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Nationally syndicated columnist'
Cal Thomas attacked current moral
foundations last night in a speech that l
provoked both those who attended
the speech and a group protesting the I e
event outside. '.
He kept the crowd entertained with
jokes and anecdotes that went over
11 with the attendees. -"
"We see an America tortured by w.i" -
new and frightening nightmares," MARK FRIEDMAN/Dail
See THOMAS, Page 2 Protesters from ACT-UP and Queer Action try to force their way into the Power Center to protest during conservative
columnist Cal Thomas' speech last night.
Protesters fight exclusive'family values'

Army backers
foil U.S. plans


in aitian port

- Army-backed toughs, warning of
another Somalia, wrecked plans for
American troops to land yesterday as
part of an international peace mission
and drove away U.S. diplomats wait-
ing to greet them.
The band of 25 to 50 men, some of
them armed, then beat up merchants
in the nearby market and fired guns
while roving through the capital. No
casualties were reported, but the gun-
men later took over state Radio
Madeleine Albright, the U.S. am-
bassador to the United Nations,
brought a complaint to the Security
Council, which met to consider en-
dorsing it. A U.S. source at the U.N.
said it contained a "veiled warning"
of reimposing sanctions if Secretary-
General Boutros Boutros-Ghali re-
ports that the Haitian peace plan has
been violated.
U.S. and U.N. officials said the
disturbances would not halt the over-
all peace mission. Yesterday's land-
ing was to begin in earnest the peace
mission to restore democracy and re-
build the economy. About 100 other
U.N. personnel are already in the coun-
try to do advance work.
The White House delayed the de-
ployment of nearly 200 American
military medics, engineers and civil

U.S. troops received a hostile
reception yesterday during a
multinational peace effort when
their ship was prevented from
docking and embassy personnel
were chased by an angry mob,
50 miles.
'S. Coast' HAITI;
uard beyond
2 mile limit
U.S. warship Harlan
Caibean County blocked
Sea from docking.
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Ocean Detail
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affairs specialists aboard the USS
Harlan County, an amphibious land-
ing ship anchored 800 yards offshore.
There was no word on when the troops
might dock.
Port officials supported by the
See HAITI, Page 2

The 150 people who protested Cal
Thomas at the Power Center after his
speech last night saw the conserva-
tive columnist as a threat to what they
had been celebrating at the Coming
Out rally one-half block away.
"Part of (the protest) is to let people
know that what they espouse as fam-
ily values is hatred," said Mary Beijan,
W AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power
tivist. "These are people who have

deserted their gay children and who
have deserted their children with
Before the speech, about 50 people
chanted pro-gay slogans and picketed
on Fletcher Street.
Jeff Wiitala of Citizens for Family
Values, the group that brought Tho-
mas to campus said, "I believe in free
speech and I noticed they haven't
blocked the doors or anything so more
power to them."
After Thomas spoke, people who

had attended the Coming Out rally
marched to the Power Center. The
group split in two while planning the
way it was going to interact with the
audience. Half of the 150 protesters
stood in front of the Power Center
doors and the other half surrounded
protest leader Beijan.
Beijan said to the people circled
around her, "We at Queer Action and
Triangle are glad there are students
who are proud enough to stand up."
As the group near the doors

shouted "Act up. Come out. Be queer.
Fight the Right," she told the group
how to stage a "die in." The protesters
were told to walk down the aisles of
the Power Center silently and lay down
holding tombstones to symbolize the
"people killed by AIDS."
Beijan told the group, "The point
is to be non-violent tonight."
During Thomas' speech, the doors
to the Power Center were unlocked.
When the protesters near the doors
See PROTEST, Page 2

Oceaiiic ear'thqiiake ~
An earthquake, registering 7.1

Pride pervades at Coming Out rally

rolls through Japan

TOKYO (AP) - A strong earth-
ake centered deep under the Pacific
Ocean shook Tokyo and a wide area
of Japan early yesterday. A 64-year-
old woman died when she fell trying
to flee her home.
The quake registered a prelimi-
nary 7.1 on the Richter scale, accord-
ing to the Central Meteorological
Agency. Two U.S. agencies estimated
magnitude considerably lower -
by the U.S. Geological Survey in
Menlo Park, Calif., and 6.8 by the
University of California at Berkeley'
Seismographic Stations.
No damage was reported. The
quake shook Tokyo and neighboring
Yokohama the strongest, but was felt
as far away as-Japan's northern island
of Hokkaido, more than 600 miles
north of Tokyo, the Central Meteoro-
ical Agency said.
- The quake, which struck at 12:55

a.m., was centered 270 miles south-
west of Tokyo and 250 miles below
the ocean's floor, the meteorological
agency said.
It had relatively little effect on
land because of its deep location, the
agency said, adding there was no dan-
ger of tsunami, or quake-induced
ocean waves.
Kimiya Ishida of the Tokyo Fire
Department said a 64-year-old woman
who suffered from a heart ailment fell
in her home in Tokyo while trying to
flee outside. The woman was rushed
to a hospital, where she was
prounounced dead.
The Richter scale is a gauge of the
energy released by an earthquake, as
measured by the ground motion re-
corded on a seismograph. Every in-
crease of one number means that the
ground motion is 10 times greater.
A quake of magnitude 6 can cause

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severe damage in populated areas;
one of magnitude 7 is considered a
major earthquake, capable of wide-
spread, heavy damage in populated

Rainbow flags and music by
Doriart and Moses kicked off the Pride
Awareness Commitment rally on the
steps of Rackham last night. About
170 people attended the rally to sup-
port National Coming Out Day and
hear guest speaker and University
alum Billi Gordon.
"It is time we forget about Black,
white, gay, straight, whatever," Gor-
don said. "We are all humans, and
there is room in this planet and in this
city for all of us."
During his undergraduate study at
the University, Gordon served as
president of the Gay Liberation Front
and coordinator for the Lesbian Gay
Male Bisexual Programs Office
(LGMBPO). He said the office helped
him, serving as a surrogate family
while he was at the University and
since he graduated.
Chris Urchyk, who graduated from
the University last year, said, "Rallies
help us not to feel alienated. Society

tries to make us stay in the closet."
Pete Castro, an Engineering stu-
dent, added, "Visibility is the main
reason I'm here. People get used to
what they see. We cut across the spec-
People cheered when it was an-
nounced that Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
proclaimed the week of Oct. 11-18 as
Lesbian Gay Male Bisexual Pride and
Commitment Week. The rally peaked
when Gordon asked for a moment of
silence out of respect for all the Uni-
versity alums who have died of AIDS-
related illnesses.
"Society can change without
smoke or ash," Gordon said. "If we
come together and treat each other
with respect, it can happen."
After leaving the University, Gor-
don moved to Hollywood to begin a
career in show business. Since then,
he has appeared in movies such as
"Coming to America," and sitcoms
such as "In Living Color" and "Mar-
ried With Children."
"I'm probably the only man in

Hollywood to constantly portray a
woman," Gordon said.
In addition to his work in movies
and television, Gordon has written
four books, including the cookbook
"You've Had Worse Things in Your
Mouth" and "Oily Gasoline."
"'Oily Gasoline' is based on child
abuse experiences. It was written as a
catharsis, for forgiveness. There was
a point in my life where nothing was
right - my career, my family, my
identity. LGMBPO was my support
system, my family. It was like living
in a storm and having a port to call,"
Gordon said.
This sense of family and commu-
nity pervaded the rally. Many people
said they felt coming together for the
rally helped them to become more
visible to the University.
Also included were speakers from
the AIDS Coalition To Unleash
Power, the National Women's Rights
Organizing Coalition, Ozone House
and the Campaign for Human Dig-

Fraternities, neighbors discuss conflicts .... 7....

Gathering to discuss relationships
and problems between local fraterni-
s and residents, the Oxbridge
ighborhood Association met with
representatives of local fraternities
last night at Sigma Nu Fraternity to
air differences and look for solu-
The groups discussed several re-

Residents' most common com-
plaints about their collegiate neigh-
bors concern excessive noise, park-
ing problems, littering and illegal al-
cohol possession.
The conflict over noise level has
been raging for more than 10 years.
Difficulties between private citizens
and students have also arisen in the
past because of loitering and partying
near the Rock on the corner of Hill

arise from neighborhood complaints
about noise level. The ordinance holds
that any disturbance that annoys local
residents is cause for police interven-
Sussman said, "It has been a con-
stant source of conflict and there will
always be a conflict. The best we can
hope for is to establish a common
Other problems that were dis-


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