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Ninety-nine years cf editorial freedom
Vol. IC, No. 105 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, March 6, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

Feminist scholar offered
tenured law position



Catharine MacKinnon, a well-
known feminist legal scholar, was
recently offered a faculty position
with full tenure from the Univer-
sity's law school.
"I haven't made any decision
about it," said MacKinnon, but she
added that she considers Michigan "a
good University and a good law
school. The initiatives taken by the
University and by the law school on
racism are positive indications about
the quality of the school."
The offer is significant because
the University usually does not offer
tenure until the professor has taught
for at least one semester. Feminists
who argue that legal systems are bi-
ased towards males often have trou-
ble getting tenure, said members of

the Women's Law Students
Association (WLSA). MacKinnon
has taught at seven law schools in
the last ten years.
Law School Dean Lee Bollinger
called MacKinnon "a first rate
scholar and teacher. She has
intellectual commitment to an area
of interest to many students as well
as faculty."
Bollinger said that because of
previous commitments, the earliest
MacKinnon would start if she came
to Michigan would be 1990.
"I think it's a tremendous step
that the law school has made a per-
manent offer to Catharine MacKin-
non," said law student Holly Fech-
ner, who is WLSA's representative
to the faculty meetings. "It's terrible
that it has taken the top law schools
this long."

On leave from Osgood Hall at
York University in Toronto where
she is a tenured professor, MacKin-
non is presently a visiting professor
at Yale University Law School,
where she received Ph.Ds in law and
political science.
' Her research has had a profound
impact on the legal view of sexual
harassment. MacKinnon has worked
to implement local laws throughout
the country which define pornogra-
phy as violating women's civil
MacKinnon has written four
books and 20 articles that have in-
fluenced women's civil rights. At-
torney Andrea Dworkin, who visited
the University in November, collab-
orated with MacKinnon on their
book "Pornography and Civil
Rights: A New Day for Women's

student, trip

...feminist legal scholar
Equality". Their controversial book
is used in many pornography cases.
MacKinnon is continuing to
work on pornography issues and
"ways to get the harm of pornogra-
See Scholar, Page 2

Approximately sixty University
students met with an unexpected
delay on route to Cancun last week
when a passenger on their flight
made false bomb threats, forcing the
pilot to land the plane.
On February 25, American Trans
Air flight 309 departed for Detroit at
7:30 a.m. and landed in Indianapolis
one hour later after Anthony
Pierson, a Rochester Hills resident,
made two idle bomb threats.
"Before takeoff the flight
attendant asked Pierson to remove

his portable movie camera from the
aisle. He said in a sarcastic manner
'be careful with it, there are plastic
explosives in the case,"' said first-
year LSA student Israel Assa. Assa
was sitting directly across the aisle
from Pierson and witnessed the
Then, Pierson yelled out "We are
going to die," as the plane started
down the runway.
LSA sophomore Adam Abensohn
was also sitting near Pierson. "He
was very rude to the crew from the
See Bomb, Page 3


legal battles over

L divestment continue


Two small shacks, pieced
together from bits of plywood, have
marked the center of the University
campus for three years.
During that time, a local anti-
apartheid group, the Free South
Africa Coordinating Committee
(FSACC), has had to field criticism
over why it chose to place its
symbol of the fight against apartheid
on the pavement of the University
Recent events seem to have
removed the University from the
South African controversy. Last
October, the University Board of

Regents announced they would
divest all of the University's
holdings from American companies
doing business in South Africa.
For twenty years, student and
local anti-apartheid groups demanded
the University divest from the South
African operating companies. The
FSACC shanties served as a symbol
of those demands.
In December, the University
divested its last shares of the affected
stock: 12,000 shares of Minnesota
Mining and Manufacturing (3M)
stock worth $75,000, according to
University Investment Officer
Norman Herbert.

Then, the state supreme court
ruled last week to end the state's
long six-year court battle with the
University over a state law which
had required all state Universities to
divest from South African operating
companies. The regents sued the
state in 1983 because they said the
law inter fered with their
constitutional autonomy from state
The court said it saw no reason to
continue the state's appeal of a
January 1988 court decision in the
University's favor, as the regents had
since chosen to divest on their own. These shanties on
See Divest, Page 2 South Africa.

Tibetan riot in China leaves 11 dead, many injured

BEIJING (AP) - Police and Ti-
betan protesters traded gunfire in
Lhasa yesterday after an illegal Bud-
dhist parade turned into a riot, leav-
ing 11 dead and more than 100 in-
jured, the Xinhua News Agency re-
Hundreds of Tibetans demanding
freedom from Chinese rule smashed
windows, looted shops, restaurants
and hotels and vandalized police cars

in Lhasa, the capital of the disputed
region, the state-run news agency
The violence came on the first
anniversary of another anti-Chinese
demonstration in which 24 people
were reported killed.
It also came five days before the
30th anniversary of a failed uprising
against Chinese rule that led to the
exile of Tibet's spiritual leader, the

Dalai Lama.
Xinhua, reporting from the
Lhasa, said early today that one po-
lice officer and 10 other people were
killed in the riots. Among the in-
jured were 40 police officers and
more than 60 rioters.
It said "separatists" fired at police
officers and "the police were forced
to fire shots as no other means to
stop the rioters."

The report said the disturbance
began at noon when 13 Buddhist
monks and nuns began an illegal
parade in the Barkhor marketplace
area of central Lhasa. It said they
waved banners and shouted
"independence for Tibet."
They were joined by several hun-
dred people who began throwing
stones at a police station in Barkhor,

Xinhua said.
About 6 p.m. (2 a.m. EST),
about 600 rioters emerged on East
Beijing Street, smashing windows
robbing more than 20 restaurants,
hotels and shops and setting fire to
Xinhua said the rioters made four
attacks on government and Commu-
nist Party office buildings, smashed

traffic control posts and lights and
damaged more than 20 police vehi-
It was unclear from the Xinhua
report whether police or protesters
fired first.
Medical workers who tried to res-
cue the injured were attacked, it said,
and one ambulance was damaged and
the driver injured.

LSA faculty to
discuss education
on racism

The LSA College Executive
Committee and a group of faculty
members will present separate pro-
posals for a graduation requirement
on racism today at the monthly LSA
faculty meeting.
Although they were drafted by
different groups, the proposals are
similar in some ways.
Both proposals allow for the re-
quirement to be satisfied by any
course or courses that meet a funda-
mental set of criteria, which includes
an analysis of the concept of race.
Both proposals also allow for in-
dividual departments and programs to
develop and staff new courses within
a structured framework that may sat-
isfy the requirement.
But, despite the similarities, there
are major differences between the
The faculty proposal, for exam-
ple, requires each student to take at
least four credit hours of coursework
dealing with race, whereas the LSA
College Executive Committee pro-
posal calls for three hours.

Program in American Culture,
Latino Studies, current or past
teachers of the curse, LSA faculty at
large, and students would represent
the Baker-Mandela Center and
Michigan Student Assembly.
But under the LSA College
Executive Committee proposal, the
LSA Dean and the Executive Com-
mittee are responsible for the desig-
nation of courses which will satisfy
the graduation requirement.

Michigan left-winger Jeff Urban ties to get off a shot before being taken to the ice by Bowling Green's Kevin Dahl during the first period of the
Michigan-Bowling Green CCHA playoff series at Yost Ice Arena last night. Dahl drew a penality on this first period play, but his team won in
triple overtime 3-2, ending the Wolverines hopes for a league title and virtually ended hopes for a NCAA bid.

BGSU outlasts Icers in Triple Overtime


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