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05/31/94

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Committee to examine grape issue named

STANFORD -- Ten Stanford University faculty, students and staff have been named to a committee that will examine whether the university should change its policy regarding the purchase of grapes.

Associate Professor Luis Fraga, political science, and director of the Center for Chicano Research, said the committee would meet at least once this quarter - which ends with commencement June 12 - and would undertake most of i ts work in the fall.

"We will meet the deadline of the end of the Fall Quarter to make our recommendations to the president and provost," Fraga said.

The formation of the committee was announced in May in response to one issue raised by a group of Chicano student protesters, four of whom engaged in a three-day hunger strike. The protesters demanded a ban on serving grapes on campus, in line with a boycott promoted by the United Farm Workers; current university policy allows each dining hall to decide whether to serve grapes.

Fraga, who will chair the committee, said the other nine members would be Coit Blacker, deputy director, Institute for International Studies; Judith Brown, professor, history; Henry T. Greely, professor, law; James M. Montoya, dean of undergraduate admissions; Shirley Everett, associate director, Dining Services; Valerie Zartarian, doctoral student in civil engineering; Alicia Schmidt-Camacho, doctoral student in modern thought and literature; sophomore Elvi ra Prieto; and Jay Won Lee, a senior in human biology.

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