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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No. 60 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, January 21, 1992CMih a99
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rally to
by Christine Kloostra
and Donna Woodwell
Daily News Editors
While many students took the
day off yesterday, several hundred
took to the streets in the fifth an-
nual Unity March to commemo-
rate the birthday of Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Approximately 600 marchers
walked down South University
Avenue to State Street, then con-
tinued onto North University
Avenue and into the Diag, where
several speakers addressed the
Attendance at the march and
rally has declined since its incep-
tion in 1988. This was addressed by
one of the rally's speakers, Shawn
Mason of the Black Student Union.
"I remember my freshman year
there were people in every single
angle of the Diag," Mason said.
"This is not a gift. This is not a
study day."
This year marks not only the
fifth year of the University com-
munity's recognition of MLK day,
but also the 500th anniversary of
Columbus' sailing to this conti-
"It marks 500 years of racism,
oppression and stolen land for na-
tive people," said Susan Hill, presi-
dent of the Native American
Student Association.
"This is the time when we unite
and join against the evils that came
with the people of Columbus and
men like him," Hill said.
Marchers from various campus
organizations carried signs, includ-
ing a banner from the South Quad
Ambatana lounge and AIDS
Coalition to Unleash Power
(ACT-UP) signs protesting AIDS
treatment procedures at University
See MARCH, Page 2

King holida
say dream is
by Rob Patton
and Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporters

~f The three nationally-known figures that headlined
* the University's celebrations of Rev. Dr. Martin
f Luther King Jr. Day yesterday spoke of an unfulfilled
dream, and called on students to work to achieve it.
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dennis
Archer opened yesterday's symposium in Rackham
Auditorium with a speech emphasizing the impor-
tance of education. "Education is the one thing that
has made the difference for Blacks and other minori-
ties to move forward," he said.
Reflecting on role models like King and former
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall,
Archer said the experiences of many Blacks today
would not have been tolerated in his younger years.
"Education was a priority of the Black comma-
KENNETH SMOL LERDaily nity," he said. "We would not tolerate high school
University students take part in the fifth annual Martin Luther King Day Unity rally on South University yesterday. The dropouts. We didn't even think of Black on Black
approximately 600 marchers continued on to State Street and culminated in a rally on the Diag. See SPEAKERS, Page 2

Attendance at King rally declines
as students make use of free day

by Lari Barager
Although the University gave
students and faculty the day off
yesterday to reflect on the legacy
of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
many students used the free day for
other purposes.
"Basically I've gone to the li-
brary and studied," said Karen
Ryntz, a first-year engineering stu-
dent. "A couple of my friends
talked about going to the Univer-
sity symposiums, but we decided to
catch up on our work instead."
Ryntz was not alone. Engineer-
ing sophomore Luciano Sanchez
said he spent the day studying and
looking for jobs.
The estimated turnout of 600
people at yesterday's annual Unity
March and.Diag rally reflected a
decline in attendance over the past
four years.

In 1989 - the first year the
University called off classes -
approximately 2,000 students par-
ticipated in the march.
Many students used the three-
day weekend as a mini-vacation
from Ann Arbor or as an extra
night of partying.
"We got a late start on the day
because we were having a good time,
last night," Engineering senior
James Dixon said.
Rally speaker Shawn Mason at-
tributed yesterday's small atten-
dance, in part, to a lack of unity
within the Black community.
LSA junior Benjamin Sandler
said it is disappointing that stu-
dents do not recognize the effort
people expended to establish MLK
Day as a holiday.
"I think they should be think-
ing about getting off of their asses

and using this day to educate them-
selves instead of using it as an ex-
cuse for their procrastination over
the weekend," Sandler said.
"We didn't feel like going, so
we didn't to be perfectly honest,"
Ryntz said. "We knew we should,
but we didn't."
First-year Rackham student
John Hahn said,;"I slept in and fin-
ished my ... fellowship application
and studied."
But he added that while he did
not attend symposium events, he
did remember the significance of
the day.
"Normally I would consider
this just a three-day weekend, but
after seeing the movie JFK, it made
me think a little bit. It made me
more conscious of that era," Hahn

Earl Henderson speaks at the MLK Day rally on the Diag yesterday at

MSA Reps. Hinte and Ochoa prepare for campus deputization

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
As campus police deputization
again becomes a hot topic in the
chambers of the Michigan Student
* Assembly, two representatives at the
center of the 1990 anti-deputization
movement are attempting to make
students aware of this issue on their
Through Freedom of Information
Act requests, Rackham Rep. Jeff
Hinte and LSA Rep. Todd Ochoa
obtained letters from Washtenaw
County Sheriff Ronald Schebil to

Department of Public Safety Direc-
tor Leo Heatley requesting that the
University assume deputization au-
thority by March 31.
"The primary thing we found was
a series of letters coming to the Uni-
versity from Washtenaw County
Sheriff Schebil requesting that the
University deputize their own offi-
cers," Hinte said.
The University Board of Regents
was given power to deputize campus
police officers through state leg-
islation passed in June 1990. Until
now, the county sheriff has dep-

utized all of the University's 14 non-
administrative police officers.
However, before the regents can
deputize officers, the University is
obligated by state law to hold two
public hearings and to establish an
oversight committee comprised of
two students, two faculty and two
staff members nominated and elect-
ed by University faculty, students
and staff.
"We are holding (the regents)
responsible for meeting the
requirements of the enabling
legislation, and the result of that is

that we are advocating to ensure the
maximum participation of the
campus community," Hinte said. "If
we weren't involved, this issue
would have snuck up on us and
passed with no student involve-
Executive Director of University
Relations Walter Harrison said the
March 31 date referred to in
Schebil's letter is consistent with the
University's plans.
"Within the next few days we'll
have a notion of when we'll have the
hearings. We will work out a

timetable," he said.
Harrison added that the hearings
would be held on campus, but the
location and times have yet to be
Hinte and Ochoa said they hope
to use the letters to make students
aware of the University's responsi-
bilities regarding deputization.
"First and foremost is getting our
information to anybody and every-
body who wants the information and
needs it," Ochoa said.
However, Ochoa said he was not
planning beyond March 31.

Hinte and Ochoa were members
of the assembly's Students Rights
Commission from the fall of 1990
until May 1991. They quit when the
Conservative Coalition captured the
assembly majority, and subsequently
appointed Law School Rep. Michael
Warren as the commission chair.
Since leaving, they have investi-
gated the deputization issue on their
Ochoa said their efforts will be
different this year than the 1990 anti-
deputization movement because they
are no longer commission members.

0 Teach-in addresses Gulf
conflict one year later


by Ren6e Huckle
Daily Staff Reporter
On the first anniversary of the Gulf War,
more than 150 people attended a teach-in Sat-
urday to consider the problems that remain in
the Middle East in the wake of the conflict.
The all-day event, titled "After the
Storm," consisted of various panels and ses-
sions that criticized U.S. foreign policy in the
Palestine Solidarity Committee member
Mark Buchan said one goal of the teach-in was
to get people angry about the Gulf War. He
said he hopes to mobilize support to lift the
current sanctions on Iraq.
"The war still continues so to speak for
the Trnnic " cna arninotP ctntinnt and event

She said people must reflect on the war so
the same mistakes will not be made again. "It
is important to draw lessons so we can make
better choices the next time around," Barlow
Panelist Dr. Nabeel Abraham, an anthro-
pology professor at Henry Ford Community
College, agreed. "People have to be skeptical
of the people in power," he said. Abraham
added that people should ask themselves,
"What are the fundamental issues here?" and
then draw their own conclusions.
Abraham said that with the cooperation of
the mass media, the Gulf War exacerbated
anti-Arab sentiments in the United States.
"Tn sene- the White House counte on

Angell Hall
Co mputers
by Steve Small
Angell Hall Computing Cen-
ter, the largest on campus, has been
closed since Friday morning after a
burst water pipe caused extensive
damage in the center's control
At 5:50 a.m., a pipe in the ceil-
ing of the networking communica-
tions closet ruptured, showering
more than $170,000 worth of
equipment with water and soaking
reilinu tiles


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