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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Edited and managed by students at
the University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
Samuel Goodstein
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'Governor, F-E-E is a T-A-X.
-Democratic gubernatorial candidate Howard Wolpe to Governor John
Engler, attacking Engler's fee increases in Monday night's debate
- 5 5

Tuning in to WOLV
Station marks important addition to campus life

Tonight, an important new element will be
added to residence hall and University life.
WOLV, the University's first student-run tele-
vision station, debuts at 9 p.m. on Channel 60
of the University cable system. This addition
to campus life is a long-needed resource for
WOLV was created last year when a small,
dedicated group of students met to discuss the
possibilities of forming a student-run TV sta-
tion. Now, nearly a year later, their dream is
coming true. These students must be com-
mended for their diligent efforts, wading
through the University bureaucracy to secure
a permanent status in its structure.
Furthermore, the Division of Student Af-
fairs and Engineering School must also be
thanked for their assistance in funding the
start-up costs of the station. These units pro-
vided a space for the station to be housed on
the ninth floor of South Quad and state-of-the-
art equipment to create and broadcast televi-
sion shows.
This new, student-controlled media is cer-
tain to have a positive influence on student life.
The broadcasting possibilities are endless, and
the opportunities to run every aspect of the
station are sure to be valuable springboards to
successful careers in the broadcast field for
many University students. Because the show
schedule will be set by students, anyone with
a good idea and a little bit of determination can
create, star in, film and produce a new show.
WOLV is on the right track to success,
stressing the need to broadcast a diverse range

of shows - from entertaining sitcoms to
educational documentaries on University and
social issues. This new medium has the poten-
tial to further inform University students about
their campus and the political world in which
they live. Given the apathy toward campus
issues that characterizes so many students,
WOLV should use its ability to educate stu-
dents as well as entertain.
Currently, the station will only be broad-
cast over the University cable system; there-
fore, the only televisions which will show
WOLV will be those in residence halls or other
University buildings. Hopefully, this access
will eventually be expanded - due to the
huge number of students who live off campus,
Columbia Cable should pick up WOLV as an
additional public access channel. Not only
would this be a fine goodwill gesture to the
student body and University, but it would
certainly be a ratings boost for the company's
public access channels. There is little doubt
that more people would be interested in watch-
ing creative student-made shows than "Around
Ann Arbor" (the useless show on which people
stand in front of a podium and mumble about
the goings-on in Ann Arbor).
It is a shame that such a large, technologi-
cally oriented school as the University has
been without a student run television station
for so long. Tonight, that deficiency will be
rectified. WOLV is an excellent addition to the
campus media circuit, and the University
should be commended for recognizing the
importance of this resource to students.

The war in Bosnia
NATO must show more force in dealing with Serbs

Pictures of limbs scattered in pools of
blood across a marketplace; shots of a
mother in Sarajevo peering over the graves of
her family; accounts of mass rapes and sexual
abuse of Bosnian Muslim women by former
neighbors turned enemies.
These are the images of warravaged Bosnia-
Herzegovina that have been continually broad-
cast all over the world. Unfortunately, images
of Serb defiance to any and all United Nations
and NATO mandates aimed at establishing
peace in the region are becoming just as com-
Throughout the Bosnian conflict, NATO
responses to Serb aggression on the uparmed
Bosnian Muslims have been guided by a policy
of responding to aggression only after a hei-
nous act. Strikes have only been called in after
the Serbs blatantly violate a safe haven or no-
fly zone with acts of violence.
Current NATO policy seems to be this:
step one - a Serbian army flank commits a
human rights atrocity, such as the shelling of
a crowded market in Sarajevo this past spring;
step two - demand Serbs pull back from the
region; step three - wait two weeks, while
more shellings occur; step four - send in a
minimal air strike that results in little or no
damage to the Serbian military machine; step
five - Serbs pull back. Then the process
repeats itself.
With the recenthostilities shown by Bosnian
Serb forces toward U.N. peacekeepers, the
time has come for NATO to recognize that
civilians and U.N. troops alike must be pro-
tected via swift, decisive force. The current
plan of attacking empty tanks and positions
does not and will not deter Serb forces. If
anything, it will strengthen their resolve. There-
fore, there is only one prudent course of action
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Ideally, this would be combined with a
lifting of the arms embargo that has served to
handicap the Bosnian Muslims, leaving them
virtually helpless against aggressive Serb
forces. But Britain, France and Russia all
remain steadfastly opposed to lifting the em-
bargo. And if Britain and France remove their
peacekeepers from Bosnia- which they have
promised to do if the Clinton administration
unilaterally violates the embargo - Muslim
civilians in the cities of Bihac and Srebenica
would be placed in immediate danger. Fortu-
nately, the Bosnian Muslim leadership has
avoided placing the Clinton administration in
a showdown with the U.S. Congress by agree-
ing to postpone discussion of the arms em-
bargo until spring.
However, if the past is any indicator, eas-
ing pressure on the arms embargo will result in
only more impotence and inaction from the
free world.
Lt. Gen. Michael Rose of the United King-
dom, commander of U.N. troops in Bosnia,
has proven woefully incompetent in his han-
dling of the war. His policy of opposing any
moves that Serb forces would interpret as
taking sides in the war is outdated and ill-
advised. The notion that there should be "no
loss of life" in NATO air strikes until U.N.
troops are killed first is ludicrous. Waiting for
Serbs to make the first move has already
resulted in the death of an estimated 200,000
U.N. Commander Gen. Bertrand de
LaPresle has said that the United Nations "will
not take attacks lying down." This pronounce-
ment is a step in the right direction. But until
NATO gets serious enough to severely cripple
Serb attacks on civilians, the United Nations
will have no teeth in enforcing any mandate
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Liberal logic
fails again
To the Daily:
In Response to Mr.
Szczepanczyk's letter of Sept.
26 ("The Daily is an awful
newspaper"), I would like to
point out how he effectively
proved that liberal logic is a
contradiction in terms. Spine-
less generalities? Incorrect. I
notified the article reporter dur-
ing our conversation of ex-
amples of Mr. Aristide's his-
tory. However, the article was
not long and I understand that
he could not include my ex-
amples, which is fine with me.
However, for Mr.
Szczepanczyk, I refer him to
Mr. Aristide's endorsement of
necklacing his opponents. For
your information necklacing is
when one douses a tire with
gas, puts it around someone's
head and lights it on fire. Now,
I wonder how great Mr.
Szczepanczyk feels Jean
Bertrand Aristide's record is
now? Hardly a nice thing to tell
people to do to your opponents.
whether it was done or not, I do
not feel this sets up Aristide as
the pillar of human rights eth-
ics. Mr. Szczepanczyk de-
scribes human rights as restor-
ing order to the foreign ex-
change- decreasing Haiti's debt
and increasing wages. Funny, I
thought human rights involved
people, not debt or money.
Obviously, Mr. Szczepanczyk
found another definition of hu-
man rights to use. As I said
earlier, the problem with Haiti
includes Aristide's past (and
his anti-Americanism) as well
as our lack of a national secu-
rity interest. To the University
of Michigan, trust me, the day
the Daily goes conservative is
the day I become liberal, not
likely to happen anytime soon.
Mark Fletcher
President, UM College
LSA Junior
'Greek' label
To the Daily:
I am writing to comment
about something that has both-
ered me since the first day I
stepped onto this campus. This
University preaches apprecia-
tion and respect for all cultures,
yet the school, the Daily and
most people still refer to frater-
nities and sororities as "the
Greek system." I find this terni-

ties and sororities originated
centuries ago with an actual
basis in Greek culture, that la-
bel is certainly no longer ap-
It certainly would not be
considered acceptable if this
same group of people called
themselves "Africens" or"Japa-
nese," nor should it be. I won-
der, therefore, why it is okay to
trivialize Greek culture.
I know that this situation
will probably not change, and
that fraternities and sororities
will continue to prosper under
the Greek label. I hope how-
ever that more people both in-
side and outside these organi-
zations will at least think for
half a second before they care-
lessly toss around cultural iden-
tities in this manner.
Vikki Otero
LSA Sophomore
football game
seating, please
To the Daily:
When you get onto an air-
plane, do you normally pick
any seat that you want in the
entire plane, regardless of
whether or not that seat ap-
pears on your boarding pass?
When you go to a musical
like Phantom Of The Opera,
do you insist on sitting in the
front row, even if your tickets
are in the balcony?
When you go to the Angell
Hall computing center, do you
sit at any computer that hap-
pens to be available, even if
your station assignment is dif-
Of course not. In all these
settings, we recognize that seat-
ing assignments preserve or-
der. And while we may not all
get the best view of the stage or
the best view out the window,
we recognize the value of pre-
serving the peace by taking the
place assigned to us.
Then why do so many stu-
dents who attend football
games insist on ignoring the
seating assignments given to
them and sit anywhere they
please? Just imagine what
would happen if everyone sat
in the seat assigned to them.
The aisles would be clear dur-
ing the game. People wouldn't
feel cramped as 40 people try
to stand in a row designed to
seat twenty. And maybe secu-
rity personnel wouldn't be
needed to double-check every
person's ticket 20 times.
After 10 years of student
season tickets, I'm fed up with
people who have no respect for
others and decide to sit (actu-

service fails to
meet needs
To the Daily:
In your Sept. 22nd article
mentioning the legal battle
Michigan Document Service is
currently involved in (Docu-
ment service still fighting fees),
the fact that they are far behind
in making course packs avail-
able is by far understated. I
have been there six times now
to get a course pack for Politi-
cal Science 445, and each time
I have been told a different story
and advised to come back an-
other day. While waiting in line
I have encountered many other
students in the same position
and with the same degree of
irritation. Although I sympa-
thize with MDS and their at-
tempt to fight for student rights,
I would point out that many
students are currently suffering
due to their extensive delays. I
would ask that they recognize
this as a serious problem and
address it, and if they do not,
that professors choose another
copying service for their
Aaron La Mar
LSA Junior
A fan says
'thank you'
To the Daily:
I wouldjust like to acknowl-
edge Officer Robert Davenport
in regards to the good deed he
did at the University of Michi-
gan/Boston College game. I had
gone to the game with my wife
and my nine-month old child.
Upon entering the stadium I
learned that I needed a ticket
for my son, Alex. He' and I
would have missed the game if
Officer Davenport didn't so
kindly offer a ticket of his own
for little Alex's use. I think this
shows great goodwill by the
University and goes beyond
other means of building public
relations. Again, my family and
friends couldn't thank Officer
Davenport enough forhis kind-
Dennis Padia, M.D.
Meal plan
refunds cheat
To the Daily:
While it seems unfair that
students should be forced to
loan the school money for a
year ("Residence robbing," 9/
21/94), the question that I
wanted answered was why a
student who pays $2105.60 for

'Oh lamentable
Dusk -SATURDAY, Septe
ber24. An inglorious, infamous da
The high-altitude anti-heroes from
the state of Colorado somehow man-
aged, in a flash of last-second im-
possibility, to deflate the spirits and
poison the collective psyche of some
100,00 fans. In response, the Uni-
versity administration has called
upon a team of psychiatrists to set up
a 24-hour suicide watch of Coac
Moeller. "It's a lifetime thing,"
laments. Amidst the aura of Michi-
gan Stadium, powered by a few
sparse rented lightsMichigan sports
were both defined and defiled
this is what it feels like to be a U of
M fan. The pain, the heartache -
Chuck Winters and Steve Morson
feel it. Ours is a proud and valiant
university. We do not like to lose.
be unsuccessful, to be second-fidd
to anybody, especially to a team
dubbed the "Buffs." Be it a loss in
football or a B+, we like to think of
ourselves as the best, but just maybe
this tragic loss will allow us to tem-
per our pride, reassess our priorities.
On Saturday we were so close, so
near a chance to begin an incredibg
season - we would have to be con-
sidered legitimate national title con-
tenders if the boys in blue went
undefeated. Remy, Biakabatuka,
Wheatley was back, Todd the golden
boy was rolling -things were com-
ing together! But of course there had
to be a cohort of ahistorical, over-
confident U of M students, dancing
jubilantly in the stands Saturd-
evening chanting, "Overrated! Over-
rated!" as that last minute loomed
ahead. 1:00 - an eternity. A third
and two. Then a false start penalty. A
third and seven - no conversion. A
Michigan punt. A couple of Colo-
rado receptions. Then ... the end of
the world, as we know it, and I feel
sick. A spaceless and timeless void.
The ball seemed to be in the air f
ages. Come on #22, knock it down!
The questions, the doubt, the disbe-
lief. Why wasn't anybody behind
Michael Westbrook? Yellow flags,
signals of hope - it's too late any-
way. The scoreboard says it all, the
frustration, the story of Michigan
football: 0:00 on the clock. Colo-
rado 27, Michigan 26. Doug Flutie,
reincarnated. How surreal it all waO
A hundred thousand, speechless and
motionless - this cannot be hap-
pening to us. It felt like the Messiah
would soon return, right here at
Michigan Stadium, and lead us all to
the promised land. I looked to the
dark sky above.
Armchair second-guessing aside,
we allknow what the cure is-aB
Ten title, and a shot of self-conf
dence this weekend against Iowa.
There is little doubt that, in academ-
ics and sporting might, U of M is the
best of the west. The Wildcats of
Northwestern may be smart, butthey
sure can't play football worth a damn.
And Nebraska may have one hell of
a football team, but the only cool

beatnik in Lincoln is Willia
Burroughs, and he's too busy mak-
ing Nike commercials to hang out at
the neighborhood coffee shop.
Who else but Michigan students
can attend a 106,000-strong football
match Saturdays in the fall, and then
spend the rest of the week trying to
catch up in their obscure political
science reading? What other public
university in the world can lug
wealthy out-of-state undergrads by
dangling season football tickets in
front of them? OK, fine, the "Buffs"
beat us by one lousy point, on an
overcast September night - a lost
that will go down as one of the most
agonizing defeats ever. But would
you sacrifice that one cosmically
meaningless point for granolas as
far as the eye can see, a homophob
for a coach in Bill McCartney (re-
member Amendment 2?) and gang
colors that pass for a uniform?
Clearly, the "Buffs" are morally sus-
pect. Let's not fret for too long over
the "Buffs."

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