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Group aids rain
BY RACHELE ROSI
Forty-three members of the Penan Tribe of
Borneo are now in jail because they tried to block
logging machines from deforesting an area of the
Sarawak tropical rainforest. The tribe has hunted
and gathered in this rainforest for centuries, if not
A newsletter published by the School of
Natural Resources' Rainforest Action Movement
said the tribe was "charged according to the
Malaysian government's crackdown on dissidents
under the Internal Security Act. If found guilty...
they face up to two years in jail and fines."
While this episode in Malaysia is only one
concern of the -Rainforest Action Movement
(RAM), it is of its prime interest for National
Rainforest Awareness Week, which begins
RAM was conceived in September, 1987 in a
research paper by Mare Cromwell, an Natural
Resources graduate student. She was looking for
an interesting topic to write about - not
realizing her paper would lead to letter-writing,
petitioning, and finally to a full-fledged
The goal of the group is to inform people
about the devastation of the world's rainforests as
well as to "challenge people to educate
themselves to be responsible consumers," said
Bill Foederer, a Natural Resources graduate
Rainforests cover only seven percent of the
globe but are home to 50 percent of the world's
one-million-plus plants and animal species. They
also have a tremendous role in the global carbon
and oxygen cycles, which means their destruction
contributes to global warming (the Greenhouse
effect) and is believed to be one of the causes of
dramatic change in the earth's weather patterns.
"I believe there is a direct correlation between
the drought in the U.S. this year and the
destruction of the rainforests," Foederer said.
If rainforest destruction continues at the
current rate of 100 acres per minute, there will be
no rainforests by the year 2000.
"We want to provide reasonable solutions and
move away from saying 'don't eat fast food' but
rather 'don't eat McDonalds or Burger King,"' he
added. Both fast food chains buy beef from South
and Central America where cattle graze on
deforested rainforest land.
The group has involved local high school
teachers and science clubs, local environmental
groups, the Latin American Solidarity
Committee and School of Natural Resources-
sponsored speakers in its outreach programs.
Over 50 people attended RAM's first working
meeting last week, contributing ideas for this
year's National Rainforest Week. In addition,
RAM has a mailing list in excess of 400 people.
"It's great that people of all ages are getting
involved; students, grad students and professors,"
said RAM member, Robin Cohen, an Natural
Resources sophomore. "There were so many
people at Festifall asking questions," she
BY KELLY GAFFORD
Non-academic programs such as
the University Hospital and the
intercollegiate sports program should
only be of marginal concern to the
University and its members, Harris
McClamroch, professor of Computer
Information and Control Engineering
In a round table discussion at the
Alumni Center, McClamroch, former
chair of the faculty's Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs,
said the University has been straying
from its central educational mission.
SACUA is the faculty's governing
body which represents the faculty's
concerns to the administration.
McClamroch, who has been a
faculty member at the University for
nearly 20 years, expressed concern
about the increasing size of non-aca-
demic areas in the University to a
group of about 12 people.
Because some events get more
media attention than others, the Uni-
versity is increasingly thought of by
its football team, and not its schol-
arly achievements, he said.
"It's important to recognize that
the central mission (which is to edu-
cate) is becoming a smaller part of
McClamroch pointed out that less
than 50 percent of the University
budget is actually used for instruc-
'It's important to recognize
that the central mission
(which is to educate) is be-
coming a smaller part of
- Harris McClamroch,
A faculty member who preferred
to remain anonymous attributed this
problem to the pressures on all uni-
versities to make money. "The per-
ception (of education) has changed.
Now people are under pressure to
make money and little discussion is
ever used for quality and care. It
seems that higher education, is no
longer held in the highest esteem."
Melvin Williams, another partici-
pant in yesterday's discussion said,
"government and corporate heads of
corporations have intruded on the
mission of the University, (and be-
cause of this) we have lost control of
our central mission."
McClamroch concluded by saying
that faculty members should do all
that they can to make sure that
education remains the central part of
King-Chavez-Parks scholar Charlotte Heth finished her visit
to the University yesterday by meeting with minority stu-
dents to discuss issues concerning Native Americans.
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Mich. AIDS cases top 800;
legislation moves slowly
LANSING - The number of AIDS cases in Michigan as of Sept. 12
has reached 802, with one out of every 1,000 women giving birth carry-
ing the incurable virus, but state officials say legislation addressing the
problem has moved slowly because of its complexity.
Because of the severity of the disease, AIDS bills have been a favorite
among state legislators, who have introduced more than 20 measures ad-
dressing the disease during this session.
The House Public Health Committee's Subcommittee on AIDS is
scheduled to meet Friday to discuss three bills. Proposals include permit-
ting the state to contact AIDS victims and request a voluntary personal
interview, prohibiting physicians from testing individuals for AIDS
without their consent, and allowing local health officials to require an in-
fected individual to cooperate in order to prevent the spread of the disease.
Protests shake Yugoslavia
BELEGRADE, Yugoslavia - Communist Party chief Stipe Suvar
called for a shake-up in the ruling Politburo and the policy-setting Central
Committee after weeks of ethnic and economic protests, state-run media
About 5000 workers marched on Parliament yesterday for the second
straight day. Workers have stepped up strikes and demonstrations over the
communist government's failure to reduce 217 percent inflation and 15
Radio Belgrade said 140,000 Serbs attended two rallies in central Ser-
bia to push demands for greater Serbian control over the autonomous
provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina, where ethnic Albanians outnumber
Suvar said that the Central Committee probably will vote on person-
nel changes in the Politburo October 17. As the top body of Yugoslavia's
only political party, the Politburo is the most powerful institution in the
country. It has 23 members, but two resigned last week under mounting
Reagan denies CIA order
WASHINGTON - The White House denied yesterday that intelli-
gence authorizations signed by President Reagan in the mid-1980's gave
C.I.A. agents latitude to use assassinations in the fight against terrorism.
Reagan said he was "quite upset" about a published report saying there
had been such authorizations and said his 1981 executive order prohibiting
assassinations "continues until this day."
White House Spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater acknowledged that lan-
guage in two intelligence findings in 1984 and 1985 subsequently was
recinded by the National Security Council, though he would not say why.
Reagan's spokesperson took strong exception to a Washington Post
report yesterday which said the phrasing in the earlier documents
amounted to a "license to kill" for intelligence agents.
Fitzwater suggested that the Post story was an attempt to embarrass
the administration during the election campaign.
Boy cleared in shooting
DETROIT - A 3-year-old boy who shot and killed his father when
the man beat his mother said afterwards he would have done it again.
"I killed him," the boy reportedly said. "Now he's dead. If he would
have hit my mother, I would have shot him again."
Prosecutors said Tuesday they won't take any legal measures against
the child, who has not been identified, because he couldn't have acted in-
"We feel that this is an act a 3-year-old cannot contemplate," said Ron
Schigur, head of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office juvenile division.
"I mean, he can't form any kind of intent."
The boy's mother, who spoke Tuesday on the condition that neither
she nor her son be identified, said "It was an accident; it just happened."
The boy, now 4, is apparently the youngest person in Detroit ever to
shoot someone fatally.
Property tax return means
small change to tool renter.
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) - When Kenny Walters used 3,000 $1.
bills to pay the county taxes on his tool-rental business, he thought his
feelings were clear and the matter was closed.
But Clear Creek County Treasurer Geraldine Thompson may haves
upstaged Walters. She returned his change of $110 mostly in nickels,
dimes, and pennies.
"I guess he was just trying to make a statement," said Thompson. "I
just gave him all the change I could dish out. I mean, turnabout is fair
Walters said he enjoyed Thompson's response to his "silent protest."
He said he was trying to make a point when he paid his $2,890 in taxes#
in person with an old gunpowder crate full of $1 bills.
"I don't mind paying my property taxes," said Walters. "But;
sometimes they (county officials) have a tendency not to realize how
much money they're taking from people."
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Continued from Page 1
pression with the American nativism
movement of the late nineteenth
In the movement, which began in
the 1840s, descendents of the first
white immigrants from England -
who referred to themselves as "Native
Americans" - sought to restrict
immigration and the rights of new
Americans because they feared the
growing influence of German and
"It's such a political term," she
said. "Older people are not used to
it." She says she is "American In-
Heth earned her doctorate in eth-
nomusicology at the University of
California at Los Angeles in 1973.
After being hired there to teach music
full-time shortly after, she developed
and taught by herself five courses on
Native American music, almost dou-
bling the number of UCLA's Native
American classes. To do so, she
traveled to reservations accumulating
field records, slides and musical
recordings, a portion of which she
had a chance to show University au-
diences during her week-long visit.
Since then, she has served as di-
rector of the UCLA program, which
now offers around 80 courses.
When a college offers a program
of study, even a cluster of courses, in
Native American heritage, the bene-
fits to its Native American students
are not merely academic, Heth noted.
Combined with active Native
American student organizations and
counselors who can act as role mod-
els, these classes have strengthening,
unifying effects on the Native Amer-
ican campus population, she ex-
The University currently has no
program in Native American'Studies.
"Any intellectual area worth
studying" should be studied, Heth
said, regardless of excuses of faculty
shortages or - in the specific case of
Native American studies - the small
number of students of that minority
at the University.
"It should not be driven by how
many members of that minority are
on campus," she said. "If you don't
have any Indian faculty, get some
enlightened non-Indian faculty to
teach the courses," she said.
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