Thursday, September 26, 1985
Volume XII, No. 4
Central America Teach-In
\ Speakers differ on U.S. role in Nicaragua
U.S. didn't create
strife, diplomat says
By Jonathan Martin
A U. S. State Department spokesman
said here last week that the warfare bet
ween the Sandinista government of
Nicaragua and the American-backed Con
tra rebels is not a confrontation that the
United States has created.
William Schofield called such an allega
tion a “myth. ’ ’ He also called mythical the
charge that the Reagan administration
believes the only solution to the
Nicaraguan strife is “military.”
Speaking to a Whitley Auditorium au
dience on the second day of the Central
America Teach-In, Schofield claimed that
for every dollar of U. S. aid given Cen
tral Americans for military purposes, three
dollars of aid go toward economic
He also said this country has always sup
ported negotiations between opposing
political factions in such countries as El
Salvador and Nicaragua. But he attacked
the Sandinistas for failing to negotiate in
good faith with their opponents.
In Nicaragua, he said, the ruling govern
ment exercises censorship, interferes with
religion and “will not tolerate effective
Schofield also said the 1984 Nicaraguan
election “wasn’t much of an election”
because opponents of the Sandinistas fail
ed to participate in a “meaningful” way.
It has been reported that the Sandinistas
received about 76 percent of the national
vote in that election.
Later, two members of the audience ask
ed Schofield to comment on charges that
the United States had mined the harbor in
Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city.
Schofield denied the allegations; but when
pressed on whether the Central Intelligence
see SchoHeld, page 2
Brody: Don’t hack
Contra ‘murderers ’
By Jane Kid well
Women who have been raped and gang-
raped and people who have seen their
families slaughtered are among victims of
Nicaraguan contra attacks, according to
Reed Brody who spoke last week as a part
of the Teach-In on Central America. These
same contras he noted, have been given
some $100 million in direct aid from the
U.S. in four years.
Brody, who is former assistant attorney
general of New York state, led a fact
finding team to Nicaragua in 1984. He is
also the author of Latin America-The
Freedom to Write and soon-to-be-released
Contra Terror in Nicaragua.
Brody said he discovered during his
four-month stay in Nicaragua that the con
tras were not fighting the government or
the army, but instead were making ruthless
attacks on civilians. His group spent the
four months interviewing victims of these
assaults. ”We documented 37 terrorist at
tacks by contras on civilians,” said Brody.
These accounts, he said, were obtained
through extensive interviews and
He said that dozens of men and fighting-
aged boys were kidnapped to Honduras
and forced to fight for the contras. Women
and children were held hostage to make
sure the men fought, he added.
“Contras use terror as a direct tactic,”
said Brody. But, he said. President Reagan
has been saying these men (contras) were
the moral equivalent of our Founding
Brody said, “I want to present what I
think is probably a different view of the
current situation there (Nicaragua).” But
first he referred to the country’s history.
The U.S., he said, was not interested in
Central America until gold was discovered
see Brody, page 10
Dry Open House step
to phase out wet rush
Jy Frank Isley
Fraternities here at Elon kick-
tA off rush last Sunday with the
xaditional Fall Open House, giv
ing students interested in joining
1 fraternity the chance to check
them all out.
However, this fall’s open house
was different from those in the
past in one respect—it was dry.
The Inter Fraternity Council
itself voted to make open house,
along with the first rush party,
dry. Any fraternity violating the
IFC’s decision was fined $100.
Fraternities, however, will be
allowed to serve alcohol at their
second rush party.
David Atkins, director of stu
dent activities and Greek advisor,
said the IFC acted in an effort to
allow the fraternities to regulate
themselves, instead of waiting for
the administration to regulate
According to Atkins, the IFC’s
decision was based partly on a
push from the various fraternities
at the national level, which he
said are running into problems
with liability resulting from the
new “dram shop” laws.
Ronald A Klepcyk, dean of stu
dent affairs, said the partially dry
rush is also a way of phasing
alcohol out of rush completely.
see Rush, page 10
OPEN HOUSE: Chef Mike Simonelli barbeques chicken for festivities at KA’s open house,
Ben Draper mingles with Page Hughes.
as director p.7