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W AT H E1
TODAY
Partly cloudy, cooler;
High : 62, Low: 44.
TOMORROW
Mostly sunny;
High; 65, Low: 39.

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Chris Hutchinson
wants to get back
at MSU.
See SPORTS
Page 10.

I

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

Vol. CII, No.9 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, October 10, 1991 copihe 4:1991

Bush declares his 'total

* confidence' in
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush yesterday "I've g
declared he still had "total confidence" in Clarence strong supf
Thomas and called his embattled Supreme Court nomi- support CL
nee to the White House for a picture-taking session in a there's no c
public display of support. the way it's
Thomas smiled for photographers and said he was Senatel
feeling fine on the day after the Senate delayed his con- fended the;
firmation vote pending public hearings on the allega- Thomas rei
tions against him. her when th
Asked if he would be able to refute the accusations, the Reagan
he responded, "Just testify. Thanks." Mitchell
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings others that t
tomorrow and hear testimony from Thomas and Anita
Hill, the Oklahoma law professor who made the alle-
gations. It also will hear from at least two other wit- ase
nesses, according to the panel's chairman, Sen. Joseph
Biden (D-Del). W ki
"The process is simple and straightforward, it is to Associal
focus on the issue of whether the allegations that Anita H
Professor Hill has made are true," Biden said. He added country ha
both Thomas and Hill will be allowed to produce wit- fear about
nesses to support their accounts of what happened a their own.
decade ago when she worked for him at the Education "We've
Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Otto of 9t
Commission. Women. "1
The hearings could last through the weekend tell their di
depending on the number of witnesses, a committee But it c
aide said. and women
Sen. John Danforth, Thomas' chief Senate sponsor, defined. T
said the nominee would "look the American people in often seem
the eye" and deny he said or did anything improper to been crosse
the former aide.

Thomas
ot strong feelings but they all end up in
port for Clarence Thomas," Bush said. "I
arence Thomas and there's no wavering,
condition. And that's where it is. And that's
s going to stay."
Democratic, Leader George Mitchell de-
Senate's handling of Hill's allegations that
peatedly made sexually explicit remarks to
hey worked together nearly a decade ago in
administration.
I rejected criticism by women's groups and
the Senate had dragged its feet investigating
See THOMAS, Page 2
focuses nationwide
tion on harrassment
ted Press
ill is not alone. Working women around the
ve joined her, crossing beyond confusion and
sexual harassment to share experiences of
had a real outpouring of calls," said Barbara
to 5, the National Association of Working
It's like they're coming out of the closet to
rty secret. They're saying: 'Enough!"'
an be tricky. In the minds of many - men
alike - sexual harassment remains vaguely
he bounds of acceptable workplace behavior
murky, and victims unsure when they've

Sorority
sues city
over issue
o zonin
by Ken Walker
Daily City Reporter
The Sigma Kappa sorority filed a
lawsuit against the city Tuesday,
seeking to force the Planning
Commission to allow it to expand
its house at 725 Oxford Rd.
Sigma Kappa applied in August
for a "special exception use" under
area zoning restrictions, requesting
permission to add on to the house,
but the Planning Commission de-
nied the petition after hearing com-
plaints from area residents.
Besides charging that the com-
mission's decision was unfair, the
complaint filed by the sorority's
lawyer, Monika Sacks, seeks to
change the way the Ann Arbor ap-
plies zoning ordinances to all Greek
organizations.
"It's our position that the ordi-
nance is not valid in requiring us to
apply for a special exception use"
since they are not required for other
group housing projects, Sacks said.
"The city treats Greeks quite
differently from other uses," she
said. "You could plop a homeless
shelter down in the area without
getting special exception... No mat-
ter where (Greek houses) are,
they're required to get special ex-
ception use."
Sacks also said the zoning ordi-
nances are not applied equally
within the Greek population. "Some
houses have been permitted to sig-
nificantly expand their houses, but
we are not. It seems like a funny
standard," she said. -
Planning Commission Chair Sam
Offen said the reasons for turning
down Sigma Kappa's petition in-
cluded traffic in the area, parking
problems and other concerns that
were stated by residents present at
See ZONING, Page 2

Picking plump
Ann Arbor resident Phyllis
Station on State Street. "I

pumpkins JENNIFER DUNETZJDaiiy
Perry shops for pumpkins at the Produce
love Halloween and I love pumpkins," Perry

d.

See HARASSMENT, Page 2

said.

Diag curiously clear after sacking of shanties
by Erin Einhorn as the Palestine Solidarity Commit- University grounds department, houses with a white picket fence." Dixon said.

For the first time since 1986,
shanties no longer stand to trumpet
political messages to passers-by on
the Diag.
The construction of the first
Diag shanty by the Free South
Africa Coordinating Committee
(FSACC) initiated a struggle that
would continue for four years be-
tween the groups who built them,
and those on campus who wanted to
see them destroyed.
The wooden replicas of homes
occupied by Blacks under the
apartheid system, as well as shanties
built by other campus groups such
Brown to
kick off
* campaign
tour in A2
by Travis McReynolds
Daily Staff Reporter
Former California Gov. Jerry
Brown, a Democrat, is in Ann Arbor
today to kick off his presidential
campaign tour.
Brown will speak today in room
2209 of the Michigan Union at 2
p.m., and he is scheduled to address a
political science class in 1500 East
Engineering at 3 p.m.
John Polish, a spokesperson for
College. Democrats, said Brown's
visit to Ann Arbor is significant be-
cause the city is an important stop
on the Democrat campaign tour.
"Four years ago, all of the
Democrat presidential candidates
came to Ann Arbor, and eventually
all of the candidates for the '92
election will visit, too," Polish
said. "Republicans tend to avoid
Ann Arbor, after President Bush's
egging last spring."
Polish said Brown's visit to the
University officially starts the
1992 presidential campaign for Ann
Arbor.
Brown has not officially de-
clared his candidacy. However,-
early last month he filed ex-
ploratory papers with the Federal
Election Commission, signaling a
presidential run.
In a letter written to supporters
in early September, Brown said, "I
have decided ... to forgo a race for
the U.S. Senate in 1992. I have de-
cidAd to exnlore a candidacv for the

tee (PSC) and Tagar, were wrecked
and rebuilt repeatedly before the
last remnants finally disappeared
spring term.
Many students, unaccustomed to
seeing the Diag shanty-free, have cu-
riously questioned their where-
abouts.
Walter Harrison, executive di-
rector of university relations, said
the University removed the rubble.
"There was some concern about
safety," he said. "They weren't
shanties any more, they were just
boards and nails."
Fran Jade, a foreperson for the

said she remembers storing leftover
material.
"We had taken some debris away
that was in the Diag," she explained,
but said her department had no part
in the original destruction.
Former Michigan Student
Assembly President Jennifer Van
Valey, who helped build the PSC
shanty, said she believes the
University tore them down.
"The regents talked on and off
about taking them down," she said.
"They felt they were an eyesore on
campus, but that's exactly it. They
were not supposed to be little

Van Valey said the opportunity
was ripe for the University to re-
move the shanties because too few
students were on campus during the
spring to notice.
"The groups (that erected the
shanties) are small now and don't
have the leverage that they did," she
continued.
Latrice Dixon, coordinator of the
Ella Baker-Nelson Mandela Center
for Anti-Racist Education (BMC),
was involved with the original
FSACC shanty construction.
"We wanted to remind the cam-
pus that apartheid still existed,"

The shanty also stood as a sym-
bol of the group's demand that the
University award an honorary de-
gree to then-imprisoned South
African leader Nelson Mandela and
withdraw its financial interests
from South Africa.
In a May 1988 Daily opinion
column, FSACC member Elizabeth
Paige responded to the first attack
on the shanties by vowing the
group's commitment to maintaining
its structure.
"From the beginning," she
wrote, "FSACC has pledged that
See SHANTIES, Page 2

Cadets accused of
sexual abuse at
Texas A&M Univ.

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Higher Education Reporter
Texas A&M University is inves-
tigating the treatment of women in
its Corps of Cadets after several
women complained that they were
victims of sexual harassment and
abuse by male cadet members.
The Corps of Cadets, a civilian
group, is one of the largest military
training programs in the country.
Although women have been admit-
ted to the corps since 1974, the first
sexually integrated units have only
existed for a year.
Of the 41,000 Texas A&M
University students, nearly 22 per-
cent are members of the corps.
Since the incidents came to light
last week, one elite cavalry unit has
been suspended and 20 male cadets
are being investigated and face pos-
sible expulsion, said, John Koldus,
Texas A&M vice president for
Student Services.
The investigations were ignited
when a sophomore woman in the
Parsons' Mounted Cavalry Unit, a
horse unit within the corps, was as-
saulted by two men who indicated
they did not want her in the unit,
Koldus said.
"We are in the process of hold-

ing hearings to determine who the
men are," Koldus said.
The woman refuses to identify
her alleged attackers, possibly due
to fear of further harassment,
Koldus said.
After the victim came forward,
four more women sent an anony-
mous letter to the president of the
university indicating that degrada-
tion of women has been a frequent
activity among men in the corps for
the past year. The names of the
women are not being released.
One woman's claim that she was
date-raped has been documented and
confirmed. A first-year student was
raped by a senior who left the corps
after disciplinary proceedings were
brought against him. The woman is
not pressing charges.
The other allegations include
beatings and subjection to deroga-
tory and sexual statements. The fe-
male cadets said most of the abuse
came when women attempted to en-
ter the traditionally all-male events
or elite cadet units.
Texas A&M University Pres-
ident William Mobley appointed a
fact-finding panel last Friday to
evaluate the allegations. The
See CORPS, Page 2

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Live rhymin'
A man, who asked not to be identified, plays the bongos on the Diag as he improvises raps about passers-by
yesterday afternoon.

Fetal tissue transplant shows signs of success, stirs controversy
WASHINGTON (AP) - A curing? We don't know yet," of California, San Francisco. tuses to cure genetic disorders. Two that research on fetal tissue be al-
ioneerin transnlant of fetal tissue Zaniani said at the Eighth The case highlights the thorny failed, and in the third case the par- lowed.

into a develoning fetus to cure a ze-

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