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OPINION
Grenada never was a threat

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ARTS

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SPORTS

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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 36 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, October 25, 1989 TS V

MSA refuses to endorse
letter chastising Daily

MSA president calls for
restrainment of PSC

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly refused
last night to support a letter drafted by mem-
bers of the campus Jewish community that
protests a recent article which appeared on The
Michigan Daily's Opinion Page.
The groups plan to print the letter as a paid
advertisement in the Daily.
The assembly was clearly divided over the
issue of whether or not an article titled "In De-
fense of the State," by Jewish theologian Mark
Ellis, was anti-Semitic.

The Daily has a policy of refusing to print
letters which are racist, sexist, or homophobic.
Communications Committee Chair Laura
Sankey, who brought the proposal before the
assembly, said she felt it was her responsibil-
ity to represent the Jewish constituents who
brought the issue to her attention.
Referring to allegedly anti-Semitic and anti-
Jewish articles that have been printed on the
Daily's Opinion Page, Sankey argued that the
article in question was not an isolated incident.

by Karen Akerlof
Daily Staff Writer
Michigan Student Assembly President
Aaron Williams announced last night he would
request a restrainment order on the Palestine
Solidarity Committee due to misuse of the
assembly's name and possible breach of
contract.
"Members of the delegation have been
making presentations and claiming to be the
MSA delegation to the occupied territories,"
said LSA Rep. Ori Lev, who supported
Williams' announcement.

A restraining order would prohibit the PSC
from receiving MSA funds and would hamper
the group's publicity efforts. Williams said he
would file the order today with the Central
Student Judiciary, the judicial branch of the
student government.
A PSC proposal to MSA last year resulted
in the funding for two University students -
former MSA Rep. Mike Peterson and third-
year law student Donald Blome - to attend a
trip to the occupied territories on MSA funds
along with other students.
See MSA, Page 7

See DAILY, Page 7

Williams

LaGROC

takes MSA

decisioi
by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
The Lesbian and Gay Rights Or-
ganizing Committee (LaGROC) ini-
tiated a new effort yesterday to force
the Michigan Student Assembly to
derecognize a campus Christian
group which it claims discriminates
based on sexual orientation.
In filing a complaint with the
Central Student Judiciary (CSJ) -
the judicial branch of the student
government - LaGROC charged
that MSA members who voted to
recognize the Cornerstone Christian
Fellowship (CCF) three weeks ago
violated the assembly's constitution.
MSA's Compiled Code forbids
recognition of groups that practice
discriminatory membership policies.

to jud
The gay and lesbian rights orga-
nization is calling on the judiciary to
overturn the assembly's decision to
recognize CCF and is requesting the
resignation of the 21 representatives
who supported recognition.
The dispute between campus ho-
mosexuals and the fellowship has
been an issue since last February,
when CSJ ruled to derecognize CCF
on the grounds that it discriminated
on the basis of sexual orientation.
By claiming their group had no
membership restrictions and there-
fore couldn't discriminate, CCF rep-
resentatives successfully persuaded
the assembly to renew the group's
recognition - despite objections
made by gay and lesbian students at
the meeting.

iciary
Student groups must be receive
official assembly recognition to get
MSA funding and use Union office
space.
LaGROC spokesperson Linda
Kurtz said by recognizing CCF, the
assembly wasn't representing Les-
bian and Gay males at the Univer-
sity.
LaGROC's legal counsel, James
Marsh, said the complaint is an en-
tirely new action having no relation
to last year's events.
Marsh, a third-year law student,
cited a provision in MSA's constitu-
tion that requires the resignation of
representatives who violate policy in
explaining LaGROC's call for such
extreme repercussions.
See LAGROC, Page 2

Soak it in
A student spends a lazy few minutes getting a tan in the diag yesterday

Minority retention discussion paper focuses on

'U' shortcomings

By Marion Davis
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
"Financial aid has a direct impact on stu-
dents' ability to persist in college... Finan-
cial aid becomes especially important for
students coming from low income families.
Since a larger percentage of minority stu-
dents come from lower socio-economic
backgrounds, it stands to reason that finan-
cial aid will continue to be an essential fac-
tor in our retention efforts."
- from a 1987 University Executive Of-
ficers' discussion paper
In 1987, a University Executive Officers
discussion paper was written with the intent
to explore means for improving minority re-

cruitment and retention at the Uni
It cited financial aid and car
ronmaent as two of the crucial are,
versity must address in order t
goals for minority retention.
Recently, Office of Financial,
tor Harvey Grotrian praised the U
increased financial support for mi
dents. "Our packages are very c
and sensitive to the University's g
ating a multi-cultural, diverse env
Grotrian said.
"The family incomes and asse
to be lower among minority stude
than among families of non-mi
dents... And this [financial need]i
erman
vorn in
er his election, Krenz
ned East Germany's allegiance
nmunist orthodoxv despite

versity.
npus envi-
as the Uni-
o meet its
Aid Direc-
[niversity's
inority stu-
ompetitive
foal of cre-
ironment,"
ts continue
nt families
nority stu-
is reflected

in the allocation of financial aid."
But the discussion paper pointed out the
biases in the University's Uniform Method-
ology formula - used by Financial Aid to
determine parents' ability to contribute to
education costs - which have a negative
impact on minorities.
For example, according to the report, a
Spring-Summer savings expectation is used
in aid package calculations. Minority stu-
dents are less likely to find employment dur-
ing the spring and summer, and when they
do, their wages are often considerably lower
than the norm, the report said. As a result,
they frequently "fall short of the expected
Spring-Summer savings from earnings."

The paper recommended the establish-
ment of specific "classification parameters"
for summer income based on actual
amounts, rather than a statistical prediction.
This way, the University would be able to
notify students when they fall below ex-
pected summer earnings.
LSA senior David Maurrasse, a financial
aid recipient, said he was treated unfairly by
the University's rigid Spring-Summer finan-
cial aid assessment procedure. Maurasse said
his 1989 financial aid was based on his 1988
spring-summer earnings. Because he took
classes in the Summer of 1989, Maurrasse
had no Spring/Summer earnings. Still, the
University calculated his aid package based

on his income level . from the previous
summer.
The University has not implemented the
procedure outlined in the 1987 recommenda-
tion. Grotrian pointed out that students, can
apply for a re-evaluation of their financial
aid.
But under the current system, students are-
unaware that they have not met the summer
earnings expectations until after they return
in the fall. By this time, most grants are no
longer available.
According to the report, the Office of Fi-
nancial Aid has some procedures to correct
these biases, but its ability is limited by fed-
See MINORITIES, Page 2

New East G
President sv

BERLIN (AP) - Egon Krenz
warned East Germans on Tuesday to
stop street demonstrations, but
7,000 marched in East Berlin after
dark to protest his election as
president. Police directed traffic out
of their way.
The ritual election by the
customarily docile parliament was
made dramatic when 26 members
voted "no" for the first time.
In a speech afterward, Krenz said
continuing weeks of pro-democracy
protest could cause a "worsening of
the situation, or confrontation."
On Monday in Leipzig, more
than 300,000 people marched in the
largest protest of the nation's 40-
year history.

Aft
reaffirn
to Con

the reform sweeping through the
Soviet bloc. He also promised to
investigate charges of police
brutality against pro-democracy
demonstrators earlier this month.
Krenz was in charge of police at
the time.
Officials admitted for the first
time Tuesday that police had attacked
peaceful protesters. In a report carried
by the official news agency, the
government said: "There were
instances where security officials
exceeded their authority and illegal
acts were committed against some of
those detained."

Relaxation
takes on a
i meaning
by tan Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer
Move over, valium.
Go home, Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Today's hippest way to relax requires a flotation
tank.
Opened last January, the Peak Performance Center,
located near Briarwood at 2865 Boardwalk, offers two
flotation tanks for the ultimate in relaxation.
Floatation tanks were first developed 30 years ago to
test the effects of total sensory deprivation on humans.
The tanks are sound-proofed pod-shaped structures with
a hatch door that prevents light from reaching users. In-
side the temperature is 93.5 degrees - normal skin
\ temperature.
n The X8,500 tanks hold 125 gallons of water and are
saturated with 1,100 pounds of Epsom salts. The salt
buoys users near the top of the tank, allowing them to
breathe freely and keep their muscular effort to a mini-
mum.
4 These features create an unique environment virtually

Bakker gets 45 years
for bilking followers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -
Fallen television evangelist Jim
Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in
o rison and fined $500,000 on

Bob" after his reputation for1
sentences, particularly in
sentences.

harsh
drug

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