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T he fact that the United States is now fighting
a war to protect its oil interests in the Persian
Gulf once again raises issues surrounding our
energy policy -specifically, what kind of energy
we use and where we get it. But the Bush
administration's new plan to break U.S. dependency
on foreign energy sources falls far short of the
necessary reforms America so desperately needs,
and does little to address the real energy issue at
stake - our country's over-dependence on and
excessive use of oil.
The plan, unveiled by the White House last
week, focuses on exploring domestic energy
sources. Through tax incentives and deregulation,
it encourages oil, gas, and coal companies to more
effectively tap the plentiful energy resources already
available on American soil. It also provides the
opportunity for both off-shore drilling and exca-
vation in the potentially oil-rich Alaskan Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge.
Indeed, such activities pose grave environmental
dangers. Though the Alaskan wildlife preserve
may contain vast amounts of oil, one of the nation's
last high-quality national parks should not be
sacrificed for America's energy cravings. This
would represent a dangerous attitude toward energy
reform - and once again sweep the pressing issue
of conservation under the rug.
Clearly, we can no longer compromise nature
for our oil interests - the Exxon Valdez accident
Entree Il
New meal reforms offer little chi

T his week, the University's Housing Division
announced a new "meal reform" plan that
will take effect next year. While their last attempt
at reform -permitting use of Entrde Plus accounts
in the Union and North Campus Commons -
offered surface changes to the current system, this
plan makes no real progress at all.
The plan includes the insti- 7 3 .
tution of three meal plan "op-
tions." The first option is the
current plan, offering 13 meals
a week. Students will be able to
eat any 13 of the 18 offered
meals per week in the residence
hall cafeterias. .
The second option is called
"Option 9." Under this plan,
students could eat any nine
meals from Monday through
Friday, opting not to eat on
weekends. Also, the plan places p
an undetermined amount of
money in an Entrde Plus ac-
The third alternative - and
undoubtedly the worst-is the Students eat dinn
"Zero Option."Under this plan, cafeteria yesterda
students will eat no meals in the cafeterias, and
have a55 percent of their money amount placed in
an Entrde Plus account. The other 45 percent goes
to the Housing Division's coffers, and pays to
maintain residence hall operations.
In reality, these three plans offer no "options"
whatsoever. No matter which plan a student se-
lects, he or she is still forced to pay the same fee,
which is upwards of $1 ,800 per year. Housing has

of 1989 and countless other mishaps provide us
with this lesson - and policy-makers must now
focus their attentions on halting our abuse of the
planet's resources.
This country must take concerted action toward
weaning itself from its gluttonous consumption of
the planet's energy sources. Currently, the United
States comprises only six percent of the earth's
population, but consumes almost half of its pro-
duced energy sources. At the current rate, many of
these sources will soon be extinguished, leaving
the planet with a considerable energy deficiency.
America, as one of the foremost perpetrators of
energy abuse, must take a more heartened attitude
in ensuring this does not occur. In the short term,
this means cutting back on use of gasoline, and
more importantly, it means increased testing of
alternative energy sources - many of which are
more practical and could be implemented with
today's technology. The initial expenses of such
programs would be offset by mass production and
the savings we would accrue ecologically and
The fact that the Bush administration's plan
offers little to these ends is symptomatic of the lax
attitude toward energy preservation, and could
ultimately put the American public in a precarious
situation. If genuine conservation efforts do not
begin soon, we will bear the burden of a planet
robbed of its natural riches.
ange from status quo
held students hostage with such tactics for years,
and the time for genuine change in the system is
A Housing official made a ludicrous attempt at
defending this inflexible policy by saying, "Every-
one ought to share in the fixed costs -even if one
person buys out." This is simply untrue.
Otheruniversities, such as the
University of Pennsylvania,
Duke and Yale offer students liv-
ing in the residence halls the
option of not signing up for the
meal plan at all. And none of
these schools has experienced the
financial catastrophe in the meal
services divisions that our own
Housing Division claims will
True meal reform would give
students in the residence halls
real choices. It would force the
Housing Division to act respon-
sibly and create a realistic plan of
meal services that appeals to a
JOSE JUAREZDaily variety of interests - where stu-
n West Quad dents pay for what they eat, and
no more. If that were the case,
students might actually choose to enroll in the meal
plan, rather than begrudgingly eating in the cafete-
For now, however, students are encouraged to
attend the forums sponsored by the Housing Di-
vision next week to express their disgust with the
current programs - and the new "reforms." If
Entrpe won't change on its own, students must
force it to with vocal opposition.

quiets opposition
To the Daily:
In an open letter to the
University, President James J.
Duderstadt stressed the impor-
tance of respecting differing
opinions. Does he respect the 70
percent of the student body
opposed to deputization? Ille-
gally locking them out of an
"open" meeting is an odd way to
show it.
Furthermore, that letter was
written in response to demands
that the University take a stand
against the war by ceasing to
develop military technology. He
claimed to be neutral, but failed to
explain the neutrality of develop-
ing the horrific fuel-air explo-
Many people are under the
impression that toleration of
dissent equals respect for the
opinions of others. But letting
somebody speak without telling
them to shut-up is not necessarily
One must listen, and then
address concerns in a forthright
manner. And Duderstadt is
neither the only example of this
type of disrespect, nor the most
On the eve of war, President
Bush was asked what he had to
say to Americans against the war.
He said, "sometimes you gotta do,
whatcha gotta do." He might just
as well have said to that 50
percent of the country, "Well,
you're just shit-out-a-luck, now,
aren't ya?"
Now, those same people are in
the position of wondering if their
dissent might harm their loved
ones who were sent to Saudi
Arabia the week after the mid-
term elections.
Is that respect for democracy?
Bush has shown no respect for
democratic values, he has
shamelessly manipulated the
political process, and continues to
ignore dissent. And I am afraid
that the day he stops ignoring us,
it will not be to listen.
Ken Polsky
LSA senior

Students must
act against war
To the Daily:
On Tuesday evening, the
Undergraduate Political Science
Association held a broad-based
forum that was so poorly attended
that the University community
ought to be ashamed.
The nation is at war. Yes,
students are safe - for now. I ask
what will it take for students to
become concerned enough to
participate in dialogue necessary
to its resolution? Do their lives
need to be threatened?
We, as members of a country
that plans to devastate the
political and ecological stability
of a region (and possibly a
hemisphere) in the next six
months, have an obligation to
engage in politics for the sake of
the people's lives that are being
violated by our action.
This war is being committed
in our names. People are being
killed in our names.
We will have to explain or
deny to the families of those who
are murdered that their deaths
were necessary; that there was no
alternative but that their lives
were sacrificed.
Despite the sterility of the
news people are being, and will
be killed in mass numbers.
If students care about people
- American, Iraqi, Israeli, Arab
or simply your own hide, then
they should be acting; they need
to be acting.
Be afraid, be very afraid. We
will never forget this war.
Eric Antonow
LSA senior
Activists' mockery
damages their cause
To the Daily:
I had to laugh out loud when I
read in the Daily (2/8/91) that
LaTrice Dixon, a participant in
the activist takeover of the public
comments session of the regent's
meeting, was dismayed that the
regents aren't taking them

I find it quite amusing that
Dixon can't figure out why that is,
when the front page of the Daily
features a photo of David
"Dandelion" Rosenberg, dressed
to the hilt in high-fashion drag
(with very nice earrings, I might
Who could possibly take such
a ridiculous group of people even
one bit seriously? Certainly, least
of all, the duly elected regents of
this University.
And then there was poor,
indignant Kimberly Smith, who
was mad that President Duder-
stadt didn't drop everything in his
schedule to respond to a letter
filled with demands of question-
able sensibility and value that
wasn't even signed by anyone.
A suggestion to the activists
- it's the regents' game, so play
it their way. I know, it chafes to
try to achieve political goals
without the benefit of placards,
mindless chants, and lists of
However, I am quite certain
that the regents would react far
more favorably to a small group
of people who are conservatively
dressed in gender-appropriate
clothing, and who present a well-
reasoned and rational argument,
than to sophomoric pranks and
rowdy, disdainful, sign-carry ing~
Mike Pelletier
Engineering junior
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Obtaining the American dreaiftn?

IROUNDUP Recruitin
Corporate America continues to frequent Indiana
University despite the ongoing recession and hiring
freezes. Although most budgets are too tight to hire
now, companies are still inviting students to interviews
with the intention of hiring far fewer employees than in
previous years - or none at all.
However, this is the nature of corporate America.
Corporations will continue to tantalize prospective
employees by flaunting the so- called "opportunities
that exist" within the companies to keep up their images.
They control the strings of any puppet who desperately
wants a piece of the capitalist American pie.
And in order to even take a crumb, a prospective
employee must play by someone else's rules.
Given the dismal picture, a little reevaluation of job
search strategies is necessarily in order. Getting the
initial job in the corporate scene will require a little more
than usual.

g deception
Take control of the job search instead of waiting for
a scheduled interview to appear on the Vaxmail. The
College of Arts and Sciences Career Planning and
Placement center has literally thousands of listings for
possible employment in numerous areas.
The campus library has information on jobs in
specific geographic locations.
Individual departments can offer advice about where
to begin looking. And even ifajob does not appear upon
graduation, nothing beats the practical experience and
connections made during an internship.
In the days of a recession when the unemployment
figure looms around 6.1 percent and the job prospects
are the bleakest they have been in 20 years, good things
come to those who motivate.
Feb. 4, 1991, The Indiana Daily Student
by Carol Kaufmann
Indiana University

Thirty-one years ago this month,
four students at a Black college in
Greensboro, North Carolina seated
themselves at a Woolworth's lunch
counter where only whites were al-

lowed to
eat. They
were re-
fused ser-
vice, and
they re-
fused to
leave. Not
what to do,
closed the
l u n c h
counter for
the day.
Most of

suring, especially American story:
through hard work and struggle,
one can overcome all disadvantages
and rise from rags to riches.
But one of the most American
things about this story is that it isn't
true, and the problem is not just that
somewhere, somehow, the cher-
ished American Dream soured for
those who once believed in it. The
bigger problem lies in the fact that
for many people, the American
dream never existed. The Civil
Rights movement couldn't change
this reality. And, in an ironic twist,
the state that gave birth to the sit-ins
in 1960 makes this point best.
With the lowest level of union-
ization in the country, North Caro-
lina is a corporation's paradise. It
now leads the country in the num-
ber of added manufacturing jobs; in
the last three years alone, it has
dded 3 00n000-a msnv setroit

In eastern North Carolina - which
has the state's highest concentration
of African Americans - the per-
centage of people without indoor
plumbing is the same as in Lima,
Peru. The state's infant mortality
rate-in a nation which has slipped
to 21st in this category - is the
highest in the country.
The only thing that the 1960
Greensboro of our American fairy
tale shares with this living hell is
geography. And North Carolina is
not alone. The entire South, for all
its self-promotion as a spanky new
phoenix rising from the ashes of a
Jim Crow past, draws its new vitality
by playing on the same racist themes
which have always divided its white
workers from their African Ameri-
can co-workers.
Until those divisions are over-
come, workers throughout the South
will continue to work in non-uninn



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Greensboro sit-ins. Along with vi-
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