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420 Maynard Street ANDREW GOTTESMAN
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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MarI'tal rape
New Michigan law should prevent spousal sexual abuse

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O n Jan. 3 last year, a Detroit woman was marriage it
brutally assaulted and raped by two men. One Now th
of them was never caught. The other was her applied fin
husband. portantly,N
Until recently, this incident would have been told that su
dismissed as just a particularly perverse exaipple Frederik of
of a common phenomenon: men using the legality quite right
of marriage to treat "their" wives as if they are message to
property rather than partners. One of every seven you can pr
wives is raped by her husband who is either inca- first have a
pable or unwilling to recognize that even in mar- Conseq
riage, "No means no." assure that
Until 1988, Michigan's courts were equally around the
incapable orunwilling to recognize that rape means know that t
rape - whether it takes place within marriage or prosecution
not - and hence should be treated as a crime. But understand
the laws have changed. This month, the man who transformi
raped his wife last January became the first person message h
to be convicted under Michigan's 1988 marital included o
rape, law. For nur
The law makes it much easier for the wife to rare enoug
prosecute her husband than before, and carries a rates appr
much steeper sentence - up to life. Moreover, cessful mar
even if neither divorce proceedings nor a legal a stark war
separation is in place, the courts now recognize hurdles co
what they should have recognized a long time ago: necessary
Even in the best of marriages, the institution of relationshi
Ice, ice, baby
Students are falling... and they can't ge
Dog bite? sidewalks,
Injured on the job? Even with1
Slip and fall on your butt on the way to class? maintenan
A s thousands of University students worry last week n
about upcoming midterm exams, term pa- Often, t
pers, and summer jobs, we are burdened with yet sidewalks,
another, more immediate
concern: getting from place
to place on campus without
slipping and falling on the
ice and slush that was vir-
tually everywhere in Ann
Arbor last week.3
Students could hardly
walk 10 feet without slip-
ping into a puddle or
splashing slush on their
clothes. And it was not un-V
common to see a fellow
student completely wipe.
out, hurting him or herself, .
looking very silly and un-F
doubtedly ruining his orher
day.
But the University JOSE JUA
Grounds Crew Snow Removal Service does not close behin
remain idle in this time of crisis. It uses truck- and and suntan
tractor-mounted plows and snow brushes to re- corner. Mea
move snow from the Diag and campus sidewalks at sidewalks..
about 50 miles per hour. It also uses special trucks
to spread salt and sand in icy areas. "...call Uni
Although the University Grounds Crew makes That's 764-
every effort to clear and make safe all campus unless you

tself favors men.
at this law finally exists, it should be
mly and upheld consistently. Most im-
women throughout the state need to be
ch a law is on the books. Though Debbie
f the Michigan Women's Foundation is
to claim that the law "should send a
women who are living in fear that yes,
rosecute your husband," women must
access to that message.
uently, funds should. be allocated to
information about the law is circulated
state. Marital rape survivors need to
hey now have legal venues available for
n, and both men and women need to
[that a marriage license is not a title deed
ng women into property. To drive this
ome, a copy of the rape law should be
n all marital licenses.
merous reasons, healthy marriages are
h in our society as it is; with divorce
oaching 50 percent, a long-term, suc-
rri age is becoming an anomaly. Including
,ring about one of the most significant
)nfronting all marriages represents a
step toward assuring that one day all
ps are genuinely equal.
t up
inevitably they will miss some areas.
the help of Building Services and other
ce crews, incessant amounts of snow
made their job much more difficult.
hen, we are left with partially cleared
and students can be seen slipping and
sliding their way to class, and
occasionally ending up with
a dislocated hip.
But administrators don't
have to worry about such
problems. The heated side-
walks on either side of the
Fleming Administration
Building shield the
University's top officials
from embarrassing wipe outs
and injurious falls. Perhaps
such an innovation is in order
so the entire campus could
enjoy this privilege.
But in the meantime, Uni-
versity students need not be
completely discouraged.
REZ/Dally Warmer weather follows
d Spring Break, and frisbee on the Diag
fning in the Arb are just around the
anwhile, if you are bothered by slippery
versity Snow Removal at 764-3422.
3422. They won't know if you've fallen,
call 'em."

MUG mugs for profit,
not for environment
To the Daily:
How many of you have a
plastic mug at home? Maybe one
of your housemates has one that
you can borrow? A ceramic or tin
mug? A silly Valentine mug that
your lover gave you this year? In
any case, you do not need to buy
one from the MUG.
Under the auspices of recy-
cling, the MUG in the Union is
promoting sales of a plastic
(perhaps you have seen them)
green and purple mug with a lid
and a handle. Very attractive,
colorful, refillable and a bargain
at only $2.50, but not necessary.
Consumerism runs rampant when
one is convinced to buy some-
thing of which one has several of
equal value and utility.
Why can't we just recycle the
mugs we already have in our
cabinets and fill them up at the
MUG? Because nobody would
make a profit. But wouldn't this
be a more effective way to
recycle? Unless we buy more than
10 cups of coffee, we lose money
anyway. And that's where they
make their profit.
Though profit is in many cases
an effective motivation for
recycling, this sale of reusable
mugs at the MUG is not recy-
cling; these mugs are increasing
consumerism under the guise of
environmentalism. We must
recycle and reduce consumption
in order to conserve our re-
sources; mug sales at the MUG
are doing neither.
Christy Krieg
LSA junior
Column lacked
common sense
To the Daily:
I can't help but think Brad
Bernatek's turtle neck has
restricted the blood flow to his
brain ("Engler: making the right
choices," 2/20/90). In backing
Gov. John Engler's cuts he shows
his lack of common sense when it
comes to economic feedback.
Yes, if we cut spending, this will
solve all our problems.
For example, we can slash all
funding for things like the Detroit

Institute of Art and the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra. When
looking for a place to locate,
companies never consider quality
of life for their employees. These
art things really do "cater to only
a select minority." Good thinking.
More importantly, art
wouldn't be able to "remain ahead
of society" (whatever that means)
if it were funded by the govern-
ment. Gee, I didn't realize that art
served that purpose.
It's a good thing people who
own homes worth more then
$250,000 will receive a 20
percent or more property tax cut.
It seems for the cuts that he has
proposed, Engler can't make good
on this promise for anyone who
doesn't have a $250,000 home.
I guess Engler doesn't have a
child in any of the special
programs that will be eliminated.
He wouldn't let his own child and
hundreds of his child's friends be
scattered throughout the state so
someone in a $600,000 home can
pay $1,000 less in property tax,
would he?
Jonathan Greenberg
University graduate
Guerrilla theatre
inappropriate in class
To the Daily:
The 2/20/91 Daily reminded
me of a very uncomfortable
incident that occurred last
Monday. Pam Jordan and her
guerilla group representing the
Nonviolent Action Clearing
House (NACH) did their song and
dance in front of the Psychology
class in MLB in which I am a TA.
The article seems to represent
NACH in a positive way. How-
ever, I would like to describe the
situation from Monday.
Before lecture started, Pam
and her group asked the professor
permission to sing a song of peace
before lecture began. The
professor asked them not to, since
the classroom was not the place
for such activity. The group
appeared very angry and con-
fused. They asked why, and the
professor told them that it was his
class.
I felt likeI was watching a
group of angry pre-schoolers.
They appeared to leave, but

they instead turned on their radio
and began their song. At the end,
they received many boos from the
audience, and many students
yelled, "... this is a Psychology
class... Get out now..."
This incident set the tone for
the entire class. Not only did this
group disrupt the start of a lecture,
they were extremely disrespectful
to the professor. It was nice of
NACH to ask permission, but as
long as they do that, they should
respect any response of the
professor.
I am for free speech, but when
a group is disruptive in an
academic setting, I am quite
against that. The University of
Michigan is an academic institu-
tion, and its classrooms are no
place for a guerilla theater. If
NACH is supposedly a nonviolent
group, then they should think
twice when planning to violently
disrupt a lecture.
The emotions that this group
elicited in many people were of
anger and dismay. I propose that
disrespect for professors should
not be tolerated and that Pam and
her group be punished for their
activities.
Keep the protests outside the
classroom!
Jeffrey S. Kaufman
Rackham student
The Daily
wishes all
students, staff,
and faculty a
happy, healthy
and safe
Spring Break.
See you all
on March 4.

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Patriot or turncoat?

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Last week's U.S. bombing of a Baghdad building
that killed hundreds of Iraqi civilians brought Peter
Arnett-bashing to a new low. First, the CNN reporter/
Iraqi sympathizer was siding with Hussein by reporting
that "Iraqi officials said" allied forces had destroyed a
baby milk factory. Now, he has indeed renounced the
good old Red, White and Blue by bringing us footage of
sobbing Iraqis collecting the burned remains of their
loved ones. Such stories, our government tells us, are
Iraqi propaganda brought to us by traitors like Arnett.
Funny, our government also tells us that similar stories
coming out of Israel are called news coverage brought
to us by respectable reporters.
All sorts of people have joined the Arnett-bashing
game. A group called Accuracy in the Media has accused
Arnett of being an Iraqi sympathizer for reporting
information he receives from Iraqi officials and for
showing pictures ofcivilian areas that have been bombed.
Their brand of "accuracy" apparently depends on
whether what the reporter has to report is complimen-
tary to the U.S. position. During a recent airing of
CNN's Crossfire programs, Pat Buchanan said the U.S.
military should jam television and radio signals from
Baghdad so U.S. citizens would not be swayed to

oppose the war because of pictures of civilians being
killed. And we condemn other countries whose leaders
impose censorship on citizens as a means of social
control?
We are told that we should not believe what Arnett
is telling us because his reports are censored by the
Iraqis. Well, yes they are, and Arnett takes great pains
to tell us so every time we see his face on the screen. And
at the same time we are being told to disregard Arnett
because of Iraqi censorship, we are bombarded with
assurances from our government that all is going well in
that faraway war thing, and if we are good Americans
we will believe that and not ask questions.
U.S. leaders are engaged in a high-stakes public
relations war. They give out only the smallest tidbits of
information and only what makes them look good. They
are now questioning the patriotism of Peter Arnett in
hopes that CNN will pull him out of Baghdad.
Patriotism means a lot of things, but it should not be
a synonym for stupid.
Feb. 18, 1991, The Minnesota Daily
University of Minnesota

When students return from
Spring Break, the people who teach
almost half of their classes - the
graduate students - could be
working without a contract. By the
end of
March, TAs : -
could be on '
strike -
w h i c h
means no
classes, no R . . -
exams, and
no grades.
It isn't a
prospect I M ike
enjoy. I'm
one of those Fischer
TAs, and
like most of
my colleagues, I care passionately
about my students. I don't relish the
thought of telling them to carry on
without me. But I may have no
choice, precisely because I do care
about my students - and do want
to offer them their monev's worth.

the class was not restructured or
changed in any way, the University
paid Browning less the second time
around - while stripping him of
his tuition waiver and health ben-
efits.
N The Universityjustified the cuts
by claiming that Browning's class
took less time to teach than origi-
nally estimated. Suddenly, the 36
hours Browning had been given a
year earlier for grading were reduced
to 30. The 26 hours set aside for.
tutoring were slashed in half. And
the eight hours once provided for
grading the final were cut to six.
Browning was thereby faced
with an agonizing choice - one
that eventually confronts almost all
of us as TAs. He could abide by the
University's new rules and fictional
hour assignments - even though
School of Architecture Chair Kent
L. Hubbell openly acknowledged
that the new 317 hours' estimates
were revised to justify reduced pay.
Or Brownin- could actuallv teach

told him to quit teaching - imme-
diately.
Quit teaching - just like that.
Never mind that students were de-
pending on Browning for further
instruction, exam proctoring, exam
grading, and a final grade. Never
mind that this University, which
claims to be concerned about un-
dergraduates' education, was telling
an educator who was trying to ful-
fill his commitments to stop doing
his job.
Quit teaching -just like that. I
don't want to, and hopefully I won't
have to. But things don'tlookgood.
The University is stonewalling
shamelessly rather than negotiating
faithfully. The Graduate Employ-
ees' Organization (GEO) - the TA
union - has asked that all the
Bruce Brownings here are paid for
the hours they actually work. The
University has responded by trying
to subvert the grievance procedure
which had at least allowed Bruce
Browninoy to lodoea nrotest

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