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The change to Bylaw 14.06 is a long-overdue one.
However, it is only a start.

John Rybock reviews the much-publicized film,
"Malice," starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman.

Entering the Big Ten season. the Michigan football
team is no longer a lock to win the title. Ohio State
and Penn State should provide the Wolverines with
stiff competition.

Ctoudy, chance of rain;
High 54, Low 34
More of same; High 54, Low 38


One hundred three years of editorial freedom


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In one of thousands of campaign
stump speeches in 26 years as a mem-
ber of Congress, Democratic Sen.
Donald Riegle
spoke to stu-
dents last Sun-
day in the
~ Michigan
Union. He took
questions and
shook hands,not
getting back to
Washington un-
til *after his two
young children
Rie l were fast asleep.
S he cried.
Riegle, the senior senator from
Michigan, announced yesterday he
would not seek re-election.
"Eight elections to the Congress
willhave to be enough. They add up to
28 years of continuous Congressional
service at the end of this term," Riegle
said in an impassioned speech from
the floor of the Senate.
Ironically, it was this fact - his
lengthy tenure in office - that Re-
publicans seized upon in announcing
a campaign to defeat him earlier this
year, mocking him with a display of a
1966 automobile.
Riegle's decision makes state Sen.
Lana Pollack (D-Ann Arbor) the front-
runner in an election 14 months away
that is sure to attract more partici-
Pollack said in an interview with
The Ann Arbor News that she is con-
fident that she will be the next senator
from Michigan.
"I still have a lot of work to do.
This campaign is not a ride. This is
still a climb," said Pollack.
State Republican Party Chair Spen-
cer Abraham is the leading candidate
for the party's nomination, but several

Republican U.S. House members,
including Dave Camp of Midland,
have expressed interest in the posi-
Riegle's campaign had been in
jeopardy since the beginning of 1991
when his association with Charles
Keating, a major political contributor
who owned the now defunct Lincoln
Savings and Loan, came under fire.
Keating came to symbolize many
Americans' belief that government
had ignored the savings and loan de-
bacle. After months of hearings, the
Senate Ethics Committee rebuked
Riegle for showing "insensitivity and
poor judgment," but said he had bro-
ken no laws.
Even at a popular anti-NAFTA
rally in Lansing earlier this month
that Riegle hosted, featuring Texas
billionaire Ross Perot, Riegle was
pestered by an airplane that carried a
banner that read, "Remember the
Keating Five: Dump Riegle"
The announcement caught most
observers off guard. Neither
Michigan'sjunior senator Carl Levin
nor most of Riegle's own staff knew
of the decision but were told to "watch
the speech."
Riegle's 20-page speech focused
on his work with the disadvantaged.
"I have never pulled my punches," he
"My main efforts here in Congress
have been aimed at achieving the eco-
nomic, social and racial justice for
our people," he said.
Riegle, who is the Senate Banking
committee chair, says he will dedi-
cate his remaining 15 months to pass-
ing the president's health care reform
bill and defeating NAFTA.
Riegle, who originally ran for
Congress as a Republican, is the sixth
senator to announce his retirement
this year.

High court cals

After more than five years of legal
wrangling, court hearings and charged
rhetoric, the verdict is in: the selection
process of University President James
Duderstadt violated state law.
"This is the University of Michi-
gan. We obey the law," said a grim
Deane Baker, who serves on the Uni-
versity Board of Regents.
Baker (R-Ann Arbor) expressed
disappointment with the decision, but
said the University would comply with
the ruling.
The Ann Arbor News filed suit
against the University Board of Re-
gents May 20, 1988, claiming the re-
gents violated Michigan's Open Meet-
ings Act (OMA) when they met in
private, secret sub-quorum groups to
interview and evaluate candidates.
Ed Petykiewicz, editor of The Ann
Arbor News, said his paper was not

parch illegal

attempting to
"We were
concerned with
the process that
was used. We
felt that that
process needed
to be open," he
said. "Public
decisions have to be made in public."
The opinion will guide future presi-
dential searches by all Michigan pub-
lic colleges. Despite the illegality of
the search, Duderstadt's hiring was
never in contention. However, the
University will have to foot the news-
papers' legal bills.
The state Supreme Court opinion
upheld a prior appeals court ruling
that forced the University to pay legal
costs of the case.
Walter Harrison, vice president for

University relations, said "we have
no choice but to pay the fee, unless
there is an appeal, which seems un-
The University will end up pay-
ing the legal fees of The Ann Arbor
News and the Detroit Free Press,
which joined the suit shortly after
the News filed the suit.
Petykiewicz said the legal fees
were more than $183,000 six months
ago. The University will pay the
News' legal fees plus interest on the
News' fees, plus the University's
own fees, which topped $140,000 at
the end of June.
In a nearly 60-page opinion de-
tailing the history of the case and its
ramifications, the Michigan Su-
preme Court said, "We hold that the
selection of apublic university presi-
dent constitutes the exercise, regard-
less of whether such authority was
exercised by (an individual regent),

Students joined News in protesting search

Turnout in student govermentelec-
tions is low. Marches are sparsely
attended. And protests are few and far
But five years ago, many students
who felt the University had deliber-
ately obstructed the presidential search

process and in the process prevented
public oversight, decided to do some-
thing about it.
They protested.
At least three University students
were arrested at the inauguration of
President James Duderstadt in 1988.
Students surrounded an Ann Arbor po-
lice car and tried to roll it over, forcing

police to drag protestors away. At least
one protestor was taken away on a
stretcher to the University hospital and
treated for a head injury.
This was the first of many clashes
between police and protestors that re-
sulted in arrests and injuries.
Protesters rallied around the slogan,
"Duderstadt is illegal."

Later, the Michigan Student As-
sembly passed a resolution and the
Daily penned a front page editorial
condemning the action.
But when The Ann Arbor News,
joined by the Detroit Free Press, sued
the University for violating the Open
Meetings Act, neither MSA nor the
newspaper joined the suit.

Provost rescinds ban on hate speech in classroom

Some faculty members have expressed
approval of the University's decision to lift
the five-year-old ban on hate speech in the
"Universities are places in which people
ought to be able to express every idea includ-
ing ideas that some people find very obnox-
ious and hateful," said Philosophy Prof. Carl
Cohen, a former member of the national board
of directors of the American Civil Liberties
University Provost and Executive Vice
President for Academic Affairs Gilbert
Whitaker announced last week the repeal of

the Interim Policy on Discriminatory Harass-
ment by Faculty and Staff in the University
Environment. Although the policy will con-
tinue to apply to the workplace, it will no
longer apply to University classrooms.
The harassment policy, dubbed the "hate
speech code," banned faculty from harassing
students based on race, ethnicity or sexual
"The central administration has come to
realize that that code was neither effective nor
in the spirit of the University and they have
rescinded it," Cohen said.
"Many claim that the University's interim
discriminatory harassment policy challenges
the value of free inquiry through speech and

'Universities are places in which people ought to be able to
express every idea including ideas that some people find very
obnoxious and hateful.'

- Carl Cohen
Philosophy Professor


ten said the interim policy on discriminatory
harassment was not viewed as appropriate in
the academic setting.
"(The policy) was more related to the work-
place and did not address the issues discussed
in an academic setting," said Henry Griffin,
chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs.
Opposition to the code was generally based
on the claim that it restricted free speech.
"It never should have been instituted in the
first place. Codes laying down what is permit-
ted to be said are an affront to the University
and are very unfortunate instruments," Cohen
See SPEECH, Page 2

discussion in ways that chill the quest for
improved understanding," Whitaker said in a
speech to the Senate Assembly.
The suspension of the policy grants faculty
members freedom to make racial and ethnic
slurs in the classroom. Faculty members are
still prohibited from discriminating against

individual students.
"If we are to err in the delicate act of
balancing free inquiry and respect for human
dignity, the value of increased knowledge
through free inquiry must be given priority,"
Whitaker said.
Senate Assembly representatives have of-

Team spiked for hazing frosh

The athletic department disciplined
theMichigan women's volleyball team
yesterday for actions that occurred at
the Michigan-Houston football game
Before the football team took the
field, several Wolverine athletes held
the "M GO BLUE" banner, under
which the football players tradition-
ally run out onto the field..
Includedamong these athletes were
five freshman volleyball players, who

hazing," Kanim said. "Appropriate
steps for a team that breaks University
policy have been taken."
Kanim would not elaborate on spe-
cific disciplinary actions taken against
the team.
"The volleyball team is extremely
embarrassed," she said.
Head women's volleyball coach
Greg Giovanazzi, who has been out of
town since last week, could not be
Last spring, Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach issued a memo on the
subjectof hazing to allvarsity coaches.

discuss the issue in public.
"Asa team, we have no comment,"
Davidson said.
Despite the fact the athletic de-
partment has already taken action
against the team, members of the
University community said the issue
raises questions about the practice of
"It is certainly something worth
looking into," said Vice President for
University Relations Walter Harrison,
who said he was not aware of the
incidentinvolving the volleyball team.
Harrison added hazing is a broad




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