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E arlier this week, the University Study Com-
mittee on the Status of Lesbians and Gay Men
reinforced what many have been saying for years:
The University must do more to incorporate homo-
sexuals and the issues that affect them into the
community. The committee should be commended,
and the administration should respond with appro-
priate action.
The University's Affirmative Action Office
formed the committee a year ago to study the
climate lesbians and gay men encounter on the Ann
Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. The eight-
member committee was made up of student, fac-
ulty and administration representatives.
The committee's report offered not only a
criticism of the status quo, but concrete steps the
University can take to redress the inequities to
which homosexuals are subjected.
Included among the 66 recommendations were
the appointment of a committee to consider the
establishment of a center for Lesbian and Gay
Male Studies, the creation of a lesbian and gay
male lounge in a residence hall, and the inclusion
of acourse inthe University's diversity requirement
that addresses homosexual issues.
Implementation of these suggestions should
encounter little opposition; action on some other
recommendations may not be so easy.
The report's call for the inclusion of lesbians

and gay men in Regental Bylaw 14.06 - the
University's non-discrimination policy - has al-
ready evoked a negative response from University
President James Duderstadt, and will likely get the
same from the University's Board of Regents.
For years, administrators have balked at
amending the bylaw to include homosexuals, and
have offered weak, evasive excuses for doing so.
Duderstadt, in an interview with Daily reporters
Wednesday, said the administration has yet to hear
"persuasive arguments to change the bylaw."
But that shouldn't be the issue.
The administration has a fundamental responsi-
bility to ensure members of this community are not
discriminated against, and to openly state its
commitment to that end. Regental Bylaw 14.06 is
the vchicle through which this is accomplished.
The fact that lesbians and gay men are excluded
from the University's stated commitment to non-
discrimination should be reason enough to amend
the bylaw; Duderstadt and the regents shouldn't
require another.
The committee's report offers the University its
first comprehensive look at ways to improve campus
life for lesbians and gay men. And, moreover, it
shows that representatives from all aspects of the
University recognize the need for change on this
issue. Administrators should not take any of the
suggestions lightly.


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City should have tested Ashley
L ast spring, the Ann Arbor City Council ordered
a house moved from the site of the impending
Kline's Department Store Parking Lot to a plot of
land across the street on South Ashley Street to be
used for low-income housing. The city - which
leased the house to the Shelter Association of Ann
Arbor - ostensibly preserved the house to help
alleviate Ann Arbor's dire homeless crisis.
But whatever their intentions, the members of
City Council have succeeded in creating additional
problems rather than generating necessary solu-
tions. Ignoring the possibility that the new plot of
land might have been contaminated, the council
moved the house before testing the soil underneath
The council seriously erred by not checking
whether the plot of land was suitable for new
housing. As it turns out, the lot is contaminated
with oil from an auto garage once located there. It
is not currently suitable for any housing projects.
The house will have to be moved again - and the
lot cleaned ---before it is usable.
The projected cleanup cost ranges from $30,000
to $300,000, depending upon how much oil is
eventually found on the site. Not only will this
strain the city's budget, but it will cost at least

Street site earlier
double and potentially as much as 20 times more
than testing before the house was moved would
have cost.
Trying to understand why the city failed to
follow such a procedure boggles the mind. The
City Council suspected contamination as early as
1986. What is worse, Mayor Liz Brater received a
memo herself dated May 22, 1991. informing her
of the possible contamination of the lot. Given this
context, her failure to order testing and inform the
entire council of the possibility is not only irre-
sponsible, but incompetent.
Now Ann Arbors taxpayers must pay for that
incompetence. Its failures should not jeopardize
the necessity of cleaning up the oil and making the
house and the lot habitable. Promises to build low-
income housing'are already long overdue; they
cannot be broken. But the council needs to be
reminded that the irresponsibility of its actions will
cost the city dearly and could have been easily
avoided if someone had been paying attention.
A little forethought and common sense could,
have saved the city as much as one-third of a
million dollars -not to mention saving a number
of low-income families and social workers from a
great deal of unnecessary worry and hassle.

BYOB good
for fraternities
To the Daily:
IFC Treasuer Will
Thompson's letter to the Daily
("BYOB not Greek cure-all,"
Daily, Sept. 16, 1991) contained
some unfortunate misrepresenta-
The assertion that a BYOB
policy would not reduce fraternity
liability is simply false. Fraternity
nationals, insurance companies,
alums and students from around
the country have learned through
experience on campuses and in
formal litigation that removing
fraternities from the harmful cycle
of purchasing and openly distrib-
uting alcohol is the only effective
way Greek organizations can take
responsibility for the effects of
their actions and avoid liability
lawsuits simultaneously.
The vote taken last week by
the IFC and Panhellenic Associa-
tion Executive Boards prudently
endorsed the dialogue already
occurring among Michigan
Greeks about the prospect of
BYOB. No policy has been
created, nor has the overall
discussion included specifics.
As for me, if I had sought a
"hurrah" in my extracurricular
activity, I probably should have
looked into the bowling club.
Matt Commers
IFC President
LSA senior
skewed facts
To the Daily:
I am taking this opportunity to
air my discontent with the article
on fraternities on Sept. 17, 1991
("Fraternities suffer effects of
police crackdown").
My remarks on the situation
between the police and fraternities
were totally misinterpreted and
misconstrued by the Daily's
As President of Alpha Epsilon
Pi, my intention was not to attack
the Ann Arbor Police Department
as being overly harsh and cruel
toward fraternities. As I told the
interviewer, I understand that,

lately, the police are reacting to
neighborhood, as well as national
pressure to reform the alcohol
situation on campus.
The Daily conveniently
overlooked this important point
and simply implied that I, as a
representative of Alpha Epsilon
Pi, harbored a sharp anti-police
My only complaint with the
argument recently presented by
the police department was that I
noticed a contradiction. While
they express the desire to improve
fraternity-police relationships, I
deny that by terminating these
parties with undercover officers
and then stating this desire, the
police were being quite hypocriti-
cal. Taken in context, I then noted
that it this was a good relation-
ship, then I would hate to see a
bad relationship.
At this point, I publicly would
like to remark to the Daily that
misconstruing and distorting
points presented by fraternities or
even by the police at this delicate
juncture only serves to exacerbate
the situation.
Andrew Levy
President, Alpha Epsilon Pi
LSA junior
'U' parking woes
To the Daily:
Well, this fine University
continues to spend its energies
fixing things that aren't broken.
This time, the wise decision
was made, for no apparent reason,
to convert three rows (about 90
spaces) of the north campus
commuter parking lot into
metered parking. If anything, the
commuter lots need to be ex-
panded, as in the past they have
always been full by 10 a.m.
After the current change, I
cannot park if I arrive as late as
8:30. The disturbing thing is that
the three rows of metered parking
are hardly used, and the majority
of the few ears in these spaces
have commuter stickers in their
windows, indicating that they
were driven by people who
already have permits for the lot,
but had to pay to park anyway.
Let's face it, if someone plans
to pay to park, he or she is going

to drive to central campus and
find parking there, rather than
paying to take the 20-minute bus
ride from north campus. There
was already plenty of unused
metered visitor parking on north
campus in lots off of Hayward
What the University hoped to
accomplish with this change, I
cannot imagine, except to make a
few extra bucks at the expense of
those who already have the most
difficult commutes to campus.
People who use the commuter lots
generally have a 20-30 minute
drive from surrounding towns
already, plus the length of the bus
ride. Finding the lots full is an
inconvenience that leads to
usually unsuccessful attempts to
park on the street and many
missed classes and appointments.
When there are perfectly good
unused spaces in the lot, it only
adds to the irritation. In my own
case, as a TA, I make it a practice
to do all of my own work in my
office, so that i am available to
students as much as possible. But
given this change, I will be doing
more and more work at home and
coming to my office only for my
two posted office hours each
John Seal
Rackham graduate student
Teachina Assistant


U.S. should close naval base
Last week's news that the Soviet Union is end-
ing its military presence in Cuba has sparked a
lot of discussion in the media about the dissolution
of Cold War politics and alliances. But lost in the
reams of analysis are important questions sur-
rounding the continued presence there of the United
States' Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which sym-
bolizes at least as many outdated foreign policy
priorities as the Soviet forces there do.
Given the state of post-Cold War foreign rela-
tions - as well as Washington's historical mis-
treatment of Cuba - the Bush administration
should follow the Soviets' lead and end the U.S.
military presence.
In strategic terms, the base's shutdown need not
have depended on this initial move by the Soviet
Union. Both superpowers' forces in the country
are nominal, in terms of size and necessity.
Soviettroops currently numberless than 10,000,
and U.S. strategic capabilities preclude the need
for a foreign base only 90 miles away from the
Quite clearly, the base has endured because of
its symbolic importance in the Cold War. But the
Soviet threat has been diminishing for quite some
time. Moreover, the base is obviously not welcome
- Fidel Castro has refused to cash its nominal rent
checks for the past 31 years.

Hence, one must wonderwhy action on both the
diplomatic and military fronts has not yet taken
place. Further failure to exploit this opportunity for
alleviating remaining bipolar tensions would be
The moral and diplomatic grounds for the re-
moval of U.S. forces also mandate a pullout. The
base not only represents outmoded Cold War ob-
jectives, but also the paternalistic nature of U.S.
foreign policy at the turn of this century.
The base's lease was negotiated in 1903 as part
of the Platt Amendment, which established Cuba
as a protectorate of the United States. In short, the
base is a relic of a "big stick" past the U.S. must do
all it can to disavow.
In any event, the Soviets' recent action dictates
reciprocity on the part of the Bush administration.
With Soviet arms and troops on their way out, any
imagined threat Castro ever might have posed to
U.S. security has evaporated.
Only with the base's shutdown could steps be
taken to attempt a more positive diplomatic ap-
proach toward Cuba, which would include work-
ing to end the 31-year long trade embargo that
Washington has maintained against it.
To get in step with today's realities and priori-
ties, the Bush administration must pull its forces
out of Guantanamo Bay.


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by William Roundtree
While the U.S. government
and the big-business media paint a
picture of freedom and democracy
in the Soviet Union, neither ever
says freedom for what, and
democracy for whom.
The program of Russian
President Boris Yeltsin and
Mikhail Gorbachev is the restora-
tion of capitalism in the Soviet
Union. But to tell the Soviet
people that a few will have
freedom to enrich themselves at
the expense of the many, and that
the benefits of socialist society -
a guaranteed job, no inflation,
affordable housing, free health
care and free education through
the university level - will
disappear would do little to
muster popular support for the
Yeltsin-Gorbachev counter-
Many Soviet workers have
already seen how standards of
livina in TFctern nrone have

and made the Communist Party
virtually illegal. They are bent on
silencing any working class
opposition to capitalist restora-
Although recent events opened
the door wide, perestroika had

intervention of the U.S., European
and Japanese governments who
threatened an economic blockade
and NATO military action.
The imperialists are drooling
over this vast expanse of markets
and resources. Chevron is ready

Although recent events opened the door
wide, perestroika had already begun intro-
ducing the capitalist market into the Soviet
Union. With the Gorbachev reforms came
economic crises and greater inequality.

already begun introducing the
capitalist market into the Soviet
Union. With the Gorbachev
reforms came economic crises
and greater inequality. This social
inequality underlies the conflict
between the nationalities, a
conflict worsening with the
dissolution of the union.
Now, the Russian Republic
under Yeltsin, is threatening to
seize nart of Asian Khazakstan.

to plunder the Soviet oil fields.
The imperialists rejoice in the
anticipated end of the Soviet
support for national liberation
movements in Africa, Asia and
Latin America.
What does capitalism have in
store for the majority of the
Soviet people? Workers and poor
people here in Michigan can
answer from experience.
Homelessness, unemployment,

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