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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 2, 1990
420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109


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.
From the Daily ~
U.S. Senate
Levin has proven his ability and earned our votes

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cians and fractious infighting, it is rare
that a member of Congress receives
consistent'recognition from others on
the Hill. But U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has
managed to do just that, earning a repu-
tation among his colleagues as one of
the hardest working senators and a de-
fender of the people of Michigan.

from employer discrimination, Schuette
has either voted against such measures
or, in the case of the 1990 Civil Rights
Bill, neglected to show up for the vote
at all. When the vote on the bill came
before the House last month, Schuette
was busy campaigning in Michigan
with President Bush and declined to
return to Washington in time to cast his
Levin has also been a staunch advo-
cate of the pro-choice movement,
avidly defending a woman's right to
choose an abortion. In contrast,
Schuette is virulently anti-choice,
though in recent weeks he has declined
to even discuss the issue. A vote to re-
turn Levin to the Senate will be a vote
to keep a longtime ally of women and
women's ights in the Senate.
Schuette, in a series of negative
television advertisements, has tried to
paint Levin as a career politician. The
hypocrisy in such a message is as-
tounding; Schuette has served three
terms in the House, is running to serve
six more years in the Senate, and has
been involved in national politics since
he was 30.
Schuette is the epitome of a career
politician, and his campaign message
of running "against the system" should
fall on deaf ears - he's as much a part
of the system as his opponent. But
while Levin has been working through
the Government Oversight Subcommit-
tee, which he chairs, to eliminate
waste, Schuette has been contributing
to the problems from which he now
tries to distance himself.
Levin has been one of the most
consistently progressive senators over
the past decade, and the people of
Michigan should be thankful to have
him as their representative. For this
reason, we endorse CARL LEVIN in
his bid for reelection to the United
States Senate, and urge members of the
University community to vote to keep
him in office.

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B-school should teach more than simple economics


Levin, who is completing his sec-
ond term as one of the state's two rep-
resentatives to the Senate, has proven
his ability to pursue a wide range of
legislation that has helped his con-
stituency. Recently, for example, a bill
introduced by Levin and passed by
Congress will allocate more money to
clean up toxic "hot spots" in the Great
Levin has worked diligently to fight
crime, cut the grossly-large defense
budget, and undone policies of
discrimination. The 1990 Civil Rights
Bill, which Levin supported, is an
excellent issue to demonstrate the
difference between Levin and his
challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Schuette (R-
Whereas Levin has consistently
supported legislation to defend workers

By Ben Baskin
Every summer and during breaks I've
had the opportunity of working in a small
manufacturing firm. I work in the factory,
as well as in marketing and sales. Though
small, the firm has the aspects of a larger
corporation: a production' factory, a re-
search and development department, mar-
keting, etc.
Despite these divisions, there is not the
sense of there being tiers in the corpora-
tion. During lunch everyone sits together
at the same tables and discusses their vari-
ous operations. Changes and innovations
are presented to all the departments while
being developed.
In short, all the employees, whether
they're at a desk, a factory machine or a
laboratory fumes hood, understand them-
selves to be full participants in the corpo-
ration's operations and future.
Though it's easy to facilitate this
atmosphere because of the small size, the
management fully intends to maintain this
cooperative system as the firm (hopefully)
grows; they know that the firm's future
rests on it. This breakdown of barriers is
one primary ingredient of winning in
Baskin is an LSA senior.

The weakness lies in management. As one Japanese
executive put it - the American executive is far too
"aristocratic." The executive tends to stand separate
from the work force and the worker tends to feel
alienated from the decision-making process.

American industry is now facing its
toughest challenge. Once an unchallenged
leader, we are scrambling to stay on the
heels of more effective operations, notably
in Japan and Germany. While it's easy to
blame "the American worker," most evi-
dence shows that Americans are a willing
as ever to work hard.


tive participation promotes. The latter's
input is invaluable: who better knows
how to improve process than those di-
rectly involved with it? There are also, of
course, the social implications of looking
down on someone because of the type of
work they do. With such conditions the
opportunities to propel America's stagnat-

The weakness lies in management. As
one Japanese executive put it - the
American executive is far too
"aristocratic." The executive tends to
stand separate from the work force and the
worker tends to feel alienated from the
decision-making process. The results are
two-fold. Process development (often
more important than new product develop-
ment) is crippled as the executive hasn't
rolled up his/her sleeves and gotten into
actual production.
The factory worker looses the fervor
and satisfaction that the knowledge of ac-

ing industrial abilities are depressingly
Does the business school address this
crucial failing in American business man-
agement? Are business students taught the.
necessity of adopting a cooperative, "free-
flow" form of management? Are studenis
taught the necessity of carefully studying
the actual processes of industry?t,
Without basic "revolutions" in man-
agement thought, such as this one, Amer-
ican industry, the core of our economy;
will continue to fail, and this would cer-
tainly entail some marked changes in all
of our lives.

State Legislature
Reelect Lana Pollack and Perry Bullard

More on SAPAC

Democratic incumbent running for re-
election to the Michigan Legislature.
She has been a strong proponent of
pro-choice legislation and environmen-
tal issues for a number of years.
Pollack has consistently voted
against the bills that are aimed at limit-
ing a woman's right to choose. She
voted against the parental consent bill
and Proposal A (1988), that banned
Medicaid funded abortions in the state
of Michigan. Pollack formed a coalition
of pro-choice candidates called, Our
Choice, that proves her commitment to
the issue. Our Choice is a coalition of
dedicated pro-choice candidates for
whom she has raised $50,000 for cam-
paign funds.
An example of Sen. Pollack's work
for environmental protection is the
"Polluters Pay Bill." Pollack introduced
this bill which requires polluters to pay
for toxic waste cleanup instead of tax-
payers. Traditionally taxpayers have
been financially burdened with subsi-
dizing waste cleanups.
Recently passed into law by Gov.
Blanchard, the bill is a milestone in
environmental legislation.
With a strong record supporting pri-
mary, secondary and higher education
funding, Pollack has been an important
supporter of the University in the Sen-
ate Budget Appropriations Committee.
Her efforts for students' rights extend

to the passage of an anti-corporal pun-
ishment bill. The law previously al-
lowed teachers to physically punish
students. Now this is prohibited in the
state of Michigan.
also running for reelection to the State
Assembly as a rep. from the Ann Arbor
district: Bullard has a long record of
accomplishments as a state representa-
tive for 18 years, and chair of the
House Judiciary Committee. He has
authored 130 law reforms including the
Freedom of Information Act, the "Rape
Shield" law and legislation for Ameri-
can divestment from South Africa.
He wrote the Michigan Freedom of
Information Act which requires state
agencies to release records for public
access. In the House, he has repeatedly
blocked state police wire tapping bills
which threaten personal privacy.
He has a strong pro-choice record
and supports the student movement
against the deputization of a University
police force.
Some of theinitiatives he currently
is working for are a Living Will reform
plan for Michigan, and increased state
funding for both higher education and
drug treatment.
Like Lana Pollack, Perry Bullard is
committed to environmental protection
and recycling initiatives, protecting a
woman's right to choose, and in-
creased funding for higher education.
We encourage all to vote on the Nov. 6
to reelect these two strong state repre-

To the Daily:
Unfortunately, for students who rely on
the Daily for their information about
things that are happening on campus, the
Daily publishes inaccuracies about the
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center (SAPAC).
In an article that appeared in the paper
under the headline: "U publishes inaccu-
racy about the SAPAC" (10/30/90), the
article included two factual mistakes.
First, it states that SAPAC has "not
received any budget increases in the four
and a half years it has existed, despite re-
peated requests on its part." This is not
true - I explained to the Daily that we re-
ceived a significant budget increase after
the first six months of the office opening
that allowed us to hire a full-time coun-
selor, and then in the following year re-
ceived a slight additional increase to ex-
pand our office assistant from half-time to
Secondly, and of even greater impor-
tance is the reporting on our counseling
phone line. For the past two years
SAPAC has had a 24-hour phone line
available for survivors, friends and family
members needing crisis intervention,
counseling, information, or emergency as-
sistance at the hospital and/or police sta-
As of Sept., 1990 we had to cut back
on the phone line's operating hours -
phone counselors are available Monday
through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. and
24 hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Counselors are still available 24 hours a
day for emergency assistance with the po-
lice and/or the hospital.
This cut back was the result of a com-
bination of complex factors including the
lack of compensation for the phone coun-
selors, increased demand on staff time
from the expanded programming we have
been providing without additional funding,
and a combination of other issues.
We want to ensure that the University
community understands that SAPAC is
still providing a wide range of educational

We welcome the recent emphasis that
is being placed on the University being
the "safest in the country", and the in-
creased funding for lights, phones, and
I like to think that we are also prepared
to increase funding for the educational
programs which are the mainstay of pre-
vention of most crimes - in particular
sexual assault, and provide the kind of
support services that victims of these
crimes deserve. I also believe that the
University community has a right to accu-
rate information whether it is from the
University Record or the Daily. Obvi-
ously, everyone can and does make mis-
Julie Steiner
Coordinator, SAPA C
Postpone interviews
To the Daily:
There is no reason for having women
reporters in the men's locker room after
any type of sporting event. Think about
it, what would happen if male reporters
were allowed into women's locker rooms
after female sporting events? It's simple to
agree that that would never happen in to-
day's society. I think this simple use of
logic should solve this utterly preposter-
ous debate.
If both the athletes and the reporters
find no problem with the present practice
of locker room interviews, then I suppose
the situation should just be left alone.
However, a dispute has arisen which needs
to be solved. If some people are going to
raise a fuss about women in locker rooms,
abolish the practice. Naked men should
not be mixed with female reporters for ob-
vious reasons, so enough of it already!
The simple solution is to move all of
the reporters out of the locker rooms and
into conference rooms. There is no need
for a report on the athletes' sweating bod-
ies after the game. Let them shower in
peace so they can simmer down without
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Help rally for choice
To the Daily:
I am writing because I want members.
of the University community to know that'
Randall Terry is coming to southeastern-
lower Michigan to hold an anti-choico
rally. Terry is the national founder of the 9
anti-choice group called Operation Rescue:.
He is responsible for a wave of attacks on
health care clinics all over our nation.
Operation Rescue members harass
women going into clinics and people who
are trying to help them. Anyone who be-
lieves that women have a right to choose
what happens to their own bodies should
know that this man is already working to
threaten our rights, and soon, he will
come to our area to celebrate his cause.
We need to let Terry and his ilk know that
we will not allow our rights to be taken
from us.
Anyone interested in protesting at his
rally on Nov. 10 should meet at the cube
at 5:15 a.m. Transportation will be.
provided. If you have questions, don't he-:
sitate to call me at 764-4621. Please-
come, women need your support! Or
rights are in grave danger of slipping,
away. Rachel Molland
LSA sophomore
member, AACDARR
Writer apologizes
To the Daily:
I must offer the staff of the Michigan
Daily a brief apology for the accusations I
presented in my letter to the editor, "Daily*
gives only propaganda and neglects the
news" (10/31/90). Two assaults occurred
on campus late Saturday night. These as-
saults were covered in the Ann Arbor
News on Monday, but were absent from
Monday's Daily. Because of this, I accused
the Daily of purposefully omitting these
stories. However, shortly after submitting
my commentary on this matter, I opened
Tuesday's Daily to find these assaults
mentioned in the Police Beat section.
Before I accused the Michigan Daily of


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