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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 19,1990- Page 15

Sioux tribe leader
speaks at E. Quad

Flint prof.
pleads for

'by Chuck Penoza
One of the most revered figures
in Sioux culture spoke to an audi-
ence of nearly 100 students,
alumni, and Native Americans at
East Quad's Greene House Lounge
last night.
Michigan alumnus Dan Weis-
Wender, who has lived with the
Sioux people, called the opportu-
nity for students to hear Looking
Horse speak "unique," that they
were able to hear first-hand some
of the "most sacred things" about
an "entire race of people."
Looking Horse is the keeper of
the White Buffalo Calf Maiden
pipe, an ancient relic that is ex-
tremely important to the ceremo-
nial aspects of Sioux life. The
pipe has been carried by members
of Looking Horse's family for
nineteen generations, and no one
is sure how old it is.
The pipe, according to Looking
Horse, was delivered to the Sioux
by a woman, the "Maiden," who
descended from the clouds during a

period of starvation. Of the two
scouts to whom she revealed her-
self, one thought "bad thoughts"
and was turned into a pile of bones
and rattlesnakes. The remaining
scout returned to the people and
got them to prepare for a second
visit, during which she presented
the Sioux with the pipe.
Given both the mystery and the
history behind the pipe, it is
hardly surprising that it and its
keeper are held in such esteem.
Teron Jones, a Minority Peer Ad-
Visor at East Quad, said, "Being a
Native American myself...this is
one of the great experiences of my
life. To have a man of his prestige
to speak here is a great honor."
As a whole, the event was con-
sidered a complete success by
those involved. Paul Walker, a
Native American and owner of the
Eagle Speaks art shop, was "glad
to see the response. I hope to see
as many tomorrow night."
Looking Horse will speak
again tonight at 7:00 in Baits'



by Daniel Poux
Daily Administration Reporter
Special to the Daily

An economics professor at the over the past two years.

Arvol Looking Horse, the keeper of the Sioux tribe's sacred pipe, speaks
to a .crowd of 100 yesterday in the Green Lounge of East Quad.

lounge on North Campus.
Melissa Lopez, one of the or-
ganizers of the event, said it went
"exceptionally well...especially to
see so many non-Native Ameri-

cans interested."
When asked to address the en-
tire student body, Looking Horse
said, "We all need to share our
ways with our brothers and sis-
ters...we have to work for unity."

University's Flint campu
with the University's
Regents for more moneyf
salaries and benefits at th
monthly meeting yesterday
Marketing Prof. Robin
Chair of the Economic Stu
Faculty Committee on
Campus, said without
faculty salaries and ben
University will lose evenr
top faculty.
Widgery compared the:
Professors and Associatel
at the Flint campus to a do
"peer universities," and dei
that they were significantly
mean average.
The "peer universities
the University of Al
Huntsville, the Univ4
Colorado at Colorado
University of Michigan-
and Oakland University.
Professor Widgery also
how the benefits for the Fl
and staff are dwarfed by
Eastern Michigan Universi
The professor fielded
from administrators and
that his committee. was pr(
extensive study of intervi
faculty that have left the u

s pleaded "Hopefully, their responses (as to
Board of why they left) will help us to
for faculty identify ways to make U of M-Flint
e Regents' more attractive," he said.
Y. "Whether we look good or bad is
Widgery, important, because it directly affects
atus of the the caliber of faculty that come here,
the Flint as opposed to going to other
increased universities," he stressed.
iefits, -the "Our school - all three of our
more of its campuses - has fallen behind other
universities around the country, and
salaries for we must spend the next few years
Professors pressuring the state legislature to
ozen of its increase funding," he said in an
monstrated interview. "We have to give higher
y under the priority to higher education."
University Provost and Vice-
"included President for Academic Affairs
abama at Gilbert Whittaker explained that the
ersity of Flint campus's problems may lie in
Springs, the fact that the satellite campus is
Dearborn, looking for a particular type of
illustrated "These campuses are looking for,
lit faculty a different kind of faculty than the
y those at Ann Arbor campus," he explained.
ity. "They're looking for top-notch
questions teachers, but not quality researchers."
explained Whittaker said any decision will
eparing an have to wait for further information
ews with and the results of Widgery's
university committee report.

Flint campus to convert Water Street
*Pavilion to student activities center

by Michelle Clayton
Daily Staff Reporter
Water Street Pavilion, a $22 mil-
lion, 70,000 square feet plaza in
'downtown Flint, has been bought by
the University's Board of Regents to
become a student activities center for
the University's Flint campus.
Earlier this year, the pavilion
closed after going bankrupt. The
restaurants, boutiques, and stores sit
empty until renovations begin.
The pavilion was bought for only
$60,000 dollars, said University
Vice-Provost and Assistant for Aca-
demic Affairs Gilbert Whittaker. U-
M Flint Chancellor Clinton Jones

said the pavilion will be used to cre-
ate classroom and faculty office-
"The first floor will be used for a
food court, open space, space for
student offices and clubs, a book-
store, and a cafe. The second floor
will include my office and all en-
rollment offices," Jones said.
The pavilion will have a lot of
open space on the first floor for stu-
dents to gather and socialize, Jones
said. With a large enrollment of
commuter students, U-M Flint
doesn't have many areas for students
to spend time between classes.
The new student activities center

will affect more than just the cam-
pus. The center will connect the
university with downtown Flint by
crossing Harrison St., which splits
the campus and Flint.
"Our campus gives a fortress-like
impression, (almost) like saying,
'stay away,"' Jones said. "We are
here to serve the Flint community."
The pavilion was constructea in
an attempt to stimulate business and
give new life to an economically de-
pressed community. When the opu-
lent pavilion went belly up a little
over a year ago, it was another blow
to Flint's already serious problems.
"The community is very excited

about this....the potential for change
is great on this end of town," Jones
said. The pavilion will also act as a
front to U-M Flint. Jones said, "We
really don't have a front to cam-
pus...with the Saginaw street entry
you can describe to anyone how to
get to U-M Flint."
U-M Flint communications
sophomore Tina Sevrance said, "I
think it would be great because the
University Center doesn't have
enough club loft spaces (for student
organizations)...this (University
Center) is the only place to social-
ize, there are smoking lounges, but
this is really it."


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celebrates Native


American month
Vith art, speakers


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by Avram Mack
Beginning with an art exhibit in
rhe Benzinger Library at East Quad
Jand ending with a night of Native
American storytelling, October is
Native American Month at the Uni-
The Native American Student
Association (NASA), ABENG, East
<Quad and Baits residence halls are
sponsonng the events.
The month features visits by: :o
pipekeepers from two American h. -
*dian tribes. Arvol LookingHorse,
Jkeeper of the Lakota pipe which has
been in the tribe for 19 generations,
spoke at East Quad last night.
Event organizer Melissa Lopez
"said, "Arvol LookingHorse is the
main event of this month."
Two members of the Algonquin
k tribe will come to East Quad next
Wednesday to speak about their
tribe's pipe and its traditions.

Pipes are religious and cultural
icons for Native American tribes.
Each tribe has its own pipe.
The final event of the month will
be a night of Native American teach-
ings and storytelling by University
Anthroplogy professor Crisca Bierw-
Although November has been
recognized as Native American Her-
itage Month on a national level, the
University chose October for its cel-
Lopez said the events of this
month were organized to increase the
awareness and pride of "a rich Native
American culture."
The University will hold no
events of its own. However, by fi-
nancially supporting Minority Stu-
dent Services, East Quad, and Baits,
as well as indirectly supporting
NASA and ABENG, it indirectly
supports the events.


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$1.25 LONGNECKS all day

For the Future
(Meet us on Friday, November 2)



Beth Nissen, ABC News
correspondent and Michigan
graduate --- speaks at 3 p.m. Friday
in 2050 Frieze.
"Reflections on Being a Dean" --
- Dr. James Crowfoot speaks at
noon Friday in the Guild House, 802
International Center Sunday
Social --- 7-9 p.m., International
Center, Room 9.
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate-do
Cluh meeat t wm. Friday in the

Safewalk --- today and Saturday 8
p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday 8,p.m. -
1:30 a.m. Call 936-1000 or stop by
102 UGLi.
Northwalk --- Sunday 8 p.m. - 1
a.m. Call 763-WALK or stop by
2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors --- 7-11
p.m. at the Angell/Haven Comput-
ing Center.
U of M cycling --- leaves from the
steps at Hill Aud. every Sunday at
10 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.
U of M Chamber Choir --- performs
contemporary American choral mu-
sic Saturday at 8 p.m. in Hill Aud.
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