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Vol I C, No. 124 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, March 31, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily

The United Coalition Against Racism, after
working for years to institute a graduation re-
quirement concerning race, ethnicity and racism,
I has withdrawn its support for a proposal which
originated because of UCAR demands. The anti-
racism group said it could no longer support the
proposal, currently before the LSA faculty, be-
cause of recent "unacceptable concessions."
First year medical student and UCAR member
Michael Wilson said "faculty who are not neces-
sarily affiliated with Concerned Faculty or Fac-
ulty Against Institutional Racism" - faculty
groups which have worked closely with UCAR
- forced amendments to the original proposal.




"They felt it necessary to compromise on
some key aspects - at least aspects that we feel
are key to the original proposal and in many
ways have undermined the spirit of the original
proposal," Wilson said.
The idea for a University-wide mandatory
course on racism was among the original 12 de-
mands to combat campus racism UCAR pre-
sented to the administration in the spring of
1987. The demands were prompted by an upsurge
of racial violence which mounted that year.
In the Fall of 1987, some faculty groups, in-
cluding Concerned Faculty and FAIR, formed a
committee to research and develop a possible
graduation to deal with racism.

Last fall, the group submitted its proposal for
a required set of courses, called University 299,
to the LSA Curriculum Committee. At that
time, the proposal was endorsed by some 55 fac-
ulty. The Curriculum Committee approved Uni-
versity 299 as a single course, but decided to
consider the proposal for a course requirement as
a separate issue.
Philosophy Prof. Peter Railton presented a
proposal at last month's LSA faculty meeting,
which called for a graduation requirement that
could be satisfied by any course or courses that
met a set of six specific criteria. The "Railton
proposal" differed from University Course 299 in
that it was not a mandatory course.
See UCAR, Page 2


LSA faculty amends
graduation proposal


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Michigan basketball players have
a new-found degree of confidence as
they head to the Final Four in
Seattle, and are focusing on Illinois
coach Lou Henson's hair, popularly
known as the "Lou-do."
"I saw highlights of when Hen-
son coached at New Mexico State,"
guard Sean Higgins said. "He didn't
have as much hair at New Mexico
State as he does now. I was
wondering about his rug."
But for interim coach Steve Fish-
er, the amount of hair on Henon's
head is the least of his concerns.
"Illinois has posed monumental
problems not only for Michigan, but
for everyone in the country," Fisher
said. "They're something-and-0 with
Kendall Gill in the lineup."
See Sports, Page 11

A faculty group which drafted a
proposal for a graduation requirement
concerning of race, ethnicity, and
racism has amended its original pro-
posal and will present it for discus-
sion at Monday's LSA faculty
"I hope (the changes) have made
it clear what the intent of the pro-
posal is," said Philosophy Prof. Pe-
ter Railton, who is also a member of
committee which drafted the pro-
One change in the proposal is the
method for selection of the oversight
board for the curriculum. The Board
on the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and
Racism, which will include seven
faculty members and two students,
will be responsible for certifying
which courses the requirement would
fulfill. Recruitment and training of
teaching assistants for sections of
the courses is also a responsibility
of the Board.
According to the revised proposal,
appointments to the nine member
board will be made by the Dean from
the faculty at large, in consultation
with chairs and directors of various
departments and programs.
In Railton's previous proposal,
however, it was drafted that mem-
bers would be selected from depart-
ments familiar with the issues of
race, gender, and ethnicity such as
the Center for Afro- American and
African Center and the Women's
studies Program.
Railton stressed that the course is
meant to provide critical insight on

the issues from experts and not to
moralize students. "The intent is not
to require that students receive a cer-
tain type of indoctrination."
Another change in the proposal is
the year incoming students will be
responsible for fulfilling the re-
quirement. The original proposal said
the requirement would apply to stu-
dents entering the College of LSA in
the 1990-1991 academic year. The
revised proposal would not take ef-
fect until the 1991-1992 academic
In an explanation released to LSA
faculty, the committee said the extra
year will provide more time for the
identification and development of
courses to satisfy the requirement.
Also included in the revised pro-
posal is an amendment that would
make it "more feasible" to identify
and staff courses which would satisfy
the proposed requirement. The
amendment allows three- or four-
credit courses. The courses, however,
must provide at least one credit-hour
of discussion and satisfy three of the
six criteria which include:
-Critical analysis of the concept
of race, ethnicity, and racism.
-Description of historical and
contemporary forms of racial dis-
crimination and inequality.
-Analysis of discrimination
against women and other forms of
discrimipation, such as anti-
Semitism; noting parallels and con-
trasts between these forms of dis-
crimination and racism.
-Examination of competing ex-

Three for a dollar
LSA senior Diana Stall eats a piece of pizza yesterday on the diag as part of a NROTC fundraising pizza
taste test. Tasting will also be going on from 10-2 today.

See Class, Page 5

Dem. challenges

Incumbent runs
for second term

Usually, it's a
preaching "no new


Ann Arbor
Elections '89
} stepping up "law and ord
election campaign.
But Ray Cleveng

Democratic challenger in Ann
publican Arbor's mayoral race, has issued
es" and these pronouncements in his bid to
unseat Republican incumbent Gerald
Jernigan in Monday's election.
During his campaign, Clevenger
said repeatedly he does not want taxes
raised and he wants to add "six, eight,
ten" foot patrol officers to handle city
[er" in an crime.

Local Democrats and Republicans
have opposing views on what role
Ann Arbor's mayor should take.
These views inevitably come into
play when evaluating incumbent
Mayor Gerald Jernigan's perfor-
Many Democratic council mem-
bers said the city's top position
should be filled by a more active
administrator. But some Republicans

said that this goes against the city
"What the Democrats do want is
Ann Arbor
Elections '89
someone to pay attention to what
the bureaucracy is doing," said
See Incumbent, Page 5

;er, the

...vies for mayoral seat

...incumbent runs for second term

See Democrat, p. 2

Poet speaks about
women's power
BY EVE BECKER international affairs as a matter of
Audre Lorde, a self-identified survival, not of altruism.
"Black, feminist, lesbian, warrior, Power over racism, sexism,
poet, mother," urged people in the heterosexism, and ageism, she said,
University community last night to only comes in "little pieces day by
recognize and to use their individual day."

Final Four Fever
Lukewarm at Best


power to further social change in the
"A piece of my work this
moment in time is to ask each one
of you - who are you and what are
you doing in your world," said
Lorde, who opened the UnIversity's
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center's Rape Awareness
"Power is relative, but it is real.
My power is not your power. I do
not have to be you in order to ask us
to work together. You do not have
to be me in order to identify with the
work we are doing."
In a strong, lyrical voice, Lorde
interspersed readings of her poetry

"It's not enough to say we are
against the things that are crushing
our lives and the lives of our sisters.
We must testify with our lives, the
way we eat, live, sleep - until
everything we believe becomes our
stance in the world."
Lorde spoke of the importance of
"sister support" for Black women in
South Africa.
"Most people in this world are
Black, yellow, brown, female, non-
Christian, and do not speak
English.... You get it?" she said in a
poem that was designed to do "what
every poem should do - make the
truth inescapable."
"I urge you all to know the power

How excited are students about
Michigan making the Final Four of
the NCAA Basketball Tournament?
Not very, it appears.
The Michigan men's Basketball
team earned a berth in the elite finals
by defeating Virginia in the South-
east regional final last weekend, but
the campus has seemed to accept it
with a matter-of-fact attitude.
"I don't see a real fever gripping
the campus at this time, but when
the weekend sets in, this campus
will be transformed into a hoops
haven," said LSA first year student
Jayson Greenberg.
Others agree that the real
excitement will hit on the eve of the
"There is a pre-anticipation
for the big game on Saturday, like
we can't wait for the big moment,"

up banners and good luck momentos
to the team.
One reason for this
"unexcitement" may be the site of
this year's Final Four: Seattle.
"It's expensive and difficult to get
to from here," said Sam Levine, a
See NCAA, Page 2
Wear blue jeans today
See Opinion, Page 4
The John "End all Money" Sindair
Freedom Rally is immortalized in a
$10 movie
See Arts, Page 8
Both Michigan's softball and base-
ball teams to play at home this

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