The Michigan Daily -Thursday, January 31,1991- Page 3
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Administration Reporter
- As more college-age reserves
are being sent to fight in the Per-
sian Gulf, the University is exam-
Oining its academic policies regard-
ing credit for students who leave
the University mid-semester.
The LSA Executive Committee
decided at its January meeting to
review its policies for students and
faculty who are called up for ac-
tive military duty in the Persian
As of yesterday, six students
have left the University to serve in
Ohe Persian Gulf, said Douglas
Wooley, associate registrar. The
last student left Friday.
4, Eugene Nessin, assistant dean
fgr student academic affairs, is in
charge of evaluating the existing
LSA policy. Nessin will be as-
sisted by Classics Professor Bruce
Frier. The policy was last modified
in 1969 for students called to fight
"There needs to be a balance
drawn between the numbers of
work hours in a course and credit
you receive. We need to review
the general provisions.., and what
dole the instructor and college
flay," Frier said.
He predicts few changes in the
current credit-granting policy.
Each college sets its own
credit-granting policy. The LSA
policy guidelines provide pro-rated
credit for students who leave the
-niversity after having completed
at least 10 weeks of classes. A
-student who disenrolls between the
seventh and tenth weeks of the
semester may receive one-third of
the total course credit.
The faculty leave of absence
policy was revised in Sept., 1984.
Under the provisions, faculty and
staff are granted leave of absences
for the duration of their active
duty. Faculty and staff will not
lose any benefits during the time
they serve in the military.
LSA junior David Glick lathes a piece of brass at the physics workshop.
'U' fraternities experience
decline in rush attendance
by Anna Francis
Despite the war and turbulent-
events at home, the armed forces
and the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps program at the University
are reporting no drop in recruits.
According to the U.S. Army Re-
cruiting Public Affairs Office, the
number of people enlisting is fairly
"We have had a lot of walk-ins
since the war started, however
many do not meet the qualifica-
tions," said Peggy Flanigan, a
civilian spokesperson in the public
information office of the U.S. Army
Recruiting Public Affairs Office.
"As long as enlistment contin-
ues to go well, there will be no
need for a draft. We know there is
a concern but we hope to continue
with the volunteer army. There has
been no talk here about a draft so
far," she said.
According to the ROTC, the en-
rollment of students in the program
is higher now than two years ago.
Lieutenant Colonel William Gre-
gor, chair of the Officer Education
Program at -the University, at-
tributes the increase in part to a
larger first-year class.
Neither group reports changing
recruiting tactics, and they say
they have not had to address very
many questions or concerns relat-
ing to the war from recruits.
"We have not changed the way
we talk to students," said Flani-
gan. "They are made fully aware
the army is a fighting force. The
students meet monthly with our re-
cruiters to discuss their concerns
and the things they will encounter
in the military. They are made
fully aware of what they face."
Some of those serving in the
military or ROTC said while the
prospect of being sent to the Mid-
dle East is scary, they would be
willing to go if it meant serving
the interests of the country.
Lance Son, an LSA senior and
cadet captain in the ROTC, said,
"The thought of going to war
would make anyone scared, butl
would gladly go for I believe in
what I am doing. Everyone should
serve their gountry in some way --
not necessarily the military."
John Ford, an LSA senior and
cadet/2LT with eight years prev.
ous experience in the military,
said, "I am married and have a
four-year-old son. If I go over, I
certainly want to come back. No
one wants to go but I will be glad
to go if called. It is a question of
who will do their duty for the
Those interviewed said they re-
spect the right of those who are
against the war to protest and are
glad the protests seem to be
against the actions of the govern-
ment, not the soldiers.
Son said, "The right to protest
is basic to our country and I do not
have an argument with those who
are protesting... if someone be-
lieves strongly in something they
should do it."
'If 1 go over, I
certainly want to
come back. No one
wants to go but I will
be glad to go if called
It is a question of who
will do their duty for
They also said they appreciated
the efforts made on their behalf by
the groups supporting the war.
"It makes you feel good," said
Ford. "I am glad people are out
waving the flag in peaceful
demonstrations. I am also happy to
see people supporting the troops
even if they don't support the pres-
Son agreed. "The support
makes you feel like you're not
alone. People are supporting the
soldiers - if not the cause."
by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Although fraternity rush gener-
ally draws less men during winter
term, many local fraternity mem-
bers have noticed a significant de-
cline this year.
Some fraternity members said
the decline is simply part of the
normal cycle of interest in the
Greek system, while others said
low numbers this semester could
be a sign of future trends.
Rush began Sunday and ends
tonight. Exact data on the number
of men participating will not be
available until Monday.
"I think, in general, we get a
fluctuation over periods of time
and it's natural," said Interfrater-
nity Council (IFC) President Matt
Commers. "Last year we had
record numbers, so maybe we are
just seeing the tail-end of that."
"It could just have peaked and
then dropped off," said Brett
Montgomery, rush chair for Alpha
Tau Omega. "I'm a senior and'
when I rushed the campus was 18
percent Greek - now it's 24 per-
Several members said they felt
the dry rush and no open party
policies may have had an influ-
ence on prospective rushees.
"I think one reason is dry rush,"
said Brian Williamson, rush chair
for Sigma Chi.
"We can't figure it out. Maybe
it's the risk management/party pol-
icy. On campus and even nation-
ally, they're clamping down," said
"The closed parties could have
hurt rush because a lot of houses
use open parties as a tool to get
guys," said IFC Rush Chair Scott
Other members said they dis-
agreed that dry rush prevented
anyone from rushing.
"I doubt that exceedingly," said
Commers. "We have houses on
campus that haven't had open par-
ties for two years, and they haven't
seen a decline in numbers."
"The way I feel, if guys are
rushing just because they want to
have alcohol, then it's just as
well," said Mike Smith, Sigma
Alpha Mu rush co-chairman.
Opinions differed on whether
the number of rushees is signifi-
cant or not.
"It will make the houses look at
themselves and see what they can
do to present a more positive im-
age," Edwardson said.
The Daily misspelled Pam Jordan's name in a photo caption
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Ore. police use tear gl
ACT-UP Ann Arbor, weekly
:meeting. Group not affiliated with
Revolutionary Workers' League. Call
665-1797 or 662-6282 for info. Union,
Welker Rm., 7:30.
ACT-UP, weekly meeting. Union,
Rm. 2209, 7:30.
Tagar, weekly meeting. Hillel, 8:00.
SALSA. Trotter House, 7:30.
College Life, weeklyr meeting,
sponsored by Campus Crusade for
Christ. Dental School, G005 Kellogg
U of m Snowboarding Club. Call
764-2759 for info. Angell Hall, Rm.
Rainforest Action Movement.
School of Natural Resources, Rm.
In Focus Filmworks. For info call
Michael at 662-8481. 1051 Frieze
Amnesty International, campus
chapter. MLB, B-116, 7:00.
Society of Women Engineers,
general meeting and exam file raffle.
1200 EECS, 6:15.
College Republicans, mass meeting.
David Doyle, Michigan Republican
Party chair, speaker. Union, Kuenzel
American Chemical Society, cam-
pus affiliate. Chem. Bldg., Rm. 1650,
"Research and Development in Ja-
panese Industry," Kiyonori Sakaki-
bara, speaker. Lane Hall Commons,
"AIDS and the Interfaith Commun-
ity," Dr. William R. Johnson, speaker.
League, Henderson Rm., 7:30.
"Regression Quantlies in Non-
Stationary, Dependent Cases,"
Stenhen Portnov of Illinois. sneaker.
Bldg., Rm. 1640,4:00.
"Medieval Monogamy," Laura
Betzig. Rackham, 3rd floor, East
Lecture Rm., 4:00.
Visiting Writers Series, featuring
Patricia Hampl reading from her work.
Rackham Amphitheatre, 5:00.
Safewalk functions 8-11:30 am Sun.-
Thurs. Call 936-1000 or stop by 102
Northwalk functions 8-11:30 am
Sun.-Thurs. Call 763-WALK or stop
by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sunday-
Wednesday, Angell/Haven Computing
Russkij Chaj, weekly Russian
conversation practice. MLB 3rd floor
conference rm., 4-5:00.
Off Campus Housing Day, sponsored
by Housing Information Office. Union
U of M Shotokan Karate Club,
Thursday workout. CCRB Small Gym,
Handbell Ringers needed. You must
read music. Call 764-2539 for info.
900 Burton Tower, 4:10-5:15.
Music at Mid-day, guitarist Joseph
Pratt performing. Union, Pendleton
Speak Out/Teach-In, open mike for
people of color to express their per-
spectives. Union, Pond Rms.., 6-8:00.
Intercultural Romance and Dating
discussion series. Topic: "Developing
Long Term Intercultural Friendships:
Myth and Reality." International
Center, Rm. 9, noon.
"Land of Our Children," video
documenting the social and environ-
mental effects of hydroelectric, for-
estry and mining developments in the
James Bay region of Quebec. School
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by Melissa Peerless
Daily Higher Education Reporter
An anti-war vigil turned into a
march and sit-in on a highway at
the University of Oregon in Eu-
gene, Oregon this month. The
event ended with a cloud of tear
gas and four arrests.
On Jan.15 more than 800 ac-
tivists staged a protest at the Eu-
gene Federal Building. They occu-
pied the building and surrounding
area from the early morning hours.
At approximately 9 p.m., the crowd
suddenly began marching through
The protesters walked down a
main Eugene thoroughfare to the
Eugene-Springfield border exit of
Interstate Five. I-5 is the largest
north-south connecting highway on
the West coast.
Between 200 and 300 of the
protesters then walked onto the
highway, blocking traffic in both
directions. They also occupied the
exit and entrance ramps.
"Cars were slamming on their
breaks and slipping into each
other. It was an extremely danger-
ous situation. Twenty-five officers
were on the highway," said Cap-
tain Tim Birr of the Eugene Police
State troopers and county sher-
iffs intervened and dispelled the
crowd using tear gas. The activists
cleared the highway and ended
their protest. No injuries were re-
"We issued five warnings to
clear the highway which were- ig-
nored so we used tear gas to force
the crowd to disperse. Our focus
was on avoiding injury," he added.
The protesters were dressed as
blood-stained soldiers. About 60
percent of the crowd were Univer-
'We knew that if we had any chance of
making any kind of state-wide or national
impact it was to block 1-5'
Oregon State University senior
as to dispel
stiy of Oregon students, according
to police reports.
Police arrested four students on
disorderly conduct charges. The
students sat in the middle of the
highway with linked arms and re-
fused to move at police insistence.
Hannah Deutsch, Anne Howard,
was to block I-5," said Sherry, a
senior studying sociology. "We
marched on to the freeway and oc-
The students were released and
are currently awaiting a trial in
district court next month.
"Everyone's getting mowed
Timothy Hromatica, and Christo-
pher Sherry were taken to Eugene
Police Station while most of the
crowd returned to the University of
"We knew that if we' had any
chance of making any kind of
state-wide or national impact it
Dems counter Engler budget cutbacks
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
House Democrats said Wednesday
their alternative budget cutting
proposal would involve only 500
state worker layoffs, compared to
up to 3,400 proposed by Gov. John
House Speaker Lewis Dodak,
(D - Birch Run), declined to re-
lease his $1.1 billion plan until
Thursday, saying it was being fine-
It will include long term strate-
gies that might redefine what are
considered to be essential services
the state should provide. It isn't ex-
pected to call for tax increases
Dodak said it would be made
up of a third budget cuts, a third
money from the state's rainy day
fund, and a third from short-term
strategies such as selling assets,
early retirement incentives, and
employee furloughs. State assets
that could be sold include the Ac-
lion budget, which would have re-
sulted in the end of the state-
funded welfare program, as well as
the closings of some mental health
As a result, nearly 8,000 work-
ers face layoffs due to across-the-
board, 9.2% cuts implemented in
most state programs.
Engler proposed taking $103
million from the state's rainy day
fund to avoid layoffs of 3,200 em-
ployees. On Wednesday, correc-
tions officials agreed to cuts that
resembled Engler's plan and will
involve closing three prisons.
Democrats want to use $333
million from the states $412 mil-
lion rainy day fund.
over by the media machine saying
the United States is a protector of
world democracy. Actually, we're
the largest anti-revolution force in
the world. We support dictators
and tyrants to insure economic
stability, Sherry said.
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