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A century of editorial freedom
Vol. Cl, No 7 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, September 14, 1990 TheWm.icgan ily

Blue
*hoping.
for luck
of Irish
by Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writer
Poor Lou Holtz.
You see, the Notre Dame coach
is very concerned about how his new
quarterback, Rick Mirer, will per-
form this weekend (although his
Fighting Irish defeated Michigan last
year with their quarterback, Tony
Rice, completing only two passes).
And he's having trouble sleeping
at night thinking about the three
new players in his secondary
(although all-American Todd Lyght
will line up at cornerback).
But aren't Holtz and Notre Dame
undefeated at home the past three
seasons? And, well, aren't they the
No. 1 ranked team in the country?
Sure, tailback Dorsey Levens and
guard Bernard Mannelly are injured
and will miss this Saturday's game
I when the two teams meet in South
Bend, Indiana (kickoff 9 p.m EDT).
But there must be some qualified
backups ready to step in. Didn't
Notre Dame recruit, oh, 92 of the
top 100 high school recruits in the
country last year?
For his part, Michigan coach
Gary Moeller is preoccupied with

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JOSE JUAREZ/Daiy
ity of Michigan in last September's
doing the same.
Or, as past experience has
shown, the game could be won on a
change of possession.
Michigan fullback and co-captain
Jarrod Bunch hopes the luck of the
Irish will be with this Wolverines
this year.
"In three years, I've had three
injuries and three losses. Maybe if I
come out injury-free, we'll come out
with a victory."
See FOOTBALL, Page 13

Faculty debates
diversity class

by Amanda Neuman
The debate over a mandatory
course on ethnic and racial issues,
which began in 1987 when United
Coalition Against Racism (UCAR)
students demanded such a course, is
being taken up again by LSA fac-
ulty.
The LSA Curriculum Committee
is putting forth a proposal for such a
requirement again this fall.
If approved, the requirement will
take effect in September 1991. In-
coming students could choose from a
list of courses meeting a set of spec-
ified criteria designated by the LSA
Curriculum Committee. Such
courses may be included under distri-
bution or concentration require-
ments.
Faculty are currently considering
three proposals.
Proposal A is most likely to
come to a vote. It would require
classes to relate issues of intolerance
to contemporary American society
and to cover a comparative analysis
of discrimination.
Prof. Ruth Scodel, a member of
the LSA Curriculum Committee
said, "We wanted a requirement
which a fair number of existing
courses would already fulfill," and
one in which students would have a
lot of possibilities.
If this proposal is rejected by the

faculty, they may decide to substi-
tute one of the other two proposals.
Proposal C calls for special
courses focusing on racism or ethnic
intolerance.
Both Proposals A and C require
at least some focus on American is-
sues, while Proposal B calls for a
focus on examples in any society.
If a vote takes place, it will occur
on October 8 said Henry Griffin, co-
chair of the LSA Curriculum com-
mittee.
Griffin said the current LSA
courses do not adequately address the
problem of racism.
Two forums have been scheduled
for September 24 and October 2 at 4
p.m. in Angell Hall Auditorium C
to discuss the proposed requirement.
These forums are open to the public
and have been organized in response
to faculty requests for more informa-
tion, said Griffin.
Michigan Student Assembly
President Jennifer Van Valey said
she supported the proposed gradua-
tion requirement. "This is one real
tangible thing we could do. We need
to have some standard which we can
apply to the University," she said.
The assembly's Academic Affairs
Commission will explore the impli-
cations of such a requirement, she
See DIVERSITY, page 2

Notre Dame's Anthony Johnson scores a touchdown against the Univers
home game. The Wolverines hope to stop this year's running backs fromd

finding a way to avoid a fourth
straight loss to the Irish.
"I think revenge is a factor," he
said. "But you don't need a lot of
things when you're playing Notre
"Their play-action passing scares me
as much as anything because our
defensive line has to come in against
the run and that puts pressure on our
secondary."
The outcome of Saturday's war

could be swayed by any number of
factors: who wins in the trenches
(Michigan's offensive line vs. Notre
Dame's defensive front), who wins
the battle of the last line of defense
(Lyght vs. all-American Michigan
safety Tripp Welborne) or who puts
forth the most strategic game plan
(Holtz says the element of surprise
is on the side of first-year coach
Moeller).

* Familiar debate rages on, will
by Kristin Palm and faced prosecution during the 1960s. indicative of a new wave of repres- - is
Annette Petrusso Today, the debate is still played out sion is open to several viewpoints. ple w,
Daily Arts Editors in the arts arena - but this time the - great
Last in afive-part series main targets are controversial pho- Barry Lynn, legislative director talk a
Issues involving obscenity and tographs and rap groups. and counsel of the national office of and f
censorship are nothing new. Enter- There are many reason why ob- the American Civil Liberties Union, going

the
Polics
Of
Art
tainers like* Lenny Bruce and Jim
Morrison, lead singer of The Doors,

scenity is again a hot topic. Some
say right-wing activists are involved
in the current debate because they
need a scapegoat in the absence of
more visible "threats" like commu-
nism. Others say the controversy
must escalate into an all-out war in
order to rid America's bookshelves,
movie houses and concert halls of
dangerous sexual images.
Whether or not recent attempts at
censorship and drives to decrease
government funding for the arts are

thinks censorship has been more
prevalent in the past.
Lynn said he believes much of
the recent concern about obscenity
comes from Americans' increasing
openness in regards to sexuality.
This openness, said Lynn, has re-
sulted in the desire to suppress nega-
tive sexual images.
"For better or worse, the avail-
ability of sexually-oriented material
- which does seem to be the focus
of a lot of the censorship these days

Al
direc
socia
group
mov
porn
has b
"T
tized
hard
plain
finds
nitely

persist
here to stay. It's because peo-
vant it. Men and women have a
er openness, a willingness to
about sex in ways that are open
fairly explicit. And nobody is
g back," he said.
lan Wildmon, public relations
tor of the American Family As-
tion, one of the most visible
ps behind the anti-obscenity
ement, said this acceptance of
ography is one reason his group
ecome so active.
The public has become desensi-
to what is actually contained in
core and softcore porn," he ex-
ed, and alluded to a rap group he
offensive: "2 Live Crew defi-
y falls into this category."

through t
Wildmon said the fact that art de-
picting homosexual activity has be-
come more widespread was another
reason his group felt the need to op-
pose displays of works the AFA be-
lieves are obscene.
Musicologist Robert Walser,
who has taught at the University of
Michigan and the University of
Minnesota, said he believes incidents
like the arrest of rap groups for ob-
scene performances signifies a polit-
ically conservative trend.
"I think this reflects the Reagan
decade that these kinds of issues are
now showing up in the court rather
than just a public forum," Walser

he '90s
said.
"I think what we're seeing has to
be put in the context of the last 10
years of the Reagan era in this coun-
try," he continued. "There's a greater
gap between rich and poor in this
country than there has ever been in
this country and this is a decade that
has just passed during which the
Reagan administration managed to
undo a lot of the gains that were
made in terms of civil rights, in
terms of affirmative action, all kinds
of progress that had been made by
Blacks."
Along the same lines, rock critic
Dave Marsh, a longtime anti-censor-
See FUTURE, Page 12

Iraq threatens U.S. forces
Some clergy members in Mecca support U.S. mission

I

by the Associated Press
Iraq warned yesterday of possible
terrorist attacks against U.S. forces,
again sounding the theme of Arab
* feelings wounded by the presence of
non-Moslem soldiers massed in the
holy lands of Saudi Arabia.
But a convocation of Moslem
clergy in Mecca, Saudi Arabia,
condemned the Iraqi annexation of
Kuwait and said the U.S.-led
multinational force's presence was
justified by Iraq's invasion.
The Iraqi warning was contained
in a memorandum handed to the
U.S. charge d'affaires in Baghdad,

according to the Iraqi News Agency,
monitored in Nicosia, Cyprus. It
said Iraq was responding to a U.S.
claim that Iraq-based terrorists were
preparipg to attack U.S. targets.
The United States is creating a
"pretext" for aggression, the
memorandum was quoted as saying,
and "Iraq reserves its legitimate right
to self-defense, to reciprocate and to
retaliate firmly against these parties
if it becomes a target."
President Bush should expect that
the crimes the United States of
America is committing against the
Arab nation and the insult it is

directing to the Islamic shrines by
occupying holy lands will
undoubtedly produce a natural
reaction from the Arab and Islamic
masses," said the memorandum.
INA said the U.S. claims were
contained in - a note delivered
Wednesday to the Foreign Ministry
in Baghdad.
U.S. officials had no immediate
comment.
U.S. Secretary of State James
Baker flew to Damascus on Thursday
to try to reinforce U.S. cooperation
with Syria against Iraq, its longtime

enemy.

See IRAQ, Page 5

PSC envoys discuss trip to
Israeli-occupied territories

By Amy Quick
A University student and recent
graduate spoke about their
experiences in a recent trip to the
Israeli-occupied territories last night
at the Rackham Building.
LSA Senior David Levin and
recent School of Public Health
graduate Luis Vazquez last night
presented "Scenes from the
Palestinian Uprising," including a
lecture and slide-show, to 100
people.
Levin and Vazquez spent two

are experiencing, and to express
solidarity with students denied the
opportunity for education by Israel.
Levin and Vazquez spent time at
Birzeit University, which is 12
miles north of Jerusalem. Birzeit.
was closed in 1988 because Israeli
officials claimed it served as a
staging ground for the Intifada.
MSA initiated a sister University
relationship with Birzeit last year.
Levin stressed that the trip was
"not a fact-finding mission to
determine whether or not oppression

movement.
They told the audience that
Birzeit University has been closed
since January 1988 and, despite
several announcements that the
University would reopen, it remains
closed. Vazquez said that the campus
is off limits to students.
Students are not allowed inside
libraries and it is illegal for more
than seven students to live together,
said Vazquez. He added that the
University will be held responsible
for for any student political

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liters of Pepsi. The crew team makes $1.25 for each application.
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