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Gov. Engler's State of the State address set forth
an ambitious legislative agenda for Michigan -
one that we sincerely hope never gets passed.

The 16th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival is
coming back to Hill Auditorium Saturday night,
headlined by Nanci Griffith and with a spirit of
revival in the air.

A young Wolverine men's gymnastics team is
looking to win a fifth consecutive NCAA regional
berth. Check the Daily's men's gymnastics preview
for the inside scoop.

cloudy, windy, and flurries;
High 38, Low 24
Tomorrow **
Colder, flurries; High 28, Low 16




One hundred two years of editorial freedom


Vol. CIII, No. 68 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, January 28,1993 01993 The Michigan Daily


Group protests
events policy
governing Diag

by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
Several students didn't like the
University's new policy regulating
use of the Diag, so they didn't just
protest the rules - they broke
A group of four students,
standing on a bench on the Diag
yesterday, condemned the admin-
istration's new policy as a means
of restraining student activism.
"The administration doesn't
want to hear what you have to say
- they only want to hear what
they have to say," Michigan
Student Assembly Rep. Tobias
Zimmerman shouted through a
bullhorn to a gathering of about 30
"Your rights are being in-
fringed upon and everyone's walk-
ing by letting it happen," he con-
tinued, glaring at scores of
The policy, announced last
week, sets guidelines for all events
- such as protests or displays -
held on the Diag or North Campus
People who plan events must
obtain a permit seven days in ad-
vance, and they cannot hold events

on certain holidays.
The protesters, led by several
MSA members, defied the regula-
tions yesterday by staging the rally
without a permit and by distribut-
ing chalk so people could scrawl
messages on the pavement. The
policy prohibits chalking.
MSA President Ede Fox, who
spoke at the rally, denounced a
part of the policy barring events
on Martin Luther King Day.
"It's a tradition that a lot of
people really care about, being
able to come here and stand on the
steps of the Grad library and hold
a rally," she said.
The, policy also requires stu-
dents who build displays such as
shanties - wooden structures em-
blazoned with political graffiti -
to keep them from falling apart
and to build them in such a way
that they cannot shelter assailants.
Zimmerman said the policy
suppresses students' ability to
"You can't build an MX mis-
sile because it has a point. You
can't build a shanty because
someone might hide in it. You
can't build the Statue of Liberty
because someone might poke their

Stephanie Arellano, Michigan Collegiate Coalition chair and Eastern Michigan University student, chalks the Diag
yesterday afternoon with "LetYour Voice Be Heard Fund MCC." Others (left) protest the new Diag use policy.

eye," he declared, eliciting laugh-
Associate Dean of Students
Frank Cianciola, who oversees the
policy, defended its restrictions.
le said they aim to create a safe
environment, not curb student
"This setup is for reasonable
procedures to gain access for use
of University facilities," he said.
"It's not designed as a way to pre-
vent things from happening."
He could not comment on how
the University would handle the
group's defiance of the policy be-
cause he. was not aware of the

Cianciola also said students
may hold events on Martin Luther
King Day if they are consistent
with University-sponsored pro-
gramming, allowing the annual
march to continue.
Fox said she believes the
University will use the policy to
target the Hash Bash, when thou-
sands of people converge on the
Diag and its surrounding lawns to
lobby for marijuana legalization.
Cianciola said the University
could deny a permit for the event
because the policy establishes
space limits for.events and. be-

cause it prohibits illegal drug and
alcohol use.
One rally attendant, David
Schwartz, president of the campus
American Civil Liberties Union,
said he talked with several
University officials who were un-
able to clarify many policy details
including enforcement procedures.
"As far as I'm concerned, it
would be unconstitutional for the
University to interfere with stu-
dents' rights to assemble and
protest on the Diag, which is a
public forum, whether or not the
students had first obtained a
permit," Schwartz said..

of gay ban
still strong
President Clinton worked with
Democrats yesterday to defuse op-
position to lifting the 50-year-old
ban on homosexuals in the military,
but obstacles remained after a long
White House meeting.
Defense Secretary Les Aspin said
there would a six-month delay in a
formal executive order revoking the
In the interim, Senate and House
committees would hold hearings on
problems of morale, recruitment,
discipline and standards of conduct.
Aspin said the major question
now is, "What is the status and how
do we treat the issue of gays in the
military during this six-month pe-
riod?" He said there would be a
"date certain" for lifting the ban
when Clinton announces his policy,
probably today.
The military says it's a matter of
combat readiness and morale, that
banning homosexuals is no different
from refusing to allow single parents
or overweight people to join the
anned forces.
Opponents of President Clinton's
plan to lift the ban say the White
House idea of linking it to a strict
code of conduct that would prohibit
gay sexual practices would be
Gen. Colin Powell, chair of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, has called lift-
ing the ban "one of the most difficult
issues the armed forces has faced."
Powell has made clear his opposition
to President Clinton's views on the
subject though saying the military
will conform to official policy.
Col. William Woodruff, a retired
Army lawyer, says that by admitting
homosexuals the military would
invite conduct that would lead to
"disruption of cohesion, the disrup-
tion of good order and discipline."
Navy Capt. James Bush, appear-
ing with Woodruff this week on
PIBS' MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour,
supported lifting the ban.
"I never knew of a case where a
piece of equipment didn't work be-
cause it was operated by a homosex-
ual, or a ship didn't go to sea, where
a battle was lost," he said.


Duderstadt describes
rise to ' U' presidency

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
He used to run a steam roller and work the
rear end of a road tar distributor in southern
Missouri. Now, a hard day's work includes at-
tending Wolverine football games.
By his own admission, University President
James Duderstadt has come a long way.
"What to a lot of folks is entertainment (a
football game or musical concert) is my work,
so (for entertainment) I go someplace other
than Ann Arbor," Duderstadt said.
Duderstadt said the size of the University
shapes his duties.
"The role presidents play on small cam-
puses, on this campus are frequently played by

deans," Duderstadt said. "The president is
more an outside person. I represent the
University to other universities, Washington,
Lansing and donors."
His headquarters, located on the second
floor of the Fleming Administration Building,
may give clues to the man behind the myth.
Two computers, a large desk, scattered chairs
and a sofa fill the orange-carpeted room. A
pink, stuffed Energizer rabbit, a gift from his
office staff, sits on his bookshelf. lie calls it
"one of the nicest gifts I've ever gotten."
Photos of Crisler Arena and Michigan
Stadium show that Duderstadt is a true

University President James Duderstadt contemplates new policies on his computer yesterday

Ann Arbor School Board votes
to restrict student publications

by David Shepardson
Daily Government Reporter
Despite widespread opposition
from Ann Arbor and University stu-
dents, the Ann Arbor Board of
Education voted to implement a new
policy of administration review of
all high school student publications.
The administration's student
publication policy passed 5-2.
The policy grants the building
principal and adviser "final editorial
freedom" over school-sponsored
student yearbooks, newspapers and

In passing the policy, the Board
rejected a compromise proposed by
school board Trustee Stephen
Hartwell, a proposal supported by
the three dozen students in
Hartwell's proposal would have
allowed students to control the selec-
tion of the adviser for school-spon-
sored publications and listed specific
criteria for prior restraint by the
building principal. The proposal
would have also allowed non-spon-

sored publications to use school fa-
cilities and advertise and fundraise
on school grounds.
Before the meeting, the
University chapter of the National
Women's Rights Organizing
Coalition passed out a resolution
supporting the Independent Emory
and led a protest against this policy
and other school board actions.
News editor of the non-school
sponsored Independent Emory,
Mary Chur, said, through her tears,
See BOARD, Page 2

The Ann Arbor School Board
voted on several school
publication issues last night.
Among their decisions:
publications are subject to'
final editorial review by the
adviser and principal.
publications may not be
reviewed; punitive action may
be taken if the publication is
distributed inappropriately or
violates ethical standards.
Promotional posters for
non-school "educational"
activities may not be
displayed unless the
superintendent or designee
grants permission.

'U' program council
lacks publicity, still
has plenty of money

by Jennifer Silverberg-
Daily Administration Reporter
At a time when money is tight
and wallets are tighter, the Student
Affairs Programming Council is try-
ing to give away cash.
The problem is nobody seems to
want it.
The Programming Council, a part
of the Office of Student Affairs, was
allotted $48,000 at the beginning of
the academic year to fund student
programs. There is $30,000 remain-
ing in their budget.
"We're not really advertising
other than word of mouth and talk-
ing to offices that work with student
organizations," said David Waters,

Student Organization Development
All student organizations recog-
nized by the Michigan Student
Assembly are eligible to receive a
grant from the Programming
Council, which was formed last
"We're trying to empower stu-
dents and student groups," said Dean
of Student Affairs Royster Harper.
"We're trying to provide support to
fill student needs."
The council was allotted $30,000
last academic year and received 65
proposals by the end of March.
Grants were awarded to 37 of these
student groups.
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Grand history of 'U' buildings littered with myths

by Jeff Maehre

The School of Dentistry Building
was designed to look like a molar
from an aerial view. Angell Hall was

The course was created "as a way
of helping students to understand the
history of the University," explained
Prof. Nick Steneck, who teaches the

not have been the state capitol since
it was completed in 1924, long after
Lansing had been named the capital

Steieck's course in a list of "blow-
off" classes in colleges across the
Steneck does not believe the class

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