
use rule. "This is a policy that the
administration determined without
student input," Dolgan said.
Dolgan said the mistaken
reservation was the administration's
fault. "It's my contention that the
policy is ludicrous and that it denies
anybody the right to have a demon-
stration outside the hours of twelve
and one," he said.
Colonel Charles Tackett, a Viet-
nam veteran who has crusaded for a
Vietnam Veteran's national holiday
and worked with MSA on the pro-
ject, said he was disappointed with
Johnson's decision.
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