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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 41 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, November 1, 1989
MSA reps challenge
about trip P&J's role
by Karen Akerlof by Josh Mitnick
Daily Staff Writer Daily MSA Reporter
S aesThe role of the Michigan Student Assembly's Peace
Paesie oldriyiomite emes am e-.... 4 ' -"9
fore the Michigan Student Assembly last night as part and Justice Commission continues to be challenged by
some reprsentativs,.as>Racham Rep.Gene Kay
of an ongoing investigation into the use of MSA'sre
bya eloanatsky introduced a measure last night which would put
naetyaer lgai the ccupmit term rs.and the exlstence of the commission to a general student
whether the usage was harmful to MSA. h eitnc fth omiso t enrls.dn
MSA officers said they object to the Assembly's & votein the spung.
name being used in conjunction with a delegation which If the assembl hprngas t dee eae
they did not fully sponsor. will be placed on the spring ballot to delete the Peace
Last August six University students went to the oc- and Justice Commission from MSA's constitution,
cupied territories as a "fact finding mission" and to in- a which would effectively eliminate it as an officI,
vestigate the possibility of the University's becoming a assembly body if passed.
sister institution to Bir Zeit University. MSA helped to The proposal was scheduled for a first reading at last
select two students, Don Blome and Mike Peterson, and night's meeting, but was not heard because the assem-
bly failed to maintain its quorum after two hours.
The other four members of the delegation, Betsy Kavnatsky's proposal represents a new effort to chat-
The herfoursmebers of tedelgatn, etsy lenge the survival of the Peace and Justice Commission
Esch s, Mik e Fis ch se au De Aooij, an d Tacye by members of the assembly who feel that it doesn't
Mattews wer no chsen y MA bt usd te . / "-'~,.,concentrate on issues that are relevant to students.
group's name in presentations about the trip this fall. lot o sues hav exresed bi s teace
MSA does not have the right to take credit for a trip "A lot of students have expressed beliefs that Pee-
which it did not organize, said John Coleman, Student dnd tis camps d i not on s
General Counselor for MSA. JNATHAN SS/Dats onths campus and itsworkingis not on this
But PSC member Rashid Taher responded, "in our Michigan Student Assembly representatives Susan Langnas and Ori Lev clown around at the MSA meeting campus," Kavnatsky said.
,yes "inenlast night. Although several other reps joined them in expressing their holiday spirit, several other reps forsook A majority of assembly votes is necessary to place
eyes the delegation is a whole." See PSC, page 2 such finery for their usual, more somber three-piece suits and evening gowns. the referendum on the spring ballot. See MSA, page 2

'Bi-racial students experience conflict of race on

By Vera Songwe
Daily Minority Issues Reporter

While many people wait for Hal-
loween to wear disguises, Grimm
Reaper wears his mask every day.
Like so many other students on
campus, Reaper (not his real name)
belongs to a race that is neither iden-
tified nor acknowledged by society.
He is bi-racial.
By hiding his racial identity with
a plastic mask, Reaper believes peo-
ple will accept him as he is, rather

than who they think he is based on
his skin color.
"I do not want to stand out like a
sore thumb," said the senior psy-
chology student who is half Black
and half white.
Reaper is in the music business,
but he plays heavy metal rock, not
rap or other traditional Black music.
Without his mask, he said, when he
goes for an interview he finds him-
self expected to play Black music.
"When I wear a mask I remain

anonymous," he said.
LSA senior Michael Barnes feels
he's in a similar situation, but he
doesn't wear a mask. "We are not
recognized as a different group,"
Barnes said. "We are tossed in with
the rest of the bunch, or people
think we are not enough of any-
But even when classified as part
of the majority, bi-racial people face
conflict. "You are forced to choose
one race over the other," he said.

To support and comfort bi-racial
students on campus, the Multi-Ra-
cial and Cultural group was formed
last spring by Karen Downing, an
assistant librarian at the Undergradu-
ate Library.
"It is frustrating that you are con-
stantly asked to forget about one of
your races," she said. "Forcing us to
choose one race over another leads to
the denial of one of our races and
consequently our identities."

The issue of choice begins' at
birth when society tries to force
them into pre-existing categories,
Downing said. "I would like to see a
particular category made up for bi-ra-
When completing college appli-
cations, multi-racial students must
choose which box to check, often re-
sorting to the impersonal "other." It
gets even more complicated for a
person who is a mix of two minori-


Parents' Weekend kicks off
Friday with football featured

by Ian Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer
Football games, foregone study-
ing and frisbee on Sunday after-
In Ann Arbor, every weekend is
students' weekend.
But this weekend, 2,400 parents
will have an opportunity to share
three sacred days with their sons and
The University's first annual Par-
ents' Weekend begins Friday at noon
and runs through Sunday. High-
lighted by Saturday's football game
against Purdue, the weekend's events
also include musical entertainment
and open houses hosted by each of
the -University's undergraduate
The event is sponsored by the
Student Alumni Council (SAC) "to
let parents see what college life is
like. This will foster goodwill with
parents," said Leslie Douglas, advi-
sor to the SAC.
"Our parents pay all this money
for us to go to school; it's a way to
pay them back," said Beth Straub, an
LSA senior and co-project director
for Parents' Weekend.
Straub said that while most col-
leges across the nation have Parents'
weekends, the University has never
had one before this year. SAC de-

cided to sponsor a Parents' weekend
after hearing about one held at the
University of Iowa last year, she
Parents' weekend preparations
began in January and shifted into
high gear during the summer. A to-
tal of 28,000 invitations were mailed
to all 1989-90 school year under-
graduates' parents in June. Parents of
law and medical school students were
also invited.
So far, 2,400 parents have re-
turned registration forms. When
younger siblings and students are
counted, over 4,000 people will par-
ticipate in this weekend's festivities.
'It's so much more of
an incentive to go out
and visit during
Parents' weekend. To
be honest, you get
kind of psyched up to
go. I was disappointed
that they didn't have
one last year.'
- Susan Mclsaac
The strongest response has been
from parents of first-year students.
Residential College sophomore

Suann MacIsaac is looking forward
to her mother and father's arrival
from Mahwah, New Jersey Friday
afternoon. "I'm really excited. I
think it's going to be fun," she said.
"I'm sure they wouldn't have
come if they hadn't received the let-
ter (of invitation)," MacIsaac said.
Her mother agreed. "It's so much
more of an incentive to go out and
visit during Parents' weekend," said
Susan MacIsaac. "To be honest, you
get kind of psyched up to go. I was
disappointed that they didn't have
one last year." MacIsaac said that her
older son's and daughter's schools
both had parents' weekends.
Natural Resources first-year stu-
dent Gary Dykstra is also anticipat-
ing a weekend visit from his family.
Why? "I miss my little brother and
Weekend events also include open
houses on Friday, hosted by each
undergraduate school that will give
parents a chance to talk to that
school's faculty members. Then,
Saturday morning, a pre-game tail-
gate party will be held in the Track
and Tennis Building.
Sunday morning, University
President James Duderstadt will
speak at brunches held in the League
and the Union.

ties, said Downing. "Which one
would you choose: Native American
or Black? Institutions that want to
increase the percentage of their repre-
sentation in one category choose one
for you."
The University keeps no records
of bi-racial student enrollment.
Many bi-racial people say they
experience the pain of being in a
group of people who do not know
they are bi-racial when a person
makes a racist remark.
for Flight
255 crash
DETROIT (AP) - Attorneys
settled claims against Northwest Air-
lines on behalf of victims of a crash
that killed 156 people, but are pursu-
ing cases against McDonnell Dou-
glas Corp., maker of the jet, a fed-
eral judge said yesterday.
Northwest and McDonnell Dou-
glas also are pursuing counterclaims
against each other in the August
1987 crash near Detroit Metropolitan
U.S. District Judge Julian Cook
scheduled opening arguments by at-
torneys for the two companies and
the plaintiffs to begin today.
Contrary to what published re-
ports about tentative settlements
may have led people to believe,
Cook said, "The settlement, what
was then the proposed settlement,
does not resolve the dispute and does
not obviate the necessity of a trial."
The jury will resolve the claims
against McDonnell Douglas, North-
west's claim that a defect in the air-
craft caused the crash, and McDon-
nell Douglas's claim that the plane
was improperly flown.
Attorneys in the case and family
members and friends of the victims
declined comment on the settlement,
abiding by a gag rule Cook imposed.
Terms of the Northwest settlement

DUG USHR/ilray

Everybody's talking about Bag ism...
Ann Arbor resident Paddy Ulrich and her pet Mummenschanz stroll
through the Nichol's Arcade.


'U' looking to recover from 1989 application drop

by Noah Finkel
Daily Administration Reporter
The University appears to be recovering
from a sharp decline in undergraduate applica-

For the fall term of 1988, first-year applica-
tions totaled 18,839. From 1988 to 1989, ap-
plications decreased 10.6 percent.
Swain said the admissions office is trying

'If the price were too high,
we'd see a drop in the
annliantinns f n n-Pn.ta+

But this year applications are back up even
though tuition has been rising consistently,
about 10 percent each year.
Holmes said the reason is that "people ap-

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