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0. THE NATIONAL COLGE NEWSPAPER

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Student Body EMBER 1989

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U. THE NATIC*AL COLLEGE NEWS

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FOCUS
Despite accusations of apathy, col-
lege students are actively involved in
boycotts, protests and consciousness-
raising events. Some student groups
have organized boycotts against
Coca-Cola and Domino's Pizza.
Others have spoken out against boy-
cotts.
Coca-Cola's presence in South
Africa and the Domino's owner's con-
tributions to Operation Rescue have
spurred many students to action on
both sides of the issues.

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Students protest Coke sales

By Nathan Krystall
The Collegian
U. of Massachusetts, Amherst
A petition drive to have Coca-Cola
vending machines removed from the U.
of Massachusetts began last spring.
The drive was prompted by student
opposition to the company's continued
investment in South Africa, said the
organizer, Christine Robinson.
Robinson kicked off the drive with an
information table in the Union to tell stu-
dents about Coke's involvement in South
Africa, and has since collected 2,000 sig-
natures supporting the ban.
"Don't drink Coke because if you do,
you're drinking the blood of a dead South
African," Robinson told a student
putting money into a campus Coke
machine.
South Africa's apartheid system legal-
izes segregation, allowing the country's
4 million whites to politically and eco-
nomically dominate 22 million Blacks,
she said.
"They don't treat blacks as if they were
human."
The Coca-Cola company agreed in
1986 to divest in South Africa to encour-
age the end of apartheid, but actually
only relocated its syrup plants to
Swaziland, a country that is economical-
Although Hampshire divested from
South Africa in 1978 and Coke machines
have been removed from campus, Coke
products are still served in Hampshire's
dining hall. Hampshire student Marcus
Hong said, "We're still in the process of
getting them to remove Coke." The
Dining Commons is owned by the
Marriott Corporation. Ray Sheen, The
Amherst Student, Amherst College

By Ray Sheen
The Amherst Student
Amherst College
Last spring, the Black Student Union
and Coalition for a Free South Africa
initiated a campaign to educate stu-
dents about South Africa to obtain a pos-
itive response to a referendum on the
serving of Coca-Cola products by the
Dining Service.
The campaign follows activities to ban
Coke products from Hampshire, Mount
Holyoke and Smith College.
Manolo Espinosa, an Amherst stu-
dent, is working with BSU to bring lec-
turers to campus, including, possibly, a
representative from the Coca-Cola
Company. Espinosa said the meeting
with a Coke representative may be
impossible as Coke representatives
have been verbally abused during visits
to other campuses.
According to Espinosa, the boycott is
a consolidated effort by colleges around
the nation.
Francis Crowe, Western
Massachusetts representative of the
American Friends Service Committee's
national campaign to boycott Coke, said
a boycott of the product is a signal for
the other 300 American companies in
South Africa to pull out.
No soft drinks are served at meals, but
both Coke and non-Coke products can
be purchased from vending machines.
Head of Dining Services Paul Garvey
said that "not a tremendous volume" of
Coke is sold. Although student
Kathleen Kienholz is organizing a boy-
cott, no referendum is planned. Ray
Sheen, The Amherst Student, Amherst
College

ly dependent on South Africa, Robinson
said.
She claims the company's 15 bottling
plants were sold to independent owners
who buy their syrup from the Swaziland-
based plants, rendering the move use-
less since neither the government nor
Coke sales were effected.
MICHIGAN STATE
Associated Students of MSU voted to
support a campus-wide boycott of Coke
products in February 1989. ASMSU
member Rocky Beckett said, "The boy-
cott is not just against Coke. We are ask-
ing students to focus on Coke simply
because they don't buy IBM computers
every day." Leslie Garner and Joan
Patterson, The State News, Michigan
State U.

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Domino's officials say Tom Monaghan's activities and con-
tributions are personal, but evidence shows that he has com-
mitted both staff and funds to his right-wing agenda.
In addition to his company's contributions to Operation
Rescue, Detroit Free Press reported in July that a Domino's
CEO and coordinator of Operation Rescue spent three days a
week blocking health clinics, on company time, with his boss'
approval.
Additionally, Michigan Department of Civil Rights said
Domino's has four pending complaints for racial injustice
against employees.
Domino's refusal to serve predominantly black neighbor-
hoods has led to a boycott by black churches.
Monaghan also founded an elite sub-unit of the Word of God,
which has a chapel in the headquarters where employees are
encouraged to worship.
Also occupying Domino's corporate office is the campaign
headquarters for Word of God member running for Ann Arbor
City Council.
Think about where your money goes before you spend it at
Domino's. Danalynn Recer, columnist, The Daily Thxan, U. of
Texas, Austin

A debate has begun on campus centering on whether a social-
ly-conscious group has a right to dictate what should be bought
at Connecticut College.
The misdirected boycott of Domino's hurts everyone but Mr.
Monaghan, and there should be no boycott.
The logic behind an anti-boycott is simple. Each franchise
owner pays a fixed amount to the main company, whether or
not business is bad. However, Mr. Monaghan will continue to
support whatever groups he wants to, and the managers and
employees of each Domino's franchise will be hurt.
These people probably do not have Operation Rescue and its
impact on the question of abortion on the top of their priority
list. I assume they are more concerned with having enough
money to feed their families.
Some adamant boycott supporters say that working for
Domino's tacitly supports anti-abortionist tactics.
Mr. Monaghan will survive this boycott. However, I am not
so sure about the rest of the Domino's team. So, when deciding
on how best to protest Mr. Monaghan, take a hard look at who
is going to be hurt. If it's the innocent workers, then please,
look somewhere else. Ed Kania, columnist, The College Voice,
Connecticut College

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