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Senate
OKs
death
penalty
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
senate yesterday voted to allow capi-
tal punishment for drug-related
killings, as lawmakers lurched past
procedural snarls and finally began
P debating a $2.6 billion drug bill.
The capital punishment language,
retained in the legislation by a 64-25
;vote, was just one of many provi-
sions in the 600-page, campaign-
season measure that would strengthen
.the government's arsenal against drug
offenders.
The lawmakers easily defeated two
other efforts to weaken the death
penalty language, and then adopted
by an 88-0 vote a provision that
,would allow fines of up to $10,000
;against people who possess even
#small amounts of illegal drugs.
The failed effort by liberals to
:strip the death penalty language from
the bill was a major step toward ex-
tending federal capital punishment
statutes because there is similar lan-
guage in the harsher, House-passed
;version of the legislation.
"The death penalty is necessary
,and long overdue as a weapon in the
;incredible butchery that is taking
'place on America's streets," said Sen.
'Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.).
Liberals from both parties, how-
ever, derided capital punishment as an
;ineffective vestige of less enlightened
!times.
"The desire for vengeance, for eye-
for-an-eye justice, is a principle and a
,mentality unworthy of civilized gov-
ernment and of this body," said Sen.
Mark Hatfield (R-Ore).
The bill would allow capital pun-
ishment for drug traffickers who kill
;civilians or law enforcements offi-
cers. Hatfield's amendment, which
'was defeated 64-25, would have re-
moved the death penalty from the bill
,and replaced it with mandatory life
imprisonment without possibility of
parole.

The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 14, 1988 - Page 3
Coalition to

hold
grap
BY SCOTT CHAPLIN
A coalition of concerned student:
local residents, and communit
groups will stage a 24-hour fast ar
vigil at a local Krogers to prote
continued sales of California tab]
grapes despite a nationwide boycott
United Farm Workers' Presides
Cesar Chavez has called for a bo:
cott of the grapes to publicize ti
plight of the farm workers, as we
as the dangers to consumers from tl
pesticides used on grapes.
The local vigil is part of a n,
tionwide effort to prompt more sul
port for the boycott.
Groups in over 500 cities in ti
United States and Canada hav
started petition drives, fasts, or vii
ils, said Daniel Martin, a nationwi
boycott organizer with the UFW
California. In addition, 25 member
of Congress yesterday joined th
"fasting chain" that began wit
Chavez this summer.
Today, U.S. Rep. David Bono
(D-13th District) will join the fas
Carly Simon, Danny Glober (TI
Color Purple), Jesse Jackson, Mart
Sheen, and Max Gail (Barney Mille;
are also participating.
Following sit-ins at Yal
University last week, the. univej

table
Svigil

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JESSICA GREENE/Daily
University students engage in a discussion about whether South Asian students on campus
need to be more unified. The discussion was part of a workshop last night sponsored by the
Indian-American Student Association and the Indian-Pakistani-American Student Council.
Asians dsusunfcto

BY NOELLE SHADWICK AND
KIMBER SIPPERLEY
Social and political unity among South Asian stu-
dents is necessary, but why?
About 50 South Asian students explored the ques-
tion of unity last night during a forum co-sponsored by
the Indian American Student Association and the In-
dian-Pakistani American Student Council.
America is not a melting pot, it's a multi-cultural
society, said IASA President Sanjay Gupta, "Unifying
on one level is different from assimilation on another
level."
Complete assimilation is like mixing all the paint
colors into a gray said Residential College sophomore
Sunil Agnani. It creates a "homogeneous mass from a
very spicy group."
Students agreed there was a lack of unity, but de-
bated whether it exists at a social or political level.
Speakers said some Asians ignore other Asians be-
cause they don't want people to think they're isolating
themselves from other cultures
"Just because you say 'hi' to me doesn't mean you'll
have a stigma," said junior Jyoti Patel.
Others say that social unity should be strengthened

through cultural activities and workshops focusing on
different social issues.
But still others add that political unity, not social
unity, is the problem. Other groups have specific is-
sues they can fight for and that bring them together.
"We have no specific goals," said one participant.
Most rallies Asians hold occur after someone is
persecuted. The key to a stronger political unification
lies in uniting, not just protecting, others said.
Political unity begins at the "grassroots," Gupta
said. "You can't throw a bunch of people together and
say unify yourselves." He emphasized the need to talk
to people and share different backgrounds.
Asians should also work to break down stereotypes,
speakers said. Many Americans see Asians as being
extraordinarily smart. Not every Asian wants to be a
doctor or an engineer, said second-year medical student
Rajil Patel.
The fact that there are so many can be attributed to
family pressures to be competitive, said Gupta.
But this forum is just a beginning of the movement
towards unification, said moderator Radhika Sharma.
"It's easy to see there's an Asian community, but how
much have actually reached out?"

Accutane
cause biirt'
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The
acne drug Accutane is as dangerous a
cause of birth defects as thalidomide,
causing 40 percent of women to
miscarry and 25 percent to have chil-
dren with severe birth defects if taken
early in pregnancy, says a study re-
ported Thursday.
Thalidomide, a sedative, caused an
epidemic of birth defects in Europe in
the late 1950s and early 1960s before

I

Students walk to
help health care

I

BY KATHRYN DEMOTT
They're at it at it again. For the
19th year in a row, about 400 stu-
dents are filling up sponsor sheets,
filing in their names, and walking
'with a purpose.
This Saturday, AIESEC - a
French acronym for The Interna-
tional Association of Students in
Economics and Business Manage-
ment - is organizing the 15-kilo-
meter "Walk for Mankind" in Ann
Arbor.
The majority of the proceeds
raised in Saturday's walk-a-thon will
'benefit Project Concern Interna-
tional, a San Diego-based, non-profit
organization, which provides health
care to areas such as Indonesia, Latin
America, and parts of the United
States where there is little or no
medical development.
The other 20 percent of the funds
will go to non-profit groups like
AIESEC.
AIESEC, one of the largest stu-
dent-run organizations in the world,

boasts over 50,000 members from
67 nations worldwide. Started at the
end of World War II by a group of
students from seven European na-
tions, AIESEC was an effort to sal-
vage business ethics that were lost
during the war.
Today, the organization's primary
focus is to promote global under-
standing, making future business
leaders aware of their social respon-
sibilities and the repercussions of
business on the rest of the world,
said LSA junior Lisa Chase, presi-
dent of the local AIESEC chapter.
The 80 local members can partic-
ipate in an international traineeship
program, which allows them to
work for businesses abroad while
foreign students work in the United
States.
Walkers can still register and pick
up sponsor forms today from Rachel
Somerset, AIESEC's director of
special projects. Somerset can be
reached at 764-0619.

is

sity's food services stopped buying
the grapes. Similar boycotts have
taken place at Cornell and the Uni-
versity of Massachusetts.
LSA junior Kyla Boyse is help
ing organize a similar effort og
campus. "East Quad is boycotting
grapes, and I predict that we'll have
them out of the rest of the Univer-
sity by the end of the semester," she
said.
Krogers was chosen for this
weekend's vigil because of the large
volume of table grapes they sell; or-
ganizers said. Krogers sells table
grapes from all over the world, in
cluding California, Michigan, and
even Chile, said Krogers Regional
Produce Merchandiser Beth Skorup'
ski.
"We cannot make political deci.
sions about what to sell in o
stores because we would lose con
of our business and our ability tg
serve the needs of all our cuss
tomers," said Paul Bernish, public
relations director for Krogers na
tionwide.
The vigil will close at 4 p.
Saturday with a nondenominationa
prayer led by Donna Ainsworth o
ICP.
found to
;h defects,
it was withdrawn from the market. V
Since Accutane was approved 1
the United States in late 1982, it has
been linked to cases of miscarriage $r
birth defects in 25 states, said tl~
author of the new study, Dr. Edwal
Lammer of the California Birth D#-
fects Monitoring Program.
In a presentation in New Orles
at the annual meeting of the Ame-
can Society of Human Genetis,
Lammer reported that miscarria s
occurred in 12 of 30 women, or
percent. Major birth defects occ
in 12 of 48 or 25 percent, he said.
"These unusually high risks e
comparable to those posed by t e
thalidomide exposure," Lammer sai.
In a separate report, Lammer sl
that another drug related to Accutar,
called Tegison, also appears to caue
birth defects.
Both Accutane and Tegison afe
derivatives of vitamin A. Lammer
said there is some concern that vit -
min A itself might cause birth de-
fects.
Religious:
services
American Baptist Campus Center
First Baptist Church
Huron St. (between State and Division
Across from Campus
Sunday:
9;55 Worship Service
11:15 Church School Classes for all age
Wednesdays:
5:30 (beginning September 14)
Supper (free) and fellowship '
and Bible Study
A get acquainted supper will be held
Sunday, September 18, at 5:30. *
Please join us.
Center open each day
For information call

663-9376
Robert B. Wallace, pastor
LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY
LORD OF LIGHT4
LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA
801 South Forest at Hill Street
Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.t
Wednesday: Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.'
Worship at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor: Galen Hora, Intern: Paul Witkot
AUl Are Welcome! 668-7622
CANTERBURY HOUSE
(Episcopal Church Chaplancy)
218 N. Division
Hr
Sunday Schedule
Holy Eucharist - 5:00 p.m. F
Celebrant and Preacher:
The Rev. Joseph Summers
Spiritual Journeys Discussion - 7:00 prt
with Gina South
Supper - 6:00 p.m.
Call 665-0606

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Public

Notice

For the week of October 16-22 1988, The Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly will hold its weekly meeting on Monday

October 1

7'

1988 at 8:30 pm in the East Lounge of

Bursley Residence Hall.
Constituents time is at 9:00 pm

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