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Vol. IC, No. 132 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, April 12, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily
MAC charges civil rights infraction
Minority Affairs Committee
to file against Michigamua
BY ALEX GORDON Michigamua is "not doing anything to defame any
The Minority Affairs Commission (MAC) of the group of people anymore," Dames said When
Michigan Student Assembly will file a complaint questioned again yesterday, Dames stood by his earlier
against the campus group Michigamua with the statements, saying that Michigamua has "changed
Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) for from the past"
allegedly violating a 1973 MCRC ruling during their Associate Athletic Director Donald Lund, a member
initiation ritual Monday night, of Michigamua's "Old Braves Council," said the group
Michigamua, an all-male honor society, drove had obeyed "all rules and regulations."
around campus and the immediate area, picking up Everything was cone properly,
members in a U-Haul Monday night for their said.
4 ~initiation. While members did not paint their faces to Delro Harris, the chair of MAC, said that while
imitate Native Americans, as they have in the past, "supposedly things had been worked out" with
one initiate who was waiting to be picked up at the Michigamua, given what happened Monday night,
intersection of Fletcher and North University was Michigamua "broke a promise to students."
spotted holding what appeared to be a tomahawk. "MAC will do what they can" to make sure
The '73 Civil Rights ruling ordered Michigamua to Michigamua is reprimanded for its actions, Harris said.
"eliminate all public rites on campus" because the In a meeting last week between representatives of
group was practicing "unlawful discrimination" against MCRC and MAC, the civil rights organization
Native Americans. suggested that MAC file a grievance with them if
DAVID LUBLINER/Daily LSA Senior Michael Dames, a starting guard on the Michigamua violated the '73 ruling. The MCRC
A Michigamua member waits to be picked up by U-Haul at the intersection of North University and University's football team, denied while waiting for would then bring up legal charges against the
Fletcher while holding a mock tomahawk. A 1973 ruling by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission ordered the U-Haul that Michigamua was being insensitive to University's Board of Regents.
Michigamua to eliminate "all public rites on campus." any minority, especially Native Americans. See Suit, Page 2
MSA selects campus committee
BY ALEX GORDON
The more "Conservative" era of the
Michigan Student Assembly officially be-
gan at last night's regular meeting as
president Aaron Williams conducted an en-
tire assembly meeting in his new position
for the first time.
Admidst new members' confusion about
parliamentary procedure and the MSA
Compiled Code, the assembly elected chairs
for 11 of the 12 MSA committees and
The election for the chair of the Rules
and Elections Committee was tabled until
next week because LSA representative Lilly
Hu, who is interested in running for the
spot, was absent.
The most controversial election appeared
to be for the Peace and Justice Commis-
sion. Earlier in the meeting, Williams said,
"commissions are very important,... except
for Peace and Justice."
The election pitted Peace and Justice
member Ingrid Faye against LSA represen-
tative Heidi Hayes. Faye won the position
in a closed ballot election of assembly
In the past, the Peace and Justice Com-
mission has sponsored programs such as a
sister University relationship with the
University of El Salvador. Some assembly
members have called these programs
unnecessary because they don't deal with
campus issues. One of Williams' main
campaign promises was to deal only with
issues that directly affect students.
Ironically, in other business last night,
the assembly approved allocating $10,000
to a Peace and Justice-sponsored proposal
to bring several speakers to campus from
Central and South America.
In other elections, five chairs were re-
elected unopposed. The five were, Paul
White, Delro Harris, Nick Maverick, Zach
Kittrie, and Jason Krumholtz.
Jenifer Van Valey was also reelected to
her position as chair of the Women's Issues
Committee. Van Valey beat new LSA rep-
resentative Cathy Stone by stressing her
past work in the committee. She said that
she and other assembly members need to
concentrate on making "people aware of the
implications that go along with gender in-
The race for chair of the Budget Priori-
ties Committee was deemed especially cru-
cial because of allegations of past abuses.
The BPC is the committee that presents
student organization's funding requests to
the assembly. Bryan Mistele beat out
Corey Dolgan for the position.
Assembly members Sasha Hyde and
Susan Langlas were elected to chair the
Academic Affairs Committee and the Cam-
pus Governance Committee respectively.
Laura Sankey defeated Gene Kavnatsky
in the election for Communications Com-
mittee Chair. Sankey, a past member of the
committee, expressed concern that the
committee hasn't used its entire budget in
planned ethics rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Bush intends to call for
} more stringent ethical rules on
executive branch officials and rec-
ommend a 25 percent pay raise for
federal judges in a sweeping ethics-
in-government program to be un-
veiled today, administration officials
But these officials said Bush has
decided for the time being against
recommending any hike in the
$89,500 salary received by members
of Congress, and will recommend no
chance in the widely criticized sys-
tem that permits lawmakers to earn
thousands of dollars in speaking
Among the recommendations is
one extending the one-year ban that
currently prohibits executive branch
employees from lobbying their for-
mer office to have it apply to mem-
bers of Congress and to judges, said
a source who spoke on the condition
In making his proposals, Bush
is expected to accept most of the
recommendations made by a special
commission he established, and dis-
card some others.
The commission that Bush set
up to recommend changes for an
ethics overhaul had called for a ban
.on honoraria to members of
Congress for speaking engagements
or similar work. Such honoraria
provide thousands of dollars in out-
side income for senators and repre-
sentatives in a system that critics,
including Bush's ethics panel, con-
tend allows for too much special in-
terest influence on the representa-
Bush's proposal is expected to
cover matters such as outside in-
come, conflicts of interest, financial
disclosure, enforcement and restric-
tions on what executive branch em-
ployees can do after they leave the
In addition to proposals that re-
quire congressional legislation, Bush
will issue an executive order cover-
ing executive branch employees, the
administration sources said.
The order will include provi-
sions to give elevated rank to a des-
ignated ethics officer in each depart-
ment, and will do away with
"compartmentalization" of the vari-
ous agencies of the executive branch
for purposes of lobbying after
working for the government.
The current one-year lobbying
ban for executive branch workers
would remain but would be extended
to cover all agencies rather than just
the one in which the individual was
Bush does intend to "work with
Congress" to come up with a pay
Demonstrators hold vigil to express outrage about the recent Alaskan oil spill last night on the Diag.
Students voice concerns about oil spill
BY ANN MAURER
About 50 people held candles in the Diag last
night in a vigil to protest the Alaskan oil spill
and the inadequate measures being taken to clean
The vigil was organized and led by Amy
Schultz, an LSA junior who said she felt the
need to bring concerned students together to
express their emotions about the tragedy.
Schultz, like many of the participants, is angry
about the clean-up efforts. "Not enough is being
done," she said. "The government should be
Mary Cromwell, a School of Natural
Resources graduate student shared her memories
of two summers spent in Alaska. "Alaska is
more than a place, it is a state of mind," she said.
Cromwell expressed her sadness about the
repercussions the spill will have. "It saddens me
that my children will never be able to see Alaska
the way it was."
SNR freshman Judy Kingsbury, who also
visited Alaska, said she was upset about the
destruction. "The water was full of life, it was so
majestic, and now everything is dying."
As part of the vigil, participants recited
environmental poems and sang songs.
The demonstrators condemned Exxon's
carelessness and the government's lack of
involvement. One participant said the spill was
not the fault of a drunken captain, but instead of
a company drunk with greed willing to cut costs
and safety to save money.
Bill Foerderer, SNR graduate student, stressed
the need to become involved in the situation.
"There is a lot we can do to save Alaska," he
said. "This may be our greatest opportunity."
Foerderer suggested students write Congress and
See Vigil, Page 2
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