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TJ-I,~~ .. ~llBS!$< :,.~~-~ \ . ·:.. Efii6BIAL ·unetbiCal. ·aeiions . ' • <;;; -: ~ ·\ • by city J)Oiiee ? ~ ~ ' Lllst week the ·Press printed the editorial \Delt3 Kappa: Scapegoats?\ wllich dealt witll the large 'c;fund raiser\ sponsored by the fraternity almost a month a~o. Recendy another issue bas arisea pertaining ·to _the tactics '!se~ by police to obtain statements from. some people leavmg the party· .so they cot1ld arrest the alleged law· brea~kers·.\, - · According to some of the people who were questio~d as they Jeft (he party~ the pOlice HhaJ'aSSed\ thent and Ujn- timlflatedn them; intimidated tllem an.d harassed them to the .point ~?.(forcing them. to mak~ aQ.d sign a s~atement which led to the arrest of five members of the Delta Kappa Beta fraternity: .. · ThoSe ·arrested can receive up to 21. years in jail and a $2.2,000 fiue each maximum if convi.cted. Should that h~gh a price sit ()n tlte basis of· forced statements and m- timidated witnesses? · . The witnesses that talked about the questiouing by police were bqth female and said that there were 16 &bout ten'' other females at the station wheu they were·brought · in for q~esUoniag. .. They said that as they left the Delta J'appa ~ouse tbey were called aside ,by two police wh.o \tal~ed threatening\ to them as they asked for name:~ addr~ss, and proof o.f age. One wi\'ess said the police officer told her that af she didn't cooperate he would call the sergeant. The police also ltllegetlly told them that if they didn't give a statement they would be:issued a subpoena so they would have to appear in court to testify. The police, accor- ding to the wititesses,. were very iptimidating and unplea- sant to them. Olie witness was also brought to tears when she was down at .the police station because, she said the police were giving her hard time.· . It seems like the police are in a sense being paradoxical. They intimidate and harass a female to the point of tears so they can arrest another student and yet turn around and profess to be doing something about the ski-mask suspect running around campus. One witness asked the police wily they only asked females, because when she was at the station she only saw females, no males.· The polite r~plied .. by -saying that females were easier to tell if they were underaged. This type of a~tion by the police, thougll not illegal, is certainly not ethical. One might start to question some other tactics tllat might have been used by them to make arrests. One has to wonder how these statements will stand up in a court of law. THE PRESS Non Rlegitimus Carborundum Theresa Howard EDITOR Bing Miller MANAGING EDITOR News Editors .... Virginia Martin and Danette Gilson Opinions Editor ..................•. Carol Slattery Sports Editor ......................... Bob Velez Insider Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diane Iriarte Photography Editor ................... Jill Steeley Photography Assistant ........ Kimm Schummacker Darkroom Manager •................ Lisa Sherman Associated PreSs Editor ................. Joan Ziff Business MaiUlger ................. Pattie Rodman Circ.ulation Manager ................. Mark Chase Advertising Manager ................ Meg Sirianna Advertising Assistalits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Mabe / Ann Miller Mic)lele Cooper Advisor ....•... ~ ................... Jane Rhodes Print Shop Managers: Terrence P. Brennan, Kira Silverbird Tjpesetting Staff: · • Amy Allen, Colleen Hamilton, Rhonda Hawes. Staff Reporters: Theresa Van Valen, Joag. Ziff, Matthew DiTomasso; Bob Velez, JoAnn Dewar, Lee Ann Begleiter . Maureen Joyce, Barbara I:.eombruno. : The_: Press · _ Room· 111;·· Corey ·Union Cortland, N~ Y. J304S · (607) 753'-2803, 1:804, .28~5 I THE PRESS Op ·:· \INI'·o· N···s·-·· - . . '• /l ;; ~ n - >; ' - ' ~:, ,\• • ' ', ' ', ' • ' - •• 1 . . ,; ., . . . . .._· . . . . I .·. ])· :_ nil•: ·· ·ff· .·. · · h·e· ro' s.····a,o a.···. By DAVID ROSSIE . ' But what good came of it at last? Quoth Iitle Pe,terkin. HWhy that I cannot tell, \ said he, • •But 'twas a famous victory. '' Like Robert Southey's Battle of Blenheim, the Nicholas Daniloff affair is being touted as a famous victory by those who want to see it that way, and as a rout by those who prefer that interpretation. That's not surprising, considering our. na- tional penchant for trying to squeeze t~ngs into won-lost columns. But it's discouragmg, because in the realm of international diplomacy, where the Daniloff-Zakharov issue was decided, there are too many murky areas to permit such neat delineation. I have had no difficulty whatever controll- ing my enthusiasm for Ronald Reagan's presidency. But it's impossible not to feel a twinge of ~ympathy for him in this instance, beset as he is by some of the very people who have heretofore hailed him as the messiah of the New Right, but now denounce him for knuckling under to the Soviets. Sure, Reagan and his people ex~cerbated the problem with their almost daily position changes during the first couple of _weeks ~fter the Soviets arrested Daruloff m obvious · retaliation for the arrest of Genandiy ' Zakharov. a Soviet employ~e .!lt the .United Nations, on a spying charge. To make matters worse, we were subjected to a lot of self -serving tough talk by such fearless spectators as Henry Kissinger, Jeane Kirkpatrick and George Will, none of whom, unlike Daniloff, was languishing in a KGB jail cell. While a deal was being cut that would see Daniloff swapped for Zakharov, and two Soviet dissidents, Yuri and Irina Orlov, allow- ed· to emigrate in exchange for some Soviet U.N. mission employees being allowed to re- main here, pundits with nothing better to do entertained us with penetrating analyses designed to prove that: Reagan had blinked; Mikhail Gorbachev had blinked. The two had blinked in concert~ but one had blinked harder than the other. Reagan and his people did not help matters by pretending the Daniloff-Zakharov swap was not a swap, l;mt rather two coincidental events that just happended to take place within 24 hours of one another. The president only added to the con\usion when, in response to a reporter's question: \Did we blink?\ he replied, \No they blinked.\ The next day, having checked the official blink meter, the president decided the Soviets hadn't blinked. In fact, nobody had blinked. Good. Let's leave it that way. What the New Right critics of the president's decision apparently chose to overlook, but what the president and some of his advisors - the prev~ling ones fortunately - did not overlook was that intransigence on the Daniloff-Zakharov issue would have worsened American-Soviet relations, which are none too good to begin with, and would have almost certainly scuttled any hopes for a nuclear antls reduction agreement between the two countries. Well so what? the hardliners argue. The Soviet government is ruthless and duplicitous and there's no doing business with it anyway. Yes, it is ruthless and it is duplicitous, but like it or not it is there. It is powerful. It is entren- ched. It is not going to go away, and it is something we are going to have to live with and do business with. That aspect of the case raises some disturb· ing questions. Was Zakharov's arrest, comi~g when it did, intended to disrupt arms negotia- tions and progress toward another Reagan- Gorbachev summit meeting? And might those who ordered Daniloff's arrest have had tl}e same goal in mind? The possibility has to be considered. - In any event, Daniloff is back to a hero'_s welcome, although how he qualifies as anero escapes me. Maybe it's because we must have heroes, even if we have to manufacture them, just as we must have won-lost columns. And Zakharov is also back home to whatever awaits him. I know 1 should not admit this, but the more 1 saw of the two men on television, the more grudging admiration I had for Zakharov and the less I had for Daniloff. When we saw Zakharov he was guiet and controlled, a man seemingly resigned to whatever fate had in store for him. Once out· side his cell, Daniloff became a media star. Every time we saw him he was hopping around around before the cameras and wav- ing his arms in the air like someone who had • just won a refrigerator on one of those moronic television game shows. I'm glad it's over. Rossie is a Binghamton columnist who ap- pears in the Press. Help the hungry To the Editor: World Food Day gives us an opportunity to consider some facts related to global hunger. Presently, some five hundred million people ex- ·perience hunger on a conti- nuing basis, that is, one out of every ten people on planet Earth, approximatley 30 million people in America. The average person in the d~veloped world consumes more than 3,.000 calories a day while a person in the developing world get ·about 2,000 calories. It should be remembered that a body at rest needs 1,600 calories dai- ly. . In. rural areas of poor countries, the caloric intake of people is well below there- q·uired 1 ,;600. There were long · periods during · the Ethiopian· · famine when a per~on received less than aoo · cal()ti¢s ···'a• day. Needless to say, malnutrition was r:am- pant, · starvation and death . common, espci.ally among children under five and ex· . l)'ecting and lactaH;ng .-.nothers.~~;· ... · . · , .- For a variety of reasons, dollars a minute. Some mostly man-made, the Jives 500,000 scientists are needed ofsome200millionpeoplein for the development, Africa will be threatened for manufacture and delivery of years to come because of the toys of war. Just think of severe food shortages. Weak what might be accomplished political structures, cultural if one third of the interna· deprivation, poor tional· military commitment agricultureal policies, and to arms were diverted to the economic exploitation are development of the poor who some of the causes that effect· hunger. the lives of the poor who But what can I do? I'm on- hunger. ly one person. You can do a However, there is enough great deal. You can become a food produced each year in voice for the voiceless by ac- the world to feed every per- tively .participating in the for- son on planet Earth. We, the mation cf local, corporate international community, and national policies which have the know-how and are more sensitive to the poor ability to train thos'e in· need who hunger. Encourage your to grow their own food, and local community, your we have the capability to church or synagogue, your deliver emergency food to company, your nation to be those . who live in remote. actively i~volved in develop- areas. ing tbe liv~.s of the hungry· What theri is the problem? Were it not for the mystery The problem is that we lack of life; you and your children the will. Fonome reason. we might be part of the 500 choose· to use·large·J1or~ions million. Every now and then of global ecoriomie rbso:Urc~s ~.''Take a friend to lunch'' by to develop military capii~iliiy' '~ending the cost of'an after- ra~her than humanity. Im- · noon meal to any loc~ or a~1':1e• ·the wortd· spends 750 overseas agency. that brmgs . blllaons of dollars a year for hope to .the hungry. . ~rmament, 1.4 milliop · ' Msgr. Robert .J. Coli

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