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Lester Monts has been appointed to take over the
Office of Minority Affairs starting in July. Monts
will have a long, hard road ahead of him when he
begins his tenure this summer.

Students don't care, representatives work hard,
and the administration doesn't listen. Daily MSA
Reporters Jennifer Tianen and Adam Anger take a
look at the upcoming.MSA elections.

There will be no surprises when Michigan and
Notre Dame take the ice this weekend in the first
round of the CCHA playoffs. The Wolverines won
all four games against the Irish this season.

Today
Sunny and cold;
High 28, Low16
Tomorrow
Blustery; High 28, Low 16

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Vol. Cltl, No. 94 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Friday, March 12,1993 ©1993 The Michigan Daily

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MSU may
prohibit
smoking
on campus
by Megan Lardner
Daily Higher Education Reporter
Smokers at Michigan State
*University (MSU) may find them-
selves extinguishing their cigarettes
in a hurry if a new tobacco policy -
prohibiting smoking in all campus
buildings and residence halls - is
approved.
The main reason for the initiation
of the policy is to protect the rights
of non-smokers, said Larry Fischer,
chair of an MSU committee studying
the use of tobacco.
"The goal of the whole exercise
.. is to eliminate exposure of non-
smokers to environmental tobacco
smoke if they wish to be free of it,"
Fischer said.
He added that a recent pole at
MSU revealed that 14 percent of the
campus community smokes
regularly.
"The committee has been work-
ng for about two years to examine
tobacco use and ways by which we
might improve the health of the
campus community," he added.
Fischer said the administration
supports the policy.
"(MSU) President (Gordon)
Guyer said that he highly supported
our efforts and that we should go
forward even faster than we were
going and make MSU a smoke-free
campus within six months," he said.
Fischer said enforcing the policy
will be difficult. "We aren't going to
have the police cruising the campus
making arrests."
Some MSU students do not ap-
pear to be concerned by what many
say is an infringement on smokers'
rights.
MSU graduate student Carlos
Fuentes, a smoker, said he thinks a
non-smoking campus will benefit
students. "I do like a smoke-free
environment and it will be an added
influence for those who want to
quit," he said.
But junior Eric Polvi, also a
smoker, said any smoking policy
will probably be ineffective. "For
people who smoke infrequently, it
will help them stop, but the real
smokers will just find other places."
While the plan is still in its pre-
liminary stages, the MSU student
government said it could become in-
volved in any controversy.
Brad Thaler, vice chair of the
academic assembly, said the students
are still trying to understand how the
policy will work.
"In a way, it is a good idea, but
I'm not sure how much it infringes
on students' rights," Thaler said. "I
don't know if (the administration)
will be able to do it legally."

Forum explores
role of women
in government

by Jen DiMascio
Daily Gender Issues Reporter

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
No parking
A University student has apparently found a new parking space at South Quad. The bicycle was placed atop the
residence hall sign despite the fact that additional, more traditional, parking spaces were available.
mployees ask U to look at
treatment of homosexuals

Three months after the conclu-
sion of "The Year of the Woman,"
the term is already outdated.
When candidates and experts at
yesterday's Women in Politics and
Policy conference debated the role
of women in today's society, they
could only agree on that one point.
The group consensus called last
year a "Kickoff for the Era of the
Woman."
The conference opened with an
all-female panel discussion featuring
female politicians and academics.
They discussed how the roles of
women and men are defined in
society.
Michael Traugott, a research sci-
entist at the Institute for Social
Research, and Frederick Steeper, a
senior polling consultant for the
Bush/Quayle '92 campaign, dis-
cussed their theories behind the
"gender gap."
"The reason that this got interest-
ing to political scientists was be-
cause women became a more power-
ful compelling force in the elec-
torate," Traugott said.
Steeper said fewer women iden-
tify with the Republican party be-
cause of the "gender gap."
Steeper added that women often
work helping needy people, and
were therefore threatened by
Reagan's cuts in social service aid.
Women, reacting to the cut in funds
began, "to see the Republican party
as anti-people-in-need, and the
Democrats as a helping-people-in-
need party," he said.
The audience buzzed when
Steeper presented what he termed
the "risk-aversion theory."
Steeper said men support risky
policies - such as voting for third-
party candidates or supporting mili-
tary action - more readily than
women.
Audience member Jane Michener

tried to explain the disparity between
men and women with respect to
Steeper's theory.
"Women are less credulous than
men," she said. "Men don't have
built-in skepticism."
Purdue University Political
Science Prof. Lyn Kathlene said:
women do not consider risk when
voting, but focus on practical
information.
Michener said it will be neces-
sary for Republicans to change their
outmoded, socially conservative
policies.
"The group of older, less-edu-
cated Southerners (Steeper) talked
about have a life span of about 20
more years," she said.
The "gender gap" was evident in
the afternoon session, Women in
Electoral Politics.
Michigan's newly elected female
representatives and lobbyists talked
about their role in last year's
election.
Lynn Shapiro, executive director
of WISH List said campaigning
women often face roadblocks in
fundraising.
"If nothing else good came of
1992, women are starting to realize
the importance of writing checks and
giving money to campaigns," she
added.
The panel members nodded,
laughing in agreement.
Michigan state Rep. Lynn Rivers
(D-Ann Arbor) said first-year repre-
sentatives have little clout in the
House.
"It has to do with seniority. I
don't think it has to do with gender,"
she said. "It's very frustrating to be
told, 'You're just going to have to
wait."'
Jessie Dalman (R-Holland)
added, "The good ol' boy network is
still there, and it will be until we
change the numbers (of women in
office)."

by Karen Talaski
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
Claiming that the University "has
allowed and maintained a hostile
environment to gay men, lesbians
and bisexuals," a group of
University employees called for an
investigation of how homosexuals
are treated in the workplace.
Local 1538 of the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- a national labor union - met
with University representatives
yesterday morning to discuss the
grievance filed March 5.
Two AFSCME representatives -
Union Bargaining Chair Judy Levy
and another union member -
answered questions from a four-
person review board about the
grievance and suggested possible

remedies to what the union is calling
"a clear case of discrimination."
"The union's contract says the
University-cannot discriminate
against people on the basis of race,
color, creed, or sexual orientation,"
Levy said. "We contend that the
University violated the contract by
allowing a hostile work
environment."
The 2,400-member union filed
the grievance in response to a letter
written last month by seven
members of the Housing managerial
staff who were angered by
homosexual posters and books
displayed in residence halls.
Because no formal action was
taken against the employees who
wrote the letter, the union claims the
administration is condoning
discriminatory behavior toward

homosexuals who work at tht
University.
"The letter is terribly hostile to
gay people, (claiming) their lifestyle
is unnatural," Levy said. "You
cannot be guaranteed fair treatment
on the job if you're treated in this
way."
As part of the grievance, the
union suggested that the University:
work with the union to conduct
an independent investigation of
discrimination in the workplace;
admit there is hostility toward
gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals
who work at the University; and,
suspend the seven people who
wrote the discriminatory letter until
the matter is decided and require
their participation in a sensitivity
training course.
See GRIEVANCE, Page 2

Duderstadt says he is not considering Yale presidency

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
Rumors have been running ram-
pant that University President James
Duderstadt has, is or will accept the
position of president of Yale
University. They are all untrue, he
said.
"I must say I find the speculation
amusing," said Duderstadt, who at-
tended Yale University as an under-
graduate. "I have not talked to any-

body on the Yale search committee.
I'm deeply committed to the
University of Michigan and it's that
simple."
Rumors began early this year that
Duderstadt had been approached by
the Yale presidential search commit-
tee. Since then, newspapers in
Connecticut, Detroit, Ann Arbor and
Boston have printed stories saying
Duderstadt is in various stages of
negotiations with Yale. Some ru-

mors have even placed Duderstadt
on a final list of three candidates for
the position.
Duderstadt said he can only look
at the rumors with a humorous
perspective.
"If Yale announces I'm going to
be their president without talking to
me first, I'm in a good bargaining
position," Duderstadt said laughing.
Walter Harrison, executive direc-
tor of University relations, said he

does not know where the rumors be-
gan. But Harrison said he decided to
check out the rumors' origin when
he visited Yale to discuss public re-
lations and affairs strategies with its
administration last month.
"While I was there I had lunch
with Howard Lamar (the interim
president of Yale University),"
Harrison said. "I took the opportu-
nity to say, 'What's all this with Jim
(Duderstadt)?'

"(Lamar) said when they started
looking at candidates, Jim was one
of the people they looked at. And
Jim said he wasn't interested,"
Harrison continued. "So they went
on to look for other people."
Harrison said that event ended
Duderstadt's interaction with the
Yale search committee.
"(Duderstadt is) not under con-
sideration anymore because he told
See YALE, Page 2

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