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We'd like to believe racism is a distant thing. If
you believe this, think again. The Nazis held a
rally this weekend, and it wasn't in Germany. It
was in Ann Arbor.j

The much-ballyhooed film Basic Instinct is
basically insulting. Since its release, the film has
generated a great deal of criticism, all of which is
deserved.

Critics have accused the Michigan basketball
team of being all show and no go, but the
Wolverines proved themselves this weekend by
making the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Today
Partly cloudy;
High: 34, Low: 24
Tomborrow
Starting to thaw; High 46, Low 30

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

Vol. CII, No. 98 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, March 23, 1992 a1992 The Michigan Daily

Russian
teMtory
votes for
freedom
KAZAN, Russia (AP) -
Tatarstan's president, seeking to al-
lay fears his region's overwhelming
vote for independence could help
* splinter the Russian Federation, said
yesterday he will move swiftly to
reaffirm ties with Boris Yeltsin's
government.
"Our first step will be to an-
nounce a tighter union with Russia,
to strengthen and intensify ties, to
create new relations with a reformed
Russia," President Mintimer
Shaimiyev said in an interview with
The Associated Press.
He spoke a day after citizens of
the region voted nearly 2-1 in favor
of declaring Tatarstan a sovereign
state.
The referendum raised fears that
the so-called "autonomous republic"
of 3.7 million people would secede
from Russia, starting a process that
could unravel the federation's
patchwork of ethnic homelands.
The Russian government has re-
*fused to accept the Tatarstan referen-
dum, which was declared unconstitu-
tional by a Russian court and
strongly opposed by Yeltsin.
Shaimiyev said previously that
the region, 500 miles east of
Moscow, was simply trying to gain
control of its oil and other natural
resources to benefit its own people.
He contended yesterday that the
referendum could save Russia -
rather than destroy it - if Yeltsin's
government took the opportunity to
grant real autonomy to territories
that have been autonomous in name
See SOVIET, Page 2

Clinton, Brown gear

up for Conn.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - interview and his later event
Democratic presidential front-runner tack Clinton.
Bill Clinton defended his wife and Brown said Clinton's A
his integrity yesterday as he and ri- administration "will go dow
val Jerry Brown dueled over the air- history books for what not t

ts to at-
rkansas
n in the
to do in

waves and across Connecticut in
preparation for their first head-to-
head showdown.
Clinton kept his focus on
President Bush, saying Connecticut
and other states that rely heavily on
military work were "about to be
blindsided" by defense cuts because
Bush had no plan for converting to a
civilian economy.
"No other nation would consider
the kinds of cuts we are about to
have in defense without a plan for
what these people will be able to
do," the Arkansas governor told a
community meeting in Bridgeport,
an impoverished city that filed for
bankruptcy last year.
But during a national television
appearance, Clinton was peppered
with questions about his integrity,
and Brown used a separate television

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American politics. It either comes
out now or George Bush and his

irimary
New York television studious to a
day of campaigning in Connecticut,
including a joint appearance at a
church anti-violence rally with Jesse
Jackson - where Jackson was
greeted with chants of "Run Jesse
Run" by the predominantly Black
audience.
Jackson stole the show from the
Democratic candidates, leading a
spirited sermon in which he de-
nounced the grip of drugs, violence
and decaying families on America's
inner cities. "This is not your fault,
but it is your challenge," he told the
candidates seated behind him on the
altar.
Connecticut's primary tomorrow
is the first contest since Paul
Tsongas suspended his Democratic
campaign and left Brown the sole
obstacle to Clinton's all-but-certain
nomination. Clinton kept a frenetic
schedule despite his 7 to 1 delegate
lead over Brown, because aides said
much of Tsongas' support appeared
to be shifting to Brown.

samurai warriors make mincemeat of
Mr. Clinton."
Clinton, interviewed on NBC's
"Meet the Press," dismissed such
suggestions.
"I have been subjected to attacks
in the press that are unprecedented
for anybody running for president,"
Clinton said. "I don't have any
reservations about the strength of my
character or my ability to be
president."
Both Democrats headed from

To the victors... ..~~
Lake Superior State University tri-captain Mark Astley holds the Central
Hockey Association championship trophy yesterday in Detroit For
complete weekend sports coverage see SPORTSMONDA Y.

20th Pow Wow combines old and new traditions

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
A flurry of colorful feathers,
cloths and sequins graced the floor
of Crisier Arena this weekend during
the Ann Arbor Pow Wow.
More than 700 dancers represent-
ing more than Native American
tribes from across the United States
and Canada came to celebrate their
heritage and the coming of spring at
the twentieth annual pow wow.
University President James
Duderstadt and Vice President for

Student Affairs Maureen Hartford
attended the opening ceremonies.
Hartford greeted the crowd in a
Native American language.
The Pow Wow was sponsored by
the Native American Student
Association.
"It's not only an activity to dance
and see friends, but a spiritual gath-
ering. For the Grand Entrance (when
all the tribes dance together for the
first time), I was afraid we all
couldn't get in. It's a special time,"
said Judy Corp, a dancer in the Pow

Wow and an Ojibwe Indian from
Davison, Mich.
Songs and dances addressed the
themes of love, friendship, peace,
and bravery. Dancers acted out
scenes from their ancestral pasts to
drum beats and songs from recent
and traditional times.
Traditional dancers kept at least
one foot on the floor as they moved
to symbolize their connection to the
earth.
"You could feel the beat and get
caught up in it. It's very emotional,"

said Courtney Quinn, an LSA junior
who attended the event.
From infants to the elderly, the
dancers wore regalia - the preferred
name for Native American clothing
- such as the traditional buckskin
dresses and modern colorful
sequined and "jingled" dresses.
Jingle dresses are dresses deco-
rated with tobacco can lids shaped
into cones. As the dancer moves, the
"jingles" create a bell-like sound.
The tradition dates back to World
War I, said Susan Hill, a Mohawk

Indian and president of the Native
American Student Association.
Many believe jingle dresses pos-
sess medicinal and spiritual proper-
ties, and once a woman chooses or is
chosen to wear a jingle dress, she
cannot dance any other type of
dance, Hill added.
On the concourse surrounding the
arena floor, Native American mer-
chants sold authentic crafts and
foods.
"We heard it was a good pow
See POW WOW, Page 2

Students give environmental achievement
award to Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir - -

by Nicole Malenfant
Daily Staff Reporter
Bob Weir, a member of the band
the Grateful Dead, took time out
from his latest tour yesterday to ac-
cept an award from University stu-
dents for outstanding environmental
achievement.
The WolveGREEN award was
given by the University Activities
Center after students were asked to
nominate the person they felt had
contributed the most to an environ-
mental cause, said Mark Bernstein,
chair of Viewpoint Lectures.
"The award is a direct recogni-
tion by the students of the
University of heroic, courageous
and noteworthy environmental
pursuit," Bernstein said.
Weir has chosen the
preservation of the rainforests as his

cause, and recently wrote a
children's book about the
deforestation in Africa, donating all
of the proceeds to the Rainforest
Action Network (RAN).
The Grateful Dead also con-
tributed the profits of their album
Deadicated to RAN. The grassroots
organization recently received its
first installment check for
$160,000, and expects another one
soon.
Weir has balanced his cause of
saving the rainforests with his job
as an entertainer, organizing fund-
raising concerts and coordinating
RAN outreach tables at
performances.
He recently organized a concert
at Madison Square Garden and
raised $300,000 for RAN,
Greenpeace and Cultural Survival.
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"Part of working for a living is
working for a world in which to
live, and that's not always a given,"
Weir said.
Weir spoke to about 500
students and environmentalists, and
encouraged them to get involved in
issues surrounding the rainforest
move-ment.
"You are all college kids and
you are the motivated sort, there are
things you can do," he told them.
Weir suggested lobbying for leg-
islation that would outlaw the clear-
cutting of the rainforests and that
would support sustainable industry.
Weir emphasized that a large
share of the problem lies in
America.
"We can't expect Brazil to stop
cutting down their rainforests when
we cut down more of our

rainforests than they do. We need to
get our act together before we can
start exporting this philosophy," he
said.
Also speaking last night was
Francesca Vietor, director of opera-
tions for RAN.
She encouraged students to get
involved in grassroots organizations
and to monitor what products that
they buy by being conscious of
what is produced out of the
rainforests.
"This is a crisis that our genera-
tion has inherited, and our children
will have us to blame if we don't do
something," Vietor said.
Many students were interested
to know Weir's stance on the use of
maijuana as an environmental alter-
native in such things as paper and
See Bob, Page 2

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir speaks to more than 500 students at the
Power Center last night about the environment Weir received the
WolvGREEN environmental award.

Each day this week, the Daily will publish the party platforms of three major campus parties competing for the Michigan
Student Assembly seats in nex week's elections. Today's topic is speech codes. Currently an interim speech policy
governs the campus community. The University is in the process of developing and determining if a permanent policy
should exist. MSA has been working with the administration on this policy.

Students want MSA members to
address deputization, speech code

Conservative
Coalition
Conservative Coalition is
opposed to all regulations of
free speech, and is currently
working to ensure that the
University respect students'
First Amendmentrights.'Ihel
Conservative Coalition led
Student Rights Commission
is on the brink of

Michigan
Moose Party
The Michigan Moose Party
supports the right to free
speech for all students. We
oppose any code or regulation
which would abridge the
freedom of speech as ensured
by the United States and
Michigan Student Assembly
Constitutions. Speech codes

Progressive
Party
While many students find
speech codes an
infringement of the right to
speak freely,offensive,
abusive language is an
infringement of other
students rights to live
comfortably and feel safe on
this campus. Considering the

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
As Michigan Student Assembly
elections approach, students have
expressed concern for many issues
that they would like to see their fu-
ture representatives address when
they become assembly members -
including deputization, speech
codes, the Union access policy and
communication between students
and the administration.
"Students should have more of a
say in deputization and I'd like to

for the way the police treat minority
students on campus.
"It sounds like an issue that po-
lice are harassing minorities. MSA
should go to the administration with
the situation and say, 'We agree we
need safety but we can't have these
people harassing students,"' LSA
first-year student Sephora Morrison

the implementation of such rules."
LSA first-year student Chris
Adelsbach agreed.
"If they start making codes, it
may create more violence and ani-
mosity. The student government
should fight speech codes by any
means possible," he said.
Other students said they hope the
assembly will look into the Union
Access Policy.
"There are pros and cons to the
Union Access Policy but it's a pain
in the ass to check everyone in,"

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