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Taking responsibi Iity
MSA behaves correctly in recalling Wright

L ast week, the Michigan Student Assem-
bly took the bold step of removing An-
drew Wright as chair of the External Rela-
tions Committee for misusing MSA money
and acting improperly on behalf of the as-
sembly. While Wright has proven to be a
very effective MSA leader over the past year,
improving University-city relations and fa-
cilitating MSA's hiring of its own Lansing
lobbyist, the assembly acted correctly in re-
moving him from his chair position.
As the representative government of all
University students, MSA and all its mem-
bers must uphold the highest ethical stan-
dards. In the face of Wright's impropriety in
his role as External Relations chair, MSA had
no option but to remove him. Wright's ques-
tionable actions include disinviting Mayor
Ingrid Sheldon to an MSA meeting two weeks
ago, soliciting money from Vice President
for Student Affairs Maureen A. Hartford for
a trip without MSA knowledge or approval
and lavishly spending MSA money on a
recent trip to a Big Ten student government
conference. Additionally, even though there
is no concrete proof, strong evidence exists
that Wright is responsible -or at least knows
who is responsible - for attempting to bribe
MSA with $796 in cash a few weeks ago.
Such behavior cannot be tolerated by an
elected government.
In the matter of overspending while on an
MSA-funded trip, Wright and Andy Schorr
(who also attended the conference and whose
recall vote did not pass the Assembly) should
have followed in the lead of MSA's Student

General Counsel Paul Scublinsky, who of-
fered to repay the assembly for any money he
may have misused on unnecessary expenses.
As a general rule - since it might not always
be clear what is or is not a proper use of
student money - funds later deemed inap-
propriately spent should be reimbursed. This
is the only appropriate and responsible ac-
Two weeks ago MSA formed an internal
committee to investigate the origin of the
anonymous $796 donation. Members of this
committee must be commended for their ac-
tions so far, even though they cannot yet
identify the responsible party beyond doubt.
Their work is what turned up the evidence of
other improper action that was used to re-
move Wright as chair, such as an $80 dinner
for three uncovered by their internal audit of
MSA appropriations. This committee must
continue its diligent work to ensure that the
sender of the money is identified.
Now that MSA has successfully resolved
one ethical dilemma and is actively pursuing
the resolution of another, it can, once again,
get back to its important business of improv-
ing student life on campus. Additionally,
MSA should carefully choose Wright's re-
placeuient as External Relations chair, for
MSA would greatly benefit from another
chair who will work as diligently and suc-
cessfully as Wright has.
MSA has significant work to do, and one
member's bad judgment must not damage
the ability of the assembly to act in students'

am perpetually amazed by
people on this campus shar
mon first name Hey. Listen for
to class. It seems everybody kn
one person, if not hundreds, s
common first name. Amc
crunched by feet and the occas
squeak, there is a subtle murm
stant buzz: "Hey ... hey ...
every once in a while, you hea
up." This is our version of con
I am amazed even more, asi
these Heys share a similar, if ni
same, last name: Watsupdood.
some with the surname Howe
Watsgoingon, but I'd say mostc
Watsupdoods. It really throws
loop because I can find nar
names in the phone book.
I realized pretty soon in m
year, though, that these were
People were addressing people
for a lack of something else t
serious. This is what was goin
oftentimes, they used these
names because they didn't
person's actual name.
I caught on to the game pret
finding it easier to remembe
names if they wouldn't mind b
Hey. And even better, if you ca
body Hey Watsupdood and la
enly called him by a different
Howsitgoing, he wouldn't care
wouldn't even notice.
I stuck with this method for;
Then I realized a flaw.

Hey: Greetings from your

friend watsupdood
h!w many Society somehow made this rule that it tion be a
e the com- is all right to address somebody as Hey, percent of
it walkine hut you cannot introduce them as such: the best.
Ows at least "Mike Tanner, this is Hey Howsitgoing. the wroni
haing this Hle. this is Mike." The second sentence an A. Re
)ng snow was normally fine when used alone, but eryone e)
Tonal brake the first one drew funny looks. People like ally be ha
nur, a con- being introduced by their given names, the you can u
hey." And ones their parents gave them. Go figure. "hey" inl
Lr: "What's But to appease this trivial desire, I Theys
nversation, started memorizing true names only to (all of the
it seems all find that it was a major pain in my rump. else tries,
ot quite the The hard part is trying to figure out the old the way
There are names I never bothered to remember in the many aI
sitgoing or first place. offense,
of them are I'm getting better at it, but I still slip named W
me for a sometimes and call somebody Hey. Take I've si
y of these no offense; it's usually because my mind tion to ti
hasn't had enough time to register the their nam
y freshman name. I've called my mother Hey before. with this:
n't names. Got slapped for it by my dad, so usually I and dilige
with terms don't do that anymore. My mind registers over in y
o say. I'm "Mom" pretty quickly since then, espe- it with fu
ig on. And cially when my dad is around. Maybe this never for
particular is a good method of recall. Call me Hey tense foc
know the and I'll slap you. Hard'
"Hey!!" you'll yell. And I'll slap you just to ap
ty quickly, again. Slap you until you get it right, suppose it
r. peoples dammit. you care
eing called Here on campus the pressure to re- a lot of v
alled some- member names is something society has memberir
ter mistak- called etiquette. (I find it ridiculous. We assortme
last name, are in so many groups and attend so many Whatsgo
! Probably social functions, how are we to be respon- If wor
sible for every name? If in a classroom ways fall1
some time. getting 90 percent of the answers is enough one willi
for an A, then why should Name Recollec- you fit in

any different? I say you get 90
& people's names right and you're
So what if I of 10 times you use
g name? That's still not bad. It's
alistically, for some reason, ev-
xpects 100 percent. I'd person-
appy with a B. The nice thing is
usually get partial credit for using
place of a real name.)
say it's polite to remember names
im), so I do try. I know every'one
too, but I hear a lot of slip-ups on
to class. I've been called Hey
time myself. But I never take
because usually it's someone
katsup who's addressing me.
ince been trying to devise a solu-
this problem of people wanting
nes to be known.. I've come up
Brute memorization. Hard work
ence. Repeating a name over and
our head until it hurts. Rhyming
inny other words until you will
get that name. Perhaps this in-
us may be what it takes.
work, granted, is a tough solution
ppease a point of etiquette, but I
t would make you seem as though
about others. Either way, it's still
work. A lot more work than re-
ng just one name, Hey, and an
nt of colorful last names like
rse comes to worst, you can al-
back on these terms. If you do, no
notice. In fact, I'd bet it'll make


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The Senate playground
Anti-gay measure raises serious concerns

W here does one go to see a group of
people fool around, waste time and
occasionally make cruel and dangerous state-
ments? No, not the playground. Rather, it
seems that some members of Congress have
taken it upon themselves to provide this en-
tertainment. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) has
introduced legislation that would limit the
ability of homosexuals working for the fed-
eral government to form employee associa-
tions. This measure is not only flagrantly
discriminatory, but also an embarrassment
that may have dangerous consequences.
This bill, if passed, would ban the spend-
ing of federal money on any program for
government employees that "would compel,
instruct, encourage, urge or persuade em-
ployees or officials to embrace, accept, con-
done or celebrate homosexuality as a legiti-
mate or normal lifestyle." It could be used to
bar homosexual groups from meeting in fed-
eral offices, using interoffice mail for com-
munications or putting notices on bulletin
boards, privileges currently conferred upon
other employee groups in Congress. This
Helms measure is a pointless and alarming
attack upon a minority group.
Congress has lately become even less
accepting of the rights of gays, lesbians and
bisexuals. The homophobic atmosphere in
the legislature is evident in Rep. Dick Armey's
(R-Texas) "slip of the tongue" --in which he
called openly homosexual Rep. Barney Frank
(D-Mass.) "Barney Fag." Armey's statement
and Helms' legislation are an embarrass-
ment, both to Congress and to the country it
Helms' measure is a pathetic waste of
congressional time and money. He has ar-

gued that such legislation is a way to save
money - presumably under the theory thatj
this bill will prohibit funds from being wasted
on homosexual groups. Of course, Helms has
neglected to mention that no money is cur-
rently being given to any such groups. Helms'
introduction of this bill under the guise of an
attempt to achieve a balanced budget is an
insult to the American people's intelligence.
Far from worthy legislative action, Helms'
and Armey's actions and words are reminis-
cent of those seen and heard in schoolyards
around the globe.
Unfortunately, these ridiculous actions
cannot be merely dismissed as childish -
they also are extremely dangerous. Legisla-
tors are the chosen representatives of this
country. If they feel comfortable making
such outlandish statements and proposals
(and it seems that they do), their constituents
- and people in other states - may be
encouraged to act in the same manner. But
the American public - unlike Helms and
Armey - does not always confine itself to
sheer childishness. Rather, its homophobia
can manifest itself in the form of physical
brutality to an extent as yet unseen.
Helms' measure is a scary one. The fact
that he feels safe writing such shamefully
discriminatory legislation should serve as a
wake-up call to the country. Members of
Congress are representatives of the United
States, and they should not be allowed to
waste the country's time and money. But
until such time as these actions are replaced
by tolerance and advocacy of civil rights,
they can be viewed as a sad form of entertain-
ment. So check out the act while it lasts -it's
on C-SPAN, and admission is free.

Comm. overhaul ignores student needs

By Jennifer Kay Jackson
"Religion, morality, and
knowledge being necessary to
good government and the hap-
piness of mankind, schools and
the means of education shall
forever be encouraged."
This statement, put forth in
the Northwest Ordinance of
1787, was one of the founda-
tions on which the University of
Michigan was established in
1817. These same words are
engraved above the main en-
trance to Angell Hall on Central
Campus, forever reminding stu-
dents of the basis on which their
education was determined. But
today, this statement, in par-
ticular the ending "education
shall be forever encouraged,"
seemingly does not apply. Es-
pecially to those students in the
Communication Department.
As announced in a decision
last month, the Department of
Communication is to receive a
major overhaul. The
department's new mission is to
provide studies in the theories
and processes of mass commu-
nications. This sounds good on
paper, but the bottom line is that
telecommunications courses are
to be relocated to the Program
in Film and Video Studies and
all journalism classes are to be

applying their knowledge
through hands-on experience.
By dropping all of the classes
providing focused training in
journalism, the committee is ac-
complishing one thing-chaos.
In the committee's chaotic
path, concentrators are left des-
perately trying to complete
classes that will soon be extinct,
students new to the University
who were hoping to pursue a
journalism career but will not
have the opportunity to do so
and numerous talented faculty
who will inevitably see their

meeting with communications
concentrators that "... students
who really wanted a journalism
degree shouldn't have been here
in the first place" and went on to
speculate that a master's degree
in journalism was not as highly
regarded as other masters' de-
grees in areas such as business.
It is this kind of language
that has left journalism courses
without a home at the Univer-
sity, and has left many commu-
nications concentrators feeling
uprooted and discriminated
against solely because of their

was at the University that the
Michigan Interscholastic Press
Association was formed in 1921
and the University Press club
was established. Past Univer-
sity presidents, such as Marion
Leroy Burton and James Burrill
Angell, who himself was a news-
paper editor, recognized the
importance of journalistic in-
tegrity and strove to instill those
values into the University. It is
disappointing that our current
administrators do not see what
those men saw.
Although it seems that un-


By dropping all of the classes that provide focused training in
journalism, the committee is accomplishing one thing - chaos.


jobs perish. These factors do
not appear to be ones that will
"... sharpen the focus of the
department and allow it to focus
its energies more closely on a
single mission" as Provost and
Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs Gilbert R.
Whitaker Jr. so eloquently stated
in the Jan. 17 edition of the
Michigan Daily ("Journalism
left without home in comm.
dept. shakeup").
Whitaker went on to say that
undergraduates interested

career goals.
At a University that seem-
ingly regards writing skills as
valuable, as evident through
mandatory writing proficiency
assignments such as those re-
quired by the English Composi-
tion Board, students are left
pondering the thought that the
only writing skill the Univer-
sity considers valuable is that of
writing compositions. This is
narrow-minded. Students
should be allowed to participate
in other forms of writing, such

dergraduate journalism training
at the University is gone for-
ever, there may be hope yet for
the journalism graduate program
that is currently under review. I
say to Committee Chair Robert
Weisbuch, associate vice presi-
dent for research and dean of
the Rackham School of Gradu-
ate Studies and any others who
have a bearing on the future of
the graduate program: Consider
the impact this University could
have in the field of journalism.
You are presented with the rare

University Regent Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor)

University Regent Laurence B. Deitch
(D-Bloomfield Hills)
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