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Sen. Pollack

urges environmental protections

Arbor) is reintroducing a bill to the state
legislature that could mean a breath of
fresh air for the state. The ambitious bill would
prohibit companies, such as the
sinister Envotech, from build-
ing hazardous waste disposal
sites in Michigan for the next
five years. The bill, which died
in committee last year, also sets H.
a goal of reducing hazardous
waste production by 50 percent
and forces hazardous waste dis-
posal companies to make more
information public.
This bill is not only environ-
mentally sound, but justified.
Michigan has the capacity to
handle all hazardous waste cre-
ated locally. New sites would
only enable companies to add Pollack
excess waste to the millions of
pounds already imported from other states. This
bill is ofparticular importance for Michigan, the
state where Envotech may build the second
largest waste disposal site in the country.
Envotech-- a hazardous waste disposal com-
pany responsible for illegally dumping 20,000
barrels of hazardous waste into a site licensed
only for non-hazardous waste - is currently
revising its May proposal to build an 1,800 acre
landfill, an incinerator and two deep injection
wells in the Augusta Township, just 12 miles
north of Ann Arbor.
This bill would further the efforts of Augusta
residents' groups to campaign against

Envotech's site.
The reduction in hazardous waste production
mandated by the bill would also set an example
for other states that may create excessive waste
and reduce the need for large
amounts of disposal. Pollack
claims the EPA has confirmed
that a 50 percent reduction is pos-
The bill's right to information
clause is also a positive compo-
nent. This clause will help citi-
zens' groups fight Envotech, a
corporation that undoubtedly has
armies of skeletons waiting to be
freed from its closet.
The company'shistory of de-
ception is exemplified by its at-
tempt to duck responsibility for
-- its illegal dumping. Envotech cre-
ated a complicated maze of re-
lated companies and deed changes
aimed at leading environmental organizations to
a dead end.
The passage of this bill is imperative for the
state's well-being. It also joins the nationwide
trend toward environmentalism encouraged by
the Clinton administration. Officials see clean-
ing up the environment as a way to create jobs-
a sharp break from the Reagan-Bush era when
environmentalism was treated as a pesky drag on
business. The Federal government is willing to
commit $17.5 billion dollars to the environment
and energy. The Michigan Senate must do its part
in the move to create an environmentally respon-
sible government.


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Editors' note: Unfortunately, sexual assault has become an issue of statistics. We often see so many
numbers, we forget human beings are involved. It is for this reason that the Daily dedicates this
space every Wednesday to sexual assault survivors. Some pieces will be signed. Others will not. All
of them present real situations from survivors who respond in their own way to assault.
'In the Greek atmosphere, rape frequently goes unnoticed'


A young woman sits nervously in her
seat as the scenery blurs by - looking the
same after four hours. She tries to study for
biology, but instead she stares out the win-
dow watching the world pass by second by
second, frame by frame. She is thinking,
"Why am I doing this? I haven't talked to
him in months. Why does he want to see me
sobadly?" She rationalizes toherself,"Give
him another chance,heisagood person... he
just has a hard time showing it. It will be
fun...what do you have to lose. It is only for
three days." Staring out the window, she
trembles a bit. She is apprehensive.
The train slowly comes to a stop. It is
dark outside and the train station is softly lit,
gently welcoming her. She is not intimi-
dated at all, the outline of the station com-
forts her in her anticipation. Now she is
excited. She cannot wait to feel his hug.
Stepping out off the train she begins to scan
the array of people, looking for his friendly
face. Their eyes meet and he waves. Her
face lights up as she briskly walks toward
him carrying her big blue bag. "I can't
believe I'm here," she thinks.
Her thoughts run wild as she steps into
his beer-stinking, dilapidated fraternity
"Great, I have to sleep in a hell hole for
three days, and I get to worry about a large
hairy insect or scaly reptile might run over
my feet."
They eat dinner, and talk about their
lives and where they might be going. They
talk about the past, their families and about
school. They sleep that night cuddling in
The next night they went to a fraternity
party. She did.not know a soul, and felt
awkward around the drunk people. He did
not hold her hand or introduce her to any-
body. In fact, he barely talked to her.
She followed him like a puppy dog into
room after room filled with hundreds of

strange faces. She knew that he was drink-
ing, but she was unaware that he was stoned
and tripping. She was oblivious to his con-
dition because he was barely with her that
evening. He wanted to go home. She fol-
They stepped foot into his room and he
was all over her ... at first, it was intimate.
Something changed in him...he took off
her clothes and forced himself upon her.
She had told him "No!" many times before,
but this time he blocked her out, it was like
she wasn'teven there. He insisted on asking
over and over, maybe 10 times. She re-
lented, "okay, fine."
They started to have sex. She told him to
stop. He was hurting her. His reply was,
"Since this is your first time it is supposed
to hurt." She again asked him to stop. He
continued. She didn'thavea face, she didn't
have a name, she was scared. It was over ...
"thank God," she thought.
Suddenly, all these emotions swirl
around her like on the train, but this time she
feels like she is underneath the train trapped,
watching it speed over her. The train never
stopped that evening to let her off. The
sounds of the train filled her mind. "What
just happened?" She thought to herself,
"what did I do?" He rolled over without a
word and went to bed. She did not sleep.
She left that weekend and went back to
school knowing that something was wrong.
She didn't know what. He never called to
see if she got back to school safely, or
thanked her for coming to visit. He knew
what he had done was wrong. He never
called, a word was never said again to him
from her. She was left with all the questions
and no answers. What she did know was
that she had been violated.
Anger, fear and confusion swept over
her as she felt repulsed by a man's touch or
caress. The thought of it made her feel
queasy. Months went by without telling

anyone, she didn't want to explain herself.
She didn't want to defend herself, and she
shouldn't have to. Why didn't she scream?
Why didn't she call for help? She did not
have the answers. There was no solutions
manual, like in calculus. There was no
encyclopedia to confirm her emotions. The
world was spinning around her. She was not
alone, in fact, there were many other women
like her. She is left with many questions
unanswered, unresolved guilt and constant
She is me and this is my story. She could
be you. I am left with one question, like
many other women, running constantly
through my mind. Was it an act of rape or
was it the act of sex? The train never stops
to let me off, itkeeps on moving....keeps on
going. Rape has no social boundaries, no
class limitations and can happen anywhere
to anyone. In the Greek atmosphere, rape
frequently goes unnoticed, and is protected
under the label of "brotherhood." Often
times the truth gets buried in upholding the
"standards" and "reputation" of a frater-
nity. As individuals, we all need to respect
our bodies and believe in each other.
IN 1993:25
Involving penetration: 14
No penetration: 5
Acquaintance: 19
Stranger: 0
On Campus: 1
Reported to police: 6
No additional information
available for some reports

Pres. holds up his end
ESIDENT CLINTON, IN his economic
policy speech three weeks ago, called for
unprecedented fiscal sacrifice from the
American people. Disregarding 12 years of
conservative propaganda praising supply-side
(read: voodoo) economics, the American tax-
payers made it clear that they are willing to
accept sacrifice if the President would reduce
the burgeoning federal deficit.
But congressional conservatives quickly cried
wolf, noting that the number of tax increases
dwarfed spending cuts. Fortunately, President
Clinton responded to this criticism on Monday
by agreeing to $56 billion in spending cuts. But
don't give any credit to the Republicans.
While Clinton and Budget Director Leon
Panetta tried to find pork-barrel projects to
eliminate, Republicans, instead of making use-
ful suggestions, used the opportunity to trumpet
their own cause.
In several meetings with Congress, Trent
Lott (R-Mississippi), Phil Gramm (R-Texas)
and Bob Dole (R-Kansas) joined in a chorus of
dissentagainstClinton'splan. Gramm exclaimed




that immunizing children constituted spending,
but wasteful jobs projects like the SuperCollider
(located, of course, in Gramm's state) were in-
vestments in our future. Dole couldn't say any-
thing except that he hates taxes. But Lott was the
most entertaining. After Panetta told him that he
would be glad to look at any proposals for new
cuts, Lott said he had a long list of cuts in his
pocket. Of course, given the opportunity in front
of Congress, on CNN and several other occa-
sions, Lott never revealed the "alleged" cuts.
But when all was said and done, Clinton rose
to the occasion and held up his end of the "sacri-
fice" bargain. He passed the necessary spending
increases, and concurrently agreed to cutting
wasteful programs. NASA, which had received
countless governmentfunding thatnever seemed
to produce anything meaningful, will be cut.
Nuclear development, which seems rather point-
less considering America has the nuclear tech-
nology to blow up the world several times over,
will also be cut.
Finally a President is showing that sacrifice is
a two-way street.

Perot goes to Washington, demands change

FOSS PEROT IS a continuing political phe-
W nomenonthatonly could have grown out
of the television age. His presidential
candidacy grew out of talk-show appearances
that created a public perception of Perot as the
business-smart billionaire who could rescue the
economy and the United States from disaster.
Perceptions, however, must give way to hard
reality, and the powerful influence the govern-
ment-made billionaire is exerting on the politi-
cal system must be reckoned with, or the coun-
try will surely suffer the consequences.
With the barrage of infomercials urging
people to cough up $15 to joinhis group, United
We Stand America, Perot has tapped into the
vein of America's skepticism toward the gov-
emment. He has continuedto pushhis role asthe
chief critic of "government as usual."
In his latest round of public appearances,
Perot clamored before Congress for Congres-

"the way business is done in Washington."
With the changing of the guard, however,
bureaucratic structures remain intact. Govern-
ment mechanisms for dealing with cutting the
deficit and the shabby way candidates finance
campaigns are still in place. Using its collective
political will, Congress must reform itself and
slash the deficit. Already, voters are fuming
because the Clinton administration has turned
Perot down for ahigh-profile role in handling the
economy. If Congress abandons the broad goals
Perot advocates, he will surely insert himself in
the 1996 presidential race.
This prospectis truly frightening. Perot, aman
who made his fortune by collecting government
largess - computer contracts from the govern-
ment-demonstrated little knowledge of issues
beyond the sound bites during the campaign.
He spoke with racial insensitivity, calling
Blacks "you people" during the campaign. He
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Baker should
apologize for
To the Daily:
Regent Deane Baker
should be formulating
apologies rather than req uest-
ing them ("Regent Baker
demands apology from
Daily," 3/4/93 ) He fails to
realize that as he accuses the
Daily of demeaning, insulting
and injuring University
workers and himself, his
comments andthose of the
University workers in
question demean, insult and
injure lesbian, gay and
bisexual students on this
This is nothing short of
Lesbian, gay and bisexual
students struggle each day
with the ugly reality of
intolerance and homophobia.
Our concerns are consistently
ignored and our needs

Intolerance toward gays persists


University employees are
essential aspects of making
the lesbian, gay and bisexual
communities more visible. We
have been tucked away for too
The alleged pornographic
photos in a recent residence
hall display were nothing
more than mild displays of
homosexual sexuality. The
same sort of photos that one
could see in any Calvin Klein
ad (except that they depict
members of the same sex.)
It is time for Regent Baker
and his followers to realize
that lesbians, gay men and

To the Daily:
I am responding to the
letter written by Michael
Wheaton ("Lifting the ban
could cause conflict," 2/10/
It is "biased logic" on his
part to assume that upon
lifting the ban that "all of a
sudden" homosexuals would
be integrated into the military.
Homosexuals are already
there, eating, working,
bathing, and sleeping with
heterosexual military person-
nel. The issue at hand is
whether or not gays and
lesbians can openly acknowl-
edge their sexual orientation
and be discharged for doing
The reason gays and
lesbians join the military is the
same as anyone else who
would join - to serve their
country. They do not join to
pick up or "recruit" others.

statement - "a situation that
we citizens can easily avoid"
implies that homosexuals are
not equal citizens. Gays and
lesbians contribute just as
much to society as heterosexu-
als do.
Another statement which
also reinforces his position is
"it took 20 years to get
American citizens to put up
with gays." Homosexuals
have been around just as long
as heterosexuals. Ignorance is
the breeder of intolerance and
discrimination. Discrimination
should not be condoned in any
form, and Michael Wheaton's
response is evidence that
intolerance is well and alive in
1993. This university advo-
cates multiculturalism and
diversity. Mr. Wheaton's
letter suggests that these ideals
have not yet reached him in
their original context.



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