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Balancing secular and religious life is a difficult
feat on a diverse college campus like this one.
Take a look at what some students are doing to
avoid losing their religions.

It really is a shame about Ray. Just ask The
Lemonheads. They'll be bringing their unique
style to the St. Andrew's Theater tonight.

The Michigan hockey team looks to continue its
dominance over Miami whent it hosts a two-game
series at Yost Arena this weekend.

Partly cloudy;
High 39, Low 26
Blustery, cold; High 34, Low 20

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One hIundred two years of editorial freedom l


Illinois mascot offends Native Americans with halftime dancing

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
The Illini are coming this week-
end, but their Chief isn't.
To the approval of Native
Americans on campus, the symbol of
the University of Illinois (UI), Chief
Illiniwek, will not perform during
halftime at the Michigan-Illinois
football game tomorrow because the
marching band will not be here. The
UI band travels to only one away
game each year.
Former Native American Student
Association (NASA) President
Susan Hill, current NASA President
Dawn DeMarsh and Associate

Mathematics Prof. Robert
Megginson sent a letter to the UI re-
questing that it not send the Chief.
"Bringing him on this campus is
a direct affront to the Native
American people here," Megginson
Chief Illiniwek has been dancing
and entertaining crowds during half-
time shows dressed in traditional
Oglala Sioux garb since 1967, when
a member of the tribe presented it to
the school. The tribe sold the uni-
versity another buckskin outfit in
In recent years, however, mem-
bers of the UI community have ex-

pressed their discontent with the tra-
dition, saying the clothing the Chief
wears is not even representative of
the Illini tribe, which is thought to be
"The Illinois Chief Illiniwek is
not performing a dance nor is he
wearing clothing which was worn by
the Illini. That's out of context in my
opinion," said Judith Calder, a UI
Calder abstained from a board of
trustees vote deciding the fate of the
Chief last year, and said she is un-
sure of her feelings.
UI student Jabari Groves, who
has led several protests against the

Chief, said the Illini were not war-
riors, as the name "Fighting Illini"
suggests. He called the mascot a bla-
tant racial stereotype of Native
"What if we had a team like the
Fighting Zulus?" he asked. "What if
we dressed up a white college kid as
an African American and entertained
the fans? Most people don't see the
racism involved because they think
it honors us."
Groves said ceremonial dances
performed by Native Americans are
spiritual and should not be parodied
at football games.
However, UI Marching Band

Director Gary Smith, who works
closely with the Chief at games, said
the Oglala Sioux tribe endorsed the
"They proclaimed dancing was a
social event done for pleasure," he
said. "There's no religious implica-
tions whatsoever."
He added that the Chief has never
been referred to by the university as
a mascot, and is meant to honor
Native Americans.
"It's a symbol that pays tribute to
the strength and bravery of the
American Indian culture. It's a sym-
bol of all Native American culture,"
Smith said.

Megginson said he did not accept
it as an honor. "When we say we
don't like him, people come and say
it's to honor us. It's a very insulting
and patronizing attitude to take," he
A member of the Oglala Sioux
tribe who took part in the 1981 sale
of the buckskin outfit to the UI said
he thinks his participation was
wrong in retrospect.
"I went along with the Chief
(Fools Crow)," said Anthony
Whirlwind Horse of the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
"Now, the old chief probably would
See CHIEF, Page 7

In car
by Jen DiMascio
Shannon Unger
and Michelle VanOoteghem
Daily Staff Reporters
U-M Department of Public
Safety (DPS) officials are warning
drivers to be extra careful when they
leave their cars in university parking
structures in the wake of recent
Scott Harris, a U-M student, was
arraigned Tuesday in the 15th
District Court on charges of larceny
from an automobile.
The twenty-year-old was released
on personal bond and is expected to
appear next Wednesday for a
preliminary hearing on the charges.
Harris is charged in conjunction
with the theft of $800 in personal
belongings - most of which were
recovered - from a red Jeep. The
automobile was parked in the 525
Church St. parking structure.
The car's alarm alerted witnesses,
who contacted DPS. Harris
attempted to flee the scene and was
apprehended near the Intramural
Sports Building on Hoover St., said
DPS Lt. James Smiley.
Harris did not resist arrest,
Smiley added.
The suspect was unavailable for
"We've had a lot of malicious
destructions of property and
larcenies from autos," Smiley said.
"It's been a major concern and we're
trying to address it."
Similar incidents have occurred
in the Thompson, Hill and Fletcher
parking structures, Smiley said. U-M
parking stickers are a frequent target
for thieves, Smiley warned.
Smiley urges car owners using U-
M facilities to take the following
park in a well-lit area;
periodically monitor the car;
report any suspicious persons
or movement around the structure.

Borders to take
over Jacobson's
downtown store

Another rainy day
LSA junior Katherine Rosman avoids the rain as she writes a proposal for Biology 101 in a local cafe.

by Adam Anger
Daily Staff Reporter
It may be hard for students to be-
lieve that Ann Arbor could hold
more books than it already does, but
this will soon be true.
Borders Book Shop - already
Ann Arbor's largest retail book store
- announced yesterday that it has
entered into an agreement to move
from its State Street location to the
100,000 square-foot space currently
occupied by Jacobson's. The store is
located on the corner of Liberty and
Maynard Streets.
Jacobson's announced last month
that it will be relocating to the
Briarwood Mall in the summer of
1993. Jacobson's will lease the space
currently occupied by Lord and
Taylor. Borders will relocate in
August 1993.
The first Borders branch opened
in 1971 at a different location on
State Street. Since this time, Borders
stores have opened all over the
Borders remodeled its current 1-
cation last summer, after the retailer
agreed to lease the second floor of
the Crown House of Gifts. The extra
space allowed Borders to expand its
Bob Di Romualdo, president and
chief executive officer of Borders,
Inc., said the upcoming relocation
will allow the company to create a
flagship Borders Book Shop in Ann
Arbor. The company plans to utilize
the additional space by placing its
National Training Center in the

basement. This facility will be used
to train bookstore staff for stores
around the country.
The training center's location, in
the same building as the store, wil1
provide trainees with immediate in-
teraction with customers, creating a
very realistic learning experience,
said Di Romualdo.
He said the remaining two floors
of the store will provide space for a
significantly expanded selection, as
well as more services to customers.
He added that this will be an oppor-
tunity to test new ideas like in-store
readings, book clubs, author sign-
ings, and special events.
"We will cement the downtown
area as a very special place," said Di
The new location will create 40
new jobs on the bookstore staff.
Jacobson's decision to relocate
was prompted by the increased
parking difficulty in the downtown
area. However, the Ann Arbor City
Council has passed a resolution to
increase parking for the Jacobson's
store, which is similar to the contract
that will apply to Borders.
At a Downtown Development
Authority (DDA) meeting last night,
members unanimously voted to sup-
port the mayor in any efforts to cre-
ate a positive atmosphere for the
new Borders location.
"With the restaurants, cafes, and
Borders Book Shop located down-
town, it creates a drawing of people
into the area," said Dave DeVarti,
member of DDA.

pra.' l nvasion of U-M
by Ken Dancyger tures on topics ranging from the parents coming to the U-
Daily Staff Reporter history of the university to global a special weekend for par

4 since it is

Students across campus are
cleaning their rooms, doing their
laundry, and replacing their comic
books with psychology textbooks in
preparation for the more than 2,000
parents that will be flooding Ann
Arbor this weekend.
The Student Alumni Council is
sponsoring a plethora of activities
for students and their parents to take
part in during this year's parents'
"This year we're selling out ev-
erything," said Leslie Douglas, co-
ordinator of the Student Alumni
Center. "It's bigger than any other
Activities for parents and stu-
dents include a performance by the
University Players tonight at the
Mendelssohn Theater, faculty lec-

warming and climate change, and.
the Michigan-Illinois football game.
"The reason for the interest in the
weekend is largely due to the in-
creased amount of football tickets
that we have available for parents,"
said Douglas. "It remains ... the
most popular attraction."
She added that there tend to be
more parents of first-year students
than of any other year, although
there is a moderate return rate for
parents of sophomores.
"My parents decided to come
again this year," said LSA sopho-
more Laura Wert, whose parents are
traveling from New York to visit her
this weekend. "It's not even for me
-it's for the football game."
LSA first-year student Andy
Smolenski said he doesn't mind his

"Since everyone's parents are
coming, I'm not embarrassed," he
said. "I just want them to see what
it's like here."
Many fraternities and sororities
on campus are also sponsoring activ-
ities for students and their parents.
"My sorority is having a wine
and cheese party for visiting par-
ents," said Maria Sarnacki, an LSA
first-year student and pledge at the
Delta Gamma sorority. "I'm excited
for them to see how my life is with
the sorority."
There are also some students who
will not be affected by the activities
of this weekend and will go on with
business as usual.
Brenton Williams, an
Engineering first-year student from
See PARENTS, Page 2

Illinois final obstacle
to M' Rose Bowl bid

by Jeni Durst
Daily Football Writer

New MSA candidates want to hear student voice

by Megan Lardner
and Christine Young
Daily Staff Reporters
Students may be exercising their
vocal chords more frequently if the
new Michigan Student Assembly
candidates are successful in their
campaign goals to give students an
active voice in issues directly affect-
ing them.
"MSA needs to get more students
involved in caring about their educa-
tion," said LSA junior Jeffrey
Alexander, a Progressive Party
, --.--,.,

Alexander said voter apathy may
be linked to MSA's negative image.
"Right now not many students
even vote for the elections because
they feel ... MSA fails to represent
the students," he said. "Even if I
lose, if 50 percent of the student
population votes, then I would be
Many new candidates expressed
a desire to create an atmosphere that
is more sensitive to students' needs.
"We should work on creating
events to unify the student body,"
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Many cndidates dueless about MSA issues

by Megan Lardner
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who are in the dark
about the function of the Michigan
Student Assembly may be pleased to
discover that they are not alone.
Many new MSA candidates have
expressed confusion and uncertainty
about MSA and the issues facing the
When asked what he hoped to
accnmntich in MC A inr ennji nt

thought that far yet."
When questioned about MSA
funding procedures, most new can-
didates needed to have the issue ex-
plained to them before responding.
But some current MSA members
said they feel the new candidates'
apparent ignorance is not serious.
Natural Resources Rep. Fred
Werner admitted that some new
candidates lack experience, but he
aid. "I think it's better to get some

Although winter is upon us in
Ann Arbor, Michigan fans may be
unpacking the summer apparel
come late Saturday afternoon. Prep-
aration for that trip west.
While Michigan (8-0-1 overall,
6-0 in the Big Ten) has already
clinched a share of the Big Ten
Championship, a victory versus
Illinois (5-4, 2-3) this weekend will
make the Wolverines the outright
conference champs, sending them to
the Rose Bowl for the second
straight year. It would also mark
the fourth occasion in the past five
years that Michigan has made it to
But before the Wolverines set

6-0 Big Ten, 1st place
8-t>-1 Overall
Mi S wrauPm
games has decided the outcome. In
their last two outings, against Wis-
consin and Purdue, the Illini have
come from behind in the fourth
quarter to squeak out the victory.
The engineer of those come-
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