The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 25, 1988- Page 13
Minority politics addressed
By TED POPELY
As part of Arab American
Awareness Week, more than 50
people attended a speech last night
on the introduction of increasing
numbers of minority Americans in
the national political system.
The awareness week - which has
featured Arab and Middle East
cultural events - is sponsored by
the two-year-old University chapter
of the Arab American University
Graduates Youth Section.
The events continues tonight
with a display of Middle East
handcrafts and finishes tomorrow
with a fashion show in the Michigan
"Eliminating ignorance of the
Arab political situation will also
eliminate some of the stereotypes
about Arab Americans," said Basil
Salah, a senior LSA student and head
of organization for the Arab
American University Graduates
The AAUG Youth Section is a
campus organization dedicated to
informing people about the Arab
American community and about the
Arab situation abroad.
Salah said the organization also
performs an important social
function for Arab Americans. In a
place where it is often difficult for
Arab Americans to adjust, "We
create a bond with one another," said
About 50 people attended a talk
given by Jim Zogby, founder of the
nationally recognized Arab American
Institute and national co-chair of the
Jesse Jackson presidential campaign.
His speech, entitled "Ethnic and
Minority Emergence in the 1988
Presidential election," focused on the
introduction of increasing numbers
of minority Americans in the
national political system.
"The Statue of Liberty faces out;
it promises free ideas," said Zogby
in his argument that today's
American foreign policy
organization is not representative of
the constituent members of
Zogby said that Arab Americans
have made progress in terms of
governmental representation. "We've
come a very long way in a short
period of time."
Zogby connected his wish fot
Arab American and minority
involvement in government with a
call for support of Jesse Jackson for
"(The Jackson campaign) is not
merely a candidate; it's a
movement," said Zogby.
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By MARINA SWAIN
Residents of the all-male Allen-
Rumsey House in West Quad said
their house would officially secede
from West Quad-Betsey Barbour-
Helen Newberry House Council at
the WQBN meeting yesterday
Stephen Wert, an LSA first-year
student and Rumsey House
representative, read a typed speech to
other house council members citing
the reasons for the withdrawal of
Rumsey residents from all future
Other houses have slandered
Rumsey House in the past and "the
main forum for this skulldugerry has
been the so-called WQBN Council
and its weekly meetings," he said.
But Andrea Wendling, an LSA
sophomore and president of WQBN,
said she had heard no problems from
Rumsey prior to the meeting. "At
the end of every meeting I asked if
anyone had any problems, an d
nothing was said."
Brian Felder, an RC junior and
resident adviser in Wenley House
said, "I think it's good for them to
bring up concerns they may have
about the way WQBN operates but I
don't recall ever in the minutes that
a WQBN representative from
Rumsey has ever brought up those
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Polling sites will be open from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The
rules followed at these sites will be
those of the Democratic National
Identification showing age and
proper residence is necessary to par-
ticipate in the caucuses. Acceptable
forms of ID include a valid Michigan
driver's license, a State of Michigan
ID card, or a voter registration card.
A word to the wise - there is
only one site where each person can
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threats than nothing has changed."
Poker believes the conflict can
only be resolved through mutual
negotiation, "a situation where the
Arab says we recognize the Israeli
right to exist."
vote. If voters show up at the wrong
site they will not be allowed to vote
there, but should be told where to
A caucus sign-in sheet must also
be filled out stating that a person is
a Democrat and is either registered to
vote, or is 17 years-old and will be
registered to vote before the Nov. 9
Anyone who is not registered to
vote may register at the polling sites
A ballot will then be given to the
voter listing the five qualified
Democratic presidential candidates, a
space for write-in candidates, and the
choice of "uncommitted."
with a plea that peace is possible.
He concluded saying, "Together
we'll work out a formula, together
Poker's presentation received
mixed responses from the audience.
Audience member Jamal El-hindi
was one such objector who criticized
Poker's political position.
"On the one hand they present the
idea of a Euphoric State and on the
other hand they have world opinion
saying that the state is built upon
the bones of other people," El-hindi
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not find a subtenant last year, she
was forced to sublet to friends, tak-
ing a 60 percent loss for each
Second year MBA student Mike
Sonnabend, like Wynn, was more
successful this year in finding sub-
tenants. "This year worked out a lot
better than last year," he said.
Sonnabend said "luck" was one of
two factors which influenced his
success this year.
The other factor, he said, was
money. "We were realistic about the
asking price," he said. This year,
Sonnabend asked for half the regular
rental rate. He said his biggest mis-
take last year was asking for more
than 50 percent of his rent.
Because the open market drives
prices down, sublet prices are often
one-third to one-half of the regular
rent. But efficiency and one-bedroom
units can usually draw close to the
full rent, Rumsey said. "There is
more negotiability in larger units."
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meeting next week.
Phillips and Overdorf, represent-
ing the widely-publicized Students
First party, captured more than
1,200 of roughly 2,500 votes, the
lowest turn-out this decade. The
number of votes cast for the presi-
dential slates was almost 1,000 less
than the votes cast on the PIRGIM
The Students First candidates
want to emphasize fighting racism,
sexism, and homophobia on campus
In addition, Overdorf and Phillips
say they will continue to lobby leg-
islators in Lansing and Washington,
D.C. for more financial aid and a tu-
ition freeze. They support the
Michigan Collegiate Coalition, a
According to the WQBN bylaws;
any house which does not have a
representative attending two
consecutive meetings will have their
use of equipment suspended for tho
Since Rumsey has withdrawn
from the house council, the residents
may not be allowed to participate in
social events or use any WQBN
equipment, such as the VCR or a
new weight room.
But Rumseyites maintain that th
other houses are jealous of theim
winning intramural athletics,
campus-wide social gatherings, and
superior interhouse trivia games.
Lansing-based group that lobbied
state legislators for such student in-i
A referendum question about
MCC - which appeared to be suc-
cessful at press time - seeks to
fund the group by tacking on 35t
cents to the $7.00 student fee. The.
fee increase would have to be ap-
proved by the University's Board of
Regents, which sets the assembly's
A referendum urging Congress to.
honor Vietnam Veterans on May 7
and another asking students whether
they wanted a campus-wide vote a
code of conduct before the assembly
votes on it both passed easily.
The Common Sense presidential
slate received slightly over 700,
votes. Party members decided not to
campaign when their presidential,
candidate, LSA junior Cheryl Tilles,
dropped out of the race after admit-
ting to fraud charges.
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Nicaragua hurt the Sandinista gov-
ernment more than the contras ever
could. Nicaragua conducted one half
of its trade with America prior to the
embargo, and the United States urged
many of its allies to stop trading
with them also.
She also stressed that it is
important for Congress not to send
any more aid to the contras. "I think
that any aid the U.S. wants to give
should be given to the Sandinistas to
help resettle contras," she said.
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