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nce again it is time to vote for the Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA). Too often MSA
elections slip by the student body because of a
general disinterestin MSA. It is importantnot to let
election day slip by. MSA should function as a
bridge between students and the administration. It
serves to represent the students' voice in the bu-
reaucratic University red tape. Student participa-
tion in MSA elections will insure that MSA better
speaks for students.
The choices in this year's election are to vote for
the Conservative Coalition (CC), the Progressive
Party, Independent candidates, ora combination of
all of the above. In past elections, voters generally
tended to support an entire bloc of candidates from
a single party. There are two problems in voting
this way.
First, one is voting for a lot of bureaucracy.
Parties tend to regurgitate debate amongst them-
selves and get caught up in their own.agenda. After
a while, they tend to lose sight of the students they
should be representing. Second, if one votes for an
entire party, it becomes hard to identify where each
'individual stands on a particularissue. It is essential.
to identify each individual's views in order to hold
the individual personally accountable for positions
The need to vote on individual candidates has
been proven by both the CC and the Progressive
Party's preoccupation with fulfilling their own
agendas. For three consecutive weeks this term,
the CC-led assembly had not met quorum. In order
to have quorum, more than half of the assembly
members must be present. Without quorum, the
assembly cannotvote on any issue, thereby stalling
decision-making for weeks. Both CC and the
Progressives are responsible for this apathy. Each
representative who failed to show up for the
mectings seemed to be led by the idea that their
party affiliations outweighed individual responsi-
bilities. Both parties claim that student rights are
the most important issue MSA addresses. However,
both parties demonstrated a lack of commitment to

students' rights by not participating in most Stu-
dent Rights Commission (SRC) meetings. Where
should students go to register their grievances?
Who is responsible at MSA? Currently, the only
place to lay blame is on a political party, rather than
with the actual individuals who can effect change.
As far as CC is concerned, there is something
severely wrong with a body designed to represent
students stating its greatest claim to fame is that it
has a good relationship with the administration.
MSA should represent the students' views to the
administration not the administration's views to
the students. MSA should be made upof individuals
who will genuinely represent the interests of stu-
In order to fulfill this, representatives from CC
and some representatives from the Progressive
Party need to be on the assembly. In fact, there are
many individuals in the Progressive Party who are
worth taking note of. What is most important is to
elect a leader who can mediate the opinions rep-
resented in MSA; someone who can lead MSA to
reach compromises between the differing opinions
of students and students and not between the dif-
fering opinions of students and administration. An
Independent candidate who has shown a real
concern for student's rights and an ability to see
many different student perspectives is Robert Van
Houweling. Van Houweling is currently the Vice-
chair of the SRC. His goals are not motivated by a
party line or by any political dogma.
Van Houweling seemed sincere in seeking to
give MSA back to the students by making it ac-
countable to student needs. He supports giving
students a choice in many key issues, like the MSA
commissions, by deciding the issues through ref-
erenda. Van Houweling, as an Independent, is easy
to hold accountable for his ideas. In addition,
because of his desire to have MSA be accountable
to all students, not just to one specific agenda, Van
Houweling will be more likely to find a way for
everyone to get a little of what they want instead of
only some people getting all of what they want.




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More equivalency
To the Daily:
Thomas Renau's letter in the
Daily on Tuesday (11/5/91) is a
prime example of the new
sickening trend of moral equiva-
lency. One example of this trend
was Saddam's justification of his
rape and pillage of Kuwait, where
he attempted to equate his act of
aggression with Israel's occupa-
tion of territory it captured in its
own defense.
In general, it occurs whenever
someone judges two unrelated
events as if they were on the same
moral plane. Moral equivalency
compares apples and oranges.
In the case of Renau's letter, it
is more like comparing watermel-
ons and kamquats. He apparently
found the annual birthday card to
Israel, which is a full-page letter
in the Daily sponsored by Tagar
each April signed by hundreds of
students, faculty and members of
congress, as upsetting as Bradley
Smith's vitriolic anti-Semitic
Holocaust revisionism.
First of all, the annual happy
birthday to Israel expresses the
pride and love deeply felt by
Zionists for the Jewish state. Our
ad enumerates the physical
challenges successfully overcome
by the fledgling state. The only
feeling that comes to mind is
wonderment when I read about
how the pioneers of Israel took a
neglected strip of rocky, barren,
swampy, mosquito infested land
and turned it into the homeland
for millions of dispossessed Jews.
Perhaps the letter writer's ire
was raised at the way last year's
card publicized the agricultural
assistance lent by the resource
strapped state of Israel to several
Black African nations. Maybe
Renau was ticked off to learn that
Israel has rescued 15,000 Ethio-
pian Jews from starvation and
religious persecution. I think that

he was most offended because our
card to Israel reminded him once
again that Israel is the only
democracy in the Middle East.
By a specious claim of moral
equivalency, Rcnau has for the
first time raised the frightful
possibility of suppression of free
speech.What is most depressing is
that he didn't have the guts or the
motivation to challenge the ideas
that he disagreed with, which is
the democratic custom.
Jonathan Margolin
co-chair, Tagar
Bad review
To the Daily:
I am writing in response to the
narrow minded preview of the
Dan Fogelberg concert that took
place last week at Hill. The author
described Fogelberg's tour as
"has-been" and contrasted it with
the MTV success of Don Henley
(who is a great musician).
The author implied, not in a
subtle fashion, that a musician's
talent and success can only be
judged by video popularity and
hitting the Top Forty.
It saddens me to think that
one's musical taste can be so
limited as to only include music
Casey Kasem approves of as
successful. Do musicians actually
rate their own talent by their
ability to create an over-budgeted
Fogelberg provided his
listeners with a wonderful concert
consisting of his voice, an
acoustic guitar, and a piano; his
music is beautiful and can be
appreciated by all.
There are so many different
and wonderful musicians out
there today; do not dismiss them
if they do not reach the charts or
you may miss out on some great
Jodi Abramson
LSA senior

Follow the rules
To the Daily:
In response to Dave Corbett's
letter on Nov. 8, 1991: Yes, the
Michigan Credo does state that
"(The University) is a community
designed to foster freedom of
thought and unconventional, even
uncomfortable opinions."But
what Mr. Corbett does not cite is
The Housing Policy and Proce-
dures on Discrimination and
Discriminatory Conduct, which
states "physical acts or hreats or
verbal slurs, invectives or
epithets, referring to an
individual's or a group's race,
ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, creed, national origin,
ancestry, age or handicap, made
with the purpose of injuring the
person or groups to whom the
words or actions are directed....
are prohibited when they occur
within the residence halls. Intent
to injure may be inferred from
examining all the surrounding
facts and circumstances."
Corbett also declined to
mention that his sign, "AIDS:
Anal Inflicted Death Sentence"
was posted right next to another
sign that read, "Speak English or
One can easily imagine how a
gay resident or a foreign resident
may feel as they passCorbett's
Corbett, and all others who
chose to live in the residence
halls, need to remember that
living here is a PRIVELEGE, not
a RIGHT. He, like everyone else,
signed a lease in which he agreed
to uphold the University's
standards for that safe and
harassment-free environment.
If a student with ingnorant and
bigoted thoughts such as Corbett
is "ashamed to attend school
here," I am confident that no one
will beg them to stay upon their
Timothy Madion
resident director, WOBN

Wh ite wash
Warren Commission sweeps students' rights under rug

An Investigation by a Subcommission of the
Student Rights' Commission of the Michi-
gan Student Assembly on the South University
Teargassing Incident of Sept. 14, 1991."
So read the cover page of the impressively
official report released by the Student Rights'
Commission (SRC) on Nov. 12. Obviously the
SRC, chaired by Michael Warren, has failed to
comprehend its basic responsibilities to the
University's student body.
The SRC's "Warren Commission" did a won-
derful job in creating a rapport with the University
administration and the police force. Portions of the
commission's report even went so far as to defend
police actions. "The first sweep was justified...,"
proclaimed the report.
But it was during this critical "first sweep" that
more than 13 police officers formed a line and
approached the crowd, presumably to disperse
them. This action served only to anger the boister-
ous crowd, and, to a large extent, contributed to the
melee that followed. A minority of the commission
- a commission which is supposed to coordinate
and act upon the interests of the student body -
stated that the behavior of the students was shame-
ful. Michael Warren said, "The officers' use of tear
gas was a reasonable measure to protect the safety
Df themselves, the crowd and property."
Thanks for your support, Mike.
The SRC's mission is implicit in its title, to
protect "students' rights." Any efforts, ranging
from protests to community forums to negotiations
With University and Ann Arbor officials would
have been helpful. But the Warren Commission
pas offered only a weak, muffled and overdue
At least the activities of the SRC during last
year's deputization controversy, circus-like as they
sometimes were, better voiced student concerns.
Its only shortcoming was its determination to pro-
test without properly following up with negotia-
tions and compromise to achieve their goals. By
contrast, this year's SRC has been too willing to
settle for meetings and memos, and adverse to
mobilizing a student body violated and angered by
the South University gassing incident.
Moreover, the commission's report is dated

Nov. 12 - 59 days after the tear-gassing incident
took place. Why did it take the Warren Commis-
sion so long to produce this non-reaction? Most
students could probably produce such a non-reac-
tion in a matter of minutes. It took the Warren
Commission two months.
The word "investigation" has traditionally been
the administration's euphemism for: "We really
don't wantto do anything about this situation, so sit
tight. We'll have something in print soon enough."
Michael Warren has made himself a tool of the
administration by subjecting students to the same
type of rhetoric.
Next time the students' rights are threatened,
we may as well turn to the administration. We may
get more support from them than from the SRC.
Band misses out - again
s aturday, as the Wolverines clinched their
third outright Big Ten title in four years and
earned the ever-important Rose Bowl invita-
tion, an integral part of Michigan football was
missing - the band.
The 225 members of Michigan's high-
stepping ensemble were forced, like many other
students, to watch the Wolverines battle the
Illinois Fighting Illini from their living room
couches. And those Michigan fans who ventured
to Champaign to see the game in person were
left to cheer, "Let's Go Blue" without the familiar
musical accompaniment. The absence of a
rousing chorus of "The Victors" after key plays
was also painfully obvious.
Admittedly, the band isn't able to make it to
every away game; Minnesota, Boston College
and Iowa were understandably left off this
year's itinerary because of budgetary restraints.
But to miss such an important contest as the
Illinois game was inexcusable. The band, the
team, and the die-hard Michigan fans who
support both deserve better.
Hopefully, the Athletic Department, the
Alumni Club and the band itself will take this
into consideration in the future.


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Magic Johnson and Anita Hi'll

What do Magic Johnson and
Anita Hill have in common? First,
they both have shown exemplary
integrity in deciding to disclose a
personal trauma in the service of the
good. Each
has brought
long over-
due atten-
tion to a se-
rious prob-
lem. The is-
sues onb
which they
have spo- Pattrice
ken out are
both fre- Maurer
q u e n t Ily
veiled in
secrecy; few have had the courage
to break the silence imposed by the
blaming and shaming to which per-
sons with HIV and survivors of
sexual harassment are subjected.
Hill and Johnson are both Afri-
can-American. Women of color are
more likely to be sexually assaulted
and, as Anita Hill's experience has

prevalent in communities of color
and make it harder for people of
color to live with AIDS. While
people of color make up the major-
ity of new AIDS cases and over
90 percent of the children with
AIDS, the government dedicates
only 6 percent of AIDS education
money to "minorities." This is
A less obvious similarity be-
tween Hill and Johnson is that both
have drawn attention to a problem
of great importance to women. We
all know that women are most fre-
quently victimized by sexual ha-
rassment and sexual assault and that
these abuses spring from sexism.
Few of us, however, are alert enough
to the issues regarding women and
AIDS to know that, when it comes
to AIDS, sexism=death.
Women are the fastest growing
group of people with AIDS in the
United States. Women with AIDS
die five times faster than men with
AIDS, living an average of only
15.5 weeks after diagnosis. This is
a result of discrimination, which

table vaginal infections - are not
counted towards an AIDS diagno-
sis. As a result, most women with
AIDS arc diagnosed very late in the
syndrome's progression or after
death and cannot qualify for the
(few) governmental benefits avail-
able to them. This is gynocide.
Even though a pregnant woman
with the HIV virus has only a 20 to
30 percent chance of transmitting
the virus to her fetus, HIV-positive
women are often pressured to abort
and to have themselves sterilized.
The common medical attitude which
equates women with wombshas led
researchers to exclude women from
studies of AIDS treatments. This
traditional practice limits women's
access to treatment and limits gen-
eral knowledge about AIDS.
At home, traditional sex roles
and the prevalence of violence kill
women. Many women dare not de-.
mand condom use for fearofrape or
battery. Women with AIDS in the
traditional role of primary caregiver
often place the care of their partners
and children before their own needs.

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