Page 8 -The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, March 28, 1990
Jackson to King
50th Greek Week
kicks off today
by Frank Kralenke
Charles Henry, professor of Afro-
American studies at the University
of California, Berkeley, compared
the career of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. to that of the Reverend
Jesse Jackson in a speech at the
Michigan League yesterday.
Henry analyzed the civil rights
leaders' careers in terms of the con-
tent of each man's message and the
stylistic presentation of that mes-
Both speakers used the terms
"vision" and "dream" frequently,
Henry observed. He explained the
impetus for using this language
comes from the "moral visions" of
On the subject racism Henry
=ontended King and Jackson see it as
na moral problem, not an economic
phenomenon. "Racism obscures the
interdependency of people," clouding
human beings' common interests, he
King and Jackson both used the
Black church as a power base.
"King's power resided there... (and)
Jackson followed in that tradition,"
Henry said. The leaders also both
used the media as an effective tool to
nationally reach the American pub-
Henry contrasted King's consis-
tent non-violent speech to Jackson's
forcible language. "No one was more
militant sounding than Jackson
(during the 1960s)," he said.
Political science graduate student
Robert Brown said Henry was
"certainly, an intelligent and articu-
by Laura Lantinga
The Greeks are committed to
Making A Difference (MAD) during
Greek Week's 50th anniversary.
Beginning today and stretching over
the next week they will be raising
money for national and local philan-
Greek week began in 1940 as an
educational conference for fraternity
initiates. It disappeared in the 1960s,
but re-emerged in 1979 as a week of
activities devoted to raising money
This year's national philanthropy
is the Alzheimer's Association.
Local charities include WIThouse, a
center for women in transition,
CLEARhouse, an outpatient chemi-
cal dependency program, and
Prospect Place, a shelter for
"Our goal is $50,000 for the 50th
anniversary," said LSA senior David
Shevock, a Greek Week co-
The week's 25-person steering
committee is confident MADness
will produce a fun and profitable
week. "This year we really wanted to
present Greek Week with a philan-
thropic emphasis. It's a lot of fun
for a good cause," co-chairperson and
LSA senior Amy Davies said.
Randomly paired fraternities and
sororities must enter a team in each
of Greek Week's 17 events. The
pair with the most points at the end
of the week receives a trophy.
The week's events include;
tonight's Nectarine dance contest, a
500 gallon red "jello jump" in front
of the Business school, and a bed
race'on Tappan street. The grand fi-
nale, and the week's biggest
fundraiser, is Wednesday's Sing and
Variety Show at Hill auditorium.
Unique to this year's festivities
is the faculty-coach program.
A chosen faculty member attends
designated events and eats a "pep"
meal with the house.
Although only Intrafraternity
Council and Pan Hellenic Council
members may participate in the
games, you don't have to be Greek
to attend or support the phi-
lanthropies. "Greek week is defi-
nitely not designed to exclude," said
Davies. "Its just our way to show
others the good in the Greek sys-
The Greeks also participate in
service projects. A project which en-
courages campus-wide participation
is the Red Cross Blood Drive on
April 2, 3 and 4 from noon to 6
p.m. in the Michigan Union's
Charles Henry, University of California, Berkley professor, spoke at the
Michigan League yesterday.
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to divert attention from problems of
Negroes and the poor." Fabre said
the nation needed to "consider the en-
tire environment" - including the
environment of the urban poor -
when dealing with ecological issues.
In addition to the discussions and
workshops, students organized
demonstrations throughout Ann Ar-
bor. In a mock trial on the Diag, a
student jury pronounced an automo-
bile guilty of destroying the envi-
ronment. The students then executed
the car with sledgehammers and their
Later in the week, students
dumped thousands of non-returnable
cans on the front lawn of the local
Coca-Cola bottling plant to let the
community know how little atten-
tion local industry pays to waste and
its effects upon the environment.
The third day of Earth Week
1970, Ralph Nader, a consumer ad-
vocate, delivered what one student
called "the most motivating speech"
of the week. Nader said industry was
responsible for "the laceration and
destruction of society's values." He
called upon students to ensure the
upcoming generation was adequately
informed and mobilized to combat
the coming environmental crisis.
The reactions to Earth Week
twenty years ago were mixed. Most
agreed that the week succeeded in
heightening public awareness of en-
vironmental problems, informing
people what was being done to pro-
tect the environment. However,
many felt Earth Week 1970 failed
because it did not offer solutions to
In a commentary, reporter Dave
Chudwin criticized the event for not
answering basic questions pertinent
to the success of the movement,
such as: Who or what is responsible
for pollution and environmental de-
cay?; Can technology overcome the
problems of pollution?; Can the po-
litical system be repaired to handle
the environmental decay, or are more
radical changes needed?; and, is the
environment crisis obscuring other
issues, such as poverty and racism?
After twenty years, these ques-
tions still have not been answered.
The University Earth Day 1990
Committee - along with local
groups such as the Washtenaw Earth
Day Coalition - will address and at-
tempt to solve these questions dur-
ing Earth Week, starting Monday.
In many ways, Earth Week will
mirror the events of twenty years
ago. Workshops will address issues
ranging from the progress of envi-
ronmental cleanup over the past
twenty years to environmental
racism. Rallies will be held both on
campus and in the Ann Arbor com-
munity. Commoner and Nader will
return to speak on present day envi-
Although Earth Week will follow
the same format as its earlier coun-
terpart, it has been updated to incor-
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