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4 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 3, 1994

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420 Maynard JEsstE HALLAAY
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Editor in Chief
Edited and managed SrM GOODs TWN
by students at the F ,NT WAINEss
University of Michigan Editorial Page Editors
Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority of the Daily's editorial board.
All other articles, letters, and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.
Enoug is enough
No more appeals of the illegal 1988 hiring of the Dude

'Once you play it the first time, that's where all the feeling
and everything is ... after that it starts going downhill.'
-Theloniu Afonk, Jazz trusician
WFHA
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M a i b-i V
Massacre i Hebron -various Views

Take

"

The University Board of Regents, faced
with an extraordinarily difficult decision,
correctly bowed to pragmatic concerns by
taking a final step toward putting a painful
chapter of the University's history behind it
-- the 1988 presidential search.
Tomorrow, the regents are expected to
announce their decision not to appeal a
Washtenaw Circuit Court decision requir-
ing them to hand over all documents, min-
utes, notes and papers pertaining to their
botched and illegal presidential search of
1988. The search resulted in the hiring of
James J. Duderstadt as the University's chief
executive - and a lawsuit by two Michigan
newspapers over the secrecy of the search
process.
The decision is a small victory for stu-
dents' wallets and the reputation of the Uni-
versity, which was severely tarnished by
this now-infamous search. The University
spent nearly $300,000 of student money to
support an opinion that the courts have
roundly dismissed as a direct and willful
violation of the Open Meetings Act.
In releasing a wealth of documents, stu-
dents and others will finally get a list of the
more than 100 names of candidates consid-
ered for the position. In addition, this will
shed light on the still-clandestine search
process, shrouded in secrecy by the regents,
who are more concerned with protecting
their reputations than in following the law.
It will also show whether the University
truly considered minorities and women for
the position - the public has a right to know
who applied for the job and who were the
finalists. Anything less is an affront to the
Michigan Constitution.

The only sticking point is a batch of com-
promising notes the regents recorded, notes
which are among the documents to be re-
leased. The process in 1988 worked some-
thing like this:
0 Anyone could nominate someone to be
president without the candidate's knowl-
edge.
The regents then ask colleagues of the
candidate questions. Their candid responses
are then listed.
So people, who did not ask to be nomi-
nated, may have damaging and embarrassing
statements made about them released to the
media.
There are genuine concerns that the re-
gents have struggled with in closed meetings
-pending litigation or personal matters, for
instance. And the Open Meetings Act does
allow governmental bodies to hold closed
meetings in certain narrow instances.
But the regents have, as many observers
have noted, little chance of winning another
appeal - having been repeatedly rebuffed.
Their decision not to appeal the court's
ruling shows a measure of good sense.
The regents, however, have steadfastly
refused to concede that their policies were
misguided. Perhaps that is most troubling.
But if any good is to come out of this, it is
that the Detroit Free Press is donating the
money received from the suit to minority
scholarships for University students.
Hopefully, this decision will mean more
than just avoiding another losing day in court.
Now that this sordid chapter finally seems to
be ending, we hope that the University will
take these lessons to heart in its next presiden-
tial search.

We must demand
disarmament
To the Daily:
I was very disheartened,
though not surprised, by the
absence in the Daily of a
prompt and appropriate
editorial response to the
massacre of nearly 50
Palestinians on Feb. 25 in
Hebron, Israel, by a militant
American-Jewish immigrant.
That this outrageously horrific
act, committed in a place of
worship and on the Jewish
holiday of Purim, went
undenounced in the
immediate days following its
perpetration is a discredit to
the,editgrial integrity of the
Daily. The failure of the Daily
to quickly condemn this
public slaughter, along with
the group which funded and
trained its perpetrator, is
inexcusable.
It is shameful indeed that
it took a mass murder of
innocents to draw the
attention of both the Israeli
government and the U.S.
administration to the grave
danger that armed settlers,
many of whom are
immigrants from America,
pose to the very survival of
Palestinian residents in the
West Bank, Gaza Strip and
the whole of Israel. Just as
Palestinians are not allowed to
bear arms, all Jewish settlers
in the Occupied Territories
must not be permitted to
freely and legally possess any
weapons whatsoever;
otherwise, the destruction of
the Palestinian people will.
continue unabated. The mass
murder at Hebron was only
one testament to the myriad of
injustices and wrongs that the
Palestinian people struggle
against under Israeli-
occupation every single day.
In light of this massacre, it is
incumbent upon all of us -
Arab-Americans, Jewish-
Americans and all other

Americans - to demand the
disarmament of all Jewish
settlers in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip. That is only the
first small step in a series of
many which will begin to
make real safety and security
possible for all living in the
land of Palestine.
SUZY SALIB
LSA senior
Jews and Arabs must
cooperate
To the Daily:
As a Jew, I am disgraced
and appalled at the murder of
nearly 40 worshippers at the
hands of a fellow Jew. Dr.
Baruch Goldstein may have
believed that he was acting
with G-d's grace and favor
and on behalf of the Jewish
people, but he ignored and
violated one of the highest
precepts of the Jewish people
and faith: the sanctity of life.
While I do not follow the
logic that Goldstein was some
lonely psycho, his heinous
crime against humanity and
G-d was not one of a rational
religious scholar or political
operative. More than in G-d,
Goldstein believed he was a
victim, and in many ways he
was. Living as an armed
settler in the West Bank, he
saw bodies pile up as part of
the normal course of the
political process; some bodies
were those of his close
friends. And no doubt, those
Arabs who had killed his
friends, and those Arabs
whom he himself murdered,
were equally angry and
frustrated by their
helplessness as they watched
neighbors and loved ones die.
But because he led the life
of a religious and political
extremist and was sheltered in
a world that did not teach him
the language of patience,
dialogue and reconciliation,
he saw no other choice, no
other outlet for his anger. So

we, the living, are only left
with the bodies and the hate,
the anger and the fear. The
cycle continues. Peace will
only come when Jews and
Arabs are both convinced that
the other is not the enemy, and
they no longer need to be
victims. Apologizing is the
first step, but forgiving is
harder and more important.
Why should Arabs forgive
Jews? Why should Jews
forgive Arabs? Because if
they do not forgive each other,
there will only be more blood.
Furthermore, both sides must
think about minimizing
confrontation between the two
groups and maximizing the
opportunity to work together.
By creating common goals,
both sides will slowly see that
they need each other to live
peacefully. It is both a Jewish
and an Arab responsibility to
maintain peace, and to see that
massacres like the one last
Friday do not happen again.
As for the dead, may their
memory be for a blessing.
BILL PLEVAN
LSA Sophomore
Who bought the
bullets?
To the Daily:
When Baruch Goldstein
killed worshipping Muslims in
Hebron, he used bullets and a
gun financed indirectly by
America's unconditional $6
billion yearly gift to Israel.
Every American taxpayer
helped to kill those people,
and the Palestinians know it.
By our silence and
unconditional funding of
Israel, we are all dragged into
a war that has nothing to do
with America. Funding for
Israel should be stopped until
the Israelis leave the West
Bank and make peace with the
Arabs.
PATRICK KILLELEA
Engineering senior

pride in
your
University
Unlike most of you, I stayed at
the University during Spring Break.
This was because I had too much
work to catch up on prior to the
return of classes (i.e. I was broke,
but that's not the point I'm trying
to make). How much work I
finished is debatable. Let's just say
that I probably would have
completed more work while lying
on the sands of Cancun or the
Bahamas than I did while twiddling
my thumbs here. (But that's not
my point either.)
By now you're probably asking
yourself exactly what point I'm
trying to make. I'm glad you asked,
because there is one.
During Spring Break I had the
opportunity to observe this
University, soon to be my alma
mater, in an entirely different light
- one I have come to cherish.
Even dorm life was pleasant. I
slept unawakened by false fire
alarms pulled by some idiotic
prankster or the sound of some
drunkard coming home to pass out.
I awoke and went to take a shower
unafraid that my no-singing-
ability-having neighbor, with a
voice remarkably similar to Chris
Rock's, would scare me away. I
was able to brush my teeth in a
hair-free sink; the water didn't even
have its usual urine-colored hue.
Also, there were no pictures torn
out of Penthouse taped to the
bathroom walls.
Walking outside, I was
unconcerned, for the firsttime ever,
that Iwould be run over or rammed
into by some blockhead on a bike
or wearing rollerblades. When in a
rush to get somewhere I wasn't
held upby some lovey dovey couple
which decides that the whole world
must slow down and watch them
make google eyes at each other.
Every person I passed smiled
and greeted me with a "hi," even as
early as 7 a.m.; I didn't see the
blank stares and frowns I'd become
so used to seeing throughout the
school year. I saw a friendliness
among strangers that I had begun
to feel didn't exist here.
Walking around late at night I
wasn't once confronted with DPS
officers or their "Uh-oh it's the
Black guy; I wonder what he's up
to" look. The Union, onweekends,
was suspiciously free of I.D.-
demanding security.
During Spring Break no regents
raised tuition or dorm prices, or
gave administrators unfair raises.
No excellent professors were
denied tenure due to the institution
ofpublishorperish. The University
didn't involve itself in any stupid
lawsuits. No letters were written to
the Daily criticizing Jim Lasser.
Studentsweren'tforcedtodisenroll
due to financial problems. Nobody
was ripped off by the outlandish

prices of everything here from
textbooks to a can of pop.
In short, during Spring Break I
was absolutely, unequivocally,
without a doubt proud to proclaim
myself a Michigan Wolverine.
I was drawn to the University
by the proclamations of students,
faculty and others who stated the
University was a large family. The
very thought of racism and
discrimination was supposedly
nonexistent here.
Although I've made many new
friends, I don't feel that open
friendliness can be found in the
general atmosphere of this campus.
Discrimination and other forms of
hate are rampant here; just look at
the writing on bathroom stalls.
I love my University. However,
I'm sure that everyone who was
here during Spring Break will agree
that last week the University was
as it should be - the campus that

0

From Russia with love
Ames case prompts irrational response in D.C.

101

W ith the cold war over, one does not
expect to see frequent headline stories
about CIA double agents and KGB spy mis-
sions. However it seems that the arrest of
Russian double agent Aldrich Ames last week
has all of Washington talking. What is so
disturbing about this case is the way Mr.
Ames has been paraded around in handcuffs
and the absolute disbelief of Capitol Hill
legislators. In what is an absolutely ridiculous
double standard, many officials are blowing
this whole thing out of proportion - asking
Russia to end all intelligence work in the
United States, while refusing to discuss Ameri-
can intelligence work in Russia.
Ames, a former CIA officer, has been
arrested and accused by the FBI of being a
double agent for the Soviet Union and, more
recently, Russia, since 1983. A great deal of
damage, the extent of which is still unknown,
has been done to American intelligence and it
is a foregone conclusion that he will be tried.
However, it is strange that so many members
of Congress, notably Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan),
have called for a total suspension of aid to
Russia.
Itwould be irresponsible to considerAmeri-
can aid to Russia a guarantee regardless of the
political course the Kremlin takes. But in
these times, aid to Russia is necessary to ward
off the influence of hardliners who would like
to see their country abandon efforts at democ-
racy and a free market. Furthermore, some of
the money is designed for humanitarian ef-
forts and the dismantling of Soviet missiles-
something clearly in the United States best
interest.
It is extremely hypocritical of the United'
States to think that Russia's continuation of
intelligence gathering in the United States is
reprehensible, when the CIA is one of the
most active and meddlesome intelligence

ered that one of their highest KGB officers
was an American double agent in December
1990, and despite their anger, took care of the
situation quietly. It is acceptable for U.S.
officials to be deeply concerned, but making
this case a media circus and expelling Rus-
sian diplomats, as the United States did last
week, will do nothing but make the Russians
respond tit-for-tat. And it did just that, as the
CIA liaison at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow
has now been expelled. There is no reason to
start a diplomatic temper tantrum when it is
painfully obvious that both countries spy on
each other as a means of gaining information.
Russian officials seem equally surprised
that such a furor should arise. In a New York
Times interview, Oleg D. Kalugan, a former
KGB agent, was quoted as saying," [recently]
there have been several such arrests, includ-
ing KGBofficers, but the Security Ministry
did not make a public scandal. This is the
correct way... What is important to note is the
fact that both Americans and Russians have
abandoned any goals of subversion."
President Clinton, moving quickly to con-
trol any damage, walkgd a fine line by issuing
the customary warnings but stressing that
suspending aid to Russia was clearly not in
the United States' best interest. The president's
stance is much more responsible than that of
the odd assortment of legislators that would
lead the public to believe that such an act by
a foreign country is an unmistakable act of
belligerence.
The way the United Sates has handled this
case has caused more strain than was neces-
sary. Of course the government has the right
to be angry and ask questions, but not demand
Russia cease all intelligence activity when
the CIA continues its missions unabated, and
not cut off Russian aid -which is obviously
in the best interest ofthe United States, aswell

Sl

Residence hall price
increase ridiculous,
To the Daily:
I wholeheartedly agree
with the opinion of the Daily
on the recent inflation in the
cost of residence hall housing.
I am now living in Mary
Markley Hall, which many of
the residents refer to as the
"cells" for the 12-by-12 foot
living space. How the
administration can see raising
the rent to more that $4,600
for a double room is
ridiculous. In my search for
an apartment, I found an
apartment much closer to the
Diag for two-thirds of the
price of the residence halls.
Given, this doesn't include

division wants to see a
spiraling down figure of
occupancy and a spiraling up
figure of cost, they better
shape up their programs and
offerings to students.
MICHAEL CASTINE
LSA first-year student
An apology to
Kentucky residents
To the Daily:
I understand that I
offended people from the state
of Kentucky last month when
I began seeking Michigan
Student Assembly candidates
for the then-Mighty Ducks of
the Ann Arbor party. A poster
that I posted copies of in
Angell/Mason Hall and the
East Engineering Building

either."
I want to stress that none
of the other members of my
party, now known as the
Protest Party, put up any of
these posters, nor did they
create or use the phrase. I did.
I targeted the phrase at
MSA President Craig
Greenberg, who is from
Louisville, Ky., mainly for his
handling of the Ann Arbor
Tenants Union Board of
Directors appointments fiasco.
Nevertheless, the phrase
was a poor choice of words, to
say the least. I apologize to all.
University community
members from Kentucky for
offending them when I knew I
risked offending them. And to
the people of the State of
Kentucky. 1 sincerely

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