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The deputization protests turned violent
yesterday. While this should send a message to
the University administration, the protesters
should be aware of the possible consequences.

Sound bites and tracking polls are the stuff
political campaigns are made of, right? Not at the
New Hampshire primary, where candidates
actually focus on issues, rather than image.

The Michigan men's basketball team breezes into
the Windy City this weekend with the hopes of
blowing out the Northwestern Wildcats.

Better where you're going;
High: 43, Low: 28
Better here now that you're gone


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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 82 Ann Arbor, Michigan- Friday, February 21, 1992 The Migan Daily


for job at
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
University Associate Vice
President for Academic Affairs
Mary Ann Swain is one of five fi-
nalists for a top-level administrative
position at West Virginia
University (WVU).
Swain visited WVU Feb. 12-14
for an interview about the position
of provost and vice president for
Academic Affairs and Research.
She said no serious negotiations
have occurred.
"They asked me to come and
* talk about the job. I went to the
interview. We were both exploring
the possibilty," she said.
Swain added that she is not
seeking other employment because
she is unhappy at the University.
"It's not that I wanted to leave
here. I'm just thinking about going
there," she said.
Swain refused further comment.
West Virginia University is lo-
cated in Morgantown, W.Va. About
35,000 students are enrolled in its
graduate and undergraduate pro-
grams. The campus is nationally ac-
claimed for its Personal Rapid
Transit, the largest national
research project in the country.
WVU's former provost and vice
See SWAIN, Page 2

'U' police protest
takes violent turn
Students, cops clash outside Fleming

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
Violence erupted yesterday when student
protesters who were denied entrance to the
University Board of Regents' public hearing
tried to gain access the Fleming
Administration Building, where the meeting
was taking place.
A group of about 200 students clashed
with University security officers and Ann
Arbor police, who were trying to keep the
protesters out of the hearing.,
The hearing - called to discuss the
transfer of deputization authority from the
Washtenaw County Sheriff to the regents -
was moved to the Fleming Building from the
Michigan Union Ballroom when protesters

halted the meeting by shouting and chanting.
The crowd of students who followed the
regents to the Fleming Administration
Building were greeted with locked doors.
Students on the speakers' list and select
members of the press were escorted into the
building through a back door.
Fights broke out between the protesters
and police when some of the protesters tried
to enter the building through an unlocked side
A police officer was pushed to the ground,
two students were dragged into the building,
and one student was clubbed as punches flew
and epithets were exchanged.
Upon her release from the building, a
See PROTEST, Page 2

Kevin Ryan of the Political Action Committee of the Black Student Union riles up the crowd at
yesterday's hearings on the transfer of deputization authority.

Regents hold meeting behiRd closed doors

by Henry Goldblatt
Daily News Editor
For the second day in a row, the
University Board of Regents public
comments session moved behind
closed doors after protesters dis-
rupted the meeting scheduled to be
held in the Michigan Union
During the meeting in the
Fleming Administration Building's
Regents Room, the majority of
speakers said they were in favor of
transferring deputization authority
from the Washtenaw County

Sheriff's Department to the regents.
Michigan Student Assembly
Rep. Brenton House said he thought
the regents were justified in closing
the meeting.
"As an MSA representative I
have spoken with constituents and
almost all said they approved of a
University-deputized police force
and that they are looking forward to
them being deputized by the
regents," House said.
"My constituents would much
rather go to yourselves regarding
the U of M police department," he

Joe Diedrick, associate director
of the University Hospital, spoke in
favor of the deputization transfer
saying the hospital is dependent on
the police for supervising the streets
and parking structures.
However, MSA Rep. Amy Polk
- who condemned the regents for
what she called "shameful
behavior" - said the hearings were
a farce.
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann
Arbor) said he disagreed with
See HEARINGS, Page 2

Mayor sends letter to regents
criticizing deputization transfer

by Erin Einhorn
Daily City Reporter
Mayor Liz Brater sent a letter
to the University Board of Regents
yesterday recommending that the
University reconsider its plans to
transfer deputization authority to
the regents.
She said the transfer would not

only "create confusion for citizens
as well as the (police) depart-
ments," but would also be a waste
of taxpayers' money.
"I just wanted to be sure they
had all the information before they
made their decision," Brater said.
The letter contained
See BRATER, Page 2

* Meese attacks rules

by Barry Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter

Former Attorney General Edwin
Meese criticized University speech
codes, saying they often misinterpret
the First Amendment and unfairly
inhibit free speech, during a lecture
at the Law School yesterday.
1 - Meese told a crowded Hutchins
Hall audience that speech codes can
violate First Amendment rights
when they are written poorly.
"They violate free inquiry and
free expression at the University,"
Meese said.
But Meese did not claim that
freedom of speech is beyond re-
proach. "It can be negated where the
subject of the speaker is so antitheti-
* cal to the mores of society," he said.
He said he favors fighting speech
with more speech, rather than with

'The essential objective to1
ensuring government doesi
with the freedom of the pe

governing speech
He said he is worried about
be applied today (is) broadly written federal environmen-
not unduly interfere tal statutes that do not adequately
ople.' warn people of wrong-doings, and
- Edwin Meese added that it is difficult to prove in-
former attorney general tent for those who break
environmental laws.
Ironically, Meese was introduced
uly interfere with the freedom of by law Prof. Yale Kamisar. The two
people," Meese added. have a history of clashing many
Meese also addressed the subject times in the past, specifically on the
environmental protection laws, Miranda issue.

Meese discussed the original in-
tent of the Constitution's authors,
and stressed the effects of Supreme
Court interpretations upon freedom
of speech, freedom of religion, and
criminal law.
He said its original intent cannot
be ignored when issues of constitu-
tional interpretation are considered.
"The original Constitution is still
important to keep in mind. The es-
sential objective to be applied today
(is) ensuring government does not


saying violators should not be
prosecuted as criminals.
Meese said an adequate system of
protecting and enforcing regulations
already exists, without adding
criminal measures.
Criminal law, he said, requires
citizens to know what is prohibited,
adding that violators must show an
intent to break the law.

Kamisar jokingly criticized some
of Meese's politics in his opening
speech, but said afterward that pro-
fessionals should not take heated de-
bates in the workplace personally.
Student reactions to Meese were
"I was particularly struck by his
views on the environment because I
See MEESE, Page 2

Edwin Meese, former attorney general, speaks atthe Law Quad yesterday

'U' survey: Young
Americans losing
faihi goenet

by Alan Susser
Although Americans between
the ages of 18 and 24 have the
greatest expectations of govern-
ment, they believe it doesn't offer
much in return, a University survey
has found.
The survey, headed by Prof.
Gregory Markus, shows that only
44 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds
were registered to vote and fewer
than one in five said they voted in
the 1990 elections.
Only one in eight claimed to fol-
low news about government
closely, and less than half the
younger respondents associated
themselves with the Democratic or
Republican party.
Yet 86 percent of young

istration for the College Democrats,
said she believes that young people
are more disillusioned with the sys-
tem of government than they are
apathetic to politics. "People are
aware of the issues, but they don't
see the government fulfilling its
role," she said.
Markus cites the prevailing
tenets of the past decade as being
partly responsible for the political
apathy of young Americans today.
"This is a generation that reflects
the political environment in which
they were brought up," he said.
He added that the Reagan-Bush
years were a period marked by
"more of a self-interested ethos."
Kennedy said he thinks stu-
dents' beliefs reflect the notion of

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A University survey of
18- :to 24-year olds showed:
*forty-four percent are
regsterred to vote.
* Less than 20 percent of
those said they voted
in 1990 elections.
* One in eight said they
followed government
* Less than half associated
themselves with the
De mocratic or Republican
M Eighty-six percent said
they believe government
should do more.
David Rheingoki/DAILY GRAPHIC
and distrust of government leads
them to invest their time elsewhere.
"They're willing to put their ef-
forts into the community, just not in
government," she said.
Markus said voting is only a
starting point for the younger gen-
eration if they want the government
to address their concerns and in-
crease federal spending for issues

by Melissa Peerless
Daily Administration Reporter
. The University Housing Division
asked the University Board of
Regents for a 4.9 percent increase in
its proposal for next year's campus
housing rates yesterday.
Housing Director Robert Hughes
said, "Our main goal in establishing
our rates this year was to try to keep
the rates reasonable while making a
significant contribution to our main-
tenance program."
Hughes said that with increasing

numbers of vacancies in off-campus
housing for next year, students will
be able to easily negotiate rent rates
with landlords.
He said it is imperative that
University residence halls remain
economical and efficient in order to
be attractive options to students.
"We want to be on the leading
edge nationally. We have to pay at-
tention to the customers of the
University and define and meet their
needs," he said.
He said that University residence

Housing Division asks regents
for 4.9 percent increase in rates

halls are among the finest in the
country. He said their library system
is the largest of any University, and
added that the ResComp system and
peer counseling in residence halls
also received accolades nationwide.
"Besides a few unfortunate inci-
dents of misbehavior, our residence
halls are seen as a nurturing place
for students," he said.
Hughes stressed a need for some
building improvements.
"We need to keep pace with ade-
See HOUSING, Page 2

N' icers take lead to the Joe
No. 3 Wolverines seek revenge against No. 7 Michigan State

by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
After a long and arduous road,
the Michigan hockey team found the
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victory with a 4-4 comeback tie in
the fog at Yost. With the memory
of the losing weekend in the back of
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four points from us, and that's
terrible. We're aware of where
people predicted us and it's good to
finl a a , rP.. ths , ., ',, ,.


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