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Friday, April 14, 1989

Continued from Page 1
Edwards has travelled the lecture
circuit internationally and appeared
on nearly every major television
siow from "Nightline" to "60 Min-
utes." During his visit to Ann. Ar-
bor, he met with members of the
Athletic Department and officials in
the University administration. Ed-
wards said that some of the "hard
truths" he presented - low athlete
graduation rates, for example - got
some of the University's top deci-
sion makers thinking about issues
"which had never even crossed their
Throughout his stay, he stressed
how institutional racism and ram-
pant greed in the National Collegiate
Athletic Association and in profes-
sional sports across the country have
created a system which fails to live
up to its promise of truly educating
Black student athletes.
Edwards also spoke to students
from both Pioneer and Huron high
schools. At the beginning of both of
his speeches to tenth through twelfth
graders, he asked that they only lis-
ten to him for a few minutes but if
they didn't, he would understood
why. "My generation has lied to
your generation so often and in so
many ways, you have every reason
not to listen to us."
He continued . by discussing
"survival in a highly technological,
information-based society" and en-
couraged students to think for them-
Continued from Page 1
Though pressed by students, nei-
ther Vest nor Boylan could say how
or when the University will respond
to the suggestions.
"Certainly I did not get the kind
of specific immediate suggestions
that I had hopes for... but there were
ideas that I found helpful," said Vest,
citing the reward and improved cam-
pus security as examples.
However, many students said they
were disappointed by the meeting.
"It's not leading anywhere.
They're just putting on a show. You
present ideas to them all the time...
buh you still don't see anything
hppen" said Black Student Union
nemiber Crystal Gardner.
,ut Vest said the response was
evpcted. "I would be worried about
ti5 students if they thought we were
wiking fast enough."
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selves. Edwards explained that one-
way students lose themselves is by
trying to fit in, even if it means do-
ing something which is known to be
"I want you to think long and
hard the next time a friend offers you
a bag of chemicals, that if they don't
kill you, will, eventually turn you
into a vegetable, and which came
from a friend of a friend of a friend
who got it from someone in Miami
or Columbia, all of whom couldn't
care less if the stuff kills you."
He said he hoped that listening to
what "old Edwards" had to say might
help them avoid being swept up by
the general "lack of principles,
materialism, and stupidity" which
prevails in today's America.
During one of Edwards' more
philosophical lectures in the Law
School last week, he talked about
the presence of ideology in sports.
He related how Black athletes from
underdeveloped African nations were
denied the resources for developing
athletic programs geared for
international competition, yet were
allowed to compete. They were
ridiculed and their failure to win
medals in the early Olympics was
used to validate theories of white
racial superiority.
"The athletes who represent the
United States, the University of
Michigan, or any other such institu-
tion, are put forth with political ide-
ologies in tow."
Edwards reflected on the last
several decades of Olympics which
have been connected with political
turmoil - such as the victory stand
Black Power salute protest in 1968,
which he helped organize, the
African boycott of 1976, and the
1980 American boycott of. the
Moscow Olympics and the 1984
Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles
Edwards also pointed out how
people rarely question the contradic-
tions in Black athletes' achieving
athletic success in the name of racist
institutions or political bodies.
"Ideological discontinuities are not
only not exposed, but reaffirmed.
"Now, with virtually
mythological sports heroes like
Magic Johnson and a few dozen oth-
ers, who create the image that a
youth can make a living playing
professional sports when, in actual-
ity, only one in 10,000 athletes ever
do so."

Author says U.S.
should remember
lessons of Vietnam

Although it has been 14 years
since the last United States troops
left Vietnam, Neil Sheehan said that
the war "that was never declared"
should never be forgotten.
To an audience of 300 people in
the Rackham Building Auditorium,
the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
A Bright Shining Lie, implored
Americans to rebuff President
George Bush's inaugural address to
go on with "our lives" and that the
"statue of limitations" had run out
on Vietnam.
"To forget Vietnam is to forget
the lessons of Vietnam," Sheehan
said. "We should never again send
Americans abroad to fight people
who only want us to leave them
"To forget Vietnam, is to forget
the fallibility that we share with the
rest of humanity."
After working for the United
Press International in Saigon during
the early years of the war, Sheehan
went to the New York Times as a
Vietnam correspondent. In 1971, he
received and published the Pentagon
Papers, documenting the govern-
ment's role in Vietnam, which led to
a Pulitzer Prize for the Times.
Sheehan's book, which was pub-

lished in 1988, took 16 years to
produce. The story of Lieutenant
Colonel John Paul Vann, who
Sheehan describes as "the closest in
Vietnam the United States came to a
Lawrence of Arabia," details the
journey of a once-enthusiastic, gung-
ho soldier to a burned-out civilian in
the 1960s.
It is through Vann and his belief
that this war was "morally correct,"
Sheehan said, that people can see the
reasons for the war happening.
"There was a righteousness on the
behalf of Americans during the 60s,"
he said. "Our vision of war before
Vietnam was that the United States
engaged in 'good wars,' 'crusades,'
'moral experiences.' That vision
should now be shattered."
Americans failed to realize the
"two-headed" activities of their gov-
ernment during the time, said Shee-
han. It was very easy for them to
support nationalism in non-Com-
munist countries. But the fear that
Vietnam, coming under Communist
influence, would lead to China tak-
ing over the rest of Southeast Asia
engulfed American leaders' thoughts.
"Ironically, we owe the Viet-
namese a lot for resisting us," Shee-
han concluded. "We never know
where we would be now if they

Continued from Page 1
Green said. "The system is too
CSJ Chief Justice Laura Miller
said a recount was authorized because
the counting process is very prone to
"I'm going to get together with
people who have suggestions for
changing the system," Miller said.
After the recount, Green had
2,403 points and Goldman had
2,370, Miller said. Goldman will no
longer have a place on the assembly
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with the lowest amount of votes.
Goldman refused to comment last
Eight other LSA representative
seats were won in last month's
MSA election, four of which were
won by United Students candidates
and three of which were won by
members of the Conservative Coali-
CSJ is the highest student court
and has authority to overturn any
decision made by MSA. If students
want to appeal for clemency, they
can go to the administration.
Continued from Page 1
the American Civil Liberties
Union, and attorney Jonathon
Rose. -
"There are a lot of problems the
University has enacting any code
of nonacademic conduct," said
Nick Maverick, chair of the Stu-
(lent Rights Committee and LSA
sophomore. "Any code is a wolf
in sheep's clothing."
Swain emphasized that the
University has a responsibility to
provide an environment free from
discrimination and harassment, but
where "controversial issues con be
She admitted that there have
been problems with the Discrimi-
natory Acts Policy, which many
perceive as a code. For example,
the "What Students Should Know
About Discrimination" pamphlet,
distributed to all students, is being
pulled by the University since the
examples cited, meant to explain
the policy, have caused confusion.
The University should not be
the judge on one's freedom of
speech, said Gold. He advocated
having the courts decide when the
line has been crossed between free
speech and racist speech.
Panelist Denenfield disagreed
with Gold: "All speech is free
speech in this country. When the
government is the arbitrator of
truth, we have a serious problem."

Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Feds 'crack' airport drug case
DETROIT - Two Detroit men were arrested after trying to claim
about 50 pounds of cocaine packed in suitcases in what authorities said
was the largest drug seizure ever made at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Drug-sniffing dogs detected the cocaine about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
after authorities received a tip about the shipment from Los Angeles, said
William Coonce, special agent in charge of the Detroit office of the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration.
The bricks of cocaine, valued at $575,000, were packed in two suit-
cases which also contained about $15,000 in cash, Coonce said during a
news conference.
"This joint (DEA and Wayne County Sheriff's Department) detail re-
ceived information on the movement of several individuals over the past
two months, which resulted in this seizure, which came in from Los An-
geles," he said.
Terrence Anderson and Cory Landrum allegedly had checked the lug-
gage and were arrested when they tried to pick it up, Coonce said.
Former executives convicted in
Pentagon contract scandal
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Two former executives of a California defense
contractor were convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud yesterday in the
first trial arising from the Pentagon corruption scandal.
A federal jury deliberated nearly 36 hours and over four days before re-
turning guilty verdicts against George Kaub and Eugene Sullivan, former
vice president of Teledyne Electronics of Newbury Park, Calf.
Each was convicted on one count of conspiracy, Kaub was found
guilty on five counts of wire fraud and two counts of filing false state-
ments. Sullivan was convicted on three counts of wire fraud.
The defendants were found innocent of bribery, a charge stemming
from the government's contention that the former executives knew money
was paid to a Navy engineer for inside information about a $24 million
contract for hand-held radar test equipment.
State debates gun control bill
LANSING - The first salvos fired over a bill to regulate the sale of
some semiautomatic shotguns and rifles, including so-called assault rifles,
hit some familiar targets yesterday.
Sen. Nick Smith (R-Addison) introduced the bill in the Michigan
Senate and said it was a common sense approach that would keep the
weapons out of the hands of criminals while protecting the rights of pri-
vate citizens.
However, Tom Washington, a member of the national board of the
National Rifle Association, rejected that argument and said the group's
100,000 - plus members in Michigan - would oppose it.
"I think it restricts law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms. How
many criminals are going to stand in line to have their ID checked to get
a gun? It's absurd," he said.
Oliver North concludes his defense
WASHINGTON - Oliver North concluded his defense yesterday after
six grueling days on the witness stand, testifying he felt he had become
the fall guy in the Iran-Contra affair when he heard himself described at a
White House news conference as "the only one who knew what was go-
ing on."
Attorney Brenden Sullivan announced soon after North left the stand,
"That concludes the defense," signaling that the 11-week-old trial was
nearing an end. U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell said he hoped to have
closing arguments on Monday. Instructions to the jurors and their
deliberations would follow.
During four days of though cross-examination, North denied prosecu-
tion contentions that he lied about his Iran-Contra efforts and personally
profited from some of them. He said he had explicit authorization form
his superiors - and, he assumed, from President Reagan - for his ac-
tions and didn't take a dime he wasn't entitled to.
Radio talkmasters to discuss politics
BOSTON - The nation's radio talkmasters, who discovered their
clout in the drive to kill the congressional pay raise, will meet in June to
do what they do best - talk, and organize their budding political power.
"What we're trying to do is see what things we all have in common
and try to get people to participate at the appropriate moment," said
Boston's Jerry Williams of WRKO, the host of the conference.
Radio hosts have long used the airwaves to stir up interest in local

issues, but last February they took the technique nationwide.
Led by talk show hosts, listeners flooded Congress with a torrent of
tea bags bearing the message "Read my tea bag: no 50 percent raise." The
public pressure helped quash a salary hike for Congress, judges and others
on the federal payroll.
Rep. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) spoke out against the radio-driven pressure
against the measure. "We fell prey to the deception of the rabble rousers."
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