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lichigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 6, 1990 - Page 9

Students protest Freshmen Convocation

by Joanna Broder
Daily Staff Writer
University President James Dud-
erstadt welcomed 1400 members of
the class of 1990 at the annual
Freshmen Convocation Tuesday
night amidst the periodic protests of
some students seated in the balcony.
Members of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly's Student Rights
Commission yelled to the president,
sking him to explain why the MSA
president was not one of the chosen
* peakers at the event. The protesters
also demanded that Duderstadt dis-
cuss the recent administrative deci-
gion to establish an armed campus
police force.
MSA president Jennifer Van Va-
ley, who said that she was originally

invited to speak at the convocation
and later taken off the program, said
she felt "upset, silenced, and angry."
Van Valey said MSA presidents
have traditionally taken part in the
convocation.
Mary Ann Swain, vice president
for Student Services, said the convo-
cation invited different student lead-
ers to speak at this year's convoca-
tion. Lynn Bergquist, the president
of Mortar Board, an honorary soci-
ety, spoke this year.
Van Valey disagreed with the de-
cision to choose a different student
speaker each year. "If they should
give precedence to anyone, it should
be the person that the students
elected as their leader," she said.
About 25 members of the com-

mission distributed flyers asking the
incoming students to "stop cops on
campus."
Commission chair Corey Dol-
gon, a Rackham graduate student,
said over 70 percent of students who
voted in last year's MSA election
opposed an armed campus police.
The issue appeared on the ballot as a
symbolic referendum.
The regents voted to establish the
force in late June.
The flyers also urged both parents
and students to ask President Duder-
stadt why he wouldn't permit the
MSA president the opportunity to
speak at the convocation. Dolgon
said it's "MSA's responsibility to
advocate students rights. The Uni-
versity refuses to recognize that stu-

dents have the right to participate in
decision making."
The commission's flyers said
"the University administration has
never had a commitment to safety."
They accused the University of
"ignoring the safety task force's rec-
ommendations regarding lighting,
night-time bus service, Safewalk,
and education and acting only on cre-
ating an armed presence."
Steven Oberski, a first year stu-
dent from Goodrich, Mich. said he
was not offended by the protesters.
"It's great that they voice their opin-
ions (but) it's too bad they don't
have a forum for discussion with the
bigwigs," he said.
Not all students, however, agreed
See HONORS, Page 16

Dude FILE PHOTO/Daily
This is University President James Duderstadt. The scissors he's wielding
are not used to cut tuition costs.

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