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America," said Al facilitator Ingrid
Hogle, a junior in the School of
Natural Resources.
At regular AI meetings, mem-
bers often collect letters from
groups and individuals expressing
concern over the actions taken
against indigenous peoples. Al
members also send letters of con-
Bern to U.S. government officials
encouraging them to put pressure
on Central and South American
countries to put an end to the viola-
tion of human rights of their
AI, which aims to enforce the
United Nations Universal Declar-
ation of Human Rights, obtains its
information from a wide variety of
sources, including government
bulletins, letters from prisoners and
fact finding missions.

Continued from page 1
multicultural residence hall coun-
cils and African American organi-
zations, and coordinated by LSA
sophomore Richard Mack.
Mack said the reason he wanted
Muhammed to speak was because,
"I heard a lot of brothers and sisters
talk about Columbus discovering
America and they did not know the
truth about him or his devilish
LSA sophomore Dayanna
Robinson said, "People who feel
the Nation of Islam is racist should
hear what they have to say. I'm
sure they'll find what they preach is
not racism, but reality."
La Carla Willett, an LSA sopho-
more said, "Students should edu-
cate themselves about the turmoil
and destruction Columbus brought
to the New World."

Event draws parallel
between Coming Out
Day, Columbus Day

Keynote speaker Adam Eagle displays a feather during the Native
American Student Association rally against Columbus Day.

by Karen Talaski
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
The connection between
National Coming Out Day and
Columbus Day may not be obvious,
but discovering that link was the
focus of a multi-media event held
About 50 people took part in a
program at the Common Language
Bookstore consisting of a video
about Native American gay and les-
bian activists; artwork; poetry; and
discussion about the bonds between
the two seemingly-unrelated
Jim Toy, co-coordinator of the
Lesbian Gay Male Programs Office
and one of the sponsors of the
event, said he thought the program
was a ground-breaker.
"In my experience, this is the
first time an event like this has hap-
pened in Ann Arbor," Toy said. "It
is an appropriate time to draw the
connection between these various
Marcia Ochoa, a U-M alumna
and poet, said she feels the conne-
tion between Columbus Day and
National Coming Out Day -
which are on consecutive days -
"is the way our sexuality is shaped
by our heritage."

Sociology graduate student
Janelle White said, "We are making
connections between oppressed
White is on the board of the
Baker-Mandela Center for Anti-
Racist Education, a sponsor of yes-
terday's event.
"The indigenous people had dif-
ferent notions of what homosexual-
ity was. It wasn't until European
missionaries came (that a stigma
was attached to homosexuality),"
White said.
The program began with the
film "Honoring the Moon," which
gave a background on the role of
homosexuality in Native American
culture. Once believed to have spe-
cial spiritual and healing powers,
homosexuality is now viewed in a
negative way.
U-M alumnus Jonathon Sung
Bidol read one of his poems which
he said described his feelings of in-
justice towards Columbus Day and
its negative connotations.
Ochoa also read some of her po-
etry and talked about the ties which
bind the homosexual and Native
American community. "It is about
keeping up the facade, which is
what we've both done for 500


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Although the resolution was
passed by the majority, several as-
sembly members said they do not
think the proposed change will ac-
complish much.
Comunications Chair Steve
Stark said that changing the name is
a moot point.
"I don't really think it will have
much of an effect because most
people won't realize MSA has rec-
ognized it," Stark said. "And even
if they do it probably won't make

much difference."
Stark also said he would prefer
Multiculturalism Day over
Indigenous Peoples Day because it
is a more inclusive term.
"The term Indigenous People
seems to be narrowing it down to
only a Native American popula-
tion," Stark said. "While they were
the original people here, we should
instead focus on present day.
Everyone's here and everyone's
culture should be celebrated. We
don't really have a day like that,
and this would be an excellent
Some students also said that

they were against the proposed
"I think it's silly to reevaluate
the discovery of America on to-
day's standards," said LSA junior
Jon Grosman.
However, LSA senior Lori Glick
"I think it's a good modifica-
tion," Glick said. "It recognizes the
fact that almost a whole race was
destroyed in the process of discov-
ering America."
Many students said that they
were unaware of the proposed

"I haven't heard of the change,
and I don't know anything about
it," said LSA senior Dawn Beaver.
Other students said that they did
not think the proposed change
would solve anything.
"My guess is I don't think peo-
ple will pay much attention to it,"
said LSA sophomore Daniel Chait.
LSA junior Liz Rochlen agreed.
"I do think it's a step in the right
direction, but I don't think it's re-
ally going to change anyone's opin-
ion that Columbus 'discovered'
America because that's what we
were brought up to believe."

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oped yet."
However, Layla Lahuti, a Joint
resident and Nursing student, dis-
"People definitely date," she said.
However, she added that dating is
much more casual in a co-op be-
cause it is difficult to hide.
Many of the students who live
with members of the opposite sex
said that their experience has in-
creased their open-mindedness.
Grose said "the random number
of viewpoints" on issues that arise
from diverse housemates has made
him more tolerant of people who are
different from him.
According to Cliff, that wide
range of people creates a nicely bal-
anced social setting unlike any other
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agreed that the other sex's perspec-
tive is valuable.
"I would suggest that people
open their minds," Einhorn said.
Besides dating, another poten-
tially problematic aspect of mixed-
gender living, is the "power issue."
Although many adult households
are dominated by one of the sexes,
this did not prove to be true in the
students' arrangements.
Jennie Ladd, an LSA junior liv-
ing with Fred, Finkelstein and
Einhorn, said "I don't see a clear line
for sex domination."
Ladd's observation pertained to
co-ops as well.
"The women are equally - if not
more - adamant about keeping
things balanced," Cliff said.

Thomas, a transfer student, said
she and her fianc6 do not subscribe
to stereotypical gender roles in their
"He's equal, I'm demanding,"
she said, adding that she has a ten-
dency to dominate the household.
"He's really easy going," she
Grose said, "There isn't any gen-
der issue."
Most students who live with
members of the opposite gender said
they don't encounter many problems
about their living situations.
Finkelstein said, "People are re-
ally accepting about it on this
Einhorn added, "This is the best
living situation I've ever had."

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"Talk is cheap," he said. "There
are plans lying all over the place and
no one to execute them."
Bush and Clinton also focused on
issues of character.
"I cannot understand how a man
can demonstrate and organize
demonstrations against his country
on foreign soil when his country is at
war," Bush said, referring to
Clinton's anti-war activity during the
Vietnam era.
But Perot argued that with ques-
tions of character, people must con-
sider "when and where things oc-
curred." He said a young man
protesting the Vietnam War is far
less relevant than a senior govern-
ment official spending billions of
Student reaction to the debate
was mixed.
College Democrats Co-chair

Rachel Blum said, "I think Clinton
was just wonderful. I think he made
Bush look as out of touch as he is.
"I think it will probably be a rein-
forcer for those who were counting
on the debate to make some kind of
difference," Blum said.
College Republicans President
John Petz said, "It was a fairly de-
cent showing by President Bush. I
think the star was Perot.
"(Bush has) never been a star-
quality speaker but he gets the job
done. That image came through that
he's a man of the people," Petz said.
"I think he performed well enough
that he'll gain a few points. There
were no knock-out blows."
LSA sophomore Rachel Rouse
said, "I love (Bush's) closing when
he looked right into the camera at
the American people and said that
the relationship of the president and
the American people was based on
trust - trust and character - while
Clinton stood right next to him."



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