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One hundred three years of editorial freedom


Christopher: Mistaes
were made in Somalia

can'decision-makers "right up to and
including the president" were respon-
sible for the now-discredited tilt to-
ward military action in Somalia, Sec-
retary of State Warren Christopher
said yesterday.
The effort to apprehend Somali
warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and
his followers after they began their
attacks on U.N. forces last June "was
a sound and natural response," Chris-
topher said on NBC's "Meet the
But, he said, "I think it did get out
of balance" with too much focus on
the military and not enough on the
political side of the problem.

"I think we're all responsible for
that, right up to and including the
president," Christopher said.
Retired Adm. Jonathan Howe, the
U.N. special envoy to Somalia, said a
$25,000 reward for Aidid's capture
remained in effect, and that U.N.
forces were still trying to bring him to
Howe, appearing on NBC and
ABC's "This Week With David
Brinkley," said U.N. forces had had
"many opportunities to eliminate"
Aidid, but "that's not our job."
Aidid has reportedly called for a
cease-fire in the fighting that has left
18 Americans dead over the past week.
U.S. officials made clear that while

the U.N. resolution calling for his
apprehension remained valid, the fo-
cus has shifted.
"We have a different set of priori-
ties," Defense Secretary Les Aspin
said on ABC. Pressure will be kept on
Aidid until a political settlement is
found, but "we are going to
depersonalize it and de-emphasize that
aspect of it."
Christopher denied that there was
any secret peace offer to Aidid.
He said U.S. special envoy to So-
malia Robert Oakley, currently in the
region trying to coordinate a political
solution, has not been instructed to
meet the warlord.

Michigan State fullback Scott Greene celebrates after helping force a Tyrone Wheatley fumble early in the first
quarter. The Wolverines lost 17-7 to the Spartans. For complete football coverage, see SPORTSMonday.

MSS Rep.
sinsS on
the job
As part of her job as the Hispanic/
Latino Representative of Minority
Student Services (MSS), Katalin
Berdy acts as a liason between stu-
dents and administration, does per-
sonal and academic advising, and
Singing may not be an official part
of her job description, but Berdy said
she still sings on occasion for various
events held by the University Latino
organizations, including last Friday's
Latino Talent show in East Quad. She
has sung in groups and as a soloist
since she was 14 years old.
Berdy's other roles as MSS repre-
sentative include advising 15 Latino
student organizations, providing cul-
tural awareness training, and giving
speeches throughout Ann Arbor.
Luiz Pichardo, who works closely
with Berdy as a member of the Latino
Heritage Committee and the Socially
Active Latino Student Association,
said working with Berdy is great. "She
works really hard and is fun to work
with," he said.
Pichardo added that the thing that
stands out most prominently in his
mind about Berdy is "the love and
dedication she has given to the Latino
community (through her work)."
Berdy has also been active in plan-
ning the Hispanic Heritage Celebra-
tion to showcase Latino talent and
recognize the historic contributions
of Latino people.
This year's Hispanic Heritage
Celebration provided Berdy with one
of the most memorable experiences
of her career - a performance by
Eddie Palmieri, a prominent Latino
salsa and jazz artist, who came to the
"We worked on being able to plan
activities to showcase Latino talent
and brought an internationally known
(artist to campus)," she said.
"It was rewarding to experience

Biology prof. charged with larceny

A University biology professor
was arrested Friday on two misde-
meanor charges, following a lengthy
investigation by the University De-
partment of Public Safety (DPS).
Prof. Robert Beyer, who was
charged with two counts of larceny
under $100, pleaded not guilty to the
charges in 15th District Court Friday
Beyer, a tenured professor, alleg-
edly stole items - including note-
books - belonging to other profes-

sors from biology department offices.
Dr. Wesley Brown, the biology
department chair, said Beyer has been
suspended with pay, pending the out-
come of the judicial process.
Beyer is no longer teaching his
biochemistry classes, Brown added.
However, Beyer's classes are self-
proctored, meaning that studentswork
at their own pace and take quizzes
from student proctors.
"We are trying to make sure that
the courses continue to run smoothly
for the students," Brown added.
LSA senior Venu Pillarisetty, a

super-proctor in one of Beyer's 400-
level biochemistry courses, said he
was completely surprised by Beyer's
arrest, adding that he knew Beyer
fairly well since Beyer is his concen-
tration advisor.
"I still don't know exactly what's
going on," he said, adding that the
biology department had only told him
that Beyer had been arrested on mis-
demeanor charges.
Pillarisetty said that because of
the nature of the course, Beyer's ab-
sence should not have too much of an

"The students shouldn't notice
anything," he said, adding that the
more than 200 students normally have
little contact with Beyer.
However, he added that the class
proctors will have to assume more
responsibility to keep the class on
track during Beyer's suspension.
DPS Lt. James Smiley and Vice
President for University Relations
Walter Harrison said the arrest fol-
lowed a month-long investigation by
See BIOLOGY, Page 2


commitment and pride that has per-
meated (the students) as they prepare
themselves for leadership positions
in the future," she said.
Berdy added, "Pride was felt as an
end result of the process of working
together ... the process of providing
avenues for learning experiences
about the Latino culture, historical
contributions, and plight."
The multifaceted nature of Berdy's
job has forced her to become an ex-
pert at time management skills. "I
have to juggle my time to be involved,
and not only on Latino issues and
learning experiences, but to be able to
manage time to include professional
development for myself." Making
time to effectively service everyone
is something she continues to struggle
with, she said.
She said her job has also taught
her to "appreciate even more the dif-
ferences we all have, but at the same
time the similarities we all have as
human beings. The learning process
is a continuum, never ending."
Berdy said working at MSS has
given her the opportunity to look
closely at the different cultures within
the African American, Asian Ameri-
can, and Native American cultures.
"We have four groups working to-
gether. We share knowledge."
Through her position as a pro-
grammer, Berdy hopes to be able to
leave a substantial impact on the Uni-
versity. "I'm able to provide an edu-
cational forum that will hopefully
stimulate discussion, curiosity, and
research," she said.
"(This will) hopefully challenge
some of the stereotypes and myths
people have accepted. ... In the last
four years, the Hispanic programming
has increased tremendously. ... We
have received financial support from
I Tniv~ritrffirec "PRviv uadded

Groups use Diag to
protest U.S. policies,
collect relief funds


Amidst the frisbee throwers, gui-
tar players and preachers that pep-
pered the Diag Friday, two groups
labored to advance their causes: with-
drawal of U.S. troops in Somalia and
fund-raising for earthquake victims
in India.
The first group, an emergency
coalition, consisted of only four people
brandishing signs with such slogans
as "Warlord Clinton Out Now" and
"Stop the Bloodshed." This informal
group formed late Thursday night
when a small number of concerned
students gathered to write a petition
and make plans to protest on the Diag.
One member of the group, Jim
Lupton, a physics graduate student,
said, "We're a group of concerned
students who are opposing the U.S.
deployment in Somalia. We're form-
ing an emergency coalition trying to
build an opposition movement.
"We feel that the U.S. interests are
not humanitarian in Somalia.... This
is a show, except now it's turned
bloody and innocent people are dying
because the U.S. military can't con-
trol itself. It thinks that it's all-power-
ful," he added.
Lupton was referring to President

Clinton's action responded to rising
American casualties in the Somali
capital, Mogadishu.
Members of the group said they
intend to raise awareness and debate
among the students and faculty re-
garding the issue. Their ultimate goal
is to encourage the immediate with-
drawal of U.S. troops and begin dip-
lomatic pressures instead, Lupton
said. However, the group does not
yet have any concrete plans.
But Danny Ginsburg, an LSA
sophomore, challenged the group in
a vocal battle that attracted a small
crowd. He said, "Show me docu-
mentation for all your claims. Other-
wise, you are a bunch of zealots who
are arguing from an uneducated
Another group making use of the
Diag as a forum for advancing its
interests was the Indian American
Student Association (IASA), which
stationed members in several spots
on the Diag and in Angell Hall to
collect money to support the victims
of last week's devastating earthquake
in India.
The group collected contributions
all day, earning more than $900. The
money will be sent directly to the
India Earthquake Relief Fund based


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