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Page 4- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 14,1993

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420 Maynard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Edited and managed
by students at the
University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
Opinion Editor

Unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the Daily editorial board.
All other cartoons, signed articles and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.

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Regents should heed student concerns

E MEMBERS OF the University Board of
Regents mightbealittle winded by theend
of this week. Two regents - Laurence
itch (D-Bloomfield Hills) and Rebecca
cGowan (D-Ann Arbor) - attended the
*chiganStudent Assembly meeting last night.
And the entire board is traveling all the way to
Mosher Jordan Resi-.
dence Hall for its meet-
ing tomorrow.
The regents have
one objective in both-
of these endeavors -
to garner student input
on important Univer-
sity issues. And while
their efforts are com-,
mendable, the regents
to them and use theirj
words to action.
Deitch and
McGowan, theboard's
two newest members,
have shown a remark-
able desire to hear stu-
dents' voices during
the first three-and-a-
half months of their
terms. Both made an extra effort to travel to the
University's Dearbom campus to meet with
students last month. In the past, regents have
limited theircontactwith the Dearborn and Flint
University campuses to one token meeting at
each campus per year.
Although Deitch and McGowan are making
positive efforts, Dearborn student leaders say
they are not satisfied with the level of contact
they have had with the regents since the initial
meeting. The cumulative concerns of the
Dearborn campus have not been addressed.
Hopefully, the suggestions they gamered
from MSA last night will receive a little more
attention. The assembly discussed vital issues
including the Diag access policy and the State-
ment of Student "Rights" and Responsibilities.
Althoughthe studentperspective regarding these

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two policies should have been considered indis-
pensable, until this point, the board has heard
almost nothing from students. In addition, the
University claims these two policies are under-
going constant revisions and improvements.
Theregentsmustheedourrepresentatives' words
before making any further changes.
They will have an-
otheropportunity to hear
L OOK r student concerns and see
I THINK I SEE undergraduate student
n ^A 5TIJDET. lifetodaywhentheyhear
a presentation by the
Office of StudentAffairs
at Mosher Jordan. If we
are lucky, this meeting
i . will be more than Uni-
versity officials spout-
ing out-of-touch rheto-
ric about how they re-
member life as an
undergrad.Andifwe are
evenmore fortunate,the
regents will apply what
they learn today when
making important deci-
sions hereafter.
} The regents have
been granted the author-
ity to carry the Univer-
sity into the 21st cen-
tury. Hopefully, they will take student opinion
into account when guiding us to the future.
After this week, the University Board of
Regents will possess extensive knowledge about
what students think about issues that affect us
every day. But they must use this knowledge as
a springboard whenever they make decisions
aboutUniversity policy. The board has taken the
first step, but it still has a long way to go.
Traveling the road to a better University is
like taking a jaunt across campus - eyes and
ears open, mind receptive to new ideas. The
regents have begun their long, strange trip to
Mosher Jordan, but they still have a way to go.
This body is still relatively cut off and plans to
take a bus from the Union to the residence hall.
They have stepped on the Diag, but are wary of
going farther for fear of treading on the 'M.'

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.
Male survivors are not to blame, not alone

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I am the dark-haired guy with the Michi-
gan baseball cap and Yale sweatshirt sitting
next to you in English class.
Or perhaps I am the blonde guy sporting
his fraternity t-shirt, cutoffs and
Birkenstocks on the other side of your
crowded history lecture.
Regardless, my story is not atypical.
After reading and sympathizing with
the stories of the women who have had the
courage to write about their sexual assault
in this space every Wednesday, I feel com-
pelled to speak.
Sexual assault survivors, as a group, are
stifled by a society that blames them for
their situation, condemns women like
"Thelma and Louise" for exacting revenge
and additionally condones rape - often
letting perpetrators off scot-free. Male sur-
vivors face these issues and more.
The night I met him at an out-of-town
bar, I was feeling pretty self-deprecating
and depressed. He was slightly older, at-
tractive and well-off. Most importantly,
however, he showered me with compli-
ments and praises, making me feel much
better than at the night's start.
"Let'sgosomeplacewhere wecan talk,"
he said over the music's thundering vibra-
So he took me back to his town house in
his meticulously-maintained Mercedes
Benz convertible. Not usually a sucker for
wealth, I was in awe of this man due to the
fact that I rarely see successful.nositivelv-

portrayed gay male role models in Ann
Arbor or the media. Without these images,
it has been hard to foresee my own life in
one, two or 20 years.
When we arrived at his place, he lit a fire
and we started kissing. I felt on top of the
My worldcame crashing down on topof
me 10 minutes later when he started pulling
my hair and demanding to have anal inter-
course with me. I feel lucky that I was able
to fend him off.
Reading tothispoint,many peoplewould
blame me because:
Iam gay and shouldn't be acting on
these feelings in the first place;
I asked to be sexually assaulted by
going home with the man; or
as a former friend said to me when I
recounted my experience to her:"You need
to be more careful."
Well, in spite of my friend, I know I am
nottoblame for any of the above reasons -
but this knowledge does not remove the fear
I feel walking into a gay bar. Nor does this
reassurance quell my discomfort when Iam
in a room filled entirely with men or even
when I am in a class and forced to divide
into small groups along gender lines.
I cannot even escape these feelings in
my own home. My screams still echo inside
my head. The inability to fall asleep still
haunts me morethan one month later. More-
over, media images that infiltrate my televi-
sion and radio often portray men as power-

ful, virile and strong. In this light, this man
not only robbed me of my gender, but he
pilfered my dignity, stole my self worth and
plundered my self-confidence.
Telling friends has been difficult. While
coming outas asexual assault survivor is an
excruciatingly painful task alone, I often
fear ridicule and humiliation from friends
who think women are the only ones who
can be sexually assaulted.
To the extent I have recognized and am
writing about my fears, Iam coping with the
assault. My point in telling my story is to
inform other men who have been assaulted
that they are not alone.
I often wish I had the same reassurance.
IN 1993:38*
Involving penetration: 20
No penetration: 6
Acquaintance: 24
Stranger: 1
On Campus: 1
Reported to police: 6
* No additional information
available for some rePorts

Subway column trivializes homeless problem


Minori distribution at
VER SINCE FORMER Dodgers General
Manager Al Campanis made racially
inflammatory remarks on Nightline in
19 7, Major League Baseball and other profes-
sports leagues have been under fire for
*ir dismal minority hiring record. Recently,
esse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition have
proposed picketing Major League parks for
failing to employ a representative number of
minorities. The Rainbow
Coalitionhas now started
targeting college athlet-
ics as well. During last Ini ie
week's Final Four in
New Orleans, the Coali- On the court
tion publicized the lackI
of minorities employed 54 percent of
in the athletic depart- African Amerc
ments ofthe fourpartici-
patingschools-includ- Alongside th
ing the University.h
he Uniserthercent of c
African Americans were ners were Al
well represented on the
Superdome floor, this Off the court
representation did not Nohghadhn ist
carry over into adminis- AM
trativepositions. Eight of
the 13 men on
Michigan's basketball
team are African Ameri-
can, however, of the non-playing basketball
staff listed in the Michigan Basketball Media
Guide, only 11 percent of the non-playing bas-
ketball staff is African American. This percent-


Final Four unequal
common background with the athletes, it might
be difficult for them to understand the needs of
In addition, the life of athletes is a delicate
balance between the strenuous demands ofprac-
tice, games and academics. According to a
Chronicle of HigherEducation study, the gradu-
ation rate for African American athletes is lower
than that for whites. An increase in African
American staffinembers,
who share common expe-
riences might better en-
able the Athletic Depart-
ment to guide those ath-
letes through the pitfalls
for academics and athlet-
lete were ics if more staff members
n could relate to the needs of
the student-athletes.
e court: This lack of African
American staffmembers is
poaches and not necessarily the result
frican American of discrimination, butmay
simply be the result of
t: weak recruiting efforts. In
raiveposiions other departments, the
ca me University has acknowl-
edged the need to seek Af-
rican American employ-
ees through affirmative ac-
tion programs, but with
only a small increase in the number of African
Americans in the Athletic Department over the
past few years, efforts need to be accelerated.
This problem is by no means limited to

To the Daily:
I feel that Mr. Wainess'
opinion piece, "Subway
discriminatory practices
revealed" (4/2/93), was
poorly-reasoned. Moreover, I
do not know why he has
singled out Subway as being
somehow more discrimina-
tory than, say, the Daily,
which only hires the func-
tionally literate, and I
presume, has a dispropor-
tionate number of University
students on its staff.
The point I am trying to
make is that the ability to do
simple math is not an entirely
unreasonable requirement for
a cash-register operator, both
because the very act of
making change requires it,
but also, to my experience,
sometimes registers break

down, and the operator will
have figure sums, including
sales tax. The math Mr.
Wainess quotes as being
"ridiculous"is, in fact, on par
with the level of ability this
task requires.
Moreover, I suspect that
neither an incorrect answer on
this section, nor a lack of
references, will necessarily
restrict an applicant from
being employed. In the case of
the math, perhaps it is used to
determine whether the
applicant should operate the
cash register or keep to
making sandwiches.
As far as the "references"
section goes, I have been
accepted to many fast-food
positions in my life without
listing references. In my view,
they are like extra-credit

questions on exams: it helps
if you write something, but it
doesn't hurt if you don't.
With all of the legitimate
problems faced by the
homeless, and the real
sources of them (not least of
which is inadequate primary
I do not see how a
boycott of Subway would be
a worthwhile direction of our
energies (Pop quiz: when a
business starts to lose
money, what happens to the
level of employment?) In
addition, I would suggest to
Mr. Wainess' friend that she
"turn an application in," for
not even the most enlight-
ened of employers can hire
her without one.
Michael Perry

must end
To the Daily:
In regards to Jake
Schmidt's letter "Panther
Moderns fear confronting
issue" (4/7/93), I completely
agree with Mr. Schmidt's
view that the illegal actions on
the part of the Panther
Modems are unacceptable.
However, I must take issue
with his statement that "(pro-
life activists) feel totally
justified in breaking the law."
As evidence of this, he points
to the brutal murder of Dr.
David Gunn. He does not
acknowledge that most pro-
lifers find Dr. Gunn's murder
absolutely abhorrent and
As a pro-life activist, I am
sick and tired of people
making these grossly unfair
generalizations about us. I
concede that some pro-life
activists go too far in their
fight for the unborn, and I too
condemn their actions. But
people must realize that most
of us act within the bounds of
the law.
Implicit in the term "pro-
life" is a respect for life. Does
Mr. Schmidt, or anyone else,
seriously believe that all, or
even most, pro-lifers condone
murder?'That is truly absurd.
Allen Oh
Engineering senior
De - *6ss e


Maoist propaganda offensive

To the Daily:
Call me close-minded, but
I was appalled to learn the
University subscribes to a
Communist newspaper,
namely MIM notes, an
international Maoist journal. I
read Marx and Engels in
Political Science 101 and I
have to admit from a distance
their ideas sounded appealing.
But while I was marveling at
this bold approach I was
listening to a survivor of the
Communist regime in
Rumania who is a student on

University Record and the
Review. I might gripe about
the Daily and the Review, but
I admit they are the far lesser
I support the First Amend-
ment, which has been found
lacking in the Eastern Bloc, in
Southeast Asia and until
recently in Russia. I have
another friend from Russia
whose father told me of the
disappearances he saw when
someone dared to speak out
against the government. My
friend from Rumania suffered

heartfelt political poetry of a
young woman I am proud to
call friend. Groups on campus
cry against the oppression of
the capitalist system, of the
great social inequalities in
America because they have
the luxury and the right to do
so, a right that simply cannot
exist under socialism or
communism. These systems-
are illusions which hide a
Potemkin village of horrors. I
speak out against the free
existence of MIM Notes on

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