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Michigan voters approve of term limits, yet they
continue to re-elect incumbants. With any luck,
the Supreme Court will strike down these term
limitations.

It may be a little late for Halloween, but "Young
Frankenstein" is coming to the Michigan Theatre.
Director Mel Brooks and actor Gene Wilder team
up in this well-done film.

The Michigan men's soccer team was close, but
not close enough, to winning a Big Ten
Championship. The Wolverines lost to Illinois, 5-4,
in the tournament final.

Today
Cloudy to partly sunny;
High 56, Low 48
Tomorrow
Rain possible; High 56, Low 44

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Gay men, lesbians express concern about AIDS virus

by Tim Greimel
Daily Staff Reporter
Joe, an LSA senior, said he has
one of his friends to thank for being
alive today.
"One of my good friends saved
my life. I really wanted to go home
with a guy... A friend ended up
stopping me because he knew this
guy had AIDS," he said.
Although students at the U-M
and nationwide are realizing that
AIDS is no longer a "gay" disease,

many members of the Ann Arbor
gay community say that safer sex
has become a rule - rather than a
voluntary measure - in the
bedroom.
"I don't remember a time when
there wasn't safe sex. It's like,
'What the hell do you think you're
doing?' I had to tell people to put on
a condom," Joe said.
"The fear of AIDS wasn't
enough. That's what shocked me the
most. You can fucking die from

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having sex," he added.
Some gay men, such as Eastern
Michigan University junior Dale
Schmeltz, said he became very con-
cerned about the HIV virus through

a first-hand experience. Schmeltz
said he was exposed to the HIIV
virus by a former boyfriend.
"Two weeks after we broke up, I
found out that one of my friends had
HIV. i was freaked out because we
had a lot of unsafe sex. He knew he
had it and didn't tell me," he said.
Schmeltz added, "It scared the
shit out of me and changed the way I
look at everything. I know it's a bad
attitude but I don't worry about
things as much anymore. Because

the chances of me dying are so great,
I don't get into friends' problems.
"(My friend's problems) are
very minute compared to me dying.
The chances of me having it are so
great it's ridiculous. I don't worry
about all these piddly other things
other people worry about," Schmeltz
said.
Jarrod, a bisexual man and
Michigan State University student,
said that since information about the
AIDS virus was readily available

when he came out, the virus has
been instrumental in shaping his
sexual behavior.
"AIDS was already around when
I came out. It didn't change my be-
havior - it formed my behavior,"
he said.
Ben, a U-M graduate, said the
gay community is organizing around
a call for safer sex.
"Gay society has rallied behind
safe sex. They don't know anything
See AIDS, Page 2

Students
condemn
Green
eating
by Mona Qureshi
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
When they were children, the
familiar badge and blue uniform of a
police officer meant a smile and pro-
tection to them. As they grew older,
however, they felt the reality.
For African Americans living in
the inner city, harassment by police
officers is an expected occurrence,
several U-M students said.
"If I had a problem, I wouldn't
call the police because I'm Black.
I'm scared like a mug to drive
alone," said LSA first-year student
Marya Smith, a Detroit native.
Smith explained that many peo-
ple she knows have been stopped
and bothered without cause - ex-
cept the color of their skin.
That's why she said she was not
surprised that Detroit police officers
beat one African American man to
death last Thursday night with no
apparent motive.
Thirty-five year-old Malice
Green of Detroit was pulled from his
See BEATING, Page 2

Code revisions redefine
U-M disciplinary power

by Karen Sabgir
Daily Administration Reporter
Recent changes to the U-M's
proposed code of non-academic
conduct redefine the scope in which
the university can discipline
students.
High-level administrators and
Rob Van Houweling, chair of the
Michigan Student Assembly's Stu-
dent Rights Commission, met Friday
to discuss further revisions to the
Statement of Student Rights and Re-
sponsibilities.
Virginia Nordby, associate vice
president for student affairs, said she
thought the group met mainly to
work on re-wording the code's
amendment process.
"It was clarified that the regents
could do whatever they wanted,"
Nordby said.
Van Houweling said he thinks
the biggest change to the policy was
in the section that defines off-cam-
pus activities punishable by the
code.
The new policy lists seven ac-
tions punishable off-campus, and re-
quires that students who violate
these standards outside Ann Arbor
or its environs must first be con-
victed in court.

"Ann Arbor or its environs" in-
cludes locations within commuting
distance.
The seven off-campus violations
are:
'They aren't moving on
this legal counsel
thing and it's even
more important now
that anyone can file a
complaint. It's just a
bigger problem now'
- Rob Van Houweling
SRC Chair
* illegal sale, distribution or
manufacture of drugs;
Physical assault;
Murder;
Arson;
Hazing;
Sexual assault and/or rape;
and,
Harassment.
In the newest version of the code,
these actions can only be contested
if the student has first been con-
victed in a court of law.

The student judiciary must then
decide "if the violation poses a clear
threat to the mission of the Univer-
sity or to the health and safety of its
members."
Van Houweling said, "I think it's
better. It makes it so it's less likely
that students be subject to an unfair
trial."
But he added that there is still
potential for an unfair trial because it
may be harder to make people testify
at the trial if the incident occurred
off campus.
Van Houweling said he is also
concerned because anyone -- not
just students, staff and faculty -
can file a complaint against a
student.
"The way this draft is set up ...
anyone can brimg charges. Students
will end up being harassed with
frivolous suits, I think," he said.
Van Houweling said he thinks
this conflicts with the provision in
the code that students may not have
counsel represent them during the
proceedings.
"They aren't moving on this legal
counsel thing and it's even more im-
portant now that anyone can file a
complaint. It's just a bigger problem
now," he said.

MICHELLE GUY/Daily
It's almost time to CRISP
Students pick up their course guides and time schedules from the
second-floor hallway in Mason Hall.

19 reps. will not run
for re-election to MSA

by Robin Litwin
Daily MSA Reporter
Nineteen Michigan Student As-
sembly members - including those
who have already left their seats on
the assembly vacant - have decided
not to vie for a seat on the assembly
in the upcoming election.
Communications Chair Steve
Stark said that after investing much
time and effort into MSA for the
past year, he would like a break
from the assembly.
"My main reason for not running
again was because I have been on it
for a year and I felt I needed time
away from it to get a perspective on
issues around campus -- apart from
MSA," Stark said.
Stark also said that as a commit-
tee chair, he is often left to do the
majority of the assembly's work.
"There is an incredible lack of
support. If something is done
through communications, it's pretty
much done by me - and it should-
n't be that way," Stark said. "My
decisions were personal ones, but it
seems the assembly as a whole has
trouble keeping people involved,
and I wouldn't be surprised if it is a
chronic problem."
Former Campus Governance
Chair Ken Bartlette agreed.
"I had one work-study student
with very limited hours and all the

Assem bly reps. expect low
turnoutin upcom ig raee
by Christine Young
Daily Staff Reporter
With MSA's history of low voter turnout, many as-
sembly members are very concerned that this month's
upcoming election will not break this trend.
MSA Coordinator Colleen Tighe said out of 36,000
U-M students only 2,000 to 3,000 students voted in last
fall's MSA elections.
Tighe added that turnout is usually greater for the
assembly's spring elections, when the campus elects a
new president and vice president.
Tighe faulted the lack of campaign publicity for low
student turnout. "This is primarily because students are
not comfortable with voting for candidates and issues
they are not familiar with," she said.
MSA Vice President Hunter Van Valkenburgh said
students have no excuse for abstaining from voting in
the assembly's election.
"The students are the ones who have the opportunity
to change the direction of MSA. There should really be
no excuse why students would not vote because it is not
difficult to find polling places. They are available all
over the campus," Van Valkenburg said.
Jennifer Collins, a second-year graduate student and
current School of Social Work representative, said,
"This university is so big and impersonal that it is hard
for students to feel ownership for one single school
organization.
"Unfortunately, MSA has a low profile and candi-
dates must take a real responsibility to work with the
constituency," she said.
Ericka Matthews, a Progressive Party representative,

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at the Marshall Center in Vancouver, Wash.
Two fnalists chosen for Dearborn chancellor

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The U-M Board of Regents may select a
new chancellor for the U-M Dearborn
campus by the end of this month.

James Renick, vice provost for aca-
demic initiatives and external affairs at
George Mason University.
They have been selected to replace for-
mer Dearborn Chancellor Blenda Wilson,

alumni, staff, students and faculty."
Renick received his doctorate in gov-
ernment and public administration from
Florida State Univeristy and taught these
subjects at the University of West Florida

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