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Vol. Cl, No. 130 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, April 10, 1991 Toyight 1991
Wednesday, April Teihgn iy
MOSCOW (AP) - Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev, saying he was trying to avert a national
"catastrophe," yesterday proposed a nationwide
moratorium on strikes, rallies and demonstrations,
while unveiling plans for economic reform.
Gorbachev's proposal came as he grappled with
growing challenges to his authority. Striking coal
miners kept up demands for his resignation,
Byelorussians called for a general strike, and law-
makers in Georgia declared independence for their
"We face the danger of economic collapse,"
Gorbachev told the Federation Council, consisting of
top national officials and the leaders of the 15 Soviet
"Today we have to act together, not separately, to
unite all the forces of society, to forget about all dis-
putes. We have to act so as not to allow our country
to (fall into) a catastrophe," he said in an impas-
sioned appeal that was broadcast in part on national
Gorbachev proposed the moratorium as part of a
package of "anti-crisis measures," including a
stepped-up effort to conclude a new Union Treaty to
hold the republics together.
Presidential spokesperson Vitaly Ignatenko said
Gorbachev proposed "a moratorium on all strikes,
demonstrations, public meetings and other political
acts that may destabilize the situation in the
It was unclear whether Gorbachev was urging the
Supreme Soviet legislature to outlaw strikes and
street protests, or seeking voluntary restraint from
Despite a three-week ban on rallies in Moscow,
an estimated 100,000 people marched through the
city March 28 in support of Gorbachev's rival,
Russian leader Boris Yeltsin.
The Soviet legislature ordered striking miners
back to work last month, but the walkout has grown
to involve up to 300,000 of the nation's 1.2 million
Although Gorbachev offered last week to doubled
their wages, they continue to insist that he step down
and transfer power to the 15 restive republics.
Neither the president nor his spokesperson had
immediate public reaction to the declaration by
lawmakers in Georgia, which yesterday became the
fourth republic to proclaim independence.
It joined the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and
gEstonia on the path, to secession.
to scrap old
CC seeks dismantling of six
commissions in reform quest
by Jay Garcia
Daily Ai Reporter
At its first meeting last night,
the new Michigan Student
Assembly began to push through a
conservative agenda. All the pro-
posed additions to the agenda were
added and nearly all of them at-
tempted to rescind or end policies
and programs enacted by the outgo-
Proposed changes to the MSA
student group recognition structure
received first reads last night as did
proposed changes to the structure of
MSA's six commissions.
The commissions include the
Peace and Justice Commission and
the Environmental Commission.
Peace and Justice Commission
Chair Paula Church who is leaving
the assembly argued against that the
commissions should remain in
"Most of the work in MSA gets
done in committees and comnis-
sions. In any kind of organization
there are commissions and commit-
tees. (Peace and Justice) is a coordi-
nating body for students interested
in these issues," Church said.
Also added to the agenda was a
resolution which would rescind last
week's resolution which gave Todd
Ochoa money to aid him with his le
gal expenses against the University.
Ochoa was the student arrested for
chalking anti-deputization slogans
The resolution, sponsored by
Bill Coznowski and Brian Kight,
passed by a 21-9 vote and the $450
given for Ochoa's legal expenses
will be returned to MSA accounts.
"This case is still pending and
we weren't aware of this at the last
meeting," Kight said of why he sup-
See MSA, Page 2
ANTHONY M. Cl
Former MSA President Jennifer Van Valey hands over the gavel to new
President James Green during last night's MSA meeting.
by Julie Foster
Daily MSA Reporter
Valey tenure comes to an end
Students crowded into the Michigan
Student Assembly chambers last night
to watch outgoing president Jennifer
Van Valey hand the gavel over to in-
coming president James Green.
The Van Valey era was filled with
anti-war and anti-deputization protests
along with many assembly resolutions
on international issues.
Some think the new conservative
leadership will de-politicize MSA and
"bring the assembly back to the stu-
dents," as a CC campaign poster
Van Valey thinks otherwise.
In her farewell speech last night, she
expressed doubt that the new assembly
would be able to refrain from making
political statements since the assembly
is inherently a political body.
"I ran on a political platform, I have
political views ... and I urge people not
to believe that certain things can be po-
litical and certain things can't.
"It seems if you take a political line
that is conservative, you are not politi-
cal, but if you have politics like mine
you are. That is wrong."
One of the first conflicts Van
Valey's administration faced was a
problem with allocating rooms to stu-
In November, over 100 members of
student groups filled the assembly
chambers to express discontent with
MSA's room allocation procedure.
Many of the groups were forced to
share office space with other organiza-
tions due to lack of space.
Brian Cook, a staff member of The
Michigan Review, said at the time of
the problem, "I think it is horrid that
everyone had to get together (to obtain
office space): We shouldn't have to do
this every single year."
Soon after that, the assembly re-
ceived criticism from conservatives for
its opposition to deputization.
When the University deputized the
campus police force in November, Van
Valey staged rallies to protest the deci-
sion and tried to organize a student
This semester, in the midst of the
Persian Gulf War, Van Valey helped
organize anti-war demonstrations with
the help of Peace and Justice
Commission Chair Paula Church.
"I'm not willing to support the
wholesale slaughter of Americans and
Iraqis," Van Valey said on the eve of
the January 15 deadline for Iraqi with-
LSA junior Claudette Grinnell, who
spoke during constituent's time at last
night's meeting, criticized the previous
assembly's activism. "I think the past
assembly's attempt to promote open-
ness and political correctness resulted
in biases against certain groups on cam-
pus." See VAN VALEY, Page.2
SAPAC rally focuses on -
sexist ideas in advertising
by Jami Blaauw
Daily Staff Reporter
The "wall of sexism" came
tumbling down on the Diag yester-
day during a rally sponsored by the
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC).
From 10 a.m. to noon, students
were invited to post sexist adver-
tisements and write sexist mes-
sages on the homemade wall.
SAPAC, in coordination with
Rape Prevention Month, designed
the event to encourage awareness of
how sexism can affect society's at-
At noon, Women's Studies
Professor Christina Jose-
Kampfner, spoke about sexism and
its role in society with regard to
rape and advertisements.
"It is not just men who cause
sexism, it is every one of us who ac-
cept gender-based discrimination of
any type. Sexism is practiced by
anyone," she said.
Jose-Kampfner also noted that
the stereotype of professionalism
is one of the most prevalent forms
of sexism. This idea asserts that in
order to be professional and re-
spected in the workplace, a woman
must display a formal and mascu-
Jose-Kampfner called for action
to stop sexism and said, "Sexism
makes us believe we have no
choices. Silence has killed most of a
Jose-Kampfner was forced to
begin her speech three different
times because Henry Hardy, an
alumnus and Rackham candidate,
protested the gathering and called
it a display of Victorian feminism.
"This is all a violation of my
free speech," shouted Hardy as
members of the audience either ar-
gued or tried to quiet him. "You're
not facing the issues and you only
want to talk to those who have
been converted already."
After about five minutes of de-
lay while some audience members
argued with Hardy and others
chanted feminist slogans, Jose-
Kampfner could begin her speech.
Finally, Jose-Kampfner invited
students to tear down the wall of
sexism and after a tenative moment
of silence students began ripping it
apart while the small crowd
Hardy, meanwhile, argued with
a group of students and said, "I am
being discriminated against for my
race and sex. All I wanted was a
free forum for discussion but they
would not let me speak. I like to
regard myself as a feminist but I
don't think you can help one group
by violating the rights of others."
SAPAC Director Julie Steiner
said the event was organized to
raise awareness as to how society's
norms affect attitudes about sex-
ism."We need to be conscious of
what shapes our ideas because they
can often be very subtle," Steiner
The event was among several or-
ganized by SAPAC for Rape
Prevention Month. Other pro-
grams included a film series, em-
powerment workshops for sur-
vivors of sexual assault, a sexism
in advertisement contest, and the
annual Take Back the Night march.
Steiner stressed the importance
of men's role in rape prevention.
See SAPAC, Page 2
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel in-
formed the United States yesterday
that it was willing to hold peace
talks with the Arab nations under
American auspices and with the
participation of the Soviet Union.
"I hope that the U.S. will suc-
ceed in getting agreement of the
other parties," said Foreign
Minister David Levy, underscoring
that Israel's aim was to have4direct
negotiations with its neighbors on
their 43-year conflict.
Secretary of State James Baker
welcomed the Israeli move, which
came at the start of four days of
talks with Mideast leaders, as
Baker said "there is a'long,
long way to go. There are inany,
many parties involved. Theregare
lots of questions before us that
have to be addressed."
If Baker, who meets later in the
week with Egyptian, Saudi, Syrian
and Jordanian leaders, can gain
their approval for regional. peace
talks, it would be a breakthrough
on what he has called "the most
intractable problem in diplomacy
- the Arab-Israeli dispute."
Palestinian leaders said, their
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LSA senior Anna Senkevitch scrawls an example of a sexist remark on
SAPAC's "wall of sexism" during yesterday's rally on the Diag.
After 47 years, Soviets begin withdrawal from Poland
(AP) - A train carried away Soviet
missile launchers and 60 soldiers
* from a formerl tonn-eret militarv
tions, Poland has demanded that all
the Soviet troops be pulled out by
the end of this year, as is planned for
Hunarv and Czechoslovakia. The
"Our mission has been com-
pleted successfully," he added.
Soviet children held a sign read-
ina: "Thank you for your services in
this day," he told reporters after
shaking hands with the soldiers
boarding the train.
Feelings were mixed about the
its own army, which looks after its
own borders. That is the way it
The remaining 1,100 members of