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Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other cartoons,
signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
South Africa has still not achieved real freedom
NELSON MANDELA'S RELEASE rhetoric and reality, shown by his call
Sunday, like the other reforms listed by to extend the vote to Blacks - not yet
South African President F. W. de realized - and the continuing police
Klerk two weeks ago, was met with an brutality.
overwhelmingly jubilant reaction In light of the power struggle be-
throughout the world, especially in tween the ruling white minority and the
South Africa. While Mandela's release oppressed Black majority, it seems
is a major step forward for South clear that the actions taken by the gov-
Africa and the fight against apartheid, ernment of South Africa were done to
newspapers reporting the historic event keep the existing power structure in-
with headlines such as "Today, free- tact. In fact, while de Klerk called for
dom" accompanied by a photo of Man- reforms, he made it clear he did not
dela next to de Klerk are a bit mislead- want the white ruling class to lose its
ing. power.
Though it is true that Mandela and Since it is in the white minority's
other political prisoners are no longer best interest to maintain some degree of
in jail and anti-apartheid organizations power, it is important to remain wary
such as the African National Congress of the dangers involved with gradual
have been legalized, these reforms do emancipation. If the government dic-
not wipe away apartheid. Blacks in tates the course of change, which is the
South Africa cannot yet vote, own case thus far, it is likely that the
property, choose where they want to changes will fit into the existing power
live, or share in the wealth of their na- structure - instead of molding a new
tion on a caliber equal to their number. one.
Saying that any Black person or orga- Upon his release, Mandela recog-
nization in South Africa has attained nized the precarious position of Blacks
:fr edom is ignoring the reality of the si- in South Africa as a result of de
tation. Klerk's first step toward reform. By
It is for this reason that de Klerk's shying away from a role as mediator in
,plan of action must be questioned. De favor of a position as ANC leader, and
Ilerk said that as a result of Mandela's continuing to support the use of armed
release, "There can no longer be any struggle, Mandela confirmed that the
doubt about the government's sincerity reforms enacted were only preliminary.
in seeking to create a just dispensation While Mandela's release was a giant
Ebased on negotiations." In response to leap forward for South Africa, until
de Klerk's statements, some in the there is a distribution of wealth and
U.S. and Great Britain are even asking power in South Africa - until the
that punitive sanctions against South system of apartheid is destroyed -
Africa be lifted. But such a move by Black South Africans and the rest of
Western nations would be rash, for a the world can not step back and assume
gap remains between de Klerk's the battle has been won.
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~Fockey, coach should drop Copeland from team


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Vote for a Zone of Reproductive Freedom

By Sarah Schweitzer
On April 2nd, the city of Ann Arbor
will be holding local elections. It is im-
perative that students register to vote in
Ann Arbor and then vote. In addition to
the election of city councilmembers and a
proposal to change the $5 pot law, Ann
Arbor residents will be asked to vote on a
proposal that would make Ann Arbor a
Zone of Reproductive Freedom.
Operating much like the $5 pot law
presently on the books, a Zone of Repro-
ductive Freedom would make violation of
any future state legislation outlawing or
restricting abortion punishable by no more
than a $5 fine in Ann Arbor. There is a
current law in Michigan which makes
abortion illegal, though Roe v. Wade has
made this law null and void. Given this
summer's Webster decision, coupled with
the fact that Supreme Court Justices
Blackmun, Brennan, and Marshall, who
have consistently recognized the right to
choice as a constitutional right, are all in
their eighties, the eventual overturning of
Roe v. Wade is a very real possibility.
And if this were to happen, Michigan's
Schweitzer is an LSA sophomore. This
viewpoint was endorsed by the U of M
Coalition for Choice, which consists of
the campus chapter of the ACLU, the U of
M College Democrats, the campus
chapter of the Democratic Socialists of
America, and Greeks for Choice.

law outlawing abortion would come into
effect. With a Zone of Reproductive Free-
dom, however, violation of this law in
Ann Arbor would be punishable by a mere
$5 fine. It is crucial that a Zone of Repro-
ductive Freedom be enacted for several rea-
sons. Most importantly, in the event Roe
v. Wade were to be overturned, the zone
would prevent many women from having
to choose a dangerous back-alley abortion.
Secondly, even though we now have a
strong pro-choice governor, there is no

zone, however, performing an abortion on
a minor in Ann Arbor would still be ille-
gal, but punishable with a $5 fine. A
Zone of Reproductive Freedom would have
great symbolic value, sending a message
to Lansing and the rest of the country that
Ann Arbor will not sit idly by while state
legislature or the courts chip away at a
woman's right to choice.
The student vote will be crucial in get-
ting the Zone of Reproductive Freedom
passed. Thus it is imperative that students


The student vote will be crucial in getting the Zone of
Reproductive Freedom passed. Thus it is imperative
that students register to vote by March 2nd and then
vote on April 2nd.

guarantee that Governor Blanchard will be
re-elected in 1990. His opponent, John
Engler, is virulently anti-choice and
should be taken seriously. Without Gov-
ernor Blanchard in office, the pro-choice
movement would lose a powerful voice in
Lansing. A Zone of Reproductive Freedom
would give women an added measure of
security that their right to choice would be
preserved in the event Blanchard were not
Thirdly, a Zone of Reproductive Free-
dom would virtually nullify such anti-
choice legislation as the parental consent
bill, which is still being debated in the
State Senate. This bill would make
parental consent mandatory for any minor
who wishes to have an abortion. With the

register to vote by March 2nd and then
vote on April 2nd. During the rest of
February there will be voter registration
tables in the Fishbowl, in the basement of
the Union, and outside of dorm cafeterias.
Please take roughly two minutes to regis-
ter to vote.

If there is a chance that the Supreme
Court or the states will take away a
woman's right to choice, the least we can
do in Ann Arbor is to make our city safe
from such injustice. By voting for the
Zone of Reproductive Freedom, we can
protect our city and become the first place
in the country to enact such a proposal.
But this achievement is only possible if
students register to vote and then vote.


Red Berenson, meet Barry Switzer
and Jimmy Johnson.
Star hockey player Todd Copeland
did not play last weekend against the
University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Michigan Coach Red Berenson sus-
pended Copeland for the weekend after
learning he was allegedly involved in
malicious destruction of property at both
a: flaternity and sorority house early
Thtlrsday morning. Though the police
have made no formal
charges,. Berenson-
said he talked to
Copeland and con-
firmed his involve-
This crime repre-
sents the second vio-
ent incident
Copeland has been
involved in the last
two seasons. Last
January, Copeland
and three other

But Copeland's situation is differ-
ent. By donning a Michigan uniform
and playing before thousands of fans,
Copeland becomes a public figure who
represents the University.
Copeland should no longer occupy
such a position. If Berenson lets him off
with a minimal punishment, Copeland
and the hockey team will become a
blight on this University's long-stand-
ing integrity and credibility. Berenson
should suspend Copeland from the team
forthe remainderof
the regular season
and forthe playoffs.
To do next to
nothing to
Copeland, Beren-
son lets the public
know that the ath-
letes run the show
at the University.
The University of
Michigan could
one day be com-
pared to the Uni-
versity of Miami or
Oklahoma Univer-
sity, where football
coaches permit ath-
letes to disregard
Copeland the law and soil the
reputations of their
universities in the

'Hussies' offer Valentine's D

By The Brazen Hussies
You might have been wondering what
was up with us hussies over the past cou-
ple of months. Remember when we wrote
and told ya that we had changed the names
of the buildings on campus? Imagine how
bummed out we were when we found out
that the U-M administration vandalized our
new signs. Just goes to show that the pa-
triarchy still stands tall. Angela Davis
may not have a hall named after her, but
she's still a hot babe in our eyes.
Anyways, we were disappointed about
the buildings, but now we're back and
more zany than ever. You just won't be-
lieve what we got up our sleeve now!
Girls, this one's for you! You boys may
as well get going on to the sports page.
Now, we were just thinkin' that tomor-
row's St. Valentine's Day. Ain't that
sweet? We thought about all you girls out
there buyin' and gettin' candy and flowers
and those big ole helium balloons, just to
make sure, just to reaffirm, that you're re-
ally in love. Well chickies, we like love
too, you know. We just think it's kind of
weird that we're supposed to put this one
day aside to jack up Hallmark's sales.
That's all it is girls, face it. Think
The Brazen Hussies, a feminist, di-
rect-action group, is made up of "gals
who just want to have fun."

about it: what if you don't get anything?
Can you imagine? We want to tell you,
plain and simple, that it's no big deal. We
love you, and anyway, you gotta love
yourself. Forget about the limos, forget
about the two pound Hersey Kisses, the
roses, the funky little candy hearts with
little messages on them (you know, the
ones that taste like chalk?).
The Hussies are here to tell you how to
celebrate Valentine's Day right. First,
spend a few minutes in bed in the morning
giving yourself a little hug. You know
you deserve it. Tell yourself you love you
- right on. OK, now stretch and drag
yourself out of bed (yes, you still have to
go to class). Stand in front of that full-
length mirror in your room. Take a good
long look. Your body is beautiful, hear
Don't even think about being critical
today. Resist the urge to pinch an inch and
,mutter under your breath. Come on,
honey, give yourself a break. Today you
can be happy, just being you. Doesn't that
feel good? Oh and sisters, remember you
don't have to be a face artist every day.
Ship the make-up, sweetie, if you feel like
it, and remember you are beautiful with or
without it. You're beautiful from the in-
side out.
We hussies know that you can cele-

ay warnings
brate Valentine's Day all by yourself. But
we wanted to let you know from the bot-
tom of our (Valentine's Day) hearts that
we love you too. We thought to our-
selves, how can we let every gal on cam-
pus know how much we care? This is a
job for Superbrazenhussy. We've come up
with a plan to send you our message. You
will see it tomorrow all over campus:
Oh, we forgot to tell you, our message is
for gals only, its a place where only gals
will see it. We don't need to bother with
the boys on this day. So check it out to-
morrow gals - our Valentine's Day mesA
sage just for you.
We have one more thing to tell you.
When we were checking up on where
Valentine's Day comes from, we discov-
ered that Feb. 14th is celebrated because
on this day the birds were supposed to
pair. So how did the flowers, candy, bal.
loons, with their standards of beauty and
love from TV and fraternity boys get
mixed in? Let us know the answer! And in
addition to celebrating our love for our-
selves, let's celebrate nother earth and the
pairing of the birds! Remember, we need
to set our own standards of beauty from
within ourselves. Don't let flowers and
candy enslave you. BE YOUR OWN

hockey players were
convicted of misde-
meanor harassment
for yelling sexual
threats at two women
while chasing them
in a van through the
The punishment meted out to
Copeland at that time was minimal: a
one-game suspension against a sub-par
Notre Dame team, more than a month
after the harassment incident.
Berenson has not yet made his final
decision on how to punish Copeland for
the latest action, but a weekend suspen-
sion is not enough. By committing
another crime, Copeland has shown a
pattern of behavior that a coach should
dot find tolerable.
Normally, no authority in the Uni-
versity should punish a student for non-

For a precedent, Berenson should
look to 1980, when then-football coach
Bo Schembechler suspended some play-
ers for an entire season when he caught
them smoking marijuana. By that ac-
tion, Schembechler made a loud and
clear statement that Michigan football,
as a representative of the whole Univer-
sity, does not stand for such things.
Berenson should consider a similar
course of action: suspend Copeland for
the remainder of the year and let every-
one know that Michigan will not be

Conservative Coalition works

By Jennifer Van Valey
Since the Fall Michigan Student As-
sembly elections were invalidated, there
has been much speculation about who
truly suffered as a result, and how. The
Conservative Coalition would have you
believe that the students who voted for
them in the election were cheated because
the "fairly elected" officials were not
seated. In fact, however, this is not the
whole truth.
The Conservative Coalition, since they
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tempted to deny funding to p
groups such as LaGROC and NS
Guatemala on the basis of mis
and/or contrived rules. Now fina
year of careful planning, their i
is being fought.
At the Feb. 6 MSA meetin
Priorities Committee chair and
tive Coalition member Bryan I
troduced a Student Organizatio
Rights. His intent is to bring
ment to a vote of the student b
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against progressives
rogressive and discrimination under MSA's anti-dis
Women for crimination clauses will now be subjected
interpreted to a free and uncontrollable reign of dis-
illy, after a crimination, harassment, and oppression. *
final battle From its inception, the Conservative
Coalition has been a group working only
Lg, Budget for itself. They cannot possibly have the
Conserva- general student welfare in mind when they
Mistele in- do things like consistently vote against
ins Bill of anti-discrimination legislation, try to
the docu- block committees from working for the
ody for in- advancement of disempowered groups, and
nti.,ti;n nf ourse. the mnt serious of their infrac-


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