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The Michigan Daily -Monday, April 8, 1991 - Page 3

by Ken Walker
Daily Staff Reporter
University alum and former
Governor of Hawaii George
Ariyoshi visited the University this
weekend to participate in the First
Annual Midwest Asian American
Student Union Conference.
Ariyoshi gave a speech on Friday
titled "Asian Americans and
Political Leadership" in which he
stressed the importance of public
service in political leadership.
In an interview before the speech,
Ariyoshi said he wanted to
"challenge students to get involved
in the community in ways that they
*themselves can deem meaningful ...
so that what they do is good for the
community, not for themselves.
"(Political life) is a life that re-
quires a great deal of sacrifice.
Unless you feel very strongly that
you have a reason for wanting to get
involved, it's not the kind of life a
person should seek. You have to be
committed, you have to want to do
something for the community and
*feel very strongly about it,"
Ariyoshi said.
The former Governor said he be-
lieved that too often law and busi-
ness students aren't motivated to
become involved in community ser-
" Often when they do get in-
Solved, I think they try to look at
what's good for them rather than
what's good for the people that they
get involved for," he said.
Ariyoshi said that during his
tenure as Governor of Hawaii from
1974-86 he saw many politicians
who were more concerned with
their own interests than those of the
"I have seen people get involved
and then quickly become fairly po-
litically expedient. Rather than do
what they feel they ought to do, the
issue becomes 'What do I do to get
re-elected?"' he said.
"I think that when a person gets
involved in the political arena, they
have to be willing to make some
hard choices and take some hard po-
sitions, positions that may not nec-
essarily be popular," Ariyoshi said.
Ariyoshi recalled a vote on land
reform during his years as a state
legislator in Hawaii as one of those
"hard choices."
"I voted against it because I felt
it wasn't good for the people that
,had leases at that time. It caused me
a lot of grief, but I maintained that
position. I went back to the commu-
nity and I said ... that if they felt
that a person should not act in the
fashion that I did, then maybe they
-shouldn't send me back to the legis-
lature again. That's how candid I
was with them, and they sent me

'U' recycling takes off,
wastes last year's totals

by Joshua Meckler
The amount of newspaper, office
paper, and corrugated cardboard re-
cycled by the University this year
has surpassed last year's total with
four months still remaining in the
fiscal year.
Figures obtained from the
University Recycling Office show
that since the fiscal year began in
July 1990, the University has recy-
cled 676 tons of paper and card-
board. Last fiscal year, the first in
which the University had an institu-
tionalized program, the University
recycled 519 tons in the 10 months
pickups were made.
"I think we've been very success-
ful," said Jane Reading-Boyd, opera-
tions assistant for the University
Recycling Office.
The office has set a goal of recy-
cling 1,055 tons of paper and card-
board by the end of the fiscal year.
"That's what we're shooting for,
and we're going to hit it," said
Jenny Cotner, recycling education
Still, the University will have
to recycle a lot more in the future to
meet the state-mandated 30 percent
reduction in waste by 1995.
Reading-Boyd attributed some of
the program's success to building
services employees, or custodians,
who she said have aided greatly in
collection and other aspects of recy-
"They're calling us all the time
with ideas. It's been great," she said.
Increased recycling has made cus-
todian's work easier, Reading-Boyd

said. In Angell Hall, for example,
one custodian reported to the recy-
cling office that she now empties
trash every three days instead of ev-
ery day.
Cotner offered other reasons for
the increase in recycling.
She said one reason was "the fact
that they're (students) starting to
become familiarized with the sys-
tem. They're starting to see contain-
ers everywhere."
The University has 935 recycling
containers in aca-
demic/administrative buildings and
residence halls, with plans for 850
more for academic/administrative
Reading-Boyd said the recycling
office also plans to set up recycling
facilities in 50 more buildings by
this fall.
Cotner said educational efforts
have also contributed to a greater
recycling volume. She conducts
-person to person" recycling train-
ing with University staff, faculty,
and students.
Both agreed the current popular-
ity of recycling has sparked an in-
crease in collections.
Carolyn Becking, a member of
the student group Recycle U-M,
praised the University's recycling
efforts, as well as the recycling of-
fice's work toward educating stu-
dents. "We think they're doing a
professional job," she said.
Reading-Boyd said recycling's
positive image can be tarnished by
careless people, as when people
don't break down boxes before

putting them in recycling bins, cre-
ating an unsightly mess.
Contamination also poses a
problem for the recycling process.
Food contamination renders some
materials unusable, while contami-
nation resulting from mixed or im-
properly prepared materials can be
overcome, Reading-Boyd said.
She said she and other recycling'
office workers did what they could
to remove contamination.
"We climb into enough dump-
sters to secure it. I've hopped in a,
dumpster in a dress. I don't care
what I have on," she said.
Reading-Boyd estimated that 10"
percent of the material collected
gets thrown away due to contamina-
She cited three University loca-
tions where contamination has hin-
dered recycling efforts:
Northwood Apartments,
where trash has been thrown into
recycling bins next to trash bins;
0 the medical school, where
cardboard boxes have been left un-
broken-down with styrofoam pack-
aging material still inside, and;
residence halls where leftover
pizza is a problem and where styro-
foam peanuts are left in boxes.
Last year, the University recy
cled 17 percent of its waste
Recycling office efforts accountet
for less than half of this amount,
with the majority coming from they
efforts of individual departments it(
recycling items such as glass and

No nukes
LSA junior Brian Erdstein, on the ukelele, and Art School sophomore Jim
Lochhead, on the bongo drum, play during Friday's anti-nuclear testing
demonstration on the Diag.
Former Lebanese
president calls for
new peace plans

by Andrew Levy
Daily Staff Reporter
A standing-room only crowd
turned out at the Paton Accounting
Center Friday to hear Amin
Gemayel, the former President of
Lebanon, speak to Prof. Raymond
Tanter's Arab-Israeli Conflict
Gemayel, who was president
from 1982-86, focused on the effects
of the Gulf War on the Middle East,
the "new world order," and his own
suggestions to bring about peace in
the region.
He began by reminiscing about
his last visit to Ann Arbor, 14 years
"When I was last here ---
Lebanon was still considered the
Switzerland of the Middle East, and
Beirut its Paris," Gemayel said, re-
minding the crowd that the of
Lebanon today stands in stark con-
trast to that of 1977.
Gemayel's proposal for peace
centers on what he calls "linked
parallel initiatives."
"The concept is that separate but
related entities have the tendency to
advance in proportion to each other.
This is true, whether it is trees, or
people, or institutions," Gemayel
said. "In this regard, it could prove

useful if several ... commissions
were established under one interna-
tional institution such as the United
"One of these commissions
might focus on the Arab-Israeli
problem, for example. Another
might be dedicated to Lebanon. A
third could concentrate on the issue
of a regional plan for more humane
socio-economic development."
At a press conference following
his speech, Gemayel discussed his
home country, and how it might
emerge from its current domination
by Syria.
When asked about the current
government of Lebanon, Gemayel
refused to admit that one exists. He
called those who hold power in
Lebanon "puppets" of the Syrian
Gemayel also expressed his hope
for a new Lebanese president, to be
popularly elected. "By tradition,
the president is a Christian, not by
law. (The new president) could be a
Christian, a Moslem, or from any
Gemayel was invited to speak by
Tanter, whose class examines the
political dynamics of the problems
in the Middle East, including an ex-
amination of the Lebanese conflict.

Matlock urges hiring of
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by Shalini Patel
Daily Staff Reporter
In a letter to Vice President for
Student Services Mary Ann Swain,
Chair of the Office of Minority
Affairs Advisory Committee
(OMAAC) John Matlock ex-
pressed his concerns regarding the
directorship policy of Minority
Student Service (MSS).
The Minority Affairs
Commission in April 1989 drafted a
proposal intended to increase the ef-
fectiveness of MSS. Among other
suggestions, the plan called for a di-
rector to head MSS, which has.been
without a director since its incep-
tion in 1975.
After authorizing a search com-
mittee in September comprised of
students, faculty, and administra-
tors to find a permanent director,
Swain implemented a hiring freeze.
By this time, the committee had al-
ready narrowed its choices to two
The letter communicated the ad-
visory committee's concerns

"regarding the empowerment, pro-
cess and the treatment of the MSS
director's search committee," and
Swain's proposed rotating director-
ship plan.
Under Swain's proposal, each of
the four MSS representatives would
serve as director for a three-year
term during which an assistant
would help with their workload.
Matlock expressed concern that
the rotation plan would not provide
continuity and direction.
Associate Vice President for
Student Affairs Eunice Royster-
Harper said the rotating director-
ship would provide the representa-
tives with administrative experi-
MAC member Delro Harris said
the hiring freeze Swain imple-
mented shows the University's lack
of commitment to minority stu-
"In no way is there less of a
commitment in student services to
minority students," said Royster-
Harper, who was hired after the

freeze. "In fact, there is more." She
pointed to MSS' exemption frogs
recent budget cuts as proof of this
A number of students were also
angered that Swain hired Royster-
Harper after she instituted the hir-
ing freeze.
"The reasons why MSS didn't
get a director were not financial or
administrative," Harris said. "She's
making excuses for not treating this
office well."
Search committee member
Lawrence Wu criticized Swain's r®
lations with minority students.
"As far as good relations go, I'm
not optimistic about student ser-
vices and minority student relations
on campus under Swain," he said.
Matlock wrote the letter in re-
sponse to complaints by the director
search committee, the staff of MST
the MSS Minority Affairs
Commission, and other campus mi-
nority organizations.
Swain was unavailable for com



Law School symposium
links American drug war,
abridgement of rights


What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Enact, weekly meeting. DANA Bldg.,
Rm. 1040,7:00.
People of Color Against War &
Racism, weekly meeting. West Engi-
neering, 1st flbor Center for African &
Afro-American Studies Lounge, 5:00.
U of M Asian American Student
Coalition (UMAASC), weekly mtg. E.
Quad, rm 124,7 p.m.
Students Against U.S. Intervention
in the Middle East (SAUSI), weekly
mtg. Hutchins Hall, rm 220, 8 p.m.
Indian American Students
Association, weekly mtg. League, rm
17-A, 8-10.
Women in Communications, Inc.,
mtg. Speaker: Patricia Reynolds. 2035
Frieze, 5-6.
Organometallic/O rganodimetallic
Chemistry of Group 5 Metals: To
Bond or Not to Bond," Louis Messerle
of the University of Iowa. Chem Bldg,
rm 1640,4 p.m.
"The Florence Diatessaron in
Context: Why its Sixteenth Century
Illuminations are Not Antique,"
Alice Taylor of the University of
Chicago. Tappan Hall, rm 180, 5 p.m.
"Writing and Identity in the
Development of Japanese
Discourse," Thomas Hare of Stanford
Universitv. Lane Hall Commons. 4

Safewalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions 8-1:30 Sun.-Thurs.,
Fr.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 936-1000 or stop
by 102 UGLi. Also at the Angell Hall
Computing Center 1-3 a.m. Sun. -
Thurs. Call 763-4246 or stop by the
Northwalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions Sun.-Thurs. 8-1:30
am., Fri.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 763-
WALK or stop by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sun.-Thurs.,
Angell/Haven Computing Center, 7-
11:00 p.m.; 611 Church Street Com-
puting Center, Tue. and Thurs. 7-11:00
p.m., Wed. 8-10:00. p.m.
Stress and Time Management
Consultations with peer counselors.
Mondays 1-4, Thursdays 10-2, and
Fridays 1-4. 3100 Michigan Union or
call 764-8312.
U of M Karate-do Club. For info call
994-3620. Every Monday, CCRB,
Small Gym, 8-9:00.
U of M Tae Kwon Do Club. Every
Monday, CCRB Martial Arts Rm., 7-
U of M Ninjitsu Club, Monday prac-
tice. Call David Dow (668-7478) for
info. I.M. Bldg., Wrestling Rm., 7-9:00.
Free Tax Preparation. Sponsored by
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by Jesse Snyder
Daily Staff Reporter
The drug epidemic in American
inner cities is a direct result of the
corrupt moral values of the larger
American society, charged Dr.
Calvin Butts, pastor of New York's
Abyssinian Baptist Church, in a
speech given to law students and
faculty Saturday.
Butts, an outspoken community
activist, spoke to about 50 law stu-
dents and faculty in the Honigman
Auditorium in the Law Quad as part
of a two-day symposium sponsored
by the Black Law Students'
Alliance titled "The Changing
Focus of the Drug Wars: The
Abridgement of Fundamental
Rights in the War on Drugs."
The symposium featured law
professors from Hofstra, Cornell,
Boston University, John Jay,
Wisconsin, Michigan, and an attor-
ney with the ACLU.
"What we're seeing today ... is a
movement led by the unconscious
missionary faith of the West - ma-
terialism. People are taught to get
mountains of things, and are getting
these things by any means neces-
sary," Butts said.

"These people that everyone de-
spises (drug dealers) are simply
mimicking what made America
Butts told the audience to reject
the values of American society as
bankrupt and set an example for the
younger generation.
He suggested putting resources
into drug abuse prevention instead
of law enforcement in the war on
drugs, which he called "an absolute
'People are taught to
get mountains of
things, and are getting
these things by any
means necessary'
- Calvin Butts
Baptist church pastor
After Butts spoke, panel discus-
sions were held on Fourth
Amendment issues in the war on
drugs, and women's rights and the
war on drugs. Hofstra Professor
Dwight Greene delivered a keynote
speech Friday.
Law School Dean Lee Bollinger,


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