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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

Vol. C, No. 47

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, November 9, 1989

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conduct

policy

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by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter

mixed

reviews

University administrators listened
and responded to concerns raised by
students and student groups about
the University's policy on discrimi-
natory conduct last night at a forum
sponsored by the Michigan Student
Assembly.
The forum - which was orga-
nized by the assembly's Students
Rights Committee and the Minority
Affairs Commission - was attended
by 85 students representing a wide
spectrum of opinions about the is-
sues they felt the new policy should
address.
Six administration officials in-
volved with the policy spoke at the
forum, including Provost for
Academic Affairs Charles Vest and
Vice Provost for Minority Affairs

dividual discrimination in the in-
terim policy. Delvin Ponte, a mem-
ber of the Black Student Union,
stressed that group discrimination
should also be addressed in the pol-
icy.
Students repeatedly disagreed over
where to draw the line between pro-
tecting free speech and protecting
those who are discriminated against.
John Tyler, a member of the
United Coalition Against Racism,
said discriminatory speech is a racist
act. "Its effects can be damaging.
The effects of words can go beyond a
simple utterance," he said.
However, campus American
Civil Liberties Union Vice President
Mike Schecter said the problem was
not as clear cut. "We feel the
University doesn't have the resources
to define and address the problems

posed by harassment and the ambi-
guities of the policy," he said.
Doug Morris, a representative of
the College Republicans, said he felt
the policy was overly subjective.
"No matter how explicitly the policy
is defined, decisions will be based on
individual judgments... and there
will always be conflicts in judg-
ment," he said.
"We had both extremes repre-
sented tonight," said MSA Students'
Rights chair Nick Mavrick, one of
the event's organizers. "This is just
the beginning of the opening of the
doors of communication."
Mavrick, who was appointed to
serve on a committee comprised of
students which will solicit student
opinions and advise administrators
on the policy, said the committee
See FORUM, page 2

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Delvin Ponte of the Black Student Union addresses the forum held last night by the Minority Affairs Commis-
sion and Student Rights Commission of MSA. Ponte stressed the need to focus on group discrimination rather
than solely on individual discrimination.

Black victory
not perceived
as historical
by Vera Songwe
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
On Tuesday, three Black politicians in the United
States made history: David Dinkins became the first
Black mayor of New York, Douglas Wilder of Virginia
became the nation's first Black
Daily governor, and Coleman Young be-
News came the first Detroit mayor to win
Analysis an unprecedented five consecutive
elections.
To many, these victories represented the collapse of
an invisible barrier that made it impossible for Blacks
to hold top electoral positions.
Traditionally, turnout among Black voters is signifi-
cantly low, but some analysts attributed the electoral re-
sults to greater Black participation. Both the Virginia
and New York City voter turnout was high, a surprise
for an off-year election.
However, University Communications Prof.
Michael Traugott, program director at the Center for Po-
litical Studies, said he did not think the increase was due
to Blacks becoming more politically active.
"Many voters had a sense of an historic occasion,"
Traugott explained, adding that he would not be overtly
optimistic about Blacks being more politically active.
"It is too close to say now, but they are certainly
moving in a direction in which they would have a
greater role in national politics," Traugott added.
But while many regard the events of the last two
days as significant, Harold Cruse, professor of history
and Afro-American and African studies did not.
Cruse said nothing new was happening, explaining
that Blacks have been active in politics for 25 years.
"I am no longer excited," he said. "Blacks are not
winning anymore (now) See VICTORS, page 5

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New York City Mayor-elect David Dinkins, left, and Ed Koch, the current major, hold a press
conference yesterday. Dinkins was elected Tuesday as the city's first Black major.
oters rejec school

rinance proposals
by The Associated Press hers in Midland C
School finance proposals flopped in the an area of about 5,'
only statewide voting in Michigan's general of Midland.
election while local voters shut down govern- Supervisor Ch
ment in one township and barred liquor in two Thomas Sian and
cities. accused in a recal
Proposal A and Proposal B, the two meeting requireme
statewide plans to raise sales taxes to bring in bulkiding inspecto
more money for schools were both trounced by Gov. James Bl
three-to-one margins. point interim mem
Education initiatives they would have paid until a special elect
for will go ahead, State Superintendent of Pub- The alcohol bai
lic Instruction Donald Bemis said. "But it's go- and Hudsonville,1
ing to be a long and tough fight," he added. one margins. A ne
Voters had tough news in the form of lages of townships
ouster votes for three of the five board mem- licenses the right t

protest
by Kristine LaLonde
Daily Administration Reporter
The University Council, the
nine-member panel that reviews
campus conduct policies, finalized its
suggestions Tuesday for implement-
ing the University's free speech and
protest policy.
The council has been working on
a policy to implement free speech
rules since it began meeting early
this year. Council members said the
latest suggestions include setting up
a "free speech board" to determine
whether certain forms of protest vio-
late the policy.
However, the council's sugges-
tions are not yet available for public
perusal, said Rackham graduate stu-
dent Corey Dolgan, council co-chair.
Dolgan said the proposed free
speech board would consist of one
staff, one faculty, and one student
member. Initial complaints would
also be reviewed by a policy coordi-
nator.
If the board determines that a vio-
lation occurred, the complaint would
go to mediation, then perhaps to a
hearing board, Dolgan explained.
But some say such a board has no
business determining how to impose

guidelines for free speech.
American Civil Liberties Union
campus vice president Mike
Schechter, an LSA senior, said, "A
panel of three people is completely
inadequate when we've had a court
system trying to figure (free speech)
out for 200 years," Schechter said.
"The University does not have the
resources to determine what is free
speech; it's not the proper body to
do it."
However, council member Harry
McLaughlin, the University's physi-
cal education academic services direc-
tor, said the provision was "not
meant to chill protest. It's meant to
allow for orderly protest if that's
what people want."
The council's suggestions will be
sent to the Michigan Student
Assembly, the faculty's Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University Af-
fairs, and the Office for Academic
Affairs. The three bodies will review
the policy, which equally applies to
students, faculty and staff, and send
back suggestions to the council.
The University's Board of Re-
gents would make the final decision
on any free speech guidelines.
See POLICY, Page 2

of

rules

County's Jerome Township,
000 people seven miles west
hristain Weber, Treasurer
Trustee Byron Gordon were
1 petition of violating open-
ents, hiring an unqwualified
r and ignoring a petition.
anchard will be asked to ap-
bers to operate the township
ion can be scheduled.
ins were approved in Zeeland
both by more than three to
w state law gives cities, vil-
with no stores with liquor
o ban sales.

Professor studies
extremist groups'
racist beliefs

Abortion issue keys
political decisions
Dems. say issue provoked
national election victories

,by Taraneh Shafii
John dropped out of high school
after his sophomore year. He was
brought up in a lower working class
family and his father left his mother
before he could walk. John now'puts
racist leaflets under car windshield
wipers in downtown Detroit.
John is the type of person Uni-
versity Associate Psychology Prof.
Raphael Ezekiel interviews. Ezekiel
wants to find out why civilized peo-
ple can behave with such racial he-
"Racism is something that has
been a central concern all my life,"
said Ezekiel.
For the past six years, Ezekiel

to find what made them vulnerable
to recruitment.
Because Ezekiel is Jewish, at first
many of his students questioned his
ability to interview people hostile to
his own religion, said LSA senior
Louise Rosenfield, who is taking his
Psychology of Social Change class.
But, she said, he takes the approach
that "everybody's a human being and
everybody has a soul."
Ezekiel has spent four years in-
terviewing 15 core members of the
Nazi group and observing rallies in
Detroit. He often uses these taped in-
terviews in his social change class to
help students learn more about the
members and interview techniques.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Abor-
tion, the issue that once had
Democrats on the run, emerged as a
decisive factor in Democratic victo-
ries following a political turnabout
that Republicans couldn't foresee
just a few months ago.
"I think the abortion issue helped
me considerably," DouglasWilder
said after claiming victory in his bid

to become governor of Virginia.
Republican National chair Lee
Atwater conceded the issue "made a
difference."
Opponents of abortion acknowl-
edged yesterday that Democrats had
skillfully turned the issue in their
own terms in the public debate.
Searching for signs of any en-
couragement, anti-abortion leaders
See IMPACT, page 2

Reps. propose
abortions for
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Poor

law to fund
rape survivors
by voters in Nov 19RR It ended

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