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Page 4-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, October 7,1992

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tudents studying late into the night at Univer-
sity libraries often have difficulty finding a
safe way home. Safewalk has proven to be an
effective and valuable part of the solution, but the
program only operates until 11:30 p.m. at some
locations, and 2:30 a.m. at others. This year, thanks
to the new Ride Home Program, students can feel
safe returning from the library and other Univer-
sity buildings, even during the wee hours of the
This program, offered jointly by the University
Department of Transportation and Ann Arbor Yel-
low Cab, offers students, faculty and staff free cab
service anywhere in the Ann Arbor area from 2-
5:00 a.m. The service runs out of the Undergradu-
ate Library (UG Li) on central campus. It also runs
out of the North Campus Commons from 2-7:00
a.m. People wishing to use the service need only
fill out a log sheet at the circulation desk at the
UGLi or the main desk of North Campus Com-
-mons to get a ride.
Last year, under intense pressure from the Michi-
gan Student Assembly, the UGh i extended its
hours until 5:00 a.m. But this was a pyrrhic victory
for some students, who still had no safe way to get
home. Since Safewalk at the UGLi stops at 11:30

p.m., and because Ann Arbor is becoming notori-
ous for its poor lighting and high crime rate, these
students need an alternative way to get home.
The Ride Home Program serves that function,
while at the same time representing a sound cost-
management decision for the University's Trans-
portation Department. Through the agreement,Ann
Arbor Yellow Cab will charge the University $5.00
each time it offers the service. This is a bargain
compared to the $40,000 it would cost to run the
Night Owl buses during those hours for the year. If
the cost of the Ride Home service surpasses this
figure, the University will abandon it for extended
Night Owl service. Otherwise, the Transportation
Department will save the difference, while provid-
ing what is arguably a more convenient service
The danger of sexual assault rightfully contin-
ues to influence the creation of University policy.
Solutions like Safewalk, Night Owl and the new
Ride Home Program are practical, effective and
If the University truly wants to curb the threat
of assault, it should focus its resources toward
similar remedies, rather than trying to restrict stu-
dent behavior through codes.



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Bush panders to China ... again

A complacent Senate proved Monday that while
A it could muster the votes to oppose President
Bush on a technical matter like the cable bill, it still
lacks the courage to face him down on crucial
moral issues. President Bush's veto of legislation
that would curb China's Most Favored Nation
(MFN) trading status still stands. Once again,
Bush's steadfast insistence on looking out for his
cronies in China has railroaded any chance for a
fair and consistent human rights policy.
Congress and the White House have been spar-
ring over the issue for quite some time. Last
summer, President Bush announced his intention
to extend China's MFN status, which would allow
China to export goods to American markets at the
lowest tarif rates. Congress responded with a bill
that would revoke that status unless certain re-
quirements were met. Specifically, the bill called
for the Chinese government to improve human
rights, halt exports of products produced with
prison labor, curb exports of biological, chemical
and nuclear weapons and technology, and help
locate information about American prisoners of
war missing from the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Like the three that proceeded it, this bill didn't
mention anything that the United States hasn't
demanded previously - it merely linked them to
economic concessions.
There are two basic schools of thought on how
the United States can improve human rights in
China. The first school advocates the carrot and
stick approach, establishing trade relations with
China which can be strengthened or weakened
contingent on China's behavior. According to this

theory, the United States can use this leverage to
"export democracy to China." The second school
states that China should be diplomatically isolated
until it institutes reform, and any trade concessions
will only encourage China to continue its present
President Bush belongs to neither school. His
administration has curried favor with Beijing and
established strong trade relations which are in no
way tied to China's human rights record. The
United States has not exporteddemocracy to China,
nor much else for that matter.
Trying to make China change its human rights
policies with warnings and "friendly" disapproval
has obviously failed. This summer, Asia Watch, a
division of Human Watch, reported numerous vio-
lations of human rights, including extensive use of
solitary confinement, and physical and mental tor-
ture in Chinese prisons. Documented abuse to
political dissenters is particularly prevalent. For
inst ance, Amnesty International disclosed infor-
mation about government abuse of two alleged
leaders of the Tienamen Square uprising and three
men arrested for defacing a public portrait of Mao
Meanwhile, with the help of American trade,
China has a booming economy with record break-
ing industrial production. If the Chinese govern-
ment isn't going to listen U.S. demands for change,
appealing to its pocket-book may yield better re-
suIts. Bush's appeasement has disgraced America's
commitment to democracy. In absence ofpresiden-
tial leadership, Congress must stand up for what's

Quayle has a point
To the Daily:
Regarding "Campus,,Quayle
react to 'Murphy Brown'
episode" (9/22/92), there exists a
complete misunderstanding on
the media's part as far as Vice-
President Dan Quayle' s comn-
ments about 'Murphy.'
Quayle was merely bringing
to our attention the fact that
today many families are single-
parent families, and by choice or
not, it shouldn't be that way.
He did not label those who
are in such posistions as being
"demoralized" or "lacking
values," as all the students
interviewed proclaimed. Was
there no one to be found on
campus who disagreed?
Look at the divorce rate and
all of the unwanted pregnancies
we have in this country every
year. Things like these can
destroy children.
I love Murphy, but in the
long run, Dan is right.
Anne Arnold
LSA first-year student
First-year students
are people too
To the Daily:
Gwen Shaffer's critical view
of first-year students ("Why do
new students ask so many stupid
questions?" 9/24/92) gives the
impression that maybe she is still
haunted by her own ineptitude
during her first year.
Why else would someone
dwell on the petty little learning
experiences that everyone
endures when confronted with
something new?
We were anticipating a
humorous or satirical article.
Maybe this was too much to
expect from a Daily feature
Mark Utter
Engineering senior
Jim Hoppe
LSA senior


Keep sexual-assault debate alive
To the Daily: encourages rape and, at best,
I am writing to thank you for ignores sexist behavior. What
the focus your editorial section woman has not felt at least a little
gave to the issue of sexual assault uneasy walking alone at night on a
("Help fight rape: Whose job is it poorly lit street?
anyway?" 9/25/92). But it is the men, I feel, that
My personal concern over this would be most affected by a
issue was moderate at best until I victim's painful confession or the
was raped by a stranger outside details of her rape. If they could
of a bar last summer. Since then, hear it coming from a woman they
I have spent much time talking to cared about, if they could read
friends about what happened, personal accounts of it in the
trying to figure out why it paper day in and day out.
happened to me. The irony is that I heard a story about a man
more than half the people I've whose fraternity brothers came to
spoken with personally know a him in the middle of their party
victim of sexual assault or are and told him about a girl who they
victims themselves. I am not had gotten drunk and were "taking
alone. The statistics are finally turns with" up in someone's room.
beginning to mean something. Though he felt a little uneasy
The only way to stop rape about taking advantage of a girl
from happening is to make people who was intoxicated, he felt he
aware of the prevalence of this was justified by the girls "slutty"
crime. More victims like myself behavior. He followed his
must come forward with their fraternity brothers upstairs. He
stories, must find the courage to took his clothes off, and pro-
express how the experience has ceeded to have sex with her.
made them feel. The world needs When he was finished, he turned
to understand that anyone can the light on to get a good look at
become a victim. the girl's face. It was his sister.
'those women who have not Marta Zelitsky
been raped are victimized by a LSA juzior
social structure that, at worst, unior
Chapman's letter unfounded


To the Daily:
I un writing in reference to
Jim Chapman's letter, ("Greek
brats noisy, obnoxious," 9/28/92).
lie begins his letter with a
question, "Why is it that
...[Greeks]...enjoy themselves
only when they are irritating the
rest of us?" Does he really think,
that Greeks only have fun at the
expense of others?
Ile begins his next paragraph
by complaining about the one day
the sororities offer bids to
perspective pledges. Jim, relax,
it's only one day. He complains
about their loud honking horns.
I Ie states that this one event
disrupts the normal. course of life
on campus. Normal course of

life? Has he ever been outside on
a football Saturday?
IIHe also makes allegations that
the women in sororities make fake
friendships. Did he research the
subject and really find that the
friendships made within a Greek
sorority are fake and those made
outside are real'? I can understand
that he may have been a little
cranky but what gives him the
right to slander women in Kappa
Kappa Gamma? He has been both
unfair with his free speech and
unfair to a large number of women
on this campus who do not
deserve his libelous remarks.
Scott Adams
Scholarship Chair, Theta Xi


Preacher Mike for
Before we endorse presidential candidates, it's
time to endorse a candidate for a position of
greater eternal importance: Diag Preacher. The
choice of Diag Preacher is not merely an evalua-
tion of the hellfire damnation that we have had; it
is a decision that can change the hellfire damnation
that we will receive come springtime.
A recent newcomer, Preacher Brad, has entered
into what used to be a one-man race. His gelled
looks and lubricated speeches, mentioning forni-
cation, Satan (pronounced "Say Tan") and sin-
ners, have won over converts. However, Brad's
clashing shirt and tie, tiny stature, and pre-ape man
reasoning prevent him from dealing with the hos-
tile Diag crowd. His assertion that Ronald Reagan,
"a God-fearing man and world-class actor (who)
led this country better than any knee-jerk liberal
ever has," is not likely to win over votes from
aspiring theater majors, either.
Honeycomb Man, the dark horse candidate,
calls himself the outsider in this race. His grass-
roots, grass-smoked platform cynically comments
on organization, structure and society. At his best,
he jokes about Jello, "I don't juggle, but I jiggle."
Clearly, these ideas are best left for the black beret-
wearing cappuccino sippers in Espresso Royal,
who apparently regard wearing bright colors as a
morally reprehensible act, second only to the sin of
not wearing totalitarian army boots. Perhaps the
Diag needs a non-religious preacher, but Honey-
comb is a populist, and not viable or even a

Diag boss
ity in general to specifically lambasting men who
"perforate parts of their body, without reason." Of
course, Mike insults without reason the obnoxious
jock faction who wear handkerchiefs on their heads
without reason, and who pierced their left ear last
year. But making people aware of their deficiencies
is part of every preacher's job.
Listeners are both repelled and attracted by
Preacher Mike. Oddly enough, similar faces show
up every day only to be disgusted by his comments
and ask questions, like "What if I lived in India and
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Calvin & Bolts? Guest appearance

Dear Gang:
Well, a friend of mine gave me
a copy of the Daily recently and to
my dismay, no Calvin & Hobbes.
There was a letter concerning this
oversight from Marc Ramirez
("Bring back Calvin & Hobbes,"
9/24/92), who happened to
mention yours truly. Thanks Marc,
I appreciate the compliments.
But, Marc has raised the issue
of Calvin & Hobbes. Bring them
back, what's the deal? Budgeting?
On to another point, I noticed a
certain void, when it comes to
student cartoonists. With the
exception of Greg Stump's daily
work, we ain't seeing much. Josh
Worth and Dave Skelly are doing
a great job weekly, but Greg's the
only one who is cutting the,
mustard for the Daily chores.
This one you can't pin on the
paper, it's you guys out there.
C'mon people, there's got to be a
couple of you who want to do
Daily strips. The paper needs
them. People like picking up a
paper every day and getting a
chuckle (or even a snort as it
were). Which brings me back to
my original point; Calvin, bring
him back.






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