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force, it is important to make it the
best force possible.
He suggested that the Board take
responsibility to ensure that the
oversight committee is a powerful
organization and exists for reasons
other than just to hear complaints.
After Warren spoke, Colin
Leach, a member of the Coalition of
Students Against Deputization, ad-
dressed the regents. Although he was
not permitted into the Alumni Center
in time to fill his own time slot, he
made a statement on behalf of the all
of the students who were still outside
when he entered.
"If you are having a public hear-
ing; why are all of the Black people
outside of the doors? We are outside
banging on the doors. That is sym-
bolic of how it is for us here. We
bang on doors to get into the school
in the first place, to go into the
Union, and when we walk across
cathpus," he said.
'Leach added that it is especially
important for students of color to be
included in the deputization process.
"Why are African American stu-
dents outside when we had guns
pulled on us two times? We will
continue until you let us talk to you
and these hearings are public," he
Leach said he was speaking not
to show approval of the hearing, but
to reiterate to the regents the position
of the excluded students. Leach
walked out of the hearing after he
spoke to demonstrate his belief that
the process was an undemocratic
sham, he said.
LSA junior and +member of the
MSA Student's Rights Commission
Robert Van Houweling expressed
concern at the limited number of op-

portunities for communication be-
tween students and the regents. He
said this will make it difficult for
students to bring problems with the
police force to the regents' attention.
Van Houweling also expressed
dismay that many students were not
admitted to the hearings.
"It does seem that people should
be able to talk to you. Most of the
people who are out there are against
I think that our
officers will do a
better job.'
- Regent Paul Bown
deputization, and their voices are not
being heard," he added.
But University officials said that
the public hearing was relocated -
and closed - in order to facilitate
the process.
"I think the regents are trying to
follow the law, and we planned to
have a public meeting in accordance
with the law in a sincere attempt to
get public comments," said Regent
Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor).
During the hearing's brief tenure
in the League Ballroom, deputization
opponents emphasized that the ad-
ministration should listen to the
members of the Black community
who organized the protest.
"These hearings are a damn
farce," said Black Student Union
President Devlin Ponte. "You look
to us with respect and justice or you
don't have anything," Ponte said.
"This meeting was not planned by
students. We're tired of the adminis-
tration planning the agenda."
However, MSA Engineering Rep.
and deputization advocate Brent
House said the protest was an un-

necessary interruption. "They're in-
terupting all of it. I think it's impor-
tant for the regents to hear what the
students have to say but not in this
But Progressive People of Color
(PPC) member Kimberly Smith said
she viewed the seizure of the League
Ballroom as a success.
"We definitely consider this to be
a victory. We think it's illegitimate
for them to have a closed public
meeting. It's contradictory," Smith
said. "Our point is to have some in-
put. Student input should be the
most important - we pay for this
University to exist."
LSA junior Kate Phelan said that
she could not get into the hearing.
"I'm really mad. This is supposed to
be an open meeting. For them to say
we can't have an open meeting and
move it ... is undemocratic," she
Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen Hartford spoke to a
group of people standing outside the
Alumni Center.
In light of safety concerns, espe-
cially those of women, Hartford
said, "I like the idea of having more
security around."
However, PPC member Shaily
Matani disagreed, commenting,
"When things get incited, I think
that's a chance where racism can oc-
Hartford said she agreed with the
students, but added there was little
she could do to help them.
"I do not agree with what they
did here today," she said. "Closing
down the hearings did not accom-
plish anything because nobody's
voice was heard."
The regents will hold their sec-
ond public hearing today from 4
p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Union



Kevin Ryan of the Black Student Union speaks against deputization outside the public hearing at the Michigan

League yesterday.
Continued from Page 1
are. We have a job to do. That's
why we are here. We are not here to
fight with the RWL," he said.
The protesters then entered the
League and waited outside the
locked doors of the ballroom.
As they waited, they chanted
and beat drums. Susan Nkomo, a

member of the African National
Congress in South Africa, took part
in the protest.
"I know about police brutality to
Black peop:.. I have seen too many
Black people die at the hands of the
police," she said.
When the regents opened the
ballroom doors, the protesters
walked to the front of the room and
stood on and around the table where

the Board was to sit.
The Coalition presented its de-
mands and asked the regents to
meet with them on the students'
BSU President Devlin Ponte
said, "The administration's not on
our side. The regents will not listen
to our demands. We are the only
people who can make them listen to

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Clinton flew to the friendlier en-
virons of his native South, where his
future is staked on the March 10
"Super Tuesday" list of primaries
that includes Florida, Louisiana,
Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
At a rally in Atlanta, Clinton
acted like a front-runner and kept his
attack aimed at Bush. "We have
been divided by the cheap politics of
national leaders who have refused to
tell us the truth," he said. "I offer the

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American people something
Nebraksa Sen. Bob Kerrey, who
finished a distant third with 12 per-
cent in New Hampshire, stopped in
Maine yesterday and then headed
back to his native Midwest. His via-
bility could depend on a decent
showing in the Maine caucuses over
the weekend and in the South
Dakota primary on Tuesday.
"I don't think there's any damage
from New Hampshire," Kerrey said.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) who
received 10 percent of the New
Hampshire vote, also hoped for a

boost in South Dakota. Former
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who
pulled in 9 percent, began four days
of campaigning in Maine.
Tsongas suggested the primary
results made it a two-way race be-
tween him and Clinton, which would
next be tested in Maryland's March
3 primary. They will "go head to
head on economics," he said.
Clinton favors a middle class tax cut
that Tsongas opposes.
"I've always said the nominee
will come from the present candi-
dates in the field," said House
Speaker Thomas Foley (D-Wash.).



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1942. Referring to the camp as
"Instantown USA," Omoto said, "In
the initial weeks, we had a lot of
canned spinach, and that doesn't do
a lot for the digestive system.
"The plan which we were told
was that we were to be moved as a
family to interior states to work on
farms. That never came about."
Omoto left the camp in 1946
when he received educational leave.
He was admitted to Oberlin College
- after being cleared by the FBI.
Detroit City Council President
Maryann Mahaffey spoke about her
experiences working at the Poston,
Arizona intern camp. In 1946, when
she first arrived there in the middle
of the night, she said she was
greeted by 100-degree tempera-
tures, search lights, barbed wire,
and guard towers.
Inside, she said she found fami-
lies crowded into rooms, decaying
housing structures and young peo-

pie "wasting time with not enough
to do." But she also said she saw
the "amazing strength of the people
behind barbed wire."
Escape attempts were rare be-
cause the camps were located in
desert areas, Omoto said. Mahaffey
added, "There really weren't at-
tempts to escape because you got
shot. There were some people who
were killed."
LSA Junior Kim Yamamoto
said she felt the forum served an
important function. "Professer
Takeshita's presentation was really
heart-rending, and something I feel
everyone should hear because it
really hurts."
Yee Leng Hang, the Asian-
American representative from
Minority Student Services, said,
"It's very important for all
American citizens to remember that
this can happen to any ethnic group
- not just Asian Americans."



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