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Earth Day speech




attacks Kohl

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by Emily Miller
"Seize the day... and save the en-
vironment!" Dennis Hayes, Na-
'tional Earth Day director, told an
almost full Angell Hall auditorium
Hayes was the original organizer
of National Earth Day in 1970 at the
University. He created the day in
order to promote education about en-
vironmental problems and to pro-
pose solutions.
Support for the day led to the cre-
ation of the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency and adoption of the na-
tional Clean Air and Clean Water
Acts. Its anniversary will be cele-
brated April 22 with speakers who
include Ralph Nader and Governor
James Blanchard.
Twenty years ago, "the world was
heading in the wrong direction,"
'Hayes said. "We all thought this
,Earth Day 1970) was going to be
the inflection point in history," but
global warming from chloroflouro-
carbons, tropical rain forest destruc-
tion, overpopulation, and other envi-
ronmental factors have become
,vastly worse, he said.
But Hayes assured the audience he
was not demanding radical changes.
He said small lifestyle moderations
could bring vast beneficial changes
to the environment.

"If everyone just used the most
efficient refrigerator possible, the
amount of electricity saved is the
full 24 hour production of 12 nuclear
power plants," he said.
"If these people (the audience)
could get out and relate these con-
cepts to others in the University,
then the University could really have
an impact," said School of Natural
Resources senior Jennifer Bloomer.
"We need to become the majority."
Stressing that it is not possible
to replace a species or an atmosphere
after it is gone, Hayes said the gov-
ernment should not cut corners on
environmental program funding. He
said an average of one species be-
comes extinct per hour around the
world. "Compromise on environ-
mental issues is not possible," he
Hayes, who is a former head of
Solar Research, said the environ-
ment was a major concern during the
Carter administration but Reagan cut
funding for major research efforts and
dissolved the foundation for envi-
ronmental research.
But Hayes said improving envi-
ronmental conditions is possible be-
cause people are prepared to act.
"The environment is the hot issue
today," he said, explaining that when
the media focuses on an issue, pub-
lic concern about it also seems to

BONN, West Germany (AP) -
Opposition leaders accused Chancel-
lor Helmut Kohl on Thursday of us-
ing the East German crisis to en-
hance his political standing and se-
cure a place in history as the man
who unified Germany.
During a raucous, insult-filled
Parliament session, Kohl in turn ac-
cused the opposition of being allied
with the old Communists who ruled
East Germany with an iron fist.
The chancellor also came under
fire in East Germany, where the
Communist-led government accused
Kohl of exaggerating the country's
economic and political problems to
speed reunification.
The verbal brawl in Parliament
gave West German voters a preview
of what is likely to be a bitter cam-
paign for West German elections in
December, and the pivotal role reuni-
fication will play.
The West German campaign is
even influencing the campaign for
East Germany's first free elections
March 18. In anticipation of even-
tual reunification, West German par-
ties have been aligning themselves
with the fledgling political parties in
East Germany.

Kohl outlined to Parliament his
weekend talks with Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev on reunification.
He said both agreed the March 18
elections - when the Communist
government will likely be ousted
were a key to reunification.
"I was able to underscore my firm
belief (to Gorbachev) that the result
of the elections will not only be a
democratic and negotiations-capable
government, but also a government
program with the clear goal: 'Unity
as soon as Possible,"' said Kohl.
"Never before since the division
of our land...have we been so close
to our goal..." Kohl told Parliament.
Hans-Jochen Vogel, head of the
main opposition Social Democrats,
accused Kohl of providing too little
financial help for East Germany and
of using unification for his own po-
litical benefit.
"You have talked, awakened
hopes, set conditions...and meditated
over your place in the history books.
But there hasn't been much help,"
said Vogel.
"If we are to speak about a his-
toric breakthrough, then it was this
decision of Mikhail Gorbachev," said

National Earth Day director, Dennis Hayes, speaks about the importance
of Earth Day 1990, which will stress the importance of education on
environmental problems. Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22.

increase. He pointed out that when
the AIDS and homeless issues faded
from the front pages, public interest
faded along with it.
Hayes said change is also possi-

ble because with recent changes in
the Soviet Union and Eastern Eu-
rope, funding for nuclear testing of
military weapons can be diverted to-
ward environmental issues.

;Illinois mayor says
city is improving

SAPAC forms men's groups
by Diane Cook expanded to include all men on cam- cilitates the meetings, said they are
Daily Women's Issues Reporter pus. important for allowing men to get to

by Eric Phillips
East St. Louis, Illinois is on the
rebound from its current devastation,
said Carl Officer, mayor of East St.
Louis, to a crowd of about 100 peo-
ple yesterday at Rackham Amphithe-
Officer was the keynote speaker
for "Revitalizing America's Inner
Cities: Strategies for the 1990's," a
two day conference which focused on
the scourges of American cities.
"East St. Louis has a bright fu-
ture because we beat Michigan for
riverboat casino gambling," he said.
"We have instituted $1/2 billion for
riverfront development."
Using his own experiences as
mayor of one of the nation's poorest
cities, Officer said, "Every police-
man wants a raise. Every firefighter
wants a raise. Every citizen wants
a "

more policemen and firefighters. be-
cause of all the drugs and crime.
Where does all the money come
Responding to recent criticisms
that he has mismanaged his debt.-
plagued city, Officer blamed the me-
dia for his tarnished image. He said a
1989 Nightline program which fo-
cused on the problems of East St.
Louis was misleading.
"I like Sam Donaldson because I
like going up against the best they
have," Officer said. "But Sam is like
all the other journalists; they don't
know a doggone thing about our
In 1979, at the age of 27, Officer
was elected as the youngest mayor of
a metropolitan city. At the time of
his election, Officer admits he was
ignorant of the inner workings of

Progressive Male Syndrome
(PMS), sexism, and rape are not just
women's issues, say members of the
University's Sexual Assault Preven-
tion and Awareness Center
(SAPAC), who have formed Men's
Support Groups to address these
concerns from a man's point of
The groups started when men
who were volunteers at the center
said other men made them feel un-
comfortable for being members of a
pro-feminist organization. The sup-
port groups have increased member-
ship six times this year since their
inception in the fall of 1988.
"We felt like men in general are
stifled or repressed in terms of the
way they behave," said John Ifcher,
director of the support groups.
Although the group was origi-
nally formed to give mutual support
to employees at SAPAC, the group

The number of participants dou-
bled from 16 to more than 30 when
they opened the meetings to all men.
Ifcher said members represent frater-
nities, minority groups, East Quad,
and Inter-Cooperative Council
"It's become such an institution
that we have an introductory set of
topics (for discussions) and ad-
vanced," Ifcher said.
The group is part of the office's
growing inclusion of programs for
men. Ifcher said the expansion is
necessary, citing FBI statistics that
"one in three women will survive
"Men have to start taking respon-
sibility for what they do," he said.
"It is necessary, then, to re-educate
the way men think about women to
solve the problem."'
Phil Elliot, a graduate student in
the School of Social Work who fa-

city politics. "It took me seven and a
half years to learn how to be
mayor," he said.
"Before I got elected, I had never
been in City Hall, never been in the
mayor's office," he added. "Nobody
knew whether or not I could run city
government, including myself. But
I was confident that given the oppor-
tunity I could do the best job possi-

Joie Lee speaks on filmmaking

by Diane Cook
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
Casting directors don't know
what to do with me because I'm not
a "standard type, " said Joie Lee,
who spoke last night to about 100
students at Rackham auditorium.
"... this business is all about
how you look and your standard
types, and I don't fit into any of
those," Lee said.
Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity
brought Lee, the sister of Black film
director Spike Lee, to campus to par-
ticipate in a "salute to African-Amer-
ican women".
"I'm very grateful to my brother
for writing roles that just show the
Black woman in a natural state," she
Lee said she became involved in
the film industry by doing produc-

tion work with her brother. She has
starred in all of his films.
"She's Gotta Have It is one of
my favorites because there's an in-
nocence to it," she said.
"Even though there are problems
that I have with it as a woman, par-
ticularly the rape scene, there's
something very personal and inno-
cent and there's a newness about it
with Spike as a filmmaker. And I
think that film is hysterical."
Lee said she was disappointed
that "Do The Right Thing" wasn't
nominated for best picture in the
1989 Grammy Awards, but pointed
out that since most of the people in
the film industry are white, it
"makes sense."
She said "the Academy" is con-
sidering racial issues on a gentler

"They're going to go with safe
films like "Driving Miss Daisy,"
she said. "Although it deals with ra-
cial issues, it's gentle; whereas 'Do
The Right Thing' takes you, shakes
you up and throws you back in the
seat. You have to think and it
doesn't offer you a solution."
"People don't want to deal with
the issue that this film brings up.
So I think it is discrimination."
She said her relationship with
Spike is "a brother-sister type rela-
tionship," and she learns about his
career by reading the newspapers.

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the "heart" of things.
The introductory discussions fo-
cus on "introspective topics" - how
participants feel about themselves.
In the advanced meetings, the
men explore larger societal issues.
Ifcher said a common trait among
members is "progressive Male Syn-
drome" (PMS). He said in these
cases, the man renounces his mas-
culinity and may hope to be fulfilled
by taking on feminine characteris-
tics. He said these males mask past
socialization of how a man should
act., rather than working through and
changing these patterns.
Ifcher said he doesn't know if
there is any resolution for this prob-
lem, but he said in these cases, the
group acts as a support for someone
dealing with the issue.
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Innovative, informal communion services
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$ peaker condemns
*anti-Israel rhetoric



by Tom Kent
David Olesker, director of the In-
stitute for Countering Anti-Israel
Propaganda, spoke to a group of
about 30 people last night at Hillel
about ways to respond to various
forms of Anti-Israel propaganda.
"Israel is not above criticism,
* but there is a form of criticism tak-
ing place aimed at damaging Israel
politically and physically," Olesker
Olesker emphasized that he was
not endorsing any particular political
group, but his hope was to "train
people to respond effectively to anti-
Israel propaganda."
"Not all negative statements
about Israel are propaganda," Olesker
0 said. But he added that he does want
students tn recognize the use of im-

In an example of agenda setting,
Olesker showed how people on one
side of an argument are often put on
the defensive and are unable to intro-
duce arguments in their behalf.
The lecture was sponsored by the
University Service Department
(USD), the Union of Students for
Israel (USI), Involvement in Michi-
gan Political Action Committee
(IMPAC), and Tagar.
Olesker has spoken to Israeli
diplomats and army officers about
anti-Israel propaganda. He said,
"Israel criticism is not the same as
anti-Israel propaganda. We should
learn to recognize this propaganda
and respond to it."



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