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Dogs
hinder
blind
students
BY ROBIN PICK
A blind woman walks down the
street, led by her leader dog, Henry.
An unknown, unprovoked, and un-
leashed dog approaches Henry. Re-
acting to the intrusion, Henry runs
in front of the woman, and, conse-
quently she falls on top of her own
leader dog.
This type of incident, which oc-
curred last year, is not unusual for
Margie Minor, a graduate student in
history. For the past two years, stray
and unleashed dogs have been in-
creasingly disturbing and hazardous
to Minor and to other blind students
at the University.
During the spring and summer
months, when people and pets come
outdoors to recreate, handicapped
people are faced with unnecessary
obstacles. Loose dogs, leashed dogs,
and even people occasionally ap-
proach the leader dogs.
Simple tasks such as crossing
streets and walking across campus
often become difficult and dangerous.
"This hampers my safety and
mobility," said Minor. "Campus is
not made as accessible to everyone
as it should be."
Although leader dogs are trained
to avoid these disturbances, no dog
can avoid distractions a hundred per-
cent of the time, said Mickey

The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 14, 1989 - Page 3
Wayne students to sit-in
until demands are met

DETROIT - The Student Ad-
ministration Building at Wayne
State University was closed yester-
day as Black students demanding ac-
tion on a list of 17 proposals occu-
pied the structure for a second day.
About 60 students stayed over
night in the building after entering it
about 5:30 Wednesday afternoon.
They scattered throughout stairwells
and lobbies, vowing to stay until
their demands were met. The
proposals include:
-Halting the consolidation of the
university's Center for Black Studies
into the Museum of African-Ameri-
can History and making it a depart-
ment.
-Requiring all faculty members to
teach a course on Africana.
-Recognizing Martin Luther
King's birthday and the date of Mal-

colm X's assassination as holidays.
Students also said they want
heavier recruitment of Black stu-
dents.
Closing the building disrupted
student registration, fee payment,
loan application and other adminis-
trative functions during a normally
slow time of year, said Ed Sharples,
assistant vice president for enroll-
ment services.
"It's difficult for the students,
frankly, because we cannot do our
work," said Sharples, who toured the
building.
University spokesman Robert
Wartner said Wayne State President
David Adamany, Michigan AFL-
CIO Secretary-Treasurer Tom Turner
and the Rev. Jim Holley, a local
Black activists, had visited the stu-
dents.

The occupation is the latest in a
series of race-related protests at pub'
lic universities in Michigan.
Earlier this week at Michigan
State University in East Lansing,
Black students demanded the-
resignation of C. Patric Larrowe for
a remark he made about minority
students. Larrowe, who is an eco-
nomics professor and is considered a
leader in minority rights issues, later
apologized.
Last month, a group of Black
Detroit parents demanded Michigan
State President John DiBiaggio take.
steps to curb racial incidents and
promote interracial tolerance at
Michigan State. DiBiaggio said yes-
terday university administrators will.
meet personally with every student:
group that has expressed concern
about racism on campus.

Experts debate animal research

JULIE HOLLMAN/Daily
Margie Minor stands with her seeing eye dog Henry.

Loeser, Director of Training at
Leader Dogs for the Blind. Loeser
also said that "given the right moti-
vation, everyone, including leader
dogs, has a tolerance level for dis-
traction."
A leash law requiring dogs to be
on leashes in public places exists,
but is not always enforced. Because
the blind victims of the harassments
are unable to provide the police with
descriptions of the guilty dogs, there
is often little that the police can do

to pursue the dogs. Although cam-
pus security will respond to specific
complaints, its work is geared more
toward response than toward preven-
tion, Minor said.
Julie Biernat from the Office of
Disabled Student Services (DSS)
said that problems confronting the
blind arise from ignorance, because
most people are not aware of the
hazards created by allowing their
dogs to roam freely outdoors.

BY NOELLE SHADWICK
Is there a difference between a
child and a puppy when researchers
want to test a new drug?
Last night two animal research
specialists argue the ethics of con-
ducting medical research on animals
in a debate presented by Students
Concerned about Animal Rights that
drew a crowd of about 250.
"We have a responsibility to re-
duce pain and suffering on this
planet...," said Dr. Daniel Ringler,
head of the University's Unit for
Laboratory Animal Research. "The
use of animals in biomedical re-
search is absolutely necessary for
further advances."
But Dr. Donald Barnes, president
of the National Anti-Vivisection
Society countered, "What is neces-
sary yesterday is not particularly
necessary today."

Plastic models and computer labs
are now replacing the use of animals
in many laboratories, Barnes said.
As a former animal researcher,
Barnes said he used to accept the idea
that animals were "necessary" to re-
search, but he changed his view after
being fired for not conducting an ex-
periment he thought was unneces-
sary.
"It's the attitude with which we
approach other life forms. Any ani-
mal in a cage is a failure of the hu-
man condition," he said.
Ringler said that without animals
many of the medicines that are now
available would not exist, and to
eliminate animal testing could be
hazardous to human life.
"I love animals, but I love hu-
manity more," Ringler said. "If I
have to choose between a child and a
dog I'll choose the child and I think
most of us would."
But, "Is the non-human animal a
perfect model; is it a realistic
model?" Barnes asked. "I maintain it
is not."

"If penicillin had been tested in
guinea pigs, we probably wouldn't
have it today." Penicillin is known
to kill guinea pigs.
"Mistakes are going to be made
in research," Ringler said. "But I
think humans would prefer that
those mistakes be made on animals
and not humans."
Ringler cited many health orga-
nizations which still support using
animals in research.
He said strict federal guidelines
regulate animal research. In addition,
University researchers must have all,
projects involving animals approved,
by a review committee that contains
two non-University members and
one University non-scientist.
WEEKEND
MAGAZINE
Fridays in The Daily
763-0379

y Yipe' Hoffman dies at 52

NEW YORK (AP) - Abbie Hoffman, the Yippie
who clung to his '60s ideals amid an onslaught of '80s
yuppiedom, was remembered yesterday as a radical and
a joker who could provoke a laugh even as he outraged
and informed.
Hoffman, 52 years old and still anti-establishment
as ever, died peacefully in his bed Wednesday, accord-
ing to Michael Waldron, his landlord in New Hope,
Pa. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause
of death.
Rubin, who co-founded the Youth International
Party with Hoffman during the heyday of drugs, sex,
rock 'n' roll and pie throwing, recalled the "Abbie was

a very, very serious person. But he did it all with a
smile."
His hair a tangle of long, wild curls, Hoffman could
be seen with the work "Free" written on his forehead.
He was arrested 42 times, the last two years ago when
he protested CIA recruitment at the University of
Massachusetts.
In a satiric gesture, he threw dollar bills on the
floor of the American Stock Exchange in the late '60s,
and people scrambled to pick them up. He went on
television in the early '70s and talked about censor-
ship, while his upper body was blacked out because he
was wearing an American flag shirt.

CLARIFICATION
Contrary to information in yester-
day's sports article, the first Black
tennis player to win Wimbledon was
Althea Gibson, who won in 1957
and 1958. Arthur Ashe was the first
male Black player to win.

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