The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 13, 1991 - Page 7
Pro-choice groups oppose
Engler's GA welfare cuts
by Julie Schupper
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
Pro-choice groups in Michigan
stand opposed to Gov. John Engler's
recent decision to eliminate General
Assistance welfare for the 82,000
single adults who are able to work.
Although a statewide poll con-
ducted by The Detroit News con-
cluded that six in 10 Michigan resi-
dents support the most recent wel-
fare cut, the Ann Arbor Committee
to Defend Abortion and
Reproductive Rights (AACDARR)
and the National Organization for
Women (NOW) both say Engler's
budget cuts and ideology are partic-
ularly devastating for women and
"From the perspective of some-
one involved in women's issues, I
can't help but be concerned about
the negative effect that Engler's
cuts will have on the people of
Michigan, particularly women and
children as they are the one's who in
my opinion will be most affected,"
said Laurie McLean, NOW
Dana Long, a member of
AACDARR, said that Engler's
policies restrict the rights of
women in Michigan.
"The elimination of General
Assistance welfare has led to mass
evictions. In Detroit, there have been
about 5,000 evictions because people
cannot pay their rent or their utili-
ties. It is becoming increasingly dif-
ficult for a single woman to survive
in this world," Long said.
McLean said the elimination of
the General Assistance welfare and
the proposed 24-hour wait bill
which has passed through the
Michigan Senate and is now being
considered in the House.
But Pat Rose, a member of Right
to Life of Washtenaw County, said
the passage of the 24-hour wait bill
is necessary for women.
"I feel that it is an important
piece of legislation because it al-
lows women to explore their deci-
'The 24-hour wait bill is primarily a form of
harassment because it adds additional stress
to an already stressful situation'
- Laurie McLean
Cartoon graphics galore
Katie Leshock, graphic artist for Wherehouse Records on South University, displays a sign for the program
she designed to benefit children with AIDS at Mott Hospital.
Harper meets city officials on
Greek on-academc conduct
anti-abortion legislation both dis-
miss the rights of women.
"With an anti-choice governor in
Michigan, pro-choicers can no
longer count on a governor's veto
for anti-choice legislation that runs
though the state legislature. We are
anxious for the 1992 election,"
McLean said she believes that
former Gov. James Blanchard would
have used his veto power to reject
the parental consent law as well as
sion more carefully," she said.
"It is scary that Engler has not
and will not veto anti-choice legis-
lation. The 24-hour wait bill is pri-
marily a form of harassment because
it adds additional stress to an al-
ready stressful situation," McLean
"His cuts in welfare and lack of
pro-choice legislation are harmful
not only to women's rights but to
society," McLean said.
by Ken Walker
Daily City Reporter
Associate Vice President for
Student Services Royster Harper de-
scribed the University's changing
stance toward students living off-
campus - specifically those in the
Greek system - in front of the Ann
Arbor Planning Commission last
Harper was invited to discuss
Student Services's current approach
to fraternities and sororities. The
city has recently been urging the
University to control Greek stu-
dents' non-academic life.
In the past the University has re-
fused to regulate the Greek system,
she said. "In lots of ways we went
too far ... Students are growing up
in an environment more unstruc-
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tured than any of us experienced."
While Harper said she favors
more participation in the Greek
community, she avoided suggesting
that the University will create reg-
ulations designed to "get tough"
with the Greek system.
"My experience has been that
sometimes 'getting tough' only gets
you more resistance," she said. "We
are trying to look at specific areas,
and create rules and regulations for
those areas without creating a gen-
eral code of non-academic conduct at
Harper said of her reasons for ac-
cepting the commission's invitation
to speak, "I felt strongly about
coming because I don't want frater-
nities and sororities to be penal-
ized" collectively, Harper said. "I
want them to be judged individually
on their merits, not clumped as a
Harper stressed her responsibil-
ity toward students, motivated by
"a sense of what's right."
"It's right that I work with a
fifth of our students to make sure
that they have a good experience as
part of a Greek letter organization,"
"We certainly have a responsi-
bility" to students, Harper said,
"and maybe that responsibility is to
help students understand their
rights and their responsibilities."
"I'm not going to let anybody
trash our students," Harper said
emphatically. "Whether they are or
not, I feel like they're our students
- they belong to the University."
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