The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 19, 1988- Page 3
Moody honors Rev. King
By HEATHER EURICH
Tears streaked down the face of
Dock Riley as he danced yesterday
with Linda Dudley, in a performance
portraying the struggles of Afro-
Riley and Dudley, members of
the Common Ground Theater
Ensemble, performed as part of a
"Celebration of Interconnectedness"
held at the Alumni Center by the
School of Nursing to commemorate
Martin Luther King Day.
"This afternoon we have come
together to do what history requires
- to celebrate the memory of
Martin Luther King Jr., who showed
us what we should and could be,"
said School of Nursing Professor
About 240 people attended the
performances and the speech given
by Charles Moody, University vice
provost of minority affairs.
"We have to have a common
mission...that social justice will
reign supreme on this campus. That
social justice is a number one
priority," Moody said.
Moody made several general
remarks about recent events on
campus. "The events of last week on
the campus provide an example of
just how fragile o u r
interconnectedness is," he said.
He began his speech by repeating
King's statement that "We can all be
great because we all can serve." He
then urged listeners to serve others
to bring about social justice.
"We should be angry (about
racism)," said Moody, "but we can
not let anger consume us and allow
ourselves to be immobilized."
After the speeches, the Common
Ground Theater Ensemble performed
selections of Black theater
The actors also performed a sneak
preview of the play "The People
Could Fly," which retells the Black
American experience from slavery to
the present. It will be presented at
the Mendelssohn Theater Feb. 4-7.
The artists also sang "We Shall
Overcome" and "What Shall It Profit
a Man?" The audience, who packed
the room, joined the group in
singing "Lift Every Voice and
Tigers to hire student guards
Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
LSA junior Eric Williams points to the side entrance of the fishbowl, showing LSA sophomore Tom Weber the
only way to get to his class in Angell Hall. Protesters blocked the entrances to Angell, Mason, and Haven Halls
yesterday to prohibit students from attending classes on Martin Luther King Day.
Students byass UCAR blockade
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FOUR students 'called the Uni-
versity Public Safety office yesterday
to lodge complaints about harass-
ment by the protesters, and two stu-
dents signed formal complaints, said
Joseph Owsley, a spokesperson for
"Apparently there was some
pushing and shoving," Owsley said.
UCAR steering committee mem-
ber Kim Smith defended the
protesters' actions, saying, "if there
was a confrontation, it was on the
part of the people trying to violate
"If the question of why you're
going to class is harassment, then
you must be unconfident about your
position," she said.
BUT STUDENTS and faculty
who did not join the boycott denied.
their actions were racist.
"There's a lot of other holidays
they don't cancel class for, so why
should they cancel them for this
orre?" asked LSA junior Cyril
"There's another right in this,"
said Political Science Prof. and Aca-
demic Advisor Kenneth Langton.
"While I find racism personally re-
pugnant, I have students who want
to be counseled. If they don't want
to come, that's their right."
"We're not asking students to
skip classes," said first-year medical
school student and UCAR member
Rajal Patel. "We're asking them to
go to alternative classes."
PROTESTERS standing near
the side entrances attempted to con-
vince students to join the boycott
and to'attend workshops on racial
issues sponsored by UCAR at the
Some students said in interviews
that they had to go to class because
their professors or teaching assis-
tants had scheduled tests or quizzes.
But a memo released by Interim
President Robben Fleming Jan. 5
asked faculty to plan their class
schedules so students would be able
to participate in Martin Luther King
FLEMING said yesterday, "We
had suggested to them that they
would not have (tests)... (but) we do
not totally control the faculty."
UCAR members said they se-
lected the location for the blockade
because of the large number of LSA
classes held there.
"We're focusing on LSA because
of (LSA) Dean (Peter) Steiner," said
Patel. UCAR called for the resigna-
tion of Steiner last week, saying
comments he made earlier this year
were racist statements.
By STEVEN FELDMAN
University students might be keeping their eyes on
other University students at Detroit Tigers games this
TheDetroit Tiger management plans to use about
120 college students instead of Burns International
Security Employees, who have handled security at the
stadium for more than ten years.
"We want to create a whole new atmosphere," said
T. R. Minick, an assistant to Tigers' owner Tom
He denied, however, that the change is being made
because fans last season sometimes complained about
rude treatment from Burns employees, such as being
University alumnus Robert Henderson, who is
helping supervise the recruitment of students with
fellow alumnus Jim Scarcelli, said, "The change has
been under consideration for a few years. We just want
to have a security force that we can work closely with
so they can do things the way we want. We know it
may be hard for an independent organization like Burns
to change the way they do things."
One such change for the new guards is courtesy
training by the Detroit Police Department. The
training, which will begin about three weeks before
April's start of the baseball season, will also include
traditional security methods like crowd control and
Henderson and Scarcelli, both employees of
Protective Services, the security division of Domino's
Pizza, Inc., have confined most of their recruiting
efforts to Detroit-area colleges with criminal justice
programs such as the University of Detroit and Wayne
State. But Scarcelli said they have talked to people
from the University of Michigan, which does not have
a criminal justice program.
"Most students who have signed up for the program
are interested in police work and correction as a career,"
said Mark Curby, another employee of Protective
Services and the head of the program. "However, some>
are just interested in working at Tiger Stadium and
being part of the team."
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Speakers assail 'U' at Piag rally
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administration has been inactive in
SPEAKERS also praised
students who boycotted classes
yesterday in honor of King's
"Some people say, 'Isn't it a
shame that those students are out
there (protesting)'....It would be a
shame if you were in your
classrooms," said Stevens.
"You don't go to class today, and
-you don't (need to) justify it," said
Rackham graduate student Anthony
Henderson, a member of the Black
Student Union. "Why don't you go
to class? It's Martin Luther King's
birthday. Enough said."
BUT HENDERSON also
criticized last week's UCAR sit-in in
the offices of LSA Dean Peter
Steiner. UCAR members held the
sit-in to protest remarks made by
Steiner which they considered racist.
Henderson called the sit-in a
"pizza party" and said it should not
be considered a victory, because it
did not accomplish its goal of
forcing Steiner to resign.
"If you want symbolic victories,
I've got some symbolic $20 bills to
give you," said Henderson.
W A L L E R criticized the
University administration for its
handling of the Steiner issue. She
accused the administration of
comments rather than reprimanding
him for them.
Steiner has defended his
statements as having been taken out
of context, and says that the speech
which contained them indicates his
support for the University's
affirmative action policies.
THE UNITY March and rally
were followed by a closing ceremony
which included a memorial service
held for King at the First United
Methodist Church on State Street.
KING'S birthday was also cele-
brated around the country yesterday.
5,000 demonstrators braved a
downpour in Phoenix, Arizona, and
marched on the state's capitol,
calling on Gov. Evan Mecham to
restore the day as a state holiday.
In Atlanta, Coretta Scott King
and her children laid a wreath at the
slain civil rights leader's tomb. The
gravesite ceremony was followed by
the now-traditional ecumenical
service at Ebenezer Baptist Church,
where King served as co-pastor.
"The disease (of racism) ... is still
among us, and it has global
implications," said the church's
pastor Rev. Joseph Roberts.
to fight racism
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Prof. Johnson replied that such a
change could occur through re-
examining current systems of
thought. He gave an example of how
feminist thought developed through
a re-examination of psychology.
Interim University President
-Robben Fleming, who gave opening
remarks, said, "One of our
difficulties in a dialogue is that we
are all prisoners of our own
background. We think in the
framework we have known."
"I want to learn what's wrong
with my own thinking," he said.
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