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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. IC, No. 19 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, October 4, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

Native American students and
members of Michigamua - an all
male honor society - met last Fri-
day to discuss alleged violations by
} Michigamua of a civil rights ruling.
As part of their traditional initia-
tion ceremony, members have been
said to paint their faces, drag their
members out of bed and douse them
with brick dust and water, and smoke
"peace pipes." Howling and drum-
ming emanating from the tower of
the Michigan Union have also been
A 1973 ruling by the Michigan
Civil Rights Commission ordered
Michigamua to "eliminate all public
Frights on campus" because the group
"vas practicing "unlawful discrimina-
tion" against Native Americans.
And although Michigamua has
discontinued public ceremonies on
the Diag since 1973, the group has
been seen "imitating' Indians" on
Associate Athletics Director Don
Lund and Executive Director of the
Alumni Association Robert Forman
- both members of Michigamua's
"Old Braves Council" - attended the
hour-long meeting along with current
members Michael Dames and Mark
Messner, members of the University
football team's starting line.
In response to whether present
members of Michigamua are aware of
the civil rights ruling, Lund said, "I
don't recall if anybody told them
about it or not - they're well in-
formed now though."
But Native American Student
Association member Amy DeLong,
an LSA sophomore, said the meeting
was only the beginning to a series of
needed discussions.
"The present members of
Michigamua demonstrated their will-
I ingness to understand our point of
view, and our culture," DeLong said.
"They realized they were perpetuating
a stereotype."
DeLong added that the "Old Braves
Council didn't say much, although
they realized the things we found of-
See Group, Page 5


looks I
University President James Duderstadt last
night delivered his first "State of the Univer-
sity" address by predicting the University's
image 30 years from now.
But his approach wasn't the evening's only
seeming contradiction. Duderstadt described
his ideal University as "a model of a pluralis-
tic, multicultural community for our nation"
rooted "upon a solid foundation of institu-
tional values" - going forward while simul-
taneously looking back.
Indeed, Duderstadt cited the University's
prestigious, pioneering reputation during the
19th century as an ideal image for the 21st,
when he will "position the University to as-
sume once again the leadership role."
This future University, Duderstadt said,
will have to be more "diverse," because, "for
Michigan to achieve excellence in teaching
and research in the years ahead... we simply
must achieve and sustain a campus commu-
nity recognized for its racial and ethnic diver-
"Our challenge is not to make one group
from many, to blend together all cultures into
a homogeneous mixture, but to build from
many varying cultural, racial, and ethnic
groups a truly multicultural community in
which we are bound together by a common
core of values and beliefs," he said. .
Yet Duderstadt spoke in general terms and
failed to cite concrete plans to achieve these


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goals, and neither, some critized, did he cite a
desire for institutional change.
"He speaks of fundamental values but not
institutional progess," said Michael Wilson, a
United Coalition Against Racism member and
first-year medical student. "We must remem-
ber that one of the fundamental values of
higher education has always been excluding
"These kinds of goals are not necessarily
inconsistent," Sociology Prof. Walter Allen
said after the speech. He praised Duderstadt's
vision, saying the University must try to ac-
comodate a range of intellectuals from a range
of racial backgrounds. "If such a goal is not
possible, then America is in trouble."
Duderstadt devoted much of his speech to
justifying this desire for "diversity," trying to
convince his 400-member audience of its im-
portance to the University's image.
"Our nation cannot afford to waste the hu-
man talent represented by 'its minority
populations," Duderstadt said. "If we do not
create a nation that mobilizes the talents of all
our citizens, we are destined for a diminished
role in the global community..."
But some questioned whether Duderstadt's
goals spell tokenism - using only select tal-
ents to benefit -the existing administration.
"Student and faculty views are only heard
when they agree with the views of the
Unviersity," said Michigan Student Assembly
President Michael Phillips, an LSA senior.

University President James Duderstadt gives his first "State of theOHUN N/Daily
University" address at Rackham amphitheatre last night. See Key Quotes, Page 2.


visit runs into

Former Democratic presidential
candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson
will speak at Ann Arbor's Pioneer
High School tonight at 8 p.m. after
several tentative venues were
changed yesterday, said Christina
Montague, Ann Arbor Democratic
Party Chair and Second Congres-
sional District Deputy Director for
Michael Dukakis.
His visit to Pioneer High, located
on the corner of S. Main and Sta-
dium, will mark Jackson's second

visit to Ann Arbor this year.
Montague said the only available
facility in the city was at Pioneer
High School, which seats 1,700,
with additional audience room
possible in the hallways. During his
presidential campaign last spring,
Jackson drew over 6,000 supporters
to Crisler Arena prior to his victori-
ous Michigan Democratic party pri-
A "coalition of groups" like the
Ann Arbor Democratic Party and
Students For Dukakis attempted to

reserve several other facilities
including Hill Auditorium, the
Power Center, the Michigan Union
Ballroom and Crisler Arena - but
all were unavailable.
"We got the word Friday at mid-
night he was coming, and we were
not able to secure a place," said
Although Jackson's agenda for
tonight has not been announced,
both Montague and Charles Wynder,
a third year law student who coordi-
nated Jackson's campus campaign,

agreed that he will address th
for voter registration and his v
the upcoming elections.
"From our understanding,
all related to his effort to n
voters," Wynder said. "D
doesn't look too strong in A
bor, and Jackson carried Was
County (in the primaries)."
"Jesse has made it crysta
he supports Dukakis," said
tague, "and he wants his pe
aggressively support (him)."
Deputy State Director i

he need Dukakis-Bentsen Campaign of
view of Michigan Mark Fox added, "We
consider (him) real helpful for the
this is campaign."
egister Jackson's visit is "not being paid
ukakis for by a local group," said Wynder.
nn Ar- Montague said that Jackson's visit is
htenaw part ofa college tour for the Demo-
cratic National Committee.
al clear
1 Mon- "A lot of us who work on the
ople to Jackson campaign are looking be-
yond the election," said Dean Baker,
for the a Jackson campaign leader.

'U' launches war to
erase campus graffiti
BY STEVE KNOPPER Comparatively, the University of Illinois spent
The University is increasing its efforts to get rid of about $13,000 on graffiti cleanup last year, said an
its tabletop babble and wallside scribble. Illinois physical plant supervisor who requested
1 Last year, the University spent $350,000 to clean anonymity. Upon hearing about Michigan's full-time
up graffiti on campus, and will spend another $400,000 crew, he exclaimed, "Jesus, what the hell goes on up
this year, said Director of Plant Operations Russell there?"

That money, he said, has been paying the salaries of
a five-person, full-time graffiti cleanup crew. The
money has also bought power washers, sand blasters,
chemicals, and paint, said David Pope, the crew's
"If we could ever get this place cleaned up, maybe
people would respect it more," Reister said. "Graffiti
I tends to breed more graffiti. Hopefully, we'll get it
cleared up and the expenditures will go down again."
In 1985, the University spent $50,000 in total
vandalism repair costs. The additional funds, he said,
reflect the University's growing desire to wash the
campus of offensive and unsightly graffiti.
But the $750,000 and full-time crew may be
extravagant, some say.

LSA junior Zachary Kittrie, chair of the Michigan
Student Assembly's External Relations Committee,
said the high costs were wasteful. "These figures
indicate that this University is investing in first class
graffiti cleanup and not first class professors and
smaller class sizes."
Many, however, have noticed the improvement
since last year. The Graduate Library's carrels used to
be covered with graffiti, but the crew spent more than
800 hours painting them last winter, said former crew
member Robert Kennedy. Now, they are virtually
Graduate Library Director Wendy Lougee said that
although she hasn't seen a decline in the graffiti
problem, the clean carrels should distract people from
writing on them.

,One hostage freed
from Lebanon


Students study on the front steps of Angell Hall, seemingly oblivious to the graffiti behind
Panelists call attention to
mental health problems

State Department confirmed yesterday
the release to the Syrian government
of an Indian hostage from kidnappers
in Lebanon. U.S. officials were
anxious to learn if he had any infor-
Smation concerning the nine other

When asked if there were indica-
tions that other hostages would be
released, the spokesperson said: "No.
This is all we have....We join with
Mr. Singh's relatives in rejoicing in
his release and call for the urgent,
unconditional release of all hostages

The silver mace ushers in the
reign of a modem-day technocrat
See Opinion, Page 4
The black and white keyboard
ushers in the concert of a modern-
day composer.
See Arts, Page 7
re rWolverine Chris Shn

When Lucy Howard, director of
Community Mental Health, tried to
set up a group home for the men-
tally ill in Washtenaw County, she
encountered a lot of resistance from
the community.

treatment and community support,
said Carol Reese of the Alliance for
the Mentally Ill.
Howard and the four other pan-
elists called for an end to the nega-
tive stigmas last night at the Ann
Arbor Public Library, marking the
firest ,.'i c cvin f,..r,." L -l Tiln.-ceI

is OK to talk about mental illness."
Currently, 380 mentally ill pa-
tients reside at Ypsilanti Regional
Psychiatric Hospital where they are
treated by psychiatrists and follow a
regimented daily routine, said pan-
elist Dr. Jim Dawson.



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