The Michigan Daily- Friday, May 13, 1988 - Page 3
Group pickets at Burger
King to save whales
BY CATHRINE STEENSTRUP
About 25 Greenpeace members
picketed in front of Burger King on
East Liberty at noon Wednesday to
protest Iceland's violation of an in-
ternational ban on commercial whale
killing and Burger King's continued
purchases of Icelandic fish products.
Greenpeace, an international
environmental organization, held
similar protests in 19 other cities
"Dear Burger King, please under-
stand. Extinction is permanent. Do
not patronize a country that still
kills whales," read a sign carried by
the protesters, who called for Burger
King to join its boycott and pur-
chase fish from countries which re-
spect the ban.
THE BAN, implemented in
1986 by the International Whaling
Commission, restricts whaling to
scientific research approved by the
IWC, which has consistently rejected sulting the IWC, whose Scientific
Iceland's claim that its whaling of Committee could decide on the is-
sei and fin whales constitutes scien- sue, Timberlake said.
tifically valid research. Mendrek emphasized that Green-
However, the IWC has no means peace's protest was aimed at the
of enforcing their regulations, said Burger King corporation, not the
Scott Mendrek, canvass director of Liberty franchise. "Although we call
Greenpeace in Ann Arbor. for a boycott of Icelandic fish prod-
The group hopes that economic ucts, we understand that the owner of
pressure will compel Iceland to at least this franchise has no control
abandon their projects, which Whale over the purchasing of fish prod-
Campaign coordinator Campbell ucts," he said.
Plowden called "a thinly veiled ploy The demonstrators asked passers-
to continue commercial whaling." by to sign petitions calling for
Burger King Corp. spokesperson Wendy's, Burger King , and Long
Douglas Timberlake defended the John Silver's - all importers of
company's use of the Icelandic fish, Icelandic fish - to suspend their
saying that the independent fishing purchases. Since March, the group
companies from which Burger King has collected 80,000 signatures na-
purchases the fish are not involved tionwide.
in whaling. Mendrek also asked bystanders to
IF Greenpeace doubts the valid- call the president at Burger King
ity of Icelandic whaling, their inter- head quarters to "let him know where
ests would be better served by con- you stand."
'U' may increase tuition by 12%
Alex Newmark, a member of Greenpeace, protests Burger
King's purchasing fish from the "whale-killing country of
Iceland," with Eddie-The-Whale by her side.
BY ERIC LEMONT about 30 that the United States en-
The U.S. government should not ters wars to serve the interests of the
base its foreign policy on greed if it country's corporations. "I'm all for
wants to avoid another war like war if (foreign countries) invade our
Vietnam, said speakers at the first principles, our freedom, and our
annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial constitution, (but) to make a man
Holiday last Saturday at Regents' richer on another man's death, abso-
Plaza. lutely not," he said.
Col. Charles Tackett, organizer of
the holiday, told a scattered crowd of See Vietnam, Page 5
BY LIZ ROHAN
Students will face a tuition increase next fall that
may be as high as 12 percent, University officials say.
Because of the state's own tight budget with limited
funds for higher education, students will have to pick
up some of the slack, said University Vice President
for Government Relations Richard Kennedy.
"We are in a lot of trouble," Kennedy said. "It's
going to take a combination of tuition increases and
things we are not able to do."
Students who do not qualify for financial aid will be
hit the hardest by tuition increases, Kennedy said. "It
affects people who have incomes beyond the need
incomes as defined by the government," he said.
Kennedy added, however, that such an increase will
not hurt students who receive financial aid. He said the
University will allow for the tuition increase when
designing next year's financial aid packages.
Robin Jacoby, interim assistant to the University
President, said the University may not increase any
University staff salaries because of low funding.
But she said specific University programs will not
suffer from the lack of funds. "It doesn't mean cutting
things, but not adding as many," she said. "It's a
matter of not moving ahead."
Last week, the Michigan Senate passed a higher
education bill that would grant the University a 2
percent fund increase. The bill's proposed $241 million
in state funds fell far short of the University's request
for an 11 percent increase.
Before the state completes its budget in July, the
House must come up with its own higher education
budget, which is not expected to vary greatly from the
Then, senators, representatives, and Governor James
Blanchard will attend a conference committee to work
out any differences between the two proposals, as well
as one made by the governor, who called for a one
percent increase last January.
Last year, the University's Board of Regents raised
in-state tuition 8.4 percent and non-resident tuition 9.4
percent in response to a 5.6 percent increase in total
Code mechanisms not in place
BY RYAN TUTAK Johnson said. "We'll end up with a
The University's code of non- back-log (of complaints), no doubt,"
academic conduct officially went into he said.
effect May 1, but the University is Law graduate student Eric
not ready yet to investigate alleged Schnaufer, an anti-code activist, said
violations of the policy. students are fortunate that the code is
Under the code, an Office of Stu- not yet in full force. "The less pre-
dent Services-appointed administrator pared the University is, the better,"
will issue students punishments for he said. "But if I were a student, I
discrimination and harassment as de- would keep my mouth shut."
termined by a hearing panel. But the Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
office has not yet appointed anyone said the policy will be just as effec-
to the post, Vice President for Stu- tive without an administrator. "The
dent Services Henry Johnson said. first part of the procedure is infor-
Johnson said he hopes to desig- mal, and hopefully that is where it
nate an administrator as soon as ends, he said. "If there are problems
possible, adding that the University and they are reported, there is an ef-
is prepared to receive and review, but to resolve them by mediation
not to evaluate, complaints. and counseling."
Students accused of violating the Roach said a small percentage of
policy will probably not be tried complaints will result in a trial, be-
until an administrator is appointed, cause the policy should make the
accused understand that an act was
inappropriate and must not occur
again, and to satisfy the complainant
that an appropriate response to the
act had been taken.
Under the code, University com-
munity members who charge a stu-
dent with discrimination or harass-
ment may file a complaint with the
University. Non-student policy ad-
ministrators will investigate the
charge to determine whether it merits
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