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Ninety-nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No. 23 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, October 10, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

Morrison speaks
in lecture
BY MARGIE HEINLEN literary works that do not bend to
Friday afternoon at 4:00 the fit the white mold of literature.
sun warmed an overflowing crowd Morrison argues against the
of students, faculty and guests "raceless one" calling the attempt
outside Rackham Hall, waiting to to "make America culture-free" a
hear the unspeakable. "lobotomy."
"Unspeakable Things Un- "Race" exists as a
spoken" was the topic of the long- circumscribed, mutable enigma.
awaited lecture given by Pulitizer Science has acknowledged race as
Prize-winning novelist Toni a measure of people and "then
Morrison, who spoke about the suddenly it does not exist, even
Afro-American presence in Amer- for Blacks," Morrison said
ican literature. pointing out that often Afro-
The speech was part of the American literature has to measure
tenth annual Tanner lecture series up to white Western standards.
on human values, which is held In encouraging a rethinking of
only on eight campuses in ethnic literature however, "value
England and America, including cannot be self-annointing," she
Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, warned.
Yale, Stanford, University of The unwritten history of
California-Berkley, and the minorities in America i s
University of Utah. American history, it is human
Smiling, Morrison accepted a development, argued Morrison.
standing ovation before she began "Certain absences are so planned
to speak. "This is going to be and purposeful they cry for
good....but long" warned attention," said Morrison,
Morrison, who spoke for two-and- paralleling the abandonment of
a-half hours, breaking the lecture ethnic writers to the burnt-out
into three parts, pausing at each to neighborhoods in today's urban
allow people to leave, wastelands.
In her low-sung, puncuated Morrison's undiscriminating
speech, Morrison used cultural scrutiny exposed inherant
"unspeakable things unspoken" as racial prejudices in the works of
"cannon fodder," pointing her fire Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest
at white male cultural literature. Hemmingway, D.H. Lawrence and
Unspeakable atrocities have many other literary luminaries.
been perpetrated in the name of Citing passages from Moby Dick,
whiteness as an ideology. And Morrison "recognized and
"race" is still unspeakable, said applauded his [Herman Melville]
Morrison. fight for quality" of form and
Her idea of "cannon defending content, not context.
canon" decried the rigid, white Changing gears in the third
measuring-rod which has broken section, Morrison allowed the


Today, for the first time, victims
of sexual assault can call the
University's Sexual Assault Preven-
tion and Awareness Center and re-
ceive support, counseling, and out-
reach services from a 24 hour-a-day
crisis line.
SAPAC has long awaited the
kick-off of the crisis line, which has
been a goal of the center since its
opening in 1986, said volunteer co-
ordinator Audrey Haberman.
The center receives many tele-
phone calls everyday from survivors
of sexual assault and friends of sur-
vivors who want to talk, and others
who want information. This re-
sponse has proved to the center that
the University community feels a
need for such a crisis line, Haberman
Unique to the crisis line is its
outreach service, said Haberman. In
addition to providing support and
counseling over the telephone, crisis
line counselors will go to victims to
take them to the hospital, police
station, or wherever they choose..

"Our approach is to help people
see their options - to help them,
but let them make decisions. (We try
to) reinforce the idea that (the as-
sault) wasn't their fault. They aren't
to blame for what happened. We
help them see (themselves) as sur-
vivors rather than victims," said
SAPAC coordinators have inter-
viewed and trained for 45 hours the
16 crisis line volunteer counselors,
most of whom are students. Nearly
all of the counselors are women;
however, if a man would prefer to
speak to a man, one will be avail-
able, said Haberman.
"I have really high hopes for this
program... It's a really committed
and enthusiastic group of volunteers.
The personal commitment and train-
ing... (form) a great combination,"
said counselor Amy Cook; an LSA
76-Guide, the night-time peer
counseling program of Counseling
Services, will aid SAPAC coun-
selors during night shifts. The crisis
line telephone number is 936-3333.

Writer Toni Morrison responds to a question about how to
separate anger from writing. Morrison came to the Uni-
versity Friday and Saturday as the speaker for the Philo-
sophy Department's Tanner Lecture Series.

audience a glimpse into the mind
that produced Bluest Eye, Sula,
Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, and
Beloved. Sharing literary secrets
and methods, Morrison briefly
examined the opening pages of her

five novels. Morrison's critique of
her own works served as an
example of her statement that,"We
have always been imagining
ourselves, the subject of our own

Two students
stabbed at Union
'U' athletes hospitalized

'87 loss
to MSU'
It's debatable who had more to
do with Michigan State's low
scoring output Saturday, the Spartan
offense or the Wolverine defense.
"The offense was poor - very
poor," Michigan State coach George
Perles said of his team.
Michigan middle guard T.J.
Osman said, "I think our defense had
a great effort (Saturday)."
~The Wolverines limited the
Spartans to just a third-quarter field
goal in a 17-3 victory, returning state
bragging rights to Ann Arbor. A
crowd of 106,208 watched the game,
the second largest in Michigan
Stadium history.
The win leaves the Wolverines
(3-2 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten) tied
for first place in the conference with
Indiana and Illinois. The Spartans
slipped to 0-1-1 in the Big Ten (0-4-
1 overall).
"We played very well
(defensively)," said Michigan coach
Bo Schembechler, who improved his
lifetime record against Michigan
See 'M' D, Page 13

The Washtenaw County Youth
Home is holding a 15-year-old Ann
Arbor boy on two counts of at-
tempted murder following the stab-
bing of two University students on
State Street between William Street
and the Michigan Union.
The youth, whose name has not
been released, at 9:45 p.m. allegedly
stabbed Thomas Brock, who played
first base and batted in the cleanup
position for this spring's Michigan
baseball team, and James Lopez, a
student trainer for the Michigan
football team.
University Hospital lists Lopez
in "good" condition. Brock is
reportedly in "fair" condition.
The 15-year-old suspect was part

of a "group of young kids who were
trying to pick a fight," according to
Captain Paul Bunten of the Ann Ar-
bor Police Department.
Bunten said after the boys ha-
rassed Brock and Lopez a fight en-
sued. When Brock and Lopez ap-
peared to have the upper hand, one of
the youths took out a knife, Bunten
Brock then ran away, but the
suspect with the knife caught him
and stabbed him once in the back.
When Lopez came for assistance, he
was stabbed once in the stomach,
said Bunten.
A date for the detention hearing
for the youth has not been scheduled
yet, police said.

Service honors
AIDS victims
Memorial garden donated

When the ceremony began at Ar-
borcrest Memorial Park yesterday,
the mood was somber, the sky was
dark, and a light rain fell on the 30
people who gathered to remember
people who have died of AIDS and
to dedicate 106 burial sites for AIDS
But when the short ceremony was
over, the participants stood in a cir-
cle and held hands, sang a hymn, and

Michigan's Mike Gillette points his blockers toward the opposition while
Michigan State's Alan Haller for a 40-yard fake-punt touchdown in the
Saturday. The score gave the Wolverines a 17-3 lead over Michigan State.

racing around
third quarter

Groups may reconvene 'U' Council

the sun appeared, almost as a sign of
hope for victims of AIDS and for the
For Wanda Hagan, owner of Ar-
borcrest Memorial Park and donator
of the land, the only hope for the
treatment of AIDS - a disease that
has caused the death of more than
40,000 people in the United States
since 1983 - lies in the future.
But until a cure for AIDS is dis-
covered, Hagan hopes the memorial
garden will raise the community's
awareness about AIDS.
"Many people close their eyes to
AIDS. It's too serious a subject for
us to keep ignoring. I felt compelled
to do this as a human to other hu-
mans," Hagan said.
Victims with AIDS are often
times left financially drained from
costly medical treatment, and cannot
afford burial sites, said Rick Hayner,
president of FRIENDS, the Ann Ar-
bor-based support group for people
with AIDS.

After a long and controversial recess, the panel
that makes student conduct rules may reconvene
by the end of the month, officials said yesterday.
The University Council, a nine-member
committee of students, faculty, and administra-
tors, has not met since last year because mem-
bers could not come to consensus on the student
code of non-academic conduct.
h Tn ta nn ae nannr1 . a~rnthan hav paLaft m.nt_

But groups may soon request the council's
input on several issues. For example, the fac-
ulty's Civil Liberties Board has been discussing
how to enforce the University's new student
protest policy, which makes guidelines to protect
speaking rights of both protesters and speakers.
Many faculty and administrators say the pol-
icy protects such rights in an "even-handed" way.
Many students, however, have criticized the pol-

decision-making process... Your opinion is
equally valued and weighed."
Phillips and Beth Reed, chair of the faculty's
Senate Advisory Committee on University Af-
fairs, have been working on reconvening the
council since August.
Phillips and Reed said they hope to appoint
new student and faculty members to the council

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