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Page 4 -The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, October 23, 1991

3 e C t gan atiy
20 Maynard Street
Arbor, Michigan 48109 ANDREW GOTTESMAN
747-2814 Editor in Chief



Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

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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Alcohol awareness
MSA should do more to make events a bigger success

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A nyone would be hard-pressed to find a Univer-
sity student who has maintained a dry and
alcohol-free college career. Almost every student
has access to alcohol and many drink themselves to
the point of over-intoxication, not knowing where
to draw the line. Unfortunately, alcoholism has
become a widespread disease on campus.
The Michigan Student Assembly's (MSA) re-
cent Alcohol Awareness Week, with noble inten-
tions, attempted to bring the message about the
dangers of alcoholism to University students. Un-
fortunately, lack of publicity or interesting pro-
gramming led the week's events to slide by unno-
ticed and unappreciated.
Had the program reached and affected a greater
portion of the student population, the $3,000.00
MSA allocated to Alcohol Awareness Week would
not be unreasonable. Many students were unaware
of the week's events, so few benefitted.
One of the programs during the week provided
lessons for creating "mocktails" to serve instead of
alcoholic beverages at parties. This sounds like a
good and useful idea, but the event took place at
Ruby Tuesdays in Briarwood mall. Most younger
students on campus have no access to cars and
Briarwood mall is not within walking distance. No
shuttles were provided and the Ann Arbor Transit

Authority isn't always convenient. Even if most
students knew about the "mocktail" party, which
they did not, many would still have been unable to
A few banners were raised in the diag to let
students know the week did exist. Some students
scored free T-shirts and others were handed Cot-
tage Inn Pizza. The logic of serving pizza to
prevent alcohol abuse is curious.
The Alcohol Awareness Week slogan this year
was "Who's calling the shots?" Unfortunately,
nobody was.
In order to increase the program's influence,
next year's committee should concentrate on in-
creasing effective publicity of scheduled events
and offering more activities that would offer greater
appeal to students. The activities need to be at
convenient times in places more accessible to
Alcohol Awareness Week could really be a
good program.
The University has a dire need for the dis-
semination of information concerning the effects
of alcohol and the dangers of alcoholism. Perhaps
next year, with a more concerted effort, the program
can fulfill it's original objective and not just exist
for appearances.

Congress fails again
Despite murders in Texas, Congress rejects gun control

A fter the brutal murder of 22 innocent diners in
Killeen, Texas, the nation was right to expect
Congress to thwart the liberal sale of lethal weap-
ons. Yet, Congress has again failed to direct legis-
lation at controlling the proliferation of guns in this
Two days after the Killeen incident- the worst
mass shooting in the country's history - the
House overwhelmingly rejected a ban on the sale
and ownership of semiautomatic weapons and
multi-bullet gun clips. Thirteen types of assault-
like weapons, including equipment such as the
seven-round clip used by George Hennard to kill
the 22 in Killeen, were included in the proposed
restrictions. The semiautomatic pistol used by
Hennard, the Glock 17, was known to be popular
among drug dealers, easy to obtain, and terrify-
ingly lethal.
Several legislators have cited the familiar cop
out that controlling guns will not stop violence.
President Bush claims that the government can't
legislate that type of behavior away, and one rep-
resentative stated the pistol alone did not cause the
While it is true that Hennard was responsible
for the crime, why should the means with which he
was allowed to commit the crime be so readily
available? Gun control is not a Cure all for societies

ills, but it definitely could be instrumental in pre-
venting future crime.
The United States continues to have the highest
homicide rate in the world. According to the De-
partment of Justice, there are 8.4 murders forevery
100,000 residents in this country. There are 4.2 per
100,000 in Germany, and only 1.2 in Japan, which
also happens to have the strictest gun control laws
in the world.
Even the luke-warm moderate efforts to legis-
late any type of gun control are continuously
opposed by the National Rifle Association. The
effects of this large, powerful lobby are all too
evident in preventing gun control measures. In this
case, Congress-bowing to special-interest groups
- is literally killing people in the streets and, in
Hennard's case, the cafeteria's of America.
For his part, President Bush has also been
consistently opposed to gun control legislation. It
is quite ironic that he favors a crime bill that would
extend the Federal death penalty to 50 new offenses
and restrict the rights of death row inmates for
appeal, but supports assault weapons being avail-
able on demand.
The inability of legislators in this country to
pass any type of restrictions on guns is reprehen-
sible. Regardless of their excuses for inaction, the
fact is guns kill people.

What are cops for?
To the Daily:
On Oct. 12, sometime after 11
p.m., a friend and I were walking
down Hill Street when we stopped
to talk with some friends. There
were five of us altogether
standing on the sidewalk at the
intersection of Hill and East
University. Soon afterward, a
police car pulled up and pointed
its headlights at us. Then, the
police proceeded to turn on two
large floodlights located on the
roof of the car.
The police continued to shine
the lights at us, at which time
some people in our group became
anxious and wanted to disperse.
As my friend and I continued
down Hill Street, another police
car pulled beside very slowly and
an officer shined her flashlight on
I feel the behavior on the part
of the Ann Arbor police is
preposterous. Do they have
nothing better to do then attempt
to intimidate students - and get
paid by our tax dollars at the same
time? And what about the newly
organized University police force
and their shiny new nine millime-
ter lead guns? How many police
and guns does it take to maintain
law and order on this "renegade"
The motto of the police is to
protect and serve, but all they
seem to do is harass and intimi-
date the people they should be
protecting acid serving.
David Goldberg
LSA senior
On homelessness
To the Daily:
Although I usually don't agree
with many of the proposed
solutions for the homeless, I am
no less aware of their plight. One
can only become aware of the

urgency of the problem by
focusing on the homeless people
themselves rather than on the
The plight of the homeless is
the plight of the "down-and-out"
individual stomping the streets of
Ann Arbor, swallowing their
pride to ask for spare change, and
sleeping on the cold asphalt. It is
not the plight of a faceless
While walking home from a
social gathering the other night, a
man clutching a blanket salvaged
from the garbage can stopped me
and asked me if I had any spare
change. I told him that I rarely
give change to people (since I
believe that it could serve to only
worsen their situation if they
spend it on alcohol) but that I
would buy him some food
We eventually found an open
store and while he waited outside,
I bought him coffee and a sub. As
I handed it to him, I told him that
it was through the love of Christ
that I offered it to him. He
thanked me and I was on my way.
About 10 feet away, I was
stopped by an obviously less
needy student who was watching
what went on. He asked with a
sneer, "Excuse me but could you
spare some change for a poor...,"
at which point I cut him off
saying that it was ngt necessary
for him to make light of the plight
of the homeless. He just laughed.
That left me thinking; this
attitude among us educated, well
off students has got to stop!
Sven Bilen
Rackham student
Personal gripes
To the Daly:
There's this guy I don't like
and since we both know how to
write, I was wondering if we
could work out our personal

problems here in the Opinion
Page. Or is that right only
reserved for Corey Dolgon and
Jamie Green?
Jonathan Greenberg
University graduate
More Maurer!
To the Daily:
A grave injustice has been
committed as of late. While many
Daily articles sporadically feature
her effervescent personality,
Pattrice Maurer has not been
recieving the attention she
Frankly, I miss her presence,
especially in the Saga of the
Drake's Five.
Please reinstate the unfolding
drama of this person for whom we
all care so deeply. This way, I,
and countless other die-hard fans,
can share in the witty antics and
personal insights that our Patty
has to offer.


Ron Blum
LSA junior

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Playing ball
Cops show they're better on the field than in the streets

D uring ie kourtli quarter of the Michigan/Indi-
ana fo&,.tball game, an incident occurred that
may present a dynamic solution to two of the
bigst prob.rms on campus. W Ken it became
clear that the ' + 2rines were 1=r .g to wrap up
another Big Ten victory, an ov! zealous fan ran
onto the field. A- he slashed and juked across the
hash marks a quadron of police officers pursued
him with 7us intknri'y, c.<Jht him with a
tremendue 1- i l ;e, , l piu.iied him off
in shackle,
This su i at i cii .xhib.it displayed by
our comm. guardia could be a blessing in
disguise. AnA; Arbor' t' c gr ;.problems -
exertion o pli e hostil:; o: 'n mesrving stu-
dents, and c iei.<'bor'. d j gets picked
apart and buried oo:os Saturd;! 1yfternoons -
can be easily solved by the rec ntly discovered
talents of our police squad."
If Coach l1r could just ig the cops to
play, it would give them a constructive owtlet for
their disciplinary frustrations. At the same time, it
would solidify our defense and propel us easily to
a national title. After all, no recciv ;r in his right

mind would catch a pass if he knew that the corner
backs carried billy clubs and the linebackers were
equipped with chemical Mace. No running back
would bust into the clear knowing the defensive
lineman could shoot him down from a50-yard clip.
It's simple. Give the cops scholar hipz and
bench Michigan's secondary. But why stop there?
There is no reason quarterback Elvis Grbac's arm
should be the only gun on the field. An M-14 could
give split end Desmond Howard more accurate
bulleLs to dive for. The University would also save
a lot of money on unnecessary equipment if the
offensive line were garbed in tradilional South
University "crowd control" gear.
In fact, we could change the whole University
image. The new colors would be black and blue,
and the stands would be enclosed with prison bars
and barbed wire.
This is a momentous opportunity that wouL be
shameful to waste. With one swift move, w( , ld
satisfy an aggravated student body and fu i' the
dreams that Bo never could. Let's make Michigan
State and Iowa deal with the 'U' cops while we
relax and celebrate on New Year's Day.

Zionlism usfundamentally racist
by Tom Abowd people." In addition, he believed Israel is built upon a founda-
The Daily editorial calling for that this "proc ot o ft priation tion of exclusionary laws and
the repeal of the I IN. Resolution and removal must bc:arded out practices; laws which systemati-
that defines Ziowsm as a fform of discreetly and circumspectly." cally exclude Arabs. For the sake
racism ("Zionism is not racism," (Herzl, Complete DUries) of brevity, I'll give just one
Daily, Oct. 1991l) tuie" to Joseph Weitz, for decades the example which is particularly

. .f

distinguish uitWeen Zionism the
ideology, and historic Israeli
However , t " and
yes, racist ilicies of Israel
cannot be divorced from the
ideology upo n W*h t :u te is
b uilt. I a1 U' l in 'he s iesP
anrd guals l aj y Zidnist
theorit;s- oul tie o o resc at
Israeli IJ '1
The itss fmulated by the
foun'dtrs of .mod-ern Zionism such
as Theodore Herz' and Chaim
Weitzman were unambiguous.
'Ihe Zionist movement call(-i go
the est:bkmer f any (
Jewish State.
But it also .;1d to estabiisn
this state in Paisuine and to
uproot and remove the non-
Jewish population that already
lived there: the Palestinians. This

However, the exclusive - and yes, racist -
policies of sr ael cannot be divorced from the
ideolkgy er 5 which the state is built

dhrector of the Jewish National
Land pYard, f :add.('clear this intent
in 1940 when h wrote: "It must
be clear that no room for
Mt peopte in thiNr C;ntry. [he
only Autuon is 5ro iael (all of
historic ieztin w ' bout Arabs.
We mu", .ss~fe nit9aj,1. we
must nut i NB ts gle village,
t,,t a s1?' x w m'is
k 4ttcfl. ;
11e tetr
ยง,,rs since
This goal to turn a land 90
percent Arab into a Jewish State
with a Jewish Majority was

Inside Israel, 93 percent of the
land is reserved by law for the use
of Jews only. When similar laws
exist elsewhere, they are referred
to, quite properly, as racist. In
ralestilc:, the Daily defends them.
What if 93 percent of the United
States were reserved for the
exclusive use of Christians only?
t'e ")riv .dcs of humanity"
uh I' :lv believes Israel to
hk f rde4 onmay in .'d be
egalitarian for Jewish citizens of
the state, but that is precisely the
point. Palestinians, because they
are non-Jews, are denied basic
rights and privileges, just as

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