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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 13, 1989 - Page 5

Pesticide critic

warns Ann Arbor

BY AMY KOCH
Lawrie Mott, senior scientist of the
Natural Resources Defense Council and
leading critic of current pesticide laws,
warned Ann Arbor residents last night of
the dangers embedded in what we, the FDA,
and the EPA deem "safe" food products.
Apples, cucumbers, peppers, and
bananas abound with pesticides, she said.
These pesticides are, contrary to popular
thought, not easily cleansed with tap water.
Chemical use is so extensive that Mott
suggests dishwashing soap be used to clean
them-.

Co-sponsored by the Ecology Center,
People's Food Co-op, the School of
Natural Resources, the Environmental Law
Society and the Interfaith Council for
Peace, Mott stopped in Ann Arbor as part
of her statewide tour advising farmers,
agricultural producers, consumers, and
retailers of pesticidal toxins.
Mott introduced the complex scientific
subject in terms that were easy for the
average consumer to grasp, as well as
offering safety tips. The thrust of her
argument was intricately linked to common
experience.

"In the summer of 1985, nearly 1000
people in several Western states and Canada
were poisoned by Temik in watermelons,"
she said. "Within 12 hours of eating them,
people experienced nausea, vomiting,
blurred vision. Reports included grand mal
seizures, cardiac irregularities, and at least
two stillbirths following maternal illness."
Mott also expressed concern over the
chemical Alar used on apple crops. As
children consume ten times more apple
sauce and juice than adults, this toxin
leaves them at the greatest risk, she said.
"This outcry led many supermarkets and

food manufacturers to announce that they
would not accept Alar-treated apples," she
said.
The pro-pesticide spokespeople assert
that "food supply would dwindle and be
more expensive if pesticides were not
used," she said.
A major problem for Mott's
organization and other environmental
agencies, she said, is that the United States
cannot control the pesticidal methods of
produce imports. In an analytical study by
the FDA, only 28 percent of domestic
tomatoes contained pesticidal residue, while

70 percent of imports were contaminated.
Also, though outlawed in the United States
in 1972, DDT is still commonly used in
India, the UK, and the Phillipines.
And though the FDA and EPA have
established guidelines for a "maximum
level" or "safe usage" for pesticides, these
tolerances still permit unsafe levels due to
outdated facts, she asserted. For example,
the EPA assumed that the average diet
consisted of eating no more than 7.5
ounces per year of avocado, artichokes,
melon, mushrooms, or eggplant when
setting tolerance levels, she said.

Reports
advise on
*date rape
TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Many
college women raped by their dates
or acquaintances don't report the at-
tacks because they blame themselves
for losing control, a conference
studying violence on the nation's
campuses was told.
In addition, many women fail to
realize they have become victims of
rape or attempted rape, and seldom
report the attacks even to their
friends,' experts said.
"What happens is that a guy pays
for dinner, the movies, and he thinks
you get what you get in marriage.
They see it as a mini, quasi-mar-
riage," said Laura X, director of the
National Clearinghouse on Marital
and Date Rape. "I don't think we're
* getting rid of date rape until we get
rid of that concept."
In such cases, women, because of
their upbringing, often blame them-
selves for being unable to control
the situation, said Ms. X, who said
she uses the X to protest the lack of
attention given to women's histori-
cal role.
About 250 psychologists, coun-
selors, law enforcement officers,!
students and others attended this
week's Third National Conference on
Campus Violence here. The confer-
ence began Tuesday and ended
yesterday.
Several reports discussed at the
conference indicated that from 13
percent to 25 percent of college
women become victims of rape or
attempted rape.
As many as one in four female
college students have been raped or
have been victims of attempted rape
by the time they reach the age of 21,
according to a survey conducted on
32 campuses by Ms. Magazine, the
National Institute for Mental Health
and psychologist Mary P. Koss.
The survey of 3,187 female and
3,000 male college students ran-
domly selected in the 1985-86
school year found only 27 percent of
the women deemed to have been
victims of rape or attempted rape
considered themselves crime victims.
The study found 84 percent of the
rape victims knew their assailants,
but only 5 percent told police they
had been attacked.
Experts blamed the non-reporting
on a "rape culture" that holds women
primarily responsible for the out-
come of relationships with men,
even when they're overpowered.

Warden loses jail key

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - The
suspension of a prison warden for
losing the master key to the facility
is just the latest in a bizarre string of
events involving the warden and a
female guard.
Travis Jones, 49, warden of the
Huron Valley Men's Facility in Yp-
silanti, was placed on indefinite sus-
pension without pay on January 3,
the same day he was stabbed in the
back by Sgt. Olivia Pitts, officials

said.
He faces a corrections Department
hearing Jan. 30, spokesperson Gail
Light said yesterday.
The stabbing took place at a ser-
vice station in Jackson, where Pitts,
42, is a guard at the Cotton Re-
gional Facility. Jones was treated
and released from Foote Memorial
Hospital in Jackson.
Corrections officials believe the
key was lost during an argument be-

tween the two that took place
Dec.17 in Pitt's apartment.
Jones was found naked and strug-
gling with the knife-wielding Pitts,
according to police reports. She had
called police.
He left the woman's apartment
after receiving a change of clothing.
Corrections officials believe the key
to the 470-bed maximum-security
prison was lost in his original
clothing.

Speaker to address violence
against gay men and lesbians

JOHN MUNSON Daily
Palestinian resistance leader Mubarak Awad speaks on non-
violence last night at Hutchins Hall.
Speaker promotes
Arab non-violence

BY KRISTIN HOFFMAN
Violence against gay men and
lesbians may be seen as isolated
incidents of ignorance and hatred, but
Richard Cleaver sees them as part of
a violent, militarized Amercan cul-
ture.
Cleaver will speak on the con-
nections between homophobia, mili-
tarism, and violence in society at
noon today at the Guild House, on
802 Monroe St.
Cleaver has written that our so-
ciety relies upon violence to solve
problems. He said this creates "a cult
of toughness" with the military as
the institution that promotes vio-
lence and the place where "real men"
can go and demonstrate their support
for the patriarchy.

Cleaver said he believes that
homophobia results partly because
gay men and lesbians do not fit into
the patriarchal scheme of militarism
upon which he feels our country is
structured.
Cleaver, in his article "Militar-
ism and Manhood" claimed that men
are required to prove their manhood
in society through a willingness to
use violence, which can manifest it-
self through participation in sports
like football or hockey.
Beyond that, he said, the inse-
cure prove their manhood through
rape and gay-basning - the clearest
way for a man to prove his mascu-
line and privileged status within the
patriarchy.
Cleaver also discussed the way

in which both rape and violence
against gay men and lesbians are un-
der-reported and unsubstantially pun-
ished crimes.
Part of his arguments refer to the
fact that gay men view other men as
potential lovers, not rivals, and this
leads to violence against gay men.
Gay men do not participate in the
cult of violence as readily as other
men, and therefore are a threat to the
patriarchy, according to Cleaver's ar-
guments.
Cleaver works for the American
Friends Service Committee, a group
founded by Quakers in 1917. The
AFSC began as an alternative to
military service, and has evolved into
a group that works for peace, peace
education, and community relations,
and carries out international relief
work.

BY LAURA COHN
Palestinians who oppose Israel's
occupation of the West Bank and
Gaza Strip should protest by boy-
cotting non-violently and packing
Israeli prisons, rather than using
guns and bombs, Palestinian resis-
tance leader Mubarak Awad said last
night.
"Opposing the Israeli army with
no guns is the best thing. It shows
that we are able to face the Israelis
without weapons, and without vio-
lence" Awad told a crowd of about
100 people at Hutchins Hall.
"For those of you who do not
know Islam, you think it is a violent
religion," he said. "The Arabs never
even invented a weapon. They came
from the U.S."
"We want our freedom," he added.
"We don't want anyone to dictate to
us."
Awad, who has been called the
"Palestinian Gandhi," said probably
75 percent of Palestinians boycott
Israeli products and taxes, and destroy
Israeli fences and power lines built
across Arab land. Awad also encour-
ages a boycott of Hebrew, the lan-
guage of Israel.
"We should not support the Israeli
economy by eating or drinking any
Israeli product. We should produce
our own food. If the Israeli gov-
ernment sends a Palestinian a letter
in Hebrew, he should not respond to
it. Arabic is the language of the
Palestinians," Awad said.
Like one of his role models, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Awad said he
has a dream - the formation of a

Palestinian state by 1995. The gov-
ernment would be elected, probably
led by Yasser Arafat, "since he has
put so much into the negotiations
with the U.S," he said.
Awad's dream state would consist
of the West Bank and would have no
military. Jerusalem would serve as
both the capital of Israel and
Palestine, and there would be open
borders, he said.
"Having no army would continue
the policy of nonviolence we've been
following. If we were invaded, we
would ask Israel to help us out," he
said, smiling.t
If his dream is not realized, Awad1
said the Palestinians would disobey1
the Israeli laws for three to four
years. Then they would resort to
violence.
Awad, who created the Jerusalem-;
based Center for the Study of
Nonviolence, has been an irritant toi
the Israeli government for years, and
his deportation from Israel last June
has been the subject of U.S.
criticism.'
Awad's trouble with Israeli offi-
cials began in spring, 1987, when he
sought to renew the residency permit
he had been issued in 1967. The Is-
raeli authorities rejected his applica-
tion and ordered him to leave the
country when his tourist visa expired
in November. He refused to go,
arguing, with strong support from.
the U.S. ambassador to Israel, that
under international conventions Israel
had no right to expel him from the
place of his birth.

Schools give shelter to homeless

HOUSTON (AP) - Public school
officials, concerned that students may
be living on the streets, opened
homeless shelters in two Houston
schools yesterday so needy pupils can
get beds, showers and a meal.
A twelve-year-old girl who had been
sleeping under an abandoned house
was the first of six children to enter
the shelters, officials said.
"We didn't discuss anything with
the child when she came in," said
school board President Melody Ellis.
"Right now she's playing checkers
with one of the administrators. We
just tried to give her encouragement
and let her play."
Another young boy showed up at
one of the campuses, but left before
entering, apparently because of tele-
vision cameras nearby, said Ellis.
"It is drizzling outside and it is ex-
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tremely cold, and I would really like
for these children to come in," Ellis
said when asking reporters to leave
the area. ,
Temperatures in Houston were in
the low 40s last night.

The shelters will remain open
nightly until at least Jan. 20, when
the superintendent of the Houston
Independent School District will rec-
ommend to the school board that the
program be continued or modified.

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