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to his probable innocence. "I don't
think when sexual harassment hap-
pens, that it is an isolated thing."
LSA sophomore Oscar Daniels
agreed that Hill's accusations may
have been merely twisted percep-

"They may have had a close re-
lationship where he believed that
he could joke around about certain
subjects and Anita not be offended
by them. She was but she kept it in-
side... had he known, I think he
would have stopped completely,"
he said.
LSA sophomore Tony Pitts
echoed this sentiment. "It would

be different if she would have come
forward toward the beginning."
While student public opinion
ran wide and varied, one common
sentiment was that of the circus
quality of the hearings.
LSA senior Jeremy Litt said, "I
think the Senate Judiciary commit-
tee has proven their worthlessness
in this case."


Continued from page 1
truth," Kelley said. "What
Thomas was able to do is take what
is a vicious history of sexism and
racism and make it seem as if he is
being persecuted when Hill is the
one who is being victimized."
Similarly, Omer said Thomas'
claim that Hill's accusation
perpetuates racial stereotypes
about Black men is completely
"It is a trick he is using to gain
support, but it is wrong," she said.
Yet, faculty members agreed
the hearings will have a positive
effect for women who are sexually
harassed in the work place.
"Sexual harassment is some-
thing I understand intellectually,

but hearing Hill's testimony gave
me a deeper understanding
emotionally. It has made me very
conscious of the need to develop a
strong policy here against
harassment ... Hopefully, (the
hearings) will create a preventive
atmosphere for women who are
being harassed," said Associate
Political Science Professor
Jonathan Simon.
Kelley said, "In history, you
don't find many instances where
women can allege these charges.
This case will definitely be a
change historically in that a
woman came forward to make
these charges."
Female professors agreed that
one of the most interesting out-
comes of the hearings was the gap
between men and women in their

perception and understanding of
sexual harassment.
"She has given a credible story
even though her behavior
afterwards was not typical," Omer
said. "Women understand how she
acted. Men, no matter how sensi-
tive they try to be, aren't going to
understand. That's not to say men
can't try to understand."
Scheppele said that although the
hearings brought this gap to the at-
tention of Americans, it has done
little to narrow it.
"The problem is that now
many men are confused about what
conduct is acceptable in the work
force, so they won't have anything
to do with women at all. This can
be very damaging," she said.


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Former colleagues of Judge Clarence Thomas are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sunday on
Capitol Hill. From the left are J.C. Alvarez, Nancy Fitch, Diane Holt, and Phyllis Berry.


NEED Service charges MSA with
idiscrimination in denying office space

October 17, 1991
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Michigan Union
. meet with admissions officers from U.S.
law schools
. explore the diversity of law school
programs and their emphases
- investigate employment options available
to graduating seniors
" gather information on law-related campus
organizations and services
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by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter
The furor over student group
room allocation by the Michigan
Student Assembly has been re-ig-
This year the Network for Equal
Economic Development Service
(NEED Service) has charged MSA
with discrimination when denying
the group a room.
Althoughall student groups re-
questing office space received it last
year, more than 100 student organi-
zation members attended the Nov. 6,
1990, assembly meeting to voice
concerns about MSA's method of
room allocation.
NEED Service is an organization
that networks on behalf of
University students in economic
crises by finding jobs, helping with
resumds, and providing guest speak-
ers, said NEED Service advisor
Safiya Khalid.

The group has requested that an
injunction be issued against the al-
location of offices in the Union and
that an investigation be conducted.
It plans to show petitions in sup-
port of its claims of unjust room
allocation at today's assembly
Khalid charged that Colleen
Tighe, the MSA office worker who
helped determine room allocations
this year, made her decisions based
on personal preferences rather than
on objective ones.
Tighe denied the allegations, but
said she would save her explana-
tions for the meeting today.
"I knew she was going to raise a
big stink about this," Tighe said.
"We have reasons why we are not
giving her office space again. I just
want to prepare those reasons in
good order and good wording."
Although MSA President James

Green did not have any input into
the room allocation process, he ar-
gued that the denial of space was
valid. Green cited verification prob-
lems of the NEED Service's student
group status and said that many
complaints of harassment have been
registered by the University and
community members against NEED
"I think the decision was based
on the fact that they don't serve as
many students and on the worry
that there may be lawsuits against
MSA," Green said.
"There has been a long history of
problems at the University and the
Ann Arbor community that I have
heard," he added. "In the past, there
have been verification problems as
to whether her group is a student
group. Safiya, in particular, has
ticked off a lot of people around the

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Daily alumni and students, last
summer to propose reforms of the
board - the body which oversees
the three publications.

Moreover, Duderstadt asked the
task force to clarify the Daily's re-
lationship with the University and
provide advice on any necessary
modifications of Regental Bylaw
13.11 which rules the board.
The board, which meets monthly,

Green emphasized, however, that
the assembly will make the final
decision on room allocations.
At the NEED Service Board of
Directors meeting last night, Khalid
encouraged everyone to attend
tonight's assembly meeting and
said, "We are fighting for our office
space. They don't believe any of us
She added that the organization
would cease to exist if the group did
not get a room.
The question is still open to de-
bate as to whether NEED Service
qualifies as a student group.
An Oct. 4 memo from Shay
Willis, a Student Organization
Development Center (SODC) em-
ployee, told Khalid that in order to
be considered a qualified student
group, students must obtain control
over the Student Organization
Accounts by today.
is currently made up of University
faculty members, students and pro-
fessional journalists.
The task force will hold another
open meeting today in the Kuenzle
room in the Michigan Union at 10
She challenged those who claim"
that "political correctness" is dom-
inant on campus.
"I must have been out of town
when they passed out power to peo-
ple of color, gay and lesbian people,,
and University workers," she said.
Matthews also said the
Washtenaw County Sheriff no
longer wants the University police
deputized by his department, and
criticized the University for plan-,
ning hearings on the matter in
December when students are on va-
"We're not going to let you pull'
this same shit that you pull all the.
time and make decisions about our
lives while we're not here. That's W
why we got the police in the first
place," she said.

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cause frankly, they have no shame,"
she said. "The regents have rolled
over our civil rights long enough,
now its time to roll over the re-
Leavy spoke primarily about po-
lice harassment of University
workers. She said that in her work
with the AFSCME she has encoun-
tered numerous examples of such
discrimination, especially against
minority workers.
She said one University em-
ployee was surrounded by police
who searched his car at 5 a.m. as he
arrived at work.
"All Juan wanted was an apol-
ogy ... and they wouldn't even apol-
ogize," she said.
After the speakers were finished,
Williams invited alleged victims of
police harassment to speak to the
crowd about it.
One man said police pulled him
over two years ago in Ypsilanti for
no apparent reason and held a gun to
his head.
"Luckily I was smart enough
not to make them mad enough to do
something worse," he said.
Much of what was said at the
rally attacked the University ad-
ministration and federal govern-
ment for perpetuating a climate of
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Her party, the National League
for Democracy, overwhelmingly
won parliamentary elections in May
1990, but Burma's generals have re-
fused to end their repressive rule
and let the opposition party take


Williams said racist acts by the
police locally fit into a pattern of
national oppression.
"This fits into a much larger
genocidal pattern, where Black peo-
ple are killed in our cities and its all
stamped with government ap-
proval," he said.
"The government allows this
genocide through lack of access to
jobs, lack of access to health care,
and lack of access to jobs and job
training," he said.
Matthews attacked the
"mythology of political correct-
ness," on campus, which she at-
tacked as part of "an ideological
war waged against us who dare to
speak against racism, sexism, and

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