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Page 4- The Michigan Daily - Saturday, June 8, 1985
Josephson advocates student regents IN BRIEF
From United Press International

(Continued from Page1)
"It was really a big switch coming
from a small high school with 100
people to a gigantic public university
like Michigan."
"I was very much up in the air,"
Josephson said. "It's a new place. I
was just kind of thrown out there like
the first month of school always is. All
the comforts you used to have, all the
assurances you used to have are no
longer there and you change."
With his mind abuzz, one day
freshman year, Josephson says he
was walking through the Diag and,
came across a flier for a meeting
about the McGovern campaign.
JOSEPHSON, WHO even in his high
school days "couldn't find any
justification for the arms race," was
attracted to McGovern's policies, and
saw him as uniquely honest in politics.
Gradually he was drawn into the
campaign when he spent much of his
first year knocking on doors.
"The first time I read his literature,
I thought, 'hmmm, this is a little
hokey,' but after working in the cam-
paign and really getting into it, I saw
what was going on. That in com-
bination with some political science
classes really did it for me."
"Basically, you'll see that it's a
smaller number in 1984 that got in-
volved in liberalism, but in '72, you'll
find that the people McGovern
brought into his campaign are the
major forces in the Democratic party
right now. Gary Hart was his cam-
paign manager. Pat Cadell was Mon-
dale's poll-taker."
ANOTHER INFLUENCE in
Josephson's transition was Cherie
Bullard, an advisor to MSA and the
state coordinator of the McGovern
campaign in 1984. With Bullard as a
bridge between the two groups,
Josephson became involved in the
assembly as a volunteer.
"I grew up in MSA, so to speak,"

Shiites guard
against guerrillas
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Shiite
Moslem militiamen went on alert
yesterday to guard against hit-and-
run attacks by suspected
Palestinian guerrillas who have
been trying to stop a Shiite
takeover of three refugee camps in
Beirut.
In the northern port of Tripoli,
officials said fighters from a pro-
Syrian militia and the pro-
Palestinian Islamic Unification
Tawheed movement battled with
multiple rocket-launchers,
grenades and machine guns Thur-
sday and yesterday.
Police sources said seven people
were killed and 38 others wounded
in the 14 hours of fighting that died
down yesterday afternoon despite
the absence of a formal cease-fire.
It was the worst fighting in Tripoli
since December.
Reagan to decide on
fate of SALT 2
WASHINGTON - With his key
advisers pulling in opposite direc-
tions yesterday, President Reagan
approached a tough weekend
decision on whether to continue
honoring the unratified SALT 2
arms treaty with the Soviet Union.
Reagan arranged to fly to Camp
David in the afternoon to spend the
weekend weighing the pros and
cons before informing Congress of
his decision on Monday.
Couple acquitted on
child neglect charges
ST. JOSEPH - A Berrien County
Probate jury acquitted a Berrien
Springs couple yesterday on child
neglect charges filed after their
three children were found
padlocked inside a school bus
dwelling in January.
The six-member jury
deliberated about eight hours
before issuing their verdict shortly
before 3 p.m. on a petition filed by
the Berrien County Department of
Social Services.

The children - giris ages 11
months and three years and a four-
year-old boy - have been in foster
care homes since they were taken
from their school bus home by
police. They were to be im-
mediately returned to their paren-
ts' custody, court officials said.
NATO supports
U.S. Geneva efforts
ESTORIL, Portugal - NATO
foreign ministers ended a two-day
meeting yesterday with a joint
statement "strongly" supporting
U.S. efforts at the Geneva arms
talks, but offering no backing for
President Reagan's "Star Wars"
plan.
In a final communique, the chief
diplomats of NATO's 16-member
nations called on Moscow to
respond positively to the U.S. ap-
proach at Geneva and said the
alliance wanted "genuine detente
through constructive dialogue and
broad cooperation" with the East
Bloc.
State's jobless rate
dips; nation's steady
WASHINGTON - Michigan's
adjusted jobless rate fell slightly in
May, from 10.2 percent to 10.1 per-
cent.
Despite the decline Michigan
still had the highest jobless rate
with Illinois second at 9.6 percent
and Pennsylvania third at 8.3 per-
cent. Both Illinois and Pen-
nsylvania recorded increases.
Nationally, the seasonally ad-
justed unemployment rate for the
civilian labor force remained un-
changed at 7.3 percent from April
to May.
The government said the
economy added 345,000 jobs but the
unemployment level for new
college graduates rose.
The 7.3 percent civilian unem-
ployment rate is not only the same
as every month since January, it is
also the average for the past year,
an unusually long period without
any improvement or deterioration.
In May, 1984, the unemployment
level in Michigan was 11.6 percent.

Doily Photo by DAN HABIB
Michigan Student Assembly President Paul Josephson, who was so con-
servative in high school that he would have voted for Ronald Reagan if he
were eligible to vote in 1980, now supports virtually the entire liberal
agenda.

Josephson says. It was there, through that, they're just trying to protect one pet project. My pet project is the
"socialization," that Josephson they're security," Josephson ex- student regents proposal." Josephson
developed many of his current views. plains. wants to push a measure through the
When he went home the next sum- state legislature, changing the state
mer, Josephson says that "it was HIS TRANSITION in assumptions is constitution to appointnstudents to the
totally different from when I left." evident now as president in his belief University's governing board.
For example, Josephson tells of one that some members of the assem- "My main goal is that students
night when he walked home wearing a bly-especially its executive officers should have input into the decisions
McGovern button, and a neighbor and committee chairmen-should be that are made at the University," he
asked him, "'What are you, a com- given a stipend for their work. His says.
munist?' I mean, this is a guy who has idea is that because students in these Josephson says that after about a
pictures of his whole family with positions work too many hours to be year on the board, the regents would
Reagan on the wall." able to get through college with a job realize that students can make
and still find time to study, the whole responsible decisions and tell the ad-
system of MSA discriminates against ministration, "Hey, this student isn't
"THAT'S the first time I discovered poor people who want to get involved. a bad guy. He comes to the meetings
that my assumptions had changed," "It goes back to the idea of what prepared. He may have differing
he says. your assumptions are. Back then (in views than we do, but he's not a bad
According to Josephson, the dif- high school) I guess I would have guy and there's no reason to be dum-
ference between "conservatives" and assumed my father worked hard to ping on students with things like the
"liberals" are sets of assumptions get where he is to give me the oppor- code. And basically, the ad-
both have. "Basically if I were tunities that I have," he says. ministration realizes that, well, the
McGovern and you were Reagan and "Since then I think I've gotten a bet- regents like students now. We better
we were sitting here, there are certain ter understanding of the fact that it's start opening up relations with them
things that no matter how much we not how hard you work but also how a little more," he says.
talk about we'll never agree on. And the society is set up. If society isn't The plan has drawn much skep-
it's not because you're right or I'm conducive for blacks to do well in, ticism, including from Regent
right. It's because each of us is right then there's going to be a lot less Thomas Roach (D-Saline) who said
using their own assumptions." blacks with the opportunities whites that he has seen proposals for student
"For example, you would say the have," he says. regents for 20 years and nothing has
reason we need more defense is come of it.
because you assume the Russians are JOSEPHSON'S MAIN objective for Josephson responds, "There's
on the offensive. McGovern would say his term, however, is one that he says always people who say you can't do it,
you don't need more defense because he would have supported in high but the people who say you can't do it
I assume the Russians are not on the school: student regents. aren't the people who get things
offensive and that they're justĀ° like "I think every president has at least done."

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