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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
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speaks about
bylaw change


Tears and shouts marked a heated,
technical debate about inclusion of
gay men, lesbians and bisexuals into
the University community yesterday
Members of the Ann Arbor com-
munity shared their thoughts on a
recent regental bylaw change that aims
to end discrimination on the basis of
sexual orientation with a University
committee yesterday.
While an estimated 50 people
spoke, another 80 came to see what
changes may be in store on the
University's three campuses.
Debate focused on whether or not
the University would recognize same-
sex couples as equal to those legally
bound through marriage.
Married University employees re-


A student voices his opinion to the panel during the open mic meeting last night in the Union.

Native Americans,

Native American groups across
the country may soon get back their
ancestors' cultural objects and hu-
man remains stored in the University's
Oseum of Anthropology.
The University's actions are in
compliance with the Native Ameri-
can Graves Protection and Repatria-
tion Act (NAGPRA), which was es-
tablished in 1990.
This federal law set two strict dead-

lines for universities and museums to
return items to Native American
groups upon request. By Nov. 16, all
federal agencies and non-federal agent'
cies receiving federal funds had to
provide tribes with a summary of any
burial remains, sacred objects and
funerary objects belonging to the
group. Then, by Nov. 16, 1995, a
more detailed inventory of any hu-
man remains and-burial objects found
with the remains must also be submit-
ted to the groups.

According to John O'Shea, direc-
tor and curator of the University's
Museum of Anthropology, Univer-
sity researchers are unique in that
they have already satisfied both re-
quirements of NAGPRA.
"We've effectively met the obli-
gations of both deadlines already,"
O'Shea said. "We have tried to be
forthright and honest in providing
detailed information now, instead of
dragging out the process."
.The University has been prepar-

ing an extensive inventory of each
object's catalog number and descrip-
tion for over a year, said Homer Neal,
University vice president for research.
"The inventory will be submitted
to the Secretary of the Interior, and
we are prepared to pursue negotia-
tions with Native American groups
concerning NAGPRA-related items,"
Neal stated in a prepared statement.
While some items were recovered
by University researchers, many had

F-ederal laws, establisned in
1990, are helping Native
American groups reclaim
their ancestors' cultural
objects and human remains
from universities and
museums, including the
Unierstys Museum of
Michigan tribes include:
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ceive benefits such as health care for
their spouses and married University
students may apply for family hous-
ing. Many speakers asked the com-
mittee to extend these same privi-
leges to homosexual couples.
One student, who was lobbying
for benefits for herself and her part-
ner, said, "We are not just talking
about principles here, we're talking
about real lives."
Joyce Perr, a member of Parents
and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
(P-FLAG) and the mother of a Uni-
versity graduate, commended the
University Board of Regents for in-
stituting this bylaw change after years
of lobbying by activist groups. She
asked the committee to end the "sec-
ond-class citizenship" given to ho-
mosexuals and bisexuals.
See BYLAW, Page 2
AIDS czar
He sat in the half-filled hall like
others who had come to see the
president's highest ranking official
on AIDS policy. He listened atten-
tively, indistinguishable from anyone
else at the meeting. He is one of many
with AIDS. And with a T-cell count
of 13 he is going to die.
Kristine Gebbie, the national co-
ordinator AIDS policy, known as the
AIDS "czar,"~ spoke to Philip and more
than 100 other community members
at Hutchins Hall last night.
Phillip, an Ypsilanti resident who
owns an wholesale auto parts store,
received a B.A. from the University
in 1977 and an M.A. in the School of
Public Health in 1979. He said he
thought Clinton had shown a greater
commitment to AIDS than previous
"I was really impressed by what
(Gebbie) had to say," he said. "This
president has shown a remarkable
dedication to those suffering with
AIDS," said Phillip, who has been
battling the disease for 10 years.
Gebbie emphasized the newness
of her position created by a Clinton
executive order. Gebbie, the former
public health director for Oregon, said,
See AIDS, Page 2


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Mt. Pleasant

Meetings are abash q

Two years have passed since Ann
Arbor resident Jim Shields began his
fight for justice. Arrested by under-
q ver officers in 1990 for marijuana
lanufacturing and possession with
the intent to distribute, Jim still claims
there is more to his case than what the
police suggest.
In order to make others believe in
his innocence, Jim has been investi-
gating the events leading to his arrest.
He said he has uncovered missing
pieces of evidence essential to his
defense, but no one can say what
*ppened to them.
After spending a night in jail and
being sentenced to three years of pro-
bation plus a $1,000 fine by a federal
grand jury, Jim thinks he's been set
up as somebody's fall guy.

Ignored by the press and deserted
by the people he thought were his
friends, Jim turned to the last source
of assistance he could find - the
Michigan Student Assembly.
Hmm... What's wrong with this
"I was totally deserted," Jim said,
remembering the events that led to his
first visit to the student government.
Although Jim has never attended the
University, he heard about the "con-
stituents' time" MSA offers each
meeting for people to voice their con-
"Since I don't have the finances to
hire an attorney, I'm up a creek," Jim
said. "I welcomed any of (the repre-
sentatives) to call the court house in
support of me or write a letter to the
See MSA, Page 2

Dani Walsh and Jim Shields discuss High Times magazine at the MSA offices in the Union.

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Court finds 'no cause in
Sally Jessy Raphael case

2More than three years
ago, the Americans with Dis-
AabilIities Act became law. The
ointent is to shake up the
E status quo, to force so-called
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ANN ARBOR (AP) -- Jurors
hearing a $72 million invasion of pri-
vacy suit involving talk show host
Sally Jessy Raphael and the Church

fides to her daughter that she makes
only $5,400 a year and loves washing
dishes for the church.
Two of Dickerson's daughters,

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