University Reporter - Intelligencer, Volume 1, Number 21


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Description: Major stories:
Hemp Legalization
State News Strike Ends
Local Drug War
Viewer Mail
Out and About
Reviews - Peter Murphy "Deep", the Latin Quarter venue
Entertainment - Tad, Nirvana, Victim's Family at The Blind Pig
Date: April 18, 1990
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18 April 1990 f
Vol. I
No. 21
. What's shakin' :
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MSU's alternative
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uR- I Issues correspondent However, Charles Kile, Michigan eliminate present drug problems, such
coordinator of the National Organiza- as smuggling, dealing and abuse. By
Cannabis, hemp, tea, ganja, tlon for the Reform of Marijuana Laws keeping pot Illegal, they say, drug
weed, pot, reefer, fatty, grass, Acap- (NORML), said using marijuana has traffickers will be ousted and users/
ulco gold, mary jane, herb, smoke, not adversely affected him. abusers will be In jail.
hash. ·rve been smoking pot for 15 Conversely, NORML says taxpay-
Called by any of Its names, years, since I was 35, · .he said at a ers lose out on that Idea, because
marijuana has for · Americans· annually spend
decades been the about $4 billion to combat
subjed of songs, drug smuggling and over
protests and contro- $1 billion to prosecute and
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has revived debate as proponent of decriminallza-.
politicians, police and tion, said It costs taxpayers
the public argue the approximately $25,000 to
merits of legalization. maintain a prison Inmate.
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18 A ril 1990 university Reporter-Intelligencer •
Murphy digs up his roots
presence. His use of unusual melo~
· Peter Murphy, Deep dies and bass notes that viorate the
Beggar's Banquet chest more than the drums dominate
Ex-Bauhaus lead singer, Peter
Murphy dug down to his roots for his
third solo project Deep.
The 10-track release boasts a
great mixture of melodic acoustics and
biting guitar and keyboards, with no
one instrument being favored.
The album's aggressive quickpaced
songs are packed with energetic
guitar sliding and heavy dance
beats-great for a festive party.
"Shy," which doesn't lend itself to
its title, is one of these faster tunes
with high-pitched keyboard punches
and Murphy speeding up his vocals.
It's definitely a toe-tapping tune.
The more emotionally haunting
tunes grab the listener and give a
tension-releasing musical massage.
the album.
The Hundred Men, Murphy's
backup band, help him reveal the
attempt to revive the originality and
eccentricity present in his Bauhaus
days. This is obvious in the-similarity
of "The Line Between the Devil's
Teeth" to the Bauhaus tune, "In the ·
Flat Field."
Besides some drum sequences
popularized in recent radio hits, Deep
is a success and a necessity for any
alternative ' music collection.
A lava lamp and a big couch are a Rev1ewolthePeterMurPfiyshoW>>>
must for this portion of the album.
, "Marlene Dietrich Favorite Poet"
reflects its soothing title. Its acoustic
beauty and orchestric synth patches
are perfect for those incense-burning
candle-lit evenings. '
But whatever song it is, Murphy's
voice is pounding out its usual eerie
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singer and creator of NIN, bounced around
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u - music correspo n and every other part of his body. ·
DETROIT - The Latin Quarter,
Detroit's newest hotspot for alternative
concerts, was packed with black leather
and thick eyeliner April 8 for the Nine Inch
Nails/Peter Murphy show.
The hard beats of NIN pounded the
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And the crowd mirrored the band's
enthusiasm. The first couple rows looked
like a gymnastic net for some pretty
irrpressive stage dives.
NIN'ssoundwas excellent - asynth
lover's dream. Loud, hard, and definitely
full of energy. Everyone walked off the
stage sweating, and maybe even bleeding,
following NIN's last tune, "Head Like a
Hole; in which Reznor leveled his guitarist
with a strong elbow and gave the keyboards
a good beating as well.
While the stage was cleared for the
headliner, the crowd didn't have much
time to run to the bar before the lights
were doused. A quick spotlight showed
Murphy towering above the stage squatted
in the same position as on the cover of
The former Bauhaus frontman
opened with "The Line Between the Devil's
Teeth." Unfortunately, Murphy had a
mediocre light show, and his musi_c mix
didn't touch NIN's. His vocals were both
too loud and unclear in the first half of his
set; maybe an overlook on the soundman'spart.
But The Hundred Men~ the music
behind the man, did a great job in their
performance even though Murphy's efforts
at being an entertainer left something to
be desired.
H~ played to a crowd of ticket sales
rather than an audience of music lovers.
Although Murphy was a bit calmer
than NIN, as was the crowd, he performed
a good mix from his last three albums.
Twelve songs in all, topped by Murphy's
decision to close off the show with a
Bauhaus encore I
The show was very entertaining,
musically and theatrically. And in spite of
some shortcomings, seeing the pasty- ·
faced, sharp-featured leg'end strut his stuff
was enough to make this show worth the
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Three band show hard driving wit'1 stage diving
ev ANGIE CAROZZO his face. . They played a good set and the gers buggln' Nirvana white they're
uR-1 entertainment editor Certain members of the crowd croY«:t seemed like they couldn't tryln' to get their equipment set up.
ANN ARBOR - The Blind Pig
was the host of heavy muddle headbanger
mania April 1 O when two SUb .
Pop bands, Tad and Nirvana, joined
together with Victim's Family to
shake the house down to the ground.
Victim's Family, from California,
opened the show with a story of their
hardships on the road.
"Our truck broke down and blew a
gasket on the way over here; said the
lead singer, "and the U-Haul you
probably saw outside Is ours, so I
think we're gonna take out some of
our aggressions now:
They went on to play a halfway
decent set that was more hardcore
Influenced than anything else.
The lead singer screamed at the
top. of his lungs, white the drummer
beat the crap out of his set. As for the
bass player, he was jammln' and he
couldn't wipe the snot-eating grin off
proceeded to the pool hall downstairs possibly get any more rited. That Is The crowd was filled with Detroit
for some peace and quiet until Tad untli the last song, when Tad put his rockers that night. Among them were
would come on. In short, Victim's guitar down and was just singing. Karen Neal and Linda Marie of
Family sucked. · As the song 'Was coming to a Inside Out, Jymn Auge of Snake
So Tad starts setting up. This guy close, Tad gives a strange kind of look Out (the Fuknotz), and Warren
had to weigh about 300 pounds. to the croY«:t, starts running toward the Defever of Elvie Hitler.
Screams came from the audience, front of the stage, and this 300 pound . Nirvana started their set off rockln'.
"Hey, Tedi. The guy looks like he's hulk of a man does a stage dive! hard. And with the loss of Jason
ready to eat several members of the · Half the crowd was horrified, and Everman to Sound Garden, Kurdt
audience. the other half were laughing their Kobaln, lead singer and rhythm
Tad started the set and the asses off - the half that wasn't gonna guitarist was left to do the solos - no
audience turned Into an ocean sway- have to try and catch him. Tad easy task. He did a most excellent
Ing to and from the stage. It didn't crawled back to the stage and started job, though.
take long for the stage diving to start. singing again. Then the guitar player, Their set Included klckln' tunes
. The lead guitarist spent most of while soloing, heads for the crowd and like "Mr. Mustache.• Drummer Chad
the show in front of his amp doing jumps with the bass player soon to Channing set the pace with a hard-
. feedback so!Os like they were meant follow. driving beat which bass player. Chrl•
to be done. The bass player was This ended their set. So then Novo.elic, kept up with and added to
klckln' out some awesome tines. And what happens? The goofy autograph with some greet bass tines played In a
whHe the drums were good, .they were mongers start buggln' these guys style that.only he could master.
nothing spectacular. .. whlle they're tryln' to tear: down their The stage dives continued with
Meanwhile, Tad is playing some equipment for the headllning band, twice the enthusiasm as when Tad
great rhythm guitar with distortion up Nirvana.
the butt. In fact, It was these same mon- See TREY,. p. 9
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From DEBATE, p.1
are targeted by liquor ads and have
many bars, Corley said making
marijuana available would only add
another problem for those people,
who will again be the consumers of
choice of the alcohol and tobacco
But Ferency, who is a Democratic
candidate for the Michigan Senate,
said the problem with drugs isn't
distribution, but abuse, and he said
the way drugs are dealt with is a
problem in itself.
"The plan of turning (drugs) over
to the police is a failure," he said.
"There is corruption in the CIA, FBI,
police and government. We need a
better plan:
Plan or no plan, marijuana opponents
say the drug is dangerous and
are dead set against legalization.
Armed with figures like those in
the government's book Alcohol, Drug
Abuse and Mental Health Administration:
The First 15 Years, legalization
opponents point to the ADAMHA's
finding that more than 77,000 admissions
to rehabilitation programs are
due to marijuana use.
NORML, however, claims that
marijuana is not physically addictive; it
does not produce the physical evidence
common with other drugs, and
says it has such a low toxicity that it's
impossible to overdose or die from
using marijuana. They concede that
psychological addiction is possible
when use becomes habitual and
develops into abuse.
And contrary to its schedule one
classification, proponents of legalizaton
are trying to change the attitudes
of those against legalization by
claiming that marijuana has a few
medical purposes.
NORML says it aids in the treatment
of glaucoma, in controlling
seizures from multiple sclerosis, in
chemotherapy, and in killing headache
pain. They say that in the late 1800s
and the early 19005 in America, it was
used to make such things as medicine,
paper and even clothing.
Legalization advocates say
attempts by the government to ban
marijuana use have made these
statistics (especially the medical
figures) virtually unknown to the
But even after the dissemination
of recent facts, reports, and studies on
marijuana, it is difficult to discern
which facts are true and which are
exaggerated claims. People from ~II
walks of life are lining up on opposite
sides of the debate, and on]y time
may tell if marijuana will be decriminalized
or if the legalization of pot will
be nipped in the bud.
In the meanwhile, the question
moves on to more and more fronts.
· Kile said if marijuana was legal,
less people would do hard drugs.
"Pot isn't a drug; it's· a natural
creation of God.·
Carl Taylor, an MSU criminal
justice professor opposed to legalizaton,
said legalizing pot without
legalizing other drugs is hypocritical.
"If marijuana is legalized, then
we'll have to legalize cocaine, and
then other drugs will follow," he said.
The debate rages on.
From SN, p.1
"There is an atmosphere (in the
newsroom) that is very demeaning
toward women and it makes it very
difficult to work there," Bomsta said.
"The reason I walked out is I f~lt that I
was specifically discriminated against.
"I refused to work in a place where
discrimination occurred."
As Bomsta and the other strikers
left their jobs, they filed a list of 21
demands for an increased minority
role at the paper, which began with
the resignation of Secor.
For nearly one week, strikers and
their spokesman - student leader
Darius Peyton - negotiated with
management over the demands.
On April 14, Secor and State
News General Manager Allen
Swartzell compiled a list of responses
that met nearly all of the strikers'
demands, but not Secor's resignation.
Sunday, strikers returned to work.
"Things were kind of tense
Sunday," said Carmen Canales, a
copy editor who participated in the
srike. "But I don't feel that everybody
would hate us for taking a stand."
In reference to sexual harrasment
charges, Canales said: "To my
knowledge, there wasn't a physical
attack on anyone ... it is that there are
sexist policies (at The State News)."
Canales said that in newsroom
conversation, double standards exist.
People at work often are shocked at
certain statements made by women,
she said. But when male employees
make the same statements, people
~xcuse it as, • 'Oh, that's just his
per.;onality.' "
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However, Intern Editor Matt
Mccallum says ·he sees no reason "for
either side (male or female) to yell out"
sexual harrassment at The State
News. ·
"Men and women in the
newsroom joke equally," Mccallum
said. "I think the whole issue here is
pretty stupid." ·
Having worked at The State News
for about ohe year, Mccallum said
one of the problems he has noticed is
that the newsroom atmosphere "is not
always professional."
For example, he said employees
will give each other back rubs during
work hours. ·And women sitting
around engaging in conversation, he
said, often are heard "talking about
how good men are in bed.•
But the new guidelines will no
longer permit such behavior in the
newsroom, which Canales believes
resulted from the strikers' pressure on
Secor to respond to their demands.
These include:
• Allowing the minority representative
to have a vote on the editorial
··Implementing an Affirmative
Action plan to eradicate the alleged
disriminatory hiring practices.
• Develop a minority stylebook.
• Adopt guidelines prohibiting
sexual and racial harrassment.
"I think we got him (Secor) to say,
'Yes, I'm going to agree to these
things," Canales said.
But whether Secor is sincere in
his newsroom reform proposals "is yet
to be seen,· she said.
"I'm skeptical I guess, but hopeful."
Copy Editor Alyssa Harvey,
another walkout participator, said she
is "not very optimistic" that reforms will
be enacted. She said: "Right now I'm
having trouble knowing if there will be
any changes at all." Harvey noted
that the strikers returned to work because
overall they were pleased with
managements' responses to their demands.
But upon returning to her job,
she said she noticed no change in
Secor's "attitude."
A letter accompanying the list of
demands released April 6 stated that
strikers' "frustration and dismay has
grown by the lack of effort, concern
and a sensitivity displayed by the
editor in chief, John Secor:
Harvey said things don't seem to
be changing. Upon the strikers' first
day back at work, she said Secor
already failed at making good on one
promise he had made the group: "(to)
tell staff that he knew of all the problems
before we walked out."
During the strike, Secor repeatedly
said that he had never received
any reports of sexual or racial harrassment.
Sports writer and striker Candace ·
Mccrary says it is "just a matter of
time· before the group's questions are
Jully answered.
"We're still kind of on pins and
needles waiting for things to happen,"
she said.
the university Reporter-Intelligencer Page Three
The Second Front Page
Numbers tell the tale of local drug war
uR-l l88uea correspondent
While the federal government has
stepped up interdiction and the war on
drugs, local police have found little or
no change In drug-related arrests over
the past few years.
Marijuana violations especially
aren't easily discovered, said Michigan
State University Department of
Public Safety officials, who, along with
East Lansing police and the TriCounty
Metro Narcotic Squad fight the
local drug war.
•Most (marijuana) offenses are
brought to our attention through other
means (than busts),• said Andrew
McEntee, DPS deputy director.
"They're either discovered by someone
smelling smoke under a door, or
through another violation, like a traffic
The department, which combines
ail drugs Into its statistics on drug
violations, last year made 1 O drug
arrests. This marks a decrease from
the 12 arrests made in 1988, and ·
since 1985, the number of drugrelated
arrests has fluctuated. It's
gone from 28 In 1985, to 1 O in 1986,
and peaked at 36 in 1987.
East Lansing, however, has made
a consistent number of arrests each
"The number of drug violations in
the city has pretty much stayed the
same for the past few years," said
ELPD Captain Richard Murray. ·
"We don't go after these violations,
though; he added. "That's the
job of the Metro Narcotic Squad."
In 1989, East Lansing police
reported four arrests for the sale of
marijuana, and 1 O for possession of
marijuana. Violators were jailed for
those offenses, Murray said.
But traffic for the Metro Squad,
which handles such violations
throughout Ingham County and
surrounding areas, was heavier.
"In 1989, we reported 54 marijuana-
related arrests, which include
deliv~ry of, conspiracy to deliver, and
possession with intent to deliver
marijuana; said Lt. Charles McCord.
He added that Metro squad officers
·made 13 possession of marijuana
arrests. -
In 1988, arrests were classified
differently, and police made 78 arrests
for delivery of and conspiracy to
deliver marijuana, 25 arrests for
possession of and possession with
intent to deliver marijuana, and eight
arrests for manufacturing (growing)
On campus arrests,
alcohol vs. other drugs,
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Alcohol arrests, however, exceeded
drug arrests by far.
On campus, liquor violations -
minor-In-possession, transportation of
alcohol, and open alcohol in public -
are more easily discovered than drug
violations, according to police. Frequently,
liquor violations lead to
discovery of drug violations. DPS
statistics show a steady trend of
Increasing liquor violations since
In 1985, there were 23 liquor
violations compared to 28 drug
violations. That was the only year
drug violations exceeded liquor
The upward trend of alcoholrelated
violations on campus contin-
. ued, going from 58 In 1986, to 117 in
1987, dropping to 73 In 1988. In
1989, the number again Increased to
"In the last two years, drug
violations have stayed about the
same, but alcohol violations greatly
Increased in the same time period,"
McEntee said.
Last year, East Lansing reported
306 arrests for possession of a/coho/
in a vehicle, 27 for consuming alcohol
in public, 1,052 for minor In possession,
and 804 for consumption of open
The penalties for alcohol violations are
not as stringent as those for drug
violations, police said.
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uR-1 artwork/JACK WHEATLEY
Time to stop wasting time,
money and lives - legalize
No one is high on should be decriminalized other popular mind
the idea of across the - hemp. alterers concocted in
board drug legalization, . Marijuana, as it is Bogota laboratories to
but there is one. commonly known, is a later be cut with rat
substance many plant that grows poison and other toxins.
conservative and liberal naturally in much of the Although the question of
thinkers can agree Earth's soil - unlike legalization has been
. debated on a number of
new fronts now familiar
to the general public, no
action seems imminent.
That is too bad. We
insist that cannabis be
legalized for several
• it is a natural
product, unlike harder
drugs or even alcohol,
which must be distilled
from other products;
• it will allow
millions of poor farmers
worldwide to continue to
raise the plant legally,
thereby removing the
stigma of illegality while
letting them feed their
• it is no more
dangerous than any of
the other drugs already
legalized and widely
C:onsumed - such as
alcohol, tobacco,
valium, etc.
Of course there are
hundreds of other
reasons and
counterarguments to be
made, but in this issue
we feel you should be
exposed to enough
diverse thought from
both sides of the
spectrum to make up
your own mind.
Ours is already set.
legalize marijuana
- NOW,mon.
They came, they saw, they walked, they lost
What's that we hear?
A distant voice with a cellulite
Could it be?
It is!!!
... and the tune is taps, sung for
the hope of real reform at The State
After an initially courageous -
and later vague (but more on that
later) - fight against racial and sexual
harassment at the student daily,
walkouts became giveups and agreed
Good Friday to return to work the
following Sunday. In true Friday the
Thirteenth fashion, their luck turned
bad as they gave in to what was -at
best-a proposal by The State News
Management to stick to its existing
The State News' counter-proposal
to the walkouts' list of 22 demands
included: A cultural awareness and
sensitivity seminar; having a minortiy
representative attend weekly editor
meetings, changing the term "black· to
"African American·; creating and using
a minority stylebook; enforcing an
affirmative action plan; and establishing
a specific, written grievance
procedure for all staff members.
According to the paper, all walkouts
would return after the agreement
was reached.
In other words, not one of the
strikers had the courage or sense to
realize that they gave up the fight too
soon and for too much nothing.
Whyfore do we say this??
Primarily because most of the
terms agreed upon are hollow; the
minority representative can vote on
editorial stances, making a total of
four votes - but the editor-in-chief
casts the tie-breaking vote. Nothing
new here. Technically, the editor-inchief
can overrule all votes (he can
prevail against odds of one-million to
· one, if that's the case), by virtue of his
Then there's hiring staffers and
promoting them. Now minorities are
encouraged and will be given an equal
chance-but the final decision rests
with the editor-in-chief. Wow, what a
change from the pre-strike policy,
which gave editor-in-chief hiring, firing
and promoting power. And enforce an
affirmative action plan? Weren't they
supposed to be doing that already??
Like they say the University should be
doing??? Hyprocrisy????
Oh, then there's "Africian American
· instead of "black· Like the
difference in calling handicappers
"handicappers· instead of "handicapped;
changing the name doesn't
solve the problem. This is a truly puny
And, lest we should forget, there
will be cultural awareness and sensitivity
seminars! Let us also remember,
however, that cultural awareness
and sensitivity cannot be taught just
with a seminar, it should be developed
by listening to the concerns of minorities
- which the paper obviously
hasn't done, and most likely won't do,
unless a new editor feels that it is
important. Editor-in-Chief John Secor
has already shown he is not mature
enough to listen to his staff's concerns,
and he is the linchpin to the
See EDIT, p. 9
18 April 1990
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18 April 1990 · university Reporter-Intelligencer ·5
More on Farrakhan
Dear Editor:
Being the director of MSU's only
speaking organization, Great Issues, I _
feel ~n urgency to comment, albeit
belatedly, on a subject of importance
to Great Issue ,and to the MSU
Last term, a controversy ensued
at MSU on the speech of Louis
Farrakhan, a reputable speaker who
has undeniably made anti-Semitic
comments. The Board of Trustees
action (a limit of funding only $1,000)
to withdraw the $4,000 which the
administration gave to As One will
surely go down in our history as an
inflammatory example of modern
censorship in an allegedly free
I am disheartened and appalled
by the Trustees' action and by the
protesting of the speech which
followed. These people acted as our
own Jesse Helms, telling us what
propaganada speech deserves
funding and what does not. Farrakhan
became our Robert Mapplethorpe,
and, to a smaller extent, our
Salmon Rushdie.
A truly free society, in my opinion,
guarantees an adequate marketplace
of ideas where differing opinions are
made and exchanged, no matter how
controversial or racial. However, the
Trustees clearly tried to shut the door
to that marketplace on Minister
Farrakhan. I do not like Anti-Semitic
comments disseminated, but I would
not disallow it. The MSU Trustees felt
they were acting out of dedication to
diversity when they took away the
pledged money, but in reality they
were only the forerunners of bigotry.
Poet Allen Gisnberg said: "The purpose
of such censorship is to concentrate
all emotional authority in the
state and eliminate all ideological and
emotional competition.·
There was much lobbying done on
the part of a few student groups to
have Farrakhan's speech removed
from the campus because they didn't
think that Farrakhan should be a part
of American Democracy, that his point
of views were too inconvenient for us
and that his audience would be too
stupid to recognize racism.
This censoring attitude on campus
also denied that Farrakhan is a viable
voice within the Black community, and
that's foolish.
I feel that Farrakhan's speech
should have been funded completely,
but that the context should have been
altered: All speakers, of any persuasion,
should be required to hold aside
a period of time for questions and
answers so that students may challenge
and learn from the speaker, as
opposed to being merely passive
receivers of indoctrination and bias.
Additionally, for highly controversial
issues (i.e. Farrakhan), a universityfacilitated
symposium featuring representatives
of all sides including administrators,
students, faculty, and staff to
discuss the implications of what was
said is essential.
As William Kirwan, President of
the Universityof Maryland, said, " ... a
Univers~y ... has an obligation, not only
to allow those presentations under the ·
First Amendment, but to provide
regular, organized forums w.here
students learn to divest themselves of
those points of view.
"The society at large is much
better off when it consciously rejects
something than when it never hears it
and maybe harbors latent views:
The defenders of freedom and
fighters of racism were inside the
auditorium with their notebooks and ·
their questions. But again, the Board
of Trustees did not provide for a
critical forum.
The intellect of the Farrakhan
boyc;:otters is analogous to people
thinking that we can stop airplane
crashes if we stop writing articles
about them in our newspapers. This
attitude only makes us less aware of
the reality of society.
The wave of apathy that clouded
MSU over a clear First Amendment
violation brings to mind a line from
Cockburn's article Bound to be
Gagged: "A freedom you aren't
fighting for is probably a freedom
you've already lost.·
Great Issues is here to say that
we fight censorship and will express
our rights to program speakers. The
Trustees seemingly forgot Voltaire's
cliche: "I may disagree with what you
said but I will fight to the death for
your right to say it: Instead, they
turned it on its head: "I might disagree
with what you say, but I will fight to
ensure you say it somewhere else.·
- Patrick Bryant
Director of Great Issues
Due to the length of Bryant's letter
- over five single-spaced, typed
pages - the uR-1 is only able to print
part of the essay. However, complete
copies of Bryant's letter may be
obtained at our Gunson Street offices.
Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle.
Burn, burn, burn.
Chick not amused
Why is it that in Lynne Hoffman's
28 February review of Going Public
the people of the male gender are
called "men; but those of the female
gender get to be called "chicks?9
Her review was offensive; an
Alabama truck driver couldn't have
done better himself!
I go. to every Going Public show I
can because they put on a great
show. I am not a "chick~ or a "bimbo:
(Gee, she forgot to use "dames; and
"broads· too ... ) ·
Finally, why is it that she could
figure out Rich Fossier's name but
could only come up with "some chick·
for the female singer?
It would've taken all of 1 O seconds
to find out her name by asking anyone
in the band.
Instead of doing that and pointing
out the fact that she is one of the only
female singers in East Lansing,
Hoffman chooses to degrade her.
Some "alternative· newspaper you
have there.
With Sincere disgust,
-Tina Caputo
English senior
write to us about anything on
your mind and send that kernel
ot brilliance to the uR-1 at t 42
Gunson St, East Lansing, Mi
Leffers should not exceed 250
words, and must be signed. We
are not your pen pals, and
therefore do not want to receive
any corretpondence you don't
want printed.
For denying that Rome was on fire as chunks of that scorched and once-venerated campus institution
fell around you and your male chauvinist cronies, you win what some might call a booby prize -
oops, we mean consolation prize - Geek o' the Week dishonors.
Yes, John Secor, you lied to the press and ignored the real problems brought up by strikers who
could take no more after nearly a year'of callous and depressing mismanagement.
Gee, he always seemed like such a nice boy, Madge.
Here's hoping, your last several weeks will - and then you will -fly by and be forgotten.
Good luck selling Edsels, John - you'll need it.
6 ·university Reporter-Intelligencer 18 April 1990
H. Marcus was a history professor
I didn't much like. He made me do a
lot of work and in the end, I got a
lousy grade. H. Marcus did, however,
leave me with an admirable and
succinct maxim which he used,
though we squirmed at its utterance,
to make an important point about
"If you don't know, say so,· he
would bark at some rwnbling oaf, in
front of everyone.
I recommend that Roy Gerard, the
family practice department chairperson,
think on H. Marcus' simple
Our story begins April 2, when
David Greenbaum.an MSU human
medicine professor, said In The State
News that marijuana damages the
central nervous system. Dr. Gerard
was also quoted that marijuana
destroys brain cells. These, they
pontificated, were the reasons marijuana
should remain illegal.
I was immediately baffled because,
in two years of reading research
literature on the subject, I had
never seen these assertions.
So, I made a call.
·"Those are incorrect statements.
There is no evidence to suggest that,•
says Lester Grinspoon, an Associate
Professor at Harvard Medical School
who has studied marijuana for over
two decades and has published two
books decrying government misinformation
about marijuana
"Those are the kind of alarmist
statements which are the product of
our current drug hysteria,· Grinspoon
Wanting to give Greenbaum and
Gerard a chance to cite research
evidence in support of their statements,
I called them. Unfortunately,
Greenbaum is not available to comment
because he is c:Urrently hospitalized.
Gerard, though a busy rnan,
promised to look for the literature he
referred to in The State News interview.
After 1 O days of trying, I finally
coaxed Dr. Gerard to speak to me.
"People who use marijuana
habitually, the so-called 'potheads', I
think there's evidence that · marijuana
harms them,· Gerard says.
"There's a lot of literature in the
texts to show that cannabis, or the
active ingredient, THC, causes ·
cognative changes and users ability to
Legalization question spurs
debate, challenge on high levels
think is impaired," Gerard continues.
Could he name a study?
No, he said, he was not a researcher,
and was too. busy doing
other things to find hard evidence.
"I did not conjure this up as a
reaction to a drug; I read it in medical
literature,· he insisted.
Could he give the name of any of ·
the publications where he saw the
"I really resent the way you
conducted this,· Gerard concluded.
Good. I'm rather enjoying the
same exhilaration H. Marcus seemed
to exhibit when roasting a particμlarly
blunt oaf in class.
Now, to be fair, I re-checked a
bulk of evidence, mostly published in
the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, a
scientific journal with an editorial
review board comprised regularly of
about 4q researchers from Harvard,
the University of Chicago, Berkeley
and Johns Hopkins University, among .
Here is what I found:
•University of Miami study, ·
1988. Fifteen-year study of use in
Costa Rica states, "Previous studies
of the longterm effects of chronic
cannabis use have uniformly failed to
demonstrate deficits in cognative and
motor functions .. .ln addition, studies
of neuropsychologlcal functions in
North American chronic users who
were not multiple drug users have
also failed to reveal longterm effects
specifically associated with cannabis.·
The study itself concluded that, while
there were consistent scoring differences
between non-users and
.chronic, longterm users, the difference
could be called •sub-clinical·.
•Stanford University study,
1988. Study of marijuana, driving and
accident safety: • . .there is little hard
evidence on the extent of marijuana
involvement in accidents in the
transportation industry.· Despite
evidenee that roughly the same
number of rallway workers use
marijuana as alcohol, 73 accidents
named alcohol as the sole cause.
Marijuana was named twice, once in
connection with alcohol and methamphetimine.
Study states that blood
levels of THC are present in 11 to 20
percent of drivers in fatal car accidents,
but because 81 to 87 percent of
those were also drun~. the cause of
the accidents was probably alcohol,
not marijuana
•University of Arizona study,
1988. "Marijuana, in its natural form,
is one of the safest therapeutically
active substances known to man. ' In
strict medical terms, marijuana is far
safer than many foods we ~mmonly
consume, (such as) raw potatoes:
LO 50 and Therapeutic Ratio are ways
of judging a subtances toxicity. These
measures have not been established
for marijuana, the study says, because,
•researchers have been unable
to give animals enough marijuana to
induce death: Study says that,
despite the fact that 20 to so· million
Americans routinely smoke marijuana,
a single death has never been reported
due to toxicity. By comparison,
aspirin causes hundreds of deaths
each year.
•The Late Dr. Norman Zinberg,
Harvard Medical Schoo1, 1979. "In
any study ever conducted, students
who smoked marijuana had better
grades than non-smokers: Zinberg
speculated that this was not because
marijuana makes you more intelligent,
but rather reflected that more intelligent
students would tend to be more
adventurous and thus use marijuana
Zinberg states that any number of
learned commissions has disproved
the idea that marijuana is a steppingstone
to "harder drugs·, like cocaine
and heroin.
Now, I'm not saying that marijuana
isn't necessarily harmful. Other
studies in the Journal indicate that
marijuana smoke harms the heart and
lungs, though probably not even as
bad as cigarettes. (Also, because
marijuana isn't physically addictive,
marijuana users smoke much less
than cigarette users.)
Also, though the bulk of evidence
shows marijuana to be harmless by
other standards, by the very fact that
marijuana is illegal it is hard to study
its health effects. There's simply no
plethoral cornucopia of reliable
research out there partly because the
Drug Enforcement Agency controls
licensing of independent studies of
illegal drugs, and restricts .them.
Well they should. If research
continues to pile up in favor ofJegalizer's
daims, the DEA stands to lose a
chunk of that sweet budget pie.
And as Bill Day, a James Madison
senior, chortled at the East Lansing
legalization rally, "The cops, the DEA,
. (they) love whatever power you can
give 'em:
You know how addictive sweets
·.·.~. ·
1111 :
Also, whatever research is
available isn't as good as it should be.
People lie to their doctors and insur-
. ance companies, freaked out about
losing their jobs, paying high premiums
or the police. How many people,
do you think, mark "yes• in the box
asking essentially whether you are a
junkie, fiend or high-on?
This means that large chunks of
vital health statistics are unavailable to
researchers in evaluating marijuana's
possible effects. More frighteningly,
countless other unrelated health
studies will be flawed by not taking
into account the 15 to 20 percent of
their test subjects who smoke marijuana
regularly and don't report it.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge
that half the blame for the
incorrect statements made in The
State News article falls on Matt
Tanguay, the reporter. His inability to
locate real, knowledgeable sources for
his artide has helped to perpetuate
dangerous myths about marijuana
This is reflective of negligence and, as
such, is poor journalism.
At any rate, I'm offering your
choice of 20 Washingtons, four
Lincolns or two Hamiltons to the first
person who can present to me one
· credible, (i.e. university, clinical, nongovemment)
study done since 1974
documenting that marijuana use
A. damages cognative functions.
B. ·bums out• short term memory
C. kills brain cells
D. makes anyone impotent
E. leads to harder drugs
F. Causes a demonstrated
amotivational syndrome. (Note that in
Jamaica, smokers use the drug in the
morning like we use coffee - to get
Now, Dr. Gerard, students and
public, there's a little incentive that I
bet you won't find MSU's "Independent
Voice· laying out. I suggest that
everyone begin their search by dailing
1-202-633-1000. I'm waiting ..
- Silvetthorne Is a uR-1 issues
18 April 1990 university Reporter-Intelligencer 0 7
- •FACT 1: It takes an entire forest
- over 500,000 trees - to supply
Americans with their Sunday newspapers
every week.
•FACT 2: We throw away 28
billion glass bottles and jars each year
· - enough to fill the twin towers of
New York's World Trade Center every
two weeks.
•FACT 3: There is a better way to
make use of the Eartt:i's dwindling
resources - recycling.
With the ratio of landfills to
rainforests increasing, and the number
of dispo~ble diapers-clinging to the
face of the Earth already outnumbering
the people, you'd think that people
would get the hint: things are way out
of hand. It seems so simple that
recycling makes sense - it uses less
Qnergy, saves more money in the long
run, and saves valuable resource
Make every day Earth Day
materials for Mure generations.
So why do 70 percent of American
households still refuse to recyde
It's the same old story - mere
laziness accounts for most of the
unrecycling population, while ignorance
accounts for the rest. The
problem is, it will be far too late a few
hundred years down the road for all
the lazy people to say "Oops, sorry"
when the resources are gone and all
our homes are built on landfills. A
truly lovely picture, and one that we
have to act now to prevent.
Home recyding is a lot easier than
you think. To begin with:
-Contact your local recyding
group. (Most cities are ecologically-hip
enough to have one by now.) lhey
can advise you on what and when
they pick up, and how to prepare for it.
In East Lansing, the Recyclers of
Ingham County offer curbside pick-up
to the •college ghetto" area Call 337-
3040 to see if,you qualify. (And hey
kids, it's FREE!)
•Sort newspapers, tossing out that
slick, glossy crap that doesn't recyde.
Stack or brown-bag newspapers (like
the lovely uR-1) in a comer.
•Tear the labels off tin cans, take
the ends off, and crush them. It's fun
and smart, too.
•Sort glass bottles according to
color. Take off any m~tal collars, caps
or corks, but don't worry about paper
•Rinse out and crush plastic milk
and juice containers and place them in
their separate bins. (With each
American using _about 190 pounds of
plastic each year, it's nice to know that
this environmental bummer can be
-Crush corrugated cardboard
boxes and stack them separately.
They can be recyded, too.
For the truly dedicated, a little bit
of "pre-cycling thought" can go a long
way. Most people don't think twice
about packaging when they shop, but
If you knew that about one out of
every $11 you spend on food goes to
unnecessary plastic packaging, you
might take a few extra seconds to
precycle. So:
•Buy in bulk whenever possible.
Generally, it's cheaper, and it uses
minimal packaging.
•Buy eggs in cardboard. - not
those dreaded styrofoam - containers.
•Bead labels! Stay dear of such
things as phosphates in detergents
and CFC's in aerosols. In general, the
more cosmic the chemical sounds, the
better it is (for the Earth and for you)
to stay away from it.
•Buy groceries in glass rather than
plastic containers whenever possible.
The reason Is simple: Glass will
eventually biodegrade; plastic never
will. True, that jar of peanut butter
might break rather than bounce when
you drop it - but at least it won't
bounce after you forever.
All this might sound bothersome
and time-consuming, but the little
extra effort that it takes. is well worth it.
The American Paper Institute estimates
that if everyone in the U.S.
recycled even one tenth of-their
newspapers, we could save about 25
billion trees every year. And if 1 O
percent of Americans purchased less
plastic products just 1 O percent of the
time, we could eliminate about 144
million pounds of plastic that might
otherwise be destined for landfills.
The message is dear: if we want
something done, we'va got to do it
ourselves. Get into the recycling
habit, and take a little extra time to
think about what you're buying when
you shop. Only through direct action
can consumers tell manufacturers
what they want-to see on the shelves.
Everything that you do has .an effect
on the environment, so try to make it a
positive one. ·
- Carter Is a wrlterlphot0grapher
who covets environmental
Issues for the uR-1. Numbers cited
In this piBce were obtained from
8 • university Reporter-Intelligencer 18 April 1990
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by Trebian Shorters
uR-1 special correspondent
The State News uses its power as
MSU's institutional student newspaper
to contribute to racism and divisiveness
on cam pus.
I was recently speaking with a
writer for the Lansing State Journal
about "Advocate" newspapers. He
said that advocate papers were the
least respected of newspapers
because they have strong bias in their
stories. Advocate papers do everything
but lie to you ta get their special
interests met.
The State News is, unfortunately
(for all of us), guilty of this.
The group that the SN is an
advocate for is not white people, it's
ignorant people. That leaves many of
us skeptical and offended by their
publications. The SN is in an excellent
position to educate.and promote our
culture of diversity at MSU, but they
fail to do this. This failure hurts all of
us, Black and White, Muslim and Jew.
A memo from SN editor-in-chief
John Secor to his editors (2-1-90)
shows where Secor's special interests
SN advocates ignorance
lie. The memo, which refers to
Farrakhan's bOdy guards as "Uzitoting
boys," tells his editors to "track
down" Ezra Hyland and only lists
Jewish leaders as "experts on Farrakhan."
The student group As One was
viciously maligned by the series of
articles that The State News ran
during the Farrakhan controversy.
At the trustee meeting, people
compared Farrakhan to Hitler and As
One to the Aryan Nation. The SN
reported this, but didn't give As One a
chance to refute the comparisons.
The SN told us that in spite of
what As One claimed, other RSO's
like the NAACP didn't suppon As One
bringing Farrakhan to MSU.
Their front page headline, "Conflicting
Accounts: As One claims
minor~y support,· (SN 216/90) makes
As One out to be liars.
Individuals from campus minority
(and majority) groups signed a petition
to bring Farrakhan here. That is all As
One claimed, but that's not the
impression that the SN gave.
The SN consistently used biased
wording when referring to As One;
saying that Victoria Lyles "allegedly"
wrote a letter to the assistant provost
that said As One had support from
''the vast majority of the minority
student groups." (Note that does not
say "from minority RSOs.")
Four questions come to mind from
the use of the journalistic taboo word
"alleged:" Did Vicky send a letter or
not? If she did, then why did they
imply that she didn't? If she didn't
send a letter then how did they quote
what the letter said? Why didn't the
SN just get a copy of the letter if they
didn't believe her?
"Alleged" was used to manipulate
us into doubting Vicky and As One's
This cannot be excused as sloppy
reporting and editing because it's
coming from our single biggest source
of campus news and it is lying by
For the SN to facilitate these false
images has soiled this new group's
image, isolated them in the minds of
the public and caused them the pain
and frustration of being misrepresented
in a worthy cause.
Where are black people supposed
to turn when the media alternately
vilifies and ignores us?
The SN has a terrible track record
when it comes to black people. Last
year their stories were so one-sided
and hostile that one of the Study-In
demands was for them to stop racebaiting.
Th is year they did create a
"minority representative· post but that
reporter wasn't allowed to C:over the
story when black students were
assaulted by police at Tango's this
fall. Instead, the SN said football
players were arrested and left the
story at that (SN 1117189).
You'll notice that in their account
police and white bar employees tell
the whole story. However, there were ·
more than 200 Blacks at the scene of
the crime.
Minority students are not the only
ones to lose from "advocate" reporting.
We all lose when our media
breeds conflict.
- I respect the Jews and Hillel and
anyone who is willing to fight for what
they believe in. But all of the white
students who didn't know who Farrakhan
was before the controversy,
STILL don't know who he is due to the
SN's aha-sided accounts.
The SN is supposed to report the
objective facts. But it seems that they
would rather set Blai::k against Jew
and White against Black than work to
pull us together. ·
Hillel's goals and As One's goals
came into conflict over Farrakhan, but
it was the SN that divided and scarred
the whole campus.
They nave( explained what the
"positive aspects" of Farrakhan's
message were.
They never explained the reason
that As One wanted such a controversial
speaker to come to MSU. They
never gave the other side of the story.
What were the SN's readers left to
think after hearing it their way?
I suggest that they apologize to As
One for everything from leaving the
group's press meetings after only 15
minutes to ostracizing and scapegoating
them during the controversy.
Then I suggest they get serious about
their public trust.
I am not opposed to the SN as a
body. But I am opposed to being
victimized and watching others be
victimized by a party that claims
impartiality while it beats us in the face
with a big stick.
In 1947 a National Commission of
Freedom of the Press wrote .Ibil
requirements for a Free and Responsible
Press reflecting concerns that
Jewish people should not be discriminated
against in the media.
"The country has many groups
which are partially insulated from one
another and which need to be interpreted
to one another. Factually
correct but substantially untrue
accounts of the behavior of members
of these social islands can intensify
the antagonisms of others towards
The observation made here could
save all of us the pain and confusion
caused by a controlled and irresponsible
the ole Provoc, ~nlike youses,
refuses tO lay a chocolate egg
at least the other holidays have some logical symbol - Yep, this Easter was like all the others, but I love it.
such as Halloween, which has goblins and ghouls and We sit down around the ham we stole from the
witches and curses, and is my favorite holiday. mission, shout grace, rob the poor box at church (Our
But Easter? Lady of the Truly Tolerant and Slightly Deaf), and Uncle
Sure, I do remember reading something in my copy Legs - who gets let out for holiday - carves up that pig
of the illustrated children's Bible about a rabbit laying just like he did to his fourth wife.
• .-~~~i~~;ii~i some chocolate eggs. Brings a tear to my eye .
Yep, great text, that. Co-authored by, and even
autographed by, none other than Rex Humbard himself.
Praise be.
Speaking of Humbard and his fellow men of the (silk
pajama) cloth, it's been at least a month since one of
them was up on any kind of charge.
While we're on the subject of legs and things at the
end of them (hey, that's not what I'm thinking), the Easter
Bunny means more to me than to most kids my age . .
It means four new good luck charms.
Hey, you festering, Eastering public/ Did y'all
miss me last week?
Anyway, after being released from the Vet Clinic,
where I was incarcerated -er, um, hospitalized- for
a terrible diaper rash, I'm back, content to be a -
malcontent spreading discontent
So let's have a tit, you a/1-ready-been-chewedbubble-
gum-and-stringy-saliva lovers/
Here goes no thing (that means you) ...
What's the deal with this Easter gig anyway? 1 mean,
Not bad.
That may all change soon, though ... Seems Jim and
Tammy started a new church: "The People's Church of
the Stupid and Gullible Who Want Us to Be Rich."
Sounds like the Bakkers are sticking to the truth and
advertising clause in the Bakker's plea bargaining case. If
they hadn't agreed to it, they would have locked Jim up
with James Brown, who would have put Jimbo in a world
of gun-slingin', state line crossin', wife-threatenin', funky
dancin', hellacious preaching hurt.
Sorry, Bugs.
By the way, even though George "Boy, You Got Big
Fast, Brudder, Musta Been Good Family Values and Not
Steroids That Done It" Perlas hasn't shown up in this
space lately, he's still myfavor~e coach.
Next to Jim "Rules, What Rules, MeNoSpeakaDeEengleesh"
Valvano, that is.
Jud and his hair are cool, though. And when I say
·hair" I don't mean "hairs."
1 universit Re orter-lntelli en r • 9
From EDIT. p. 4
success of awareness and sensitivity
at the paper.
And what of the sexual harassment
charges? What measures to
deal with them were put forth?
Zip. In an environl"{lent freely
deem~ "touchy-feelie" by the editor,
there will be no changes.
Instead, ike Mikhail Gorbachev
Mr. Secor looked into the bowels of
adversity, got farted on, and ended up
solidifying his position.
It was truly a master political
stroke. Congratulations, Mr. Secor,
you get your last eight weeks.
So the paper didn't really win;
there will be no improved working
conditions. As much as he may
believe he won, and the out-of-touch
board of directors may say he did win,
Mr. Secor didn't win.
Neither did his enemies.
No; the strikers falled, and dismally
at that.
They sacrified a week's pay and
~ny chance for advancement or entry
into the paper's power clique for a set
of meaningless concessions and a
new way s:>f referring to one minority
group of the many at MSU. They
sacrificed their impartiality by choosing
a source - renowned for his
abundant love of the spotlight aoo
scant affection for concrete facts
regarding issues he represents - and
sacrificed their credibility for failing to
provide any specific cases of discrimination
and harassment; even though
non-striking staffers as well as walkouts
admitted that Mr. Secor (ironically,
a phoenetic equivalent of Gen Al
Secord, renowned Iran-Contra liar)
lied about not being approached by
staff members with problems.
That all is too bad. They lost their
chance and strengthened their
Worst of all, they sacrificed their
And that, we can unequivocably
condude, makes them losers, too.
( Want the real poop? read Op: weekly ]
From MASTER, p. 11
Eric was joined on stage by none
other than Stevie Ray Vaughan, who
drove Eric's playing to a higher level
of excellence. In the above number
and in the dassic "After Midnight,·
yaughn's fast, distorted, and screaming
solos contrasted, yet complime.
nted Clapton's jabbering runs,
crying highs, and perfectly spaced ·
After a long and thunderous
applause, a beaming Vaughn returned
to his seat as Clapton tore into a
emotional and gritty blues tune, "Old
Love· from the Journeyman album. In
this straight forward song Clapton left
the entire crowd, induding Vaughn
and Detroit's own Bob Seger in awe
with his blurry finger moves and string
bending harmonics on the high note
In his next songs his new drive
never faultered, as he played the new
yet blistering, "Bad Love" that recalled,
the classic "Badge," and a killer
version of "Tearing Us Apart" that had
the whole Palace jumping. Then, in
contrast, Clapton rendered a slow yet
emotional version of the love song
'Wonderful Tonight" left tears in many
an eye, including Tessa Niles, who
dueted on vocals with Clapton on the
The set continued with a peppy
version of "Cocaine· and ended with a
very true to the studio version of the
epic, "Layla" which emphasized
Clapton's main lead riff throughout
and combined this with a sweet
melody note and fade out high notes
similar to the kind played by Duane
Allman on the original.
For the encore, a slow version of
"Crossroads" exceled, and a great
solo and riff combination by the whole
band joined together trading the vocal
duties for Cream's heavy classic,
"Sunshine of Your Love", which
'!lusically sounded like a copy of the
hve _1968 version. This was helped by
a Ginger Baker-style drum solo by ·
Steve Ferrone and by Clapton,
bassist East, and guitarist Phil
Palmer doing an improvised jam to
the intro of the song ."Superstitious• in
tribute to a happy Stevie Ray Vaughn
at the.end.
After a shaky and cluttered start,
Clapton proved that in being the guitar
diety that he is, less counts for more.
In th_at the simpler he kept things, by
playing his guitar with little or no
backup, his true skill could be seen.
Moreover, his singing was top-notch
and from the heart while he proved he
could still sing and play the blues ..
This concert might perpetuate the
"Clapton is God" myth , yet it again
proves that Clapton is a true Journeyman
at his craft. He is truly a long
way along the never-ending road to
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