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looks for
fu nd'ing
About 25 student leaders from
colleges and universities across the
state converged on Ann Arbor
Saturday for the bimonthly board
meeting of the Michigan Collegiate
The MCC leaders - representing
over 200,000 students - discussed
ways. to increase their funding and
their plans for a student lobby day.
The meeting focused on a plan
that would require all member
schools to allocate the equivalent of
35 cents per student each term to
THE BOARD of Governors did
not expect all the universities to
reach that level of funding by this
fall. Instead, they adopted a three-
year funding plan, in which all
schools failing to meet the mini-
mum dues requirement by 1991, will
lose their voting membership status.
According to the plan, student
governments unable to meet this
funding goal by this fall may remain
members by contributing five per-
cent of their gross operating budget.
Student governments unable to con-
tribute under either option will be
considered affiliates and have no
policy-making status within MCC.
ALI DAGHER, a student at
the University's Dearborn campus
and current MCC treasurer, said the
increased funding would allow the
group to have a "strong, continuous
student voice in Lansing."
The MCC will hold its 5th an-
nual "Student Lobby Day" in con-
junction with other student
organizations, including campus
groups such as the local United
Coalition Against Racism.
The students will spend the day
lobbying on a variety of student is-
sues. In the past, the primary issues
have included tuition increases, TA
instructional quality, faculty salaries,
financial aid, and racism.
THE MCC'S ultimate goal is
to establish an office in Lansing and
hire a full-time lobbyist to monitor
all higher education legislation go-
ing through Lansing and Washing-
toZachary Kittrie, the University's
governor to the MCC's Board, said
he thought most students weren't
aware of MCC. "We are very strong
this year. (University students) need
a constantly dependable voice
lobbying in Lansing for student is-
sues. We really know what we are
doing," he said.
The MCC is the statewide student
association, representing the 15
four-year public universities in
Michigan. MCC was formed in
1983 to increase and intensify the
lobby effort of state universities in

The Michigan Daily-Monday, March 14, 1988- Page 3

Forum addresses racism


in criminal 6
Michigan's criminal justice system is discrimina-
tory, persistently giving harsher sentences to Blacks
than to whites, said speakers in a weekend conference.
More than 100 people attended the two-day
presentation to discuss racism in the state's justice
system and alternatives to imprisonment. The forum,
entitled "The War at Home," was sponsored by the
American Friends Service Committee.
A YEAR AGO, 60 percent of the people jailed in
Michigan were Black, while they made up less than 20
percent of the state's population, said Adjoa Aiyetoro,
an attorney with the Prison Project in Washington,
While non-white males made up less than 30 per-
cent of the people arrested, they comprised over 50
percent of the people given prison sentences, according
to a 1986 Michigan Department of Corrections Report
that Aiyetoro cited.
The report also showed that while 55 percent of
those arrested were white males, they comprised only
40 percent of those given prison sentences. This dis-
proportionate sentencing was greater among females.
"Crime is not part of our Black heritage," said
Clementine Barfield, founder of Save our Sons and
Daughters (SOSAD), an organization for mothers of
crime victims and perpetrators.
"EVERYONE wants to point fingers and blame
the family and the school," she said. "Nobody wants to
look at the man in the mirror. We're all partially re-
sponsible." Barfield is the mother of two teenagers who
were killed in Detroit.

Many of the speakers addressed problems with the
system's treatment of juveniles. "We have to develop,
opportunities for the young people. Young people
don't turn to drugs when they've got hope," Aiyetoro
"All people must have enough to make it" when
they are released from prison, Aiyetoro said. She al-
luded to affirmative action, saying, "it's not enough to
just open doors. If I'm ten miles back when the race
starts, that's not a fair race."
MUCH OF the presentation focused on the need
for alternatives to imprisonment.
Judge Quinn of the Juvenile Court in Flint, another
of Saturday's panel speakers said, "the people who are.
supporting the 'get-tough' policy on crime, really
don't know what's happening."
Quinn said that in election years, the number and
length of sentences given by judges goes up; because'
of a popular 'get tough' attitude.
THE AFTERNOON session centered around
finding ways to prevent crime. Speakers suggested es-
tablishing closer interaction between families and
schools and increasing welfare support - with services
such as transportation to and from work.
The forum was co-sponsored by many local and.
state groups, including the Michigan Student Assem-
bly, the University's Law School, Project Commuk
nity, and the Interfaith Council for Peace.
The American Friends Service Committee is orga--
nizing a demorstration about the injustices of the
criminal justice system at the state capitol building in'
Lansing on May 25.

Panel members discuss employment problems among minorities in an
Institute of Public Policy Studies forum on "Minorities and the Work
Force" at the East Conference room of the Rackham building.

Local residents honor International Women's Day
'Celebration of earth' .features song, dance, costumes


v v

By VICKI BAUER tion, said the primary task for women
Colorful national flags, ethnic costumes, respect and honor each other.
and exotic music transformed Bach Elementary "We have to make it safe for people t
School's auditorium into a mini-United Na- e aveyormentorpeope ty
tions last Saturday, as Ann Arbor residents especially for women, to do what they w
gatere t ceebrteIntrnaioal ome'sdo, be what they want to be," she
gathered to celebrate International Women's "Women still have a lot of hard wor
Women around the world have been cele- whether they have a child or not. The wo
brating the date since 1910, when German conditions for most women need to b
Labor Leader Clara Zetkin dedicated the day to dressed.
honor the struggles of all working women. The day's traditional theme - comm
"There's an international connection be- rating the plight of working women -
tween the issues of peace, justice, and freedom expanded over the years to include morei
for women," said Ingrid Kock, a member of national political issues, Kock said. She
the Women's International League for Peace. she attended the annual International Wom
"Women's needs in terms of jobs, food, and Day Convention at. the United Nation
resources around the world, are still not met." Geneva last March.
PACQUETTA PALMER, the coordi- THIS YEAR'S convention in Gene
nator of Ann Arbor's seventh annual celebra- dedicated to showing support for the U


is to Nations, which is suffering financially from from kids," she added. "They are not afraid (,
lack of full United States funding, Koch said. get in the mud and play. We in turn, also have
oday, Koch said Ann Arbor's celebration - fo- to teach them to respect the earth."
nt to cused on honoring the earth - succeeded in The children, clad in traditional costuhes
said. unifying the common concerns and experi- from around the world with painted faces and-
k - ences of women and helped to strengthen the masks, chanted "Mother I feel you under my
rking international bond between women. feet. Mother I hear your heart beat."
e ad- In the local celebration, forty children of all "I think it's important for children to grow
ages and ethnic backgrounds danced, played up with the awareness that after their physical.
emo- drums,. tambourines and bongos, and learned mothers are not supporting them, their
has songs in an afternoon workshop educating Mother Earth will. They will be embraced
nter- them about the earth, Palmer said. into her arms when they die," said Opwagum
said "People have a relationship with the earth.Areichant
men's It's hard for us sometimes to use our technol- participant. 'd
is i og forharonius rlatonsips, Pamer The children's workshop was followed by ar
s in ogy for harmonious relationships," Palmer pot luck dinner and evening entertainment,
said alluding to problems of pollution, over- which included poetry reading, singing, danc -,
va is consumption, and waste. ing, and drumming, focusing on the earth and,
nited "WE LEARN so much about the earth concerns of women.
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MD's get
grant for

University researchers will probe
the human brain to better understand
how nerve cells communicate with
each other, using an $8.25 million
grant awarded by the Lucille P.
Markey Charitable Trust.
"One doesn't get grants of this
kind very often," said Interim Uni-
versity President Robben Fleming.
"We have extraordinarily active peo-
ple engaged in the forefront of medi-

cal research... This is a great recog-
nition of that group."
Neurotransmitter receptors -
proteins that act as gateways be-
tween nerve cells - will be studied
by co-principal investigators,
Bernard Agranoff M.D, and Sid
Gillman M.D., as well as by a
seven-member research team. Agra-
noff, director of the Mental Health
Research Institute (MHRI), and
Gilman, chair of the University's

Department of Neurology will lead
the project - the first joint effort by
these organizations.
"It's very exciting," Gilman said.
"We'll be able to start a (research)
program here that has not been
available to us previously."
Much is known about such neu-
rotransmitters as dopamine, a factor
in Parkinson's disease, and gluta-
mate, associated with learning,

memory and epileptic seizures. But
very little is known about neuro-
transmitter receptors, Gilman said..
The group, however, is focused
on learning more about the way the
brain functions, rather than curing a
specific disease, said Dr. Robert
Macdonald, member of the research
team and professor of neurology and
physiology at the Medical School.
The trust awarded the University
funding for five years of research.

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Pow Wow lets Native Americans learn about 'U'

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Phillipe Bonnefils - "Those
were the days: La Musique chez
Celine," 4:10 p.m, We s t
Conference Room, Rackham. All,
are invited.
David Brion Davis - "Exiles
and Promised Lands: Precedents for
the 19th Century Colonization
Movement," 4:00 p.m, Hutchins
Hall, Room 100, Wheelchair
Professor James Fill -
---'Strong Stationary Times For
Markov Processes Via A New Form
Of Duality," 4:00 p.m, 451 Mason
David Freeman - "The Primary
History," first of three part series
on "The Unity of the Hebrew
Bible," 8:00 p.m, Rackham
Assembly Hall.
Professor W. Klemperer -
"A Molecular Building Block
Approach to the Synthesis of
Ceramic Materials," 4:00 p.m,
Dept. of Chemistry, Room 1200.
Gilda Povolo, Anne Redmon
and Catharine Wright - read
for their work, 8 p.m., The Guild
House, 802 Monroe St.
Dr. John Greden -
"Depression and M a n i c
Depression: A Twenty-First
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Asian American Association
- General meeting, 7:00 p.m,
Trotter House, 1443 Washtenaw.
LSA Student Government -
Mass meeting for volunteers for
the CRISP Advice Table, 6:00 p.m,
Pond Room, Michigan Union.
Women's Lacrosse Club - 4
p.m., the Coliseum, corner of Hill
and Fifth St.
Christian Science
organization - 7:15 p.m.,
Michigan League.
Asian American Association
- 7 .p.m., Trotter House, 1443
1988 European Travel Series
- Custom Tailoring Your
European Trip, 3 p.m.,
International Center.
Campaign Against Violent
Toys - 7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor
Main Library.
Jill Joseph - "Sex, Drugs and
AIDS," question and answer
session, 8:00 p.m, MLB3
Paintings by Marsha
P o I I e n b e r g - "Special
Treatment," 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
Deciding Your Career - must

A traditional Pow Wow cele-
brates peace and unity between Na-
tive American tribes with songs and
dances. But the 16th Annual Ann
Arbor Pow Wow last weekend was
not only a festive occasion.
The Office of Minority Student
Services took advantage of the
weekend celebrations to show the
University off to Native American
students from around the state. Fifty-
five 7th to 12th graders were given a
workshop on college preparation and
a campus tour, which included the
Pow Wow.
VICE PROVOST of Minority
Affairs Charles Moody, who gave
the welcoming address on Saturday,
said he wanted to use the Pow Wow
to change the University's image.
"We want to de-mystify the

institution, to show that coming to
the University does not mean losing
their cultural heritage," Moody said.-
But dancing and singing rema'ined
the central events on Saturday and
Sunday. The focus of the celebration
was a series of dance competitions
for different age groups.
OVER 300 dancers - dressed
in traditional costumes - partici-
pated in war dances, traditional snake
dances, where dancers follow each
other in a single line, and "round"
Pow Wows are important i n
preserving the Native American her-
itage, and also to bond all the tribes
in a celebration, said Amy Delong,
Native American Student Associa-
tion secretary and LSA first-year
A few years ago, the University's


Pow Wow drew only local tribes.
But the annual event has grown to
be one of the biggest and best in the
Great Lakes region, said Mike
Dashner, the University's minority
student representative.
DRUMMERS from as far away
as Buffalo, N.Y. and North Bay,
Canada took turns sharing songs and

Acts & Pmgmmming

chants for the competitions.
Traders also came to the Pow
Wow to sell hand-made merchandise.
Hundreds of traders set up booths in
the University's Sports Coliseum to
sell jewelry and carvings made from
beads, horns, leather, clay, and sil-
ver. Colorful blankets and woven
baskets were also displayed.




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