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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
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University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
Opinion Editors

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nsensitivity toward student concerns embod-
ies the University Board of Regents' attitudes
and policies. Whether one points to the issue of
deputization, the inclusion of gay males and lesbi-
ans in regental bylaw 14.06, or a multitude of other
campus dilemmas, student voices have consis-
tently fallen on deaf ears with the regents, and the
-University community has come to take this for
w granted.
But when a regent openly displays contempt for
students and their interests, the community can no
longer roll over and accept the board's thoughtless
tactics, and must vocalize its disgust with regental
Regent NealNielsen (R-Brighton) provides the
most recent example of regental attempts to si-
lence the student voice, and his actions warrant -
at the very least - criticism, and perhaps even a
call for his resignation.
After the public comments session of the re-
gents' meeting two weeks ago - which was dis-
rupted when 12 University students posing as
regents took over the hour-long session -Nielsen
felt a need to airhis own opinion on current regent-
student interaction. Stating that "student demon-
strators don't have the proper social graces to
warrant discussion," Nielsen proposed the suspen-
sion of involved University students and the termi-
hiation of TA contracts as deterrents against further
Nielsen's public disregard for students' rights
- especially TAs'- to freely express themselves
is inexcusable, and can only further deteriorate the
already ineffective means for dialogue between
students and administrators.
Without any way to effectively air their griev-
ances - the public comments sessions hardly
cultivate productive dialogue - students, both
Even low-level waste should be
I narecent shift in environmental policy, the
I Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC) declared that 40 percent of the country's
low-level nuclear waste is now "below regulatory
concern." Now, low-level nuclear waste, which
may be harmful to humans, can be disposed of in
the same ways we dispose of everyday garbage.
This ease in regulations will allow the govern-
ment, industries and research institutes -including
universities - to dump their low-level waste into
ordinary landfills. Many of these landfills are lo-
cated in population centers, and area residents will
be dangerously close to radioactive materials that
could cause sickness - or even death.
According to NRC figures, only about one in
100,000 residents will die from exposure to these
radioactive materials. But Joe Pagan, executive
director of Michigan Environmental Defense, an
environmental group lobbying the Michigan State
Legislature on this issue, claims that the NRC's
-own staff admits casualty rates will be as much as
10 times this amount.
Equally frightening is the NRC's denial of the
connection between exposure to low-level radio-
active waste and increased human illness. The
NRC does not admit that young children, fetuses,
and the elderly are especially vulnerable to sickness
from radiation.
In 1989, the University decided to modify the
North Campus Incinerator Building to accommo-
- date increasing levels oflow-level hazardous waste.

undergraduates and TAs, have resorted to guerilla
tactics to express their concerns. Several public
comments sessions have been disrupted by these
While the students' actions may be inappropri-
ate - and, in some cases, childish - the regents
are undoubtedly more concerned with what the
students are saying than with the manner in which
they actually say it.
The board's track record with students proves
nothing less than an overriding desire to run rough-
shod over student interest in favor of its own
whims. By making an example of the students that
disrupted this month's meeting, Nielsen hopes to
stave off further demonstrations, and ultimately
eliminate student opposition entirely.
By callously attempting to deny the TAs' and
undergraduates' rights to free speech, the regents
are being negligent in their duties. As the elected
representatives of this University, the regents have
a responsibility to the students and the campus
first. This means the ensured protection of student
rights -not their suppression. Nielsen has simply
proposed a police-state tactic, aimed not at pro-
tecting students, but shielding the regents from
Students must not take this action lying down.
We must assert ourselves to the regents-especially
Nielsen - and demand that our rights not only be
protected, but guaranteed.
Until the students and regents come to a nego-
tiated agreement concerning effective communi-
cation, annoying disruptions and misunderstand-
ings on both sides will continue. But, in the
meantime, the regents cannot violate student rights,
and students must ensure that this suppression is
not allowed.
disposed of properly
Residents living in the area were not notified.
People living in the Northwood V apartments live
only 300 meters away from the dump, and the
surreptitious manner in which the University ar-
ranged for this conversion indicates that the resi-
dents' best interest is clearly not a priority.
It is evident that the University is pursuing a
pattern long established with nuclear waste disposal
- dumping potentially dangerous substances in
poor people's neighborhoods. The University has
selected the Northwood facility as its site because
the residents there have little influence in govern-
ment and lack the political clout to do anything to
stop the incinerator's conversion.
While it is certainly cheaper to convert an old
incinerator for nuclear storage 300 meters away
from people's homes than to build a new one a safe
distance away, this is exploiting people who have
few alternatives. The University must learn that it
cannot cut corners when dealing with people's
It is critically important for the University to
take the strictest possible security measures in its
waste storage facilities regardless of theirlocation.
The federal government's new policy indicates
that risking citizens' lives is more attractive than
dealing with the cost of effectively regulating
harmful waste. Despite this callous policy, the
University must demonstrate a commitment to the
surrounding community and maintain the highest
standards - no matter what the cost.





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Caption incorrect
To the Daily:
Having been a tour guide for
the past two years, I was immedi-
ately drawn to the photograph on
the front page of the Daily (2/12/
91) titled "Pointing the way."
After reading the caption,
however, I was dismayed at the
inaccuracies it contained.
Amazin' Blue Preview -
described in the caption as "the
student organization that runs
campus tours" - is a program
run bythe Undergraduate
Admissions Office. It is a day-
long event for admitted in-state
students. The students talk to
counselors and faculty, attend
classes and get a tour of the
campus by paid tour guides.
As you can see, Amazin' Blue
is not a student organization, nor
does it focus mainly on tours.
The student organization
which has been providing tours of
central campus for almost 30
years is the Student Alumni
Council (SAC). While the
Amazin' Blue tours are given
only to in-state accepted students,
SAC gives 17 hour-long tours
weekly to anyone interested,
including prospective students
and their families, alumni, and
other campus visitors.
Last year alone the SAC gave
tours to more than 10,000 people.
These tours are given by student
volunteers who are members of
I applaud the Daily for its
attempt to publicize an
organization's activities, yet I am
disappointed that inaccurate facts
may mislead its readers.
Geoffrey Jones
Student Alumni Council
Oppose the draft
To the Daily:
I am writing in response to the
Daily editorial on the draft
("Bring back the draft: A call-up
would equalize the burden of a
Gulf war," 1/24/91).
Volunteer American forces in

Saudi Arabia chose the military as
the best of the options open to
them. Forced service is slavery.
No amount of word-play can get
around the fact that the draft is
involuntary servitude, and
therefore unconstitutional. If the
Daily supports the draft, it
supports "justified slavery."
America is the home of the
brave, but what is bravery? The
person who says, "If drafted, I
guess I'll go," has neither the
integrity to join the military on
their own convictions nor the guts
to refuse servitude. Thebrave
person has the courage to act on
their own judgment and stands
against all who would compel
them to do otherwise.
We are responsible. Congress
can reinstate the draft only if we
allow it. We should remember
this when a friend or loved one
dies because of the draft. Then we
should re-think our commitment
to "sacrifice." Oppose the draft
now - before there is a draft to
Nik Gervae
LSA senior
Article hid truth
To the Daily:
Like Jennifer Knoll, ("A
Passage to Israel," Weekend, 2/8/
91)1, too made a "Passage to
Israel" last summer.
My "passage," however, was
quite different than that of
Knoll's. I spent my summer in the
West Bank, which is a world apart
from the airport in Tel Aviv. In
the West Bank and Gaza -
where Palestinians are routinely
uprooted (or "transferred" as
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's
latest cabinet member euphemisti-
cally refers to it) and unemployed
by the hundreds of thousands of
new immigrants arriving from the
Soviet Union, Ethiopia and
Eastern Europe - there are no
"adoption" programs. There is
only the frustration and anger of a
people dispossessed by years of
Israeli occupation and settlement.
Knoll tells us that "Israel's
government and people have been

working terribly hard to absorb
this enormous wave of immi-
grants into Israeli society." That is
a lie.
The gains of the Israeli
immigrants are made at the
expense of the Palestinian people.
For the taking of a job by a
Soviet, Ethiopian, or Eastern
European immigrant, means
another Palestinian will go
without one. Every plot of land
tilled by an immigrant, moreover,
means one less Palestinian farm.
While the injustice of this
situation infuriates me, the
blindness Knoll advocates angers
me far more. Her suggestion that
the American media deliberately
ignore Israeli brutality and focus
on something she calls a "high-
light" is despicable.
Using Knoll's logic, can we
infer that ABC or CBS should
give kudos to the Soviet govern-
ment for its supposed "highlight"
- glasnost - while ignoring the
state of affairs in the Republics? I
shudder thinking about the
consequences of such selectivity.
Nella R. Semaj
Ann Arbor resident

SAUSI moves
weekly meeting
To the Daily:
Because of the Revolutionary
Workers' League (RWL) consis-
tent disruptions, Students Against
U.S. Intervention in the Middle
East (SAUSI) will hold its regular
Monday night meeting at 8 p.m.
tonight at the Friends' Meeting
House. This is located at 1416
Hill Street, one house away from
the intersection with Olivia.
The meeting will feature an
educational discussion of the role
of oil in the Persian Gulf conflict.
All members of the commu-
nity are encouraged to attend this
David Levin
SAUSI Action Committee


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equalwity "in the ERA
"It is unthinkable to me... that some women's liberationist would entertain the notion that women should be
drafted in exchange for passage of the ERA... If (this) means that I am going to become an equal participant in
the exploitation of the world; that I am going to bear arms against other Third World people who are fighting
to reclaim what is rightfully theirs- then 1 say fuck the ERA." --Pat Parker

O Energy r
Three major oil shocks in the past 17 years should
have taught us something by now. That the United
States is now fighting a war for something George Bush
has called "energy security" - meaning U.S. security
hinges on the free flow of world oil supples, now and in
the future-demonstrates most obviously that we have
not learned anything at all.
The health of the U.S. economy is dependent, in
large part, on the price of crude oil. Currently, around 85
percent of this country's energy needs are met by
burning fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal. Of
these, oil accounts for about half. The United States
imports 44.9 percent of the oil it uses, of which 26.3
percent comes from the Persian Gulf region. Should the
supply of oil be interrupted, the resulting price increase
could have horrendous effects on the economy.
The real costs of maintaining this economy extend

ef orm
far beyond just the per-barrel price of oil. When the
hidden costs - environmental costs, the costs of
maintaining troops in Saudi Arabia, etc. - are taken
into account, the price tag increases to nearly $80 per
barrel, according to a 1990 World-watch Institute re-
port. The cost of U.S. "energy security" has impelled
President Bush to echo the call for a comprehensive
energy policy.
A long-term policy must include significant conser-
vation measures such as increased auto efficiency
standards and a renewed emphasis on public transpor-
tation. Any new energy policy must also include a
commitment to developing alternative energy sources.
Feb. 4,1991, The Minnesota Daily
University of Minnesota

There is a war being fought by
the United States, and listening to
the news, one would think it is be-
ing waged entirely by men. Only
men are planning, only men are

only men
are affected
(except for.
the occa-
sional tear-
ful mother
or wife) and
only men
can offer a
So it
stands to
reason that

movement, once again you are
hearing men.
There are women who benefit
from this war, and there are many
women who suffer as a result of this
war. But still, on both sides, those
who are vocal - and those who are
listened to - are men. Why?
Men are involved because they
are taught to be political, and they
are heard because we have been
taught that world affairs are for and
about men. It's not just from dis-
cussion of this war - but from
politics and political change in
general - that women are system-
atically excluded.
Some will argue that this is not
true. After all, we did hear all about
the Equal Rights Amendment

is being fought for the right to ex-
ploit them? Or the sterilized Puerto
Rican women who are victims of a
war fought to keep them under con-
trol? What about the African
American women who comprise
one-third of all U.S. enlisted
All too often these women are
ignored by both the male power
structure and too many of the women
fighting that structure. While some
women win "gains" for the women's
movement, they do so at the expense
of other women who are even more
forcefully silenced as a threat to
"the American way of life."
Both groups of women claim to
be fighting for women's rights. One,
the less threatening of the two, is



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