The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 27, 1989 - Page 5
BY MARION DAVIS
A proposed faculty policy on dis-
criminatory acts and behavior con-
tinues to undergo revision by the
committee which first drafted it last
The 18-member committee of
faculty members, administrators,
University attorneys, and personnel
from counseling services, met Friday
to discuss provisions of the policy
which may be unclear and to make
sure the policy does not contradict
existing union or labor contracts
held by the University.
Mary Ann Swain, interim affir-
mative action director and chair of
the committee, said there are still
some issues, such as the grievance
procedures, included in the policy
that must be further discussed and
Swain explained that current
grievance procedures in the faculty
and staff union contracts may possi-
bly contradict with the grievance
procedures provided in the proposed
discrimination and harassment pol-
"We need to see where they are
complimentary or where they may
Interim Director of Affirmative Action Mary Ann
Swain explained that current grievance procedures in
the faculty and staff union contracts may possibly
contradict with the grievance procedures provided in
the proposed discrimination and harassment policy.
conflict," Swain said, noting that
some members of the committee
will be taking a close look at the
union contracts to insure the policy
is consistently complimentary in
procedure with them.
Personnel Director James Thiry, a
member of the committee, agreed
with Swain, citing the participation
of the union as an important factor
in the fair use of the grievance pro-
The proposed policy provides for
any person being interviewed by the
investigation committee, for exam-
ple, during the course of a discrimi-
nation or harassment investigation,
to have an advisor, such as an attor-
ney or counselor, present.
However, the policy does not
mention a union representative,
which some union contracts of Uni-
versity faculty and staff mandate the
presence of in such situations. Thiry
said this is something that needs to
be more explicitly explained in the
Swain said the policy will stay
with the committee until the issues
are worked out.
A version of the faculty discrimi-
nation - harassment policy was
approved by the Senate Assembly in
January on the condition that it in-
clude explicit language about the
The bride seated on one of bridal chairs is waited on by the Mak Andam. JESSICA GREENE/Daily
SMalaysian wedding attracts
about 10stu etresi~dents
Begin criticizes U.S.-PLO dialogue
BY VERA SONGWE
A traditional Malay wedding is
an important event rich in tradi-
tional pageantry and religious
blessing. Saturday, about 100
University students and local resi-
,dents observed the ceremony.
"A lot of people ask us about
Malaysia and its culture, so we
decided to show this to them," said
"University of Michigan Malaysian
Students Association President
Razif Abdul-Aziz, an engineering
The wedding ceremony began
when the bride entered, accompa-
nied by the 'Mak Andam' - the
:hief bridesmaid - who shielded
the bride's face with a decorated
Then, the groom entered with a
procession of representatives from
his family. His parents, however,
were not included in the procession
because they were not supposed to
be present. Parents of Malaysian
bridegrooms must act as if they
oppose the wedding, but hope all
turns out well.
After a brief exchange between
the Mak Andam and the best man
as a symbol of gratitude for the
success of the wedding, the groom
sat by the bride. The audience then
sang a song recognizing the bride
and groom as Queen and King for
Because the bride and groom did
not know each other before the
wedding, the best man and the
Mak Andam helped them feed
turmeric sticky rice to each other
to break their silence and tension.
By the time a special dance
troupe - in this case, five mem-
bers of the UMIMSA - per-
formed the 'Silat,' a ceremonial
dance, and guests blessed the cou-
ple with lime, rice, paste, and
scented water, the bride and groom
Jon Crane, a draftsperson in the
College of Engineering, said, "It's
the first time I've seen a wedding
performed this way, and I think its
JERUSALEM (AP) - Former
Prime Minister Menachem Begin
broke his silence on political affairs
yesterday by using the 10th anniver-
sary of the Israeli-Egyptian peace
treaty to criticize the United States
for opening talks with the PLO.
Begin and the other surviving ar-
chitect of the historic treaty, former
President Jimmy Carter, praised the
pact but expressed regret that it did
not lead to a comprehensive settle-
ment of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Islamic Fundamentalists opposed
to the pact assassinated Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat four years af-
ter he signed it.
There were no official ceremonies
marking the occasion, reflecting the
chilly relations between the two
former Middle East adversaries,
mainly over the lack of a solution to
the Palestinian problem.
Israeli students did, however,
sponsor a "peace party" at a conven-
tion center in Jerusalem to mark the
occasion of the signing of Israel's
only peace treaty with an Arab state.
No official ceremonies were held
in Egypt either, and only one gov-
ernment-controlled newspaper men-
tioned the anniversary.
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with Washington's latest peace
move, the U.S. dialogue with the
Palestinian Liberation Organization
in Tunisia that broke a 13-year
American boycott of Yasser Arafat's
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tive, harmful phenomenon," he said.
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essence asked to reconsider this mat-
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