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Most students' only real experience with MSA is
the annual election. With the way elections have
been handled recently, it's no wonder nobody
cares about the Assembly.

Director Jacques Rivette's film La Belle Noiseuse
isn't everything it claims to be, but several fine
performances make it an interesting production.

Michigan is 1-1 to open the 1992 football season.
The Wolverines both lost and won on Saturday, as
the White beat the Blue, 14-12, in the team's
annual spring intrasquad game.

Today
Bright sun, cooler;
High 50, Low 29
Tomorrow
Partly sunny; High 53, Low 32

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

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AAPD
sends 17
* cars to
Nectarine
by Melissa Peerless
Daily Staff Reporter
Seventeen Ann Arbor Police
Department (AAPD) patrol cars
blockaded the area around the
* Nectarine Ballroom Saturday night
while a party was held in the club for
the Michigan basketball team.
E. Liberty Street was closed from
State Street to Thompson Street,
Maynard Street was blocked off
from E. William Street to E. Liberty,
and a patrol car was stationed at the
corner of State and Washington
Streets.
About 1,000 students -- most of
whom were Black - attended the
party, which was sponsored by an
independent group.
Some students who went to the
party said they think the unusually
strong show of police force may
have been racially motivated.
First-year LSA student Nichelle
Singleton said, "I don't think that
they needed all of those police cars. I
thi nk that they were probably there
for racial reasons."
Singleton said there were not
many police officers at the party
when she arrived, but when she left,
all of the cars were in the street.
AAPD officer Joe Campbell said
the police presence on E. Liberty
was a response to a problem
occurring at the club, and not a
precaution that had been planned
ahead of time.
"There was a large crowd in front
of the Nectarine Ballroom," he said.
"People were trying to get in, but the
club was filled to capacity. Some
people got disorderly, and the police
were there to help out."
Campbell said one female student
was arrested for larceny, failure to
obey a police officer and assault and
See PARTY, Page 2

Women march to
end sexual assault

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
They marched past men and women on
their way to fraternity parties. Past students
waiting in line to enter bars, and still they
marched. Past dorms and libraries. Past
people hanging out of doorways and
windows, with bewildered expressions on
their faces. Ignoring the smirks, they marched
on, urging bystanders to join them.
About 1,400 women took over Ann Arbor
streets Saturday night as an expression of
their anger, fear and intention to end sexual
assault, during the 13th annual "Take Back
the Night" march and rally.
"I haven't felt this good in a long, long
time," said a sexual assault survivor and
University faculty member who did not wish
to be identified. "There are so many survivors
here - I feel like I'm in some sort of club."
As women and men gathered in the City
Hall parking lot before the march, several
speakers encouraged the crowd to fight sexual
assault through action.
"Take Back the Night" MC Lynn D'Orio
told the ralliers, "The male flood still flows.
The current is sexual violence. The current is

women kept available for rape, incest, battery
and prostitution."
D'Orio said there is a tremendous amount
of work to be done before all forms of oppres-
sion are eliminated, as evidenced by the
everyday threat of racism in Ann Arbor and
the lack of safe and affordable housing in
Washtenaw County.
"In the face of this difficult struggle, our
faith grows," D'Orio said.
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann Arbor)
told the marchers to insist that America's
promise of freedom be realized. "We live in
the most free country in the world but we
squander that freedom when we act as passive
recipients of violence and oppression."
Pollack urged women to find freedom
from violence by becoming political. "We
represent the potential voting majority of this
country. If we do not vote in our interests,
shame on us," she said.
Honest Candy from the Domestic
Violence Project told the crowd that the
traditional definition of sexual assault is not
always correct.
"As we walk tonight in solidarity and a
See FEMINISTS, Page 2

LSA sophomore Amy Harfeld and Art School junior Dorene Red Cloud lead the march for Take
Back The Night Saturday night

Affirmative action hits Law Review nerve

by Bethany Robertson
Daily News Editor
Political correctness is often crit-
icized for stifling discussion of sen-
sitive issues. Affirmative action is
one such touchy subject, as members
of the Michigan Law Review's edi-
torial board have discovered.
The Law Review is a scholarly
journal published entirely by
University law students. Acceptance
is determined by a combination of
augmented grades and a writing
competition.
The Review's editorial board re-
cently decided to continue its affir-
mative action policy, but members
of the board tried to keep the discus-
sion secret for fear of alienating mi-
norities in the Law School. Memos

detailing the debate were anony-
mously dropped off at the Daily and
other campus publications.
"At first people didn't want it
discussed," said Kim Forde-Mazrui,
a second-year law student and mem-
ber of the editorial board. "People
figured the fact that it was being dis-
cussed might portray a hostile atti-
tude by the Law Review to minori-
ties."
The policy states: "The Law
Review goal is to have at least the
same percentage of minorities on its
staff as there are minorities in the
Law School." Approximately 15
percent of Law School students are
minorities. Although the staff
changes every year, there are usually
about 44 staff members including 12

editorial board members.
In a March 23 memo to the edito-
rial board, Forde-Mazrui presented
several arguments against the
Review's affirmative action policy
and urged further discussion. "This
year's board placed a heavy pre-
sumption in favor of its version of
affirmative action and a heavy pre-
sumption against discussing it,"
Forde-Mazrui wrote.
In response to Forde-Mazrui's
memo, contributing editor Louis de
Baca wrote to board members and
encouraged them not to debate the
issue again. "I cannot help but think
that those who would wish to do
away with the policy are simply in-
sensitive to the message that such an
attempt conveys to me - that, be-

cause I checked the affirmative ac-
tion box and they did not, I have no
right to be proud of my accomplish-
ments as an (Assistant Editor)," de
Baca wrote.
Editor in Chief of the Law
Review Greg Magarian, a board
member, also responded to Forde-
Mazrui's memo and allowed mem-
bers of the board to vote on whether
to hold a meeting to discuss the pol-
icy. A meeting was held the last
week of March, and board members
agreed to retain the policy.
"The Law Review discussed its
selection procedure for new mem-
bers. The discussion was open and
amiable, and by resounding major-
ity, the Review decided to maintain
procedures it used last year,"
I .,

Staff, parents agree at Olivet
Accord paves the way for students' return after racial brawl

OLIVET, Mich. (AP) - Olivet
College would provide 24-hour se-
curity under an agreement reached
by administrators and the parents of
fearful Black students who left the
campus in the wake of a racial
brawl.
The accord reached Saturday also
calls for letting Black students finish
the semester by mail and for making
counselors available for students
who were upset by the April 2 fracas
between about 70 Black and white
students.

day on the proposal.
. Racial tensions exploded on the
campus about 25 miles southwest of
Lansing after the brawl. It began af-
ter a white female student called a
mostly white fraternity for help han-
dling a dispute with her boyfriend.
The day before, there were false
rumors on campus that a white fe-
male student had been attacked by
four Black male students. After the
brawl, fires were set in a dormitory
where several Black male students
live.

school's 50 Black students left the
campus, citing safety concerns.
There are 708 total students at
Olivet.
Parents and administrators met
for about four hours Saturday.
"The parents are concerned about
the safety of their children and that's
a very emotional situation," said
Rev. Michael Murphy, a Lansing
minister appointed by Olivet Presi-
dent Donald Morris to head the
school's new Multicultural Affairs
Office.
See OLIVET, Page 2

Magarian said.
But Forde-Mazrui said the fear of
being labeled a racist made some
board members reluctant to discuss
the policy.
"Unfortunately, for some reason,
people do react that way," Forde-
Mazrui said. "I'm a minority person.
To me, it doesn't offend me at all to
have the policy discussed.... That's
why I think I was the only one brave
enough to come out and discuss it."
Board member Kurt Schmautz
said people were hesitant to discuss
the policy because of hostile discus-
sions last year about the same policy.
"I think this year the discussion was
substantially more civilized,"
Schmautz said. "I don't think there's
See REVIEW, Page 2
Student
inputvital
to SAPAC
search
by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Student participation will play a
major role in the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center's
(SAPAC) search for a new
coordinator, said Associate Vice
President for Student Services
Royster Harper.
Students will have an opportunity
to meet the finalists for the position
and give feedback to the University
about the applicants. The deadline
for resumes and applications was
Friday.
Annie Delories Sloan, director of
counseling services, is chairing the
search committee. Harper said the
rest of the committee will be
comprised of three students, three
staff members and three faculty
members.
Harper said students who cannot
be a part of the actual committee
will still have a chance to interact
with the potential coordinator.
"I intend to give several finalists
an opportunity to make a 20- to 30-
minute presentation and have the
audience ask questions and return

Faculty members are voting to- On Wednesday, about 35 of the

rILE FrPHU IUMY
Volunteers pick up the grounds outside the Ann Arbor Homeless Shelter
Saturday as part of the "Hunger Clean Up."
S "
Students give spring
cleaning to shelters
by Christopher Scherer smoke," Summerfield said.
Daily Staff Reporter "We clean it every day but we

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The walls of the Ann Arbor
Homeless Shelter were yellow
when a group of University
students began to clean Saturday
afternoon. The paint's original
color was off-white, but dirt and
cigarette tar had stained the walls.
A group of about twelve
students gave the Ann Arbor
Shelter on Huron Street a thorough
cleaning as a part of the "Hunger

are not able to do everything.
Groups that come in and do this
cleaning make a great difference in
the environment," Summerfield
said.
Government cutbacks have also
hurt the shelter's ability to perform
thorough daily maintenance, she
said. The public's negative views
do not help the shelter's reputation,
Summerfield added.

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