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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. IC, No. 64 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, December 8, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

Four men
streak in
An acquaintance of four nude fraternity members
who raided the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house on
Nov. 29 said the men were members of the Zeta Beta
Tau pledge class.
The source, who wished to remain anonymous,
heard the men joking about the incident.
ZBT is not denying or affirming the charge. "I am
not saying it wasn't a member of my fraternity, but if
it was done it was done individually," said Adam
Dishell, an LSA sophomore and incoming president of
the fraternity.
When asked if he was denying the allegations he
said, "We do not condone such behavior."
Mike Barone, a LSA junior and member of the
same fraternity, said, "I have an 80 percent idea of who
it was that did it." But he refused to give any names.
On Monday, the sorority voted to file a criminal
complaint against fraternity members who streaked
naked through the house' during a 3:30 a.m. raid,
bursting into private rooms, rummaging through
underwear drawers and betting women to sign their
Ann Arbor police, who refused to release the
complaint yesterday, say a number of charges may
apply, including disorderly conduct and indecent
Members of the sorority were ordered yesterday to
stop talking to the press. "We have taken a no
comment stand on the issue," said Michele Knapp,
president of the 117-member house.
The sorority has issued conflicting statements about
what really happened. Although some members have
said the fraternity members raided the house to steal
their Greek letters from the roof, Knapp denies this
The raid began when Dorice Kupper, the Gamma
Phi Beta housekeeper, opened the door for a man
asking for assistance with his homework, said Sgt.
Tom Cadwell. When the door was opened, three or
four naked men brushed through and began a big
stampede waking sleeping sisters other reports say.
Cadwell said police reports show that a resident of
the sorority house called police to report that a group
of naked men were attempting to steal the Greek letters
from the roof.
Julie Steiner, director of the University's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, said "I can't
believe in 1988 men on this campus are engaging in
this sort of harassing and threatening behavior."
Derek Koenig, an LSA senior and president of the
Sigma Chi fraternity thinks it's "unfortunate" that
fraternity members perform such acts. "With all the
rape incidents on campus, the only place women can
feel secure is in their homes."
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A student notices
word "Israeli" was
night or yesterday

vandalism on the Tagar-erected school bus in the Diag yesterday. The
added to "Stop All Terrorism" on the side of the bus sometime Tuesday

Vandals deface pro-Israel
school bus shanty in Diag

The events keep escalating.
The pro-Israel Tagar bus in the
Diag which carried the statement
"Stop All Terrorism" was
vandalized sometime yesterday and
reworded to say "Stop All Israeli
This incident occurred the night
after the shanty and board
honoring Palestinians killed in
Israeli-occupied territories was
covered with swastikas and anti-
Semitic statements.
The incident occurred between
10 p.m. Tuesday night and 8 a.m.
yesterday morning, said Cindy
Straub, the interim administrator
for the University's anti-.
harassment policy. Tagar filed a
complaint with Straub yesterday.

"We are taking (the events)
very seriously," said Straub, who
is conducting an investigation
with the University's Department
of Public Safety.
Keith Hope, president of Tagar,
said the vandalization of the Tagar
bus was probably a reaction to
what happened the night before.
"It is not a mere coincidence
that this happened the night after
the shanty (erected by the
Palestine Solidarity Committee
and Arab Student League) was
vandalized," said Hope.
However, he said he was
almost sure the people who
vandalized Tagar's bus did not also
paint the swastikas on the shanty.
"The vandalism on the shanty
and on the board was anti-Jews

whereas the vandalism last night
(on the Tagar bus) was * anti-
Israel," Hope said.
Hilary Shadroui, a member of
the Palestine Solidarity
Committee said, "The vandalism
was certainly not done by anyone
from PSC. It is wrong for anyone
to vandalize anyone's structures
on the diag."
Straub said the investigation
will include posting flyers so
anyone who saw suspicious
people around the Diag either
Monday or Tuesday night will
report it.
Since the University's anti-ha-
rassment policy is victim-
oriented, Straub said Tagar can
chose how to handle perpetrators
if they are caught.

may cut
Gorbachev adds fuel
to arms control talks
NEW YORK (AP) - Mikhail Gorbachev gave new
momentum to arms control talks yesterday with his
announcement that the Red Army would reduce its
forces by 10 percent and pull 50,000 of its troops,
along with tanks and cannons, from Eastern Europe.
U.S. analysts have been predicting such a move for
month, believing it could further boost Gorbachev's
popularity in the West and allow him to divert needed
funds from the military to the domestic sector.
Gorbachev praised U.S. willingness to discuss arms
reductions and said that "the Soviet leadership has de-
cided to demonstrate once again its readiness to rein-
force this healthy process not only in words but in
"Within the next two years, their numerical
strength will be reduced by 500,000 men," he said near
the end of a lengthy address to the U.N. General As-
sembly. The Soviet Armed Forces total about 5.6
million men and women.
"The numbers of conventional armaments will also
be substantially reduced," he said. "This will be done
Gorbachev said the Soviets would pull 50,000
troops out of East Germany, Czechoslovakia and
Hungary, reducing by about 10 percent the number of
forward-deployed Red Army forces arrayed against the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
President Ronald Reagan, after he and President-
elect George Bush met over lunch with the Soviet
leader, said, "I heartily approve" of the Kremlin troop
In Washington, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin said
yesterday that the importance of the reduction depends
on where the cuts occur and what kind of equipment is
Levin, a Democrat and chair of the Senate conven-
tional forces subcommittee, hewed to the generally
cautious congressional response to Gorbachev's an-
"We ought to welcome this," Levin said. "It is a
significant move. It leaves a lot of disparities to be
addressed. We don't know how significant a move it is
until we know precisely where those forces are that
will be removed."
Gorbachev said thousands of tanks would be pulled
out of Eastern Europe by 1991.
) resolution
on Tagar
The pro-Israel group Tagar may
retain its status as a recognized stu-
dent group as a result of an action
taken by the Michigan Student As-
sembly late Tuesday night.
r On Nov. 23 the assembly re-
solved to de-recognize Tagar if it did
not complete certain requirements.
But MSA rescinded the resolution
3> Tuesday because of questionable
parliamentary procedure.
A recognized student group has

access to MSA funding, University
office space and designated publicity
areas such as Diag boards.
Originally, the assembly called
for Tagar's de-recognition because of
a slogan painted on a bus constructed
by the group in the Diag Nov. 14
See Tagar, Page 2

LaGROC: 'U' must
change AIDS policies

As the kick-off of a long-term fight
against AIDS, the Lesbian and Gay Rights
Organizing Committee yesterday demanded
improvements in University policies concer-
ning AIDS.
About 35 students participated in a Diag
rally, and about half the group marched to
University Hospital where they picketed the
front entrance.
The group has drawn up eight demands
which ask the University to take an increased
role in AIDS research, treatment, and edu-
Spokespeople from the University admi-
nistration and Medical Center would not
respond to the demands yesterday because they
have not yet received them from LaGROC.
"We are not going to talk about demands.
We are going to talk about issues," Associate
Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Ann
Swain said.
Successful demonstrations around the
country - such as the one which closed the
Federal Drug Administration for a few hours
- inspired LaGROC members and spurred
them into action.
"The administration of the University of
Michigan would like us to think that their

University is completely separate and distinct
from the reality of (AIDS)... that AIDS is
something far off, something someone else is
dealing with quite adequately. Something they
can still remain silent on," said LaGROC
member Wendy Sharp.
"But... silence equals complicity. Silence
equals death."
Swain said the University was one of the
first to provide anonymous AIDS testing. "I
think the University has taken a leadership
role in response to this awful health problem
we are facing," she said.
The hospital has received a grant to build a
bio-containment facility, which is "an
absolute necessity for any kinds of AIDS
research" and will contain the infectious
AIDS virus, said Dr. Irwin Goldstein, asso-
ciate dean for research and graduate studies at
the Medical School.
"There is hell of a lot of money out there
(for AIDS research), and we are going to ap-
ply for it," he said.
LaGROC condemned the hospital for lay-
offs of those staff members working with
Hospital spokesperson Katherine Cureton
said about 14 workers lost their positions,
See AIDS, Page 3

Members of
the Diag to


Lesbian and Gay Rights Organizing Committee march from
University Hospital yesterday, demanding improvements in

Nobel Prize winner to receive degree

Without student input, the
University has decided to award
honorary degrees to Soviet poet and
1987 Nobel Prize winner Joseph
Brodsky and former Rackham dean

other administrators, six faculty
members and two alumni.
Brodsky, Who will speak at the
commencement exercises, will be
receiving a Doctorate of Humane
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the selection process.
"If we would have known that the
first meeting was so crucial, we
would have responded quicker," said
Virginia Chang, former Chair of
Campus Governance.
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that we had to show
September to participate."

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As a former University poet-in-
residence, Brodsky won the Nobel
Prize for literature last year. He was
born in Leningrad, and after serving

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