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Page 4- The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, February 20, 1991
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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Edited and Managed
by Students at the
University of Michigan

ANDREW GOTTESMAN
Editor in Chief
STEPHEN HENDERSON
DANIEL POUX
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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T wo weeks ago, the University Board of Re-
gents voted to allocate $1.6 million from the
University's general fund to execute the long-
needed renovation of some of the University's
classrooms and auditoriums. Auditoriums in C.C.
Little and the Natural Science Building - in
addition to classrooms in the Modem Language
Building (MLB), C.C. Little, and the School of
Education - are scheduled for modernization.
It is encouraging to see that the regents now
recognize the need to adequately maintain Univer-
sity facilities. Classrooms and auditoriums must
meet minimum standards in order to accommodate
an enriched learning environment, and renovation
of the University's worst buildings now - while
theircost ofrepairis still relatively minimal-will
save untold amounts of money in the future.
But the regents' willingness to liberally spend
limited resources on buildings - even as they cut
and slow-feed the people that make up the Univer-
sity community - is disheartening and must be
contained. In recent negotiations with the Gradu-
ate Employees Organization (GEO), the Univer-
sity Bargaining Committee has repeatedly refused
to giveTAs decent compensation-let alone agree
to pay them for the extensive overtime hours they
spend grading papers, tutoring, and preparing out-

side the classroom.
Moreover, financial aid programs need to be
greatly expanded as rising tuition, room, and board
costs increasingly make an education the privilege
of an elite few. The University needs to increase the
number and size of its scholarships, thereby mak-
ing colleges accessible to the students who can
least afford them.
The University must also earmark more funds
forminority recruitment and retention programs so
that it might truly achieve the diversity for which
President Duderstadt's Michigan Mandate sup-
posedly strives. *
The regents must also affirm the University's
commitment to the surrounding community by
creating policies that acknowledge its commit-
ments to Ann Arbor and its growing homeless
population.
The up-keep of buildings is important; any
first-rate learning institution must maintain its
"ivory towers." But unless the University wants to
exist in an ivory tower universe, these other priori-
ties must come first. People - not concrete -
contribute most to this University, and they de-
serve first consideration when the regents spend
our money.

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Campus safety
Students on oversight committee must protect student interests

L ast week, University Provost Gilbert Whitaker
released the names of the four students who
will fill seats on the newly-formed Safety and
Security Advisory Panel, set up to address issues
such as campus deputization. President Duderstadt
would like us to believe that he has thereby fully
met students' justifiable concern that they have
some input on decisions directly affecting their
lives. But he has done nothing of the kind.
Like most of the University's touted blue ribbon
panels, this one --on which students are a minority
- will have no direct policy-making power, in-
stead, it will only be able to suggest policy changes
to University administrators.
Hence the students serving on the committee -
while they should not underestimate their potential
influence with the administration - must recog-
nize how narrow their mandate actually is. Though
they are the only officially recognized student
voice on the issue of campus deputization - and
must be as vocal as possible in pressuring admin-
istrators to serve student interests -they must also
be fully aware that their collective voice may go
unheard.
Until now, protests and sit-ins have provided
students with their only means of making the
University listen to their concerns and demands.
Iraqi bunkE

As the regents grow increasingly intransigent in
the face of those demands, the newly formed panel
assumes a prominence completely disproportion-
ate to its actual power-it now represents the only
venue through which students can make themselves
heard.
This is a sad commentary on how little space
remains for students to express their opinion. Until
students are offered significantly more power and
representation than they have now, they will have
no choice but to maintain protest in an effort to
open up more space.
In the interim, students and anti-deputization
protesters should lobby the four students on the
panel. Though this will place these students -
besieged by both students and administrators - in
a difficult position, hopefully, they will remember
which of those two forces they have been selected
to represent.
Students are counting on the committee mem-
bers to represent student interests in the continuing
effort to increase campus safety. Should they either
fail to do so, or find themselves obstructed from
doing so by the University, then the protests wit-
nessed in early November will have to commence
again - creating more space and obtaining more
power.

Article incorrect
To the Daily:
We greatly appreciate the
Daily's long-time and continuing
support of the lesbian, gay male,
and bisexual members of our
campus community and, in
particular, the many positive
references the Daily has made to
the work of the Lesbian-Gay Male
Programs Office (LGMPO) and to
our need for adequate funding.
We would like to point out
that the Daily, in its 1/28/91
editorial, again demonstrated its
concern for the rights of lesbians,
gay men, and bisexuals.
In so doing, the Daily errone-
ously stated that "massive budget
cuts in September forced LGMPO
to make major cutbacks in the
services they offer."
In reality, no budget cut was
incurred. Rather, the LGMPO,
along with other offices in
Student Services, shared in a
welcome 3 percent increase in
funding over the amount allocated
to us in 1989-90.
Billie L. Edwards
James Toy
L GMPO co-Coordinators
South Quad
door controversy
To the Daily:
This is in response to a letter
from 2/6/91 titled "Question the
War." In it, the author writes
about a "SUPPORT OUR
SOLDIERS, SUPPORT THE
WAR" door.
Since it is my door, I'd like to
set the story straight. My room-
mate and I do not support war.
There is not a single statement on
our door asking people to support
war. Instead, we ask people to
support our soldiers and our
country.
Another sign asks people to
keep their opinions off our door.
This is because someone de-
stroyed our signs and replaced
them with views of their own.
We encourage people to

To the Daily:
Thanks for including the
section on the Shorin-Ryu
Karate club in the Daily's
Weekend Edition ("Kicking is
the habit," Weekend, 2/15/91).
It was well written, and
undoubtedly helped to dispel
some of the popular miscon-
ceptions about our discipline.
However, I can't help but
wonder why the entire edition
focused only on men. Our
club, for instance, is one-third
to one-half women. This is
similar to the proportion one
finds at the CCRB as a whole.
So why the disparity?
Showing women exercising
would not make them seem
any less feminine, and could
only improve relations
between the sexes.
Joe Chrenka
LSA junior
Women are
athletic, too
To the Daily:
I was greatly disappointed
by the Weekend edition of 2/
15/91, "The Student Body."
All four articles were on men
who work out.
Now would it not have
been more appropriate to title
it "The Male Body?" Now, I
know that many women work
out and are in sports clubs but
the Daily chose not to feature

Where were the women?

Pumpin' up
any of them, perpetrating the
myth that women are weak
and non-athletic.
There are many women
who are strong and athletic.
They play all sorts of sports
like rugby, soccer, volleyball
and quite a few that practice
martial arts including myself.
Maybe in the next Weekend
Magazine the Daily was
planning to have "The Student
Body II" featuring women.
Nancy Walker
LSA junior

I

display conflicting opinions, but
we ask that they don't squelch
others' views. An educated
decision can only be made
through informed debate, and the
only way all sides of an issue will
be presented is if individuals
express their opinions. However,
we ask people not to ridicule us
for our views and to leave our
door alone.
Kathryn A. Milligan
LSA first-year student

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 48109," or they can
be sent via MTS to "The
Michigan Daily Letters to the
Editor." The Daily reserves the
right to edit letters for style and
space.

Civilian deaths provide another reason to be anti-war

L ast week's bombing of an Iraqi bomb shelter
- which killed 400 civilians- has caused an
uproar concerning U.S. and U.N. objectives and
strategies in the Persian Gulf war. Ostensibly fight-
ing to oust the Iraqi Army from Kuwait, the U.N.
coalition's saturation bombing of Baghdad has
dramatically expanded both the focus and poten-
tial victims of the Gulf war.
President George Bush has tried to shift the
blame for the deaths to Iraq, claiming that the
civilians were intentionally placed in what the
Pentagon claims is a command center. Though
Washington has yet to produce any evidence for
this claim, the question of whether either Washing-
ton or Baghdad willfully murdered these civilians
is largely beside the point.
Dropping thousands of tons of explosives -
courtesy of 80,000-plus air sorties - on a country
and its densely populated capital will inevitably
kill people. Even the Pentagon's dubious claim
that its pilots and technology have performed ac-
curately 90 percent of the time represents an ac-
knowledgment that 10 percent of the time they
make mistakes.
This margin of error translates into a lot of
bombs falling on Iraqi civilians - and ultimately

a high rate of casualties. In the last week alone, 30
Jordanian refugees were killed when a U.S. pilot
bombed their bus, and 150 Iraqis were killed when
a British plane bombed their apartment structure.
Undoubtedly, during the five weeks of the war -
- and, in particular, given the mass bombing of
13aghdad - the number of Iraqi casualties has
been extremely high.
Though none of these casualties were neces-
sary, they are a part of the grim reality of war, and
should serve as yet another reason why this conflict
should never have begun. If George Bush had used
U.S. might and influence to pursue peace instead
of war, the air sorties that are wreaking irreparable
damage in Iraq and Kuwait would never have
happened. If George Bush would agree now to a
cease fire and then pursue negotiations, he could
avoid the incalculable damage to the American
economy and the Middle Eastern peoples which
mounts with every day that this country is at war.
The bombing of the Iraqi bunker is, in and of
itself, ahuge tragedy. Indeed, all deaths are. But the
greater tragedy involves the fact that the brutal
lessons of war have not yet been heeded. Unless
they are, many more incidents like this one will
occur before the war ends.

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Engler: making the right choices

Last week, Gov. John Engler
issued his first state of the state
address and offered a new outlook
on the purpose and duty of the
Michigan state government.
Engler
proposed a
govern- Brad
ment exist-
ing within Bern atek
its means
and pursu-
ing specific
ends. Real-
izing thats
the state
now faces a4
$1 billion
deficit,
Engler has
decided to cut back expenditures
instead of falling back on the easiest
fund-raiser - a tax hike.
Soon after announcing across-
the-board spending cuts in all de-
partments - except education -
Engler was accused of being "mean
spirited." Among these cuts, three
groups have taken particular offense

detract from the efficiency and ef-
fectiveness of the state's main ser-
vices. A huge bureaucracy has de-
veloped over the years that has in-
creased the state's payroll, but done
little to better the state's services.
Our state government should not
be a provider of jobs at any cost -
instead it should serve the citizens
as a whole in protecting their in-
alienable rights. It is unfortunate
that people will lose their jobs, but
it is unreasonable to subvert the
state's primary purpose in order to
subsidize 7,000 workers who are
not essential to maintaining the
government.
As to trimming social service, it
is debatable whether or not social
services should occupy such an
extensive position.
Presently, government inter-
vention in social services has proven
itself ineffective in dealing with
social problems - yielding short-
term maintenance and long-term
deferment of an actual solution. As
long as we defer such a responsi-
bility to a bureaucratic agency

deters voluntary involvement -
which more efficiently addresses
theseproblems and maximizes their
resources focusing on the problem,
not a governmental infrastructure.
Lastly, it is strange that the arts
should seek government support.
Arts funding does not deserve nor
should it come from government
sources.
In the firstplace, artcaters mostly
to a select minority and it is unfair to
force all citizens to support the
luxuries of the few.
If these privileged few find the
arts such a necessity, then allow
them to bear the cost, not the entire
state.
Also, ifart seeks to remain ahead
of society, then it should not look to
the government for support. In do-
ing so, the artists come under the
detrimental influence of the major-
ity. One need only refer to the Na-
tional Endowment for the Arts and
attempts by certain groups or people
to modify, change or reject art that
displeases the morality of the ma-
jority.

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