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Worker offers
another choice

The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 4, 1988- Page 5
Study shows colleges
can't escape AIDS virus

l Workers will not be treated fairly
until they band together in unions
and overthrow the capitalist ruling
class, says Ed Winn, presidential
candidate of the Workers League
Winn, 51, a retired bus mechanic
from New York, and his running
mite Barry Porster, 40, editor of the
party's newspaper, will be on the
lillot in the District of Columbia
arid eight states including Michigan
iwTuesday's election.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Winn said workers are not represented
in either of the two major parties,
because both represent the same class
interest. He called the Democratic
Party "the twin of the Republicans."
Representation will not come,
Winn said, until workers of the
United States unite among them-
selves, and with other workers
worldwide, to form a global socialist
mpvement and eliminate capitalism.
a Current union leadership does not
hielp workers, Winn said, because
f;hey are in the pockets of the
Democrats. Labor "hasn't advanced

one iota in the part 10 years," he
He cited as proof unions' willing-
ness to make concessions - such as
lower benefits - when corporations
threaten them with job loss.
Winn criticized the Workers World
Party, another party that claims to
represent workers, saying they play
"radical middle-class protest politics."
Had the Rev. Jesse Jackson won the
Democratic Party's nomination for
president this year, the WWP would
have dropped their campaign and
worked for Jackson, he says.
Winn called Jackson just another
"capitalist politician."
The Workers League proposes re-
pudiating the federal deficit, which is
nearly $150 billion, forgiving the $1
trillion debt owed by Third World
countries to the United States, abol-
ishing the Pentagon and the CIA,
withdrawing all troops from over-
seas, establishing a $6 an hour min-
imum wage, guaranteeing Social Se-
curity payments of at least $25,000 a
year, and nationalizing banks, indus-
tries, and health care.
Once the debt is repudiated, the

.. runs for President
billions of dollars will be expropri-
ated from the banks and used to fund
social programs, Winn said.
The debt "is not the crisis of the
working class," Winn said, but of the
capitalist class - so they should be
responsible for paying it off.
The Workers League was last
formed in 1966. It was founded by
Leon Trotsky, and is based on his
principles of Marxism, Winn said.
The Workers League is celebrating
its 50th anniversary Sunday at Cobo
Hall in Detroit.

The preliminary results of a study by the American
College Health Association and the Center for Disease
Control indicate that every three in 1,000 public univer-
sity students is infected with the AIDS virus. Officials
from both institutions, however, were quick to warn that
the results were only preliminary and may not be repre-
sentative of all college students.
By comparison, four per 1,000 prisoners, 1.5 per
1,000 military recruits and personnel, and 35 per 1,000
prostitutes are infected with the virus, according to the
Miguel Garcia-Tunon, coordinator for the HIV Sero
Prevalence Study at the ACHA in Rockville, Maryland,
called the data "inconclusive" and "really not that indica-
tive." Gayle Llyod, public affairs specialist for the CDC
in Atlanta, agreed and cautioned that "the final results
may be higher or lower."
The study anonymously tests 20,000 blood samples
- 1,000 each from 20 public universities. Samples are
taken randomly from students using health services. The
University is not included in the survey, which should be
concluded in February.
Dr. Ceasar Briefer, director of University Health Ser-
vices, also believed that no firm conclusion can be drawn
from the data. "We have no reason to believe we have
that prevalence rate here at the University."
According to an estimate by Don Gedell of the
Washtenaw County Public Health Department about
3,000 people are infected with the HIV virus in Washte-
naw County.
All parties agree that no matter what the numbers say,

the important thing is that college students become
aware that they're not invulnerable to the disease.
"College students are not immune to AIDS; they need
to take precautions, that's the main message," Llyod
Garcia-Tunon stressed safe sex as the best measure fo
students to practice in preventing AIDS. "College stu-
dents have to know what safe sex is. They have to nego-
tiate it with their partners. If they're not willing to dis
cuss it with their partner, than they have to question just
why they want to have sex with them.
"They have to realize that these are decisions that
could affect the rest of their lives." He said that he hopes
AIDS and safe sex education will continue to increase o0
Briefer said that over the past year such education has
grown significantly at the University with new seminars
in residence halls, contraceptive education programs, and
a Safer Sex Awareness Day.
"I think it's a mistake to concentrate on AIDS alone.
While it's obviously a bad disease to get, the odds of
getting it on this campus are low comparatively to other
sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes or venereal
warts," Briefer said.
He added, "What the survey really means is the kind
of self-protection that everyone should be involved in
will be taken more seriously, and I think that is great."
The University was asked to take part in the survey,
but Briefer declined to do so because "a number of
political issues make it difficult to do." He did not

* Panel discusses
judge approvals

Panelists at the law school last
night debated the role the Senate
should take in confirming federal and
Supreme Court judges.
Five law professors spoke to
labout 70 people, using the recent
iomination of Robert Bork to the
%Supreme Court as an example of
how the Senate, the White House and
'the public can affect the nomination
jand confirmation of judges.
"The decision of the President to
iominate Judge Bork was largely a
-,.political decision," said Prof. Ter-
krence Sandalow, a former dean of the
,University's law school.
Sandalow said he deplored the ex-
cesses and distortions of the Bork
Bearings. The nomination of judges
shouldn't be influenced by politics,
he said. "As the public comes to see
judges as political actors it will lead
to, the selection of judges as other
political actors." Sandalow testified
bon behalf of Bork before the Senate
Judiciary Committee.
Law School professor Richard
4Fiedman said overemphasis on the
ideology of nominees is unproductive
'ecause time tends to alter nominees

and issues;
mine how
the line.

and it's difficult to deter-
a nominee will be down

"Senators should confirm nomi-
nees even when they disagree with
their (the nominees) ideology,"
Friedman said.
He also warned that even if the
Senate can prevent the confirmation
of one nominee, such as Bork, they
will eventually approve a similar
Prof. Walter Dellinger, from the
National Institute For The Humani-
ties, said the Senate plays an impor-
tant role in the confirmation of
judges and should express its ap-
proval or disagreement.
"The Senate should be co-equal in
the process (of confirmation),"
Dellinger said. The Senate should
insist on the "advice clause," which
would allow them to advise the
White House on controversial nomi-
nees, he added.
All the panelists agreed that de-
bates about nominees, in particular
those surrounding the Bork nomina-
tion, are valuable because they focus
public attention on confirmation

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Why I'm Voting
Terry O'Hagan
for Prosecutor

Reason 1:

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Reason 2:
Reason 3:
Reason 4:

Many rape victims are afraid to prosecute their assailants because, in the courtroom, they are often
the ones put on trial. Terry O'Hagan wants to prosecute the rapists, not the victims. Unlike the current Prosecutor,
Terry will work closely with rape victims. He will counsel them on what they can expect from the Prosecutor's office,
and he will help them give the most accurate and effective testimony so that violent criminals get the sentencing that
they deserve.
Unlike his opponent, Terry will stress the prevention of rape and other violent crimes on campus by
unifying the community's major police agencies and by making sure that they are aware of and more responsive to
student concerns. We have nine major police agencies in this county, and under the current Prosecutor, these forces
have not been working together toward law enforcement and crime prevention. This is inefficient and dangerous,
and Terry will stop it when he is elected.
The current Prosecutor's record on rape is frightening when you consider that most of his cases result
in plea bargains. These compromises allow rapists to get away with the minimum sentence and put these violent
criminals back on our streets in a matter of days. Terry will change all of this. He won't sacrifice community safety
for an easy "win". Terry will win his cases, but not through compromise. Our livelihood is too important.
Violent crimes here are rising dramatically. The current prosecutor is losing 4 out of 10 of his cases (a
decent prosecutorial record is an 85 percent conviction rate), and he is not prepared to do what's necessary to turn
things around and stop crime on campus. As a student at U of M, I'm concerned about this. Iknow Terry is too. Terry
O'Hagan will make campus safer. That's why I'm voting for him, and that's why you should vote for him too.

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