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Midway Airlines workers face joblessness
CHICAGO (AP) - Midway
Airlines employees and others who
depended on it for their livelihoods
scrambled to find a new beginning
yesterday after the surprise whirl-
wind collapse of the carrier that
once symbolized growth and
Officials of the financially trou-
bled airline promised legal action
against their would-be suitor,
Northwest Airlines, and the City of
Chicago headed to court to force
Midway back in the air.
Idle planes, empty ticket coun-
ters and vacant employee lockers
marked the home of the airline that
only 24 hours earlier was alive and
carrying thousands of passengers.
Midway grew from humble be-
ginnings in 1979 to become the na-
tion's 12th largest airline, serving
41 cities. Its demise marked the first
time an airline formed after the in-
dustry was deregulated in 1978 has
The shutdown at 12:01 a.m. yes-
terday came hours after Northwest
Airlines announced it was pulling
out of a previously announced
Northwest accused Midway,
which had filed for bankruptcy pro-
tection back in March, of misleading
it by overstating 1990 revenues.
Midway said it had been straight-
forward and called Northwest's ac-
"I'm a single parent with a 13-
year-old boy," said Midway flight
attendant Judy Carlson as she ar-
rived at Midway Airport on the air-
line's last flight from Los Angeles.
"You tell him why he can't get
braces for a Christmas present this
Hundreds of Midway passengers
scrambled to reshuffle their travel
plans. Several airlines, including the
nation's two largest, United and
American, said they would honor
Midway tickets with certain
"I woke up late and didn't hear
the news," said Francoise Strauss,
who arrived at the airport yesterday
morning for a flight that no longer
existed. "We were going to Atlanta
to look at colleges for my
"It hurts," said Kevin Augle, a
Midway baggage handler. "I don't
know what I'm doing. I've got a
house. I've got to make my living
Midway's 4,300 employees re-
ceived instructions yesterday on
how to file for unemployment ben-
efits and how the shutdown affected
their employee benefits. Most
workers will be without health in-
surance by the end of the month, said
airline spokesperson Laura
Podlesny said the airline planned
legal action against Northwest
amid speculation that Northwest
had been more interested in
Midway's airport gates than in
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hesitate to cancel the user's com-
puter ID and access to University
computer communication programs.
"We are beginning to see that
behaviors that were once expressed
differently are beginning to be ex-
pressed electronically, and that a
system of ethics and values regard-
ing these sorts of things is begin-
ning to develop within our user
community," Knox said.
Knox said the main problem
with objectionable MTS comments
lies within the definition of
"What one person considers ob-
jectionable, another doesn't. It's
safe to say we receive many more ob-
jectionable message complaints
from women than from men. The
number of complaints increases near
the end of terms when tensions are
higher," Knox said. But he added
that "in general, the total number
of complaints is declining."
Many instructors incorporate a
class computer conference into class
requirements, presenting students
with another opportunity to use
MTS. On some of these conferences,
students find themselves facing
what could be construed as harass-
Communications Prof. Joan
Lowenstein has a computer confer-
ence for her class on First Amend-
ment issues. Sometimes, students
object to others' responses.
"I don't think anything on the
conference has reached the level of
sexual harassment, just insensitiv-
ity or stupidity," Lowenstein said.
"My definition of sexual harass-
ment wbuld have to include the fact
that the harasser was in a more pow-
erful situation. r
'How do you tell
another individual ...
what they're saying
isn't as sensitive as it
Assistant to the Provost
"Ordinarily, students are on an
even footing, so I think most situa-
tions involving one student against
another would be a different kind of
sexual harassment than the 'Anita
Knox said students should re-
port conference responses that make
them uncomfortable to the class in-
He also said that e-mail and MTS
can and are used to harass people -
sexually and otherwise - because
the communication is not face-to-
"It's a little like making an ob-
scene phone call in a way, but not as
anonymous," Knox said.
He added that in sexual harass-
ment cases, it is usually difficult to
prove one person's word against an-
other's. On the computer, however,
he said a message can easily be re-
trieved from memory and printed
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draft this code," Brown said.
The regents agreed that in the
future when consulting law fac-
ulty, formal statements of their
recommendations be obtained. But
some regents questioned whether
consulting faculty on University
policies was a conflict of interest.
"I don't think we should even
consider them in that function,"
But Nielsen pointed out that
some University faculty members
are consulted on policy by
Congress, and that it would be
foolish to ignore their expertise.
"We have an obligation to have
them look at it," Baker said.
In other business, John Weiden-
back, who has been interim director
of athletics since 1990, will suc-
ceed Bo Schembechler as director of
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Nancy Barnett, a Royal Oak na-
tive, said it is important to separate
the incident from the city.
"Just because it happened here
doesn't mean Royal Oak is not a
safe city. It's a postal problem,"
she said. "People are taking the law
into their own hands because no-
body'll help us. There's no justice
A retired employee who
worked in the Royal Oak post of-
fice for 36 years sympathized with
"I can understand where this
guy is coming from. This place is a
zoo. They treat you like animals,"
said the man, who requested to re-
main anonymous. "I was so glad to
get out of there -- I had to before I
killed someone, too."
Many local merchants on Royal
Oak's Main Street said the incident
reflected the times, not the city.
"I don't think it has to do with
the recession or money," said Patti
Harrington, a worker at a neighbor-
ing store. "There are a lot of dis-
turbed people out there. They see it,
hear it, read about it. ... It's too
easy to do."
A spokesperson at William
Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak
said six people from the incident
were being treated, three of whom
were in critical condition, though
she would not disclose any names.
An Oakland General Hospital
spokesperson said three postal em-
ployees - Clark French, who was
in critical condition, Allen Adams
and Gwendolyn Thornton - were
being treated yesterday morning .
for gunshot wounds.
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In addition to national and Uni-
versity figures, the conference also
includes University graduate stu-
dents as well as John Miller, editor-
at-large of The Michigan Review,
and Stephen Henderson, opinion edi-
tor of The Michigan Daily.
Miller and Henderson will join
Law Prof. and feminist law scholar
Catharine Mackinnon, Law Prof.
Alan Aleinikoff, and Anita Norich,
associate professor of English and
Judaic studies as panel members in
Saturday night's session entitled,
"Free Speech, Hate Speech, and PC."
This forum will focus somewhat on
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The
Republican-run Senate approved a
bill yesterday to reinstate
Michigan's open presidential pri-
mary, but the Democrat-controlled
House isn't likely to buy it.
The bill would let any registered
voter vote in the March 17 primary
without declaring a party preference
30 days in advance, as now required
by a new state law.
Democrats say that conflicts
with their party rules. Those require
that only declared Democrats take
part in allocating presidential dele-
gates among the candidates.
The House is expected to pass an
alternative bill. It would allow
voters to declare a party preference
the debate surrounding an adver-
tisement promoting Holocaust re-
visionism published in The Michi-
gan Daily three weeks ago.
Although Joan Lowenstein, the
session's moderator and an adjunct
lecturer in the Department of
Communication, said the advertise-
ment itself didn't spark the idea for
the discussion, the debate surround-
ing its publishing certainly has rel-
evance to the free speech arguments
PC bashers use to degrade ideas of
"The whole discussion of PC of-
ten centers around whether colleges
can regulate hate speech," Lowen-
stein said. "Catharine Mackinnon,
who devotes much of her energy to
fighting pornography, will take her
ideas further and talk about how
speech that doesn't directly incite
violence can still be harmful in and,
Although Campbell said most
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audience members to ask questions
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more interactive workshops on spe-
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