Edwards speaks on
racism in sports
The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 5, 1989 - Page 3
Osborn named to
BY ROLLIE HUDSON
With the campus turned upside
down by the basketball team's recent
success, Sociologist Harry Edwards
arrives in town today to give a dif-
ferent perspective on sports.
Edwards, an outspoken activist
against the dangers confronting
young Blacks who prepare only for a
r career in sports, will speak this week
to both University and high school
audiences on the connected topics of
race, sports, education, and politics.
He has described himself as a
victim of a system which has tried
to use sports as a panacea for prob-
lems afflicting both Black youths
and the entire race.
Edwards said he condemns teach-
ers and parents who wink at aca-
demic deficiencies and a lack of dis-
cipline in the classroom because a
student plays on an athletic team.
On several occasions, he has said
that this attitude is "a hoax, the
greatest hoax that has ever been
Of all high school ath-
letes, 95 percent do not
make it to the collegiate
level of competition. Of
those Blacks who do, 65
to 75 percent never
graduate from those
schools they represent
perpetrated on any people in this so-
ciety. And it's still alive and sick as
For Edwards, the raw numbers
tell the story. Of all high school
athletes, 95 percent do not make it
to the collegiate level of competi-
tion. Of those Blacks who do, 65 to
75 percent never graduate from those
schools they represent in sports.
He will speak on "Sports, Poli-
tics, and International Relations" to-
day in room 100 at the Law School.
Topics tomorrow and Thursday will
be "Race and Sports" and "Education
and Sports" respectively.
BY NOELLE SHAD WICK
University School of Public
Health Dean June Osborn has ac-
cepted an appointment to the Na-
tional Commission on AIDS - a
commission that will advise
Congress on legislation about the
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syn-
According to Osborn, the 15-
member commission will make sure
that Congress and the President carry
out past and future recommendations
on AIDS legislation. The commis-
sion will also oversee various AIDS
The commission was established
last year following recommendations
made in a report by former president
Ronald Reagan's Commission on
Osborn is one of five congres-
sional appointees to the commis-
sion. She attributes her appointment
to her lengthy involvement in re-
search on the AIDS epidemic.
"I've been involved in the AIDS
epidemic since it started," she said.
Osborn received her undergraduate
degree from Oberlin College, her
M.D. from Case Western Reserve
University and completed two years
of post-doctoral work at Johns Hop-
kins University. She has served as
both an informal and formal consul-
tant to congress and several federal
agencies since 1973.
A member of the World Health
Organization's Global Commission
on AIDS, she has traveled exten-
sively around the world, giving talks
on the epidemic.
Before coming to the University,
Osborn was on faculty at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin.
AIDS, first identified five years
ago, is a disease which attacks the
immune system, and afflicts thou-
sands of people all over the world.
Dr. Harry Edwards, a sports sociologist, speaks on sports and politics
in the law school yesterday.
SAPAC calls on men
to help stop rape
Law students protest faculty makeup
BY FRAN OBEID
University law students will join
students from over 40 law schools
across the country in a strike to de-
mand that universities hire a more
diverse faculty made up of women,
people of color and "open" lesbians
arid gay men.
Starting at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow,
law students will urge their fellow
students not to attend classes, and
will pass out black arm bands to
students who must attend class but
still want to show support.
The strike is being organized by
five law groups - the Asian
American Law Student Association,
Black Law Student Alliance, the
Hispanic Law Student Association,
the National Lawyers Guild, and the
Women Law Students Association.
The organizations will present a pe-
tition to Law Prof. Joseph Weiler,
head of the faculty appointment
committee at 11:30 a.m., stating
"We're raising the consciousness
of our students and faculty on this
national strike day. We realize it's a
national problem," said Laura
Anderson, a third-year law student
and member of NLG and WLSA. "It
isn't productive when universities
'steal' women and minority faculty
from other universities."
To solve the problem, Anderson
said, "The faculty needs to redefine
what a person qualified to be a law
professor is. One way they can do
this is by hiring those whose schol-
arship is outside the mainstream."
Prof. Weiler agreed that "the
situation in American law schools is
generally unsatisfactory. There
should be more minority and women
"We're doing our best to redress
the situation," he said. "This year we
made two personnel decisions: One
was to hire a woman and one was to
give tenure to a woman. We should
do more and we will do more."
Law School Dean Lee Bollinger
noted that the school is actively re-
cruiting women and minorities, but
progress is not easy because "Ann
Arbor is a small town and is not as
diverse as a large city."
Despite the nature of Ann Arbor,
the Law School hired two Black
lawyers last year for long-term
teaching appointments and this year,
appointed Catharine MacKinnon, a
noted feminist legal scholar.
Currently about 37 white men
have tenure at the Law School while
only four women, one of whom is
Black, have tenure. No Black men
hold tenure at the Law School.
Those who will not be attending
class have been asked by the strike's
sponsors to write a letter to their
teachers explaining why they are not
in class. Law students can choose to
send a form letter distributed by the
The nationwide strike was orga-
nized by University of California-
Berkeley law students and members
of the Berkeley Law School's Boalt
Coalition for a Diversified Faculty.
The organizers decided to take action
after they realized that the problem
of underrepresentation was not
unique to their school.
"For years the tenured faculty re-
fused to implement any of the pro-
posals (by the Boalt Coalition) for
increasing representation of faculty,"
said Renee Saucedo, co-chair of the
Boalt Coalition. "The strike will put
pressure on the administration to
take these issues more seriously."
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BY LAURA COUNTS
The burden of rape prevention has
been placed on women for too long
- men also have a responsibility to
help stop rape, said John Ifcher, a
program assistant for the Sexual
Awareness Prevention and Aware-
ness Center's Men's Outreach
As part of Michigan's Rape Pre-
vention Month, Ifcher's committee
has organized a petition drive asking
men to sign contracts "to reexamine
the role we as men play in stopping
SAPAC volunteer Mona Popat
said she thinks the reaction to the
contract will be generally positive,
but she added that some men may
For example, she said, one of the
contract's clauses reads: "I pledge not
to rape; I realize this means never to
use physical or psychological force
to make another person have sex
Ifcher said many times men don't
realize they are using force in sexual
situations. Although many may
think they would never rape, he said,
their actions may not reflect this
The petition aims to raise men's
awareness of why rape occurs, and
asks men to be more aware of their
behavior and the behavior of those
Men will have the opportunity to
sign contracts, beginning today, in
the Fishbowl, the Diag, and the Art
and Architecture Building, and next
week in the Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science Building,
Bursley, and the School of Educa-
The number of petitions signed
will be announced at the 10th annual
Take Back the Night Rally on April
15. The rally is a chance for women
to "get together, get angry, and 'take
back the night' - help stop rape,"
The Ann Arbor City Council has
been declaring April Rape Preven-
tion Month for at least 10 years, said
SAPAC director Julie Steiner. The
state legislature passed a resolution
making the month a statewide event
two years ago.
Other events planned for the
month include a sexism in advertis-
ing contest, sponsored by The Ann
Arbor Citizen's Advisory Commit-
tee on Rape Prevention.
Participants vote for the most
sexist and degrading local and na-
tional ads, and the winners - or
losers - will be announced at the
Take Back the Night Rally. Ballots
are available at the SAPAC office
and are due on April 12.
On Thursday, the Residence Hall
Repertory Theater will perform skits
examining gender stereotypes on the
diag at noon.
A video about the exploitation of
women in the media will be shown
all day Monday in the Pendleton
Room of the Michigan Union. The
film Kramer vs. Kramer, the last in
a series about issues surrounding
male roles in society, will be shown
Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the Union's
Second Ward councilmember Terry
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