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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 18, 1990 - Page 3

Environmentalist Brower
speaks on ecological issues



ito teach at 'U'

by Erica Kohnke
"Let's learn plastic from spiders+
and cement from hens and sea'
shells," David Brower, a Green Party
activist and former Sierra Club
director, told an audience
overflowing Rackham hall last
In his speech of "hope for thej
earth," Brower spoke of "true1
democracy" and the plight of the
earth to about 400 local residents,f
students and faculty.
Brower received frequent applause{
as he denounced the Bushe
administration, citing its "reckless1
prudence" in environmental issues.
Brower continued his criticism of
the United States, and said this
country uses half the world'st
resources. "We're the overdeveloped
countries, and everybody else is1
fine," he said.'
But Brower quickly moved froms
national politics to his ecological
philosophy. "What's the use of a
house when you don't have a
tolerable planet to put it on?" hej
said, quoting Thoreau. Brower hasf
been called "a modern-day Thoreau."l
Everyone needs to develop ani

ecological conscience, Brower said.
"We need ethics and morality. I
wonder, what did happen to ethics?"
he asked.
"If all the world's a stage, then
this is the Gong Show," he said in
reference to the earth's acid rain
problem. "Conventional wisdom is a
stagnant tool, we must go to the
fresh springs within us," he said.
Brower said nuclear energy was
one of the biggest dangers to the
environment. "We've opened
Pandora's Box, now let's learn to
shut it," he said.
As the nuclear energy threatens
the environment, so do nuclear
arms,, Brower said. "Does anyone
here feel more secure?" he asked.
"We can't seem to let the Cold War
The International Green Cross is
a priority to Brower. The Green
Cross is an organization which
repairs the damage humans do to the
earth. Brower said the organization's
goal is to "stem the flow of hatred"
in the world by bringing nations

When asked if they would give a
year of their lives for the Green
Cross, over half of the Rackham
audience said yes.
Brower said, referring to an article
about a group of University students
who are traveling to Poland to help
install a free-market economic
system, "I wish students would
travel for a new environmental
perspective, not for the free market."
Economics is a form of brain
damage, Brower said. Consumers
should invest and shop for a better
world, using a "green seal of
approval" on products, he said, and
added environmental impact
statements should be available to in-
"Brower's integrity really stands
out, I can actually believe in him,"
said Bob Treemore, an
environmentalist activist, who
introduced Brower.
"He shows how a cause should be
argued; not just how to think, but

what you can do, how to think for
yourself," said Ellis Lesemann, first-
year LSA student.
The speech was sponsored by the
School of Natural Resources, The
Environmental Loss Society, and
Borders Book Shop.

by Frank Krajenke
Daily Staff Writer
Former superintendent of De-
troit Public Schools Arthur Jefferson
will teach educational administration
at the University starting this fall,
and will aid in increasing University
minority faculty representation and
student enrollment.
The School of Education hired
Jefferson as a visiting professor for a
three-year term, but he will also as-
sist the Dean's office in recruiting
"From a personal perspective I
think he would do a great service to
the University by recruiting people
of color," Director of Minority Af-
fairs John Matlock said.
Jefferson said he had not yet set a
specific agenda with the University
for minority recruitment, "It would
be presumptuous to come up with a
game plan at this time."
Matlock said Jefferson's ap-
pointment was "an excellent choice.
He has knowledge one of the largest
school systems in the country."

The University is interested in
developing a closer relationship with
Detroit, said Fred Bertolaet, depart-
ment chair of Educational Founda-
tions, Policy, and Administration.
"We wanted to get more contacts
with Detroit and he can help us. He
'From a personal
perspective I think he
would do a great
service to the
University by
recruiting people of
- John Matlock
Director of Minority
brings experience; we don't have a
superintendent in the faculty."
"The University of Michigan has
a lot going for it; it is a world class
institution receptive to people from
cities like Detroit," Jefferson said.



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ing senior Bryan Mistele, "especially
when there's been no case of dis-
New MSA president Jennifer Van
Valey said she plans to use the CCF
as a test case in her effort to throw
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the Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center.
In addition, department chairs,
residence hall building directors, and
personnel representatives - a total
,of more than 100 people - can
S t take complaints.
Each office processes complaints
differently, Myers said.
Department chairs say they try to
handle incidents as tactfully as pos-
sible, but there is no standard for
dealing with complaints.
"Ifsomeone comes to the chair,
the chair listens," said John King-
don, political science department
chair. "If cases do come up, we deal
with the associate dean of LSA," he

out the new Student Group Bill of
Rights next fall.
The Student Group Bill of Rights
(accords students groups the right to
define their own beliefs) was added to
the assembly's constitution last
week, after over 70 percent of the
student voters approved it in the
spring elections.

"Basically, if there is any sort of
harassment, what we've always tried
to do first is see if we can settle the
problem without a direct confronta-
tion," said Ronald Gibala, Materials
Science and Engineering department
During the six years of his term
in office, three women have told
Gibala they have been harassed.
In one case, the woman filed
charges in the court system. In the
other two, Gibala and the women de-
cided not to pursue the incidents
Instead, Gibala approached the ac-
cused professors and mentioned there
had been a complaint about their be-
Counseling offices do not take
action on harassment cases.
"People come in here to ask
about their options and decide the

Van Valey claims there were
problems with the way the legisla-
tion was proposed, and said she will
push CSJ to throw the bill out in
the fall.
"The Bill of Rights is not pro-
tecting student rights - it is sub-
jecting students to discrimination,"
she said.
best place to go," SAPAC director
Julie Steiner said. "Most of the
time, the student doesn't want to do
something while he or she is in the
class. They say instead, 'This hap-
pened to me. What can I do about it
now in terms of documenting it?"'
Like the procedures for process-
ing harassment charges, possible
sanctions for employees who harass
co-workers or students are not clearly
enumerated. The University has been
working on a policy to define such
reprimands for two years, but noth-
ing has been finalized.
The punishment really depends
on the situation, said Mary Ann
Swain, interim vice president for
student services and former interim
director for Affirmative Action.
"There are too many people, and the
University is too complex to have a
rigid set of rules ," she said.
"If an administration assistant

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politician, I would seriously ques-
tion this expenditure of money, but I
am not sure this is the proper forum
for a federal issue."
But Pastor Robert Wallace of the
First Baptist church said, "It's a
were to say: 'Gee, you're a real cute
chick,' the punishment might be to
ask for an apology and to say to
him, 'Look, women need to be
treated with more respect,"' she ex-
plained. If he gives an apology, and
the victim is satisfied, then the only
record of the incident would be that a
student made the complaint.
"But if the assistant pinched you,
while you might still think you
only want an apology, the Univer-
sity would say that behavior is out]
of bounds." Swain added. A report of
the incident would be placed in thatI
person's personnel file, she said.
"One has to ascertain the degree
of severity of the harassment," said
James Kister, associate chair of the
mathematics department. "There1
might be several levels of escalation
depending on the severity of the in-
cident. It could escalate to at least
the level of taking away the job the

deeply local issue, not only because
of the danger but also because if we
don't speak against it our nation will
believe we support it."
Dr. Barry Nathan, a pediatrician
at St. Joseph's Hospital, agreed with
Wallace, and said, "I think any na-
tional issue is a local issue."
Sharon Gold-Steinberg, an Ann
University provides to that person
- fellowship, teaching-ship. But if
it got that far, we'd want to consult
the University lawyers," he added.
In one incident of alleged sexual
harassment this year, Kister said a
reprimand was not needed following
talks between the parties involved
and himself.
"I talked with both parties in-
volved (separately) and heard each
one's side of what was said," he ex-
plained. "I considered it in the end
not something that would call for ac-
tion. Though I do believe there was
some need for perhaps being more
sensitive to things that should be
said or should not be said."
All offices must report the num-
ber of cases they receive to the Af-
firmative Action Office. The Office

Arbor resident, pointed out the irony
of the MX Rail-Garrison. "Now that
there's less fear of attack from other
nations, we have to fear our own de-
The City Council has not yet de-
cided on a date to vote on the resolu-
has not completed compiling statis-
tics for 1989 because the part-time
person hired to complete the job is
on medical leave.

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