The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 13, 1993 - 3
A MSA discusses
tenants' union board
at weekly meeting
By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Lawyers against Republicans,
unions versus assemblies, represen-
tatives arguing for and against one
another- there seemed to be no end
to the bickering at last night's Michi-
gan Student Assembly meeting.
Although the assembly allowsone
hour forits constituents to speak, time
had to be extended to fulfill the many
requests to address the student gov-
ernment about the allotment of office
space to student organizations and
SMSA's appointments to the board of
the Ann Arbor Tenants' Union
Several student groups protested
the assembly's original allotments,
citing a need for additional space.
The Family Law Project, College
Republicans and Kuumba were
shuffled into new rooms at the Michi-
gan Union after 45 minutes of intense
"We would not (have seen) it as a
victory if the College Republicans
didn't get a room," said Steve
Hardwick, project coordinator for the
Family Law Project.
AATU members then took the
floor, asking MSA to reconsider its
selection of three MSA representa-
tives and one student to its board.
MSA's decision on the proposal
was not available at press time.
Board President Ann Wilson re-
quested three students who are not
MSA members to be considered for
board positions to ensure the pro-
spective members will be devoted to
"The board of directors is the body
that oversees all the activities of the
tenants' union. We want to make sure
they're dedicated and do their work,"
* Wilson said. "Student appointees are
there for two years. MSA appointees
are there for only the term they are
Pattrice Maurer, an AATU staffer
who spoke only on her behalf, voiced
her concerns as a lesbian in regards to
the AATU board nominations.
"My life has been hell for the past
week because the assembly appointed
*three men (to the AATU board) whose
anti-gay sentiments were made obvi-
ous to everyone after they walked out
of the meeting last week," Maurer
Maurer referred to an incident that
occurred at last week's meeting in
which several representatives left
MSA chambers to oppose commend-
ing the regents for adding "sexual
orientation" to the University's anti-
Engineering Rep. Brent House
defended himself and the other nomi-
nees, saying he does not condone dis-
crimination of any kind.
"The reason I want to be on the
AATU board is to make it the best
office possible," House said.
However, Law school Rep. An-
drew Willeke expressed his disbelief
I at the sincerity of House's sentiments,
saying, "Let's get real. Who walked
out of the meeting last week?"
PIRGIM Diag protest calls
attention to threatened species
By AMY MENSCH
FOR THE DAILY
Halloween came a little early for
some members of the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM), who came to the Diag last
week dressed up as the gray wolf, the
Indiana bat and the piping plover.
PIRGIM held a "species die in"on
the Diag to launch its campaign to
save endangered species in Michi-
gan. The "die in" dramatized the
plight of the species that scientists
estimate will become extinct in the
next 50 years. Experts estimate that
one quarter of the world's living or-
ganisms are at risk.
The group also released informa-
tion regarding the endangered spe-
cies in the state of Michigan. They
collected postcards from students urg-
ing U. S. Sen. Don Riegle (D-Flint) to
support new legislation to preserve
and strengthen the Endangered Spe-
cies Act (ESA).
"We are faced with the greatest
rate of species extinction worldwide
since the disappearance of the dino-
saurs 65 million years ago," said Jenn
Lindenaur, an LSA senior and stu-
dent intern for PIRGIM.
"Unless we act now, we stand to
lose life-saving medicines, produc-
tive agriculture, abundant fisheries,
and the genetic secrets of diverse life
forms for ourselves andourchildren."
Currently, PIRGIM members are
concentrating on gathering Congres-
sional co-sponsors to support
ammendments to the ESA.
The ESA, which established a pro-
cess for saving species from the brink
of extinction, was first passedin 1973
and is up for reauthorization in the
"Although the current act is a very
effective piece of legislation, the prob-
lem with it is that it is underfunded
and it only provides protection for
individual species and not entire eco-
systems," said Gigi Norcross, citizen
outreach director for PIRGIM.
"When 9,000 species are at risk
and only 7,000 are being protected,
the law needs to be better enforced,"
added Norcross, who said she be-
lieves this lack of enforcement has to
do with the lack of proper funding. ;
U.S. Rep. Bill Ford (D-Ypsilanti)
has already signed the new bill.
PIRGIM members are trying to get
Riegle and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-
Bloomfield) to sign also.
"While we campaign against the
extinction clock, the timber mining
and development industries are look-
ing to destroy one of the most impor-
tant environmental laws on the books
today," said Caroline Schwarz,
PIRGIM spokesperson."Acting for
the special interests, Rep. Billy Tauzin
(D-La.) has introduced a bill to re-
move the most important provision of
the law. We have to stop this from
- Lindenauer agreed. She said she
believes the biggest obstacle to get-
ting the bill passed is strong opposi-
tion from business and industry.
She said, "There is a lot of money
used against PIRGIM, a non-profit
organization, and that is why the
people's support is so important.
"We are working in coalition with
over 90 organizations across the coun-
try to ensure history books are not the
only places left to see the magnifi-
cence of a whale or the grace of a bald
eagle in flight," said Lindenaur in a
Lindenauer, who started working
for PIRGIM two years ago, said she
believes the "die in" was effective
since169 postcards were signed. She
said she feels optimistic the legisla-
tion will be passed because there is a
lot of general support for the issues
and senators and representatives have
endorsed the act.
But she cautioned, "People must
be optimistic because if they do not
have faith that it can pass then it will
Although many of the "die in"
participants were University students,
PIRGIM is a non-partisan, statewide
environmental and consumer advo-
Couzens Residence Hall chef Rosemary Sinclair prepares Banana Famb6
with wine for lunch. LSA junior Annelise Culver watches.
Plan to restore Haitian leader Ard
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)
-Hundreds of militant right-wingers
cheered yesterday as an American
warship left Haiti, in a retreat that
marked a major setback for the U.N.
mission to restore democracy here.
The aborted troop deployment
threatened to derail international ef-
forts to prepare for the return of exiled
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on
Oct. 30, U.S. officials in Haiti said.
The National Coalition declared
yesterday a "day of indignation," stop-
ping buses to keep children out of
school and urging their army to resist
a foreign "invasion."
"We're ready to die!" said Jacques
Robert, an engineer who with scores
of others stayed through an all-night
"patriotic vigil" at the dock.
"We'll stay here till Oct. 30. We're
mobilized. We don't want Aristide
The USS Harlan County pulled
anchor just minutes after Pentagon
ordered it to withdraw to international
Among the crowd of applauding,
cheering people at dockside was a
beaming, gun-wielding senior aide to
Haitian army commander Lt. Gen.
Raoul Cedras, who ousted Aristide in
In the match between Haiti and
the international community, "Haiti
has just scored the first goal," said the
aide, speaking on condition of ano-
Although U.S. officials say that
only a minority of Haitians oppose
Aristide's return, military-supported
violence has hindered the transition
government installed under the U.N.
plan to restore democracy.
The Harlan County, carrying 472
troops from the United States and
Canada, had floated 800 yards off-
shore since Monday, when military-
backed port authorities, in a direct
challenge to the U.N. mission, re-
fused it a berth.
The troop deployment by 200 U.S.
soldiers marked the beginning in ear-
nest of the U.N. mission.
About 100 U.N. personnel arrived
earlier as an advance operation.
The withdrawal followed anti-
U.S. Sen. BobGraham saidCedras
refused to guarantee the safety of the
troops aboard the Harlan County.
Cedras also refused to resign by Fri-
Graham (D-Fla.)told reporters that
Haitian resistance has put the U.N.
plan "into doubt."
isnae to power
He said Washington remains fully soldiers in
committed to the plan. team thatv
Haitian legislators have expressed include 70
doubt that they can pass a series of end. That a
laws needed for the democratic tran- Less tha
sition. Fairfax Cou
Aristide's foreign minister said for Haitit
Monday night that the elected leader celed the
would not delay his return. Hinnant'sa
The port incident Monday was the leave Haiti
first indication of serious resistance not made.
to the U.N. mission, a spokesperson Also ye
for the U.N. force, Army Maj. Jim from WSV
Hinnant, told The Associated Press. rested andt
Since then, "everything has come before bein
to a severe slowdown," Hinnant said try, a stati
from a suburban Petionville hotel Associated
Haiti, part of an advance
was supposed to grow to
0 U.S. troops by month's
appears unlikely now.
an 24 hours before the US S
unty was scheduled to leave
today, the Pentagon can-
trip. The Pentagon said
advance mission itself may
by Monday if progress is
esterday, a television crew
VN-TV in Miami was ar-
threatened with execution
ng ordered out of the coun-
on representative told The
er Shepard Smith and his
rew had accompaniedU.S.
rahamand U.S. Rep Alcee
Haiti, WSVN spokesper-
"Certain doors are not being
opened. Calls are notbeing responded
Hinnant is one of 46 American
U1 alumArthur Miller awarded
National Medal of the Arts honor
by KARL ELSILA enrollintheUniversityin 1933 butwas Prize, but was also produced at
FOR THE DAILY d'h d .. .i..i h df il
University alum Arthur Miller was
among 13 artists honored Thursday, as
PresidentClinton presided over the ninth
annualNationalMedalof the Arts award
ceremony, held on the White House
According to the National Endow-
ment of the Arts, the agency that spon-
sors the award, the medal is given to the
"individual or group who, in the
president's judgment, is deserving of
the special recognition by reason of
outstanding contributions to the excel-
lence, growth, support and availability
of the arts in the United States."
Other 1993 recipients include musi-
cians Cab Calloway and Ray Charles.
Born in Manhattan in 1915, re-
nownedplaywrightMiller attempted to
rejAecte. eesteemen Wter au aU d
algebra three times inhigh school, been
expelled from class on several occa-
sions and could not obtain teacher rec-
A year later, after writing the dean
that he was a "much more serious fel-
low," Miller was accepted.
"I have a special affection for this
school, because they let me in. No other
school could make that claim," Miller
Miller concentrated in journalism,
and worked at The Michigan Daily.
Switching majors to English, Miller
wrote his first play, "No Villain," in six
days during spring vacation in 1936.
It not only went on to win the
Hopwood Award in Drama and the
Theater Guild Bureau of New Plays
A year later, Miller again won the
Hopwood Award with his play "Hon-
orsat Dawn." He received his Bachelor
of Arts degree from the University in
English Language and Literature in
Miller returned to the University in
1973 to serve as an adjunct professor in
residence for one year.
Miller is the author of more than
fifteen plays, including "All My Sons"
(1947), "Death of a Salesman" (1949),
"The Crucible" (1953) and "A View
from the Bridge" (1955).
Upon awarding the sterling silver
medals to the National Medal of Arts
recipients, President Clinton said,
"These extraordinary individuals have
made a gift to American cultural life
that is beyond measure."
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