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Yet, we are still stuck with the fact
that de facto problems still can't gen-
erate the activism created by the bla-
tantly discriminatory practices of the
past. A budget deficit that threatens to
bankrupt this country may make you
angry, but can it really drive you to
action? I don't think so. Individuals
will never be motivated simply by
altruistic or philanthropic impulses.
Some personal issue must be at stake,
as there was when students' peers
were shipped off to Vietnam.
Then why do I keep fighting for
involvement, activism, an end to in-
difference? The reason is simple: I do
think there are issues that will affect
me in the long run more than I could
ever guess as of now.
In the wake of the 50th anniver-
sary of D-Day, I am told about the
valiant heroism of men and women
dedicated to fending off fascism, ag-
But I remember that it took Pearl
Harbor (a threat totourown individual
worlds) before the United States
would take sides. I see it happening
again, but this time with no Pearl
Harbor to inspire.
I think of Harry Truman's plea for
universal coverage, Daniel Patrick
Moynihan's warnings about illegiti-
macy 30 years ago, and I note the
consequences of our indifference to
their messages. More immediately, I
think of Clinton health care guru Ira
Magaziner, and the way he revolu-
tionized the curriculum at Brown Uni-
versity for decades.
I think of the Black Action Move-
ment strikes that forced the Univer-
sity to recognize that students of color
wouldn't accept being treated as sec-
ond best any longer.
I think of the future.
Activism requires foresight. Fore-
sight requires time and thought. I can-
not force you to make an investment
in activism. But I hope I can remind
you that an ounce of action now may
mean saving a pound of frustration
and suffering for all of us later.
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the University campus as it is on col-
lege campuses all over the country.
Everyone stays with their own kind.
We, as a university community, must
rise up and meet this challenge.
The mandate has had its successes;
the University has moved to promote
multiculturalism on campus. Butitdoes
no good if there is no interrelations
between the different races.
We can never be free of these
bonds that hold humanity down until
we realize that the communities we
should be building are not within our
separate races, but with each other.
Don't look to blame others for the
racist ways of the past and don't ;just
look at people who look like you for
strength. Instead, look to all of human-
ity to build a true multicultural commu-
nity where we all act as members of the
most important race, the human race.
Let's meet King's vision of a soci-
ety that is blind to skin color, religion
and all bias. This should be the Michi-
gan Mandate for the 21st century.
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ing; second, there shall be no sellin
of cigarettes on University property;
and third, there shall be no smoking
within 50 feet of a University building.
While the first rule is completely
reasonable and commendable, the
other two leave much to be desired.
The code goes against
the very fabric of the !
American legal process.
Does the University feel that by ban-
ning the sale of cigarettes on campus
(i.e. in the Union bookstore) it is dis-
couraging people from smoking? If
so, the logic is faulty. There are nu-
merous stores off campus that will he
more than happy to sell a student a
pack of cigarettes. In reality, the,
smoking is not discouraged, and the
sale of cigarettes will simply transfer
to another store.
Equally absurd is the 50-foot
no smoking" zone around all Uni-
versity buildings. This regulation now
makes it illegal for a person to smoke
FILE PHOTO and walk through Central Campus.
Moreover, because smoking is right-
fully banned inside all campus buili
orting the ings, students and faculty alike mu-'
smoke outside. This rule is intended
to keep those outside smokers from
clogging the entrances and exits to
the buildings. However, under the
"50 feet rule"smokers must now liter-
ally leave campus to smoke. And, just
as questionable, how does the Univer-
sity plan to enforce the 50-foot line?
Clearly, the University has its own
rules and regulations that will affe.
all students on campus. It is the stu-
N CE R. dents' responsibility to learn these poli-
M ORDER cies, and to protest the administration
RTS for their deserved freedom and rights.
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