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Ninety- nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No.111 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, March 14, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

failings of
The 1980s will be remembered as the decade
when people stopped accepting bad news, U.S.
Rep. Patricia Schroeder said last night.
People "don't believe in doom and gloom,"
Schroeder, a Democrat from Colorado told about
300 people in the Rackham Auditorium. "We
broadcast happytalk 24 hours a day."
This is illustrated by the proliferation of bumper
stickers saying "I r this" and "I r that," she said.
Schroeder reached this point after a brief history
lecture. The United States, she said, produced many
great world leaders in this century, but this stopped
in the '80s.
"Now, we're paying for it," she said.
Schroeder cited a letter that President Franklin D.
Roosevelt once sent to British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill where Roosevelt said, "I'm so
glad I lived in this decade with you." She then asked
the crowd who they were glad to be living with,
"and I hope it isn't Cher or Madonna."
Her personal choice, she said, is Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev, who has taken the initiative in
arms control and international relations, accepting
proposals that U.S. leaders never thought the Sovi-
ets would.
See Schroeder, Page 2

'U' must report
drug convictions to
keep federal funds

Faculty, students, and staff members who
are convicted for drug-related crimes in the
workplace and are receiving federal funds will
have to notify the University beginning this
If an individual does not provide this in-
formation, the University could face penalties
including: termination of grant or contract
payments, suspension from receiving any
federal funds for up to a year, or in extreme
cases, department - which would prohibit
the University from receiving grants or con-
tracts from any federal agency for up to five
The national "Drug-free Workplace Act of
1988" requires University employees receiv-
ing federal funds -including research grants
and financial aid - to notify the University
within five days of a conviction for a drug-re-
lated crime and for the University to notify
that person's sponsoring federal agency
within 10 days after the first notification.
Most controlled substances are covered by
the law, but alcohol and tobacco are not.
The law does not mandate that employees
who report convictions be terminated or lose
their funding, but requires employers to "take
appropriate personnel action against such
employee up to and including termination" or
require the employee to enter a rehabilitation

"If a person has been convicted and wants
to be rehabilitated that person would not be
fired," said Virginia Nordby, executive assis-
tant to the president.
The Drug-free Workplace Act differs from
a similar law which the Department of De-
fense initiated in October because it places
emphasis on a drug-free workplace as opposed
to a drug-free workforce.
However, some confusion surrounds the
law's definition of "workplace" and whether a
crime committed on University property by
an employee, but not within that employee's
laboratory or office, should be reported.
The University is still discussing how to
define workplace, but for now will interpret it
to mean the laboratory, office, or area where
the employee actually performs the work,
Nordby said.
The "Drug-free Workplace Act" is part of
the larger Omnibus Anti-Drug Legislation
signed by former President Ronald Reagan in
All students receiving financial aid fall
under the jurisdiction of the Omnibus
legislation, but only work-study students and
Pell Grant recipients fall under the Workplace
The exact implications for the other finan-
cial aid students have not been determined.
See Drugs, Page 2

U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder discusses a range of issues, from her
run for the presidency last year to the recent rejection of a Con-
gressional pay raise last night.

Party aims to broaden

Second in a four part series
Fourteen women and seven minorities are
vying for Michigan Student Assembly seats with
the Student Power party.
Students in the Schools of Medicine and Art
MSA elections '89,
are running on the ticket.
A member of the Rainforest Action
Committee wants to serve on the assembly under
Student Power. And a Greeks for Peace member
is on the party.
With members of so many different groups on
the party, Student Power presidential and vice
presidential candidates Julie Murray and Ahmar
Iqbal say their party will be representative of
University students.

Student Power members say they will be
more in touch with the concerns of various
student organizations because members of the
assembly will have first-hand experience with
these groups.
"We can't deal effectively with these issues
until there is representation," Murray said. "We
need to break that glass ceiling that exists and get
women to be leaders again."
Murray said MSA must represent students by
working harder to decrease tuition.
Student Power's position regarding tuition is
"extreme," she said.
Iqbal said he and Murray would send out a
questionnaire to students asking their opinions
on a possible union of students. If tuition
continued to rise, students could vote to
unionize, which would give them bargaining
power to fight rising tuition, Murray said.
Such a vote would require a two-thirds
majority and half of the student body to
participate, Iqbal said.
Acting upon her motto, "You have to take a
stand somewhere," Murray also said she supports
the faculty proposal for a required class on

udent Power
"It's there for people to re-evaluate their
ideas," she said. "However, I wouldn't support a
class where you would have to be politically
correct to get an 'A."'
In their party platform, Murray and Iqbal
stress that only through education about racism
can people start to understand the problems
minorities face.
Student Power also supports the March 21-22
student ballot proposal to give the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan direct student
Murray said it would be possible for students
who don't support PIRGIM to get their money
back and she would want to set up accessible
places for them to get the money if they so
"PIRGIM is supported by many students and
we should support organizations that students
support," she said.
Student Power would also try to get the
University to ke more responsibility for safety,
Murray said.




T --

MSA presidential candidate...
For more coverage of the MSA
elections see story on the debate,
Page 3.

blasts off
Discovery's astronauts, safely in or-
bit yesterday after a weather delayed
launch, set free a $100 million
satellite to complete a globe-span-
ning network that will let future
spacefarers call mission control at
almost any time.
The 2.5-ton Tracking and Data
Relay Satellite, its double parasol-
like antennae folded, slipped clear of
Discovery's cargo pay at 4:10 p.m.
EST and floated into space.
At a critical moment in the de-
ployment, an unexpected electronic
signal momentarily jammed a com-
puter used to deploy the satellite, but
then, just as mysteriously, the ma-
chine cleared up and appeared nor-
Mission confirmed that the data
on the ground showed that the com-
puter was functioning normally.
An hour after the development,
TDRS' powerful first-stage rocket
was to fire and send the craft toward
a new, higher orbit. A second-stage
rocket, set to fire at 10:23 p.m. will
carry the satellite toward its work
station 22.300 miles over the At-
lantic Ocean.
Deployment of the satellite came
6 hours, 12 minutes after Discovery
leaped from its seaside launch pad
and raced out of view across a clear
Florida sky in a launch that marked
See Shuttle, Page 2

'U' Council discusses
speech policy sanctions

The recently-reconvened Univer-
sity Council, the panel that proposes
campus conduct rules, considered
possible sanctions for the Univer-
sity's free speech policy yesterday.
The discussion focused on sus-
pension and expulsion, and whether
they should be used as punishments
for students, faculty, and staff mem-
bers who break the University's free
speech guidelines.
"I can envision circumstances
where someone repeatedly takes over
the microphone or interrupts a
speech and you say, 'Look, we've
got to do something here,"' said So-
cial Work Prof. Tom Croxton, sup-
porting such sanctions.
"If it's blatant and repeated, ex-
pulsion with a whole array of due
process safeguards should be in
place," he added.
Director of Academic Programs
and Services Eunice Royster said
such harsh penalties can have differ-
ent effects for faculty, staff mem-

bers, and students. "For students, it
is easier to get into another univer-
sity than for faculty to get another
job," Croxton pointed out.
But Rackham graduate student
Corey Dolgon said he opposed such
penalties. "It seems unfair to me for
someone to be forced off the
University campus, just like it's a
little extreme to fire someone," he
-'=''U' Council
Dolgon speculated that if suspen-
sion and expulsion are included as
sanctions, it would be difficult to get
the Michigan Student Assembly to
approve the council's proposal.
MSA - which has traditionally op-
posed sanctions for student non-aca-
demic conduct - and the faculty's
Senate Advisory Committee on
See Council, Page 2

The contours ELLEN lEVY/Daily
Jacqueline Royer, second year graduate student in the School of Architecture works on her model entry
for a contest to design a performing arts center (to be built at Clemson University). She has been working
on this for almost six weeks. Deadline is March 31.

Polling sites and hours to be increased for MSA elections

After an hour and a half of debate over the

Voting will also take place at the Medical
School, although this was decided before the

dential candidate Ahmar Iqbal said in an inter-
view that he also supported the extra sites.

MSA members.
Thus, CSJ acted basically as a mediator

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