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The Michigan Daily -Tuesday, January 15, 1991 - Page 3

Anti-war
activism
brews on
campuses
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Higher Education Reporter
As today's deadline for Saddam
Hussein to pull out of Kuwait ap-
proached with no sign of a gulf ci-
resolution, many American col-
e campuses were abuzz with stu-
dent activism.
Throughout the country, student
groups, community organizations,
and university faculty have been
planning protests, rallies, and vigils
to protest American military in-
volvement in the Persian Gulf.
More than 10,000 people turned
out for a student-organized anti-war
Sly yesterday at the University of
Minnesota in St. Paul.
"It wasn't just students. It was
also Vietnam vets. We had several
speakers," said Lida Polezt, a re-
porter for the Minnesota Daily.
On the campus of Williams Col-
lege in Williamstown, Maryland, a
vigil sponsored by student and
community groups began at 4 p.m.
*terday.
"We started at four because that's
midnight in Saudi Arabia. The vigil
will be going on all night. There has
been a lot going on here," said Jeff
Merritt of the Williams Record.
Last night, Duke University's
Student Activist Cooperative orga-
nized a peace march, rally, and can-
dlelight procession for an expected
*wd of up to 3,000.
It was our first rally since 14
people were arrested at our Die-In
Dec. 7," said graduate student and
Co-op member Tim Tyson. "We
dressed like we were dead, put fake
blood on our faces, and laid down in
the street. We were taken in when
we refused to move from the street."
When the University of North
Carolina's Daily Tarheel published
4esident Bush's letter concerning
his Persian Gulf policy, "students
made a banner about 50 yards long
containing messages to Bush. Some
were supportive; some were not,"
said Daily Tarheel reporter Nancy
Wykle.
Students at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison held an anti-draft
protest in the Wisconsin Union.
* "It's been very active here in
Madison," said Badger Herald re-
porter Mike Schneider. "We had a se-
ries of protests over the weekend. A
Madison group, the Coalition to
Save Ourselves, has done most of
the organizing."
But anti-war sentiment has not
dominated all campuses. Student
journalists at Georgetown Univer-
*ry, Penn State University, Harvard
University, University of Pennsyl-
vania, and University of Virginia
said because students are just return-
ing from winter break or are in the
middle of finals, there has not been
much protest.
Students at other universities are

not protesting because they may not
harbor strong feelings against Amer-
n military involvement in the
rsian Gulf.
"Nothing anti-war is going on.
Nobody cares here, this is the Uni-
versity of Alabama," said Alabama
Crimson White reporter Peter
O'Connell.

MSA to

vote

on

resolution

opposing war
by Jay Garcia
Daily MSA Reporter essary, Van Valey said. She a

dded,

Praying for peace
As the Jan. 15 deadline for Iraq's withdrawl from Kuwait looms, Maria Moreno says a prayer for peace in
the Mideast at St. John's Vianney College Seminary in Miami yesterday, where a 24-hour prayer vigil was
in its seventh and final day. Joining her are her nephew Christopher Martinez (left) and her sons Michael
(center) and David.
LSA faculty drop 'foreign'
from anguage require-ment
by Sona Ivengar

A resolution opposing a war in
the Persian Gulf will be voted on at
the Michigan Student Assembly's
(MSA) first official meeting of the
year tonight.
The resolution, to be proposed by
MSA President Jennifer Van Valey
and Peace and Justice Commission
Chair Paula Church, will endorse the
plans for action set up by UM Stu-
dents Against U.S. Intervention in
the Gulf, the anti-war student coali-
tion.
The actions proposed in the stu-
dent coalition's information leaflet
include morning picket distribution
and leafletting, a Diag rally and
march through the campus and to the
Federal Building, civil disobedience
action, and an emergency meeting to
discuss future actions on the day fol-
lowing the first U.S. led military at-
tacks.
Van Valey is confident the reso-
lution will pass but said it was diffi-
cult to tell how the voting will go
since many assembly members are
new. "I hope people are informed
enough to oppose a war," she said.
Up until now MSA's involve-
ment in the anti-war movement was
essentially the work of the Peace and
Justice Commission and various as-
sembly members acting indepen-
dently. The campus' anti-war
movement started through the Peace
and Justice Committee and still op-
erates under its auspices, Church
said.
While making clear that she can-
not speak for the assembly, Van Va-
ley said she wants MSA to play an
activist role against the war. "I hope
we would be able to mobilize stu-
dents" in the event of war through
rallies, teach-ins, and strikes if nec-

however, that there may be people
on the assembly in favor of a war.
MSA Medical School representa-
tive Jonathan Uy said he would sup-
port a resolution depending on its
wording and noted the history of
anti-war movements.

'I hope we would be
able to mobilize
students'
-Jennifer Van Valey
MSA President

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The LSA faculty voted yesterday
that LSA students will no longer
have to meet a "foreign language re-
quirement."
"What? No more foreign lan-
guages?
"You've got to be kidding. No
more French at the MLB at 8 a.m.?
"Break out the champagne!"
Don't get so excited. The change
is merely semantic. LSA students
will now have to fulfill a "language
requirement" rather than a "foreign
language requirement."
A four term proficiency in a lan-
guage other than English will still
be mandatory.
Removing the word "foreign"
was necessary because some lan-
guages, such as Spanish and Ojibwa,
are actually native languages of
United States citizens, said Greek
and Latin Prof. Ruth Scodel, chair of
the Curriculum Committee.

"There was an obvious inconsis-
tency," Scodel said. The language
must be related to a culture different
from any native cultures of the
United States to be called foreign,
Scodel said.
The issue of rewording first arose
last October when the faculty dis-
cussed whether American Sign Lan-
guage was acceptable as a foreign
language. Currently, American Sign
is included as a foreign language.
The words "additional" and
"second" were considered as substi-
tutes for "foreign" at the faculty's
Dec. 3 meeting.
At yesterday's meeting, English
Prof. James Turner said the search
for a word other than "foreign" is an
attempt to describe the language re-
quirement as accurately as possible.
Turner said "language requirement"

was the most common wording
found in other universities' course
catalogs.
History Prof. Mills Thornton
proposed an amendment to add the
words "natural human" before the
word "language" so computer pro-
gramming languages would not be
acceptable. Physics Prof. Larry
Jones said he hoped people would be
able to discriminate these languages
from foreign languages. Thornton's
amendment did not pass.
Trisha Dvorak, director of the
Language Lab, said this issue has
come up because "foreign" had nega-
tive connotations. "I wouldn't be
surprised if it may be what's going
on on campus right now... with the
multiplicity of cultures and making
people feel they're a part of the same
community," Dvorak said.

"You look at the 1960s and you
see that the anti-war movements did
a lot to raise public awareness of the
war, bringing scrutiny to it," Uy
said.
Some, like Andrew Kanfer, chair ,
of MSA's.Budget Priorities Com-
mittee, are uncertain about the as-
sembly's support for the anti-war
movement. There are MSA represen-
tatives who are part of the anti-war
movement, but it is an overgeneral-, W
ization to say MSA is in support of
it, Kanfer said. "Personally, I'm un-:
decided as of right now. I do believe
Saddam needs to be gotten rid of,"
Kanfer said.

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z,
r

Kanfer added, however, that peo-
ple have been calling MSA to show
their support of the movement and
ask about future planned events.
Both Church and Uy said they be-
lieved a majority of the assembly
would support the resolution.

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Political Science dept. forms harassment p

by Purvi Shah
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
The Political Science department
recently instituted a new sexual ha-
rassment policy designed to reinforce
official University policy, to give
students general information on ha-
rassment, and assist in locating sup-
port services.
The policy - adopted last De-
cember - intends to remedy two
problems perceived by the depart-
ment: a lack of information concern-
ing the topic of sexual harassment
and a need to help students find emo-
tional and legal counseling in ha-
rassment cases.
"We need to create an environ-
ment where students can feel com-

fortable complaining," Department
Chair Arlene Saxonhouse said.
After attending workshops and
conducting a survey within the de-"
partment concerning sexual harass-
ment last fall, Political Science fac-
ulty felt official University policy
did not adequately handle these con-
cerns.
Saxonhouse said the policy at-
tempts to remedy the lack of clarity.
"It (the department's policy) has to
deal with a whole host of issues...
The University has to have a policy,
where it is clear what the sanctions
are and how records are maintained,"
she said.
The Political Science Department
unanimously approved the policy.

Department members feel an envi-
ronment free of sexual harassment is
necessary to achieve their fundamen-
tal mission - the discovery and dis-
semination of knowledge.
The policy applies to Political
Science faculty, staff, and students.
The new policy includes a defini-
tion of sexual harassment, lists of
counseling services and complaint
procedures, and a set of official de-
partment investigation procedures.
The procedures also specify the
responsibilities of the department
chair and advisors, methods of pro-
tecting the complainant, and publi-
cizing the policy to students, fac-

ulty, andstaff. Two graduate stu-
dents and two faculty members will
be chosen by the department chair to
serve as department advisors and to
monitor complaints.
The policy does not carry any en-
forcement power since that responsi-
bility is left to the University, how-
ever. "We can't adjudicate and inves-
tigate problems. Some people feel
that these are currently problems in
the University policy," said second-
year graduate student Leslyn Hall.
Saxonhouse said she hoped to see
similar policies concerning sexual
harassment implemented within
other departments.
The reasoning behind the depart-
ment's decision to institute the new

Police find
Rosebowl ring in
Ohio pawn shop
Cincinnati police recovered a
Rosebowl ring which was discovered
missing from the home of a
University football player sometime
between Dec. 18 and Dec. 24.

--- I I i

THE

LIST

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

All groups
appear in the
There will be
We apologize
Meeting

who wish to have their weekly meetings
List must resubmit their announcements.
no automatic carry-overs from last term.
for the inconvenience.

Cincinnati police found the ring
early last Friday afternoon in a pawn
shop. They have a suspect in cus-
tody in connection with the incident.
Ann Arbor Detective Michael
Schubring was unsure yesterday
afternoon if anything else had been
discovered missing from the house,
but is continuing to investigate the
incident.
P:OLIC
Man robs Shell
mini-mart
A man who appeared to be armed
held up the Shell Station Mini-Mart
at 2991 South State St. early
Sunday morning.
At about 1 a.m. Sunday, a sus-
pect with his left hand in his jacket
pocket walked into the service sta-
tion, approached the clerk behind the
counter and shouted, "Give me the
money," according to police reports.
The clerk opened the cash drawer
and stepped aside. The suspect took
$60 in ones and fives out of the
drawer, and fled to his car parked on
the north side of the building, police
GET INVOLVED IN MSA

said.
The suspect then sped northbound
down State St. The store manager
tried to pursue the robber in his own
car, but was unable to follow him,
reports said.
Partier reports he
was kidnapped
An Ann Arbor man told police
that he was kidnapped and robbed
after leaving a party on the 800
block of South State St. early
Saturday morning.
The suspect approached the man
in a small silver car, and, wielding a
handgun, demanded that he get in the
vehicle, police said.
The victim soon after passed out,
and when he regained consciousness,
the suspect demanded the man hand
over his wallet. According to police
reports, the man gave the suspect his
wallet, which contained $40, and

was then told to get out of the vehi-
cle.
Police have a suspect description
and are continuing investigation of
the incident.
Park Ave. Deli
reports robbery
Ann Arbor police are looking for
suspects in connection with the rob-
bery of the Park Avenue Deli, 211
South State St.
When the store manager opened
the restaurant yesterday morning, he
discovered the back door unlocked
and the safe missing. A padlock
which the owner said had been used
to secure the back wire screen was
found on a shelf in the restaurant's
office, but the padlock key was
missing.
The safe contained more than
$900 in cash, and nearly $80 in
checks. Reports also said approxi-

policy is not clear to everyone. To.
clarify the issue, University Affirma
tive Action Representative Deborah,
Orlowski is meeting today with A
Saxonhouse.
"What motivated them to do
this?" Orlowski asked. "Several of
the things (in the policy) are the
same things the University does. Ba-
sically they just put it into one
package."
Hall, however, said a new policy
was definitely needed, "Sexual ha-
rassment was found to exist (in the
survey)," Hall said. "That is unac-
ceptable. If you went other places,
you'd find similar results. It's a
University-wide problem."
mately $600 worth of compact discs
had been stolen.
Classic rock lover
steals CDs
Over $300 worth of compact
discs were discovered stolen from an
apartment on the 1100 block of
Prospect St. early Sunday morning.
Police said it appeared the suspect
gained entry to the apartment -.
through a shattered window adjacent
to the stairwell leading to the base-
ment apartment.
The suspect removed the discs
from their cases. The apartment
owner said it seemed like the robber
had been very selective in his choice
of discs, choosing mostly classic
rock selections, such as The Beatles,,
The Who, Led Zepplin, and Bruce
Springsteen.
- by Tami Pollak

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conversations. MLB third floor con-
ference room, 4:30-6.
Anthropology Club, weekly
meeting. Dominick's, 7:00.
Outing Club meeting to discuss
upcoming trips. Union, Rm. 2209,
8:00.
Society of Minority Engin-
eering Students, topic will be
"Academy Booster: Strategies for
Success." Rm. 1500 EECS, 6:30-
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one block east of State St., 7:00.
"We won't fight for Texaco,"
sponsored by Spark's Revolutionary
History Series. B122 MLB, 7-8:00.
Furthermore
Safewalk functions 8-11:30 Sun.-
Thurs. Call 936-1000 or stop by 102
UGLi.
Northwalk functions 8-11:30 Sun.-
Thurs. Call 763-WALK or stop by
2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors avali-
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Thursday, Angell/Haven Computing
Centeri - 711:00.

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