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Page 8-Saturday, March 17,;1979-The Michigan Daily
Speakers recall
relocation camps

(Continued from Page 1)
barracks, surrounded-by barbed-wire
fences and armed guards with machine
Kitano spoke of the indignity of this
treatment. "Whenever I think of that
era, I take at least a couple shots of
maalox," he said. -
The plight of the Japanese-
Americans during the period after the
bombing of Pearl Harbor is only men-
tioned in one or two paragraphs of most
history books, according to Kitano.
Both of the prominent Japanese-
Americans mentioned the importance
of making the American people aware
of the period of hisltory where the civil
rights of one group of people were
"WE HAVE TO get it into the history
books. We have to keep reminding the
people how fragile the constitution and
bill of rights really are," said Mineta.

"Civil liberties do not sustain them-
selves: Constant vigilance is required,"
he continued. Mineta said if the rights
of one group or individual can be taken
away, then the rights of any group can
be removed.
Kitano spoke of the danger of
stereotypes, stating that he believes
there may have been a correlation bet-
ween the dropping of the bomb in
Hiroshima and the internment of
Japanese Americans. He said his
people were often called dehumanizing
names like "rats and dogs." It is not
that difficult to get rid of people that are
less than human," he said.
"WHENEVER YOU think of an
ethnic joke, think of the possible con-
sequences," Kitano added.
Speaking on the status of Japanese
Americans today, Mineta said the past
two decades have been successful for
Japanese Americans, stating his own
progress from a U.S. internment camp
to the U.S. Congress as an example.
Nevertheless, he said, "our acceptance
level is like a roller coaster, depending
on how U.S. relations with Japan are."
The symposium was sponsored in
conjunction with the showing of
"Executive Order 9066," a photo
exhibit depicting the experiences of
Japanese-Americans during the second
World War. The exhibit features the
award-winning photos of Dorthea
Lange and will be at the Union Gallery
until April 6.

(Continued from Page 1)t
"The University has dragged on too
long," commented one protester
yesterday, "people are ready to go."
In the past year, the Michigan
Student Assembly (MSA) and other
student organizations have won many
of their goals. Students, after
threatening to boycott the current Un-
virsity presidential selection process,
were able to gain candidate inter-
viewing rights which was viewed as an
important concession on the part of the
Regents. A group of Hill area dorm
residents organized and successfully
defeated an administration-backed
plan to consolidate dining facilities on
University Prof. dies
University Prof. Henry Vaughan,
dean emeritus of the University School
of Public Health, died here March 14.
He was 89.
Prof. Vaughan, who served as health
commissioner of Detroit from 1919 to
1941, is survived by a son, Henry
Vaughan, Jr., of Grosse Pointe, Mich.;
four grandchildren; and three great
grandchildren. Cremation has taken
place. Interment will be at Forest Hills
Cemetery in Ann Arbor. His wife,
Grace Seeley Vaughan, preceeded him
in death.
The remarkable contributions of
Prof. Vaughan to the University were
part of a family tradition-his father,
Victor Vaughan, M.D., was dean of the
University's Medical School for 30

the hill. And in January, the Union
Program Committee won its fight to
restructure the governing of the
Michigan Union to provide more
student input.
Political parties on campus are also
gaining strength through better inter-
nal organization and cooperation bet-
ween themselves. The People's Action
Coalition (PAC) is a good example of
this phenomenon. PAC has become a
strong force in MSA and the Literary
College Student Government (LSA-
SG). Many PAC members also belong
to the WCCAA, the Samoff Support
Committee and others.,
MSA has also this year started to
straighten out its internal affairs, and
through strong leadership is beginning

to rid itself of a shoddy reputation
caused by financial scandals in the
early and mid-seventies.
MSA now commands a $2.92 support
fee from every University student,
which, in addition, links the gover-
nment to a substantially expanded
Student Legal Services program.
In the past few years students have
also felt great pressures to find a good
job, and for economic reasons, concen-
trated on getting an education for a
good career. Now, according to some
students, the economic realities con-
fronting students are telling them that
the prosperity of the system is
declining, and that there won't be
enough jobs for them. Feeling hopeless,
many say they have nothing to lose by

"You just have to work all that much
harder," one student said, "and then
the frustration builds to do something
But despite the increase in campus
political activity by particular student
leaders and groups, it still remains to
be seen whether the impetus of their
recent actions will spread to the rest of
the University's students, many of
whom are primarily concerned with
competing in the tight job market. Also
unresolved is whether students will still
feel content in accepting the Univei-
sity's policies. Gaining more
widespread student support is the next,
and most crucial, step for campus ac-

Black English case set for trial

to 6:00 pm
at the U NION

After two years of motions and
counter-motions, what has become
known as the "Black English case" will
finally cometo trial on June 11th.
District Court Judge Charles Joiner
rejected the Michigan Board of
Education's third straight attempt to
dismiss the case last Tuesday, paving
the way for the trial.
THE CASE involves 12 minority
children from the Green Housing
Project who are attending Martin
Luther King Junior Elementary School.
Lawyers for the children contend the
school has failed to take into account a
black English language barrier and has
thus failed to educate the children. As a
result, they say, the students have been
mislabeled as learning disabled and
emotionally impaired.
The plaintiffs originally consisted of
15 children but the claims of three of

those children have been dismissed
because they have moved to another
school district. According to their
mother, Carrie Brownlee, they are
now performing noticeably better in
The Michigan Board of Education's
third motion to dismiss the suit was in
response to the children's second
amended complaint. The Board said in
the motion that the complaint had not
followed the judge's order to remove
references to cultural and economic
barriers. The Board also claimed the
plaintiffs had not told the Board
specifically enough what kind of action
they wanted the Board to take in regar-
ds to the children.
"WE WANT TO have the district
obligated to serve these children ap-
propriately and to recognize that they
come from a different base and that
they really acknowledge that they have
a responsibility to be concerned and

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search for effective ways to teach these
children," said Ruth Zwiefler of the
Student Advocacy Center, which is
representing the children.
Since the suit began, a new
reading-management program has
been instituted in Ann Arbor schools.
The new program, which began
district-wide last fall, uses a step by
step approach to reading and a lot of
"Basically,; what a reading
management system does is break-
down the details of the goals that are to
be reached. As a child moves through
the program be would work on two or
three objectives at a time and be tested
regularly so before he advanced he
would have accomplished that step,"
said Lee Hansen, Assistant Superinten-
dent for Curriculm and Instruction in
the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Hansen said this system is more ef-
ficient and will hopefully prevent the
types of problems that have come up in
the suit.
Charles Overberger, University
vice president for research and director
of the Macromolecular Research Cen-
ter, has been selected as the 1979
recipient of the International Award in
Plastics Science and Engineering, the
most prestigious honor given by the
Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE).
Overberger will deliver an Award
Lecture to a plenary session of the
ANTEC on the morning of May 10. His
lecture, entitled "Recent Aspects of
Research in Macromolecules," will
consst of three general topics: the use
of polymers as catalysts in organic
reactions; the conformation of asym-
metric polyamides in solution; and the
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