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Page 4-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 12, 1991
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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

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.
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Administrators must no longer,
S n Tuesday, the University administration ut-
tered its first statements in defense of the new
policy restricting non-students and students with-
out identification from entering the Michigan Union
on weekend nights. Unfortunately, nothing the
administration offered
as rationale for the
policy addressed the
concerns of those most
directly involved -F
students. .
The University en-
actedthepolicy forthe
first time last Friday,
supposedly to diffuse
potential security
problems at weekend
events in the Union.
Although Interim Vice
President for Student Swain
Services Mary Ann Swain admitted the new policy
still has some "glitches" to be worked out, she said
the administration was generally satisfied with its
Swain also said the administration would con-
tinue to enforce the policy on Friday and Saturday

discount student input
nights, and would "look for the opportunity to get
student input."
That is simply unacceptable.
The administration should not dismiss student
input into University policies as an aside or an
afterthought. Students should play a prominent
role in the creation of regulations that directly
affect their lives, and should be guaranteed the
mechanisms to do so.
The administration should not be "looking" for
the opportunity to get student input now; it should
have created the opportunity for student input
before the policy was implemented.
The Michigan Student Assembly (MSA), the
Black Greek Association (BGA) and other student
organizations that frequently use Union facilities
have every right to help formulate any policy
regulating the building's attendance. Swain should
suspend the new Union policy until they are granted
that right, and students should demand at least as
In far too many instances, the administration
has made policy decisions first, and sought student
input second. It's high time that order was reversed,
and student concerns were placed at the forefront
ofthe decision-making process, where they belong.



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University is stiffing TAs and harming students

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September - that wonderful month with no
midterms and few papers - ought to be a time
when both students and their teachers can truly
enjoy the educational experience together. This
Fall, the University administration's failure to take
that learning process seriously jeopardizes both
the September ambience and the entire academic
The administration's ongoing failure to bargain in
good faith with the Graduate Employees Organi-
zation (GEO) - which represents the TAs who
teach 40 percent of all University classes - could
provoke a TA strike come October.
GEO has worked without a contract since last
April. In negotiations held since then, they have
made major concessions to the University on a
number of issues, including salary, cost-of-living,
and childcare. But GEO has refused - correctly
- to compromise on three issues of extreme
importance to undergraduates: class size, prepara-
tion time, and a two-tier wage system.
The benefits to undergraduates ofsmallerclasses
and better-prepared TAs -many of whom are not
paid for watching the films or reading the books
necessary to grade fairly and competently-should
be obvious. Even as the University continues its
beautification program and expands an already

bloated administrative apparatus - which has
grown 48 percent faster than the student body since
1980 - it refuses to discuss paying TAs for the
time they actually spend working.
Meanwhile, the administration is trying to re-
classify whole groups of TAs as "graders," thereby
reducing their pay and their benefits. This violates
past GEO contracts, which specify that only TAs
performing non-subjective grading - as with
multiple choice exams - can be classified as
graders. Now, however, the University is insisting
that many TAs who grade written exams and hold
office hours to consult with students are actually
only "graders."
The administration's primary responsibility is
not to play mickey-mouse games with job classi-
fications, but to ensure the quality of student
education. Stiffing the TAs - who have had only
a one percent pay increase since 1983-is not only
wrong, but ultimately stiffs undergraduates as well.
Therefore, undergraduates should rally behind
their TAs in the potentially difficult months to
come. More importantly, the next time you receive
a paper or an exam with no comments - or don't
get the attention from yourTAs that you deserve -
remember how overworked and underpaid they

Done in by
by Glynn Washington

I have a dog.
He's a good dog, but a couple
of months ago I a got a "dog
without a leash" ticket. A court
letter threatened a bench warrant
for my arrest, so I eventually
decided it was in my best interest
to pay the $50 dollar fine.
So I. paid it.
Meanwhile, one of the
University's finest deputies,
Officer Robert Neumann, kept
stopping by my house. It seemed
he urgently wanted to contact me,
so I decided to do my civic duty
and stop by the campus cop shop
on my way back from class.
I chatted cordially with the
officer for sometime before an
Ann Arbor police officer entered
the room and asked me to empty
my pockets.
"Huuhhh?" I queried.
"Yer under arrest," said the
stern-looking police officer,
slapping me in handcuffs.
I laughed. "Surely there must
be some sort of mistake, you can't
arrest me!"
In response, the officer led me
past a bevy of attractive females,
and shoved my shackled body
into the nice new police car.
I sat in a state of shock. I've
Washington is an LSA senior and
is a member of the Daily's
Opinion Staff.

a doin i
always been a good kid; my only
altercation with the law had been
a speeding ticket in high school.
Yet, I was being paraded through
Ann Arbor in the back of a squad
car. I won't even mention the fact
that I am Black and the arresting

I had to post a $50 dollar bon
and return in four days for my
court date. What's more, I had to
walk back home from the station,
- growing more incensed with._a
every step.
So I went before the judge and

inn Arbor

I've always been a good kid; my only alterca.-
tion with the law had been a speeding ticket
in high school. Yet, I was being paraded
through Ann Arbor in the back of a squad

U.S. Congress fails to provide strong leadership

officer was white.
I decided to reason with the
squareheaded officer.
"Surely," I implored, "Surely,
you realize how silly this all is.
It's only a damned dog ticket -
and I paid the stupid thing!
"Yer under arrest," was.the
only reply.
I was taken down to the Ann
Arbor station, asked to remove
my shoes, and then battered with
a flock of banal questions. The
officer took mug shots, and
finally threw me into a holding
cell while he filled out some
paperwork - and maybe had a
donut or two.
I was locked in a cold, lonely,
space that promised no means of
escape. I started to write my last
will and testament, but couldn't
find a pen.

pleaded for mercy.
"Your honor, I paid this stupi&
dog ticket ... I don't know why;f
was arrested!"
"Ummm, well, yes, that does
appear to be the case. Your bond,
money will be refunded to you.
You're free to go," he said.
In other words, a bunch of
deputized dorks caged me
needlessly for several hours. I feel
better knowing Duderstadt's
squad ensures law abiding
citizens will be locked in jail
where we can be safe from
criminals walking the street.
Later that same day, someone,
stole my wallet. I called the
"police" twice, but they were too.
busy and asked me to call back. l,
figure they're probably deputizing
some donuts and coffee, waiting
for the next dangerous felon with>
a dog.

Darely has the U.S. Congress returned from its
I summer recess with so much to do and so little
sense of how to do it. Bereft of leadership and
confronting a president who has no qualms about
using the veto, Congress now must act on a host of
challenging and controversial issues ranging from
education reform at home to aid for a starving
Soviet population. Whether they will demonstrate
the imaginaton and verve required to do so remains
to be seen.
One ofthe most pressing issues facing Congress
concerns unemployment insurance. Before Con-
gress adjourned, it passed legislation giving
President Bush the authority to bypass the budget
agreement and allow the 1.6 million unemployed
workers who have lost their benefits since January
to receive additional weeks of unemployment
benefits. But even though Bush refuses to use his
authority, Congress shows no signs ofmounting an
effective campaign against his position.
Meanwhile, civil rights legislation remains
bottlenecked in the Senate Judiciary Committee,
both because Bush refuses to compromise with the
Democrats and because the Democrats themselves
can't muster enough support from their own cau-
cus to override Bush's threatened veto. The
Democrats have, in fact, never overridden a Bush

veto in his almost three years in office.
Instead of engaging these issues, Congress has
satisfied itself with passing inane laws, such as
renaming post offices and authorizing a study of
highly significant places in labor history. Appar-
ently it is easier for them to deal with labor's past
than the severe problems confronting working
people in the present.
Itis bad enough that Congress won't take action
on the important proposals before it. What is worse
is their inability to even come up with realistic
proposals on domestic problems like education,
homelessness,AIDs, national health insurance and
environmental cleanup that are crying out to be
As Bush completes his first term, it is clearer
than ever that he completely controls this country's
legislative agenda. The Democratic Party's lead-
ership needs a wake-up call. Congress as a whole
needs to remember that it is a separate branch of
government, not Bush's rubber stamping service
masking as a legislative body.
Most importantly, the American people need to
reshape the composition of both the legislative and
executive branches unless both of them reshape
their priorities. America has rarely needed stronger
leaders more. And it has rarely had fewer of them.


Fuzz wrecks students' I

On the same day the newly ar-
rived first-year students hit the
streets of Ann Arbor, the Ann Ar-
bor Police also hit the streets intent
upon teaching the neophyte colle-
gians a les-_
son and
making Brad
their ticket
quota all at Bernatek
T h e
sound of a
I o u d -
blaring "It_
is against
the law for .
minors to
alcohol" first caught my attention
Saturday night. My first reaction
was that the noise was merely the
action of some overly humorous
frat boy. Wrong.

students, the most obvious police
presence are their "beer patrols."
As to the above question, it is obvi-
ous that the police do have some-
thing better to do: fight crime.
It is sheer idiocy for a city with
muggings, murders, thefts and the
like to sidestep these issues and
concentrate a good deal of its pre-
cious resources to snatching a
Budweiseroutofa college student's
Granted, the Ann Arbor Police
are sworn to uphold all the laws,
even thereally stupid ones, buteven
they must set priorities and allocate
resources wisely. I would say agood
place to begin is with real crimes,
i.e., those involving the two neces-
sary elements - the criminal and
the victim. I do hope these law
enforcement classes at least teach
that much.
While alcohol is not what I
consider to be a healthy substance,

party buzz
themselves that they cannot stop
with the consumption of alcohoL
And taken to its logical conclusion,
the idiocy of such attempts is rep
As to the, consideration of
drinking's after-effects and the
possibility of property destruction;
disturbing the peace (although the
police loud speaker was louder than'
any drunk I've heard) and, more
importantly, rape and other violer
crimes, even these cannot justify.
the prior restraint of otherwise legal
The argument is convoluted:
You can take the sociological if
then cause and effect methodolog
only too far and here it is not de.
fendable. Some drunks are prone to
violence but most are not. Laves
cannot be based upon the exception,
to the rule. Most students who drinl
beer even to excess are, in general;
no great threat to others. Further

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