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Demonstrators again demand more AIDS money
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Demonstrators with the same message as
a year ago, that there .should be
more government spending in the
fight against AIDS, caused far
leas trouble for Golden Gate
Bridge commuters this time
"We could block the bridge
again if we wanted to" one speaker said Wednesday.,hui ;il. during
a mid-span rally ofthe demonstrators organized by the Stop AIDS
Now or Else (SANOE) group.
Some 100 chanting, whistle-
blowing marchers crossed the
bridge, using the east sidewalk, behind a banner reading. "AIDS
On the same dale last year, demonstrators went onto the roadway
d stopped traffic for 46 minutes
There were 27 a
bound traffic w
about 1(1 miles.
ests and south-
i backed up for
day, Jan, 31, and the only evident
disruption to bridge routine was
suffered by bicyclists used to riding the span in the morning.
Bridge police kept the bikers off
the bridge during the protest to
Motorists experienced delays of
up to 20 minutes, mostly because
drivers were slowing down to look
at the demonstrators. They were
on the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to8:30
"1 have AIDS and I'm fighting
for my life," said demonstrator Jerry Allhoti, 47, of San Francisco. "I
feel this is a way to heighten consciousness to a decade of America's apathy and racism."
"The government is guilty of
astoundingly inadequate medical
commitment to this disease."
"We have to wake people up,"
said another demonstrator, Chaya
Gordon. "The government isn't
mgh and people
As the crowd milled about at the
center of the span, some in their
midst spray-painted graffiti on the
sidewalk in red and yellow. The favored phrase was, "light back."
The demonstrators chanted as
they walked under a clear blue
sky: "Women loving women, men
loving men, we blocked the bridge
and we'll do it again," and "Fight
back, fight AIDS, say no."
SANOE takes the stand that
more needs to be done for AIDS patients and to find a cure for the fatal illness, which damages the
body's immune system.
Regents reject proposal to kick ROTC off campus
By JULIE AICHER
MADISON, Wis. IAPI-University
of Wisconsin regents today rejected
a faculty-backed proposal to kick
the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps from campus lo proteel the
military's ban on lesbians and cay
The board voted 13-3 instead to
accept the recommendation of UW
System President Kenneth Shaw
that the university strengthen its effort to lobby Congress to change the
In December, the Faculty Senate
al UW-Madison, the system's largest campus, approved a resolution
asking the university to expel
ROTC from campus in 1993 if the
military continued to prohibit gays
and lesbians. Several other campus
groups followed with similar resolu-
But Shaw responded this week by
saying he did not believe severing
the university's ties lo the military
would effectively encourage ihe military to change its policy. Furthermore, elimination of the military
programs would hurt those students
who benefit from them, he said.
There are about 440 students in
Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC
programs at UW-Madison. which
has an enrollmenl ol 42.01)0, and a
total of about 1301) ROTC students
in the entire UW System, which has
135,000 students at 13 major
Cadet David Danholzer of the Air Force ROTC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison asks the regents to altau
the military programs to stay on campus
The regents listened to testimony
from 15 people before voting for
Shaw's resolution, which called on
the university to step up efforts ilbe-
can in 1 !i>7 lo lobby Congress and
"J ihink il was the appropriate resolution to pass," said Regent Erroll
Davis Jr. of Madison. "1 think we
have to work a little harder than in
the past. This resolution keeps the issue in Ihe front line and will force us
to deal wilh it.''
The resolution passed today differs from one approved by the regents in 1987 because it requires UW
administrators lo report annually to
the board on the progress oi its lob-
hying efforts lo change the militar
The 1987 resolution, which staled
the university would seek to lobby
the military, was criticized recently
for being too broad and ineffective.
The majority of regents said they
agreed with Shaw that kicking the
military off campus would not effect
the change sought in a national policy.
"By opting out we will have nothing to say about this issue." Shaw-
told the regents "It's an issue that
must be changed legislatively."
An official -it ihe Army's ROTC of-
fir,' al ['W Madison, ..ho declined to
give his name, said KO'JV officials
would decline to comment until seeing a copy of the regents decision.
Jordan Marsh, ofthe Wisconsin
Student Association, said he was
disappointed by the regents' vote
but was encouraged by some of the
members' comments. Some regents
said they would wanl ROTC banned
if the lobbying to change military
"It siiows they arc serious about
this and -am th
stopped." he said.
Substance cripples AIDS virus growth in test tube
By MALCOLM KITTER
AP Science Writer
NEW YORK (AP)—Scientists said
Feb. 1 that a new class of chemicals can cripple the AIDS virus in
the test tube at extremely low doses, hut other researchers said its
potential for therapy is not yet
The new substances appear to
be the most potent yet studied for
stopping ihe virus from reproducing, scientists said in the British
Human tests for effectiveness
were still being planned, hut six
healthy men tolerated one ofthe
substances without major side ef
fects, according to researchers
from the Rega Institute for Medical Research in Leuven. Belgium;
the Janssen Research Foundation
in Beerse, Belgium, and in Spring
They conducted laboratory
studies of compounds called TIBO
derivatives. In their tests, the compounds inhibited reproduction of
the AIDS vim
that were 10,000 to 100,000
lower than what is needed
That compares to cone
tions of 100 times to 10,000 times
lower than a cell-killing dose required for AZT, the only approved
rit ug for treating acquired immune
deficiency syndrome, and for the
dideoxycyt i d i ne and
dideoxyinosine, the researchers
This test-lube potency of the
new compounds may bode well for
avoiding side effects, but nobody
knows what would happen in humans, cautioned AIDS researcher
Jay Levy of the University of California at San Francisco.
Many drugs that look promising
in the test tube turn out to have
unpredicted side effects, hesaid in
a telephone interview. And higher
potency in the test tube does not
necessarily mean greater effectiveness in people, he said.
Jeffrey Laurence of the New
York Hospital-Cornell Medical
Center said he was concerned that
the compound highlighted in the
study did not work against close
relatives ofthe AIDS virus, inchid
ing HIV-2 and a mon key-carried
version of the AIDS virus.
That suggests the AIDS virus
might become resistant to it by-
mutating only slightly, he said.
Leaders of Mass. gay groups vow to fight Silber candidacy
By DANIEL BEEGAN
BOSTON (AP)—Leaders of several gay and lesbian groups have
pledged to defeat Boston University President John Silber in his bid
for the Democratic gubernatorial
John Silber is one of the most
uncaring, inhuman people 1 have
ever had the displeasure of being
associated with," said Jeff Nickel,
president of the Boston University
Lesbian and Gay Alliance.
Nickel criticized Silber on
Thursday, Feb. 1, for refusing to
include sexual preference in Boston University's anti-discrimination statement and for saying he
did not consider homosexuality to
David LaFontaine, lobbying director of the Coalition for Lesbian
and Gay Civil Rights, said activists would work against Silber as
seriously as they worked to pass a
bill las) year outlawing discrimination against gay people in housing, employment and credit.
Noting that Silber has criticized
reporters and opponents for taking remarks out of context,
LaFontaine said, "We are here to
put his remarks into context, in
the context of the tradition of bigotry and prejudice."
Colin Riley, a spokesperson for
the Silber campaign, said Silber
would not comment on the news
In an interview Wednesday,
Jan. 31, with the Boston Herald's
editorial board, Silber said he resisted including sexual orientation in the BU anti-discrimination
policy because the language was
"1 equate the formula they want
me to accept, namely no discrimination according to sexual preference, with such a broad concept
that it would approve any kind of
sexual relationship imaginable,'
Silber said his view of homosexuality is no different from that of
the Legislature, which passed Ihe
law prohibiting discrimination
againal gays while at the same
time including language disavowing any endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle.
He said he would not work to repeal that law.
But Jean McCray, co-chair of
the Massachusetts Lesbian and
Gay Bar Association, said, "If he
had been governor last year, there
would be no lesbian and gay civil
McCray also questioned wheth-.
er Silber would be willing to provide the money in his budget, if
elected governor, to enforce the
Students protest ROTC ban on gay people
EVANSTON, 111. (AP)-Several
Northwestern University student
groups that oppose an ROTC ban
on homosexuals are asking the
school to eliminate the training
corps program from campus.
The students allege that Pentagon rules excluding homosexuals
from ROTC programs violate
North wes tern's anti-discrimination policy. Their criticism is part
of a nationwide movement to
change the military's policy.
"The issue is that fhe university
has a policy and that it isn't enforcing its own policy." said Karin
Norrington, student government
The Associated Student Government at Northwestern has called
for the withdrawal of university
support for the ROTC program unless military rules are changed.
The issue will be taken to the university's board of trustees next
month, Ms. Norrington said.
"Northwestern University has
a very progressive policy when it
comes to dealing with discrimination," said Sean Maher, a member
of the Coalition for Equal Opportunity student group, "It's pretty
hypocritical to not apply it to certain groups."
"Gays and lesbians are perfect
candidates for ROTC" said David
Munar. a junior who is president of
North western's Gay and Lesbian
The campus just north of Chicago has offered ROTC programs
Cmdr. Steve Turnbull. executive
director of Northwestern's naval
science department, said the programs must follow Department of
Turnbull declined to comment
on the issue and a campus cadet
said ROTC students have been
told not to talk about it.
Banning lesbians and gay men
from all branches of the military
dates back to the 1920s, said Pentagon spokesperson David Super.
Defense Department policy says
their presence "adversely affects
the ability to maintain discipline,
good order, morale ... and... deployment of members who must live
and work under close conditions,"
The policy has prompted protests at several other schools, including the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where the faculty
voted in December to ask regents
to end the school's affiliation with