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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 22 - 3

Democratic prosecutors support Wolpe for state gubernatorial race

LANSING (AP) - A group of
prosecuting attorneys announced yes-
terday their support for former U.S.
Rep. Howard Wolpe in the Demo-
cratic race for governor.
Wolpe, of Lansing, is one of four
Democrats hoping to take on Gov.
John Engler in the November general
election.
* The 14 Democratic prosecuting
attorneys, headed by Wayne County
Prosecutor John O'Hair, said Wolpe
is the best primary candidate on crimi-
nal and social issues.
Metzger
e addresses
academic
freedom
By MPATANISHI TAYARI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
In 1954, three faculty members of
the University were suspended, two
later fired and one Harvard graduate
subsequently imprisoned after refus-
ing to testify about their political views
before a congressional committee.
Less than 40 years later in No-
vember 1990, the University Senate
Assembly adopted a resolution that
denounced the University's 1954 ac-
tions and established an annual lec-
ture series on Academic and Intellec-
tual Freedom in honor of H. Chandler
Davis, Clement Markert and Mark
Nickerson, the three instructors who
were punished for invoking their Fifth
Amendment rights against self-in-
crimination.
Walter P. Metzger, emeritus pro-
fessor of history at Columbia Univer-
sity, delivered the keynote address at
the Fourth Annual Davis, Markert,
Nickerson Lecture on Intellectual
Freedom held in the Rackham Am-
phitheater yesterday evening.
Along the lines of his advocation of
academic freedom, Metzger discussed
"A Walk Along the New Frontiers of
Academic Freedom" on three levels.
"When I think of academic free-
dom, ... I visualize three academic ar-
eas," Metzger said, the first being the
"freedom of inquiry, which (includes)
the freedom to pursue any type of inves-
tigation or research.
"The second area would be the free-
dom to teach students what (instruc-
tors) professionally know-even if it is
in contrary to the beliefs of those who
hire them - and last, but certainly not
least important, freedom of faculty
;members as citizens," he continued.
Metzgerwent onto cite cases where
he felt instructors at various universi-
ties received inappropriate treatment
on one of these levels. One such case
that sparked interest from the audience
was of two professors in the State Uni-
versity of New York (SUNY) that al-
legedly made racist remarks.
AccordingtoMetzger,Prof. Michael
Levin made it known that he felt Black
students were "dumb" and had an intel-
lectual capacity lower than any other
ethnic group. At the same time, Prof.
Leonard Jeffries was making anti-
semetic remarks. Metzger said he be-
lieved that SUNY's treatment of Levin
was overly harsh

"Howard Wolpe will be strong on
crime," O'Hair said.
O'Hair and other prosecutors said
Wolpe's stand on crime and his com-
mitment to sentencing reforms at-
tracted them to support his campaign.
There are 26 Democratic county
prosecutors in Michigan. A Wolpe
spokesperson said other prosecutors
are expected to endorse Wolpe, but
some had not been reached or were
not endorsing primary candidates.
"We don't need to get tough on
crime talk," said Bay County Pros-

ecutor Joe Sherran.
"We need leadership. He won't
just talk tough on crime, but will be a
leader."
"No issue in our lives has more
urgency than our personal safety and
that of our families," Wolpe said.
He plans to announce his programs
on crime and sentencing reform in a
few weeks. He said he will demand
truth in sentencing to force criminals
to serve their minimum penalties. But
he said that would not necessarily
mean more prisons.

"I don't want to see us building
more prisons," Wolpe said. "I think
we can use the space we have. The
issue for me is better use of the dollars
we have. I want to reserve the prison
space for (violent criminals)."
O'Hair also said he is encouraged
by Wolpe's commitment to crime pre-
vention as well as punishing crimi-
nals.
"We need to be smart enough and
get tough enough to tackle these prob-
lems on the front end of people's
lives, rather than try to clean up the

mess after the fact," Wolpe said.
Bill Ballenger, editor and pub-
lisher of the political newsletter In-
side Michigan Politics, said the en-
dorsement can only help Wolpe's
campaign.
"All the polls show that the No. 1
issue is not the economy, school fi-
nance or school taxes like we've been
reading about. It's crime and related
issues like drugs and violence,"
Ballenger said.
"(Any candidate) who can show
support from elements from the law

enforcement community has got an
immediate leg up on his or her com-
petition."
Wolpe served in Congress from
1979 to 1992, when his district was
reapportioned and he did not run for
re-election. He served in the Michi-
gan House before going to Congress.
Other Democratic candidates are
state Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Lan-
sing, state Rep. Lynn Jondahl of
Okemos and former Michigan State
University Trustee Larry Owen of
East Lansing.

I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE

'U' releases 1988
pres. search papers

By JAMES R. CHO
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
After nearly six years of legal
wrangling over the University Board
of Regents' ill-fated presidential
search, officials yesterday reluctantly
handed over minutes, a list of candi-
dates, detailed notes and rating sheets.
The University released the docu-
ments to The Ann Arbor News and
the Detroit Free Press early yesterday
morning. Excluded are the 100 or so
resum6s from candidates received by
the regents.
The move was in compliance with
a Feb. 11 decision by Washtenaw
County Circuit Court Judge Patrick
Conlin requiring the University to
release documents pertaining to the
presidential search to the two news-
papers. The decision awarded the
News and Free Press the documents,
which included the list of candidates.
Under the agreement worked out
between the News, Free Press and the
University, the two papers will not
publish any stories about the docu-
ments until Saturday.
Meanwhile, other media outlets
are working to receive the documents.
University officials say under state
law, other media outlets will not be

able to obtain all the information given
to the News and Free Press.
Lew Morrissey, the University's
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
officer who is handling the release of
the documents, said, "Requests for
the documents will have to be re-
viewed to determine what informa-
tion can be released under FOIA."
Some information contained in the
documents are protected under FOIA to
protect the privacy of candidates.
The latest move ends a five-year
lawsuit filed against the regents by
the News and later joined by the Free
Press. The lawsuit questioned the le-
gitimacy of the presidential selection
process but did not seek to overturn
the selection of James J. Duderstadt
as University president.
In September, the Michigan Su-
preme Court found the University
guilty of violating the Open Meetings
Act when the regents held closed door,
sub-quorum meetings in evaluating
presidential candidates.
Duderstadt, who feels he is the
victim in the case, said earlier this
month, "I went through the search
under the auspices of the Open Meet-
ings Act. I'm kind of the innocent in
all of this."

SARAH WHITING/Daily
(left) and Kenny Simon fix bikes at Campus Bike & Toy yesterday afternoon in preparation for spring.

Phil Lagigne

AATU director to urge MSA
to remove 3 board members

By JUDITH KAFKA
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Pattrice Maurer will make one last
plea before the Michigan Student
Assembly tonight, and this time she's
bringing supporters.
Maurer, executive director of the
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union (AATU),
has visited MSA before, and although
she says her past experience left her
disheartened, she's trying once again.
Maurer is asking MSA to re-evalu-
ate its decision to appoint Engineer-
ing Rep. Brent House and LSA Reps.
Jacob Stern and Mike Christie to sit
on the AATU advisory board because
she feels the men are anti-gay and will
create a hostile environment for her
as a lesbian.
Maurer said she has had concerns
about the appointments from the be-
ginning, since the men were members
of the Conservative Coalition, which
she feels has a discriminatory attitude
toward homosexuals.
"I almost couldn't believe it," she
said.
Maurer alleges that she person-
ally saw House posting anti-gay fly-
ers on North Campus and that on
another occasion he threatened her
lover. In addition, she has dealt with
House in person since his appoint-
ment and felt his behavior was threat-

ening.
Maurer also said she was told that
Christie walked out of MSA meetings
in which gay issues were discussed.
"I do not feel comfortable work-
ing with these people," she said. "I
know how people can conduct ha-
rassment without ever breaking the
rules, and I'm not willing to tolerate
that possibility."
House could not be reached for
comment, but Christie said the alle-
gations are unfounded. "She is mak-
ing a judgement but she's never met
me. I have nothing against homo-
sexuals," he said.
Maurer has written and spoken to
MSA before, hoping that, as she put
it, "members of the assembly would
hear about the human side of it and do
the right thing." In the past, however,
MSA has not responded as she would
have liked.
In addition, AATU initially op-
posed the appointments, saying that
its bylaws only allow for one MSA
representative and three students, in-
stead of the three MSA representa-
tives and one student that were ap-
pointed.
However, MSA President Craig
Greenberg claimed this was merely a
different interpretation of the bylaws,
and that for the past three years all the

appointees had been MSA represen-
tatives.
"It's never been a problem be-
fore," Greenberg said. "This was
clearly political."
The tenants' union and the assem-
bly eventually reached a compromise
through mediation two weeks ago and
the men in question attended their
first meeting last night.
Maurer, however, chose to send
an administrative report in her place.
"Obviously I can not continue to do
that," she said, which is why she is
speaking to MSA again tonight.
"I can and will file a civil rights
suit, but I'd prefer not to," Maurer
said.
Maurer sent letters to people and
organizations either connected with
or friendly to the lesbian, gay male
and bisexual community, asking for
their physical and vocal support at the
meeting.
She wants the assembly to hear
from additional people on the prob-
lems associated with discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
Jim Toy, co-coordinator of the
University's Lesbian Gay Male Pro-
grams Office, will attend the meeting
in support of Maurer. "I hope some
people will hear us, and make the
proper corrections," he said.

New faculty members
elected to SACUA
By LISA DINES
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Three faculty members emerged triumphant from the
Senate Assembly meeting yesterday. Their prize? Long
hours of hard work as ambassadors to the administration.
Thomas M. Dunn, Ronald J. Lomax and Alfredo
Montalvo were elected to three-year terms on the 10-
member Senate Advisory Committee on University Af-
fairs (SACUA). SACUA makes recommendations to the
administration and Senate Assembly about issues which
concern the faculty.
Chemistry Prof. Thomas Dunn said he thinks faculty
governance needs to include more faculty members. He
feels the University should focus on long-range educa-
tional goals.
Engineering Prof. Ronald Lomax pledged to continue
to deal with current SACUA issues such as faculty
governance, grievance procedure reform and the trend
towards nontenured faculty.
Professor of Art Alfredo Montalvo said he wants the
faculty and administration to keep an open and construc-
* tive dialogue. He also thinks the administration needs to
${ pay more attention to the opinions of the faculty.
The senate announced that Kate Warner, associate pro-
fessor of urban planning, will serve a two-year term on the
University Police Grievance Committee. The board reviews
complaints against University public safety officers.

Lomax

Rep. Miller enters race for U.S. Senate

Montalvo

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LANSING (AP) - Former state
Rep. Judith Miller declared her candi-
dacy yesterday for the Republican nomi-
nation for the U.S. Senate.
Miller, a Republican from Birming-
ham, kicked off her campaign in her
home city.
"I'm running for the U.S. Senate

because we have a leadership crisis in
this country," she said. "Too many
elected officials focus far too much on
partisan politics and not enough on
public policy."
Miller joins a GOP race with front-
runners Spencer Abraham, a former
state Republican chair, and Ronna Rom-

ney, a former Republican national com-
mittee member.
Her announcement makes official a
candidacy that began when she filed
organizational papers earlier this year.
William Ballenger, a former state
lawmaker, said she faces an uphill fight
against Abraham and Romney.

RESUAt, SHMESUMI,

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I can't handle all this
PRESSURE!

relax Man! Just go to Kinko's.
They'll make you look like a pro!
At least on paper

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Group Meetings
Q Arab-American Students' As-
sociation, Amer's on State, 8:30
p.m.
Q Archery Club, Coliseum, 7 p.m.
Q Asian Pacific Lesbian-Gay-Bi-
sexual Support Group, 3116
Michigan Union, 5:30 p.m.
Q People Opposing Weapons
Research and Proponents of
Economic Conservation, An-
gell Hall, Room 444C, 8 p.m.
Q Rugby Practice, Oosterbaan,
9:30 p.m.
Q Sailing Team, 420 West Engi-

U Undergraduate Law Club, 1640 Chemistry Building, 4
Michigan Union, Room 4121, p.m.
10:30 am.-1 pm

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U Wolverettes Dance Team, IM
Building, 6:30 p.m.

Events
" Career Forum, alternative ca-
reers in science, sponsored by
the Residential College, 126
East Quad, 7 p.m.
[ "MALAYSIA: A Cultural Per-
spective," Janet Yong, Interna-
tional Lunch Forum, Interna-
tional Center, noon.

Student services
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
Q International Center, practical
training, 10 a.m.
Q North Campus Information
Center, North Campus Com-

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