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The U.S. has its own political prisoners

Screaming Trees leaves stereotypes behind

£ idftgan Baily
Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

Vol. C, No. 45

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, November 7, 1989

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Commencement moved

from stadium

by Noah Finkel
Daily Administration Reporter
The pomp and ceremony of
commencement may have graced
Michigan Stadium for the last time.
This year, only a select group
will observe the faculty processions,
commencement addresses, and
honorary degree presentations. And
drunken, raucous commencement
crowds may never again distract
Beginning this May, each Uni-
versity school and college will hold
a separate commencement ceremony,
as opposed to the former system of
one University-wide stadium gather-

University officials denied that
the move is "a radical departure"
from the former system. Music
school Dean Paul Boylan, chair of
the task force on University events,
said several schools already hold
their own graduation ceremonies to
go along with the larger University-
wide ceremony, including the medi-
cal, law, dental, business, pharmacy,
music, engineering, social work, and
architecture and urban planning
But graduating seniors expressed
displeasure concerning the elimina-
tion of the University-wide com-
LSA senior Sarah Riordan, a

member of the honorary degree
committee, said she feels "a little bit
shorted because one would hope the
recipient of the honorary degree
would have something important to
say to everyone who is graduating."
"Trying to make commencement
more personal is a positive step, but
this is not the right way to do it,"
she said.
Riordan was also upset that the
University did not consult the
honorary degree committee before
taking this step.
LSA senior Christina Korduba
said "my gut feeling is that I'm kind
of bummed."
Korduba said she attended com-

mencement at the stadium two years
ago and "thought it was neat when
everyone was together."
"Now, they will get more control
over everybody... but
(commencement) will lose some of
the effect when we're split apart,"
she said.
Engineering senior Sam Steiman
said, "it would be fun to get together
with everyone, but graduating with
people in your school means more
personally because you know every-
University officials defended the
decision. "The (stadium) ceremony
seemed to lose meaning to students
and their parents," Boylan said. "We

hoped that by going to (separate cer-
emonies), we would be able to give
more individual recognition to stu-
dents, particularly undergraduates."
Boylan said the move is a "matter
of encouraging those lagging be-
hind" in holding separate cere-
monies, such as the schools of art,
education, information and library
studies, natural resources, and espe-
cially LSA, the University's largest
The recent incidents of drunken-
ness and interruptions of com-
mencement speakers were
"symptoms of the lack of involve-
ment and recognition many students
seem to feel at the big ceremony at

the stadium," Boylan said.
Graduate students receiving their
masters and doctoral degrees will at-
tend a formal ceremony involving
the members of the Board of Re-
gents, the university executive offi-
cers, and the deans of all the schools
and colleges at Hill Auditorium. At
that ceremony, honorary degrees will
be awarded and a commencement ad-
dress will take place. Boylan said the
ceremony will include a faculty pro-
cession from Rackham auditorium, a
radio broadcast, and will possibly be
available for viewing on closed-cir-
cuit television.
Dean of the Rackham graduate
See CEREMONY, page 2

Students apathetic
towards state
tax proposals
by Britt Isaly
Daily Staff Writer


Michigan residents will go to the polls today to vote
on two proposals that would increase the state sales tax.
But, whereas passion ran high at election time last year,
many students this year are not even aware there is
something to vote on tomorrow.
"I don't think that the proposals are known well
around the campus. I had no clue that we were supposed
to vote. I don't feel that I know the issues well enough
to vote on them," said LSA sophomore Scott
Maslowski, sophomore.
Proposal A, if passed, would raise the current four
percent Michigan sales tax by a half percent. Amend-
ment Proposal B would raise the tax to six percent. If
either proposal passes, it will be added to the state con-
New income raised by the higher sales tax would be
allocated to elementary and secondary schools. In addi-
tion, both amendments would add a provision to the
Michigan constitution for the allocation of lottery prof-
its and some cigarette/liquor taxes to education.
Currently, a state statute allocates lottery profits to
Most students surveyed agreed that a sales tax in-
crease would be good as long as the benefits would be
felt by public schools.
"If the proposal passed, I wouldn't even notice the
increase, I would just keep buying," said Mark Juras, a
Senior in LSA, "And besides, the money would be used
for a constructive cause: education."
Juan Walker, an LSA sophomore, doesn't foresee the
See PROPOSALS, page 2

ield today
Young and Barrow
prepare for
mayoral election
DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Coleman Young strolled
into Straight Gate Church fashionably late Monday, the
same comfortable pace that some observers say has
marked his campaign for an unprecedented fifth term.
Young made his final campaign appearance before
Tuesday's election at the west-side church, which was
unveiling new stained-glass windows. Young scurried
away after about 20 minutes, heading to the funeral of a
family member.
Young was nonplused by a poll released Sunday
which showed him by 11 points, closer than some pre-
vious polls but still a comfortable lead over challenger
Tom Barrow.
"When you pay for polls you pretty much get what
you pay for," Young said.
The WJBK-TV poll released Sunday showed Young
leading Barrow 45 percent to 34 percent. Nine percent
refused to answer. The poll had a margin of error of plus
or minus 4.3 percent.
City elections official Jeff Blaine predicted a voter
turnout of slightly more that 50 percent, a higher
turnout that the last two mayoral elections which
recorded 40 percent and 46 percent respectively.
Nearby in his campaign headquarters, Barrow spoke
excitedly about swaying the undecided vote, which ac-
counted for 12 percent of the voters in the poll con-
ducted for WJBK-TV by the Wayne State University for
Urban Studies.
"Those who are undecided know who Coleman is and
are considering whether to vote for me," Barrow said,
echoing his campaign slogan that Detroit residents are
"ready for a change" after 16 years of leadership by

Easy does it

Paul Dinehart, a staff member at the University Wood Shop on Thompson Street, cuts a piece of black walnut
MSA-sponsored forum to
explore 'U' interim policy
by Josh Mitnick demic affairs, and Charles Moody, Duderstadt called for the creation ofh
Daily MSA Reporter vice provost for minority affairs, student advisory committee to solici

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A Michigan Student Assembly
sponsored forum will bring Univer-
sity administrators, students and
campus groups face to face tomor-
row to discuss the future of the Uni-
versity's discriminatory harassment
Nick Mavrick and Delro Harris,
chairs of MSA's Students Rights
Committee and Minority Affairs
Commission, respectively, will
moderate a panel discussion featuring
five University administrators and 11
representatives from various student
The forum is scheduled to begin
at 7:30 p.m. in Angell Hall Audito-
rium C.
Charles Vest, provost for aca-

will each deliver five-minute state-
ments on the policy, and student
panelists will make two-minute pre-
sentations. Afterwards, students will
have a chance to voice their concerns
and opinions on the policy during a
question and answer period.
Mavrick, who has been working
for about a month on trying to con-
vene the forum, said the discussion
will provide a terrific opportunity for
students to speak out on the Univer-
sity's most pressing issue.
"Not only should the administra-
tion understand how student groups
feel, but student groups should know
how (other student groups) feel," he
Last month, President James

and offer student input on the ha-
rassment policy. Mavrick, a member
of the committee, is hoping that the
forum will convince administrators
to give students a larger role in ap-
proving the policy.
"Hopefully, the University will
reflect on changing the role of the
advisory committee to a committee
of a more substantive merit,"
Mavrick said.
Assistant to the President Shirley
Clarkson said the forum is only one
of the several avenues that Duder-
stadt is using to solicit student in-
put. She added that she hopes the fo-
rum will facilitate a good exchange
of views. Clarkson will be on the
See MSA, page 2

Students at MacMurray College
marched across campus yesterday to
show unity against racism after a
campaign of anonymous threats and
racial slurs against Blacks hit the
small private school.
"We must come together,"
sophomore Ricky Bragg told about
350 students, faculty, and residents
who marched to the college chapel.
"There is no way this can be a
white problem or a Black problem or
a Jewish problem. This is MacMur-
ray's problem," said Bragg, who is
The student-organized march
came four days after hand-written let-
ters containing racial slurs and
threats were found in campus mail-
boxes of the 35 to 40 Black students
at the 620-student liberal arts school,

and in the box of the college's only
Black staff member.
The letters were addressed to stu-
dents by name and campus mailbox
number, and contained slurs directed
at the person, according to students
who saw the letters.
Investigators were trying to de-
velop leads from fingerprints on the
letters, but hadn't identified any sus-
pects, said Tom Weeks, police chief
in Jacksonville in west-central Illi-
nois, 30 miles west of Springfield.
"Right now, it looks like it's a
dead end," he said.
Since the letters were discovered,
the school's administration has
sponsored a series of meetings to
talk about racial tensions on cam-


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