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Page 2-The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 16, 1991
Prayers go out as hope fades

by Todd Lebowitz
With time and options running
out before a Middle East war, Ann
Arbor residents and University stu-
dents are turning their thoughts to
prayer.
"It's clear that it's out of our
hands," said graduate student Alan
Grafe. "We just pray that God's
will be done."
Grafe and dozens of other stu-
dents gathered at the University
Lutheran Chapel on Washtenaw
Sunday and Monday to participate
in informal prayer services.
LSA Sophomore Howard
Scully organized the "pray-in" as
an alternative to the rallies and
marches that he sees as cultivators
of anger. "Anger is what started
this whole incident," Scully said.
'Prayer is an alternative to this
anger. .
An interfaith prayer service
yesterday at the First Baptist
Church on E. Huron attracted
' more than 300 worshippers. "We
"ran out of programs," said Rev.

Bob Wallace. "It was very gratify-
ing to see so many people from a
variety of backgrounds coming to-
gether to pray for peace."
Participating speakers included
Protestants, Catholics, Jews,
Muslims, and Buddhists.
The Gulf Crisis was also the
most pressing issue during last
weekend's services at Hillel.
Director Joseph Kohane put aside
his prepared sermon Friday night
and instead held an open forum for
students to discuss issues on their
minds.
Most of the concerns focused
on the necessity of the war, the
well-being of Israel, and the
prospect of American casualties,
Kohane said.
"People are not convinced that
the effort in the Gulf is warranted
by what we're safeguarding. Is this
something we should die for?"
Kohane asked.
Khidhir Naeem, graduate stu-
dent in the Center for North
African and Near Eastern Studies,

is more determined to see Saddam
Hussein's aggression stopped.
Speaking on behalf of the Muslim
Student Organization, Naeem ex-
plained that "Saddam has divorced
himself from religion.
"His actions are not supported
Islamically, not by the Koran, not
by the teachings of Mohammed ...
not in accordance with kindness to
fellow man. We need to help the
oppressed and his oppression is
blatant. Saddam Hussein has to be
pushed back, though with as little
life lost as possible."
Minimizing the loss of life
seemed foremost on every wor-
shipper's list this past week. At
the University Lutheran Chapel, a
prayer board was set up.
Churchgoers wrote names of spe-
cific soldiers toward which they di-
rected their prayers.
LSA sophomore Lisa Rummel
used the board to leave a prayer for
Air Force cadet Greg O'Dell, her
pen pal for several weeks. Their

letters consist little of military
talk and largely of what Rummel
hopes would help get his mind off
the crisis.
"I told him I'm praying for
him," she said.
Pax Christi, an international
Catholic organization, showed its
opposition to war by declaring
yesterday a day of prayer and fast-
ing for peace in the Gulf. "Fasting
is a show of support," said Ann
Arbor resident Larry Galligan.
"We fast to bring about a change
in hearts and minds."
At the First United Methodist
Church on State St., Rev. Al
Bamsey is also keeping a close
eye on events in the Middle East,
but he is waiting to see what hap-
pens before he begins any type of
war-related programs. "If there is
war," he said, "we will be very in-
terested in setting up ways for
people to deal with it."

LSA sophomore Howard Scully, organizer of the Peace Pray-in at the
University Lutheran Chapel, examines the service song book.

RALLY
.Continued from page 1
She called on the University to
E refuse to comply with F.B.I. inter-
rogations of Arab-American
students.
The F.B.I. has already interro-
i gated a number of Arab-Americans
in Detroit since the crisis began.

"When this war starts there must not
be business as usual at this
University."
The ad hoc committee met for the
first time last Friday.
"Our goal is to move beyond the
anti-war movement and towards the
revitalization of the poor and people
of color in this country," said Emery
Smith, the coordinator of the Ella
Baker-Nelson Mandela Center for

Anti-Racist Education (BMC).
While the crowd was predomi-
nantly people of color, a number of
white students attended to show their
solidarity.
"It didn't seem to matter today if
you were a person of color," said
Residential College senior Andrew
Basoco. "It was more educational,
about different perspectives."

MSA postpones nomination
of student to 'U' committee

RESEARCH
'Continued from page 1
ogy and disarmament, and is the au-
sthor of a book on nuclear weapons
strategies-.

Other experts concurred with
Axelrod. The project was described
yesterday to a government scientist
knowledgeable about weapons sys-
tems. Speaking on grounds of
anonymity, he said "It sounds like
either a project with commercial ap-

plications, such as controlling ex-
plosions in flour silos, or a military
weapons project. Specifically con-
sidering the high explosive medium
which is mentioned, they're not talk-
ing about flour. They're talking
about high explosive weapons."

by Julie Foster
Daily MSA Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
won't nominate a representative to
the University's Advisory Com-
mittee on Safety and Security until a
constitutional provision regarding
the assembly's nomination powers
is clarified.
The assembly tabled a resolution
at last night's meeting to begin the
nomination process because some
representatives argued that MSA had
the power to appoint, not merely to
nominate, representatives to Univer-
sity committees.

Rackham rep. Jeff Gauthier wrote
a letter to the Provost explaining the
provision. "Our right as an appoint-
ing body is being usurped," he said.
Student Governance Committee
Chair Lynn Chia countered that
MSA appointments have always
been subject to approval by the
University's Board of Regents.
"The normal procedure is that if
they didn't approve of our appoint-
ment, we would select someone
else," Gauthier said.
External Relations Chair Bill
Cosnowski opposed the tabling. He
agreed the constitutional provision

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have to face the life or death decision
that they never thought they would
never have to face: If drafted will I
go and fight?
"I will certainty go off to the
Middle East and fight," said LSA
first-year student Brian Carey, "it is
my duty and right to my country to
which I have the privilege of living
in.
"I would lose a lot of my
friends," said Music Sophomore
Kate Fitzpatrick. "I have a feeling
that a lot of people would hightail it
to Canada."
LSA first-year student Sarah
Shimplin said, "I am afraid that this
is going to be another Vietnam. I
don't want to witness the death and
destruction that could result from
this war. I don't want to see the
people that I love come home in
body bags."
Student protest against President
Lyndon Johnson's and President

Richard Nixon's policies in Vietnam
helped lead to eroding public support
for the war. On the eve of a war in
Persian Gulf, student opinions of
President George Bush's Gulf strat-
egy reflect a divided country.
"A lot of people do not want a
war and do not believe that we need a
war, but if our president believes
that this war is just he is probably
right," Carey said.
LSA senior Keith Cox said, "I
support Bush. Iraq does not have the
right to invade Kuwait and be re-
warded for their aggression. The
deadline was a good idea to put pres-
sure on Hussein, but I believe that
Hussein would attack our troops
anyway. "
But many other students think
otherwise.
LSA Sophomore Shannon'
Blocker said, "I am not in favor of
Bush at all. As everyone says, 'No
Blood for Oil"'
"I do not support Bush. He
should wait longer for the sanctions
to affect Iraq. I do not think war is
an answer to our problems," said
VIGIL
Continued from page 1
fashion was not acting within
compliance of the decision for non-
violent actions made by SAUSI at
their Monday meeting.
The crowd left the Union at about
12:15 a.m. to march in a large circle

needed clarification, but said if the
administration selected other students
to serve on the committee before
assembly nominations, "MSA has
failed to represent the students."
The Office of the Provost re'
quested nominations from all student
government organizations and wile
select four students by Jan. 31.
MSA President Jennifer Vae
Valey said she did not bring the
nomination before the assembly be-
cause she received the request after
the last assembly meeting of the
term - two days after the deadline
for nominations.
LSA first-year student Maurice
Ochoa.
Student reactions to the possi-
bility of war ranged fron
"inevitability" to "pissed", but the
one sentiment that seemed to be
universal was one of being "scared".
"I'm scared over the kind of ra-
tionality that this has followed,
said Fitzpatrick. "Our country thinks
they have to be 'No 1'. It is a macho
thing to show Hussein who is
boss."
"I'm scared that we are certair#
heading towards the path to destruc-
tion," said Carey.
Considering that universities
have always been a "hotbed" of anti-
war activism, the public is expecting
an outcry from college campuses
across the nation. Because the
University has had a history of
protest during Vietnam War, most
students are contemplating whether
to become involved or not.
Blocker said, "Somebody has to
do something, and I hope it is
sooner than later."
around central campus, chanting
slogans such as "One, two, three,
four, we don't want this bloody war.
Five, six, seven, eight, sit down and
negotiate" to the beat of a drum.
When asked what furthe4
activities the group planned, Cohns
answered, "It all depends on George
Bush."

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