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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 23, 1990
420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

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Editor in Chief

Opinion Editor

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.
Students' rights
Organize against the move for deputized police

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deputize its own police force has left
students asking several questions about
the process:
Why did the regents decide to
deputize the security officers this sum-
mer, while most students were out of
Why did they do this without
asking for University student, faculty
or staff input?
Why did they ignore the 70 per-
cent of the students who voted against
the implementation deputization with-
out student input?
Why are they using the task force
on safety and security's findings as
justification for deputization when this
is the only one of 12 suggestions made
that is being pursued?
Why do they now refuse to hold
any forums for discussion of these is-

According to the regents, deputiza-
tion is going to cost $1.5 million this
year. Local law enforcement officials
say this is an underestimate: within five
years, the cost will reach between three
and four million dollars per year.
Currently the regents pay $500,000
per year to the Ann Arbor police
department which provides a special
campus police force. How will this
affect students' lives besides a rise in
Concerns such as these are the focus
of Students' Rights Week. The events
this week provide an opportunity for
students to inform themselves about
how tuition and campus life will be
drastically affected by deputization.
As deputization becomes more and
more of a reality it is important that
students join together and speak out
against this regental move: Students'
Rights Week is providing the arena in
which this can occur.



Recycling may preserve more than the environment
By Michael Hains depletable resource, but I conserved enerev rv, a r i ..nt.. ~

Students' Rights Week
Sponsored by the Michigan Student Assembly
Tuesday: Graduate Student Organizing: Past and Present
7:30 PM-Rackham E. Conference Room
Wednesday: Howard Zinn-Student Activism:
Challenging the Knowledge Factory.
6:00 PM-Rackham Lecture Hall
Thursday: Student Power in the Nineties
7:30 PM-Rackham E. Conference Room
Friday: Rally for Students' Rights
1:00 PM-On the Diag
Party for Students' Rights
Featuring the music of Rythm McFeud.
8:00 PM-E. Quad Half Way Inn
In the loop

Recycling people are very happy peo-
ple, while "un-recyclers" are not. Unfortu-
nately, one of many side effects to not re-
cycling is manic depression, and in more
extreme cases - schizophrenia. Holistic
healers, psychologists, and many scien-
tists have just recently begun to notice
this phenomena.
It is difficult to observe, because it's
difficult to test with laboratory animals
whose lifestyles don't require a wise use of
resources. However, to the careful ob-
server, (trained or untrained) the effects can
be seen on a daily basis. For example:
After my good friend Bob Smith fin-
ished his Prego pasta sauce one day, he
rinsed out the jar and placed it carefully (so
it didn't shatter) into the recycling bin.
Thereupon, Bob said to himself, "I feel
good!! Not only did I save a portion of a
Haines is a third-year student in the
School of Natural Resources and lives at
Luther Cooperative.

in the process. Plus, now I don't feel like
some slothful ignoramous who draws no
connection between my lifestyle and the
environment. Sometimes life is really

Unfortunately, one of many side effects to not
recycling is manic depression, and in more extreme
cases - schizophrenia. Holistic healers,
psychologists, and many scientists have just recently
begun to notice this phenomena.

,aysl ater, ucy LUegan to ieei nau-
seous over the guilt of her action. And af-
ter weeks passed, her depressed behavior
deepened until eventually Lucy plummeted
into an abyssal state of psychological de-
spair. Schizophrenic behavior resulted.

On the opposite and pathetic end of the
speturum is my cousin Lucy Jones. Ex-
actly two years ago today, Lucy ate a can
of tuna and said to herself, "I don't really
care to crush the can and put it into the
bin. For one thing, it would intrude on
this fantasy world that I live in and be-
sides, I'm much to lame to do something
so cool."

Currently, by day Lucy frantically runs
from passerby to passerby ranting about
how she founded Greenpeace and Earth
First!, and by night Lucy hides out at a#
local club thrashing her brains out to
"speed metal" tunes. (Fortunately non-re-
cyclling doesn't run in the family, huh).
Anyway, please, don't be a "Lucy
Jones" - recycle. If nothing else, it will
keep you sane!

University needs to deliver more than lip-service

By Jennifer Austin
I am an RA in West Quad. As a person
and as part of my job, I am dedicated to
the education of people, students in partic-
ular. I am very excited this week because I
have seen people who had no idea about
what "gay" or this PAC week meant learn
something, and I had something to do
with it.
I didn't set out to impose my views on
them, but for the last six weeks I have
been creating opportunities for them to
learn about something new, or ask ques-
tions about something they are not com-
fortable about.

was asked to be open-minded, investigate
and be honest and fair in her reporting.
She learned a lot doing this story, and
though she still is not completely com-
fortable with the issues, she recognizes the
right of people to be heard and respected
and to not be oppressed.
I am very impressed with this woman.
Society has been telling her all her life
that homosexuality is wrong and immoral,
but now she is questioning that. I am very
disappointed, however that I can't say the
same for everyone at the University.
Although the regents are elected by res-
idents of the state, I feel it is absolutely

Bush's Presidency may
proaches its first midterm, it appears
bereft of what the President himself
once referred to as "the vision thing."
Bush's record number of flip-flops
over the past two weeks on budget
matters such as taxes and emergency
spending bills coincide with
Americans' increasing sense that
nobody in Washington has any sense
of how to tame the budget monster.
But what is truly enraging Ameri-
cans is not so much his confusion over
how to get what he wants, but what he
actually does want. Bush's proposed
budget, continuing in the Reaganomic
tradition, soaks the poor to aid the rich.
The proposal places no surtax on
millionaires, but drastically cuts medi-
care funding. Defense spending would
not be cut, but large increases in taxes
for the poor, the middle class and the
elderly would occur. And, most fla-
grantly, the budget entails a 100 per-
cent increase in the gasoline tax accom-
panied by $3.5 billion in tax breaks to
the oil companies for "exploration."
Bush's refusal to make significant
concessions on these points, along
with his determination to hold the gov-
ernment, the budget, and this nation's
precarious economy hostage in order to
get his way rightly galls a nation facing
rising unemployment, declining stan-
dards of living, and the prospect of
One of the reasons for that potential
stagflation is the U.S. intervention in
K the Gulf, which now has a price tag of
$1 billion per month, and which grows
opndi1~tiy mrp ynniv b he dip v

lead the nation to crisis
way of life"; that explanation was too
vague and contradictory.
Next Bush tried to tell us that we
were in the Gulf to protect "our" re-
sources, until his pundits made it clear
that few Americans relished dying in
the Saudi sands for Exxon, let alone
for the Europeans and Japanese, who
depend on Middle Eastern oil much
more than the United States does. Both
Europe and Japan obtain over half their
oil from the Middle East; for Washing-
ton, the comparable figure is 11 per-
Even more alarming than Bush's in-
ability to justify U.S. intervention are
his litany of missed opportunities to
solve the brewing Iraq-Kuwait crisis
before it exploded. As early as Feb.
24, Saddam Hussein gave a speech in
Amman laying out quite clearly what
was to come.
More significant is the now infa-
mous meeting between Hussein and the
U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie one
week before the invasion and one day
after Iraqi tanks began to mass at the
Kuwaiti border. The ambassador made
it clear that were Hussein to invade, her
country would view the matter as an
"internal dispute" to be solved by the
Arab world.
In Washington that same day,
Bush's Undersecretary of State for the
Middle East John Kelly staved off
Congress' call for sanctions against
Iraq by pointing to Hussein's
"improvement." A week later, Iraq's
tanks rolled into Kuwait City.
Missing or ignoring these signals
will cost the United States billions of

Althought the regents are elected by residents of the
state, I feel it is absolutely ridiculous that they are
allowed to make such incredibly homophobic
statements. If they had said something racist or
sexist, would that have been allowed, too?

other student, the regents want the power
to expel them. Why is our administration,
which creates these rules and policies, ex-
Another question I have is for the mak-
ers of such anti-discrimination policies,
including Housing and Affirmative Action
administrative staffs. Why can't they put
into action all of the words that they gen-
erate on paper? Why don't they attend
these rallies, marches, workshops, pro-*
grams, and demonstrations?
How are we supposed to believe all
this rhetoric that we are handed if there is
no support with actions? How am I sup-
posed to speak for this University and for
the Housing Division on issues related to
harassment and discrimination if they don't
back up what I say?
It's time for the leaders of this Univer-
sity to make a stand and not beat around*
the political bush. I don't want diplomatic
answers, I want action. Real action.
Until this happens, members of frater-
nities will continue to run through the
halls harassing women, people will con-
tinue to beat people up outside bars, peo-
ple will be continually denied (good) ser-
vice at restaurants, people will continue to
be made to feel like outsiders and inferiors
in their classes and have to live with it so
they can get a good grade, we will con-*
tinue to have unrepresentative enrollment
and employment statistics.

I have been open to their questions
about my sexuality, explained to them the
goals of PAC week, the need for gay
rights to be recognized (both here and na-
tionally), and many other things.
One of my residents did a story for
WCBN radio about National Coming Out
Day, which was something she knew
nothing about. But as part of her job, she.
Austin is an LSA Senior and is a Resident
Advisor in West Quad.

ridiculous that they are allowed to make
such incredibly homophobic statements. If
they had said something racist or sexist,
would that have been allowed too? How
far will Regent Deane Baker be allowed to
push his racist, sexist, and anti-gay feel-
As a student and employee of the Uni-
versity, and a resident of Michigan, I do
not want his views to come alive in more
oppressive rules, by-laws, or neglect.
When students discriminate or harass an-

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