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4A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 4, 1995

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420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Edited and managed by
students at the
University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
Editorial Page Editors

Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority of the Daily's editorial board. All
other articles, letters, and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.
Speak up
Students must p articipate in president fru

Most at the University agree that stu-
dents must have a say in the selection
of their next president. The question now is
not whether students will be given this right;
the question is whether they will take advan-
tage of it. Tonight, the regents will hold a
forum for students about the upcoming presi-
dential search. Regents encourage students
to attend and listen and especially to offer
their advice. The regents have rightfully ex-
tended the invitation: Now students must
decide to take an interest in the future of their
institution - or, at the absolute least, to
avoid embarrassment.
Students must not underestimate the in-
fluence the president wields. The president
ultimately governs interpretation ofambigu-
ous policy such as Bylaw 2.01. The president
has the final or most influential word con-
cerning issues on which regents vote. And
the president sets the tone for the entire
University. In effect, the office has such
power over student life at the University that
student apathy in the selection process is
Most students have demonstrated little
concern - if not complete apathy - for past
administrative issues of vital importance. To
demonstrate the consequences of feeble stu-
dent response, one need only mention the
Code - that dreaded four-letter word that is
noW permanent policy. During the three years
of the interim policy, students had ample
opportunity to express concerns and offer
suggestions, but most remained silent. There
was a small group of students who spoke
loudly and frequently, but it remains the

responsibility of every student on campus to
speak as an individual. If the students allow
a handful of people to do their bidding for
them, the resulting policies are nearly guar-
anteed to be inadequate and non-representa-
tive of all student concerns. That would be
the case if the regents selected a University
president with input from only elite student
"leaders" or a vocal few.
Student action is required to preserve and
improve the regents' regard for the student
voice. Regents are beginning to show long-
awaited recognition of student opinion. From
last year's appointment of a student repre-
sentative to the board to the attempted cre-
ation of student forums during code delibera-
tions to the current presidential search fo-
rums, the regents have demonstrated a will-
ingness to sit up straight and pay attention to
the student voice. For the student population
to decline comment not only would be irre-
sponsible, but also would provide little in-
centive for the regents to solicit student input
in the future.
Tonight's student forum will be held from
6 to 8 p.m. in the Kuenzel Room of the
Michigan Union. Students may secure speak-
ing time in advance by calling the regents'
officeat 936-2255, or they may sign in at the
door. The Office of the University Secretary
is also welcoming written comments.
It is the students' turn to take responsibil-
ity for the future ofthe University. Left in the
hands of a few, the decisions made may not
be satisfactory to the majority. But then, of
course, students would have no one to blame
but themselves.

resident Clinton, just II mon
from defeat or re-election, has n
mitted the bigges gamble of his pre
sending US. troops to a farawa)
protect vaguely defined America
ests" there. Clinton's decision to
32.000 soldiers to Yugoslavia in th
enforcing a peace accord coinciden
lows a revel ton ii th U in
Granada in 1983 was not nccessa
tect American students on the isl
served only to sho're up Presider
Rcag'an's cr dentals among forei1
hawks. The disclosures on Grenada
years overdue, ar sobering evid
history will not look kindly on an
tration whose foreign policy is di
instant gratification in public-opin
That's not to say Clinton has d
thing wrong. lie dchcd pols sayin
had no business in Bosnia to affir
principles - like our role in p
senseless carnage around the wo
Clinton chanced , cata:tnr phe in 3
could poison his reaelection prosT
of this for -our fundamental va
people," Clinton told a sk eptical pr
president knew he had a difticultj
of him invoking these values to
risking U.S. lives in a country w h
many Americans can't spell. (i'1

Cibiton must resist the u/g
towave the bloody shfrt
ths away faces the unenviable task ofleading the most was intimetely involved in planning for the
tow com- media-unfriendly sort of war:fought on rug- invasion now admits that it was unneces-
esidency: ged terrain whose name practically trans- sary. The Communist-leaning government
y land to lates from Serbo-Croatian to "quagmire" that came to power in Grenada had intended
n "inter- among combatants who all have blood on to repatriate the Americans without inci-
dispatch their hands. Even so, some cynics have sug- dent. But that wasn't enough. Still stinging
e name of gested that Clinton is employing that time- from the failure of the American deploy-
ntally fol- honored tactic of sending troops abroad to ment in Lebanon the year before. Reagan
vasion of rally common folks around the flag and the wanted to show that the United States
ry to pro- president. wouldn't be pushed around on the interna-
and - it That shouldn't bee too surprising to a tional stage. If trouncing a tinpot Thirld,
it Ronald public by now accustomed to leaders using World dictator makes for a convincing show
gn-policy the military as just another political tool. of force, Reagan succeeded. But the latest
, while 12 George Bush did it in 1989 by invading word on Grenada -- added to older revela-
ence that Panama and again in 1991 by invading Iraq. tions aboutthe U.S. role in supplyingarmsto
adminis- The latter endeavor flooded the American Iran and Iraq and propping up the corrupt,
ctated by body politic with a rush of patriotic adrena- drug-peddling Panamanian government -
ion polls. line that had sufficently waned by the 1992 show Reagan as less ofa Cold War hero than
done any- election to see Bush out of office. Bush's once thought.
g the U.S. strategy in the Persian Gulf war was per- Clinton is now putting personal and na-
rm higher fectly calibrated to the political mood of the tional prestige on the line in the former
reventing time,andit pushedhispopularity rating over Yugoslavia. While his motives seem most
)rld. And 90 percent. But the gains were so much a noble, Clinton can't help but feel the tug of
osnia that desert mirage, gone by sunset. public opinion on every military consider-
pects. All Reagan's luck had lasted longer - 12 ation in the Balkans. Only as long as that pull
lues as a years to be precise - in the afterglow of guides him toward a prudent middle ground
ublic. The Granada. The president ordered the invasion -and not toward dishonest posturing about
ob ahead of the Caribbean island ostensibly to rescue phony American "interests" - should
justify a a contingent of American students stranded Clinton be swayed.
ose name there when a leftist government seized power. - James Nash can be reached over e-
nton now But a Reagan adminsitration official who mail atjnash(,zumnich.edu


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'... Newt Gingrich
is really the
Republican Party
...everybody is
either a femi-
newtle or a
newtold, and if
they vote
Republican they
are getting.
- Retiring US. Rep.
Patricia Schroeder (D-

Caught in a bind
Clinton right to compromise on defense bill


In an compromise to provide funding and
congressional support for deploying troops
in Bosnia, President Clinton signed the de-
fense spending bill last week. While the bill
clearly contains excessive spending for un-
necessary projects, signing it was Clinton's
only real choice under bad circumstances.
Among other provisions, the bill desig-
nates $2.4 billion for eight cargo planes, $2.2
billion for F-22 fighter planes and $3.4 bil-
lion for missile defenses. The president has
made it clear that these projects are no longer
needed for the nation's defense. The billions
of dollars would be better spent to fund
domestic programs currently being slashed
by the GOP-led Congress. In the spirit of
compromise, GOP leaders did say they would
consider softening cuts in domestic initia-
tives such as education, job training and the
environment. While such concessions are
hopeful, they do not excuse the shameful
politicking that linked the defense bill to
Bosnia. The two issues should have remained
separate, and the efforts of leaders on both
sides of the aisle to connect them amount to
playing games with the nation's foreign policy
Clinton apparently signed the bill to avoid
bitter partisan confrontation in the debate
over the Bosnia mission. This conciliatory
measure correctly shows where the foreign
poicy priorities lie. For Congress not to
support the Bosnian mission could tie the
president's hands - with disastrous conse-
quences. The opportunity for peace in Bosnia
will be greatly enhanced with the help of the
NATO peacekeeping initiative. The legiti-
macy of the NATO alliance also hangs in the
balance of full U.S. commitment in Bosnia.

Many critics argue that the president
should have rejected the compromise-they
claim not only that the defense bill is a
disaster for the nation, but also that Clinton
could have achieved his goals in Bosnia
without it. However, given the thin congres-
sional support for the Bosnian mission, fears
of its collapse are entirely justified. With the
president publicly and irreversibly dedicated
to U.S. action in Bosnia, the political risks of
not signingthe defense bill-the document's
flaws notwithstanding - were too large.
Clinton faced the unfortunate possibility of
losing his Bosnia goals to haggling over
defense dollars. Pragmatism thus guided the
compromise to provide funding for Bosnia.
Considering the prospects for a bruising
battle over the federal budget, compromise
on both sides of the aisle, as well as between
the White House and Congress, is desper-
ately needed. The overzealous GOP majority
should heed Democratic concerns over do-
mestic spending cuts. The defense spending
bill doles out more money than the Pentagon
requested. With the end of the Cold War,
while it is important for the United States to
remain the strongest force for peace in the
world, excessive spending for defense tech-
nology only impairs the domestic vitality of
the nation.
The signing of the defense bill, however
unfortunate, must not be viewed in isolation.
It is a part of the ongoing budget-balancing
process, and was key to the U.S. Bosnian
The president did the only the only thing
he could have done - even if it went against
his principles. The priorities of foreign policy
today are in Bosnia.

studentsg g i

Dockers and501 Jeans in par-
ticular became hot sellers, with
advertising campaigns promot-
ing their style, fashionability and
comfort luxuries never allowed

boycott tothe workers whoproduce these
articles ofclothing. Instead, what
To the Daily: they end up with is carpal tunnel
This upcoming January will syndrome, layoffs and denial of
mark thesixth anni\ crsaryofLe vi benefits.
Strauss & Co.'s closing of their In support of the displaced
Zarzamora Street Dockers plant, workers, Alianza is organizing a
ultimatel leavin more than cut-off Levi's tag mail-in, as part
1,150 ('hicanaMeiana Latina of a nationwide call to action.
workers uncmployed while de- Before you leave for break, or
nying many others benefits and while you are at home for the
compensation. holidays, take a minute to cut off
These dis:aced women work- yourtags from Levi's 501 s, Dock-
ers organized l uerza Unida to ers, Brittania, Officers Corp, Sil-
win back pay owed to them. as ver Tab and Bend Over jeans.
well as compensation for work- WritealetterinsupportofFuerza
related injuries. such as carpal Unida.
tunnel syndrome. Finally, don't purchase Levi's
They hae established aid for products, either foryourselforas
displaced workters testified to gifts to others.
Congress about poor working Please, call Levi's at 1-800-
conditionsexploitationiorwomen USA-LEVI and let them know
and violations of chili la bor laws that you support Fuerza Unida.
and filed two lawsuits against Send your cut-off tags and letters
L S&C, in addition to launching a of support to Alianza, the Latina;
boycott against L exi's prod ucts. o Student Alliance, 4319 Michi-
During the same fie-year gan Union, Ann Arbor, Ml48109,
time span, LS&C has seen heir or through e-mail at
sales grow to over $5 bilion al mesa.directiva@umich.edu. We
the while refusing to negotiate are collecting the cut off tags as
with Fuerna Unida. well as letters of support through-
Presentil, Le i's claims that out the next month.
260 workers left by early retire- Then, in January 1996-- on
ment, 270 remained employed. the sixth anniversary of the
318 found other jobs and 170 Zarzamora Street plant closing
received education or training. - we will mail in all our col-
But that is not the whole story. lected tags and letters of support
The abrupt closing of the to Levi Strauss & Co., demon-
Zarzamora St. plant devastated a strating the wide-reaching scope
whole community: not just the of Fuerza Unida's boycott and
lives of the workers but those of reminding Levi's such injustices
the area busein s who re liedon against Chicanaand Latina work-
their wages.the well-being of their ers in the name of greater profit
families, the care and education margins are not permissible.
of their children n hirftrs
Levi's doen't telltewoesty Wayne Alejandro Wolbert
nor do their numbrs nie uS a RC junior
compl Co-Chair, ALIANZA: The
I1wn tlih tme sincLevi's skht
lown r hy; i:r'anLtheiru)rofits skv- Laino/a Student Alliance


Law school
offends alum
To the Daily:
Law School Dean Jeffrey S.
Lehmanjust sent me a copy of the
Law School Class of 1979 sur-
vey, which offended and dis-
gusted me. How much money do
you make, how big a firm are you
with, how quickly did you make
partner, just how big of a bigshot
are you now?
ls that really what Michigan
Law was and still is all about? I
forgot how alienated I was from
the arrogance, rigidity, competi-
tiveness, authoritarianism, mate-
rialismandconformism I thought
I saw in my instructors and co-
horts. Apparently Dean Lehman's
agenda now is to rekindle that
alienation, and to point out to me
how errantly out of proper ca-
dence I have chosen to live the
last 16 years of my life.
What purpose was this Class
of 1979 survey supposed to have
served? What are you trying to do
to me, Dean Lehman?
E. Kenneth Snyder
LSA '71, Law '79
Fix classism:
Cancel class
To the Daily:
There is a serious problem on
campus. It is classism. It is with
us every day, except weekends.
The University of Michigan en-
courages this problem. Especially
at this time of year, when not only
are there classes today, but we
have to think of classes for next
year. There is but one solution to
this dangerous predicament. The
administration must cancel

classes for the rest of the semes-
ter. Time is not on our side in this
struggle. The administration must
act now.
Russ Abrutyn
LSA senior
about football
seating policy
To the Daily:
As I read "Football seating
policy breeds confusion" in the
Nov. 30 issue of the Daily, I was
moved to tears by the author.
Imagine, purchasing a ticket of
admission for any event and be-
ing forced to sit in your assigned
seat. The shame of it all!
And to have the nerve to come
and claim the seat rightfully as-
signed to you that has been paid
for by you and finding that it has
already been usurped by some-
one wishing to be with their
friends - why, the gall of the
person deserving the assigned
It seems to me that this "pro-
posed" policy can be used in other
venues such as smoking in a no-
smoking section of a restaurant
because your friends are there or
crowding 12 people intothe room
of a hospitalized person because
you are their friend.
I thought college was a time
to put away your childish behav-
ior and assume the role of an
adult in this world, accepting the
responsibilities of that role. Per-
haps I'm mistaken.
Dan LaBumbard
Information Technology
Division staff

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