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Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 33 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, October 24, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michiga Daily

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Regents
divest
holdings

KAREN HANDELMAN/Daily
Members of the Michigan Alumni Marching band whoop it up, even without intstruments, during the halftime show at the
Michigan-Indiana football game.

BY STEVE KNOPPER
The University will divest the rest
of its holdings with companies oper-
ating in South Africa within the next
few weeks, Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer Farris Womack said
Friday.
After years of debate, protest, and
a legal suit against the State of
Michigan, the University's Board of
Regents voted Friday, 5-0 with two
abstentions, to divest its remaining
$500,000 in South Africa-involved
companies.
"It's -a very token amount of
money, and it's not going to impact
our returns," said Regent Nellie
Varner (D-Detroit), who proposed the
divestment. "It seemed like a perfect
time to do it."
But perfect timing to the regents
may be too late in the eyes of anti-
apartheid activists, who have built
Diag shanties and halted regents'
meetings to protest the University's
involvement, however indirectly,
with the racist South African regime.
English Prof. Alan Wald, for ex-
ample, said the regents' decision was
"long overdue," and Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly President Michael
Phillips concurred.
"If (the regents) wanted to do it as
a sincere symbol in the fight against
apartheid, they would have done it a
long time ago, when other schools
were doing it," Phillips said.
Friday's decision marks the cul-
mination of the six-year struggle
over a 1982 state law requiring
Michigan colleges to divest all hold-
ings from companies in South
Africa.
Many state colleges, including
Michigan State University, divested
their holdings after the law was

passed. The University of Michigan
regents initially divested 99 percent
of their holdings in such companies,
but kept the rest invested in order to
sue the state. The state, they said,
cannot legally tell the University
how to spend its money.
The state won the first court case
in 1985, but the Michigan Court of
Appeals ruled in favor of the regents
last February. The state appealed that
ruling to the Michigan Supreme
Court, which agreed to hear the case
three weeks ago.
And after Friday's decision, the
state may have trouble appealing the
case, because there are no longer in-
vestments over which to sue. In ef-
fect, some say, the regents have quit
while they are ahead.
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor), who co-introduced the 1982
law, said the regents divested in order
"to try and dismiss the case to
alleviate an adverse decision (in the
supreme court)." Bullard said he
wanted "some assurance that the re-
gents won't reinvest in two months
or 10 months, after this has blown
over."
But Regent James Waters (D-
Muskegon) disagreed. "I really don't
think that was the reason," he said. "I
don't think we'would have lost in the
supreme court."
One reason to divest, Waters said,
was" to ensure "a better relationship
with the legislature" in the future.
The University and the state may
soon agree to dismiss the appeal, said
Assistant Attorney General Gerald
Young. "Now we'll have 100 percent
compliance (to the state divestment
law), which I think is what every-
body was after," he said.
See Divest, Page 2

Fun

and

Games

Bo tricks
dand
gets the
treats
BY ADAM SCHEFTER
Hey, Bo, you sure did shut those
people up who say you run the ball
up the middle too much. :
And those people who say you
are too conservative? Hah - you
sure did trick them.
You moved into first place in
the Big Ten your way - behind the
strength of fullback Leroy Hoard's
128-yard and three-touchdown
performance and behind the 46-yard
dip-de-do touchdown pass from wide
receiver Greg McMurtry to fellow
receiver Chris Calloway. Nice job,
Bo - your players, too.
And even though you think
reservations for Pasadena may be
premature, space is limited - and
going fast.
"If that's what's necessary to
make these people come out at
3:30, to do something exceptional,
then that'd what we'll have to do,"
said Schembechler, who has
complained consistently this season
about late starts due to television
contracts.
xNever thought Bo could be so
flexible in his ways, did you? But if
your team looked that impressive,
you wouldn't have much to
complain about either.
Start with the defense.
Schembechler was most proud of
his defensive unit Saturday. It has
been criticized all season for not
putting enough pressure on the
quarterback, not making the
fundamental tackles, allowing the
big plays.
See Tricks, Page 11

Awareness

ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
Once wasn't enough for Michigan fullback Leroy Hoard, who duplicated his 54-yard
touchdown early in the first quarter with a similar 54-yard touchdown in the third quarter
(shown above). Hoard had another touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 128
yards rushing.
Grads wax nostalgic

over 'U'
BY ELIZABETH ROBBOY
Twenty years have seen Ann
Arbor changed from an extremely
liberal college town to a yuppie
training ground, three-legged races
replaced by a Car Bash in the
Diag, and the Pretzel Bell sur-
passed by a McDonald's mini-
mall.
But for the alumni who
swarmed about town this week-
end, the maize and blue spirit re-
mained the same.

at Homecoming

Many Homecoming events -
such as the Evans Scholars Car
Bash and the pre-game party at
Charley's - were new to older
alumni. Even the traditional
events such as the Homecoming
Parade and Pep Rally have been
jazzed up, alumni said. Twenty
years ago, there were no floats, no
co-ed cheerleading squad, and no
Willy the Wolverine.
"When I was here, for Home-
coming we had a three-legged dash

on the Diag and tug-o-war at Is-
land Park, behind the Arb," said
Joe Dziedzic, a 1971 graduate.
But some things never change,
including the Mudbowl and pre-
game tailgate parties. And like in
the good old days, these dyed-in-
the-wool Wolverines supported
the team, despite rain on Friday.
During the Homecoming
events, alumni could not help
noticing bigger changes in Ann
See Grads, Page 5

week..
BY LISA WINER
Discrimination and sexual assa
will be in the spotlight this week,
the Sexual Assault Preventiona
Awareness Center begins activil
for the fourth annual Sexual Assa
Awareness Week.
Many forms of discrimination
inextricably entwined with sex
assault, said SAPAC Director Ju
Steiner. To understand sexual assa
then, is to first understand discrir
nation, she said.
"[Although] diversity is be
talked about on campus, it is be
talked about in narrow terms," Ste
er said.
SAPAC will draw connectic
between sexual assault and raci
sexism, homophobia, and ablei
(discrimination against people w
physical disabilities).
Evaluating the large amount
media attention focused on recen
perpetrated sexual assaults is als
high priority.
SAPAC has received many ph
calls from people who are "r
scared, angry, and frustrated," s
Audrey Haberman, volunteer cooi
nator at the center. SAPAC wille
courage open expression and respo
to these concerns at a forum We
nesday evening.
But SAPAC's statistics ha
shown that there hasn't been ani
crease in the number of rap
Haberman said. "We want to disl
that misconception."
Those who have survived sexu
assault will have an opportunity
tell their stories and receive comn

begins
ault
, as EVENTS
and Today: "Connections Between Rac
ties ism and Sexism,"panel discussion.
ault Anderson Room, Union, 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow: "Men's Lives" film and
discussion. Anderson Room, Union,
are 7:30 p.m.
ual Wednesday: "Breaking the Silence:
ulie Rape and People with Disabilities" film
ult, and discussion. Michigan Room,
mi- League, noon
Forum to express concerns about
recent rapes. room to be announced,
ing 7:30 p.m.
ing Thursday: Second Annual Survivor's
in_ Speak Out. Union Ballroom, 8:00 p.m.
=or further information call SAPAC,
763-5865.
ons
sm, The series of films, speakers, and
sm panel discussions will begin today
vith and run through Thursday.
SAPAC is encouraging both men
of and women, to attend the week's
tly events. Tuesday, in particular, is
o a "Men's Day," and a film and discus-
sion will focus on the changing roles
-ne of men in society.
eal
aid
- INSIDE

Black alumni offer career advice

BY KELLY GAFFORD
Black alumni returned Saturday to meet with
about 60 Black students, as part of an annual ef-
fort to provide them with career networking and
graduate school information.
The fourth annual Alumni/Students Informa-
tion Exchange Program, sponsored by the Exec-
utive Committee for the Reunion of Black Grad-
uates, was designed to help the students identify
A nwm;h1e intprnhine tallk with mentors and dis-

'We can have a multi-cultural, plu-
ralistic society.'
- Blenda Wilson, chancellor,
UM-Dearbom

ing college during this era will be Black, she
said, and Blacks must prepare themselves accord-
ingly and focus on skills that will make a differ-
ence.
By doing this Wilson said, "We can have a
multi-cultural, pluralistic society."
In addition, Wilson encouraged the students to
harness their talents and prepare to help other
Blacks less fortunate than they. One way to do

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What do a pig and a seagull have
in common?
See Arts, Page 7
The water nolo club finds no

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