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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 3, 1987- Page 3

Activist speaks on
Black Nationalism:

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By SHEALA DURANT
Last night, at Hale Auditorium,
writer and Black activist Imamu
Amiri Baraka addressed a group
comprised mostly of Black students
on Black Nationalism and the
destruction of imperialism.
Baraka made references to the
Black, Chicano, and Native American
struggles in the United States and
feels that America is suffering from a
lack of democracy and equality. He
said the United States is a leader in
imperialism and a "superpower world
oppressor."
Baraka told the audience that
America has never been a democracy
for Blacks. Blacks have make great
strides in a relatively short period of
time, he said, but Black
achievements have been based on
Blacks' fierce struggle and
determination to be free.
Referring to the writings of
Frederick Douglas, Baraka said
"(Blacks) are the determinants of how
much we will be oppressed." Baraka
supports the Rev. Jesse Jackson and
stressed Black unity voting power for

the '88 elections. Baraka urged voters
in the audience to fight against "neo-
facism" and "Reaganism."
Baraka emphasized the need for1
Black students to develop and nurture
an understanding of Black history.
Baraka feels that for many Blacks,
colleges have become centers for
"Buppyism" (Black Urban
Professionals) rather than struggle.
Baraka said that colleges can be an
outpost to learn how to liberate
Black people..
Baraka, a professor at the'
University of New York at
Stonybrook, has won several awards
including the Obie Award for the best
American Play and an award from the
National Endowment for the Arts in
poetry.
Members of the Black Student
Union invited Baraka to speak as part
of Black Solidarity Day, which began
in1969 at Brooklyn College. It was
traditionally recognized on the
Monday before election day as a time
when Blacks could get together and
See Writer, Page 5

By RYAN TUTAK
The United States may "lose its
memory," but the National Archives
will try to save it with computers.
Because the public may not be
able to find historical documents
because records are not kept or are
difficult to find, archive officials plan
to index them on computers.
The Ford Library, which houses
17 million papers from the 38th
president's administration, has been
selected by the National Archives to
test the viability of a computer
system to retrieve documents that
have been recorded as opposed to a
search for a document by hand.
Thomas Soapes, a researcher for
the National Archives who is
coordinating the test, said he hopes
the computers can improve upon the
tedious and difficult manual search
for documents and instead "provide a
more complete, more detailed and
faster" way to access presidential
documents. If the test is successful,
the computers will be used for all
eight presidential libraries in the
country, Soapes said.
The Gerald Ford Library, built in
1981 in honor of former President
Ford, who graduated from the
University in 1935, was selected for
the test because it is a new library
which had not sifted through all of
its documents.
People currently looking for
information on a topic must peruse
the files of each of Ford's 15 0

members of his congressional and
presidential staffs in order to find all-
the material on an issue raised in the
administration.
Research on the economic policies
of recent presidents has taken
Political Science Prof. George
Grassmuck up to the Ford Library
often. "You have to comb through
document after document," he said.
Dennis Dallenbach, an archivist at
the Ford Library, said computers
would be able to cross-reference all of.
the different papers on a subject at
once.
It may take a while before the Na-
tional Archives concludes this test,
which began last April, because
recording information about.,
documents on computers is a slow
process, Dallenbach said. All files
must be organized, reviewed to see if
they are classified, and labeled before,.
they can be logged on the computer,
he said.
Don Wilson, director of the Gerald"
Ford Presidential Library on North
Campus and PresidenthReagan'
nominee for the leadership post of
the National Archives, told members
of the U.S. Senate last week that hw
would store the nation's billions cf
documents on computers f
appointed. Senators will make the
decision this month, Wilson said.
(The Associated Press contributed
to this story)

D~aily Ph~oto by DANA MENDELSSOHNI'
Amiri Baraka, a professor at the University of New York at Stonybrook,
speaks last night at Hale Auditorium in the Business School as the Black
Student Union observes Black Solidarity Day. Baraka addressed Black
nationalism and the destruction of imperialism in America.

Rep. Purs
By EVE BECKER
Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth)
met with faculty yesterday in an
effort to make stronger a connection
between University faculty and
Capitol Hill.
Pursell sits on the Health,
Education, and Welfare appropriation
committee in Congress. Many
funding bills for research projects
and student financial aid pass
through this committee.
Pursell said he represents
concerns of the faculty at the
University and the student body on
the appropriations committee and
will be increasingly active in this
role.

ell meets with SACUA members

"You're in a position where you
can get some clout," Pursell told the
faculty's Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs.
Some universities take advantage
of having a member of congress
represent their interests, he said.
Universities are avoiding going
through the traditional peer review
process for funding grants. Instead
are using influences of their
congressmembers to get funding for
their individual schools written into
the legislation, Pursell said.
"All I'm suggesting is that when
key funds are at the state level we be
aware. I'm not saying we can always
produce, but it's a matter of

communication and priorities," he
said.
SACUA chair Harris
McClamroch told the group when he
mentioned the meeting with Pursell
two weeks ago, "We've been lagging
in playing the Washington game and
this is our effort in that respect."
"I think the University of
Michigan is fundamentally opposed
to that, but I think that sometimes
we have to say, that's a game being
played and we can't stand on the
sidelines and watch it forever,"
McClamroch said.
The University is finding itself in
a position where members o f
Michigan's congressional delegation

are in much more importantI
positions than they used to be, saidt
McClamroch.I
The meeting was suggested byi
University lobbyist Tom Butts,
assistant to the vice president fori
academic affairs.t
Butts said the University feels,
"the best way for the grants process
to go forth is in the merit
competition and review procedure."
"We do our best to keep people
informed," Butts said. Pursell has
been "very supportive" of University
interests, Butts said, and he "sits on
a very important (committee) in
terms of education, student financial
aid, and health."

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KY., remained in critical condition sedated
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Foster. "She's opened her eyes and cardio-vz

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Her lungs are fine. Her
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at local businesses, University
facilities and interest groups.
Okley Winter, Community
Resourge monitor, said the program
focuses on "enrichment and
exploration." Currently, the-program
has about 280 students - around
170 are students at Community
High.
In order to receive credit , students
must abide by a contract that they
have devised with their supervisor,
and write a paper about the
experience. Several students chose to
volunteer at Ozone House, a crisis
intervention center located in the Ann
Arbor area. Their duties include
answering the crisis line, counseling
people, training new workers and
lobbying for youth rights.
Kathleen McNamara, training and
volunteer coordinator at Ozone
House, said, "The Community High
volunteers go through the same
screening as our other volunteers.

The kids from Community are really student while Mill
motivated and socially conscious. the plot of a book.
They are wonderful to work with;
they're energetic, committed and "Kids here tendt
responsible. in expressing their
Mark Gort, Manager of Frank's makes for interest
Nursery and Crafts, said, "I've had
Community kids working here for
three years and I haven't had any Council
problems. They assist customers, do
stock work and gain knowledge about (contnuedstr
the products." Councilmember Jef
Students at Community also Ward), said, "It i
benefit from a diverse arts program. ordinance... This c
Their jazz ensemble won a national because it reflectsI
competition which enabled them to by gun ownership
compete internationally. Betsy Handguns cannot
King's advanced drama class came in responsibly."
second in last year's Michigan Last month, 38
Interscholastic Forensic Asso- the proposal at its p
ciation's Drama Competition. of them spoke out
Within the classroom, students are it was gun control.
vocal, taking advantage of the it because, as the
opportunity to question what they are "firearms in genera
learning. Teacher Brian Miller, in his particular represen
social issues class was corrected by a health problem an

er was discussing
to feel comfortable
opinions, which
ing and dynamic

class discussion," said teacher Robbie
Stapleton.
Gallup said, "They're not trying
to fight the system; students have
learned that you go to school because
you want to."

may limit arms sales

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ff Epton (D-Third
s a gun control
ordinance is here
problems created
in our society.
a be operated
people debated
public hearing; 22
against it, saying
Others supported
proposal says,
d and handguns in
t a serious public
id that decreasing
eapons is in the
safety interests of
Arbor."
ginal ordinance,
ed at last night's
ased on citizen
nArbor Rod and

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

accessibility to w
general health ands
the citizens of Ann,
DeVarti's orig
which was amende
meeting, was b
protest of the Ann

Gun Store. On several consecutive
Saturdays, an Ann Arbor group
called Neighbors Against the Gun
Store picketed the store's opening.
Councilmember Jerry Schleicher
(R-Fourth Ward) submitted a similar
proposal at last night's meeting, but
it would have allowed gun stores to
function in a 15-block downtown
area between Liberty, Catherine,
Ashley, and the University campus.
It also would have eliminated the
special exception use, but .it was
tabled after DeVarti's proposal was
passed.
City Council also discussed an
ordinance which will make "passing
up" - when crowd members at
Michigan football games lift other
fans from their seats and hand them
to other spectators behind them -
illegal.
With the council's Democratic
majority, it was expected to pass
through its first reading, but official
results were not available at press
time. Councilmember Ann Marie
Coleman (D-First Ward) said that
after last night, the proposal is
expected to become a law before the
Nov. 21 Ohio State football game if
it passes through council three
times.

NEW YORK (AP) - Treatment
with two naturally occurring
substances that stimulate bone
marrow may protect against some of
the most lethal consequences of
radiation exposure and cancer
chemotherapy, researchers said
yesterday.
Radiation and anti-cancer drugs
both interfere with bone marrow's
production of infection-fighting
white blood cells. The new treatment
triggers renewed production of those

New treatment helps
cancer, radiation victims

cells, thus lowering the likelihood of
life-threatening infections, according
to a report in the current issue of the
Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences.
"The period when the patient is at
greatest risk of infection due to
reduced white cell functions is
reduced," said Dr. Malcolm Moore, a
cancer specialist at the Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in
New York City and principal author
of the new study.

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CHRISTIAN

FELLOWSHIP

Speakers
Karen Malpede - reading from
her work, sponsored by the Visiting
Writers Series, 4 p.m. Kuenzel
Room, Michigan Union.
David North - The Seventieth
Anniversary of the 1917 October
Revolution, "What is happening in
the USSR?" 7 p.m. Mason Hall
room 2435.
Professor Federico D'Agostino
- from the University of Naples,
"Politics and Society in Italy," 4
p.m. Large Conference Room, ISR;
sixth floor.
Meetings
TARDAA - British Science
Fiction Fan Club, 8-11 p.m. 296
Dennison.
LaGroc - 8:30 p.m., 3200
Michigan Union.
Hebrew Speaking Club - 5
p.m. 206 Angell Hall
World Hunger Education and
Action Committee - Help plan
the Oxfam fast, 6 p.m. 4202 Union.
Furthermore

Skills, 9 a.m.- 12 noon, 3001 SEB.
Ensian - senior portraits for the
yearbook, walk-in appointments,
8:30-5:30, Wedge Room, second
floor, West Quad.
Movie: The Business o f
Hunger - Environmental Advocacy
Film, 12-1:30 p.m. 1520 School of
Natural Resources.
Concert of the Month - Pianist
David Flippo and friends perform
music of Bach, Chopin, Flippo, and
Miles Davis, 8 p.m. Pendleton
Room.
Revolutionary History Series
- presented by SPARK, "Who's side
are they on?" Marxist view of the
State, 7-8 p.m. 116 MLB.
Pierre Bensusan Ensemble -
guitar performance, 2 shows, 7:30
and 10 p.m. The ARK, 637 S. Main.
Millatarism and 'U' - "What
can you do?" workshop and
discu ssion on stopping the arms race,
7 p.m. Alice Lloyd Blue Carpet
Lounge.

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Tuesdays
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