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420 Maynard Street ANDREW GOTI'ESMAN
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 Editor in Chief
Edited and Managed STEPHEN HENDERSON
by Students at the DANIEL POUX
University of Michigan Opinion Editors
Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board.
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
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Ly ast week the Board of Regents at Eastern
Michigan University (EMU) made a bold
decision to discontinue use of a 61-year-old "Hu-
ron" nickname and logo, because of its derogatory
stereotyping of Native Americans.
Their 6-0 vote to drop their Indian mascot was
the result of constant pressure from the Michigan
Civil Liberties Commission (MCRC), which asked
all high schools and colleges to change all such
emblems in 1988. After taking several years to
arrive at a decision, the EMU board of regents
arrived at the proper conclusion.
This was a case of good government in practice.
The MCRC made a request -not a demand - for
the change. EMU then reviewed the request, and
decided to keep the mascot. The regents later
reversed this ruling because of pressure from sev-
eral Native American groups. Their response -
though not swift - was appropriate and certainly
not forced.
The University will be allowed to continue to
use the mascot until it exhausts current supplies of
stationary, sweatshirts, and other paraphernalia
bearing the discarded symbol. In this manner, the
change softens the blow to those who disagree with
the decision on the basis of tradition.

Much fuss has been made recently about "po-
litically correct" thought and this decision has
added new fire to the controversy. Some claim a
radical elite is secretly working to "educate" the
masses by simply outlawing anything that doesn't
fit into their vision of the world. Some universities
have adopted policies restricting free speech, which
are often in contradiction with our First Amend-
ment rights.
This is undoubtedly a different situation. EMU
decided to give a sympathetic ear to a group who
felt unfairly portrayed, and the controversy was
resolved through the appropriate channels. This is
not an attack on the right to free speech; rather, it
glorifies the principle.
The First Amendment guarantees us an in-
alienable right to express ourselves as we see fit.
But contingent on that right is a responsibility to
ensure our expressions do not infringe upon
another's. In this case, the responsibility that comes
with the First Amendment was used to convince
the skeptical public that including Native Ameri-
cans in a group reserved for Wolverines, Tigers,
Falcons, and Oilers was insulting and dehumanizing
to a segment of the American people.

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The people, united...
Anti-war movements must consolidate efforts to be successful

W hen more than 3,000 members of the com-
munity gathered on Jan. 15 to protest U.S.
involvement in the Gulf, it seemed as though the
anti-warmovementhad finally emerged as a broad-
based, unified force. Students, faculty and Ann
Arbor residents from across the political spectrum
crowded the steps of the Michigan Union, and the
springboard for a strong!
movement was in place.
However, since that
time, the springboard has
collapsed, and the
movement has splintered
into several small, spe-
cial interest groups --.
each toting its own spe-
cific anti-war message.
The Ad Hoc Com-i
mitteeofPeople of Color
Against the War, Stu-
dents Against U.S. In-
tervention in the Middle
East (SAUSI), and nu-
merous other groupsude on Jan. 15.
have held individual ral-
lies, protests, sit-ins and die-ins, but there have
been few cooperative efforts taking place. Each
group competes to get their own message across-
with little acknowledgement of the others. This
lack of unity has weakened the voice against the
war, and could potentially end the movement en-
tirely.
Indeed, it is important that these individual
groups remain active; the war affects each group
differently, and theirconcernsneed to be addressed.
But the lack of a coordinating body incorporating

all of these concerns has created a confusing disar-
ray of agendas, and the movement's leadership
must take steps now to remedy the situation.
Clearly, only a well-focused movement will be
effective. The anti-deputization movement- and
countless otherpast campus efforts-lostmuch of
its momentum because of a diluted focus. It was
difficult for potential ac-
tivists to identify exactly
what the issue at stake
entailed, and conse-
quently, many students
lost interest.
This problem has al-
ready begun to surface
within the anti-war
movement. Few students
that participated in the
Jan. 15 rally are still in-
volved, and the majority
of the community has
JOSE JUAREVOaily returned to the apathetic
mieet in the Middle East status quo. The "business
as usual" attitude has re-

The time for
diplomacy is past
To the Daily:
John Cahill and Lorraine
Bayard-De Volo, in their article,
"Memorial destruction shows
hypocrisy of war supporters," (1/
28/90) wrote, "If the conse-
quences (of war) include the mass
murder of civilians and troops, we
feel such support is unconscio-
nable." They also wonder, "why
give up on diplomacy over
Kuwait after only five months?"
Correct me if I am wrong, but
hadn't several high-ranking
diplomats from several different
countries met with Iraqi officials
in attempts to resolve the conflict
peacefully? What other diplo-
matic measures remained? Do
they not"know that the result of
worldwide economic sanctions
against Iraq is the starvation of its
people?
How curious it is that in one
paragraph they are against the
"killing and maiming of innocent
civilians from Baghdad...," and in
the next paragraph they are for the
starvation of the very people they
are supposedly trying to protect.
The underlying message that
comes out of the anti-war
movement is that nothing is worth
fighting for. That is truly a sad
thought.
Mark Perin
Engineering first-year
student
is 'U' ethical?
To the Daily:
Recently, students have come
under fire for subscribing to
ethically questionable academic
resources such as the "Personal
Librarian" service.
On the first day of class this
term, my Political Science
professor announced that lecture
notes would be uploaded to MTS.
This was to allow students to
prepare efficiently for class, and
to rid them of the burden of note-
taking.
Two weeks later, the same
professor changed his mind,
announcing that the notes would
instead be available through a
copying store for a fee of about
$20. This copying store pays its
note-takers quite handsomely;
predictably enough, the note-taker
for the course is one of the TAs.

The students of my class are
now required to pay more than
$6,000 for notes which were
originally to be available for free.
Can we say conflict of interest?
The University claims that it is
disgusting for students to use
services like the "Personal
Librarians." I'm not defending
those students... their behavior is
indeed questionable at best.
However, it would behoove our
University administration to smell
the crap in its own backyard
before accusing outside agencies
of encouraging ethically question-
able conduct.
Andrew Melnick
LSA senior
Question the war
To the Daily:
Walking through the Diag two
weeks ago, I noticed the Gulf War
Memorial shanty had been
destroyed during the night. Later
while visiting a friend in South
Quad, I saw a "Support our
soldiers, support the war" door.
One statement on it read, "Keep
your opinions off our door." I am
saddened to think this campus is
close-minded enough to not allow
conflicting opinions.
The position of the war
protesters is that of "support the
soldiers, bring them home safely
now." Who would wish the
treatment of Vietnam veterans on
today's troops? I strongly believe
that everyone is entitled to their
own beliefs, close-minded as they
may or may not be.
My roommate is a member of
the Navy Reserve Officer
Training Corps (NROTC), loves
his country deeply, has placed a
Support Our Soldiers (S.O.S.)
poster on our door, and I respect
him for his opinion.
The purpose of my letter is
mostly to relieve the pain and fury
I feel because of the war, but also
a request to our campus to think
and question our government's
policy regarding the Middle East.
Think! It's not illegal yet!
Dave Sisson
Engineering first-year
student
Article misguided
To the Daily:
Last Thursday's editorial ("Oil
spill: Bush cannot take the

environmental high ground")
compares the Iraqi oil spill with
the Reagan/Bush environmental
record, and imputes a sinister
purpose to Bush's condemnation
of Iraq. By equating these two
events, the editorial takes the
opportunity to indulge in some
gratuitous Bush and Pentagon
bashing.
Although the Reagan and
Bush administrations have poor
environmental records, our
insensitivity to ecology far
antedates the present administra-
tion. It is largely based on
ignorance of the ultimate environ-
mental effects, and a value systemW
that emphasizes commercial
development.

PRESIDENT
GEORGE BUSHd

The Iraqi oil spill, on the other
hand, has as its ignoble purpose
the destruction of irreplaceable
natural resources. It serves no
visible humanitarian or commer-
cial purpose. It is primarily an act
of spite or malice, in accordance
with Saddam Hussein's threats.
George Bush, as the elected
representative of the American
people, has not only the right, but
even the obligation to condemn
this deliberate act of environmen-
tal despoilment.
Nor is this obligation abro-
gated by offenses (real or imag-
ined) of his administration, or of
that convenient whipping boy, the
Pentagon.

Iver

claimed our campus
while the war in the Gulf rages on.
The anti-war movement, in order to regain the
fervor it enjoyed on Jan. 15, must pool the re-
sources of the smaller groups and create an all-
encompassing anti-war organization. By consoli-
dating student efforts against the war while main-
taining the sub-groups, each group's specific agenda
could be addressed effectively. And the movement
will project a strong, unified voice against the war
in the Gulf.

Frederick J. Beutler
Professor Emeritus
The Daily encourages re-
sponses from its readers.
Letters should be 150 words or
less and include the author's
name, year in school and phone
number. They can be mailed to:
The Michigan Daily, 420
Maynard, Ann Arbor 48109, or
they can be sent via MTS to
"The Michigan Daily etters to
the Editor." The Daily reserves
the right to edit letters for style
and space.

COLLEGE
ROUNDUP Student
Newly sworn Governor Ann Richards already has
suggested one excellent choice for the UT System
Boardof Regents, but shecan make thebiggest difference
by putting a student on the board.
Richards has named the Rev. Zan Holmes, a Dallas
minister and SMU professor, as her first choice for the
UT board. Holmes, who defused the explosive John
Wiley Price controversy in Dallas last year and won the
1990 Peacemaker Award, would bring a thoughtful and
experienced voice to the UT System's racially troubled
campuses.
But appointing a student to the board would make an
equally important statement. Richards has endorsed a
bill creating a student regent, but nothing stops her from
appointing a student without the Legislature's mandate.
This year, she will fill three seats on the Board of
Regents - possibly four, if Tom Loeffler leaves to
work with the Republican National Committee. Putting
a student in one of those seats would make Richards'
promises a reality and distance the board that much
more from its ineffective, good-old-boy past.
The past decade has made it clear that a university

regents?
system of this size cannot survive unless those at the
helm understand its full mission - as an educational
enterprise, not a pseudo-corporation. Regents chosen
from the ranks of motel executives and political op-
eratives do not grasp that mission completely. While
they may see the bottom line, they miss the top priori-
ties.
A student regent would have a much closer and more
practical understanding of the System's problems every
day, not just every few months during a cursory brief-
ing.
Gov. Richards could wait until the Legislature,
never a model of efficiency and already mired in ethics
legislation and insurance reform, gives students a seat
on the board. But she would do more for students and for
the UT System by using her appointment power directly
and decisively to give the board what it desperately
needs: the voice of its most important constituents.
Jan. 16,1991, Daily Texan
by Kevin McHargue
University of Texas-Austin

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A government for the people?

Last week the 1991 Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) Presi-
dential campaign was initiated with
a poker game amongst members of
the Conservative Coalition. In light

of such an
auspicious
occasion, I
think it
timely and
prudent to
reflect upon
our distin-
guished leg-
islative body
and attempt
to sift
through the
mire of its
meaningless
resolutions

conveniently disregarded amidst the
emotional political diatribes of
various representatives.
MSA's only basic job - the
distribution of money and office
space -must be too blase for such
persons ofgreatpolitical aspirations.
Instead of using MSA as a means by
which University students might be
better served, MSA has become
merely a medium for the political
agendas of the various parties.
One need only remember the
folly of lastNovember's office space
allotment to understand.the perva-
siveness of personal and party
politics in MSA. Even MSA'spower
is limited to public opinion - at
least when there is one - and MSA
members attempted a last ditch ef-
fort to avoid blame and resnonsi-

dealt with ineffectively. Michigan
Video Yearbook may be considered
a victim, in that, after requesting a
private office on numerous occa-
sions, their office was broken into
and this may be a result of the inef-
fectual room sharing.
Furthermore, instead of dealing
with the problem, the assembly has
chosen to delegate the problem to a
committee so that they may continue
playing politics and introducing new
resolutions. Itseems as though MSA
is more concerned with the political
ramifications of their resolutions,
than in genuinely serving the most
basic needs of students.
While aspiring to become the-
moral and political pulse of this,
campus might be a noble gesture,.
there are conflicting ideas of the!

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