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

Editor in Chief
Editorial Page Editor

'It's not just a color to us - it's a lifestyle.'
- LSA senior Dwayne Fuqua, president of the Student Athletic Advis vry Council,
following Nike s shipment of blue-and-white warmups to Michigan sports teams

Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the Daily's editorial board. All
other articles, letters and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.
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Healthy economy bodes well for 'U' allocation


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Every year, University administrators
face a grueling task - getting the state
to increase their allocation by a significant
margin. The University Provost's office
recently submitted a request to the state's
Department of Management and Budget for
a 4 percent across-the-board increase over
last year's allocation along with additional
funds for two programs. But Gov. John
Engler's office hinted that it was unlikely
that the University would receive such a
large piece of the pie. Given the state's pre-
sent economic health as well as allocation
hikes in previous years, a 4 percent increase
is not dramatic and falls well within the
state's budgetary ability.
The state's annual allocation plays a sig-
nificant role in the University's budgetary
decisions. Large allocations allow the
University to add academic programs and
expand research opportunities as well as
keep tuition increases low. If the state aug-
ments the University's coffers by only a
moderate amount, it is likely that the
University Board of Regents will follow up
with a significant tuition increase. As a
result, students will have to depend more
heavily on financial aid or possibly not be
able to attend the University at all. The state
should do all it can to keep the University
accessible to as many qualified students as
possible by increasing the allocation.
.The University contributes greatly to the
state's welfare. As one of the strongest
research institutions in the country, it offers
state residents access to a large number of
resources they may otherwise not have. In
addition, the University is a great boon to
the. state's workforce. A large number of
graduates strengthens the applicant pool for
state businesses and fills the state's coffers

with tax revenue.
The state is in good financial shape. It is
presently operating in a budgetary excess
and has enough money to give higher edu-
cation a significant boost. In addition, the
state's recent allocations were large - 5.5
percent for the '96-'97 academic year and
4.4 percent for this year. Because the econ-
omy is still doing well, there is no need for
the allocation hike to drop. Indeed, the
University's 4 percent request is lower than
previous years' increases - making it all
the more reasonable. In addition, the state
has, in the past, slighted Ann Arbor students
by offering other state schools large alloca-
tion hikes while the University's was small
by comparison.
In addition to the normal increase
request, University administrators asked
for an additional $3 million to expand
undergraduate research opportunities in
science. The funding would help build on
present programs such as the
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Program - a definite improvement to
undergraduate education. The University
also wants $1.5 million to go toward
Housing's living-learning communities.
Though they offer a unique, if not
encroaching, academic community, the
University has other areas that need the
large sum of money. Administrators should
focus their efforts on other programs.
The University's ability to provide edu-
cation to a diverse, qualified student body is
dependent on its affordability. With a large
allocation increase, the state could help
keep University students in the black and
expand on present academic endeavors.
State officials should keep this in mind
when they make final allocation decisions.

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Coming up roses
'U' guarantees students tickets

R oses are green? They are today, for
the hundreds of University students
who will flock to Yost Ice Arena to put
down cash for Rose Bowl tickets - their
piece of the Michigan football team's
glory. Many more students will buy pack-
age deals to complete the trip.
Since the definitive Big Ten showdown
in Michigan Stadium two Saturdays ago,
campus has been buzzing with talk of foot-
ball and sunshine. A great many University
students plan on trekking west for the New
Year -- and the University Athletic
Department has guaranteed that all students
who want a ticket to watch their Wolverines
will be able to purchase one.
The guarantee is a welcome departure
from recent, student-unfriendly policies
that denied first-year students a full set of
regular-season football tickets. Many first-
year students were bitterly disappointed to
arriye on campus and find that they'd been
shut out of Michigan Stadium. The new
guarantee for Rose Bowl tickets is a wel-
come indication that the athletic depart-
ment is refocusing on its most important
fan base: students.
While each student is guaranteed a
football ticket, a plane ticket may not be as
easy- to confirm. Airfare to Pasadena is
now in the $600-$800 range - but sever-
al local travel agents are offering bargain
packsge deals. Students should investigate
before putting down cash for these "too-
good-to-be-true" deals; fans have been
burned before by purchasing packages that
did not include football tickets, or worse,
provided counterfeit tickets. Suspiciously

some catch or serious problem; many stu-
dents still have bitter memories of being
stranded last spring break after purchasing
bargain packages through the Take-a-
Break Travel agency.
If students wish to purchase a travel
package, they should make sure the travel
agency offering the package is reputable.
Better yet, they should buy packages
through the University Alumni Center. The
center offers a number of different pack-
ages priced for students and authorized by
the University. Representatives from the
Alumni Center Tour Headquarters have
called it the "one and only" place to pur-
chase official tour packages; the University
has not authorized tours at any other
The University Athletic Department has
partially remedied its earlier mistreatment
of first-year students by guaranteeing every
student the ability to purchase a Rose Bowl
ticket. To protect themselves, students
should take advantage of the official chan-
nels through which they can make their
Rose Bowl plans. The University will guar-
antee each student a ticket - but they will
only guarantee the validity of tickets sold
through the University Athletic Ticket
Students who wish to purchase a ticket
for the Rose Bowl should bring a picture ID
to Yost Ice Arena today or tomorrow, from
12 p.m. to 7 p.m. They can pay for the $80
ticket with cash, check or money order, but
no credit cards will be accepted. Tickets
will be picked up in Pasadena with a stu-
dent ID and one other piece of identifica-

Daily should
not advertise
Your November 25 issue
carried an ad for a brand of
spit tobacco (also known as
snuff or chewing tobacco)
with the usua small dis-
claimers required by law:
"Not for Sale to Minors" and
"Warning: This Product May
Cause Cancer." It may
indeed, so much so that the
University is participating in
a national campaign against
the use of spit tobacco, trying
to draw attention (especially
the attention of young peo-
ple) to the fact that ',smoke-
less" tobacco is not harmless
tobacco. Nor does the oral
cancer to which this habit has
been definitively linked nec-
essarily take years to devel-
op: Sean Marsee, an
Oklahoma athlete who began
using spit tobacco in his
teens, died of oral cancer at
the age of 19. The amount of
nicotine in the average
"chaw" or "dip" is consider-
ably greater than the amount
conveyed to the lungs by a
Why would an enlight-
ened and progressive student
newspaper such as the Daily
accept advertisements for a
product that is both addictive
and hazardous? The two
news stories you ran on the
same page as the advertise-
ment - "No one knows how
to stop youth from tobacco
use" and "Tobacco compa-
nies may get subpoenas" -
suggest that your editorial
policies about what's news-
worthy have your readers'
welfare more clearly in view.
Police were
Saturday was one of the
most exciting wins in
Michigan football history.
The aftermath of college
games like this one, with so
much on the line, usually
concludes with exuberant
fans running on to the field
and celebrating the victory
with the players. It is one of
the richest traditions in col-
lege football. What took
place after Michigan clinched
the Rose Bowl was one of
most disgraceful acts by a
police force I have ever wit-
nessed. In an effort to control
the crowd, the police random-
ly selected individuals to
assault and pepper spray.
Instead of controlling a
situation that was dangerous,
they created one. The police

Those of us who wit-
nessed the incident realize
that there is no justification
in randomly attacking 10 or
15 people out of a thousand.
If they truly wanted to keep
the crowd off the field, they
should have came in with a
better plan. But once the situ-
ation was determined to be
uncontrollable, the officers
should have backed off In
the end, all fans were allowed
on the field, creating one of
the greatest moments in
Michigan history. The Big
Ten trophy was presented and
the players and fans, arm in
arm, celebrated the glorious
I understand that running
on the field may technically
be against the rules, but give
me a break. The players were
certainly not in any danger,
and anyone who attests to
that should be disregarded.
As far as the maintenance of
the field is concerned, the
school has until next
September to get it ready, so
that excuse can be thrown out
as well.
Jury supports
Faller's case
A few weeks ago the
Daily printed an article by
Stephanie Hepburn which
came close to slandering Dr.
Kathleen Coulborn Faller.
The article printed the out-
right lies of Demosthenes
Lorandos. He was Larry
Champney's attorney and was
suing Faller and the
University of Michigan
Family Assessment Clinic for
gross negligence and making
a badafaith report of alleged
sexual abuse by a perpetrator
unknown. Many letters of
support for Faller's heroic
work in the area of child sex-
ual abuse were sent in
response and the Daily print-
ed most of them.
However, students and
professionals who supported
Faller made repeated
attemptsto contact the Daily
so a reporter could attend a
press conference held to
explain the position of social
workers that interview chil-
dren who may have been sex-
ually abused. No one from
the Daily came, but the
Detroit Free Press and Ann
Arbor News did.
I would like to announce
the verdict. On Tuesday, Nov.
25 at around 4:30 p.m., a jury
returned a unanimous verdict
that cleared Faller and
Mildred of any wrongdoing
or inappropriate professional
conduct. They were com-
pletely exonerated. After the
trial I met with jurors. The
opinion expressed by some

sionals that make extremely
difficult decisions about sex-
ually abused and maltreated
children every day. This deci-
sion will help make children
safer. We all are indebted to
these two professionals.
'U' parents
angered by
police action
As alumni (class of 1973)
and parents of two current
students, we were both
shocked by the policehaction
we observed at last
Saturday's game, and dis-
couraged that the University
didn't plan a better response.
Full tackling of students who
took the field after the game
carried much more risk of
injury to police and students
than either jumping onto the
field or running around on it.
We saw several unresisting
students receive body punch-
es once they were on the
ground. The force may have
been reasonable in some cir-
cumstances; in many it was-
n 't.
Why not encourage stu-
dents to join their team in the
on-field celebration when
such a momentous game
takes place, and tell the
police to take it easy? Set up
a few staircases, rope off the
band, and let them tear up a
little turf as souvenirs. With a
gate that must approach $3
million, the cost of repairs
pales. It might just avoid
some of the expensive brutal-
ity suits which will inevitably
follow Saturday's game, and
would be a special reward for
supporting our outstanding
behavior was
The pride and elation I
experienced last Saturday
watching my alma mater win
the Big Ten and a trip to the
Rose Bowl was somewhat
tempered on Monday when I
read the article in the Daily
Online about the celebration
following the game. The
recounting of how two
seniors (they sound like high
school seniors to me) got up
at 6 a.m. to start drinking so
that they would have a good
reserve of urine to unload on
OSU flags was unnecessary
at best. The behavior of the

Racist message
must not silence
those who hate
was shown a large piece of white
paper yesterday and what shocked
me was not so much the written co
tent on the flier but the fact that somW
one could tape such crap on a pole in
public view.
The content did-
n't disturb me so
much because it
was ludicrous, its
racist message
was not unlike all
other hate-monger
statements out in
the world, and we
have all seen
many such mes- JOSH
sages before. This WHITE
leaflet, titled JMIG
,Wake Up Tr G- N .
Whitey," was sim-
ply an attack on black people and has
no place in our society. It disturbed me
that someone would go out of their
way to handwrite a huge stateme
degrading a group of human bein
and would then post it for the public to
It offended me to know that any
black person who saw this would gen-
uinely hurt - would genuinely feel
hated and unwanted. That one person
could then turn around and believe
that these words could be what "every-
one" is thinking scares me even more.
I can't imagine how I would feel ifI
were being attacked in public, or if
name were on such a poster. The truh
of the matter is that I felt like it was my
name up there - it was your name up
People who hate entire groups of
peopletbased on some predetermined
characteristic - whether it be race,
religion, sexual orientation or any-
thing else - are uneducated, igno-
rant and generally loathsome. Like a
few months ago, when Hillel a
Queer Unity Project Diag boars
were vandalized, these signs are
attacks on our community that have
no worth. They are not political
viewpoints or worthwhile opinions
- they are a written assault on each
and every one of us.
What is strange with this, however,
is that no one seemed too bothered by
this poster. When Hillel's boards were
ripped down, people cried foul. Wh
QUP's boards and chalkings we
vandalized, there was public outcry.
Now an entire race is singled out by a
racist idiot who was spouting his own
delusions, and no one said a word. In,
fact, people walked by the sign for a
good part of the morning before it
was taken down and found its way to
I certainly hope that the recent
debate about affirmative action has
silenced black students here. I hope
that black students at the University
and around the nation have not fallen'
silent waiting for their fate to be decid-
ed by white lobby groups and conser-
vative politico blowhards. I hope that
David Jaye will not be the driving
force in driving people's valid opin-
ions underground.
Please don't lay still as bigots throw
this ridiculous junk in all of our face
Raise your voice, use ydur voice
public and on newspaper pages such as
this one.
People who post these inflammato-
ry signs will not stop promoting such

ideas unless we speak out voracious-
ly against them. People will never be
free from such tripe and oppression
unless we send a strong message.
Some argue that allowing such view-
points to be placed around us kee
things in perspective; these horrii
lies about our friends and classmates
may be the way to keep us on our toes
and keep debate going. But there is'
nothing to debate on this issue - I
have said it before and I will say it
again: we are all just people and we all
deserve respect.
I tend to think that the messages
(and there are many) that were printed
on the poster found outside of the
University's Museum of Art on Ste'
Street would be ignored by most of our
community. At least in a content sense,
I would hope that a large proportion of
us would recognize that there is little
truth to blatantly racist comments and
that there is little to be achieved by
promoting such ideas. But, of course,
there are those who live for hate and
those who enjoy hurting those they
can't even face with theirthatred -
they have to post a sign. 4
The debate on affirmative action
here is only going to heat up as the
lawsuit against the University's
admission policies heats up. And the
University must answer the com-
plaint by tomorrow. The worst thing
that can happen as a result of this
lawsuit is that neople could shy away

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