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0 0 2 3 STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, COlLEGE AT CORTLAND Volume XVIII Number 3 September 25, 1987 150 rally in protest of contra funding By DYLAN JONES Staff Writer About 150 faculty and students rallied Wednesday on the steps of Corey Union to end aid to the Nicaraguan contras. The Reagan Administra- tion recently asked congress to continue aid to the con- tras. Students' decisions about the funding of the contras undoubtedly is based on the information they are exposed to, said Jay Schneiderman of the Cortland Peace Council. ''It is important to realize that in every covert war, money is allocated for the spread of disin formation,\ he said. - l61- . A: t<!A;(AL;LIA U\J€f _A·-.~ 't6rN< ~r/!··~·>-{ \( d .*\~~- .#.-.... sr~,.. \'l' .. ..,., David Craven, a State University College at Cort- land professor who has visited Nicaragua twice, said the major argument the Reagan Administration uses in support of its Nicaraguan policy is that the Nicaraguans' plan on expan- ding their revolution to neighboring countries. Peter Morenus/The Press SUCC Professor David Craven speaks at Wednesday's rally to end contra funding, held on the steps of Corey Union. According to Craven, the ·Reagan Administration fre- quently cites a speech by Thomas Borges, Nicaragua's Minister of the Interior, which says that they support the various struggles in Latin America but do not intend to expand their revolution. Craven questioned how the Reagan Administration - could -draw such a conclusion and how they could base a foreign policy on it. Even OA the SUCC cam- pu.s, said Bill Griffen, educa- l ion professor, we see posters promulgating-the \Big Lie\. Craven agreed, saying ·'the sources often cited by the College Republicans are The Heritage's Foundation and the permanent human rights commission.'' He said the first is a right wing consesrvative think tank and the other is founded by the Reagan Administra- tion. Rally speaker Kathryn Russell, philosophy pro- fessor, said in 1980 UNESCO part of the United Nations and one of the few reliable sources of informa- tion on Nicaragua gave the Sandinistas a prize for rais- ing the literacy rate from 53 percent to 88 percent. She also cited drops in malaria, polio, measles and infant mortality. Some members of the Col- lege Republicans attended the raUy. Kevin Berry and Clark Tiger attended the ral- ly, sporting signs saying- \Democracy Si Communism No.\ When asked if the contras could overthrow the San- dinistas without military assistance, Berry said, \If you look at history, the con- tras started as a group of 300 and now number m the 18,000's and with what the Sandinistas are doing it's in- evitable.\ Tiger said, \If there ) ':Veren 't people willing to fight for freedom the guns we send wouldn't be an )I good.\ The rally was sponsored the Cortland Peace Counc1 and the Democratic Socialists of America~ Controversy surrounds Supreme Court nominee By CURTIS J. SITOMER Christian Science Monitor Bork would replace if con- firmed] quit ... they got ready for the struggle. It was Washington - Jud e a warning to the President. Robert Bork is down, but y And when Bork was no means out. Presi ent nominated, the package was Reagan's highly contr ver- detonated,\ Simpson said. sial nominee to the nited The nominee~s critics - States Supreme Cour came notable among them down from the wit ss stand Democratic Senators Edward of the Senate Judi aary Com- Kennedy of Massachusetts mittee Saturda after five and Howard Metzenbaum of days of some mes grueling Ohio - saw it very different- interrogation. ly. From the start, Senator Many long-time observers Kennedy opposed the ap- say the questioning has been pointment, charging that mQre probing than for Bork would set civil rights in almost any previous aspirant the courts back a half cen- to the high court. tury and that this nomination Some of Judge Bark's sup- is a way for the White House porters including to achieve its long fought for Republican Senators Orrin reactionary social agenda. -~Hatch of Utah and Alan Amid this partisanship, a Simpson of Wyoming- sug- clearer profile of Robert gested that some of their col- Bork emerged from the hear- leagues' remarks turned the ings. Not one but two Barks bearings into more of an in- seemed to ·surface. q~!tion than a fact-finding The first: an outspoken, if misSion. not _rebelljbus, legal scholar Senator Simpson insisted and mtel~Ntual who has been that Bork was the target of anxious to challenge general- liberals and other opponents ly accepted judicial doctrine, of the White House's social even precedential rulings of and economic philoso.phy the Supreme Court. even as early as last f~, after Th.e second: a right-.of- . the confirr.na~ion§ 9f Willi4tp . . - cent~r -· b1,1t not outside an · , Rebtl.(JM.ist ,a.s f\Cpief justice · ac~eptable ideologic~ sp~c· al,1(} 1 ''':Ntrtonin·' Scalia as an trum - jurist and staunch asso.ciate justice .. .,. defender Of the Constitution · ·~*Wb·en- Pt>wbll. (Associate wlto;_. ·would follow · -court Justice Lewis Powell, wt,om preceaent when it challenges his own beliefs. The first Robert Bork, op- ponents fear, might apply his philosophy as a member of the Supreme Court to try to reverse long standing deci- sions on anti-trust, abortion, affirmative action, and rights of the accused. The second, on the other hand, might vote to curtail what he considers sw~eping judicial mandates in these areas, but he would heed precedent and not upset \set- tled law.\ At this point, the latter Bork would seem to stand in much better chance of Senate confirmation than the former. The portly, graying. bearded high court nominee tried hard to conv.ey the se- cond image before the 14-member Judiciary Com- mittee. He stressed that he WO\lld support individual and aivil :fights and follow precedent.in his decisions. Judge -Bork said he would be \disgraced in· history\ if he did. som~thing as a justice other th~n, ·•:Wl;l~~ ,he. said be would, do ilming. ~he hear- ings., l':he,·~•tnes$ .sometimes reactep,_, ¥~l!.~Qtent~ ~o wh~t he considered a hostlle ques- tion, particularly by SenatQr ' Kennedy; his· most voeal op- ponent. But he never lost his temper and seldom his com- posure. Now Bark defenders and detractors will appear before the committee for the next several days. The committee's recom- mendations to the full Senate will not likely come before the Supreme Court starts its fall term Oct. 5. Meanwhile, the Senate panel seems as divided as it was before last week's testimony, with five Republicans for, five Democrats against, and four senators (three Democrats and one Republican) undecided. Key questions still linger. Among them: How far will the nominee go in embracing the judicial concept of Stare continued on 4

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