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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

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Voters should consider electing
In recent weeks, two University students have
announced their intentions to run for Ann Arbor
City Council seats in the upcoming spring election.
Peter Nicholas, a Rackham graduate student, and
Jeff Muir, an LSA senior and Michigan Student
Assembly (MSA) representative, have each an-
nounced their bids to run for the 4th and 5th Wards,
respectively. While these cadidates are not without
weaknesses, it is encouraging to see students run-
ning for office in a city that consistently neglects
student views.
City Council politics have become increasingly
isolated from student views in past years. The
city's recent conflicts with Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
and Sigma Kappa Sorority demonstrates how
unsympathetic the City council is to group student
This term's crackdown on student partying by
the Ann Arbor police is another example of a city
government out of touch with the student part of
this community. The City Council's neglect of the
city's growing homeless problem - an issue of
concern to students - is further proof of this.
Having a student or two on the council might
help to rectify some of these problems.
Peter Nicholas, a Democrat and Rackham stu-
deni running for the 4th Ward seat has stressed his

students to City Council
ability to think independently. From what we've
seen of his platform, we feel he would bring an
important voice to the Council.
Muir, on the other hand, offers less promising
attributes. In his stints as an MSA representative
and as a columnist for the Michigan Review, he has
tended to be a reactionary - to concentrate more
on tearing down opposing arguments than on stating
and defending his own. We can only hope that his
upcoming campaign will take a more positive tum.
But at issue right now is the fact that both of
these candidates are students. If the City Council is
unresponsive to student views, what better way to
strengthen those views than to put at least one
student on the City Council. In addition to these
two candidates, it would be encouraging to see
more students running for City Council seats this
And if students truly want to increase their
collective voice in Ann Arbor politics, they must
take it upon themselves to register to vote in Ann
Arbor before election time. As election-time ap-
proaches, students should scrutinize local issues,
and evaluate for themselves whether they are
benefiting from representation. If they conclude
that they are not, it is time to elect a student to the
City Council.


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The time has come for United Nations to intervene for peace
V ukovar;once a thriving Croatian city, is now a recognition of the Baltic republics when they sc-
. virtual ghost town. The victim of a weeks- ceded from the Soviet Union. Through his refusal
lorg siege by the Serbian-dominated Yugoslav to recognize newly-independent nations, he has
federal army, the.only thing left to this city is shown more of a commitment to the status quo than
devastation. Meanwhile, some 800,000 Serbs liv- to the self-determination rhetoric he has mothballed
ing in Croatia fear persecution. since the end of the Gulf War.
Vukovar is the most poignant symbol yet of Furthermore, the United Nations should dispatch
Yugoslavia's crippling civil war, now months old a multinational peacekeeping force immediately
and with a death toll amounting to tens of thou- to the region. Many nations have already agreed to
sands. And as the situation in Yugoslavia deterio- commit troops to such a force, and they will be
rates, it becomes clearer that outside help is neces- needed to maintain the integrity of any cease-fire
sary. that is signed by the republics of Croatia and
Thus far, the United Nations has refused to step Serbia.
in with a peacekeeping force until there is already Finally, the EC must play a more active role in
a lasting cease-fire. The convoluted logic of this brokering a peace accord that brings an end to
decision is perplexing. There have been numerous hostilities and establishes the independence of all
cease-fires, and none will hold without U.N. assis- the republics who want it.
tance. Since the beginning of the crisis, many nations,
The European Community's economic sane- the United States included, have hoped the situa-
tions against Yugoslavia have had little effect, and tion would resolve itself. The age-old ethnic ten-
other EC efforts to secure peace have been futile. sions that exist in the region are difficult to un-
Beyond this, few countries have opted to recog- derstand, and make the role of the United States
nize the breakaway republics of Croatia and and the U.N. difficult to formulate.
Slovenia. Ironically, while the United States has Hopefully, the images of Vukovar will serve to
failed to grant these republics legitimacy, Croatia add urgency to this situation. Neglect of the region
was first to recognize United States independence can no longer be an option. Unless there is some
in the 18th century. . immediate action by the U.N., there will un-
Recognition of its independence should be au- doubtedly be more unnecessary bloodshed - and
tomatic. George Bush was overly cautious with the no peace.

VOICE's curfew
is misunderstood
To the Daily:
We would like to respond to
last week's editorial condemning
Brigham Young University's
feminist group's proposal for an
exclusively male curfew. The
author of this editorial clearly
misunderstood the intent of the
group's suggestion.
Though the group's
committment to the issue is
serious, as is sexual assault, the
intent was not to reduce rape or to
assuage women's fears. It was
simply done to raise awareness.
The fact is that most women
are painfully aware of their fear of
walking on campus at night.
Women effectively do have
a curfew imposed upon them as
long as they feel unsafe. If men
were forced to think twice before
walking alone at night, evenfor
just one night, as women must
always do, maybe we would be
closer to rectifying the problem.
Men need to understand women's
fears. Perhaps they will then be
moved to work along with them
in a significant manner.
The author's reference to
VOICE's proposal as "foolish"
belittles women's efforts to
confront sexual assault and
perpetuates the problem. It treats
women as incompetant and naive.
VOICE is using innovative and
perhaps shocking tactics to affect.
a change. The author's suggestion
that VOICE focus on solutions
such as increased lighting and
security guards is much appreci-
ated, but insufficient.
By berating the group for
"causing a stir on campus," the
author misses the point that a
"stir" is precisely what VOICE
intended to cause.
Ryan Golten
LSA sophomore
Mimi Arnstein
LSA sophomore
Analogy flawed
To the Daily:
You liken the position of the
Roman Catholic Church, that the
distribution of condoms encour-

ages sex (12/2/91), to saying that
giving bullet-proof vests to police
officers encourages the shooting
of officers.
I think your analogy is
flawed. One can, in fact, argue
that protective vests encourage
officerstto brave the dangers of
the street, just as it is argued that
condoms encourage teens to
ignore the dangers of STDs.
Can one really convey the
message that teens should not
engage in sex, while simulta-
neously working to
remove everything that might
give them pause?
Your analogy alsohas some
other shortcomings. There is a
need for officers on the street
which explains vests, but no
corresponding need for teens to
engage in sex. More so, vests are
morally neutral, while the Church
does not view condoms as neutral.
I am surprised that you would
use such a sloppy analogy to
declare an opposing position
"without merit."
Paul J. Kominsky
Rackham graduate student
Bush is racist
To the Daily:
In his 12/9/91 letter to the
Daily, Professor Carl Cohen
chides Daily opinion writers for
not being "careful" or "thought-
ful" when they referred to Bush
administration's "racist tenden-
Just how thoughtful do you
have to be to see that parading
Willie Horton before the Ameri-
can people as an example of how
Black men rape white women is
How much thought does it
take to figure out that C. Boyden
Gray's last-minute doctoring of
civil rights legislation was meant
to keep mediocre rich white
tobacco heirs like him in positions
of power?
Professor Cohen can use nice,
careful language to justify the
elimination of money for Blacks
to attend college. The Daily
rightfully called it racist. The
"distinguishing Black scholars"
that Professor Cohen refers to
who find affirmative action

demeaning are misguided.
It's time someone pointed out
that the emperor has no clothes
and the Daily should be com-
mended for doing just that.
Joan Lowenstein

Family housing
for those in need
To the Daily:
I am writing to say that as a
Northwood family housing
resident and a single monther, I
am dismayed by the views and
actions of fellow residents Bryan
Berry, Karen Braunk, and Reuben
Rubio, who appeared before the
University Board of Regents with
the notion that the University
would be "fostering homosexual-
ity" by revising eligibility
requirements for Family Housing
so that non-related individuals
may live here.
In a letter published in
Community Focus (11/91), the
family housing newsletter, they
justify this exclusion of all but
married couples and single
parents by writing that the
purpose of existing "discrimina-
tory" policy is to "offer within the
University a multi-cultural, multi-
religious setting in which families
around the world can be fos-
We now have an ethical
reason for family housing. I had
thought that the key reason why a
univeristy would provide subsi-
dized housing to students would
be to facilitate their education by
reducing housing costs. This
makes sense for student parents as
their financial demands are
greater and housing costs higher.
It seems to make little sense
that three bedroom apartments are
offered to married couples
without children, or that childless
marr ied couples, just by the virtue
of being married, are eligible for
subsidy at all, especially since
marriage often reduces financial
Susan Turner
Rackham graduate student

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Disintigration of USSR poses problems for nationalities
O nce again, the Soviet Union has supposedly have faced increased repression.
ceased to exist. Concerns have been expressed by
.On Sunday,"Boris Yeltsin, the President of the eluding U.S. Secretary of State James1
Rtesian Republic, along with the leaders of the Gorbachev, concerning an outbreak of c
Ulraine and Byelorussia, declared the establish- the region. Gorbachev claimed such
ment of the Commonwealth of Independent States would make the Yugoslavian situation 1
as the only tie between those republics. And once Matters are further complicated by the p
again, little is known about what form this new nuclear weapons in a number of the repi
confederation willtake-provided, of course, that a lack of clarity as to who controls then
it still exists in a week, a month, or a year. The instability of the region poses a p
;Since the failed Soviet coup in August, and other countries, including the United Si
arguably for some time before that, there have been the size, shape, and scope of the relation
a variety of announcements from Moscow (and the republics changing from day to da
now Minsk) about what would happen to the tremely difficult to recognize them a
different republics of the Soviet Union. These entities.
announcements have come from Soviet President The United States should recognize
Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin, a variety of news vidual sovereignty. As negotiations o
agencies, and leaders of the republics. continue, the republics are functioning
:Often these announcements were not entirely dently anyway - regardless of what C
thought through, and neglected the interests of the claims. When there is some agreementz
rep~ublics themselves.The Soviet Union of today, republics as to what form a union should
or whatever it should be called, is an unstable that too should be recognized.
region that is facing the re-emergence of 75 years Attempts should be made to workc
of suppressed political conflict. conflicts before they degenerate into
Already, in the three months since the coup Furthermore, steps should be taken tor
attempt, ethnic strife has reached the breaking that the nuclear weapons spread across1
point in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbijan. Por- Union don't fall into the wrong hands. C
tions of Russia have expressed a desire to leave the if civil war does ensue, it could be a
republic, and ethnic minorities in most republics bloodiest in history.

many, in-
Baker and
civil war in
a conflict
look petty.
presence of
ublics, and
roblem for
tates. With
ns between
y, it is ex-
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their mdi-
n a union
g indepen-
among the
d take, then
out ethnic
civil war.
make sure
the Soviet
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by Susan Hill
As the descendants of the
people who paid the price for the
"discovery" that Christopher
Columbus made in 1492, we
cannot condone the celebration of
Columbus and the legacy that
followed his voyage.
This is especially true of the
part of the 1992 Tournament of
Roses Parade which will be
honoring Columbus and his
"discovery of the New World."
This celebration is a statement of
ignorance - ignorant of the fact
that Columbus did not discover
the Americas (the Native Ameri-
cans were already here); ignorant
of the destruction that Columbus
and those who followed him
caused to the indigenous people,
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legacy is not forgotten
are very proud of the fact that our at 1992 as a time to reflect on our
people have survived that complete history, but not as a time
devastation. to dwell on the past - we have
We have beaten the impos- too much work ahead of us. We
sible and now face the future intend to build upon the lessons of
with the strength of our ancestors our own history, the ones our
leading us onward. While the last Elders passed down to us; to build
All Americans need to become aware of the
history of this continent to ensure that the
devastation that has occurred over the last
500 years will not continue.

Nuts and Bolts

by Judd Win ick

five centuries represent a dark
page in our history, it must be
understood that those years are
truly just one page in an entire
book of a long, rich history.
We cannot change what
happened to our people and the
contnlaes thers that alsno gve .

upon the upheaval in that history
that was caused by European
contact; and to build upon all the
histories that collectively come
together in this place.
We want to be united with all
people in our desire to build upon
all nnt leonns to ereate a hetter

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