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OPINION
Friday, October 7, 1988

Page 4

The Michigan Daily

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan
420 Maynard St.
Vol. IC, No. 22 Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Unsigned editoriuls represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other
cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion
of the Daily.
Slamming doors

AS PRESIDENT Duderstadt's inaug-
uration proceeded behind Hill Audito-
rium's locked doors, Ann Arbor police
and newly-deputized campus security
arrested and brutalized students
protesting outside.
This first use of deputized security
under the new protest policy removes
any remaining doubt about their collec-
tive purpose: to suppress student ex-
pression.
Excluding students from the inaugu-
ration ceremony is just another example
of the University administration's pat-
tern of slamming doors on students.
The regents chose Duderstadt behind
closed doors, in a secret search pro-
cess, without student consent. This act
blatantly violated the students' right to
choose.
The protest policy attempts to close
the door to student expression. Yester-
day only proves that students are de-

nied the right to protest their exclusion
from Duderstadt's selection process.
Now, the closing doors of jail cells
and hospital rooms have been added to
the list. Yesterday, campus police ar-
rested three protesters, hospitalized a
fourth, and yanked and dragged dozens
of others away from the police vehicles
used to make the arrests. This was an
appalling display of brutality.
This incident unmasks the ridiculous
claim that deputization "improves
safety." The president and the
procession were not in danger. The
protesters were demonstrating non-
violently. Nonetheless, a demonstrator
was dragged by his hair and ears,
another knocked unconscious and
many more thrown to the ground.
The unconscionable. violence was the
first use of University deputy sheriffs
to implement the protest policy and is
an ominous sign for the future of
Duderstadt's administration.

'It's important to have a safe place in which to work and live...that's the motivation behind
deputization.'
-Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Farris Womack

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ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
'I'm results oriented. I like to move rapidly, but also to learn and to listen to what people are concerned about. Because without consensus we can't
move ahead.'

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