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Once again, the salary figures of University
personnel show that this school continues to be
a good ol' boys club. At least, that's where the
money is.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away
- but this year's SophShow's got a whole tree.
Confused? Read the preview.

Michigan men's basketball coach Steve Fisher fell
four short of another Fab Five, but the one player
he signed could be a good one.

Today
cloudy to partly sunny;
High 40, Low 30
Tomorrow
Possible showers; High 42, Low 32

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

ACLU pres. says L.A. reflects systemic problem

Nadine Strossen, president of the
American Civil Liberties Union
(A CLU), willdebate with Daryl Gates,
former chief of the LosAngeles Police
Department, at the U-M tomorrow
about the future of the legal system.
Daily Crime Reporter Erin
Einhorn interviewed Strossen
Monday.
Daily: What do you think of Daryl
Gates?
Strossen: He's a provocative per-
son, there's no doubt about it. We've
all seen quotes attributed to him of
seemingly inflammatory statements
and he does not repudiate any of them.
He reaffirms them and he continues to

make exaggerated statements.
To some extent he is his own worst
enemy because he overstates things
and he makes those who disagree
with him more hostile. I can under-
stand why that may have made it hard
for him to get along with certain ele-
ments of the police force and a certain
element in the community.
On the other hand, I have to be fair.
I think his critics are now so alienated
from him that they're are blaming
him for things that are not his respon-
sibility. Ihave seen the students in the
audience blame him for everything
that's gone wrong in Los Angeles
including the failure to respond

quickly to the uprising. ... In fairness,
he has caused a lot of problems and
does bear a lot of responsibility but
not sole responsibility.
Daily: I asked Gates about the
Malice Green situation in Detroit. He
said he thought the police chief in
Detroit acted hastily in suspending
the officers whereas he gave his offic-
ers a fair chance.
Strossen: Well, you know, I've
heard him say that too and what both-
ers me about it is Rodney King was
not exactly given a fair chance. The
police officers acted as judge, jury
and executioner with respect to him.
They didn't execute him but they beat

him severely. And at the time Gates
did not really ofTer much of an apol-
ogy to Rodney King.
When he finally apologized it was
in very grudging terms. He said some-
thing like, "Well, yes, even though he
is a convicted felon, and even though
he is on parole, he shouldn't have
been treated that harshly." Well that
is not exactly the way to treat some-
body who is simply suspected of com-
mitting a traffic violation.
The ACLU, of course, is all in
favor of due process and fair proce-
dure for everybody. But where that
tends to fall short in our society is not
with respect to the police officers.

They seem to get at least as much
process as is due. It's the Rodney
Kings of this world that are not treated
fairly.
One of the major complaints about
the Los Angeles Police Department
has been the systematic mistreatment
of African American men and Latino
men for no reason. ... And where is
Daryl Gates' concern for fair treat-
ment and due process of law in allow-
ing his police officers to engage in
that kind of harassment and excessive
force?
Daily: The Rodney King issue
received a lot of attention. Do you
See STROSSEN, Page 7

Strossen

Students criticize,
praise hype over 'X'

by Chastity Wilson
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
A poster was put on a South
Quad door a little over a week ago,
and when it came downa few days
later, it wore the same blank space as
the day when Resident Adviser April
Sarvis taped it up.
The poster asked, "What does
Malcolm X mean to you? (Please
respect this poster, either answer
truthfully or leave it alone)."
Sarvis said she was surprised and
disappointed that the only response
came from a white woman who sim-
ply replied: "Nothing."
The poster was put up "because
so many people are talking about
him and the movie," Sarvis said.
In the wake of Spike Lee's bio-
graphic film, "X," about the life,
death and impact of the slain Black
Muslim leader, students are_ talking
and reading about Malcolm X (also
See FILM, Page 2

Rosa Parks reflects on life of
Black nationalist Malcolm X

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
In refusing to move to the back
of a Montgomery, Ala., bus in
1955, Rosa Parks triggered
rebellion and reform for African
Americans nationwide.

Malcolm X held mutual respect for
each other.
"I did admire him quite a bit,"
Parks said in a telephone interview
from her Detroit office. Parks said
she was acquainted with Malcolm
X, known as Al-Hajj Malik Al-
Shabazz when he accepted Islam as
his religion.
"He spoke rather complimentary
and gave me his autograph," Parks
said..
Parks said she saw Al-Shabazz
for the last time in Detroit a week
before his assassination Feb. 21,
1965. "He still did not cancel that
engagement he had here," Parks
said of his last visit, which he made
See PARKS, Page 2

decisions decisions
Engineering senior Tiliman Moe flips through the course guide book yesterday outside CRISP on North Campus.
High court to decide legality
of U-M presidential search

In an interview yesterday, on the
eve of the release of Spike Lee's
film "X" chronicling the life of
slain African American leader
Malcolm X, Parks said she and

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The Michigan Supreme Court
will decide whether the U-M Board
of Regents was justified in
conducting the search for President
James Duderstadt behind closed
doors.
The court agreed Monday to hear
Booth Newspapers vs. the U-M
Board of Regents, which could affect
the way state colleges and
universities search for executive
officers.
The decision was made after the
U-M asked the Supreme Court to re-
verse a Court of Appeals decision
made in January, which said the re-
gents violated the Michigan Open
Meetings Act in their 1988 search
for a U-M president.
The Ann Arbor News and The
Detroit Free Press brought the suit
against the regents.
An official at the Michigan
Supreme Court clerk's office said
the lawyers will now rebrief the mat-
ter for up to 13 weeks before

'The issue is: Did the
regents act in
compliance with the
Open Meetings Act in
their selection of the
president?'
- Richard Kennedy
vice president for
government relations
scheduling oral arguments.
The case will be eligible to be
heard in January but will probably
not be placed on the session calendar
until March or April.
U-M General Counsel Elsa Cole
said, "We can't expect a decision for
at least a year and that would be
speedy."
Administrators had mixed views
the case's effects on the university's
future.
"If Booth Newspapers wins, in
my view we would have far fewer
qualified candidates applying (for
positions)," said Walter Harrison,

executive director of university
relations.
Richard Kennedy, vice president
for government relations, said the
case is a matter of principle, not just
policy.
"The issue is: Did the regents act
in compliance with the Open Meet-
ings Act in their selection of the
president?" Iennedy said.
According to the Appellate Court
decision, the Supreme Court's ruling
will not affect Duderstadt's tenure as
president.
Cole said she thinks the Supreme
Court's ruling could damage the
quality of candidates the U-M can
recruit.
"If we want the regents to partic-
ipate actively in the process, names
would have to be revealed at a point
that might be embarrassing to appli-
cants in their current employment,"
Cole said. "It's a question of do we
get the best candidates when we go
through the public search."
Cole said she is satisfied that the
Supreme Court will hear the case.

Few students
cast ballots
in assembl
election
by Robin Litwin
Daily MSA Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly poll
workers had some extra time to
catch up on homework yesterday as
a low voter turnout plagued assem-
bly elections.
Today is the final day of the as-
sembly's two-day election and many
students said they do not plan to
vote.
"It actually has been kind of
slow. People keep walking by in-
stead of voting. I think this is be-
cause people don't know what MSA
is about and they don't know about
the candidates," said Michigan
Union poll worker and LSA first-
year student Jeff Mayoras.
Election Director Allison Insley
could not be reached to comment on
the numbers of students who voted.
LSA senior Jeremy Black said he
will not vote because he is not inter-
ested in MSA.
"I have a lot of work going on
and I'm just not interested, to tell
you the truth. Student government is
for some people, and some are inter-
ested, but I treat it more or less as a
club," Black said.
Other students said they are not
planning to vote because they don't
think MSA affects their lives.
"I'm not planning on voting be-
cause I'm completely uninformed

Safety check
Members of the 47th Explosive Ordinance Detachment from Fort Hood look
at a double tractor-trailer rig - containing a military cargo of 4,000 lbs of
explosives - which partly overturned yesterday in Dallas.

Campaign money helped make difference in state House races

by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter
Money lubricated Ann Arbor's
political machine in November's elec-
tion.
Political Action Committees
(PAC) made large contributions to
local state House candidates. bolster-

from the a variety of PACs including
the United Auto Workers, the Michi-
gan Trial Lawyers, the Michigan Fed-
eration of Teachers and the Michigan
Women's Campaign Fund.
A PAC can contribute a maximum
of $5,000 to a candidate in an election
season.

dates were competing for contribu-
tions.
"It gets hard to raise (money) un-
less you get money from the outside,"
Bertram said.
Rivers defended her use of PAC
donations.
"I think my views and the values I

Schroer received a majority of her
contributions from the AFL-CIO Cope
Fund, Committee for the Future of
Michigan, House Majority Commit-
tee and the United Auto Workers.
Ouimet received major contribu-
tions from the House Republican Vic-
tort Fund, the Michigan Bankers

(D-Montrose) and Republican Mike
Goschka. Republicans managed to
change the balance of power from 60
Democrats to 49 Republicans to a 55-
55 split with two recounts pending.
Flood said that although the Michi-
gan Republican Party spent more
money this year. he attributed Renub-

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