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Jurors'
absences
*halt code
changes
By HOPE CALATI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The Statement of Student Rights
* and Responsibilities will be presented
to the University of Board of Regents
without any amendments made by stu-
dents.
The student jurors were powerless
to refer the amendments to the regents
because only 18 of the 26 student jurors
needed for a vote attended an open
meeting last night.
The regentswill stillvote on whether
ornot to take the policy out of its interim
state at itsmonthy meeting in two weeks.
The regents may amend the policy if
they see fit to do so.
The Michigan Student Assembly,
the Office of Student Affairs and two
groups of 500 students each submitted
amendments to the student jurors.
When asked about what happens
next, VicePresidentforStudent Affairs
Maureen Hartford said, "We punt."
MSA will be speaking at a public
comments session during the regents
meeting, urging them to address the
amendments proposed by the student

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WASHINGTON (AP)-- It is one
of the quirks of history .that it could
fall to the president who came of age
as a Vietnam war protester to undo a
remnant of the war's legacy of dis-
trust.
"This is an issue for the present
day," President Clinton said yester-
day as he weighed recommendations
to lift the U.S. trade embargo against
Vietnam.
Aides said the president was pre-
paring to lift the 19-year-old ban,
urged on by U.S. businesses and en-
couraged by Vietnam's cooperation
in helping resolve questions about
unaccounted-for American soldiers.
Dogged during the presidential
campaign by questions about how he
avoided the Vietnam draft, and shad-
owed in office by strained relations
with the military, Clinton would like
nothing better than to put the war
behind him.
He rejected suggestions that his
past would make the decision politi-
cally more difficult, saying, "We just

have to do what's right." Yet because
of who he is the decision could carry
special risks.
One administration official, speak-
ing only on condition of anonymity,
expressed a fear that "this issue's go-
ing to eat us alive."
Such concerns persist although the
president got some political cover
when the Senate voted last week to
support lifting the embargo.
Just as the nation has spent de-
cades coming to grips with its role in
Vietnam, so has it been a long, diffi-
cult journey for Clinton, who in 1969
wrote to thank a ROTC recruiter "for
saving me from the draft" by giving
him a deferment.
Clinton sought understanding for
those who had "come to find them-
selves still loving their country but
loathing the military."
Keenly aware that such a past
placed him in a sensitive position on
veterans' issues,sClinton came into
office talking tough on Vietnam.
See CLINTON, Page 2

SNRE senior student juror Frederick Werner (front) agonizes over a proposed code amendment last night.

government.
SNRE senior Frederick Werner, a
student juror, said he was upset with the
apathy of the student jurors who did not
attend the meeting.
"A couple of years down the road
there will be repercussions and people
don't understand that," Werner said.
Students and groups with amend-
mentproposals and other interested stu-
dents presented their concerns about
the code of non-academic conduct de-

spite the fact that the student jurors
could not take action. Approximately
50 people attended the meeting in the
Michigan Union.
The mostcontroversial setof amend-
ments suggested was the Alpha Pro-
posal. Presented by LSA senior Don
Sweeney, the proposal would have ex-
tended the code to cover student organi-
zations, because people are affected by
violations such as bomb threats as a
group.

Sweeney, a member of the Melon
Society, explained that he and some
student leaders were concerned about
the lack of coverage of student groups.
These 10 to 15 people circulated the
petition and got the 500 needed signa-
tures.
"We want a voice in this campus
and we don't think this is bad at all,"
Sweeney said.
Several student jurors criticized
See CODE, Page 2

Kevorkian attorney to speak at 'U'

By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
The right-to-die debate has raged
across the country since Jack Kevorkian
assisted his first suicide in 1990. Now,
University students will have a chance
to hear one of its staunchest supporters
discuss his role in defending "Dr.
Death."
Geoffrey Fieger, the outspoken
Southfield attorney who has success-
fully kept Michigan's assisted suicide
ban from being enforced against his
client, will be speaking at Hillel audito-

rium March 21 at 8 p.m.
Fieger'svisitto campuswillbespon-
sored by Students for Dr. Kevorkian, a
group that formed about a month ago to
organize student support for the retired
pathologist and University alum.
President Dennis Denno said Fieger
will probably discuss the petition drive
to add an amendment to the Michigan
state constitution about assisted suicide
as well as the legal aspects involved in
Kevorkian's case.
Kevorkian and his supporters need
250,000 signatures to place the amend-

ment to legalize assisted suicide on the
ballot in November.
Fieger gained local and national
fame when he took on Kevorkian's
case soon after it gained prominence.
He has remained in the public eye ever
since with his courtroom antics and
outrageous behavior during press con-
ferences.
Denno has been in contact with
Fieger since he began his drive to con-
vince the University to award Kevorkian
with an honorary degree and allow him
to speak at Spring Commencement.

"It will be a motivational speech,"
Dennosaid. "Whobetter thanMr. Fieger
to tell students what to believe in? He's
spending his time and money fighting
for Dr. Kevorkian."
Members have set up a table in the
Fishbowl asking students to sign the
Michigan petition along with one of
their own that would show campus
supportforbringingKevorkiantogradu-
ation.
James Piazza, a member of Stu-
dents for Dr. Kevorkian, said Fieger's
See FIEGER, Page 2

Derrick Bell speaks at the Michigan League Ballroom last night.
Bell motivates students
with keynote address

By PATRICIA MONTGOMERY
O DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Calling the last 400 years "ill treat-
ment" where justice has not prevailed
for Blacks, Derrick Bell spoke with
authority about dealing with struggles.
"Four hundred years of ill treatment
is enough. I wish that I could promise...
that justice will prevail. I cannot make
that promise,"
Bell told more
* than 500 people
who attended his
Black History
Month keynote
address last night.
The League
Ballroom was
filled wAth mem-.

was going to pay his bills after his
protest."I was frustrated," he said, re-
ferring to the events that lead up to his
leaving Harvard to teach at New York
University. He encouraged students to
become active on their campuses to
racial injustice.
"Students, particularly Black stu-
dents, must prepare themselves as
though they will be the final genera-
tion. Unless they can achieve what we
fail to achieve, there may be none that
come," Bell said.
Audience members applauded Bell
with a standing ovation for his motivat-
ing remarks. Charles Smith, a pharma-
cology professor and member of the
Senate Advisory Committee of Uni-
versity Affairs. said he agreed with

Free breakfasts
give Bio 106
food for thought
By JULIA BROWN
FOR THE DAILY
"Okay, who didn't have any breakfast this morn-
ing?" Prof. Peter Kaufman asks his Biology 106
students. Those raising their hands are tossed an
apple or a banana.
"Who's feeling a little wild today?" he contin-
ues, tossing a box of wild rice at a student several
rows back. By the end of class everything from
sassafrass to squash has been delegated to inter-
ested participants.
If the flying fruit fails to arrest the students'
attention, the overhead slides or aroma of live herb
samples being passed around may suffice.
These unusual teaching tactics are business as
usual for Kaufman, whose class is a perennial
favorite with students. Other highlights of his course
include a natural and wild edible foods banquet at
the end of the semester to which students are
required to bring their own homemade dish or drink
such as gooseberry wine, black walnut bread or
home brewed beer.
"Doc" Kaufman also hopes to alert his students
to the relevant environmental challenges which

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Prof. Kaufman devours a pack of cigarettes to illustrate how they pollute the environment.

one thing. With a class of about 100 students that
really makes a difference."
Several past EAP projects include planting trees
in inner city Detroit. instruction at elementary school.

vidually capable of correcting those situations.
Kaufman attributes the energy and inspiration
in his teaching to the success of past students in
the class. "It's the students. The students who

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