The University Record, June 10, 1998

Letters

Editor's Note: Continuous interruptions by former Detroit News and Detroit Free Press strikers halted a presentation at the May 30 session of the Marshall Symposium by Anthony Ridder, CEO of Knight-Ridder Inc. Knight-Ridder owns the Free Press. See related article at (http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/9798/Jun10_98/marshall.htm).

Disruption of forum violation of civil liberties, academic freedom

Disruption of a scholarly forum is a serious violation of civil liberties and of academic freedom, and we condemn the actions of the hecklers that forced the adjournment of the University forum at the Power Center on May 30.

Our University's policy is very clear. Invited speakers have the right to speak, the audience has the right to hear and protestors have a right to make their protest known to those present.

But no one has the right to insist that speakers answer their questions or else not be heard at all. While we understand the frustration of people who have been engaged in a long and bitter labor dispute, this does not give them the license to deny others the right to free speech and peaceful assembly.

Philip M. Margolis, chair, U-M Civil Liberties Board and professor emeritus of psychiatry

 

Moveout recycling success due to efforts of many

I was pleased to see our recent Move-Out recycling and reclamation program covered in your May 20 issue ("On the first day of Move-Out . . .," page 19). This program is an annual spring effort, conducted jointly by Waste Management and Housing, to preserve huge amounts of materials discarded by residence hall students during their final weeks here.

Over the past 10 years, Housing and Waste Management have teamed up to conduct this program and have diverted from the landfill many tons of carpets, loftwood, clothing, toiletries, foodstuffs and scrap containers for reuse.

Just before finals week, promotional posters and notices are posted in each building location asking students to place their discards in specially-marked boxes. Housing staff members collect the less-bulky materials and move them to designated pickup points at loading docks where Waste Management then removes them. These are then sorted and stored until local charitable organizations can pick them up.

Larger goods, such as carpet sections and loftwood, never leave the halls and are placed at specially-designated sites outside of the halls, where they are free for the taking. A similar program exists at Family Housing on North Campus. As you can see, this is a significant effort and all Housing and Waste Management staff who participate should be congratulated. Not only does this program preserve vast amounts of materials for reuse, it significantly reduces landfill tipping fees we would otherwise incur.

Jeff Schroeder, management systems coordinator,

Housing Facilities