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EMU regents revamp
student conduct code to fit
Supreme Court ruling
by Shelley Morrison
Daily Higher Education Reporter
The Eastern Michigan University
(EMU) Board of Regents unani-
mously amended the school's stu-
dent conduct code last night to com-
ply with a Supreme Court decision
earlier this year that redefined col-
leges' ability to restrict
The court, in R.A.V. vs. St. Paul,
ruled that the Minnesota city could
not prohibit discriminatory speech
Though EMU had revised its pol-
icy in 1991 to prohibit hate speech
on the basis of race, creed, color,
handicap and sexual orientation,
EMU General Counsel Kenneth
McKanders said the code had to be
amended in order to be constitu-
"We've had a student code for
years, but today we amended the
policy to make it comply with the
ruling of the Supreme Court,"
The new policy restricts speech
that constitutes "fighting words" --
words that cause immediate harm -
which the Supreme Court has al-
ready ruled are not protected under
the First Amendment.
Anthony Derezinski, chair of the
EMU Board of Regents and a law
professor at Cooley Law School in
Lansing, said the revised policy will
still prevent discrimination.
"I think the main benefit is that it
sets guidelines as to exactly what
will be tolerated," Derezinski said.
"It's a balance between allowing
academic freedom and not allowing
what ought not be allowed."
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Stevens added, "I would like to
see mechanisms established within
the Senate so that (sexual harass-
ment) is being taken seriously. Part
of that is electing more women to
the Senate and more people con-
cerned about sexual harassment."
A number of women's groups
have called for Packwood's resigna-
The National Organization of
Women has said it would file a
complaint with the Ethics Commit-
tee if necessary to accelerate an
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) agreed
that the allegations against Sen.'
Packwood should be investigated,
said Deputy Press Secretary Armetta
But the allegations are being
made at a time when the Senate
Ethics Committee has a lame duck
Committee chair Sen. Terry
Sanford (D-N.C.) was defeated in
the election, and the vice chair, Sen.
Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), is retiring
Packwood has said he has no in-
tention of resigning and plans to
"give 110 percent effort in the
Senate like he always does."
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what they hear."
First-year LSA student Katie
Apthorp said, "I noticed the big red
ribbons which I knew stood for
She did not, however know why
the sculptures were covered. She
added that life on campus without
art would be dull.
Viewing the covered sculpture
outside the art museum, Dominic
Cianciolo, a second-year law stu-
dent, said he thought the AIDS epi-
demic is often glossed over.
"People compare AIDS to can-
cer (in terms of funding), but the
point is you can't catch cancer," he
Hairstyling to Please!
6 Barber Stylists-
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
The city Planning Commission
expressed interest last night in a
plan to acquire the Ann Arbor Inn,
but decided not to take any action
"There was cautious interest,"
said Karen Hart, city planning di-
rector. "But I think the main ques-
tion is what the role of this group
The commission debated several
possible courses of action after the
Housing Policy Board passed a
resolution Nov. 18 recommending
that the city examine the feasibility
of buying the building.
Many planning commission
members said they should not be
getting involved at this early stage
because they normally only provide
recommendations on projects.
"Everybody knows this is a
building and site that are encum-
bered right now," said Commission
Chair Carol Simon. "The question
is can the encumberments be
Others thought this was an ex-
cellent opportunity to make head-
way in the development of
"In the recent past the Planning
Commission has not had much of a
role in planning public housing.
This might be the type of topic we
want to engage in," said Commis-
sioner Barry Checkoway. "I feel
very strongly that we should have
more affordable housing in Ann
Bob Eckstein (D-5th Ward), the
council representative on the com-
mission, said options come from all
ends of the spectrum.
"There is the option we don't do
anything," he said. "The planning
commission doesn't do anything.
The council doesn't do anything.
Eventually they tear the building
down and we start from scratch."
The largest question of the
evening was whether the commis-
sion should participate in the pro-
cess of requesting proposals of
action on the site.
Eckstein said he thought this
was not the time for the
commission to act.
Planning Commission cautious
about Ann Arbor Inn purchase
"We really shouldn't get in-
volved until something comes to
us," he said.
Most commission members
Another question was how the
building or site could be put to use.
"A common response that (the
mayor) got at that conference was
'Take down that building.' What is
it capable of doing? As soon as
people get into it, they back away,"
Mona Walz, another member of
the commission, said the problem
was not in the ideas, but in the
"We are lacking a project man-
ager to run the rehab," she said.
"The people promoting it as a
housing project didn't really know
what they were getting into. We
could spend a lot of money on re-
hab and still come out ahead. If the
numbers don't come out, it won't
work. We need to find out what the
rehab numbers would be and what
the rent income numbers would
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personnel matter," she said, reaf-
firming the stance she has taken
since the beginning of the debate.
Although councilmembers may
submit proposals for council meet-
ings, the mayor and city administra-
tor have the final say over what
appears on meeting agendas.
"There is no agenda until the
mayor and city administrator
approve it," Brater said.
Nicolas, however, said the
mayor will not address the issue
because she does not want her
friends on the board attacked.
"The Housing Commission con-
sists of a few of her cronies includ-
ing her campaign manager, Susan
Greenberg. She wants to run the
This is absurd. This is
not the way
supposed to operate.'
- Peter Nicolas
city like a dictatorship," he
Ann Arbor residents may still
address the council during its pub-
lic commentary session, which re-
quires a sign-up before the meeting
and only has limited space.
"They could sign up for the
public commentary or speak at the
end of the meeting, but that's not
the point," Nicolas said. "This is
absurd. This is not the way gov-
ernment is supposed to operate. We
spend 99 percent of our time work-
ing around the mayor's
Brater said she may agree to a
public hearing if she feels the ma-
jority of the council supports one.
"If we do have a public hearing,
there is usually a consensus of the
council," she said. "One coun-
cilmember can't unilaterally
schedule a public hearing."
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know how their programs will work
under military mobilization."
Without security, said Per
Hammerstedt of U.N. Operation
Somalia, the relief operation is
Why should we stay here when
the food is looted and we can't even
bring it out of the harbor?' he said.
In London, Nicholas Hinton, di-
rector general of the relief agency
Save The Children, said any U.N.
military operation in Somalia must
be part of a five-year international
commitment torebuild the shattered
Hinton said a suggestion that sol-
diers "can somehow simply go in,
clean the place up and get out in two
weeks is ridiculous."
By U.N. estimates, at least
300,000 people have died from the
combined effects of drought and
warfare this year and another 2 mil-
lion are threatened.
As much as half the 200,000 met-
ric tons of food delivered to the
Horn of Africa nation have been
stolen by bandits. At least 12,000
metric tons are stored at port ware-
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'Without a clear understanding between the
international community and the Somalis of
what the problem is and how to solve it, the
famine and the fighting will continue.'
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houses but cannot be delivered be-
cause of banditry in the area.
Rival clans responsible for much
of the looting have crippled a U.N.
plan to dispatch 4,200 peacekeepers
to get aid to Somalia's hungry. Only
about 500 U.N. troops have been
deployed and they have only taken
control of Mogadishu's airport.
On Monday, U.N. Secretary-
General Boutros Boutros-Ghali rec-
ommended using military force to
guarantee food deliveries, in what
would be the first full-scale armed
intervention can guarantee the op-
portunity for relief' for those starv-
A major force from the United
States or any other country would
likely encounter little organized re-
sistance from marauding warlords.
The militias are made up primar-
ily of untrained young men and
boys, some not yet in their teens,
whose primary skills lie in their
ability to terrorize unarmed civilians.
If they opposed the intervention,
the militias could plague troops and
U.N. intervention to support humani-
In Washington yesterday, House
Speaker Thomas Foley (D-Wash.)
told reporters the United States is
very close to sending ground troops
"I think the circumstances war-
rant it," Foley said. "Only a military
relief workers with hit-and-run raids
in the so-called "Mad Max ma-
chines," souped-up pickup trucks
mounted with machine guns.
One of Somalia's main warlords,
the mercurial Gen. Mohamed Aidid,
on Sunday organized a pro-
American parade of children to show
his willingness to accept U.S. troops.
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