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4 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 12, 1999
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De opresso liber II! Screw your way to

420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
daily.letters@umich.edu
Edited and managed by
students at the
University of Michigan

HEATHER KAMINS
Editor in Chief
JEFFREY KOSSEFF
DAVID WALLACE
Editorial Page Editors

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.

You've got... a problem
ITD must avoid future e-mail debacles

T his column is dedicah d to the meno-
rTofa an/ iln ' met a handful of
times, but who. despite his superstardom.
a/warvs had a ready smile and an encour-
aging wordfr a wide-eyed little boy. To
the late, great. i ti
Chamberlain. I miss
you. pal.
We are a society
divided. The current,
debate on campus "
and around the
nation on affirma-
tive action is just a
recent symptom of a
problem that has
plagued mankind
throughout history
people like to Branden
find excuses to hate Sanz
other people.
Race, with the
possible exception of
religion, has been the
most common excuse used. People of all
nations and demographics practice racial
discrimination. Some examples are obvi-
ous, such as the idiots that parade around
in swastikas and white hoods. Some exam-
ples are much more subtle, such as the girl
who's crazy about you but won't introduce
you 'to her parents because you're not
"Jewish enough."
Sure, you can cite Kipling's "White
Man's Burden," but racism is not - and
never has been - simply a case of whites
versus non-whites. Nor is this strictly an
American problem.
The Irish hate the English, the Chinese
hate the Japanese and the Algerians hate
the French - of course everyone hates the
French so I can't really blame them.

Israelis and Palestinians continue their
national pastime of using each other for
target practice.
Why does racism happen"? Members of
the academic brain-trust have come up
with a myriad of theories, everything from
"genetic fitness" to "coping mechanisms."
I'm not going to sit here and pretend I
know what causes racism, but I do know
the solution. That's correct -- right here in
the Daily I will unveil the first-ever com-
prehensive plan to eliminate racism once
and for all.
Racism is a problem, and you have to
treat the problem, not just the symptoms.
Things like affirmative action are the leg-
islative equivalent of telling President
Clinton not to sleep around, giving
Nicholas Cage an action-hero role, or a
football coach saying he's going to "run
the football or die trying." You are simply
shoveling shit against the tide.
So what to do? How do we get rid of
these prejudices? Well, as William the
Longshanks once said in The Greatest
Movie Ever, "If we can't get them out,
we'll breed them out." That's right: breed-
ing, people. And I'm not talking about
selective breeding here - no, gentle read-
er, rather I am talking about unselective
breeding. I am calling for an immediate,
nation-wide ban on birth control and peo-
ple hooking up randomly like Hugh
Hefner or Jenna Jamison on aphrodisiacs.
We can screw our way to a better society,
folks.
Let's combine the two favorite college
pastimes of campaigning for a better
society and casual sex in a marathon
exchange of bodily fluids which would do
a Kennedy proud. I want white people
screwing black people, Arabs screwing
THOMAS KULJURGIS

a better society
Asians. Jews screw ing Catholics.
Muslims screwing Protestants, and
Yankees screwing Southerners. Hook up
with anyone and everyone you see as long
as the fall into a category other than your
own - the more divergent, the better. If
the thought of pre-marital sex offend your
delicate sensibilities, no problem. We can
bring back polygamy, and we might as
well throw in polyandry for good mea-
sure.
There is some historical precedent for
this. One hundred and fifty years ago the
different Caucasian segments of America's
population were wildly segregated, but
over a century of interbreeding has trans-
formed these groups into an amalgamation
known simply as "white." We just need to
take this theory to the next level.
The benefits of this would be incalcula-
ble. One hundred years from now there
would be no such thing as black or white,
just the same off-beige color around the
globe. You want diversity? Screw diversity,
I want unity. No Ebony and Ivory - just
people.
Trust me, we'll still have more than
enough individualism to keep this world
the fun, crazy, fucked-up place that it is.
There will still be jocks, nerds, preppies,
stoners, city-slickers and country bump-
kins. We'll just all be able to identify with
each other a little bit easier and hate each
other a little bit less.
So go on - get out there! Men, start
spreading your seed. Women, start pump-
ing out those babies. The end result will be
a glorious thing, and the process of getting
there will probably be pretty fun, too. I
know Wilt would approve.
-- Branden Sanz can be reached over
e-mail at hammerhead a umich.edu.

01

S taff and students may have thought
they were experiencing a precursor to
Y2K when a glitch slowed some e-mail
systems to a halt earlier this week. Several
servers were backed up, causing panic and
confusion for students and staff. The
Information Technology Division says the
problem has been rectified; yet questions
relating to future stability of the e-mail net-
work remain.
E-mail has quickly become one of the
most important and widely used communi-
cations mediums at the University. This
ubiquity forces us to regard disruptions of
the service as something more than a mat-
ter of inconvenience. A break in e-mail
communication at this level is dangerous
and ITD must have contingency plans that
work. Things could have been a lot worse.
ITD spokesperson Wanda Monroe told
the Daily that data never stopped flowing
and no messages were lost, with none of
the servers actually crashing. The "unusual
problem" centered on a specialized server
which was scheduled for an update in
accordance with ITD's Y2K preparedness
strategies. A series of technical issues man-
ifested themselves Sunday evening, requir-
ing 24-hour work by ITD staff to remedy
the problem and improve data flow.
According to the ITD spokeswoman, since
then several contingency plans and opti-
mizations of the network have rendered it
about 99.9 percent reliable. She also said
we were lucky that no e-mail was lost in
this incident.

This presents a difficult scenario. It
seems obvious that ITD has allocated time
and resources to addressing the issues of
network vulnerability, overcapacity and
server error, yet the problems continue.
ITD is quick to respond to incidents, but
more should be done to prevent these
errors from cropping up and affecting stu-
dents.
ITD must secure this medium if stu-
dents, staff and faculty are to put continued
faith in the viability of the network. Faculty
use it to communicate on research projects,
student groups use it to set meeting times,
get assignments and chat with friends; staff
uses it for any number of business-related
purposes.
Simply stated, the community also has
become dependent on the medium as an
important link to the rest of the world. A
chain reaction of lost communication is a
serious threat to all aspects of the
University and should be addressed.
Continued disruption is not a part of every-
one else's contingency plan, but maybe it
should be. As Y2K approaches, we should
take a moment to assess our reliance on
technology and realize that it may not
always work as expected. We have little
choice but to put our trust in ITD to find its
own weaknesses. Most of the University
community may have put too much faith in
e-mail, but ultimately, it us up to ITD to
assess the vulnerability of the technology
they have implemented and better prepare
themselves for potential problems.

0

T[HE OBESITY GENKi

Dump the Shah
Daily criticized Carter's policy on Iran

W hen President Carter assumed office
he vowed to doggedly attack viola-
tions of human rights wherever they may
occur. But throughout his alleged campaign
against human rights violations, the
President has been very selective about who
he criticizes; he has denied the existence of
political prisoners in the U.S.; although he
has verbally denounced certain offenders of
the United Nations code of human rights,
many of his policies toward those countries
have remained virtually unchanged.
Perhaps most disconcerting, however,
has been the president's whole-hearted sup-
port of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
of Iran - a man who has overseen some of
the most repugnant and methodological
violations of human rights anywhere in the
world.
In the West, the Shah has generally been
considered a democratic modernizer. For
years he has been portrayed in the American
press and by U.S. leaders as a reformer,
popular among his people for distributing
land to the poor, and capitalizing on Iran's
huge oil reserves to create one of the most
stable economies in the Mideast. The most
pertinent facts about Iran, however, were
never broadcast very loudly: the 60 percent
illiteracy rate; the fact that three out of five
rural families are either landless or nearly
landless; there is only one doctor for about
every 3,000 persons. Yet, Iran is one of the
world's leading arms importers, second
only to East Germany. And most of those
arms come from the United States.
It was generally said - and believed -
that the arms were needed for Iran's exter-
nal defense. But events over the past few
months have shown that the arms were actu-
ally needed for internal defense - to keep
the shah in power.
The Shah, who enjoys his current posi-
tion as a result of an American CIA aided

The '70s and '88s
See page 12 for more stories
overthrow of the constitutionally elected
government in 1953, put Iran under military
rule this week in order to restore some sem-
blance of peace. The shah's opponents, who
have been venting their frustration in the
streets and have effectively shut down oper-
ations in the oil industry, to a large extent
are portrayed by the. Shah as religious reac-
tionaries who want to return the country to
a 14th Century mode of living by the Koran.
While the Shah's opposition has a strong
religious fiber, many forget the social egal-
itarianism which is so much a part of the
Islamic religion. Moreover, the National
Front, comprised of many western-educated
intellectuals, engineers, businesspersons
and workers ask only for a return to a con-
stitutional democracy. They all have one
common goal, however, the end of dictator-
ship by the shah.
How often have we heard that the goal of
U.S. foreign policy has been to make the
"world safe for democracy." Clearly, no one
can believe that the people of Iran now live
in a democracy where the government
works to the betterment of all. If we still
believe in the basic principles of our foreign
policy, we should no longer support the
Shah.

Eating disorders
affect Americans of
all shapes and sizes
TO THE DAILY:
Andy Zimmer wrote, in his letter
("Women need to fight social messages,"
11/10/99), "if 'up to 80 percent' of
women have some sort of eating disorder,
why is America the most overweight
nation in the world?" That is not an
acceptable leap of logic. All eating disor-
ders do not result in body shapes resem-
bling "famine victims," as Zimmer put it.
Anorexia Nervosa may, but plenty work
in other ways. Studies show that those
who suffer from bulimia (binging and
purging) use it as a tool to maintain
weight, not lose it. Other people only
binge or overeat. They certainly don't get
any thinner. It is relatively true to say that
Americans don't know how to eat proper-
ly. But it is not only sorority girls and
model-types that suffer from eating disor-
ders - they affect all shapes and sizes,
men and women.
DAVID GARCIA
SCHOOL OF MUSIC JUNIOR
Climate concerns
are best addressed
voluntarily
TO THE DAILY:
Unfortunately, one very important
detail is missing from Michael Grass's
story regarding climate change and the
Global Climate Coalition ("OAC Wants
'U' to Divest," 10/29/99).
The Global Climate Coalition has
been highly effective in promoting a rea-
soned, thoughtful and balanced policy
approach to addressing concerns about
the earth's climate. GCC strongly favor
responsible action and, indeed, continues
to make constructive proposals on climate
issues.
Rather than heating up the rhetoric,
American business and industry will con-
tinue to help lead the way by taking vol-
untary actions to cost-effectively address
concerns about the climate. Already we
have documented progress in energy effi-
ciency gains, new technologies and
process improvements that have actually
reduced or avoided greenhouse gas emis-
sions.
Given the number of economic, scien-
tific and diplomatic uncertainties facing
this difficult issue, a common sense,
thoughtful response like the ongoing vol-
untary approach -- is the most prudent
course to follow.
GLENN KELLY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GLOBAL CLIMATE COALITION
Law helps worst
rioters realign their

ply carried along in the crowd. You state
that "a person pursuing higher education
desires to become a productive citizen."
Surely you don't think someone tipping
over a car and setting it on fire is raising
the standard for productive citizenship.
Some students attend college without
having any academic discipline whatsoev-
er. They fail their classes and are often
expelled, or they voluntarily leave for a
time to get their priorities in order. This
law is no different. It basically says that if
throwing furniture through windows is on
one's priority list, then a little time off
may help them reassess things. There is
nothing wrong with that. The state is not
"forbidding" anyone's educational pur-
suits, only delaying them. College is a
privilege as well as a right. There are
thousands of people who want to attend a
school like MSU who won't destroy the
campus, and they deserve a spot in place
of someone who does.
The embarrassment caused by the
riots affects all of us. There are people in
this country who don't know that
Michigan and Michigan State are actually
different schools, and MSU's riots don't
help that problem at all. It was a black eye
for the entire state, and any law that keeps
it from happening again is fine. The law is
preemptive: it is warning potential violent
rioters to prioritize, and if they can't, it
gives them a little time off to do so.
MATT PIZZEDAZ
LSA SENIOR
Police should
ignore 'minor acts'
TO THE DAILY:
I am sure that in their dealings with
the student population, most police offi-
cers are sometimes disappointed withthe
lack of respect they receive. These men
risk their lives for the well-being of stu-
dents, and often are not given proper
respect. Largely, this is due to the increas-
ing animosity between officers and stu-
dents at this school. This is best shown by
1997's Ohio State football game, where
many officers assaulted students and tear
gassed a confused crowd in the name of
the crowd's safety.
Further, it is clear that this animosity
still exists. shown by such small incidents

and ignored the marshmallow. This rule
should be applied to many incidents
between officer and student, and could
easily improve the relations between the
two groups.
MATTHEW LAPOINTE
LSA SENIOR'0'
Letter ignored legal
precedents set by
the Supreme Court
TO THE DAILY:
In Jodi-Marie Masley's letter to the
Daily ("Integration is 'under siege' across
the country," 11/5/99) she speaks of a
"siege" against "a basic legal standard
arising out of the nullification of the
American version of apartheid" and pro-
ceeds to give examples of the recent dis-
mantling of certain desegregation plans.
However, her letter does not explain the
legal context in which these decisions
where made, depriving the reader of the
tools necessary to form their own opinion
on her statements. I'm sure that as a stu-
dent of jurisprudence Masley will agree
that precedent is a key factor in legal
decisions. Although I have my own opin-
ions on her statements, I will devote this
letter to giving my fellow readers the
legal precedents to make their own deci-
sions.
First, the Brown v. Board of Education
of 1954 decision did not directly call for
any of the programs that were implement-
ed and subsequently dismantled that ;
Masley mentioned. The ruling of this case
was simply that de jure segregation (seg-
regation mandated by the law) was uncon-
stitutional. These programs were created
by the district courts as an attempt to rem-
edy the damage done during the de jure
segregation of the schools via such means
as busing, quotas and redistricting. The
constitutionality of the first and last was
affirmed and the constitutionality of the
middle was denied by the Supreme Court
in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board
of Education in 1971. However, it was
held in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg
that "Neither school authorities nor dis-
trict courts are constitutionally required
to make year-by-year adjustments of the
racial composition of student bodies once

-This editorial originally ran in the
Daily on Nov. 12, 1978.

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