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Demonstrators march from South University Ave. to the Diag on January 18, 1988, in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr, The march was sponsored by the Commemoration of a Dream Committee.
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memorate MLK Day, and some
blockaded entries to buildings, pre-
venting students from attending
classes, and encouraging them to at-
tend alternative workshops.
"The picket line is symbolic,"
said LSA senior Eric Williams, a
UCAR member, during last year's
events. "It forces you to make a de-
cision. If you're supporting institu-
tional racism here, you'll have to
either go through us or around us."
Members of .the administration
admit that student: have played an
"important role in prodding the
"University to cancel classes and pro-
'Vide alternative education on issues
"Any movement we have at this
1institution, we have to give a lot of
Vthe credit to the students," said Vice-
Provost for Minority Affairs Charles
Moody. "We have to move ahead,
some of that [student activism] con-
But the administration's attitude
appeared different last year.
In January 1988, Interim Presi-
dent Robben Fleming said he would
not ask the Board of Regents to de-
clare Martin Luther King Day an of-
ficial University holiday. He said
that lost class time would inconve-
nience professors who had already
planned their schedules.
This decision came in a month
filled with racial tension. Days be-
fore the MLK Day events, students
held an overnight sit-in at LSA Dean
Peter Steiner's office protesting al-
legedly racist remarks he made at a
meeting with LSA department heads
and directors in September 1987.
Fleming eventually proposed that
the regents approve a class-free day,
allowing for a more focused obser-
vance of King's birthday. Fleming is
vacationing in Florida and was un-
available for comment last night.
"Why do students have to have
sit-ins before the administration
takes action?" asked LSA senior
Francis Matthews, a member of the
Black Student Union.
"Now, I'd like to see them (the
administration) do something on
their own," he said.
Matthews, also a member of the
Michigan Student Assembly's -Mi-
nority Affairs Committee, added that
he is leery about the administration
taking a "we-gave-you-this-now-
"This day is a cosmetic type of
event - it's trying to make every-
thing look nice. I'm not belittling
the day at all because its very
important to recognize Dr. King and
his achievements," added Matthews.
"But as far as concrete issues them-
selves, this is an easy way out of
There are much greater problems
related to com batting institutional
racism that the University adminis-
tration should be working on, he
said, such as minority recruitment
and retention, and the availability of
financial and academic resources.
Still, the administration is con-
tinuing to highlight "Diversity Day"
in a much more positive light then
others might be.
"One does not have to dwell on
the negative past to build a positive
future," Moody said. "My greatest
hope is in the quality and care of the
students' character. [I hope] that stu-
dents, faculty, and the community at
large will attend the events planned.
Very, very, significant things are
happening. Dr. King is everywhere.
in the University."
Diversity Day comes as part of
See Diversity, Page 7
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Soviets face budgetary woes
MOSCOW President Mikhail Gorbachev said in a speech published
yesterday that the Kremlin is besieged by financial problems that may
require a cut in defense spending and are sapping public faith in his reform
Gorbachev's speech to writers, editors, and artists painted a picture of a
leadership struggling to solve budget deficits, improve labor productivity,
and implement price reforms while consumers blame reforms for
In the speech, published in the Communist Party daily Pravda, the
Soviet president complained that intellectuals spend too much time
bickering among themselves.
The Soviet leader has said repeatedly he wants to lessen international
tension to devote more resources to his domestic reforms.
In addition, officials have not been able to halt a 20-year spiral in
which wages have risen faster than labor productivity, nor decide how to
reform prices, Gorbachev said.
Hirohito to lie in state
TOKYO - Emperor Hirhohito's body was wrapped in a white cloth
and placed in a coffin yesterday to lie in state for six weeks of funeral rites
that the Cabinet announced will culminate in a Feb. 24 burial.
Thousands of police were deployed to prevent attacks by radical leftist
and rightist groups who equate the emperor with Japanese militarism and
Hirohito died of cancer after a 62-year reign that stretched from Japan's
descent into militarism and defeat in World War II to its recovery into an
Chief palace physician Akira Takagi said doctors knew in September
1987 that Hirohito had cancer in his upper intestinal area, but "for various
reasons" did not announce it or tell the monarch.
Japanese doctors and family members often do not tell people. they
have cancer as it is considered demoralizing and because of their belief the
disease is almost always fatal and the patient will become discouraged.
Church closings finalized
DETROIT- Cardinal Edmund Szoka announced yesterday that 30 city
churches would close and 25 others had one year to improve their status,
the biggest such retrenchment in U.S. Catholic history.
Szoka's decision slightly softened a Task Force recommendation in
Stember that 43 churches be closed and a handful of others merged into
parishes with more members and greater resources.
The decision concluded more than five years of study begun toshore
up parishes in neighborhoods that lost large numbers of Catholics to the
suburbs ovce the past 20 years and to deal with the shortages of priests
and the cost of maintaining underused buildings.
The closings, most of which are scheduled to take place in July, and
the mergers leave 82 parishes in the city, including the 25 whose
survivability is considered questionable, Szoka said.
Tornado cleanup begins
in Illinois, Kentucky
National Guardspersons was called out in Illinois and Kentucky as
cleanup began yesterday in three states struck by tornadoes that injured
more than 50 people and damaged or destroyed scores of homes and
Illinois Gov. James Thompson sent about 100 National Guardspersons
to prevent looting and help clean up Allendale, where more than a third of
the homes and commercial buildings were destroyed in the Saturday
In Indiana, three people were injured in one county, and another county
estimated damage at half a million dollars.
In Allendale, about 130 miles east of St. Louis near the Indiana border,
a tornado Saturday evening cut through a 10-block area that makes up
about half the town of 600, leveling buildings and uprooting dozens of
Falcon finds new home
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Peregrine falcon who decided to hang out
on a skyscraper picked an appropriate one- the home of the state Fish and
Office workers in the 17-story government office building have dubbed
the bird that perches on a rooftop railing "Claudette" because of its deadly
claws, which it uses to snatch prey.
Peregrine falcons, which are considered the world's fastest- moving
predatory species, are an endangered species.
Since Claudette has a band around its ankle,'it was born in captivity
and then released, probably by wildlife experts who have been trying to
increase the number of peregrines mating in their natural habitat.
David Dick of the Fish and Game Department said its unusual but not
unheard of for peregrine falcons to live in urban settings.
The number of perregrine falcons fell drastically in the 1960's and
early 70's because of the use of the insecticide DDT, which weakened the
eggshells of the birds.
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