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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 25, 1989- Page 3

Members of the faculty's Senate As-
sembly debated for months over a policy to
Deter and punish acts of discriminatory ha-
tassment. On Monday, the policy passed
unanimously, and now faculty members are
beginning to discuss how it will affect
The policy imposes disciplinary action,
$uch as formal reprimands or even suspen-
$ions, on faculty members accused of dis-
*riminatory harassment.
The policy will now return to its origi-
hal drafting committee and then to the ex-
ecutive officers for approval. But assembly
nembers will not necessarily have input in
further revisions.
"It is definitely necessary to have the


members debate



policy," said Karen Kempf, an administra-
tive assistant in the College of Engineer-
ing, adding that she has witnessed acts of
racial discrimination and sexual harassment
while she worked at previous jobs, and
where victims had nowhere to complain.
Unlike the previous staff policies, which
were scattered throughout regental bylaws
and the Standard Practice Guide, Kempf said
the new policy more effectively specifies
places to file a complaint.
But Kempf said the true test of the
policy is yet to come. "Until they are
actually faced with a case, they will not be
able to find loopholes in the language of
the policy," she said.
Many assembly members concurred dur-
ing Monday's debate that the policy was

vague. Several wording amendments passed
because faculty were concerned that people
would not know when they were actually
violating the policy.
SACUA member Gayl Ness, a professor
of sociology, said he was concerned about
vague language in the policy, but he
thought the amendments addressed most of
the concerns. "We should have articulated it
like this a while ago," he said.
Ness noted that the policy is a good
starting point, being both a law and an at-
tempt at therapy. The proposal provides re-
sources and suggestions for confidential
personal counseling for both the accused
and the complainant, he said.
But Sheila Mallett, an academic secre-
tary in the School of Social Work, said she

hopes people will realize the policy is there
to help them and will not be afraid to voice
their complaints. She said she is worried
that people might think their complaints
will leak out to the public.
Others have reservations about the pol-
icy's scope. Civil Engineering Prof. Don-
ald Gray, a Senate Assembly member, said
the policy should address discrimination
complaints based on socioeconomic status,
as well as racial discrimination and sexual
Academic freedom was another major
concern of the faculty. During Monday's
Senate meeting, many expressed concern
about academic freedom might be limited or
"chilled" if the policy does not include a
provision to protect controversial state-

ments in lectures.
Ness said the policy does a much better
job of protecting academic freedom and first
amendment rights than previous drafts he
has seen.
Faculty and administrators started work
on central guidelines for staff members after
the University accepted a similar policy for
students last year.
Michigan Student Assembly President
Mike Phillips said it was significant that
the faculty created its own policy.
Phillips, who had criticized the student
policy because he said the administration
did not listen to student input, said,
"Maybe it will not hurt for students to
work on their own harassment policy."

holds a
The University's "Diversity Day"
nay have came and gone, but at the
Ecumenical Campus Center (ECC)
on 921 Church Street, every Tuesday
is a "diversity day."
Every week the ECC holds an4
informal dinner and discussion called
;the "Tuesday Global Village," a fo-
rum regularly attended by 10 to 12 y
foreign students to meet and discuss
international issues while making e -1
new friends. The students come from
:such nations as the Netherlands,[nternational students meet at
Mexico, Indonesia, Zaire, and Korea. Center.

New pro-choice
group formed

Last night, members of a new
pro-choice group drafted a response
to the National Organization for
Women's charges at an East Lansing
rally on Saturday that they were
About 30 members of the Ann
Arbor Committee to Defend Abor-
tion Rights, formed earlier this
month by the Lesbian and Gay
Rights Organizing Committee, par-
ticipated in last night's meeting.
AACDAR spokesperson and
alumna Rhonda Laur said after the
meeting that her group opposes
blockage of women's health clinics,
while NOW prefers to hold pro-
choice rallies.
The new group's goals include
the defense of abortion rights, sup-
porting the Supreme Court's Roe v.
Wade decision which legalized abor-
tion, and retraction of Proposal A,
which banned state-funded abortions.
The AACDAR members said
they wanted to stop forced steriliza-
tions of women of low economic
status, stop attacks on women's
health clinics, ensure free contracep-
tion, and encourage quality sex edu-

cation, including sexual orientation
The group's first meeting was on
Jan. 12, at which they decided to
participate in both the pro-choice
rally held Friday at the Diag. and in
a demonstration Saturday at the East
GYN Center in Northeast Detroit.
About 100 people from Ann Ar-
bor and Detroit, including several
AACDAR members, guarded the
doors to Detroit's East GYN Center
last Saturday so Operation Rescue, a
group which opposes abortion, could
not block the clinic.
"Our function on Saturday was to
get there before the anti-choicers,"
said Laur.
"We argued that there needed to be
immediate response to the situa-
tion," said Paul Henry, a member of
Laur said she is very concerned
about the abortion issue.+-
"Especially after the passing 6f
Proposal A, I'm so worried thit
women are not going to be able t'o
have abortions. If certain women atp
so poor that they need state aid, not
way are they going to be able to af-
ford an abortion," she said.

a "Tuesday Global Village" last night at the Ecumenical

Anjali Pathak - a history gradu-
ate student who founded the group
'along with ECC director Rev. Nile
Harper - said she "felt that
(previously) international students
did not have an appropriate forum to
,discuss their interests and also meet
When the group was first formed
lust October, it was comprised
mostly of women and the topics
discussed were mainly women's is-
sues, said Pathak, who is from India.
'But in the new semester, "Tuesday
Global Village" is attempting to be

more inclusive of male foreign stu-
dents and their views. Four men
were at the discussion table last
night, even though the evening's
topic of abortion could be considered
by some to be a women's issue.
Ann Arbor resident Christine
Ilunga talked about her experiences
performing abortions in her home
country of Zaire. Lourdes Sanchez-
Solis, a Natural Resources senior
from Mexico, told of a high school

teacher she knew who was fired for
talking about birth control and abor-
tion during class.
Sharif Wahdan, an Architecture
school graduate from Egypt, pointed
out that it is important for men to
actively participate in the discussion
of such topics. "If men and women
are not working together, you cannot
have society," she said.
The group is encouraging more
male participation, and it also en-

courages American students to come
to the discussions.
First-year Residential College
student Anna Schlossberg, for ex-
ample, has become a regular at the
"I thought it was so unusual...
people were talking about things
that were so important, discussions I
didn't even have with my American
friends," Schlossberg said.

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'Four Uni
Four male University students
were detained by campus security and
arrested by Ann Arbor police for
stealing a Foosball machine from
Couzens residence hall early last
, Residents of Couzens witnessed
the students' activity around 3 a.m.
and called a resident advisor to report
it, according to the police report and
Building Director Darlene Ray-
Jphnson. The men removed a foos-
ball machine, a mechanical soccer
game, from the game room and out
of the building. After resident advi-
sor, Jeffrey Kolcon, confronted the

iversity students arrested for 'Hell Week' prank.

men and called campus security, the
men were detained by security until
police arrived.
Ann Arbor Police Detective
Frank Hoy said yesterday that he
submitted the report on Monday to
the prosecutor's office, which deter-
mines the charges to be filed. Hoy
said he expects to hear from the
prosecutor later this week.
Police will not release the names
of the students - who are all mem-
bers of the Sigma Alpha Mu frater-
nity - until their arraignment.
The fraternity has confirmed that
the men are members, but declined
comment on whether any disci-

plinary action would be taken.
"The fraternity does not condone
their actions in any way," said Vice
President Todd Fishbein. "Yet, as
fraternity members they are deserv-
ing of our support and they will get
Fishbein added that the fraternity
did not suggest that the men should
steal anything. He would not con-
firm if the robbery was a prank.
According to the police report,
one of the students said they took
the machine to impress other frater-
nity members. The men also claimed

it was part of a scavenger hunt in
which they were participating that
night for 'hell week.'
According to Johnson, the four
men are not residents of Couzens.

Johnson said she had spoken finished collecting information
briefly with the resident advisor in- the incident.
volved and that the advisor followed
the proper procedure by calling Kolcon was unavailable
security. She added that she has not comment.

Spring-Summer 1989
Study Abroad Programs are as follows:



What's happening in Ann Arbor today


"Laser Fluorescence and Pho-
toionation Detecto for Liquid
Chromatography" - Victoria
McGuffin, MSU, 1200 Chem., 4:10
"Transition Metals Promoted
Addihers of Carbon Nucle-
philes to Alkenes and Dienes"
- Carol Retherford, Chem. Dept.,
1300 Chem., 4 pm.
"A Very Proper Discussion of
the Gross Indecency Laws" -
Privacy Challenge Forum, Hutchins
Hall, Rm. 150, 7 pm. All interested
persons are encouraged to attend.
LASC Meeting - Wolverine Rm.
A, B, C, Michigan Union, Mercedes
Selgado Video, 8 pm.
Indian & Pakistani-American
Students' Council -- Michigan
Rm. Michigan Union, 7:30 pm.
Mitzvah Project - Biweekly
Meeting, Hillel, 1429 Hill St., Rm.
2, 6:30 pm.
U of M Taekwondo - 2275
CCRB, 6:30-8:15 pm. Contact Tim

pm. For more info. call 764-4084 or
send message to Archery @ UB.
UMASC (U of M Asian Stu-
dent Coalition) - 2439 Mason
Hall, 5 pm.
Impact Dance Workshop -
Dance workshops for non dance ma-
jors, Michigan Union Ballroom, 9
Starting Up an International
Friendship - Brown Bag Discus-
sion, International Center, 12 noon-1
pm. Part of Global Friendships and
Relationships Series.
On-Campus Recruiting Pro-
gram Information Session -
MLB, Lecture Rm. 1, 8:10-9:30 am.
Emplopyer Presentation: Ford
Motor Co. - Career Planning and
Placement Center, Conference. Rm.,
5:30-6:30 pm.
Pre-Conference Workshop -
Michigan Union Anderson Rm., 6-
7:30 pm.
Concerned Faculty Brown Bag
Lunch - Guild House, 12 noon.
Beans & Rice Dinner - By

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Tuesday January 31, 4:00 P.M.
MLB 4th Floor Commons
Tuesday January 31, 4:00 P.M.
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