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Today, the regents vote on whether to add sexual
discrimination to the University's discrimination
policy. This is a long-awaited and much-needed

This year's "Festival of Sick & Twisted Animation"
is playing at the Michigan Theater. Chris Lepley
reviews the immature production.

Last season, the Houston Cougars came to
Michigan Stadium and were trounced, 61-7. This
year, the matchups don't seem to be any better for
the Cougars.

Cloudy; .
High 65, Low 43
Warmer; High 72, Low 56


One hundred two years of editorial freedom

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U.S. News
*gives 'U'
23rd rank
The results are in. The University is up one notch -
from 24th to 23rd - in "U.S. News and World Report"
magazine's annual ranking of "America's Best Col-
leges," but University officials aren't exactly jumping
with joy.
"These rankings mean absolutely nothing," said Walter
Harrison, executive director of University relations.
He said the categories the magazine uses to rank the
colleges heavily favor private and small schools and
explained how it is unlikely the University will make a
significant change in the ranking.
The rankings, which will appear in the Oct. 4 issue of
"U.S. News and World Report" magazine, were based on
the following categories:
academic reputation,
student selectivity,
faculty resources,
financial resources,
graduation rate, and,
alumni satisfaction.
The University was ranked 7th in academic reputa-
tion, 38th in student selectivity, 32nd in faculty re-
sources, 38th in financial resources, 25th in graduation
rate, and 58th in alumni satisfaction.
Harrison said the University's student selectivity rank-
ing is low because the University is committed to accept-
ing a large percentage of Michigan residents. With a
reduction in inflation-adjusted support from the state and
a 2-percent budget reallocation in'many departments,
Harrison optimistically said that "we do more with less."
But both factors keep the University outside of the top
20 colleges. The University of California-Berkeley is the
only public college in the top 20, although the University
See NEWS, Page 2

Regents may
expand bylaw
to homosexuals

Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) listens to people respond to the proposed amendment to Regents' Bylaw
14.06 at a public comments session yesterday.
'U Bard ofeent
holds closed session

A chasm in the University com-
munity between supporters of gay
rights and those with religious objec-
tions to homosexuality proved to be
deep and wide during the public com-
ments portion of yesterday's meeting
of the University Board of Regents.
Students and faculty gave last-
minute input to the regents on an
amendment to include sexual orienta-
tion in the University's anti-discrimi-
nation bylaw.
Regents Lawrence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) and Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) have said
that today they intend to introduce an
amendment to Bylaw 14.06, which
prohibits discrimination against Uni-
versity faculty, staff and students.
A majority of the regents support
including "sexual orientation" al-
though they are unclear of the practi-
cal ramification the change would have
on campus organizations.
Of the estimated 100 people that
filled the Anderson Room of the
Union, two-thirds were against the
amendment. Most of those in opposi-
tion were members of campus Chris-
tian groups who were concerned that
the religious beliefs of their organiza-
tions would make their members be in
violation of the amended bylaw.

However, some segments of the
faculty and student populations
spoke out in support of the amend-
ment, claiming it was long overdue
and noting that almost all other uni-
versities have such a bylaw.
Only 11 people were allowed to
speak for five minutes or less, the
typical procedure for the public com-
ments portion of the monthly, two-
day regents' meetings. Of those who
spoke, six were in favor of the
amendment and five were opposed.
James Huggins, a Ph.D. candi-
date in computer science, said he
opposed the amendment and warned
the regents of its possible uninten-
tional and undesirable effects.
"If sexual orientation is given
the same protections as religion in
this bylaw, what will happen if a
group of Christian students ex-
cludes a practicing homosexual
from a position of leadership in
the organization because of their
belief in the sinfulness of homo-
sexual activity?
"Will this be a violation of By-
law 14.06 even though they are ex-
ercising their freedom of religion?"
he asked. i
After the meeting, Regent
McGowan said the questions raised
by the religious groups should not
See COMMENT, Page 2

Yesterday, the University Board of Regents
closed its doors to hold a private meeting.
Speculations exist that the meeting was closed
to discuss a pay increase for University Presi-
dent James Duderstadt, who did not attend the
The Michigan Open Meetings Act allows
public bodies to hold closed meetings for nego-
tiation sessions to discuss personnel matters
and pending litigation.
Today's agenda includes approval of the
budget, appointment of personnel to new posi-

tions and a proposal to amend Bylaw 14.06.
The regents vote on the entire budget today.
Several new administrative positions will be
filled, including the appointment of Joe
Roberson to the position of athletic director.
These formalities require regental approval.
In addition, Regents Lawrence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) and Rebecca McGowan (D-
Ann Arbor) have said they will propose an
amendment to Bylaw 14.06, an anti-discrimi-
nation bylaw.
These two regents will propose that sexual
orientation be added to the list of categories for
which discrimination is prohibited.

Israeli parliament votes in favor of Palestinian self-rule

ister Yitzhak Rabin declared he won
"freedom of action" to pursue Mid-
east peace after parliament ratified the
historic Israel-PLO accord on yester-
Rabin said the 61-50 vote allowed
the government to implement the
agreement on Palestinian self-rule in
the occupied lands and continue at-
tempts to reach peace with Israel's
Arab neighbors.
The margin was less substantial
than Rabin had hoped for, but it put a
convincing end to calls for early elec-
tions or a national referendum that
would have slowed down the peace
"Now we shall build a new Middle
'M' ready
* to play
When we last left the Michigan
football team (1-1 overall) two weeks
ago, the boos were raining down in
Michigan Stadium at the tail end of a
27-23 loss to Notre Dame. The loss
dropped the Wolverines in the Associ-
ated Press poll from No. 3 nationally
to No. 8.
And when we last left the Houston
football team (0-2) two weeks ago, the

East," Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
said after the vote.
PLO spokesperson Yasser Abed-
Rabbo praised the result, telling Is-
rael army radio from Tunis it was a
"positive step" and that support for
the treaty was larger in the street than
in parliament.
Rabin had staked the credibility
of the peace initiative as well as the
future of his government on winning
the vote, saying it would constitute a
formal vote of confidence.
Eight legislators abstained from
the vote, and one was absent in the
120-seat Knesset, or parliament. The
result clearly embarrassed Likud,
which failed to enforce party disci-

One of the three Likud members
who abstained, Meir Shitreet, said his
party's opposition to a peace deal
backed by the majority of Israelis was
"political suicide." He said on Israeli
radio that seven Likud members
backed the agreement privately.
"There is no need for new elec-
tions. The parliament very clearly ap-
proved the agreement. The margin is
very clear," Rabin's spokesperson
Oded Ben-Ami told The Associated
Rabin said he will now focus on the
taking task of establishing Palestinian
autonomy in the occupied Gaza Strip
and the West Bank town of Jericho and
on pursuing peace negotiations with
Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

"This gives the government free-
dom of action to implement what it
brought to the Knesset," he said on
Israel radio.
Ben-Ami voiced hope for the re-
sumption of Middle East peace talks
in Washington next month and for
detailed negotiations on what prom-
ised to be "a long and bumpy road."
Peres, speaking later on Israel tele-
vision, said Israel and the PLO hoped
to formalize their current unofficial
contacts within two to three weeks,
with the PLO naming several del-
egates for face-to-face talks.
As part of the accord, Israel will
free 11,000 Palestinian detainees, said
Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi.
Confirming a report in the Jerusa-

lem Report magazine, Ashrawi said
the release could not come immedi-
Prison services spokesperson Dubi
Ben-Ami denied the plan but acknowl-
edged that the detainees' fate was still
Another 2,000 maximum security
detainees will be moved from the oc-
cupied territories to Israel, the maga-
zine said.
Ashrawi also said Jan. 1 "could be
a target date" for PLO chief Yasser
Arafat's arrival in the areas of future
Gonen Segev of the right-wing
Tsomet Party said the hard-liners will
now start "an information campaign"
to force changes in the agreement.

"Our aim now is to guarantee no
Palestinian state and guarantee that
the settlements in Judea and Samaria
will not be removed," Segev said,
using the Biblical names for the West
Segev said Rabin's majority was
"miserable" because it relied on five
Arab legislators who "define them-
selves as Palestinians."
The government was not required
by law to get parliament approval for
the accord signed Sept. 13 in Wash-
Rabin got a large margin of ap-
proval after five members of the ultra-
religious Shas Party decided to ab-
stain. The group's sixth member was

Clinton kicks
off sales of
health care
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton dis-
patched Cabinet members coast to coast and opened
the White House lawn to a thousand allies yesterday
to get the sales campaign for his health care plan out
of the starting blocks.
"We have to do it right and we have to do it right
now," Clinton declared.
"As much as I wish this to be a celebration ... I
remind you that our work is beginning," Clinton told
the rally before heading to Florida for a nationally
televised town hall meeting.
."It's going to be along, long tortuous road," Senate
GOP leader Bob Dole said, praising Clinton for his
pledge to compromise but criticizing the Democrat's
plan as "a little overgenerous and underfunded."

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