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Activists remember
Lebanon massacre

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 4, 1989 - Page 3
Hearings begin
on bill to aid
rape survivors,

]by Heather Fee

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Palestinian activist groups held a
rally on the Diag yesterday to com-
memorate the September 1982
Sabra-Shatila massacre, in which
hundreds of Palestinians and
Lebanese were killed by the
Phalange Militia, a right-wing
Lebanese group..
The refugees occupying the camp
included Palestinians who left the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well
as Lebanese escaping the 1982
Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
The Diag presentation by the
Ann Arbor chapter of the Palestinian
Solidarity Committee and the
General Union of Palestinian
Students included a tent which repre-
sented the Sabra-Shatila camp and a
coffin covered by a Palestinian flag
surrounded by flowers. The tent
housed information on the massacre,
including photographs of the vic-
tims, a video documentary, and cul-
tural artifacts.
At noon, GUPS member Ashraf
Hazeyen led chants such as "Bush,
Bush you should know, we support
the PLO."
Hazeyen said he wanted to tell the
Palestinian political story from a
Palestinian point of view. "Israel in

the American media is depicted as a
democratic state, but they are killing
people and having massacres," he
said. "We know that the normal
American person is open minded if
exposed to real media facts."
Hazeyen said he hoped that stu-
dents will push the U.S. government
to stop sending aid to Israel.
Participants said there were sev-
eral purposes for the presentation.
PSC member Nuha Khoury said the
primary goal was for students "to
start thinking about the Palestinians
massacred (in Lebanon)."
She said the purpose of the cul-
tural part of the presentation, which
included dresses with beadwork,
Arabic black coffee and other objects
used in daily life, was to show stu-
dents that the Palestinians are a peo-
ple with a culture. "Palestinians are
human beings too, who deserve their
own state," she said.
Khoury said the Palestinians are
not being granted their political
rights. "If their rights continue tobe
denied, people will dismiss every-
thing else about them," she said.
"People will easily forget that they
have a culture and actually exist."

LANSING, (AP)- Defendants
in a sexual assault case would have
to wait until their criminal trial is
concluded before filing a civil suit
against their accuser, under a bill
reviewed yesterday by a House
committee.
The bill is intended to prevent a
victim from being pressured by a
defamation suit into dropping
criminal prosecution.
It was prompted by two
Washtenaw County cases in which
University of Michigan students
filed suit against the women who
accused them of of sexual assault,
saying the women defamed them by
lying and maliciously bringing the
suit, said state Rep. William Van
Regenmorter (R- Jenison), the bill's
sponsor.
The House Judiciary Committee
supported the bill, but won't take a
vote until next Tuesday while some
amendments are being ironed out.
"We believe that the threat of
such suits filed by alleged assailants

will have a chilling effect on all
sexual assault victims", said
Deborah B. Frederick, executive
director of the Sexual Assault
Information Network of Michigan.
Last month, the Michigan Court
of Appeals upheld a Washtenaw
County Circuit Court ruling that
dismissed a lawsuit filed by a college
student who was accused of rape.
Thomas Rosenboom tried to sue his
accuser for slander and intentional
infliction of emotional distress.
Judge Edward Deake ruled that ac-
tual malice would have to be shown
to sustain a lawsuit against the as-
sault victim, and he didn't find such
malice.
The criminal case against
Rosenboom eventually was
dismissed. That case is similar to
another one initiated at the
University.
The bill would strengthen
Michigan's 1975 Rape Shield Law,
said Tom Robertson, a spokesperson
for the Prosecuting Attorneys
Coordinating council.

The tent on the Diag built to commemorate the Palestinians who died in
the Sabra-Shatila massacre.

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CORRECTION
Professor Margo Halsted plays the carillon in Burton Bell Tower from 12:OC
to 12:30 each weekday.

Luck saves discussion section
from falling lighting fixture

THE

LIST

What's happening in Ann, Arbor today

A lighting fixture fell from the ceiling of room 439
in Mason Hall yesterday, interrupting a discussion sec-
tion of Classical Civilization but not injuring any stu-
dents.
The three feet by one foot aluminum fixture weighed
more than five pounds, and crashed to the floor around
10:30 a.m., landing near an empty desk.
The students were sitting in a circle, and those in-

volved said it was pure luck that no one was hurt.
"We were conducting class when it crashed onto the
floor," said Prof. Ruth Scodel, who was substituting for
the class discussion leader yesterday. "People were
sitting around the room, so no one was hurt."
Scodel said she was startled by the incident, but
failed to consider it remarkable.
-Roberto Sanchez

Meetings
UM Students of Objectivism -
business meeting at 7:30 p.m. at
Dominick's Restaurant
Mitzvah Project- meets at
6:30 p.m. in the upper lecture hall
at Hillel, special discussion of
'Ethiopian Jews
American Civil Liberties Union
- discussion on racial harassment
policy at 8 p.m. in Rm. 2209 of
the Union
American Civil Liberties Union
- newsletter committee meeting
at 7 p.m. in Rm. 2209 of the
Union
Shorin Ryu Karate Club -
meets at 8:30 p.m. in the CCRB;
beginners welcome
UM Women's Lacrosse - prac-
tice from 9-11 p.m. at Tartan Turf
MSA External Relations
Committee - the lobbying arm
of the student gov't meets at 5:30
p.m. in Rm. 3909 of the Union
Asian Studies Student Associa-
tion -, meets at 7 p.m. in the
Lane Hall Commons Room
UM Asian Student Coalition -
meets at 7 p.m. in Rm. 2413 of
Mason Hall
Dugout Club - first meeting to
be held at 7:30 p.m. in the "M"
room of the Crisler Arena
Speakers
"Racism and the State of Is-
rael" - Dr. Israel Shahak, chair
of the Israeli League for Human
Rights will speak at 7:30 p.m. in
Hutchins Hall Rm. 100 in the
Law Quad
"The Face: A
Window of Emotions - Prof.
Robert Zajonc will present the
Fourteenth LS&A Distinguished
Senior Faculty Lecture Series at 8
p.m. in the Rackham Amphithe-
ater
"Arithmetic of semi-simple
groups" - Prof. Gopal Prasad
(Tata Institute) speaks at 4:10
p.m. in Angell Hall Aud. C
"Israeli Women Poets Re-
sponding to the War in Le-
banon" - Dr. Karen Alkalay-
Gut speaks at the brown-bag dis-
cussion from noon to 1 p.m. in
the Women's Studies Program
Lounge in 236 W. Engineering
"Updateable Computations for
Best Linear Unbiased Predic-
tion" - Prof. Dennis Cox of the
University of Illinois will speak at
4 p.m. in Rm. 451 of Mason Hall
"Recent Advances in the Oxy-
gen - Transfer Reactions of N-
Sulfonyloxaziridines" - Prof.
Franklin Davis of the Drexel Uni-
versity Dept. of Chemistry will
speak in the organic seminar at 4

Furthermore
Free tutoring - Tau Beta Pi
sponsors free tutoring for all
100/200 level math, science and
engineering courses; 8-10 p.m. in
Rm. 307 of the UGLi
Central American Beans &
Rice Dinner - a chance to sup-
port groups which do direct aid in
Central America and meet with
others; at 6 p.m. at the Guild
House
Impact Jazz Auditions - the
student-run dance company, geared
toward beginners and intermedi-
ates, will hold auditions at 7 p.m.
in the Union Ballroom
Peace Corps/International
Center Film - The film "Let it
begin here" begins at 7:30 p.m. at
603 E. Madison St.
Mainstreet Comedy Showcase
Open Mic Night - Stunt John-
son Theater, local headliners every
Wednesday; at 8:30 p.m. on 314
E. Liberty; cost is $3
Career Planning & Placement
programs - Introduction to
'CP&P from 11:10-11:30 a.m. in
the CP&P Library; Interviewing:
The Employer Perspective from
5:10-6 p.m. in the CP&P Library;
Employer Presentation by
Citibank/Citicorp from 6-8 p.m.
in the Pendelton Rm. of the
Union
Safewalk - the night-time walk-
ing service is open seven days a
week from 8p.m. to midnight;
936-1000
ECB peer writing tutors -
available at the Angell-Haven and
611 Computing Centers from 7-
11 p.m., Sunday through Thurs-
day
Ron LaFond on the baritone
- the musician will perform se-
lections from opera and other
works at 8 p.m. in the Pendelton
Rm. of the Union; free admission;
accompanied by Mitsumi La Fond
Washtenaw Area Council for
Children Brown-bag lunch -
the topic "Incest: Characteristics
and Factors and Issues in Counsel-
ing Offenders"; takes place from
12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Zion
Lutheran Church (1501 W. Lib-
erty)
"Open Mouths, Open minds"
- the Institute for the Humanities
brown-bag lunch meets from noon
to 1 p.m. in 1524 Rackham
Soccer matches - the men's
and women's clubs play Michigan
State; women's match at 3, men's
match at 5; at Mitchell Field
(Fuller Rd.)
Revolutionary History Series
- Spark presents "Revolution

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Michigan appeals court rules

rape violates civl1 rights law
LANSING (AP) - Michigan's sexual discrimination in the work she was raped by her superv
civil rights law prohibits employers place. That the conduct may be the the Electrolux Corp., a door-t
from raping workers, a Michigan basis for criminal prosecution or a vacuum cleaner sales company
Court of Appeals ruling released yes- civil claim against the individual

visor at
to-door
Y.

terday said.
The ruling said the Elliott-Larson
Civil Rights Act includes sexual ha-
rassment, including rape, as a form
of sex discrimination.
"The civil rights act is aimed at
remedying those evils caused by

employee does not preclude the pos-
sibility that it may also be the basis
for a sexual harassment claim," the
ruling said.
The ruling stemmed from a
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
case involving a woman who said

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