The Michigan Daily -Friday, January 18, 1991- Page 3
Anti-Gulf war protestors 4
,disrupt regents' meeting
bV Sarah Schweitzer
and Henry Goldblatt
Qaily Administration Reporters
g Two anti-war protestors de-
manding the University take a
stance opposing the U.S. military
action against Iraq disrupted the
University Board of Regents'
meeting yesterday minutes after it
At approximately 1:30 p.m., two
graduate students, Corey Dolgon
and Patrick Kennelly, interrupted
Ugiversity President James Duder-
,taidt's opening remarks. They
4sIked the regents to address the is-
sw of the war immediately and
warned that "thousands of students
would be approaching the Fleming
,wuilding within minutes."
Dolgon and Kenelly were refer-
ring to the anti-war rally which
convened earlier in the day on the
Diag and was scheduled to gather
in" front of the Fleming Building
where regents' meetings are held.
Duderstadt told Dolgon he was
out of order and asked him to
leave the meeting.When he re-
fpised, two University security
*uards physically removed him.
Minutes after Dolgon's re-
sinval, the meetingtreconvened in
a session closed to the public.
'-At the close of the meeting,
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar-
bor) said in a personal statement
addressing the regents, "When a
country is at war, we should sup-
port the troops in the field. I think
t is important the aggressor be
topped. There is a large amount of
people in support of the President's
efforts and I am one of them."
Administrators said the public
comments session was cancelled
as'a result of the disruption by the
two graduate students.
Minutes before, approximately
300 students -gathered in front of
the Fleming Building.
' The protestors began by joining
hands and singing songs. Later
Dogon addressed the crowd and
described how he was removed
fr6m the meeting.
Dolgon told the crowd he was
called "out of order" and removed
from the meeting.
. "We believe that the Univer-
si y's complaisancy in this war is'
otlt of order," Dolgon said.
Dolgon read to the protestors a
list of demands which mandated
the University make public its role
in defense research funding and oil
investments and insisted the Uni-
versity make a preparatory state-
iaent regarding whether they will
comply with the military draft or
an FBI investigation of Arab-
Additionally, they asked the
University to condone a student-
"If the students meet tonight to
decide if (a strike) is called for,
we'd hope the University would
support it," Dolgon said.
Not all the students convened
in front of the Fleming Building
shared Dolgon's views.
violence to defend themselves
against University police.
Other students in favor of the
war gathered to disrupt the anti-
"We shouldn't look for the ad-
ministration to take a position.
They shouldn't have to. Every per-
son has a right to believe what
they want," said first-year LSA
student Daniel Cohen.
Regent Phillip Power (D-Ann
Arbor) said, "I understand why
'When a country is at war, we should sup-
port the troops in the field. I think it is
important the aggressor be stopped. There is
a large amount of people in support of the
President's efforts and I am one of them '
Students aligned with the Anti-
Imperialist Action Caucus pro-
posed that anti-war protestors take
a more militant stand.
"The singing is not going to
stop the war," said Nursing junior
Carol Allen, a member of the Anti-
Imperialist Caucus. "Without mass
occupation of buildings, nothing is
going to happen."
She said students should use
they feel so strongly about the war
and many people at the meeting
share the anguish, but the Univer-
sity as an institution is not directly
involved in the war. To ask the re-
gents to take a stance in the war
flies in the face of that fact."
"The University has to come
out against the war because they
helped to propagate it," he said.
Douglas Jackson, a veteran of the Vietnam War, angrily calls anti-war protestors "collaborators with the rape
of Kuwait," as he watches them march from the Diag to the Federal Building.
Students mobilize across the:
country in support Of troops
Duderstadt signs statement
asking for peaceful dissent
by Sarah Schweitzer
Dily Administration Reporter
University President James
Duderstadt joined the Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University
Affairs (SACUA) on Monday in is-
suing a statement urging that all
debate on war related issues be
conducted in an atmosphere which
respects differing opinions.
Recognizing that the Univer-
sity's diverse student body will in-
evitably disagree on the U.S. ac-
tions in the Persian Gulf, the
statement asks that the University
community "hold open the possi-
bility for serious discussion, our
ability to disagree, and the oppor-
tunity to express that disagreement
with continued respect."
Duderstadt said Tuesday that he
felt compelled to sign the state-
ment because "student dissent is a
good thing but civility and respect
is needed in discussion."
The President, however, said
that neither he nor the University
as a body will not make any
statement regarding its stance on
"It is inappropriate for a public
university to take a stance. The
University should encourage de-
bate but the University as an entity
could not take a stand nor should
the president," he said.
Duderstadt denied allegations
which have been made by Michi-
gan Student Assembly (MSA)
President Jennifer Van Valey that
Duderstadt, as a nuclear engineer,
worked on the development of nu-
"I have never worked on a
weapon in my life. My work in the
nuclear area was one used for
peaceful purposes," Duderstadt
Duderstadt also said that the
moratorium on classes which some
anti-war groups have called for
would be "ridiculous."
"The University is a place to
learn. It would be a sign of igno-
rance to shut down classes," he
Duderstadt suggested that
teach-in's and civil debate were
better methods by which students
could learn about, support, or
protest the war.
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Higher Education Reporter
While anti-war sentiment on
American college campuses has
been prevalent and widely publi-
cized since Wednesday night's U.S.-
led air attack on Iraq, students at
many universities support U.S. Pres-
ident George Bush and his decision
to employ force against Saddam
At the University of Texas in
Austin more than 500 students
marched in a pro-Bush rally yester-
"Our rally was in support of
Bush. It wasn't exactly pro-war,"
said Edwin Sullivan, vice-chair of
the Young Conservatives of Texas
and a junior at U-T. Sullivan helped
to organize the rally.
"We wanted to unite the U-T
campus behind Bush and the action
he's taken," he added.
Sullivan was critical of the peace
activists who have protested on U-
"If you're against a war before it
even starts, it's a moot point. The
war is going to go on. The best thing
to do is to unite behind the presi-
dent," he said.
"However well-intentioned peace
protests may be, they fall upon the
ears of servicepeople thus giving the
impression to the soldiers that the
protests are against them and not the
Bush administration," he added.
The Young Conservatives of
Texas also sponsored a pro-Bush
rally at Texas A&M University in
Andy Keetch, vice chair of
Texas A&M's Young Conserva-
tives planned the march which co-
incided with an anti-war rally.
"I have good friends in the Per-
sian Gulf and I want to show them
that I'm behind them when their
lives are on the line," he said.
Keetch gave three reasons for his
support of Bush's decision to use
force against Iraq.
"One nation can't rape and de-
vour and delete from the earth an-
other nation. It's up to us to protect
Kuwait," he said.
He also mentioned the global ne-
cessity of the Middle Eastern oil
supply. "Every hope and dream of
the earth is based on oil. We can't let
a blood-thirsty dictator and black-
mailer have his hand on the throat of:
the world's economy," he said.
He applauded Bush's decision to
strike Iraq early.
"If we don't face Saddam Hus-
sein now with the least amount of
loss of life, we face a much tougher
battle in the future. Appeasement
doesn't work. A bad peace is worse
than a war," he said.
Keetch also spoke against Texas
A&M's anti-war activists.
"The soldiers who almost died
today won't understand why they're
in Saudi Arabia if they have no sup-
port from home," he said.
Tony Spinler, a first-year student
at the United States Naval Academy
in Annapolis, Md., said that people
from his school are not being sent to
the Persian Gulf.
"They're taking no one - not the
faculty, not the students - nobody.
We are all stationed here until we
graduate," he said.
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He also said that the students at
the Naval Academy are following
the new developments in the Gulf
"The TV has been on the news
constantly. We are watching what's
going on intently. All the shipmen,
the entire brigade and faculty are
praying for and supporting the
troops in Saudi Arabia. We enlisted
to help America and we are behind
our troops and our country," he said.
He condemned peace activists,
saying, "They should petition their
governments, not military schools.
and bases. We're here to protect
them. I wish they'd appreciate it.
Yell at Congress but support us."
A second-year student at the
United States Air Force Academy
who wished to remain anonymous
for fear of facing a court martial also
criticized anti-war protesters.
"The war is not about 'No blood
for oil.' (Protestors) are afraid of an-
other Vietnam. It was the protests of
Vietnam that made it so difficult.:
They will make it another Vietnam,"
"The overall sentiment here is
that though nobody likes war, it is
necessary," she added.
An anonymous junior at the
United States Military Academy at
West Point expressed hope that this;
conflict will end quickly.
"No one wants war and everyone:
wants peace. Hopefully this won't4
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